It Takes a Village…..

Hello everyone. As always, if you are looking for something specific, skim through and look for the bolded print.

We would really like to see you all at the Lincoln Prep picnic/potluck will on Saturday, March 3rd,  from 2:30 to 6:30, at Tumbleweed Park.  It is time for this school to play harder to build our community! All families and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend. Mr. Tope has generously agreed to facilitate some friendly competitions and games. We will have games such as kickball, dodgeball and relay races. Of course, we will have prizes, so please save the date, as your family will not want to miss this fun event, nor will they want to miss  out on my “Best Texas Sheet Cake… Ever (if the Pioneer Woman says it’s the best, who am I to argue?)!”

The PSO will be serving up grilled hotdogs with the fixings at the picnic. Tracy Vickery has just finished the Sign Up Genius for the potluck.  Please sign up to bring something here.

If you are a 6th grade parent and you have a desire to spend the day with your child and his or her class at the absolutely beautiful Boyce Thompson Arboretum on Tuesday, February 20th, please view the sign up for the 6th grade field trip here. The 6B sign up is particularly bleak. If you are a parent in 6B and you have fingerprint clearance, kindly sign up. You MUST have fingerprint clearance to attend. Please do not sign up if you don’t; that fills spots that I need for eligible chaperones. Thank you!

We certainly hope you plan to attend Katey McPherson’s presentation, “The Minds of Boys and Girls. Screens, Tweens and Teens,” next Thursday, February 15th at 6:30pm, here at Lincoln Prep. Teen topics including bullying, cyberbullying and teen suicide were discussed at the last PSO meeting, and almost everyone agreed that this speaking event should be mandatory for parents to attend. Although that is not possible, we feel that it is a “must see” for all parents. Please plan on attending this event. These issues are relevant to ALL of us.

The next general PSO meeting will be on Wednesday, February 28th, after morning drop-off. We will be discussing Lincoln Prep’s lunch program since we cannot seem to find the volunteer support necessary for the program to continue as such. Beth and Lynn cannot continue to be at lunch to feed your kiddos daily if your kids enjoy a Dishes2U lunch.  I’m sure people are as tired of my begging as I am, so perhaps modifying the lunch program is a better idea than continuing to plead for volunteers. If your child receives Dishes2U lunches, I highly recommend you attend the next PSO meeting, as an alternative to our lunch program will be discussed. The lunch sign up can be viewed on the ‘Volunteer’ page.

I would like to emphasize that we are very grateful to all of our volunteers always. Thank you for everything you do and give! We realize that your time is very valuable. We too have jobs, multiple children, family and social obligations, travel and club sports, and other extracurricular activities. We appreciate you doing your part to make Lincoln Prep a great place for our kids to learn, grow, and thrive. We may not be required to volunteer, but volunteers are required to make things happen around here. It truly takes a village to raise a child, and Lincoln Prep is our village!

If you cannot possibly find the time in your schedule to assist at school, another great way to support Lincoln Prep is through our Community Investment Campaign or by participating in the  Arizona Public School Tax Credit drive.

If you’ve yet to make your Tax Credit contribution to Lincoln Prep, there’s still time. You have until April 15, 2018 to make this important contribution to our school and still receive your contribution back as a dollar-for-dollar credit. If you have any questions on either of these vital programs, please contact our Director of Academy Giving, Ronna Krantzman at (480) 222-1507 or rkrantzman@lincolnprep.org .

Enjoy your weekend with your family. I look forward to seeing you next week.