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October/November 2020 Newsletter

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Principal Corner
Welcome to the 2020 - 2021 school year. September was busy, filled with getting to start a routine and learn new ways of instructing and learning. We have gotten used to the morning arrival and routines of the day. The Student Handbook is online and contains the Code of Conduct. We have added a remote learning PBIS Grid to our PBIS repertoire to help all understand the expectations during that type of learning environment. We are working with our students and faculty to ensure the social/emotional areas are monitored as well as academics. Therefore, we are introducing the RULER Method - Mood Meter. The RULER Approach to Social and Emotional Learning is a school-wide approach designed for use in kindergarten through eighth grade to promote the development of five key emotion skills, including Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating emotions (the “RULER” skills)
 
Attendance Policy – Attendance is a critical component of the learning process. We understand these days can be a challenge and in-person attendance may not be feasible for all. However, virtual attendance is expected regularly by all students if not in-person. Certainly, if the student is too sick to concentrate and needs rest – virtual attendance would not happen. We hope those days are minimal. Students will learn best – with regular attendance (in-person and/or virtually) in their classrooms. 
 
STAR Assessments – Our students completed the STAR assessment for the beginning of the school year. STAR checks for specific skills your child has mastered and gives reports to the teachers of strengths and needs in reading and math areas. Our classroom teachers are working to complete the NSGRA Reading assessment, as well. We ask that if you are with your student at home – please let your child take the assessment without your assistance in answering. It is imperative that we get an accurate reading of your child’s knowledge to assist in the progress forward with instruction.
 
October/November Happenings – In October we will kick off the theme of the month with our virtual assembly. Our theme for October is Tolerance and our I statement is: “I will accept others and their differences.” November is Wise Choices and our I statement is: “I will always think before I act or speak”.
 
School Pictures – We would traditionally need to bring our smiles to school in October for our Picture Day, Thank you PTA for the hard work in giving our families the opportunity to have a memory of their children’s school year. This year given the variation in days and some students fully remote, picture day is rescheduled and we are working on new dates. There is an attempt to try for November but we do not have confirmation – otherwise March is the time they will occur.
 
Interims & Parent/Teacher Conferences – Our mid-point in the grading trimester is at the end of October. The district process this year is Interim Reports will be sent via backpacks for in-person students and our Remote students – the parents will receive an email from the teacher with the interim or a mailed hardcopy will be sent on October 30th. Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences are rescheduled to Wednesday, December 2nd. The live portion of instruction on the Flex Wednesday will end at 10:00 AM. Conferences will be scheduled to start after 10:15 AM. Your child’s teacher will set up a schedule, if they have not already done so.
 
Fall Celebration – All students may wear an appropriate costume to school on A day – October 29 and B day - October 30. Due to COVID restrictions there will be no parades, nor food celebrations. All classes may use theme based activities in subject matter to celebrate. We will ensure pictures are taken of our in-person and remote students during classwork, building activities such as costume or spirit weeks for purposes of sharing with the PTA yearbook Committee as long as we have consent for photographing. However, if you would like to share with the PTA pictures of your child(ren) at home learning remotely and/or participating in activities – please feel free to share pictures with the PTA for possible inclusion in the PTA Yearbook. The email address to send pictures to the PTA is ltyearbookpics@gmail.com
 
Student Emergency Form Reminder– the Emergency Sheet with contact information completed is needed for the safety of your child. Any questions with the process, please call Deborah Speedling – (914) 528-2519. You can send with your child, scan, email dspeedling@lakelandschools.org, or fax (914 528-1471) the form to return it.
 
Drills: As a part of SAFETY, we will complete our mandated drills throughout the year. During each school year we must complete the mandated Evacuation and Lockdown drills as per NYSED and NYS Fire Codes. There were changes to the NYS Fire Codes which now mandate evacuation drills every month. Given our A and B Cohorts we will do our best to ensure we alternate for the grouping and vary the time of day so all experience the drills, however not every student will participate in the full amount for the school year given our varied cohorts.
 
PBIS ~ TWISTING Towards Brighter Futures!
One of the key principles of Lincoln-Titus’s PBIS program is to build a sense of community whether we are in-person or remote. In an effort to foster and build community, we decided to have classes work as a team to earn class TWIST tickets. Teamwork is an essential part of building a community. It teaches relationship skills, responsibility, self-confidence trust and togetherness. Once classes earn 15 class TWIST tickets, each student receives a certificate of recognition, and the individual student pictures from that class go up on the Hall of Fame. From there, classes will earn group acknowledgments from our Class TWIST Ticket Menu. Many classes have already earned 15 TWIST tickets and we are so proud of their efforts! Keep up the good work!
As a friendly reminder, please continue to send in an individual student picture for each child in your family for the Hall of Fame. Send pictures to our school social worker, Andrea Cooper, acooper@lakelandschools.org. We hope to have all students in person and remote displayed on the Hall of Fame.  
 
Coaching Toward Brighter Futures!
What is an Instructional Coach?
An instructional coach is someone whose chief professional responsibility is to bring evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with teachers and other school leaders. In Lakeland, we focus on one-on-one support for teachers with the goals of increasing student engagement, improving student achievement, and building teacher capacity in schools.
Mrs. Crivelli, LTES building coach, has been assisting and working with our teachers to learn about our new ELA resource – Benchmark. Additionally, she continues to support the teachers in the Math area.
She has been attending many meetings, trainings and workshops with other building coaches to develop strong pedagogical skills and resources for our teachers in this new hybrid learning mode.

Upcoming Events
October 6 - Evacuation Drill (Fire Drill)                    
October 8 - Evacuation Drill (Fire Drill)                     
October 9 - Lockdown Drill                                     
October 12 - School Closed-Columbus Day                             
End of October - PTA Virtual Book Fair                     
November 3 - School Closed: Election Day/Supt. Conf.
November 11 - School Closed: Veteran’s Day            
November 19 - BOE Mtg @ LTES                               
November 25 - 27 - Thanksgiving Break

News from the Nurse
As a reminder please alert the health office during the school year to discuss with the school nurse these medical issues:
  • A student has or has recently recovered from a serious illness
  • A student has been hospitalized
  • A student has had surgery
  • A student has sustained an injury requiring medical treatment
Documentation from your health care provider will be needed to return to school with or without restrictions for Physical Education and recess. Also if crutches are needed a Healthcare provider note needs to be provided.
Physicals are required for all new entrants and students in grades UPK, K, 1, 3 and 5. Students who do not return evidence of a physical examination or the date of an appointment will have a health appraisal scheduled and documented with our medical director. Please be sure a completed physical form was sent to the Health Office & keep a copy for your records. 
 
Dental Certificates are requested, but not required for students in K, 1, 3, and 5 grades.
 
Medication of any kind cannot legally be dispensed to any child in school without a Physician’s written order and parental consent. An adult must bring the medication to school. It must be in the original prescription container (ask the pharmacist for two (2) containers –one to remain at home and one for school).
Physical, Dental and Medication forms can be down loaded from the District’s website: click on Departments look for Heath Office. 
 
If your child shows any symptoms of illness in the past 24 hours – do not send your child to school:
  • Fever of 100.0 or more or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Please contact Mrs. Ferreira for guidance. She can be reached at # 528-2519 press # 1 and leave a clear message including name of child, grade, and reason for absence should you not receive her in-person. Please leave details of illness. A written note is still required upon return to school. Please call the health office with any questions or concerns & keep me informed of any upcoming surgery or changes in health or medication status.
Here’s to a healthy year at LT!