Lincoln School News


Message from Mrs. Hawkins

Lincoln Families and Friends,

Winter has definitely arrived and we love it at Lincoln School. The kids are building snow sculptures, sliding down the hills, and cross country skiing. Please send winter gear every day so we can enjoy the winter wonderland. It also helps if you label the winter clothing so we can find the owner when an item gets lost.

We have had many sick students and staff members this month. We are still struggling to find subs for our teachers and support staff. This has given me an opportunity to be in the classrooms more often and has reminded me of both the privilege to work with children and the challenges of managing a classroom with 20-30 students. I am also extremely thankful for the staff at Lincoln. They make a very difficult job look easy. If you have a chance to thank one of these staff members, please do so.

If you’re looking for support in parenting kids around the issue of technology, check out the second article from our social workers on this topic.

I hope all of you find time to rest, relax, and maybe read a good book over the holidays. Enjoy the time with your kids. They are the most precious gift you will ever receive.

Mary Hawkins, Principal

December 23rd - January 2nd.

No School December 23rd - January 2nd. Enjoy your winter break!

Mark your Calendars

December 23rd - January 2nd No School; Winter Break

January 3rd - School Resumes

January 10th - PTO Meeting; 6:00 Lincoln IMC

January 11th - Student Council Mtg

January 16th - No School; District Staff Development

January 19th - End of 2nd Qtr; Ice Skating at Four Seasons

January 20th - No School; Teacher Workday

Notes from Nurse Brown

As you may be aware we have been seeing an increase of illness this time of year, as a reminder please follow the guidelines listed below for illness:


One of the goals of health services is to assure a healthy environment.

Many students and families are frequently concerned about when students should stay home or attend school. The following information is intended to help with this decision.

  • If the student has a fever of 100 degrees or more, the student should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal (without fever reducing medicine).

  • If the student has vomited or had diarrhea, the student should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode

  • If the student has any rash that may be disease related or the cause is unknown, check with the family physician before sending the student to school

  • If the student is ill at home, please call the school attendance line daily to report the reason for the absence. It is helpful to report specific symptoms and/or diagnosis.

  • If you have any questions please call Julie Brown-Lincoln Health Office Nurse at 444-8106.

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Attendance Reminders

To report an absence please call the attendance line at 444-8105 leaving the reason for the absence, by 7:55am if possible. Absences can be reported at any time on the attendance line. If you are reporting an absence after 7:55, please call the Lincoln Office 444-8100. If we don’t receive a call for a student absence, we will be calling the parent/guardian for this information.

If the absence is due to illness, please include the symptoms. If a student is out for multiple days, please call each day and leave a detailed message with the symptoms so we can correctly code the absence.

Thank you in advance for your help, so attendance can be entered in a timely manner.

Setting Boundaries Screenagers #2

We hope you found the recommendations in the last newsletter helpful and it created opportunities for some great conversations in your family related to technology. If you missed that information make sure to check out last month’s newsletter.

Parenting children can be very challenging. Learning how to set boundaries in a loving way is difficult. However, research shows that setting appropriate boundaries can assist in building life skills such as; patience, problem solving, responsibility and self-discipline.

These are 4 basic rules to consider when setting technology boundaries in your home. You can go to to find ways to support setting these technology boundaries.

  1. No screens in bedrooms when kids and teens go to sleep (for younger kids keep screens out completely). Fact: 75% teens get inadequate sleep. The presence of devices disrupts sleep cycles.

  2. Set time goals for studying without multitasking and then, also, take tech breaks. Fact: Multitasking is linked to less retention and poorer academic outcomes.

  3. Eat family meals without devices. Fact: Face-to-face conversations improve mood and empathy.

  4. Put phones and devices away in the car. Fact: More than half of kids report seeing their parents text while driving.

Weekly “tech talks” as a family can help support setting up these technology boundaries in your home. Having weekly short calm conversations with your family is important. When kids receive the “why” behind a boundary it helps them understand the purpose which can increase their desire to comply. It’s never too late to start conversations around technology. Having these conversations proactively in “baby steps” is more effective.

You can find some additional resources on the topics below at

● Screen Time Contracts—Tips and screen time contracts templates

● Parenting Apps—Tools that automatically turn off tech at certain times

● Digital Citizenship—Links to help teach this at home and in schools

● Parenting Tips—Ongoing practical advice from our blog, weekly tech talks and more

Montessori Registration

The Montessori approach to education embraces individualized instruction for children, mixed-age groupings of students, a structured curriculum, and a prepared environment, using specialized Montessori teaching materials. Montessori classrooms provide and environment that supports independent, self-directed learning, and self assessment.

Montessori students display:

  • Self-directed work habits
  • High level of responsibility to work independently
  • Enjoyment of hands-on learning

There are two Montessori Classrooms:

  • E1 - Grades 1-2
  • E2 - Grades 3-5

Montessori Open House Thursday, February 2nd, 2023 from 5:00 - 6:00 McKinley Elementary.

Click here to register

Questions? Contact McKinley Office 507-444-8200

School Closing Reminders

When decisions are made to alter the school day or cancel it due to inclement weather, every effort is made to communicate that decision to parents in a timely manner through our school messenger system, website, and local radio and TV stations.

Parents can choose to receive notifications via text message, phone call, email, and/or parent portal inbox messages. To help us contact households efficiently, be sure to update home, work and/or cellphone information in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, and verify that the appropriate boxes are checked to receive notifications.

Other ways to stay informed:

  • Visit the website:
  • Check local TV stations: KSTP-5, KMSP FOX 9, WCCO, KEYC TV, KTTC, KAAL
  • Listen to local radio stations: KOWZ, KRFO/KAT KOUNTRY 105, KDHL

The first two inclement weather/emergency days in the Owatonna Public Schools are considered non-attendance days for students. In the event OPS has more than two inclement weather/emergency days, students will follow the E-Learning Plan.

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!