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September 2018

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Back To School Night

The 2018-19 school year is nearly upon us! We know it will be great! Families can plan to visit the classroom, meet the teacher, and bring supplies on the evening of Thursday, August 30. at the open house style event from 5:00-6:30 pm.

Parents and students will engage in Personalized Learning (PL) components already this first evening. Classroom redesign with alternative seating and designated zones for specific learning styles will be clearly visible in our classrooms. Visitors this evening will feel comfortable as they participate in a common PL “Must Do / May Do” activity to meet the objectives of the event.


First Day of School

The first day of school is Tuesday, September 4*. Students should arrive no earlier than 8:05 am and will wait outside at specific doors all around the perimeter of the school with their classmates, entering at the 8:15 bell. Our kindergarten parents are invited to a special welcome the first morning. All other parents (and kindergarten parents after the first day) will be expected to say their good-byes outside the door each day. School dismisses at 3:08 pm.

On this first day, students interact with the Personalized Learning feature, developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for specific areas in the classroom and places frequented throughout the school. They will begin to feel empowered by the “voice and choice” provided them, as students in the Personalized Learning structure at Lincoln.


Staggered Start

There is a staggered start for our students in kindergarten and those with Intellectual Disabilities (I.D.) program. Half the students are assigned to attend Tuesday 9/4 and the other half Wednesday 9/5. These students come for a full day on their assigned day. If you are unsure of the assigned staggered start day of your kindergarten student or your student with ID, please contact the office at wnelson@janesville.k12.wi.us or 608-743-6700.


10 Things You Need To Know

Need more information? It’s probably on our website in Lincoln’s 10 Things You Need to Know. Also, feel even more engaged in your child’s school by checking out our district wide Elementary Parent Handbook.


Lincoln Clothing Closet

We would like to invite you to the Lincoln Closet! The Closet is a resource for Lincoln families to add to a child’s wardrobe free of charge. Clothing and shoes are new or gently used, and come in a variety of children’s sizes.

 If you are interested in visiting the Lincoln Closet, complete the Visit Request Form. If you prefer to print a paper version, use the Paper Version Visit Request Form. You many also use these request forms to schedule a visit later in the year, or contact the office or Elyse Dean edean@janesville.k12.wi.us or at (608) 743-6761. Visits are held as private, one family events.


School Hours

Adult supervision is provided on school grounds from 8:05 a.m. until the first bell rings at 8:15 a.m. Students should not be arriving at school earlier than 8:05 a.m. unless they are participating in a special activity (i.e. Safety Patrol, Choir, Student Council, etc.) Also, please note, students will not be allowed in the building during inclement weather until 8:05 a.m.

For the purpose of safety, we are emphasizing the expectation this year that parents say goodbye to their children outside at the car or outside the exterior door. By doing this, you are helping to develop your child's independence as a learner. Of course if you have any specific school business, after you drop your child at the outside door, you can use Door 2 to check in at the office.

Students should leave school and playground when dismissed at 3:08 p.m. or go immediately to after school activities.

8:05 AM Student Drop Off
8:15 AM Students Enter
8:20 AM School Day Begins
10:00 AM Recess for Grades K-3
1:30 PM Recess for Grades 4-5
3:08 PM Students Dismissed

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

You can access much information on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, such as your child’s attendance and grades. You can keep your contact information current, update your emergency contacts, and pay fees. Here’s instructions to a few specific tasks. Click links at right

Managing Family Member Information

Managing Preferences  

Managing Payment Information

Making an Online Payment


Stay Connected

There are several ways for you to stay connected with Lincoln events.

1. Visit the Lincoln website for current events, staff contact info, calendar, newsletter and much information. Our page is part of the School District of Janesville website which all even more valuable information.

2. View the Lincoln calendar on the website. Events are added as soon as we schedule them, so you can plan ahead. You can even add this Google calendar to your own set of calendars and set reminders for yourself.

3. Share your email address and phone number(s) with us and set your preferences through Infinite Campus to receive general notifications via email and phone. Lincoln staff as well as district level staff send periodic messages regarding featured events and opportunities.

4. Like us on Facebook. We often send out reminders of events and share photos and highlights of activities at school.


Lunch Schedule

This year we gave priority to our scheduling needs during the instructional day and got a little creative with our lunch schedules. Thus, lunch times are scheduled by individual classroom, not necessarily by the whole grade level. Students will have a 15-minute lunch immediately followed by a 15-minute recess.

11:45 am Eckels (3rd) Arnold (5th)    
12:00 pm Radtke (3rd) Bynum (4th) Palumbo (5th)  
12:15 pm Hendrickson (2nd) Slowiak (2nd) Hoag (4th) Healey (4th)
12:30 pm Graves (Kdg) Johnson (1st) Jewell (1st)  
12:45 pm Dean (1st) Trace (1st) Nass (Kdg)  

Riding Bicycles

Riding bikes is a fun way to get to school and get exercise at the same time. Please send a lock with your child to secure the bicycle to the racks provided. Students must walk bikes on school grounds to keep everyone safe.


