Culver Elementary April 2018

-----------------From the Desk of Mrs. Proskey--------------

Happy April and Happy Spring!!!!

Parents & Guardians-

It is time for spring sports- Baseball, Softball, Soccer and Track. Please come out and support our truly fabulous kiddos!!!! They would love your support. It is so wonderful seeing the bleachers full of fans!!!!

Well unfortunately, we are in full testing mode this month. :( Please make sure your students are well rested and healthy. :) I know that this month is not going to be fun but we will just need to push through it and give it our absolute best. Remember, we are not defined by a test, a score or a letter grade!!! May will be here before we know it and we are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. :)

Parents and Guardians, I just want to reiterate my appreciation for all that you do to support us as a school and all of our programs, me as a principal, my amazing staff, and your fabulous children. Together, you make this an truly rewarding place to come to work everyday!!!

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate or come in, email me at or call me at 574-842-3389.


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ISTEP Testing- Round 2

Students will begin testing at 8:15am sharp and will be completed by 10:00 am each day they test. Please make sure that you have not scheduled appointments for you child on those days, during those times. Thank you!

3rd Grade-
April 16th- April 20th- E/LA & Math (8:15-10:00)
4th Grade-
April 16th- April 23rd- E/LA, Math, Science (8:15-10:00)
5th Grade-
April 16th- April 20th- E/LA, Math, Social Studies (8:15-10:00)

ISTEP Make-Up Tests-
April 24th-April 27th.


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May 7th- May 18th- Schedule to be determined


Link to the Culver Elementary School WebPage

By pressing this button, you can view the official Culver Elementary School Webpage, where you can view official documents (the breakfast & lunch menu) and links to the Middle School and High School.

Special Meetings/ Activities/ Dates

April 9- Monday
School Back in Session

April 10-Tuesday

5:00 PTO Meeting at the Admin Building

April 11- Wednesday
3:00-5:00 Science Fair Set Up

April 12- Thursday

3:00-5:00 Science Fair in the Elementary Gym
6:00 Young Authors Committee- Menominee Elementary School

April 13- Friday
5:00 CCMHS Sports Spectacular @ the High School

April 14- Saturday
9:00 MAX MOVE @ Culver Academy Naval Building
6:00 pm JAZZ CAFE @ HS

April 16-April 20 (Mon-Fri)

3rd-5th grade ISTEP Testing

April 16- Monday
7:00 Board Meeting @ Admin Building

April 21- Saturday
10:00 Color Run @ HS Football Field

April 23-April 27 (Mon-Fri)

ISTEP Make-up Testing

April 24th- Tuesday
6:00 Band Open House

April 27- Friday
Midterm Ends- Midterm Reports available to view on May 1st.

April 30th-May4th (Mon-Fri)

Kindergarten- 5th grade NWEA/MAP Testing

May 4th-School in Session- Make-Up Day
Kindergarten-4th B-Specials Day
Spring Fling- May the Fourth be With You!
Harmony Family Access

Click here to retrieve your children's Harmony Information (report cards, lunch information, grades, homework, etc.)


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Culver Community Preschool Information

Who: Students who turn 4 by August 1, 2018
How Long of Day: Mon- Friday/ Full Day
Where: Culver Elementary School Building
Transportation: Busing provided If sibling already attends CES
Cost per Week: $60.00 or Vouchers (Tuition Assistance) accepted

**** On My Way Pre-K (Tuition Acceptance) Vouchers accepted (information below)


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On My Way Pre-K (Preschool Tuition Assistance)

On My Way Pre-K Applications Now Available!

On My Way Pre-K applications are now being accepted – and we need your help spreading the word!

Starting today, eligible families in the 20 On My Way Pre-K counties (full list here) can apply for a 2018-2019 pre-K grant by visiting This marks the full implementation of the second stage of Indiana’s public-funded pre-K program.

As a reminder, to be eligible:

  • Families must have an income below 127 percent of the federal poverty level.
  • The child must be 4 years old by August 1, 2018, and starting kindergarten in the 2019/2020 school year.
  • Parents/guardians in the household must be working, going to school or attending job training.

Links to electronic applications, in both English and Spanish, as well as a printable paper application, are available at

Once enrolled, families may choose from any of the eligible, enrolled On My Way Pre-K programs in their county. Families can search approved providers at or call 1-800-299-1627 for assistance from an early learning referral specialist.

More than 5,000 Hoosier children have attended preschool through a grant from the On My Way Pre-K program since it began in 2015. You can help us bring this opportunity to even more Hoosiers by sharing this information with families in your community – scroll down to find cut-and-paste ready messages for sharing.

Thanks for all you do!

- Early Learning Indiana


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Culver Community PTO Color Run

Saturday, April 21st, 9am

701 School Street

Culver, IN

Culver Community PTO is having their 2nd annual Color Run on April 21st at 10:00 am. Registration starts at 9:00, Zumba to warm up begins at 9:30, and the Color Run begins at 10:00 am at Culver Community High School Track where it runs throughout the town of Culver. All the proceeds will benefit students and staff at Culver Community Schools. Signs up online until the day of. If you would like a Color Run Tshirt, Friday April 6th is the deadline to guarantee you a shirt.

Please join us!


Culver Youth Soccer

If you are still interested in Culver Youth Soccer, please contact Bruce Snyder or come into the Elementary and pick up a 2018 Culver registration form.


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Culver Youth Softball/ Baseball Update

If you are still interested in joining either boys baseball/girls softball please email with any specific questions.

Update on girls softball ages (11-13)-
We need 5 more girls to have 2 teams. The second team will give each player more time on the field.


