Lincoln Lions "ROAR" Newsletter

Week of May 16 & Week of May 23

A Quick Note from Mrs. Morrison...

Lincoln Families,

THANK YOU to everyone who assisted with Family Fun Night on Saturday! I enjoyed meeting many of our families and having them in our building. Students and families had a wonderful time and that is ONLY because of the numerous hours spent planning for the event by our Lincoln PTO and the numerous volunteers who helped with the event! A special thank you to everyone who donated cakes, desserts, and prizes! It is all appreciated SO very much!

And a very special thank you to our families for marking last Saturday on your calendars and joining us at Lincoln! I know your children were excited for you to be at school with them!

The Orchestra Concert for 5th and 6th grade students will be held at 7 PM at City High School Opstad Auditorium on Wednesday, May 18. Parents received an email from Brooke Steele, the orchestra instructor, about the event.

This week we have our 5th and 6th grade track meet on Wednesday, May 18. Emails will be sent by 5th and 6th grade classroom teachers to families with more information. Please watch for this communication.

Our remaining early outs this school year are at 1:55 on:

- Thursday, May 19

- Thursday, May 26

- Wednesday, June 1 (Last Day of School)

No School Day: Monday, May 30

Reminder: 6th Grade Graduation will be held at Lincoln Elementary at 10 AM on Wednesday, June 1st

Proud to be a Lincoln Lion!

Mrs. Morrison

Library Books

Please help your child find all of their library books so they can be returned to our library during the week of May 23. We are wanting to make sure we get all books back so they are available for check out to other students in the fall. Thank you in advance for all of your help!


If you will not be returning to Lincoln next year, please contact Ms. Angela so we can update our student rosters.

Also, if you know of new families moving into Lincoln, please encourage them to contact the school.

Thank you in advance!

Fun Times at Lincoln's Family Fun NIght!

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ICCSD's 66th Annual Elementary Track Meet

We're so excited to once again be involved in the Annual 5th & 6th Track Meet this year.

Our date for our Lincoln students is Wednesday, May 18th. It is being held at Liberty High School this year. The track meet will start at 11:30. Spectators are welcome. All students will ride the bus to and from Lincoln and will be dismissed at the end of the school day as normal.

Please watch for an email from your child's teacher with further details.

Raindate is Wednesday, May 25.

Thank You Lincoln Families! You made Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week so special!

Growing Stronger Together!

Hello Lincoln Lions!

On behalf of the Lincoln All School Project team we THANK YOU for following along with our Growing Stronger Together initiative through our weekly fitness sheets. Your participation has shown you care about your physical activity, wellness, and overall health and we are happy to be helpful in your individual growth. Way to go!

You will find on the link below on the second page there are the final health and fitness challenges for you and your family to complete as you move throughout the week.


Week of May 23: Lincoln Elementary Spirit Week

Let's end the last full week of our school year having some fun while we continue to learn!
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We Love Our Lincoln Lions!

ICCSD Districtwide Parents Organization (DPO)


The ICCSD Districtwide Parents Organization (DPO) wants to make sure all schools are represented in DPO and that all parents are aware of our organization and what it does for ICCSD students!

So first, who are we? The DPO is an independent organization that represents parent organizations across the district with the goal of promoting active engagement and awareness through monthly open meetings that include speakers on matters related to education as well as opportunities to interact directly with the ICCSD administration, foundation, and school board.

Now that you know a bit about the DPO, how can you get involved?

Become a Representative for your school: Each school building has up to two voting members of DPO (the PTO President and an appointed DPO Representative) but meetings are open to all. The DPO board is asking all school PTAs/PTOs to assign their 2022-23 DPO Representative before this school year ends so we can start the new school year with all schools connected.

Consider Volunteering as DPO Secretary: The DPO Executive Board has two open elected secretary positions in need of being filled immediately. Please contact the DPO if you are interested!

Attend DPO meetings: The DPO Board also encourages all district parents and caregivers to attend DPO meetings to:

- Connect with parents from other schools’ parent organizations
- Find out what is happening in our district directly from the school board & administration
- Learn from experts about important matters related to children, youth, and education
- Exchange ideas and gain information on local, state and national legislative issues

Meetings occur at 11:30 AM on the second Wednesday of the month, September–May (unless otherwise noted) currently over Zoom with hopes of rotating meeting locations among the schools in the future. We are excited to involve all of our parents! Please reach out to us with questions, and we look forward to seeing you at meetings this fall!

The ICCSD DPO Board of Directors

Atttention ALL 6th Grade Parents


· Two more vaccines are required for students entering 7th grade: a meningococcal vaccine (MCV) and a tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis booster (Tdap)

· Students are NOT allowed to start 7th grade in the fall without documentation of MCV vaccine according to Iowa law.

