Lincoln Crossing Colt Connection

January 19, 2020

Mrs. Hladun's Tidings

We hope you enjoy your long weekend, and that you take a minute to do something to support your community on Monday - we are honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and it's a National Day of Service on Monday, 1/20. We look forward to welcoming our Colts back for a typical release day on Tuesday, 1/21!

We are about to launch into a busy winter season - in addition to learning and building friendships and memories, in the coming weeks/months, we'll have Sami's Circuit Family Night, WatchDogs Neon Bowling, StarStruck Showcase, APEX, and more on campus. Watch the Connection, our calendar and social media for details!

Attendance & Tardy Policies

This week, I spoke with a couple of families to clarify our attendance and tardy policies.

Regarding tardies, students in grades TK and K should be in the gate on/before 8am/11:20am. Students in grades 1-5 should be on campus (inside of the gate/office) before the 8:15 am bell rings. If your child is late due to an appointment or other reason, please walk him/her in and log it on our sign in sheet, or call our office to let Tricia know. Mrs. Hladun works really hard to adjust our bells at least monthly so they correlate to your cell phone/car time within seconds.

Another question we often get is about what makes an absence/tardy excused, and why we send out letters regarding attendance/tardies. These policies are all district driven, but you can read about them at the bottom of this WPUSD webpage or in our Parent Handbook in the "Attendance" section.

Hot Lunch Plea

We have been working really hard at communicating hot lunch to our students so that we are more likely to get accurate hot lunch counts. However, this week on Friday, the number of kids who indicated they were getting hot lunch and the number who got in line was very mismatched...and it meant that many children were not able to get the advertised hot lunch item. Our food service team works so hard to ensure that doesn't happen, and they were so sad and disappointed.

Families - can you help us? Please talk to your children about what is on the menu for hot lunch. Three easy steps will make a big difference:

  1. Make a plan for if your child will get hot lunch or bring their lunch from home each day/week.
  2. If your child brings lunch, be sure your child is a part of that process (buying items, packing it) so they are more likely to eat it!
  3. Encourage your child to stick to the lunch plan each day and communicate it to their teacher each morning using their teacher's process for getting hot/cold lunch counts.

The hot lunch menu is at the bottom of every Colt Connection and at the bottom of our website ( 24/7.

If we all work together, we can be sure children aren't disappointed at lunch time and that their parents aren't frustrated when their child isn't served as expected! The district policy is that we must serve all children that get in line, so we really count on kids telling us they are getting hot lunch and then sticking to their plan so that everyone gets what they need/expect. We appreciate your help!

Sami Circuit Family Night

Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 6-7pm

635 Groveland Lane

Lincoln, CA

All Colts and their families (siblings, parents, grandparents, friends, etc...) are welcome to our Sami Circuit Family Night! There is no charge for this awesome event that will remind you that you can do it and will leaving you feeling great! Get more info and the RSVP form here!

Intradistrict Transfer Process

If you have an interest in attending a school other than your home school, the district offers an intradistrict transfer process to make that request. Approval of an intradistrict transfer request is space dependent at the school you are looking to attend.

You can learn more about the process and access the paperwork to start the process on the WPUSD website (click here). We will be accepting intradistrict transfer requests (turn them into your current home school) between 2/3 and 2/28 and principals will be approving them starting in March.

Star Struck is coming soon!

All students in grades K-5 will be participating in a dance enrichment through Star Struck later this month! Students will show off their moves on the evening of February 26 and 27! Be watching for more information about which classes will perform on which dates in late January. This is a program we sell tickets for in order to cover the cost of the enrichment program. Information will come home about purchasing tickets in early February. This year's theme is Rock music - it's going to be epic!
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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 January 20th:

  • All Week: LCES office is accepting paper registration (printout of online registration, birth certificate, shot record & proof of residency) - all applications are due by 2/12 at 4 pm
  • All Week: Online Registration for new gr 1-12 students and all TK/K students is open
  • All Week: PTC Simply Nutrition Fundraiser
  • Mon., 1/20: No School in honor of MLK, Jr. Day
  • Tues., 1/21, 1-1:20 pm, Music Room: Musical Theater Choir Rehearsal
  • Tues., 1/21, 4 pm: Deadline for 4th graders to turn in paperwork to stay at LCES for 5th gr
  • Tues-Thurs: Math tutoring for invited students in grades 1-5
  • Wed., 1/22, 2:45-4 pm, MPR: Musical Theater Cast & Ensemble Rehearsal
  • Wed., 1/22, 6:30-8 pm, LHS: LHS Zebra Showcase - built for 8th graders, but open to the community!
  • Thurs., 1/23, 6-7 pm: Sami's Circuit Family Night - RSVP with this form
  • Fri., 1/24: Colt Pride Friday!
  • Fri., 1/24, 1:55-3:30 pm, MPR: Musical Theater Rehearsal

