Looking Ahead at Lincoln

Week of September 12-16, 2022

News and Notes

Day Rotation

Week of 9/12- 9/16/2022

  • Monday – Day 5
  • Tuesday – Day 1

  • Wednesday – Day 2

  • Thursday – Day 3

  • Friday – Day 4


Week of 9/19 - 9/23/2022

  • Monday – Day 5
  • Tuesday – Day 1

  • Wednesday – Day 2

  • Thursday – Day 3

  • Friday – Day 4

Upcoming Events

Fall Benchmark Assessments

This week, we will continue to administer the fall benchmark assessments to students in using AimsWeb Plus and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). The MAP assessments (Measures of Academic Progress) are given in reading and mathematics for all students in Grades 1–5. The MAP assessments are administered on-line using Chromebooks and/or iPads. Additionally, students in Kindergarten – Grade 3 will take the AIMSWeb Plus literacy and mathematics assessments. These tests target literacy and math development skills and are proctored individually to each student in Kindergarten - Grade 1, while students in Grades 2 - 3 will take these assessments within their homeroom classes.


All of this data is used by our teachers to monitor the students’ growth and progress. Staff members also use this data to inform instructional planning within the regular classroom setting, as well as for instructional support services in reading and math. Year end reports will be sent home with all students in June 2023. If you have questions about these assessments or about how they impact when support services are offered, please speak with your child’s classroom teacher or Dr. Kitsko.

PTA Meeting

On Wednesday, September 14, 2022, our PTA will have its monthly general session meeting at 6:30 pm in the Lincoln cafeteria. We encourage you to stop by and be an active member in all that happens within the Lincoln PTA.

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ABCs of the Lincoln PTA

Each year, the Lincoln PTA hosts its ABCs of the PTA program as a way to inform and educate parents about the many ways they can be involved within our PTA. This year’s version of the ABCs of the PTA will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, from 6:00-6:30 pm in the Lincoln cafeteria. We encourage you to stop by, learn more about the Lincoln PTA and consider becoming an active member.

PTA Homeroom Coordinator Training

The Lincoln PTA will host the Homeroom Coordinator Training meeting on Wednesday, September 14, 2022, from 6:00-6:30 pm in the Lincoln library. Details about how to volunteer to serve as a homeroom coordinator are posted later in this newsletter.

LEBO Pride - Blue and Yellow Day - Friday, 9/16

Let's show our LEBO pride by wearing our LEBO gear on Friday, September 16th.

Lincoln School Picture Day

Our annual school pictures will be taken on Wednesday, September 21st. This will allow us to include all of our students at the school. Order forms will be sent home with the students early this week. Some reminders so the students are ready for picture day:


  • Complete the order form and have your child bring it to school

  • Make checks payable to Wayne’s World of Photography or complete the credit card information on the order form

  • Students should come to school “ready” for their school pictures

  • School staff will be present to help the students look their best before stepping in front of the camera

  • Weather permitting, ALL photos will be taken outside

  • Homeroom classes will take a group picture outside in front of the school

  • For additional information about our photographer, please access his website at http://waynesworldofphotography.com/

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th each year in the United States. This celebration honors numerous people from Spanish-speaking backgrounds who have come to the United States. We celebrate their cultures and traditions during this month. September 15th was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Also, Mexico celebrates its independence day on September 16th and Chile celebrates its independence day on September 18th.


Check out these websites for more information about Hispanic Heritage Month and how you can celebrate!

Technology Information

Schoology (LMS)

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.


You should have receive dan email from the Schoology platform on Friday, August 26 with directions to create your family account. We hope this video is useful as you get started with your account!


Additionally, an orientation course for families, MTLSD’s Family Guide to Schoology, is available within the Schoology platform. Visit our website (www.mtlsd.org/families/technology/schoology) for directions to join this course!


If you have questions or need support with Schoology, please email us at SchoologySupport@mtlsd.net

Schoology Information for Families

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 schoologysupport@mtlsd.net.


For Students

Elementary Family Tech Device Overview

Click here to review the information shared during Take Home Tech Night

Equipment Protection Plan (EPP)

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.

