Parent/Family Handbook


STATE OF HAWAII

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

615 AUWAIOLIMU STREET

HONOLULU, HAWAII  96813

(808) 587-4480






Parent/Family Handbook

School Year:  2013 – 2014











Serving the children and communities of:  

Kewalo, Makiki, Papakolea, Round Top, and Tantalus













Welcome to Lincoln Elementary School!



A Message from the Principal



Dear Parents and Friends of Lincoln School:


Welcome to the 2013-14 school year. We hope that you will find this year to be a wonderful experience.  Our entire staff is dedicated to preparing your child for college and career even at this young age.  This effort begins with our caring staff members taking a personalized look at the strengths and growth areas of each student.  With this analysis, we select and implement the correct research-based, educational strategies to stimulate the development of your child.  This focus on academics, both curricular and extra-curricular, will provide all students the opportunity to achieve their dreams.  


Our school wide focus on writing and science continues as we believe that skills in these areas will provide the best chance of future career success.  The classroom focal point will be utilizing small group instruction to support all students.  We feel this master strategy will produce amazing results and will guide all of our systems in the school.  


This handbook will help to explain how all of our policies, rules, programs, and activities here at Lincoln Elementary School support our vision.  Since we are always trying to improve the quality of education, initiatives may be updated.  Please approach or call me about any questions or concerns that may come up at 587-4480.  



Aloha and mahalo for trusting us with your keiki,


Shannon Goo





















Daily Bell Schedule


 


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

 

 7:55 a.m.    Teachers’ Day Begins (Student Warning Bell)

 8:00 a.m.   Students’ Day Begins (Tardy Bell)

 9:45 a.m.- 9:55 a.m. Recess (Grades PreK-5)

10:55 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Lunch:  Staggered (See below)

10:55 a.m.-11:40 a.m. Grades Preschool, K, 1, 2 Lunch Block

10:55 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. Pre-School Lunch

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Grade K Lunch

11:05 a.m. - 11:35 a.m. Grade 1 Lunch

11:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Grade 2 Lunch

11:45 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Grades 3, 4, 5 Lunch Block

11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Grade 3 Lunch

11:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Grade 4 Lunch

11:55 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. Grade 5 Lunch

 1:00 p.m.-  1:10 p.m. Recess (Grades PreK-5)

 2:15 p.m.    End of School

 2:15 p.m.-  3:00 p.m. Afternoon Preparation Period



 

Wednesday

 

 7:55 a.m.   Teachers’ Day Begins (Student Warning Bell)

 8:00 a.m. Students’ Day Begins (Tardy Bell)

 9:45 a.m.- 9:55 a.m.   Recess (Grades PreK-5)

10:55 a.m.-12:25 p.m. Lunch:  Staggered, See Lunch Schedule Above

12:30 p.m.    End of School

12:30 p.m.-  1:15 p.m.   Afternoon Preparation Period

 1:15 p.m.-  2:00 p.m.   Meetings

 2:00 p.m.-  3:00 p.m.                  Professional Learning Communities / PD













The School Day


8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Wednesday


Students are expected to be in school every day by 8:00 a.m.  Parents are responsible for ensuring that their child/children are dropped off and picked up on time.  If your child is tardy, she/he needs to report to the office to get a tardy pass before going to class.  If your child is ill and unable to come to school, please contact the office between 7:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.  When your child returns to school after an absence, she/he must submit a parent note to her/his homeroom teacher.


Attendance Policy


Lincoln School uses the following definitions of “Absent” and “Tardy.”


“Absent” means that the student is not physically present in school for at least half of the school day except if the student is on an authorized school activity.

“Tardy” means that the student reports to school or class after the starting time designated by the school.  In the case of Lincoln School, that starting time is 8:00 a.m.


If a student is present in school for less than half a day (less than 3 hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) [11:00a.m.] and less than 2 hours on Wednesdays [10:00 a.m.]), that student is marked as “Absent.”  If a student arrives late to school, that student is marked as “Tardy.”


Lincoln Elementary always considers what is in the best interest of a child and its obligation to meet the provisions of the compulsory school attendance law.  Hawaii law states:


Hawaii Revised Statues (HRS) 302A-1131 requires a child who is six (6) years of age and not yet eighteen (18) on or before December 31, of any school year to attend either a public or private school unless properly excused from school.  Parent or guardians having responsibility for the care of a child must send their child to school unless exempted by law.  


HRS 302A-1135 provides that a parent or guardian who does not enforce the child’s regular attendance may be guilty of a petty misdemeanor.  The penalty for a petty misdemeanor is a fine up to $1,000.00 (HRS 706-640) or jail time for up to thirty (30) days (HRS 706-663).


HRS 302A-1136 places the responsibility for enforcing compulsory attendance with the Department of Education (DOE).  Agreements have been developed with all police departments within the state regarding truant students.  The DOE may refer students who are chronic absentees to Family Court.


We are more than willing to extend any assistance needed to quickly resolve any school attendance concerns.  If inconsistent attendance becomes chronic, we will follow the procedures described under our school’s attendance policy to assist your child.


After School Care


The Nuuanu YMCA is the private provider of the A+ Program.  It offers daily structured and supervised activities from the end of the school day until 5:30 p.m.  Interested parents may contact the Nuuanu YMCA at 541-5261 or speak to the site coordinator whose office hours are between 2:15 – 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.  Applications are available at the office and must be returned directly to the Nuuanu YMCA.  Payments will not be accepted by the school office.


Cellular Phones


Because they create distractions in the classroom and present other problems (theft, damage, etc.), cellular phones are not to be used during the school day.  A cellular phone that is being handled by a student during the school day will be confiscated.




