The Lincoln Lightning

"Your SPARK of information!"

January 28th, 2022

Happy Friday! As I have been working with students over the past week, many conversations have become centered around perseverance, a positive attitude, and perspective-taking. I'm evermore realizing the importance of promoting a growth mindset with our Lincoln students.

Characteristics of a Growth Mindset:

• Believes intelligence and talents can be developed.

• Believes effort is the path to mastery.

• Believes mistakes are an essential part of learning.

• Views failure as an opportunity to learn.

• Believes failures are just temporary setbacks.

• Embraces challenges.

I first saw these characteristics about 10 years ago. My own children were in elementary and middle school then and I thought if they could keep these characteristics in mind they would be happy, have a healthy mindset, find success (whatever that may be for each of them).

Our staff and students work together to keep a positive attitude throughout the school year and even when we have days that are tough, we know we'll get through. We are Lincoln... the best school in the UNIVERSE!

In Partnership,

Michelle Miner, Ed.D

Principal, Lincoln Elementary

Junior and Senior Kindergarten Registration and New Enrollments 2022-23

Enrollment for the 2022-23 school year opened on Monday, January 17, 2022. Students who are already enrolled in the district do not need to re-enroll. For more information about enrollment, please click here.

Valentine's/Friendship Day Activities

February 11th, 2022 - please see specifics from classroom teachers as the date approaches. As we are currently in a level 3:

  • Students may exchange cards
  • No homemade treats please - instead, Sodexo will provide heart cookies for each student in the district
  • Crafts and/or activities may be led by room parents

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

Virtual Learning Opportunities

PLEASE NOTE: A switch to virtual learning is only an option for students who are diagnosed with COVID or who are currently in quarantine. Virtual learning is not an option for any other illness, parent excused absences, or family vacations.

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.

Library News

The Wauwatosa Elementary Libraries encourage all readers to learn more about Black History during the month of February and all year round. Check out these amazing titles at your school's library or the Wauwatosa Public Library today!

Celebrate Black History Month!

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Important Dates to Remember:

Monday, Feb. 7th - Non-Resident Open Enrollment begins through April 29th

Thursday, Feb. 10th - Evening In-Person Parent Conferences

Friday, Feb. 11th - Valentine's Day Activities

Monday, Feb. 14th - NO SCHOOL JK-12th, Prof. Learning Day

Tuesday, Feb. 15th - Evening Virtual Zoom Parent Conferences

Wednesday, Feb. 16th - MONDAY SCHEDULE

Friday, Feb. 18th - Winter Walk to School Day

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

*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.

Lincoln Girls on the Run

Information below:

Math - Sense of Belonging

Click here to access the latest math news.

District Updates January 24 - 28, 2022

NEW: COVID-19 Testing Trailer Now Open to All District Stakeholders

The Wauwatosa School District is extending its COVID-19 testing services to all district stakeholders. This includes staff, students and individuals who live with a staff member or current student.

The testing site is located on the east side of the lower level parking lot at the Fisher Administration Building (12121 W. North Avenue).

For all individuals, testing hours are 7 am to 2 pm and 4 to 6 pm. Testing will be unavailable between 2 and 4 pm to ensure traffic does not interfere with drop off procedures at Wauwatosa Montessori School.

We are not taking appointments and all individuals will be tested in the order of their arrival.

Please read this important information regarding the testing process

Once on site, you must take a number to identify your place in line and scan a QR code to complete the online registration. All individuals will wait in their vehicle until their number is shown on the board. When your number is shown, you may enter the testing trailer.

If you would like to expedite the process, you may pre-register before you arrive on site by visiting Please note that if you choose to pre-register you must still take a number and wait in your vehicle until your number is shown.

If you are unable to select a location when you pre-register, please close out the page or tab in your internet browser. Your information will be saved in the COVID Connect system.

If you do not receive an email after registration, please proceed with the process outlined above and Summit staff will locate your information in their database.

NEW: USTEM, WSTEM, Montessori + MSTEM Lottery

The application period for Underwood STEM (USTEM), Wauwatosa STEM (WSTEM), Wauwatosa Montessori and Middle School STEM programs will be open from Monday, February 7 to Friday, February 25, 2022 at 4 pm. Applications will be available in Infinite Campus. Paper applications will also be available at each school.

NEW: ESSER III Engagement Meetings

Superintendent Dr. Demond Means invites all members of our educational community to join him at an upcoming ESSER III Engagement Meeting. Share your opinions, provide feedback and discuss your perspective for how the Wauwatosa School District should allocate more than $3M in funds.

Tuesday, February 15 at 6 pm - Wauwatosa East High School Theater

Monday, February 21 at 6 pm - Longfellow Middle School Library

Wednesday, February 23 at 6 pm - Whitman Middle School Library

Thursday, February 24 at 6 pm - Wauwatosa West High School Theater

Registration is not required for these meetings. However, any individuals who plan to attend are encouraged to complete this ESSER III Meeting Interest Form to help the district plan for seating arrangements and refreshments.

NEW: COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

The Wauwatosa School District will be hosting two COVID-19 vaccination clinics from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday, February 5 and Saturday, February 26, 2022. Additional details will be provided in the coming days.

Additionally, the Wauwatosa Health Department's COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Wauwatosa City Hall reopened on Monday, January 24. Schedule an appointment here. You do not need an ID, proof of residency, or health insurance to get a free COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine appointments for people ages 5+ and booster appointments for people 12+ are available.

NEW: Help Stock the Wauwatosa School District Community Closet

The Wauwatosa School District’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Council will be opening the district’s first ever community closet to provide students and families in need with clothing, toiletries and other critical items. Community members are encouraged to drop off new clothing and toiletries on Saturday, February 19, 2022 from 9 - 11 am at Longfellow Middle School (7600 W. North Avenue, Wauwatosa).

NEW: Black History Month Celebration

Join Tosa Together for its local, annual celebration of Black History Month. The focus this year is Black Health & Wellness, and our program will feature local health professionals. There will be activities for all ages, including music and trivia! Register here to receive a Zoom link for this free, virtual event.

NEW: EFW Black + White Gala Date Change

The safety of the community is always a priority for the Education Foundation of Wauwatosa. That’s why, after much consideration, the EFW has decided to reschedule the Black & White Gala to Saturday, May 7, 2022. Other than the date, everything else will stay the same. EFW is hopeful that by then, it will be safer to gather to support the EFW. Tickets will go on sale in March. And, if you have any questions, please email

NEW: Tosa All-City Read

Tosa’s All-City Read chooses a book for adults and books for younger readers each year, then hosts events in February and early March for the entire community. This year’s books are:


The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

Middle Readers

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty (ages 8-12)

View from Pagoda Hill by Michaela MacColl (ages 9-12)

Unfriended by Rachel Vail (ages 10- 14)

Picture Books

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (ages 3-7)

The Visitor by Antje Damm (ages 3-6)

My Story Friend by Kalli Dakos (ages 4-8)

Check out the All-City Read events based on the themes in the books in the brochure below, then sign yourself and your children up for the events that interest you. If you have any questions about events, email

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


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.

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.