Lincoln Log

(In Person Edition) January 3, 2020

Happy New Year...Changes in 2021!

I hope you all had a restful break to enjoy with family! I'm hopeful that 2021 will treat us all kindly. There are a couple of new and great changes coming to Lincoln to start off 2021:

Carrie Krantz will be joining our staff as a building paraprofessional beginning January 4! We are excited to have her join the Lincoln team! Mrs. Krantz will be helping with Mrs. Peterson's kindergarten class (Miss Aimee will begin to work more full time with our English Language Learners) and will provide support for Miss Becky in the office among other duties. Please welcome Mrs. Krantz when you see her.

Also...Phy Ed will now be held in the gym! We will work to maintain the 6 foot distancing to start in the gym. Students are now required to wear tennis shoes on phy ed days.

Finally, let's start the New Year in style by wearing green/gold and/or Packer clothing tomorrow, Monday. You may also wear a different sports team apparel if it's more to your liking.

Best wishes for a great year 2021!

Yours in partnership,

Mrs. Whooley Jepson, principal

Are you Ready for a fun, little competition?

As we roll into a new year, we want to keep a close eye on the goals our school has made for the year. One of our big goals is to improve in the area of mathematical thinking. How can you help?

  • Students will be taking the I-Ready Diagnostic this week. PLEASE do NOT help your child! We use the diagnostic to see what your child has for strengths and weaknesses to tailor our teaching to the individual student.
  • Students, do your best on the diagnostic! All I-ready lessons after the diagnostic are tailored specifically to your strengths and weaknesses on the diagnostic!

How will Mrs. Jepson help?

  • I have put together a friendly competition for the whole school (virtual and in-person students). This week, classes will talk about what they would like to earn as a reward if they win - extra recess? lunch and a game with the principal? board game hour? Students, think of some creative and fun ideas.
  • Students who complete 40 minutes of I-ready each week (or more) will earn a point for their team.
  • Classes who have 80% of their students passing all their I-Ready lessons with 80% or better for the week will earn 3 bonus points!
  • Mrs. Jepson will calculate points each Friday and report out in our weekly newsletter.
  • There will be 3 grade level (6 classes!) of winners! 5th graders will be competing against 4th graders. 3rd graders will be competing agains 2nd graders. 1st graders will be competing against kindergarteners. Reminder that this friendly competition is based on time spent on I-Ready and individual progress made...not based on grade level expectations.
  • Students will see progress on a bulletin in the main hallway. These points will go towards building a snowperson in the main hallway. Who will have the best decorated snowperson?
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Attendance - Who Do I Call?

Virtual students should call their HOME schools to report any absences. So, Lincoln students - even if being taught by a non-Lincoln teacher - should call the Lincoln office to report any absences or appointments. Please remember to call the school office before 9:00 am at 715-261-0965.

Remember that our virtual day runs from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday thru Thursday only!

COVID Frequently Asked Questions by Parents (taken directly from WSD homepage)

COVID-19 is an illness caused by a new coronavirus. It spreads from person to person through droplets created when we cough, sneeze, talk, sing or laugh. Most people - especially young people - who get COVID19 have mild illness, similar to having a cold or the flu. However, in others it can cause severe illness, such as pneumonia. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever (temperature 100.4°F or higher)
  • Cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Chills
  • Muscle/body aches
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Runny nose or nasal congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

Visit the CDC website for comprehensive information about COVID-19

What symptoms will require my child to be sent home?

  • If your child has been in close contact with a COVID positive or COVID diagnosed person in the last 14 days
  • Your child has been diagnosed with COVID in the past 10 days
  • Your child has any ONE of the following symptoms in 24 hours:
    Cough, shortness of breath, or new loss of taste or smell
  • Your child has TWO of any of the following symptoms in the past 24 hours:
    Sore throat, unusual fatigue, nausea (sick to stomach) or vomiting, headache, muscle or body aches, fever (100.4 or higher) or chills, diarrhea, runny nose or congestion

COVID daily home screening tool for parents

What do I do if I think my child may have COVID?
Marathon County Free COVID testing

How long will my child have to stay home?