Box Tops For Education

You can clip Box Tops for Education from various household and food products then submit them to Lincoln. We receive ten cents for every label we send in. This will raise a lot of money for our students, so please join in this valuable fundraiser and tell your family and friends!


PBIS Kickoff

 Lincoln students will participate in our annual Kickoff for Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) in early September. Students will discuss and explicitly learn appropriate behaviors for each key location around the school. Our youngest learners will travel to each of these specific locations as they participate in this event.


Telephone Messages

Thank you, parents, for the wonderful job you do in communicating with your child regarding after school plans. We realize that emergencies, or simple change of plans happen. If you need to call the office to leave a message for your child, please call the office prior to 2:30 p.m. After that time, it becomes increasingly difficult to locate the class to give messages.


Lincoln Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

You can get actively involved in your child’s school by becoming a member of the PTA. You are not obligated to volunteer, although there are plenty of opportunities to help out if you’d like. You will never be called to volunteer unless you sign up to help. Lincoln Parent Teacher Association sponsors many school events: *Fall Carnival *Holiday Fair *Ice Cream Social *Book Fairs *Fifth Grade Party *Family Fun Nights. We also provide funding to create opportunities for all Lincoln students. We assist with Teacher Appreciation week, Yearbooks, School pictures, Spirit wear, and field trip money to EVERY student! Please help us make this a great year for our children! We invite you to make a wonderful difference in our school. Join PTA! Regular PTA meetings are generally the 3rd Monday of the month unless it conflicts with an event. They are held at 4:30 p.m. in the Lincoln LMC. Everyone is encouraged to attend whether they are members of the PTA or not. The first meeting is September 17.

President Jessica Hable  (608) 314-5583
1st Vice President Vacant  
2nd Vice President Vacant  
Secretary Terra Helmer (608) 359-6406
Treasurer: Amanda Bailey (608) 931-5424

 

October 2018

Lincoln Link October 2018

From the Principal

Welcome back to another school year. While school has officially started, we know learning was happening all summer long. Learning isn’t isolated to the days and hours students are at school and we want to make sure we provide our students with the tools to make the most of every opportunity. Here at Lincoln Elementary we are focused on our students establishing the skills to make sense of the information they come across on a daily basis, be able to work with others, to be able to learn, unlearn, and relearn as they face an ever changing world of technology. We are also committed to help each learner gain the skills to be a productive and contributing members in society as they move on from the K-12 school setting. I know it is hard to think about our 5 year old new kindergarteners graduating from high school but it seems to happen in the blink of an eye. We know that we must start from day 1 to provide the best opportunities for our learners to be able to lay the strong foundation of the skills it takes to be lifelong learners. That is why I am looking forward to this new and exciting school year at  Lincoln Elementary School... Where Greatness Begins!


STEM Lab

Students enjoy time in the “STEM” lab where they explore Science, Technology , Engineering , Mathematics. All grades visit the STEM Lab regularly.


School Hours

Adult supervision is provided on school grounds from 8:05 a.m. until the first bell rings at 8:15 a.m. Students should not be arriving at school earlier than 8:05 a.m. unless they are participating in a special activity (i.e. Safety Patrol, Choir, Student Council, etc.) Also, please note, students will not be allowed inside during inclement weather until 8:05 a.m. For the purpose of safety, we are emphasizing the expectation this year that parents say goodbye to their children outside at the car or outside the exterior door. By doing this, you are helping to develop your child's independence as a learner. Of course if you have any specific school business, after you drop your child at the outside door, you can use Door 2 to check in at the office. Students should leave school and playground when dismissed at 3:08 p.m. or go immediately to after school activities.

8:05 Student drop-off

8:15 Students enter (upon bell)

8:20 School day begins & Breakfast in Classroom

10:00 Recess for Grades K-3

1:30 Recess for Grades 4-5

3:08 Students dismissed

3:15 Supervision ends


Parking Lot

The parking lot is not intended for student drop-off. Please only use the parking lot if you have business inside the school during the day with the office or with a specific staff member. It is not to be used for dropping off or picking up your students. We are working with the Janesville Police Department regarding our parking issues, and they will issue citations to those using our parking lot incorrectly. Thanks for helping us keep all students safe! For student pickup and drop-off use the “Stop, Drop, And Go” designated areas.

Lunch Hour
11:45 Eckels (3rd) Arnold (5th) Palumbo (5th)
12:00 Radtke (3rd) Mau (3rd) Carlson (4th)
12:15 Hendrickson (2nd) Slowiak (2nd) Hoag (4th) Healey (4th)
12:30 Graves (Kdg) Johnson (1st) Jewell (1st)
12:45 Dean (1st) Trace (Kdg) Nass (Kdg)

You are welcome to join a student for lunch any day. All parents and guests are expected to sign in at the office.


