February 17, 2023
- Monday, February 20 - Presidents Day Holiday - No School for Students
- Wednesday, February 22 - Early Release Day - Students are dismissed
- Friday, February 24-End of 2nd Trimester
- Wednesday, March 1 - Parent University - Identifying and Supporting Students with Anxiety - 9:30 - 10:30 am and 6:30 - 7:30 pm
- Friday, March 3 - Teacher Institute Day - No School for Students
- Tuesday, March 7 Illinois Science Assessment Grade 5
- Tuesday, March 15-Evening Music Performance (Grades 1 and 3)
- Monday, March 25 - Friday, March 29 - Spring Break
- Monday, April 1 - School Resumes
- Tuesday, April 2 IAR testing begins grades 3-5
- Friday, April 7 - School Improvement Day - No School
Lincoln leopards are respectful, responsible, and safe!
District and School Theme-Be Here, Be You, Belong!
This week every family and staff member received a book, the book Seven Wonders Of Sassafrass Springs and a bookmark with a schedule to read at home.
Today was the first due date, for the first segment--we will share trivia questions tomorrow and Friday and continue throughout our reading.
Another challenge that we would like all to participate in is finding the 7 Wonders of St. Charles--just like Eben my hope is that students and families see the wonders of where we live and/or work.
Take the time to find wonders, take photos and explain why you believe it is a wonder and share it with me via email-we will share these and also include on our front screen. At the end of this we will have a vote of which 7 Wonders Lincoln believes in.
THE LINCOLN ELEMENTARY COMMUNITY
IS PARTICIPATING IN A FIVE-WEEK-LONG SPECIAL PROJECT,
AN ALL-SCHOOL BOOK CLUB CALLED
ONE BOOK, ONE SCHOOL!
What this means:
- Each family has received a copy of The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty G. Birney. Remember, the book is yours to keep!
- We invite your family to read the book together at home over the course of 5 weeks. It will be about a 35-40 minute time commitment each week. The best part is that you can also record this time reading for the Ozzie Reading Club!
- Children of all grade levels will be listening to their parents read the same book.
- Strange as that may seem, it actually makes educational sense. Children can easily comprehend text that is beyond a child’s own reading level when the work of reading the text is shared with a proficient reader.
- We also believe that you can, and should, continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read independently.
- We selected a title that can be followed, understood, and enjoyed by younger students, but will also captivate and stimulate older readers.
- Target read-by dates are on the included bookmark to pace your family’s reading.
Our goal is to build a Community of Readers at Lincoln. Everyone - students, parents, teachers, lunch supervisors, support staff, and administrators, will all be following along together. We are asking you to make a time commitment so that your family can participate in this fun and special activity! Thank you for supporting a culture of literacy at Lincoln!
Starting on February 16 we will have trivia during morning announcements. Stay on track with your reading to participate!
Complete this form for week 1-
We want all to be able to participate and attend our field trip celebrating our community of readers!
Ways to make a difference
Feed My Starving Children was a great way to kick off Random Acts week. We had about 60 people join the service project, from staff, to students to parents and siblings. It was a great afternoon and we worked alongside one another to make food packs to feed kids across the globe. Thank you to all who joined this student council-sponsored event.
Today we introduced students to another opportunity to help a great cause. St. Baldricks is an organization that people raise money and take part in shaving their heads. We kicked off the project today with a virtual assembly/kick-off. Information is below.
5th GRADE HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT PRESENTATION
The fifth-grade class will be attending the Human Growth and Development presentation on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. The presentation consists of a narrated PowerPoint, including a short video, and time to submit questions. The school nurses will review the questions and return answers to students within the week. Boys and girls programs are similar in content but will be presented and facilitated separately within your student's classroom. A letter will be sent to 5th-grade parents with more details via their classroom e-news. As a parent, you have the right to request that your child not participate in this presentation. If after reviewing the information you would prefer your child not participate, please submit a written letter to the principal by February 15, 2023. If you have any questions about the presentation you may contact your building Certified School Nurse, Wendy Landers at 331-228-6068.
Please call the Attendance Line to Report an Absence
If your student is going to be late or absent, please call 331-228-2500 and press 1 to report the absence and the reason. Leave a message on the attendance line as soon as possible that morning or the night before. Thank you for your help in verifying absences from school.
