Culver Elementary April 2019
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Working Together Achieving success
Happy April and Happy Spring!!!!
Parents & Guardians-
It is time for spring sports- Baseball, Softball, Soccer and Track. Please come out and support our truly fabulous kiddos!!!! They would love your support. It is so wonderful seeing the bleachers full of fans!!!!
Well unfortunately, we are in full testing mode this month. :( Please make sure your students are well rested and healthy. :) I know that this month is not going to be fun but we will just need to push through it and give it our absolute best. Remember, we are not defined by a test, a score or a letter grade!!! May will be here before we know it and we are finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. :)
Parents and Guardians, I just want to reiterate my appreciation for all that you do to support us as a school and all of our programs, me as a principal, my amazing staff, and your fabulous children. Together, you make this an truly rewarding place to come to work everyday!!!
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate or come in, email me at email@example.com or call me at 574-842-3389.
Students will begin testing at 8:15am sharp and will be completed by 10:00 am each day they test. Please make sure that you have not scheduled appointments for you child on those days, during those times. Thank you!
3rd Grade- April 22nd- April 25th- E/LA & Math (8:15-10:00)
4th Grade- April 22nd- April 26th- E/LA, Math, Science (8:15-10:00)
5th Grade- April 22nd- April 26th- E/LA, Math, Social Studies (8:15-10:00)
ISTEP Make-Up Tests- April 29th- May 3rd.
K-5 NWEA-MAP TESTING
By pressing this button, you can view the official Culver Elementary School Webpage, where you can view official documents (the breakfast & lunch menu) and links to the Middle School and High School.
Special Meetings/ Activities/ Dates
April 6- Saturday
Outdoor Classroom Set-Up
April 8- MondaySchool's Back in Session
April 15- Monday
7:00 Board Meeting @ Admin Building
April 17- Wednesday
6:00 Preschool Round Up @ CES Library
April 18- Thursday
6:00 Kindergarten Round Up @ CES Library
4th Grade Field Trip to Conner Prairie
April 19- Friday
No School- Good Friday
April 22-April 26 (Mon-Fri)
3rd-5th grade ISTEP Testing
April 24- Wednesday
2nd Grade Field Trip to Science Central
April 29-May 3 (Mon-Fri)
April 24th- Tuesday
9:00 Pre-K Day
April 26- Friday
April 27- Saturday
6:30- Jazz Cafe @ CCMHS
April 30- Tuesday
Midterm Reports Available on Harmony Family Access
April 30-May 4 (Mon-Fri)
Kindergarten- 5th grade NWEA/MAP Testing
May 3- Friday
Family Skate Night @ Elementary (More info to come)
May 6-10 (Mon-Fri)
Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6- May 17 (Mon- Fri)
K-5 NWEA Testing- Schedule TBD
May 11- Saturday
10:00 Color Run @ HS Track (9:00 Registration)
May 17- Friday
Spring Fling @ CES (Time TBD)
May 18- Saturday
6:30 Extravaganza @ CCMHS Auditorium
Click here to retrieve your children's Harmony Information (report cards, lunch information, grades, homework, etc.)
There is a $60.00 yearly preschool non-refundable registration fee per child.
Culver Community PTO Color Run
Saturday, May 11th, 9am
701 School Street
Please join us!
Thank You to all that helped create our Outdoor Classroom. More to come.
Culver Youth Softball/ Baseball
Play summer Tball, Baseball and Softball with Culver Youth League!
Culver Youth League is a group of parent volunteers that organizes baseball and softball teams during the summer months to play against surrounding communities. Boys and girls start playing at 4-5 years old at the t-ball level. After t-ball the kids separate into either softball or baseball and can play in the league up to 18 years old.
Preferred method -
Online registration form and PayPal link
Lion's Club Student of the Month Lunch
Weather Alerts and Notifications/ Notifying the Office when your Child is Sick
- Please make sure that your child leaves the house appropriately dressed for the weather. We still go outside for recess even when it is pretty chilly outside.
- Do not drop your children off at the front door prior to 7:30. The doors do not get unlocked until the assistant gets there at 7:30.
- If the weather looks like it may be too treacherous for school, please check WNDU, WSBT, or FOX22 for closings or school delays. WROI and WXVI will also be informed of closings and delays. You may also check Culver Elementary's Facebook Page. www.facebook.com/culver.elementary.school (go to the link on this page and "like" our page).
