The Lincoln Lightning

"Your SPARK of information!"

February 25th, 2022

Dear Lincoln Families,


I hope you all had a wonderful week ... although it was filled with some very unexpected weather! Today we celebrated VOCABULARY DAY at Lincoln School and it was fun to see words such as BLIZZARD, FOGGY, and STORM depicted. How very timely. There were so many fun and creative words visually displayed! My favorite part of the event was how everyone joined together to make sure every student had a chance to participate!


Have a SPARKY weekend,

Michelle Miner, Ed.D

Principal, Lincoln Elementary

A Message from Mrs. Anderson, 2nd grade teacher

Dear Lincoln Families,

I want to share with you my plan to retire at the end of this school year. I have been very lucky to have worked with some truly outstanding people at Roosevelt, Washington, and Lincoln schools over the past 30 years. Wauwatosa has many dedicated staff members.


Lincoln, however, will always have a special place in my heart. As a former Lincoln JK student, I have always felt very connected to Lincoln and was grateful my boys had the opportunity to attend Lincoln too. The staff is so wonderful and we have shared some amazing adventures through the years. We truly function like a family and I have been deeply grateful for the incredible support I have gotten, especially as we navigated the last few years together.


I want all of the families with whom I have had the pleasure to work to know that it has been an honor and a privilege to have spent time with your beautiful children. Your dedication to their well-being is inspiring. Although I will miss seeing the students each day, my husband and I are very excited to have the opportunity to spend more time with our family and friends, and in Door County. I am sure I will continue to see many of you as we plan to stay in the neighborhood for the immediate future, and that will be really nice. Thanks again for all you have done to support me as well as the wonderful Lincoln Community!


With Sincere Thanks,

Mrs. Ann Anderson


Please make sure to click on the links below:

Junior Kindergarten News

Senior Kindergarten News

1st Grade News

2nd Grade News

3rd Grade News

4th Grade News

5th Grade News

District Updates for Families + Students February 20 - 25, 2022

URGENT: Provide Feedback on the District’s ESSER Funding Proposal

All stakeholders are encouraged to provide feedback on the District’s ESSER Funding Proposal - either at an upcoming ESSER III Engagement Meeting or via an online survey. The final meeting will be held on Saturday, February 26 at 10 am at the Longfellow Middle School Library.

If you are unable to attend, please review the ESSER Funding Proposal in its entirety and then complete the survey.

Additional information regarding ESSER funding can be found here.


NEW: School Board to Discuss Revising COVID-19 Mitigation Plan

On Monday, February 28, 2022, the Wauwatosa School Board will discuss suspending COVID-19 mitigation levels and allowing optional masking for all individuals in all buildings. After the meeting, a message will be sent outlining any changes made by the Board and what these changes mean for our educational community. Members of our community are encouraged to participate in the meeting in-person (12121 W. North Avenue) or virtually via Zoom.


NEW: Personnel Updates

Ms. Ebony Grice has resigned from her position as Principal at Wauwatosa West High School. The resignation will appear on the consent agenda presented at the February 28, 2022 School Board meeting and, if approved, Ms. Grice’s last day with the Wauwatosa School District will be March 11, 2022. The Human Resources Department will immediately post for the Principal position at West High School. Dr. Means will be scheduling New Principal Listening Sessions in the coming weeks to connect with West staff, students and families to better understand the strengths of the school community and the necessary characteristics of the next principal at Wauwatosa West.


Mr. Nick Hughes will serve as Interim Principal at Wauwatosa West High School for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year, with support from Associate Principals Ms. Leah Klaybor and Mr. Adam Bold. Ms. Betsy McGinnity will continue to serve as Interim Principal at Wauwatosa East for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year, with support from Associate Principal Mr. Jordan Stein. Beginning on March 7, Ms. Jen Lato will return to the band classroom. Mr. Mike Parulski will join the Wauwatosa East Administrative Team as Interim Dean of Students on March 14, 2022.


Additionally, Mr. Jeff Gabrielsen will be retiring from the Wauwatosa School District this year. His retirement will also appear on the February 28 consent agenda. Mr. Gabrielsen’s last day as Athletic Director will be June 30, 2022. The District will also post for the position of Athletic Director immediately. A listening session will be scheduled in the coming weeks to gain a clear understanding of the qualities desired in an incoming Athletic Director.


NEW: Junior ACT Date - March 9

On Wednesday, March 9, all high school juniors must report to their school to take the ACT test as required by the state. There will be no classes for students in 9th, 10th and 12th grade. All staff must report to work as usual on this date.


NEW: 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 ashleigh@yourchoiceprevention.org.


NEW: Student Vaccination Records

In compliance with the Wisconsin Student Immunization Law, all student vaccination records are assessed each fall to ensure that each student is sufficiently vaccinated for his/her grade level or has a waiver on file. Immunization records are required at the time of enrollment in the Wauwatosa School District, and parents are asked to report all subsequent vaccinations to the office where their student attends school. It is recommended that you contact your child’s health care provider regarding what vaccinations may be needed. Vaccination requirements from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services can be found at: Student Immunization Law Age/Grade Requirements. Parents of current K4 and grade 5 students are particularly encouraged to review the additional vaccinations that are required for students entering kindergarten and grade 6.


