The Lincoln Lightning
"Your SPARK of information!"
April 1st, 2022
Dear Lincoln Families,
What a busy month March has been… in like a lamb and out like a lion! As we move through the third trimester, we must embrace these final months and encourage our students to use all the skills and knowledge they’ve gained and continue to focus on the learning ahead.
Teachers have collectively scored writing pieces and planned the next steps. With our reading coach, they are looking at current reading running records and ELA assessments as well as state standards to plan instruction. They have analyzed our district math assessments and have dug into the data with grade-level teams and our math coach to differentiate instruction. Teacher grade-level teams have been focused on continuing to use our district curriculum and state standards to discuss and fine-tune their instruction to determine the most essential learning for our students. If the school year were a marathon, we would not slow down at the end. We would give it all we’ve got. We intend to make the most of every day!
With these instructional focuses in mind, we are continuing to support our students as they find their SPARK! It is our intention to provide a learning environment that supports all of our learners as they grow and discover. This month our Vision of a Graduate focus is Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving. We are excited to support this learning with our monthly design challenges and opportunities for critical thinking across subject areas.
Our students are amazing, our staff is incredible, our community is outstanding. With focus, drive, and determination… there is nothing we can’t accomplish together. Thanks so much for helping us make Lincoln Elementary a remarkable place to learn and grow.
Michelle Miner, Ed.D
Principal, Lincoln Elementary
Background Checks for Volunteers
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.
READ THIS IF YOU ARE VOLUNTEERING FOR HIGH INTEREST DAY!
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.
YEARBOOK ORDERS-Deadline today!!
- Ordering deadline: April 1st, 2022
- Click here to order: https://www.vipis.com/group/43c8d848/lincoln-elementary
Please make sure to click on the links below:
Important Dates to Remember:
Friday, April 8th - Fifth grade Wax Museum 2-3 p.m.
Monday, April 11th - 4th grade to Library 9:15 a.m.
Friday, April 15th - NO SCHOOL; District Closed
Friday, April 18th - NO SCHOOL; Prof. Learning Day
Thursday, April 21st - Monday Schedule
Friday, April 22nd - High Interest Day
Friday, April 29th - College/Favorite Sports Day! Arbor Day tree planting; 5th grade to Library 1:30 p.m.
*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.
The Lincoln Music Staff is happy to announce the return of our 4th and 5th Grade Band, Choir, and Orchestra Spring Concert! We invite families to join us on Monday, May 2nd at 7:00 PM in the Lincoln gym. Our students are very excited to share their learning with you in person!
The Lincoln Greatest Showcase!
AFTER A FEW YEARS OFF, WE’RE REVIVING LINCOLN’S MUSICAL TRADITION
WITH A SPECIAL TALENT SHOWCASE!
Students in 3rd-5th grade are welcome to join the theatre and musical troupe
and learn about what it takes to put on a musical revue!
NEW THIS YEAR
All students will be involved in all aspects of the production including performing, set design and stage crew. Through a series of workshops, we’ll work on basic singing, dancing, and acting fundamentals to build a strong foundation and grow a love for the performing arts! We’ll also design costumes, develop characters, build scenery, create choreography, and learn to give and accept direction and critique. We will help each other DISCOVER AND CELEBRATE OUR TALENTS and learn that theatre and the arts are a place where all are welcome!
PARENT INFORMATIONAL MEETING
March 30 at 7:00 via ZOOM: Use this link
This meeting will be recorded and sent out in the next PTO newsletter, along with interest forms.
During the meeting, we will:
Discuss the workshop process
Share our vision for the production
Share interest/sign-up forms
Note where we will need volunteer support
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30-5:00 on the Lincoln Playground (or Cafeteria in case of bad weather), beginning April 19.
Please note: Students participating in Girls on the Run will be able to join us in May.
All of our hard work will culminate in a student-produced Talent Showcase on Sunday afternoon, June 5.
Please join our private Facebook group, The Lincoln Greatest Showcase. This is where we’ll post updates on rehearsal schedules, post photos and videos, and keep everyone informed.
SHARE SOME LOVE FOR OUR STAFF - STOCK THE TEACHERS' LOUNGE!
- K-cups of any kind (coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cider)
- Flavored Creams
- Sodas (regular and diet)
- Sparkling Water
- Vitamin Water
- Healthy Snacks (nuts, protein bars, etc.)
- Unhealthy Treats (chips, cookies, etc.)
- Paper Plates, Bowls, Coffee Cups, Napkins
- Anything else you can think of :)
Thanks for your continued support of our amazing staff!
District Updates for Families + Students
March 28 - April 1, 2022
NEW: Upcoming Wauwatosa Construction
68th Street between Honey Creek Parkway and Wisconsin Avenue will be closed for construction from early April 2022 to fall 2022. The City of Wauwatosa’s contractor will be replacing pavement, reconstructing pedestrian ramps, and upgrading traffic signals.
The intersections of Maple Terrace and Wells Street will be open when work is not occurring in the immediate intersection, so that school families can drop off kids and use other streets to enter/exit the area. Sidewalks will be open throughout the project. As improvements to pedestrian ramps are made, pedestrians may need to use one side of the street or the other. Signage will be in place directing pedestrians to the open sidewalks.
Additional information can be found on the City of Wauwatosa website. Jefferson Elementary School families and staff will be provided with information about changes to pickup and drop off procedures in the near future.
