PRESS @ - Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation

march 2015
The Pira e
[email protected]
Parkside Elementary School
1400 Parkside Drive • 376-4314
Christopher L. Smith, Principal
Casey Voelz, Assistant Principal
March Calendar…
2...........Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
5...........PreK Dental Program
7...........Destination Imagination competition in ............Sellersburg, Indiana
9..........Kindergarten Roundup, 6-7 p.m.
12..........Pop Band Performance/Fundraiser,
............ 6:30 p.m., cafeteria
10-13.....Kindergarten Registration, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
13.........3rd Grade Cardboard Creation Exploration
13.........Third Quarter Ends
25.........Classes resume
31.........PreK Field Trip to kidscommons
A note from Mr. Smith
Dear Parkside Families,
Our third through sixth grade Pirates are in
the midst of the ISTEP+ Part 1, formerly known as
the Applied Skills Test. The testing window is open
February 25 through March 12. Parkside is doing
the bulk of the testing the week of March 2. The
ISTEP+ is the high stakes assessment given by the
state of Indiana to assess student achievement as
well as to grade schools and school corporations.
Our third grade students will be taking IREAD 3
March 10-11. It is very important that students attend
school during these testing windows and do their
very best on each and every test.
School Pictures
Mark your calendar for spring pictures on
April 13. All spring pictures will be prepaid this year
as we have done in the past. Only students with prepaid envelopes will have their picture taken. More
information will be sent home in the Tuesday folder.
Call regarding abscences
I would like to remind parents to call school by
8:30 if your child is absent. We need to know by
then as we begin calling all parents of students that
are unverified.
Our secure entrance may be finished when
you receive this newsletter. If it is not, it should be
in the next couple of days. This means all visitors
must pass through the office to get anywhere in
the building. We are very pleased to finally have a
secure entrance at Parkside to improve the safety
for our students. The remainder of the construction
will begin during spring break. The Harrison room
will become two classrooms that will be temporarily
used during renovations. The primary wing of the
building will be getting new technology and new
cabinetry. The intermediate wing will be getting
new technology, new flooring and new cabinetry.
Primary classes will only be out of their rooms one
to two days. Intermediate classes will be out of their
rooms one to two weeks. No work will be done in
the intermediate wing during the second round
of ISTEP testing. Summer break will bring new
flooring in the cafeteria, bathrooms, office, library,
Harrison room, forum, and intermediate hallways.
Bathrooms will also be remodeled with new stalls,
sinks, and tiled walls. We are very excited about the
fresh look and greater access to technology this renovation will bring to our school.
Please feel free to call me if you have questions.
Remember parents and teachers working together
are a key to the success of our children!
Mr. Smith, Principal
Learning and working together for everyone’s personal best
Parkside Pop Band Concert & Fundraiser
Do you love music? Do you want to
see your fellow Parkside students perform? If the answer is yes, come attend
the Parkside Pop Band Concert on
Thursday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the
cafeteria. This concert is free to attend
and will feature two student bands,
solo and duet acts, and a surprise ending.
There will also be an opportunity
for those attending to donate! All donations will go
towards funding the music classroom at Parkside.
Parkside Pop Band was started as an idea for a senior
project. A group of several talented
4th-6th grade students have been
practicing very hard for the past five
weeks and promise to put on an entertaining show featuring songs such
as “Happy” by Pharrell Williams,
“Firework” by Katy Perry, and many
more. Be sure not to miss out on the
opportunity to come and support
your fellow classmates and Parkside
students as they take the stage! We hope to see you
Destination Imagination News
Good luck to the Parkside DI Teams that will be competing in Sellersburg, Indiana, on Saturday, March 7. This year Parkside is proud to have 12
teams and 84 students from grades 1 through 6 representing our school! Best
wishes for tremendous success and lots of fun along the way!
Grade-Level News
2nd Grade
Second grade will be going on a field trip on March 3 to the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis.
Kindergarten and PreK, you’re up!!
Let’s see how many chapstick/lip balms that the kindergarten and PreK can donate this
month for the United Service Organization at Camp Atterbury.
Thank you for being kind and responsible by helping the military. Your donations may be
dropped off in Mrs. Watts’ third grade room.
at Camp Atterbury
Parker Bear Reading Program
Read with
Parker Bear will wrap up on Monday, March 9 and forms are due back by
the end of that week. The top three readers from each grade level and top three
classrooms with forms turned in will all receive prizes!
