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
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Light up Dayton kicked off our holiday celebrations last weekend. I want to thank the Dayton Civic Club for putting on this annual event. The old YMCA building looked great! Everyone seemed to have a wonderful time, and I’m sure all the children enjoyed seeing Santa and receiving toys.
The lights and decoration around the Monument and Town Center look amazing, and I also want to thank everyone who decorated the planters throughout the city. I hope you have also noticed the new Snow Flake lights on the poles along Sixth Ave.
There’s a lot of thing happening along 6th Avenue. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Dayton Holiday Market at the Raimey Building (635 Sixth Ave.) it will be open Fridays (4 PM – 8 PM), Saturdays (Noon – 8 PM), and Sundays (Noon – 5 PM) through December 23.
Four new businesses are preparing to open along Sixth Ave. The Vintage Outlet at 507 Sixth Avenue will be offering a selection of vintage clothing, focusing on cashmere and specialty wool sweaters, and leather and fur coats. Buck BBQ will be opening their second location in Dayton at 640 Sixth Avenue in January. The former Christofield’s (Dayton Chili) will be opening as a diner serving breakfast and lunch, in January. And, Bridewell Stone will be opening a retail location at the Raimey Building at 535 Sixth Avenue. Our efforts to revitalize our central business district with our CCAP program are really starting to pay off!
An update on the progress for the new City Building on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Berry. Last month, we put out a Request for Qualifications for architectural firms. We had nine firms submit RFQ and we will be reviewing them at a council meeting later this month.
The City of Dayton has had a great year, and next year looks like will be even better! Lastly, I, council and the city staff would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Mayor Virgil Boruske
“Are You Ready?”
Are you ready for the second coming of Jesus? If He returned today are you ready? We are told that He is coming again. No one has any idea when, it could be in one minute, in one hour, today or sometime this year or next. No one knows when the time will be. Many wise men have predicted a date for the coming, but none of us can really know when the time will come.
If He returned tomorrow, would you be on the naughty or nice list? Would you be in line for entry into an eternal life shared in the company of our Maker or would you be in line pleading your case? Many may ask how do you prepare for such an event. The answer is to live everyday like it is Christmas Eve! Think of the anticipation we have as Christmas is approaching, the excitement, the happiness, reminding children, “You had better be good.” We are all a little happier, kinder, more loving to our neighbors, checking on each other and buying gifts for all our loved ones. We are so excited to watch the joy on the faces of those opening gifts. All this happiness tied up in one month of the year. What do we do the rest of the year?
We celebrate Christmas Day because it is deemed the birth of Jesus Christ, His first coming to Earth. We need to celebrate each other like everyday is Christmas. Show love, kindness, and caring everyday of the year to your neighbor, family, co-workers, and enemies. Then and only then will you be ready for the day that He returns. It is easy to get caught up in the stressors of life, but when judgement day comes which line will you be standing in?
All honor, glory, and praise be to God, now and forever more! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very happy New Year to all of the members of our Dayton Community!
Submitted by: Melody Dilts
Throughout the month of December, we will be celebrating the joyous season of Christmas and the birth of our Savior, and it would be our honor and privilege for you to join us. Here’s an outline of the themes of Christmas messages:
Sunday, December 3, 10:45 a.m.: Christmas is Light
Sunday, December 10, 10:45 a.m.: Christmas is Peace
Sunday, December 17, 10:45 a.m.: Christmas is Joy
Sunday, December 24, 10:15 a.m. (note earlier time): Christmas is Music
Children’s Christmas play
On Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 6:30 p.m., please join TeamKID for a Christmas play. There’s nothing to get you into the Christmas spirit and the true meaning of Christmas than children telling the story of Jesus’ birth. We guarantee you will be blessed when you see it.
Change in Sunday School and Service times: Sunday, December 24
Because many families have their Christmas celebrations on Christmas Eve, we want to give you some extra time to celebrate with your family, so we’ve shortened our Sunday morning Bible study and worship time for December 24 only: Sunday School – 9:30 to 10 a.m. Worship Service – 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.
Another successful year for Operation Christmas Child
First Baptist Dayton prayed over, packed and shipped 154 shoeboxes full of gifts for children around the world as part of Operation Christmas Child this year. This amazing accomplishment was made possible by the many members who donated, shopped, wrapped and prayed for success. Thanks to everyone!
