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Important Updated Message from Mrs. Kropp

Principal's Message to Lincoln's Community

 

November 13, 2020

Dear Lincoln Families,

As Cupertino Union School District (CUSD) plans for re-opening in January 2021, the District is seeking information from parents to determine what type of learning environment they prefer for their child when in-person/on-campus instruction resumes. This survey is the first of two surveys that parents will be asked to take. This first survey is not a commitment, but an opportunity to share your desires at this time.

This first survey aims to gather initial information from parents about their learning environment desires as the District prepares for Phase 3. Different Instructional Models for in-person learning are being explored by District staff, teacher leaders, and the Phase 3 Implementation Team. The District will provide information about the in-person learning model in the second survey so all parents will have access to more information. The District will require commitments at the time of the second survey, scheduled for the first week of December.

This survey must be completed by Monday, November 16, 2020, at 5 PM. You will be asked to complete the survey once for each child enrolled in a CUSD school.  Please refer to the email sent to you.

I very much encourage you to take the survey.  It will help us here at Lincoln better understand how we can support you.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Warmly,

Mrs. Kropp

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November 5, 2020

Dear Lincoln Families,

Thank you to all who were able to join our Lincoln Town Hall meeting on Monday night.   We had a very impressive turnout and I appreciate the collaborative conversation.  If you missed the Town Hall, you can access the recording here:

 https://vimeo.com/474911407

I encourage you to stay informed about CUSD’s discussions in relation to our district’s  finances. The following meetings will take place and information about them, as well as recordings, can be found on the CUSD website.

  • Regular Board Meeting, November 5, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m

  • Special Board Meeting, November 10, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.

  • Board Advance Meeting, November 19, 2020 from 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Children are a great reminder to all of us to stay grounded and present in the work we’re doing.  While our community and nation experience times of change and discomfort, children remind us to laugh and find joy in our daily lives.  The Lincoln Staff would like to give back some of that joy to our students.  I invite you to share the following video with your students. We hope it makes you laugh!

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QVSfOYH2DexzZCxVK_HRsBEU1IJ5DUUm/view?usp=sharing

Please take care of yourselves and be well.

Warmly, 

Mrs. Kropp

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October 23, 2020

 

Dear Lincoln Families,

 

Some of you may have attended the CUSD Board meeting last night as the Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) presented several possible options in relation to school closures. Lincoln was mentioned in some of these options as a potential site to close.  While it may be alarming to hear our school on the list, please understand that no decision has been made.  We were one of twelve schools mentioned in these scenarios, so we are, by no means, alone.  

 

CUSD has remained low funded for many years while also experiencing a steep decline in enrollment.  If you were unable to attend the Lincoln Budget Roadshow that was held on September 24, 2020, I encourage you to listen to the recording here.  It may answer some questions that you have and give context to the issues we face.   School closures are not the only lever the board is considering to help balance the budget.  A full list of levers, in addition to the criteria CAC considered in crafting their scenarios, can be found here.  

 

I encourage you to stay informed about CUSD’s discussions in relation to our district’s  finances. The following meetings will take place and information about them, as well as recordings, can be found on the CUSD website.

 

  • Special Board Meeting, October 28, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.

  • Regular Board Meeting, November 5, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m

  • Special Board Meeting, November 10, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.

  • Board Advance Meeting, November 19, 2020 from 8 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

 

I thank you for your partnership in these difficult times.  As always, please reach out with any questions you may have and I will do my best to answer. 

 

Warmly,

 

Mrs. Kropp

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October 16, 2020

Dear Lincoln Families,

Creating joy and providing opportunities for our students to experience the rituals and routines typically found in school are paramount in our current work.  Halloween has traditionally been an opportunity for celebration at school.   As with everything else this year, Halloween will look different, but we hope it can still be a time of celebration and joy for your children.   We, as a staff, have carefully thought through how we can celebrate this event in a fun and safe manner and I’m excited to share with you some optional events we’re organizing:

  • Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt:  Families are invited to draw or display a pumpkin outside their house.  Families can go on a scavenger hunt to find certain pumpkin faces, colors, etc.
  • Children will be invited to the Lincoln Pumpkin Patch Padlet, where they can post a drawing of their favorite type of pumpkin face (happy, scary, etc.).
  • PTA Magic Show:  Students are invited to attend the PTA Virtual Magic Show on Thursday, October 29 in costume!  (click here to join the Lincoln PTA!)

