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03.06.2018 Charter Chatter Denver

03.06.2018 Charter Chatter Denver

LCS School Board Nominations and Election
It is time to begin planning for our next year at Lincoln Charter, which means school board nominations and election.  The selection process for new board members will soon begin and we need you!  Please consider serving as a leader on the school board.  Each year we strive to present a slate of people who possess various talents and skills that compliment each other to create a dynamic board of directors.  We need people with insight and ideas to ensure steady progress into the future by keeping with Lincoln Charter’s vision and mission.  This is a continuous process that requires evaluation and implementation of strategies by its leaders, faculty and administrators.  Please consider those willing to give of their time and talents to keep LCS a sought after place for children to receive an outstanding education.  School Board elections will be held in May via electronic format.  Below are some guidelines for your consideration for nominating prospective members for our Board of Directors.  The LCS website gives an in-depth description of Board operational goals, legal status, powers and responsibilities, authority, liability and other qualifications of board members.

Attributes of an Excellent Board Member
Unselfish Agenda:  Someone with a flexible mind-set, who is respectful of others while demonstrating mature, responsible, and logical reasoning skills, creates an atmosphere that facilitates progress for all children.  A board member represents all 2000+ students.  He/she does not represent an individual student, class, school division, campus or special interest.  Each board member must adhere to a strict conflict of interest policy.

Team Player:  Board members must work well with others toward achieving a common goal. Understanding that LCS is multiple campuses, but one school with one spirit is critical. Concurrently, board members need to understand that each campus has somewhat different needs and that decisions must be made on the basis of what is best for the school as a whole.

Leadership:  A board member should be a community leader, and/or someone who volunteers their time to benefit their local church, neighborhood, charity or non-profit organization.

Time Commitment:  Members are charged with a serious responsibility.  They are not merely a hierarchical group who meets once per month to vote on a line-item agenda.  Board members are expected to be at all monthly meetings which last from 1-2 hours and meet every 4th Monday of the month.

Volunteer:  Members are expected to contribute several hours per month outside of the regularly scheduled meeting toward the benefit of LCS.  This includes committee leadership or other school wide volunteer opportunities.  Our directors should be the most dedicated and participating members of the LCS family, leading by example.

Donor:  Board members are the leaders who steer Lincoln Charter towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure Lincoln Charter has adequate resources to advance our mission.  Excellent School Board members will financially donate to the school (as they are able), he/she will understand the LCS fundraising plan, they will help to show appreciation for donors, he/she may work to identify potential donors and they will be a strong advocate for Lincoln Charter.

Please consider a nomination for a Lincoln Charter Board member, or serving on a committee.  It is a rewarding experience!  The LCS School Board nominating committee is now accepting nominations for the two parent elected positions on the 2018-2019 School Board. If you would like to nominate someone or if you would like to self nominate, please email schoolboardnominations@lincolncharter.org.

Please contact the school board via email with any questions you may have at schoolboard@lincolncharter.org.

Student Life
Water Walk
The 2nd Annual Water Walk is scheduled for World Water Day, March 22nd.
The purpose of the event is to advocate for access to clean water for everyone while creating empathy and understanding of the Global Water Crisis.  The simulation is of a child’s daily journey to collect water for their family. The walk is around 3 miles. The simulation is a mere glimpse in the daily life of children without access to clean water with hopes of students developing an empathetic view of the crisis.

The event will raise funds to purchase water filters for a village in Guatemala that will be served in April by our local Habitat for Humanity.  The Leadership Institute and Habitat for Humanity are partnering with the local Rotary club to also offer families smokeless stoves. The Walk is open to all high school students.  Registration information has been sent to their school issued email accounts.

In addition to the walk, all students in Grades K-12 are learning about the GLobal Water Crisis. Members of the Leadership Institute are leading lesson plans with students in grades Kg. – 8th grade.  These student led sessions include book readings, creative and intriguing lesson plans as well as conversations about the Global Water Crisis.  

Water Walk Spirit Week – March 19th -22nd
Monday – Black-Out Day
Wear black to represent the Global Water Crisis and the lack of clean water around the globe

Tuesday – Going Green Day
Wear green to represent environmental efforts that make clean water more accessible

Wednesday – White Out
Wear white to promote the hope for an end to the global water crisis

Thursday – True Blue Day
Wear a Water Walk t-shirt or blue to represent clean water

All students and staff are encouraged to participate in Water Walk Spirit Week.  K-8 students are not required to meet K-8 dress code requirements if they are participating in the Spirit Week theme days (please adhere to HS Dress Code). All grade levels are required to meet HS Dress Code during spirit days.  Participation in Water Walk Spirit Week is designed to demonstrate support for the Water Walk initiative.  

Water Walk t-shirts are available for purchase on MPP for elementary and middle school students at $10.00 per shirt now – March 15th at noon.  HS students that are participating in the walk receive a t-shirt as part of their registration fee.