This year, a STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) was formed at Lincoln with Mr. Hicks and Mrs. Cami Young as the club sponsors. Students in grades 3rd through 6th were invited to join. Thirteen students decided STLP would be a club for them. They meet after school to use technology to create projects that fit into one of the following three categories: instructional, service, or technical.
These students were given the task of creating videos for the numerous locations of school for the PBIS implementation. A group of the students produced a video to enter the Regional STLP Showcase at NKU. They gained some great experience and gathered ideas from this fieldtrip. We cannot wait to see their future products!
Submitted by: Cami Young
The NKY Chapter of Kentucky Public Retirees will hold their monthly meeting on Monday January 8, 2017 at Golden Coral 388 Orphanage Road Ft. Wright, KY. Meeting will begin at 11:45 a.m. with social time, lunch and guest speaker. Around 12:30 p.m. the chapter will have a short business meeting discussing the role of KPR in the legislative session starting January 2018. A discussion will be held about working with coalition during the legislative session and possible rally in Frankfort.
State, local, county employees and state police retirees receiving a pension from CERS, KERS, and STATE POLICE along with their spouses are eligible to be members. Dues are $15 a year per individual. Membership is free first year from month of joining to the end of year December 2018. Current employees who are in the three pension plans along with significant others are welcome to attend meetings.
KPR has a quarterly newsletter "The Kernel" with update on pension issues. The organization has a Facebook page and website. The NKY chapter has their own Facebook page under The NKY Chapter of Kentucky Public Retires with latest pension news. Any questions can be addressed to Ralph Wolf NKY Chapter membership chair 859 341- 0031 and NKY Chapter President Asom Ponananta 859 512 5713.
Submitted by: Melissa Artopoeus
Each season brings a different set of challenges for which we must prepare our homes. Summer and spring bring pests and heat, but fall and the winter season that inevitably follows – may require the most home-related preparation of all. There are many things you can do to ensure your home and its residents are safe, and that you don’t waste money by ignoring potential hazardous damage and pesky cracks in window and door seals. But homeowners preparing their houses for fall and winter must not ignore yard-related tasks either.
The Home Should Come First
Before you get to the yard, make sure that your home is ready for the fall season. Travelers Insurance put together a list of fall home preparations for all homeowners in temperate climates, with some being must-dos and others being only for the most ambitious of preppers.
Some must-do tasks include cleaning gutters and downspouts. This will prevent the accumulation of debris that could eventually clog the gutters and result in costly, potentially permanent damage that could even require replacing an entire gutter system. You will also need to make sure that your heating system is functioning properly before the cold weather sets in.
Also, take the time to insulate and/or apply antifreeze to exterior pipes which are prone to freeze. It is also critical that a homeowner makes sure that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning before wintertime comes. With these tasks taken care of, they can move on to preparing their yard for the cold season.
Pre-Fall Yard and Garden Prep
The Family Handyman is a useful source for all things home-related, and it offers some valuable insight on how to prepare the exterior of your home – particularly your yard and garden – for fall and winter. One important tip is to mow your lawn to a height of 1 ½ or 2 inches. This will prevent the prevalence of a phenomenon called ‘snow mold’. It will also prevent longer strands of grass from bending over under the weight of leaves and snow, smothering new blades hoping to arise from the soil.
House Logic recommends fall mulching, as it is even more valuable than mulching in the spring. Applying a new layer of mulch in the fall serves a couple of purposes. First, it protects grass and plant roots from the frost that will certainly come in the winter time. Secondly, it allows plants to retain much-needed moisture during winter, when the landscape tends to be dryer.
You should pay special attention to your garden as fall approaches. Better Homes and Gardens’ fall garden checklist points out that many seeds can be planted that will result in beautiful, fall-blooming flowers. They also recommend clearing debris, de-weeding, and giving plenty of water to the plants and other organisms that reside in your garden.
Sunset’s fall gardening tips include employing compost to make the soil as rich as possible, soaking plants with water in preceding months, and understanding that smaller is smart when planting pre-fall plants. Your garden will need more tending to in the waning weeks and months of summer, so be prepared to put in the work.
The fall and winter months can wreak havoc on your home. In order to give your lawn, plants, and other forms of life a chance at survival through the frigid winter, follow the steps outlined here. Do your own research too, finding out all that you can in order to give your home and property a shot at emerging as unchanged as possible once the snow melts and the warm sun comes back out.
Submitted by: Clara Beaufort
Dayton Community News