Please check your child’s immunization record or call their health care provider to find out if they have received the Tdap booster and meningococcal vaccines (MCV) and make an appointment if needed.

· These can be completed during their regular health exam, or during their sports physical (which will also be required for all athletes!)

· Johnson County Public Health provides immunizations and can be reached at 319-356-6045.

· If your child does not have insurance, please reach out to the Healthy Kids Clinic. Call or text 319-631-3204 to make an appointment.

· If you have any questions, please contact the Lincoln Elementary School Nurse – Jenna Jenn at

Pay-to-Ride Program

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Iowa City Community School District Transportation Department would like to notify you of the 2022-23 Pay-to-Ride Program. The Pay-to-Ride Program is available to families that do not qualify for mandatory transportation as required by the State of Iowa. The District provides transportation as required by the State of Iowa.

Iowa Code 285.1.a. The Board of Directors in every school district shall provide transportation, either directly or by reimbursement for transportation, for all resident pupils attending public school, kindergarten through twelfth grade, except that:

  1. Elementary pupils shall be entitled to transportation only if they live more than two miles from the school designated for attendance.
  2. High school pupils shall be entitled to transportation only if they live more than three miles from the school designated for attendance.

When measuring the distance to determine eligibility for transportation, the distance shall be measured by using the shortest distance on public roads only. In general, school buses do not travel on private roads/lanes or in private subdivisions. Distance is measured from the student's driveway to the assigned attendance point of entrance.

If you have any questions, before applying, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at

The Pay-to-Ride Program details are listed below:

  • The program is provided on a space-available, time-available, first-come, first-served basis. Participation is limited according to capacity as determined by the District and is available to students in grades K-12.
  • The program is only available on existing bus routes and at existing stops. No additional routes and or stops will be considered for pay-to-ride students after the deadline.
  • Buses provided specifically for special education students are not eligible for this program.
  • Bus stop locations and times are assigned by North America Central School Bus (NACSB).
  • Availability of seats and location of bus stops is subject to change based on changes in enrollment, boundaries, and other factors determined by the District or North America Central School Bus and can occur at any time. When changes to routes or stops occur, families utilizing pay-to-ride busing will be notified at the same time that the families of eligible students are notified.
  • Students must be picked up and dropped off at their assigned location only. Pick-up and drop-off must be at the same location.
  • Requests for a change in a student’s bus stop will only be honored if the student’s address has changed.
  • No guest students will be allowed to ride along with pay-to-ride students.
  • All students riding the bus are subject to the rules and regulations of conduct and safety established by the District and NACSB. The District and NACSB use video cameras on school buses as a means to maintain a safe environment for students and staff.
  • Refunds will be granted for any unused full trimester purchased for the current school year.
  • No refunds or rate adjustments will be made for days buses cannot operate because of weather or other circumstances beyond the control of NACSB or the District.
  • Payments can be made online via the District’s website. A fee is charged on a per-year basis.

Payment and Fees for Service

  • Pay-to-Ride fee is:
    • $575 per student, per year, round trip
    • $345 per student, per year, round trip, for students who qualify for reduced-price lunch
    • $0 per student, per year, round trip, for students who qualify for free lunch
  • Full payments must be made no later than June 9, 2022, to be included on a bus roster for the start of the school year.
  • Applications will be accepted after the due date while capacity remains on existing routes. (Note: Students will only be assigned to existing bus stops and routes; buses will not be re-routed to accommodate requests.)
  • Students are not eligible to ride until payment is received and the application is approved.

Application Process

  1. To apply for pay-to-ride busing, please download the following form:
    Pay-to-Ride Student Transportation Application: 2022-2023 Pay-to-Ride Application
  2. Payment can only be made online:
  3. Mail or bring your application and receipt, from MySchoolBucks to the following address:
    Iowa City Community School District
    Transportation Department
    1725 N Dodge Street
    Iowa City, IA 52245

If you are interested in participating in the Pay-to-Ride Program, please return the application and payment no later than June 9, 2022, to be considered for a bus roster for the start of the school year.


Esme Davis
Transportation Manager
Iowa City Community School District


May 18: 5th/6th Grade Track Meet at Liberty (Raindate: May 25)

May 30: District Closed - NO SCHOOL

June 1: Last Day of School - 1 hour early dismissal

June 1: 6th Grade Graduation at Lincoln - 10 AM

Lincoln's Before and After School Program

Please contact the Lincoln BASP director with questions about the program.

Eddie Rosenquist

Director Lincoln BASP

(319) 430-4196