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January 2016

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Character Word of the Month is Integrity

I am honest and sincere with others and myself in my words an actions. I choose to do the right thing even when no one is looking.
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Welcome back!

Hopefully your Winter Break was filled with love and laughter. The teachers are eager to have the halls and classrooms filled with our Lincoln Leopards again. We are excited about writing the next chapter in the school year. This time of the year is filled with excitement and anticipation about the possibilities that are ahead. We look forward to continuing to partner with you to ensure a successful school year for you and your child. Please take a moment to read through this newsletter to find information about updated Volunteer and Visitor procedures, Science Fair and other important dates.

Yours in education,

Mrs. Holly Hite, Principal

Mrs. Rachel Enos, Assistant Principal

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Volunteer information

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

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.

  • Beginning in January 2016, Lincoln County R-III Schools is implementing a deadline for volunteer background checks.
  • All volunteer background checks must be submitted online no later than the 1st of each month.
  • Example: A parent wanting to attend a March 20th field trip or class party at their child’s school must have completed the online background check no later than March 1st.
  • A background check is needed annually per school year (July 1st-July 1st).

Thank you for your support in keeping our students safe!!

Important January Dates

Important January 2016 Dates

Tuesday, January 5-3:45-4:30 p.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 11-3:45-4:45 p.m. Yearbook Club

Tuesday, January 12-3:45-4:30 p.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 19-3:45-4:30 p.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 25-3:45-4:45 p.m. Yearbook Club

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

Tuesday, January 26-5:30-6:30 p.m. View Science Fair Projects; 6:30 p.m. Winners Recognized; 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Pickup Science Fair Projects

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

Important February Dates

Tuesday, February 2-3:45-4:30 p.m. Read, Right, & Run practice

Wednesday, February 3-2:30 p.m. Early Release

Thursday, February 4-Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night

Thursday, February 4- 6:00 p.m. PTO Meeting-Lincoln Conference Room

Monday, February 8-3:45-4:45 pm Yearbook Club

Tuesday, February 9-3:45-4:30 p.m. Read, Right, & Run practice

Wednesday, February 10-2:30 p.m. Early Release

Friday, February 12- Buddy Day - Wear your buddy shirts

Friday, February 12 - Valentines Day Parties - Times to be announced - ALL volunteers MUST have a background check completed by February 1.

Monday, February 15-Inclement Weather Day if needed

Tuesday, February 16-3:45-4:30 p.m. Read, Right, & Run practice

Wednesday, February 17-2:30 p.m. Early Release

Thursday, February 18 - Mother/Son Event - Details to be announced

Friday, February 19- 10:15 a.m. 2nd Grade Field Trip to Troy Courthouse

Monday, February 22 - 3:45-4:45 pm Yearbook Club

Tuesday, February 23-3:45-4:30 p.m. Read, Right, & Run practice

Wednesday, February 24-2:30 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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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.

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:

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.

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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