Lincoln Crossing Colt Connection

October 6, 2019

Mrs. Hladun's Tidings

We hope you are enjoying your long weekend with your family. My family, much like yours, is busy with school, sports and other activities, so we've enjoyed the extra time to connect. I came across this article recently and it was a reminder of simple things you can do to connect with your child, regardless of his/her's age. With my 15 year old, "listening without offering advice" and being an "anchor" are important. With my 9 year old, "making small moments matter" and playing on his terms is really essential! I wonder what resonates with you?

On a related note, this week our school psychologist, Ms. St. John, is hosting our second Happy Families session. There are two duplicate sessions - Thursday from 6-7 pm in the Tech Room (free child care available!) or Friday from 8:30-9:30 am in the Tech Room (no child care). This month's focus: Free Range Children in a High Tech Age.

In this hilarious conversation, Lenore Skenazy explains why kids growing up today in the US (and many other English speaking countries) have very little freedom in comparison to their parents, even though crime is at a record low. Computers and phones give parents the ability to monitor children (their location, their vital signs, their grades, etc) in unprecedented ways, however these technological advances might impact our relationship with our kids, slow their development, and actually not keep kids any safer or help us parents be any calmer! Lenore talks about how the Let Grow non-profit program is changing schools and communities at no cost, and making it easy, normal and legal to give kids freedom.

PTC Boo Bash coming on Saturday, 10/26!

Our PTC hosts a wonderful Halloween celebration each fall - this year's event is a Boo Bash - trunk or treat, haunted house (thanks, WatchDOGS!), family dance, pizza, raffles, and more! Get save the date info here:

Also, we are hosting one additional LiveScan session thanks to our friends at Sunset Notary! They'll be set up in front of the MPR from 4:30-7ish pm.

iReady Update

Our staff is aware that the iReady online program (both reading and math components) were experiencing some technical difficulties that made logging in difficult at school and at home last week. We understand that Curriculum Associates, the producers of iReady, have resolved the issues with at-home login.

If you attempt to login and are struggling to get access, please let your child’s teacher know so we can troubleshoot any new or different issues.

Boundary Study/2020-2021 Registration Update

NEW INFORMATION: Please know that REGISTRATION will be running from mid December to early January this year (including TK registration, K registration and returning student commitments). In addition, the district will be accepting and processing INTRADISTRICT requests in January/early February, too. Please let your friends and neighbors know so they aren't caught by surprise, and they have access to any/all options!

EXISTING INFORMATION: At the School Board meeting on 9/17/19, Superintendent Leaman shared three options for the potential boundaries for LCES and SLES. Mr. Leaman will be hosting community meetings in the coming months to share the boundary options, to share potential ways that students will be assigned to schools (i.e. 5th graders, students on intras, etc...) and to collect input from families. The board will be making a decision in November (this date is new information!) so that the district is prepared for enrollment and staffing decisions that need to come in early 2020. Stay tuned for the dates/times/locations.

There will also be discussion and decisions this winter about extended day kindergarten options at each WPUSD elementary school as well as a decision to come about where the district's new dual immersion program will be housed.

Here is a color version of the various boundary options that are being considered:

Parking, Drop Off & Pick Up Safety

Please visit our website to view a map that identifies appropriate areas for parking and areas where you can safely drop your child off/pick your child up.

Key info:

  • We provide supervision from 7:55-8:10 am and again from 2:40-3 pm (1:40-2 on Mondays).
  • We find it is less congested before 8 am and after 2:50 pm.
  • Children who are riding a bike, scooter or skateboard must wear a helmet - it's the law!
  • We ask that children walk their wheeled vehicles once they are on campus for everyone's safety.

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Upcoming Events

Our calendar is always up to date with the latest information about events at LCES. All event flyers can be found on our calendar and/or at our PeachJar site.

