Principal Update for the week of February 27, 2017

February 26, 2017

Dear Lincoln Eliot Families,

Did it feel more like April rather than February vacation?   I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather last week.  We celebrated the 100th day of school the Tuesday before break and are more than half way through the 16-17 school year.

Free English classes for families of Lincoln Eliot students are being held on Tuesdays, from 9-10 in the library.    Come meet new friends and practice speaking English in these drop in classes.  All English levels are welcome.    If you are interested, go to this link and complete a short survey.  If you are a fluent English speaker and are interested in volunteering your time to help parents learning English then there is a question for you in the survey.

Remember to check out the LE PTO for the PTO calendar, volunteer opportunities www.lepto.org for more information about particular events or to contact a board member. The link to the rolling agenda from previous meetings is here.

Start planning for the Science Fair on March 16th!  Information about the science fair went home in folders and is linked at  Science Fair Information and registration form 

The PTO funds the Creative Arts and Science programming at Lincoln Eliot.   On Tuesday, kindergarten students will enjoy a program on Exploring the Ocean World.   

I inadvertently misspelled a name is last week’s principal update.  Sumana organized a food drive to collect food to send to Syria. Thank you to the Lincoln Eliot community for your donations. 

Understanding Our Differences

At least six parents are needed on each of the following dates to help lead Understanding Our Differences programs.  Please use the dates below instead of the dates in the previous parent newsletter.

Grade 3: TBD

Grade 4: Friday, March 24th 9:30a.m – 11:30 a.m.  

Grade 5: Thursday, March 9th 10:30a.m-12:30 p.m.

There is a 2 hour maximum time commitment on the day of the unit and about 20-30 minutes of short training (on line video).  This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with our students in the classroom.   If you are interested in participating, please contact the L-E parent coordinator, Cathleen Morrison, ccanhc@gmail.com She is happy to answer questions.

Community Events

The buzz is…the Newton Spelling Bee is back! The fun and educational Spelling Bee for Newton elementary school children is back for its 10th year! Just in case you haven’t already signed up, there are five dates for the Bees, with multiple grade sessions on each day, March 6, 7, 13, 20 & 27. Each grade session is a separate Bee with a first and second place prize donated by Learning Express. Every speller receives a goody bag to celebrate their hard work. There are a few spots left. Please register on line at www.newtoncommunitypride.org  $10.

Dads and Kids Play group

Waltham Fields Community Farm

Have a great week,

Jody

District Kindergarten Information

Out of District Placement

Upcoming Dates:

March 7  Kindergarten Screening

March 7 PTO Meeting at 6:30

March 9  12:30 Early Release  – conferences

March 16th  Science Fair

March 28  Cup Cake Contest – stay tuned!

April 30th Newton Serves

MCAS Dates:

  English Language Arts Math Science
Grade 3 4/6,4/7,4/10 5/3,5/5 X
Grade 4 – 4/3,4/4, 4/5 5/8 and 5/9 X
Grade 5 4/26,4/28, 5/1 5/10,5/12 5/17, 5/19
Make Up Days 5/1 and 5/2 5/22-5/26 5/22-5/26

Principal Update for the week of February 13, 2017

February 13, 2017

Dear Lincoln Eliot Families,

I hope you are all safe and sound and enjoying the snow.  We’ll all be well rested for vacation week!

As you know, I am at Lincoln Eliot just for this year.  It has been an incredible learning experience as well as a joy getting to know families, students and staff at the school.

On Wednesday and Thursday, the two principal finalists will be at the school.  Parents are invited to meet the candidates from8:35-9:15 in the library.

Free English classes!

Free English classes for families of Lincoln Eliot students will begin on Tuesday, February 14th from 9-10 in the library.    Come meet new friends and practice speaking English.  All English levels are welcome.    If you are interested, go to this link and complete a short survey.  If you are a fluent English speaker and are interested in volunteering your time to help parents learning English then there is a question for you in the survey.