Lexia Core5 Parent Letter 2022-Lincoln

Lexia Reading Core5®, is a computer-based program that supports our classroom curriculum. It focuses on developing reading skills in six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Mobile Phones and Smart Watches

Some reminders about the use of smart watches and mobile phones by students during the school day:

  • Students are expected to keep mobile phones stored in their lockers
  • Mobile phones should be in silent or airplane mode when stored away
  • Students may take their mobile phones with them if heading home or to shops (Grades 4-5 only) for lunch
  • Video and audio recording of other students and staff members with personal mobile phones/devices and smart watches is prohibited
  • Students should keep smart watches in silent or airplane mode once inside the school
  • Students are not permitted to call home (or to others) using personal mobile phones or smart watches
  • If students need to speak with a parent or family member, they need to seek staff approval to use one of the many phones we have located throughout the school
  • Students that are ill or not feeling must be seen in health office and are not to call home using a mobile phone or smart watch - the health office staff will make ALL phone calls home when students are ill
  • Family members should not call or text students during the school day - if a student's smart watch alerts the student of an incoming notification during class time, it distracts everyone that hears the device

Awesome Abe School Wide Positive Behavioral Program

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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.
Awesome Abe Kick Off Information

Click here to learn more about the Awesome Abe program that kicks off on September 12th!

Important Information

School Day Time Schedule

Grades 1-5

  • 8:30 am to 12:00 Noon

  • 1:00 to 3:30 pm

  • Late bells ring at 8:35 AM and 1:00 PM


Kindergarten (AM)

  • 8:30 to 11:20 am
  • Late bell rings at 8:35 AM


Kindergarten (PM)

  • 12:40 to 3:30 pm
  • late bell rings at 12:45 PM

Arrival and Dismissal

Arrival and Dismissal Times

  • AM Arrival - 8:25 to 8:35 AM
  • Late bell rings at 8:35 AM
  • K(AM) dismissal - 11:20 AM
  • K(PM) arrival - 12:40 to 12:45 PM
  • Late bell for K(PM) rings at 12:45 PM
  • PM Dismissal - 3:30 PM


We are asking students to use the following doors for arrival and dismissal:

  • Kindergarten - Door C13 - K(AM) arrival and K(PM) dismissal
  • Grade 1 - Door D16
  • Grade 2 - Door C15
  • Grade 3 - Door C14
  • Grade 4- Door C10
  • Grade 5 - Door A2
  • GO ZONE - Door A1 - also used for K(AM) dismissal and K(PM) arrival


Entering and exiting through these doors will allow the students to enter and leave the building in a less congested manner. You can view a map here of the arrival and dismissal locations. We will have adults at each door to welcome and guide the students to their homerooms.

Lincoln Dismissal and GO ZONE Form

Please complete this form indicating your dismissal plans for the student listed below. Unless we are informed of different plans, students will be released at dismissal to walk home. GO ZONE car riders may only be be picked up by the adult(s) listed on the form. Please be prompt when picking up students at dismissal and follow established GO ZONE procedures. If you have multiple students at Lincoln, please complete this form for each student.


Lincoln Dismissal and GO ZONE Form - 2022-2023

GO ZONE Reminders

All families are asked to review and follow these procedures/requests when using the GO ZONE for drop-off and pick up.

  • Open from 8:25 - 8:35 am (AM session) and 12:40-12:50 pm (PM session)
  • Students should be picked up (regardless of location) by 11:25 am (K AM) or 3:40 pm (PM)
  • Pull forward as far as possible in the GO ZONE
  • No parking in GO ZONE
  • Parents are to remain in cars
  • Wait to drop off student(s) in the designated drop off area within the GO ZONE
  • Students are to exit Door A1 for GO ZONE pick up
  • No parking in the school parking lots
  • No dogs/pets on campus at arrival

GO ZONE NUMBERS FOR PM DISMISSAL

To help our school staff get students dismissed to our GO ZONE more efficiently each afternoon, we will continue to implement our numbered car sign system. Based on each family's responses to the Lincoln Dismissal and GO ZONE Preference Form submitted for this school year, we have identified families whom have chosen to use the GO ZONE for PM dismissal pick up one of more days each week. Last week, a form letter and two (2) yellow GO ZONE Number signs will be sent home with the students.


