January 8, 2021
Highlights you will find:
- Reminder School begins at 8:00, please arrive at 7:50 to ensure your child is ready to learn when the bell rings at 8:00
- Middle school transfer request window
- Preschool information
- Lincoln Family Directory-PDF attached
- PTO newsletter
- Free parent or caregiver literacy workshop from Teachers College (our language arts resource)
- Food Service and Pick up-Breakfast added
- Looking for Subs, if interested info below.
- Rent and Utility assistance-Info below
NO SCHOOL, Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Virtual PTO Board Meeting at 9:00am (see PTO attachment for details)
Middle School Transfer Request opens
Middle School Transfer Request closes
From the Principal's Desk
On behalf of all of us at Lincoln, again I want to say Happy New Year. It is so great to have our kids back in our hallways, hearing their questions, laughing, and continued learning is a highlight of my days as a principal. 2020 was certainly a year filled with many challenges. However, it was also a year filled with so many positives. The Lincoln community worked together to support those in need, and the teachers and support staff adjusted their instruction to best meet our students' needs whether we were teaching in person, or remote learning continued during this pandemic. There is good news on the horizon with vaccines, and we hope that in the future we can return to our normal routines and practices. Until that time, I would like to once again thank everyone for their patience, grace, and flexibility.
I also wanted to re-visit our school yearlong theme, Together wherever we all fit and our vision highlighted above in our contact window talks about the importance and our dedication at Lincoln to foster a sense of belonging and grow as citizens and learners. It is so important especially during these very challenging times of COVID and our turbulent societal events, to model kindness, generosity, and safety even from afar. Our kids look to all of us for guidance, comfort, and support and it begins in our homes and our schools.
Our January social-emotional theme is goal setting and building self-responsibility. Please ask your son or daughter about the book that I have come around to read to their classes (some photos below highlighting).
We also reintroduced our PAW system. As a school community students are working on being respectful, responsible, and safe. Staff members are catching our students modeling positive behaviors which result in earning a PAW when they are spotted! Classes that earn 10 PAWS will then be rewarded with a classroom celebration, when we as a school reach 100 we will have an all-school celebration too! This is an ongoing positive behavior school-wide program that supports all of our learners.
If there is any time your child is needing extra support please reach out to us. Our goal is to support the growth of all socially, emotionally, and academically.
Reminders of School Start time
MIDDLE SCHOOL TRANSFERS - REQUEST PERIOD OPEN FROM FEB. 1 - FEB. 26
Double-check your address to know where your fifth-grade son or daughter are slotted to attend middle school, most Lincoln students attend Thompson but there is a small group of homes that attend Wredling. If you have a question please email us, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families who wish to submit a Middle School Transfer request may do so beginning February 1, 2021. Families must complete a separate form for each student they want to be transferred. Requests are granted based on space available. This means that siblings are not guaranteed placement. A written decision will be communicated to families before spring break.
Once the request is approved, a student may remain at that middle school throughout his or her middle school career, as long as the student resides in District 303.
Families of students granted permission to attend a school outside of their assigned attendance area are responsible for their own transportation.
Students will return to their assigned attendance area high school regardless of the middle school attended.
The Middle School Transfer request window will close at 4:00pm on February 26, 2021.
If you have questions, please contact Tammy Marsan at: 331-228-2397.
Free parent workshop to support children's literacy development
Free TCRWP Parent & Caregiver Workshop
Thursday, January 28, 1-3 PM Eastern Time
Join expert Teachers College Reading and Writing Project staff at our upcoming workshop day for parents and caregivers of students in grades K-8. Learn more about ways to support your child’s literacy education at home, what or how they are learning in school, how to best engage in home literacy projects, and more.
These days are typically 2-3 hours long, composed of a series of 15-minute small-group presentations. Parents and caregivers can choose the workshops that match their needs and are free to come for one workshop or many. The schedule of workshops will be made available prior to the event. These sessions are offered live and are not recorded for later viewing.
Click the link below to register.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
D303 PRESCHOOL PROGRAM INFORMATION -
The District 303 Community Preschool Program will be conducting its annual registration lottery. Enrollment will be offered online from January 19 to February 2, 2021. Two informational meetings will be offered via Zoom for all interested community families who reside in District 303. The lottery enrollment link and informational meeting's registration link can be found on the District website on the Early Childhood page. Please note, in order to receive the Zoom links for the informational meetings, you must complete the registration form.
Looking for Lincoln school subs or district subs.
If there is one holiday gift Lincoln and all of D303 could use this year, it's more substitute teachers. With COVID-19 diagnoses on the rise, but also strong protocols in place to keep students, staff, and families safe, absences are on the rise. If serving as a substitute teacher is something you would be interested in doing not only at Lincoln, but at other schools across our great district, here's some information for you:
It takes more adults to operate schools safely for students during the pandemic. District 303 currently has numerous job openings in a variety of job categories. If you are looking for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment, please visit the D303 Human Resources page to apply for a position.
One of the more flexible positions available is that of a D303 Substitute. You can choose to work, or not work, as your schedule permits. Take a moment and read the Substitute Handbook to see what this job entails.
If you are interested and hold a:
Bachelor's degree in any field you would qualify to apply for a substitute license with the state which allows you to sub for teachers or teacher assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
Associate's degree you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
High School diploma you have to take an aptitude test with the KANE ROE office. Once you pass that, you apply for a Paraprofessional license which only allows you to sub for Teaching assistants. You would apply using THIS link.
Contact Julie Wenger (email@example.com) with any questions.