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December 2022

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Empowering Students Through Communications & Lifelong Learning

At South Elementary School, we are a learning community nurturing a culture to provide students the skills necessary to be active, productive, and responsible citizens while empowering students through communications.

WRTV & Scripps Howard Foundation, If You Give A Child A Book Event

"At WRTV, we believe giving children books can take them new places, open their imaginations, fuel big dreams, plant the seeds for future success and help break the cycle of poverty. Children who lack ongoing access to a rich selection of books spend far less time reading, resulting in lower reading proficiency and a struggle to complete high school and prepare for the world beyond. Unfortunately, many children in low-income neighborhoods lack access to the quality books they need to become competent readers. That’s where our annual “If You Give a Child a Book …” campaign in partnership with the Scripps Howard Fund steps in."

Our book drive will provide FREE BOOKS to local kids and teachers at South Elementary through a Scholastic Book Fair in January. The kids will be able to choose their own books.

"Several higher education studies have found that when children select their own books, they are more likely to enjoy reading and score higher on comprehension tests. The Scripps Howard Fund’s partnership with Scholastic Books ensures children get to do just that. We’ll bring Scholastic Book Fairs to South Elementary School of Communications so students can select their own books to take home."


You can also view these events on the calendar by clicking on "Upcoming Events".

December 5-9: Food Drive for Gunner's Food Pantry

December 5-20: 12 Days of Winter Spirit!

December 6: PTO meeting 7:00PM

December 8: 3rd Graders will be caroling at the Waters 9:30AM

December 8: PreK, Kindergarten & 3rd grade Winter Concert, 6:30PM

December 16: 2nd Nine weeks ends

December 20: Winter classroom parties

December 21-January 3: Winter Break

January 4: School Resumes

January 5: Report cards posted

January 10: PTO Meeting 7PM

January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-NO SCHOOL

January 19: PTO after school movie

January 23-24: PLTW Field Trip 2nd Grade

February 3: Breakfast with Buddies February 7PM

February 7: PTO Meeting 7PM

February 7-8: Healthy Smiles

February 8: Midterms 3 posted

February 9: Lions Club Vision Screenings GR K, 1, 3, 5

February 14: Valentines Day parties

February 17-March 6: PTO LaBraid Pastry Fundraiser

12 Days of Winter Spirit Week

Monday 12/5- Charlie Brown Christmas

Wear your favorite winter scarf and hat

Tuesday 12/6- Frosty the Snowman

Wear as much white as you can

Wednesday 12/7- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Dress like your favorite reindeer

Thursday 12/8- Candy Cane Day

Dress in red & white

Friday 12/9- Santa Paws

Keep your “paws” warm…wear Christmas Socks

Monday 12/12- Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

Wear Disney apparel with a flare of Christmas

Tuesday 12/13- Gingerbread Day

Dress as a Gingerbread boy or girl

Wednesday 12/14- Elf on the Shelf

Dress like an elf

Thursday 12/15- How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Wear green or dress like a who from Whoville

Friday 12/16- The Muppet Christmas Carol

Wear your favorite “UGLY” sweater

Monday 12/19- Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Dress in your most festive holiday look

Tuesday 12/20- The Polar Express

Wear your favorite pajamas

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Good Attendance Matters

Good attendance, including being on time to school, is important for the following:

  • Increasing sense of belonging and connection
  • Increasing sense of community
  • Achieving a better sense of time management
  • Learning new skills
  • Developing a routine/habit of success
  • Being part of the school spirit and excitement
  • Showing pride
  • Improving language skills
  • Preparing for next grade level
  • Preparing for real life
  • Having fun
  • Being with friends
  • Getting to know new people
  • Keeping up with school work
  • Increasing preparation and opportunities for success with tests and quizzes
  • Developing structure
  • Feeling a sense of accomplishment and achievement
  • Showing future employers that you are reliable


Classroom Attendance Winners

Congratulations to our October Classroom Attendance Winners!

Accelerated Reader Winners for 1st 9-weeks

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Grandparents/Family Night

Thank you to our volunteers for helping with this special night. Thank you to all the families that came out. It was a great night!
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Veterans Day Program

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WCBK Visits

Thank you to WCBK for having some of our South Dolphins for visits. Students were able to expand their communications skills.
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Author Chat

Third and fourth graders enjoyed an author chat and virtual field trip with author Lauren Tarshis.

4th Grade Field Trip to the State Museum

Real Men Read

Thank you, Mr. Wadlington and Mr. Dilley, for being a part of the Real Men Read Program and reading to our students.

Mrs. Hostetter's Class Welcomes Mayor Costin

Third graders worked on their interview skills. Thank you, Mayor Costin, for visiting South and answering students' questions.
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Chess Club

Chess Club meets on Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:30pm at Martinsville High School Cafeteria.


