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Lincoln Elementary Handbook 2003-2004

Formal Progress Report


The purpose of this handbook is to inform the students, parents, and patrons of the requirements and general program to be followed at Lincoln School for the coming year.

Your school should be your pride and interest. Whatever you do in the classroom or in extracurricular activities, should be done to the best of your ability. Developing interest and enthusiasm in your school will help you do your best.

It will not be the intention to load the student with an over amount of regulations. The best discipline is self-discipline and we are sure that most of you know what you wish to accomplish during your school years. However, you should acquaint yourselves with the regulations that the school has set down in this handbook.

Your education is our essential concern. We want your educational progress to be enjoyable, and we want you to have a meaningful year. Your cooperation will help to achieve this goal. For a school to operate smoothly, rules and regulations are necessary--although they may seem a nuisance to you.


7:45 a.m.

Breakfast begins-Those students may enter the building

8:00 a.m.

Other students may enter building--Teachers available in their classrooms

8:10 a.m.

Class begins-Pre-school, Kindergarten, First & Second

11:05 a.m.

Kindergarten dismisses


Second grade 11:30 to 12:05
First grade 11:50 to 12:25

12:15 p.m.

Afternoon kindergarten begins

3:10 p.m.

All classes dismiss - teachers available

Regular attendance is essential for a student in order for them to benefit from school. Please make every effort to have your child at school.

According to Kansas state law students are expected to attend school on a regular basis.

The Principal is the official Truancy officer for the building and is required to report to appropriate state agencies if a student has had excessive absences.

Students are considered truant if they have 5 unexcused absences in a semester or are absent 3 consecutive days or 7 days in a school year without being excused.

When an absence occurs the parent is required to notify the school as to the nature of the absence. A phone call to the school or a note upon the students return will suffice. Excused absences are determined by the Principal and may include the following:

Personal illness -- a Doctor note may or may not be required
Illness in the family -- all school work must be kept current
Death of a relative
Observation of a religious holiday

If a student is going to be gone for reasons other than the above examples, parents must meet with the principal prior to the absences to determine if the absence will be considered excused.

Tardies make it difficult for students to keep up with their school work and interferes with the learning opportunities of other students. Every 3 tardies will equal one unexcused absence.

Textbook fees are $10.00 for kindergarten and $20.00 for grades 1 and 2. Breakfast is .90 and lunch is $1.60. Extra milk is $.30. Kindergarten classes have a milk break each day. Cost is $.30 per day or $13.50 each 9 weeks. Adult breakfast is $1.35 and lunch is $2.30 .

Meal money is due in advance. Students will not be allowed to charge more than $10.00. If paying for meals is a hardship for you, please make application for free/reduced meals. Extra meal/milk money will be refunded at the end of the year if requested by a parent.

It would be appreciated if meals and milk are paid by the week or better yet, by the month. Kindergarten teachers appreciate milk money paid each 9 weeks ($13.50). Monday morning is the best time to send money.

If it becomes necessary for a student to take any form of medication at school, a form is available in the school office. This form must be signed by a PARENT AND PHYSICIAN. All medication will be kept in and dispensed through the office by the school nurse or office staff.

One of the most important lessons education should teach is discipline. While it does not appear as a subject, it underlies the whole educational structure. It is the training that develops self-control, character, orderliness, and efficiency. It is the key to good conduct and proper consideration for other people.

With an understanding of the purpose of discipline in a school, you may form a correct attitude toward it, and not only do your part in making your school an effective place of learning, but develop the habit of self-restraint which will make you a better person.

Very few rules will be made; those that are made are for the purpose of protecting school and the students who wish to gain the most from their school. Infractions of these rules will be dealt with fairly but firmly.

Continuous referrals to the office for misbehavior could result in any one or a combination of the following:

  1. Time out in the office
  2. Missing recesses
  3. Separated at lunch
  4. Parent conference
  5. Referral to other agencies
  6. Short term suspension
  7. Long term suspension or expulsion

In the event of inclement weather or other abnormal situations which would necessitate the closing or delayed opening of school, please listen for radio/television announcements. Stations slated to make these announcements are: all local television stations and KMOQ, 107 FM.

