Lincoln Bulletin

12/13/19

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Saturday, December 14, 2019

· Princess and Superhero breakfast at St. Charles North, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.


Monday, December 16, 2019

· Band Concert at St. Charles North, 6:30 p.m.


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

· December Leopard Birthday Luncheons with Mrs. Woodring


Thursday, December 19, 2019

· Pajama & Stuffed Animal Day

(Student Council sponsors Make A Wish Foundation and St. Jude’s)


Friday, December 20, 2019

· Holiday Sing and Parties, 1:30 p.m.


December 23, 2019 - January 3, 2020

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Winter Break


Monday, January 6, 2020

NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Teacher Institute Day


Tuesday, January 7, 2020

School resumes


Friday, January 10, 2020

· Family Dance Party, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

· Kindergarten Registration from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Time for reflection

As the end of the calendar year approaches and I begin my annual tradition of creating photo books for each of my own children, I can't help but feel an overwhelming sense of pride. Scrolling through the year's photos, I have also found many photos I have taken at Lincoln over the past year and half of my principalship. I have photos from our 90th celebration, our family welcome back BBQ, concerts, assemblies, Watch D.O.G.S. literacy and math night, celebrations of readers and writers in classrooms and school-wide. I can't help but reflect on the wonderful experiences and relationships that are being built. Our schoolwide theme for this year is "build something awesome together" and every day I see opportunities for our students to build and create skills, relationships, and successes for a strong future.


Thank you for partnering with us at Lincoln and building a strong community for not only your son or daughter but for all of our kids.

Important - 5 Essentials Survey

Families, please consider filling out the 5Essentials Survey this year. Your feedback is so important to us! Hearing from you allows us to know what we are doing well and how we can improve. This is different than the school environment survey, which was sent out last week. Use the link below to take the survey. Thank you for all of your time and support!


Link for parents to take the survey: http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/

Next Friday-Holiday Sing

HOLIDAY SING

Next Friday, Lincoln will host a Holiday Sing beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. Parents, grandparents, etc. are welcome to join us for the fun event. After the Holiday Sing, students will end their day with classroom parties. Due to possible overcrowding in classrooms, only those parents who signed up to support the classroom parties through the Lincoln PTO should proceed to classrooms. All other Holiday Sing attendees should exit through the main entrance. I appreciate your support on this matter.

An important message from your school health office

Every year cases of head lice are found in our community. Anytime children come together, particularly at the start of a school year, the cases of identified head lice rises. In an effort to assist parents and guardians increase their awareness regarding head lice prevention, detection and treatment we encourage you to reference the Health Services portion of the D303 Website for information regarding the control and management of head lice in our schools.


Anyone can get head lice. Head lice is primarily transmitted through direct head-to-head contact. Lice can also be transmitted from sharing hats, brushes, and other personal items. Transmission in the school setting is rare according to the Center for Disease Control. More commonly, children get head lice from siblings, playmates, and from sharing pillows at pajama parties. Thus, although transmission in schools is rare, identification is often made in the school setting. It is important for parents to know that head lice are a problem in many communities and do not reflect poor hygiene or social status. Most importantly, parents are integral in the prevention and detection of head lice in their children. To prevent the spread of this communicable condition, please check your child(ren) regularly for evidence of lice. If you should discover a case of head lice, please notify your child’s health office as well as their outside activity directors. The nurses in the health office will assist you in caring for this problem by helping you identify a probable case and seek out resources for care.


The district approach to lice management in the school settings is outlined for you on the website previously mentioned. This approach is based on scientific and medical evidence that supports the education process. With regard to preventative treatment, parents are encouraged to seek

guidance from their health care provider prior to using any treatment options. Since mass school screenings do not reduce the incidence of head lice in our settings, such screenings are not conducted in our schools. Research clearly indicates that a "no lice" "no nit" policy for schools hinders academic attendance and performance, while doing little to change the incidence of lice in a school setting. It is important to keep in mind that the life cycle of a louse is 3 to 4 weeks, therefore, by the time live lice are identified in a student, they have had an infestation for many days and they have been in a variety of settings in the community during this timeframe. If a cluster (two or more cases is identified in one classroom over a few weeks period), the health office will send a letter home to parents to notify them of these findings.


Like so many health matters, prevention is key. Teach your child to avoid head to head contact with friends and to avoid the sharing of personal items such as hairbrushes and hats. Those messages are reinforced in the school as well. The nurses in the health office maintain strict confidentiality on all student concerns, and therefore, we are not at liberty to share personal student information on this matter. We thank you in advance for partnering with us to prevent the spread of lice among children and if you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call your building school nurse.


Health Services


STUDENT COUNCIL UPDATE

On Thursday, December 19, Student Council is encouraging staff and students to donate $1 to wear their pajamas and/or bring in a stuffed animal. The money raised will be donated to Make A Wish Foundation and St. Jude's.


SAVE THE DATE - Friday, January 10, 2020

Student Council sponsored Tropical Luau Family Dance Party from 6:00-7:30 p.m.



ART UPDATES:

Artsonia is the World's Largest Student Art Museum. Yet it's so much more than that! It's a free, safe, educational program designed to connect parents and families with their child's creative activities at school. New artwork from the Lincoln Art Studio is currently being uploaded to the website! Please keep an eye out for the small Artsonia permission slips, which will be coming home in backpacks. With these slips, you can activate your student's account online, if you have not already. A selection of artwork will be added to their account each year, so that you can really see their growth as an artist! Please email me with questions or comments. Mrs. Jontz kjontz@d303.org




BAND CONCERT

Who: Anderson, Bell-Graham, Lincoln, and Wasco Beginning Band Students

What: Band Concert

Where: St. Charles North High School Auditorium, 225 Red Gate Road

When Monday, December 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.


Students need to arrive at school no later than 6:00 p.m. Parents can drop students off at the auditorium doors. Students can follow the signs to the band room, where they will unpack instruments and warm up. Students should wear dress clothes. Please, no t-shirts or jeans.


This is a required performance for all students. Consider the performance as the semester exam or championship game for this class as it allows the group to demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired since the beginning of the year. Everyone plays an important role in the band!

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