Lincoln School News
Message from Mrs. Hawkins
We are excited to start the 2021-2022 school year! I hope students, staff, and families had the opportunity to rest and recharge over the summer break from school. After last school year, we all needed that. We are looking forward to a more normal school year, but we learned from last year that we need to remain flexible and make necessary changes to keep our students healthy and safe. We will again, do whatever it takes to keep our students in person and meet their needs.
Please check your email for the letter that indicates your child’s classroom placement for this school year. It includes a link to sign up for the Before School Interviews on Aug. 26, 30, and 31. This is a great opportunity for our teachers to connect with and learn about each child. We know that students learn more when they have a good relationship with their teachers and this interview will get us started on making that possible.
The first day of school is September 1st and the school hours have returned to 7:55 am - 2:25 pm. Thank you for the opportunity to work with your children. It’s going to be an awesome year!
School Supply List
Mark your Calendars
August 30th - Before School Interviews
August 31st - Before School Interviews
September 1st - First Day of School Grades 1 - 5
September 1st & 2nd - Half of Kdg students come each day (please refer to your email which day your child has been assigned to come)
September 3rd - No School
September 6th - No School; Districts Closed
September 9th - Fundraiser Starts
September 9th - Back to School Bash 5:30 - 7:00
September 15th - Vision & Hearing Re-Screening
September 21 - Fundraiser Ends
Welcome New Staff
Lori Thompson - Kindergarten
Heather Peters - Kindergarten
Amy James - 1st Grade
Megan Johnson 1st Grade Long Term Sub for Mrs. Fierst
Kathy Nash - 1st Grade Long Term Sub for Mrs. Gytri
Jay Harvey - Speech & Language
Luke Holt - Phy Ed
Jason Miller-Dunbar - Music
Katie Fernandez - EL Teacher
Erica Iverson - School Psychologist
Sabrina Ulland - Discovery Para
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at Lincoln Elementary! Lacy Standke, PTO President and Sarah Buttera, PTO Treasurer along with other members are ready for an exciting year. Our PTO needs new families to help create fun activities for students and their families this year. We always welcome new members so please join us for our first PTO meeting Thursday, September 16th at 6:00pm, Lincoln School , please watch Facebook at Lincoln Elementary School PTO for updates.
PTO dues will be collected during Before School Interviews, and if interested in PTO please note that along with providing your email. Through our fundraising events and PTO dues, we help raise the money needed to provide the annual events, along with various equipment and activities for all students! Last year we were able to provide $7,000 to the Phy Ed department for new outdoor equipment, new inflatables for the Lincoln Fun Run, and end of year, prizes for Lincoln Leaders.
Join us on Thursday, September 9th from 5:30 - 7:00 for Lincoln's Back to School Bash, on the North side of the building. We will have a variety of outdoor activities and Kona Ice will be available.
Please feel free to email any PTO questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
McKinney-Vento Support for Families In Transition
The Mckinney-Vento act supports families and youth that lack a fixed, regular, and appropriate nighttime residence. Additional support is available from the Owatonna Public Schools for these families.
Qualifying families include those that are:
Experiencing a loss of housing
Couch hopping or temporarily staying with other people due to your financial circumstances
Staying in motels, campgrounds, or vehicles due to a loss of housing
Experiencing homelessness or living in a shelter
Migrant and staying here temporarily
As well as unaccompanied youth that are living without a parent or guardian
If any of these situations are true for your family, you may qualify as a Family in Transition (FIT) under the Mckinney-Vento act and Owatonna Public Schools is here to support you.
If your family qualifies for Mckinney-Vento support, you may be eligible for benefits such as, the right for your child to continue to attend their school of origin when you move boundaries, busing to and from your current residence, free breakfast and lunch, free preschool for age eligible children. Your School Social Worker will also be able to provide additional information for community-based supports that may benefit your family.
Owatonna Public Schools is committed to providing high quality education to all students, regardless of housing status. Please be assured that information on housing status is confidential. If you feel that you may qualify as a Family in Transition, you can receive support by contacting your child’s school social worker, Amanda Griswold via email (email@example.com) or by phone (444-8115).
Application for Educational Benefits
The online "Application for Educational Benefits" form is now available for families to apply at any time! The online application and the printable forms are available here on the district website.
If you have any questions, please contact our Nutrition Services Department at 444-8616.