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Dear Lincoln Families,
I apologize for not sending this letter before now. Current events related to racial injustice have been a learning experience for me, as I hope they have been for all of us. I do want to take this opportunity to show support for the message that our superintendent sent to families yesterday regarding our school district launching an equity initiative. That is an important next step in our collective commitment to racial justice and I am hopeful it will lead to new and improved ways of doing business in our schools.
In addition to the action steps our district will take, Lincoln school will also take some steps beginning this fall.
·We will work collaboratively with our LPSG to set aside general membership meeting time to hear from our family members about issues related to racial equity. We hope to secure a guest speaker to meet with our parents as well.
·We had planned to have a staff book study this past spring called “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain,” but with the school closure, we were unable to do that. It is an exceptional book about promoting authentic student engagement among culturally and linguistically diverse students. Our plan is to have the book study this fall.
·We will create a plan for professional development this school year that incorporates learning about equity and racism.
·We have already set aside a full day of learning for staff members around social emotional learning. We anticipate that students will return to school with a variety of needs, both academic and emotional. We are doing our best to prepare for that so we can support our students as much as possible.
I would also like to recommend a book titled “So you Want to Talk About Race,” written by Ijeoma Oluo. The author is skilled at bridging the gap between people of color and white Americans who are currently struggling with race complexities. It is relevant to current events and it enlightened me to concepts of racial injustice. I would highly recommend this book.
Parents, I am anxious to hear from you next school year and I want you to know that our school will be responsive to your concerns and questions. We will listen to you and take action based on your input. We are all in this together.
Additionally, our school counselors put together a collection of resources for parents on how to talk to your children about racism, social justice, and current events. Those resources can be found in this newsletter.
I would also like to tell you about a few staff changes for the upcoming school year:
·Our new .5 associate principal will be Mark Jordan. He will replace Scott Sartorius who has taken on a new position in our school district.
·We have a new Kindergarten teacher, Allie Mauck. Additionally, she will do her principal internship with me.
·Nancy Bacon will be our new .5 math intervention teacher, replacing Angela Mendoza who is moving to 4th grade.
·Our new nurse is Lori Koeb, replacing Heather Williams who is moving to another school.
·Our new PE teachers are Jenelle Wildeman and Tabitha Dietrich.
·Our new creative movement teacher is Colette Tornow.
I want to wish all of you a safe, healthy and peaceful summer. I will keep you updated with plans for reopening in the fall as we receive new information and guidance from the governor, the superintendent of public instruction and our own superintendent of schools.
June 17th, 2020 will be VIRTUAL FIELD DAY! Are you pumped??? We are!!!
On Tuesday, June 16th, the activities will be posted on the PE Webpage for you and your family to prepare for Virtual Field Day. Wednesday is designated as Virtual Field Day, but you can enjoy the activities at your connivence and they will stay posted on the PE Webpage until the last day of the school year. There are about 14 events. You can choose to do all 14 or choose to do a few.
Participate as a family and have fun! Be sure to take pictures while your family participates in Virtual Field Day and send them to Ms. Hoover (firstname.lastname@example.org) so she can make a video to share with our Lincoln School community. All pictures are due by June 19th, 2020. If you wish to opt your student's picture out from the Virtual Field Day video, please sign the opt out form below and return it to the school by June 17th, 2020.
Have FUN, be SILLY, and ENJOY VIRTUAL FIELD DAY!
Virtual Field Day will be posted on the PE webpage on Tuesday, June 16th, 2020:
Lost and Found, Library Book and Devices
Library Books: There will be a location for you to drop off any library books.
Devices: If you are moving out of district or you do not want to keep your device over the summer, please return the device and power cord at these times OR
Any students that are moving and/or leaving our district can return their iPads, throughout the summer, to ITS during these hours: M-Th 8am-3pm and F 8am-2pm. ITS is located at 2901 Falk Road, Vancouver, WA, 98661. At the corner of Falk Road and Plomondon Street, the first door that faces Plomondon Street and has a green piece of paper saying ITS is where iPads can be returned.
Unfortunately, the school is not open to the public at this time. We are still able to answer your emails at email@example.com until June 19th.
