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Lincoln Lightning

Family Handbook

Lincoln Elementary

Crystal Bates, Principal

210 Gould Street

Beaver Dam, WI 53916



Lincoln Lightning Staff Directory

Crystal Bates Principal 4201

Tammy Eilbes Secretary 4200

On-Site Teachers

Kelly Kuenzi Kindergarten 4233

Stacey Hardesty First Grade 4205

Molly Stuart Second Grade 4203

Kristen Burton Third Grade 4214

Sarah McClanathan 4th Grade 4630

Jake Fakes 5th Grade 4216

Jennie Hull-Sell Special Ed 4231

Valentina Zelenko Floater

MAPES Teachers (On-site & Virtual)

Melissa Aschebrook Music 4132

Travis Heiman PE 4634

Julia Liebenthal Art 4252

Support Staff

Holly Barstow TA

Becky Buchda TA

Bentley Garcia Special Ed TA

Patti Gartland TA/ELL

Emily Hernandez Special Ed TA

Jenny Merrill TA/Library

Lori Myska-Smith Special Ed TA

Pam Pryme Special Ed TA

Brenda Riege Special Ed TA

Alicia Stofflet Special Ed TA

Special Area

Samantha Alvarado Speech 4212

Tracy Ghiloni OT 4260

Sarah Grey LST 4260

Spencer Liebl Psychologist 1115

Joy Lachendro Social Worker 1145

Kate Reierson Social Worker 4229

Fred Witter Custodian

Maricia Ruiz Custodian

Virtual Staff

David Kok Kindergarten 4238

Andrea Bader 1st Grade 4222

Kathy Jeanes 2nd Grade 4211

Jenny Spranger 2nd Grade

Julie Sether 3rd Grade 4210

Rebecca Antil 3rd Grade

Alexandra Sanders 4th Grade 4220

Maily Kocinski 5th Grade 4226

Brittany Armon 5th Grade


BDUSD Mission Statement

Guiding students. Empowering futures.

BDUSD Vision Statement

Leading the way in student growth and achievement.

BDUSD Belief Statements


We believe that quality instruction is best supported through a relevant, challenging, innovative, and articulated curriculum.

2. We believe that all members of the learning community have the responsibility of promoting student well-being, including social, emotional, physical, and mental health. 3. We believe that accomplishing personally set goals can promote personal excellence and a healthy sense of self.

4. We believe that individuals learn in different ways and at different rates. Therefore, we need to be flexible, open-minded, and creative.

5. We believe in the power of equity in education by meeting and engaging the diverse needs of students, which ultimately empowers them to find their true potential and be productive in the life and career paths of their choosing.

6. We believe that students need tools for thriving in a changing world. These tools include opportunities to develop skills (such as adapting, adjusting, seeking, and accepting change).

7. We believe in opportunities for growth and support provided through relevant partnerships in the community.

8. We believe that students, families, school staff, and community members share responsibility for developing academically, socially, and behaviorally responsible citizens. We further believe that all members of our learning community should take pride in their roles; commit to excellence; and demonstrate compassion, empathy, and respect.

9. We believe that collaboration skills are important to foster in adults and students alike. 10


We believe in making today’s decisions with an eye to the future so that the school district may deliver exceptional results over a sustained period of time.



Start Time: 8:35

End Time: 3:40

NO students should be on the playground

before school. Line-up at 8:25 a.m.

We will be dismissing the students at 3:40 p.m. Students should

leave the building soon after dismissal unless they are under a

teacher’s or the principal’s guidance.


Lunch & Recess Times:

10:45-11:30 1st Grade Recess/Lunch

10:50-11:35 Kindergarten Lunch/Recess

11:30-12:15 2nd Grade Lunch/Recess

11:55-12:40 3rd Grade Lunch/Recess


4th Grade Lunch/Recess


5th Grade Lunch/Recess


Student Arrival

Students should arrive

no earlier than 8:25 a.m. There is no

morning playground.

Buses will release students at 8:25 a.m

Upon arrival, students should report to their designated door and

wait in line until staff lead them into the building.

