Lincoln's November Newsletter

Leading The Pack In Kingsport

Fall Festival

Thank you to all who came out to our first ever fall festival. Ms, Musick, our PTO, and numerous community partners came together to create a fun event for our lions and families. While ti was cut short due to a safety issue outside Kingsport, the time we spent together enjoying the season and our community was wonderful. We appreciate everyone who came to have fun with our Lions. Below are some pictures of our wonderful afternoon.

Friendly Reminder

Due to a district change no KCS schools will be including parents and guests to the cafeteria's Thanksgiving lunch meal. Costs became prohibitive , in addition to safety concerns at some schools with the overwhelming number of visitors to schools,which has made providing the meal for visitors too much. Thank you for your understanding in this district wide change.

Lincoln Community Service Project

Lincoln is partnering with the Kingsport City School's Family Resource Center and Homeless Education Program to collect food between November 1st and November 16th. We will be collecting can and boxed goods. Please no glass or expired items. Items will be collected in the main alcove every morning.


Together we can make a difference!

Kingsport City Schools to Host Educational Surrogate Parents and Surrogate Parent Training

Community members who are interested in becoming an educational surrogate parent for a student with disabilities in either Kingsport City Schools or Sullivan County Schools, are invited to attend a training session in November. A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education states, "A surrogate parent is an individual who may represent a child with a disability in all matters related to qualifying for and receiving special education services."


Individuals qualified to serve as a surrogate parent
  • cannot be an employee of the school district, or other child services agency that is involved in the child’s education or care;
  • must have no personal or professional interest that conflicts with the child’s interests;
  • must be willing to submit to the school systems required background check(s);
  • must have the requisite knowledge and skills that ensure the child is adequately represented; and
  • must have received surrogate parent training.

The required 3-hour training session will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2018 with a choice of two times; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 4 - 7 p.m. located in the Tennessee Room at the Administrative Support Center, 400 Clinchfield Street, third floor, downtown Kingsport. A required registration form (https://goo.gl/1oED6N) must be completed online or by contacting Linda Loggans at (423) 378.2100 to reserve your spot.


A surrogate parent is appointed whenever any of the following occur:

  • The parent cannot be identified;
  • The school district, after reasonable efforts, cannot locate the parent;
  • The child is an unaccompanied homeless youth; or
  • The child is a ward of the state.
The surrogate parent may represent a child in the areas of identification, evaluation, and education placement to ensure the child is provided a free and appropriate public education. The Tennessee Department of Education, Special Populations, offers an accessible training options through local education systems for those interested in representing students with disabilities as a surrogate parent.


For more information, contact Jacki Wolfe, director of special education, at (423) 378.2100 or jawolfe@k12k.com.

PTO Update from Jessica Slaughter, PTO President

A BIG thanks to the 12% of our school who participated in our Little Caesar's Pizza Fundraiser. With only 66 students participating we raised $3,000 and that money goes to our PTO budget for the year. We are grateful and thankful for that money, but we can't help but wonder what our profit could be if we had more participation?


Here is a peek into how funds that are raised benefit our families at Lincoln. Our PTO pays for bus transportation for field trips, so that our families don't have that cost. We also help sponsor events like the Fall Festival, which was a TON of fun! We help staff and students in the classroom, financially where needed. Our fundraisers are our main source of funding, so it is important that we have parent and staff support during that time. Your support of our fundraisers makes a difference at Lincoln. Our next fundraiser is in the spring and we encourage everyone who is able to participate. If everyone just started with purchasing one item to support our fundraiser, imagine what a great return we would have for our Lincoln Lions. Thanks in advance for your support in the spring!



We have a spirit night scheduled for Freddy's on Wednesday November 14th from 5-9pm.


We do not have a November meeting scheduled yet.

Grade Level Updates

Kindergarten

Kindergarten is learning…

Literacy:

· Continue recognizing the letters and sounds in the alphabet

· Reading the sight words: go, no, so, can, and, like, see, the, me, I, a, mom, dad

· Story Elements: identify character, setting, and significant event

· Identify cause and effect in a text

· Practice orally retelling familiar stories including the beginning, middle, and end

Math:

· Identify and write numbers up to 15

· Count orally to 50 by ones and backward from 10

· Identify and describe 2D shapes

· Compose and decompose 2D shapes to make new shapes

Science:

Living and Nonliving

Reminders:

· Keep a change of clothes in a Ziploc baggie in your child’s backpack (appropriate for the current weather)

· Snack daily

· All money sent to school – please put in a Ziploc baggie or envelope with your child’s name and what it is for (ice cream, field trip, etc.)


