Several important announcements to start the semester….

Hello and welcome back! I hope your children enjoyed their first week of the new semester. If you are new to Lincoln Prep, great for you! We are so happy to have you here. I look forward to meeting you at our first general PSO meeting on Wednesday, January 17th after morning drop off. We will be discussing the semester’s calendar, events, fundraising, recruitment of new volunteers, and any other issues you would like to discuss. This is still a very new PSO. It was created at the beginning of the school year and we are off to a great start but still have a lot of work to do. My goal as PSO President this year is to build the PSO. We would love to hear your ideas and help you implement them. See you there!

There are several events coming up within the next couple of weeks. Our first social event of the year will be an ice skating social held at AZ ICE Gilbert from 7pm to 9:30pm, on Saturday, January 27th. Tickets will be sold at the door and will be $10. This includes skate rental. Look for the Lincoln Prep table in the lobby to purchase your tickets. The last ice skating social was very successful. If you are a new family, this is a great way to meet your kids’ new friends and other families. We look forward to seeing you all there!

On Wednesday, January 24th from 10:30am to 12:30 pm, there will be a fingerprinting event here at Lincoln Prep. This is a great opportunity to get your fingerprints taken so that you can get clearance to volunteer at our school. Whether you want to volunteer on campus, or attend a field trip with your children, you must have fingerprint clearance. I highly recommend you attend this event, and get involved at Lincoln Prep. For additional information regarding fingerprinting, visit our ‘Volunteer’ page.

During the fingerprint event, there will be a used uniform sale going on here at Lincoln Prep. If you are a new family and need a couple of additional items, or you are an established family whose children have outgrown just about everything, you can shop and get your fingerprints taken at the same time. This is a perfect opportunity for all of those multitaskers out there! To view the sales announcement from Lincoln Prep’s Used Uniform Committee Chair or for more information about used uniforms and pricing, visit our ‘Used Uniforms’ page.

After you get your fingerprint clearance, we’d love to see you sign up for lunch, as the sign up is still looking rather spotty. You’ve heard for years now that lunch cannot continue without the support of our very generous volunteers. This is not an urban legend. We really do need your help to continue our lunch program! Please take a look at the sign up and fill in where you can. If you have not signed up to work lunch for a while, we would be happy to walk you through it. If you never volunteered for lunch, likewise, we are willing to train you. It is fast, easy and just a really nice way to get to know the students that your children are friends with. Please view the sign up for lunch volunteering here.

Have a great week! As always, you can contact me, Terry Burget at PSO@LincolnPrep.org. I also encourage you to  sign up for updates by clicking the link in the right-hand margin while you are here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year and Semester!

Hello Lincoln Prep Families. I very much hope you are enjoying your break! I have a few things matters on my list that can’t wait until school starts, so let’s get right down to it…..

Let’s all take a look at that lunch sign up here. Yikes, right? Please sign up for lunch. Grab your calendar, call your best volunteer buddy and please help fill in the sign up for this quarter. I realize we are all in vacation mode and just haven’t gotten around to signing up yet, but we could really use some help so that the student body is not subject to peanut butter and jelly (that you will be packing of course) for the quarter. Thank you in advance. I know we will pull through!

Again, please sign up for lunch HERE.

We will be serving lunch to our hard-working teachers during conferences tomorrow, Thursday January 4th, and Friday January 5th. We will be providing pizza and salad to the staff on Friday, so that’s covered. Tomorrow, we are serving a baked potato bar. The sign up looks great; THANK YOU ALL! There are still a couple of slots to fill if you are available to donate anything. You don’t even need a fingerprint clearance or a badge. You just need some potatoes and a crockpot, or perhaps some nacho cheese if that suits you better. Kindly view that sign up here.

If you would like to do some volunteer work that does require a fingerprint clearance and badge, and you don’t have those credentials, there will be a fingerprinting session at Lincoln Prep on Wednesday, January 24th from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Fingerprint clearance is required to work on campus, and it can take weeks to get cleared. Please do this soon so that you can volunteer.  More information about fingerprinting can be found on our Volunteer Page.