Door E1: Kindergarten & 4th Grade

Door S1: 1st Grade & 2nd Grade

Door W2: 3rd Grade & 5th Grade

Classes begin at 8:35 a.m.

Students should be in their classrooms ready to learn at 8:35 a.m.

Students arriving to school after this time are considered tardy, and

will need to check in with the office staff before proceeding to their


Students that arrive after 8:40 will receive Lunch Choice B,

unless they brought a cold lunch.

Student Dismissal

Our school day ends at 3:40 p.m.

PLEASE pick your child up BY

3:40. If you can’t make it, you need to make arrangements

outside of the office.

Students will be dismissed from the building soon after dismissal

unless they are under a teacher’s or the principal’s guidance, exiting

out the assigned door.

Parents wanting to pick their children up should set up a meeting

spot with their child outside of the building (playground, picnic table

area, or the parking lot)







While we encourage children to walk to and from school whenever possible, we do

have some students who are transported by motorized vehicles. For the safety of all the

children, please adhere to the following directions for dropping off and picking up



Park along the curb on Wayland Street so the children do not have to cross the

street. If they do need to cross the street, please emphasize that they should cross with

the Safety Patrol or Crossing Guard at the corners, not in the middle of the street.


Since several of our students are transported by a taxi service, we would like all

taxi cabs to drop off and pick up children along Gould Street. Taxi cabs should be

asked to park facing west. This should prevent the children from crossing the street.


The students who are transported by the bus company will arrive and depart by

Gould Street.


All school rules apply to all students riding a bus. Failure to observe school rules or bus

safety procedures may lead to suspension or exclusion from bus riding. Only the

student's principal may remove a student from ridership. Masks are required

on the bus and families should sit together.



ecause Lincoln School is a ‘neighborhood school’ most of the children who attend

Lincoln are close enough to walk to and from school each day. They should plan on

leaving the house so they arrive at Lincoln


a.m to line up

at your assigned door

. For your children’s safety, please instruct them to follow the

directions of the patrols and crossing guards. Since they are only at their corners for a

short time after school, the students need to leave the school grounds promptly.



n the event that after school pick-up or transportation needs changing please

notify the office before 2:30 pm

. This will ensure that your child receives the message

and appropriate changes are made to ensure your child arrives at the correct destination.

For advance notification of your child’s absence, late arrival or early pick-up, a written

note from the parent or an e-mail to the office secretary would be appreciated. Please

call Mrs. Eilbes, School Secretary, at 920.885.7396 ext 4200.



We can be proud of the safety patrol record we have maintained for many years here

at Lincoln. It is expected that all children follow the directions of both the safety

patrol and the adult crossing guards.

Patrols are stationed at the corners of Wayland and Bogert Streets. Patrols are also

stationed at each of the bicycle racks to control the departure of bicycle riders.

Adult crossing guards are stationed at the corners of McKinley and Gould Streets,

and Wayland and Vermont Streets.

For the safety of your child, please have them cross at the supervised corners.


The decision to allow children to ride bicycles from home to school is a decision

parents must make. The students should plan on leaving the house so they arrive NO

EARLIER THAN 8:25 a.m. There is no school policy regarding age limits or

restrictions. As a parent you know when your child is competent and mature enough

to bicycle to school. We do emphasize bicycle safety and encourage children to obey

the traffic laws. Students need to follow the directions of the safety patrols and the

crossing guards. Before your child rides his/her bike to and from Lincoln School, a

few reminders are in order:

Riders should ride single file on the way to and from school

Bicycles should be walked on the sidewalks of the school grounds.

Seats and handlebars should be properly adjusted.

Children should lock their bikes.

Helmets are an important piece of equipment.

Bicycle racks should be used and are located at the school entrance on Wayland

Street. Bicycles should be in good working order. If tires are worn smooth during the

summer, you will want to replace them. If fenders have been battered, they should be

straightened to prevent the wear on tires. Spokes missing from wheels should be

replaced, as should pedals with worn rubber. The breaks should hold every time.



