CSA Lincoln Newsletter
January 29, 2016
PRINCIPAL'S NOTES AND HIGHLIGHTS
This week's newsletter is packed with important information. Please let us know if you have any questions.
I will be at a Professional Learning Communities (PLC) conference in Phoenix, Arizona with a few other school administrators next week (Wednesday-Friday). I will still have access to email and will be checking in with Mrs. Sparks on a daily basis. Have a great week!
Parent / Teacher Conferences
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- firstname.lastname@example.org
Music- Nicholas Kohne- email@example.com
Art-Meredith Morrow- firstname.lastname@example.org
As you may have seen, yearbook order forms were sent home on Tuesday of this week. The cost this year is $12 a yearbook. There is an online ordering option (Code: 04246V) or you can return the order form to school with cash or check payable to "CSA Lincoln."
You will need to order a yearbook to receive one.
If you have any questions or concerns about yearbooks or pricing please email Mrs. George (email@example.com).
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.
EBL Super Saturday- CHEER COMPETITION
Drama Club- PLAY AUDITIONS
Middle School Enrollment-6th Grade Parents
Middle School Open House Information
Central Middle School /Central CSA
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
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.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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!
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.
- Our Kindergarten classes will be kicking off their next project in the coming week. Representatives from C.A.R.E., Inc will be visiting to tell the students a little bit about what they do for the community and asking if they would like to help them for their next project.
- First grade continued their project helping animals this week. They took a field trip to the Kidcommons and learned more about animals and their habitats and ways we can help.
- Second graders are continuing to work on their Genius Hour projects. The students began the interview process of their projects. They will be interviewing community partners that know about the subjects they are researching.
- Third graders are 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 are still working on their Treasures project. They have sent off their books to publication and will be working on their presentation pieces for their author night.
- Sixth graders are working hard on their Myth Buster projects and will be presenting their hard work next week.
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.
HUSKY GRAM DRAWING WINNERS
Staff: Mrs. George
Recycling Gram: Sophie Young
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.