Classroom teachers in conjunction with the principal decide if a volunteer is needed for the classroom. We encourage parents to give volunteer assistance to the school. We may need room mothers, reading tutors, library helpers and parents to make teaching aids. If you can give of your time and talent, it would be appreciated.

Students who come to school on the bus should return home on the bus unless they have a note or phone call from parents. Riding the school bus is a privilege. Improper conduct on the buses will result in that privilege being denied.

Only regularly scheduled bus students are to ride the buses.

Students will not use the office phone for personal calls except in emergency and with staff permission. In the event a student receives a call he will be called out of class only in case of an emergency.

Expect to receive progress reports during the year. These reports will be sent to parents at the end of each grading period.

All visitors must check in at the office upon entering the building. Parents are welcome to visit their child’s classes with the principal’s approval. However, during the following periods of time it would be best for the children not to have visitors: the first two weeks of school, the last two weeks of school, before holidays, and during the weeks of standardized tests. Please check with the teacher prior to visiting so that you may observe students being instructed in areas of interest to you.

Any parent, friend, or relative wishing to eat with a student must contact the office before 9:00 a.m. to make lunch reservations. Guest’s meals must be paid for at the time of the visit.

Two scheduled conferences will be held during the school year. One will be held in the fall and the other in the spring. Dates of these conferences will be sent home as early as possible prior to the meetings.

Student behavior in the cafeteria should be based on courtesy and cleanliness. Students will go through the cafeteria serving line in an orderly fashion. Students are to remain in the cafeteria until they have finished eating and been dismissed. At no time are pupils allowed to take food outside of the cafeteria.

If it is necessary for your child to leave school please contact the office.
Children must be checked in or out through the office.

All dental and doctor appointments should be scheduled after school hours if at all possible. Your child should not be taken from school unless absolutely necessary.

Fire drills are held at regular intervals throughout the school year. Remember these basic rules:

  1. Check the instructions in each classroom indicating how to leave the building in case of fire.
  2. Walk. No talking. Move quickly and quietly to the designated area.

Each teacher will be responsible for assisting any disabled student in his/her charge to the nearest accessible exit and/or designated refuge area for their classroom. The building administrator will be responsible for assisting any disabled visitors and/or employees to the nearest accessible exit and/or designated safe refuge area.

Articles found in and around the school should be turned in to the main office where the owners may claim their property by identifying it.

K.A.R. 28-1-6 (1) on head lice should be called to attention which states: “(1) Prediculosis: Students infested with lice and/or nits shall be excluded from school or child care facilities until treated with an anti parasitic drug and until all nits have been removed.”

Parents are encouraged to check their children regularly and notify the school if lice are found.

Items brought to students; glasses, books, lunches, messages, etc., should be taken to the office. Office staff will make deliveries as scheduling permits.

Birthday and party invitations should not be passed out at school unless each class member is invited.

If your child rides to or from school, they should be supervised until you as a parent are satisfied with their performance. Once at school they should push their bicycles to the racks provided and park them. The school is not responsible for lost or damaged bicycles.

Homework is a very important part of your child’s education. Please take the time to assist your child each evening with their lessons. First and second grade children will have a reading assignment most evenings. Please assist them with it. Please check your child’s book bag for assignments and notes from the teacher. We also request that you sign their homework sheet and return it to school the next day. We believe the responsibility of returning all books and homework to school each day is your child’s however your cooperation in this would be most helpful.

The Kansas State Board of Education adopted on March 12, l991, the Quality Performance Accreditation System (QPA), an effort to address school improvement, accountability, and individual student performance at the building level. The 1992 Kansas legislature required all districts to participate in Quality Performance Accreditation. As a part of that legislative requirement, each school in every district which operates more than one school will advise and counsel their local school in evaluating state, school district, and school site performance goals and objectives. Each council will also provide input into determining the methods that should be employed at the school site to meet those goals and objectives. Lincoln Elementary School established their School Site Council in January 1993.

The mission of the council is to establish a strong developmental foundation for reading in the primary school. A foundation that will instill in the child an appreciation of reading for enjoyment, for the attainment of knowledge, and the fulfillment of life-long needs. The instruction will be child centered based on individual development, ability and interest level.

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