Remember to check out the LE PTO for the PTO calendar, volunteer opportunities www.lepto.org for more information about particular events or to contact a board member. The link to the rolling agenda from previous meetings is here.

Start planning for the Science Fair on March 16th!   The Science Fair and registration form are going home in folders but you can preview the information at this link.

The PTO funds the Creative Arts and Science programming at Lincoln Eliot.   On Wednesday, first graders will enjoy a visit from Amelia Earhart and second graders will attend a ribbon dancing performance.

Volunteers are needed to help with Understanding our Differences, a disabilities awareness curriculum,  delivered to all Newton students in grades 3-5 by parent volunteers. In Spring, 2017 volunteers will be delivering the Blindness unit to 3rd and 4th Graders, and the Autism Spectrum Disorder Unit to 5th graders. All Lincoln-Eliot parents, regardless of your child’s grade, are invited to participate in this dynamic program.

At least six parents are needed on each of the following dates to help lead activities:

Grade 3: Friday, March 24th 9:30a.m – 11:30 a.m. 

Grade 4: TBD 

Grade 5: Thursday, March 9th 10:30a.m-12:30 p.m. 

There is a 2 hour maximum time commitment on the day of the unit and about 20-30 minutes of short training (on line video) 

This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with our students in the classroom.

If you are interested in participating, please contact the L-E parent coordinator, Cathleen Morrison, ccanhc@gmail.com. I am happy to answer any questions, it is not difficult and is extremely rewarding!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE A CHILD IN THE GRADE TO ASSIST!!!!

 

Thank you to all who donated food to help Syrian Refugees.  A message from Sumna – Thank you to the LE community for opening your hearts and helping out the people in need. My heartfelt gratitude to everyone who donated 73 cans, 10 lbs of sugar, 21 lbs of rice, 12 boxes of cereal and few snack/breakfast items, 13 boxes of pasta , 8 lbs of lentils , 4 lbs of flour.

One of our students is collecting canned goods and other non perishables  as part of her Girl Scout service project.  There is a drop off bin in the front office.  If you are able, send one canned food item in with your child.  That could lead to almost 350 cans of food to help those in need.  All food that is collected will be delivered to a Newton food pantry.

From February 2nd to February 17th the 5th grade will be collecting winter gear for homeless children. Suggested items to donate are hats, mittens, gloves, socks, and scarves. All donations must be new. Each classroom has a collection box which the 5th graders will be collecting on 2/17 before February break. All donations will go to local shelters in Newton. We appreciate your help!

Have a great week,

Jody

District Kindergarten Information

Out of District Placement

 

Upcoming Dates:

February 14  ESL classes begin for families of students

February 20-24 – School vacation (resumes Monday, February 27 )

March 16th  Science Fair

March 28  Cup Cake Contest – stay tuned!

MCAS Dates:

  English Language Arts Math Science
Grade 3 4/6,4/7,4/10 5/3,5/5 X
Grade 4 – 4/3,4/4, 4/5 5/8 and 5/9 X
Grade 5 4/26,4/28, 5/1 5/10,5/12 5/17, 5/19
Make Up Days 5/1 and 5/2 5/22-5/26 5/22-5/26

PTO February Newsletter

L-E PTO Newsletter February 2017

L-E Family Movie Night Was A HUGE Success: Everyone had a blast at our first-ever Family Movie Night! Thanks to those who participated, and in particular, to the parent volunteers who baked and worked at the event. We raised over $630! Special thanks to Karen Hite, Tui Sutherland and Siobhan Wheeler for organizing this great night!

SAVE THE DATE!
Family Science Night March 16, 2017 5-7pm L-E Gym
Look out for more info in your purple folders this week!

Our new principal search is on track, and finalists will be visiting L-E in mid-February. Parents will have an opportunity to meet and ask the candidates questions at this time. More information about this will be available soon!

