Hello Lincoln Families,
Well, it is time to bid farewell to February and welcome March. I'm looking forward to warmer days and outdoor recess!
I'm always surprised to hear students cheering when the announcement that we are having indoor recess is made. Our indoor recess plan provides students with choice. Some students gravitate to the New Gym for physical games while others enjoy playing board games or doing artwork in the Library. We also have a group of children that look forward to a movie or time to just sit and talk with friends. I am so grateful to our lunch and recess supervisors for providing the structure that makes our lunch and recess time enjoyable for our students.
We are moving into a busy season here at school. Take a look at the information shared below. As always, please feel free to give me a call or send an email if you have any questions.
PARCC Test- Just Around the Corner
Our students in grades 3-5 will be taking the PARCC test in March. As a heads up to you, here are the testing dates:
- Tuesday, March 10th - Math
- Wednesday, March 11th - Math
- Tuesday, March 17th - English Language Arts
- Wednesday, March 18th - English Language Arts
- Tuesday, March 24th - English Language Arts
Our students will be testing in the morning with their homeroom teachers. The schedule on these days will be altered so that the time students spend in Literacy, STEAM, and Specials is balanced over the week.
PARCC Test Q and A's
Several of you attended the PARCC Parent Night held earlier this month. For those of you that were unable to attend here are a few questions that came up:
- Why are we testing college and career readiness when our students are only in elementary school?
The PARCC test measures grade level standards. For example, 3rd grade students are tested on 3rd grade standards, 4th on 4th, 5th on 5th and so on. If students learn what they need to learn each year, by the time they get to their senior year they will be ready for whatever they aspire to do. They will have the required skills to go to college, trade school, or enter the workforce. Much of the confusion stems from the test name Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Students will not be asked to respond to questions about college or careers.
- How long are these tests? I've heard students will be spending hours testing.
There are 5 different tests that will be given in March. Below is a table that shows the time allotted for each test. We will be administrating one test per day.
Note: PBA stands for Performance Based Assessment and ELA stands for English Language Arts.
PTA Safety Fair - March 7th at Hadley Junior High
The District 41 PTA Council is working with several local organizations to present a morning of safety instruction and fun for you and your family. The event will include a vendor fair with interactive activities, an informal coffee and conversation with Deputy Police Chief Bill Homer, and breakout sessions on "Adolescent Survival" and "Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussions and Spinal Injuries." Hope you are able to join us!
Yuck, Ish, Oh No !
We are having problems with "dog poop" in our playground and fields. While our recess supervisors scan the play area each day for droppings they may understandably miss a pile here or there. Unfortunately, a student may end up finding it as the run through the fields.
Please help prevent this by reminding friends and neighbors that dogs are not allowed on school grounds. Thanks!
1st Day Exclusion
Starting next year, District 41 will be implementing a change in the physical and immunization policy. This will assist the schools in ensuring that our students are protected against communicable disease and that they are healthy and fit for participation in physical education and recess.
In order to accomplish this goal, Glen Ellyn District #41 will be initiating first day exclusion. Incoming Pre-K, Kindergarten and 6th Grade students must be compliant with their physical examination and immunization requirements prior to the first day of school. Children who do not have the necessary paperwork will not be permitted to attend school.
Completed physicals done any time after September 1, 2014 are acceptable. Please submit the completed physical to your child's school office as soon as possible. Please make an appointment early for the physical, therefore avoiding exclusion on the first day of school. Incoming Pre-K, Kindergarten and 6th grade students will be receiving more information and registration packets that will include a physical form. If you have any questions, please contact your school nurse. Thank you for your cooperation with this new policy.
2015-16 School Registration - Please Do it Today
Believe it or not it's that time of the year again! On line registration is open until Friday, March 20th. Please take a few moments to update your information and register your children today via Skyward Family Access.We will soon be creating the building schedule for next year. Having a clear picture of the number of students at a level is extremely important as we begin this work. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Have you had a chance to respond to the State of Illinois survey regarding Lincoln School? In order to receive data results, we will need at least 20% of our parent population to respond. Currently we have a 12% parent response rate. Please consider taking this survey today. Your feedback will be helpful to us as we set goals for next year. Click here and select the appropriate survey to begin. Thank you in advance for taking this survey.
Remember the old saying "March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb" or "...in like a lamb and out like a lion"? Well I'm hoping in comes in like a lamb and stays that way for 31 days!
Have a great weekend :)