Looking Ahead at Lincoln

Week of November 28 - December 2, 2022

Day Rotation

Week of 11/28-12/2/2022

  • Monday – Day 5
  • Tuesday – Day 1

  • Wednesday –Day 2

  • Thursday – Day 3

  • Friday – Day 4

Week of 12/5-12/9/2022

  • Monday – Day 5
  • Tuesday – Day 1

  • Wednesday –Day 2

  • Thursday – Day 3

  • Friday – Day 4

Important Information

Stockings for Soldiers

Lincoln is once again stuffing stockings for deployed service members. Please consider donating items from the list below to make the holidays happier for our deployed military members. All items can be sent into your child’s classroom NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 30th. Beinhauer Family Funeral Homes will cover the cost of shipping! The last time we did this, we were able to stuff 74 super stuffed stockings for the soldiers. Thanks in advance for your support. Please direct all questions to Mrs. Jill Majestic at jmajestic@mtlsd.net.

  • Protein Bars, Rice Krispie Treats, Cereal Bars, Granola Bars

  • Coffee, Tea, and Hot Chocolate singles, Kool-Aid/Crystal Light singles

  • Gum, Mints, Hard Candy (no chocolate)

  • Beef Jerky, Slim Jims

  • Dried Fruit, Nuts, Licorice, Gummy Bears

  • Cup A Soup, Ramen Noodles, Dried soup packets, Easy Mac & Cheese

  • Trail Mix, Nuts, Sunflower Seeds

  • Instant Oatmeal, Granola

  • Microwave Popcorn

  • Canned/Soft Packets of Tuna or Chicken

  • Ziploc Bags---any size

  • Boot Socks, T-Shirts

  • Baby Wipes, Lip Balm, Q-tips, Icy Hot Patches

  • Multi-Vitamins, Tylenol, Foot Powder, Anti-fungal cream

  • Deck of Playing Cards, Dice, Nerf Balls, Hackysacks

  • Paperback Books, Crossword Puzzles, Notepads & Pens

DO NOT include the following items:

  • no aerosol cans
  • glitter
  • batteries

GO ZONE Reminders

We are experiencing issues with cars being left unattended in the GO ZONE while family members walk to drop off or pick up their student(s) at their arrival/dismissal doors. This is causing significant issues with the GO ZONE causing it to not be a "go zone". If you need to escort your student(s) to their arrival door or meet you student(s) at their dismissal door, park somewhere other than the GO ZONE. Please be mindful of the reminders below about our GO ZONE so that everyone can get to and from Lincoln in a timely manner.


  • Open from 8:25 - 8:35 am
  • Pull forward as far as possible
  • No parking in GO ZONE
  • Parents/Family members are to remain in cars
  • Wait to drop off student(s) in the designated drop off area within the GO ZONE
  • No parking in the school parking lots


  • Open from 3:30 - 3:40 pm
  • Remind students to avoid GO ZONE unless a car rider

  • No parking in GO ZONE
  • Parents/Family members are to remain in cars
  • Wait to pick up student(s) in the designated pickup area
  • No parking in the school parking lots

  • Students should be picked up by 3:40 pm

Book of the Month

In honor of National Native American Heritage month, I have selected the book We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga, written by Traci Sorrell as my book of the month. This story will be shared as a read aloud text with each homeroom by the end of this month.

The following summary of We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga comes from the Penguin Random House website at https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/566582/we-are-grateful-otsaliheliga-by-traci-sorell-author-frane-lessac-illustrator/. "The Cherokee community is grateful for blessings and challenges that each season brings. This is modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation. The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah."

Let me know if you should have any questions.

Dr. Ron Kitsko


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Upcoming Events

Josh and Gab 10th Anniversary School Assembly Tour Is Coming to Lincoln!

We are thrilled to be hosting Josh and Gab's 10th Anniversary School Assembly Tour at Lincoln on Tuesday, November 29th! It has been a few years since we have since Josh and Gab in person and we can not wait to have our Lincoln students spend time with them during their unforgettable, high-energy, musically based program. You can learn more about Josh and Gab at https://www.joshandgab.com/.

We thank the Lincoln PTA for funding this educational program for the students.

Frosty Shop at Lincoln

On Friday, December 2, 2022, the PTA sponsored, Frosty Shop makes its annual return to Lincoln! Many parent volunteers have worked in preparation for this wonderful event. Homeroom classes will be able to shop at the Frosty Shop during the schedule listed below. Students and families may return after school for additional shopping time. Frosty Shop will close at 4:30 pm. Shoppers will need to enter the school via doors C-7 or C-8 starting at 3:30 pm.

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Frosty Shop Volunteers Needed

Winter Concert

The Lincoln Elementary Orchestra and Band students would like to invite you to attend their winter concert on Friday, December 16, 2022, starting at 2:30 pm. Families and guests of the student performers will need to access the school using Door A1. The students have worked extremely hard on this music and we would love to see you there!

Please direct all questions about this performance to Mrs. Harris and Mr. DeLaurentis (orchestra) or Mrs. Wockley (band).