Attendance

School attendance is important. The State of Wisconsin allows parents to excuse their student from school up to ten days. If your student has missed school because of a medical, dental, therapy, or counseling appointment of any type, please bring documentation from the appointment as these appointments do not count against student attendance.


Tyson Product Codes

The Tyston A+ program is a simple way to support our school. Just clip and collect Tyson Project A+ labels from Tyson packages. For every label you submit, Tyson will give our school 24¢ —and our school can use the money for whatever it needs. Click the link!


Parent Teacher Conferences

We encourage every family to attend Parent Teacher conferences October 24-25 to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss the progress your child is making in the classroom. October 24 during the day staff will have Professional Development. Then conferences are W e d n e s d a y evening and all day Thursday. The Lincoln PTA hosts a Scholastic Book Fair during conferences to provide us with hundreds of children’s books to sell at school. Students and parents are invited to visit the book fair during conferences to browse and make book purchases. Take advantage of this opportunity to help your children choose good books while helping our PTA. Profits from the book fair help our PTA support our students and classrooms

Parent Teacher Conference Schedule
Wednesday, Oct 24th No School For Students
7:45 am—4:00 pm Teacher Development
4:00 pm—8:00 pm Conferences
Thursday, Oct 25th No School for students
8:00 am—7:00 pm Conferences
Friday, Oct 26th No School for Students & Staff

Dash and Dot Robots

“Meet Dash and Dot, fun, easy-touse, interactive robots that teach kids about programming with hands-on play.“ Learn more from this introductory video. about how our students learn coding.


Lego Robotics Team

Teachers at Lincoln nominated specific students to be a part of our Lincoln Robotics Team. This team requires interest in Lego and coding, the ability to work with a team, and the commitment to after school practices. This year, the Lego challenge theme is “Into Orbit.” More information can be found at firstlegoleague.org. Click “Challenge” at the top of the page. Watch for great updates from this year’s Lincoln Robotics team: Miles, Landon, Adria, Jamie, and Jaxyn.


Lincoln Apparel Online Store

You can find our mountain logo at our Lincoln Spirit wear Online Store. The online store has many items so check it out at the link below. All sales, shipping, and questions should be addressed straight to Queensboro. Start saving at our Online Store now as they offer frequent discounted deals. Click the link to our Lincoln Online Apparel Store to shop. Also, the Lincoln PTA will be offering a spirit wear offer later this fall through Soccer Direct.


Student Access to Technology

Check out these resources! All staff and students grades K-12 have access to several online tools to assist with student learning and data collection. Snap and Read will read text to students, ( in over 90 different languages) plus provide older students with note taking tools and citation tools. Quizbot is a teacher tool that uses Google Forms to create, send, and grade quizzes. Quizbot takes any website, or Google Doc and auto creates a quiz. CoWriter assist students who have difficulties with spelling, plus it assists students learning what vocabulary should go with a topic. Word Bank auto creates a word bank from any article of website assisting students with understanding new vocabulary, and pointing out key vocabulary. UPAR, assists teachers by providing data about a student’s ability to read text independently and or do they comprehend text better if it is read to them by a human or computer. If you have any questions, please contact your building Assistive Technology representative.


PTA’s Fall Bash

Mark your calendars now for a fun evening for the whole family. The Lincoln PTA hosts Fall Bash on November 1st from 5:00-7:00 pm. Music, Dance Party, Costume Contest, Photo Booth, Raffle Baskets, Concession Stand, Kona Ice and more! Check out the flyer, mark your calendar, and plan now to attend November 1st!


Like Us On Facebook

Like our Facebook page to be reminded of special activities and opportunities to be involved at Lincoln. Throughout the year we will be posting specific ways we intentionally choose to empower students.


Scoopie Nights

Mark your calendar now for the four times this year Lincoln PTA hosts a Scoopie Night at Court Street Culvers. We receive 10%of all sales between 4-8pm the first Scoopie nights and a grand 20% of all sales on the final May night.

Tuesday, 10/9

Tuesday, 12/11

Tuesday, 2/12

Tuesday, 5/14


Kwik Trip Card Sales—For Bags of Hope

The School District of Janesville provides between 350-500 families and seniors with food supplies this winter. To get this done we need to raise about $40,000. Our first fundraiser of the year is an easy one. Kwik Trip pays! But they only pay if we buy gift cards. Kwik Trip will donate 10% of all gift cards purchased back to the District for the Bags of Hope fundraiser. Any amount that you purchase you get back so you will not be losing any money.

You can buy cards in increments of $10, 20, 25, 50 and 100. Cards can be used at the pump or in the stores. At Lincoln, we would love to invite parents and others in our Lincoln community to participate. Please print and submit the Kwik Trip Order Form with correct payment (cash or check) to the Lincoln office by the due date of the sales in the next months. The deadlines for the ordering and payment of the Kwik Trip card sales will be Thursday, October 11 and Thursday, November 15. Thanks to those purchasing over $1100 in cards during Sept. Like us on Facebook