Dear Lincoln families,
Cold sweats. Futilely overwhelmed. A lonely office. These are some of the fearful experiences a first year principal contemplates when taking the job. However, since joining the Lincoln community, I would better describe the first year as warm welcomes, productively busy, and a team effort.
Lincoln students, staff, and parents embrace new experiences and the challenges that come with them. This year we welcomed several new staff members including Ms. Vallejo, Ms. Bezich, Ms. Holman, Ms. Silvernail, and myself. Speaking for myself, I liken being new to Lincoln as joining a family. What unites us? We possess a common mission to teach, grow, and develop y(our) kids into Lincoln Leaders. If you share this mission, you are welcomed as family. Every day, I receive helping hands from students, teachers, classified staff, and parents, ready to take on the challenge of a productive day.
This year has been a busy one. Our teachers began to show up in their classrooms in early August and they never missed a beat. Our teachers were perpetually out-of-the-box, providing whole child experiences: 50’s Day, the Wax Museum, Colonial Day, CGI Math, the Town Hall Meetings, Lincoln Family Science Night, PawPrints, STEM instruction, and the list goes on. Our Lincoln teachers take risks, pack in experiences, and always keep student learning at the center of their work. I am inspired by their dedication. As extraordinary, that dedication is matched by the relentless volunteerism of our parents.
Our network of parent volunteers is a tremendous team effort. PTA, RBEF, Hands on Art docents, Garden/Nutrition volunteers, Watch DOGS, and room parents are the gears that sustain the momentum of a special community for our kids. Movie Night, Pier-to-Pier, Jog-a-Thon, Dr. Seuss Night, the Sock Hop, PTA Assemblies, and the unique activities of a school day are a product of your time, charity, and volunteerism at Lincoln Elementary. It is special because you make it so.
Finally, and most essentially, we have great students. Walk our hallways for only a few minutes and you will be greeted with smiles, laughter, and joy. I am confident this fifth grade class will continue on to Adams Middle School and though they will be Eagles, they will continue to possess the heart of Lions. Students, thank you for making every struggle of a first year principal well worth the journey. Lincoln Pride!