Lincoln Elementary School gives their students a "Devil Dollar" every day for good behavior while at school. At the end of the month all classes get to visit the Devil Dollar Store to purchase anything from trinket size toys, to lip balm, paddle balls and any other goodies you can find at places like the Dollar Tree.
Our hope is that maybe you will think about these kids every time you see a real bargain and pick it up so the Devil Dollar Store will be fully stocked for the remainder of this school year.
Please know some kids save up their money until the end of the year to buy up the bigger stuff like $5 items, but anything you would consider picking up would be greatly appreciated! All donations to the Devil Dollar Store can be dropped off at the Lincoln Elementary office. Thank you in advance for your donations.
The children’s Christmas play at First Baptist Dayton told the story of Jesus’ birth. The kids did a great job, and a wonderful time was had by all to bring in the Christmas season. We thank our children’s director Becky Shanks and her husband Kevin Shanks, our music director, and the kids for all of their work to create this wonderful program. We hope you will join us for worship and Bible study in January at our usual times: Bible study for all ages is offered at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday and our worship service follows at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays.
Submitted by: Gail Myers
Do as we do and as we say
The New Year is upon us! Many of us are working on new year resolutions to become a better person and have better health in 2018. One of those resolutions may be joining the church of your choice, and renewing your faith in God. This can be a very difficult decision for some, as they may choose to worship from home and on their own time. Those that attend church with regularity don’t understand this decision.
Those that attend find such a feeling of warmth from being in God’s home and they enjoy the fellowship of their church families. How could anyone not want to experience this? The answer is simple; many see church goers as Hypocrites! They are disenchanted with church, but calling us Hypocrites? How can this be?
Many church goers are good talkers, they say the right things. Words can sound pretty and paint a beautiful picture. You can’t just say the words. Actions must follow. If you talk the talk, you must walk the walk! The things God asks us to do are not easy: be humble, do good, don’t ask for praise. You must help others to see Christ and not just hear the talk. The Power of Christ is not just in words. We must apply what the words say. In other words, Practice what you Preach!
Remember, someone is always watching you. Set a good example. Don’t let bad days get you down. It’s about the little things we do that matter. Go out into the world and be a doer, not a hypocrite. Walk the walk by letting God’s love show through you in all that you do.
All love and health be to you and your family in the coming year. May you make resolutions that are right for you and that you have the power to carry through.
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
We hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday season, and we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We look forward to this New Year and the many great things that will take place in 2018 for our students of Lincoln Elementary.
The LES staff will continue to be committed in finding ways to enhance our current programs and strategies for our students, while also pushing ourselves to learn and implement new learning opportunities for all of them as well. We welcome our students’ families and our community members to LES to help us implement our district’s mission to Inspire, Engage, and Grow EACH of our students. We invite each of you reading this article to come and be a part of our school’s community. We promise that we will work with you to find a way to involve you in a way that you are comfortable with that will undoubtedly make a difference for our students. Please consider reaching out to us to become involved as a volunteer at Lincoln. We need YOU!
We want to thank everyone that joined us for our annual LES Holiday Program that was held on December 15th. We were so excited that over 400 guests joined our students and staff in the Dayton High School gymnasium for this fun-filled program that highlighted every LES student performing. We also want to thank the generous donors who contributed to our Family Resource Center during the holiday season. Our director, Mrs. Gina Byrd, worked tirelessly to ensure gifts of food, clothes, and toys were distributed to our students, which were only made possible due to your generous donations.
During this past month, our students also worked hard in their commitment to setting and meeting goals. Each student in grades K – 6 took their winter MAP benchmark test with many of them showing great progress. Along with the students’ report cards, the MAP progress reports will also be sent home on Monday, January 8th.
So many of our students also met their Accelerated Reading (AR) goals during this last quarter of school. Our students have already read over 10,033 books during the first semester of school. This is so impressive! The students in grades 2 – 6 will each be setting their AR goal in the first week back to school, so please make sure to inquire with your child(ren) about their 3rd Quarter AR goals.
Please continue to read the Dayton Community News for the amazing happenings ahead in 2018 for our students, families and community. We look forward to working together to build our school strong for EACH of our Little Devils!
Heather Dragan, Principal Tim Chenot, Assistant Principal
Why did it take me so long to find God? So many mistakes may have been avoided; loyalty to friends and loved ones may have been more valued, addictions both physical and mental may have been bypassed, selfishness and pride instead of kindness and love, and money and greed may not have been my route to an endless road.
As I look back and wonder “What if?” I realize that my road has been traveled by so many. And many more will take that same journey. So I realize that my path was to be shared; to let others know it’s never too late to stop your self-destruction and free yourself from it all; that there is one Who can make dramatic changes in your life.
No matter how low you feel or how deep you think you have sunk or how far away from forgiveness you seem to be, there is a way to put it all behind you. As I have shared my story with so many I have found that I am not alone in what God has done for me.
There are many who have similar testimonies as mine and who have found what I have found. That you are never alone! The Lord has always been and will always be right there waiting for you to ask for His guidance and forgiveness. Friends, I know what a lot of people would say, “GOD! Come on, don't give me that”....I know because that was what I used to say so many times.
