Lincoln Crossing Colt Connection

December 8, 2019

Mrs. Hladun's Tidings

The winter holidays are fast approaching and with that means lots of activity on campus as well as significant activity in our planning for the 2020-21 school year! We've appreciated the outpouring of support for our non-perishable food drive benefiting our local community as well as our "Toys for Tots" drive! We are sending our collected items out soon, so if you have a last minute contribution, bring it to the office ASAP!

Note that we will be hosting an "Ugly Holiday Sweater" dress up day on Thursday, 12/19! We can't wait to see what creative things our students and staff come up with!


We hope you will join us for our Grades 1-5 winter performances next week. Our PTC has arranged for a coffee cart to be there to sell warm drinks while you wait for your child's performance to begin!

Tuesday, December 10th:

  • 2:40-7:30 pm: pop up book fair in the library
  • 5:30 pm show (arrive at 5:15 pm): Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Wetzstein, Mrs. Shelton and Mr. Beatty
  • 6:30 pm show (arrive at 6:15 pm): Mrs. Risucci, Ms. Cassidy, Mrs. Ochoa, and Mrs. Noyes

Thursday, December 12th:

  • 2:40-7:30 pm: pop up book fair in the library
  • 5:30 pm show (arrive at 5:15 pm): Choir and all of 3rd Grade
  • 6:30 pm show (arrive at 6:15 pm): all of 4th Grade and the 4/5 Combo Class
  • 7:30 pm show (arrive at 7:15 pm): all of 5th Grade

Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Guemmer and your student(s) have been working so hard in class and during rehearsals to prepare for this special evening! Note that students will NOT be visiting the book fair during their typical library time, so if you would like to shop for books, please come prepared to do so after school/in the evening only. It's always preferred that students have a parent/caregiver with them when they shop at the book fair.


  • The district confirmed the boundaries this week. You can click here to view the map, or use an interactive map (click here) where you type in your address and the your school boundary is confirmed.
  • If you have a kiddo who is TK or K aged, and you missed the K info night on Thrursday, you can view the powerpoint presentation here: Feel free to share this link with friends, family and neighbors.
  • Online registration for all new students (including incoming TK and K students and students coming into grades 1-5 from other schools outside of WPUSD) starts on Monday, 12/9. You can get ALL the information, links, and FAQs on the district's website here: Feel free to share this link with friends, family and neighbors. Note that LCES is accepting all paperwork for both LCES and Leaman Elementary enrollments.

Students are Currently Taking the iReady Diagnostic Assessment

Throughout the month of December, all of our students will be taking their second iReady Diagnostic assessment in Reading and Math. Teachers schedule this assessment at times that work for them, and you can ask your teacher for more info on when your child will be taking the assessment.

An FYI for families that students will not be able to access the iReady intervention program via Clever while their child's Diagnostics are in progress. Once their assessments are complete, the intervention system will reset their "lesson pathway" to reflect their updated levels based on the results.

If you want more info about how your child is doing on iReady, click on the "My Progress" button in the iReady program or check in with your child's teacher after Winter Break.

My Child is Already at LCES...what do I need to do about registration?

If your child is currently enrolled in Grades K-4 at any WPUSD School (including Lincoln Crossing), your enrollment will AUTOMATICALLY be rolled over for the 2020-21 school year at your school of residence based on the current boundaries.

  • You don't need to do anything unless you plan to request an intradistrict transfer to go to a different school in the district (see details on that below).
  • If you live in the Leaman boundary, but your child is in 4th grade now and wants to stay at LCES for 5th grade, you will get a letter asking to you confirm your plans for enrollment for 2020-21 (see details below).
  • If your child has an IEP or 504 plan and will end up at Leaman in the fall, his/her IEP is AUTOMATICALLY sent to the new school and services will be uninterrupted.

If your child is in Grade 5 at any WPUSD School, your child's enrollment will AUTOMATICALLY roll over to the middle school based on your address.

  • All current LCES 5th graders will be automatically registered at TBMS for the 2020-21 school year.
  • If your child has an IEP or 504 plan, that information also is AUTOMATICALLY sent to the middle school and services will be uninterrupted.

If your child is in TK, or your friend/neighbor/family member is bringing a child into WPUSD (into TK or K or any upper grade), they need to register their child beginning on 12/9/19 at 8 am.

Upcoming Events

Our calendar is always up to date with the latest information about events at LCES. All event flyers can be found on our calendar and/or at our PeachJar site.

