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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.

Level Green: In-Person Learning

All students are in session on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Reminder: No students will come into the classroom on Wednesdays. Wednesdays are reserved for deep cleaning.

The District Back to School plan can be found on the website, msdofmartinsville.org then click Back to School on the homepage.

Mark Your Calendar with Important Dates

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

September 28-October 2: Coin Wars for Childhood Cancer Awareness

October 5: PTO virtual meeting @ 7:00PM

October 6: Chess Club at MHS 6-7PM

October 9: End of 1st Nine Weeks

October 12-16: Fall Break

October 20: Chess Club at MHS 6-7PM

October 22: Report Cards sent home

October 26-29: Pumpkin Decorating Contest

October 26-30: Red Ribbon Week

October 27: Chess Club at MHS 6-7PM

October 30: Halloween Class Party

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Arrival & Dismissal

  • The doors open at 8:25AM.
  • School begins at 8:40AM.
  • We ask that all parents/guardians dropping students off remain in their vehicles during drop off.
  • We will have South staff members outside to guide the students into the school.
  • You can drop off students at the front of the building in the front drive or in the circle lot. Staff will be located at both locations to assist.
  • PreK dismisses at 3PM. Pick up will be in the front drive. Staff will come to the car to call and load students.
  • Busses are loaded at approximately 3:40PM
  • Walkers and car riders are dismissed and begin loading vehicles after the busses have been dismissed.
  • Parents/guardians picking up students should remain in their vehicles during dismissal. Students will be called to each vehicles.
  • Kindergarten and Daycare students can be picked up in the circle lot. If a kindergarten student has an older sibling at South, the older sibling would be picked up in the circle lot also.
  • Students in grades 1-4 can be picked up in the front drive. In the front drive, cars will be moved up in line once the busses have been loaded and dismissed.
  • Traffic in both locations will remain stopped until students are loaded safely. Staff members will be calling names so that students come to the vehicles.
  • Remain in the car rider lines and follow staff direction for movement.
  • Masks will need to be worn by all students and staff members.
  • Please be patient during arrival as we want to make sure that everyone remains safe.
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Decorate a pumpkin like your favorite storybook character. You are welcome to use paint and additional materials, but please DO NOT cut your pumpkin. We would like to keep your pumpkin on display and don’t want it to rot. Please either send the book with your pumpkin or a notecard with your character’s name and the name of the book.

You may start bringing your entries to school starting October 26, 2020.

All entries are due in the front entryway by 3:40 p.m.

Thursday, October 29.

Pumpkins will be on display through Friday, October 30.

Prizes will be awarded to the student whose pumpkin receives the most votes AND to the Administrators’ favorite pumpkin.

(Pumpkins should be picked up at the end of the day on Friday, October 30. Any pumpkins left after school on Friday, October 30 will be discarded).


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Chess Club Rules

Artesian Chess Club Procedures During COVID Social Distancing

This year, we will have special procedures in place to help keep everyone safe. We want this to be fun for the kids, and we expect to learn and adjust as we go. Thank you for helping us!

1) Club will meet during “Green” and “Yellow” stoplight periods, but not during “Red” periods.

2) Club will will meet once per week on Tuesday nights from 6pm to 7pm starting September


3) Meetings for all grade levels will be at the Martinsville High School cafeteria.

4) We will enter and exit the cafeteria directly from the outside. Go through the courtyard

across the street from the Softball field and use the door leading to the cafeteria.

5) Except for drop off and pick up, we are not allowing parents and guardians in the cafeteria.

We will have some teachers and volunteers to help us run the club this year.

6) Face masks must be worn at all times. Kids should bring their own masks.

7) Kids will use vinyl gloves while playing games. Gloves will be provided. If your child has a

vinyl allergy, please bring you own gloves.

8) During club meetings, we will only allow 2 kids to sit at a table while playing their match.

The cafeteria uses round tables which will be spaced appropriately.

9) Each kid will be given a bag of chess pieces (black and white) to use for the night. We will

ask kids to only touch and move their own pieces.

10) Because we are required by the school district to trace contacts, we will ask each player to

notate their games and turn them in. Pencils and notation sheets will be provided.

11) We will spray chess boards between matches.

12) We will clean all chess equipment each week between meetings.

13) As always, we will teach new players how to play chess, so new players can join

Fall Party-October 30th

Fall classroom parties will be on October 30th. Parties will be led by South staff. Students may wear their costume to school. Please make sure the costumes are school appropriate . Students will not be changing in or out of their costumes during the day. PTO will be providing treats for the class. Just a reminder that there are no visitors in the classrooms or school building for parties.
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PTO News

Want to get involved?!? Join South Elementary School PTO!!! This year's meetings will be virtual. Click on this link to fill out the “Get Involved Form” and the link for our monthly meeting will be emailed to you each month. Meetings will be the first Monday of the month at 7:00PM. Our Next meeting will be October 5th. All are welcome to attend and encouraged to participate. This year is going to be different and we need lots of ideas to make it a great year! Hope to see you there!!

PTO also has spirit wear available for purchase. There are South Elementary face masks, lanyards and shirts available. Click on the button below to view and/or order spirit wear.

PTO selling Spirit Wear

Click on the button to view and/or order spirit wear.

Breakfast/Lunch Information

  • Free Breakfast & Lunch

    The USDA has just announced they are funding breakfast and lunch for ALL students in our district regardless of eligibility status during the school day through December. At this time, no action is needed from families, and no procedural changes needed for students in breakfast or lunch lines. Current funds will remain in student accounts. After Dec 31, all students will return to their approved eligibility status. Therefore, families can still complete free/reduced applications. Please note, charges still apply for ala carte items.

  • Lunch will be served and eaten in the classroom.
  • Click on the graphic above to see information on breakfast and lunch.


Our MSD Food Service Team is offering breakfast and lunch to students each eLearning Wednesday beginning this week. Instead of picking up meals at school, the food items will be sent home with students each Tuesday. Orders are due each week on Monday by 12 pm.

To order and learn more, please click our link:


Wednesday Attendance for eLearning

On Wednesdays, students' elearning days, it is important that students login on their device and complete the attendance question of the day to be counted present. Questions will be sent to students no later than 9:00 in the morning and students will have until 9:00 that evening to complete their questions. Teachers will provide specific details on how students will get these questions answered.

Checking A Student Out Of School Early

Only adults listed on a student's emergency contacts will be able to check out a student from school. In addition, anyone picking up a child, will need identification to be able to check a student out of school.


No visitors will be allowed beyond the front foyer area unless they have an approved scheduled meeting. If attending a scheduled meeting, social distance/mask guidelines will be followed. We will not be having visitors for breakfast, lunch, or in classrooms this year.

Family Access

Please make sure that your information is current and updated including your email address. School newsletters and other important information is sent through email.

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