December 2017 Opus

This month’s issue includes info about Emergency Plans, the Lincoln Mug Fundraiser, Spanish Committee/Sister School Update, Holiday Resources, Alumni Notes, and more!

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October 2017 Opus

Remember the fun we’ve had already this fall, and mark your calendars with upcoming events! In this issue: the Lincoln Winter Market calls for new volunteers, Paul’s Science Update and supply wish list, and an introduction to the Art Docent program.

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Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year!

The 2017-2018 school year is upon us! Please check out the August-September issue of the OPUS for all the news on coming year. And don’t forget to check out the calendar for important dates.

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Lincoln Options Announcements Flickr Site

Has it been a while since you were at Lincoln?  Are you having trouble remembering the specifics on a poster you saw there?  This new resource is a place to share all those hallway posters electronically. Visit the new site here.


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Complete Your 2017-18 Directory/Volunteer Forms Today

Parents and caregivers are a crucial part of Lincoln Options. Every year the Options Community Council (OCC) compiles a directory and volunteer list for our school. This is important because the Olympia School District cannot share your contact information with other families or the OCCClick here to submit your directory and volunteer information to the OCC and stay connected to the Lincoln community.

Another important step is to fill out the Olympia School District’s Background Check (required by the school district for all volunteers).

If you plan to drive students during your volunteer activities, you must fill out a Driver’s Form and give it to Wendy in the office.

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2015-2020 Options Design for Learning

The Lincoln Options Design for Learning IV (ODL IV) provides a five‐year plan for the  partnership and continued commitment to the Options philosophy of learning core beliefs established in 1984: Developmentally Appropriate Instruction Integrated Curriculum
Parent & Family Involvement Development based on Key Learning Dimensions

The initiatives outlined in ODL IV bear in mind the tremendous pressures placed on our teachers to both provide a curriculum that keeps the core beliefs at the heart of their work and meet an ever‐growing list of externally mandated demands as directed by the District and state. Through these initiatives, we strive to remain a school community working together to provide a thoughtful, developmentally appropriate education for a broad spectrum of students and their families. The initiatives for 2015‐2020 are:

  1. Assessment—Maintain and support the Options philosophy by prioritizing
    authentic, developmentally appropriate assessment that directly informs classroom
    instruction over standardized testing.
  2. Experiential Learning—Support learning opportunities that allow children to
    explore their innate curiosity and creativity and encourage children to see
    themselves as participants in life.
  3. Family Involvement and Community Building—Create a welcoming and
    supportive environment and connectedness for all families.
  4. Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds—Enhance the education of the child as a whole
    through social emotional development, physical activity and play.
  5. Spanish Initiative—Integrate Spanish language and culture into the lives of the
    Lincoln children, staff and families.
  6. Social Justice—Be a community that strives to understand and acknowledge the
    structure of institutional oppression and privilege. Communicate to our students
    that they have the power to change the world and provide opportunities for them to
    become movers and shakers.
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First Edition of Lincoln’s Student Newsletter


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