Lincoln Newsletter

January 31, 2019

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Lincoln Community,

I wanted to thank everyone for the many well-wishes after my departure announcement last week. I will miss Lincoln a great deal, but I am excited about my new opportunity in education. I assure everyone that I will work closely with my successor to ensure that we maintain continuity of our exceptional middle school program.

Speaking of the future, February is the month we dive headlong into planning for next year. The deadline for students to return their course selection forms to their homeroom teacher was last Friday. If you have not turned them in, please do do ASAP. We cannot guarantee students' top choices if they missed the deadline. We meet with 5th and 6th grade teachers in the next few weeks to begin planning classes for next year. If there are things about your child you would like me to consider in this process, please send me an e-mail with your thoughts before spring break. I assure you I will keep your input in mind as we plan for next year.

With the lovely winter weather we've been having, drop-off and pick-up traffic around Lincoln has gotten equally messy. Please follow the traffic map (below) to promote a safer and more efficient environment around school.

Finally, our big St. Baldrick's kick off assembly will be held during the afternoon of February 7th. This is an organization near and dear to your hearts at Lincoln. We do a big drive to support them once every three years to keep it special, and to ensure that every student gets to experience it once during their Lincoln career. Be on the lookout for more information on how you can support our efforts to conquer childhood cancers!

Dr. Murray

We need your BOX TOPS!

Calling all BOX TOPS! Lincoln is continuing to collect Box Tops for Education. There is a bin on the office counter for drop off! You can collect physical Box Tops, and/or use the Box Tops Bonus App to scan box tops and store receipts.

World Renowned Jazz Musician - Randy Sabien coming to D64

We are excited to have received an ELF Grant to bring in world-renowned jazz musician, Randy Sabien. Mr. Sabien will be doing a morning workshop with all Lincoln and Emerson Orchestra students on Tuesday, February 5. That evening, we will be putting on the first-ever D64 Orchestral Jazz concert featuring Lincoln/Emerson combined orchestras and Randy Sabien.

"Please Don't Send Me Fruitcake"

Lincoln choruses have been recognized by a composer! Chorus students sang a great concert and field trip before the holiday break, and the composer of one of the songs we sang, "Please Don't Send Me Fruitcake," asked if she could use our video of the song to share on her YouTube page! This is such an honor to be recognized by the person who wrote the piece! Congrats to all chorus students!

Lincoln PE Department News

Congratulations to our December Students of the Month Sarah Brough and Colin Schermerhorn. They exemplify the highest ROARS behavior standards such as effort, sportsmanship, being prepared, and respectful to teachers and peers.

Lincoln PE Dance Unit

A huge THANK YOU to all PTO members for sponsoring professional dance instructors from Studio 22 High Tek. These expert instructors taught six current dance steps to all of our classes. Students are now creating 2-minute dance routines incorporating these steps along with steps from the past four years. Dances will be performed next week for grades. Dance steps from 2015 thru 2019, this year's song choices, and the grading rubric can be found on the PE department website.

Thank you again for showing your support for our students and department curriculum.

Lincoln Intramurals

Our Faculty Student Volleyball Tournament Championships were held after school on Monday. The four top teams from each pool competed for the Golden Volleyball Trophy. The championship match was a high-intensity game between team Danciu/Pankau and Urbain/Gronwick. Team Danciu/Pankau squeaked by to claim the trophy which is proudly displayed above Mr. Pankau's desk. Thank you to all the teams participating this year. It's never too early to start practicing for next years tournament.

Lost and Found

The lost lunchbox pile, hats and gloves pile, notebook binders pile, and jackets and sweatshirts pile keeps growing every week. There are a number of Maine South Hawks attire waiting to be claimed.

Congratulations to the 7th-Grade Boys Basketball Team

The 7th-grade boy's basketball team had a fabulous season. The team went 17-1 and were undefeated in conference play. Hard work and unselfish play were displayed throughout the season as all players contributed in some way. Coach Pierucci and myself could not be prouder of the boys and look forward to working with these boys next year!!

Lincoln Girls Volleyball

Our girls have been very busy getting ready for their first match of the season Monday, January 29th here against River Trails. With added early morning practices, plenty of skills and conditioning drills, and learning game strategies we will have our Lions ready to roar out on the court. Come and cheer our teams to victory! Game time is 4:00.