Lincoln Crossing Colt Connection
March 1, 2020
Mrs. Hladun's Tidings
Spring is always a busy time at Lincoln Crossing, and we are moving into a new season on fun with Read Across America Week and APEX (see more below!) starting on Monday!
Each day at school this week, we will be celebrating reading with book giveaways, special guest readers in classrooms, and reading activities in the classroom. This Friday, we'll cap it off with a Crazy Sock day (inspired by Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss!)
Our PTC has been working hard all year to support our school and our community and we are grateful to them. As we look to next year, we are looking for folks to step into PTC Board and Committee Leadership roles. Let them know if you'd like more information - they can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, our PTC Board is actively looking at their budget and making plans for how they can support the Leaman ES PTC/O/A with starter funds. The details are being ironed out, but stay tuned for more information.
We have our lost & found out for families to look through - any items not collected by the end of this week will be boxed up and donated. We try really hard to pull out all items with a student's name on them (we look at every item again before we donate!), so take a minute to label items!
Parent Handbook Check In
This time of year, students tend to wear clothes that are more appropriate for the spring weather! Often, these are the same clothes your kiddo wore in August, but they may have grown several inches. Please take a look at our Parent Handbook on page 11 for some reminders about appropriate dress at school - it's really about making sure everything is covered and that there is nothing offensive/dangerous on children's clothing/accessories. We appreciate your support.
We have also seen a significant increase in make up being worn at school. We appreciate that this may be something that parents are okay with, but we cannot let make up application interfere with instruction or student health (i.e. long trips to the restroom, application during class time, sharing make up items with peers, kissing mirrors/peers, etc...). I write this because it's happening. We appreciate your support.
Our handbook is available online 24/7 for your review of all of our policies and procedures. We work really hard to be reasonable and to have policies in place that allow students to come to school to focus on learning, and we appreciate your support!
Internet/Computer/Gaming/Phone Safety - a direct plea from Mrs. Hladun
My teachers and I have been working with many families (particularly in grades 4 and 5) around issues of internet/computer/gaming/cell phone based safety and appropriateness. In the last couple weeks alone, we've had incidents come up where:
- kids are not always kind to each other, and they say things online that they would likely never say to someone's face
- messaging is happening late at night, at times when you think your child may be asleep
- students have made statements about self harming that are really overwhelming for their peers to deal with
- kids are reading these statements and it creates real stress for them - they aren't sure what to do or if they should talk to someone (they don't want to be a tattletale), so they talk to their peers, and then there is even more stress among the peer group that bleeds into the classroom and impacts focus and learning
Please, please, please, please monitor your child's cell phone/computer/gaming/internet use. These spaces are big, unfiltered, and potentially scary. Even if your child is being responsible, it's possible that others online aren't being responsible, and your child may be exposed to that.
Our teachers work on internet safety and computer etiquette regularly through structured lessons and in-the-moment conversations, but you can help us by engaging in conversation with your child about how to handle inappropriate things online, looking at your kiddos' phone regularly (like daily), and limiting access to phones/computers after an established time (literally taking the device from your child). You could even reduce your child's access to computers/cell phones...we all survived with out access to the internet when we were kids...your child can too!
I know that at school, kids are asked to be on the computer, but we are limiting access to the internet through strong filters (that we update when we find that we need to!), and we have systems in place that allow us to monitor children's chrome book usage. Cell phones are not permitted to be used during school hours.
I know this may sound like I'm being crazy but I have spent hours every week since winter break on internet/phone based issues that are happening at night and over the weekend. It's no fun for anyone (me, parents or children), and your children are the ones who are negatively impacted with unnecessary exposure. When my team hears about something happening, we have a responsibility to follow up on it to be sure children are safe. Your proactive support is really essential!
Watch for parent focused educational opportunities coming this spring.
Sweetheart Daughter Dance - Luau Themed!
Week of March 2nd:
- All Week: APEX is at LCES! - learn more here!
- Mon., 3/2: Early Release Monday
- Mon., 3/2, 1-1:40 pm: Leadership Ambassador Meeting
- Mon., 3/2, 1:45-2:45: Choir Rehearsal CANCELLED
- Tues., 3/3 is Election Day: LCES is proud to host elections in our MPR all day/evening
- Tues., 3/3, 1-1:20 pm, Music Room: Musical Theater Choir Rehearsal
- Tues-Thurs: Math tutoring for invited students in grades 1-5
- Wed., 3/4, 2:45-4 pm, MPR: Musical Theater Cast & Ensemble Rehearsal
- Fri., 3/6: 120th Day of School
- Fri., 3/6: Colt Pride Friday!
- Fri., 3/6, 1:50-3:30 pm, MPR: Musical Theater Rehearsal
- Fri., 3/6: Lost & Found will be donated over the weekend
- Sat., 3/7, 10-2pm, LHS Pence Gym: Annual Science Expo (flier is here)
Week of March 9th:
- All Week: APEX is at LCES!
