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                                                       October, 2018



CALENDAR OF EVENTS – Please mark it down!!

Tuesday, Oct. 2 —PTO Meeting 5:00 pm in Teacher’s Lounge

Oct. 4th and 5th - Fire Prevention days

Oct. 10th-4th grades to Planetarium                                                                  **Revised

Friday, Oct. 12th-15th —Fall Break

Oct. 17th-Picture Retake Day

Monday, Oct. 22nd-Nov 2nd—Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday, Oct. 22nd-26th-Red Ribbon Week

Wednesday, Oct. 24th-1:45 Early Dismissal

Friday, October 26th-5:00-8:00 pm Fall Carnival

Wednesday, Oct. 31st—8:30 am Halloween Parade for Kindergarten only; K-5 Halloween Parties—check with teacher for times; Book Character Day for grades 1-5 for $1

Friday, Nov. 2nd-1:45 Early Dismissal

Tuesday, Nov. 6th-5:00 pm PTO meeting in Teacher’s Lounge

Wednesday, Nov. 7th-Veteran’s Day Program 1:30 pm




  • Principal Notes
  • If you should need to get in touch with your child’s teacher, please call the office and leave a message for them to call you back on their plan period, or email them.  Email addresses are located on our school’s homepage.


            Red Ribbon Week: October 22nd-26th  "These PAWS Don't Touch Drugs"

Monday wear red: Red-y to Live a Drug-Free Life

Tuesday wear boots: Give Drugs the Boot

Wednesday wear patriotic clothing: Strong Together Against Bullying and Drugs

Thursday wear sunglasses: It's Cool to be Drug Free

Friday wear bobcat apparel: Anything is Paws-ible when you're Drug Free


  • Please, don’t hesitate to call or visit the school if you have any questions or concerns. (462-4307)

·        Consider signing up for Text Alerts at  You can get notices of delays and closings to your email or cell phones.  This is a free service from Hi-99.

·        Please continue to save Box Tops for Education. 

·        PTO-Please consider being active in your parent organization.  This group does so much for our school!  Please attend today’s PTO meeting at 4:15 pm and see how you can help.

·        From the Cafeteria—The cafeteria does sell extras to students.  If you don’t want your child to buy extras please send a note to the cafeteria and your child’s account will be flagged so that no extras may be purchased.  For children who are allergic to milk, juice can be given at no charge with a doctor’s note.  Feel free to call Carey Rutledge cafeteria manager, anytime for your account balance or you can email her at:  Children are to have money in their account or they are to bring it daily.  Please fill out the blue meal benefit form (free and reduced form) and return it to the cafeteria as soon as possible.  If you should need another form please ask Mrs. Ellis in the office.      If you qualify for reduced lunches your price is $0.40 and breakfast is $0.30.

·        Before/After School Childcare-Please call the YMCA for details.

·        PO Box--If you have a PO Box, please let the office know so that you will receive all mail from the school. 

·        ATTENDANCEGood attendance is vital for the students to achieve their full potential.  Students need to be at school each and every day.  New skills are taught every day and when your child misses a day at school that puts him/her behind immediately.  Please remember to call the school by 10:00 AM if it is necessary for your child to miss school.  We will be calling you if we do not hear from you.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter!!

·        Tardy Bell- Classes begin at 8:15.  If your child is walking in the doors at 8:15 they will be counted tardy.  Please try to have your child here between 8:00 and 8:10, that way they can get down to their classroom, unpack their backpacks, and be ready for the beginning of the day by 8:15 when announcements are made.

·        Visitor Passes – If you need to come to the school, you must check in with the security officer.  We have special visitors passes for you to wear if you are staying in the building any length of time. If you need to pick up your child, please wait in the office – we will call your child to the office.  This is for the protection of your children.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

·        Safe Schools Hotline: (812) 232-0432.  Submit tips anonymously of any activity or incident that could affect school safety or a particular student or staff member.





Students are provided with a nurturing environment, an atmosphere that allows them to discover, explore, grow, and learn while accepting and valuing uniqueness and individuality. Students are encouraged to fully develop their capabilities and become lifelong learners. Students are prepared to live in an ever-changing society as productive and caring citizens. The staff, students, families, and school community accept the responsibility to work together in this educational endeavor.



“Quality education with active engagement while accommodating differences in learning.”



                Goal #1:  All students will improve reading comprehension skills across the curriculum.

                     Goal #2:  All students will improve the accuracy and speed of grade level appropriate math facts.


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