PTO School Survey: We will be sending out a brief survey in the coming week to get input on critical needs for our school. Your feedback will help us plan for next year. Look out for the survey in your purple folders!

Dues Drive: 44 of our 289 L-E families have paid their PTO dues (totaling $4350)! Don’t worry…there’s still time to contribute! Look for Dues forms in your purple folders and help us continue to bring amazing programs and opportunities to our children! So far, the PTO has raised close to $20,000 (less than $2,000 away from our goal!!) and has sponsored the following events:

  • Back to School Picnic
  • Election Day Bake Sale
  • Field Trip Buses
  • Creative Arts & Sciences Programs for ALL GRADES
  • Halloween Dance
  • 2016 Book Fair
  • Family Movie Night
  • Library Support
  • Classroom Support

Classroom Support

Illness in School: It’s cold and flu season! Please remind children to wash hands regularly, and ask them to notify their classroom teachers if the bathrooms are without soap or paper towels. Let’s keep our school healthy!

UPCOMING PTO MEETINGS – Mark Your Calendars!

  • Mar. 7 (6:30 pm): guest speaker David Fleishman & school committee
    Apr. 4 (6:30 pm): guest speaker Ms. Kelly: Tech Safety
    May 2 (6:30 pm): PTO Officer / Volunteer Recruitment for 2017-18
    June 6 (6:30 pm): PTO budget vote for 2017-18

Please check www.lepto.org for additional events planned for the school year!

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Principal Update for the week ofFebruary 5, 2017

February 5, 2017

Dear Lincoln Eliot Families,

It was lovely to see so many of you at Lincoln Eliot’s first annual movie night.  Thank you to the PTO for planning this community event.

Progress reports will be available to parents on Monday, February 6.    You can access Skyward at this link.  Your user name should be your email address.  There is a “forgot password” button should you need some help.

Free English classes!

Free English classes starting for families of Lincoln Eliot students! Class begins on Tuesday, February 14th from 9-10 in the library.    Come meet new friends and practice speaking English.  All English levels are welcome.    If you are interested, go to this link and complete a short survey.  If you are a fluent English speaker and are interested in volunteering your time to help parents learning English then there is a question for you in the survey.

In lieu of a meeting, the L-E PTO is offering its monthly update for February in newsletter form.   Click here to read the February newsletter.  Please visit www.lepto.org for more information about particular events or to contact a board member.

Start planning for the Science Fair on March 16th!   The Science Fair and registration form are going home in folders but you can preview the information at this link.

The Newton Philharmonic welcomes Lincoln Eliot students and families to its Valentine’s concert on February 12 at 3:00 at the First Baptist Church in Newton Center.  The concert begins at 3:00 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Instrumental Music Enrichment Program at Lincoln Eliot.  Flyer is here and will be sent home in the folders.

Two food drives are still happening to help families in need.  Thank you to all who have contributed.

  1.  One of our students is collecting canned goods and other non perishables  as part of her Girl Scout service project.  All food that is collected will be delivered to a Newton food pantry.
  2. The PTO is helping to support  a food donation drive to help Syrian Refugees.   There are food collection bins by the Jackson Road entrance.

The fifth graders are collecting new winter clothing to donate to families in need.  There are collection boxes all around the school.  Look for a flyer in your folder.  Students have visited classrooms to describe the project to students.

Lincoln-Eliot 5th Grade Launch Fundraiser – February 10th from 6-10pm. The 5th graders are working towards an end-of the year camping trip and graduation ceremony and need to raise money to offset the cost – this is the first of four fundraisers. Please spread the word, bring your children and friends to jump and have fun and please mention Lincoln Eliot when you pay for your tickets at the door – 25% of the tickets sales on February 10th will go directly to the 5th grade fund!!! Note: Children will still need to be supervised by their parents at Launch.

