Lincoln Lion's Local Buzz

November 22, 2019


This week Leigh Anne and I had the privilege of becoming trainers for IIRP and can present the official training for restorative practices--not just the "Zahner Special". The training is so much more than circling. It really reminded both Leigh Anne and I that we, and in effect all of us here at Lincoln, are on a bigger mission to provide hope and support positive relationships between our students. We are building a stronger Kingsport in the future because of what we are doing here at Lincoln today. One reoccurring theme was that we work best when we have strong relationships with each other. This job is hard. The education profession is difficult and at times we may feel alone in our endeavors to support our students. We are not alone, and we are not able to do what we do alone. We need each other, and as a collective group there is so much we can accomplish.

There is so much I want to tell you about those three days, but it is difficult to put into words due to the amount of research, theory, and restorative practice covered in three days. So what I'll do is share these two things with you for you to enjoy and to make connections within your own world. These are two things that are now part of who I am and will be a reminder of why I do what I do every day. One is a poem. It is called "Alone" by Maya Angelou. I had never heard it before, but a fellow member of our group recited it from memory at our training for her segment of the learning. It was powerful, and made me really think of our journey in life because truly "nobody, not nobody, can do this alone." The second thing I'm leaving you with is a quote that was posted on the first day for us to consider. It starts with a question. "How do you change the world? " And the answer would be, "One room at a time." The next question is, "What room do you start with?" And the reply to that question that is, "Start with the room you are in." Each of you have the ability to change the world, starting with the room you are in. I would attest that this happens daily here at Lincoln because of your dedication to our kids.


Maya Angelou - 1928-2014

Lying, thinking

Last night

How to find my soul a home

Where water is not thirsty

And bread loaf is not stone

I came up with one thing

And I don't believe I'm wrong

That nobody,

But nobody

Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone

Nobody, but nobody

Can make it out here alone.

There are some millionaires

With money they can't use

Their wives run round like banshees

Their children sing the blues

They've got expensive doctors

To cure their hearts of stone.

But nobody

No, nobody

Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone

Nobody, but nobody

Can make it out here alone.

Now if you listen closely

I'll tell you what I know

Storm clouds are gathering

The wind is gonna blow

The race of man is suffering

And I can hear the moan,

'Cause nobody,

But nobody

Can make it out here alone.

Alone, all alone

Nobody, but nobody

Can make it out here alone.

From Oh Pray My Wings Are Gonna Fit Me Well By Maya Angelou. Copyright © 1975 by Maya Angelou. Reprinted with permission of Random House, Inc. For online information about other Random House, Inc. books and authors, visit the website at

The Best Turkeys In Town

Mark your calendar for any time that the K students are singing because you DON'T want to miss it. Last night's performance was a winner! Thank you to Seth, Holly, Martha, Krista, Megan, Donna, and Gail. Not to mention, The IAs that worked tirelessly to get those fantastic bags together. Kelley, Payton, and Penny you guys are the best turkey makers in town!

Holiday Faculty Party-MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Mark you calendars and plan to come together for an event you don't want to miss. Lincoln will be having a holiday get together at Chop House on December 12th from 5-7 pm. Spouses and significant others are welcome to attend. More information to follow and if you have any specific questions please ask Autumn or Leanne.

Reminder From Previous Local Buzz---GO NOODLE--Just for Lincoln

Go Noodle For Everyone!!!!

The next time you see Misty Keller be sure to give her a big hug! Thanks to the grant that is connected to our Grab and Go breakfast, we now have access to GoNoodle Plus for a year!! It is all paid for with the help of Misty!!! She sent this along to me to share with you:

Dear Teachers,

Great news! Abraham Lincoln Elementary School has purchased a subscription to GoNoodle Plus, an online suite of movement games and videos designed to keep your students focused and engaged throughout the school day. Check out our new Plus resources page here!

If you already have a GoNoodle account associated with Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, you will automatically gain access to Plus content.

If you don't have a GoNoodle account:

If you are new to GoNoodle, simply visit or create a profile directly by signing up here, and be sure to select Abraham Lincoln Elementary School from the school drop-down menu.

Don't know where to start? After you log in, click on "Plus" in the top menu bar! Here are some of my favorite Plus activities:

  • Field Trip: Take your class on virtual adventures to wacky locations meant to inspire interest in STEM topics.

  • Freeze It: Choose from built-in categories like multiplication, emotions, and geography, and enjoy a flash card infused dance party with your class.

  • Mega Math Marathon: Increase math fluency while running a virtual marathon. (Disguising math practice as fun has never been so easy!)


The GoNoodle Team

P.S. Questions? Email us at We’re here to help!

Thank- You -Gram Delivery

Monday and Tuesday will be the time to have students deliver Thank-You-Grams to the people they wrote them for. Remember that part of the joy in this activity is for the student to see the reaction in the person receiving the Thank-You-Gram. Please find time for students to deliver in a safe way over the course of two days. I would not recommend sending half your class to the office at once to deliver to people up here. Just a few at a time so each one can have their moment in the sun to give their Thank-You- Gram and enjoy the reaction from the person on the receiving end. I have already heard whispers from students about who they wrote their gram to. I know they are excited to share them. Thank you for making time for them to get this done.

Upcoming Dates You Need to Know

Monday Nov, 25

  • PLC Day for Math Grades 3-5--grade level planning
  • CLUBS ARE TODAY--9:00-9:45--various classrooms
  • Faculty Meeting--Focus on Standards for the Month--3:40-5:00

Tuesday Nov, 26

  • PLC Day for ELA grades K-5--grade level planning

Wednesday Nov 27-Friday Nov 29

  • Thanksgiving Break--Enjoy the time with family and friends

Tuesday, Dec 3

  • PLC Day for ELA grades K-5--grade level planning
  • Leadership Team Meeting--Conference Room 3:40-5:00
  • Spark 3:30-5:00--Gym

Wednesday, Dec 4

  • PLC Day for Math grades 3-5--grade level planning

Thursday , Dec 5

  • 4th Grade Musical Performance--School Wide Assembly--9:30-10:15-Auditorium
  • Farmer's Lego League--3:30-4:30--conference room
  • 4th Grade Musical EVENING performance--7:00-8:00--Auditorium

Friday, Dec, 6

  • 5th grade to Gray Fossil Sign
  • PreK-2 Student of the Month Assembly 9:00-9:45--Auditorium NOTE DIFFERENT DAY

Special Guests Visited Lincoln Today

Dr. Stephanie Hart, general surgeon and Dr. Lindsey Deveroux, a resident, visited Mrs. Hart's small group today. The group has been studying Ben Carson and they got to experience the head gear and other medical gear that surgeons actual wear on the job. Thanks to our visitors who helped our kids dream a little bigger today! (And yes, Dr. Hart is Mrs. Hart's daughter--pretty cool to have that connection from one of our own! )

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