Looking Ahead at Lincoln
Week of October 24-28, 2022
Lincoln PTA Read-A-Thon 2022 - Reading is Magical!
Things are off to a wonderful start with this year's Read-A-Thon 2022, Reading is Magical! Your child is either on Dr. Kitsko’s Team, House Dragon lead by Headmaster Kitsko or House Sorcerer lead by Professor Staub. The Quest for the Reader's Cup is too close to call. This weekend will decide who wins - House Sorcerer or House Dragon! We are excited to see how things conclude.
Reminders about things to do for Read-A-Thon:
1. Log your child’s minutes in your Read-A-Thon dashboard by 9pm each evening (no more than 120 minutes per night)
To get the “goal getter” chance to win Scoops Bucks each day (and a free book at the end of the 10 days), here are the minimal amounts:
- K and 1st Grades: 20 minutes/night (200 for overall Read-A-Thon)
- 2nd and 3rd Grades: 25 minutes/night (250 for overall Read-A-Thon)
- 4th and 5th Grades: 30 minutes/night (300 for overall Read-A-Thon)
2. Ask for donations through the dashboard.
3. Mostly importantly, have fun!
We finish up on Sunday, 10/23.
Instructions were sent home on how to activate your child's personal page. This is where you will be able to view and record their reading progress and sponsor your student. You can scan the QR code in your child’s take home packet to initiate setting up your child’s account. You will be able to register your child by entering their teacher’s name and then your child’s name and following the simple instructions to set up your account. Alternatively you can activate your reader’s account today by clicking on:
If you have any questions or concerns please email email@example.com for assistance.
The Lincoln PTA Read-A-Thon Team
Halloween Parade and Parties
On Monday, October 31st, we will host the annual Halloween parade and parties at Lincoln.
- K(AM) students will have their party at 10:30 AM
- K(PM) and Grade 1-5 students will parade and party from 2:30-3:30 PM.
PTA homeroom coordinators will organize the party events with the teachers. A maximum of three (3) party volunteers and one (1) volunteer photographer can be present for each classroom party. Please remember that we do not serve food during our classroom parties. More details about our upcoming Halloween festivities are included in the flyer linked below.
Elementary Gifted Night 101
Jeff the Geode Guy
Our Grade 3 students have been studying rocks and minerals in science class. They are very excited to host Geologist Jeff Smith, who will visit with them on Thursday, November 10, 2022. Mr. Smith will present a hands-on interactive earth science program about the three rock groups and minerals to our Grade 3 students. A special emphasis will be placed on geodes. Mr. Smith’s program takes the students to Mexico and underground in an active geode mine and provides them the opportunity to view crystals that have never been seen by human eyes. We thank the PTA for funding this educational program.
VETERANS DAY PROGRAM
The annual Lincoln Veterans Day program will be at 10:00 am on Friday, November 11, 2022. This salute to local veterans is sure to be 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 have prepared so diligently in advance of this program. We are asking everyone to wear red, white and blue to honor all veterans on this special day.
This year, we are going to host our annual Veterans Day program in person. Our planning committee is already hard at work behind the scenes. To make this special program which honors, celebrates and remembers the contributions of our local veterans what it needs to be, focused on our veterans, we need your help.
If you have a veteran connected with you or your family in any manner and would like us to honor that person during the program, please complete the form below. You can submit this form more than once for each veteran you want to have included in the program.
Please submit the form with your veterans' information by October 28th so that our staff has time to prepare for the program. Should you have any questions about this event, please contact Mrs. Staub at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Majestic at email@example.com. The Lincoln Veterans Day program is an event that we are proud of and are excited to see our veterans in person once again!
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.
- Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
- Monday, November 14, 2022
- 8:45 am - 2:00 pm
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
If you do not have a parent Dashboard login at this time please contact Mrs. Sharp via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain your username and password. Scheduling details will be sent out in a future communication.
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
- 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 email@example.com.
