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Welcome to the 2019 – 2020 school year. September was busy, filled with getting to know the morning arrival and routines of the day. We had our grade level assemblies to discuss our TWIST expectations for behaviors throughout the school and bus environments. We encourage all to review the school rules and expectations. The Student Handbook is online and contains the Code of Conduct.

As a part of SAFETY, we will complete our mandated drills throughout the year. We were happy to see so many Dads, Grandpas and other special males visit with us too. So glad they were able to participate in Take Your Dad to School Day.

Attendance Policy – Attendance is a critical component of the learning process. Students must be in the classroom to learn. In Lakeland, students must maintain a minimum 90% attendance rate. Please be sure if your child is absent from school, a call is placed to the nurse’s office that day to ensure the students whereabouts. Upon return a written note with the reason for the absence is required to be submitted to the classroom teacher. Student hours are 8:05 – 2:30.

Wellness Policy the district Wellness Policy authorizes one unhealthy snack party per month. All snacks, healthy or unhealthy MUST have an ingredients label on it to be cleared by Mrs. Ferreira for student consumption. Please do not cut any fruits or vegetables at home, these will not be permitted to be options for the students due to student allergies. For the safety and health of all of our students, thank you for helping with this need.

STAR Assessments – Our students are completing 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.

October Happenings – In October we will kick off the theme of the month with our assembly. Our theme for October is Tolerance and our I statement is: “I will accept others and their differences.”

The Emergency Management Drill takes place on Friday, October 4th. The K- 5 students evacuate 15 minutes early for dismissal to practice this drill for the school year. Our PM UPK CLASS will dismiss at the 
regular 3:00 PM pick-up. They practice as an evacuation drill on the school property.

We will all need to bring our smiles to school on October 3rd 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.

Our mid-point in the grading trimester is at the end of October. The district process this year is Parent/Guardian Conferences on November 7th. 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 October 31st. Our UPK and Kindergarten students will parade for all the students in school. All classes may have a small celebration in their classrooms. Our students are very fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the PTA Fall Fest on Saturday, October 26th, which has a costume activity as a part of the wonderful festivities. We hope you will have your family join should you wish to celebrate Halloween.

Student Emergency Form– Please send in the Emergency sheet with contact information completed. Any questions with the process, please call Deborah Speedling – (914) 528-2519.

Bus Passes – Bus Passes for another school bus are permitted for childcare purposes only. If any change to your child’s regular routine for dismissal will be needed, please be sure to write a note in the morning to your child’s classroom teacher. If changes in dismissal occur during the day; be sure the office staff and teacher are all on the email, this will ensure that someone views it on the day needed.

October 3 - School Photos 
October 4 - Emergency Management Drill October 4
October 9School Closed–Yom Kippur 
October 14School Closed-Columbus Day 
October 18PTA Activity Night     School Closed: Election Day/Supt.
October 21-24 PTA Book Fair 
October 26 -  PTA Fallfest 
November 5 - School Closed: Election Day/Supt. Confer
November 7 - Parent/Guardian Conferences: ½ day 

PBIS/Character Education

     Lincoln Titus students are off to a great start TWISTing in all areas of the building!  Students are practicing positive TWIST behaviors, and are earning lots of TWIST tickets as a result.  We know that when we give specific positive feedback to students, it greatly increases the likelihood that the positive behavior will be repeated.  The TWIST Hall of Fame is starting to fill up with students’ pictures and TWIST stickers.  Thank you for sending in your child’s picture.  For students that do not have a picture, we will take their picture so every child has a photo on the Hall of Fame.  The TWIST Hall of Fame is one of the many ways we celebrate students for TWISTing at Lincoln-Titus!   

            New this year is a display of books that promote our monthly theme.  You will find select book titles on the wall in the main lobby that support and promote our monthly character education theme.  Children can take various books out of the library to read at home or in school.  It’s a great way for families to discuss the importance of the monthly themes, and how they apply to our lives each day.  September was courage month, and the display currently shows books on courage.  As you come to Lincoln-Titus, check out our display of book titles in the main lobby.

Coaching Toward Brighter Futures in Math and ELA!

Hello Families,
We are off to a great start. All the classes have adjusted well to the new school year. The teachers and students have established rules and routines for this school year. Assessments are completed and the classes are diving into curriculum. 
E4 is ready to go! The students will complete different team building activities for the month of October; our goal being to develop the importance of working together and communicating with each other.

Best Wishes,
Jen Crivelli, Math Instructional Coach
Megan Quinn, Literacy Instructional Coach

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.  Documentation of a physical or date of upcoming physical must be in the Health Office by 10/11/19. 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 send completed physical forms 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:  temperature over 100�š, flu-like symptoms, vomiting or GI issues, sore throat that interferes with swallowing, ear pain, colored eye drainage, suspicious or draining rash, please keep him/her home. A child who is sick will not be able to perform well in school. Notify your health care provider if there is no improvement.

Absences should be called in daily before 8:45AM.  Please call L-T # 528-2519 press # 1 and leave a clear message including name of child, grade, and reason for absence.  Please leave details of illness:   It is recommended that students stay home at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100 F or greater) or signs of a fever, without the use of fever reducing medication. 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!