Coming Up:

Week of December 9th:

  • Mon., 12/9, 8 am: Online Registration for new gr 1-12 students and all TK/K students begins - click here
  • Mon., 12/9: Hearing Testing for Grades K, 2 and 5
  • Mon., 12/9: Early Release Day
  • Mon., 12/9, 1-1:40 pm: Leadership Ambassador Meeting
  • Mon., 12/9, 1:45-2:45: Choir Rehearsal
  • Tues-Thurs: Math tutoring for invited students in grades 1-5
  • Tues., 12/10, 2:40-7:30 pm, Library: Pop Up Book Fair
  • Tues., 12/10, 5:30 pm - Gr 1 and 2 "Grumps of Ring-a-Ding Town" performance (Cook, Wetzstein, Shelton, Beatty)
  • Tues., 12/10, 6:30 pm - Gr 1 and 2 "Grumps of Ring-a-Ding Town" performance (Risucci, Cassidy, Ochoa, Noyes)
  • Thurs., 12/12, 2:40-7:30 pm, Library: Pop Up Book Fair
  • Thurs., 12/12, 5:30 pm - Gr 3 and Choir winter performance
  • Thurs., 12/12, 6:30 pm - Gr 4 and 4/5 combo class winter performance
  • Thurs., 12/12, 7:30 pm - Gr 5 winter performance
  • Fri., 12/13 : Colt Pride Friday!
  • Fri, 12/13, 1:55-2:40 pm: Musical Theater Rehearsal

Week of December 16th:

  • All Week: Online Registration for new gr 1-12 students and all TK/K students is open
  • Week of 12/16-20 - Early Release Week - 1:40 dismissal all week for Gr. 1-5; AM & PM TK and K are on a Monday schedule all week
  • Mon., 12/16, 1-1:40 pm: Leadership Ambassador Meeting
  • Mon., 12/16, 1:45-3:15: Choir Winter Party
  • Wed., 12/18 and Thurs., 12/19, 1:40-2:40: Math tutoring for invited students in grades 4 and 5; tutoring for grades 1-3 cancelled for the week
  • Thurs., 12/19: Ugly Holiday Sweater Dress Up Day
  • Fri., 12/20 : Colt Pride Friday!

Saturday, 12/21-Sunday, 1/5: No School; Happy Winter Break!

Week of January 6th:

  • All Week: Online Registration for new gr 1-12 students and all TK/K students is open
  • Mon., 1/6: Early Release Day
  • Mon., 1/6, 1-1:40 pm: Leadership Ambassador Meeting
  • Mon., 12/16, 1:45-2:45: Choir Rehearsal
  • Tues-Thurs: Math tutoring for invited students in grades 1-5
  • Thurs., 1/9, 6-7 pm, Tech Room: Happy Families Presentation - Parenting a Gifted or 2E Child (child care is offered) - click for session description
  • Fri., 1/10, 8:30-9:30am, Tech Room: Happy Families Presentation - Parenting a Gifted or 2E Child (child care is not offered) - click for session description
  • Fri., 1/10 : Colt Pride Friday!
  • Fri., 1/10, 1:55-3:30 pm, MPR: Musical Theater Rehearsal

Looking Ahead:

  • Mon., 1/13, after 7 am: Registration packets accepted
  • Mon., 1/13-Fri., 1/24: PTC Simply Nutrition Fundraiser
  • Thurs., 1/23: Sami's Circuit Family Night
  • Wed., 2/26 and Thurs., 2/27: Star Struck Evening Performances (details TBA)

*click here for our new music (choir, grade level music, musical theater) website!

*click here for our new Leadership Ambassador website!

Non School Days or Special Release Days

  • Week of 12/16: early release days - 1:40 dismissal
  • Mon., 12/23-Fri., 1/3: Winter Break / no school
  • Mon., 1/20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day / no school
  • Thurs., 2/13-Mon., 2/17: Late Winter Mini Break & President's Day / no school
  • Mon, 4/6-Mon., 4/13: Spring Break / no school
  • Mon., 5/25: Memorial Day / no school
  • Week of June 1st: early release days - 1:40 dismissal
  • Fri., 6/5: last day of school!

Every Monday is an Early Release Day!

Boundary & Registration Update

FYI that we will continue to update this section of our newsletter, but will highlight new info towards the top of the newsletter.

More new Information has come out in the last week! Please share this info with your friends and neighbors who may have children coming into TK/K or who are currently attending school outside of WPUSD but may looking to come back to their community school.

The overall goal is to get a good handle on where students will attend school (that happens early in 2020) so that we can tackle staffing (in spring 2020) and open the schools with minimal adjustments in fall 2020.