If there is a need for a student to make a phone call during the school day, she/he may use the phone in the office, with permission.  If a parent wants to contact her/his child, she/he should call the office and have a message delivered to the student.  Phone messages for your child should be kept to a minimum and limited to emergencies or unexpected change in plans.  Please try to make plans/arrangements with your child before the start of your child’s school day.


To avoid a student’s cellular phone being confiscated, parents should refrain from calling the student’s cellular phone when school is in session.


Civil Rights Policy and Complaint Procedure


Hawaii Administrative Rules—Title 8—Department of Education—Subtitle 2, Education—Part 1,

Public School—Chapter 41, Civil Rights Policy and Complaint Procedures


The Civil Rights Policy and Complaint Procedure was adopted by the Board of Education.  Public school administrators are required to inform parents, students and staff of the policy.


According to Chapter 41,

“(a) It is the policy of the board of education that there shall be no discrimination in any program, activity, or service of the public school system on the basis or race, color, religion, sex, age national origin, ancestry or disability.  No disabled person who is otherwise qualified shall be denied the opportunity to participate in or receive benefits of, or be subjected to disparate treatment in any program, activity, or service of the public school system.  The public school system shall comply with all applicable state and federal nondiscrimination laws and regulations in administering the policy.  

(b) This chapter establishes a procedure in the public school system for filing and resolving complaints regarding alleges violations of nondiscrimination rights protected by federal and state laws.”


A complete copy of Chapter 41 may be obtained via the web at http://lilinote.k12.hi.us/PUBLIC/ADMINR1.NSF or may be viewed in the school office.


Conferences


Conferences are an integral part of the reporting system and by far, the best means of communication between teacher and parents.  They can provide valuable information for both parties in working for the best interest of the student.  Conference should always be arranged by appointment to allow parents and the teacher adequate time to discuss the student.  Parents may arrange for a conference by sending a note to the student’s teacher, by informing the student’s counselor, or by leaving a message with the school office.


School-wide parent-student-teacher conferences are held in October after the first quarter.  The conferences will be scheduled over a seven-day period and students will be released early from school to accommodate the conferences.  Detailed information will be sent home a few weeks before the start of the conferences.


Discipline Plan


Lincoln Elementary School follows Chapter 19:  Student Misconduct, Discipline, School Searches and Seizures, Reporting Offenses, Police Interviews and Arrests, and Restitution for Vandalism.  Chapter 19 includes Class A, B, and C offenses.  Class D offenses deal with school level rules and policies.  Class A, B, C, and D offenses are outlined below.  When students violate rules and policies, the school will intervene with the consequences below.  Consequences progressively become more severe if problem behaviors continue or become worse.  The consequences are not mutually exclusive and several could be administered concurrently.


Examples of Class A Offenses:

(1) Assault; (2) Burglary; (3) Dangerous Instrument, or substance; possession or use of; (4) Dangerous Weapons; possession, or use of; (5) Drug paraphernalia; possession, use, or sale of; (6) Extortion; (7) Fighting; (8) Firearms; possession or use of; (9) Homicide; (10) Illicit drugs; possession, use, or sale of;


(11) Intoxicating Substances; possession, use, or sale of; (alcohol); (12) Property damage or vandalism; (13) Robbery; (14) Sexual Offenses; or (15) Terroristic Threatening.


Examples of Class B Offenses:

(1) Bullying; (2) Cyber bullying; (3) Disorderly conduct; (4) False Alarm; (5) Forgery; (6) Gambling; (7) Harassment; (8) Hazing; (9) Inappropriate or questionable uses, or both of internet materials or equipment, or both; (10) Theft; or (11) Trespassing.


Examples of Class C Offenses:

(1) Abusive language; (2) Class cutting; (3) Insubordination; (4) Laser pen/laser pointer; possession or use of; (5) Leaving campus without consent; (6) Smoking or use of tobacco substances; or (7) Truancy.


Examples of Class D Offenses (School Rules):

(1) Contraband; possession or use of; (2) Minor problem behaviors; or (i) “Defiance/disrespect/non-compliance,” “Disruption” means student engages in low-intensity, inappropriate disruption; (ii) “Dress code violation,” (iii) “Inappropriate language,” (iv) “Physical contact,” (v) “Property misuse” means student engage in low-intensity misuse of property; (vi) “Tardy” other; (3) Other school rules.


Disciplinary Action (Class A-D Offenses):


Interventions to teach students appropriate behaviors must be instituted when disciplinary actions are imposed.  Disciplinary action options may include the following:


(1) Correction and conference with student; (2) Detention; (3) Crisis Removal; (4) Individualized instruction related to student’s problem behaviors; (5) In-school suspension; (6) Interim alternate educational setting; (7) Loss of privileges; (8) Parent conferences; (9) Time in office; (10) Suspension of one to ten school days; (11) Suspension of eleven or more school days; (12) Saturday school; (13) Disciplinary transfer; (14) Referral to alternative education programs; (15) Dismissal; or (16) Restitution.


Examples of Class D Offenses (School Rules/Policies):


Prohibited Behaviors

1. Play fighting; 2. Use of inappropriate language; 3. Loitering in bathrooms; 4. Littering; 5. Bike riding, skateboarding, riding Razors, rollerblading, skating on Heeleys on campus; 6. Bouncing balls on walkways or against walls; and 7. Climbing on fences and/or walls.


Off-Limits Areas

1. All parking lots; 2. Hill in back of school; 3. Playground equipment before and after school; 4. Behind backstop of baseball field; 5. Bushes next to recreation center.


