Dear Families & Friends,
Welcome to Lincoln Elementary School! We are thrilled that your family is a part of our school family at LES. We have had a busy summer working to prepare for a terrific school year for all the children who attend Lincoln. Much of this work revolved around creating a new districtwide standards-based report card for the elementary schools in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Also, as part of our summer planning, we created a new timeline to communicate your child's progress to you this school year. This timeline will allow us the opportunity to share information with you every six weeks. After the first six weeks, we will have scheduled conferences. Six weeks later, an ELA and Math Checklist identifying your child's progress will be sent home, and after six more weeks (or the end of 1 st semester) a report card will come home. This cycle will then repeat over 2 nd second semester. We are very excited about these changes as we will be able to provide you more specific information on your child's growth more frequently than ever before. This is a win-win situation for everyone!
We are also so happy to introduce a number of new staff members to you who have joined LES since last spring. Please help me in welcoming Kerry Schulz (Early Childhood Teacher), Jennifer Buechler (Early Childhood Teacher), Cheryl Dickson (Early Childhood Paraprofessional), Deb Bongiorno (Special Education Paraprofessional), Shawna Krier (Health Room and Office Assistant), Bonnie Penkwitz (Special Education Paraprofessional), Melissa Pinke (Speech and Language Pathologist), and Laura Grisar in a new role (Early Childhood/Special Education Paraprofessional). Each of these individuals will bring a variety of skills and talents to our staff, and we are so lucky to have them join us in the Port Washington-Saukville School District.
Next, I am pleased to announce that Lincoln's theme this year is, "Lincoln Lions - Super Heroes of Learning!" I am sure you will notice all the related decorations to the theme around the school when you come to visit. Along with our theme, students will continue to learn about the Six Pillars of Character from our Character Counts Curriculum. These pillars are: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, caring, citizenship, and fairness. To support these character traits, our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) Committee has created very specific rules and expectations for behavior in and around our school. We review these with all the students and staff multiple times a year for each of the following areas: playground, school bus, hallway, lunchroom, bathroom, and the classroom. We also utilize a Voice Level Chart to help students gauge how loud areas around the school should be. Our wonderful students and staff have adopted these practices to create a very calm, cool, and collected school where all our students can learn and grow. I am so very proud of them all!
Finally, we have an exceptional parent group at Lincoln called PALS (Parent Association of Lincoln School, Inc.). Their regular monthly meetings are typically on the second Thursday of each month beginning at 6:30 P.M. in the library at Lincoln. They would love to have you join them. This group does so many fabulous things for our families and school. I hope everyone has a chance to attend a meeting and some of the fun events this year.
On behalf of our staff, I hope you have a fantastic year at LES! Please do not hesitate to contact us at 262-268-5800 or stop in to see us if you have any questions.
Respectfully and peacefully yours,