Week of January 27th:

  • All Week: LCES office is accepting paper registration (printout of online registration, birth certificate, shot record & proof of residency) - all applications are due by 2/12 at 4 pm
  • All Week: Online Registration for new gr 1-12 students and all TK/K students is open
  • All Week, after school: Tickets for sale for WatchDOGS Mom/Son Neon Bowling on 2/1
  • Mon., 1/27: Early Release Monday
  • Mon., 1/27, 1-1:40 pm: Leadership Ambassador Meeting
  • Mon., 1/27, 1:45-2:45: Choir Rehearsal
  • Tues-Thurs: Math tutoring for invited students in grades 1-5
  • Wed., 1/29, 2:45-4 pm, MPR: Musical Theater Cast & Ensemble Rehearsal
  • Fri., 1/31: Colt Pride Friday!
  • Fri., 1/31, 1:55-3:30 pm, MPR: Musical Theater Rehearsal
  • Sat. 2/1, 4-6 pm: WatchDOGS Mom/Son Bowling Night (click here for save the date flier)

Week of February 3rd:

  • All Week: LCES office is accepting paper registration (printout of online registration, birth certificate, shot record & proof of residency) - all applications are due by 2/12 at 4 pm
  • All Week: Online Registration for new gr 1-12 students and all TK/K students is open
  • Mon., 2/3: Early Release Monday
  • Mon., 2/3, 1-1:40 pm: Leadership Ambassador Meeting
  • Mon., 2/3, 1:45-2:45: Choir Rehearsal
  • Tues., 2/4, 1-1:20 pm, Music Room: Musical Theater Choir Rehearsal
  • Tues-Thurs: Math tutoring for invited students in grades 1-5
  • Wed., 2/5, 2:45-4 pm, MPR: Musical Theater Cast & Ensemble Rehearsal
  • Fri., 2/7: Colt Pride Friday!
  • Fri., 2/7, 1:55-3:30 pm, MPR: Musical Theater Rehearsal

Looking Ahead:

  • Tues., 2/11: PTC Dine Out at Chick fil A
  • Thurs., 2/13-Mon., 2/17: No School, Mini Winter/Spring Break
  • Wed., 2/26 and Thurs., 2/27: Star Struck Evening Performances (details TBA; we'll start selling tickets early in February)
  • Week of 3/2 and 3/9: APEX Fun Run is here!
  • 3/12 at 6 pm and 3/13 at 8:30am: Happy Families Session about setting boundaries for children
  • 3/21, 6 pm, TBMS: Sweetheart's Dance
  • 4/2, 5:30 and 7 pm: Aladdin Kids Productions

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

*click here for our new Leadership Ambassador website!

Non School Days or Special Release Days

  • Mon., 1/20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day / no school
  • Thurs., 2/13-Mon., 2/17: Late Winter Mini Break & President's Day / no school
  • Mon, 4/6-Mon., 4/13: Spring Break / no school
  • Mon., 5/25: Memorial Day / no school
  • Week of June 1st: early release days - 1:40 dismissal
  • Fri., 6/5: last day of school!

Every Monday is an Early Release Day!

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Boundary & Registration Update

FYI that we will continue to update this section of our newsletter, but will highlight new info towards the top of the newsletter.

Please share this info with your friends and neighbors who may have children coming into TK/K or who are currently attending school outside of WPUSD but may looking to come back to their community school.

The overall goal is to get a good handle on where students will attend school (that happens early in 2020) so that we can tackle staffing (in spring 2020) and open the schools with minimal adjustments in fall 2020.

Important Information by Date:

NOW - online registration will open up for all NEW students in grades TK-12

  • if your child is in grades K-5 at LCES right now, you do NOT need to re-register them
  • if your child is in TK (AM or PM), you DO need to register them for kindergarten
  • be sure your friends and neighbors with incoming TK or K kiddos know, and if you have friends at schools outside of WPUSD who want to bring their child back to their home school, they need to register using this timeline
  • you can access the link to register online via the WPUSD website (click here)

NOW - our office team is taking registration packets

  • there is NO NEED for a camp out because there is plenty of room at LCES and Leaman ES (LES) for all incoming students at their home school!
  • bring: printout of online registration form and associated documents, proof of residency, child's birth certificate, and immunization records
  • the LCES office will take all registrations for students who will attend LCES or LES

Tues., 1/21/20 at 4 pm - deadline for current COES students and current LCES 4th graders to turn in intradistrict transfer request
  • turning in this form means that current students attending COES want to stay at COES instead of attending LCES or LES
  • turning in this form means that current LCES 4th graders want to attend LCES for their 5th grade year instead of LES
  • This document was sent home with effected 4th graders (and sent out digitally) on Wed., 12/11. Click here for a PDF copy.

