A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Greetings LES families - Conferences are a great time to check in and see how our children are progressing. It's also a great time to make sure everyone is on the same page in regards to each child's needs and how we as a team of adults can support their learning. Here are some helpful tips to make sure we all experience a successful parent teacher conference. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone in a few weeks!
Parent-Teacher Conference Checklists
Before the conference
- Ask your child how she feels about school.
- Ask your child if there is anything that he wants you to talk about with his teacher.
- Tell your child that you and the teacher are meeting to help her.
- Make a list of topics that you want to talk about with the teacher.
- Prepare a list of questions such as:
1. What are my child's strongest and weakest subjects?
2. Does my child hand homework in on time?
3. Does my child participate in class?
4. Does my child seem happy at school?
5. What can I do at home to help?
During the conference
- Be on time (or early) for the meeting.
- End the meeting on time. Other parents will probably have a conference after yours.
- Relax and be yourself.
- Stay calm during the conference.
- Ask the most important questions first.
- If your child receives special services such as English classes, ask about your child's progress in those classes.
- Ask for explanations of anything you don't understand
- Ask your child's teacher for ways that you can help your child at home.
- Thank the teacher.
After the conference
- Talk about the conference with your child.
- Talk about the positive points, and be direct about problems.
- Tell your child about any plans you and the teacher created.
- Keep in touch with the teacher during the school year.
On Saturday, February 22 Parker Elementary hosted the 10th Annual District Chess Tournament for Grades 2-5. With 38 elementary students participating from throughout the district it was a very fun and successful event. Congratulations to all who joined in including LES's own participants, and winner Pryor Deusterman!
GRADE 2-3: From 1st to 4th Place, From Left to Right
Logan Berg - TLES 1st Place
Eli Schulz - PES 2nd Place
Cooper Perry - HES 3rd Place
Alexandra Thom - PES 4th Place
GRADE 4-5: From 1st to 4th Place, From Left to Right
Koen Peterson - PVES 1st Place
Pryor Deusterman - LES 2nd Place
Owen Ostmoe - PES 3rd Place
Jake Lohn - HES 4th Place
PARENT EDUCATION SERIES
March 12, 2020 - Drugs & Alcohol: how to talk to your kids, what you need to know @ Rogers High School 5:30-7:00 PM
The next LPAC Meeting will be held Thursday, March 12th in the media center.
Students in grades 3-5 will be taking MCA tests during the month of April. Please review the specific testing dates for your child HERE.
- Encourage your child to get a good night’s rest.
- See that your child has breakfast and is ready for the day of testing.
- Ensure that your child attends school during this testing period. The participation of ALL our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students is monitored by the state of Minnesota.
- Emphasize the importance of doing their very best on the test.
SAVE THE DATE
SAVE THE DATE! Friday, May 15th will be the Lincoln Fun Run. This is the 2nd of our main fundraisers. Please contact Sara Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be interested in helping plan or volunteer at the Fun Run.
50 degrees and Up - t-shirt, no Jacket required
40-50 degrees - long sleeves, sweat shirt or jacket MANDATORY
40 degrees and below - winter jacket, hat, mittens or gloves MANDATORY
CONFERENCES COMING SOON
Please mark your calendars for spring conferences. Online Conference time scheduling information will be sent to parents March 4th.
- Wednesday, March 25th 5:00-8:00 pm (Students will have school on this day)
- Thursday, March 26th 1:00-8:00 pm (NO SCHOOL)
- Friday, March 27th 9:00 am–3:00 pm (NO SCHOOL)
The book fair will be held in the library during conferences.
We’re in the middle of flu season and we’re also tracking available information about the emerging and quickly spreading coronavirus.
At ISD 728, we follow guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health. The available information about coronavirus suggests a low immediate health risk for the general public and the guidance at this point is to take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu.
Minnesota Department of Health advises people to:
- Stay home when they are sick
- Cover their cough
- Practice good hand washing
We reinforce these practices at school - for our students and staff - and invite you to do the same with students at home. If you have questions, feel free to contact your school health office.
STUDENT COUNCIL NEWS
The next Hats 4 Change event will be this Friday, March 6th. Proceeds will go to CAER.
PAPA MURPHY'S NIGHT
Papa Murphy's Pizza night is the second Wednesday of each month!
On Wednesday, March 11th, mention "Lincoln Elementary School" when you order and our school will receive $3 for every FAMILY size pizza and $2 for every LARGE pizza!
Spring pictures will be Friday, March 13th. Watch for the envelope/information in your child’s upcoming Wednesday folder. Pictures can be ordered online at: mylifetouch.com. Please use Picture Day ID EVTFJ9DD2
We would like to invite Lincoln Elementary fathers and father-figures to sign up to participate in our WATCH D.O.G.S. program again this year. We are encouraging father figures to help during the months of February and March 2020. Please make sure you have a current background check on file at Lincoln. Please click on this link to request a background check. Visit our website to sign up for a Watch D.O.G.S. date.
Feel free to call the Lincoln office at (763)241-3480 with any questions or help scheduling a date.
Lincoln’s annual food drive to raise money and collect food for the CAER Food Shelf in Elk River will be held March 9-13.
- We will be collecting donations of money (cash or check made out to CAER) or non-perishable food items.
- CAER purchases food for our community through Second Harvest and each dollar donated by our students gives CAER $10.00 worth of buying power.
- While CAER appreciates ALL donations, money is the easiest for them to accept and for our Lincoln community to transport.
Donations can be brought to school. Each classroom will compete with other classes to see who donates the most money and food. Each ONE DOLLAR of monetary donation is counted as TEN POUNDS food!
This food shelf provides food and resources for our own area’s residents. We want to instill the value of helping others in our students and to contribute positively to our local community. Each year we are amazed by the generosity of Lincoln’s families and proud to help our community!
In the coming weeks, the staff at Lincoln will begin the process of planning for next year. Tremendous time and effort are given to designing well-balanced learning groups. Parents and/or students who wish to have input in this process should do so by completing a CLASSROOM PLACEMENT FORM online. Forms completed by Friday, March 13th will be used in the placement process. During this process, we need to consider the following factors:
- Learning style(s) of student
- Specific behavioral needs
- Balance of achievement levels
- Student-to-student relationships
- Balance of boys and girls in each class
- Balanced class sizes
- Parental input based on specific educational needs
-Other factors as identified
Since student placement is determined by the above criteria, we ask that you not request a particular teacher for your child. Be assured that the Lincoln staff will review each child's individual needs and carefully select a learning group for your child. Well-balanced learning groups are in the best interest of all children. We look forward to continuing to provide a quality educational experience for your child and working with you to meet this goal.
Because students move both in and out of Lincoln during the summer, class lists will not be finalized or posted until our open house in the fall.