The 2022-2023 Robotics season has officially started. The South Elementary School Robotics team will meet twice a week this season. Team meetings will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 - 5:30pm. Team meetings will be held in room 14 or on the stage. The team is hoping to participate in two competitions this year as well as attend this year's MSD of Martinsville's Robotic Showcase to be held on March 7 at MHS. More information on these events will be available in the coming days. Team members are listed below. If questions arise, please contact Miss Arthur at

Team Members: Eli Hancock, Ryder Montgomery, Joey Blondell, Walker Fleener, Ethan Willard, Leyton Lopossa, James McDaniel, Thomas Arthur, Wade Rosselot, Penelope Savannah, Jaxston Myers, Skylar Stevenson, and Landry Brummett.

Art Club

Thank you to the third and fourth grade art club students that started our kindness path.
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4th Grade South Boys' Basketball

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PLTW Third Grade Trip to Brooklyn STEM Lab

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Project Lead the Way Opportunity for South Students

Dear Families,

As part of our District STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiative, the

MSD of Martinsville will implement a district wide learning experience for our K-4

students. During this two (2) day experience, students and teachers will visit the

Innovation Center at Brooklyn STEM Academy to participate in a grade specific,

hands-on, projected based learning opportunity. This program will introduce the

teachers and students to the PLTW (Project Lead The Way) Launch curriculum.

PLTW Launch is an Evidence-based Learning platform for PreK-5 students. Through

PLTW Launch, students become hands-on problem solvers and learn to collaborate

with their fellow students.

The MSD of Martinsville is dedicated to the STEM education of all students and is proud to offer this unique opportunity to engage all students in this hands-on approach. Because this is a learning experience within the district, there will not be a special permission slip. If you choose to have your child NOT participate, please fill out the PLTW Opt Out Form, and know that your child will be responsible for the missed material on their own time.

No need to pack a sack lunch. As part of our STEM curriculum, Artie’s Cafe has

developed a special STEM integrated menu. The lunch price will be the same as it is at your child’s home school. Complete menu can be found at and

clicking on “Menus”.

Thank you,

Sharon Goodin

MSD of Martinsville STEM/Skilled Trades Co-Coordinator


PTO News

Want to get involved?!? Join South Elementary School PTO!!! This year's meetings will be in person, however a virtual option will be available as well. Click on this Link to fill out the “PTO Parent Volunteer Survey" and the link for our monthly meeting will be emailed to you each month. Meetings will be the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00PM. Our next meeting will be December 6, 2022. The meeting will be held at South library.

PTO has spirit wear available for purchase. There are South Elementary lanyards and shirts available. Link coming soon to be able to purchase spirit wear online.


Co-President: Bethany Willard & Samantha McDaniel

Vice President: Leslie Arthur

Secretary: Jessica Hostetter

Treasurer: April Shover

Title I Information

Federal funding has been made available through school-wide Title I services to South Elementary for the purpose of providing students with extra support in reading and language arts. This extra support is availabe for all students at South Elementary. Classroom teachers, Title I teachers, and instructional assistants will provide assistance in reading, language arts, and math through small group and indivdual instruction as children demonstrate need for support. Please contact Julie Sullivan at 765-349-1486 Ext. 1654 with any questions about support your child may receive.

Real Time Learning /Virtual Learning (eLearning) Information

Due to new State guidelines the schedule below will be followed if we have an eLearning/Virtual day. Real Time Learning is required from the State on these days. Therefore, students will be joining Zooms for quality instruction and support from their teachers two different times during the Real Time Learning day. Superintendent, Eric Bowlen, also has a Real Time Vlog to give more information. Click below to listen to his vlog.

Students will access assignments and information via Seesaw (Grades K-1) or Google Classroom (Grades 2-4). All assignments, links, and lessons will be uploaded to these platforms by 9AM. Students will join Zoom during the real time instructional times. The Zoom link will be posted in Seesaw or Google Classroom. Students will follow the online, REAL TIME Learning schedule. When not on Zoom, teachers will be available to answer questions via email, dojo, or phone.

Students have been practicing accessing assignments and information via Seesaw or Google Classroom. They have been or will be practicing Zoom.

Attendance for students on REAL TIME learning days will be counted for those who attend live class platform sessions and turn in work from Google Classroom or Seesaw.

Real Time Learning Elementary Schedule

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WELL Wednesday Information-Every Wednesday

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Martinsville District Inclement Weather Announcement

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2-Hour Delay

  • The doors will open at 10:25AM.
  • There will be no breakfast on 2-Hour Delay Days.

A Note from Mrs. Wadlington, School Counselor

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2022-2023 District Covid Protocols

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SES Photo Gallery

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Stay Connected: See What's Happening!

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