CSA Lincoln Newsletter

February 5, 2016

PRINCIPAL'S NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS

One flight down, one to go! In Houston waiting for the 2nd flight.


Of course the week I head to Phoenix is when they experience an unusual cold weather front! The conference ran from 8-4 each day so my time was well spent learning about the next steps of PLC work at our district and school level. We did get some time yesterday afternoon to do a little hiking.


I included a few pictures from the sports banquet. A special thanks to Shawna Netser and Kristen Sparks for dressing up the gymnasium. Mr. Shipley had great things to say about the banquet. Congrats to our athletes!

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Parent / Teacher Conferences will take place the week of February 8th-11th. Teachers will be using the same schedule for siblings that was used first semester. Teachers will be notifying you soon of your conference date and time.


Want to meet with a Specials teacher (PE, Music or Art)? You can arrange a meeting with any of these teachers by contacting them via email.


PE- Jill Garris- garrisj@bcsc.k12.in.us

Music- Nicholas Kohne- kohnen@bcsc.k12.in.us

Art-Meredith Morrow- morrowme@bcsc.k12.in.us

From the Cafeteria

Lunch on Monday, February 8th will be a specialty menu in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Orange Chicken Stir Fry and Rice or Taco Snacks


Sides: Asian vegetables, baked beans, fresh fruit, fortune cookie

Book Fair

Feelin' Groovy! Book Fair is just around the corner!

February 8-11

M-W 7:30-3

Thurs. 7:30-5

Hope to see you there!

Mrs. Goggin

Date change for Staff vs. Student Bball game

The Staff vs. Student basketball game will be on Wednesday, February 24th (previously noted as Th, 2/25) as the Math Bowl competition is on Thursday, February 25th. The 6th grade will be hosting a Paw Pack (Grades 3-6) as a fundraiser for the Chicago Trip. All students and parents are welcome to attend the basketball game. Stay tuned for more details.

ISTEP/IRead TESTING- Save the date!

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. It is very important that your student is here!


Save the Dates: Tuesday, March 1st- Friday, March 11th

Middle School Open House Information

For 6th graders and their parents:


Central Middle School /Central CSA

February 17th

CSA PBL demonstration 5-6 p.m.

Sports/Clubs available- 5:45-6:20 p.m. Commons/Cafeteria

Presentation/Tours 6:30 p.m.

Information on Academic Challenge (AC) and earning high school credit available.


Northside Middle School

February 18th

Activity Fair (sports, clubs, etc. will have info booths in Gym 2) 6:00 p.m.

Presentation/Tours 6:30 p.m.

Information on Academic Challenge (AC) and Global Studies Pathway programs available.

Open House Flyer Enrollment Scheduling Timeline

Parent Survey Results

Thank you again to all those who participated in our 1st semester parent survey. Our CIC met this past Wednesday to review the results and came up with two action plans to focus on for this semester.

Parent Survey Results

Note: There are two questions regarding the level of communication with parents and families. The first graph shows responses based at the classroom level and the second graph indicates responses based at the school administration level.


Action Plan

Snapshot:

1. Improve authenticity of projects and strengthen community partnerships

2. Improve clarity and increase feedback regarding student progress


Detailed Action Plan:

Click here for detailed objectives, rationale, strategies and timeline for completing the two objectives.

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)

LOOK: FREE ACCESS TO THOUSANDS OF DIGITAL BOOKS

Through the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative, students and their families across the state will have unlimited access to reading material on myON, giving families an opportunity to share rich literacy experiences together regardless of their socioeconomic status or whether or not there is a proficient reader in the home.


  • More than 4,000 digital books ranging from illustrated and picture books to chapter books, graphic novels, literary non-fiction, photo and informational texts spanning multiple eras and cultures.
  • The collection includes 70% nonfiction, 10% Spanish or dual language and 20% Hi-Lo titles, and is continually growing.
  • A wide range of titles and topics provides varying levels of text complexity and support close reading in a range of genres and content areas, including history/social studies, science and technical works.
  • Books are available online anytime, anywhere students have access to an Internet connection, 24x7,
  • There’s no limit to the number of students who can read the same book at the same time on myON.
  • Click on this link - Students can download up to 20 titles for offline reading using free mobile apps for iPad and Android tablets.
  • Click here for detail instructions and information.

HOW TO LOG IN TO MYON

1. Go to https://www.myon.com/school/hoosier/

2. Enter the School Name: Hoosier Family of Readers (The School Name will automatically populate as you type)

3. Enter the username read and password read.

4. Click the green Sign In button.


Begin Reading! Click on All Books to browse through the entire myON Library and enjoy reading with your child this summer!

Get connected with Remind 101

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

WHAT IF WE NEEDED YOU TO KNOW...

WHAT IF there was an EMERGENCY? WHAT IF we needed to GET INFORMATION TO YOU? This is a QUICK and EASY way to communicate needed information TO YOU!


What is REMIND?

Principals everywhere are forgetting their complex phone trees and are using Remind as a simple way to keep their colleagues in the loop and build community at their schools.


Click on the Get Connected with REMIND above this article.

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.

PROJECT UPDATES

  • Our Kindergarten classes had some representatives from C.A.R.E. in this week, including 2 gorgeous dogs. They explained what C.A.R.E. does for the community and asked if the Kindergarteners wanted to help their organization. The students are now working on how they would like to help C.A.R.E. and the animals with their next project.
  • First grade are still working hard on their habitat project. They are in need of shoe boxes if you have any you would like to donate to their project.
  • Second graders are continuing to work on their Genius Hour projects. They have been having their interviews with their community partners this week and will continue to be interviewing into next week. We are so thankful for all our community partners that have been so helpful sharing their expertise with our students.
  • Third graders will be rolling out their Pop Tab Contest project for Riley Children's Hospital any day now. Start saving those pop tabs.
  • Fourth grade will be starting a science related project based around the idea of design soon.
  • Fifth grader are working on their Treasures project. Next step will be setting up their Treasure Story displays at Viewpoint Books in the coming weeks.
  • Fifth grade and Sixth grade project managers for the Zero Heroes project have been working hard to come up with ways to measure and give feedback to classrooms on their recycling efforts. This has included the new launch of "recycle-grams" which are modeled after the husky grams and given to those students showing effort in recycling in the classrooms.
  • Sixth grade has wrapped up their Myth busters project and will be moving on to their next project soon.

PTO Updates

Dining to Donate at Applebee's

Mark your calendars for WEDNESDAY FEB.17TH 2016 to get a delicious meal and support our school at our Applebee's Dining to Donate event. Just present the special CSA flyer during lunch, dinner or for any Carside to Go Order at the Applebee's on 25th St. and 15% of your purchase will be returned to the school! The special flyer will be sent home with your child a few days before the event or you can print it HERE. Hope to see you there!

Nurse's Note

Please see this note concerning how to prevent and treat head lice. Like any school, CSA Lincoln is not immune to lice. Please read through these tips and feel free to contact our nurse, Leesa Koopman, if you have any questions.

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!


Jude Collins

Rayne Newton

Sydney Ousley

Santi DeLuna

Ava Galliher

Gavin Gromer

Tyler Miller

Max Mormino

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.