Looking Ahead at Lincoln
Week of January 30 - February 3, 2023
Books of the Month
In recognition of Black History Month, I have selected the following books as my books of the month for February:
- I Am Ruby Bridges by Ruby Bridges
- The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
I will be sharing The Story of Ruby Bridges as a read aloud text with each homeroom in Grades K-2; while I Am Ruby Bridges will be shared with each homeroom in Grades 3-5.
The following summary of The Story of Ruby Bridges comes from the Scholastic website (Click here to access link)
"This beautiful picture book, illustrated by Coretta Scott King Award-illustrator George Ford, and written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Coles, tells the true story of six-year-old Ruby Bridges. In 1960, Ruby, a young African-American girl, entered a whites-only school in New Orleans. Even though she had to pass through crowds of angry protesters, Ruby bravely walked into the school. Every day for months, Ruby persevered. White parents pulled their children out of the school, and Ruby and her teacher were alone in the classroom. Still, Ruby and her family would not give in. Both the text and the watercolor paintings of this book capture Ruby's incredible strength, the love of her family, and the turmoil of America in the early 1960s."
While the following summary of I Am Ruby Bridges comes from the Scholastic website (Click here to access link).
- "When Ruby Bridges was six years old, she became the first Black child to integrate the all-white William Frantz Elementary in Louisiana. Based on the pivotal events that happened in 1960 and told from her point of view, this is a poetic reflection on her experience that changed the face of history and the trajectory of the Civil Rights movement. I Am Ruby Bridges offers hope and confidence to all children. It is the perfect learning tool for schools and libraries to teach the story of Ruby Bridges and introduce this landmark story to young readers in a powerful new way. This story of innocence and courage is brought to life by NAACP-nominated artist, Nikkolas Smith through stunning and breath-taking illustrations. Embracing the meaning of her name, Bridges reflects with poignancy and heart on the way one brave little girl stood proud to help build a bridge between all people and pave the path for future generations."
Let me know if you should have any questions.
Dr. Ron Kitsko
Lebo Academic Games
Last Tuesday, Lebo Academic Games traveled to Seneca Valley to compete in the Theme: Cold War and Current Events Academic Games Tournaments. We are happy to say that the Elementary division (which is made up of primarily 4th and 5th grade Lincoln students) did REALLY well! Check out the results below.
- We took the top 3 spots and had 10 total qualify!!
- Congratulations to Preston Bloomburg, Evan Young, and Brett Milburn as well as the following other qualifiers: Blake Smith, Dylan Eshenbaugh, Garren Evan, Logan Prosser, Silas Minczeski, Theron Raymond, and Tommy Junker!
Theme: The Cold War
- We took the top 2 spots and had 5 total qualify!
- Congratulations to Evan Young and Brett Milburn as well as the following other qualifiers: Charlie Webler, Blake Smith, Dylan Eshenbaugh and Silas Minczeski!
Lincoln Gymnasium Floor Replacement Project
As you probably know, the Lincoln gym floor suffered significant water damage over the winter break and it needs to be completely replaced. The gym floor replacement project began on Monday, January 23rd, therefore, the Lincoln gym and stage area will be closed until further notice. We are hoping this work will be completed in roughly 6 weeks. Please see below for details about the gym closure and impacts it will have for our students, staff and community.
