February 08, 2016
February 9: Family Learning Meeting, 5:30-7:30pm
February 10: 4th & 5th Grade Chorus Field Trip
February 13: LPS Spelling Bee
February 15: Elementary Schools NOT in Attendance
February 16: Parent/Teacher Conferences, Book Fair and New-To-You Clothing Exchange, 4:00-7:00pm
February 17: 4th Grade Young People’s Concert-Lied Center
February 22: Parent/Teacher Conferences, Book Fair and New-To-You Clothing Exchange, 4:00-7:00pm
February 23: PLC Day, Students Dismiss at 2:18pm, No School for Early Childhood Students
PTO Meeting and Family Learning Meeting, 5:30-7:30pm
February 25: Spring Pictures and Class Picture
Family Science Night and Science Fair, 5:30-7:00pm
Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on February 16th and February 22nd. Letters have been sent home with information about the date and time of your child’s Parent/Teacher conference. Please return the bottom portion of the letter to school confirming you are able to attend the conference. Our goal is to have 100% participation as we know that any opportunity for parents and teachers to exchange information about a child can help lead to greater success!
If you will not be able to attend at that time, please contact your child’s teacher to reschedule.
We are having another book fair this year! Our local Lincoln bookstore, Indigo Bridge Books, will be hosting our fair. They will be selling books in the library from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm during parent
teacher conferences on Tuesday, February 16th and Monday, February 22nd. The book fair gives you and your children the opportunity to buy carefully selected, quality books at affordable prices, and all proceeds benefit the West Lincoln Library. This will be a great event for everyone. We invite you all to attend and look forward to seeing you in the library during parent teacher conferences!
A Note from the Health Office
If you received a Dental referral letter earlier this school year stating your child was in need of Dental care, please send a note to the health office stating when the appointment was, and the outcome of the referral.
Important PTO Meeting…February 23 @5:30pm
There are several topics that we will be discussing at our next PTO meeting. We are combining three meetings into one. As many of you know, we will be adding additional classrooms to WL and also renovating much of the building over the next year and a half. I will be sharing the latest on these plans and some ideas about how we will continue to have school during the renovation period.
Annually I present to families, our plans for supporting students at West Lincoln and get feedback from families for our Title I School Improvement plan. Our teachers do outstanding work and I love sharing the work that they do.
We hope that you will be able to attend this meeting.
If you just moved to the area, please call to let us know if you have a child that will be in Kindergarten next year. Also, if you have any new neighbors, please have them call the office at (402)436-1168, option 4.
All of LPS will be having registration for Kindergarten on March 17th from 8:00-6:00 and March 18th from 8:00-4:30. If you are unable to make it during these times, you may register after that date, but please do so as soon as possible.
Early Kindergarten Entrance–The Nebraska Legislature has changed the law governing when children begin Kindergarten in public schools. Students may enter Kindergarten if they turn five years old on or before July 31, a date that was previously October 15. However, if your child was born between August 1 and October 15, he or she is eligible to participate in an assessment conducted by Lincoln Public Schools to determine possible early entrance to Kindergarten. If you are interested in the early entry assessment, please come to West Lincoln and fill out an application and we will schedule an appointment for your child to be tested. You must present your child’s certified birth certificate at that time. Please call the school if you have any questions.
Scott Schwartz, Principal
November 09, 2015
November 10: Family Learning Meeting, 5:30-7:30pm
November 12: 3rd Grade Morrill Hall Field Trip, Ms. Barnett and Ms. Dawson’s Class
November 13: 3rd & 5th Grade Morrill Hall Field Trip, Mr. Fralick and Ms. Brindisi’s Class
Family Fun Night, 5:30-8:00pm
November 14: Bubba’s Closet, 8:00-10:00am at Lincoln High
November 16: 5th Grade Morrill Hall Field Trip, Ms. Stewart & Ms. Teachout’s Class
November 17: PTO & Family Learning Meeting, 5:30-7:30pm
November 24: PLC Day, Students Dismiss at 2:18 pm, No School for Early Childhood Students
November 25-27: Schools Not in Session
November 30: No School for Elementary Students
Family Fun Night
It’s time for our Annual Family Fun Night! Please join us from 5:30-8:00pm. There will be carnival games, pizza, pop, nachos, snow cones and cotton candy. And…TWO bounce houses. Advance ticket order forms are in your student’s Monday folder. Advance tickets are 5 for $1.00. Tickets the day of the even are 4 for $1.00. Volunteers are needed and appreciated! To volunteer please contact Cindy Sherwood, PTO President, at 402-430-3613.