First Grade

First Grade continues to be FABULOUS as we make progress towards our end of the year goal. Students are working hard each day and teachers are proud of focused effort. Please remember your child has homework each day that reinforces what is being taught and learned in the classroom. Also, the daily homework folder has important information from the classroom and school. The folder contains your child’s work samples; please take time each day to review your child’s work to see the progress being made.


In literacy, we will continue our study of the sun, moon, and Earth. Students will explore and understand observable patterns in nature and the relationships between these bodies that are in motion. They will be expected to know and explain the relationships between Earth, sun, and moon and the importance for life.


For phonics skills, we are focusing on distinguishing long and short vowels. The language unit will be on adjectives and pronouns. Students will continue to improve their sentence writing skills using the following rubric: does the sentence begin with upper case letter then have all lower case letters to follow; neat and consistent spacing; and an end mark.


In writing, we will continue to improve narrative stories with a beginning, middle, and end; use dialogue in the plan; use temporal words (one afternoon, next, after); write 4-7 sentences; and include description (adjectives) in sentences. Students will use the graphic organizer introduced earlier to write an informational piece on observable patterns such as day and night or seasons that affect Earth.


In math, we will continue to find totals of two and three quantities, determine if equations are equivalent, and work with larger numbers up to 120. Students will develop an understanding of place value. They will be able to extend the counting sequence.


Second Grade

Literacy

In November we will be focusing on leadership and how citizens develop good leadership skills in order to influence others. We will be reading a variety of informational pieces about leaders of our country in the past and the three branches of government.

Our writing focus for November will be informational. Students will be writing an informational report about the three branches of government. They will also write about how Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt showed their independence. Students will be writing an opinion piece about if they would want to be president. They will also write about leadership traits that they can use to influence others.

Math

We are learning about the place value of 2- and 3- digit numbers. Students will be solving a variety of addition and subtraction problems involving money and other real world objects. They are introduced to Sticker Station, a store that sells single stickers, strips of 10 stickers, and sheets of 100 stickers. They will us stickers, money, and cubes to think about how numbers are composed. Students will be practicing skip counting in class. At home, please encourage your child to explain their math thinking to you.


In class, we are also learning about coin values and equivalencies. Examine coins and ask your child to tell you about each coin. Students need to know what each coin is worth and different ways that they can make $1.00. We are continuing to practice telling time to the hour and half hour.


Third Grade

Third grade has enjoyed our latest literacy unit about imaginative writing! Ask your child about the stories Cloud Fishing and Odd, Weird, and Little ~ they should be able to tell you all about them at this point. We will have regular word work lists each FULL week of November and December; please help your child work with their words at home. Literacy teachers will also be sending home the monthly reading logs for November and December ~ please make sure you are encouraging reading at home and initialing your child's log before they turn it in.


In math the students will be focusing on adding and subtracting within 1,000. They will be using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and the relationship between addition and subtraction. In science the students will be exploring the water cycle, cloud types, weather, and weather tools.


Fourth Grade

Literacy

In November we will be focusing on leadership and how citizens develop good leadership skills in order to influence others. We will be reading a variety of informational pieces about leaders of our country in the past and the three branches of government.

Our writing focus for November will be informational. Students will be writing an informational report about the three branches of government. They will also write about how Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt showed their independence. Students will be writing an opinion piece about if they would want to be president. They will also write about leadership traits that they can use to influence others.

Math

We are learning about the place value of 2- and 3- digit numbers. Students will be solving a variety of addition and subtraction problems involving money and other real world objects. They are introduced to Sticker Station, a store that sells single stickers, strips of 10 stickers, and sheets of 100 stickers. They will us stickers, money, and cubes to think about how numbers are composed. Students will be practicing skip counting in class. At home, please encourage your child to explain their math thinking to you.


In class, we are also learning about coin values and equivalencies. Examine coins and ask your child to tell you about each coin. Students need to know what each coin is worth and different ways that they can make $1.00. We are continuing to practice telling time to the hour and half hour.


Fifth Grade

In math, we are working on the U.S. Standard Algorithm for multiplication. We are also working through the force and gravity unit in our science blocks.


Literacy is beginning their unit on immigration, focusing on Angel Island. In social studies, we are discussing reconstruction and moving towards our study of the Industrial Revolution.

Family Resources

Please take a look at the fliers below for some family resources that are available in the Kingsport area. The first flier provides information on free dental, vision, and medical screenings. The second flier identifies locations in Kingsport that will be serving full Thanksgiving dinners on Thanksgiving.

Notes from the Nurse

Lincoln Lions Are

Respectful, Responsible, Trustworthy, and Safe

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