FROM THE LINCOLN COUNSELORS
School counselors Mrs Winfrey and Mr. Chambers want to provide our students and families Race and Equity resources and support. In effort to grow our students' emotional intelligence, we must strengthen the skill to talk about things that may make us uncomfortable. This is not a comprehensive list, so please feel free to contact us if you need further help on this. We're here for you!
- Appropriate to use with younger grade levels to talk about current events, this recording of the story Say Something, by Peter Reynolds, is about how all of us can speak up when we are hurt, angry, sad and see injustice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i7Zt5wQz78
- How to talk to kids about race: https://www.prettygooddesign.org/blog/Blog%20Post%20Title%20One-5new4?fbclid=IwAR3AAUwE1fAkbSqQqC63v_J2naTtW9FqB4VzfYwOfIZRatJ_ZlYFJ-3_Pe0
- Blog with Resources for kids and social justice (how to talk to kids about race, how to raise kid activities, teaching social justice, etc): https://www.rebekahgienapp.com/start/
- Recommended Resources from the Teach and Transform website (by a classroom teacher, social justice advocate, and anti-bias educator): https://www.teachandtransform.org/resources
- Talking to Your Kids About Racism, Police Brutality, and Protests: https://www.ahaparenting.com/ask-the-doctor-1/talking-with-children-about-racism-police-brutality-and-protests
- A great book recommendation that teaches how people get our different skin colors from a factual lens, "All the Colors We Are" by Katie Kissinger. Also, the site referenced for this book, Social Justice Books, is a great resource for other book titles on these topics, too: https://socialjusticebooks.org/all-the-colors-we-are-story-skin-color/
iPAD TROUBLESHOOTING : https://docs.google.com/document/d/16SUK8N1QNyufUn4kE0WseJIxZFVHLI00QVmVbDdsNXI/preview
LATEST INFORMATION FROM VPS : https://vansd.org/coronavirus/
Info for new kindergartners for the 2020-21 school year
NEW IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR KINDERGARTNERS
Changes for next year?
- Are you moving over the summer?
- Will your child be transferring to another school next year?
If you are moving, changing phone numbers, transferring schools, etc. please let our office know ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to make sure our records are up to date. Thank you for your assistance.
From the FCRC - Family-Community Resource Center
Family Community Resource Coordinators will be back early August so we can continue working to connect families to resources and support in our community.
Please continue to check the Community Resources page at https://vansd.org/fcrc/ for additional resources such as food, unemployment, childcare, housing, homeless and foster student information, public utilities assistance and crisis information.
Los coordinadores de recursos comunitarios y familiares volverán a inicios de agosto para continuar trabajando para conectar a las familias con recursos y apoyo en nuestra comunidad.
Continúe mirando la página de recursos de la comunidad a https://vansd.org/fcrc/ para recursos adicionales como alimentos, información de desempleo, cuidado de niños, vivienda, información de estudiantes sin hogar y de acogida, asistencia de servicios públicos e información de crisis.
Due to COVID-19 school closures, families may be eligible to get help with food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program or P-EBT. Find out more information on this link:
Debido al cierre de escuelas por el COVID-19, las familias pueden ser elegibles para recibir ayuda adicional con los beneficios de alimentos. Estos beneficios alimenticios se llaman Programa de comidas escolares de emergencia EBT por pandemia o P-EBT. Obtenga más información en este enlace:
FROM THE FRONT OFFICE
2020-2021 District Calendar
Teacher Qualification Notice
In an effort to keep parents informed of the qualifications of teacher, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) allows parents to inquire at school whether their child(ren)’s teacher(s) have met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade level and subject taught. Parents may inquire whether a teacher is under emergency or conditional certificate through which state qualifications were waived, and they may request information about undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration. Parents can also ask about paraprofessionals working with your child in reading, writing, and/or mathematics. We can tell you whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional and whether he/she meets state qualifications and/or licensing requirements.
Vancouver Public Schools annually conducts an audit of teacher assignments to assure that no teachers are assigned to areas for which they do not meet Washington State certification and/or endorsement requirements. Only on rare occasion does the District seek a wavier to certification. When this does occur, it is typically for a teacher who is within a few credits of completing the endorsement and is actively working on such completion.