Lincoln Bulletin

November 16, 2018

Dates to Remember

November 19 – 23 NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Monday, November 19 Parent/Teacher Conferences

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Lincoln PTO Book Fair in LRC

Tuesday, November 20 Parent/Teacher Conferences

8:00 AM – Noon

Wednesday, November 21 Report Cards open up on HAC

Thursday, December 6 PTO Meeting in LRC

4:30 PM

Monday, December 10 Winter Band Concert at St. Charles North H.S.

6:30 PM

Board of Education Meeting at the Administration Center

7:00 PM

Thursday, December 13 Winter Orchestra Concert at St. Charles North H.S.

7:00 PM

Friday, December 21 Holiday Sing/Classroom Parties

December 24 – January 6 Winter Break-NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

Monday, January 7 School Resumes

This Week's Highlights

Thanksgiving

As we head into the holiday season, our Lincoln staff has so much to be thankful for. We are grateful for the wonderful children that we get to spend our time with and learn from. They make every day a joyful one! We appreciate all of our Lincoln families and the many ways that they support the staff and students. Our parent volunteers were quite busy this past week preparing, organizing and running the Book Fair in our LRC. Students and families enjoyed the opportunity to shop for books during the day and at our Family Night on Thursday. We are thankful for opportunities like this that can only happen with the time and energy that our parent volunteers give to our Lincoln community. We had special visitors on Monday at our first Veteran's assembly. Three family veterans were able to speak to our students. Both Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts were able to contribute to the assembly with the help of the leaders, thank you. I personally want to thank our community for the continued support of our learning and building a strong home-school partnership. As the saying goes, It takes a village.




TOYS FOR KIDS

In the main office, you will notice a toy collection box for the Jim Wheeler Toys for Kids Program. This program, serving in partnership with the Salvation Army, collects unwrapped toys to distribute to students in need within our community. For those wishing to contribute, please drop off an unwrapped toy to the toy drop box in the main office by Friday, December 7th.



Conferences

Thank you to all of the families that signed up for conferences next week. Teachers will be spending their weekends preparing for their conversations with parents. This is such a great time to come together and connect with the common purpose of supporting each student. We look forward to these two days! If you have some time and want to stop by to chat with me, please feel free to do that. If you want to ensure that I am available, you can call Mrs. Eageny and she can schedule a time for us to talk.


I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and families. If you are headed somewhere, safe travels. If you are staying in the area, enjoy the more relaxing pace and time with your families and friends. We look forward to seeing our smiling student faces on November 26th!

Veteran's Day Assembly Photos

Celebrating Ms. Pat's Birthday!

Thursday was Ms. Pat's birthday. Students and staff signed a banner and celebrated her birthday during lunch. We thank her for her dedication and hard work in preparing our nutritional lunches every day!

Parent University: Mindful Parenting Book Study

Between school pressures, extracurricular activities, homework, and demanding careers, it’s hard to find time just to get dinner on the table. In Mindful Parenting, child and family psychologist Dr. Kristen Race speaks directly to today’s busy families who make up what she calls “Generation Stress” and presents an alternative – a mindful approach. Drawing on the latest research, she shows how mindfulness helps us – and our children – feel happier, healthier, calmer, less anxious, less stressed, and more focused. Come to discuss the book with your fellow parents.


As part of the book study discussions, we will explore:
>How the brain works and why parents and kids today are more stressed, anxious, and angry than ever before.
>Practical solutions that parents can do to create a more relaxed and happier home.

Not able to attend the face-to-face discussions? No problem! We will be offering virtual discussion threads so that people can connect from home. Information about virtual discussion links will be sent to participants in January.

Can’t come to all book discussions? No problem! Feel free to join any or all of the discussions.

All parents who register will receive a copy of the book. Books may be picked up on December 10 in the Administration Center, 201 S. 7th Street, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. or 5:30-6:30 p.m. If you are unable to pick up your book on December 10, please contact Dr. Cindy Ruesch at cindy.ruesch@d303.org.


Please use the following link to register.


Book discussions will take place in both a morning and an evening session on the following dates:

February 7--Part I: Today's Family
9:15 a.m. at the St. Charles Public Library in the Carnegie Room
6:30 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

February 21--Part II: Simplify: Finding and Eliminating Stressors
9:15 a.m. at the St. Charles Public Library in the Carnegie Room
6:30 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

March 7--Part III: Mindfulness: Increasing Your Inner Resiliency
9:15 a.m. at the St. Charles Public Library in the Carnegie Room
6:30 p.m. at Fox Ridge in the LRC

From the Secretary


Lost & Found

Please take a moment and check out our Lost & Found items laid out in our main hallway on your way to or from conferences. Many items have been there for quite some time and need to be claimed by their rightful owners!

This is also a good time to remind you to label your child’s items with either their name or initials.

From the Nurse

This cold winter weather, unfortunately, brings the reappearance of HEAD LICE. Please check your child's head weekly for signs of lice: itchy scalp (especially above the ears and on the nape of the neck) or the presence of live lice or nits (grayish white lice eggs firmly attached to shaft of hair).

For research-based information about the identification and treatment of head lice, visit http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/index.html.

More head lice information can also be found on our D303 website under "Health Services". This information includes "Myths and Facts about Head Lice," "Guidelines for Head Lice Control," and "District Head Lice Management Protocol."

Please remind your child not to share hats, combs, brushes, sports helmets, or other hair accessories. For concerns your child may have head lice, please contact Lincoln Health Office at 331-228-2504.

JoAnne Lefelstein, RN

School Nurse, Lincoln Elementary