March Students of the Month
Ms. Thompson
Kiara Athaide
Ava Kerber
Ryot Smith
Danika Hoehn
Mrs. Ruble
Atticus Gentry
Rosbel Gonzalez
Nathan Klein
Mrs. Critzer
Annika Mukherjee
Alan Edward Ponce
Kielynn Roberts
Mrs. Starnes
Dereck Prieto Marina
Zoey Reid
Esmeralda Salinas
1st Grade
Mrs. Knight
Kyra Brown
Kayden Gay
Edwin Marquez
Luis Ramirez
Mickey Romano
Nino Akhalaya
Lily Guo
Reith Kohli
Miss Henry
Serenity Ozbun
Rebecca Simon
Jayden Beach
Ms. Gallion
Khalil Price
Alexis Salas
Noah Simpson
Mrs. Love
Morgan Jarvis
Jaxxon Games
2nd Grade
Mrs. Sprong
Kokona Simatani
Emma Simms
Sam Song
Mr. Hashman
Josiah Staggs
Aidan Brown
Jennifer Martinez
Mrs. Taylor
Daniella Preston
Benjamin Psota
Mrs. Elwood
Skyelar Ross
Greta Schuetz
3rd Grade
Mrs. Brougher
Mayra Garcia
Lucero Urquidi
Mrs. Watts
Jianing Wang
Erick Selvaggi Domeij
Daniel Mendez
Farrah Fox
Miss Bodkins
Cheyenne Hutchinson
James Letts
Brooklyn Worton
Mrs. Rawlins
Nico Gotoh
Hudson Elwood
Sarah Azeem
4th Grade
Mrs. Carr
Lukas Iorio
Animesh Bhatnagar
Mrs. Harmon
Christian Barrera
Nathan Imlay
Elijah Riley
Jennifer Zarate
Mrs. Grider
Christian Huddleston
Jason Torres
Mr. Ulrich
Isabel Garduno
Luis Gonzalez
Kamden Hiquet
Christopher Jeffries
Ayden Lentz
Jimena Hernandez
5th Grade
Mrs. Logston
Paige Osbourne Matthew Liu
Sanjana Jain
Ryan Clulow
Mr. Rayburn
Dallas Clem
Leah George
Robbie Lewis
Olivia Staggs
Mrs. Chastain
Brayson Bennett
Dominic Hovis
Brain Jaimes Ocampo
Mrs. Abplanalp
Curran O’Connor
Josh Orantia
Juhi Patil
Sierra Spencer
Mrs. Baker
Danielle Taylor
Dylan Murray
Belicia Garcia
6th Grade
Mrs. Rawlings
Grace Lemley
Addie Rush
Angel Olguin
Thessie Johnson
Mrs. Eddelman
Devon Cox
Kristina Knoch
Lucas Staggs
Mrs. Stroh
Caleb Potter
Nela Riddle
Madeline Romanski
Ann Zhang
Mrs. Hendrickson
Kyle Johnson
Nathaly Munnicha
Jacob Shinkle
Matison Walsh
Counselor’s Corner
Tips for Good Attendance
• Attendance is a parent and student responsibility.
Let your child know that you think attending school
daily is important. Show them you are interested in
their school activities and tell them that you want
them to do well in school.
• Read the
school newsletter.
Post the school calendar and notes on the refrigerator, or other prominent location to highlight school
activities and important student information.
• Good attendance habits start at an early age.
Make sure your child goes to school regularly and
on time. This helps them develop a positive view of
school and the importance of attendance.
• Do not provide inappropriate excuses for your
child to miss school. Do not let them take time off
from school for minor ailments–particularly those
which would not prevent you from going to work.
• Discuss with your student that arriving to school
on time and to report to class when dropped off.
• Don’t expect or let older children stay home from
school to babysit younger siblings.
• Become involved in your child’s school life and
school activities.
• Set good examples and enforce rules. Speak well
of the school and support school staff.
• Take an interest in your child’s school work.
Check homework for accuracy and completeness.
• Make a contract with your child to improve his/
her attendance. Reward positive improvement.
LISTEN, LISTEN to the pounding feet, of JUMP THUMPER’S little feet!!!!!! Thank
you to all third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students for leading a healthy lifestyle and
firing up their brain neurons for learning by jumping rope for 30 minutes from 7:308:00 a.m on Wednesdays and Fridays during the month of February and the first week
of March. Students learned a variety of jump rope skills, cross-lateral skills, rhythms,
partner skills, jump rope games, and small group jump rope skills. Very proud of you!
