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03.06.2018 Charter Chatter Lincolnton

03.06.2018 Charter Chatter Lincolnton

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
Coffee & Conversation
All families are invited to join us for Coffee & Conversation  with members of Administration. These sessions are an opportunity for you to meet with your student’s building administrator over coffee and light refreshments.  We look forward to conversations to strengthen our community. Please RSVP by completing this form.  

Driver’s Education Class (Lincolnton Students Only)
Driver’s Ed registration is open now for the class at the Lincolnton campus in March.  See details below.

Class details:
Dates: March 13th-March 29th (No Friday classes)
Location: Lincolnton Campus Multi-Purpose Room
Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Lincoln County School Board Drivers Ed Fee: $53.00
(Check or Cash will not be accepted)

Seats: By law the class is only allowed 50 seats per class. This class is a first come first serve basis. There are less than 20 spots left at this time.

Your student must be able to attend each day (only 1 absence allowed) and be there for the final exam on March 29th.

Driver’s Education Registration Information
To register your student for Driver’s Education Class (Lincolnton Students Only), please go onto your MyPaymentsPlus account for your student to fill out the registration form and remit payment ($53). If you do not pay at time of registration; a seat will not be reserved for your student. Payment secures your students registration and seat. Once the class is full, the fee will be removed from MyPaymentPlus.   For any questions, please contact Jessica Kelly.

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.

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
Nominations for 2018-2019
Thank you LCS families for your support and nominations so far. We will continue to accept nominations electronically until March 13. Available positions are
MS/HS Vice President
Volunteer Chair
Fundraising Chair

For information on these positions, please review the job descriptions on the PTO website http://lincolntonpto.lincolncharter.org/pto-operations/

You can also email questions to the nominations committee at Lincolntonpto@lincolncharter.org

You can nominate yourself or a family member of a current LCS student. Submit nominations online to LCSPTO2018Nominations@gmail.com

Parent Input on Conference Calls
We will have our first parent input conference calls next week, Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 pm and Wednesday March 14, at 7:45 p.m. The purpose of these calls is to get feedback and ideas to increase parent interest and involvement in the PTO, and in supporting our school.

To participate in one of these calls, follow these instructions.
At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line at
515-739-6210. When prompted, enter the access code 485040, followed by #.
Calls are scheduled to last for one hour. Please mute your phone unless you are asking a question.

Elementary Excitement
Upcoming Events
March 15The Art Show is coming!  The Art show is coming! Mark your calendars for March 15th 5-7pm in the elementary gym.  The art show will be showcasing work from K-12th grade students.  All students are welcome to attend. Come see all the amazing work these kids have been creating this year!   

March 202nd/3rd Grade Music Program “Jukebox Time Machine” — Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30pm in the Elementary Gym. Come time-travel with us and explore music from 1930-2000’s! You don’t want to miss it!!

From the Art Department
Hello Parents and students!  Last week we started our sidewalk board game project. The sidewalk surrounding the elementary campus will become an interactive game board for students to use when the playground is just too muddy.  We will be including physical activities as well as educational.

During the painting, each student does receive an apron and instructions to NOT get paint on their clothes.  If they DO get paint on their clothes, just keep washing until it comes out. Do not dry or they will be set in.  We are using acrylic paint which says “may stain some fabrics”. Since it is the sidewalk, we are not using washable paints.  

Parents are welcome to come during their child’s art time and help with the sidewalk.  You can email me for days & times.  

Thank you for your support! Abby Swengros

Middle School Moments
7th Grade Camp Weaver Overnight Trip
Currently there are not enough enrollments to make this trip financially feasible. Will need 40 students to sign up, and currently only have 18. The 7th graders will be taking an overnight trip to the YMCA’s Camp Weaver in Greensboro in conjunction with their annual tour of UNC Chapel Hill.  The trip will be March 28 and 29. The cost of the trip, which includes charter bus transportation, 4 meals, a day & night at Camp Weaver, campfire snacks, and a tour of UNC Chapel Hill, will be $120.

Payment can be made in full or in 2-installments on MyPaymentsPlus.

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.

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.