April 12, 2019
No school next Friday April 19, 2019 and Thursday April 18 is a half day-parent teacher conferences in the afternoon.
Reminder-Tonight we will have our Spring Family Dance from 6:00-7:00. There is a flyer that is below that also went home with students yesterday as a final reminder.
Aside from makeup testing, our IAR assessments have been completed here at Lincoln. Students did a great job of staying focused throughout these past two weeks! We appreciate the support we received from families in getting students here on time, with a healthy breakfast and well-rested! Our 3rd-5th-grade students showed persistence and resilience over the seven days of testing. They maintained a positive attitude throughout the past two weeks. Our kindergarten – 2nd-grade students were respectful of our testing environment. We are all so proud of our Lincoln students!
In addition to testing this week, we have had many fun experiences for our Lincoln students. Mr. Navis has been teaching bowling in PE. He even has integrated math through the scoring in the intermediate grades. The gym was transformed into cosmic bowling on Monday and Tuesday. Each student received glow sticks and bowled by disco ball lighting. In kindergarten, the classroom has a new addition of an incubator and soon there will be newly hatched chicks. Ask your kindergartener how many days it will take until the eggs are hatched. In the LRC Mrs. Dainko has taken students on virtual field trips with the use of the district provided Google Expedition. There are so many learning opportunities left for the remainder of the year. As the weather warms up we want to ensure that we continue to learn and stay focused on our lessons. Please talk to your son or daughter about wrapping up the final few months of school with dedication and hard work. Please check out our school Facebook and Twitter feed to get a window into what is going on at Lincoln.
Band Launch Party-May 6
Dear Families of Future Band Students,
We are getting closer to the Band Launch Party and Instrument Trials! For some families this may be your first D303 band experience and for others you may be seasoned veterans. Either way, I wanted to include some information about our district program to answer any questions that may arise.
When do students have small group technique lessons?
Students have a weekly small group technique class. Students are placed in small groups (2-4) according to instrument. In this class we work on instrument specific techniques and skills. These technique lessons occur during the school day and rotate times throughout the trimester. With the rotation students do not miss the same class every week.
When are morning rehearsals?
The days for morning rehearsals are tentative at this point. The morning rehearsal is 60 minutes and combines all musicians and we work together to prepare for performances. Rehearsals begin in September and continue through the school year. I hope to announce the exact rehearsal days by the end of this school year.
How much does my child need to practice?
There are different philosophies and approaches to practicing. One way is to have a set amount of time. At the beginning of the year 5-10 minutes 3-5 days a week is appropriate. Another approach to practice is using goal setting. For example, “ I will practice until I can play the correct rhythm for song #4.” It will be different for each individual. The key is just practice. The more effort put into practicing the more fun comes out of it!
How do I get an instrument?
Many families rent an instrument. Some have instruments from family members or friends. Some purchase instruments (though please make sure that you check the quality and repair options. Some repair shops will not repair certain instruments). The district also has a limited number of certain instrument available for rental-these are instruments are for students who play the tuba or for families that qualify for free/reduced lunch.
Are there any fees associated with band?
The district charges a $40 fee. Families that qualify for the Free/Reduced program will be charged accordingly. If your child also participates in orchestra it is $40 for both band and orchestra.
Can my child be in both band and orchestra?
Yes! I work closely with the orchestra teacher to make sure that a student can participate in both groups.
Please contact me should you have more/specific questions.
Band Launch Party: May 6 during School
Band Instrument Try-Out Permission Slip due May 7
In an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students, researchers found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show "significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12." This observation holds true regardless of students' socio-economic status, and differences in those who are involved with instrumental music vs. those who are not is more significant over time.
Catterall, James S., Richard Chapleau, and John Iwanaga. "Involvement in the Arts and Human Development: General Involvement and Intensive Involvement in Music and Theater Arts." Los Angeles, CA: The Imagination Project at UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, 1999.
Bernie's Book Bank
Lincoln students were involved in voting for the colors of our new playground we will have installed this summer.
Parent University Survey
Lincoln upcoming Dates/Events
April 12, 2019
Friday, April 12 Lincoln Family Dance
6:00 – 7:00 PM
Monday, April 15 Elementary Intra-District requests closes online
Thursday, April 18 Half Day of School – No Lunch
Gr. 1-5 dismissed at 12:00
AMK dismissed at 11:15/No PM Kindergarten
Gr. K-5 Afternoon Parent/Teacher Conferences
Bernie’s Book Collection ends
Friday, April 19 School Improvement Day
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Wednesday, April 24 5th Grade Parent/Student Night
6:15 – 7:00 PM at Thompson Middle School
Thursday, April 25 Spring Orchestra Concert
6:00 PM at Wredling Middle School
Friday, April 26 Mother/Daughter Tea
Tuesday, April 30 Wellness Fair
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Thursday, May 2 PTO Meeting4:30 in LRC