Please note of the following as we continue with our PM Dismissal GO ZONE Number system:

  • Please encourage your child(ren) to memorize your family's number as this will help us get them out to the GO ZONE more quickly.
  • GO ZONE number signs must be clearly displayed when entering the GO ZONE at Lincoln.
  • If you do not have your assigned car number sign, you will be expected to park in one of the community parking areas and present identification to the office staff in order to pick up the requested student(s). At that time, we will confirm that you have permission to pick up the student(s) before allowing them to leave with you.
  • If anyone else is picking up your student(s), you must give them your tag to display upon arrival. They will not need to provide any additional identification.
  • Additional signs can only be requested via email to a Lincoln office staff member (Dr. Kitsko, Mrs. Sharp or Mrs. Smith) by the parent or legal guardian of the student(s).
  • If your family is not going to be a regularly using the GO ZONE you can request to receive number signs in case you need them but this is not required.
  • Families that do not normally use the GO ZONE can have their student(s) use the GO ZONE when needed by contacting the school office to make the proper arrangements.
  • We are asking all families to begin displaying their GO ZONE car number signs no later than Monday, September 12, 2022.

Lunch and Recess Information

Lunch and Recess Times

12:00 - 12:25 pm

Lunch

  • Grade 3 (Ms. Roehrig), Grade 4 & Grade 5

Recess

  • Grade 1, Grade 2 & Grade 3 (Mrs. Crouthamel and Mrs. Flinter)


12:30 - 1:00 pm

Lunch

  • Grade 1, Grade 2 & Grade 3 (Mrs. Crouthamel and Mrs. Flinter)

Recess

  • Grade 3 (Ms. Roehrig), Grade 4 & Grade 5


12:55 pm

  • Line up bell


12:58 pm

  • Return to class bell

Lincoln Lunch Preference Form

Students will have the option to return home during their scheduled lunch & recess hour. Students in Grades 4-5 also have the option to go to Shops as well. If you plan on having your student come home (or go to Shops in Grades 4-5) for their lunch & recess hour, please complete the form below so we can make the proper arrangements each day. Contact your student's homeroom teacher any day that there is a change to your student's lunch/recess plan so that we can be prepared for their lunch & recess hour.


If you have multiple students at Lincoln, please complete this form for each student who will be traveling home. You only need to complete this form if your student will be leaving for lunch & recess.


Lincoln Lunch Preference Form - 2022-2023

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.

Other Information

MTLSD Health and Safety Plan Update

The MTLSD Board of School Directors has approved the 2022-23 Health & Safety Plan. Key highlights include the following:

  • Continue optional masking in accordance with CDC guidance

  • Permit full utilization of instructional and cafeteria spaces.

  • Continue established cleaning and ventilation protocols

  • Continue symptomatic testing program as testing supplies remain available to schools from the Commonwealth

  • Discontinue optional pool testing program

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.

Important Reminders

Attendance

  • Attendance will be taken in every class and will be recorded into our student accounting system around 8:35 am and 1:00 pm daily.


When Can Parents Meet or Speak with the Teacher

  • Teachers typically schedule parent meetings from 8:00-8:30 am or 3:30-4:00 pm. If you would like to schedule a meeting, please email the teacher directly.

Safety and Security

The school building will be locked down all day except during the AM arrival and PM dismissal times. All visitors/parents that want to access the school must enter through the main entrance (Door A1) and be buzzed into the school office. Visitors should be prepared to identify themselves when asked by the school office staff. All visitors MUST have a photo ID handy when the office staff asks for identification. While in the school, visitors must wear a visitor’s pass (in a clearly visible manner). Visitors need to check out in the school office before leaving the school. Please remember that these measures are in place to protect the students and staff.

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 lsharp@mtlsd.net.

PTA Information

Lincoln Elementary School PTA Membership

Our PTA Membership Drive will continue for the next few weeks and we can't wait for you to join us! Students should have brought home a yellow PTA Membership Form with them last week. If you have not signed up for the PTA yet, please make sure to do so soon! To join the Lincoln PTA, you can fill out and return the yellow Membership Form to school or fill out the Google Form below.


We hope to encourage more families to join the PTA through our Membership Incentives which will take place during the week of September 13th. Each day of that week the PTA will have a daily drawing of ‘Scoops Free Ice Cream’ gift certificates!!! Students, whose families have turned in their membership form, will be entered in the drawing and will have a chance to win each day! The drawing winners will be announced by Dr. Kitsko each day and we will pick 6 winners each day (one from each grade).


In addition, the class in each grade with the highest number of PTA Memberships as of September 20th will win a class reward! The reward will be decided on by the teacher and the class but could be things such as extra recess or a movie!


Please contact Lorraine @LincolnAwesomeAbesPTA@gmail.com or message our Lincoln PTA Facebook page @LincolnAwesomeAbesPTA if you have any questions! Thank you so much for your support!

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 Login to Clever Portal

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.