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    Family Email Sent Friday 3-12-2021
    Posted on 03/12/2021
    Family email 3.12.2021The following content was sent via SchoolMessenger email to parents/guardians on Friday, March 12, 2021. If you did not receive the email please first check all your email folders, then check that your School Messenger Communication Preferences on the Seattle Schools website are set to receive notifications from the school and district. If you are still not receiving emails after updating your communications preferences, then please email lincoln@seattleschools.org and we will try to troubleshoot problem.

    Good Afternoon Lincoln Families,

    As we approach the middle of March we want to take a minute to acknowledge that this point in a school year can often feel long. This year with COVID-19 and remote learning, it may feel even longer. We have heard from many corners of our community that some of our students are struggling with motivation and focus. We want to encourage you to check in with your student and promote positive self-care. Here are a few tips for mental health and coping from teen Mental Health First Aid. More resources can be found HERE:

    • Maintain a daily routine with consistent sleep, activity and study patterns.
    • Stay connected with others, and try to find moments of humor.
    • Talk to people you feel comfortable with about your feelings or worries, then give yourself permission to stop worrying.
    • Eat breakfast every morning, plus snacks and meals at regular times throughout the day.
    • Look for patterns or be aware of situations that make you feel particularly worried or anxious. When you’re in these situations, try relaxation or distraction techniques or ask a family member or friend to help.
    • Relieve times of high anxiety with physical activity; engage in regular aerobic exercise (e.g., walk, jog, yoga, dance).
    • Limit the amount of time you spend talking about or watching/listening to news media or social media if you are finding information about the COVID-19 situation overwhelming or distressing.
    • Do hobbies or activities that you enjoy, calm you down or focus your mind and body. These could be arts and crafts, physical activity, listening to music, reading, journaling, watching TV or movies, or chatting with friends by phone, videoconference or text.
    • Understand that the people around you are probably also finding this situation stressful, and they might also be having difficulty controlling their emotions. Try to resolve conflict.
    • If you continue to feel overwhelmed, out of control or unable to calm down after a period of weeks, seek help from a mental health professional.
    • Take time for yourself.
    • Be kind to yourself and each other. We’ll work through this together.

    Additional Resources

    Washington Listens –Washington Listens is a program that provides non-clinical support to people who feel sad, anxious, or stressed due to COVID -19. Any Washington resident can call, and a support specialist will listen and help guide you to connections within your community. Washington Listens is free and anonymous. Call toll-free 1-833-681-0211 (TRS711). Washington Listens is staffed Monday-Friday 9 am to 9 pm and weekends 9 am to 6 pm. Language access services available. https://www.hca.wa.gov/assets/program/washington-listens-fact-sheet.pdf

    TedTalk style video with a community member on the topic of motivation – specifically, how to find it. This video was put together by a couple of 11-grade advanced leadership students at Lincoln: https://youtu.be/IhV_BrwrtN4

    Where to Turn for Teens. These booklets are a wealth of information and links for Teens: https://www.crisisconnections.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/WTTFT-2018-2019.pdf

    Upcoming Dates

    • March 22: Distribution/Library Curbside Pickup; 3:30-5:30PM
    • April 8: End of 3rd Quarter
    • April 12-16: Spring Break

    Anti-Asian Racism Awareness

    Anti-Asian rhetoric and violent incidents towards people of East and Southeast Asian descent have escalated since the pandemic began. Unfortunately, this is a continuation of the historical racism and xenophobia that is a long and deep part of US history. There has been a spike in the last few months, including violent attacks here in Seattle as recently as last week. Lincoln staff have experienced racist incidents in our own neighborhood. Some of our students have shared that they are afraid for their parents and grandparents and this has added additional stressors and concerns on top of virtual learning and other impacts of the pandemic.
    Our school community is addressing and acknowledging this as part of our history and our present, to stand in solidarity with our students, staff, families, and community members of East and Southeast Asian descent. Many teachers have addressed this in class this week or created some class time for conversation. Our Asian Student Union has helped compile resources for students, families, and staff. Those can be viewed here: https://collections.follettsoftware.com/collection/603eaad7b1ba4000124998fb.
    Thank you for partnership as we work to address and dismantle racism within our community. Lincoln student feedback indicates an overwhelming desire for ongoing conversations about racial justice and acknowledging the impact of racialized oppression on all people of color. We appreciate our community’s support for our learners on their journey towards self-advocacy and making their voices heard as they “learn with passion, act with courage, and improve the world.”
    ~ LHS Staff Racial Equity Team ~

