Lincoln Weekly Announcements 2023-03-09

Lincoln Families - This is a reminder that we will dismiss at noon on Thursday, March 9th. Our conferences that were originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon and evening will now happen at the same times on Tuesday, March 21st. We will also dismiss again at noon. Please let our teachers know if you need to reschedule as soon as possible. Have a safe and relaxing spring break!

A few important dates and announcements to begin the year for your planning:

3.9 - Noon dismissal for elementary students

3.10 - No school, PK-12

3.13-3.17 - Spring Break, no school!

3.21 - K-6 Noon Dismissal, Conferences from 1:00-8:15

3.24 - Challenge to Change Yoga

3.24 - 4th Grade to the First Robotics competition at UNI

3.28 - 4th Grade to GBPAC for Waterloo Symphony concert

3.31 - Preschool and 1st grade to GBPAC at 10 AM

New Items:

Families - we need your help with student safety each morning and afternoon. Students who arrive early are not supervised by school staff. We ask them not to arrive until 8:30 to be sure our staff are available to help everyone start their day positively. As a reminder, Safety Patrol students should not arrive before 8:20. Thank you!

Spring Conferences - We are excited to welcome our families and students for student led conferences on Tuesday, March 21st (1:00-8:00). We ask our students to attend conferences with our families as we work to involve them in sharing their learning. Please contact us if you still need to reschedule or sign up for a conference! It is our goal to meet with every student and family!

Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) - During the week of April 3rd, all Cedar Falls 3rd-6th grade students will take the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) tests. These will be taken digitally using our Chromebooks. Students and families can take advantage of online practice tests to help students prepare. We will also be using these practice tests during school. Please help our students to be ready by ensuring they are rested, fed and come to school with a positive mental attitude. We ask that families ensure students are at school and appointments are avoided during this week. Last, we will ask students to leave home electronic devices or be prepared to turn in to staff during testing. If you have questions, please let us know!

Planning For The 2023-2024 School Year - Planning for the needs of our current and future students in Cedar Falls is important to us. We are asking that each preschool and elementary school family assist us by providing the following information. We will send home a hard copy to each family, please complete either the hard copy or this electronic form. Thank you for your help! (

Kindergarten Preparation Program - Kinder Prep is a program offered by our district to support students who are younger and would benefit from an additional year before beginning kindergarten. Registration information will happen between April 3rd-14th. Please refer to this link for additional information (!

Dressing For The Weather - We do our best to be outside as much as possible. We will be outside if the temperature or wind chill is above zero. Please carefully watch the forecast and send students to school with clothing (coat, pants, boots, snow pants, hats, gloves) that will allow them to enjoy recess. In addition, we will also ask students to wear coats until the temperature is above 50 degrees (real feel). If your student needs help with winter gear, please contact their teacher and we will do our best to help. If a student is not dressed properly, we will lend them a coat for the recess to allow them to be outside (

Weather Delay Information - As a reminder if weather dictates a late start the district will utilize a 90-minute late start schedule. At Lincoln, this means our start time will be 10:15 AM. In addition, you can add 90 minutes to the scheduled bus pick up times. Also, if we have a late start, we do not serve breakfast and will follow our normal lunch schedule.

Information To Remember:

Arrival And Dismissal - we are working to help our students safely enter and leave the building. In the morning, students can arrive between 8:30 and 8:45. They will report to their classrooms. We do not provide supervision before 8:30 AM. At the end of the day, we will first dismiss students by grade who ride the bus. Following this, we will dismiss students who are picked up or walk home. Our staff will walk students to the door. Our Kindergarten and 1st grade students will dismiss at their outside classroom doors, second grade will dismiss onto the east playground, third grade will also dismiss onto the east playground, fourth grade will dismiss using our main entrance doors on 8th street and 5th and 6th grade will dismiss using our 7th street doors. We appreciate families making and following consistent after school plans, please do not ask your students to wait on our playgrounds until you are able to arrive.  Thank you for helping us support safe morning arrivals and afternoon dismissals!

Wednesday Early Dismissal - we dismiss every Wednesday at 1:50 PM. Please be sure to set a reminder to pick up students promptly. Our staff use this time to collaborate to support learning for our students.

Snacks and Birthday Treats - We are proud to be a Blue Zones school and encourage healthy choices when students bring food for their daily snack. In addition, to support safety this school year when celebrating birthdays, we will ask for families to bring prepackaged items to minimize handling. Thank you!

Have a great weekend!

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