Lincoln's Weekly Update

Keeping You Connected While We Are Apart

Principal's Post

Hello to all lion's and their families,

I hope you all are safe and home as much as possible. I can say it has been difficult being at home and away from you all for now almost three whole weeks! I miss your faces, your stories , and your hugs. We will get back to Lincoln together, I don't know when, but this will end, and we will be together again at school. Be safe my Lincoln Lions!

Thank you to our families for working so hard to support students as we transition to distance learning. This is uncharted territory for us all. Please rest assured knowing that everything your child needs academically is in the packet of work that was distributed at school. Please continue to work through the daily assignments in the packet with your child. All things electronic are completely optional and are meant to be a way to check-in and stay connected with school. If you have a mobile phone you can join Zoom meetings and/or connect with Class DoJo or Remind App. Again, we appreciate all you are doing to support your child(ren).

Finally, please take time this week to emotionally check in with each other. We are all adjusting to this new normal and some of us need more support than others. In my house, I've got two boys who are desperately missing their friends and mourning the loss of baseball and soccer season. They are upset that a visit from relatives for Easter isn't happening either. I am sure that each of you are experiencing some kind of frustration and sadness during this time of uncertainty. Please know that you are not alone. I encourage you all to find some joy and happiness everyday. I encourage you to take a walk outside to catch fresh air and feel the sun on your face or getting in some extra time talking to your child about something they are interested in. Find opportunities to use this time of forced slow down to reconnect, enjoy your family, and breathe. Control your home environment, make happy memories with your family, know that we will get through this, and we will be OK.

Have a great week!

Getting Ready to Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!

You may have already heard from your child's teacher that interactive ZOOM sessions are being planned to begin next week and some of you may have had one this week. Teachers are so excited to connect with their students and facilitate students being able to connect with each other again! Below are some links and documents that may be helpful as your family embarks on this virtual journey:

Zoom Video Communications:

Here is the Zoom Privacy Policy:

Also, if you wish to try out Zoom for yourself

The attachment below is a step by step instructions on how to load and use zoom on your computer or phone. Teachers may have sent out a similar document to families this week but we had some issues getting that out to everyone. The attachment bellow is the form that your teachers may have sent out to you over the past few days that you might not have been able to access. Sorry for any confusion that may have caused.

Connecting with Mrs. Way and Mrs. Musick

Hey Lions! I am missing you all! I have included a link to a google document for Mrs. Musick and myself. Please fill it out just if you’d like to talk, do an activity with us, play a game, or just check in on how you have been doing. We are looking forward to hearing from you! Please look at the smore for updates and resources to assist you all during this time.

Additional Free Resources

  • Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets are free on iBooks – Put primary sources in your children’s hands. The Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics from history, to science, to literature.
  • Be a virtual volunteer – Anyone can contribute. Improve access to history by transcribing, reviewing, and tagging Library of Congress documents through our crowdsourcing initiative, By the People.
  • Read classic children's books online – Turn the pages to explore bygone eras, time-honored tales and historical narratives. Adventure awaits in these classic books online.
  • Hear from your favorite author – Explore past author programming on the Library of Congress’ YouTube Channel.

Playgrounds Closed

As we continue to work with and align with the city on safety decisions, please note that playgrounds will now be closed to the public, starting immediately.

At this time (based on information from the city), other outdoor spaces, such as tennis, tracks, and walking paths, have not been closed. If anything should change regarding this, we will let you know as soon as we are able.

Ideas from Mrs. McReynolds, Lincoln's Librarian

Read! Read! Read! When all else fails, there is always a book to read or and author to listen to. I know we've given everyone lot's of resources to find books to enjoy but sometimes you just want to listen to a good story! Here are two links to an amazing list of authors doing read alouds online:

A school favorite:

KCS Food Distribution

Please click the following link for full details about the KCS feeding program. We encourage all families with children 18 and under to take advantage of this opportunity.

KCS Feeding Program

Spirit Week And Happenings For Lions Near You!

I received a few pictures from those participating in our virtual spirit week as well as pictures from staff with what they have been up do this past week. Enjoy!

Get Moving!!

Having a hard time thinking of ways to stay active while you are at home? We have some great resources to help you and your family get that blood pumping and heart rate up!

Phys ed resources

All the resources copied below are free, though some are only for a trial period at this time. Let me know if you have any questions, and stay well!

a. Action for Healthy Kids – Parents and caregivers can use these activities and resources to keep their kids moving, learning, and eating when kids are out of school for any reason.

b. Fitbound - Being safe and practicing social distancing doesn’t mean you have to stop exercising. Fitbound brings exercise right into your home by allowing you to access HIIT, Yoga, Dance, and more anytime, anywhere.

c. GoNoodle – Families only need an email address to get access to all the activity videos GoNoodle has to offer.

d. Hip-Hop Public Health: H.Y.P.E. at Home – Hip Hop Public Health has put together a collection of free, fun, standards-based dance breaks that encourage physical activity at home. You can also download these resources and save them on your computer. Sort by content level, academic standard, grade level, and more.

e. OPEN Active Home – The Online Physical Education Network provides free, rigorous, outcomes-based curriculum tools to every physical education teacher and physically active school community. The Active Home Module includes videos, PDF, and Word files all with detailed instructions of the “how” and “why” for each activity. Resources are provided to support active homes for students and families K-12.

f. Sworkit Kid Workouts – Kid workouts are always free regardless of having access to a membership. Categories for kids include strength, agility, flexibility, warm-up, cool-down, or stand up and move.

g. Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) – Examples include mind & body calendars, online PE guidance and content from educators for supporting health and physical education from home.

h. SPARKhome - Create a FREE account to access 3 weeks of materials (15 per program: K-2, 3-6, Middle School, High School) to keep students active & healthy. We also encourage parents to create a free account so they can directly access the materials. To access the SPARKhome programs:

a. Create a FREE account or log in to an existing account.

b. Click the "Course Catalog" dropdown and select SPARKhome (Free).

Lincoln Lions Are

Respectful, Responsible, Trustworthy, and Safe

(Even when we are at home and our teachers aren't watching! )

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