Dress Code

Clothing that promotes drugs, violence, and/or sex is prohibited.  Wearing hats of any kind indoors is prohibited (this includes all classrooms, the library, the technology room, and the cafeteria).


Contraband Items

1.  Toys from home (i.e.) Balls, guns, dice, Pokeman, Yu-Gi-Oh, Anime, Digimon, etc.

2.  Any expensive items from home (i.e.) jewelry, CD players, iPods, cell phones, electronic

    games, larges amounts of cash, etc.

3.  Any items deemed as disruptive, destructive or harmful (i.e.) Whistles, diaries,

    slingshots, lighters, matches, fireworks, etc.

4.  Scooters (including Razors), Heeleys (shoes with wheels) and Bicycles

5.  Any other items that a teacher and/or administration deem as dangerous or that may

    contribute to a disturbance or problem.


All contraband items are confiscated:

-1st offense:  confiscated/returned to student at end of day;

-2nd offense:  confiscated/parent must pick up from school;

-3rd offense:  confiscated/ parent must pick up from school at end of school year.



No Dogs Allowed


For health and safety of students, staff and visitors, dogs are not allowed on campus at any time.  The Humane Society will be called to pick up stray dogs found on campus.


Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures


Campus supervision is not provided for students before 7:30 a.m. or after 2:30 p.m.  Children may be dropped off and picked up in front of the office.  Parents should drop off their child/children well before the tardy bell (7:55 a.m.).  Children should be picked up no later than 2:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and no later than 12:45 p.m. on Wednesdays.


Please pick up and drop off your children at the sidewalk fronting the school office.  Load and unload your child/children from the outside lane only, not the inside lane.  The outside lane is the lane nearest to the sidewalk fronting the school office.  Drivers are asked not to block other drivers, the crosswalk, or parking areas.  Continue moving around the circular driveway if your child is not ready and waiting in front of the school office.  Traffic around the oval driveway flows in only one direction (See Map).  After school, Kindergarten teachers and/or their aides will escort their students to A+ or to the front of the office for pick up.  All students will be asked to wait for pick up in front of the office.  Students are not allowed to wait for pick up or play on the grassy areas fronting the school.


Parents who come to pick up their children before 2:15 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays or 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays cannot wait at their child’s classroom for safety reasons.  Parents may wait in the cafeteria until the dismissal bell rings.


When picking up children during the school day, parents should report to the office to obtain an off campus student pass and should not go directly to their child’s classroom.


School Actions Regarding Late Pick Up


Children should be picked up no later than 2:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and no later than 12:45pm on Wednesdays. Procedures are listed in the Parent Handbook. If your child/children is/are picked up late, the following school actions will take place in progressive order:


First Offense = Phone call to parent

Second Offense = Parent must sign written warning

Third Offense = Final signed written warning to Parent

Fourth Offense = School to call Child Welfare Services(CWS) and

Honolulu Police Department(HPD)


Emergency Information


Please keep the school office informed of your current address, telephone number(s), and any individuals to be contacted and their telephone numbers.  This is the only information that we have to contact you in the event of an emergency.  Therefore, it is important that parents complete an Emergency Card (See Health Room) and a Tracer Card (See Office) for each of their children and keep the office updated as to any changes.


Emergency School Closure


In the event of a Civil Defense emergency (hurricane, flood, etc.), parents should tune a radio to the Emergency Broadcast System for information.  Please do NOT call the school for information as this will tie up the phone lines.  If the school is to be closed, it will be announced over the radio.  If this occurs, please go directly to your child’s classroom and sign out your child there.  If no one is in the classroom, please go to the office.  When parking your car, please do not block the driveway or another person’s car.




Field Trips


Every student attending a field trip must have her/his parent complete and return the Parent Authorization For Student Travel form to her/ his homeroom teacher.  All field trip forms and monies must be turned in by noon on the day they are due.  No late forms and/or money will be accepted after the noon deadline.  Because field trips are scheduled in advance, students and parents are notified of field trip expenses weeks before a field trip.  Lincoln School does not cover the field trip expenses for any student.  Students must wear covered shoes on all field trips.  Slippers, sandals, Crocs, and any open-toe or open-heel shoes are not allowed.  Students must bring their own home lunch on field trips.  Students who do not participate in a field trip are expected to attend school.  Work will be provided for that day.


GLOs (General Learner Outcomes)


General Learner Outcomes are the observable behaviors or evidence that a student has achieved a standards-based education.  They apply to all students in all grade levels and are fostered in daily classroom activities and in a student’s application of learning.  Student progress on the General Learner Outcomes are reported on the standards-based report card.


1.  Be a Self-Directed Learner

The ability to be responsible for one’s own learning.


2.  Be a Community Contributor

The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together.


3.  Be a Complex Thinker

The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving strategies.


4.  Be a Quality Producer

The ability to recognize and produce quality performance and quality products.


5.  Be an Effective Communicator

The ability to communicate effectively.


6.  Be an Effective and Ethical User of Technology

The ability to use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically.


Health Requirements


A current TB clearance, physical and immunizations are required.  Completed Health Record (Form 14) and TB clearance forms must be turned in to the School Health Aide in order for any student to attend school.


Homework Policy


What is Homework?


Homework is defined as out-of-class tasks assigned to students as an extension or elaboration of classroom work.  There are three types of homework:  practice, preparation, and extension.


Practice assignments reinforce newly acquired skills.  For example, students who have just learned a new method of solving a mathematical problem should be given sample problems to complete on their own.  Preparation assignments help students get ready for activities that will occur in the classroom.  Students may, for example, be required to do background research on a topic to be discussed later in class.  Extension assignments are frequently long-term continuing projects that parallel class work.  Students must apply previous learning to complete these assignments, which include science fair projects and term papers.





