Looking Ahead at Lincoln

Week of August 29 - September 2, 2022

Welcome Back!

It is my honor to extend another warm and heartfelt Lincoln welcome to you as we draw near the beginning of the 2022 – 2023 school year. This year promises to be an exciting one, filled with lots of learning and growing. We are proud of our school, our students, our staff and the outstanding community of parents and patrons that provide wonderful support to Lincoln. We are working diligently behind the scenes to do everything in our abilities to “provide the best education possible for each and every student” this year.


In an effort to stay connected with all of our families, I will post my weekly e-newsletter with important school information on Twitter at @LinkedAtLincoln. Make sure to check Twitter, the school website and your e-mail regularly for updates and other information about Lincoln. Also be sure that you have updated your email address(es) posted in your student's Dashboard account. Please contact the school office if you have issues accessing Dashboard. We will continue to sustain and enhance the rich tradition of educational excellence at our school so that every student experiences individual success in and out of the classroom.


I am looking forward to seeing all of you very soon!


​Ron Kitsko, Ed.D.

Principal

Lincoln Elementary School

2 Ralston Place

Pittsburgh, PA 15216

412-344-2147

www.mtlsd.org/Lincoln

Twitter - @LinkedAtLincoln

We are RESPONSIBLE. We are RESPECTFUL. We are SAFE.

News and Notes

Day Rotation

Week of 8/29 - 9/2/2022

  • Monday – Day 1
  • Tuesday – Day 2

  • Wednesday – Day 3

  • Thursday – Day 4

  • Friday – Day 5


Week of 9/5/ - 9/9/2022

  • Monday – No School - Labor Day
  • Tuesday – Day 1

  • Wednesday – Day 2

  • Thursday – Day 3

  • Friday – Day 4

New Faces and Changes at Lincoln

There are some new faces and changes at Lincoln this year. I am pleased to share with you the following information about changes involving staff members at Lincoln:

  • Mra. Caitlin Aaron (formerly Ms. Brown) – Grade 1

  • Mrs. Hilarie Bauer – School Nurse

  • Mrs. Megan Criswell – Reading Specialist

  • Mrs. Lori Green – Personal Care Assistant

  • Ms. Liz Herb – Guidance Counselor
  • Mrs. Allison Pricener – Grade 4

  • Mrs. Stacy Raimondi – Personal Care Assistant

  • Ms. Lakin Rigby – Health Aide

  • Ms. Charity Roehrig– Grade 3 (returning from sabbatical leave)
  • Mrs. Loree Sharp – Secretary

  • Mrs. Elizabeth Smith – Instructional Clerk

  • Ms. Natalie Stefurak – Grade 2 (returning from family leave)

  • Mrs. Tammy Woessner – Instructional Support teacher

  • Mrs. Emily Zutz – Grade 5

Schoology (LMS)

Schoology, the Mt. Lebanon School District's official Learning Management System (LMS) provides families with a deeper look into their student's classwork and learning progress. As of the Fall of 2022, all online assignments will be collected through Schoology.


Calendars in Schoology will have school events listed as well as course events and assignments. Beginning in 2022-2023, the Schoology calendar will replace Dashboard/PowerSchool as the primary calendar for classroom activity. Classroom assignments, due dates, reminders and other events will be posted by teachers in the Schoology calendar.


You should have receive dan email from the Schoology platform on Friday, August 26 with directions to create your family account. We hope this video is useful as you get started with your account!


Additionally, an orientation course for families, MTLSD’s Family Guide to Schoology, is available within the Schoology platform. Visit our website (www.mtlsd.org/families/technology/schoology) for directions to join this course!


If you have questions or need support with Schoology, please email us at SchoologySupport@mtlsd.net

Upcoming Events

First Day of School

  • Monday, August 29th – Students in Grades 1-5
  • Wednesday, August 31st – First Day of School for Kindergarten

Kindergarten Interviews

Kindergarten Interviews will be held Monday, August 29th, and Tuesday, August 30th. This will be an additional Informal time for kindergarten students and families to individually meet with Ms. Tecza or Mrs. Vrotsos in a one on one format. Informational letters were sent out from the school office the week of August 8th. If you do not receive a letter by August 15th, please contact the school office at 412-344-2147.