As we enter into the Fall and Winter months, health and safety are on everyone’s mind.  Please visit our school website (here) to view a letter from our school nurse and to see some important tips to keep your family healthy and safe.

I hope you and your family have a relaxing weekend!

Warmly,

Mrs. Kropp

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October 2, 2020

 

Dear Lincoln Families,

 

Can you believe we are already in October? Time is flying by!  We are entering Parent-Teacher Conference season. Like everything else this year, these conferences will look slightly different than in the past. These conferences will be an opportunity to continue the conversation that was started in August.  On behalf of our staff, I want you to know how much we value and need your partnership, this year more than ever! Your teacher will be contacting you next week to set up a time to meet. I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. Some questions to consider in preparing for the conference:

 

•What is going well for your child with distance learning?

•What is your child struggling with in distance learning?

•How is distance learning going for your family?

 

Lincoln Conference Days will be:  October 26, 27, 29 and November 2, 3, 5 and 6.  On these days your child will attend Instructional Blocks A and B, as usual.  There will be no live meeting during Instructional Block C. Instead, teachers will be providing asynchronous work during this block of time.  The State of California is not allowing schools to have minimum days this year, so this schedule allows us to work in time to connect with families.

 

Thank you for helping us continue the feedback loop we began in August.  As challenging as distance learning can be, I am finding there are more silver linings than I may have thought possible.  I’ve heard from some teachers that there is a warmth and camaraderie in the class meetings that they have not experienced before.  While we worried about how we would build rapport with students virtually, we are finding much success in this area.  I see it in the smiling faces when I join meets and in the excitement in student voices as they share their lives (and homes!) with classmates.  

 

Another silver lining in this situation is that it’s calling on us to be more creative and to think about issues outside the box.  Our staff has definitely been trying to find unique ways to help students connect as a community.  Please see our Distance Learning Hub for connection opportunities for your child.  This month, we have an exciting addition to our enrichment opportunities for students...

 

Introducing… the Lincoln Monthly Minecraft Challenge!

 

Each month, Lincoln students will be given a new Minecraft challenge. This month’s challenge is to create a house that represents October. Build alone or build with a team - it’s up to you. Students will then have the option of showcasing their creation by submitting a photo and/or video (adult permission required).

 

There is no deadline for the October challenge, but a new monthly challenge will be posted on the first of each month. Questions? For more info and FAQs, check out https://tinyurl.com/lincolnminecraft

 

Happy building!

 

As always, I hope you and your family are doing well and enjoy a wonderful weekend!

 

Warmly, 

Mrs. Kropp

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September 17, 2020

Dear Lincoln Community,

I’d like to invite you to join me for a meeting with district staff, board members and our parent leaders to discuss the CUSD budget. It is important for you to stay informed about the challenges we face and how we can best work together to support students. Our virtual meeting will be on Thursday, September 24 from 9:00-10:00 AM.  

Link:

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

Topic: 2020 CUSD Budget Roadshow

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83709931826?pwd=WEw2YkZ1THF5UHNKaHBnVVc0dG8rdz09

Passcode: 160510

Or iPhone one-tap :

    US: +14086380968,,83709931826#,,,,,,0#,,160510#  or +16699006833,,83709931826#,,,,,,0#,,160510#

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 408 638 0968  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 301 715 8592

Webinar ID: 837 0993 1826

Passcode: 160510

    International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kc3PLynflh

 

This is an important topic and we hope you will make the time to join us.  The budget situation is very challenging, but there are ways we can all help. There will be time to both share information and take Q&A.  The meeting will start promptly at 9:00 AM and complete on time (1 hour). 

We appreciate your time.

