Lincoln Agenda

September 29-Oct. 3 * 2014

Curriculum Mapping Sessions

If you are participating in the mapping, please be sure you have the paperwork filled out so Meryl can obtain a sub for you. We are combining the math and ELA mapping sessions so representatives from both schools should attend both sessions.

Grade 4 - Tuesday & Wednesday, September 30 & Oct. 1, 8:30-3:20 at JB

Grade 5 - Wednesday & Thursday, Oct. 8 & 9, 8:00-3:20 at JANE BALL

What should you bring with you? Scope and Sequences from materials you are currently using may be helpful. We will begin with math first. If your sub will not need your laptop, you may want to bring your laptop.

Curriculum Mapping - Writing

We will be completing the final section of our initial writing of the curriculum maps. I say initial because these are living documents and will continue to be updated. Please fill out your paperwork for Meryl so that she is able to obtain your substitute.

Please note the following dates:

October 14: AM - 1st grade at JB, PM-Kindergarten at JB

October 21: AM-3rd grade, PM-4th grade at JB

October 28: AM-5th grade, PM-2nd grade

The AM session will be from 8:00-11:00 and the PM session will be from 12:00-3:20.

Student Files

If you are going through your student files, please, please, PLEASE leave them in the order in which you find them. It took a very long time for these files to be sorted and put in the appropriate classes, so please take the time to be sure that you put them back in the correct order. If you get halfway through your files, please do not flip a file around (or an entire group around) to save your place. These are accessed many times throughout the day and need to be readily available for everyone. Thank you.

Just a reminder...

A parent does not have to say "I want my child to be tested," in order for this to be a legal request for testing. What else could be an indication that you should come talk to me?

"I need to get help for my child." "I don't feel like we are doing enough." "RTI is not working." "When can we pursue testing?" If you get into a conversation about a student who is struggling, document it, and let me know immediately - the same day.

Students do not have to "go through RTI" in order to be tested for special education. Do not tell parents this. It is false information.

We will have a meeting next week to discuss further.

GCN Training

There is a red folder by the mailboxes to put your completed GCN certificates in. Remember, these need to be completed individually and are due at the end of October. Thank you.


When you come to RTI and your student is on the agenda, please bring multiple copies (probably 15 copies) of the review sheet. The first meeting should go rather quickly for your student, as we are just reviewing basic data and stating the goal, unless there have been changes or there is something we need to know as a committee. Please be prepared to participate in decision making and discussion. Please bring your paperwork and documentation.

When you are in the library for the RTI collaboration session (on the "off" week), please discuss with your grade level team or colleagues and fill out the review sheet. This is a great time to talk about what might work in the classroom for that student.

Hoping the new schedule is working out for everyone, but if you have concerns or conflicts, please talk to Jessica or Sue, or let me know.

Spirit Wear Update

There are spirit wear flyers by the mailboxes. There will be an additional "Staff Only" spirit wear flyer with more spirit wear choices.

Please have all orders in by October 8.

Spirit wear will be sold in person at the Monster Bash.


If you are in need of discipline forms or detention forms, please let me know.

On the flipside - if you need some of our postcards to send home as "good news," there are some by the mailbox. Meryl and Kim have stamps if needed.

What's Happening....

Monday, 9/29

Tuesday, 9/30

Melissa and Michelle at Seclusion & Restraint Training, 8:30-11:30 at Merrillville HS

Melissa at Curriculum Mapping at Jane Ball in the afternoon

Wednesday, 10/1

Melissa here in the AM for a parent conference, for an hour or so, then leaving (dr. appt)

Fire Drill 9:30 a.m.

Deficiency Reports Sent Home

Thursday, 10/2

RTI-Intermediate in Amanda's room, Primary in Library

Click here to find the schedule of students to be presented:

Friday, 10/3

Hanover Homecoming - Show your Hanover and Lincoln Pride! Jeans Day!

Flower Fund

If you would like to participate in the flower fund this year, the cost is $10.00 for each person. The fund covers hospital stays for immediate staff, death in the family, birth of the first child, and retirement. Payments are due to Alyssa Monix by October 1st. Please put your payment in an envelope clearly labeled with your name and your choice of flowers or donation on it. Envelopes should be put in Alyssa's mailbox.