- Every day weather permits, we will have PE classes outside and follow the regular PE schedule
- If we have inclement weather, we will have PE classes in the cafeteria and follow a modified PE schedule just on those days - the teachers will let students know about this as necessary
- The decision for outdoor or indoor recess will be made daily based on current weather conditions/forecast
- Students should be prepared to dress for the weather when we have outdoor PE classes (just like they do for lunch recess)
Day 5 Strings lessons
- Mrs. Harris will run her Day 5 strings lessons in the teachers' lounge from 8:45-11:00 am and 1:15-3:30 pm
- Students will drop instruments off outside the teachers' lounge on Day 5
- Mrs. Harris will share the updated lesson schedule with the affected students
Building Access and Safety Protocols
- Construction workers will be limited to accessing the school using Door C7 or C8
- Interior doors near the gym will be closed and locked at all times to keep the school secure
- Students and staff are not permitted to be in the gym or stage areas until the project is completed
- Construction worker vehicles may be parked behind the school - be alert to this as it may impact the route your student(s) take when walking to and from school
- ALL youth sports and other recreation department events scheduled for the Lincoln gym and stage will be relocated elsewhere
- Communication of location changes should come from the recreation department or key activity sponsors
- ALL Lincoln PTA and school based evening event location changes will be communicated by the Lincoln PTA or Dr. Kitsko
Changes to Arrival and Dismissal Location for Grade 2 Students
Effective Tuesday, January 24th, all Grade 2 students will enter and exit Lincoln during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal using Door C14. This is the same door our Grade 3 students use and is right next to the door Grade 2 students have been using to enter and exit the school (Door C15). School staff will direct the Grade 2 students when it is time for them to enter the school. Grade 2 students will still line up by their homeroom classes and in the same location when the 8:25 AM arrival bell rings. Our arrival and dismissal location map has been updated and is linked below for your reference.
Transition to 6th Grade Information
Dear Elementary Families,
Thank you for attending our 5th to 6th grade transition meetings last week. We are looking forward to getting to know you and your incoming 6th grader! We know that this process and all of the information that has been shared can be overwhelming. The only thing you need to focus on next is logging on to Dashboard and registering for courses. The course registration portal will be open from January 27th - February 6th.
We will be in touch in the coming months with more information about next steps. Below you will find the links to all of the resources that you need for course registration.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. We are here to help!
Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal
Mrs. Amanda Jackson, Assistant Principal
Kindergarten Registration for the 2023 – 2024 School Year
Starting Wednesday, February 1, 2023, Kindergarten registration packets for the 2023 – 2024 school year will be available at all elementary school offices. Students MUST be 5 years of age BEFORE September 8th to be eligible for enrollment in kindergarten this fall. To register a child for kindergarten, please complete the 2023-2024 Kindergarten Registration Sign-Up form (It will open for submission on 2.1.23). Upon completion, kindergarten parents will be directed to the online enrollment center where kindergarten parents can download and complete all necessary registration documents; if preferred, kindergarten parents may also request a registration packet to be mailed home. Kindergarten parents may submit completed packets digitally to Lincoln Secretary, Mrs. Loree Sharp (email@example.com), or call the Lincoln Office, at 412-344-2147 to make an appointment to drop off registration materials.
Click on the Links below for helpful information to begin this process:
Lincoln School Office will be in communication with kindergarten parents regarding kindergarten orientation and screening dates & times as spring approaches.
We look forward to your child joining us!
Lincoln PTA Grade 5 Fundraiser at Mediterra
Lincoln Spelling Bee
It is time for the finals of the 2023 Lincoln Elementary School Fourth and Fifth Grade Spelling Bee! The Lincoln Elementary PTA is excited to bring back the Scripps Spelling Bee to our school. The qualifying rounds are complete. The 21 finalists set to compete the evening of February 9, 2023, at 6:00 pm in the Lincoln cafeteria have been determined. Congratulations to all who competed in the classroom Spelling Bees. Good luck to the finalists (listed below) as they prepare for the next round!
Valentine’s Day Parties
On Tuesday, February 14, 2023, we will have our annual Lincoln Valentine’s Day Parties. To make this day a little more colorful and festive at Lincoln, we are asking everyone to wear something RED or PINK this day. Some important reminders about the events for this day are listed below
Students in AM Kindergarten
- Party from 10:30 – 11:20 AM
- Volunteers will be released to the classrooms at approximately 10:20 AM
Students in PM Kindergarten and Grades 1 – 5
Party from 2:45 –3:30 PM
- Volunteers will be released to the classrooms at approximately 2:35 PM
Some other reminders about these events:
- Remember, we are not serving food during the classroom parties.
- Only family members designated as homeroom adults and class photographers for this event will be permitted to go to the classrooms. This is for the safety of the students as well as to keep the parties organized and on time.
- A maximum of three (3) adult volunteers and one (1) classroom photographer can be present for each classroom party.
