Dear Lynch Families,
Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed the vacation and are ready to return! Our staff is looking forward to the best year yet.
In January we conduct our winter easyCBM assessment as well as our Ready Math Diagnostic assessment. These assessments provide us valuable information on how our students are progressing in Math and Reading. The information from these assessments as well as their progress from the beginning half of the year will be shared with you at report card time. At the end of the month, teachers will be preparing the report cards and these will be sent home in early February. Please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions.
The New Year is a great time to set goals! Please consider making two goals with your child. One goal could be reading with them or to them every night and the other goal is having them at school at least 95% of the time. Currently our school-wide attendance percentage is: 94.1% . Did you know that research shows that students who attend school 95% of the time are 11 times more likely to graduate? Looking forward to seeing all of our cubs everyday in 2020.
In order to inspire our students to dream, College and Career Week will be January 21-24. Students will be learning about many different careers and thinking about what they might want to be one day. If you would like to share about your job with our students, please contact your child’s teacher and/or Mrs. Stoughton. We would love to have as many guest speakers as possible. Students will also be able to dress up on various days during the week. We will have college gear day where they wear the colors of their favorite school, interview day/professional day - students dress up as though they were going to an interview and dress up like your future job. It will be lots of fun! Please join in!
How are your children recognized at Lynch Elementary? We have various systems in place. Here is a brief overview of some of our main ones:
- All students are taught a character trait every 4-6 weeks. This trait will be reinforced during the daily morning message and classroom morning meetings. Students consistently demonstrating the trait will receive a character trait charm. Attendance, Run Club and iReady math charms can also be earned throughout the year. Students are working to collect as many charms as they can.
- Cub Prides-All Students can earn Cub Prides when they demonstrate specific positive behaviors. Positive student behavior is honored. Student names are randomly drawn on Fridays and student winners come to the office to receive a reward. This is always a wonderful way to end the week and honor our amazing Lynch Cubs!
- Character Trait Awards- Character Trait Awards are given to students during our Cub Pride Assemblies who consistently demonstrate the character trait. Assemblies will be held every 6 weeks.
- Self Manager Program- the Self Manager program is a leadership program in which 3rd-5th grade students are eligible to apply. The rigorous process requires students to fill out an application and all staff members must “sign off,” indicating recognition of positive behavior at Lynch and that the student is ready for the highest level of leadership.
Math learning continues to be a focus for our team at Lynch. Staff and students are utilizing Ready Math Curriculum and are seeing great results. Each student is able to access their own iReady account which is an individualized online system that supports their learning. At conferences, teachers shared with you how your child can use this program at home also. If you have questions about iReady use at home, don’t hesitate to call or email your child’s teacher.
We look forward to serving each of you and your children in the New Year and striving to achieve our mission: Empower ALL: Learn, Grow, Succeed.
Rayna Nordstrom, Principal
January Nursing News:
Exclusion day for state required immunizations is Wednesday, February 19, 2020. Students who are not current will not be able to attend school until their records are complete. Letters will be mailed the first week of February to parents whose children are incomplete and will be excluded if not updated by February 19.2020. If you do not receive a letter than you are up-to-date with your immunizations.
Please arrange for your child to receive needed immunizations so that they can remain in school. If you need assistance in locating a health care provider or clinic site, please contact your child’s school.
-PLEASE keep your phone numbers current so we can contact you if your student needs your attention. Feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns.
“Temperatures are dropping and the need for warm clothes and adequate heating is increasing! If you are struggling with your utilities or need some warm clothes for your student, please call or email me.
FAN strives to connect families with resources within the community. We provide help with food, housing, utilities, clothing, school supplies, health care and more. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have! Jordan Chandler, FAN Advocate 541.548.1109 or text 541.952.2951
Neighbor Impact Head Start and Early Head Start strengthen families and close the achievement gap for over 500 most vulnerable and at-risk pre-school age children, annually. Head Start and Early Head Start integrate high-quality early education with other critical services such as health services (medical visits; hearing, vision and dental checks); meals and nutrition; and family advocacy.
Neighbor Impact’s Head Start program operates in eight sites (24 classrooms) in Redmond, Bend, La Pine, and Prineville in Deschutes and Crook counties, Central Oregon’s two most populated areas.Head Start provides:
Head Start provides:
- Quality pre-kindergarten education
- Health and dental care
- Family Support
- Serving children 3-5 years
“NeighborImpact now has an Application Assister Specialist on staff that can assist community members with Oregon Health Plan applications or the renewal process. The application Assister Specialist can assist clients in system navigation of the health insurance system, including assistance with private insurance through Oregon’s Health Insurance marketplace. Call 541-323-6552 to schedule an appointment”.
NeighborImpact Head Start will resume classes on January 6, 2020 following winter break.
We will be closed for M.L. King day on January 20, 2020.
We follow the school district on school closures due to weather. If Redmond School District is on a two hour delay, NeighborImpact Head Start AM classes are cancelled, but the PM classes will run on time. If Redmond School District classes are cancelled for the day NeighborImpact classes are also cancelled for the day.
You can visit our website for up to date information.
Please like our Lynch Head Start page on FaceBook.
JOIN US ON OUR NO SCHOOL DAYS!!
REACH is open from 6:30am-6:30pm on No School Days.
Please register in advance for all No School Days. Contact REACH for registration due dates.
Come on in to our Main Site to register at 1379 SW 15th ST. You can also access full day registration forms by viewing our website: , or our Facebook page: .
Winter Break No School Days:
January 20th (Monday): Martin Luther King Day: “A Day of Caring”-Trips around the Community
January 31st (Friday): “Swinter”: A Summer in Winter-Trip to Smith Rock (weather permitting)
We hope you can join us!
Questions? Call us at 541-504-9060.
Kaitlin Greene is a Nutrition Education Program Assistant from the OSU Extension Service. She joins classes at Lynch to help students and families make the healthy choice the easy choice. Whether it’s reaching for a fruit or veggie at snack time or making sure to get 60 minutes of physical activity in each day, Ms. Kaitlin is here to help Lynch Cubs be Food Heroes too!
We had a lot of fun last month with the OSU Extension Nutrition Education Program! Our first two Snack Prep Workshops were a hit with students! More family drop-in workshops to come this spring! Plus, students participated in two adventurous Cafeteria Try-Days, tasting a Tofu “Egg” Salad and a Kiwi Salsa! Recipe pages went home after each Try-Day and can also be found at www.foodhero.org. Remember that taste buds change over time, the more opportunities a child (and adult) has to taste a food, the more it becomes familiar and enjoyable! Check out these 10 Tips for Being a Healthy Role Model for Children.
January marks the start of nutrition education classes with first grade students! Miss Kaitlin will join Ms. Aplin’s, Mrs. Branch’s, and Ms. Bremner’s classes for ten weeks to talk about healthy eating and physical activity. If you are a family member of a first grade student, watch for take-home information and recipes and ask your child about what they are learning in class!