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Principal's Message

Principal's Message

Dear Lincoln families,
 
Welcome to the start of the 2019-2020 school year! I cannot believe I am starting my third year as principal of Lincoln. It has been a pleasure and honor to serve your community and I appreciate being part of the special memories made at our distinguished school. If you are a new family, prepare to be wowed!
 
As you know, at Lincoln we like to go fast! Last year we adopted two curriculums which will continue this school year, Amplify Science and Eureka Math. Also, we will pilot the DIBELS assessment system to monitor reading progress for all students and implement Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) to meet the needs of struggling readers. On a different note, you will be pleased to see new asphalt throughout campus. Special thanks to the Board of Education and Dr. Keller for making it happen. We will continue physical improvements across campus, including our newest addition to the playground, the Gaga Ball court (check YouTube to watch an example).
 
I am excited to welcome new teachers to third grade, fifth grade and the Learning Center. In third grade, Ms. Shea Cours is a new teacher and joins us from the highly prestigious Stanford Teacher Education Program. In fifth grade, Ms. Melissa Rummler joins us from Adams Middle School where she taught several years and was honored as Teacher of the Year. In the Learning Center, we welcome Ms. Amy Wagner-Nunez for a 50% assignment shared with Washington Elementary, where she has taught the past two years. I can say with confidence that we hired the best teachers out there and they will fit perfectly with our GREAT team and community.
 
Longtime Lincoln teacher Ms. Barbara Ozanich has taken a leave of absence to pursue her dream volunteering for Americorps in Africa. She will be sorely missed and we wish her the best of luck on her journey. Also, Learning Center teacher Ms. McKenna Hawn will be moving on to a different assignment in the school district.
 
The school office will be re-open on Thursday, August 8th from 8:30AM to 3:30PM closing for the lunch hour each day at 12:30 – 1:30PM. If you have any questions or need to submit enrollment documentation, please call or come by during those hours. The first day of school will be on Wednesday, August 21st with early dismissal at 1:35PM for grades 1-5. Kindergarten times are shortened and modified the first day only as follows:

• AM Class (8:00AM – 10:00AM)
• PM Class (11:20AM-1:20PM).
 
Two special events will be held prior to the first day of school. On Friday, August 16th all kindergarten students and their parents are invited to the “Kindergarten Kickoff” at 2:00PM on the Kindergarten playground. Kindergarten teacher/room assignments will be posted and the PTA will be welcoming you and providing important information for our incoming Kindergarten families. Refreshments will be served and we hope you can join us!
 
Then, on Monday, August 19th from 4:00PM – 7:00PM all Lincoln families are invited to attend the “Back to School Kickoff,” sponsored by the Lincoln PTA. On the primary playground, this fun, family event will give you the opportunity to view teacher/room assignments (which will be printed and posted), reconnect with old friends and learn more about our school. The PTA is one of the many ways for parents to participate at school and we strongly encourage your support. We are fortunate to have an involved PTA at Lincoln!
 
Three years later, I mean it when I say Lincoln has the best combination of talented students, dedicated parents and supportive staff members. If you are returning, you know what I am saying. If you are new, you will know soon. I look forward to seeing you all shortly and making some more lasting memories together.
 
Best,
Dr. J