In two weeks, on Wednesday, January 17th, we will have the first PSO general meeting of 2018 after morning drop off. Is your New Years resolution to become more active in your child’s school? Would you like to take more ownership in your child’s education here at Lincoln Prep? Would you like to be included in the decisions about fundraising, events, lunch, or anything else? Then attend this meeting! This is still a very new PSO. It was created at the beginning of the school year and we are off to a great start but still have a lot of work to do. My goal as PSO President this year is to build the PSO. We would love to see more people, new people, old people, all people! Whether you are a founding family or a new family, we can use your help. Let’s build our base this year so that we can work on being very productive in our following years. I look forward to seeing you again, or meeting you, at that next meeting!

As always, if you should need to get a hold of me, or have any questions, I can be reached at:

PSO President, Theresa (Terry) Burget: PSO@LincolnPrep.org

I am at school in the morning frequently and I welcome people to stop in and chat. If you see the red jeep, stop in and say hi. I look forward to working for you and with you in 2018. I wish you a very happy and healthy new year! Enjoy the rest of your break. See you all next week.

 

We’re almost there…

Well folks, if you are like me, you have been looking forward to the conclusion of this semester. Please help me finish my first semester as your PSO President by contributing to a strong finish. The proctor sign-up looks pretty good. I’ve seen many of our usual volunteers signed up, and I’m really happy to see some names I don’t recognize. THANK YOU! Whether you have been helping us for a couple of years, or you are a new volunteer, I guarantee you will find proctoring an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Our kids love seeing us on campus.

We have approximately 11 proctors signed up for each day of final exams. We are in need of up to 17 parent volunteer proctors daily during final exam week. Final exams are next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Proctors are needed to administer final exams and collect them when students are finished. Proctors monitor the class and assist students with their needs (for example, handing out additional pencils and tissues). That’s it! This greatly assists our teachers by affording them the time to correct the exams and submit the grades in a timely manner. Additionally, it gives them time to start their narrative evaluations for student progress reports so that they can enjoy their holiday break. Proctoring for our teachers is easy, fun, and truly a gift to our valuable teachers. This is our FINAL PLEA and we really could use more help! Please sign up HERE.

The PSO will be selling Zella’s pizza and Grabbagreen’s fruit smoothies next week during the final exam break. Pizza will be available on Monday and Wednesday for $2 a slice during the final exam break. On Tuesday, smoothies will be available for $2, and smoothies with a piece of fruit will be $3. Send a bit of cash with your kids and let’s keep them nourished for these finals!

Speaking of nourishment, please consider signing up to help with lunch in January. I know we are all trying to wrap up this year and that next year seems like a concern for next year, but the sign up is rather blank! Please sign up here.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Tracy Vickery’s Teacher Appreciation holiday gift card drive. The generous outpouring was overwhelming! Please also remember that the teacher wishlists are available in the office if you would like to treat your teachers to something else.

Looking forward to next year, our next PSO general meeting will be on Wednesday, January 17th after morning drop off. We will be discussing next semester’s calendar, events, fundraising, recruitment of new volunteers, and any other issues you would like to discuss. We would love to hear your ideas and help you implement them. If you would like to be a part of this decision-making process, show up.

Please remember that in order to volunteer at school, you must have been fingerprinted and cleared. It may take several weeks to get cleared so please do this if you plan on volunteering at school anytime during this year. There will be a fingerprinting session here at the Lincoln campus on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 10:30-12:30. Additional fingerprinting information can be found on our ‘Volunteer’ page.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I wish all of your kids great success on next week’s final exams!

Together we can do this!

We are still in need of parent volunteer proctors daily during final exam week. Final exams are on Monday December 18th, Tuesday December 19th, and Wednesday December 20th. Proctors are needed to administer final exams and collect them when students are finished. Proctors monitor the class and assist students with their needs (for example, handing out additional pencils and tissues). That’s it! This greatly assists our teachers by affording them the time to correct the exams and submit the grades in a timely manner. Additionally, it gives them time to start their narrative evaluations for student progress reports. Proctoring for our teachers is easy, fun, and truly a gift to our valuable teachers. Thank you for this generous gift of your time. Please sign up HERE!

