03.05.2019 Charter Chatter Denver

03.05.2019 Charter Chatter Denver

Student Life
Family Resource Night
March 14th
6:30-7:30 pm, Machado Gymnasium
Lincoln Charter, in partnership with Lincoln County Schools, is pleased to announce an upcoming Family Resource Night.  This event is specific to the e-cigarette/vaping epidemic. This event is highly recommended to all of our families and is open to the public.  Please view the linked flyer for more information.  We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Spring Festival
April 26th
Let’s get together and celebrate the Spring Season. Join us at the Lincolnton Campus on Friday, April 26th from 5:00-8:00 pm.  The evening will include a performance by the HS Band and an Art Show. In addition, there will be interactive activities and more!  Click here for more information.

Summer Driver Ed
The NC Driving School will be holding two Driver Ed classes at Lincoln Charter this summer.  There will be a class at the Denver campus from June 3-June 7 and one at the Lincolnton campus from July 22-July 26.  Both classes are from 8:00 am-2:30 pm. LCS will NOT provide transportation between campuses for Driver Ed.  Registration will be limited to 50 students. Sign up and registration is open on My Payments Plus.  Students must be 14 ½ years old on the first day of driver ed class in order to be eligible. Contact Jessica Kelly (Lincolnton) or Lois Strain (Denver) with any questions.

Water Walk Shirts
Water Walk t-shirts are available for purchase on MPP for elementary and middle school students at $10.00 per shirt now – March 7th at noon.  HS students who are participating in the walk receive a t-shirt as part of their registration fee.

Yearbook Deadline Approaching
March 15th is the final deadline for purchasing yearbooks and no extra copies will be ordered.  LCS produces three different yearbooks, and direct links to purchase yours are below.
Please note that students in both Lincolnton and Denver share a combined book at each level, so there is no need to differentiate between campuses.  

Jr. Eagles Fun Night Out Series March
The Jr. Eagles Fun Night Out Series presents the first Annual Spring Carnival on Friday, March 15th from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  The doors will open at 5:20 pm.  The Series events are for Kindergarten through 5th-grade students. Parents, drop off your kids for a fun-filled night, for the opportunity to enjoy a date night out, a relaxed night in, or catching up on your latest project.  The evening will include dinner, carnival fun, and prizes. Register by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, March 12th for the Early Bird Rate of $13 per student.  After the deadline, you can also register Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, March 13th, 14th or 15th at the rate of $20 per student.  Please register for the event on MPP. Hope to see you there!  Please click here for the Jr. Eagles Fun Night Out Website for further details..

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 mindset, who is respectful of others while demonstrating mature, responsible, and logical reasoning skills that create an atmosphere that facilitates progress for all children.  A board member represents all 2,000+ 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 operates on multiple campuses, but as 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 his or her time to benefit one’s 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), they will understand the LCS fundraising plan, they will help to show appreciation for donors, they 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 2019-2020 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.

Half Day After School Plans
Thursday, March 7th, 2019 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 Kate’s Skate in Gastonia offered for your children. 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.

Mark your Calendar
March 7th is an early dismissal day.  Students will be dismissed at 11:30 am.
March 8th is a teacher workday.

We have been informed that PowerSchool parent and student portals will be down from Friday, March 8th at 5:00 pm through Tuesday, March 12th at 5:00 am.  Teachers and school staff will also be prevented from accessing these systems while the state migrates data to a new platform. Please understand that we are NOT able to update attendance, grades or demographic information during these few days.

LCS HS Winter Sports Awards Night
Monday, March 11 at 7:00 pm in Machado Gymnasium

Paws at the Park
May 2nd vs Pine Lake Prep – More information to come

13th Annual LCS Sports Booster “Soar Invitational” Golf Tournament
Saturday, April 6, 2019 – Westport Golf Club
Registration at 8 am – Shotgun Start at 9 am – Lunch served during the round
$65/player or $250 per team of 4
All player registration and payment due by Monday, April 8, 2019
Player Registration Form     Sponsorship Form

Booster Wear
Booster Wear is now available – Jackets, fleece, t-shirts, hoodies, sweatpants, tanks, towels, blankets, hats and more. Booster Wear can be purchased through this link or by going to the LCS website under Athletics/Boosters/LCS Booster Wear.

Eagle Volleyball Clinics
Lincoln Charter Volleyball coaches are excited to announce the first ever volleyball clinics. These clinics are offered to all levels of players from 3rd grade thru 11th grade. Clinics will be open to LCS students as well as outside of our community. You must register to reserve your spot. Please see flyer for directions.

