Looking Ahead at Lincoln
Week of November 21-25, 2022
Week of 11/21-11/25/2022
- Monday – Day 2
Tuesday – Day 3
Wednesday –Day 4 - Early Dismissal at Noon for Grades 1-5 - No School for K students
Thursday – No School - Thanksgiving Break
Friday – No School - Thanksgiving Break
Week of 11/28-12/2/2022
- Monday – Day 5
Tuesday – Day 1
Wednesday –Day 2
Thursday – Day 3
Friday – Day 4
Lost and Found Items
Lost and Found items have been placed on a tables in the main hallway office. Jackets, sweatshirts, lunch bags, and many other things, have been left behind at school. Please encourage your student(s) to take a look to see if something belongs to them. Pictures of our growing collection can be found below in the slide show. Parents - you may also stop by prior to student arrival and after student dismissal to peruse the Lost and Found items - just check in at the school office first to obtain your visitor sticker.
All unclaimed lost and found items will be donated to a local charitable organization after November 23, 2022.
Stockings for Soldiers
Lincoln is once again stuffing stockings for deployed service members. Please consider donating items from the list below to make the holidays happier for our deployed military members. All items can be sent into your child’s classroom NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 30th. Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes will cover the cost of shipping! The last time we did this, we were able to stuff 74 super stuffed stockings for the soldiers. Thanks in advance for your support. Please direct all questions to Mrs. Jill Majestic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protein Bars, Rice Krispie Treats, Cereal Bars, Granola Bars
Coffee, Tea, and Hot Chocolate singles, Kool-Aid/Crystal Light singles
Gum, Mints, Hard Candy (no chocolate)
Beef Jerky, Slim Jims
Dried Fruit, Nuts, Licorice, Gummy Bears
Cup A Soup, Ramen Noodles, Dried soup packets, Easy Mac & Cheese
Trail Mix, Nuts, Sunflower Seeds
Instant Oatmeal, Granola
Canned/Soft Packets of Tuna or Chicken
Ziploc Bags---any size
Boot Socks, T-Shirts
Baby Wipes, Lip Balm, Q-tips, Icy Hot Patches
Multi-Vitamins, Tylenol, Foot Powder, Anti-fungal cream
Deck of Playing Cards, Dice, Nerf Balls, Hackysacks
Paperback Books, Crossword Puzzles, Notepads & Pens
DO NOT include the following items:
- no aerosol cans
GO ZONE Reminders
We are experiencing issues with cars being left unattended in the GO ZONE while family members walk to drop off or pick up their student(s) at their arrival/dismissal doors. This is causing significant issues with the GO ZONE causing it to not be a "go zone". If you need to escort your student(s) to their arrival door or meet you student(s) at their dismissal door, park somewhere other than the GO ZONE. Please be mindful of the reminders below about our GO ZONE so that everyone can get to and from Lincoln in a timely manner.
AM GO ZONE
- Open from 8:25 - 8:35 am
- Pull forward as far as possible
- No parking in GO ZONE
- Parents/Family members 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
PM GO ZONE
- Open from 3:30 - 3:40 pm
Remind students to avoid GO ZONE unless a car rider
- No parking in GO ZONE
- Parents/Family members are to remain in cars
- Wait to pick up student(s) in the designated pickup area
No parking in the school parking lots
Students should be picked up by 3:40 pm
Book of the Month
In honor of National Native American Heritage month, I have selected the book We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, written by Traci Sorrell as my book of the month. This story will be shared as a read aloud text with each homeroom by the end of this month.
The following summary of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga comes from the Penguin Random House website at https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/566582/we-are-grateful-otsaliheliga-by-traci-sorell-author-frane-lessac-illustrator/. "The Cherokee community is grateful for blessings and challenges that each season brings. This is modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah."
Let me know if you should have any questions.
Dr. Ron Kitsko
Upcoming Field Trips
Please make sure that the students have submitted the appropriate permission forms to the classroom teachers in advance of the trip. Chaperones MUST have all three (3) clearances on file to serve as a program volunteer for all of these field trips. Feel free to contact the school office with questions. Thanks to the Lincoln PTA for its financial support for many of the Lincoln Elementary School field trips.
