Lincoln Crossing Colt Connection
May 3, 2020
Mrs. Hladun's Tidings
STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK!
The week of May 4th is Staff Appreciation Week! Typically this is a time where we shower our teachers and classified staff with love. I would invite you to shower them with digital love instead of physical objects this year...many of our staff aren't here on campus, and all of the others are here only occasionally. We don't have the ability to store items that are left for staff. But they would love any love! Consider an email, bring in a hand written note (that I can manage!), make a digital video, or get creative in some other way. I have a whole school padlet set up for staff appreciation. You can login and drop a picture here: https://padlet.com/jhladun1/staffappreciation or email it to me and I'll add it myself.
When we do our last pickup after Memorial Day, we will have a system whereby you can leave physical gifts for teachers/staff if you would like to. Stay tuned.
STRUCTURE & ROUTINE
I like this image below...although we aren't doing it perfectly in the Hladun home, truthfully. However, with my own boys, we've noticed that structure makes a world of difference. We have found it difficult to maintain our typical sleep times, but we do have a routine that is just pushed back a little later. I have found that taking 5 minutes each evening to establish a plan for my 4th grader gives him goals to achieve/feel proud of, and it takes some of the pressure off me/my husband to nag him all day. My high schooler - he's a different beast, but even he acknowledges that better structure would help him with his stress, anxiety, and overall mental well being! He just needs to get up on time! :) At any rate, remember to do the BEST that YOU can - we all have different situations we are dealing with.
Virtual Talent Show
LCES has a long and strong tradition of visual and performing arts opportunities for our students! One favorite Colt Traditions is our annual Talent Show! This year, given our unexpected school closures, Mrs. Adams is taking the show to the internet and is planning a Virtual Talent Show in late May!
Mon., May 11: Final Acts and MC roles must be recorded on FlipGrid (details were sent home to all finalist this past week)
Thurs., May 21, 6 pm: All school Talent Show Watch Party at 6 PM via YouTube
Important Updates from District
Borrowed Chromebook Return
We will be returning Chromebooks as part of the checkout this year the first week in June. We will refresh the devices and get them ready for either use at home or relocating them back to the classroom they were used in. Stay tuned for details if you borrowed a device this spring.
End of the Year Instructional Timeline
Now that it is May, we have established a instruction timeline for the rest of the year. We will use following dates to close out the school year:
- Friday, May 22, 2020 – Last day for teachers to assign classwork
- Friday, May 29, 2020 – Last day for students to complete and turn in work
- Friday, June 5, 2020 – Last day of school and last day teachers are available
LCES FAQs (* = updated on 5/3)
*What about yearbooks?
We got word this week that our yearbook printer will be closed until 5/15 at least. It takes 6+weeks to print/ship the books. Once we have them, we'll make plans for distribution this summer or this fall. If you did not order a book, but would like one, please email Mrs. Soha (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be place on a waiting list for any extra yearbooks.
*What about food service accounts?
*When can we pick up additional school engagement materials?
We did our last formal distribution of materials on Friday, 5/1. For the rest of the school year, I'll work with teachers/parents 1:1 to coordinate any materials pick up that is needed.
We'll do a last materials pickup after Memorial Day - this will include items from students desks and cubbies and any end of the year mementos that your teacher has prepared. Stay tuned for those details in mid May.
Can I turn in the work my child has completed?
We are not collecting back work materials that we sent home. Your teacher may reach out to you in order to get pictures of materials and is likely engaging with your child in a digital format. Check in with your teacher if you need/want feedback on your child’s progress.
*What about school books that we have at home?
- books from school library - bring them to the school 24/7 - you can drop the in the box by the office
- books from teacher's library - bring them to the school 24/7 - you can drop the in the box by the office; be sure to put a sticky note on them or a bookmark in them that indicates who the book belongs to
- math & science text books - we'll collect those after Memorial Day
- class novels from novel studies (gr 3-5 mostly) - optional to return after Memorial Day
Is it important that my child participate in the activities my teacher is providing?
Although your child’s work will not be graded, many teachers have found creative ways to give them feedback on their work. Participating in the activities/work that your teacher has prepared will help him/her to stay engaged and on track for next school year. We think it’s really important that your child is engaging in the school activities we have prepared, otherwise we wouldn’t send it home! Our #1 goal is to minimize busy work and to maximize productive time!
What if I/my child just can’t do the activities...it’s all just too much!
We hear you! Everyone is in a different spot right now. Just let your teacher know if what you are getting is more than you can manage. It doesn’t matter why, but let us work together with you to find out how to make things work!
Why does my teacher keep trying to get in touch with me/my student?
If your child didn’t come to school for a week, we’d be really worried! That’s our job and our nature! To that end, we are really trying to connect with each child each week. Please help us do that! If you are having an issue that’s preventing your child from participating, just let us know so we can find a way to make it work for you!
*When can I get the materials from my child’s desk/cubby and his/her yearbook?
We plan to have those materials available for pick up after Memorial Day. This is also when we are likely to collect back ukes (4th grade), library books, 5th gr. math books, etc… We will not be tracking the collection of class sets of novels (thanks to our PTC!).
The technology that we have at home isn’t enough.
At this point, hopefully you've addressed these issues through the chromebook borrowing program or the hotspot/internet support program. Email Mrs. Hladun (email@example.com) if you still have needs and we'll see what we can do.
*What about Fort Bragg reimbursements?
We received the refund from PEEC last week and we are finalizing our reimbursement plans. We anticipate reaching out to all 5th grade families with next steps in the coming week. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this complex process.
*What about other field trips?
All field trips have been cancelled for this school year. All refunds have been distributed with the exception of Mrs. Ochoa's and Fort Bragg, but we are working on those this week.
I have more unanswered questions!Contact your teacher with any classroom related questions. Contact Mrs. Hladun anytime with any school or ‘big picture’ questions. I’ll be checking email every day (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’m always available on my cell phone (702 324 6884 - text is always best!).
Virtual Spirit Days
Past virtual spirit day boards:
- art - week of 4/14-17: https://padlet.com/jhladun1/art
- books! - week of 3/30-4/3: https://padlet.com/jhladun1/books
- superhero - week of 3/30-4/3: https://padlet.com/jhladun1/superheros
- learning at home - week of 3/23-27: https://padlet.com/jhladun1/distance_learning_spirit_day
- colt pride day on 3/20: https://padlet.com/jhladun1/coltpride_mar20
Being in Touch - big info from Mrs. Hladun as needed
- on our website front page (lces.wpusd.org)
- via a notification to check for communication via Facebook
- via a notification to check for communication via Instagram
- via a notification to check for communication via Twitter
- via a notification to check for communication via our school app.
You can get info on all of those communication tools at the bottom of this (and every) newsletter.
Being in Touch - daily on Social Media
- readings - a story for primary learners, and a chapter(s) from novels - can be found on YouTube - search for Jennifer Hladun/look for the LCES logo
- a fun thing to check out
Please also stay in touch with your teachers - they are trying all kinds of new platforms to connect with your child! Learn with us!
The LCES Office - this week
Mrs. Soha (our amazing secretary) is at work on Thursdays, too. The office is closed while she is here, but if you have a question for her, she is taking phone calls on Thursdays from 10am-4pm.
You can drop your address into this finder to confirm your elementary school boundary. Be sure to click the "Approved 2020-21 Elementary Boundary" box on the right to see next year's boundary!
Every Friday is a Colt Pride day! We love it all - new items, vintage Colt Gear, homemade items, Zebra gear, and blue & yellow! Click for our online spirit wear store - open 24/7/365!
The district has approved and published the next 2 years of school calendars! Click for details!