Take Home Tech Night

In early August you should have received an email from the elementary administration regarding our Technology Device Initiative. This email details the plan to distribute devices to our students at Take Home Tech Night. This event will include an informational session about the devices and their use, the available Equipment Protection Plan (EPP), and our learning management system, Schoology. Following the presentation, devices will be distributed.


In order to facilitate this process, we ask that families sign up for a time slot via SignUpGenius. This will allow us to share important information and distribute devices in an efficient manner.


  • Please use this link - https://mtle.bo/TechTakeHome22LINC to select your family’s time via SignUpGenius.
  • If you are unable to make the Take Home Tech Night, please complete this FORM and you will be contacted with information about how to get your student device(s).


Lincoln’s Take Home Tech Night is Wednesday, August 31, 2022, between 5:00 - 8:00 PM in the Cafeteria and Gym. You will enter Door C15 to enter the Cafeteria for the informational session. At the conclusion of the presentation you will be directed to Gym to pick up your device(s) by the last name of the student(s) in your family. The entire process should take approximately 45 minutes. If you have any questions please contact the main office at 412-334-2147.


We look forward to seeing you soon!


Dr. Ron Kitsko

Principal

Lincoln Family Picnic - Sponsored by the Lincoln PTA

The annual Lincoln PTA Family Picnic is set for Thursday, September 1st, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on the Lincoln Playground. Come see other Lincoln families and kick off the new school year! Bring your family and pack a picnic or buy dinner from food vendors that will be on hand for this fun filled evening. Hope to see you there!

Labor Day Holiday - No School

School will not be in session on Monday, September 5, 2022, in recognition of Labor Day. School resumes on Tuesday, September 6, 2022. Please make note of this day off for the students.

Important information

School Day Time Schedule

Grades 1-5

  • 8:30 am to 12:00 Noon

  • 1:00 to 3:30 pm

  • Late bells ring at 8:35 AM and 1:00 PM


Kindergarten (AM)

  • 8:30 to 11:20 am
  • Late bell rings at 8:35 AM


Kindergarten (PM)

  • 12:40 to 3:30 pm
  • late bell rings at 12:45 PM

Arrival and Dismissal

Arrival and Dismissal Times

  • AM Arrival - 8:25 to 8:35 AM
  • Late bell rings at 8:35 AM
  • K(AM) dismissal - 11:20 AM
  • K(PM) arrival - 12:40 to 12:45 PM
  • Late bell for K(PM) rings at 12:45 PM
  • PM Dismissal - 3:30 PM


We are asking students to use the following doors for arrival and dismissal:

  • Kindergarten - Door C13 - K(AM) arrival and K(PM) dismissal
  • Grade 1 - Door D16
  • Grade 2 - Door C15
  • Grade 3 - Door C14
  • Grade 4- Door C10
  • Grade 5 - Door A2
  • GO ZONE - Door A1 - also used for K(AM) dismissal and K(PM) arrival


Entering and exiting through these doors will allow the students to enter and leave the building in a less congested manner. You can view a map here of the arrival and dismissal locations. We will have adults at each door to welcome and guide the students to their homerooms.

Other Arrival Procedures

Student Arrival

  • Doors will be open for students to enter Lincoln between 8:25-8:35 am (AM arrival) and 12:40-12:45 pm (K-PM arrival)

  • Teachers receive students at the arrival doors and in GO ZONE

  • Staff on arrival duty until 8:35 am for AM arrival will be wearing yellow vests

  • Students are tardy after 8:35 am (AM arrival) and 12:45 pm (K-PM session) and MUST enter Door A1 with a parent/guardian to sign in at the school office


Arrival Expectations

For Students

  • Do not line up before 8:25 am (AM arrival) or 12:40 pm (K-PM session)

  • Go to crossing guard locations to cross the streets

  • Use the sidewalks to arrive at Lincoln

  • Stay out of parking lots

  • No playing in front of the school

  • GO ZONE

    • Exit car to the sidewalk, not onto the street

    • Students arriving before 8:25 am (AM arrival) must report to the assigned grade level entrance door


