Lincoln School News


Message from Mrs. Hawkins

Lincoln Families and Friends,

Welcome to the 2022-23 school year. We are ready and excited to have students return to Lincoln Elementary School. You will receive information regarding classroom placement and the Before School Interview sign-up process this week.

We are starting the school year with almost 600 students at Lincoln School. This increase in student enrollment has created a space issue because of the need for two additional classrooms. Fortunately, we have the portable building available and we have been preparing that space for two sections. Mr. Kruger (5KR) and Ms. Malo (3MA) are excited to welcome their students to these spaces for the 22-23 school year. The rooms are bright and spacious and there are bathroom facilities available for students.

I have been busy hiring staff this summer to fill our open positions. Check out our list of new hires in this newsletter. We are so fortunate to be adding these great members to our team. I’m still trying to fill one special education paraprofessional position if you or someone you know might be interested. We are also looking for substitutes to fill all positions. If you are interested in this type of flexible work, there will be a substitute training for teachers and support staff taking place in September.

We are looking forward to getting to know you and your family this school year. Building a strong partnership with you is essential for our work. It’s going to be a great year!

Mrs. Hawkins, Lincoln Principal

Mark your Calendars

August 17th - Summer Book Check Out; 9-11 Lincoln Library

August 25th - K-5 Before School Interviews 7:40 - 3

August 29th - K-5 Before School Interviews 11:40 -7

August 30th - 1st - 5th Before School Interviews 7:40 - 3

August 31st - 1st Day of School for 1st - 5th & 1/2 of Kdg

September 1st - 1st Day of School for 1/2 of Kdg

September 2nd & 5th - No School

September 8th - Back to School Bash 5:30 -7:00; Lincoln School

September 12th - Pictures

September 30th - Homecoming; 2-Hour early Release

October 6th - Picture Re-Takes & Group Pictures

Volunteering at School

Are you interested in volunteering at Lincoln School? If so, please contact the Lincoln Office at 444-8100. Owatonna Public Schools requires all volunteers/chaperones to complete a background check every 5 years. You will receive a email from to complete the background check. Once the link is activated, you have 30 minutes to complete it.

Below is a example of the email.

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School Pictures

Lifetouch will be at Lincoln on September 12th for pictures. All students will get their pictures taken even if you don't plan on ordering pictures. Picture re-takes will be October 6th.

Application for Educational Benefits

Families are encouraged to fill out an Application for Educational Benefits. Only students with an approved 2022-2023 application on file or students who qualify through Direct Certification will receive free or reduced-price meal benefits this year.

NEW: Online applications may be completed in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The Meal Benefits Application (Application for Educational Benefits) can be found on the left hand side under "more". The PDF version to print or email is available at

2022-23 Full-Paid Student Meal Prices

  • Kindergarten: breakfast - $0.00; Lunch - $2.60
  • Elementary: Breakfast - $1.50; Lunch - $2.60
  • Middle School: Breakfast - $1.55; Lunch - $2.65
  • High School & ALC: Breakfast - $1.65; Lunch - $2.75

Before School Interviews

Owatonna Public Schools is committed to creating strong student and family relationships and fostering a positive first experience. Students in grades K-5 will start school on Wednesday, August 31st to allow time for before school interviews to take place.

Before school interviews allow teachers to meet individually for 30-40 minutes with students and parents before the start of the school year. All kindergarten students will sign up for an individual 30-minute interview conference time on either Thursday, August 25th or Monday, August 29th. All students, grades 1-5, will sign up for an individual 40-minute interview conference time either on Thursday, August 25th, Monday, August 29th or Tuesday, August 30th.

Students will meet one on one with their teacher for approximately 40 minutes to learn more about them and assess their reading level. Parents will complete paperwork during this time. Following the teacher meeting, students will stop at stations to complete a FASTBridge reading assessment. Students in grades 1-4 will also complete their vision and hearing screening and parents will have an opportunity to pay the yearly PTO dues. The teachers are looking forward to getting to know your child better at the beginning of the year.

Watch for an email to be sent after August 8 with your child’s teacher's name and a link to sign up online for an interview time. If you have questions about signing up for a time, please contact your elementary building office.

Welcome Staff

We would like to welcome the following staff to Lincoln:

Mrs. Hawe - 4th Grade

Mrs. Manka - RTI

Mr. Imoto - Speech

Ms. Scheeler - 1st & 2nd Grade Looping

Ms. Beyerstedt - 1st & 2nd Grade Looping

Mr. Dale - Head Custodian

Ms. Dokkestul - School Psychologist

Mrs. Larson - Paraprofessional

Mrs. Heitkamp - Paraprofessional

Ms. Olson - EL Teacher

Back to School Bash


Join us September 8th at 5:30- 7:00 for KONA Ice and meeting new friends.

We are so excited to start another year here at Lincoln Elementary. The PTO has many fun activities planned and is ready to encourage both social and educational events for everyone to enjoy. This is a great opportunity to see other families, check out what the PTO is all about and join our team of parents and best of all grab a KONA Ice!

Hope to see you all there!

Annual Update

Monday, July 18th, 2022 - Monday, August 22nd, 2022

Complete yearly back-to-school requirements, verify contact information the district has on file, and review annual notices via your Infinite Campus Parent account.

Click here for instructions and more information.

If you need assistance with accessing or setting up your Campus Parent account, please contact Infinite Campus Support.

( | 507-444-8630)

Let's Support Team "L"

Lincoln School is part of Buffalo Wild Wings Home Team Advantage program. Lincoln PTO will receive 10% of your total sale when mentioning Team “L” to the server or cashier (dine-in or take-out) anytime you are dining at BWW. Don’t forget to mention that you are supporting Lincoln PTO or Team L and Buffalo Wild Wings will take care of the rest. Thank you for your support!