We expect a call from a parent prior to the child’s absence. In the event a parent has not

called, an automated system will call parents by 9:30 at home to verify the child’s

absence. In the event that we have not received a call from a parent the day of the

absence this will count as an unexcused absence.

Parents should call the school (885-7396) before 8:15 a.m. An answering machine will

record calls before 7:45 a.m. In place of a phone call, a written note explaining an

absence could be sent with another child in the family and given to Mrs. Eilbes of the

absence. When you know your child will be absent from school for more than two

days, we would appreciate advance notification.


*Due to the Covid19 pandemic, we are restricting access to the school building

until further notice. There will not be volunteers in the building this year.

Any and all individuals who are delivering items are required to wear a mask at

all times when on campus.

Any and all individuals who are providing a contracted service on school days

and between the hours of 6:00am & 4:30pm are required to mask at all times.

Parents walking their child to school or otherwise dropping their child off at

school are asked to stay outside and physically distanced from other students,

families, and staff.

Local Emergency Response Personnel, including members of the BD Police

Department, BD Fire Department, and Dodge County Sheriff’s Department are

exempt from any and all visitor restrictions in the event of an emergency.

In addition, we will not allow parents/guardians into the building this year.

Should you need to pick up your child, please call the office in advance. We will

walk your child out to you when you arrive. If you come to school, we ask that

you push the button on the door in the vestibule to talk with a staff member.

They will assist you from there. Should you need to set up a meeting, we will do

so virtually or via the phone.


Regular school attendance is essential for successful school work; however, we do not

expect a student who is ill to attend school. If a student is absent, parents are required

to notify the school office of the absence by 8:15 each day. You can always leave a

voicemail message if you know before anyone is in the office.


BDUSD Daily Checklist for Parents

Keep student home if


of the following:

o Fever of 100.0 or higher

o New, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing

o Abdominal pain with nausea

o Vomiting

o Diarrhea

o Loss of sense of taste and/or smell

Keep student home if


of the following:

o Headache

o Cough

o Fatigue, tiredness

o Muscle aches

o Sore throat

o Congestion, runny nose

If student is experiencing difficulty breathing or is difficult to arouse


Please consult your Medical provider as needed.



administer Tylenol or Ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin to “get

through the day” as these may mask symptoms and student may

unknowingly spread germs to others.


Emergency Weather Conditions

When winter weather makes travel hazardous, classes in the Beaver Dam School District may start late, be dismissed early, or be canceled for the day. In the event that emergency weather conditions exist, the first radio announcement will be made by 6:00 a.m. on radio stations WBEV 1430 AM or WXRO 95.3 FM. Stay tuned to either station for updated information. The District also broadcasts weather related information, as it affects school closings or late starts on television on Charter Cable Channel 98 or 993. Students may be picked up inside by a parent or guardian. Weather-related announcements will also be posted on the front page of the district’s website and on and Most television stations also post school closings on their individual websites. Before any emergency occurs, please plan for your child’s care and discuss those plans with your child, because when school dismisses early some children become worried about where to go.

Tornado Information

We will NOT dismiss children at dismissal time if a tornado WARNING is in effect. We will, however, dismiss them during a tornado watch. At Lincoln School, all classes take shelter in the safest designated area when a warning is sounded. If you would like to pick your child up during a WARNING, please do not call the school; come inside of the school to get your child.

Winter Outdoor Clothing

Children spend time outside before school begins in the morning, at noon, and for recess periods. We want children to be comfortable while playing outside. Please know that when snow covers the ground, children without boots and snow pants are restricted to the blacktop areas only. Please send children with winter jackets, hats and mittens. Students go outdoors for recess each day for fresh air and play unless the temperature is below zero and the wind chill is –10 degrees. Best practice is to send all winter gear daily to ensure proper attire is available.

No Snowballs

Throwing snowballs, snow, or ice is not allowed on the school grounds. Children are encouraged to make snowmen and other sculptures when packing snow is available.




Throughout the year, pictures and videos of students in the school district participating

in assorted activities are used in various media. If that would cause a problem for you

or your child, please call our office at 885-7396 to let us know. We will make every

effort to maintain your child’s privacy.

LOST AND FOUND - Will be located in each classroom ONLY

During the school year we continually face the problem of lost and misplaced clothing.

All means of locating owners are used, however, many items remain unclaimed.

Unclaimed items will be donated to “Clothes for Kids” in December and June. Please

help us with this situation by labeling ALL of your child’s belonging, especially

sweatshirts, jackets, lunch boxes, shoes, and backpacks.


The Board of Education has adopted a Tobacco Free policy for all district property.

District properties are defined as buildings, school-operated vehicles, and district

grounds. We request that everyone adhere to the Tobacco Free policy and hope that you

assist us in helping to administer the policy.


Parents may purchase school-time or full-time coverage medical insurance for their

children through the Beaver Dam School District. Applications are available in the

office. Since this insurance is voluntary, you must fill out the forms and provide the

payment before the insurance takes effect.


They are not allowed without the consent of the teacher, so they do not become a

distraction to classroom learning. We understand that some parents, for safety reasons,

want their child to have a cell phone. But they need to be stored properly, in the

student’s backpack, or they will be confiscated by the principal and will only be

returned to a parent. In the event of an emergency you can contact your child by calling

the office at 885-7396.


There will be NO birthday treats allowed in the classrooms this year.



Automated Breakfast & Lunch Payments

*Schools in the Beaver Dam Unified School District use a computerized family account system for handling food service payments. Food service payments for all children in the district (elementary, middle school and high school) come out of the same family account. Each child will be assigned a pin number, which will be entered into the computer at breakfast and lunch. You can see your child’s balance by logging into Family Access from the school district website at

*Payments can be made at any school (elementary, middle, or high school). Elementary lunches are $2.80 each and breakfast is $1.45, which includes milk. Most families like to pay on a monthly or weekly basis. The payment sent may be in any amount; it does not have to equal an even hot lunch amount. For example, you can send $10, $20, $30, etc. Some parents like the convenience of paying on a quarterly or semester basis at one time. If possible, please do not pay on a daily basis.

*Children who bring cold lunch may purchase a half-pint of white or chocolate milk for $0.45. This will be taken out of their family lunch account. Coins will not be accepted in the lunchroom. Please make sure your child has a nutritious lunch. Cans and bottles of soda are not allowed. Students enjoy having parents come for lunch. Adults are charged $4.08 for lunch and are welcome anytime.

*Parents must call the school office by 8:45 a.m. to place your hot lunch order if you intend on eating with your child that day.

*If your child is going to arrive at school late, please call the office at 885-7396 before 8:30 a.m., OR Choice B will be given to them. Lunches must be ordered BY 8:45 a.m. Please call early.

Milk fees will be deducted from the family food service account daily based on if the child takes milk that day or not. Snack milk will cost 45 cents per carton (students who qualify for free or reduced price lunches will not be charged for snack milk). By deducting straight from the family food service account, students will only be charged for the milk they actually take instead of paying for an entire semester. Lincoln will NOT have a microwave available for students to heat up their lunch. We cannot ensure the thoroughness of cooking the product to the right temperature and the school needs to follow the USDA guidelines.

All money sent to school should be placed in an envelope

with your child’s

first and last name on the front.

Please note

lunch money” on the check.


Families, who participate in the Beaver Dam School District Food Service Program, will be subject to the following policies and procedures:


The Food Service Program is a prepayment program. Families are expected to have a positive balance in their food service lunch account at the beginning of the year and during the course of the school program year.


Families will be notified when their Family account reaches a positive $20.00 through e-mail and district phone system. Families who have negative balances in their accounts will be notified by phone and e-mail, weekly from the Food Service Department, and they will continue until there is a positive balance in the account. Students with negative account balances will receive a reimbursable meal only and will not be allowed to purchase a la carte items. Once a family account is at zero, students may continue to

purchase meals up to a -$20.00. Once the account reaches a negative $20.00 all purchases will be denied. If families are having difficulty making deposits, contact the Food Service Department to make

arrangements. Reduced price and free meals are available to those who qualify and an application can be obtained from the school that your student attends.


