Lincoln Crossing Colt Connection

April 21, 2019

Mrs. Hladun's Tidings

We hope you had a lovely Spring Break and enjoyed the time together as a family. A reminder that there is NO SCHOOL on Monday, 4/22. We look forward to welcoming our Colts back to campus on Tuesday, 4/23 for a regular school day.

Sometimes our children can surprise us with the intensity of their emotions. Remember that our students are still learning how to process their feelings - their prefrontal cortex doesn't fully mature until about age 25 (crazy, huh?). Here is some info about the part of the brain that causes meltdowns, and here are some resources to help you cope and support your child!

This year, we rolled out a new service for fliers called PeachJar. We have gotten some good feedback around it, although transitioning to a digital flier system is a little out of some folk's comfort zone, I know! A positive note - through our digital fliers, in the last 8 months, we've saved 4 trees and 34,650 sheets of paper! To check out PeachJar, click here now. Remember - it's ALWAYS linked at the bottom of our weekly newsletter and on our website.

Families of students in Grades 3-5

Our annual state wide assessments are quickly approaching. Teachers will be spending some time offering practice tests and showing students how the SBAC (English Language Arts & Math content) and CAST (Science content - 5th grade only takes this!) works in late April in preparation for the assessments.

The assessments are not timed and you can talk to your teacher about specific testing dates/times of day. In general, though:

  • 5th grade will be giving their assessments in the first 2 weeks of May (to allow plenty of time for make ups before Fort Bragg!)
  • 4th grade will be giving their assessments in the 2nd and 3rd week of May
  • 3rd grade will be giving theirs in the 1st-3rd weeks of May
  • if a student needs more time or is absent, we'll work with him/her to coordinate their make up testing, so no need for any anxiety about finishing! We always get it done! :)

A few reminders:

  • Students can NOT wear smart watches or have cell phones in the testing space. Please leave them at home, but if they do come to school, expect that we will ask your child to power them off and put them in their backpacks; this is per the testing rules.
  • There are many listening components of the tests. PLEASE send in a pair of headphones for your child to wear so that we can minimize the spread of germs and bugs.
  • Please be sure your child comes to school well rested, having had a healthy breakfast (high protein is awesome!) and that he/she brings a healthy snack (or two) to keep their brain fueled.
  • Please be sure your child arrives to school ON TIME (in the gate before 8:10 am) so he/she isn't flustered when walking into class after testing may have started

Also, this year, the assessment results will be made available digitally only through the PowerSchool portal. This is a new development, so stay tuned for details!

Arrival/Departure from Campus - Safety is Key!

We bring about 700 students, staff and family members onto campus every morning and send home slightly fewer each afternoon. Please use common sense when traveling close to the school. It is going to be busy - slow down, put down distractions, be sure your kids have what what they need before you arrive at school, and consider leaving your home a few minutes early so that you are not stressed out by feeling late.

A few important reminders:

  • The bus zone is NOT a drop off/pick up zone before and after school
  • Encourage your child to come to school with a buddy
  • Use crosswalks - we provide crossing support at Joiner/Groveland, Groveland/Whitefield, and in our own parking lot loop
  • If you need to get out of your car to help your child, please park in the neighborhood or in a marked spot, not in the drop off areas
  • When you drop off along the school's curb, please pull all the way forward to the Kindergarten area - our Greeters are happy to walk your child to the gate!
  • Please drop off between 7:55-8:10 am (students are late if they are not through the main office by the 8:15 am bell)
  • Please pick up on time - PM K and grade 1-5 supervision ends at 2 pm (Mondays) and 3 pm (Tuesdays-Fridays); AM TK & kinder dismisses at 11:20 am each day and teachers can wait with students until 11:30 am before they have to move onto other job responsibilities

For a reminder about appropriate areas for parking and drop off, click here.

We are also seeking parents/family members who are open to volunteering to cross kids at Danbury and Groveland before/after school. If you are available to support from 7:45-8:10ish and/or 2:40-3 ish, let Mrs. Hladun know at Big thanks to our WatchDOGS who are providing crosswalk support at our main crosswalk most days!

Upcoming Events

Our calendar is always up to date with the latest information about events at LCES. All event flyers can be found on our calendar and/or at our PeachJar site.

