Colt Connection

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Mrs. Hladun's Tidings

Our teachers officially come back to work on Monday (although they've been working hard and preparing most of the summer, honestly!). This year won't start like most, but we are still committed to making it the best possible.

We are likely to hit bumps in the road. We are likely to have technical issues. We are likely to make changes to our schedules and routines as we get the hang of things.

Even though there will be challenges (some of which we can't even anticipate), we are committed to providing a rigorous learning environment for your child. We are committed to ensuring your child makes a year's worth of growth this year. We are committed to doing our best.

In the coming weeks, please be kind. Please be patient (with yourself, your child, and your child's teacher!). Please give grace. We are going to do the same.

In case you missed it, here is a "welcome" video that covers some information you may find helpful. In addition, here are the slides (without narration). My bitmoji page can be found here.

This Week's Most Important Thing - Digital Learning Materials Pick Up

We will have materials for students to pick up on Tuesday, 8/18 (3pm-8pm) and Wednesday, 8/19 (8am-4pm). We'll distribute from the MPR. I expect that EVERY teacher will have materials for picking up (i.e. curriculum materials, supplies, chromebook login cards, LCES and WPUSD paperwork, etc...). Please mark your calendar!

School Supplies

This year, students will be using their own individual supplies even more than ever (as we continue to limit shared supplies!).

You can find information about our supply list here. When school starts, your students will need some basic items (pencils, crayons, markers, paper, etc...) from these lists. It is up to you if you want to purchase all of the items now, or wait until school starts to confirm supply needs with your child's teacher.

Preparing for a Positive Experience!

This article was shared with me and has some great tips for setting your student up for success. For the whole article, click here.

A few things that stood out to me:

1. reducing eye fatigue - be sure your child looks at something at a distance every 20 minutes

2. body fatigue - ensure your child's feet can touch the floor - dangling feet are hard on the body over time; your teacher will build in breaks - encourage physical activity during that time

3. mark time - use a visual timer or clock to help your child monitor their time on task so it doesn't feel like forever!

4. fuel - have water and snacks ready to go - learning is hard work!

5. routine - help your child feel like they are in school - get up at a set time, shower, get dressed, and brush teeth before school

And most importantly, remember that your attitude about school and distance learning informs your child's attitude. Acknowledge the challenges, but keep your expressed feelings optimistic and positive!

Mindfulness Corner

Our school psychologist, Ms. St. John is building an amazing Colt Neighborhood on our campus in order to support mindfulness, calmness and to reduce anxiety. Please review this letter to learn more about the Colt Neighborhood and to learn more about our first relaxation strategy: Tense and Let Go.

Also, you are encouraged to check out the mindfulness section of our website - visit it, click through the resources and come back to check out our progress as we build this section of our webpage.

Back to School Night - Virtually Styled

Your child's teacher will be emailing you a Back to School night presentation by 6pm on Tuesday, 8/18. (I believe I misstated the date in my video - eek!).

Your teacher will also share a video about him/herself (as a part of or separate from their Back to School Night presentation).

Lastly, your teacher will schedule an open Q&A for parents between 8/18 and 8/27. Be watching for a Google Meet link so you can participate if you'd like!

First Day of School Photos

First Day of School photos are a classic way to start the year - we would love to see them! Mark them with the hashtags:

  • #LCESColts
  • #itsagreatdaytobeacolt
  • #distancelearningcolts

STAR Enrollment

We have a wonderful on site care program called STAR. They will be open on our campus from 7:00am-5:30pm and enrollment is open now!

STAR will assist students with logging into their synchronous (live) learning time and completing their asynchronous (independent) work as well. Please see their FAQ's for more information

Click here to enroll. Please direct any questions to STAR directly - there is a contact form in their FAQ linked above.

Non-School Days & District Calendar Links


Wed., 8/19: Last Day of Summer Break

Mon., 9/7: Labor Day / no school

Fri., 10/2-Mon., 10/5: Fall Break / no school

Mon., 11/2: District Professional Development / no school

Wed., 11/11: Veteran's Day / no school

Mon., 11/16-Fri., 11/20: Conference Week (watch for details in late October!)

Mon., 11/23-Fri., 11/27: Thanksgiving Break / no school

Mon., 12/21-Mon., 1/4: Winter Break / no school

Mon., 1/18: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day / no school

Fri., 2/12-Mon., 2/15: Mini February Break / no school

Fri., 3/26: Public Safety (PS) Day*

Mon., 3/29-Fri., 4/2: Spring Break / no school

Mon., 4/5: Public Safety (PS) Day*

Mon., 5/31: Memorial Day / no school

Fri., 6/11: Last Day of School

*Fri., 3/26 and Mon., 4/5 are Public Safety (PS) Days - PS days are non student and non teacher word days unless they are needed as make-up days for prior Public Safety closures (smoke, power outages, etc...)


You can find the district calendars for 2020-21 and 2021-22 here.

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Lincoln Crossing Mission Statement

The mission of the Lincoln Crossing Elementary School team is to prepare our students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to become lifelong learners and responsible, contributing members of society.