Parents may restrict students from making additional purchases by calling the Food Service Department. A message will show up on the account which will notify the lunch cashier. The restriction on the system will show up from year to year unless the Food Service Department is contacted through e-mail

( balances and purchases made on accounts are available on the District website through Family Access. Payments can also be made through the website or they can be sent to the school of which your student attends.


A five component lunch is defined as follows: a. Vegetable b. Fruit c. Grain d. Protein e. Milk

Three out of the five must be taken to qualify for a reimbursable lunch. One component out of the three must be a 1/2 cup of fruit, vegetable or a combination of both.

A four component breakfast is defined as follows: a. Protein b. Grain c. Fruit d. Milk

Three out of the four components must be taken to qualify for a reimbursable breakfast.

An a la carte item is defined as an item purchased outside the reimbursable breakfast or lunch. For example; an additional milk, fruit or cookie will be charged individually.


A second meal that has three of the five food groups may be purchased at a price set higher than the lunch price.


Family Access Quick Start Guide

For parents with multiple Beaver Dam students, please use the Student pull down menu to select the student whose information you wish to view or select All Students. Use the My Account tab to view your contact and account information. Please confirm that your contact information is correct. Please contact your child's school with any updates.


Family Access

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Calendar Gradebook Attendance Student Info Food SeMce Schedule Fee Management Act1V1t1es Portfolio Healtti Info Login H1stcry

Upcoming Events Calendar

Calendar-View attendance, assignments, and other events for your child on the calendar.

Upcoming Events-Quick view of assignments and other events for your child. This is lo­ cated on the right side of the Home screen.

Gradebook-View each teacher's grade book for your student. Click on the grade for the term to see details of all assignments. Click the assignment grade to see the details of a specific assignment. Missing assignments are listed at the top.

Attendance-This link will show you absence types and reasons by period for your child. Student Info-View basic demographic information about your student and/or family. Food Service-View your family's lunch account balance, payments and your student's purchase history. You may also click on the "Make a Payment" link to add money to your family lunch account. You will be directed to an on line store hosted by eFunds for Schools, a secure on line service that partners with Skyward for this service. You will need to create an account on your first login and you will need your Family ID or your student's ID to con­ nect your payment to your family lunch account. Please contact your child's school for this information.

Schedule-This shows the student's schedule for the current term or the current year.

Fee Management-This link will show you the current fees for your student and the cur­

rent balance. Payments may be made to your child's school.

Activities-This link shows any school activities your child participates in.

Health Info-Shows the vaccination records on file with the school for your student.

Login History-This link will show the login history and the detail of what was examined

during a specific login. As an added measure of security, check the history periodically to

ensure the login history matches your use of Family Access. Remember that students have

their own login and a different level of access to some information.


Progress Reports

Communication between the home and school is extremely important. Parents should feel free to come to school and discuss specific problems with the teacher whenever that need arises. Teachers should also feel free to contact parents when the need arises. Goals in conferences can be best obtained when both parents and teachers work together with the child in mind. Progress reports are sent home with the students multiple times a year. In addition, scheduled parent/teacher conferences are held in October and February. Parent involvement is very important in your child’s educational experience. Please talk with your kids about what’s going on in school, discuss ways to improve their progress and, review weekly assignments to see where your child is being successful and where help is needed. Remember to praise your kids. Children really do respond best to compliments. Being prepared for the parent-teacher conferences helps your child achieve success in school. Parents may call or schedule a conference as needed at other times throughout the year.

State Assessments

All K-5 students participate in AIMSWeb Reading and Math screening in the fall, winter and spring. All students in third, fourth, and fifth grades are required by the State to take the Forward Exam in the spring.

Academic Standards

Prairie View along with all school in BDUSD use the Common Core State Standards as adopted by our school board.

Educational Options

Along with the BDUSD public school system there are private schools within the area including Saint Katharine Drexel School and St. Stephens School. You can contact those schools if you are interested in enrollment options.