- Mon., 3/9: Early Release Monday
- Mon., 3/9, 1-1:40 pm: Leadership Ambassador Meeting
- Mon., 3/9, 1:45-2:45: Choir Rehearsal
- Tues., 3/10, 1-1:20 pm, Music Room: Musical Theater Choir Rehearsal
- Tues-Thurs: Math tutoring for invited students in grades 1-5
- Wed., 3/11: NAEP Assessment for select students in grades 3 and 4
- Wed., 3/11, 2:45-4 pm, MPR: Musical Theater Cast & Ensemble Rehearsal
- Thurs., 3/12: Tentative APEX Fun Run Day
- Thurs., 3/12, 6-7 pm, Tech Room: Happy Families Session (day care provided) - topic is boundaries - get more information here
- Fri., 3/13: Colt Pride Friday!
- Fri., 3/13, 8:30 am, Tech Room: Happy Families Session (no day care provided) - topic is boundaries - get more information here
- Fri., 3/13, 1:50-3:30 pm, MPR: Musical Theater Rehearsal
- Fri., 3/13: Trimester 2 Report Cards sent home with students
Week of March 16th:
- Week of 3/16: Kindness Week (see dress up details below!)
- Week of 3/16: Trimester 2 Awards (click here for dates/times)
- Mon., 3/16: Early Release Monday
- Mon., 3/16, 1-1:40 pm: Leadership Ambassador Meeting
- Mon., 3/16, 1:45-2:45: Choir Rehearsal
- Tues., 3/17, 1-1:20 pm, Music Room: Musical Theater Choir Rehearsal
- Tues-Thurs: Math tutoring for invited students in grades 1-5
- Wed., 3/18, 2:45-4 pm, MPR: Musical Theater Cast & Ensemble Rehearsal
- Thur., 3/19, 5:30pm, Library: PTC Community Meeting (day care is provided!)
- Fri., 3/20, 1:50-3:30 pm, MPR: Musical Theater Rehearsal
- Sat., 3/21, 6 pm, TBMS: Sweetheart Dance followed by Dine Out at NuYo Yogurt (click here for Save the Date info)
Kindness Week Dress Up Week:
- Monday, 3/16: Matching Monday
- Tuesday, 3/17: Sports Day
- Wednesday, 3/18: 80s Day
- Thursday, 3/19: PJ Day
- Friday, 3/20: Wear Red & Pink!
- 3/24: Old Town Pizza Dine Out (all day!)
- 3/28: Lincoln Community Health Fair at LHS
- 4/1: Spring Picture Day
- 4/2, 5:30 and 7 pm: Aladdin Kids Productions
- 4/4-13: Spring Break
*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, 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!
Boundary & Registration Update
UPDATE: Registration for students new to the district will be accepted at the student's home school. I will be removing this section of the newsletter after this week because details pertaining to families has all passed. We have begun the process of staffing new schools based on anticipated enrollment.
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:
DEADLINE HAS PASSED - 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)
DEADLINE HAS PASSED - 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
DEADLINE HAS PASSED - 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.
DEADLINE HAS PASSED - 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
DEADLINE HAS PASSED - 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Details about enrollment are online here: http://www.wpusd.org/Parent-Resources/Registration---NEW/Next-Year-2020-2021/index.html
Important Info by Topic:
- 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 boundary...in 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!'
- HAS HAPPENED - 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:
- Intra window #1 - HAS PASSED: 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
- Intra window #2 - HAS PASSED: 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)
- KINDER REGISTRATION: For incoming Kinder registration, there will be a question on the registration form about if you have a preference for AM K, PM K, extended day K (8am-1:40pm) and/or the dual language immersion K program. You will be informed about which program your child is placed in the spring. Students are eligible for Kindergarten if they turn 5 on/before September 1, 2020. FYI - our goal at LCES is to host all extended day K classes in 2020. Learn more about K programs at the K Info Night on 12/5 at 6 pm at LCES.
- TK REGISTRATION: The district will open TK classrooms for students who turn 5 between September 2-January 31. You can learn more about the TK program in WPUSD here. The locations for TK in 2020-21 are TBD based on enrollment. Learn more about TK programs at the K Info Night on 12/5 at 6 pm at LCES.
- YOUR ES BOUNDARY: The boundaries have been established by the School Board. You can drop your address into this finder to confirm your elementary school boundary.
You can drop your address into this finder to confirm your elementary school boundary. Be sure to click the "Approved 2020-21 Elementary Boundary" box on the right to see next year's boundary!
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! Note the 1st/2nd gr. musical date is changing; stay tuned!
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!
Check out this amazing new Leadership Ambassador's webpage - you can find calendar info, Action Team info and information about the LA training curriculum!
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.
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).
The district has approved and published the next 2 years of school calendars! Click for details!