The Lincoln Lightning

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January 21st, 2022

Good afternoon Lincoln Families:

It's been chilly outside, but the love of learning that I've seen while visiting classrooms this last week warms my heart.

We're looking forward to our All School Read next month and can't wait to unveil this year's title. We know you're going to love it. With the support of our reading specialist and PTO, we are anxious to share this read-aloud opportunity with all of you.

During these chilly evenings, take some time to cuddle up with a good book. In this NPR article, research shows us that...

"Reading aloud is one of the few spaces that checks all the boxes in terms of social, emotional, and mental health."

Have an exceptional weekend. Stay warm!

In Partnership,

Michelle Miner, Ed.D

Principal, Lincoln Elementary

Junior and Senior Kindergarten Registration and New Enrollments 2022-23

Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year opened on Monday, January 17, 2022. Students who are already enrolled in the district do not need to re-enroll. For more information about enrollment, please click here.

Valentine's/Friendship Day Activities

February 11th, 2022 - please see specifics from classroom teachers as the date approaches. As we are currently in a level 3:

  • Students may exchange cards
  • No homemade treats please - instead, Sodexo will provide heart cookies for each student in the district
  • Crafts and/or activities may be led by room parents

Please make sure to click on the links below:

Junior Kindergarten News

Senior Kindergarten News

1st Grade News

2nd Grade News

3rd Grade News

4th Grade News

5th Grade News

Virtual Learning Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: A switch to virtual learning is only an option for students who are diagnosed with COVID or who are currently in quarantine. Virtual learning is not an option for any other illness, parent excused absences, or family vacations.

Winter Weather

The cold weather season is upon us! As a district we will be using the National Health Center’s rating scale of safe time outdoors. The “magic” number to keep children indoors is -5 degrees with the wind chill and temperature combination (although we also take into account the sunshine and wind present that day). Children love to play outside in the snow. As long as the weather permits, we take them out for recess. All students are expected to be outside unless there is a medical reason prohibiting them from doing so. Please be sure to send your child in boots, snow pants, a warm jacket, hat and mittens to be able to participate in snow activities. Don’t forget to label items with your child’s name so that we can return them if they are misplaced.

Library News

The Wauwatosa Elementary Libraries encourage all readers to learn more about Black History during the month of February and all year round. Check out these amazing titles at your school's library or the Wauwatosa Public Library today!
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District Updates January 17-21, 2022

NEW: COVID-19 Testing Available at Fisher Administration Building for all Staff and Students

The Wauwatosa School District has extended its partnership with Summit Labs to provide additional COVID-19 testing to all staff members (and individuals in their household) and students who are currently enrolled in the district. The testing site is located on the east side of the lower level parking lot at the Fisher Administration Building (12121 W. North Avenue).

This testing will be available for staff members and students who are asymptomatic and who fall ill outside of school hours or over a weekend. At this time, these testing services do not extend to members of a student’s household; however, that may change in the future as we get a better understanding of the volume of tests that will be administered each day.

Testing hours are as follows:

  • 7 am to 9 am - staff only testing; must show WSD ID badge to get tested during this time

  • 9 am to 3 pm - staff and student testing (on Wednesdays testing will pause from 2 pm to 4 pm due to early release)

  • 4 to 6 pm - staff only testing; must show WSD ID badge to get tested during this time

We are not taking appointments and all individuals will be tested in the order of their arrival.

Please read this important information regarding the testing process

Once on site, you must take a number to identify your place in line and scan a QR code to complete the online registration. All individuals will wait in their vehicle until their number is shown on the board. When your number is shown, you may enter the testing trailer.

If you would like to expedite the process, you may pre-register before you arrive on site by visiting Please note that if you choose to pre-register you must still take a number and wait in your vehicle until your number is shown.

REMINDER: COVID-19 Information - Quarantine Timelines, When to Return After Illness + More

As we have previously communicated, our Nursing Department is working hard to return the large volume of calls and emails received each day. Families and students are strongly encouraged to review the information on our COVID-19 web page, as the answers to many commonly asked questions can be found there, including information about quarantines, when a student can return to school after illness, testing site resources and much more.

Important Dates to Remember:

Friday, Jan. 28th - School Spirit Day - Hat Day

*Early Release - every Wednesday at 2:20pm

*Soft Landing for Morning Entry - 8:00-8:15am at our Underwood Ave. entrance. Please utilize our 'Hug and Go' area and be mindful of the handicapped parking area in the middle. Also, our neighbors would ask that you not block their driveways during this time and dismissal.

Lincoln Girls on the Run

Information below:

Math - Sense of Belonging

Click here to access the latest math news.
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In an effort to make Lincoln the safest possible environment for our children, we ask that all visitors and volunteers please sign in at the office (Driver’s License required) and always wear a nametag identifying yourself as a visitor, including volunteering on our playground and our outdoor classroom. All staff members have been directed to ask adults not wearing proper identification to return to the office. We know you agree that safety must be our number one concern.

Also, we request that all volunteers and chaperones complete a background check verification form. We no longer use paper applications. In compliance with board policies, our district began this procedure a few years ago. We’re sorry for the inconvenience but this practice ensures the safest environment for our children. The completed background checks are valid for three years.

EFW Grant Received

Dear Community Members,

Thanks to an Educational Foundation of Wauwatosa (EFW) Grant, we were able to purchase an 8-pack of multicultural color crayons for every JK-2 student in the district. We are thrilled that each child will be able to represent themselves, as well as those they know and love, in their true colors! Here in Wauwatosa, we celebrate diversity, and the unique perspective that each child brings to our community. We would love to hear your feedback about this grant and its impact; please feel free to contact us any time!


Mrs. Tracy Carus (Elementary Equity Coach)

Dr. Carrie Streiff-Stuessy (Elementary Reading Specialist)