Lincoln Parent Newsletter

November 2021


One of the most important things families can do to help their children succeed is to make sure they attend school regularly. Students might skip school once or twice on a whim, but when they frequently miss school, they need help. Chronic absences are often a warning sign that a student is having trouble.

Absenteeism can have strong effects on students' academic lives. Missing just 2 days a month is the equivalent of missing almost 11% of the school year. If your child is struggling with attendance, we can work together to meet their needs. If your child is going to be absent for a day, make sure to call the attendance line: 507-333-6601.

The phone lines are open 24/7 for your convenience. Thank you for helping us with this important step.


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Sodexo's So Happy App/MENU

Now, more than ever, we want to understand what’s in our meals – the ingredients, and especially the nutritional and allergen information. So Happy provides a level of transparency previously unknown to the industry, with clear product descriptions and graphical representations for every nutritional category.

Rely on So Happy to tell you what's on the menu in your school's cafeteria, and utilize the allergen alert features to highlight recipes of concern. Have a question? Use the Talk to Us portal to quickly and easily contact a member of the food service team.

~Picture Day with Lifetouch ~ November 30th!

Due to staffing shortage with Lifetouch, picture dates are very limited this school year. Our first scheduled photo shoot will be on Tuesday, November 30th. We hope to have picture re-takes in the Spring of 2022.

Purchasing information will be provided to each student prior to picture day. Parents who would like to order before picture day can go to; and enter your student's Picture Day ID found on the flyer.

Thank you for your patience with school pictures this year.

Advance Payment for Child Credit

You may be eligible for advance payments of your child tax credit

Advance payments of the 2021 child tax credit are being made regularly through December to eligible families. The advance payments total up to 50% of the credit. To learn more, visit
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Updated COVID-19 Testing Procedure

The Minnesota Department of Health has updated the COVID-19 testing process for the 2021-2022 school year. All of our existing COVID-19 Vault saliva test-kits have been transitioned by MDH to "at-home Zoom enabled" tests. The COVID-19 saliva tests must be done at home via Zoom and returned to the school building within 24 hours to be shipped to Vault Laboratory (please note: if you take a kit home on a Friday, it must be completed on Sunday and returned to the health office on Monday). Results can take 48-72 hours and will be shared directly with the individual who tested via email.

The following groups of people can participate in this optional testing:

  • Unvaccinated individuals (students/staff) can test anytime - up to one test per week
  • Vaccinated individuals (students/staff) can test if they're experiencing COVID related symptoms or have been identified as a close contact

Please call or visit the health office in your building to pick up an at-home test kit.