South Side Snapshot February 2021

We're Not Here to Be Average ~ We're Here to Be Amazing!

February 2021

South Side is abuzz with many great things to share!

  • NWEA assessments in math and reading are underway! We are excited to share our growth with you. Paper copies of your child's NWEA growth report will be sent home the week of February 22. Our students have been working hard so please take a moment to celebrate with them.
  • Progress Reports will be available on February 9th.
  • IREAD3 - All 3rd-grade students will participate in the IREAD assessment on March 8-19. Look for more details to come from your child's classroom teacher.
  • Do you have a new home or cell phone number? Please make sure you notify the office any time there are changes for either you or your emergency contacts.
  • Winter Weather is HERE! - Our students will go outside if the temperature/wind chill is 15 degrees or above. Please make sure your child is dressed warmly for outside recess.

February Life Skill

INTEGRITY~ This month South Side students and staff will practice living with integrity! Students will hear stories and examples of what it means to live with and practice integrity at school and at home.
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Academic Celebrations and Information

Kindergarten - We are finishing our winter assessments and our Kindergarten students are growing, growing, growing! They are working hard to master their letters and sounds, number recognition, counting to 100, and sight words! You make us proud Kindergartners!

1st Grade- 1st grade students are reading, reading, reading! They are practicing reading fluently with expression and accuracy. They are becoming expert writers and eleven of our students have already mastered their addition facts! WOW! Keep it up 1st grade!

2nd Grade- 2nd grade students are using their reading skills to answer questions and understand what they read. They are working very hard to retell what they've read and to answer comprehension questions. They are becoming experts at counting money and telling time! We have eighteen students who are very close to mastering their subtraction facts! Our 2nd graders are awesome!

3rd Grade- 3rd graders are powering up for IREAD! They are ready for the challenge! Using Mindplay each day for 20 minutes, working on our word study, and reading every day helps us become stronger readers. Students are working to master their multiplication facts by practicing each night for 10 minutes. You make us proud 3rd graders!

4th Grade- Our 4th grade students are showing their commitment to learning by growing each week on their critical skill math assessments, completing their reading each day, and leading by example while at school! They are hard at work writing constructed responses, writing summaries and participating in science experiments. All 4th graders are working to make sure their multiplication and division facts are mastered by the end of this school year! Let's go 4th grade!

We reached our goal!

SS Annual Food Drive was a SUCCESS

All food collected was given to Church Community Services to help benefit families in need. Thank you for your support and participation this year!

South Side students collected over 1700 items for our community.

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Mid- Winter Recess/President's Day

NO SCHOOL February 12-15
February 12-15


Picture Day for Track A students - February 24

Picture Day for Track B students - February 25

Information for ordering will be sent home with your child's teacher. Pictures must be paid for the day they are taken unless you are ordering online. Please make checks payable to Lifetouch.

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National School Counseling Week - THANK YOU Mrs. Fell

Mrs. Fell is a dedicated counselor who works tirelessly each day to support and care for South Side students and families. Thank you, Mrs. Fell, for your love, patience, and hard work!

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New Reading tool for all 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students

Building Stronger Readers with Mindplay for all 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade Students

We are very excited to share that students have their own learning path created through their Mindplay account. Students should spend 20-30 minutes each day completing their Mindplay activities. These activities are designed to help each student strengthen their reading skills.

MindPlay programs were developed by experts in language, literacy, and assessment. Students experience a virtual one-on-one session with a reading specialist each time they log in.

Virtual Reading Coach assesses student reading abilities with MindPlay’s Universal Screener and automatically develops a unique, differentiated syllabus of instruction and mastery-based activities for every student, thus improving his/her reading fluency.

Letters will be sent home on 2/3 and 2/4 with more information. Please ask your child to show you their account and activities so that they can share their lessons and growth with you!