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
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
WHAT ARE THE FEATURES OF PBIS?
- 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.
Click here to learn more about the Awesome Abe program that kicks off on September 12th!
Inclusivity Calendar Events for October
Month Long Recognitions
- Filipino American Heritage Month - This celebrates the heritage and culture, as well as honors the contributions of Filipino Americans.
- German American Heritage Month - This celebrates the heritage and culture, as well as honors the contributions of German Americans.
- Global Diversity Awareness Month - A month to celebrate and increase awareness about the diversity of cultures and ethnicities and the positive impact diversity can have on society.
- Hispanic Heritage Month - Observed from September 15 to October 15. This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16 and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended the Spanish dictatorship.
- Italian American Heritage Month - This celebrates the heritage and culture, as well as honors the contributions of Italian Americans.
- LGBTQIA+ History Month - It is dedicated to recognizing important moments and individuals in the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
- National Disability Employment Awareness Month - This observance was launched in 1945 when Congress declared the first week in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1998, the week was extended to a month and renamed. The annual event draws attention to employment barriers that still need to be addressed.
- Polish American Heritage Month - This celebrates the heritage and culture, as well as honors the contributions of Polish Americans.
Specific Dates in October
October 10: World Mental Health Day, first celebrated in 1993, is meant to increase public awareness about the importance of mental health, mental health services, and mental health workers worldwide.
October 10: National Indigenous Peoples Day, recognizes that Native people are the first inhabitants of the Americas, including the lands that later became the United States of America. And it urges Americans to rethink history.
October 10: Columbus Day, is a holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492.
October 24: United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.
October 4-5: Yom Kippur (Jewish)
October 5: Daussehra (Hindu)
October 7-8: Mawlid Al-Nabi/Milad Al-Nabi (Islamic)
October 9-16: Sukkot (Jewish)
October 16-18: Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)
October 17-18: Simchat Torah (Jewish)
October 24: Diwali (Hindu/Sikh)
October 24: Bandi-Chhor Divas (Sikh)
October 25-26: Birth of the Báb (Bahá'í)
October 26-27: Birth of Baháʼu'lláh (Bahá'í)
October 31: Reformation Day (Christian)
Lunch and Recess Information
Universal Free Breakfast Program in Mt. Lebanon
Breakfast service will begin at 8:25 AM. It is only available for students who report to the building before 8:35AM. This includes students in the Extended Day and the Kindergarten Care programs.
Students who are participating should enter the building using their normal entry doors, then report directly to the school cafeteria.
Students will need to secure their lunch card then pick up their meal from the serving line. Kindergarten students do not have cards, but will be checked in by the food service worker.
Students will be released to homeroom as soon as they are done eating and cleaning up their space.
Students can come for breakfast up until the 8:35 am bell.
We will make every effort to have students back to homeroom before 8:45 am.
Adult supervision will be provided for breakfast.
The menu will be the same each week - please see the menu below.
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.
Winter Concert Rehearsal Reminder
With the winter concert season fast approaching, Band and Orchestra (strings) students will begin rehearsing during the lunch/recess hour. These rehearsals are necessary to prepare the young musicians to perform together at our Lincoln concert. Band and Strings students are expected to attend rehearsals as scheduled, for a successful group experience. Please plan on eating lunch at school on rehearsal days.
RECESS TEMPERATURE REMINDER
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 COVD-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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
5th Grade Spirit Wear Fundraiser
Show your Mt. Lebanon and Lincoln school spirit by shopping at the spirit wear website. Any items purchased through the online store will raise funds for the Lincoln 5th Grade Farewell! A $4.49 flat rate shipping is applied for all orders. Items should be delivered to your home within two weeks of ordering. Please visit the store by clicking on the link below:
Request for Participation in Box Tops for Education and AmazonSmile
Amazon Smile and Box Top App Instructions Sheet for Families
Links to Other Technology Resources
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.