Have you signed up for Amazon Smile to support Lincoln Prep during this holiday season when many of you are shopping? If not, please bookmark this link:

http://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-1674469

Choose Lincoln Preparatory Academy as your charity. You can use your same Amazon.com account for Amazon Smile.

On your first visit to Amazon Smile, go to smile.amazon.com. Select the charitable organization first, before shopping.

Amazon Smile donates 0.5% of purchase price to Lincoln Prep! There is a donation each quarter. If you are going to shop, why not have it benefit your kids?

The Teacher Holiday Wishlists are in the front office. Stop in and take a look if you would like to treat your teachers to personalized holidays gifts this season.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Have a great week!

 

Gratitude and Reminders….

Greetings Lincoln Prep Families! Thank you for all that you’ve done to create such a positive atmosphere on campus this year. We have some volunteer needs coming up within the next few weeks that I would like us all to start thinking about.

I am grateful to announce that Sandy Ashbaugh will be in charge of our Fine Arts Night that will take place on December 7th from 7pm to 8:30pm. She is currently creating a Sign Up Genius for the event. Please mark your calendar to assist with Fine Arts Night. We will be in need of about 15 volunteers for this very special event. I will update the blog and the ‘Volunteer’ page when the Sign Up Genius is completed.

We will also be in need of assistance with pizza sales during our Final Exam week. I did it last year. It is easy, fun and fast! It’s a great way to see your student between exams and ask how it is going. Please consider assisting. Thank you to Beth Watkins, Lunch Coordinator, who will be creating the Sign Up Genius! That will be posted within the next couple of weeks.

If you prefer a more quiet setting, plan to proctor during the final exams. We will need up to 17 proctors daily. It is a huge need and assists our teachers greatly. I will be creating that Sign Up Genius with details of what proctors do, within the next couple of weeks.

Thank you to all families who have contributed to the holiday gift cards for teachers! If you have not visited the ‘Teacher Appreciation’ page recently, let me give you the highlights of Tracy Vickery’s message:

We would like to ask Lincoln Prep families to donate one lump sum (any amount that is comfortable for you!) and we will pool that amount together and purchase gift cards for our teachers and staff. The PSO will add in $20 per teacher on top of what we receive from family donations. Staff will be given gift cards too. We will include your family’s name on the holiday card. We will wrap the gift cards with the dry erase markers (if you purchased markers, can you drop them off in the teacher appreciation bin in the office). If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Vickery, Teacher Appreciation Lead, at (480)277-7781, or tracyvickery@hotmail.com.

Additionally, the Teacher Wishlists can be found in the LP front office. If you would like to view specific teacher preferences, drop by the office to take a viewing of those.

As always, if you have any questions for me, Terry Burget, PSO President, please contact me at PSO@LincolnPrep.org. You are also invited to stop in after morning drop-off to see me. I always love to chat and I am in the front office at Lincoln Prep most mornings until 9am.

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving with your friends and families!

Meeting Highlights and More…

Thank you to everyone who attended the PSO meeting yesterday. It was also a pleasure to introduce our new Director of Academy Giving, Ronna Krantzman. We are so grateful to Ronna for stopping in! Anyone who missed the meeting and would like me to email a copy of the minutes can email me, Terry Burget (PSO President) at PSO@LincolnPrep.org. I can get them out to you as soon as they are typed up.

Several passive fundraising ideas were discussed at the PSO meeting. One of our new parents has graciously offered to research and implement some passive fundraising programs such as Scrip, the Target Red Card Program and rewards programs through some of the local grocery stores. If you have any ideas that you would like to discuss and assist in implementing, please email me at PSO@LincolnPrep.org,

In the meantime, we would like to remind you of some ways you can help earn money for Lincoln Prep. We collect Boxtops and printer/ink cartridges in the Lincoln Prep Office. You can leave them at the front desk and they will be deposited in the PSO collection bins. Another way to benefit our school is through Amazon Smile. Please take advantage of this during the holiday season and as you do your Black Friday Shopping! Here is how you can set it up:

Bookmark this link:

http://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-1674469

Choose Lincoln Preparatory Academy as your charity. You can use your same Amazon.com account for Amazon Smile.

On your first visit to Amazon Smile, go to smile.amazon.com. Select the charitable organization first, before shopping.

