CSA Lincoln Newsletter

January 22, 2016


Braden Cusano

If you were at the basketball game against Parkside last night, you already know where I'm headed. For those who weren't able to come, there was a moment, that in my opinion, defines why CSA Lincoln is so special.

It was evident we were going to lose the game by the start of the 4th quarter and in so many cases I have seen coaches leave in starters. I've also seen athletes hang their heads and give up knowing a loss was inevitable.

With about two minutes left in the basketball game, Braden entered the game. This was the first game he has played in this season. By title, Braden is the team manager, but he has been so much more than that to the team and to our school. He always has a smile on his face, warm heart, and usually a chai latte in his hand. Braden will be moving this summer and so this was his last experience with the basketball team.

So Braden entered the game with the full support of the players and fans. He was fouled and went to the free throw line where he made the first shot. The place erupted. To Parkside, he might have just been someone who finally got a chance.

To us, Braden is so much more.

This moment is what makes CSA Lincoln special. I often get asked by prospective families, "What makes CSA Lincoln special?", and my answer is always the same. Yes, we are a PBL environment and excel academically, but it is the people (students, staff, families, PTO, community members) here that sets us apart. We didn't get the victory on the scoreboard, but we all walked away winners.

Thank you to our athletes who understood what was most important.

Thank you to our coaches who had our 6th graders playing in the 4th quarter and for putting Braden in the game so he could have this moment.

Thank you to the officials, Parkside coaches, and players for showing good sportsmanship.

Braden said this morning, it was something he would never forget. I believe this will be something that many of us will never forget and for that Braden, we thank you.

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.

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.

EBL Super Saturday

  • Above and Beyond Award winners: The boys will receive their award during halftime of the girls championship game which starts @ 9 a.m. on Saturday. The girls will receive their awards during halftime of the boys game which is planned to start @ 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The cheer and dance awards will be presented during the award ceremony for the Cheer competition. Cheer competition begins @ 2 p.m. Parents, siblings & grandparents of award winners are allowed free admittance to the gym.

  • BCSC Sports passes ARE NOT valid for tournament events.

  • Doors open on Friday @ 5:30 p.m. and Saturday @ 8:30 a.m. Friday & Saturday. Games are at Columbus North High School.

  • Programs will be available on Friday & Saturday.

  • Concessions will be available on Friday and Saturday.

  • They will clear the gym after boys championship game. We will re-open the doors @ 1:15 p.m. and plan to start the Cheer comp. @ 2 p.m.

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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)

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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.


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 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 — 1-855-824-8376
    • 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.

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.


Our Kindergarten classes finished up the 100 days by dressing up as 100 year old men and women.

  • First grade are gearing up to start a new project learning about animals and their habitats. They will be taking a field trip to Kidscommons next week to kick off their project.

  • Second graders are continuing to work on their Genius Hour projects. They have chosen a subject and have started learning how to interview sources, using open-ended questions.

  • Third graders began brainstorming and starting to plan their Pop Tab Contest project for Riley Children's Hospital. Start saving those pop tabs now.

  • Fourth grade will be starting a science related project based around the idea of design soon.

  • 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 officially kicked off their Mythbuster projects this week.

  • PTO News

    Lots of things are happening in PTO so be sure to check out the PTO Newsletter:


    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

    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.


    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.


    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!

    MaKenzie Coy

    Maddox Hult

    Landon Jeffers

    Joesph Perkins

    Henry Sims

    Jake Schroeder

    Spencer Bright

    Erica Bodem

    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.