February 17, 2014

From the Principal...

As we all may agree, this has been a really long winter. Warmer temperatures are in the future and I hope they stay.

We are well on our way of finishing Mr. Popper's Penguins. I hope you have enjoyed the book as much as my daughter, son, and I have. Only 3 more weeks of reading! Happy Reading!

Educationally Yours,

Casey Hanna

Chapter 6, 7 and 8:

  • Very reluctantly, Janie and Bill had to leave Captain Cook and go to school.

Reluctantly-with hesitation, doubt, or dread. The adverb reluctantly comes from the root word reluctant meaning unwilling. Most adverbs end with the suffix -ly.

Can you think of a sentence with the word reluctantly?

  • I guess this is what you call the rookery," said Mr. Popper.

Rookery- a heaped arrangement of rough stones with soil between them, planted with rock, plants and especially alpines.

  • "It's an Antarctic penguin, Mrs. Callahan."

There are 17 species of penguins some of which are found as far north as the equator. Penguins are categorized into three families: brush-tail, crested, and king/emperor penguins. Of the 17 species only six are found in Antarctica (Adélies, Chinstraps, Emperors, Gentoos, Macaronis, and Rockhoppers).

Morning Student Drop-off

All students will be dropped off, in the morning, through the back car-rider line. The entrance is on Hwy 321, near the Fire Department.

Southside does not have a person on duty in the front car line to properly watch students coming into the building. Thank you for your cooperation.



Southside Spring Fundraiser has begun and will end on Wednesday, February 19th.

Parent permission forms can be sent home at any time. Proceeds will go to Southside Elementary and the purchase of more technology. With the 2013 Spring fundraiser, Southside was able to purchase 30 new Chromebooks that students are using daily in the classroom. Please help support the fundraiser. Thank you for your time!

  • Sell 1 box and attend an ice cream party
  • Sell 2 boxes and attend a pizza party with pig races for a cash prize! 1st- $50 2nd- $20 and 3rd- $10
  • Sell 3 boxes and be in a drawing for a 7" Android Tablet with WiFi
  • Sell 4 boxes and be in a drawing for an Electric Scooter
  • The Top Selling Students will receive a Kindle Fire HD or $150

**Families with multiple children attending Southside will be eligible for the Family Plan, which will allow you to combine boxes per family.

Benchmark Bash

Selected 3rd and 4th grade students will participate in our Benchmark Bash tutoring sessions.

The After School "Benchmark Bash" tutoring sessions will be every Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30.

Pick-up will be in the FRONT car loading area at 4:30.

If you have any questions about the After School "Benchmark Bash" tutoring sessions, please call Mrs. Bridges at 501-743-3567 or email at

Sessions will be held on:

Please mark your calendar.

Feb. 17, 19, 24, 26

March 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19

April 2


Southside Elementary cordially invites you to attend our annual

Math, Science, Health & Literacy Family Night!

Theme: Mr. Popper’s Penguins

When: Thursday, March 6, 2014 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Activity Building, & Grounds, Southside Elementary

Community Sponsors, Games, Make & Takes,

Information Booths, Drama, Food & Fun!!!

Each family should bring one small stuffed animal for participation

in our “teddy bear clinic.”


Southside’s 1st grade will be presenting a music program on our Parent Night Thursday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m.! Dr. Seuss is our theme, and we will be singing songs which relate to four Dr. Seuss books: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, The Lorax, and My Many-Colored Days.

In the meantime, you can be deciding what your child will wear for the program! The students may dress in a brightly-colored shirt and blue jeans, for example, or as any character from the four books, or simply a nice outfit. Feel free to be as creative or as simple as you wish.

If you have any questions, please contact me at Southside (743-3567) or by email: Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you on March 6!

Laura Vaughn, Music Teacher, Northside and Southside Elementary Schools

3rd Grade Music Program

Southside’s 3rd grade music program will be on our Parent Night Thursday, March 6 at 6:30! Mr. Popper’s Penguins is our theme, and we are looking forward to presenting our songs to you.In the meantime, you can start deciding what your child will wear for the program! We would like for the students to dress in a white shirt and black pants,

as a penguin, or any character from the book. If this is not possible, then your child may simply dress in a nice outfit. Feel free to be as creative or as simple as you wish.

If you have any questions, please contact me at Southside (743-3567) or by email: Thank you - I look forward to seeing you on March 6!

Laura Vaughn, Music Teacher, Southside and Northside Elementary Schools


2014-15 PreK registration packets are currently available at our Central Administrative Offices. Completed packets may be turned in beginning Saturday, March 1st at 8 a.m.

For more information visit or contatct Eva Zweifel @ 843-3363.