The first half of the school year has flown by, and who could imagine that winter break quickly approaching? The Lincoln Little Devils have been hard at work and are gearing up for the second round of MAP testing with the assessment window from 11/29-12/15. Teachers will be discussing the new goals with students as they get the opportunity to show everyone what progress they have made thus far. Any student who hits one of his or her goals will receive the green ribbon while students who hit all of their goals will earn the prodigious white “MAP Mega Mind” ribbon. The yellow ribbon is for students who score at or above grade level. We encourage all parents to discuss the importance of doing their best on the tests.
Keeping in mind that everyone’s lives get a little bit busier this time of year, we wanted to communicate some important events and corresponding dates as the 1st semester of school concludes:
· 2nd Grading Period concludes on 12/20.
· Winter Break begins on 12/20 and concludes on 1/3.
· 2nd Qtr. Report Cards go home on 1/8 in the green communication folders.
We continue to extend the invitation to our community members to come to see the great things that are occurring at Lincoln Elementary School. We would love to show off the hard work of our students, teachers and staff. Contact us at 292-7492 if you’d like to come for a visit or if you’re interested in donating your time, talents or treasures to enhance the learning of our little devils. We look forward to hearing from you!
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
What’s on Your Teenager’s Christmas List? Your Time!
One stable adult! The single most common factor for children who develop resilience is having at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult. Josh Shipp was a foster kid who moved from home to home during his teenage years. It wasn’t until he met Rodney, that one caring and consistent adult, that Josh was able to grow into a success story. In his book, The Grown-up’s Guide to Teenage Humans, he outlines specifics that all adults can do to assist teenagers thru their most challenging years.
He specifically addresses issues such as trust, rules, communication, sex, death, eating disorders, anger, sexting, cutting, stress, screen time, pornography, cyberbullies, school issues, and how to deal with bullies. I highly recommend this book for every adult that is raising a teenager or soon will be.
One particular point that Josh makes time and time again is that of time. There is nothing more important to teenagers than our time with them. Here is a startling fact brought out in the book:
Teenagers need and deserve more than 20 minutes of adult time per day! Teenagers will test us. What they don’t talk out…they will act out. Parents who intentionally make their teenager a priority – who focus both their time and their attention on their teen – ALWAYS see a tangible return on that investment.
A great video that puts a lot of this together can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwwFASyQc98 Or search: Josh Shipp, “Every Kid is One Caring Adult Away from Being a Success Story.” Every kid is one caring adult from being a success story. Will you be that caring adult?
Have a wonderful Holiday filled with Joy!
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools