November 11, 2022
Lincoln leopards are respectful, responsible, and safe!
District and School Theme-Be Here, Be You, Belong!
Thanksgiving Break November 21-25
iReady Window opens-Winter Diagnostic
From the principal
We have one more week before our week-long break for Thanksgiving, our trimester ended last week and report cards are accessible this Wednesday. The first trimester is filled with building many skills in academics, social-emotional competencies, and learner characteristics. As we move into December we will begin our midpoint and plan to do the second iReady diagnostic assessment. Your son or daughter should be using iReady at home, working on their personalized pathway throughout the week. It is recommended that they practice 45 minutes in each subject area a week, which means 45 minutes in reading and 45 minutes in math a week. Some students are able to accomplish this within the school day, others need to do this at home as well. Please encourage your son or daughter to do this at home.
Name: Erika Englehart
Occupation: AT Math Teacher
Place of birth: Dubuque, Iowa
Family: Husband Derrick, Daughters Emma (17) and Lily (13)
Favorite sport: I enjoy cheering for my daughter Lily at swim meets and my daughter Emma at dance competitions.
Favorite thing to do over the weekend: Spend time with my family, read, bake
Best places to visit: Family in Phoenix, Atlanta, and Knoxville
Favorite book: Too hard to choose! I love reading!
Favorite food: Popcorn
Dairy Queen or Oberweis? Dairy Queen
Favorite Season: Spring
Favorite College: Luther College in Decorah, IA, where I met my husband in chemistry class
Airplane or Road trip: Road trip
Fun Facts: I took Norwegian classes in college. It wasn’t the most useful language to learn, but I really enjoyed it, and it helped me learn about my Norwegian heritage. Someday I hope to travel to Norway!
Health Office News
Respiratory infections are more common in the fall and winter as people spend more time inside. Some of you have already noted an uptick in respiratory infections in your school communities. Attached, please find some resources regarding respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza. Feel free to share the resources with staff, students, and families. Below, please find recommendations to help reduce the spread of respiratory infections in schools.
· Vaccines-Encourage students, parents, and staff to take the time to get a yearly flu vaccine and stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations.
· Hand hygiene- Hand washing is the single most important way to prevent the spread of communicable diseases. Use soap, warm water and disposable paper towels and wash your hands frequently. Teach children to wash their hands, too. Hand washing reduces the number of microorganisms on hands that can spread communicable diseases. Providing an ample supply of hand sanitizer and monitoring hand hygiene are also helpful.
· Respiratory etiquette-Teach students and staff to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their arm. If they use a tissue, they should put the used tissue in the trash can and wash their hands.
· Exclusion of ill- Stress the importance of staying home when sick until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever (usually defined as 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius, measured by mouth) or signs of a fever (chills, feeling very warm, flushed appearance, or sweating) without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
· Cleaning and disinfection- Each day, routinely clean surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, and phones. Empty trash cans frequently. Increase frequency of cleaning and disinfection during illness outbreaks, when there is known contamination, when there is visible soil, blood, or bodily fluids, or when recommended by the local health department. Remember a surface must first be clean for a sanitizer or disinfectant to be effective. Follow product label instructions for use. CDC guidance on cleaning and disinfection in schools is available at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/school/cleaning.htm
· Ventilation- Well-ventilated rooms help reduce the numbers of airborne germs inside. Airing out the rooms is important, even in the winter. Respiratory diseases easily spread from coughs and sneezes. Opening the window at least once a day lets the germs out and fresh air in.
· Limit shared Items- Do not share personal items among children and keep their belongings separate.