Coming Up:

Week of October 7th:

  • Mon., 10/7: No School - Fall "mini break"
  • Tues., 10/8, 2:45-3:45 pm: Choir Rehearsal
  • GATE Testing (between 10/8-16): for students in Grade 2 and some students in Grades 3-5 - your teacher will let you know about testing dates/times
  • After School Math Tutoring will start as early as this week for invited students in gr. 1-5. Check with your teacher for details!
  • Thurs., 10/10 at 6 pm and Fri., 10/11 at 8:30 am (pick your time!): Happy Family Workshop - Free Range Children in a High Tech Age (click here for a summary of the session)
  • Fri., 10/11: Colt Pride Friday!
  • Fri, 10/11, 1:55-2:40 pm: Musical Theater Rehearsal

Week of October 14th:

  • Mon., 10/14: No School, Teacher Work Day
  • GATE Testing (between 10/8-16): for students in Grade 2 and some students in Grades 3-5 - your teacher will let you know about testing dates/times
  • Tues. 10/15, 7 pm, MPR: LCES Hosting the WPUSD School Board Meeting
  • After School Math Tutoring underway for invited students in gr. 1-5.
  • Wed., 10/16: Picture Make Up Day
  • Thurs., 10/17, 5:30 pm, Library: PTC Community Meeting (childcare provided)
  • Fri., 10/18: Colt Pride Friday!
  • Fri, 10/18, 1:55-2:40 pm: Musical Theater Rehearsal

Week of October 21st:

  • Mon., 10/21: Early Release Monday
  • Mon., 10/21, 1-1:40 pm: Leadership Ambassadors Meeting
  • Mon, 10/21, 1:45-2:45 pm: Choir Rehearsal
  • Tues-Thurs: Math tutoring for invited students in grades 1-5
  • Fri., 10/25: Colt Pride Friday!
  • Fri, 10/25, 1:55-2:40 pm: Musical Theater Rehearsal
  • Sat., 10/26: PTC Halloween Boo Bash Family Dance & Trunk or Treat & LiveScan Services available (see details above)

Looking Ahead:
  • Late October/Early November (10/28, 10/31 and 11/7): Sami's Circuit - intro assembly, student circuit and family circuit
  • Thurs., 10/31: Halloween - NO Costumes, please! Instead, wear "workout wear" so you are ready for Sami's Circuit!
  • Tues., 11/5, 6 pm: School Site Council & English Language Advisory Committee Meetings
  • Mon., 11/11: No school in honor of Veteran's Day
  • Week of 11/18-22: Extra Early Release Days (release at 12:30) and parent/teacher conferences
  • Mon., 11/25-Fri., 11/29: No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • Mon., 12/23-Fri., 1/3: No School - Winter Break

*click here for our new music (choir, grade level music, musical theater) website!

*click here for our new Leadership Ambassador website!

Colt Pride Fridays!

Every Friday is a Colt Pride day! We love it all - new items, vintage Colt Gear, homemade items, Zebra gear, and blue & yellow! Click for our online spirit wear store - open 24/7/365!

Leadership Ambassadors

Check out this amazing new Leadership Ambassador's webpage - you can find calendar info, Action Team info and information about the LA training curriculum!

Food Service - menus, pricing and more!

Click for more information about school meal pricing and breakfast and lunch menus. You can also access My School Bucks to add to your child's lunch balance and submit an online application for free/reduced meals.

Parking vs. Drop Off/Pick Up Areas

Click to view a map and video that explains how we ask families to help us keep kids safe. Note that it is much less congested between between 7:50-8:00 am and again between 2:50-3 pm. Supervision is provided at 7:55 am and until 3 pm (2 on ER Days).

2019-20 & 2020-21 School Year Calendars

The district has approved and published 2 years of school calendars! Click for details!

Fall & Early Winter - Non School Days or Special Release Days

  • Thurs., 10/3-Mon., 10/7: Fall Break/no school
  • Mon., 10/14: Teacher work day/no school
  • Mon., 11/11: Veteran's Day/no school
  • Week of 11/18-11/22: Extra Early Release Days/Conference Week (12:30 release times)
  • Week of 11/25-11/29: Thanksgiving Break/no school
  • 12/23-1/3: Winter Break/no school

Every Monday is an Early Release Day!

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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.