If someone would have told me 15 years ago that I one day would be writing this letter, I would have told them they were nuts. That is exactly why I am doing this. The changes that I have made were not of my own doing. They were changes I prayed for; changes that I starved for most of my life but seemed impossible. But my prayers were answered. I found out just how much I was loved by yes, "GOD.”
It’s about Jesus, why He came, why He died and why He rose again. For Him, it’s all about us. His hopes were to take all of us home with Him to the Father, the Father of all things, in a place called heaven, described by Jesus as paradise. All you have to do is tell Him you Believe. Ask Him to help you because we all need His help, all of us. It may not come overnight, and although I can’t rule that out, I can promise it will come. Have faith and believe….. "GOD BLESS!”
Submitted by: Rick Frank
Practice the Power of the Pause in 2018
As we enter a new year it is always a good time to set goals to improve and grow. I recommend focusing on this one word for 2018. Pause. The power of the pause is amazing and can play out in many, many, ways.
Sometimes our lives become simply too busy or quite overwhelming and we need to learn to pause for a moment or two and slow down to gain some peace of mind. TEACH the power of pausing to your children by modeling this in action. Talk to them about when you do pause and let them know how it helped.
We often rush about reacting and never truly responding. Mastering “the pause” in your life will allow for you to be more thoughtful and reflective about what you say and do.
Proudly serving as Superintendent of Dayton Independent Schools
Shorter days and cooler weather can leave anyone in a seasonal slump. A lack of Vitamin D mixed with these factors can lead to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This category of depression should be taken seriously and diagnosed by a licensed physician. Symptoms can include weight gain, feeling sad or anxious, sleeping more often but still feeling tired, and having trouble concentrating. For anyone who feels the symptoms of SAD, there are a few home remedies that can help.
Most importantly, take your feelings seriously. If symptoms persist or worsen, talk to your doctor about other possible options.
In recognition of Stan Steidel's service to Dayton High School athletics, not to mention his state-wide accomplishments such as The All "A" Classic, the DHS gym floor will be dedicated as "Stan Steidel Court" this Saturday, January 13 at 7 p.m.
A baseball coach (I missed him by a year), a basketball coach (I was vertically challenged) and a football coach (I had the honor of playing for him), there was so much more to the man than X's and O's, play diagramming or pitching changes. I will always remember Stan for making a couple of rough times in my young life much more tolerable.
In August of 1974, two weeks before the first football game of my junior year, my dad died of a sudden heart attack. Coach Steidel told me to take all of the time I needed before coming back to practice. But after what happened on the day of the funeral, I have held him in the highest regard.
I remember it like it was yesterday. I was standing in a daze in front of St. John's Episcopal Church at Eighth and O'Fallon, waiting to put the most dreaded day of my life behind me. All of the sudden I looked up and saw a sea of green. Walking down the street from the old DHS at Eighth and Walnut was Stan Steidel, leading 2 single file lines of all of my teammates in their game jerseys.
The sight of all of my teammates, many who never attended church or been in one before for that matter, had turned me into a blubbering mess. So Stan walked up to me, gave me a hug and said, "Come on buddy, be strong for your mother." And instantly the tears stopped as I was able to do just that.
A few months later, while playing catcher for the baseball team, Stan was in attendance at Newport Catholic for our district game vs. the Newport Wildcats. During that game, I took a knee to the head during a run-down, and being knocked out I somehow held onto the ball for the last out of the inning. As fate would have it, I was due to lead off the inning. Still seeing stars and not even realizing the pitcher had already come to the plate with the ball, Stan recognized the situation and stopped the game to take me to St. Luke hospital. Three hours later, he drove me home and explained to my mom I had suffered a concussion. Long before concussion protocol existed, Stan knew exactly what to do.
Congratulations, Coach Steidel, on all of your accomplishments as a coach and athletic director. But most of all, I thank you for all of the kind things you have done for many student/athletes over the past 52 years. Your special day is long overdue.
Happy New Year! There are a lot of great NEW things happening in Dayton! Last month, the new playground equipment was installed at our Vine Street Park, on the corner of Third Avenue and Vine Street. In the spring, we will be installing new sidewalks and landscaping. Vine Street Park is going to be a wonderful neighborhood park.
For those interested in the new City Building Project, the top three architect firms vying for the project will be presenting on their qualifications at a special Dayton City Council meeting starting at 6 PM on January 9, 2018, at Dayton Independent Schools Administration building at 200 Clay Street.
At the January Dayton Planning & Zoning meeting, a new 265 unit apartment complex at the Manhattan Habour site was approved. Tapestry at Manhattan Harbour is located on the east side of the development near the marina. This is an exciting project that will bring a lot of new residents to the city.
Another project is the new streetscape for 6th Avenue and the new sidewalks along Dayton Pike. GRW will be presenting the preliminary designs at the Dayton Main Street Meeting on January 30 at 7 PM.
Also, I hope you get to check out the new businesses opening this month along the 6th Avenue. They are: Bucks BBQ at 640 6th Avenue, Divine Waffles & Weks at 624 Sixth Avenue, and Dayton Vintage at 507 Sixth Avenue.
Until next month,
Mayor Virgil Boruske
Dayton Community News