March: Grades K, 1, 2 enjoyed the storytelling by Jonathan Kruck. Thank you to all our families that joined us on our Back to School Nights, we hope you enjoyed seeing the fantastic work your children do.
Our Third Grade enjoyed their trip to Madden Farm this year to complete the Weather Program. It is always an enlightening experience and the group comes back with interesting facts and expectations about the weather.
STAR testing has been completed and we will be starting Cycle Four of support services shortly.
Our Grades 3 – 5 students are taking the NYS ELA Exam this final week of March and the Math Exam is in early May.
Character Education: Theme for April is Responsibility:
Throughout the month we remind, discuss, model and demonstrate reponsibility. This is one of our themes we hope to build stronger character with.
Calendar Update for April: Generally by this time of year our Fifth graders have been working through many DARE lessons. The Town of Cortlandt and District remain supporters of the program, however finding a provider has proven challenging. We anticipate the start of the program shortly and look forward to the students gaining insight into peer pressure and understanding techniques to make appropriate choices.
Additionally, they will begin the transition process to Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School with a visitation on Monday, May 15th. Permission slips will be coming home in late April.
Parent/Teacher Conference Day is Monday, April 24th. It is a half day for your child in grades K – 5 and the conferences are scheduled on an as needed basis. Please be in touch with your child’s teacher if you feel a conference is needed and you are not contacted by the teacher.
Our second grade will be participating in videoconferencing with the Hartley Outdoor Education Center. Fourth Grade will be having the annual visit from Sam Ladley and working with students to broaden their knowledge on Colonial Times.
Our great PTA will be sponsoring PARP and we will have the kick off assembly at the end of April. We are working together to have PARP and the One School One Book Program collaborate together to support reading.
APRIL 5th VCES PTA MEETING at 7 pm
(Van Cort Cafeteria)
Internet and Social Media Awareness and Safety:
What Parents Need to Know to Keep Your Children Safe
Special Guest Speakers:
Katharine Rodefeld, VCES Social Worker
Livia Rodriguez, Senior Assistant District Attorney
Westchester County District Attorney's Office Northern Westchester Branch
Trooper Jonathan Sanchez
New York State Police
This is not a program for children.
Save the Date! Scratch Day is coming back to Lakeland Central School District on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Registration opens on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Watch the website for details.
If you attended last year, you won’t want to miss this year’s event, bigger and better than ever. On Scratch Day students and adults will gather to share coding projects and learn new ones. Student work created in our Coding Clubs and in our secondary computer classes will be showcased. A mini MakerSpace will be available for students and parents to create projects together. We’ll bring back our popular Ozobot room as well as our Scratch and Scratch, Jr. rooms. There will be door prizes, refreshments and informational sessions for parents to learn more about our programs and what we are doing here at Lakeland to incorporate computer science into all grade levels.
We are getting ready for our annual One School, One Book initiative! Thank you PTA for helping to make this possible. We are excited to combine our initiative with “PARP” and “Everyone’s A Reader Day” this year! Our One School committee members are working hard to prepare many fun, interdisciplinary activities to be enjoyed for the month of May. Be on the lookout for clues throughout the month of April as to what our One School book will be this year. I will leave a new clue posted in the main hallway each week in April. On April 28th, we will reveal the book title and get ready to start reading on May 1st. Further information regarding PARP and One School activities will be sent home as it nears closer.
With much anticipation,
Mr. Chris Urso, Literacy Coach
Did You Know?
Every child at Lincoln-Titus can access DreamBox Learning's Math Program from any computer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. DreamBox is an online math program that helps students achieve better math proficiency. All you need is a high-speed internet connection and Adobe Flash (which is free. You can access DreamBox by typing in the school-specific web address: https://play.dreambox.com/login/hm5j/29368. For easier access in the future, you can save or "bookmark" the link.
Did you know DreamBox is also available to use on an iPad? Simply download the "DreamBox Math" app (free) and, when prompted, enter the school code: hm5j/23968
News from the Nurse
Remember to send in a healthy snack and lunch each day. Fruits and vegetables are always a good idea! Get your children outside and enjoy exercise while having fun.
Spring is here and so are seasonal allergies. Please be in touch with any changes with your child’s allergy or asthma medication. Also it is important your child wears safe footwear to avoid injuries during recess and the school day.
As a reminder please alert the health office during the school year to discuss these medical issues with the school nurse if your child:
has or has recently recovered from a serious illness
has been hospitalized
has had surgery
has sustained an injury requiring medical treatment
is taking daily medication or has a change in medication
NOTE TO FIFTH GRADE PARENTS & GUARDIANS:
New York State Immunization Requirements for Sixth Grade will now include 2nd Varicella and Tdap. (Ten year olds entering 6th grade do not need Tdap vaccine. They will need it once they turn 11.) Please forward any updated immunization records to the HEALTH OFFICE. Health Office direct fax # 528-1564. Please make a copy for your records.
SCOLOSIS SCREENING will be done the week of April 3, 2017. Students in Fifth Grade will be screened. Any student who has already submitted their HealthCare Provider’s scoliosis report after July 1, 2016 will not be screened. If you have not submitted the physical form please send the form prior to April 3.