    Asian Student Union Fundraiser

    Lincoln Asian Student Union is planning a fundraiser during the month of May to bring awareness about the recent spike of hate crimes against the Asian community and raise funds for the club. For a $25.00 donation, you will receive a goody box full of delicious Asian snacks and drinks to be picked up at Lincoln during the month of May during the supply pickup days. You can pay with cash, check, or schoolpay.
    https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/2021-Asian-Student-Union-Fundraiser/SdmCS73

    We Need Your Help! Please Join our ASB YouTube Page!

    We need your help. We are working on our ability to live stream athletics events (and additional events when allowed) through our ASB YouTube page. We need 1000 subscribers on our Lincoln ASB YouTube page to add this live streaming flexibility. Please visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiZiET6faxUxf9tD6bc6CJQ to subscribe today. Please send this to any family and friends who support Lincoln High school in helping us continue to build our online community. You only need a google account to join. Thanks!

    Safety Reminder

    We are excited to have our student athletes joining us again along with other students during our distribution days. As a friendly reminder, please use caution while driving the streets locally around the school to drop off or pick up your student. We are within a residential community with many children, families, and some elderly populations that are frequently out walking. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe.

    Athletics Update

    Our athletic season is off to a great start. We have over 300 students participating this season. Safety remains our highest priority, and we have several safety measures that have been put in place for practices and competition. Among these include making our competitions closed to the public. We understand that this is a disappointment to many of our families and community members, but it’s a key component of our district-wide plan to keep our athletes safe.
    Lincoln and other schools around the city are working to set up live streaming and are currently piloting these this week in hopes to have them available for some of our competitions next week. We recognize that enforcement of no fans will be difficult in our outdoor facilities and we are asking for your assistance in abiding by this expectation and staying off and near our fields during practice and competition.
    If your student is involved in athletics, please email coaches directly if you have sport specific questions. With general questions you can contact the Athletic Director, Brent Brakke, at bwbrakke@seattleschools.org.

    PTSA New Facebook Page for Families of IEP Students

    The PTSA would like to announce a new Facebook page called the Lincoln Lynx Family Resource Room, as a project of the DEI Committee.
    The Resource Room is a space for families of students receiving Special Education services at Lincoln and can be used like a library to search for various topics from neurodiverse learning to preparing for life after college. You will find posted articles and webinars, as well as links to the Seattle Schools Special Ed PTSA website, and our Lincoln pages on Facebook. There are also links to upcoming events. The page will be updated daily, and families are encouraged to share their resources as well.
    The topics are searchable by hashtags. So, for example, if you want to search for ADHD, you'll find a plethora of articles pertaining to that topic.
    The page to join is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/linconlynxfamilyresource

    Yearbooks on Sale

    Our 2020-2021 Yearbooks are currently on sale through March 21st. Don’t forget to order yours today. Yearbooks are $60 and can be purchased through our SchoolPay: https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/2021-Yearbook-Order/ScoRzRW.

    Class Registration for 2021-2022

    Class Registration for the 2021-2022 has been completed. If your student has not selected courses for the coming school year, please contact your counselor to schedule a registration appointment.

    Technology Support (Ongoing Post)

    Is your SPS-Issued laptop broken or needs repairs? Are you receiving an error message on your SPS-Issued laptop? Please contact SPS Tech Support by emailing laptops@seattleschools.org or call 206-252-0100.
    You can access the Source, Schoology, and other technology supports here: https://www.seattleschools.org/student_portal/technology_supports_for_families
    Further tech support and help (videos and checklists) are available https://www.seattleschools.org/district/calendars/news/what_s_new/technology_for_remote_learning
    In addition to our weekly email, you can also find further information and copies of our past weekly emails on this website, or by following us on social media. If you have specific questions or needs, our main office is available to answer questions from 9AM-3PM daily by calling 206-413-2500 or emailing lincoln@seattleschools.org. If you are unable to reach us, please leave a message and we will get back to you.
    Sincerely,
    Lincoln High School