Lincoln Crossing Colt Connection

March 3, 2019

Mrs. Hladun's Tidings

Many of you know that I have two boys of my own - ages 9 (3rd gr) and 14 (9th gr). Video games, YouTube, Google and cell phones are mainstays in my home, probably much like they are in yours. I'm guessing that as a parent, you think about the impact of technology on your children. I'm always weighing the pros and cons as I try to raise happy and well adjusted children who are ready for the 21st century but also know how have a conversation with someone.


A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a valuable online tool called Common Sense Media - you can use this website to better understand the content of the video games, online games, movies and programs your child may want to watch/play. I know my own children are obnoxious about how "everyone else" gets to play...but remember that as a parent, you get to chose what you allow your child access to.


There are many games that seem kid 'friendly' but I challenge you to look below the surface - play the game before you let your kids play. Maybe it is okay! But maybe you'll find that they actually get the 'fun stuff' after engaging in game violence that makes you uncomfortable or they may be chatting with unknown people via text or voice as a function of the game. In the last couple of weeks, my eyes have been opened up to the variety of online 'challenges' and internet 'pranks' embedded in digital content aimed at kids - as adults, we can ascertain real from a hoax, but our children may not be as savvy. I wonder 'who does stuff like this?!?!' when I hear about Colts who aren't sleeping for fear of Momo or who are talking about stalkers in our chromebooks.


Certainly, you get to chose how your children spend their free time, but we ask that you are aware of what they are spending their time on. Particularly in the last year or so, our staff has noticed that children are more likely to write about their favorite video game instead of their favorite outside game or family experience. Also (although this may not be connected to gaming), children report more anxiety, we see less focus in class, and the things that are considered "cool" are often inspired by video games or 'you tubers' (case in point - fortnight dances were a hit in StarStruck last week!). Here are a couple of articles that may be worth a read if you (like me) wonder about the impact of gaming on our children:


  • impact of video games on brain chemistry - click here
  • what is it that gaming may be fulfilling for children - click here
  • ways that gaming is positive and builds skill and capacity - click here
  • 25 positive and negative effects of gaming - click here
  • some ideas on how to set boundaries without losing your mind - click here

Trimester 2 Awards

We love celebrating our Colts who are working hard on their reading, academics, attendance and citizenship. Your teacher will let you know if your child will be receiving an award for their work in Trimester 2, and below is the schedule of award assemblies. All assemblies will be held in the Multipurpose Room.


Here is the schedule of achievement assemblies:

  • Kinder: Monday, 3/18, 10:25-10:50
  • 1st gr: Tuesday, 3/19, 8:20-9
  • 2nd gr: Tuesday, 3/19, 9:10-9:45
  • 3rd gr: Tuesday, 3/19, 10-10:40
  • 4th gr: Wednesday, 3/20, 8:20-9
  • 4/5 combo & 5th gr 5: Wednesday, 3/20, 9:30-10:05

Parents Eating Lunch with your Awesome Colt Kiddos

We love having you all come and eat lunch with your children. We are going to ask that you eat at your child's designated lunch table instead of moving over to the tables by the lunch line. We have had some tears shed and we want to avoid this as much as possible.


Mrs. Beck will be visiting the classrooms to let the students know the current policy. We appreciate your support with this.

Travel Studies

All Travel Study/Independent Study requests must be turned into Tricia in the front office FIRST. She will ensure that the teacher receives the request in a timely fashion! Thank you for following this important protocol so we can ensure your child gets credit for his/her travel study!

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.


Week of March 4th:

  • Mon., 3/4: Early Release Day
  • Mon, 3/4: APEX Fun Run Kicks Off (Fun Run is on Wed., 3/13); APEX visits classrooms daily this week and next week
  • Mon., 3/4, 1-1:40 pm: Leadership Ambassador Council Meeting
  • Mon., 3/4, 1:45-2:40 pm: Choir Rehearsal
  • Tues., 3/5, 10:05-10:20 am: Leadership Ambassador Meeting
  • Tues., 3/5, lunchtime: Leadership Ambassador Action Team Meetings (Beautification & Kindness)
  • Tues., 3/5, 2:50 - 4:00: ATS testing for students who have signed up in advance
  • Tues., 3/5, 2:45 pm-3:45 pm: Math Tutoring for invited 2nd graders
  • Tues., 3/5, 5 pm: PTC Meeting; Library
  • Wed., 3/6: Lockout Drill Planned (click here for details - this is the blue circle/hands drill)
  • Wed., 3/6, lunchtime: Leadership Ambassador Action Team Meetings (Cares)
  • Wed., 3/6, 2:45-4 pm: Peter Pan, Jr. Ensemble, Cast & Solos Rehearsal; Music Room/Stage
  • Wed., 3/6, 2:45-3:45 pm: Math Tutoring for invited 1st, 4th and 5th graders
  • Thurs., 3/7, 12:50-1:20 pm, Music Room: Peter Pan, Jr. Choir Rehearsal
  • Thurs., 3/7, 2:45-3:45 pm: Math Tutoring for invited 3rd, 4th and 5th graders
  • Fri., 3/8: Colt Pride Day
  • Fri., 3/8: Trimester 2 Report Cards Sent Home
  • Fri., 3/8, 2-3:30 pm: Peter Pan, Jr. Ensemble & Cast Rehearsal, MPR Stage