Resources:

WI DHS Age/Grade Requirements - languages other than English

Wauwatosa Health Department (414)479-8936

CDC Vaccines and Immunizations



NEW: Child Development Screening

All children who live in Wauwatosa and are three years old on or before the date of screening are eligible to attend Child Development Screening Day on March 3, 2022. This free service will assess your child’s communication, gross and fine motor skills, social/emotional development and pre-academic skills. Call (414) 773-1080 to learn more or to schedule a screening.


IMPORTANT: Virtual Learning in Quarantine

Students who are in isolation due to a COVID-19 related illness or quarantine (voluntary or otherwise) following an exposure to COVID-19 will have access to virtual instruction for five (5) calendar days. If the student’s parent/guardian wishes to extend the virtual instruction period beyond these five (5) days because the student continues to feel sick, the adult must contact the Nursing Department at (414) 773-1990. The Nursing Department will then contact the student’s school to alert them of the quarantine/isolation extension. The school will work with the family and student directly to continue to provide access to virtual instruction during this time.


REMINDER: COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

AMI Health will be holding a second vaccination clinic at Lincoln Elementary School from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, February 26, 2022. Additional information can be found in this flyer. Please note that this event is managed by AMI Health, and any questions should be directed to AMI.


North Avenue Road Closure

Beginning on Monday, March 14, 2022 and continuing through late summer 2022, North Avenue will be closed between 109th Street and 116th Street. Individuals who use this route should use Mayfair Road (Hwy 100) or 124th Street to Burleigh to get around the closure.


Vision Screening March 31st

All SK and 5th grade students will be offered a vision screening by our district nurses.

Parents may opt out of vision screening for any reason.

Please read the parent letter below:

Vision Screening Letter

Important Dates to Remember:

Monday, Feb. 21st - Principal's Chat in the Community Room, 9:00 a.m. All invited!

Friday, Feb. 25th - School Spirit Day/Vocabulary Day

Monday, March 7th - Trimester 2 Ends

Friday, March 11th - High Interest sign up for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade

Friday, March 18th - Rock Your Socks Day! Report cards available on-line; last day of school before spring break

Monday, March 21st through March 27th - NO SCHOOL; Spring Break

Monday, March 28th - Classes Resume

Thursday, March 31st - Vision Screening for SK and 5th graders


*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.

SHARE SOME LOVE FOR OUR STAFF - STOCK THE TEACHERS' LOUNGE!

Show your appreciation for our Lincoln Staff by helping to stock the staff lounge. Here are a few items that are always appreciated... A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS ALREADY DONATED! :)



  • 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.)
  • Chocolate
  • Paper Plates, Bowls, Coffee Cups, Napkins
  • Anything else you can think of :)




Thanks for your continued support of our amazing staff!

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BASKETBALL HOOPS?

I'm getting many inquiries about the status of our basketball hoops. Unfortunately, someone put a clear plastic covering over the hoops around the time of our winter break. It was not done by the district, and we had them removed. Once the covers were removed, we realized several specific bolts were removed from each hoop causing them to tilt up and to be unsafe for use as the board could possibly crack. We have ordered materials to fix these, but they had to be specially ordered. We hope to get them back up in working order soon so that our students can continue to enjoy our wonderful hoops!

DROP OFF PROCEDURES

Please note that there is NO PARKING in our drop-off areas on Underwood Ave. Drop-off is south of and north of our handicapped parking. This is an ACTIVE drop-off area. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping traffic moving (especially with our challenging weather). Parking is available on the west side of Underwood and in the surrounding neighborhood.

Library News

Read Across America begins February 28th-March 4th! You can celebrate reading with these inspiring, funny and educational picture books from your school's library. Feel free to share this poster in family and school communications.



Ideas to inspire:

  • Watch an author read their books aloud on KidLitTV.

  • Watch an actor read a book aloud on Storyline Online.

  • Check out an e-book or audiobook on Sora/Overdrive.

  • Celebrate by dressing like your favorite book character.

  • Wear pajamas and bring in your favorite stuffie to read to and/or your favorite book.

  • Have a storytime that includes movement like dance or yoga.

  • Act out a book! Visit TeachingBooks.net to find Reader’s Theater scripts to have your class act out a picture book or a chapter from a favorite chapter book!


Let's celebrate reading during Read Across America Week!


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Lincoln Girls on the Run

Information below:

Winter Weather

The cold weather season is upon us! As a district we will be using the National Health Center’s rating scale of safe time outdoors. The “magic” number to keep children indoors is -5 degrees with the wind chill and temperature combination (although we also take into account the sunshine and wind present that day). Children love to play outside in the snow. As long as the weather permits, we take them out for recess. All students are expected to be outside unless there is a medical reason prohibiting them from doing so. Please be sure to send your child in boots, snow pants, a warm jacket, hat and mittens to be able to participate in snow activities. Don’t forget to label items with your child’s name so that we can return them if they are misplaced.

Math - Sense of Belonging

Click here to access the latest math news.

YEARBOOK ORDERS!

There's still time to order your 2022 yearbook! Just go to vipis.com to find our school's unique page or click the link below.

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