A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome back Lincoln students and families!
It has been a great first week at LES. What a treat it has been to see all the smiling faces on our students, staff and families as we get back into the swing of school! The 2019-2020 school year promises to offer awesome learning opportunities for all of our Lightning Bolts. This is a great time of year for our staff to get to know each of our students better and learn what their hopes and dreams are for the upcoming school year. Our goal is to make sure we do whatever we can to make sure those hopes and dreams come true and are lived out! Don’t hesitate to let us know what your hopes and dreams are for your child/children as well. You are a vital part of the journey and we want to partner with you every step of the way.
Huge shout out to all families that were able to attend our open house and help get your child/children settled into their desks/lockers and meet their teachers. We recognize that open house has limitations in how much face to face time families can have with staff so we will be sending Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year at Lincoln Elementary videos in late September. The videos will share important school, grade level, and teacher specific information to make sure you have all the information you need to feel part of your child’s team.
Thanks for sharing your child/children with us and we look forward to partnering with you. It’s a great year to be Lightning Bolt!
Justin Sperling, Principal
Lincoln Elementary School
Mark your calendars! The Lincoln Carnival will be held on Friday, October 25th, 2019.
Please use the “A Note to Lincoln” forms to let the office know if your child(ren) will be leaving school early for an appointment or will be picked up at the end of the day. Additional forms can be found on the counter in the Lincoln Office.
Parents/guardians should report to the office to sign out and wait for their child(ren).
Please drop off students in the west parking lot. You can drop students off at Door 6 or you can park and walk them to Door 1 (MAP HERE.) Students may arrive at school at 8:55 a.m.
Please make sure you stop in the front office to sign in and get a visitor sticker for each and every visit. For the safety of our students and staff, we appreciate your diligence in following our visitor procedures even for short visits such as dropping off your child(ren).
Regular attendance is essential if students are to be successful in school. Chronic absences interrupt the education of your child. School personnel will make every effort to encourage regular attendance, but the ultimate responsibility lies with the students and their parents/guardians.
Absent or Late to School
If your child will be absent or arrive late, please call the school attendance line (763)241-3555. You may call 24 hours a day and leave a message. If your child is not at school, and the school has not received notice of absence, the school will call the parent or guardian.
When reporting an absence, please include the following information:
- Child’s name
- Date of absence
- Reason for absence
- Name of person reporting the absence
Please do not use the attendance line to communicate student pick up. Please send a note with your child in the morning or in unexpected circumstances call the Lincoln office.
NO CHECKS AT LINCOLN
Lincoln Elementary is continuing a “No Checks” policy this school year. All of your school payments (including lunch) will need to be made with cash or credit/debit cards. We are only able to accept checks in specific circumstances. The “No Checks” policy saves the School District funds through the reduction of banking fees.
Student Meal Accounts
- Credit/Debit card using PayPams
- Credit/Debit using RevTrak-School Fees
Field Trips / School Assigned Fees
- Credit/Debit using RevTrak-School Fees
Carnival Wristband Sales
- Credit/Debit card in the Main Office
Replacement Lincoln Folders
- Cash Only
To learn more about PayPams and how to set up your student’s meal account please go HERE.
To learn more about RevTrak and how to set up an account to pay for field trips and school assigned fees please go HERE.
EVERYDAY WALKER, PARENT PICKUP, OR EDVENTURE CLUB
If your child’s regular end of day transportation (parent pick-up, walker, EdVenture Club) has changed since Open House please complete THIS TRANSPORTATION FORM
Please contact the Lincoln cooks if you have any breakfast/lunch questions at (763)241-3400 x5171. Parents can request that their child(ren) not have 2nd helpings.
New this year! Students will have the ability to purchase a la cart food items. These items will include:
-Scooby-Doo fruit snacks .75
-Quaker Oats chocolate chip granola bar .75
-Natural spring water-10oz .75
-Teddy Grahams .50
-Goldfish Crackers .75
-Fruit Roll-ups .75
If you do not wish for your child to purchase a la cart items please contact Ang Bechtold in the Lincoln Cafeteria.
The first LPAC Meeting will be held Thursday, September 12th in the Media Center. Come and join other Lincoln parents as we kick off the school year. We welcome any new ideas as we plan fun events for our school. It’s great to have new parents and fresh ideas. We have meetings the second Thursday of every month. We invite you to join us for one meeting or would love to see you each month.
Check us out on twitter! https://twitter.com/LES_LBolts
Procedure for Background Checks
If you plan to volunteer in the school this year, either in the classroom or on a field trip, we do need to have a current background check on file for you. The background checks are valid for 3 years and valid for all schools in the district. It is easier to complete the background check at the beginning of the year versus waiting until the time you want to volunteer as the process can take up to a week to obtain the results back and be cleared for volunteering. Our ultimate goal is to keep our kids safe and we appreciate your willingness to help make this possible.
Submit your information using our ONLINE FORM
Within the week you will receive an email from the sender: Sara Jones with the subject of: request for Background Information.
Please complete the online background check in a timely manner as the link will expire after a two week period. The school office will receive a weekly file with information on completed background checks that will be passed on to the teachers.
Please direct any questions on the background check process to Sara Jones, Lincoln Parent Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our kids safe!
FOOD ALLERGY AWARENESS
This year at Lincoln Elementary we have children who have life threatening allergies to a variety of foods. The most common food allergies in children are milk, eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. In order to allow all children to participate, we are requesting that non-edible items, (such as pencils, stickers, etc.) be sent with your children as Birthday or Holiday treats.
If your child has a food allergy, please notify Health Services so we can assist you in having medication available for your child. We are an allergy aware (not peanut free) district, and will accommodate students with severe food allergies on an individual basis, according to their needs, to keep them safe at school.
ILLNESSES AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
Is my child well enough to go to school? Many students and parents are frequently concerned about when students should stay home or attend school. You can expect your child to be ill 5-7 days during a school year. Remember that a child ill with an infectious disease can spread the disease when in contact with others in the family and the community.
Health Services will monitor the number of communicable diseases reported to them and notify parents via letter or Campus Messenger, if a high percentage (>10 %) of children in a classroom or grade level have a particular communicable disease (ex. Strep throat, head lice, etc.).
Information regarding guidelines and exclusion recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) can be found on the Health Services Web Page or at the following link: Illnesses and Communicable Diseases
THE SHERIDAN STORY PROGRAM
The Sheridan Story is a food program given on Fridays to any families in need. Non-perishable food is given to students and they take it home in their backpack. There is no income level expectations. A brochure will be coming home with your child on Wednesday, September 4th. If you would like to participate in the food program please return the brochure to school with your child's information. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Michlynn Boelter at email@example.com
School pictures are scheduled for Friday, September 20th. The picture order envelopes will be sent home in your child's Wednesday folder on September 11th. Pictures can be ordered online at Mylifetouch.com using Picture Day ID EVTZSNQ47
Please make sure your child(ren) have appropriate clothing for recess. We have a guideline that we have been using for recess attire. Please feel free to talk to your child each morning about recess attire based on weather predictions. This guideline will be announced during morning announcements and after lunch while students dress for recess:
50 degrees and above - t-shirt or long sleeves
Below 50 degrees - sweatshirt or jacket mandatory
FREE & REDUCED LUNCH
Did You Know?
- Your child(ren) may qualify for free or reduced-price meals, for some students the cost for breakfast and lunch is at no charge.
- A new application must be submitted each year.
- Your application also helps your household and our schools qualify for additional education funds and discounts.
Click HERE or see below to learn about the free BREAD program at Lincoln.