Name: Amy Kappele
Occupation: Reading Specialist
Place of birth: Winfield, Illinois
Amanda (daughter 30) and her husband Corbin live in Lisle, IL
Sarah (daughter 28) and her husband Dale, grand daughter Eloise 3 and they live in Northern Michigan
Hannah (daughter 23) live in Phoenix, Arizona
Curt - Significant other and active adventure partner
Pets: I am getting a Ragdoll kitten soon! I have had pets all of my life but my 2 dogs (Izzy and Mudge) both passed away of old age in the last 3 years.
Favorite sports: Running outside and hiking in the mountains
Favorite thing to do over the weekend: Hang out with friends/ family and be active in the outdoors
Best places to visit: Traverse City, Michigan & Sedona, Arizona
Favorite books: Jodi Picoult books
What superhero would you be? Wonder Woman- she has superior strength, speed and agility and helps others
One wish: To be able to see my kids everyday!
Favorite foods: French fries and chocolate
Dairy Queen or Oberweis? Dairy Queen
Favorite Season: Summer
Favorite College: Elmhurst College (ha!)
Favorite Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Airplane or Road trip: Airplane
I went to Davis Elementary, Haines Middle School and St. Charles High School.
I played soccer and basketball for St. Charles High School. I was recognized as an all-state soccer player and all-conference basketball player.
I hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim in one day with a group of friends. It is about 24 miles of hiking and took us about 14 hours to hike. Beautiful!
My three daughters are the light of my life!
D303 Administration has worked with the Board of Education to establish a routine summary on the health of District 303 through a Data Dashboard. This chart, which will be updated monthly on the District website, provides an overview of nine important measurements in the categories of Academics, Operations and Belonging.
Health Office News
A note from the Health Office:
It’s never too early to start planning!!
Dental Examination Requirements
Students in kindergarten, second, sixth and ninth grades must submit evidence of a dental examination by May 15th of that school year. Dental exams must be completed within 18 months prior to May 15th.
Vision Examination Requirements
Students entering Illinois schools for the 1st time (kindergarten or transfer) must submit evidence of a vision exam conducted by a physician who provides a complete eye exam or a licensed optometrist.
Cold and flu season is upon us! Preventative measures remain the most effective way to reduce the spread of influenza and other viral illnesses.
Students who present to the Health Office with a fever and/or feeling poorly are sent home. To prevent widespread illness in school, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:
CONSIDER KEEPING YOUR CHILD AT HOME for an extra day of rest and observation if they have any of the following symptoms:
Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep or COVID)
Mild stomach ache
DEFINITELY KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME for treatment and observation if they have any of these symptoms:
Fever (a temperature of 100 degrees F or greater)
Vomiting (even once)
General malaise or feelings of fatigue
Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
TO HELP PREVENT THE FLU AND OTHER COLDS, teach your children good hygiene habits:
Wash hands frequently
Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
Cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing, use a paper tissue, throw
it away and then wash hands
Avoid close contact with people who are ill
Colds and viruses are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever should remain at home until fever free and for a minimum of 24 hours. A child who has started antibiotics needs to be on medication for 24 hours before returning to school. Keeping your ill child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom!
Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible.
Do you have extra leggings or sweat pants? Please send them in to the Nurse! Sometimes pants get wet during recess and a clean, dry pair of pants could help a student!
Family Contact Info - Please verify for your family!
This week’s first snow is a great reminder to make sure the contact information you’ve provided the District is up-to-date. We want to ensure you’re getting timely alerts on inclement weather operations and other important notifications. Please take a moment to do the following:
View Notification Preferences/Enable Text Messages
District 303 will send notifications to families through the ParentLink system by text message, phone call and email based on your settings. Parents/guardians can view and edit their contact settings through the Home Access Center.
To receive timely emergency communications, we strongly encourage families to enable text notifications. For most people, this is the fastest way to receive and view important messages. Here’s how:
- From the HAC main menu, select the “registration” tab to view your contact settings
- Select the “edit” button to change your contact settings
- To enable text message notifications, enter your cell phone number in the Cell/Text field
- Select the “save” button