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    December 3rd-7th is Computer Science Education Week!  At Lincoln we will be celebrating throughout the month of December by participating in an Hour of Code, a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week [csedweek.org] and Code.org [code.org].  An Hour of Code originally began as a one-hour coding challenge to introduce students in grades kindergarten and up to computer science.  In the past four years, it has expanded to include hundreds of one-hour activities that can be accessed in over 48 languages.  Throughout the month of December Lincoln students will have opportunities to participate in fun and educational computer science and coding activities.  I can’t wait to see what our students create!

    The Scholastic Book Fair is here! This is a fantastic opportunity to stock up on books for your students to read over the Winter Break as well as Presidents’ Recess.  Research shows reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to about 1.8 million words per year. Reading helps students develop a stronger vocabulary, and in addition, students who read for pleasure average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history!  Students will be able to visit the book fair and purchase books during the school day, but we also encourage you to carve out some time to attend the book fair with your child either before or after school.  

    A huge thank you to our PTA for bringing Scott Barnett of Integrity Computer Concepts to our PTA meeting last week.  Every time I hear Mr. Barnett speak about ways to monitor and set limits on students’ electronic device usage, social media accounts, video game access, and overall screen time, I learn something new.   This time was certainly no exception.   In the coming weeks, I will be sharing a few of the tips and tricks Mr. Barnett shared with us.  For this week, I want to share the four rules Mr. Barnett asked each of us to consider implementing in our homes.  Implementing these rules early in a child’s life will spare you from trying to pull in the reins when students reach the adolescent years. 

    1.  Know all of your child’s passwords and double check that they work.  Mr. Barnett suggested getting a password book for each child in your family so you can avoid the Post-It Note collection that so many of us currently possess. 
    2. Take technology away at night.  Students should not have technology in their bedrooms, especially after bedtime.  It is a great idea to create a common charging space in our homes.
    3. Be present and supervise.  Students should not have privacy when it comes to their devices.  Technology + Time + Privacy = Trouble. 
    4. Implement a Cell Phone and/or Computer Contract.  There are a number of examples of cell phone contracts on the Internet that you can revise to meet the needs of your family. 

    I hope everyone has a great week! See you all at Jog-a-Thon on Friday, 12/7!

    With Gratitude,

    Dr. DeMicco