Goal of Lincoln School’s Homework Policy


The goal of Lincoln School’s homework policy is to improve or enhance student achievement.  Lincoln School believes that homework is an important part of each student’s education because learning should not end when she/he leaves school each day.  Most students would benefit from the time spent at home in practicing, reinforcing, and extending the concepts and skills introduced in the classroom.  Parents can use homework to help their child build good study habits and a positive attitude toward learning.  Homework can be a form of communication between the school and the home.  Parents can discover what their child is learning and can use homework as a basis to actively contribute to her/his intellectual growth.


Lincoln School’s Homework Policy supports the Board of Education Homework Policy #2270 which states:


“Homework is the time students spend outside the classroom in assigned activities to practice, reinforce, or apply newly acquired skills and knowledge and learn necessary skills of independent study.  To derive the greatest benefit from school learning experiences, students must at times finish related study and follow-up work at home.


The BOE supports and encourages homework that strengthens and reinforces learning.  Homework is an integral part of a student’s education.  Homework reinforces student learning in school, builds responsibility, and develops essential study habits….


Homework is a shared responsibility among teachers, students, and parents.”


Homework Requests


When your child is absent, homework may be requested from the 2nd day.  Call in requests for homework before 9:00 a.m. to give the teacher time to prepare the assignment.  Homework requests will be made available for pick up between 2:15 – 4:00 p.m.  However, please call the office to verify ahead of time that homework assignments are ready for pick up.


Administrator’s Responsibility:


Develop, monitor, and support the implementation of Lincoln School’s homework policy.


Teacher’s Responsibilities:


1.  Ensure that students clearly understand the assignment.

2.  Minimize making assignments that are repetitive.

3.  Tailor assignments to the needs of the students.

4.  Assign a variety of activities for homework.

5.  Give homework that extends student learning on classroom topics.

6.  Make sure that students understand and can explain how their homework assignments

    relate to what they are learning in class.

7.  Provide feedback as soon as possible so that students can learn from their mistakes.

8.  Provide instructional follow-up on all homework as needed.

9.  Keep a record of homework assignments.


Parent’s/Guardian’s Responsibilities:


For your child to be successful completing homework, she/he needs:


1.  A place to do homework.  Set aside a quiet, private, properly lighted place where your child can identify as a place to study.  Equip the area with the necessary materials so that your child can efficiently work on the assignments.  Recommended materials include pencil, paper, crayons, scissors, and glue.  Keep this area clear of clutter.





2.  A schedule for completing homework.  Plan with your child a reasonable daily schedule that sets aside time for doing homework.  The schedule should also include time for playing with friends and other recreation.  When there is no assigned homework, use the homework time to meaningfully interact with your child by doing an activity together, such as talking or reading.  Students also can access free internet sites to practice math and language arts skills.  Visit the DOE website under “Students” at http://doe.k12.hi.us.


3.  Encouragement, motivation, and prompting.  Support your child’s homework efforts but do not do the homework for the student.  Maintain a positive attitude toward your child’s efforts to complete the assignment.


4.  Understanding of the knowledge.  When your child is practicing a skill, ask which steps she/he finds easy and difficult and how she/he plans to improve speed and accuracy with the skill.  If your child is working on a project, ask what knowledge she/he is using to complete the work.  If your child consistently cannot answer these questions, please contact her/his teacher via phone call or note.


5.  Reasonable time expectations.  The National Education Association (NEA) and the National PTA suggest a minimum amount of homework per night, increasing the minutes per night incrementally with each grade level.  Teachers are to use their discretion when assigning homework.  Assigned homework should be appropriate and adjusted to the level of each student.  If your child is spending too much time each night on homework, please contact her/his teacher via phone call or note.


6.  A bedtime.  It is important that your child gets a good night’s sleep.  When it comes time to go to bed, please stop your child, even if she/he has not finished the homework.  Consider having your child start her/his homework earlier the next session.


Student’s Responsibilities:


1.  Take home the materials necessary to do the assignment, such as textbooks, handouts,

    etc.

2.  Listen carefully when the teacher gives instructions.

3.  Ask the teacher questions if the assignment is not clearly understood.

4.  Write down the assignment in the student planner.

5.  Go to the study place at the designated time and begin doing homework without

    reminders.

6.  Complete homework assignments with minimum supervision.

7.  Inform parents as early as possible whenever an assignment calls for an activity

    involving family members, such as finding out about a parent’s job.

8.  Prepare for school before going to sleep.  Gather all completed assignments/school

    supplies and put them together in one place.

9.  Turn in assignments on the day they are due.


Illness


Although we want all students to come to school every day and on time, please keep your child home if she/he is ill.  Our school also has a zero tolerance policy for ukus (head lice).  If your child has lice, she/he will need to be checked by the health aide before she/he is able to return to class.


Lost and Found


Found articles are taken to the office and place in the lost and found box.  Items are found during the A+ program are turned in to the A+ lost and found located in the cafeteria.  Any money found is kept in the office for a short time and returned to the finder if unclaimed.  Please clearly mark all belongings for easy identification.  If something is lost, check the lost and found areas right away.






Meals:  Breakfast and Lunch


Breakfast is served daily from 7:15 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. in the cafeteria.  If parents wish for their child/children to eat breakfast, they should drop off their child/children early enough to do so.  The monthly breakfast/lunch menu is made available in the monthly Parent Newsletter that is posted online at http://lincolnelementary.k12.hi.us.  Breakfast and lunch include milk.


Per the Department of Education’s policy regarding soda machines on public school campuses, Lincoln School does not have a soda machine for students.  Please help support Lincoln School in reinforcing health and nutrition by not packing soda in your child’s lunch.  


