CSA Lincoln Newsletter

March 25th, 2016


It was wonderful seeing so many of our CSA Lincoln families at the Indiana Pacer game last night. I know it was a late night, but it was an awesome opportunity for our students to interact in an environment outside of school.

5th & 6th grade students walked over to ViewPoint Books to display their books (pictured). Polly Verbanic, BCSC School Board member, was there to help!

Please be sure to read the letter (below) from Mrs. Spear about her upcoming retirement at the end of the school year. I have been very fortunate to have had Michelle here during my transition. She has been a valuable source of knowledge and experience and we will truly miss her.

Happy Friday!

Mrs. Spear- Retirement

As some of you may have heard from your son or daughter, I will be retiring at the end of this school year. Much like Peyton Manning, I want to end my career on a high!

I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve many children in BCSC for the past twenty-one years. When I add the years I taught in Missouri and Illinois, I have a total of twenty-five years in education. I have had many wonderful experiences and memories and many ups and downs, like all professions, but I can honestly say that I wouldn’t trade any of it! I am one of the lucky ones; I truly love my job.

One might ask, “Why now if you still love your job?” The answer is a simple one. I want to end on a good year. I have a great class and a wonderful teaching partner. I feel my years of experience have been useful with all the changes in our building this year; I feel valued for being a part of these changes and adjustments. I will have many fond memories to take with me. Obviously, I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life: spending more time with my husband (who is eight years my senior) and family (I’m a grandma now and I have Leo you know!), volunteering at CSA and supporting agencies that help children like Big Brother/Big Sister, other interests (like knitting, gardening and sewing), getting healthy and exercising more, and last but not least, traveling. It’s just simply time to move on.

Thank you for having me at CSA Lincoln. I will cherish the wonderful memories and all that we accomplished as the first Project Based Learning elementary school in the nation. I certainly felt like I was a part of something much bigger than myself!


Michelle Spear

Final Four Friday

Next Friday will be Final Four Friday! Students and staff are encouraged to wear basketball themed clothing.

Passion: Bicycle Tour of Columbus

Next Friday, April 1st will be the start of a new round of Passions. Mrs. George, Mrs. Scarbrough, and myself are wanting to explore Columbus via bicycle with students. This will be open to students in grades 4-6th. Each student would need to bring their own bike and helmet (mandatory) to participate on these dates (4/1, 4/8, 5/6, 5/13). An expert will be teaching students about bicycle safety next Friday. If it rains, we will either walk to or learn about the scheduled landmarks in a classroom.

We expect this might be a popular Passion and wanted to give you a heads up. Below is an online permission slip that you can complete if you think your student might be interested in this Passion. I can then cross-reference this with sign-ups next week. By now, I am certain you have gathered that safety is a priority for me. We would open the Passion up to 20 students with 3 adult riders. While our goal is to use the trails as much as possible, we will be on the roads.


  • Students should be competent riding a bicycle.
  • Parents will need to transport the bicycle to & from school on those Fridays.
  • Bicycle helmets are required.
  • Passion Dates: (4/1, 4/8, 5/6, 5/13)
  • Bicycle Safety Training provided on 4/1.
  • A permission slip will be required for students to participate in this Passion (online version below).

Meet the Teacher Night-Mrs. Pickup

Mrs. Pickup (2nd Grade) will host a "Meet the Teacher" night next Thursday, March 31st from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at CSA Lincoln. Please be sure to stop by and say hello!
Growth Mindset for students - Episode 2/5

1st & 2nd Grade Chromebook Pilot!

Letters and 1:1 AUP forms will be sent home with students next Monday, March 28th. For those wanting their student to be able to bring home a chromebook, you should check the "Agree" box on the 1:1 AUP form, sign it, and return it to your teacher by Friday, April 1st. The pilot will begin on Monday, April 4th.
Kindergarten Eggtastic Parade

Project Updates

  • Our Kindergarten classes are gearing up for their next project that will have to do with insects. They ended their week with a fun hat parade.
  • First grade is brainstorming their next project. They are thinking about other ways that they can help our community.
  • Second graders are continuing to work on their Genius Hour projects. They will be preparing their final presentations that will take place on April 19th and 21st. They also kicked started another project, "Junior Entrepreneur". The students will be learning about Spend, Share and Saving while they come up with a small business plan.
  • Third graders finished up their Pop Tab Contest project. Thank you for supporting the Ronald McDonald House!
  • Fourth graders will begin working on their next project, the Big Blue Football Camp coming to CSA Lincoln this April.
  • Fifth graders are working on their Treasures project. They took their displays over to Viewpoint Books today and are gearing up for their Author Night there on April 6th.
  • Sixth grade students are breaking into groups for their "Helping Disasters" project. They are brainstorming community partners to contact to help with their chosen emergency situations.
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Bus Safety

Please be careful and use the crosswalks when exiting the campus with your student. Over the past couple of weeks we have had a few parents dart between buses with their student to cross the street. Because of the recent bus tragedy, drivers must now shut off their buses when loading/unloading students. Several of our bus drivers have still voiced concerns about being unable to see between the buses.

While a minor inconvenience, please utilize the crosswalks and crossing guards.

Safety first!

Vegetarian Options for Lunch

Click here for more details!

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 — 1-855-846-8376
    • 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.


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!

Amiah Wood

Alex Lloyd

Elijah Mullins

Lydia Bodem

Maleah Dyette

Zeynep Law

Kylee Haddix

Stephen Shipley

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.