For Parents

  • Do not have students to line up earlier than 8:25 am (AM session) or 12:40 pm (PM session)

  • Direct students to assigned grade level entrance door

  • GO ZONE

    • Open from 8:25 - 8:35 am (AM arrival)

    • Pull forward as far as possible

    • No parking in GO ZONE

    • Parents are to remain in cars

    • Wait to drop off student(s) in the designated drop off area within the GO ZONE

  • No parking in the school parking lots

  • No dogs/pets on campus at arrival

Other Dismissal Procedures

Student Dismissal Procedures

  • Dismissal of students at 11:20 am (K-AM) and between 3:30-3:35 pm (PM dismissal)

  • Teachers release students to the dismissal doors

  • Homeroom teachers and staff to supervise students at exit doors and in GO ZONE

  • Staff on duty until 3:40 pm (PM dismissal) and will be wearing yellow vests


Dismissal Expectations

For Students

  • If walking, head directly home after leaving the school building

  • Use the sidewalks

  • Stay out of parking lots

  • No playing in front of the school

  • Go to crossing guard locations to cross the streets

  • Only student car riders will be permitted in front of Lincoln

  • GO ZONE

    • Wait at designated pickup area inside school

    • Students will be called once ride arrives in GO ZONE

    • Enter car from sidewalk, not the street


For Parents

  • Set up meeting locations with your students

  • Students should be picked up (regardless of location) by 11:25 am (K-AM) or 3:40 pm (PM dismissal)

  • Remind students to avoid GO ZONE unless a car rider

  • GO ZONE

    • No parking in GO ZONE

    • Stay in car in GO ZONE

    • Wait to pick up student(s) in the designated pickup area

  • No parking in the school parking lots

  • No dogs/pets on campus at dismissal

  • Submit dismissal preference form


Arrival and Dismissal Locations - Click Here for Map

Lincoln Dismissal and GO ZONE Form

Please complete this form indicating your dismissal plans for the student listed below. Unless we are informed of different plans, students will be released at dismissal to walk home. GO ZONE car riders may only be be picked up by the adult(s) listed on the form. Please be prompt when picking up students at dismissal and follow established GO ZONE procedures. If you have multiple students at Lincoln, please complete this form for each student.


Lincoln Dismissal and GO ZONE Form - 2022-2023

GO ZONE Reminders

All families are asked to review and follow these procedures/requests when using the GO ZONE for drop-off and pick up.

  • Open from 8:25 - 8:35 am (AM session) and 12:40-12:50 pm (PM session)
  • Students should be picked up (regardless of location) by 11:25 am (K AM) or 3:40 pm (PM)
  • Pull forward as far as possible in the GO ZONE
  • No parking in GO ZONE
  • Parents are to remain in cars
  • Wait to drop off student(s) in the designated drop off area within the GO ZONE
  • Students are to exit Door A1 for GO ZONE pick up
  • No parking in the school parking lots
  • No dogs/pets on campus at arrival

GO ZONE NUMBERS FOR PM DISMISSAL

To help our school staff get students dismissed to our GO ZONE more efficiently each afternoon, we will continue to implement our numbered car sign system. Based on each family's responses to the Lincoln Dismissal and GO ZONE Preference Form submitted for this school year, we have identified families whom have chosen to use the GO ZONE for PM dismissal pick up one of more days each week. During the first week of school, a form letter and two (2) yellow GO ZONE Number signs will be sent home with the students.