A healthier and more nutritional alternative would include beverage choices like water and juice.  In the operation of child feeding programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age or disability.  If you believe that you have been discriminated against, write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington D. C., 20250.  Every student’s meal status is considered highly confidential and is treated as such.


Meals:  Cost


Breakfast: Lunch:     Milk:     $0.50

    Full Price:     $1.00     Full Price:        $2.25

    Reduced Price:     $0.30     Reduced Price:        $0.40

    Second Breakfast:      $2.20 Second Lunch:

(entrée only)        $1.85

Second Lunch:

(complete meal)      $5.00

If parents need financial assistance for their child/children’s meals, free/reduced meal applications are available at the office and are sent home on the first day of school.  The application has been translated into several languages and is available upon request.


Free/Reduced Meal Applications from the previous school year are valid for 30 operating days.  Free/Reduced Meal Applications must be completed and submitted at the start of every school year.


Meal Tracker Electronic Meal Program


Lincoln School uses the electronic meal program, Meal Tracker.  This program allows parents to pre-pay their child/children’s breakfast and lunch meals.  The system tracks student meals without identifying the eligibility of the student (free, reduced, or paid).  Each student has a Meal Tracker account and a personal identification number created for them.  Each student’s account is a personal debit account for purchasing school meals and account numbers are not to be share with others.  The system allows controls on an individual basis for things like diet restrictions or use of funds at the parent’s request.  The system keeps track of how students are spending their deposited funds and parents may request to view their child/children’s account history at any time at the office.


Meal Tracker Deposits


Parents or students may make deposits into their accounts via cash or check (payable to Lincoln School) by dropping of payments in the Meal Tracker Deposit Box at the office between 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily.  Payment envelopes and deposit slips are available in the office.


Parents who send their child/children to school with deposits should direct them to the office to make their payments.  They should not give their payments to their homeroom teachers, because the teachers will not be responsible for making their students’ deposits.  Deposits will be processed upon receipt and will be available for use by your child within 24 hours after the deposit date.


Recommended payments are $45.00 for full price meal status students and $8.00 for reduced price meal status students.  Free meal status students may make deposits into the system for second lunches, second breakfasts, and milk.  



Parents who submit a bounced check will be charged a $25.00 fee, plus the amount of what the check was written out for.  Once the fee is paid in full, the office will then accept checks from those parents.  However, the office will only accept cash from those parents as long as the fee remains unpaid.


Students who are on reduced or full priced meal status must have money in their Meal Tracker accounts in order to be served breakfast and/or lunch.  Because Meal Tracker is a cashless system, cash is not accepted on the breakfast or lunch line.


The charts on the next page break down the daily/weekly/monthly cost for both full and reduced meal status students who (1) purchase both breakfast and lunch or (2) purchase lunch only.


***Full Priced Meals (For all other students)***














Breakfast ($1.00) & Lunch ($2.25) = $3.25 per day







Cost Per Week

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Total

1

$        3.25

$        3.25

$          3.25

$        3.25

$        3.25

$      16.25

2

$        3.25

$        3.25

$          3.25

$        3.25

$        3.25

$      16.25

3

$        3.25

$        3.25

$          3.25

$        3.25

$        3.25

$      16.25

4

$        3.25

$        3.25

$          3.25

$        3.25

$        3.25

$      16.25





Grand Total Per Month

$      65.00









Lunch ($2.25) Only = $2.25 per day







Cost Per Week

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Total

1

$        2.25

$        2.25

$          2.25

$        2.25

$        2.25

$      11.25

2

$        2.25

$        2.25

$          2.25

$        2.25

$        2.25

$      11.25

3

$        2.25

$        2.25

$          2.25

$        2.25

$        2.25

$      11.25

4

$        2.25

$        2.25

$          2.25

$        2.25

$        2.25

$      11.25





Grand Total Per Month

$      45.00









***Full Priced Meals (For all other students)***














Breakfast ($1.00) & Lunch ($2.25) = $3.25 per day







Cost Per Week

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Total

1

$        3.25

$        3.25

$          3.25

$        3.25

$        3.25

$      16.25

2

$        3.25

$        3.25

$          3.25

$        3.25

$        3.25

$      16.25

3

$        3.25

$        3.25

$          3.25

$        3.25

$        3.25

$      16.25

4

$        3.25

$        3.25

$          3.25

$        3.25

$        3.25

$      16.25





Grand Total Per Month

$      65.00









Lunch ($2.25) Only = $2.25 per day







Cost Per Week

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Total

1

$        2.25

$        2.25

$          2.25

$        2.25

$        2.25

$      11.25

2

$        2.25

$        2.25

$          2.25

$        2.25

$        2.25

$      11.25

3

$        2.25

$        2.25

$          2.25

$        2.25

$        2.25

$      11.25

4

$        2.25

$        2.25

$          2.25

$        2.25

$        2.25

$      11.25





Grand Total Per Month

$      45.00



Meal Tracker Low & Negative Balance Statements


Low and negative balance statements are sent home every Tuesday and Thursday.  If you receive a notice, please pay the loan on the following school day and deposit additional money into your child’s account.  Any parent having difficulty paying a loan should send her/his child to school with home lunch until the loan can be paid in full.  Parents may contact the office during office hours to access their child’s account balance.  Parents may request their child’s account balance be carried over to the next school year or be refunded when their child is released.  Students with insufficient funds will be served breakfast and lunch, but money should be deposited in the student’s account before a negative balance of $11.25 (5 lunches only) for full price meal status students and $2.00 (5 lunches only) for reduced price meal status students.


