Looking Ahead at Lincoln
Week of October 31 - November 4, 2022
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.
Penny Wars Results for Hurricane Fiona Relief in Puerto Rico
Here are the Penny Wars Coin Collection results! Thanks to all for donating in support of the World Central Kitchen, an organization providing relief for communities in Puerto Rico. You can learn more about World Central Kitchen at https://wck.org/.
Lincoln PTA Read-A-Thon 2022 Wrap Up
It’s official! This Read-A-Thon broke a record with our $25,065 in donations! And Lincoln readers also logged over 109,926 minutes of reading!
Whether your child was a a member of Headmaster Kitsko's House Dragon or Professor Staub's House Sorcerer, they should be incredibly proud of the effort they put in over the ten day period. We heard so many good things about kids wanting to read all the time. We saw lots of friendly competition. And most of all, we saw tremendous teamwork. That’s what Awesome Abes are all about!
A HUGE thank you again to Dr. Kitsko and Mrs. Staub for all of the work they put into the event—and for being such great sports.
Families, thank you all for your time and effort in helping make this happen. These donations will be put to good use for PTA-funded field trips, assemblies, the talent show, the Grand Finale and so much more. And we hope that the reading continues since reading is its own reward, as one of our favorite librarians likes to say. Check out the award winners and some pictures from the closing assembly below.
Thank you and happy reading!
Shelagh Milburn and Christie Schoen
Read-A-Thon 2022 Co-Chairs
Click below to see all of the winners from this year's Read-a-Thon!
Watch the moment when Professor Staub's House Sorcerer learned it won the Read-a-Thon! Turn your volume up!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com with the Subject “Conference Help” or call her at 412-344-2147.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 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.
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 email@example.com.
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.