October 7, 2022
Lincoln leopards are respectful, responsible, and safe!
District and School Theme-Be Here, Be You, Belong!
Highlights you will find:
- Dates to remember
- Principals Desk
- Erin's Law information
- PTO Newsletter
- Staff Spotlight
- Walk to School Information-Oct. 12
- Changes to District Website
- Lunch and breakfast Menus
- District Book Study Information
- AVIC Volunteers
- Dentist information
Friday, October 7, 2022-Tonight!
Kick-a-Thon, St. Charles North High School
Monday, October 10, 2022
Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
International Walk to School Day
Friday, October 14, 2022
Picture re-take day
As our fall parent-teacher conferences end, I would like to thank you to parents and staff, for taking this valuable time to support our home-school partnership. This year we expanded on last year's practice of involving our students in the conversation and preparation. It was very powerful to see such young students take ownership of their learning. Building student agency and their ability to see they have control and responsibility of their learning, actively involving our kids were so exciting and I hope as parents you see the value in it. I am sharing another google form, while it is fresh to get feedback from you to see what you thought about our conferences this year. Please take the time to complete this brief survey.
In addition, thank you to our PTO and parent volunteers for helping with our book fair and also for providing our staff with lunch yesterday. Everything was delicious and our staff appreciates this gesture on our longer conference day. Our bookfair was a huge success, thank you Mr. Nassis and Ms. Monohan for running this, we sold over $6000 in books and the LRC will benefit from this fundraiser. Also our classroom teachers wish lists were granted through donations from students, thank you.
Tonight is the annual cross-town football game, and our kick-a-thon! Mrs. York will represent Lincoln, in addition to 3-5 students who will carry our school banner and parade around the track before the game tonight at St. Charles North. We raised $110.75 to be donated at our kick-a-thon to fight cancer. Information is also linked below.
We also have our very own, Ms. Monohan running the Chicago Marathon this Sunday and she raised money to support Cal's Angels. We will her the best in her run!
Updates from Mrs. Wollak our school socialworker and student support specialist
PAWS for Positive Behavior
Our Golden PAW reinforcement system is starting strong at Lincoln School! Staff members are on the lookout for students demonstrating our Lincoln Guidelines for Success- Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe. When such behaviors are noticed, students earn a Golden PAW. The Golden PAWS have two parts, one is a take-home note that states the specific behaviors that the student was using and the other is a slip of paper with the student's name and teacher. These slips of paper are placed in a class jar for the week. On Fridays, 2 names are picked from the jar and announced on the loudspeaker. Students have the opportunity to come to the main office to select a "prize" from a list of choices. Some are experiences, such as a special lunch with a staff member and friends, helping in the LRC, or an activity with a specials teacher (Art, Music, PE, EMPOWER reading specialist and or Math specialists). Students may also choose to pick a small item from the prize bin. This was a very popular choice the first week of the raffle.
Small PRIZES Needed!
We are looking for more small prize items to fill up our PAW Raffle Prize Bin. If you have new/unused fun items at home, such as fidgets, small toys, party favors, stickers, seasonal pencils/erasers etc. We'd love to have them! Please send them to the main office labeled with PAW PRIZE DONATION or drop them off during conferences this week. THANK YOU!!
A reminder that Erin's Law (Illinois Public Act 097-1147) requires public schools to provide child sexual abuse prevention education for all children in grades pre-kindergarten through twelfth annually. This includes students in instructional programs (ACCESS, OASIS, RISE, STRIVE). Please note that instructional resources are adapted for students' developmental levels and individualized learning needs.
At the elementary level, instruction is provided by social workers and psychologists in partnership with classroom teachers. At the middle and high school levels, instruction is provided as part of the Health & Wellness curriculum. Erin's Law is not sexual education; it is personal safety instruction. Families must be informed annually of student participation. Should you receive questions regarding Erin's Law from parents/families, please reference this Erin's Law Q&A document.
Big Hearts of Fox Valley-Please bring in unwrapped toy or game
Big Hearts of Fox Valley Week will be celebrated throughout the City of
St. Charles the week of October 10-16th!
Big Hearts of Fox Valley is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization making a difference in our own community by brightening the lives of D303 children affected by financial hardship at Christmas time and throughout the school year.
Please bring in a NEW unwrapped toy or board game during this week to show your support for D303 kids in need. Each school will be collecting these items for the annual Big Hearts Toy Drive. We also encourage you to wear RED on Friday to help raise awareness for Big Hearts of Fox Valley.
To learn more about Big Hearts of Fox Valley and to make a much needed donation visit their website at bigheartsfv.org.
Thank you for helping to make Christmases brighter, winters warmer and every day easier for kids in need in D303.
Walk, Bike and/or Roll to school
Lincoln is looking forward to participating in Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 12th. The Lincoln staff will be greeting students by getting off of their buses before school and walking around the track with them. Students dropped off in front are welcome to join us on the track as well, or walk, bike or roll to school from home and join us on the back blacktop.
Changes to the District Website
Please be aware that the District 303 website will undergo construction during the week of October 3 to reflect recent changes to names and titles within the Department of Learning & Teaching. These changes have been made to better align with the work and responsibilities of the department. The most notable changes are:
- The Department of Instructional Interventions will now be the Department of Student Services
- Staff, Family and Student Services will now be Student Programs
Page names and links will update to reflect these new titles, and other changes may occur. Thank you for your understanding."
Learn and Share Sessions - https://forms.gle/rgYE3urdZg3ZaZyL7
NEWS FROM THE DISTRICT LRC’s
LRCs across the district have worked together to bring you a monthly newsletter! The LRC Monthly Community Newsletter is designed to share information on literacy-based special events and programs in our area as well as promote a joy for reading and technology in the homes of D303 families. Check it out!.