 

Warmly,

Mrs. Kropp

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September 11, 2020 
 
Dear Families,
 
Happy Friday!  We have needed to change the time of our Principal's Coffee ("Staying Sane During Distance Learning")  to Thursday, September 17 from 9:00-10:00 AM.  The Zoom link for this meeting is:  
 
Meeting ID: 863 4446 1588
Passcode: 870664
 
Thank you to all who have submitted questions.  I am looking forward to our conversation together!
 
Have a wonderful weekend!
 
Best,
Mrs. Kropp
 
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September 4, 2020

 

Dear Lincoln Families,

 

Folding clothes, taking out the trash, saving spiders….these are just a few ways our students are showing kindness and empathy to others!  I invited the students this week to listen to the book Tiny Acts of Kindness and to share a tiny act of kindness they performed for someone else.   I am so in awe of how kind our students are and how they reach out to others to share their happiness!  

 

We know that our students need time to connect with one another socially.  As a parent myself, this is my biggest concern for my children.  We are social beings and although we are keeping ourselves physically safe by staying apart, I worry greatly about our emotional health.  In this vein, Lincoln is going to be doing a Recess trial.  Students are invited to join the meet “lincolnrecess” during their recess time next week.  As different grade levels have different recess times, this meet will be open from 9:45-10:50 AM.  There will be a staff member in the meet for supervision purposes, but this is meant to be a time for students to interact with one another in a casual, unstructured environment.  This is, of course, optional.  I know not every child will be interested in attending this recess.  Some students need a break from the screen during recess.  However, if your child is mentioning how much they are missing their friends, this might be a way for them to reconnect.   We will assess the effectiveness of this event at the end of next week.

 

In addition to Recess, Lincoln will be reinstating our Origami Club.  Any interested student may join Ms. Snehal, one of our Instructional Assistants on Wednesdays at lunch (11:30 AM-12:55 PM ) for some origami fun.  Use the meet “origamiclub”. Students should have access to paper (any size or kind will work) and scissors.  

 

Please know we are trying to make opportunities for kids to connect and engage with one another.  We know how important this is for students' emotional health.  Thank you for your patience as we try some of these things out!

 

Finally, we know parenting during distance learning is challenging, to say the least!  Our school psychologist, Sandy Flaster, and I will be doing a Principals’ Coffee on Wednesday, September 16 at 9:15 AM, entitled “Staying Sane During Distance Learning”.  We invite you to submit any questions you might have here.   We will answer your questions about managing your kids' new environment and keeping your sanity during distance learning at this one hour presentation.  I will send the meeting link at a later date.  

 

A few reminders:

•School begins at 8:30 AM.  Attendance is taken and students should be on their meets at this time. If your child is having technical difficulties, we understand.  Please email your teacher if this occurs.

 

•If your child is going to miss school, please call the school at (408) 252-4798 and press 6 to leave a message on the absence line or go to the Lincoln website at cusdk8.org/lincoln and click on the red phone icon to report the absence online.

 

I hope you have a safe and enjoyable three day weekend!

 

Warmly,

Mrs. Kropp

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August 28, 2020

Dear Lincoln Families,

 

Happy Friday!  We successfully completed our first week of our normal school schedule!  As you noticed, this week’s schedule was different than last week’s.  We are trying, to the best of our abilities, to replicate what students would receive if they were back in our classrooms.   We know kids need structure and consistency.  This is why we have a common school start time and scheduled recess/lunch breaks.   I encourage you to treat the start time as you would if we were physically back in school. Students should have completed breakfast, be dressed and be seated in an upright position, ready to learn!   Students have scheduled live time with their teachers and time to work independently on projects or assignments, just like they would if we were back at school.  We know it can be tricky to navigate getting on several meets throughout the day.  Some parents have found it helpful to set an alarm or place a clock by the student’s work area.  When that wonderful time comes and we can be physically back on campus, this consistency and structure will make for a much easier transition for our students.

Having tech problems?  Sometimes it’s difficult for your teacher to be able to troubleshoot in the moment with you, if they have a class full of students waiting for instruction.  Please use the following help desk to answer any questions/issues you may have: https://sites.google.com/cusdk8.org/cusd-tech-help

 

In addition, you may find the following tech support videos helpful:

Tech Support Videos for Parents:

Google Classroom on laptops and Chromebooks

Google Classroom on iPads

Seesaw on laptops and Chromebooks

Seesaw on iPads

I encourage you to read the CUSD Distance Learning Handbook for Parents (linked here and also on our Learning Hub).  It is a great resource, full of information and supports for families and caregivers.  

