CSA Lincoln Newsletter

November 13, 2015

Principal's Notes and Highlights

We had 17 veterans join us for our Veterans Day convocation this past Wednesday morning. The gym was packed as three 5th graders led us in the Pledge of Allegiance, our choir performed two songs, four 1st graders read essays, Karly Harris (6th) read a poem, and kindergarten provided a video tribute.

That being said, my favorite part was the Armed Forces Medley. It is traditionally played at patriotic events to honor each branch of the armed services with its own service song, and for the members of each branch to assume the position of "attention" during the duration of their song. While the veterans assumed "attention" for their respective service song, students loudly clapped their hands in appreciation of their service. 340+ students were in our gym during the 30 minute program and all of them showed great respect for our veterans. I was so proud of them!

Norway, China and Taiwan. What do all three of these have in common? In addition to over 20 states, our newsletter was viewed last week in these locations! The new format seems to be a hit!

I want to wish three groups good luck this weekend. Our basketball teams face off against Smith Elementary tomorrow at Smith. Girls start at 9 a.m. with the boys to follow. Secondly, our Lego club will put their skills to the test at the Foundation for Youth on Saturday. Finally, if you like camo and plan to be sitting in a tree stand at 5 a.m. like me- be safe and good luck!

Medieval Carnival

On Friday, November 20th from 5pm-7pm, the 6th grade will be having a Medieval Carnival to wrap up our Medieval Project. Come out and play some Medieval games, have some tasty food, and help 6th grade raise money for our trip to Chicago in May!!

Tickets are $1.00 per event.

United Way Campaign

It's that time of year again where 3rd grade hosts the United Way coin drive! Third grade has the coin tubes set up and ready to go. They run from upstairs to downstairs in the 4th grade corner of the school. Students should only drop coins before and after school as they make quite a bit of noise. Grade levels will be fighting to be the United Way Coin Drive Champion! The grade level that brings in the most coins will win a Breakfast party including donuts, orange juice, and milk! The coin drive ends at the end of the day on Monday, November 16th.

Faculty Lounge Highlights

Having taught six years at the high school level and three more as an assistant principal at Northside Middle School, I have a real appreciation of what a fabulous group of teachers we have here. You only know this group of teachers, but in my opinion, there isn't another group out there that works harder, stays later and wants the very best for your children.

I will start using this section to highlight some of the MANY great things our teachers are involved in at the school and district level.

Miss Delaney Lego- Miss Lego is on several school level committees, but she is also a leader at the district level. Currently, she serves on the district Standards-Based Report Card Committee. In addition, she is not only our school representative for the district technology committee, but she will be presenting next Tuesday to all grade 3-4 reps on itslearning.

New Teachers- All new teachers are in the process of conducting peer observations of their peers in an effort to improve their craft. This is one of the most effective methods for new teachers to learn from our "pros".

From the PTO

Our next PTO meeting will be Thursday, November 19th at 6:00 p.m. We meet in the library. As a parent of a CSA Lincoln student you are a member of the PTO. We welcome you to attend and participate if able and willing.

Helpful Hints for students who struggle with executive functioning.

This week is "School Psychology Week" and principals were provided with suggestions for students who struggle with executive functioning (impulse control, organization, initiation, time management, self-monitoring, and working memory). These could be beneficial at home. Here is the link.

2015 ISTEP+

You can now view your student's ISTEP+ scores online. Information went home with your student last Friday on how to access this information. The Republic newspaper ran an article in which Chad Phillips was featured about requesting a rescore of the ISTEP test and the deadline is today. I have been in communication with several parents this week whose student barely missed the pass mark.

If you have seen the news regarding last year's results, you already know that the scores went down across the state. We know that ISTEP+ is just one of many data points we use to measure success. Our focus has and will continue to be on the growth of the whole student. We also know through a PBL education students learn the tools necessary to be successful in the real world.

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.

Chromebook Damages-$$

In the past week, we have had several chromebooks turned in with significant damage to the screen (this picture is of one of the damaged devices). All of these are a result of students not handling them correctly. Often they pick them up by the corners and are puncturing the screens. Students are taught in each classroom how to correctly hold the devices with two hands.

Please take a few minutes to reinforce the importance of taking care of their devices. Being a technology-based school, it is difficult for students to operate without their chromebook and the repair costs can add up for parents.

The process:

1.Teachers turn in damaged chromebook with report of what happened to our building technologist.

2. In-House repair determines the extent of damage and creates a statement of repair charges.

3. Repair charges are mailed home.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Basketball Schedules

Updated schedules for:



Note from the Nurse

It's that time of year again, the flu and cold season is upon us. Please remind your children to dress appropriately for the weather and to wash their hands before eating. A few things to remember are, if a child has a fever of 100.5, they need to stay home until they are fever free for 24 hrs. They cannot have had diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hrs.


Leesa Koopman LPN

Project Update

  • Our Kindergarten classes are currently between projects and looking at ways they can help our community this holiday season.

  • First grade students are teaming up with the Fireman's Cheer Fund to spread cheer this holiday season during their current project. Please have your children bring in any new or gently used toys by November 20th.

  • Second graders will be working on "Genius Hour" project all year- currently they are learning how because of "geniuses" we have improved many different aspects of our daily lives. Next week they will be visiting the Bartholomew County History Center and learning about how geniuses have improved farming over the years.

  • Third graders will have their Rube Goldberg projects set up around Chaos in the Commons from 4:00-6:30 PM on Monday, November 16th. The children will showcase their "machines". Please continue to have your children bring in your change for the United Way.

  • Fourth grade will be finishing up their Indiana Living Legend's speakers with Rick Weinheimer, a nationally-recognized coach of multiple state championship teams and Indiana Track and Cross Country Hall of Fame in 2004 inductee.

  • Fifth grade classes are focusing on their Treasures Project. They are writing their own books that upon completion they will be bound for them. The students will also get to showcase them on an author's showcase event at a later date.

  • Sixth grade students are finalizing details on their Medieval Carnival that will be taking place on November 20th from 5:00-7:00 pm in the CSA Lincoln gymnasium. There will be food, games, activities to participate in. Please come support this project and help the students earn funds towards their Chicago trip.
  • Calendar (Next Week)


    Cheer practice 3-3:45, Choir 3:15-4:15


    Cheer practice 3-3:45, Girl Scouts 6:15-7:45


    Rick Weinheimer w/ 4th grade (Indiana Legends), Bball vs. Richards @ Richards (5:30 start)


    Cheer practice 3-3:45, High School Heroes (5th grade), PTO Meeting (6 p.m. @ CSA Lincoln)


    Cheer practice 3-3:45, Bartholomew County Historical Society (2nd Grade)


    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!

    Addisyn Perkins

    Emily Vogel

    Zayda Shelton

    McKenna Schnepp

    Amos Combest

    Kelsi Wildridge

    Austin Nesci

    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