NEW: High School Instructional Minutes / Class Schedule
To address the recently-identified deficit in required instructional minutes for high school students during the 2021-22 school year, we will be holding classes for all high school students on Friday, May 27, 2022. Students in middle school and elementary school will not have class on Friday, May 27, 2022.
NEW: Traffic Reminder
As the weather warms and more students walk to and from school, we are kindly reminding drivers to obey all traffic signs, signals and directions from crossing guards. Thank you for helping us keep our students, staff and community members safe.
NEW: AVID Elective Course Replacement Meeting
High school students currently enrolled in an AVID elective course are invited to an informational meeting regarding the course replacement for the AVID Elective class. Parents/guardians are also encouraged to attend. The meeting will take place at East High School on Monday, April 4 at 6 pm in the library. The same meeting will take place at West High School on Wednesday, April 6 at 5:30 pm in the Steiner Center Following this presentation, students will have the opportunity to express further interest in their participation in the course next school year.
NEW: Tosa Transitions Craft Fair
On May 7, you can purchase unique items created by the individuals utilizing the District’s community-based transition services! More information about the Tosa Transitions Craft Fair can be found here.
NEW: Tickets on Sale for EFW Black + White Gala
Registration is now open for the EFW's Annual Black & White Gala! Save your seats now and help the EFW fund next year's grants - and, of course, have lots of fun! Click here to get your tickets today!
NEW: Autism Acceptance Month
April is Autism Acceptance Month, and our elementary libraries have lots of resources that will help you and your child explore this topic further. Please click here to view a book list.
NEW: Judges Needed for Wauwatosa East Issue Fair
Join the Wauwatosa East High School junior class for an evening of civic action at the Wauwatosa East Issue Fair on Wednesday, April 27 from 5:30 - 8 pm in the gymnasium. Students have been working on a capstone social studies project to address societal issues with personally constructed public policies in order to create change. We are in search of judges to attend the event and interact one-on-one with students to hear and reflect on their policy ideas with guided reflection sheets provided. If you’d like to be a judge, please contact Mike Fischer at email@example.com.
NEW: Wauwatosa West Multicultural Fair
Taste appetizers from around the world, watch musical and ethnic dance performances, browse exciting crafts, and much more at the Wauwatosa West Multicultural Fair! The event will take place on Friday, April 8 from 6-8 pm at Wauwatosa West High School. All ages are welcome!
NEW: Longfellow Middle School Presents Frozen Jr.
Please join Longfellow Middle School on May 12, 13, 14, 20 and 21 for their spring musical, Frozen Jr. When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna's sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman, harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter's cold grip. Come and join the people of Arendelle as they tell the story of Disney’s Frozen Jr. Additional information and a link for tickets can be found here.
NEW: Recreation Department Now Hiring
Now is the time to apply if you are looking for a summer employment opportunity! Tosa Rec Dept is hiring for MANY positions. Apply at www.tosarec.com.
NEW: Recreation Department Summer Programming
The Wauwatosa Recreation Department's Summer Activity Guide is now available! Visit www.tosarec.com for all their offerings. Resident non-high demand registration begins on Tuesday, April 5. Resident high demand registration will open on Tuesday. April 19 (online only) at 10 am. Non-resident registration will begin on Thursday, April 28, 2022.
NEW: Farmer’s Market Power of Produce Club
The Tosa Farmers Market is open every Saturday from June 4 until October 15 in the heart of the Tosa Village across from the Little Red Store. The market will be open from 8 am to noon with a special sneak peek on Saturday, May 28 from 8 am to noon. All students age five to 12 can participate in the Farmer’s Market Power of Produce Club (POP)! Just check in each week at the information booth and each child will receive $2 in tokens to spend on produce or food bearing plants. To learn more about the market, sign up for the Farmer’s Market newsletter (click here and scroll to the bottom of the page). To keep up-to-date on events including our monthly Makers Market or to volunteer at the market, visit the Tosa Farmer’s Market website.
REMINDER: Now Enrolling Junior Kindergarten Students
Our Junior Kindergarten (4K or JK) program provides a foundation for learning centered on the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of your child and prepares them to be confident, independent learners. Classrooms and curriculum are designed to meet the needs of our youngest learners and provide students with opportunities to work and play together using their own curiosity. We also offer wrap-around care through our nationally-recognized provider, Right At School. To begin your child’s online registration, please click here.
FINAL REMINDER: Screenagers + Screenagers Next Chapter Viewing
The Longfellow PTA is hosting a free online viewing of Screenagers & Screenagers Next Chapter! Both of these films discuss brain development as it relates to the inundation of screens and social media. There are limited seats available, so sign up to attend as soon as possible. Once you sign up, you will be able to watch both films anytime between March 14 and April 11. More info on both films can be found here.
FINAL REMINDER: Wake Up Call Special Presentation
Parents, guardians and staff are invited to attend an eye-opening presentation taking place on Wednesday, April 6 from 6:30-8:00 PM at Wauwatosa West High School. Get practical information on current drug trends, take a walk-through of a teen’s bedroom with more than 50 red flags that could indicate substance use, and learn proactive parenting strategies to keep your child substance free. For more information or to register for this FREE event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/272236686257. Registration is not required, but preferred for planning purposes. For questions about this event, please contact Ashleigh at firstname.lastname@example.org.