- Party volunteers MUST have the Casual Volunteer Affirmation form or all three (3) clearances on file to serve as a volunteer for this function.
- As the school will be especially crowded on this day, please pay close attention to all of the standard parking and traffic rules and exercise caution while in your vehicle. Also, remember that parking in front of the school is not permitted.
Elementary District Chorus
One of the many music opportunities provided for elementary students in the Mt. Lebanon School District is the chance to participate in the 5th District Chorus. Approximately 120 students from the seven elementary schools who have exhibited interest in and enthusiasm for singing will be a part of this special group. Lincoln Elementary students will practice independently on their own and as a group weekly. Later, they will combine with students from the other elementary schools to prepare for the special District Chorus Tiered Concert which will take place on Tuesday, February 21.
This special celebration of choral music in the Mt. Lebanon School District will also feature performances by the 8th Grade Choirs and the High School Concert Choir. All singers will join together for the final musical piece of the concert, “Blessing.” The concert is free and open to the public. It begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 21 and will be held in the Mt. Lebanon High School Auditorium.
Participating Lincoln Elementary Students include:
- Zeynep Akel, Calypso Allgire, Sofia Berger, Mac Closson, Enzo Cornacchione, Rocco DeArdo, Charlee Douglas, Asher Ehrhardt, Imani Ellis, Michael Ewansik, Laney Fabean, Coleson Flynn, Esme Fracul-Conti, Paige Fronczek, Paige Gentzel, Brady Holland, Cecilia Johnson, Evelyn Jory, Cameron Keefer, Taiga Kitani, Vivien Kleinfelter, Rhonda Kovach, Claire McCluskey, Logan Nalitz, Quinn Oden, Silas Paracca, Allison Reagan, Beatrice Rutledge, Scotlyn Rutter, Flora Shirey, Braden Sicher, Kenley Simpson, Lucy Smith, Izabella Strother, Lorelei Von Arx, Thomas Wagner
Lincoln Science Fair 2023
2023 Science Fair
Calling All 2nd - 5th Grade Students
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Work by yourself or with a friend and discover something new! Projects can cover just about any topic. Your experiment can be done in an afternoon or over a few weeks—you get to choose!
All participating student scientists are asked to create a display board and speak knowledgeably about their projects. The Judges will visit each project and speak with the student(s). Further details and requirements will be emailed once we receive your online registration. You should expect an email with those additional details the first week in February.
During the Science Fair, we will have snacks and science-based fun for the entire family. Every scientist will receive a participation ribbon and the top three projects at each grade level will receive trophies.
Science is Fun!
Bring out your inner wacky scientist and participate in the 2023 Lincoln Science Fair!
The deadline to register is February 8, 2023.
Register online by clicking this link.
If you are a parent willing to volunteer to help assist with the event, please click HERE to complete the volunteer survey.
PMEA Elementary Strings Fest Selections
Congratulations to the following 5th Grade students for being accepted to participate in the 2023 PMEA District 1 Elementary Strings Fest to be held on March 17, 2023 at North Hills Middle School.
- Beatrice Rutledge, violin
- Scarlett Shestak, violin
5th and 6th grade students from throughout Western Pennsylvania were selected to participate in a day-long musical experience which will culminate in an evening performance. Mr. Pierce Cook, Mellon Middle School Orchestra Director, will be the guest conductor.
PMEA Elementary Band Fest West Selections
Congratulations to the following 5th Grade students for being accepted to participate in the 2023 PMEA District 1 Elementary Band Fest West to be held on March 31-April 1, 2023 at Shaler Area Elementary School.
- Frankie Carney, Clarinet
- Oliver Davies, Trumpet
- Elisa Patrick, Alto Saxophone
5th and 6th grade students from throughout Western Pennsylvania were selected to participate in a two-day musical experience which will culminate in a performance on Saturday afternoon. We are very proud of these students' accomplishments and know that they will be wonderful representatives from Lincoln Elementary!
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.
- Students sign into Schoology using Clever, or at mtlsd.schoology.com with their Google account.