2015 All-State Children’s Chorus This year, approximately 310 students were selected to participate in the All-State Children’s Chorus, which is sponsored by the Nebraska Music Educators Association. Ms. Judy Welch, Children’s Chorus Coordinator for the Nebraska Music Educators Association, is pleased to announce that Artyem Konovalchuk, Ezrayah Labart, Haylee Lind, Giovanni Martinez and Kueth Yiel will be among the 310 students selected to be a part of the 2015 All-State Children’s Chorus. Guest conductor for the group will be Sally Albrecht, a composer, conductor, and clinician from Raleigh, NC. The chorus will rehearse Thursday, November 19th on the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus, the host site of the 2015 NMEA Conference/Clinic. A final public concert will be held Thursday, November 19th, 4:00 p.m. at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus.
When your child(ren) will be absent for any reason the absence must be reported to the office. You can report the absence by calling (402)436-1168, option 1. If it is before or after school hours you may leave a message on the answering machine. Additionally, please remember to report any changes in phone number or address changes. It is imperative that the main office and the health office always have current contact information.
Hard to believe it is almost the middle of November. The weather has been unpredictable. It appears that the cool weather is finally upon us. Please be sure to send appropriate outerwear to school each day with your child. We go outside for recess every day, weather permitting, and it is uncomfortable for the children if they aren’t dressed for the weather.
LPS’s Bubba’s Closet November. 14: New place, new coats
The annual Lincoln Public Schools coat giveaway for our community’s children-is scheduled for 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov.14 at Lincoln High School, 2229 J St.
This event is sponsored by LPS elementary principals and this year the Foundation for LPS was awarded a $36,000 grant from Walmart to purchase brand new coats. These new coats will be distributed to children who attend the event with an adult. At the Nov. 14 event, families may choose appropriate items of clothing to adopt and use – for free. There are no income requirements. The only requirement is that children attend to receive a new coat. If children are unable to attend, the donated used items are available for families to select. Please drop off your donated winter clothes at Hanger’s Cleaners located at: 2525 Pine Lake Road, 2655 S. 70th St., 1550 Coddington, or 2101 G St. All clothes will be cleaned by Hanger’s at no charge, and sorted by LPS elementary principals.
Scott Schwartz, Principal
Dear West Lincoln Families,
Welcome back to another school year at West Lincoln. It has been great to see many families in the school this summer for our library program. I really miss having the staff and students around during the summer and this has helped with that.
We try to communicate with families in a simple manner. The Wildcat News is sent home every two weeks in Monday folders and it is posted on the website. (http://wp.lps.org/westlincoln/). Our family handbooks will be sent home that has another calendar and other school information. Most of our communication is written in English. If you have questions, there will be a phone number at the bottom of all communications for you to contact a bilingual liaison to assist you.
As always there are staff changes at West Lincoln. I announced many of them at the end of the year. Here are the additions and changes for this year.
Leesie Balagna is moving from Kindergarten to 1st Grade
Susie Stewart will be our new 5th Grade Teacher
Joanna Piliero is moving to 3rd to 4th Grade.
Tate Mlady will be our new Computer Science teacher.
Nicole Erwin will be a new English Language Learner teacher.
Loree Kirilloff will be our School Nurse.
Gary Jungck will be our Instrumental Music instructor.
New for Elementary Schools
LPS Synergy Parent VUE/Student VUE is a website that offers secure, private access to school and student information. This would include attendance, the school calendar, and teacher contact details. To create an account, parents need an activation key provided by LPS. In the future, more information will become available for parents of elementary students. Parents were given this information with report cards in the spring. Parent VUE can be used on mobile devices, but you need to first access this via a computer. On our Back to School night, we will have computers available for families to complete this process.
Learning about School
West Lincoln offers a variety of ways for parents to be engaged in their child’s learning. Our Family Learning program is an outstanding way for parents to learn about West Lincoln and lead and support other families. This group meets once a week and we will be working this year to partner with our teachers and to plan events for our school.
Our monthly PTO meetings are held in conjunction with our Family Learning meetings. At the PTO meetings, I will give a school report and families are able to ask me and other parents questions about West Lincoln.
Opportunities for Children
Our Community Learning center has many opportunities to support families and the learning of our students. Our community partner, Family Service provides before and after school care for families. If cost is a factor, there is assistance for families who qualify.
West Lincoln has many clubs for students to join each fall that are offered by our CLC. Students can sign up for clubs that focus on computer programming, fitness, homework, etc. These clubs fill up quickly, so look for notes coming home from your child.
New in the Cafeteria
West Lincoln will continue to have breakfast each morning, beginning at 8:30, but this year, breakfast will be served in a bag to all students. Lincoln Public Schools is planning to do this district-wide to speed up the serving line. It will be our goal to have almost all of the students eat their lunch in the cafeteria and very few of them eating lunch in the classroom.
Here are some important dates to start off our year.
August 10- Presentation for non-English speaking families 4:30-5:30 in the gym and Open House 5:30-6:30
August 12, First Day of Classes
August 12-14, School dismissed at 2:38 for K-5 students
September 7, Schools not is session
We hope to see all of you on August 10!
Scott Schwartz, Principal
West Lincoln Elementary