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December 2015

Dear Lincoln Families,

Thank you to everyone who took the opportunity to attend Parent/Teacher Conferences this past month. Research shows that children whose parents are actively involved in their education do better in school. Parent-Teacher conferences are an excellent way to get involved and be an active participant on your child’s educational team. We value your perspective and appreciate the opportunity to share with you information about your child’s strengths and what educational needs they have. We hope that you have found this information helpful and valuable as you work with your child at home and set goals for growth during second quarter. Partnering with your child and child’s teacher will ensure learning, growth and success!

Throughout the month of November, we will continue to celebrate students’ accomplishments and good character. We will begin learning more about the character trait, RESPECT. Respect means, “I am polite, courteous, and caring. I honor others and myself. I will treat all people with dignity and value property.” We encourage you to take some time to discuss this character trait with your kids and find ways to practice being a respectful person at home as well! One way that Lincoln Elementary shows Respect is by hosting our Annual Veterans Day Assembly in November.

Please take a moment to take a look inside this issue for more details about the Veterans Day Assembly and much, much more...

Yours in education,

Ms. Holly Ellis, Principal

Mrs. Rachel Enos, Assistant Principal

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Volunteer Information

For the safety of the students, we would like to remind you that ALL volunteers must have a current background check on file each school year. Volunteers are defined as any individual that will be assisting staff or students in the school setting. This includes but is not limited to attending classroom parties and field trips. All forms are available on our school website or you may click on the link below. Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe!!
Volunteer information

Please click here to learn more about the District Volunteer Policy and Processes

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What can you do to support your child's good attendance?

  • Set a regular bedtime and morning routine
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before
  • Arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes early
  • Don't let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick. Keep in minds complaints of stomach ache and headache can be signs of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
  • If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to the teachers, school counselors, or other parents for advice on how to make him/her comfortable and excited about learning.
  • Develop a back up plan for arriving at school if something comes up. Call on family member, neighbor, or friend to help.
  • Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

Why does attendance even matter?

  • Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
  • Missing 10% can make it harder to learn to read.
  • Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two every few weeks.
  • Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
  • Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help catch children up.

Important December Dates

Monday, November 30-Friday, December 4-Fall Book Fair

Thursday, December 3-Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night

Thursday, December 3- 6:00 p.m. PTO Meeting-Lincoln Conference Room

Friday, December 4-Raging Rivers Forms Due-NO EXCEPTIONS

Friday, December 4-6:00 p.m. 5th grade Christmas Caroling on Courthouse steps - Only those 5th grade students who would like to volunteer

Monday, December 7-3:45-7:00 p.m. PTO Fundraiser Pickup in Lincoln cafeteria

Tuesday, December 8-3:45-4:30p.m. Read, Right, & Run practice

Tuesday, December 8- 6:00-7p.m. 1st Grade Music Program

Wednesday, December 9- 50 cent Hot Cocoa Day to benefit Adopt-a-Family - available during lunch shifts

Wednesday, December 9-2:30 p.m. Early Release

Friday, December 11 - Adopt-A-Family gifts due

Monday, December 14-3:45-4:45pm Yearbook Club

Tuesday, December 15-3:45-4:30p.m. Read, Right, & Run practice

Wednesday, December 16-9 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Santa Workshop

Wednesday, December 16-2:30 p.m. Early Release

Thursday, December 17-9:20 a.m. 5th Grade Christmas program at LCCOA

Thursday, December 17-6:00 a.m. Free Movie Night/Santa Workshop

Thursday, December 17- 9 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Santa Workshop

Friday, December 18-Kdg. Craft Day

Friday, December 18- 9 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Santa Workshop

Monday, December 21 - Holiday Wear - Wear hats, shirts, socks, etc.

Monday, December 21-Buddy 1/2 Day

Monday, December 21-3:45-4:30p.m. Read, Right, & Run practice

Tuesday, December 22 - Christmas P.J. Day or just regular P.J.'s

Tuesday, December 22 - 2nd Quarter Ends

Tuesday, December 22-Kdg. Polar Express Day

Tuesday, December 22- 2:30 p.m. Early Release

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - Monday, January 4, 2016 -NO SCHOOL

Important January 2016 Dates

Monday, January 4- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 5-3:45-4:30p.m. Read, Right, & Run practice

