CSA Lincoln Newsletter

December 4, 2015


I shared this message with our staff a few weeks ago. I have tweaked it to protect the identity of the student, but the message is still the same. Sometimes we can lose focus on what's most important, especially during the holiday season. I am thankful I work with such wonderful people. Have a great weekend!

The Power of a Husky Gram

Awhile back I gathered the Husky Gram winners for a picture, and one of them asked if I would send the picture to their dad. They told me how they had earned 3 Husky Grams that week. I printed the picture off and wrote on the back “So happy that _____ is a Husky!” You can probably imagine the smile on their face when I presented them with the picture. I found out later that not only did the picture make it home, but that it had been framed and put on the wall.

This student has made a huge transformation from their first day here until now. This was possible because of the patience, love, and support our school has shown this student. Thank you.

Without getting into details, prior to moving to Columbus, they have not had an easy childhood.

But all that changed when they came to CSA Lincoln. You started seeing the positives. We sometimes might take for granted the importance of supporting positive behaviors, but can you imagine how much those three Husky Grams meant to them? Wow. They weren’t given, this student earned them.

As we enter the season of giving, I encourage you to continue to acknowledge the achievements our students earn. You never know what might be hanging up at home.


Please click HERE to complete the survey. The new format is mobile friendly*.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 18th. To encourage participation, the grade level with the highest percentage of parents who complete the survey (your response is anonymous, but it does require you to list the grade level of your student) will win a prize. If you have more than one child at our school, check all grade levels that apply. You do not need to send your survey results in as proof of participation. The survey will take care of it!

Current Leader: 3rd Grade

Thank you for your input!

*BCSC employees- The firewall will block the survey if using the district network. You can also complete the survey here.

Principal's Advisory Council

I met with 6th grade students before Thanksgiving Break about the creation of a Principal's Advisory Council. This group will meet with me weekly to look for ways to improve at CSA Lincoln. During the last quarter of the school year, we will invite a few 5th grade students to apply so that we can have a seamless transition to start the 2016-2017 school year. We will open up more spots for 5th graders at the beginning of next year. Students interested submitted applications. We had a large number of students show interest.

The committee members are:

Barrett Schnepp, Emily Johns, Austin Nesci, Hana Kleinhenz, Nate Collins, Tyce Dobson, Karly Harris, Charlie London, Grace Wolter, Jenna Boewe


The initial deposit of $50 is due to the school no later than December 18th with the permission slip. Checks should be written to CSA Lincoln Elementary. If you will need financial assistance with the trip, you must talk with Mr. Findley prior to December 18th.

5th Grade Holiday Shop

Next week 5th grade will be finishing up preparations for the Holiday Shop. Students will be able to purchase items the week of December 14th.

Preview of a few items for sale

Popcorn from Kindergarten

Kindergarten will be selling popcorn next week to raise money for their Salvation Army project. On Thursday the 10th and Friday the 11th, students will have the opportunity to buy a bag of popcorn for 25 cents during lunch. The money raised will be used to help purchase fleece for the project.

CSA Lincoln Math Bowl Sign-ups!

This is any 4th-6th grade student who is interested in competing on our Math Bowl Team!

The date of the competition is February 25th at 5 p.m. and will be at one of the local elementary schools. Practices will start after Christmas break and are listed on the permission slip.

Permission slips are due back to Mr. Sterling no later than Thursday, December 17th (paper copies also were made available to students).

BCSC Elementary Band Winter Concert

The combined BCSC elementary band will perform on Tuesday, December 8th at Columbus North High School. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and will last approximately 20 minutes.

For band students & parents:

6:10 PM Students begin arriving (drop off or park on the north side of the high school).

* The Auditorium is closed during the rehearsal.

6:30 PM Student rehearsal begins promptly at 6:30 on the auditorium stage. Please be on time!

* Parents may wait in the auditorium foyer.

7:30 PM Concert begins!

* The auditorium doors will open for parents at 7:15 PM; concert will last about 20 minutes.

* Students should dress up for the concert. Suggested attire: dresses, skirts, slacks, nice shoes, nice sweater or button-down shirt, tie. Please do not wear jeans, sweats, sweatshirts, or t-shirts with logos/text. Do not wear the band t-shirt for this event.

Nurse's Note

The winter weather is upon us! Please make sure your child is wearing appropriate outdoor gear. Hat, gloves and a heavy coat that zips up are preferred.

If you need any assistance with any of these items let me know.

-Nurse Koopman

Project Update

  • Our Kindergarten classes are going to be spreading holiday cheer while working with the Salvation Army to make fleece blankets for the 19 residents at their Booth Manor Apartments.

  • First grade students finished up their Fireman's Cheer Fund project with a trip to the United Way building to help pack the goodies that are donated.

  • Second graders are learning about what holiday celebrations look like around the world. They are learning about many different cultures and countries. This week they learned about Mexico, England, and Germany.

  • Third graders wrapped up their Rube Goldberg project with a field trip to the WonderLab Museum in Bloomington, Indiana.

  • Fourth grade kicked off their project with Love Chapel. They are collecting canned and boxed goods, paper or reusable bags, hotel sized toiletries and gently used books. The greatest need being the food and bags. Donations will be collected until December 9th.

  • Fifth grade are working hard on completing all the projects for their upcoming Holiday Shop. The money collected will help pay for their JA Biztown trip.

  • Sixth grade students just started their new project, Mythbusters.
  • PTO

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the 3rd grade play scheduled for Thursday, December 17th, the December PTO meeting will be held on Monday, December 14th instead. We will still meet in the school library from 6-7pm. All are welcome and we hope to see you there!

    THANK YOU to all of you who stepped up to fill the spots available for the Staff Holiday Breakfast that will be held on Tuesday, December 15th! **If you aren't currently on the PTO email list to receive updates and volunteer opportunities but would like to be, send your request to ptocsalincoln@gmail.com**

    Our newsletter didn't happen for today, but I should have it to you for next week.


    Below is a Google form we are asking any parent/guardian who is currently active duty in the Armed Forces to complete. The Department of Education is requiring us to ask for this data. This form and information is kept confidential. A paper copy is coming home today if you prefer to complete it and return it after Thanksgiving break.


    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.

    Basketball Schedules

    Updated schedules for:




    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!

    Mason Lewis

    Sophie Young

    Jorja Holland

    Sam Mormino

    Madeline Kiser

    Kelsi Wildridge

    Grace Wolter

    Mrs. Aldrich

    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.

    Get connected with Remind 101

    Click here for directions on how to receive text message updates from Mr. Findley