MPP also has an option to support a water filter for a family in Guatemala for a donation of $36.00. Filters will be placed in homes this April by Habitat for Humanity.

Blood Drive
March 26 from 8:45-1:00 Help save up to three lives in the local community by donating blood March 26.  The Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will be at LCS Denver from 8:45 – 1:00 pm. Parents, teachers and students (must be 16) are welcome to donate. Bring a friend!

To date we have collected 135 units. We need to collect 66 units to earn the $2,500 in scholarship. To sign up, contact the Upper Building front office to fill a time slot or register online.

Please note: All 16 year old students must have a signed permission form to donate. If you have already filled one out, you do NOT have to do another form.   

If interested in volunteering or have additional questions, please email Lois Strain.

Odyssey of the Mind
LCS is excited to announce that 4 of 6 Odyssey of the Mind teams will advance to the State Finals on March 24th.
Elementary Vehicle: First place
Team: Luke Malta, Mallory Pajtas, Nigel Tranquilino, Andrew Crawford, Ella Plemmons

Elementary Classics
: First place
Team: Robbie Stoffel, Alden Stoffel, Zara Yousef, Lana Yousef, Ashlyn Davis

Elementary Balsa Structure
: Second place
Team: Abby Shonce, Alexa Miranda, Chail Amos, Nicolas Nadra, Hailey Radin, Carissa Ralph

Middle School Balsa Structure: First place
Team: Katie Rysdon, Claire Scott, Olivia Johnson, Marina Nichols, Caroline Miranda, Lia Zink

Our Middle School and High School teams faced some very stiff competition in their Humor divisions. These students are: MS: Luke Allen, Thomas Strain, Matthew Radin, Sophie Davis, Amaya Smith, Jenavive Smith, Charlie Ashton and

HS: Jacob Hawkins, Dalton Westveer, India Allan, Iris Thrush, Lottie Pate, Alex Schweitzer, Edouard Nadra.

Academics
School Calendar Reminder
Reminder this Thursday, March 8th is an Early Dismissal at 11:30 am and Friday, March 9th is a Teacher Workday, there is no school for students.

Half Day After School Plans
Thursday March 8th, 2018 is a half day for students due to professional development for our staff.  We will offer After School Care on this half day from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm for K through 8th grade students.  If you have not yet registered for our ASC program, you must do that prior to your student attending this Thursday.  There is an optional field trip to Lazy Five Ranch in Mooresville offered for your kiddos.  Payment MUST be paid in advance on MPP in order for your student to attend the field trip.  We will have onsite activities for students not attending the field trip.  Please click here for full details for this day. Please contact Lori.Bouman@lincolncharter with questions.

Athletics
Congratulations to our Varsity Men’s Basketball team for another great season!  Our boys lost to Winston Salem Prep on Saturday in the Western Regional Final.  Thank you for another historic season!

12th Annual “Soar Invitational”
2018 Sports Boosters Golf Tournament
Friday March 30, 2018 – Westport Golf Club – 1:00 PM
$65/person, $250/team
Player and Sponsorship forms can be found in the Booster Section of the LCS website

Summer Camp
We would like to welcome you to Lincoln Charter School Summer Camp 2018.  We would love to have your child or children in our camp this summer. We work hard to plan a super fun summer full of great activities. Our camp has multiple offerings, from a day camp full of exciting field trips and thrilling games, to fun filled enrichment programs. Click here for more information, including our 2018 Summer Camp Brochure!

PTO
Track Attack 2018 Logo Contest
Entries due Friday & Judge Needed
Our Track Attack logo contest ends this week Friday. See website for details. We are in need of one parent volunteer to be a judge on our Voting Board. If you are available Friday, March 16th, 3:00-4:30pm, to judge all entries, please fill out this form by March 9th to volunteer. We will randomly pick a name and notify you on March 12th. Judges may not have a child/relative with a entry in the contest.

Morning with Mom (K-6th grade only)
Friday, March 23, 7:30-8:30am, Lower Building Gym
All K-6 Moms are invited to attend our Morning with Mom event with their K-6 student(s). Start your day off with light refreshments and quality time with your children, courtesy of the PTO. All children must be supervised by an adult and remain supervised during the event. We are asking for some Dads to help with setup, serving, and cleanup. If you are available either the evening before, or during/after the event, please sign up using this form.

Get your Publix Cards!
Publix has a great passive fundraising program! We are lucky enough to have two new Publix stores in our area. Sherrills Ford is already open and Denver is opening this month! We have Publix Partners cards for your keychain ready to go. You cannot get these at the store. Please contact Ashlee Akerblom to have one sent home with your student (include student name, grade, homeroom, and # cards wanted).