Medication Policy


All medications given by the School Health Aide in the Health Room will require a signed consent by the child’s physician, parent and School Public Health Nurse.  Contact your School Health Aide regarding the medication consent form at 587-4480.


Mission


Our mission is to provide a nurturing environment and a strong foundation for lifelong learning with high expectations that foster:  (1) literacy; (2) respect; (3) responsibility; (4) resourcefulness; and (5) relationships.


Moving/Transferring


Please notify the school office as soon as you know that you will be moving out of our school district.  Advance notice will help to ensure a smooth transition for you, your child, and our school.



NCLB Teacher and Educational Assistant Qualifications


As a parent/guardian of a Hawaii Department of Education public school student, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teacher(s) and the educational assistant(s) who instruct your child.


Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teacher(s) and educational assistant(s) and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner upon request.  You have the right to ask for the following information about each of your child’s classroom teacher(s).


(1) Whether the Hawaii Department of Education has licensed or qualified teacher(s) for the grades and core academic subjects she/he teaches.  Core academic subjects include (Section 9101[11]):  English; Reading or Language Arts; Mathematics; Science; Foreign Languages; Civics and Government; Economics; Fine Arts; History; and Geograhpy.


(2) Whether the Hawaii Department of Education has determined that the teacher(s) can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under the High Objective Uniform State Standard of Evaluation regulations because of special circumstances;


(3) The teacher’s college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees; and


(4) Whether any teachers’ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.


Please contact the school for more information.  


Notice and Request for Accommodations


If you are an individual with a disability, please contact the following personnel to make arrangements for accessibility to any school event at least 10 working days prior to the event.  Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your request.  Lincoln School’s ADA Plan is on file in the office and available upon request.  For SCHOOL events, please contact:


Mr. Shannon Goo, Principal 587-4480

Mr. Jin Wakayama, School Counselor 587-4480


Off Campus Pass


Permission to leave campus must be requested by parent via a written note, phone call, or in person at the office.  Parents must report to the office when picking up their child.  Once a parent signs the office log, a student pass will be issued.  If the student returns before the end of the school day, she/he must report to the office before returning to class.


Parent Involvement Policy


We believe that all parents play an important role in their child’s growth and success.  We support strong parental involvement in educating our children, and establish and maintain healthy partnerships with parents and the community.  Lincoln School promotes positive relationships that encourage open communication and active participation by all parents and community members in developing policy, sharing responsibility for student progress, and building capacity of families to improve student achievement.  Toward this end, Lincoln School abides by the Parent/Family Involvement Policy #2403 developed and enacted by the Hawaii State Board of Education.


The BOE policy #2403 provides every parent a venue for input into the school improvement process through a variety of school activities that welcomes and encourages parents to become actively involved in school by focusing on the following six components:


(1)  Communication between home and school is regular, two-way, and meaningful;

(2)  Responsible parenting is promoted and supported;

(3)  Parents play an integral role in assisting student learning, including successful

     achievement of the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards;

(4)  Parents are welcome in the school, and their support and assistance are sought;

(5)  Parents are partners in the decisions that affect children and families; and

(6)  Community resources are made available to strengthen school programs, family

     practices, and student learning.


The following policy describes Lincoln School’s guidelines for parental involvement.  Lincoln School’s Parent Involvement Policy is broken down into four sections that are aligned to the Board of Education’s Parent/Family Involvement Policy #2403.  The four sections are:  (1) Communication; (2) Shared Responsibility; (3) Community Support; and (4) Building Capacity.


I.  Communication:  Communication between school & home and school & community is regular, two-way and meaningful.  The following parent involvement opportunities are in place to support communication between school and home and school and community.


1.  Comprehensive Student Support Services (CSSS) Brochure:  Distributed at the start of each school year, this brochure describes the services and programs available to Lincoln School’s students and parents.  Those services include such things as Student Support Process Meetings to discuss student progress, school-level counseling services for students, and support services available for parents.


2.  Media News Team’s Web Videos and School Broadcasts:  The Media News Team (MNT) is comprised of students in grades 3-5.  The students create videos for our school’s website and in-school broadcasts monthly that relate to school and community events and highlight students’ achievement.




3.  Open House:  Parents participate in an informational meeting in the cafeteria and visit their child’s classroom.  Parents are informed about the classroom curriculum goals, policies and what they can do to help their child become college and career ready.


4.  Parent Newsletter:  Teacher, parent, student, school and community information are included in a monthly parent newsletter which can be accessed via our school’s website at:  

http://lincolnelementary.k12.hi.us/


5.  Parent-Student Orientations:  Kindergarten parents and ELL parents take part in a student-parent orientation once a year and as needed.  Parents are informed of the various programs and services available at Lincoln School and are taken on a school-wide tour.  Translators are present for those parents whose first language is not English.


6.  Parent-Teacher Conferences:  Parent-Teacher Conferences are held at the end of the First Quarter and as needed.  Parents are informed of their child’s academic status, including their performance on the HSA and other standardized tests.  Translators are available upon request for those parents whose first language is not English.


7.  School Marquee:  The Lincoln School Marquee fronting the school provides information about school events, activities and workshops offered to students, parents and community.


8.  Standards Based Report Cards:  Standards Based Report Cards are sent home at the end of every quarter and give parents an opportunity to see how their child is doing in each subject area and if their child is approaching, meeting, or exceeding the State Standards.  Parents also are informed about how their child is doing in meeting the Department of Education’s General Learner Outcomes and are given a brochure to explain the format and contents of the report card.