Week of April 22nd:

  • Mon., 4/22: No School
  • Tues., 4/23, lunchtime: Leadership Ambassador Action Team Meetings (Beautification & Kindness)
  • Tues., 4/23, 2:45 pm-3:45 pm: Math Tutoring for invited 2nd graders
  • Wed., 4/24, lunchtime: Leadership Ambassador Action Team Meeting (Cares)
  • Wed., 4/25, 2:45-3:45 pm: Math Tutoring for invited 1st, 4th and 5th graders
  • Wed., 4/24, 2:45-3:10 pm: Leadership Ambassador Action Team Meeting (Pride); Mrs. Ochoa's room
  • Thur., 4/25: LCES 5th graders visit TBMS
  • Thurs., 4/25, 6 pm: TBMS Open House
  • Thurs., 4/25, 12:30-1:20 pm: Leadership Ambassador Council Meeting
  • Thurs., 4/25, 2:45-3:45 pm: Math Tutoring for invited 3rd, 4th and 5th graders
  • Fri., 4/26: Colt Pride Day
  • Fri., 4/26, 9 am: Deadline to turn in Talent Show Audition App (click here)
  • Fri., 4/26, 6-8 pm: PTC Hosted Family Paint Night (click here)

Week of April 29th:

  • SBAC/CAST testing begins in grades 3-5 (check with your teacher for details)
  • Mon., 4/29: Early Release Day
  • Mon., 4/29, 1-1:40 pm: Leadership Ambassador Council Meeting
  • Mon., 4/29, 1:45-2:40 pm: Choir Practice
  • Tues., 4/30, lunchtime: Leadership Ambassador Action Team Meetings (Beautification & Kindness)
  • Tues., 4/30, 2:45 pm-3:45 pm: Math Tutoring for invited 2nd graders
  • Tues., 4/30, 6-8 pm: PTC Skate Night
  • Tues., 4/30, 6-7:30 pm: WPUSD Spanish Immersion Program Info Meeting (click here)
  • Wed., 5/1, lunchtime: Leadership Ambassador Action Team Meeting (Cares)
  • Wed., 5/1, 2:45-3:45 pm: Math Tutoring for invited 1st, 4th and 5th graders
  • Thurs., 5/2, 2:45-3:45 pm: Math Tutoring for invited 3rd, 4th and 5th graders
  • Thurs., 5/2, 3-4:30 pm: Talent Show Auditions
  • Fri., 5/3: Colt Pride Day
  • Fri., 5/3: TBMS Color Run (click for details/registration)

Looking ahead to the Week of May 6th:

  • SBAC/CAST testing begins in grades 3-5 (check with your teacher for details)
  • Staff Appreciation Week
  • Tues., 5/7, 5 pm, library: PTC General Meeting (child care provided)

Looking to the end of the year:

  • Week of 5/20: Spring Book Fair
  • Thurs., 5/23: LCES Open House
  • Mon., 5/27: No School - Memorial Day
  • Week of 5/28: 5th grade Fort Bragg Trip
  • Week of 6/3: Early Release Schedule all week - 1:40 pm release time
  • Mon., 6/3: Tri 3 awards for grades 1, 2 and 3
  • Wed., 6/5: Tri 3 awards for grade 4
  • Wed., 6/5, 4:30 pm: LCES 9th Annual Talent Show & Annual PTC Free BBQ
  • Thurs., 6/6: 5th grade Breakfast & Awards (your teacher will send out more info!)
  • Fri., 6/7: Kinder End of Year Celebration & Awards
  • Fri., 6/7: Last Day of School!

*all Leadership, Musical Theater, and Choir program details are on Mrs. Adam's website or click the link below.

Upcoming Non School Days & Early Release Days - Winter/Spring 2019

  • Saturday, 4/13-Monday, 4/22: Spring Break (School Resumes on Tuesday, 4/23)
  • Monday, 5/27: Memorial Day
  • Week of June 3rd-June 7th: Early Release Days (1:40 Release)
  • Saturday, 6/8 - Wednesday, 8/14: Summer Break (School Starts on Thursday, 8/15)
Leadership Ambassador Info is Online!

Visit our website for the most updated schedules for our Leadership Ambassador Program, including the greeter schedule!

Food Service - menus, pricing and more!

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.

Parking vs. Drop Off/Pick Up Areas

Click to view a map that identifies appropriate drop off/pick up areas and parking areas. 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).

2018-19 and 2019-20 School Year Calendars

The district has approved and published 2 years of school calendars! Click for details!

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Lincoln Crossing Mission Statement

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