CSA Lincoln Newsletter

May 13th, 2016

Principal's Notes and Highlights

  • A little late this week, but we didn't get back from Chicago until Friday night. The 6th grade class lucked out on weather and had a great trip! I've included a folder of a few pictures from the trip.
  • Congratulations to Miss Clarissa Cook who was awarded the William and Sally Excellence in Teaching Award from the Heritage Fund this past Tuesday! Clarissa is the fourth CSA Lincoln teacher to be recognized for this prestigious award in the past seven years. Amy Laker, from the Heritage Fund, surprised her in class on Tuesday (video below). Clarissa will also be recognized at the BCSC School Board meeting on June 13th.
  • The 3rd & 4th grade wrapped up their Urban Design Project at City Hall this past week. Mayor Lienhoop met and talked with students! It was a very big deal. This morning's edition of The Republic newspaper features the story on the front page!
  • Please check the "Save the Date" section below for important announcements for this upcoming week!
  • REPORT CARDS will be going home on Tuesday with all students who do not have any outstanding library or cafeteria fees. For those with outstanding fees you will receive a form in place of a report card indicating the outstanding balance so each student gets a paper. If you believe there is an error, please call the main office. Parents can come during school hours Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week to pay any fees and will receive their student's report card.

Field Day-Very Important!

On Tuesday, we will be sending each student home with a red CSA Lincoln drawstring bag (pictured). Your student should pack a small towel, goggles, and sunscreen in this bag and bring it Wednesday morning for Field Day at Donner Park. Anything they bring should fit inside this bag. Students are encouraged to wear their swimsuits. Each bag will have the student's name on it and will help us stay organized. These bags are a gift for your student and were purchased using funds collected from the school fundraiser at the beginning of the year. We appreciate your support and wanted to give back to the students!

New Husky: Mrs. Karli Grueninger

My name is Karli Grueninger. I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and will be moving to Columbus, Indiana this summer. I am very excited to start this new chapter in my life! This will be my first year as a classroom teacher and I am excited to spend my first year teaching at Columbus Signature Academy. I recently graduated from Truman State University with a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. My husband and I got married on December 20, 2015 and are excited to take this next step in our lives together. I look forward to becoming a part of the Columbus community and meeting you all soon!

My notes: Our conversations with Karli revealed that she has all the intangibles we were looking for. She is finishing her Bachelor and Master's Degree in four years, which tells us she is a "go-getter" and willing to go above and beyond. She has experience in first and second grade. Her cooperating teacher said that in the 35 years (you read that correctly) she's been teaching, Karli is the best. Please join me in welcoming Karli!

Save the Date!

Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony

Monday, May 23rd @ 1:30 p.m. CSA Lincoln Gym

6th grade Send-Off

Tuesday, May 24th @ 9:00 a.m. CSA Lincoln Gym

Move Up Day

Tuesday, May 24th @ 1:30 p.m.

Grades K-5 will move up to meet their 2016-2017 teacher.

Field Day

Wednesday, May 25th All day at Donner Park. Parents and buses will drop students off at Donner Park. More details to come later.

Last chance to get a Yearbook!

Please use the form below if you are wanting to order Yearbooks and missed the original submission date.

Parent Survey

It is time for the end of year Parent Survey. If you remember, we did one at the semester break. Based off the feedback we received, the CIC created an action plan.

Here is the Parent Survey Action Plan and Analysis. I have included "Comments" indicating whether we completed the action item or still have room for improvement.

Please complete the PARENT SURVEY (click this link) by June 4th.

Bringing it full circle

CSA Lincoln facilitator Michelle Spear met with CSA New Tech seniors who were members of her first class of 5th graders in 2008. Michelle had those 5th graders write letters to themselves. Each student sealed their letter in an envelope. Michelle kept those letter all these years and delivered the unopened letters to her students. It was a warm reunion that included laughs, hugs, and even a few tears. This was an incredibly thoughtful and generous act by Michelle and one more reason kids love facilitators.

3rd & 4th Grade Urban Design

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CSA Lincoln Girls on the Run

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K-3 Growth Model Report Cards

Here are a few documents introducing Growth Model Report Cards (GMRC) for parents of K-3 graders. This is taking place next year and we will have an optional parent meeting in the Fall to explain it. This information is also going home with K-3 report cards on Tuesday.

Letter in English

Example in English

Letter in Spanish

Example in Spanish

Clarissa Cook

Lost and Found

Lost and Found items are on display in the hallway outside of the library. Please check them out before the end of the school year. All items will be donated to San Souci on Friday, May 27th.

Foundation For Youth

The FFY will be closed the last three days of school. If this is your student's usual ending place then you'll need to make other transportation arrangements.

Project Updates

  • Our Kindergarten classes took a trip to the community garden and helped lay the foundation for the first grade's project. They also brought their worms from their Hands Helping Antennas project to help with the process of keeping the ground ready for the new plants.
  • First grade got their plants planted in the approved community garden for the CSA Lincoln/Cummins Community Garden project. It is a collaboration project with CSA Lincoln and Cummins that we hope to continue in the years to come.
  • Second graders finished their Money Smart project, strong. It concluded this week with an open house of their students presenting their individual business information to parents and staff.
  • Third and Fourth graders finished up their Urban Design Project this week. The final masterpiece, "The Wishing Forest", is on display at City Hall. A special shout out to- IUCA+D's staff for all their time, energy and talent to make this happen and Soups-by-Design for donating the refreshments for the unveiling at City Hall.

  • Fourth grade classes had their big auction for the year. Each student earned paychecks weekly, had deductions for "bills" and other expenses, and were able to use the "money" to buy items. A special thank you to Mr. Boewe from Boewe-Newsom Auctioneers who volunteered his time and talent for the event. Also big thank you to the parents and organizations and businesses who donated items for the event!
  • Fifth grade concluded their Here in the USA Project with each student having displays at the "Road Trip" event held here in the school. Each class got to go and see the student's state presentation and pick which states they would want to visit based on what they heard and saw.
  • Sixth graders are enjoying their last days of elementary. They took their big trip to Chicago to end out the week.

BCSC Summer Feeding Sites

Summer Break is coming soon but hunger never takes a holiday. By clicking here you will find BCSC sponsored summer feeding sites. These sites will provide breakfast and/or lunch meals FREE for any child 18 and under.

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!

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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!

Ainslee Shaw

Logan Taylor

Hannah Byers

Austin Morrison

Britney Ampadu

Sydney Rafferty

Lewis Sanchez

Genius Hour Presentations

Here are a few of the 2nd graders who presented at the Bartholomew County Library this week.