Lincoln Middle School
January 22, 2021
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE - A Note of Thanks
I would like to use this week’s Principal’s Message as one all-encompassing Thank You Note! Opening our doors to hybrid learning was a successful experience!
I want to start by thanking all the parents and guardians who took the time to read information (tons of it!) sent home to prepare for this hybrid learning experience. Thank you to those families who were able to join me for Open Forum Zoom sessions to further prepare for a positive start. Whether families opted for hybrid learning or remote learning, I appreciate their cooperation and patience as we transition to accepting students in the building.
The students deserve a round of applause! For our hybrid learners, this is not a “normal” return to school and they are, as usual, phenomenal. Adjusting to distancing, masks, and weird schedules does not seem to faze them. We are happy to have them back in our classrooms. Our remote learners, although not changing their "classroom," are also experiencing a period of adjustment due to schedule changes, new classmates, and new teachers. Lincoln students continue to amaze me with their resiliency and hard work.
Our teachers and classroom assistants deserve my most sincere acknowledgement and gratitude. Yet another change, another adjustment, and they have stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam!. It is apparent to all that students are their #1 priority.
School nurses and health assistants in all buildings have taken on a tremendous and burdensome responsibility keeping themselves informed and ready for all-things-Covid-19. Their role in public health will never be more difficult, nor valuable, than it is during a pandemic.
All the behind-the-scenes staff members have held up marvelously to get to this point of hybrid learning and I thank them for their continued tireless efforts. These are Lincoln and District employees that work to keep the gears moving for technology, classrooms, buildings, transportation, supplies, snow removal, sanitizing, food services and more. Their unseen work is never-ending.
Finally, on this long list, I want to thank Randy Steen and Susannah Wade for their partnership in managing the education of your children during a world-wide pandemic. I am fortunate to have such professional and caring partners on this journey.
Thank you all, be safe and stay healthy,
P.S. Next week, start to watch for more information regarding Lincoln’s switch to full-day hybrid learning.
HEALTH OFFICE NOTICE FOR PARENTS OF HYBRID STUDENTS
If you notify the school that your student is experiencing any of the symptoms that are shared with covid-19 (Fever over 100F, headache, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, congestion/ runny nose, loss of sense of taste or smell, nausea, fatigue, and muscle or body aches), your student cannot attend school until at least 10 days have passed since symptom onset and 24 hours fever free without fever reducing medication and improvement of symptoms. Your student can return earlier if they are evaluated by a medical doctor and undergo Covid testing as directed by MD. In order to return to school prior to the end of 10 days, you will need a note from your MD stating Covid status, diagnosis and return to school date. Your student must also be fever free without fever reducing medications, vomit and diarrhea free for 24 hours.
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ATTENTION PARENTS OF STUDENTS IN HYBRID
Does your child have asthma or food allergies?
If your child will be learning in person please drop off the required forms and medications in the health office. They can be left in the blue bin in the foyer from 7am-4pm.
. . . AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT D57 FAMILIES IN NEED
COVID-19 has presented many unique hardships and challenges for some of our family members, friends and neighbors. Some parents have asked if it’s possible to make a financial donation to help support District 57 families who are currently in need. The District has set up a system to facilitate this for anyone who is interested. We will distribute the collected funds to families, based on formal requests that are made. If you would like to donate, simply go to this link and click “Make a one-time payment.” Fill in your student’s name, school and grade, and click “COVID-19 Donation to District 57 Families.” Fill in your information and donation amount, then proceed to the payment section. Thank you so much, in advance, for your kindness and generosity.
Those who are in need of support can fill out this online form. Names will only be seen by select District personnel who are distributing the funds. Thank you.
Mr. Adam ParisI, District 57 Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations