Parent update, Week 8- September 26- September 30, 2022

Dear Lincoln Families,

Welcome to week 8! Our literacy and reading focus for trimester one is gaining momentum with parent support. Thank you parents for partnering with the school to reinforce reading and literacy development. All individual CARE award winners, announced daily, are invited to choose books from the award shelf as their prize. Whole class CARE awards along with a visit from our dragon mascots are announced weekly for classes engaged in literacy activities and classes exhibiting strong classroom culture. This week our kindergarten teachers celebrated our early literacy goals through an Alphabet fashion show and a fun letters in foam experience for our students. Our students and teachers are also celebrating Latinx heritage month through reading and art. Parent conference week is around the corner. Our teachers will hold 1 on 1 meetings with parents the week of October 3rd. Please remember that all school days during the week of October 3rd are minimum days.

Calendar review:

Wednesday, September 28: Minimum Day- 1:15 dismissal TK-3, 1:20 dismissal 4-5

Monday, October 3- Friday, October 7- Minimum days all week- parent conferences

Lincoln Site Access and Safety:

  • Lincoln Elementary is located in a high density, high traffic area. Lincoln Elementary is best accessed on foot at drop off and pick up times. Parents and guardians should park further away from the school, near the post office or near the lake and take a short walk to Lincoln Elementary to avoid traffic congestion. Please do not double park on 10th or 11th streets. The city of Oakland tickets cars double parked near the school.
  • We will lock the gate on Alice Street after the second bell a little past 8:30 am and the main entrance on 11th street after 8:40 am for student and staff safety. Students and parents arriving late will have to ring the doorbell at the main entrance on 11th street. All students arriving late are expected to sign in at the main entrance for attendance accuracy. Office staff have to record attendance for tardy students.
  • Masking is highly encouraged. If individuals wish to make a different choice, I ask that everyone respect their choice.
  • Parents and guardians may not enter hallways, classrooms or the cafeteria in keeping with Covid-19 safety guidelines.
  • Students in grades TK- 1st must be dropped off and picked up from Yard A, which is accessible through the gates on 10th and 11th streets. Names of teachers are posted on the walls to indicate where to line up.
  • Students in grades 2nd- 5th must be dropped off and picked up from Yard B on the Alice street side. Names of teachers are posted on the fence along the turf and the outdoor squash wall on Yard B to indicate where to line up.
  • Teachers will meet students at their lines at 8:25 am when the first bell rings.
  • Please know that we are staggering our lunch schedule to keep students and staff safe. Lunch is served over 6 lunch periods. There are a total of 8 air purifiers and 3 fans and 2 industrial exhaust fans placed in the Lincoln cafeteria to continually purify air and maintain the recommended number of air exchanges.

Positive case notification protocol:

  • Please test your student frequently using rapid tests.
  • If your student or family member test positive, please email me immediately at Mukta.Sambrani@ousd.org
  • I will work with our attendance specialist to record absences accurately.
  • I will inform contact tracers.
  • Contact tracers will give you advice regarding isolation, testing etc.
  • Contact tracers will also issue exposure notices, where needed.
  • Contact tracers will clear your student to return to campus and notify me.
  • OUSD testing and vaccination sites are listed here: https://www.ousd.org/covid-19updates

Thank you for your attention to this important message.

With collaboration, acceptance, respect and empathy,

-Ms. Sambrani

Principal, Lincoln Elementary School