Looking Ahead at Lincoln

Week November 14-18, 2022

Day Rotation

Week of 11/14-11/18/2022

  • Monday – Day 2
  • Tuesday – Day 3

  • Wednesday –Day 4

  • Thursday – Day 5 - No School for K students - Family Teacher Conferences

  • Friday – Day 1 - No School for K-5 students - Family Teacher Conferences

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

Important Information

Lost and Found Items

​​Lost and Found items have been placed on a tables in the ground floor hall near the cafeteria and on a shelf in the cafeteria. Some 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.

The Lost and Found items will be moved to the main hallway near the school office during Family/Teacher Conferences. Please be sure to claim any lost items that belong to your student(s).

Lost and Found Pictures Slide Show

Veterans Day Program

The annual Lincoln Veterans Day program was held on Friday, November 11th. We were thrilled to be back in person for this special and heart-warming program. This salute to local veterans was an awe-inspiring and emotional program for all in attendance! We want to thank Mrs. Harris, Ms. Lahm, Mrs. Majestic, Mrs. Staub, Mr. Yannascoli, the Lincoln staff and students who prepared so diligently in advance of this program. Please check out the links below if you missed the program or would like to re-watch it.

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 jmajestic@mtlsd.net.

  • 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

  • Microwave Popcorn

  • 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
  • glitter
  • batteries

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.


  • 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


  • 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

Family-Teacher Conferences

Family-Teacher conferences for students enrolled in Kindergarten – Grade 5 will be held as follows:

Thursday, November 17, 2022

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • For Kindergarten student families ONLY
  • K(AM) is NOT in session

1:00 – 3:30 pm

  • For Kindergarten student families ONLY
  • K(PM) is NOT in session

5:30 – 8:30 pm

  • Kindergarten – Grade 5

Friday, November 18, 2022

8:00 am – 12:00 pm

1:00– 3:30 pm

  • Kindergarten – Grade 5 students
  • School NOT in session for all students

Families will be able to schedule conferences via the Family Teacher Conference Calendar. This on-line scheduling portal will go live district-wide on November 4, 2022. Please read and follow each step below as you schedule your family-teacher conference(s).

  • Review the Parent Teacher Conference - Users Guide before scheduling a conference.
  • The Family-Teacher Conference calendar will be open November 4-14, 2022, for families to schedule conferences.

  • Families with more than one (1) student at Lincoln – Be sure to check all of your students’ teacher conference schedules for availability.

  • All conferences are assumed to be in person unless a family requests a virtual conference, Requests for virtual conferences should be directed to the appropriate teacher(s).

  • For students that receive support or participate in programs from teachers beyond the homeroom teacher, (i.e., Title 1 reading support and math support) conference schedules have been set up for those teachers as well.

  • For students in the intermediate grades (4-5), families should schedule the conference with the homeroom teacher.

    • If there is a need for a family to meet with one of the other grade level teachers, please connect with that teacher to see when it would be best to meet (during the conferences or at another mutually convenient date and time).

    • The number of available conference time slots will not permit the intermediate teachers to meet with every student’s family.

A few requests and reminders so that the conference schedule runs smoothly:

  • Be on time for your conference.

  • Observe the fifteen (15) minute conference time frame.

  • Refrain from bringing children to the conference (if at all possible).

If you have any questions or scheduling issues, please email Mrs. Lorre Sharp at lsharp@mtlsd.net with the Subject “Conference Help” or call her at 412-344-2147.

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 Events

Report Cards for Quarter 1

1st Nine Weeks grades and report cards will go live in Dashboard and will be emailed to families on Monday, November 14, 2022. Questions about the grades and comments posted for individual students should be directed to the appropriate classroom teacher.

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.