JMS Wind Ensemble Performance at Lincoln

On Monday, December 19th, the Jefferson Middle School Wind Ensemble will perform for the Lincoln students and staff at 1:15 pm. We are happy to welcome back Mrs. Wagner and the JMS Wind Ensemble to Lincoln. We look forward to hearing them perform and seeing some former Lincoln students that are members of the ensemble.

Echoes of the Four Directions Program

On Tuesday, December 20th we will host the Echoes of the Four Directions program.

“Echoes of the Four Directions serves as a tool for public and private groups to educate and create a greater understanding and awareness of the diversity of Native American Indigenous (Indian) people and cultures through sensual and visual interpretive programs using lectures, displays, demonstrations, as well as visual and performing arts.” (excerpt from https://www.echoes4.com/)

More information about Echoes of the Four Directions can be found at their website linked here - https://www.echoes4.com/. We want to thank the Lincoln PTA for sponsoring this worthwhile program for our students!

Winter Parties

We will host the annual Lincoln Winter Parties later in December. Some important reminders about these events are listed below.

Students in morning kindergarten

  • Thursday, December 22nd
  • Party from 10:30 – 11:15 AM

Students in afternoon kindergarten

  • Thursday, December 22nd
  • Party from 2:45 –3:30 PM

Students in Grades 1 – 5

  • Friday, December 23rd
  • Party from 11:15 AM – Noon

Some other reminders about these events:

  • Remember, we are not serving food during the classroom parties.
  • Only family members designated as homeroom adults 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.
  • 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.

Early Dismissal on December 23rd

  • Students in Grades 1 – 5 will have an early dismissal at Noon on Friday, December 23, 2022. Students will not eat lunch in the school this date.
  • Both Morning and Afternoon kindergarten sessions are cancelled this date.

Winter Break

  • School is closed for the Winter Break from December 24-January 1st
  • School resumes for all students on Monday, January 2, 2023
  • Be safe in your travels and we hope that everyone has a wonderful Winter Break!

Lincoln Spelling Bee

It’s almost time for the 2022–2023 Lincoln Elementary School Fourth and Fifth Grade Spelling Bee! The Lincoln Elementary PTA is excited to continue the Scripps Spelling Bee at our school this year. The qualifying round will take place in the 4th and 5th grade classrooms. This round will take place in between January 9-13, 2023, in the Grade 4 and 5 homerooms. Individual classroom teachers will be notifying the students of the exact dates and times. The top 3 spellers in each classroom will qualify to participate in the Lincoln Elementary School Bee which will be held on the evening February 9th at 6:00 pm.

Word lists for the classroom Spelling Bee and other information will be sent home with the students the week we return from Thanksgiving Break. These are the 4th – 6th grades study guide word lists for 2022-2023 Scripps Classroom Spelling Bees. These lists, as well as other great information, are available at www.spellingbee.com. While the Spelling Bee is meant to be a fun experience, we understand that some children may be uncomfortable with the format. If you prefer that your child not participate in the Classroom Spelling, you can return the Non-Participation Form from the bottom half of the Spelling Bee flyer to your child's teacher by January 2nd. Please contact Dr. Kitsko at rkitsko@mtlsd.net with questions.

Lincoln Spelling Bee Announcement Letter

Spelling Bee Word List

Technology Information

Schoology Tip of the Week

Submit Google Files: Schoology Student Tip of the Week

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.

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

MTLSD Student Device Help Request

Click here to get help with your student's school 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


  • 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 December

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Specific Dates in December

  • December 1: World AIDS Day - commemorates those who have died of AIDS and acknowledges the need for a continued commitment to all those affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

  • December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities - designed to raise awareness in regards to persons with disabilities in order to improve their lives and provide them with equal opportunity.

  • December 10: International Human Rights Day - established by the United Nations in 1948 to commemorate the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

  • December 15: Bill of Rights Day - celebrates America's Constitution and the framework of society that ascribes rights and freedoms to society.

  • December 26 - January 1: Kwanzaa - an African-American cultural celebration started by Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate universal African-American culture and connect to their African roots and heritage.

December Holidays

  • December 8 - Bodhi Day (Buddist)

  • December 18 - December 26: Hanukkah/Chanukah (Jewish)

  • December 24 - Christmas Eve (Christian)

  • December 25 - Christmas Day (Christian)

Food Service Information

Other Information

"Little LEBO" Pre-school Program

Mt. Lebanon High School’s “Little Lebo” preschool program is accepting applications for our Spring session which will run March 13th through May 25th, Monday through Thursday from 9:15 am to 10:40 am. This is a great first school experience for children who may not be ready for full-time preschool. Our program offers unique learning experiences through in-house field trips to places such as the wildlife biology room, dance studio, percussion room, choir room, and the commercial kitchen in the cafeteria.

Children who have turned three years old by January 1st and no older than four years six months on March 1st may apply. All children must be fully potty trained. Enrollment is limited to ten children and acceptances are on a first come first serve basis. The total cost is $75.

For more information, please contact the secretary, Ann Carini at 412-344-2023.


As we have entered the season 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 lsharp@mtlsd.net.

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.