Please note of the following as we continue with our PM Dismissal GO ZONE Number system:


  • Please encourage your child(ren) to memorize your family's number as this will help us get them out to the GO ZONE more quickly.
  • GO ZONE number signs must be clearly displayed when entering the GO ZONE at Lincoln.
  • If you do not have your assigned car number sign, you will be expected to park in one of the community parking areas and present identification to the office staff in order to pick up the requested student(s). At that time, we will confirm that you have permission to pick up the student(s) before allowing them to leave with you.
  • If anyone else is picking up your student(s), you must give them your tag to display upon arrival. They will not need to provide any additional identification.
  • Additional signs can only be requested via email to a Lincoln office staff member (Dr. Kitsko, or Mrs. Sharp) by the parent or legal guardian of the student(s).
  • If your family is not going to be a regularly using the GO ZONE you can request to receive number signs in case you need them but this is not required.
  • Families that do not normally use the GO ZONE can have their student(s) use the GO ZONE when needed by contacting the school office to make the proper arrangements.
  • We are asking all families to begin displaying their GO ZONE car number signs no later than Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

Lunch and Recess Information

Lunch and Recess Times

12:00 - 12:25 pm

Lunch

  • Grade 3 (1-2 classes), Grade 4 & Grade 5

Recess

  • Grade 1, Grade 2 & Grade 3 (1-2 classes)


12:30 - 1:00 pm

Lunch

  • Grade 1, Grade 2 & Grade 3 (1-2 classes)

Recess

  • Grade 3 (1-2 classes), Grade 4 & Grade 5


12:55 pm

  • Line up bell


12:58 pm

  • Return to class bell

Lincoln Lunch Preference Form

Students will have the option to return home during their scheduled lunch & recess hour. Students in Grades 4-5 also have the option to go to Shops as well. If you plan on having your student come home (or go to Shops in Grades 4-5) for their lunch & recess hour, please complete the form below so we can make the proper arrangements each day. Contact your student's homeroom teacher any day that there is a change to your student's lunch/recess plan so that we can be prepared for their lunch & recess hour.


If you have multiple students at Lincoln, please complete this form for each student who will be traveling home. You only need to complete this form if your student will be leaving for lunch & recess.


Lincoln Lunch Preference Form - 2022-2023

Elementary Lunch Information

Please read these important FYIs about the elementary lunch program:

  • Elementary Lunch costs $2.65 per daily meal (milk is included with the meal).
  • Additional milk and milk purchased without a meal is $.50 a carton.
  • There are four (4) daily menu choices for the students.
  • We offer a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and encourage students to eat servings of all the vegetables and fruit offered.
  • A la carte - All side items are $.90 each.
  • A la carte items are available daily.
  • Any student, even those who bring lunches from home, will be able to purchase side items such as fresh fruit, vegetables, side salads, and juice.
  • Healthy snack bags will be sold on Tuesdays and are $0.75 each.
  • Varieties of low fat ice cream will be sold every Thursday and are $1.25 each.
  • 8 oz. bottled water is available daily and will be $0.75.
  • Students must have money on their lunch account to purchase ala carte items or snacks.
  • Ala carte items include second milk or single milk, bottled water, snacks, ice cream or any side items..

Free and Reduced Lunch Program Application

Children need healthy meals to learn, so the Mt. Lebanon School District is committed to offer healthy meals every school day for our students. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $.40 for lunch. Click the link below for free or reduced price meal benefits, and a set of detailed instructions to help you apply.


You can also apply for free and reduced meals online via the state's COMPASS portal. Please follow the link below to begin the online application.

PaySchools Central Information


Payschoolscentral.com is an online lunch money accounting system where you easily monitor and deposit money into student lunch accounts.

By logging onto www.payschoolscentral.com, you can easily:

  • Set up an account

  • Deposit money at your convenience using a credit card

  • Set e-mail reminders to notify you when your child's account has a low balance

  • Set up recurring payments

  • Check your child's account balance (no fee charged)

  • Request an activity report to check account activity for the previous 30 days (no fee charged)


To set up an account, all you will need is:

  • A valid email address
  • A credit card
  • Your child's student identification number, school and grade


There will be a 3.9% per transaction fee. Each child in your family can be set up on the same account therefore you can add money to each child's account during the same transaction. Transactions processed by pay are safe and secure using Secure Socket Link. With this technology, schools can be assured that all student information, credit card and all other student data will be highly encrypted and secure. Once the money is put on the account, it typically appears on the account in about 30 minutes.


Please follow the link below to a video that will walk you through how to add funds to your student's account.


If you choose not to use pay for credit card transactions, the District will continue to accept cash and checks. Click here for more information.