- If your child is absent please call Yvonne Shepherd at 574-842-3389 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Also remember if your child has a fever, they have to be 24 hours fever free before they come back to school. You never know when that fever may spike back up!
5 skills your child should know before starting Kindergarten
There comes a time when we are all ready to send our little ones to Kindergarten. I waited an extra year to send ours (you can see why I decided to “red-shirt” my kids here), but now it is almost time to send our second child to Kindergarten.
I was a teacher and I saw many things that I wish my students had known before coming to Kindergarten. While they aren’t mandatory, these 5 things your child should know before starting Kindergarten certainly help your child to feel more independent. I have been lucky enough to see things from a teacher’s side, as well as from the side as the parent. These things may seem little to you, or not-important, but I can tell you that for your child, they are HUGE. They give your child confidence and they show the teacher that your child is independent and ready to take on Kindergarten! Its the little things that give your child that feeling of success and leadership.
1. Tie their shoes – this is not as hard as you think. Just let your child practice it in steps. For a few days, teach them to do the X and go through the first loop (the easy part). Do this over & over. Let them tie everything (cushions on chairs, your shoes, aprons, etc…)
Next, move onto the rest of the tying process (past just making the X). Yes, they will get frustrated… that is a given. Both of our boys became frustrated when learning, but with a little encouragement, they caught on. It took about a week. They were so proud of themselves (our kids had me take a video of them tying their shoe laces to send it to their Dad at work and to their grandparents.) Remember that when you want to jump in and tie it for them, when you are in a rush, or you see your child struggling, that you need to STOP doing that for your kids.
Ps- These things take away so much classroom time. If I had a penny for each shoelace that I tied when I taught… I would be RICH!! haha!
2. Open a juice box- Yes, its strange. To be honest, I RARELY send my kids with juice boxes in their lunches, because they drink water with their lunch, but parties and celebrations in schools make this one of those little things that is happening more & more often. When I taught, I felt like I opened 27 juice boxes on those days (Birthdays happen quite often in a classroom with 20+ children).
How do you teach them to open a juice box? Step-by-step. Take the straw off, open it, insert it into the juice box, drink it, throw it all away (do not wait for the teacher to come by and get it). Easy enough, right? There are many 5 and 6 year olds that do not do this because no one has taught them how. Our four year old LOVES to open his own juice box at parties- he feels like such a “big kid”.
3. Use the bathroom, wash hands and button their pants alone.
Again, easy enough. If your child can’t button their pants without help, you might want to send them in different pants. Most kids do not want to walk out, in front of 25 fellow-students, to ask their teacher to button their pants. Practice, practice, practice, to avoid your child being embarrassed.
4. How to handle getting what they need
You want your child to take responsibility for themselves. Think about if your child breaks their pencil in class. Will they know that they need to raise their hand to get another one? Or will they sit there, doing nothing, because they don’t know that they need to take care of themselves? One day our son came home and told me that he didn’t eat his yogurt because I didn’t pack him a spoon. I said “Don’t they have spoons there?” and he looked at me like I was crazy, until I explained that if I do not pack him a spoon (or napkin or a straw), he needs to get up, get in line, and take care of his needs. No one is going to do it for him. Remember, you are raising your child to be a responsible adult.
5. Know the basics! Does your child know their name, phone number, address? These are IMPORTANT! You are relying on adults that have 24+ other students that day. While I’m sure that our kids will be safe, I still make sure that they know these things. I would never want to send our little ones out ‘into the world’ without this information. Oh- and this means their LAST NAME, too, not just their first. If your child doesn’t know this, at least slip a piece of paper in between their sock & their shoe with the info on it. This is what I do when we go out somewhere with a lot of people, like an amusement park… and the kids know to look for it there, in case they “forget”.
This is an exciting time and I’m sure that your child’s teacher will have a blast teaching your little ones! Enjoy the journey of Kindergarten with your child!
Culver Communtity Schools Corporation Mission Statement
Culver Community Schools Corporation Vision Statement
Culver Community Schools Corporation Belief Statements
- We believe students, with support from community, family, and educators, will rise to the level of expectations.
- We believe a well-rounded education at CCSC will foster emotional and intellectual development along with respectful, pro-active communication, in a positive, nurturing, learning environment.
- We believe that every student at CCSC is a potential leader given proper mentoring.
- We believe the definition of success is unique to every student.