Each student received a medal on a ribbon with a picture of the brain lit up and a ribbon. Way to go JUMP THUMPERS! Also, thank you to Carrie Utterback for assisting me
with Jump Thumpers.
TOE-TOKENS will begin after spring break providing temperatures are fit and we have
NO more SNOW!!!!!! Students get ready to run/walk your laps around the soccer field during
recess before lunch and collect as many miles and Toe-Tokens that you can! Thank you for
leading a healthy lifestyle!!!!!
Have a super and fun spring break while making HEALTHY CHOICES!
Book Fair in April
Mark your calendars for the next school Book Fair. The Book Fair will be an all day buy one get one free
book fair on Friday, April 11 and again that evening during the spring social.
March’s Story:
Bear Snores On written by Karma Wilson
Permission by: Writers House LLC
Read by: Nathan Larrison, Boys & Girls Club
Parenting Tips by Lori Erfmeier, BCSC PreK Parent/Child Specialist.
Airing every day on the BCSC Cable Channel 3 at
7:00 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.,
5:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
Provided by Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation’s Title I Program and
the TV Production Classes at Columbus East High School
Calendario de marzo:
Bear Snores On written by Karma Wilson
Permission by: Writers House LLC
Read by: Nathan Larrison, Boys & Girls Club
Consejos para padres de Lori Erfmeier, BCSC PreK Parent/Child
Transmitido todos los días en el canal de cable 3 de BCSC a 7:00
am, 7:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:30 p.m. y 7:30
Proporcionado por Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation’s Title I Program y las
clases de producción de televisión en Columbus East High School.
Math Bowl
The Parkside MATH Bowl team earned FIRST PLACE in the blue division of the area competition held
at Southside Elementary on February 26. Divisions for the competition are based on school size and grade
levels participating. Parkside earned a score of 30 out of a possible 32 questions, beating the Richards Raiders by three points! That score was then used to rank Parkide RUNNER UP in the STATE competition. There
were 107 schools that competed in the blue category this year.
The MATH Bowl team members include:
Lu Akhalaya (6)
Esha Aras (4)
Daniel Chen (5)
Tirth Desai (6)
Mehul Dhillon (6)
Riddhi Garg (6)
Sam Hobbeheydar (4)
Colvin Iorio (6)
Sanjana Jain (5)
Matthew Liu(5)
Paige Osbourne (5)
Nela Riddle (6)
Shivali Singereddy (6)
Olivia Sprong (5)
Drian Tricaud (6)
Nagisa Shimatani (6)
Ann Zhang (6)
Brandon Zhang (6)
Jessica Zhang (6).
Camp Invention
Do your children like to make things from parts and pieces of other things? Their ideas will turn the ordinary into extraordinary this summer because at Camp Invention their imagination rules! Camp Invention is
coming to St. Bartholomew School and is open to ANY incoming 1st-6th grader. Camp Invention is the only
nationally recognized, non-profit elementary enrichment program backed by The National Inventors Hall of
Fame. The camp will be June 22-26 from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. You can register now at and
will save $25 if you register before March 20.
Take a look at Camp Invention in action with this short video:
Only 20 seats remain – so don’t delay in registering:
Scholarships are available. If you are in need or know of an interested student in need, please contact Diana
Graman at [email protected] or 812-379-9353 ext 246.
All questions about the program should be directed to the Camp Director, Diana Graman,
[email protected] or 812-379-9353 ext 246
Camp Invention
Camp Invention
PTO Sponsored Programs
Parent-Teacher Organization
Parkside Elementary School PTO
Save your Labels,Boxtops and Poptabs!
If you’ve never cut out labels from your kids’ favorite cereals/General Mills products, Campbells label
coupons, and Tyson Project A+ labels, please do so. This is another easy fund raiser for Parkside in which you
can participate.
There are two collection containers close to the main cafeteria doors to drop in what you have saved so
far. If possible, please cut them on the dashed lines. Poptabs go into the McDonald’s house in the same location. Thanks!
Bonus Programs
Marsh Fresh Ideas for Education
Parkside Elementary participates in the Marsh Fresh Ideas For Education program. That means your purchases help us earn points that can be used to purchase educational materials.
Even if you registered last year, you must go to and register your Fresh Idea
card number again! Enter our school ID, which is 29028.