Week of March 11th:

  • we expect the District Office will host the TK lottery some time this week
  • ELPAC Testing begins for our English Language Learners
  • APEX visits classrooms daily this week
  • Mon., 3/11: Early Release Day
  • Mon., 3/11, 1-1:40 pm: Leadership Ambassador Council Meeting
  • Mon., 3/11, 1:45-2:40 pm: Choir Rehearsal
  • Tues., 3/12, 10:05-10:20 am: Leadership Ambassador Meeting
  • Tues., 3/12, lunchtime: Leadership Ambassador Action Team Meetings (Beautification & Kindness)
  • Tues., 3/12, 2:45-4 pm: Songwriters Workshop #3
  • Tues., 3/12, 2:45 pm-3:45 pm: Math Tutoring for invited 2nd graders
  • Wed., 3/13: APEX Fun Run Day!
  • Wed., 3/13, lunchtime: Leadership Ambassador Action Team Meeting (Cares)
  • Wed., 3/13, 2:45-4 pm: Peter Pan, Jr. Ensemble, Cast & Solos Rehearsal; Music Room/Stage
  • Wed., 3/13, 2:45-3:45 pm: Math Tutoring for invited 1st, 4th and 5th graders
  • Wed., 3/13, 2:45-3:10: Leadership Ambassador Action Team Meeting (Pride)
  • Thurs., 3/14, 12:50-1:20 pm, Music Room: Peter Pan, Jr. Choir Rehearsal
  • Thurs., 3/14, 2:45-3:45 pm: Math Tutoring for invited 3rd, 4th and 5th graders
  • Fri., 3/15: Colt Pride Day
  • Fri., 3/15, 2-3:30 pm: Peter Pan, Jr. Ensemble & Cast Rehearsal, MPR Stage
  • Fri., 3/15: Donating Lost and Found
  • Fri., 3/15, evening: We are hosting Coppin's Family Dance in our MPR this evening - this is NOT an LCES event


Week of March 18th:

  • March 18, 19 & 20: Trimester 2 Awards presented; your teacher will share details with you if your child will be honored; see time details above
  • Mon., 3/18: Early Release Day
  • Mon., 3/18, 1-1:40 pm: Leadership Ambassador Council Meeting
  • Mon., 3/18, 1:45-2:40 pm: Choir Rehearsal
  • Tues., 3/19: Spring Picture Day
  • Tues., 3/19, lunchtime: Leadership Ambassador Action Team Meetings (Beautification & Kindness)
  • Tues., 3/19, 2:45 pm-3:45 pm: Math Tutoring for invited 2nd graders
  • Wed., 3/20, lunchtime: Leadership Ambassador Action Team Meeting (Cares)
  • Wed., 3/20, 2:45-4 pm: Peter Pan, Jr. Ensemble, Cast & Solos Rehearsal; Music Room/Stage
  • Wed., 3/20, 2:45-3:45 pm: Math Tutoring for invited 1st, 4th and 5th graders
  • Thurs., 3/21, 12:50-1:20 pm, Music Room: Peter Pan, Jr. Choir Rehearsal
  • Thurs., 3/21, 2:45-3:45 pm: Math Tutoring for invited 3rd, 4th and 5th graders
  • Fri., 3/22: Colt Pride Day
  • Fri., 3/22, 2-3:30 pm: Peter Pan, Jr. Ensemble & Cast Rehearsal, MPR Stage


Preview of week of March 25th:


  • School Survey will be available for families to take
  • Wed., 3/27, 6-8 pm: PTC Skate Night at Roller King
  • Thurs., 3/28: 5th grade panoramic picture taken



*all Leadership, Musical Theater, and Choir program details are on Mrs. Adam's website or click the link below.

Upcoming Non School Days & Early Release Days - Winter/Spring 2019

  • Saturday, 4/13-Monday, 4/22: Spring Break (School Resumes on Tuesday, 4/23)
  • Monday, 5/27: Memorial Day
  • Week of June 3rd-June 7th: Early Release Days (1:40 Release)
  • Saturday, 6/8 - Wednesday, 8/14: Summer Break (School Starts on Thursday, 8/15)
Leadership Ambassador Info is Online!

Visit our website for the most updated schedules for our Leadership Ambassador Program, including the greeter schedule!

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 that identifies appropriate drop off/pick up areas and parking areas. 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).

2018-19 and 2019-20 School Year Calendars

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

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Lincoln Crossing Mission Statement

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