October 21, 2016

Torrance Council of PTAs



Letter from Torrance Unified School District

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As many of you already know, in the past several weeks, there has been increased reports of individuals dressing up as clowns and creating disturbances nationwide. Many of these incidents have occurred in and around public areas, including parks and schools. There is heightened anxiety and fear over clown sightings due to several incidents being reported of a disturbing nature.

Though nothing has been reported in our District, in light of these recent reports, clown costumes WILL NOT BE ALLOWED at any TUSD school site during the Halloween season. This rule ensures everyone (students, staff, and parents) is able to fully enjoy the holiday festivities.

Additionally, this allows us to easily identify any individual attempting to come on to our campuses to create an unsafe environment. Staff, security, and law enforcement, will be able to quickly identify anyone in a clown costume, and immediately know they do not belong. Such individuals will be dealt with accordingly.

If you have any questions, please speak with your student’s principal. It is always our goal to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and school community. We appreciate your cooperation, efforts, and support in helping us keep our students and schools safe.


Halloween Parade

Monday, October 31st, 9:00am

Here are a few tips to make this a safe and special day for children:

  • Please have children wear their costume to school over school clothes
  • Send a shopping bag so costumes can be brought home later that day
  • Marks are dangerous and we don't encourage their use

PLEASE: No Weapons or play weapons (Guns, swords, spears, laser guns, etc.)



Early Out Wednesdays
School is out  @ 2:27pm

Please remember, students will be let out early on Wednesday for PLC.  
Please plan accordingly to have your child picked up from school in a timely manner.


Universal third grade GATE testing will take place at each school site between October and December. A parent notification with testing details and schedule will be sent home with students on September 19th.  Please check this schedule for each school site’s specified test date(s). An electronic copy of the parent notification will also be available on our school website. No form or application for participation in third grade GATE testing is necessary.  

If you choose to withdraw your student from GATE testing, you will need to complete and sign a Withdraw from GATE Testing Form (on the reverse side of the parent notification) and return it to your student’s teacher by October 3rd.

More information regarding GATE testing for grades 4 and 5 will be coming at a later date.


Prueba GATE para el Tercer Grado

La evaluación universal GATE de tercer grado se llevará a cabo en cada escuela, entre octubre y diciembre. El 19 de septiembre se enviará a casa con los estudiantes una notificación a los padres con los detalles y el calendario de la prueba. Por favor, revise este calendario para verificar la fecha(s) especificada de la prueba en cada escuela. Una copia electrónica de la notificación a los padres también estará disponible en nuestro sitio web de la escuela. No es necesario ningún formulario o solicitud de participación para las pruebas GATE de tercer grado.

Si usted no quiere que su estudiante tome la prueba GATE, tendrá que llenar y firmar un Formulario Para No Tomar la Prueba GATE (Withdraw from GATE Testing Form) (en el reverso de la notificación a los padres) y devolverlo al maestro(a) de su hijo(a) a más tardar el 3 de octubre.

Se enviará más información con respecto a las pruebas GATE para el 4º y 5º grado en una fecha posterior.      

CBEE Honor Roll

The California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) honors schools for their outstanding success in raising student achievement.  After an extensive analysis of student achievement data for every public school in California, Lincoln stood well above the rest in getting its students to grade-level proficiency and beyond.  It is for this reason that Lincoln Elementary was named a California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll School for 2014. 

Congratulations to our principal, teachers, students and Lincoln families for all of your hard work!




Healthy Snack Calculator

Use the Smart Snacks Product Calculator, developed by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, to take the guesswork out of nutrition guidelines! Simply enter the product information, answer a few questions, and determine whether your snack, side or entree item meets the new USDA Smart Snacks in School Guidelines.



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