november 12, 2021
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- Nov. 13 - World Kindness Day - info below
- Nov. 17 - 2nd installment of the Lincoln METCO Parent Board's ‘Diversity and Dialogue Series.’ More information in Community News section below.
- Nov. 18 - Speech & Debate Club begins after school -info below.
- Nov. 20 - Pfizer Vaccine Clinic for children ages 5-11 from 10 to 3 in the Reed gym. Click here to register for an appointment. Additional clinics are being planned for first and second doses.
- Nov. 25 & 26 - Thanksgiving/November Recess - No School
- Nov. 28 - Chanukah begins at sundown
- Nov. 30 - Picture Retake Day - If your student was absent for our Oct. 7 Picture Day, or you are unhappy with your results, you may register for our Retake Day by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A photographer from Coffee Pond will set up at Lincoln School 5-8. Start time is 8:30. You must return the unwanted packages of pictures beforehand if you are exchanging. We will NOT be taking another group shot of the eighth grade.
- Link to Lincoln Public Schools calendar
Dr. Hobbs' Message
Dear Families -
Last week I had the opportunity to present our School Improvement Plan to the School Committee. We are focusing on two areas this year - sense of belonging and how we teach so that students understand the purpose of their learning.
Our goal is to include student voice in our culture as partners in creating the systems of being in community in a new space. Grade levels have chosen leaders and the leaders have given adults information about what is going well (grade levels are using hub spaces well, the lighting is better, routines are beginning to make sense) and what is hard (bathroom sign outs, lack of good outdoor play space, and lunch being shorter). We are beginning to work on our more permanent social contract as a group of students and adults. As the school year progresses, we will continue to seek student input and to adjust our systems and ways of being to more clearly suit the needs of our community.
In our teaching and learning goal, we are also looking for ways to include student voice. This comes in the form of knowing students well and watching them think like scientists; apply mathematics concepts; see that a person can be both peaceful and violent (as our 6th graders learned in reading a biography of Mohammad Ali); or find new ways to look at the first, second, and third drafts of the Declaration of Independence to create found poetry (highlighting certain words to create a new poem). I am proud of the work our students have done and how our teachers are shifting to meet them where they are in their learning.
FROM JULIE BARKIN TEAM LEADER
FROM CATHERINE SMITS TEAM LEADER
BY CLAUDIA FOX TREE TEAM LEADER
Winter is Coming!
mIDDLE SCHOOL Hockey feedER teams for LSRHS
FROM SCOTT BURKE LINCOLN AND HANSCOM ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
FROM ALYSSA ROSENFELD, Ed.M, CAS, SCHOOL ADJUSTMENT COUNSELOR
The Middle School years are often a time when students explore their varied identities. Some students explore LGBTQ+ identities (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning). In the spirit of supporting all students' growth and healthy identity development, here are some resources to help understand more about what exploration of these identities might look like and how to have conversations at home about these topics.
Clayton DeWalt teaches trombone in the Great Outdoors.
Kindness is a cornerstone to Lincoln School's mission, so we are especially excited to celebrate World Kindness Day tomorrow - even if we're not in school! We are always Random Acts of Kindness Activists - also known as RAKtivists. Your family can be RAKtivists, too! Click on this link: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas for ideas on ways to spread Kindness.
At right, Harrison, G8, holds up a Lincoln School Kindness shirt available through our PTO. Proceeds from Spirit Wear purchases benefit enrichment programs for LPS. Here is a link
Diversity and Dialogue Series focuses on First Nations People of the Americas
Please join us on Wednesday, Nov. 17 for the 2nd installment of the Lincoln METCO Parent Board's ‘Diversity and Dialogue Series.’ The Zoom link is in the image below.
We are excited to share this wonderful program with you and your family.
Here is a brief synopsis of what to expect:
”Missing information and misinformation about the First Nations people of the Americas has made stereotypes hyper-visible and truths invisible. The journey of un-erasing Indigenous voices and learning what we were not taught, or mis-taught, starts with accurate information.
It continues by having conversations with families, friends, community members, and our own children. Understanding Tribal Land Acknowledgements are a next step in making Indigenous voices visible.”
Join Claudia Fox Tree as she confronts ‘invisibility’ and implicit bias, while focusing on how to engage children through books, videos, and conversations. A resource list with books and links to videos and articles will be provided.
In Every Issue
LOST & FOUND
Our Lost & Found continues to grow with regular additions of hoodies, bike helmets, lunch boxes, water bottles and even costume jewelry. View the photo reel below. If something looks familiar, it probably is. Have your student claim it in the main office. Call the office if your student lost eyeglasses or a hearing aide.
ARRIVALS, DISMISSALS, ABSENCES, ETC.
ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH
According to Maureen Onigman, Coordinator of Business Operations, students may only ride the bus for which they have a pass. Students may not ride other buses, nor can students without bus passes ride a friend’s bus.
We apologize for this inconvenience, but it aligns with COVID safety measures. All bus pass holders now have assigned seats, so adding additional riders is not possible.
Call 781-259-9408 to reach the Lincoln School 5-8 Main office during school hours 7:30 a.m., to 3 p.m. weekdays. You may also email email@example.com.