February 5, 2021
Highlights you will find:
- Lincoln Family Directory-PDF attached
- One Book One School begins Wednesday, February 10
- 6th Grade Choir Information
- PTO newsletter
- Principals desk-Name the Lincoln Leopard-use the linked form
- Kindergarten registration-Happening NOW!
- Revised Calendar-March 25th now a full day of attendance
- Middle school transfer request window
- Preschool information
- Food Service and Pick up-Breakfast added.
- Rent and Utility assistance-Info below
One Book, One School
The Lincoln Elementary community
is participating in a six week long special project and all-school book club called
One Book, One School!
What this means:
We are revealing the book and the reading schedule on Wednesday, February 10th to all students. Each family will get a copy of the book, which is yours to keep.
We invite your family to read the book together at home over the course of 6 weeks. It will be about a 35-40 minute time commitment each week.
Children of all grade levels will be listening to their parents read the same book.
Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes educational sense. Children can easily comprehend text that is beyond a child’s own reading level when the work of reading the text is shared with a proficient reader.
We also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves.
We selected a title that can be followed, understood, and enjoyed by younger students, but will also captivate and stimulate older children.
Our goal is to build a Community of Readers at our school. Everyone - students, parents, teachers, even administrative staff will all be following along together. We are personally asking you to make the time so that your family can participate in this fun and special activity! Thank you for supporting a culture of literacy at Lincoln!
Starting on February 10, visit https://sites.google.com/d303.org/lincoln303obos/home
for trivia, family discussion questions, activity ideas, and more!
1/19/21 through 3/12/21
2021-2022 Online Kindergarten Registration opens (see information below)
FOR ALL 5th GRADE FAMILIES - 6th grade Exploratory Forms due - see information below
NO SCHOOL, President’s Day
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, School Improvement Day
Middle School Transfer Request closes
Remember the 3 W's: Wear a Mask, Watch Your Distance, Wash Your Hands
A message to all 5th Grade Parents and Students considering 6th Grade Band and Choir:
Any and all current 5th-grade students are welcome to sign up for Band and Choir for 6th grade, even if they did not do band or choir this year as a 5th grader. Students in middle school will be allowed to play band instruments and sing at school as long as the health situation continues to improve and in accordance with IDPH and state guidelines. Band Instrument selection will take place prior to the start of the 6th grade school year for those who are new to the band as well as for those who are already in the band since percussion was the only instrument allowed in the band this year. More information will be communicated about the band instrument selection process this spring. If you have further questions please contact the band or music teacher at your school.
From the Principal's Desk
As the weather turns to an arctic blast of cold know that we will remain in the building if the temperature is below 0 degrees, which looks like it may be most of the week. We will utilize our gym when possible to have our indoor recess, but lunch recess will need to remain in the classrooms.
Next Friday, primary classes will celebrate Valentine's day, please refer to your classroom guidelines regarding these celebrations.
We have a wonderful opportunity to name our Lincon leopard. Please fill out the form to make your suggestion-
Our friends at Random Acts Matter are doing a great Act of Kindness on Thursday, February 18. It is a food drive for our local veterans. Below is a flyer with information-Random Acts Matter is a great group that supports many in our community.
The District 303 Kindergarten enrollment process for the 2021-2022 school year will be virtual! Between January 19 and March 12, families will be able to enroll their kindergarten-age children by visiting the Kindergarten Registration & Information page of the District 303 website. On the site you will find:
The New Student Intake Form (coming January 19, 2021)
The Kindergarten Step-by-Step Guide for registration
Health and Dental exams and immunization information
Contact information for all elementary schools
Information about Full Day and Half Day Kindergarten
FROM THE NURSE:
Happy New Year and thank you for all the little things you are reinforcing at home to keep our students and staff healthy. Along with Social Distancing and Frequent Handwashing, proper Mask Wearing is an essential component of our everyday COVID-19 precautions.
Easy Tips For Proper Mask Wearing
Be sure your child’s mask fits comfortably, covering their nose and mouth, and is secured on their face.
Provide your child with a clean mask and back up mask each day.
Remind your child to never share or swap masks.
Remind your child not to touch the mask while wearing it.
Tell your child if nasal drainage, blood or saliva makes their mask damp they need to change into a fresh mask.
Remind your child that their mask is not a napkin. They need to wipe their face after eating lunch, before putting their mask back in place.
Keeping Masks Clean
Masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you don’t wash or replace your mask regularly, however, bacteria can linger. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say masks should be washed after every use. If the mask is included in regular laundry loads, the CDC recommends using regular laundry detergent and the warmest water setting. To wash a mask by hand, the CDC website states an appropriate bleach solution can be prepared by mixing the following: 5 tablespoons of household bleach per gallon of room temperature water or 4 teaspoons of household bleach per quart of room temperature water. Masks should be soaked in the bleach solution for 5 minutes before being rinsed with cool or room temperature water. If a mask will be air dried, the CDC recommends placing it in direct sunlight. If using a dryer, the CDC recommends using the highest appropriate heating setting.
ATTENTION ALL 5TH GRADE FAMILIES:
Thank you to those students that have already turned their 6th-grade Exploratory forms into the school office. These were mailed out by the District but if you are unable to find yours, please see the links below for the letter and the Exploratory form. Your student needs to turn in their completed form into the office by next Tuesday, 2/9/21.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TRANSFERS - REQUEST PERIOD OPEN FROM FEB. 1 - FEB. 26
Double-check your address to know where your fifth-grade son or daughter are slotted to attend middle school, most Lincoln students attend Thompson but there is a small group of homes that attend Wredling. If you have a question please email us, email@example.com.
Families who wish to submit a Middle School Transfer request may do so beginning February 1, 2021. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want to be transferred. Requests are granted based on space available. This means that siblings are not guaranteed placement. A written decision will be communicated to families before spring break.
Once the request is approved, a student may remain at that middle school throughout his or her middle school career, as long as the student resides in District 303.
Families of students granted permission to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance area are responsible for their own transportation.
Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.
The Middle School Transfer request window will close at 4:00pm on February 26, 2021.
If you have questions, please contact Tammy Marsan at: 331-228-2397.
D303 PRESCHOOL PROGRAM INFORMATION -
The District 303 Community Preschool Program will be conducting its annual registration lottery. Enrollment will be offered online from January 19 to February 2, 2021. Two informational meetings will be offered via Zoom for all interested community families who reside in District 303. The lottery enrollment link and informational meeting's registration link can be found on the District website on the Early Childhood page. Please note, in order to receive the Zoom links for the informational meetings, you must complete the registration form.