9.  Student Planner/Communication Log:  Students in Grades K-5 are given a Student Planner to log assignments and practice writing and spelling.  The planner includes a Parent Communication Log and a vinyl pouch for materials to take/read (i.e.) field trip permission forms, order forms, etc.  Materials are sent home every Wednesday and students are expected to show their signed Parent Communication Log to their teacher the Friday of that same week.  Parents and teachers use the planner and communication log to communicate student progress.



II.  Shared Responsibility:  In order for our students to achieve high academic standards, parents, teachers, students, staff and administration must work together and share the responsibility for helping all students.  Lincoln School has certain parent opportunities in place to support parent input, responsibility and decision making.


1.  Coffee Hour:  Parents are invited to Lincoln School’s Coffee Hours where they may share comments, concerns and suggestions about issues which may affect their children and Lincoln School.  School officials may share school data and progress and discuss ways to help parents partner with the school in the education of their children.


2.  Parent Volunteer Program:  Parents complete a Parent Volunteer Form to volunteer in the classrooms, office and at various school activities.


3.  School Community Council (SSC):  Representatives from all role groups:  students, parents, teachers, administration and community serve on the SCC.  Meetings are held with the SCC’s focus being the improvement of student achievement, empowerment, accountability, and streamlining services.  The role groups provide feedback and help develop the school’s Academic and Financial Plans.


4.  Student-Teacher-Parent-Administrator Compact:  Each year, a school-parent compact describing the shared responsibility for high student performance is agreed upon and signed by each student, parent, teacher and administrator.  The compact lays out the responsibilities of families, students and school staff to make sure students meet the State Standards.




III.  Community Support:  Community and school resources are made available to strengthen school programs and ensure that all students are given adequate support to achieve and be career and college ready.


1.  Hawaii Pacific University Tutors:  Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) students work with Lincoln School’s School-Wide Team to tutor students in Grades K-5 both individually and in small groups.


2.  Homeless Concerns Office and Liaison:  Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Lincoln School and the Homeless Concerns Office and Liaison assist homeless families with school and community resources.


3.  Papakolea Community Development Corporation Partnership:  Lincoln School and the Papakolea Community Development Corporation (PCDC) partner to help develop school programs, family practices and student learning.


4.  Reading is Fundamental:  Community volunteers help foster the love of reading in all students in Grades K-3 by visiting individual classrooms four times a year and reading a variety of books to the students.  The volunteers also give a book to each student with the message that Reading is Fundamental.


5.  Rotary Club:  The Rotary Club provides Lincoln School’s students with support services such as tutoring, hearing and vision screenings, an annual third grade dictionary project, and help with school supplies.



IV.  Building Capacity:  Responsible parenting is promoted and supported so parents may play an integral role in assisting student learning.  The following parent opportunities are in place to empower parents to become actively involved in their child’s learning and to keep parents abreast of their child’s progress.


1.  After School Program (A+):  The Nuuanu YMCA and Lincoln School’s Family Involvement Committee (FIC) work together in planning various activities that encourage parent participation by our A+ parents.


2.  English Language Learner (ELL) Program:  The ELL coordinator and Lincoln School’s Family Involvement Committee (FIC) work together in planning various activities that encourage parent participation by our ELL parents.


3.  Family Involvement Committee (FIC):  The Family Involvement Committee sponsors academic and parenting activities for parents and students.  The FIC has had workshops on reading, space and science, internet safety and winter crafts.  At the end of the activities, parents provide feedback, which is used in the planning of future events.


4. May Day Program:  Each year, Lincoln School conducts a May Day Program in which all students participate in dance and song.  Parents assist with preparations for the program and are invited to watch their child/children perform.


5. Technology Workshops:  Technology workshops are offered to help parents assist their children with academics at home.



Parking


All of the stalls on campus are reserved for Lincoln’s faculty and staff.  Some faculty and staff members have been asked to double-park in the parking lot.  Parents and visitors are asked to park off campus on Auwaiolimu Street.  During pick-up and drop-off times, parents are asked not to park along the curbing fronting the office.  During the school day, parents who have school business to tend to may park along the curbing fronting the office and are asked to report to the office.





Principles for Temporary Exclusion From School


Disease Exclusion from School


Chickenpox Until rash has crusted

(usually 6 days after rash onset),

which may be several days in mild cases and

several weeks in severe cases.


Conjunctivitis, acute, Until indicated therapy is implemented,

Bacterial (pink eye) unless accompanied by systemic signs of illness

and/or behavior of child is such that close contact

with other students can not be avoided.


Influenza Flu is very contagious, it is important to stay

away from others until you are feeling better.


Measles Four full days after onset of rash


Mumps Five days after onset of parotid gland swelling


Rubella (German Measles) Seven full days after rash appears


Scabies Until treatment is completed


Beta Hemolytic Until 24 hours after irritation of antimicrobial therapy

Streptococcus Group A and absence of fever

Infection (strep throat, etc)


Active tuberculosis Until authorized to return by the DOH


Disease Exclusion from School


Impetigo For 24 hours after beginning topical or oral treatment


Hand, Foot & Mouth As long as the student has a fever, diarrhea or

Disease does not feel well.  Students who have no other

symptoms other than a rash may return to school.


Although ukus (head lice) is not a disease, Lincoln School has a zero tolerance policy for ukus.  If your child has lice, she/he will need to be checked by the health aide before she/he is able to return to class.  However, continuous absence due to untreated or neglected ukus is not an acceptable excuse for absence.  In an instance such as this, Lincoln School will seek assistance for the child and family via the Department of Health.  Please help us ensure that your child has a good year, attends regularly and on time, and learns as much as she/he is able.