Grade 5

  • Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
  • Monday, November 14, 2022
  • 8:45 am - 2:00 pm

Scholastic Book Fair

The Book Fair returns to Lincoln Library, November 14-18, 2022. Some important reminders about the event are listed below:

  • All homerooms will get to visit the book fair for shopping.
  • Adults may shop with their child during assigned time. Please register at the office upon arrival and leave through the office. You must bring your PHOTO ID (Driver's License or other approved ID) for our security tag system.
  • During book fair week, there will be no library book circulation.
  • The Book Fair is also open during conferences
  • Thursday, November 17 from 5:30-8:30 PM
  • Friday, November 18 from 8:00 AM- 11:00 AM

Please see the attached documents for more information:

Thank you for supporting our Book Fair! Profits help to fund classroom libraries, the Lincoln Library collection and author visits!

Please contact Mrs. Staub with any questions at mstaub@mtlsd.net.

Volunteers Needed for the Book Fair

Additional volunteers are needed to assist our Kindergarten and First grade students with their book fair shopping times. We need help on:

  • Tuesday, November 15 from 2:00-3:15 with the two PM Kindergarten classes
  • Wednesday, November 16 from 2:00-3:30 with two 1st grade classes

If you are able to help, please complete the Sign-Up Genius. Thank you so much!

Mrs. Staub, Lincoln Librarian

5th Grade Farewell Fundraiser

Continue supporting our 5th Graders with dinner at CHIPOTLE on 11/16/2022 between 4pm and 8pm! When ordering in person please show the following flyer at the register for your purchase to be included in our fundraiser. If ordering through the CHIPOTLE app or online please include the promotional code: 4CJV3LE

Please note: If your order is submitted and payment is made online/in the app without entering the promotional code, the store is unable to apply your purchase to our fundraising event at the time of pick up

Early Dismissal on November 23rd

  • Students in Grades 1 – 5 will have an early dismissal at Noon on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. Students will not eat lunch in the school this date.
  • Both Morning and Afternoon kindergarten sessions are cancelled this date.

Thanksgiving Break

  • School is closed for the Thanksgiving Break from November 24-27, 2022.
  • School resumes for all students on Monday, November 28th.
  • Be safe in your travels and we hope that everyone has a bountiful, restful, enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving Break.

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.

Technology Information

Schoology (LMS)

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

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 schoologysupport@mtlsd.net.

For Students

Schoology Tip of the Week

Reorder Courses: Schoology Student Tip of the Week
MTLSD Student Device Help Request

Click here to get help with your student's school device

Equipment Protection Plan (EPP)

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

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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


  • 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.
Awesome Abe Kick Off Information

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 Holidays

  • 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

Free and Reduced Lunch Program Application

Children need healthy meals to learn, so the Mt. Lebanon School District is committed to offer healthy meals every school day for our students. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $.40 for lunch. Click the link below for free or reduced price meal benefits, and a set of detailed instructions to help you apply.

You can also apply for free and reduced meals online via the state's COMPASS portal. Please follow the link below to begin the online application.

PaySchools Central Information

Payschoolscentral.com is an online lunch money accounting system where you easily monitor and deposit money into student lunch accounts.

By logging onto www.payschoolscentral.com, you can easily:

  • Set up an account

  • Deposit money at your convenience using a credit card

  • Set e-mail reminders to notify you when your child's account has a low balance

  • Set up recurring payments

  • Check your child's account balance (no fee charged)

  • Request an activity report to check account activity for the previous 30 days (no fee charged)

To set up an account, all you will need is:

  • A valid email address
  • A credit card
  • Your child's student identification number, school and grade

There will be a 3.9% per transaction fee. Each child in your family can be set up on the same account therefore you can add money to each child's account during the same transaction. Transactions processed by pay are safe and secure using Secure Socket Link. With this technology, schools can be assured that all student information, credit card and all other student data will be highly encrypted and secure. Once the money is put on the account, it typically appears on the account in about 30 minutes.

Please follow the link below to a video that will walk you through how to add funds to your student's account.

If you choose not to use pay for credit card transactions, the District will continue to accept cash and checks. Click here for more information.

Other 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.


As we have entered the fall weather season, 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. When the thermometer dips even lower, students should be prepared to wear hats and gloves during outside recess. We typically check AccuWeather and The Weather Channel apps for the current local temperature at approximately 11:55 am daily.

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 lsharp@mtlsd.net.

Links to Other Technology Resources

How to Login to Clever Portal

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.