Wednesday, January 6-2:30 p.m. Early Release

Thursday, January 7-Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night

Thursday, January 7- 6:00 p.m. PTO Meeting-Lincoln Conference Room

Monday, January 11-3:45-4:45pm Yearbook Club

Tuesday, January 12-3:45-4:30p.m. Read, Right, & Run practice

Wednesday, January 13-2:30 p.m. Early Release

Friday, January 15 - Buddy Day - Wear your buddy shirts

Monday, January 18-Inclement Weather Day if needed

Tuesday, January 19-3:45-4:30p.m. Read, Right, & Run practice

Wednesday, January 20-2:30 p.m. Early Release

Thursday, January 21-6:00-7:00 p.m. Bingo Family Night

Monday, January 25-3:45-4:45pm Yearbook Club

Tuesday, January 26-3:45-4:30p.m. Read, Right, & Run practice

Wednesday, January 27-2:30 p.m. Early Release

Dates and times are subject to change. Go to and click on our school for updates and future dates.

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Lincoln Science Fair Fun Night

Do you have questions about the Science Fair?

Confused about where to start?

Want a bit of guidance?

Join us for the Lincoln Elementary Science Fair Fun Night at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19th! Kids will have the opportunity to enjoy a free, high energy science assembly to pump up their enthusiasm. Parents will learn some tips and tricks on how to support the Science Fair Process at home. Teachers will be available to provide guidance, answer questions and provide support for families as we prepare for the 2015 Lincoln County R-3 Science Fair. Stay tuned for more information!! Click the link below for more information about the LCR3 Science Fair 2015.

Free Educational Opportunity for Parents-Youth Mental Health Training

Have you ever struggled to come up with the right words to help your child through a tough situation? Do you worry about the emotional well-being of your child or his/her friends? A wonderful educational opportunity is now available at no cost to parents of R-3 students. Youth Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches adults how to help a youth through a mental health challenge or crisis. This interactive 8-hour course provides information about signs and symptoms, typical adolescent development, and an action plan for responding to a youth in crisis. You will spend time practicing each step so that you have the confidence and skills needed to help a youth in need. Troy R-3 has already trained over 300 adults in Lincoln County, including parents, volunteers, educators, law enforcement, and health professionals. Thanks to grant funding, we are able to provide this course at no cost to parents of R-3 students, and at a minimal fee for anyone else. We will even feed you lunch! There is a course available approximately once per month. Contact your school counselor for more information.

Upcoming Courses:

December 1

January 4

February 12

March 14

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Meal Charging Procedures

Lincoln Co. R-III School District and Chartwells School Dining Services serve students with quality, well-balanced meals at affordable prices. All students have a meal account that is used to keep track of student deposits and purchases. Parents can view the balances of their child’s meal account via the SISK12 Parent Portal. Your children may qualify for free meals or reduced price meals. Parents need to complete the Free and Reduced Meal Application for all students in the household. The completed application is returned to Donetta Schieffer, 951 West College St., Troy, MO 63379. Students are required to keep meal accounts current with a positive balance. However, there are instances when meal accounts do reach a negative balance. If a student’s meal account has a negative balance, below are the District’s practices for students purchasing meals at school:

Students in grades K-5:

* Students are allowed to accrue a negative balance of -$10.00.

* Students that have a meal account balance of -$10.00 or more will not be allowed to

purchase a school tray meal but will receive toast with milk for breakfast and a sandwich with milk for lunch until their meal account has a positive balance.

* Email notifications will be sent weekly to parents.

* Every Friday letters will also be sent home with students who have a +$10.00 or below in their meal account.

Lincoln Yearbook Club

Our 1st ever Lincoln Yearbook Club will be under the direction of Mrs. Tricia Moore, Mrs. Kelly Melton, Ms. Jenni Rust, and Mrs. McKenzie Moore. Please help me to congratulate the following students on earning their way into the 1st ever Lincoln Yearbook Club!

They were required to create a mock yearbook page that was graded with a grading rubric. The top point leaders were chosen to be a member.

3rd Grade:

Riley Cannon, Alyssa Latham, Jacob Dreiseward, Evan Simpson, Anna Neilson, Ryan Mosher, & Ava Dew

4th Grade:

Ella Stockhorst, Brayden Gipson, Anna Gambill, Hannah Easterday, Paige Quinones, Hayley Cox, Hannah Anderson, & Anna Stanton

5th Grade:

Olivia Drawbaugh, Carlye young, Carter Simpson, Hannah Dickherber, Kenzie Harper, & Casey Tallevast

Lost & Found

Our lost and found is filling up! Please have your student check the lost and found,

which is located in the hallway by the music room. Or feel free to stop in and check! It is always best to write your child’s name on all their items!

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Lincoln County R-III Education Foundation

Click here to learn more about the Lincoln County R-III Education Foundation.

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