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Culver Max Move- Free Event for all Ages

Saturday, April 14th, 9am

Culver Academies Naval Building, USA

Email Event Director-
Register Online Today- Email


Weather Alerts and Notifications/ Notifying the Office when your Child is Sick

As the weather starts to really get chilly and students are beginning to catch the flu bug, there are a few things that we need you to remember:
  • Please make sure that your child leaves the house appropriately dressed for the weather. We still go outside for recess even when it is pretty chilly outside.
  • Do not drop your children off at the front door prior to 7:30. The doors do not get unlocked until the assistant gets there at 7:30.
  • If the weather looks like it may be too treacherous for school, please check WNDU, WSBT, or FOX22 for closings or school delays. WROI and WXVI will also be informed of closings and delays. You may also check Culver Elementary's Facebook Page. (go to the link on this page and "like" our page).
  • If your child is absent please call Yvonne Shepherd at 574-842-3389 or email her at
  • Also remember if your child has a fever, they have to be 24 hours fever free before they come back to school. You never know when that fever may spike back up!


Culver Boys and Girls Club

Director- Mrs. Jessye Gilley
Asst. Director- Mrs. Criston Zehner
Phone Number- 574-250-0103
Fee- $35.00 Per Year (After School) / Field Trips Extra / Daily Rate
Open- 3:00-7:00 after school / Summer (Other days as determined by Director)


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5 skills your child should know before starting Kindergarten

There comes a time when we are all ready to send our little ones to Kindergarten. I waited an extra year to send ours (you can see why I decided to “red-shirt” my kids here), but now it is almost time to send our second child to Kindergarten.

I was a teacher and I saw many things that I wish my students had known before coming to Kindergarten. While they aren’t mandatory, these 5 things your child should know before starting Kindergarten certainly help your child to feel more independent. I have been lucky enough to see things from a teacher’s side, as well as from the side as the parent. These things may seem little to you, or not-important, but I can tell you that for your child, they are HUGE. They give your child confidence and they show the teacher that your child is independent and ready to take on Kindergarten! Its the little things that give your child that feeling of success and leadership.

1. Tie their shoes – this is not as hard as you think. Just let your child practice it in steps. For a few days, teach them to do the X and go through the first loop (the easy part). Do this over & over. Let them tie everything (cushions on chairs, your shoes, aprons, etc…)
Next, move onto the rest of the tying process (past just making the X). Yes, they will get frustrated… that is a given. Both of our boys became frustrated when learning, but with a little encouragement, they caught on. It took about a week. They were so proud of themselves (our kids had me take a video of them tying their shoe laces to send it to their Dad at work and to their grandparents.) Remember that when you want to jump in and tie it for them, when you are in a rush, or you see your child struggling, that you need to STOP doing that for your kids.

Ps- These things take away so much classroom time. If I had a penny for each shoelace that I tied when I taught… I would be RICH!! haha!

2. Open a juice box- Yes, its strange. To be honest, I RARELY send my kids with juice boxes in their lunches, because they drink water with their lunch, but parties and celebrations in schools make this one of those little things that is happening more & more often. When I taught, I felt like I opened 27 juice boxes on those days (Birthdays happen quite often in a classroom with 20+ children).
How do you teach them to open a juice box? Step-by-step. Take the straw off, open it, insert it into the juice box, drink it, throw it all away (do not wait for the teacher to come by and get it). Easy enough, right? There are many 5 and 6 year olds that do not do this because no one has taught them how. Our four year old LOVES to open his own juice box at parties- he feels like such a “big kid”.

3. Use the bathroom, wash hands and button their pants alone.
Again, easy enough. If your child can’t button their pants without help, you might want to send them in different pants. Most kids do not want to walk out, in front of 25 fellow-students, to ask their teacher to button their pants. Practice, practice, practice, to avoid your child being embarrassed.

4. How to handle getting what they need
You want your child to take responsibility for themselves. Think about if your child breaks their pencil in class. Will they know that they need to raise their hand to get another one? Or will they sit there, doing nothing, because they don’t know that they need to take care of themselves? One day our son came home and told me that he didn’t eat his yogurt because I didn’t pack him a spoon. I said “Don’t they have spoons there?” and he looked at me like I was crazy, until I explained that if I do not pack him a spoon (or napkin or a straw), he needs to get up, get in line, and take care of his needs. No one is going to do it for him. Remember, you are raising your child to be a responsible adult.

5. Know the basics! Does your child know their name, phone number, address? These are IMPORTANT! You are relying on adults that have 24+ other students that day. While I’m sure that our kids will be safe, I still make sure that they know these things. I would never want to send our little ones out ‘into the world’ without this information. Oh- and this means their LAST NAME, too, not just their first. If your child doesn’t know this, at least slip a piece of paper in between their sock & their shoe with the info on it. This is what I do when we go out somewhere with a lot of people, like an amusement park… and the kids know to look for it there, in case they “forget”.

This is an exciting time and I’m sure that your child’s teacher will have a blast teaching your little ones! Enjoy the journey of Kindergarten with your child!

Two children were interviewed and asked the same questions. Both children are six years old, in the first grade, and have the same family structure, but their answers are very different. The reason? One of them has ADHD.


Culver Communtity Schools Corporation Mission Statement

All stakeholders will prepare students to become contributing members of society and lifelong learners.

Culver Community Schools Corporation Vision Statement

All CCSC students will become respectful leaders encouraging social and moral excellence.

Culver Community Schools Corporation Belief Statements

  • We believe students, with support from community, family, and educators, will rise to the level of expectations.
  • We believe a well-rounded education at CCSC will foster emotional and intellectual development along with respectful, pro-active communication, in a positive, nurturing, learning environment.
  • We believe that every student at CCSC is a potential leader given proper mentoring.
  • We believe the definition of success is unique to every student.