Lincoln School News

August

Message from Mrs. Hawkins

Lincoln Families,

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 Hours

7:55 AM - 2:25 PM

School Supply List

The 2021-2022 School Supply list is available on the Lincoln Website. Again this year, we are working with teacherlists.com. This website allows you to shop electronically through Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target, and Office Max/Depot to purchase you school supplies. We have noticed the website may default to a more expensive product, please watch for this and adjust for your preference.

Mark your Calendars

August 26th - Before School Interviews

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

We would like to welcome to following new staff members to Lincoln:

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

School Pictures

New this year, Jostens will be taking our school pictures during Before School Interviews in the North Gym (Small Gym). Families will not be asked to pre-purchase packages. Once you create an online account, you will be able to preview the photos and then place your order. The pictures will be mailed directly to your home. Please watch for additional information to be emailed out. We ask that each child please get their picture taken even if you don't plan on ordering pictures.

Lincoln PTO

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.


Please sign up for Box Tops for Education and AmazonSmile. These two organizations help fund Lincoln PTO.


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 lincolnowatonnapto@gmail.com

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 (agriswold@isd761.org) or by phone (444-8115).


Application for Educational Benefits

Breakfast and lunch meals will be FREE this school year for ALL children regardless of their eligibility. Nutrition Services will continue to encourage families to fill out the Application for Educational Benefits form if families feel they may qualify for additional 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.

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Let's Support Team "L"

Lincoln School is part of Buffalo Wild Wings Home Team Advantage program. Lincoln PTO will receive 10% of your total sale when mentioning Team “L” to the server or cashier (dine-in or take-out) anytime you are dining at BWW. Don’t forget to mention that you are supporting Lincoln PTO or Team L and Buffalo Wild Wings will take care of the rest. Thank you for your support!