Important Information by Date:

Mon., 12/9/19 at 8am - online registration will open up for all NEW students in grades TK-12

  • if your child is in grades K-5 at LCES right now, you do NOT need to re-register them
  • if your child is in TK (AM or PM), you DO need to register them for kindergarten
  • be sure your friends and neighbors with incoming TK or K kiddos know, and if you have friends at schools outside of WPUSD who want to bring their child back to their home school, they need to register using this timeline
  • you can access the link to register online via the WPUSD website (click here)

Mon., 1/13/20 shortly after 7am - our office team will start taking registration packets

  • there is NO NEED for a camp out because there is plenty of room at LCES and Leaman ES (LES) for all incoming students at their home school!
  • bring: printout of online registration form and associated documents, proof of residency, child's birth certificate, and immunization records
  • the LCES office will take all registrations for students who will attend LCES or LES

Tues., 1/21/20 at 4 pm - deadline for current COES students and current LCES 4th graders to turn in intradistrict transfer request
  • turning in this form means that current students attending COES want to stay at COES instead of attending LCES or LES
  • turning in this form means that current LCES 4th graders want to attend LCES for their 5th grade year instead of LES
  • This document will be sent home with effected 4th graders (and sent out digitally) sometime next week

Fri., 2/12/20 at 4 pm - deadline to turn in registration packets for 20-21

  • families who move into the neighborhood after this deadline can still enroll
  • current residents must complete enrollment by 2/12/20
  • this deadline will help us staff the schools correctly

March-ish - deadline for all families to turn in intradistrict transfer requests

  • you would complete this process if you wanted to attend any school other than the one you are assigned to (i.e. you were zoned to attend LES but wanted to attend LCES; you are zoned for LCES but you want to attend TBE) in 20-21
  • You can read more about the draft intra policy here (page 6)
  • it is standing policy that intradistrict requests have to be refiled annually and there is no guarantee that they are approved; they are approved on a space available basis

Important Info by Topic:

  • ONLINE REGISTRATION for NEW STUDENTS: Students coming into Grades TK-12 will be able to register online through the online WPUSD Parent Portal beginning on Mon., 12/9. We will be taking packets for registration (which include your Parent Portal printout, birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency) on Mon., 1/13 in the office - LCES will take all packets for new students who will attend Lincoln Crossing or Leaman Elementary since there is no office at Leaman, yet. TK Families must register for K online even though you might be attending class in the district currently.
  • CURRENT STUDENTS: Students who are currently in grades K-5 at any school in the district will be automatically assigned to their school of residency this spring based on their address (this includes students continuing in elementary and those going to middle school). There may be some options to attend your preferred school (see the IntraDistrict Transfer Requests section below for details).
  • WAIT LISTS: We do not anticipate 'wait lists' at any of our schools for any of our grade levels for students who live in within the school's the past we had issues with space, and that drove the need for waiting lists. We will not have space issues at any of our schools next year - that means everyone gets into their 'home school!' There will not be any need for a 'camp out!'
  • DUAL LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAM / POTENTIAL LOTTERY: There may be a lottery for students to participate in the district's dual language immersion program. The district plans to start this program with only Kinder students. The program will be hosted at Creekside Oaks Elementary only. The need for a lottery will be based on interest generated during registration. There is still uncertainty around if the Dual Language K program will be part day (AM/PM) or extended day, but families will know before they commit to participating after the lottery. Learn more about this program (and all TK/K programs) here.
  • INTRADISTRICT TRANSFER REQUESTS: There will be two intradistrict (intra) transfer request windows:
  1. Intra window #1: applies to students who prefer to stay at COES and for current LCES 4th graders who want to stay at LCES for 5th grade. The district plans to approve those intras. These intras will be due by 4 pm a 1/21/20 at your child's current school office
  2. Intra window #2: applies to all other students - including those siblings of current LCES 4th graders who may prefer to stay at LCES or families who just want to attend a different school. As they always have been, these intras will be considered on a space available basis. This process will happen in March/April (date TBA). The draft policy about intras can be reviewed here (on pg. 6)
2019-20 LCES Performing Arts Calendar Details

Upcoming activities include Veteran's Day "We Honor You" celebration on 11/14, and winter performances for grades 1-5 on Tuesday, 12/10 and Thursday, 12/12. Click for exact dates and times! We look forward to celebrating the season with you!

Colt Pride Fridays!

Every Friday is a Colt Pride day! We love it all - new items, vintage Colt Gear, homemade items, Zebra gear, and blue & yellow! Click for our online spirit wear store - open 24/7/365!

Leadership Ambassadors

Check out this amazing new Leadership Ambassador's webpage - you can find calendar info, Action Team info and information about the LA training curriculum!

Food Service - menus, pricing and more!

Click for more information about school meal pricing and breakfast and lunch menus. You can also access My School Bucks to add to your child's lunch balance and submit an online application for free/reduced meals.

Parking vs. Drop Off/Pick Up Areas

Click to view a map and video that explains how we ask families to help us keep kids safe. Note that it is much less congested between between 7:50-8:00 am and again between 2:50-3 pm. Supervision is provided at 7:55 am and until 3 pm (2 on ER Days).

2019-20 & 2020-21 School Year Calendars

The district has approved and published 2 years of school calendars! Click for details!

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