Have a great week,

Jody

District Kindergarten Information

Out of District Placement

Upcoming Dates:

February 6  Progress Reports Available on Skyward

February 6  K Parent Night at Newton North

February 10 – 5th grade Fundraiser at Launch

February 14  ESL classes begin for families of students

February 20-24 – School vacation (resumes Monday, February 27 )

March 16  Science Fair

MCAS Dates:

English Language Arts Math Science
Grade 3 4/6,4/7,4/10 5/3,5/5 X
Grade 4 – 4/3,4/4, 4/5 5/8 and 5/9 X
Grade 5 4/26,4/28, 5/1 5/10,5/12 5/17, 5/19
Make Up Days 5/1 and 5/2 5/22-5/26 5/22-5/26

Principal Update for the week of January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017

Dear Lincoln Eliot Families,

新年快乐   Happy Chinese New Year to our families who celebrate this holiday.

I hope to see many of you at Lincoln Eliot’s first movie night on Friday.  If you are at the school then please stop by the lost and found rack and barrel to claim clothes.  Each week I am surprised by new additions to the collection.  This week’s surprise item was a beach towel.

Reminder Wednesday, February 1 is an early release day!  All students are dismissed at 12:30.  What do teachers do on these afternoons?  The majority of these afternoons are spent on professional development.  This week teachers will work in grade level teams to plan lessons and assessments, share instructional strategies and assessment results.

Events

The Secret Lives of Pets is showing this Friday, February 3rd at Lincoln Eliot’s first annual movie night.   Parents and children are invited to watch a movie in the gym.  Look for the flyer in your child’s purple folder.

The PTO needs help with set up, ticket and food/bake sales, and clean up. Sign up and help make the night a success! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e44aba72ea2fd0-family

The girl scout cookies did not arrive in time for last week’s Tuesday afternoon pizza sale.  They will be on sale at the Jackson Road entrance thiscoming Tuesday.

Two food drives are happening to help families in need.

  1.  One of our students is collecting canned goods and other non perishables  as part of her Girl Scout service project.  All food that is collected will be delivered to a Newton food pantry.
  2. The PTO is helping to support  a food donation drive to help Syrian Refugees.   There are food collection bins by the Jackson Road entrance.   Please bring nonperishable food items to school and/or to movie night.

The Winter Walk to School day is this Thursday,  February 2.  Let’s be traffic free for a day!

More Community Events can be found at this link.

Lincoln-Eliot 5th Grade Launch Fundraiser – February 10th from 6-10pm. The 5th graders are working towards an end-of the year camping trip and graduation ceremony and need to raise money to offset the cost – this is the first of four fundraiser. Please spread the word, bring your children and friends to jump and have fun and please mention Lincoln Eliot when you pay for your tickets at the door – 25% of the tickets sales on February 10th will go directly to the 5th grade fund!!! Note: Children will still need to be supervised by their parents at Launch.

Have a great week,

Jody

District Kindergarten Information

Out of District Placement

Upcoming Dates:

February 1    Early Release

February 2   Walk to School Day

February 3 –  Progress Reports available on Skyward

February 3 –  Movie Night at Lincoln Eliot

February 10 – 5th grade Fundraiser at Launch

February 20-24 – School vacation (resumes Monday, February 27 )

MCAS Dates:

  English Language Arts Math Science
Grade 3 4/6,4/7,4/10 5/3,5/5 X
Grade 4 – 4/3,4/4, 4/5 5/8 and 5/9 X
Grade 5 4/26,4/28, 5/1 5/10,5/12 5/17, 5/19
Make Up Days 5/1 and 5/2 5/22-5/26 5/22-5/26

Principal Update for the week of January 16, 2017

Dear Lincoln Eliot Families,

I was visiting a second grade class on Friday and found students reciting this part of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s ‘I Have Dream’ speech:

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

In fifth grade, I observed students sharing what they know about Martin Luther King Jr., what they want to know or what questions they would have for him, and what they have learned over the years about his life and influence.   The lessons about Dr. King were woven into the resilience and survival unit.  Students across the school were thinking deeply about Dr. King’s vision for equity and equality in our country.

