Dear Lynch Families,
All of us would like to wish each of you a wonderful holiday season! It is our pleasure to partner with you in educating your children. We are looking forward to a productive and fun December!
Thank you for attending our Fall Family Conferences! Our goal is always 100%! I know teachers have been calling families who were not able to attend. If you haven’t had an opportunity to talk with your child’s teacher, please give the office a call to set up an appointment.
Thank you to all our families that attended our first Parent University - Building PAWSitive Relationships! We had 19 families in attendance and a good time was had by all! We are looking forward to our next Parent University in either January or February. Based on the latest parent survey, our focus will be on how you can support your children with math and reading. Details will accompany the January newsletter.
You are invited to three events this December. On December 16th, Lynch Lion Pride(our PTO),will hold their monthly meeting at 5:00 pm then will sponsor a Winter Craft Night starting at 6:00 in the cafeteria. On December 19th we will host all moms for Moments with Moms at 8:00 am. Lastly, we will have an informal Holiday Sing-along in the gym on December 20th at 2:30. We would love to have you join us!
All of our students and staff are becoming more aware of Trauma Informed Practices. In fact, your child has learned some interesting brain science and how to recognize their emotions. Please ask them to share the hand/brain model with you. If you have time, watch this interesting clip.
Finally, during this season of giving we would like to encourage you to give your child the gift of a good book, whether it be a hard copy or digital. The more our students read, the more they learn to read and can read to learn!
Have a wonderful holiday season with your families!
Rayna Nordstrom, Principal
December Nursing News:
It’s hard to believe winter is upon us. Our first snow is right around the corner and it’s time to start preparing. Students will continue to go outside for recess almost every day, weather permitting. As the weather starts to get colder we remind students to layer before going outside. In order to stay healthy, students will need to be prepared and bring warm clothes to school including: jackets, hats, mittens and boots. Please inform our F.A.N. (Family Access Network) advocate if your child is in need of any of the above clothes items.
Advantage Dental will be returning on January 7th & 8th 2020 to perform dental services/sealants for those students who filled out the consent forms in October.
-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.
Screen Time for Kids
Hey Parents! Word on the street is many of our students LOVE spending time on technology. Tablets, computers, game systems, and smartphones can be a useful tool, but they can also be an obstacle for success. Our kids need adequate sleep, peer interactions, and adequate time each day engaging in physical activity and other activities our bodies (particularly our brains) desperately need to function.
We are hard-wired for human interaction. If your elementary age child is spending more than 2 hours per day engaged in screen time, then they are missing out on other activities that support mental and physical well-being.
Excessive screen time (> 2 hours) for entertainment at this age is associated with higher chances of attention problems, unhappiness, and poor social skills. Elementary age students should not have their own smartphone, as smartphones allow easy access to inappropriate content and inevitably lead to much more than 2 hours of screen time each day. Keep your child's bedroom a screen-free zone. If you want to get in touch with your child for convenience or safety, then a slightly smart watch (like Gizmo) is a good option. It allows calls and texts with a limited number of contacts, but it has no internet capabilities or games.
Our kids need social connection with their peers, so try to help your child get together with friends outside of school at least once per week. Remind them that competition is about fun and bettering ourselves. Your child may even like doing chores. You might be thinking, "No way!" However, research shows that our kids need and like to hear that they have done something well. They need to develop a belief that they are capable of accomplishing things. Positive self-esteem is very important at this age.
~Your Friendly Neighborhood School Psychologist, Joel Moore
For more information and tips, click on the link below
“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 be observing the same Winter Break as the school district. Winter Break begins on December 23, 2019. We will resume classes on January 6, 2020.
NeighborImpact Head Start is still taking application for our waitlist for both the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Applications are available online at WWW. NeighborImpact.Org. or you can stop by the Lynch Head Start Office to pick up a paper application.
Have a warm and safe holiday season!
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:
- December 23rd (Monday): A REACH Christmas Party
- December 27th (Friday): A REACH Hot Coco Party and Pajama Day
- December 30th (Monday): A Winter Craft Day
- December 31st (Tuesday): A REACH New Year’s Party
- January 2nd (Thursday): REACH Winter Olympics
*REACH is CLOSED December 24-26 and January 1.*
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!
Miss Kaitlin from the OSU Extension Nutrition Education Program will host two after school recipe preparation workshops this month. Join her from 2:45-3:30 on Wednesday, December 11th to learn to make your own fruit dips and on Wednesday, December 18th to make a variety of homemade salsas! Adults and children of all ages welcome. Please meet in the front lobby after school.
Have you been hearing about the Cafeteria Try-Days? Miss Kaitlin has been sampling healthy recipes in the cafeteria and Lynch students will have two more opportunities to taste this month! These recipes feature foods that students can always find on the variety bar at school. Ask your student what they’ve tried and watch for the Food Hero recipe document students take home!