Special Education

The district offers a full range of exceptional educational needs programs. These include instructional programs for all areas of exceptional and handicapping conditions: learning disabilities, speech and /or language disorders, emotional disturbance, early childhood, hearing and visual impairment, school age parenthood, and homebound instruction.

In Beaver Dam schools, exceptional educational programs are part of the total instructional program. Handicapped students participate to the maximum extent possible in the academic, non-academic, and extra-curricular aspects of the regular education program. A flexible program for exceptional education including frequent assessments of each child’s needs, capabilities, and progress is maintained.

Parents of a child experiencing adjustment difficulties or indicating an exceptional educational need, may make a referral through the principal. The child will then be evaluated by the Pupil Services staff.

Permission for individual assessment is always secured from parents before individual evaluations are conducted.


Positive Behavioral Interventions and

Supports (PBIS)

What is PBIS?

PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions

and Supports) is a school wide

commitment to teaching students

appropriate behavior, acknowledging

them when they get it right, and

supporting them when they don’t.

The PBIS process focuses on

improving a school’s ability to teach and

support positive behavior for all

students. Common routines and

uniform language with respect to

appropriate school behaviors are

consistent throughout. As a result,

instructional time is more effectively

used for teaching and the overall school

environment is calm, pleasant and

conducive to learning.

At Lincoln Elementary, our school wide

expectations lay the foundation for

student success in all school settings.

BE Responsible

BE Respectful

BE Safe

Student Celebrations

Recognition of students who have

demonstrated outstanding behavior

and kindness towards others is

important. In our efforts to reinforce

positive behaviors, individuals are

rewarded for their actions with

celebrations for school goals are held

on a regular basis.

Take A Break

In the event that a child is disrupting a

group or needs to regain self-control in

order to follow the expectations of the

classroom, he/she will “Take A Break”.

It is important to emphasize that the

intent is not to have a child feel badly

about themselves but to give them the

chance to take a few breaths, relax,

calm down, and get ready to go back

within a minute or two, focused on

how they can be successful. At

Lincoln, we use this positive

Responsive Classroom approach,

encouraging our students to continue

developing their



Title IX

The Board of the Beaver Dam Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education program or activity and is required by Title IX and its implementing regulations not to discriminate in such a manner. The requirement not to discriminate in its education program or activity extends to admission and employment. The District’s Title IX Coordinators are:

Jesse Peters OR Laura Schieffer

District Assessment & Technology Officer Director of Student Services

705 McKinley Street 705 McKinley Street

Beaver Dam, WI 53916 Beaver Dam, WI 53916

(920)885-7300 (920)885-7300

Any inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations to the District may be referred to the Title IX Coordinators, the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, or both.

The Board has adopted a grievance process that provides for the prompt and equitable resolution of student and employee complaints alleging any action that is prohibited by Title IX and/or its implementing regulations. The grievance process is included in Policy 2266 – Nondiscrimination on

the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities, which is available

at: The grievance process specifically

addresses how to report or file a complaint of sex discrimination, how to report or file a formal complaint of Sexual Harassment, and how the District will respond.

Student Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex, (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability ("Protected Classes") in any of its student programs and activities.



Click on the policy number to view the policy









2260 Nondiscrimination and Access to Equal Educational Opportunity

2261 Title I Services

2270 Religion in the Curriculum

5136 Personal Communication Devices

5200 Attendance

5500 Student Code of Classroom Conduct

5511 Dress and Grooming

5512 Use of Tobacco by Students

5513 Care of District Property

5516 Student Hazing

5517 Student Anti-Harassment

5517.01 Bullying

5530 Drug Prevention

5610 Suspensions and Expulsions

5611 Due Process Rights

5771 Search and Seizure

5772 Weapons

7440.01 Video Surveillance and Electronic Monitoring

7540 Technology

7540.01 Technology Privacy

7540.03 Student Technology Acceptable Use and Safety

8510 Wellness

9130 Public Requests, Suggestions, or Complaints



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