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