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History
- Monday, November 21, 2022
- 9:30am - 2:00 pm
Josh and Gab 10th Anniversary School Assembly Tour Is Coming to Lincoln!
We are thrilled to be hosting Josh and Gab's 10th Anniversary School Assembly Tour at Lincoln on Tuesday, November 29th! It has been a few years since we have since Josh and Gab in person and we can not wait to have our Lincoln students spend time with them during their unforgettable, high-energy, musically based program. You can learn more about Josh and Gab at https://www.joshandgab.com/.
We thank the Lincoln PTA for funding this educational program for the students.
Frosty Shop at Lincoln
On Friday, December 2, 2022, the PTA sponsored, Frosty Shop makes its annual return to Lincoln! Many parent volunteers have worked in preparation for this wonderful event. Homeroom classes will be able to shop at the Frosty Shop during the schedule listed below. Students and families may return after school for additional shopping time. Frosty Shop will close at 4:30 pm. Shoppers will need to enter the school via doors C-7 or C-8 starting at 3:30 pm.
Frosty Shop Volunteers Needed
The Lincoln Elementary Orchestra and Band students would like to invite you to attend their winter concert on Friday, December 16, 2022, starting at 2:30 pm. Families and guests of the student performers will need to access the school using Door A1. The students have worked extremely hard on this music and we would love to see you there!
Please direct all questions about this performance to Mrs. Harris and Mr. DeLaurentis (orchestra) or Mrs. Wockley (band).
Echoes of the Four Directions Program
On Tuesday, December 20th we will host the Echoes of the Four Directions program.
“Echoes of the Four Directions serves as a tool for public and private groups to educate and create a greater understanding and awareness of the diversity of Native American Indigenous (Indian) people and cultures through sensual and visual interpretive programs using lectures, displays, demonstrations, as well as visual and performing arts.” (excerpt from https://www.echoes4.com/)
More information about Echoes of the Four Directions can be found at their website linked here - https://www.echoes4.com/. We want to thank the Lincoln PTA for sponsoring this worthwhile program for our students!
We will host the annual Lincoln Winter Parties later in December. Some important reminders about these events are listed below.
Students in morning kindergarten
- Thursday, December 22nd
- Party from 10:30 – 11:15 AM
Students in afternoon kindergarten
- Thursday, December 22nd
- Party from 2:45 –3:30 PM
Students in Grades 1 – 5
- Friday, December 23rd
- Party from 11:15 AM – Noon
Some other reminders about these events:
- Remember, we are not serving food during the classroom parties.
- Only family members designated as homeroom adults for this event will be permitted to go to the classrooms. This is for the safety of the students as well as to keep the parties organized and on time.
- A maximum of three (3) adult volunteers and one (1) classroom photographer can be present for each classroom party.
- As the school will be especially crowded on this day, please pay close attention to all of the standard parking and traffic rules and exercise caution while in your vehicle. Also, remember that parking in front of the school is not permitted.
Schoology Tip of the Week
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.
If you have questions or need support with Schoology, please email us at SchoologySupport@mtlsd.net
Schoology Information for Families
- Families can sign into Schoology by going to app.schoology.com and signing in using the email address registered through PowerSchool.
- Once signed in, parents can follow these directions to join a course.
- The access code for Lincoln families to join MTLSD's Family Guide to Schoology is NTSQ-D33Z-MCD3R.Families with more than one student only need to join one course, though it is suggested to join a secondary course if the oldest student in that family is enrolled in one of our secondary schools.
- If you have not received initial communication from Schoology about your account, email us at email@example.com.
Schoology Tip of the Week
The EPP is OPTIONAL and is NOT required. The EPP will cover a single 1:1 District-owned device for the 2022-2023 school year. A new or renewal EPP must be obtained yearly for each District-owned device.
Awesome Abe School Wide Positive Behavioral Program
What is a School Wide Positive Behavioral Program?
PBIS or Positive Behavioral Interventions or Supports is a school-wide positive behavior support system or set of strategies and systems to increase the capacity of schools to (a) reduce school disruption, and (b) educate all students including those with problem behaviors
- Clearly defined outcomes
- Research-validated practices
- Supportive administrative systems
- Use of information for problem-solving
WHAT ARE THE FEATURES OF PBIS?
