Lincoln Bulletin

April 17, 2020

Earth Week Virtual Spirit Week

Earth Day is next Wednesday, April 22, next week we thought it would be a great idea to celebrate with another virtual spirit week. We would like to continue the tradition by encouraging your family to participate in some of the activities below.


SPIRIT DAYS


Monday - wear Earth colors (blue, green, brown)

Tuesday - wear t-shirts with animals

Wednesday - Share a favorite animal either photo or stuffed animal and how we can help them.

Thursday - wear t-shirts with the name of a place

Lincoln Bulletin-Upcoming special events

As we pass the middle of April and hopefully seeing the last of the snow we will celebrate Earth Day next Wednesday, April 22. In celebration of this next week we thought it would be a great idea to celebrate with another virtual spirit week. We would like to continue the tradition by encouraging your family to participate in some of the activities below.


SPIRIT DAYS


Monday - wear Earth colors (blue, green, brown)

Tuesday - wear t-shirts with animals

Wednesday - Share a favorite animal either photo or stuffed animal and how we can help them.

Thursday - wear t-shirts with the name of a place


Join Mrs. Cranmer for Books Between Bites starting on Monday, April 20! Every Monday - Thursday at 11:40 AM she will be reading a selection from the chapter book Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants by Andrea Beaty. Smelly experiments, floating uncles -- join Ada and her friends the Questioneers for a hilarious adventure full of science!

The Google Meet link for each day is here: https://meet.google.com/iqp-bniz-hpr . Can't make it at lunchtime? Check our Wakelet site at https://wke.lt/w/s/nJTUAa for recordings of each day's read-aloud along with fun quizzes and ideas for family activities!

SEL Lessons:

We hope parents/guardians and students engaged in last week's SEL lesson focused on the use of positive self-talk. As we continue to adjust to remote learning and community health expectations, we realize adults and children alike are experiencing a sense of loss. Our efforts to support student growth and development include both academics and social emotional learning (SEL) standards. Both are critical to a child’s success and during times of stress, recognizing feelings and having strategies to deal with those feelings are essential. Each week, parents/guardians and students will be provided SEL information and lessons aligned with the five core competencies. This information will come to you through your principal's weekly newsletter. This weeks competency is:

  • Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.

We are asking students to identify and use strategies to manage emotions. Video clips and text is embedded to foster conversation. The challenges and uncertainty facing families and children are impactful on overall mental health and well being. We are hopeful the resources shared will be a support to parents/guardians and children. If you have any questions on the information provided or are seeking additional support for yourself or child, please contact Patti Palagi, Director Instructional Interventions (patti.palagi@d303.org or 331-228-6457).

Intra-district Transfer-Final Day Monday at 4:00

Even though our schools are closed, we will still process elementary school transfer requests for the 2020-2021 school year beginning on April 7 at 8:00 a.m.

For the 2020-21 school year, ALL elementary students have been assigned to their attendance area school by the District. This includes elementary students currently attending a school on an intra-district transfer. An Intra-District Transfer Request must be submitted online no sooner than 8:00 a.m. on April 7, 2020 and no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 20. A link to the request form will be posted on the District 303 web page (https://district.d303.org/intra-district-transfer-policy-and-boundary-map ) by 8:00 a.m. on April 7.

If you are requesting a transfer for more than one child, a separate request must be submitted for each. Due to fluctuating class sizes at schools and each grade level, siblings are not guaranteed placement. If granted, transportation is the responsibility of the parents.

If you have questions about the process, please call the District office at 331.228.2000.

FROM THE SECRETARY

Wanted: Incoming Kindergarten Students for 2020-2021!

Do you have a child or know someone in your neighborhood with a child who will be 5 years of age ON or BEFORE September 1, 2020? We are already planning for next year's kindergarten.


Kindergarten registration has begun! Listed below is a link to D303’s registration page which includes all of the paperwork needed for registration. Feel free to print these forms off ahead of time and bring them in with you when you register your student as it will help your registration process go more smoothly.


https://district.d303.org/registration


PLEASE NOTE: The District has updated many of its forms including a requirement for additional paperwork to document proof of residency. This is noted on the Verification of Residency and Enrollment form which explains what kind of documentation is needed to be brought in for registration. Also be sure to bring an original birth certificate during this process.


Please spread the word to your neighbors and friends!

Looking Towards Next Year

As we approach spring, the Lincoln staff has already begun planning for your child’s transition to the next grade level. I am attaching a letter to you below.

Fridays During Remote Learning

We want students to learn every day! Monday through Thursday our teachers will be providing lessons. Friday is a day to continue learning by completing lessons, catching-up on past or missing work, or doing enrichment lessons.


Please visit the website D303 Optional Remote Learning For Students to access enrichment lessons. In addition to the weekly SEL activity, the website houses a variety of optional learning experiences in the areas of math, digital citizenship, English Language Arts, college and career, and STEM. We encourage you to ask your child to engage in the SEL lessons before exploring the other choice options. Although these optional learning experiences were designed for use on Fridays, students are welcome to engage in the learning experiences on the website anytime.

Student Survey on Remote Learning

D303 is partnering with Northern Illinois University to gain insights from students (grade 4 and up) related to remote learning. This jointly created survey will be sent to students on Tuesday, April 21st. All aspects of student information will remain confidential. If you would like additional information on the survey, please contact David Chiszar, Executive Director Assessment & Accountability (david.chiszar@d303.org), or Patti Palagi, Director of Instructional Interventions (patti.palagi@d303.org).


The survey will capture student insights connected to remote learning, social-emotional well being, and coping strategies/supports accessed during this unique time. NIU has established a partnership with D303 through their federal Project Prevent and Address Bullying grant. Our TMS students have been a part of NIU's research for the past two years. The survey for our 6-8 graders will include questions related to bullying when engaged in remote learning. We are excited to gain additional insights into students' perceptions of remote learning in order to assist us in directing our academic and social-emotional programming.

Meals provided for any student or family

District 303 is providing meals for any student who needs it. The district is expanding the distribution, please see the attached information for the various locations and times for food distribution.


We have also heard from the USDA that there are SNAP scams happening. We are attaching a press release from them with a warning.

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