The PTO held their monthly meeting on Tuesday evening.  The rolling agenda and minutes can be found on the PTO web page and and here.  The next meeting is February 7th and all are welcome.  It is a great way to meet other parents and build school community.

The next PTO sponsored event is Movie Night!  Parents and children are invited to watch a movie in the gym the evening of Friday, February 3rd.  More information to follow.

Lincoln-Eliot 5th Grade Launch Fundraiser – February 10th from 6-10pm. The 5th graders are working towards an end-of the year camping trip and graduation ceremony and need to raise money to offset the cost – this is the first of four fundraisers. Please spread the word, bring your children and friends to jump and have fun and please mention Lincoln Eliot when you pay for your tickets at the door – 25% of the tickets sales on February 10th will go directly to the 5th grade fund!!! Note: Children will still need to be supervised by their parents at Launch.

Have a great week,

Jody Klein

District Kindergarten Information

Out of District Placement

 

Upcoming Dates:

January 25 second grade goes to the Museum of Science

February 3 – Progress Reports available on Skyward

February 3 – Movie Night at Lincoln Eliot

February 10 – 5th grade Fundraiser at Launch

February 20-24 – School vacation (resumes Monday, February 27 )

MCAS Dates:

English Language Arts Math Science
Grade 3 4/6,4/7,4/10 5/3,5/5 X
Grade 4 – 4/3,4/4, 4/5 5/8 and 5/9 X
Grade 5 4/26,4/28, 5/1 5/10,5/12 5/17, 5/19
Make Up Days 5/1 and 5/2 5/22-5/26 5/22-5/26

Principal Update for the week of January 9, 2017

Dear Lincoln Eliot Families,

This is the email update with the correct dates for February vacation and the community information.  I had the April vacation dates.

I hope you all were safe and sound after our first snowstorm of the season.  Students and teachers got right to work this week after the winter break.  It was all hands on deck with staff conducting reading assessments on students.  Teachers are assessing reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension.

Community Information

Lincoln-Eliot 5th Grade Launch Fundraiser – February 10th from 6-10pm. The 5th graders are working towards an end-of the year camping trip and graduation ceremony and need to raise money to offset the cost – this is the first of four fundraiser. Please spread the word, bring your children and friends to jump and have fun and please mention Lincoln Eliot when you pay for your tickets at the door – 25% of the tickets sales on February 10th will go directly to the 5th grade fund!!! Note: Children will still need to be supervised by their parents at Launch.

As I communicated with you on Friday we had a brief period of time Friday morning when students and staff were directed to remain in the building and visitors were not allowed in.  Most students were unaware of the situation as we were between recess times.  The police department advised a Shelter-in-Place protocol as they conducted a well-being check for an individual. This person was ultimately located in Watertown and the situation was resolved. The Shelter-in-Place protocol was utilized out of an abundance of caution.

For a variety of reason, some families want their child to attend a Newton school outside of the Lincoln Eliot neighborhood district.  If you want more information on this process then go to Out of District Placement for specific instructions.  For example, some fifth grade families live closer to the Day Middle School and apply for out of district placement in order to attend Day instead of Bigelow.  Both middle schools feed to Newton North.

Hard to believe but we are planning for kindergarten screening.  If you have a child who will enter kindergarten in September, 2017 then please email Jena_rossi@newton.k12.ma.us with your name, child’s name, email address and best phone number to reach you.  Please pass this information along to friends and neighbors in the LE district. There will be a Kindergarten Information Meeting at Newton North on February 6, 2017.  All there is to know about the K registration process can be found on theDistrict Kindergarten Information page.