  • Your child must remain home for at least 10 days since the first symptoms began AND be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours AND with improvement of symptoms.
  • OR an alternate diagnosis from a health care provider (strep throat, etc.) AND be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours AND with improvement of symptoms. This would allow your child to return before 10 days if the above criteria is met.
  • OR if the child has been determined NOT to be a close contact, a negative COVID test will be accepted

Returning to school after COVID

How will I know if my child is a close contact?
Close contacts of someone with COVID


Prevent Further Spread

  • The following guidelines will help to prevent further spread of illness:
  • Notify your school nurse if your child is diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Notify your school nurse if you or your child had contact with someone who you know was diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Keep students home from school if they are sick.
  • Encourage good habits: frequent hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes, use of face coverings in public, and staying home as much as possible.
  • If you are quarantined or isolated, STAY HOME. You CANNOT test out of a quarantine with a negative COVID test. You must serve your quarantine period.
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No School on Fridays

This is a reminder that classes will take place Monday-Thursday only! Friday is a day for staff to use for planning and prep time. No school for students on Friday! Some staff may connect with students who are struggling to keep up and may provide extra tutoring experiences. This would be done on an individual as-needed basis only.

Mark Your Calendars

Reminder that Monday is a Day 2 Rotation 1

January 15 - No Classes (Teacher Record Keeping Day)

January 18 - No Classes (Martin Luther King Jr Day)

January 19 - 2nd Semester begins

February 1 - Optimist Luncheon for 5th Grade Students Selected

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Lincoln Staff

Following is a list of staff members at Lincoln for this year. I thought it may be handy for you all to have so you know who your child is interacting with online:

Health Services Team

Ms. Alexandra Hein - Nurse serving multiple schools

Ms. Sacia Taylor - Health Aide for Lincoln Elementary

Pupil Services Team

Mrs. Karpinsky - Social Worker

Ms. Poncek - School Counselor

Mrs. Reimann - School Psychologist

Encore Teachers - will continue to work with a majority of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade virtual students

Ms. Cumberland - Music

Mrs. Duesselmann - Science

Mrs. Gilbertson -- Library

Mrs. Jaglinski - Gifted/Talented

Ms. Lindberg - Art

Mrs. MickBeversdorf (aka Mrs. B) - Phy Ed

Ms. Poncek - Guidance

Regular Education Virtual Teachers

Ms. Tera Mattke - Kindergarten teacher from South Mountain

Ms. Jennifer Ekiss - Kindergarten teacher from Marshall

Mrs. Chris Giebel - 1st grade teacher from Lincoln

Mrs. Yer Thao - 2nd grade teacher from Lincoln

Mrs. Megan Gast - 3rd grade teacher from Lincoln

Ms. Katelynn Neidner - 3rd grade teacher from GD Jones

Mrs. Ashley Zoch - 4th grade teacher from Lincoln

Mrs. Tanya Kramar (with Long Term Sub Mr. Bruce Trueblood) - 5th grade teacher from Lincoln

Special Education Teachers

Mrs. Dahnke - Occupational Therapist

Mrs. Reiche - Speech/Language

Ms. Lehman - multicategorical (works mainly with medically fragile students)

Mr. Nygaard - multicategorical (works mainly with grades 4-5)

Miss Vils - multicategorical (works mainly with grades K-3)

Ms. Xiong - adaptive physical education

Miss Yunk (aka Miss Nicole) - multicategorical (works mainly with students with emotional/behavioral disabilities)

English Learner/Bilingual Teachers

Mrs. Bennett

Mrs. Vang

Mrs. Veenstra

Title Teachers

Mrs. Burke

Mrs. Imhoff


Mrs. DeValk - lead cafeteria

Mrs. Dreikosen - G2M coordinator (all classes are remaining virtual this year)

Mrs. Fortenberry - Special Education

Miss Hardinger (aka Miss Grace) - Special Education

Mrs. Lenz - Title

Ms. Mletzko. (aka Ms. Roxann)- Bilingual

Ms. Taylor - Health room

Mrs. Wirt - Special Education

Ms. Wollenzein (aka Ms. Brea) - Special Education

Mrs. Yang - English Learners

Mr. Xiong - English Learners

Miss Vang (aka Miss Aimee) - EL Para

Mrs. Krantz - building para

Custodial Staff

Mr. John - night custodian

Ms. Cindy - night custodian

Mr. Jeff- lead custodian

Administrative Assistant

Miss Rebecca Gartmann (aka Miss Becky)


Mrs. Whooley Jepson (aka Mrs. Jepson)

Lincoln Elementary (K-5)

Principal: Colleen Whooley Jepson


Administrative Assistant: Rebecca Gartmann


Address: 720 S. 6th Avenue

Wausau, WI. 54401

Phone: 715-261-0965