03.05.2019 Charter Chatter Lincolnton

03.05.2019 Charter Chatter Lincolnton

School Board
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.

Student Life
Family Resource Night
March 14th
6:30-7:30 pm, Machado Gymnasium (Denver Campus)
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’s 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’s ed class in order to be eligible. Contact Jessica Kelly (Lincolnton) or Lois Strain (Denver) with any questions.

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.
Elementary
Middle
High
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.  

Upcoming LCS Events
Mar 6:  4th Grade Field Trip
Mar 7:  3rd Quarter Ends
Mar 7:  Early Dismissal, 11:30 am
Mar 8:  Teacher Workday, No School for students
Mar 11:  8th Grade Library Field Trip
Mar 11:  HS Winter Sports Awards Night
Mar 12:  5th Grade Field Trip
Mar 13:  MS Empowering Eagles, HS Mentor/Mentee Session
Mar 14:  Family Resource Night, 6:30 pm, Machado Gymnasium, Denver Campus (see details in Student Life Section)
Mar 15:  8th Grade Band Field Trip
Mar 15:  Elementary Quarter 3 Pep Rally
Mar 15:  PTO MS Movie Night
Mar 16:  HS Drama Club Performances

Academics
Mark Your Calendar
March 7th is an early dismissal day.  Students will be dismissed at 11:30 am. After School Care will be open until 6:00 pm.

March 8th is a teacher workday.  There is no school for students.

PowerSchool
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.

Athletics
LCS HS Winter Sports Awards Night
Monday, March 11th 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 link to sign up: Ambassador Program.

Bobby Waverly is the Volunteer of the Month-  Bobby has one grandchild here on campus. Bobby may be new this year, but you can find her volunteering weekly with a smile on her face! Her favorite volunteer position is a lunchroom monitor. “I love being around the children. It makes me feel like I am contributing to my granddaughter’s well-being. Second is the library because it makes me feel like I am helping or giving back to the school.” Thank you, Bobby!   More details can be found here: The Lincoln Charter Volunteer Webpage

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: Atkins, Griffin, Stewart, McCurry/Peterson, and Williams. Congratulations!

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
PTO Board Nominations
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 many levels of service available. Don’t be afraid to inquire and see what may be a good fit. Nominations can be made using the nomination form below or through paper ballots found in the Elementary and MS/HS Front Offices. If you have any questions, please email Keith Hain or Susan Lineberger.  Nominations are open now until March 15th.

PTO Nominations 19-20

PTO MS Movie Night
Middle School movie night is Friday, March 15th at 6:00 pm in the Elementary Gym.  Ant-Man and the Wasp are described by one critic as “A lighter, brighter superhero movie powered by the effortless charisma of Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly.”

Cost is $5 per family, and concessions will be sold. See you at the movies!

Elementary Excitement
Upcoming Elementary Events

Click this link to learn about volunteer opportunities!

Congratulations to our Elementary Chorus on a job well done singing “God Bless America” at the Charlotte Checkers game on Friday!  If you missed it, the video is on Facebook and our handle is @lcslincolnton!

Congratulations to Paige Leborgne in 5th grade.  Her artwork was chosen for this year’s cover of the elementary yearbook!  We are so proud of you, Paige. Your creative artwork showed exceptional attention to detail and effort.  Thank you to all the students from Lincolnton and Denver who participated and submitted their art!

Library Missing Books
Ms. Swengros is printing a list this week of overdue books.  If your student has lost a book, please let the teacher know.  We cannot accept cash for the book. We can accept a replacement book or the charge will be put on your My Payments Plus account.  

Library Volunteers
Thank you for your help in keeping our library running smoothly! Every little bit helps, and we appreciate all you do.

Lego Wall
Thank you to everyone who has donated lego pieces for our lego wall.  We need a few more boards and we can start assembling it!

Art Room
The Elementary Art Show is April 4th  in the elementary gym. Prepping will start on April 1st.  If you would like to volunteer, please email Mrs. Swengros.  

Follow Us!  Get a sneak peek inside the art room. Follow us on Instagram.  lincolncharter_art.

Spanish
Students are talking about hobbies in Spanish this unit and creating videos using Flipgrid. Mrs. Brown encouraged the students to think about their favorite thing to do before they start making the videos and also to bring something to show (baseball ball, legos, etc.) next week for Spanish class. If you choose to let them bring something from home, please make sure it is something appropriate for school and that you feel comfortable with it being shared. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Brown.  

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram! lincolncharter_spanish

Middle School Moments
7th Grade Camp Weaver Trip
Seats are still open for the overnight trip to Camp Weaver and UNC-Chapel Hill.  The trip will be April 9-10. More information can be found in the link below:

7th Grade Overnight Field Trip Information

High School Happenings
Powderpuff
Powderpuff is a high school event sponsored by the Student Leadership Team.  Powderpuff will take place on Friday, April 12th this year. Both male and female high school students can purchase Powderpuff shirts, but only females will participate in the Powderpuff Football Game. Any students interested in signing up to play need to purchase their shirt and sign the required consent form on My Payments Plus.  Shirts are only available until March 14th and will cost $20.  Names and numbers for shirts can be completed on My Payments Plus.  More information about practices will be released within the upcoming weeks for those who choose to participate. If you have any questions about Powderpuff, please contact Jessica Kelly.

SLT Applications
HS Students were sent an email last week in regards to SLT Applications.  Student Leadership Team (SLT) applications for next school year are now open! The application window closes on March 31st! Be sure to read the application expectations in detail.  Incomplete applications (including incomplete teacher recommendations) will not be considered. If you have any questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to ask.  SLT Application 19-20

HS Exams Schedule
The HS Exams Schedule for finals week should be released next week in the Chatter.  

2019-2020 HS Class Registration
Mrs. Withers will begin meeting with HS students individually in the next few weeks to discuss schedule options for the upcoming school year.  Students will be able to pick up their tentative schedule at the end of the school year with final report cards.

How to Obtain College Credit in High School
LCS Denver Campus will host its annual informational session for students and parents on March 13th from 6:00-7:30 pm in the MPR on How to Obtain College Credit in High School. This meeting is open to all high school students from both campuses.  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 LCS has to offer! For more information, feel free to contact Mrs. Robinson. Please register by clicking here.