September 2022 Issue 1


Lincoln Family -

These first 14 days of school have been refreshing to see our students back in the building and our families supporting these efforts! As we move into the 2022-2023 school year, our staff is determined to lower any barriers, but never lower the bar when it comes to expectations. High expectations for behavior. High expectations for academics. High expectations bring high achievement, but we cannot do this alone. We say that there's only a one-letter difference between "parent" and "partner," and we are heavily dependent on your PARTNERSHIP when it comes to the future success of your child.

In efforts to "EDUCATE and ELEVATE" all of our 624 Panthers, we need:

  • Your child getting to bed early (recommended 10-12 hours a sleep each night)
  • Your child to arrive at school on-time (prior to 9 am)
  • Families to communicate regularly with their child's teacher(s)
  • Your child to practice their math facts/number recognition
  • Your child to read or be read to for 20-min each evening

Consistent approaches bring consistent results and research shows that these five bullets strengthen the likelihood of student success. Supportive partnerships change lives and we are focused on changing your child's life; together.

Challenge accepted.

Much Lincoln Love!

Eric Rhodes - Principal

Mary Beth Smith - Assistant Principal


During our 'Meet & Greet' event each teacher provided families a newsletter with specific grade level information that included grade level assessments and an overview of the curriculum to be taught this school year. Select the link below to access these grade level newsletters. If you should have any questions regarding your child/children's learning, please reach out to the classroom teacher.

Grade Level News & Curriculum


One of our Panther priorities is making sure that parents are informed on what their child is learning each week in all of their subject areas. Even though we include "Curriculum Information" by grade level in this newsletter each month (see above), it is important for students to become aware of their own learning each week, while building "student agency." Student agency is defined as "a student's awareness of their progress towards reaching the learning outcomes and how we can increase their ownership/agency of their learning." It's also important for students and their families to reflect weekly on their "work habits," which we call the "Habits of Learning." The Lincoln Learner Report does both! This is a weekly communication that will begin coming home during the week of September 19th and will provide information to families on their child's progress with the academic standards they are learning and highlight their "Habits of Learning." Parent(s) will need to sign and return the Lincoln Learner Report each week to the teacher, which will confirm that the parent(s) saw the report and again, strengthens the partnership between home and school. Stay tuned!


Meet the school counseling team: The “Super Support Squad”

The team works closely with students, staff, and families, to grow a learning community where all members are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged to be their best self. The three major areas of focus at Lincoln are:

  • Teaching and practicing emotional awareness and emotional regulation.

  • Developing and maintaining healthy relationships, which includes the use of restorative practices to help all members learn to communicate effectively and resolve conflicts in a positive and productive manner.

  • Instructing students, staff, and families about the role of the brain in learning in order to increase student independence and academic stamina

Lincoln Counselor Website

This website has multiple resources for students and families. It also has videotaped lessons we use with students and parent videos that explain our emotional regulation program.


Lincoln Elementary is a Title I school. This means that we receive additional funding from the federal government which we use for staffing and other resources to help students. During our 'Meet & Greet' event on August 15th we passed out our Title I Brochure. To learn more about Title I, please select the link below:

Title I Brochure


Back to school season can be challenging for both children and parents! Join us on Thursday, September 16 from 8:45 am -10:30 am to meet the following staff and hear how they can support you and your family:

  • Leslie Mwando and Robin McNeal - our front office staff will explain attendance procedures.
  • Erica Beach and Ashley Sims - our health room staff will discuss keeping your families healthy this winter & what steps to take if your child has health concerns or takes regular medication.
  • Amy Nelson, our social worker, and Crosby Blair, our coordinator of community schools, will talk about the importance of attendance and support you in getting your children to school daily to access their learning.

This is an event for adults only. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!


We practice safety drills throughout the year to make sure our students and staff are prepared in case of an emergency. During the week of October 3-7, we will have a School Safety Week where we practice a new drill daily and focus on safety. Our number one priority is student safety!


Please make sure you are filling out the Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) benefit application to determine if your student qualifies for free or reduced lunch. As a Title I school, we rely on these applications for funding from the federal government. The state of Maryland will no longer be offering free meals to all students this school year. The online application is the preferred method of submission and applications in both English and Spanish. The online application can be found at this website: FCPS Food and Nutrition site. For those that do not qualify, the cost of lunch is $2.65 everyday. If you have questions, or need assistance filling out the application, contact Amy Nelson at or Crosby Blair at

*You can add money to your child's lunch account using My School Bucks! which allows students to purchase meals and/or snacks.


The intersection of Madison street and Center street is an all-way STOP for traffic. If your child is a car rider, please make sure you do not block crosswalks which violates traffic laws. If drivers block crosswalks and are not following traffic laws, they will be ticketed.


We're excited to announce that Lincoln will partner with "Lunch out of Landfills" to re-start our composting program! Starting Tuesday, September 6, we will have volunteers from the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek help in the cafeteria as students separate materials between trash, recycling and compost. As part of the awareness campaign, teachers will be discussing this change during morning meetings. We have videos, handouts and books from the media center to help support student understanding of this very important service.