I know these are challenging times as a parent and I commend you for all you are doing to support your student.  The Lincoln Staff is very appreciative of your partnership!  I am confident that, working collaboratively, we can ensure that student learning continues and that students have a great year!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Warmly,

Mrs. Kropp

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August 12, 2020

Dear Lincoln Families,

Tomorrow is the big day!  All classes will begin with a google meet at 8:30 AM.  We are so excited to see your children! 

A few items to note:

•Some parents were able to access the Clever accounts before they were synced to Synergy Parent Vue and saw a different teacher's name.  This is because the sync was not complete.  The teacher name that was seen in Synergy Parent Vue on Tuesday at 5:00 PM is the correct teacher.
 
•Reminder, your child has been invited to a school assembly tomorrow.  Please have your child sign in with their CUSD accounts.  Remind them to "Mute" themselves as they enter the meet and tell them the "Chat" box is closed.
 
•We are going to continue with our schoolwide Kindness focus this year.  However, we're going to think about kindness from a slightly different angle.  We know there are going to be bumps in the road ahead.  I am asking everyone to remember that flexibility, patience and understanding will help us grow together as a community, even during these unprecedented times.
 
Take care of yourself.  See you in the morning!
 
Warmly,
Mrs. Kropp

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August 10, 2020

Dear Lincoln Families,

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year!  We are so glad that you are here and we can’t wait to begin working with your children!  Although we would prefer for circumstances to be different so that we could be together, we are excited about the rigorous, engaging distance learning program we have prepared for your children.  

During the first seven days of school, you can expect daily google meets for your student, as well as asynchronous (independent) learning activities for your child to engage in.  These first few days will focus on community building, establishing norms/procedures in the virtual classroom and allowing teachers time to assess students.  Beginning August 24, you child will be in multiple live meets per day, including a few small group sessions per week.  There will be three main instructional blocks, ensuring that your child receives a rigorous education, equivalent to what we would offer in the classroom.  Your child’s teacher will be in touch with you on Wednesday and will provide more specific information regarding the program and schedule they have planned for your child.  Daily attendance will be taken and monitored. It’s very important that your child be present and actively participating. 

Here are some events you’ll want to mark on your calendar:

  • Tuesday, August 11 @  5:00 PM-- Class Lists visible to families through Synergy ParentVue.

 

  • Wednesday, August 12 @ 10:30 AM--New Parent Meeting:  If you are new to Lincoln, come join us and hear important information about Lincoln Elementary School.  Meet our parent leaders and find out more about how you can get involved at Lincoln this year!  Here’s the google link: meet.google.com/rgk-rucg-dap

 

  • Thursday, August 13 @ 8:30 AM--School begins!  Every class will have their opening Google meet at this time.

 

  • Thursday, August 13 @ 10:00 AM-- Morning Assembly for TK-1st Grade Students:  I invite you to join this meeting with your child to celebrate our community and start the year off on a positive note! meet.google.com/ofw-fnev-rsu

 

  • Thursday, August 13 @ 10:30 AM--Morning Assembly for 2nd-3rd Grade Students:    I invite you to join this meeting with your child to celebrate our community and start the year off on a positive note!  meet.google.com/ebf-jxbz-dyd

 

  • Thursday, August 13 @ 11:00 AM--Morning Assembly for 4th-5th Grade Students:    I invite you to join this meeting with your child to celebrate our community and start the year off on a positive note!  meet.google.com/hzd-kyxy-bdk
     

I encourage you to visit our Lincoln School Website regularly to stay in touch regarding what’s happening at Lincoln.  You will find Student Nutrition Services information, an easy link to our Distance Learning Hub (will be updated soon) and information about reporting absences, among other items.

I am truly excited to begin another wonderful year with all of you!   We are all in new territory and we know there will be bumps in the road ahead, but with every challenge comes many possibilities.  Thank you for your continued partnership and support! 

Warmly,

Mrs. Kropp