Engaged Eagles
Do you remember what it felt like to be new at Lincoln Charter? A new program is kicking off this spring and you can be a part of it. Lincoln Charter is looking for families who want to share their enthusiasm and knowledge to help make all new families feel welcome. Are you motivated and willing to call new families on a regular basis to connect and answer questions?  You may make a lifelong friend and of course, you will share your Eagle pride. This is also a great way to accumulate your expected volunteer hours! Click this link for more information and this one to sign up Ambassador Program.

April Lee is the Volunteer of the Month-  April has two daughters on campus. April may be new this year, but you can find her volunteering weekly with a smile on her face! Her favorite volunteer position: “ I enjoy watching the front desk for Sonya once in a while because it is never boring, always something new to learn.” Thank you, April! More details can be found here.

Have you earned your 30 hours? Lincoln Charter challenges each family to volunteer for 30 hours over the course of the school year.   We are adding more families to the list that have met and/or exceeded their 30 hours: Wrenn, Wootton, Wessel and Pleasant. Congratulations!    

If you are looking for evening volunteer opportunities, a fun way to log volunteer hours is the Jr. Eagles Fun Night Out. Scroll back up to see details on this evening and you can click here to volunteer, Jr. Eagles Fun Night Out.

Opportunities and events are listed here:  The Lincoln Charter Volunteer Webpage

Summer Camp
We would like to welcome you to Lincoln Charter School’s Summer Camp 2019.  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 athletic and scholar programs. Click here for more information, including our 2019 Summer Camp Brochure!

PTO Board Nominations – Now through March 8th
Are you looking to take a more active role at our school? Being a part of the PTO Board or on a PTO Committee is a great way to do it! We have positions for all levels of availability. Don’t be afraid to inquire and see what may be a good fit. Nominations can be made using this nomination form. If you have any questions, please email us.

Elementary Excitement
Little Eagles in the News- Rated Chess Club Tournament
Congratulations to our very own Reed Osborne who participated in the Lincoln County Chess Club.  Reed placed first in his grade level and was undefeated! Please join us in congratulating Reed! Photo!

Middle School Moments
Here is this week’s WLCS Newscast

Mix-It-Up Lunch
Mix-It-Up Lunch will take place on Wednesday 3/6.   The next music theme is “Songs from Movies”

7th Grade Camp Weaver Overnight Trip
Please make sure to sign your student up for the Camp Weaver trip on MyPaymentsPlus – All payments are due March 22nn.

High School Happenings
How to Obtain College Credit
LCS Denver campus will host its annual informational session for students and parents on March 13th from 6-7:30pm in the MPR on How to Obtain College Credit in High School. This meeting is open to all high school students.  Representatives from Gaston College will be available in addition to AP teachers speaking about their class subjects, expectations, etc.  Come join us to see what Lincoln Charter has to offer! For more information, feel free to contact Mrs. Robinson. Please register by clicking here.

2019-2020 Class Registration
LSC Academic Counselors will start registration for 2019-20 at the end of March with the rising seniors.  This will take place during junior English classes beginning March 20th. Current teachers will make individual recommendations for next year’s core classes.  In addition, counselors will assist students in making selections regarding electives and/or dual enrollment courses. We encourage students to have a conversation with each of their teachers about upcoming course selections.  Students will receive a copy to take home for parents to review. Registration forms must be returned back to Mrs. Robinson or Mrs. Woods with a parent’s signature.

People Helping People-SECU Foundation 2019 Scholarship
Please stop by our office for an application.  All completed applications are due to Mrs. Woods or Mrs. Robinson by Friday, March 15th.

Community News
Mrs. Waddle and Mrs. Williams are asking for your help in supporting their teacher development in Haiti with Give Hope Global. So far, because of their family and friends, they have been able to hold TWO workshops for 70+ teachers in the southern region of Haiti. Some of those teachers have anywhere from 50-90 students. Can you imagine how many students that can potentially reach? They taught teachers there about engagement and classroom management strategies! In addition, they have been working closely with the neighboring Deaf School in Cambry to provide amazing school supplies and teacher development.
What’s next?!? They will be heading back soon to visit with teachers to help prepare for their next big teacher conference!
How can you help? You can help them in two ways:

1- They are selling t-shirts! If you would like to order a t-shirt, click here for the order form.
2- They are having a yard sale! Help by getting rid of clutter! It’s a win-win! If you are in need of getting rid of clutter, now is the perfect time as they will take that stuff for you. Donated items can go a long way in helping them raise funds. Please email them for more information!
Lynsey Waddle – lynsey.waddle@lincolncharter.org and Christina Williams christina.williams@lincolncharter.org

Please visit their Facebook Page to follow their journey.