South Grove Intermediate School

News and Notes for May

From Mrs. Reid

It is hard to believe that the 2015-2016 school year is coming to an end. Our last student day is May 26th. We have a lot of great things planned for the month of May! Make sure your student is here each and every day so that they can get the most out of this school year and be prepared for next year. Review the dress code with your child to make sure they are not in violation.

Looking ahead to next school year, here are a couple of things parents need to know. 5th-grade students MUST RECEIVE the following shots prior to their 6th-grade year: MCV4 & Tdap. Shot records must be turned in at the beginning of the year. Any 5th or 6th-grade student that is going to participate in a school-sponsored sport must have a physical on file prior to the season starting. If your student will not be attending South Grove next year, please send in a note or call the front office to let us know. The South Grove office will be open through June 3rd. We will reopen July 11th.

Enjoy the spring days!

Important Dates

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I Love to Read Challenge!

Many South Grove students participated in the WISH-TV I Love to Read Challenge, but the 30 students pictured here received a special certificate with a gold seal for reading 2,500 or more minutes during the months of January and February! Each participant's certificate was signed by the Governor and First Lady. Congratulations South Grove students!

Congratulations Lillianna!

Lillianna Jansen, from Mrs. Mann's class, was one of several Indianapolis-area students selected by WISH-TV to attend the I Love to Read Ceremony at the Children's Museum on April 20. Lillianna was one of the lucky students whose name was placed into a drawing for the ceremony. Lillianna is the first South Grove students to be selected! Congratulations Lillianna!

Last Box Top Contest of the Year!

It's a race to the finish line! How many box tops can we collect through May 20? Every box top counts, so ask family, friends, and neighbors to save box tops for you and turn them in before May 20. The class with the most box tops will win a snack for their entire class!

PLEASE, be sure your room number is on all baggies/envelopes turned in to get points for your class. IF THEY ARE ALREADY NEATLY CUT, YOUR CLASS WILL RECEIVE DOUBLE POINTS!

Buzz Club News

The Beech Grove Fire Department made a special visit to South Grove's Afternoon Buzz Club on April 26. Firefighters taught the students important things to do in case of a fire, they showed and demonstrated gear and equipment, and they also set up 3 stations where the students could carry hose and gear and experiment with equipment.

Music Notes from Mr. Carney & Mr. Barton

The South Grove Spring Concert for 6th grade band and choir will take place on Wednesday, May 18th at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

All 5th-grade students will be receiving an email to their school account on Tuesday, May 3rd asking about band, choir, and LEAD in 6th grade. Parents should be receiving a Skyward message on that day as well. All 5th-grade students need to choose to participate in band, choir, or LEAD as a 6th-grade student. The Google form in the email is due by Friday, May 20.

Band instrument fittings for current 5th-grade students will take place Monday, May 23 and Wednesday, May 25 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm in the South Grove Cafeteria. Parents must be present with their children for this event. Please be prepared to discuss instrument rental/purchase and make a deposit toward your child's instrument that evening. Auditions for percussion will take place during the school day on Monday, May 23 for all interested students. We will start 10 percussionists, and those students will still need to attend an appointment with Paige's Music.

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Girls on the Run - FDIC 5K

South Grove Intermediate School's Girls on the Run group competed in the FDIC Courage & Valor 5K on Thursday, April 21st. It sure was a rainy race! Even with the downpour, every girl, coach, and volunteer finished with a smile on his or her face!

This is the fifth group of girls at South Grove to participate in a Girls on the Run (GOTR) session. GOTR is a national program designed to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

This energetic group of young ladies started meeting and running in February. The girls decided for their community service project to make six batches of puppy chow (a sweet treat) for the two fire stations in Beech Grove. We are thrilled to have had this group of twenty-two amazing young ladies finish the twelve-week program!

Girls on the Run Coaches: Kelly Agee, Lisa Bair, Heather Brown, Ellen Collinsworth, Melissa Keeley, Sarah Larrison, Allison Murphy, Rebecca Pollert, Katie Smith, Kelli Steurer and Beth Walker.

Genius Hour

By: Chloe kingston, Emerie Revuelta and Reanna Shaw, 6th grade students, Room 108

Genius Hour is where you pick something you like to do and do it. The teacher doesn’t have to tell you what to do, but they are there to help you if you need it! In Genius Hour we’ve had people do a Student Advice Column, make a small car, write a story, and make a birdhouse. Others like to research about famous people, make DIY videos and even do science experiments. Also, students started a Staff Assistance Program where they went and helped teachers. For example, they went to Mrs. Larrison’s room to help her with her struggling students read AR. They also change the sign in front of the school every month to show the different activities taking place at South Grove.

In Genius Hour, you keep the same project for one whole semester. You pick what’s best for you and see if that’s what you want to be when you grow up. This Genius Hour program is to help us think about what we are going be when we are older. We all have dreams, and this is what our program is about: finding and following our dreams. What if we find something else we wanna do? We go for it!

Genius Hour Projects

Keeley's Corner

Mrs. Keeley and some of her group members are working on a service project for the Southside Animal Shelter. We will be making small blankets and collecting items for the shelter. We are looking for donations of food, treats, toys, beds, clean towels and blankets or monetary donations. We will begin collecting items the first week of May and will collect until the 13th. Feel free to send in any donations with your students. Please email Mrs. Keeley with questions at

Book Fair Volunteers Needed

Please contact Mrs. Keeley if you are able to volunteer some time to help with the Book Fair.

When: May 16th through the 20th

Time: 9:30 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

Super Scientists - 4th Graders Engineering by Card Stacking

What can I do over the summer?

Common Sense Media has a list of their recommended books that kids should read before they turn 12 years old. This is a great list of children's literature! Take a look at the Beech Grove Public Library and have your child participate in the Summer Reading Program!

50 Books to Read Before Turning 12

Andrew Luck's Book Club

Did you know Andrew Luck has started a book club? Check out this website for more information on how to participate! Adults - there is even a book club for you!


Intro to the Andrew Luck Book Club

6th Grade Track

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