Target Take Charge of Education
You can earn cash for Parkside by enrolling your REDcard in the Take Charge of Education Program! Register online or at Target. Just enter your REDcard number and designate Parkside as your school. If you have
done this in the past, no need to reregister!
Parkside PTO Presents 2015 Spring
Ice Cream Social !
April 10th 5:30-7:00pm in the Cafeteria
Travel Around the World at the International Fair in the Gym
AND Check out the Book Fair! All Day 8:00am-3:00pm, 5:30-7:00pm
BOGO Book Sale!
Join your Friends and family for a night of fun!
April 10 th , 5:30-7:00pm
Parkside Gymnastic room
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Would you like to share the beauty and traditions of your
country or one that you love? We are looking for
individuals to host tables at the International Fair. You
could share something special about your country – ideas
include games, photos, native dress, crafts, customs and more. We really
need you to help make this event educational and fun!
Parkside PTO
If you are able to create and staff a table for the International Fair,
please contact to Emilie Mazieres at [email protected]
by March 12, 2015
Attention Parents and Families!
For those who will donate items for the ice cream social, please remember to bring those items in to the school office by April 8th, 2015. Thank you for your generosity!!! Volunteers are needed to scoop ice cream! Return this form by April 7th, to your child’s teacher OR email [email protected] Yes! I will scoop ice cream: check one (From 5:15-­‐7:00pm) ___ or (From 5:15-­‐6:15pm) ____ or (from 6:15-­‐7:00pm)_____ Name: ___________________________________________________ Name:___________________________________________________ Name:___________________________________________________ I am interested in helping or participating with the International fair in the Gym April 10th 5:15-­‐7:00pm! Yes! I will volunteer or participate at the international fair April 10th. Write your name(s) and email address and/or phone contact number: Name/Info: Please email: Émilie Mazieres [email protected] for more information Yes! I will volunteer for the book fair on April 10th. Please contact Shelly Osbourne for more information: [email protected] 12
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Green Team News
Columbus Recycles curbside
recycling program
The Columbus Recycles program provided by the
Columbus Sanitation Department offers the opportunity to have FREE convenient curbside collection
of recyclable materials for single-family Columbus
residences and apartments with four units or fewer
that are currently sanitation customers. This new
service will be offered every other week starting in
this month. Sign up for a free recycling toter, find
out what material are accepted, and find out more at
Caps recycling direction
We are making a change in plastic caps recycling
at Parkside at the end of this school year. We will
continue to collect caps until the end of May if you
need a place to recycle them. You can put caps in the
recycling toters provided by the new Columbus Recycles program. Mrs. Starnes plans to make outdoor
furniture using the caps she has on hand to create
more outdoor furniture. Thank you for your caps
recycling efforts!
parkside paper retriever recycling
Parkside will continue to have PaperRetriever bins
for recycling newspaper, junk mail, and other paper.
Even with the new Columbus Recycles curbside
program, not all residences are eligible for the city
program. We are still recycling paper from Parkside
Court Retirement Center and paper from Parkside
School in the PaperRetriever bins, which earns money for Parkside PTO. Whether you choose to recycle
with the new Columbus Recycles program, PaperRetriever, or another choice, we thank you for helping
save trees by recycling!
Key Club’s Aluminum Tab Collection Contest
to benefit Ronald McDonald House
The Key Clubs from North and East hereby invite
you to participate in our 14th ANNUAL Aluminum
Tab Collection Contest.
The school which collects the most tabs per
student, will be awarded possession of the traveling
trophy with its school name added as the 14th year
winner in the annual “Aluminum Tab Collection
Contest.” Traveling trophies will also be presented
for second and third place schools.
For each 25 pounds of tabs that your school
collects, you will receive one entry into our drawing
for ONE FREE special program on recycling, provided by the BCSWMD Education Director, Heather
Siesel. This is not the usual free program offered
by BCSWMD. It will be provided for one classroom
(perhaps the class that collects the most pop tabs in
your school) and will include several free goodies for
every student. Send your aluminum tabs in a plastic bag and deposit into the Ronald McDonald box located outside
the cafeteria.
The Ronald McDonald House, near Riley Hospital, serves families whose children require care
at any Indianapolis area hospital. Guests stay at the
House regardless of their ability to pay the requested
$15 per night donation. The House depends on the
support of other organizations, such as Key Clubs, to
maintain operation.