 

On Monday morning, we plan to place all of the lost and found items on a cafeteria table for parents and students to view and hopefully claim.  They will be laid out on Monday morning.  If you are missing boots, coats, lunch containers, a blanket… come check it out 🙂

 

Have a great week,

Jody Klein

 

Upcoming Dates:

January 106:30-7:30 PTO meeting, childcare available

January 16 – Martin Luther King Day, No school

February 3 – Progress Reports available on Skyward

February 20-24 – School vacation (resumes Monday, February 27th)

 

MCAS Dates:

  English Language Arts Math Science
Grade 3 4/6,4/7,4/10 5/3,5/5 X
Grade 4 – 4/3,4/4, 4/5 5/8 and 5/9 X
Grade 5 4/26,4/28, 5/1 5/10,5/12 5/17, 5/19
Make Up Days 5/1 and 5/2 5/22-5/26 5/22-5/26

Principal Update for the week of January 2, 2017

Dear Lincoln Eliot Families,

Happy New Year.  I wish you a joyous and healthy 2017!

Book Fair – It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Cocoa and Cookies/Book Fair night.  My husband and two of my children popped in and commented on the enthusiasm of parents and students.  It really was the “Best Book Fair” and would not have happened without the hard work of the PTO.    Thank you to Librarian Heather Tannenbaum, Tui Sutherland and her parents, Jenny and Matt Rosenthal, Cindy Chan, Andrea Hemment, Karen Hite, and all the parents who purchased and helped sell books.  What started as an idea back in September grew into a wonderful community building and fund-raising event.

MCAS 2.0 – Public school students in grades 3-12 are required to participate in state-wide assessments for math, English and science. For the past two years, elementary school students took the PARCC assessment.  This year, students will take the MCAS 2.0 assessment.  Read more on the history of state assessments from Commissioner Chester.

We are finalizing the dates for the Spring administration of MCAS 2.0 for students in grades 3-5 but expect testing to start the beginning of April.  Fourth graders will take the test on the computer.  Grades 3 and 5 will take a pencil and paper test.  Eventually all grades will be required to take the test on the computer – there are some exceptions for particular students requiring accommodations.  Our literacy specialists and math specialists along with teachers will share additional information on how to prepare students for the assessments.  While we don’t teach to the test, we want students to be familiar with the types of questions, test content and directions.

Just a reminder to check out some fabulous and free learning resources on the Lincoln Eliot website:

Math Specialist, Ms. Elka Kuhlman’s Math website.

Library Learning Links.

Sincerely,

Jody Klein

Upcoming Dates:

January 10 – 6:30-7:30 PTO meeting

January 16 – Martin Luther King Day, No school

February 3 – Progress Reports available on Skyward

PTO Meeting Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Parent teacher organization (PTO) meeting
When: Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Where: Lincoln-Eliot cafeteria
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Come and learn what is happening in our school and how you can help.
Meet our Superintendent, Dr. David Fleishman and ask him questions.
We have free childcare for you in the gym. Everyone is welcome!
Reunión de organización de padres y maestros
Cuando: Martes, 6 de diciembre de 2016
Dónde:Cafetería de Lincoln-EliotHora: 6:00-7:30 pm

Venga y aprenda lo que está sucediendo en nuestra escuela y cómo puede ayudar.
Conozca a nuestro Superintendente, Dr. David Fleishman y hágale preguntas.Tenemos guarderías gratuitas para usted en el gimnasio. ¡Todos son bienvenidos!

Reunião da organização de pais e professoresQuando: terça-feira, 6 de dezembro de 2016
Onde: Lanchonete de Lincoln-Eliot
Tempo: 6:00-7:30 pm

Venha e aprenda o que está acontecendo em nossa escola e como você pode ajudar. Conheça nosso Superintendente, Dr. David Fleishman e faça perguntas.
Temos puericultura gratuita para você no ginásio. Todos são bem vindos!

 

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Когда: Вторник, 6 декабря 2016
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Время: 6:00 – 7:30 вечера

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