South Side Family Newsletter

March 2020

Springing Forward

South Side Families,

Spring is just a few short days away! Last week's eLearning took all of us by surprise with three consecutive days out of the building. All assigned eLearning from last week is due by the end of the school day this Friday, March 6 in order for students to be counted as present for the days that we missed last week. Please be sure to ask your child's teacher about any confusion you may have regarding eLearning assignments. We can't count students as present for the school day unless they complete eLearning assignments. Keep in mind that we do allow three school days after returning from eLearning to complete all assignments.

March is a busy month leading up to our two week spring break. The Important Dates section below has been updated and contains a lot of information to take note of. With our spring season also comes our testing season for the school year. It's amazing to think that we are already planning for end of year assessments for all students.

Please continue to support your children's education as the weather improves and they start to mentally drift toward spring break. We will do our best to keep things engaging and interactive in school so that students can continue to demonstrate academic gains.

Please contact me with positive feedback or ideas that you have to improve our school. I hope you all have a nice spring break with your kids!

Jeff Harper


Phone: 260-349-2200


Facebook: South Side Trailblazers

School-Wide Fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters

A fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters began the last week of February. Students have been given the goal of raising $300 in change and bills. If this goal is met, Mr. Harper will be required to work on the roof for an entire school day. With three eLearning days last week, this fundraiser will continue through Thursday or this week. Students can bring in money to donate and place it in the jar in their classroom.

Earbuds and Headphones

Our students use technology every day. Many of our programs require students to hear what is happening on their screen. State mandated testing is completed online and requires students to have headphones or earbuds as well. As parents we understand that headphones don't last forever. Please be sure to check with your student to make sure they have headphones or earbuds that are working well at school. We offer earbuds at our student store that is open weekly. These earbuds can be purchased for $1.00.

3rd Annual South Side PTO Student Talent Showcase

This Thursday, March 5 at 6:00 pm we will be holding our 3rd Annual South Side PTO Student Talent Showcase. Please note the new practice time for students below for Tuesday. All South Side families are encouraged to attend the evening performance on Thursday. We will have food and beverages for purchase and many students showcasing their talents!

Food options and prices:

Pizza: $1.00 per slice

Popcorn: $0.50 per bag

Pop and water: $0.50 each

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Third Grade IREAD 3 Test is Coming Up

As you may know, our 3rd graders will be taking IREAD very soon. Your child will be tested on reading skills and comprehension standards in English/Language Arts. Your child will need headphones to take this test. Please check with your child to see if they have working headphones. The test will be divided into two different parts. Day 1 will consist of reading foundations, such as beg./middle/end/vowel sounds in words and vocabulary. As well as, nonfiction reading comprehension. Day 2 will consist of Literature reading comprehension. We plan to test on Tuesday & Wednesday, March 17 & 18, 8:15 to approximately 10:30. It would be helpful to avoid any appointments on these days, if at all possible.

Parents, you can help your child do his/her best by making sure he/she gets a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast on these mornings. Parents, you can also help your child, by simply urging them to do their best. We want the kids to take the test very seriously, but also not get too anxious.

The state of Indiana requires all third grade students to take this test. If they do not pass, they will possibly be required to take summer school and/or retake the test.

We hope to see you at Family Game Night on March 19!

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Preschool Round Up

We are holding a preschool round up during our Kindergarten round up on Thursday, March 12 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in our preschool classroom wing. Attending round up for preschool will not guarantee a spot for new students for next year. We are looking for students that will be 4 years old during the 2020-21 school year and 5 years old by August 1, 2021. Come join us to learn about our preschool opportunities for next school year.

Kindergarten Round Up


Items needed for Kindergarten Round Up:

Birth certificate

Social Security card

Immunization record

Proof of residence - something showing your name and current address (utility bills, for example)

Custody documents if parents do not live together

**Forms can be picked up in the South Side office daily from 7:15 to 3:45. A form will be sent home with all students in the near future. Please share this with any family or friends that need to enroll a Kindergarten student for next year.

Lemonade Day

Junior Achievement of Noble County would like you to be aware of their second annual campaign to teach kids about entrepreneurship. Here is a link with all of the information:

5th Grade Parents

Current fifth grade families are invited to East Noble Middle School for a sixth grade schedule meeting. This will take place on Thursday, May 7 at 6:00 pm.

FREE East Noble Mobile App

East Noble School Corporation is thrilled to announce our new app for mobile phones! Stay up-to-date with access to sports events and activities, the daily cafeteria menu, news from administrators, student stories, and teacher contact information!

For a preview of this great new app, check out this You Tube video:

Download the app for free on both Google Play or the Apple App Store!

More information about how to locate our school lunch menu through the app:

Student Assistance Program

Friendly reminder! East Noble School Corporation has partnered with the Bowen Center and the Northeastern Center to help provide students support outside of school. East Noble Students are offered two free counseling sessions at both facilities. If you feel like your student may need someone else to talk to, please reach out to the Bowen Center at 800-342-5653 or the Northeastern Center at 347-2453.

Mrs. Carden is also available to speak to South Side students during the school day. Please give Mrs. Carden a call or send her an email at if you have any questions or concerns.

Weather Delay Schedule

Here are some things to remember for school delays:

Monday late start does not apply in the event of a weather delay, all times below are for Monday through Friday.

2 hour delay

Doors open: 9:45

School starts: 10:00

There is no school breakfast on delayed school days

Elearning Reminder

Although we hope to avoid school cancellations the reality is upon us that Mother Nature may have other plans. If your child has experienced any difficulty completing our previously planned ELearning days so far this year, or if you are experiencing any technical difficulties at home with your school-issued device please contact your child's teacher before we start to experience multiple weather related ELearning days. Students do have three school days to complete each ELearning day's assignments, but the process is much better for kids when they can complete their assignments at home on the day of ELearning.

Student Drop Off/Pick Up Reminders

We are happy to welcome parents to our car line each morning and afternoon. We ask that all cars waiting in line please turn off your vehicle, as we do want to promote our car line as a no idle zone. We also want to remind you that all East Noble school campuses are tobacco free meaning that we cannot allow smoking in our car line. Thanks for keeping the air around our school free of smoke and car fumes.

Important Dates

Click here for the East Noble School Corporation 2019-20 school calendar

March 3 Rescheduled talent show practice after school until 3:30 for all participants that are signed up

March 5 Third Annual South Side PTO Talent Show 6:00-7:00 pm in cafeteria

March 11 Fourth grade field trip to Fort Wayne History Center and Allen County Courthouse

March 12 Kindergarten round up from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

March 13 Brazil Culture Day

March 16-20 Spring Book Fair

March 17 and 18 IREAD3 testing for 3rd grade

April 14 Progress reports issued

April 16 2nd and 3rd grade music program 6:00 pm

May 5 Fifth grade visit to Junior Achievement Biz Town

May 7 6:00 pm Current fifth grade meeting at East Noble Middle School for a 6th grade scheduling meeting

May 7 Kindergarten and 1st grade music program 6:00 pm

May 12 Senior walk through time TBD

May 14 Last day for student iPads to go home

May 15 First grade field trip to Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

May 15 Fourth grade field trip to Gene Stratton Porter

May 28 Report cards issued on last student day

June 24 Online student registration available for all East Noble School Corporation families

July 27 6th grade orientation at ENMS 8:00-11:30 am