Other Information

MTLSD Health and Safety Plan Update

The MTLSD Board of School Directors has approved the 2022-23 Health & Safety Plan. Key highlights include the following:

  • Continue optional masking in accordance with CDC guidance

  • Permit full utilization of instructional and cafeteria spaces.

  • Continue established cleaning and ventilation protocols

  • Continue symptomatic testing program as testing supplies remain available to schools from the Commonwealth

  • Discontinue optional pool testing program

Reporting a Positive COVD-19 Case

If your child is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please contact your child's school nurse immediately. The direct contact for any illness/COVID-19 or injury related questions or reporting of symptoms should be your child's school nurse.


If your student is COVID positive, please complete the COVID Student Notification Form in addition to notifying your school nurse.

Important Reminders

Attendance

  • Attendance will be taken in every class and will be recorded into our student accounting system around 8:35 am and 1:00 pm daily.


When Can Parents Meet or Speak with the Teacher

  • Teachers typically schedule parent meetings from 8:00-8:30 am or 3:30-4:00 pm. If you would like to schedule a meeting, please email the teacher directly.

Grade Level School Supplies

Please click here to view the suggested school supplies list. If we can assist you with purchasing these supplies, please contact your child’s teacher, Ms. Herb or Dr. Kitsko. Please know these requests remain confidential as we want to ensure that your child has what is needed to have a successful school year.

Safety and Security

The school building will be locked down all day except during the AM arrival and PM dismissal times. All visitors/parents that want to access the school must enter through the main entrance (Door A1) and be buzzed into the school office. Visitors should be prepared to identify themselves when asked by the school office staff. All visitors MUST have a photo ID handy when the office staff asks for identification. While in the school, visitors must wear a visitor’s pass (in a clearly visible manner). Visitors need to check out in the school office before leaving the school. Please remember that these measures are in place to protect the students and staff.

Safe 2 Say Something

Safe 2 Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.


Here’s how it works:

  • Submit a report through the Safe2SaySomething system
  • Crisis center reviews, assesses and processes all submissions
  • Crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement for intervention
  • If needed, crisis center may contact tipster anonymously through the app

Lincoln Crossing Guard Locations

The following are the 2022 – 2023 crossing guard locations for Lincoln Elementary. The times that crossing guards are at these posts are listed as well. Resource documents about the Lincoln School Crossing Map and general Child Safety reminders are available for download below as well.

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Safe Routes to School Information

Staying Connected

In an effort to stay connected with all of our families, I will post a weekly e-newsletter, Looking Ahead at Lincoln, with important school information on Twitter at @LinkedAtLincoln. I will try to post things regularly and consistently to keep you in the know. Please make sure to check your e-mail frequently for updates and other information about Lincoln. Any feedback about my communication with families is greatly appreciated.

Connecting to District Google Calendars

Staying connected to everything going on in the district is no small feat these days. Since we made the switch to using Google apps a few years ago, some families indicated that they are not able to easily connect to the district’s calendars. Steps about doing this can be found at http://blog.mtlsd.org/ViewPost.asp?I=31672. Hope this helps!

Office Hours and Parking

During the school year, the posted school office hours at Lincoln are as follows:

  • Monday – Friday

  • 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

If there any changes to this schedule, signs at the main entrance will be posted in advance. Please be advised that parking in the school lots from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm is for school staff only.


Mt. Lebanon Public Library Reminders

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Spencer Family YMCA Adventure Guides Program

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Links to Technology Resources

How to Login to Clever Portal

How to access Clever with in which direct links to Accelerate ED, DreamBox, Lexia, Google Apps for Education and other educational resources are housed

Lincoln Elementary School

Lincoln Elementary School, named after President Abraham Lincoln, opened in 1925 and is the second oldest school in the Mt. Lebanon School District. Lincoln was awarded three United States Department of Education National Blue Ribbons (2001, 2003 and 2013) for its overall academic excellence and outstanding student achievement. Lincoln Elementary School presently serves students in Kindergarten - 5th Grade. The dedicated faculty members take great pride in working with the students and collaborating with their families to "provide the best education possible for each and every student" that attends Lincoln.