Southern Wells Community Schools News Article

Daily Elementary Announcements

Southern Wells Elementary

“Do Your Best to Get Success”

Monday, May 11th, 2020



Gracie Reeves, Leland Heath, Hunter Bergbigler, Emree Mounsey, & Joseph Nusbaumer

eLearning Dress Up Week:

This week is Disney Character Week.  If you wish, dress up as your favorite Disney villain or turn your school day into a fairytale by dressing up as a princess.

Principal News:

This is our last week of eLearning!  I appreciate all of the work our students have done to stay on top of their lessons.  Your help at home has been outstanding.  We are fortunate to be a part of such a hard-working and giving community. 

There is no packet drop off or collection this week.  However, Grab-and-Go Meals will be available.  Please come to the elementary cafeteria door (#32) for breakfasts and lunches. 

As we look ahead to the end of the year, we need to collect student devices/textbooks/library books and distribute students' belongings.  This will take place simultaneously May 18-20.  Due to construction, things are not going to be the way we had originally envisioned.  Use of the building is restricted. 

=       Students need to sign up for a time to bring in their materials, books, and devices.  We are limiting the number of students to 10 students per 15-minute increment.  Please sign up each student individually. The link to sign up for a time is

=       Teachers are gathering students’ belongings this week.  All things from desks and lockers will be placed in bags and labeled awaiting collection. 

=       Weather permitting, we will set up at tables in front of the elementary school office outside of the building.  As you drive through the “car rider pick-up” area, we will collect and distribute items. 

=       If we have inclement weather, we will have students enter the building at door #21 stopping at tables in the 4th/5th grade hall collecting and distributing items while maintaining social distancing.  Students will exit door #20 (elementary office door).  Should we have to move into the building due to weather, we ask that only one adult accompany each student.  Other adults and young children should remain at home if possible. 

May 18-20 is also the last time students will be able to submit work.  If your child has completed work, it must be completed and turned at this time – unless specifically requested earlier by the teacher. 

We appreciate everything everyone has done to be supportive of Southern Wells Community School’s efforts.  From students, parents, instructional assistants, bus drivers, teachers, custodial staff, kitchen staff, and office staff – it has taken a team to get through this unique time.  I believe this connection will help us move smoothly back to school in the fall.  I am proud of our Raiders! 

Again, the link to sign up for a collection/distribution time is --  

Thank you,

Cari Whicker


Southern Wells Elementary

School News:

The yearbooks are IN!  If you ordered one, they will be passed out when you sign up for time on May 18, 19, or 20.  Please mention to the staff that helps you that your student ordered a yearbook.  We do have a few extras so if you didn’t purchase one, please contact the office after student’s pick up days are over.

Students, please be sure that if you have any SWES library book at home, return them with your eLearning work on May 18, 19, or 20.


Thanks for being a part of the Raider family


Please stand for the Pledge


  Indiana 211 adds new COVID-19 resources


Indiana 211 is a free service that helps Hoosiers across the state find the local resources they need quickly, easily and confidentially. In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Indiana 211 is working closely with the Family Social Services Administration and United Way to add additional resources for those in need of assistance connecting with health and human services agencies in their local communities.

For those in need of food, counseling, internet or errand assistance, Indiana 211 has created a new 
site to serve as a hub of information on COVID-19 resources. Hoosiers can still find information regarding mental health and addiction services, housing and utility assistance, and more here.

To connect with a navigator, Hoosiers can dial 2-1-1 or 1-866-211-9966, which are available 24/7. You can also text your ZIP code to 898-211 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to receive more information.

To stay up-to-date on the state's coronavirus efforts and sign up for email updates, visit


Library kicks off Summer Reading

Imagine a completely different kind of Summer Reading program this year at the Wells County Public Library. The library is excited to announce that Summer Reading 2020 will run from May 11-July 31 and can be done completely online for kids, teens, and adults.

Depending on your age group, you can sign up at to track either time spent reading or the total pages read. Or if you prefer you can use the paper log that’s attached and return the completed sheet in a library book return dropbox. Copies are available for pick up at either the Main Library or Ossian Branch.

The library will also be offering virtual events, programming videos, craft kits, and fun challenges throughout the summer that fit the “Imagine Your Story” theme. Registration is appreciated for some of these events, so you can get details on how to participate.  

Call the library at 260-824-1612 if you have issues or if you need more information on how to schedule a curbside pick-up of books to read this summer. Books, eAudiobooks, and magazines are also available through the Libby app and at

Register and get more info, including a Summer Reading promo video featuring many of your favorite librarians at:

Girl Scouts Announcement

These last several weeks have brought many transitions for us all. You, your staff, and your faculty have my admiration for all of your efforts to successfully educate your students in the e-learning environment!

Girl Scouts have also made a transition in response to these days of social distancing. We recently launched Girl Scouts at Home, providing engaging experiences online that every girl and caretaker—both members and non-members—can access from virtually anywhere. Additional information about Girl Scouts at Home is attached for your convenience, including links to educator resources.

We want to meet your families where they are and partner with you to let them know about Girl Scouts at Home. Can you help us share this information on the platforms you are using to communicate with your school families?

For your convenience, I have attached some files to make distribution easier for you. If you would like the information formatted differently, let me know and I’ll be happy to accommodate your needs.

  • GS at Home – image with GS at Home - text
    Most schools, PTOs, and community groups have been sharing the image and text together, which are perfect for brief mentions in things like e-newsletters, announcements, or even Facebook.
    TIP: When using a program that pulls an image from a web link (like Facebook), unfortunately our link has been pulling blank white space for many. Try using the image I have provided instead and inserting the text as a comment on the image afterward.
  • GS at Home – email (6+)
    This lengthier content provides a visually more appealing format suitable to emails and larger spaces. When able to use a subject line, we recommend “Is she looking for something to do? Open for at-home fun with Girl Scouts!”


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