- Establish regular, predictable, positive learning & teaching environments.
- Train adults & students to serve as positive models.
- Teach and model behavioral expectations
- Create systems for providing regular positive feedback.
- Acknowledge students when they are “doing the right thing”.
- Improve social competence.
- Develop environments that support academic success.
Click here to learn more about the Awesome Abe program that kicks off on September 12th!
Inclusivity Calendar Events for November
Month Long Recognitions
National Family Caregivers Month - Proclaimed in 2012 by Former President Barack Obama, it honors the more than 40 million caregivers across the country who support aging parents, ill spouses, or other loved ones with disabilities who remain at home.
National Native American Heritage Month - This celebrates the heritage and culture, as well as honors the contributions of Native Americans.
Specific Dates in November
November 8: US Election Day is the annual day set by law for the general elections of federal public officials.
November 11: Veterans Day, a U.S. federal holiday honoring military veterans. The date is also celebrated as Armistice Day, or Remembrance Day, in other parts of the world and commemorates the ending of World War I in 1918.
November 16: International Day for Tolerance pays tribute to the values of peace, non-violence and equality on the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi..
November 19: International Men’s Day emphasizes the important issues affecting males, including health issues that affect males, improving the relations between genders, highlighting the importance of male role models, and promoting gender equality. This holiday is celebrated in over 70 countries.
November 20: World Children’s Day, first established in 1954, it promotes international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.
November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance memorializes those who have been murdered as a result of transphobia and draws attention to the continued violence endured by transgender people.
November 24: Thanksgiving Day is an annual national holiday in the United States and Canada celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year.
November 25: Native American Heritage Day, designated by President George W. Bush in 2008, to pay tribute to Native Americans for their many contributions to the United States. Since then more than half of the states continue to celebrate this day.
November 1: All Saint’s Day (Christian)
November 2: All Soul’s Day (Christian)
November 8: Guru Nanak Dev Ji Gurpurab (Sikh)
November 24: Thanksgiving Day (United States)
November 24: Guru Tegh Bahadur's Martyrdom Day (Sikh)
November 26: Day of the Covenant (Bahá'í)
November 30: December 24: Advent (Christian)
Food Service Information
"Little LEBO" Pre-school Program
Mt. Lebanon High School’s “Little Lebo” preschool program is accepting applications for our Spring session which will run March 13th through May 25th, Monday through Thursday from 9:15 am to 10:40 am. This is a great first school experience for children who may not be ready for full-time preschool. Our program offers unique learning experiences through in-house field trips to places such as the wildlife biology room, dance studio, percussion room, choir room, and the commercial kitchen in the cafeteria.
Children who have turned three years old by January 1st and no older than four years six months on March 1st may apply. All children must be fully potty trained. Enrollment is limited to ten children and acceptances are on a first come first serve basis. The total cost is $75.
For more information, please contact the secretary, Ann Carini at 412-344-2023.
RECESS TEMPERATURE REMINDER
As we have entered the season unpredictable and colder weather, I want to remind our students about what they should to wear during outdoor recess.
- Anytime the temperature dips below 50ºF, students should wear a jacket (of some type) outside.
- While it is a family decision as to what each student wears to school each day, I would suggest that students not wear shorts on days when temperatures are forecasted to be below 50ºF.
- Having an extra pair of pants available (left in a student’s locker) is a great way to avoid emotional situations if students wear shorts to school on cold weather days.
- When the thermometer dips even lower, students must be prepared to wear jackets, hats and gloves during outside recess.
- We will go outside if the “feels like” temperature is at or above 15 ºF.
- Students may be permitted on the field even if snow is present. However, snow-style boots are a must for this.
- We check AccuWeather and The Weather Channel apps for the current local temperature and “feels like” temperature at several times each day.
Reporting a Positive COVID-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 the school nurse.
Check Your Clearances
Please be aware that we are coming up on the 5-year mark from when many past volunteers have submitted their clearances. Clearances for volunteering within the district will expire after 5 years and will need to be renewed. If you have any questions or need to know the date(s) your clearance(s) expires please email Mrs. Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links to Other Technology Resources
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.