Schoology Family Experience
If you are interested in getting to know the family experience in Schoology, please consider checking out the following resources. The webinar series covered four major topics:
Each video is organized into "chapters," which you can use to find specific content within each video. You can do so either by scrolling across the video timeline, by clicking a chapter title, or by clicking a timestamp in the video description.
Schoology Tip of the Week
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.
Inclusivity Calendar Events for February
Month Long Recognitions and Specific Dates in February
Month Long Recognitions
- Black History Month - This month celebrates the heritage and culture, as well as honors contributions, of people of the African diaspora.
- February 1: National Freedom Day, celebrates the signing of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in 1865.
February 20: Presidents Day, a federally recognized celebration in the United States of George Washington’s birthday, as well as every president proceeding Washington.
February 20: World Day of Social Justice, celebrated to raise a voice against social injustice, which includes efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion, gender inequality, unemployment, and human rights.
February 2: Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple (Orthodox Christian)
February 5-6: Tu B'Shevat (Jewish)
February 15: Nirvana (Buddist)
February 18: Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
February 21: Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
February 22: Ash Wednesday (Christian)
February 27: Clean Monday (Eastern Christian)
February 27: Beginning of Great Lent (Orthodox Christian)
School Delays and Cancellations - UPDATED
2 HOUR DELAY start
Adult supervision at Lincoln begins at 10:20 am and the doors will be open for students to enter the school at that time.
Students should be in their classrooms by 10:30 am.
Students are considered tardy after 10:30 am.
The lunch schedule will run like normal.
Afternoon dismissal for students is still set for 3:30 pm.
2 HOUR DELAY start - Morning Kindergarten Session Modified Schedule
- Morning kindergarten will start at 10:30am.
- Students will be permitted to enter the school starting at 10:20 am.
- Students are considered tardy after 10:30 am.
- Morning kindergarten dismisses at 12:30 pm.
2 HOUR DELAY start - Afternoon Kindergarten Session Modified Schedule
- Afternoon kindergarten will start at 1:30 pm.
- Students will be permitted to enter the school starting at 1:25 pm.
- Students are considered tardy after 1:30 pm.
- Dismissal for afternoon kindergarten students is still set for 3:30 pm.
- All students will switch to a Remote Day Schedule unless otherwise instructed.
Phone Alert System
- In the event of a school delay or closing, you will receive an automated phone call from the District's Phone Alert System to the primary phone number you have listed with the school.
- Only one call per family is made.
- Calls are typically made no later than 10:00 p.m. and no earlier than 6:00 a.m.
- On rare occasions, school may be delayed or cancelled after 6:00 a.m. or a delay may be changed to a cancellation when there is a question about road conditions or extreme cold.
- Your caller ID will display “Mt. Lebanon School District” and the District’s main number of 412-344-2000.
- To opt into text alerts and update your preferences, please refer to this Mt. Lebanon SMS Alert Guide.
- The success of this system depends on accurate contact information obtained from school records.
- If your information has changed, please update your contact information in the Dashboard or ask the building secretary to update your files.
Information Sources for a Delay or Closing:
MTLSD website: www.mtlsd.org
School District Cable Channels 19 (Comcast) and 33 (Verizon)
Mt. Lebanon Public Access Channels 17(Comcast) and 34 (Verizon)
KDKA TV and www.kdka.com; WPXI TV and www.wpxi.com; WTAE TV and
KDKA Radio 1020 AM
Twitter: @MTLSD; @MTLSDSUPER
Push notifications through the MTL APP
2 HOUR Delay Crossing Guard Schedule
RECESS TEMPERATURE REMINDER
As we are in the season of unpredictable and colder weather, 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.
- Having an extra pair of pants available (left in a student’s locker) is a great way to avoid emotional situations if students wear shorts to school on cold weather days.
- When the thermometer dips even lower, students must be prepared to wear jackets, hats and gloves during outside recess.
- We will go outside if the “feels like” temperature is at or above 15 ºF.
- Students may be permitted on the field even if snow is present. However, snow-style boots are a must for this.
- We check AccuWeather and The Weather Channel apps for the current local temperature and “feels like” temperature at several times each day.
Reporting a Positive COVID-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.
Links to Other Technology Resources
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.