Elementary Excitement
Jr. Eagles Fun Night Out Series March
The Jr. Eagles Fun Night Out Series presents an event for the month of March.  The Series event is for Kindergarten through 5th grade students. Parents drop off kiddos for a fun-filled time, leaving  opportunities to enjoy a date night out or a relaxed night in.

Kids Fitness Challenge & Games, Friday March 16th, 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm

We encourage you to register by Wednesday March 14th at 11:59 pm for the Early Bird pricing of $12.00 per student on MyPaymentsPlus.  You are welcome to register, or Walk-In after the early bird deadline, at the premium rate of $18.00.  Kiddos come ready for a fun filled Fitness Challenge along with plenty of games!  We will have sandwiches and grapes for dinner.  Plenty of fun activities for the evening! Please contact Lori.Bouman@lincolncharter with questions.

Please click here to access the Jr. Eagles Fun Night Out website.

Math Wizard
Congratulations to Anthony Crapanzano who has been named the math wizard this month for his mathematics accomplishments in Mrs. Suggs’ classroom!

Middle School Moments
7th and 8th Grade Field Trip Information Sessions
These sessions will take place on Wednesday March 7 in the MS/HS Multi-purpose room.
7th grade’s session will be at 6pm.
8th grade’s session will be at 6:30pm.

High School Happenings
Prom 2018
The Run for the Roses
May 5, 2018 7:00 – 11:00 pm
Hilton Charlotte Center City

Prom will honor the longest running sporting event in America’s history.  Claimed to be “the most exciting two minutes in sports” for its approximate duration, and is also called “The Run for the Roses” for the blanket of 554 lush red roses that are draped on the winning horse.  The Kentucky Derby is known for its fancy attire and over the top hats.  So join us for a night of dinner and dancing as we celebrate all of the Lincoln Charter Thoroughbreds.

Course Registration 2018-2019
LCS School Counselors will begin course registration for the 2018-19 school year on March 14.  We will be in the following English classes assisting students with completing their courses for next year.  Transcripts will also be handed out at this time.  The schedule is as follows..
Class of 2019 on March 14 (Mrs. Helms’ class)
Class of 2020 on March 21 (Mrs. Sundry’s class)
Class of 2021 on March 28 (Mrs. Gilliam’s class)

Parents, feel free to contact Mrs. Robinson or Mrs. Woods to view course offerings.  

How to Obtain College Credit
LCS Denver campus will host its annual informational session for students and parents March 21 from 6-7:30 in the MPR. This meeting is open to all high school students (incoming as well).  A representative from Gaston College will be available in addition to AP teachers speaking about their class subjects, expectations, etc.  Come join us….LCS has a lot to offer!  

AP Exams
May 7-18, 2018 – Students who are currently enrolled in an AP class will test for free.  Students enrolled in Psychology Honors are eligible to take the AP Psychology exam for $94.00  Students names have already been submitted for the AP Psychology exam.  Please speak with your student to make sure they have registered with Shavon Robinson no later than March 8, 2018.  Payment will be due before the test.  Payment will be accepted on My Payments Plus beginning March 12.

College Fair
National Association for College Admission Counseling will hold its annual college fair in Charlotte on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 12-4pm @ The Park Expo and Conference Center.  Students will have an opportunity to meet face to face with College Reps.  We encourage all students to register for free here.

Summer Opportunities
The George Washington University Pre-College 2018 is hosting a summer program for high school students.  Students in the program will spend a summer in Washington, D.C., taking advantage of GW’s expertise in global development, international relations, public policy and administration, politics, diplomacy, history, biomedical engineering, museum studies and the arts.  Click here for more information on how to register.  

The 2018 Martha Guy Summer Institute is July 8th -July 28th at Appalachian State University.  The Martha Guy Summer Institute for future business leaders was created to give high achieving high school students interested in pursuing a college degree in business a premier summer experience exploring the different disciplines within business, exposing them to regional business leaders and developing leadership and professional behavior skills needed to be successful in the business realm.  For more information, click here.  The deadline for the 2018 program has been extended to Friday, march 9, 2018.

University of South Carolina will host The Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series for Rising 6th-12th graders from June 5 – July 15.  The CMS Adventure Series creates unique opportunities for young people to expand their knowledge by attending fascinating lectures, participating in hands on learning and exposing them to student life.  For more information on cost, scholarships and discounts, click here.

NC State University Shelton Leadership Center announces The Shelton Challenge!  Students must be a rising 9th-12th grade students with a GPA of 3.0 or better.  For more information re: locations and deadlines, click here.

Gaston College’s Summer Camp program features a variety of short courses for teens from age 13 to 18.  Click here for more information.  Feel free to contact or stop by Mrs. Robinson office for dates and cost of sessions.  

Open Houses
The Citadel will have its open house on Friday, April 20, 2018.  During this informational program, students and parents will spend an afternoon learning about the admissions process, financial aid, academics, athletics, ROTC, and other aspects of The Citadel Experience.  For more information about this program and registration, click here.