CSA Lincoln Newsletter

February 26, 2016

PRINCIPAL'S NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS

The students continued their winning ways this past Wednesday by defeating the staff 64-62 in the annual Staff vs. Student basketball game. Max Mormino made the winning shot with less than 5 seconds to play. We started a few new traditions! K-3 students participated in a skills challenge and grade levels competed against teachers in Knockout competitions to add points to the student score.


3rd Grade Knockout Champion: Briceon Ernest

4th Grade Knockout Champion: Phillip McKinley

5th Grade Knockout Champion: Mr. Sterling (someone didn't get the memo!)

6th Grade Knockout Champion: Nate Collins


Sam Mormino (pictured) defeated me in a 1 on 1 competition at halftime 6-2. 3rd and 4th grade students could enter their name with a chance to compete. He definitely brought his "A" game!


Next week is ISTEP. Please see the below dates for the schedule. We just want students to give their best effort!

ISTEP/IRead TESTING SCHEDULE- MINDcraft Theme

Grades 3-6 will be testing for ISTEP and/or IREAD (only 3rd grade) on the following dates. Please try and schedule doctor appointments around these dates. Testing will take place in the morning. It is very important that your student is here!


We are continuing the MINDcraft theme from last year. Students will be earning rewards and prizes for giving good effort (grades 3-6) and being respectful during testing (grades K-2).


Tuesday, March 1st- Math- Grades 3,4,5,6

Wednesday, March 2nd- Language Arts- Grades 3,4,5,6

Thursday, March 3rd- Language Arts- Grades 3,4,5,6

Tuesday, March 8th- Science- Grades 4,6

Tuesday, March 8th- Social Studies- Grade 5

Tuesday, March 8th- IREAD- Grade 3

Wednesday, March 9th- IREAD- Grade 3

Thursday, March 10th- IREAD- Grade 3

CSA Lincoln Artwork

As I was standing in the office the other day, I noticed we had four framed pictures of student artwork from students who no longer attend CSA Lincoln. After talking with Miss Morrow, we decided that we would start rotating student artwork to be on display in the main office. Each student will name their art and we will include it in our parent newsletters. Here is our first group!

PTO Update

THANK YOU to everyone who made the PTO Applebee's Dining to Donate event a success! It was wonderful to see so many CSA-Lincoln families enjoying a meal and time together. With your help, a little over $100 was raised that will be used to help support our students and staff! Great job Huskies!!

Bus Safety

Please be careful and use the crosswalks when exiting the campus with your student. Over the past couple of weeks we have had a few parents dart between buses with their student to cross the street. Because of the recent bus tragedy, drivers must now shut off their buses when loading/unloading students. Several of our bus drivers have still voiced concerns about being unable to see between the buses.

While a minor inconvenience, please utilize the crosswalks and crossing guards.


Safety first!

Attendance Challenge

We will have a third quarter perfect attendance competition beginning January 19, 2016- March 11, 2016. Those students with perfect attendance will be eligible to win a Kindle Fire.

At the end of the school year, those students with perfect attendance for the entire school year will be eligible to win a laptop.

Perfect attendance means the student is present 100% of the time- no early dismissals, no late arrivals, and absences for any reason.


Contact our Guidance Counselor, Alisha Thompson, if you have questions (thompsona@bcsc.k12.in.us)

Vegetarian Options for Lunch

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PROJECT UPDATES


  • Our Kindergarten classes are working on their helping Columbus pets project. They will be having their second community partner, the Litter Box Kitty Rescue come in next week and let them know how they can help their organization and pets in Columbus.
  • First grade are finishing up their habitat project. The will be presenting their projects next week.
  • Second graders are continuing to work on their Genius Hour projects. They are researching their subjects and beginning writing their research papers and preparing Google slides.
  • Third graders will be rolling out their Pop Tab Contest project for the Ronald McDonald house in the coming weeks. Save those pop tabs.
  • Fourth graders are working on their Scientific Design project. They had their first round of students from Ivy Tech come in and help demonstrate the processes in small groups.
  • Fifth graders are working on their Treasures project. The next step in their project will be the students voting on the top 3 books for their class.
  • Sixth grade students are beginning their next project, "Helping Disasters", in the coming week.
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More than Lunch 2016

  • Did you know that the meal assistance is not just about lunch?

    If your family meets the income qualifications for free or reduced lunch, and even if your child brings his or her lunch to school, there are several benefits that may be available for your family:

    • Textbook Assistance: For financial assistance with textbook fees, check the box on the back of the free/reduced lunch application
    • Elementary Backsacks Program: For weekend food, see school counselor
    • High School - ACT/SAT Testing Fees: See school counselor
    • High School - Dual Credit/AP Courses: See school counselor
    • Discounted Internet service :$9.95 per month through Comcast — Internet Essentials — 1-855-846-8376
    • Discounted Computer: $149.99 through Comcast — Internet Essentials — 1-888-710-4156
    • Discounts for Sports Program Fees: See school Athletic Director
    • iCare afterschool program: limited scholarships available - See BCSC website


  • Click here to access this information on the BCSC website.

LUNCH TIME!

Curious what school lunch is like these days? Maybe not, but we would love for you to come eat lunch with your student(s). It is a great opportunity to connect parents with the school. Are the grandparents looking for something to do? Send them in. Feel free to bring in something to eat or buy a school lunch. If you call ahead, they can prepare a chef salad for you (a staff favorite). Please stop in the main office, sign-in and put on a visitor's badge.

HUSKY GRAM DRAWING WINNERS

Students who are seen being SAFE, RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, or a PEACEMAKER earn Husky Grams. The following students were caught following our school-wide expectations during the first two weeks and earned a reward!

Silas Shelton

Lillian Gray

Eva Thomas

Matt Moore

Phoebe Bright

Seth Rankin

Josh Schrader

Mary Nickerson

Conrad Eggers

Big Brothers & Big Sisters

Information on this great program. Both here and at Northside Middle School I have seen HUGE gains for students who are partnered with a "big". If you have time or know someone who would be a good fit, please consider this program.