Amazon Smile donates 0.5% of purchase price to Lincoln Prep each quarter! Our donation amounts to date have been somewhat dismal. We would love our families to start participating in this. Please set it up, and then tell a friend to do so as well!! You are going to do holiday shopping regardless, so why not have a percentage come back to your children?

Volunteerism was a big topic at the meeting. Thank you so much to so many of our Lincoln Prep families that have been answering the call to duty! We are so grateful for any time or donations that you have provided this year. We have sent out many Sign Up Genius’ this year and all have been well received. Many people who have not had time to volunteer this year have been contributing generously to our Teacher Appreciation events. It has been very much noticed. THANK YOU!

The PSO Vice President position is yet to be filled. If you are interested in filling the position, having a big voice in what goes on, and sitting in the meeting that I have with Dr. Mitchell every two weeks (hmmm…..those sound like fringe benefits, don’t they?) feel free to remain silent no more. Frankly, the toughest part of the school year for the PSO Board members is done. If you would like to visit with me and talk about the position, you can find me in the LP conference room on most mornings until 9am. You are welcome to drop in, or you can email me and we can set up an appointment.

Speaking of assistance, I am looking for a volunteer to assist with a PSO booth at the Lincoln Prep Information Night next Wednesday, November 15th, here at Lincoln Prep. We will be answering questions from prospective families, and talking to them about the functions of the PSO. You know the drill by now…..please email me if you are willing to volunteer. Thanks!

Also, it was mentioned at the meeting that some volunteers would like us to re-post the lunch Sign Up Genius as a reminder for them. No problem! If you haven’t viewed the lunch sign up for the next three months, please take a viewing and sign up here.

We have many great events and on-goings prior to the Winter Break. There is a field trip, Athletic Events, Student Life Night, Fine Arts Night, final exams and more. We realize it is a busy time for EVERYBODY, so we very much appreciate our volunteers pulling together. We really need all hands on deck to get through the end of the year!

Please remember that you must have your fingerprint clearance to volunteer, even to chaperone field trips. There will be a fingerprinting session here at the Lincoln campus on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 10:30-12:30. For additional information regarding fingerprinting, please visit the Volunteer Page of the PSO website, or email me and I’ll be happy to answer questions or give you a ride to Human Resources to get your prints done.

There are several updates to the Teacher Appreciation page, including all of the dates for events until the end of the quarter. Please visit the page to view Tracy’s important message regarding holiday gifts for teachers! You may use the menu bar, or click here.

I know this blog post was a big one, so thank you for staying tuned. See you around!

 

 

Greetings from the PSO

This week’s blog will be updated on Friday November 10th, so please check back tomorrow!

The next PSO meeting is on Thursday, November 9th immediately after drop off, here at Lincoln Prep. It is followed by the Archway/Lincoln Prep Headmaster coffee where the 6th grade expansion is to be addressed, at 8:15am. I will be introducing our new PSO Secretary, and discussing matters such as additional volunteer needs and fingerprinting. If you have any concerns or ideas, please come and share them. If you are a new family, we highly encourage you to attend and we look forward to meeting you!

The Archway Classical Academy-Lincoln/Notice of Meeting of Board of Directors has been posted. The next Board meeting is scheduled for 9am on Wednesday, November 8th at Veritas, 3102 N. 56th St., Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85018.

There are still some chaperone slots available for the 9th grade field trip to the Gilbert Museum and Arizona Historical Museum on Wednesday, November 15th. Before we open the opportunity to attend to other grade-level volunteer chaperones, if you are a 9th grade parent interested in chaperoning, you can view the sign up here.

Please remember that you must have your fingerprint clearance to volunteer, even to chaperone field trips. For additional information regarding fingerprinting, please visit the Volunteer Page of the PSO website. Just click here.

We are in possession of a large white cooler that was not picked up after our last Teacher Appreciation event. If it is yours and you would like it back, please come and get it! We also still have a can opener, tortilla warmer, and miscellaneous storage containers in the front office. If they are yours, please pick them up or they will be donated to a good home. We greatly appreciated them!

Thank you for checking in. See you all at next week’s meeting!