What does Judy Center do to Support Young Children?

We serve pregnant families & families with children ages birth through 5 years by providing the following at no cost:

· Engaging learning activities, strategies, and tools that target social-emotional, cognitive, language, and physical development.

· Caregiver workshops and support, learning parties, and family events to create a collaborative and nurturing educational home environment.

· Local service provider referrals, including healthcare, childcare, career and adult education, housing, food, and other areas of need.

· Play and have fun with your children and other families!

Judy Center Playgroups and Lincoln events:

Weekly Tuesdays 9 am– 9:30 am - Baby Play (ages birth to 1)

o Followed by Caregiver hour 9:30 – 10:30

· Weekly Wednesdays 9 am – 10 am Getting Ready to Learn playgroup (ages 2 – 4 years)

· Weekly Thursdays 9 am – 9:30 am Baby Play (ages birth to 1)

o Followed by Caregiver Hour 9:30 am – 10:30 am

· Weekly Fridays 9 am – 10 am Sensory Playtime (ages birth – 5 years)

· Friday, September 16, 8:30 am – 9:30 am Lincoln Learning Series

· Tuesday, September 20, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Judy Center Family Dinner Fun and Learn

(Bring your entire family)

JUDY Center Parent Interest Survey

Families, please open this link and complete this survey. We are interested in learning if you have children in your family between the ages of birth to 4 and if you are pregnant. If you do have young children, we would enjoy having you join our Judy Center events. We can also support you in many ways!

Want to Know about our Upcoming Events? Join Talking Points!

Please sign up for Talking Points to better communicate with Judy Center and receive notifications for upcoming events:

Talking Points JC Class Code: SDY1ZH

Instructions to sign up:

Join our Judy Center FaceBook Page

Please check out our Facebook page for more information and upcoming events:

Judy Center-LNES Facebook:

Want to Help Teach your Child at Home? Sign up for ReadyRosie

Families, You play an essential role in the education and well-being of your child. ReadyRosie exists to support you in that role!

How to Reach Miss Holly and Miss Jillian with the Judy Center:

Program Administrator: Holly Sontz 240-236-2744

Family Outreach Coordinator: Jillian Bleggi 240-236-2736


Child Care- Child Care Choices, 1-877-261-0060 or

Community Organizations-

Asian American Center, 301-694-3355,

Centro Hispano de Frederick, 301-668-6270.

City of Frederick Youth Matrix,

Spanish Speaking Community of MD, 240-877-7466,

Community Food Resources-

Frederick Community Action Agency, George L. Shields Foodbank, 301-600-1506

· Food Bank: Monday-Friday. Call for Appointment.

· Soup Kitchen- daily 5:30 pm -6:30 pm.

Frederick Rescue Mission, 301-695-6633

· Lunch-to-go: Monday-Saturday 12 pm -1:30 pm; Sunday 1 pm - 2:30 pm

· Food Pantry: Bring Photo ID Tues and Wed 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm and Thurs 2 pm - 6p m

Food Pantry closed Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays

Find Free Food Resources in Frederick County by visiting

Grief Resource-

Frederick Health Hospice, 240-566-3030. One on one grief counseling and support groups offered.

Housing and Rental Assistance

Emergency Rental Assistance- Do you need help paying rent because of the COVID-19 pandemic? You may be eligible for rent relief through the state of Maryland. Call 877-546-5595 or visit

Frederick Community Action Agency, 301-600-1506 or 301-600-3955, assistance with electric bills.

Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs, 301-631-2670 or 240-446-9649. . Helps with eviction assistance not due to Covid-19, security deposits, energy assistance program and emergency family shelter.

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Association of Frederick County, 301-663-0011, call for assistance

They also have a Walk-In Clinic at 226 South Jefferson Street Frederick, MD 21701

Walk-In Clinic hours: Monday - Friday 10 am -10 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 6 pm

211 Maryland, call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211 for free, caring and confidential help 24/7

Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-8255 or go to

Crisis Text Line, Text “home” to 741741,


Monday, September 5 - SCHOOL CLOSED for Labor Day

Friday, September 16 - Lincoln Learning Series #1 - 9 am -10:30 am

Friday, September 16 - 2 hour early dismissal (Mid-Term)

Thursday, September 22 - 3rd & 4th Grade Field Trip - Frederick Fair

Friday, September 23 - 3.5 hour early dismissal - FAIR DAY

Monday, September 26 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 30 - 5th Grade Field Trip - ESSL

Wednesday, October 5 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 12 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - School Opens 4 Hours Late

Thursday, October 13 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - School Opens 4 Hours Late

Friday, October 14 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - School Closes 3.5 Hours Early

Tuesday, October 18 - Judy Center Family Night - 4:30 pm -7:30 pm

Thursday, October 20 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Teacher Workday

Friday, October 21 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Teacher Professional Learning Day

Thursday, October 27 - Math Night - 5 pm -7 pm

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Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions...whatever you need, whatever IT takes!

Much Lincoln Love!