Mon., 2/3/20 - Fri., 2/28/20
  • intra paperwork will be accepted at your home school between 2/3-2/28
  • you would complete this process if you wanted to attend any school other than the one you are assigned to (i.e. you were zoned to attend LES but wanted to attend LCES; you are zoned for LCES but you want to attend TBE) in 20-21
  • Get info on the district's intra policy and get the intra form here
  • it is standing policy that intradistrict requests have to be refiled annually and there is no guarantee that they are approved; they are approved on a space available basis

Fri., 2/12/20 at 4 pm - deadline to turn in registration packets for 20-21

  • families who move into the neighborhood after this deadline can still enroll
  • current residents must complete enrollment by 2/12/20
  • this deadline will help us staff the schools correctly

If you are Currently Enrolled in a WPUSD School:

If your child is currently enrolled in Grades K-4 at any WPUSD School (including Lincoln Crossing), your enrollment will AUTOMATICALLY be rolled over for the 2020-21 school year at your school of residence based on the current boundaries.
  • You don't need to do anything unless you plan to request an intradistrict transfer to go to a different school in the district (see details on that above or below).
  • If you live in the Leaman boundary, but your child is in 4th grade now and wants to stay at LCES for 5th grade, you will get a letter asking to you confirm your plans for enrollment for 2020-21 (see details below).
  • If your child has an IEP or 504 plan and will end up at Leaman in the fall, his/her IEP is AUTOMATICALLY sent to the new school and services will be uninterrupted.
If your child is in Grade 5 at any WPUSD School, your child's enrollment will AUTOMATICALLY roll over to the middle school based on your address.
  • All current LCES 5th graders will be automatically registered at TBMS for the 2020-21 school year.
  • If your child has an IEP or 504 plan, that information also is AUTOMATICALLY sent to the middle school and services will be uninterrupted.
If your child is in TK, or your friend/neighbor/family member is bringing a child into WPUSD (into TK or K or any upper grade), they need to register their child beginning on 12/9/19 at 8 am.

Important Info by Topic:

  1. ONLINE REGISTRATION for NEW STUDENTS: Students coming into Grades TK-12 will be able to register online through the online WPUSD Parent Portal beginning on Mon., 12/9. We will be taking packets for registration (which include your Parent Portal printout, birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency) on Mon., 1/13 in the office - LCES will take all packets for new students who will attend Lincoln Crossing or Leaman Elementary since there is no office at Leaman, yet. TK Families must register for K online even though you might be attending class in the district currently.
  • CURRENT STUDENTS: Students who are currently in grades K-5 at any school in the district will be automatically assigned to their school of residency this spring based on their address (this includes students continuing in elementary and those going to middle school). There may be some options to attend your preferred school (see the IntraDistrict Transfer Requests section above for details).
  • WAIT LISTS: We do not anticipate 'wait lists' at any of our schools for any of our grade levels for students who live in within the school's the past we had issues with space, and that drove the need for waiting lists. We will not have space issues at any of our schools next year - that means everyone gets into their 'home school!' There will not be any need for a 'camp out!'
  • DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM / POTENTIAL LOTTERY: There may be a lottery for students to participate in the district's dual language immersion program. The district plans to start this program with only Kinder students. The program will be hosted at Creekside Oaks Elementary only. The need for a lottery will be based on interest generated during registration. There is still uncertainty around if the Dual Language K program will be part day (AM/PM) or extended day, but families will know before they commit to participating after the lottery. Learn more about this program (and all TK/K programs) here.
  • INTRADISTRICT TRANSFER REQUESTS: There will be two intradistrict (intra) transfer request windows:
  1. Intra window #1: applies to students who prefer to stay at COES and for current LCES 4th graders who want to stay at LCES for 5th grade. The district plans to approve those intras. These intras will be due by 4 pm a 1/21/20 at your child's current school office
  2. Intra window #2: applies to all other students - including those siblings of current LCES 4th graders who may prefer to stay at LCES or families who just want to attend a different school. As they always have been, these intras will be considered on a space available basis. Intras requests will be accepted between 2/3/20 and 2/28/20 and will be processed starting in March; some intras will remain open until the summer, potentially. The draft policy about intras can be reviewed here (on pg. 6)
2019-20 LCES Performing Arts Calendar Details

Upcoming activities include StarStruck and our Musical Theater production of Aladdin, Jr!. Click for exact dates and times! We look forward to celebrating the season with you!

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 & 2021-22 (new!) School Year Calendars

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

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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.