School Supplies


Supplies may be taken to your child’s classroom on the first day your child enters school.  Please write your child’s name on each item except when noted not to do so.  School supply lists are sent home with every child’s 4th quarter report card and can be accessed at http://lincolnelementary.k12.hi.us/






Special Programs


Counseling/Behavioral Health ELL (English Language Learners)


Fit Club HONU Tutoring


JPOs (Junior Police Officers):  Grades 4-5 Keiki Chorus:  Grades 3-5


Library Aides:  Grade 5 Lincoln Monitors:  Grade 4-5


Media News Team (MNTS):  Grades 4-5 Occupational Therapy


Physical Therapy School/Community Volunteer Tutoring


School Wide (Literacy Program in partnership with Papakolea Community Development Corporation)


SPED (Special Education) Speech Competition Team


Speech Therapy Student Council:  Grades 3-5



Student Code of Conduct Policy


The Student Code of Conduct Policy was adopted by the Board of Education and applies to all public school students.


1.  Regular Attendance

Students are expected to attend school regularly and to attend all classes.


2.  Punctuality

Students are expected to be on time for school and classes.


3.  Work Habits

Students are expected to be prepared for and to participate in each class to meet performance standards, to have the necessary class materials, to complete class work and homework accurately and on time, and to prepare for quizzes, tests and examinations.


4.  Respect for Self and Others

Students are expected to be honest, behave with dignity and treat others with respect and courtesy.  Behavior of the individual should not interfere with the rights of others.  This includes the use of appropriate language, actions and attire.  Students are expected not to harass others verbally and physically.  Students are expected to come to school free from the influence of tobacco products, alcohol or drugs.  Students are expected not to use or possess such substances.


5.  Respect for Authority

Students are expected to comply with all school rules and to obey all laws.  Students are expected to respond in a respectful manner to all adults while under the jurisdiction of the school and while participating in school-sponsored activities.


6.  Respect for Property

Students are expected to treat all property belonging to the school and to others with care.


7.  Freedom from Fear

Students are expected to contribute to a safe school environment free from fear.  Acts of violence, weapons and contraband are never acceptable.



Vision


All Lincoln School students will be lifelong learners who are literate, caring and responsible citizens.



Visitors


All visitors must sign in at the office, pick up a visitor’s pass, wear the pass while on campus, and sign out and return the pass before leaving campus.  Our school welcomes visitors; however, we ask that you notify us in advance of all classroom visitations during school hours because they must be approved and coordinated by administration.  Parents are not allowed to go to the classroom during school hours to discuss any problems or drop off something for their child while class is in session.  An appointment should be made with the teacher for this purpose.  Students are not allowed to bring friends or relatives to visit in the classroom.



Volunteers


Our school is always looking for parent and community volunteers.  If you are interested in helping in the cafeteria, office, library, classroom or for special events, please call the school office at 587-4480.



Water Pollution Control at Lincoln School


Per the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all public schools are required to annually inform parents, students, staff, and community about the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) Program and its school’s participation in the program in an effort to protect our water from pollution.  Storm drains are not connected to wastewater treatment plants.  Therefore, the pollutant water flows directly into our streams and ocean.  Pollutant means any hazardous waste, petroleum products, pesticides, sewage sludge, animal waste, soil erosion and soil, accumulation of sediments, and construction waste and materials.


Lincoln School’s students and staff are committed to do the following in an effort to reduce water pollution:


1.  Conserve water so that the amount of wastewater needing treatment and disposal will be reduced.

2.  Use fertilizer and pesticides sparingly to avoid carrying these substances to nearby storm drains and streams.

3.  Landscape Lincoln School’s land to prevent erosion by covering bare ground with grass, shrubs or trees to hold soil in place.

4.  Dispose of hazardous substances properly by not pouring motor oil, paints, solvents and other chemicals on the ground or down the storm drains.

5.  Improve Lincoln School’s housekeeping by fixing leaks throughout campus and by replacing faucet washers and toilet flappers as needed.

6.  Implement annual cleanup events for the whole campus to collect litter and address issues that would impact storm water quality.

7.  Report any illegal discharge in our school and community to the proper authorities.


Every storm drain on campus is stenciled to assist everyone in easily identifying them.  Lincoln School’s parents, students, staff and community can prevent water pollution by reducing and eliminating hazardous waste discharge throughout our campus and neighborhood.















                    LINCOLN SCHOOL MELE                 THE GLOs SONG (tune: “Celebrate”)


                            By Helen Hew Len         By Lincoln Musicians and Lorna Badoyen


                    We are the children of Hawaii         Refrain:

                    We stand so proud today         GLOs, GLOs, GLOs that we can show.

                    We are the leaders of tomorrow         GLOs, GLOs, Lincoln’s GLOs.


                    Please listen to what we say                 Complete your work so you can learn.

                                                Thinking smart will help you earn.

                    We need someone to guide us         I’ll help you, you’ll help me.

                    Someone to stand beside us                 We will build our community.

                    We are eager to learn

                    And that is your concern                                    (Refrain)

                    So take us by the hand

                                               Creating works to show your mind

                    We are the children of Lincoln         Helps all see you’re a cool find.

                    We stand in unity                 Express yourself so all can hear

                    Lincoln, Lincoln                 Technology – be safe and cheer.

                    You give us opportunity

                                                                    (Refrain)

                    To be whatever we want to be    

                   To share your knowledge         Celebrate! Celebrate! A celebration of you and me.

                   It’s there for me                         Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate you. Celebrate me.

                    Lincoln, the only place to be                 Celebrate you and me.


                    We are the children of Hawaii

                    We stand in unity

                    We are the children of Lincoln

                    We are a family


                    To Lincoln, I pledge my loyalty

                    To Lincoln, I pledge my loyalty