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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Principal's News

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Due to the district closure because of the weather on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 the Open House for Grade 3-5 will be changed from Tuesday, March 14to Tuesday, March 21 @ 6:30-7:30.

Grade Pre-K - 2 will remain Wednesday, March 22 @ 6:30-7:30


Principal's Corner

February ~ brought us various holidays and events such as President’s Day, Ground Hog Day and Valentine’s Day. Each class and grade had activities and/or celebrations with these dates in mind.

We participated in Start with Hello. This initiative was started by the Sandy Hook Promise group. The program helps create a culture of connectedness within your school. Social isolation or children who suffer silently because they are left out, alone or invisible are a reality, we hope this brings awareness to our students and community.

Student ID cards were sent out to each family in grades K-5 from Lakelands Central School District to allow for the children to show identification to borrow chromebooks while visiting Hart Library. There was a note sent out by Ms. Miccio regarding the new option and there is a letter attached to the cards sent home.

March ~ Students attending LCBMS music programs will come on Wednesday, March 1st and play/sing for our 4th and 5th graders. The elementary students are able to hear about expectations in the music department to help with decision making on instruments and course selections.

Additionally, the guidance counselors for next year met with our fifth grade staff in February to begin hearing about our wonderful students. Our fifth graders and their teachers will travel to LCBMS on May 15th for a visit to the school and parents please mark your calendars ….Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 PM at VCES is the Incoming 6th Grade Parent Orientation meeting.

Please join us for the Open House evening. This is an opportunity for your child to walk you through the building and talk to you about their schedule and what they have accomplished to date. Our Grades 3 – 5 night is Tuesday, March 14. Our Pre-School through Second grade night is Wednesday, March 22. Please note parking is at a premium, please be careful parking and park legally. The back lot is open for additional parking both nights.

Our Third Grade will be taking a trip to Madden to learn about weather. The Fifth Grade will have the annual faculty vs. student volleyball game as well as the Canteen this month.

Character Education ~ Theme for March is Safety. We will celebrate this theme all month; our kick off assembly is on Monday, March 6. We look forward to seeing what our first grade has in store for us at the assembly.

PTA Updates ~ The L-T PTA had a great Pocketbook Bingo night. They will be hosting a Family Dance Party and Talent Show in March. We thank our PTA for the support and program options they help to offer our students of Lincoln-Titus Elementary School

NYS Assessments ~ Our NYS ELA and Math Assessments for Grades 3-5 will be given the week of March 27th – March 31 (ELA) and May 1 – May 5 (Math). Our Fourth Grade takes a Science Performance and Written Exam in May and June.


Coaches Corner

Mr. Urso's Tips in Preparation of the NYS Common Core ELA Exam

  1. Tell your son/daughter not to worry!  This is just an opportunity for them to practice strategies they have been learning all year long. 
  2. Read with your child and ask questions to promote deeper thinking.
  3. Share magazine and newspaper articles with your child.  Ask them to form opinions on topics, and have them find evidence in the text to support their opinion. 
  4. Have your child write a letter to someone with lots of details.
  5. Remind your son/daughter to read questions carefully!  Underline key words in questions.  (best, most, least, etc.)
  6. Remind your child to read all choices before answering multiple choice questions.  There may be more than one probable answer, but only one is the best choice.

Best wishes,

Mr. Urso


News from the Nurse 

March is National Nutrition Month.  Please stress the importance of good nutrition and physical activity as key components to a healthy lifestyle.  Try to cut down on junk food and increase physical activity.   Keep healthy snacks in mind. Try to start your child’s day with a healthy breakfast.   Remember to send in healthy snacks with your child.  When kids eat well and move more, they are better prepared to learn.  Visit the Fit Kids web site for more information:

Strep throat: It is the most common bacterial infection of the throat. Scarlet Fever is caused by certain strains of strep.  Please watch your child for the following symptoms. Common Signs and Symptoms:  throat pain, difficulty swallowing, red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches or streaks of pus, swollen, tender lymph glands (nodes) in your neck, fever, headache and stomachache.  For accurate diagnosis, a throat culture needs to be taken. Following a culture taken by your healthcare provider, your child should remain at home until you know the results.  If medication is prescribed for strep throat, your child needs to be on the medication for 24 hours before returning to school.

Head Lice: Children should be checked periodically at home and the school nurse should be called if head lice are found.  Call your health care provider for best treatment.  Please inform the parents of your child’s playmates so that they can check their children’s head. As a precaution the student’s class is checked. A note will go home to inform parents of that class.

NOTE TO FIFTH GRADE Parents & Guardians:

New York State Law Section 2164 requires certain immunizations to enter 6th grade. Please check with your health care provider as soon as possible to make sure that your child has all the needed immunizations for 6th grade.

The requirements include: 2 doses of Varicella (chickenpox) & Tdap: Known as: Boostrix® or Adacel (Ten year olds entering 6th grade do not need Tdap vaccine.  They will need to receive it once they turn 11.) Please forward any updated immunization records to the Health Office.  Always make copy of your health records.

SCOLOSIS SCREENING will be done the week of April 3rd. Students in Fifth Grade will be screened.  Any student who has already submitted their HealthCare Provider’s scoliosis report will not be screened. If you have not submitted the physical form, please send the form prior to March 28th. Any questions please contact the health office.

Mrs. Ferreira BSN, RN smiley   

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