Behavior in the Community
Inappropriate use of cell phones (texting, photographing & video-taping, playing games, making calls) is not permitted in school during the academic day. When students enter a class, they must turn off their phones. Failure to do so will result in confiscation of the phone. Confiscated cell phones can be picked up at the Lower School desk at the end of the school day.
Disrespect and Harassment
It is the policy of Lincoln School to provide an academic and extracurricular environment free from all forms of harassment. Harassment constitutes any unwelcome or uninvited violations (physical, verbal, written, electronic, or otherwise) of a person's right to safety and respect. Acts of harassment include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors:
- Violence and assault - physical invasions of personal space that make another person feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Examples include, but are not limited to, threatening physical advances such as pushing, hitting, or scratching, and unwelcome sexual advances.
- Intimidation - any action that involves forcing a member of the community to do something unwillingly, any derogatory or discriminatory remarks or gestures, any display of offensive or demeaning materials, any use of offensive slang terms or labels, and any offensive or threatening comments made through the Internet or electronic devices are all examples of intimidation.
- Bullying - habitual verbal, written, or emotional cruelty toward another individual with the intention of causing harm, obtaining personal gain/pleasure, or intimidating others. This includes, but is not limited to name-calling, criticizing another's appearance, condition, or mannerisms, gossiping, racial slurs, etc.
- Hazing - the initiation of students into a club, team, or organization on or off campus through violent, hostile, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning acts. Hazing includes directing, aiding, or otherwise participating (actively or passively) in acts that intentionally threaten the physical or mental health of a student.
If a student feels harassed or if a parent or student witnesses an act of harassment, he/she should inform or consult a trusted adult such as a teacher, administrator, advisor.
In the Lower School, any of the acts described above will be addressed with children, classroom teachers, advisor, Division Director and their parents.
Drugs, Illegal Substances and Alcohol
The use or possession of alcohol, illegal substances or drugs on campus, at school functions, or outside of Lincoln School is prohibited. Such use or possession may result in immediate suspension or expulsion.
Lincoln is committed to helping students involved with drugs or alcohol and has a network of intervention and referral sources through the nurse and psychologist. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from these individuals.
Possession of Threatening Objects
All weapons, tools, etc. (such as firearms or knives) that may potentially harm members of the community are strictly prohibited from school grounds.
Eating and Drinking
Students must eat only in the designated dining area. Eating is prohibited in all areas other than the dining room (including the student lounge). Students may bring food to a classroom only with approval of their teacher. There is no food or drink (including water) permitted in the Ebner, Elson, Hart Music Center/auditorium.
Students are encouraged and even required to use the internet for study and research. Certain sites are restricted from use in the school building. The Acceptable Use Policy must be signed by families and students before the student has permission to use the internet.
Internet use is regularly monitored for content and violations of this policy.
Members of the Lincoln community are asked to respect the honor, dignity, and privacy of others and the intellectual property of others and the school at all times. They may not publish: a) identifiable names of other students or community members, b) any personal information about other students or community members, or c) any proprietary school information, including photos of the school on any public media (including, but not limited to IM, blogs, YouTube, My Space, Facebook, etc.) without first obtaining the written permission of the school and all those involved.
Students should place all books and belongings in a locked locker. They are strongly encouraged to leave items of value at home.
Students are expected to inform an adult member of the faculty, staff, or administration if they believe that their safety or the safety of another student is in question or at risk. If a student seeks help for herself or someone else, confidentiality will be maintained.
All of the rooms and common areas at Lincoln School are shared spaces. It is each individual's responsibility to use these areas respectfully. Therefore, students are expected to:
- pick up after themselves when they leave any room or common area;
- be mindful of the volume of their voices;
- eat ONLY in the designated dining area;
- not leave their personal belongings in the lounge. Lockers are provided to store student books and valuables.
The student lounges are public spaces. Students must be conscious of the people who pass through that space every day (students and faculty from all divisions, prospective students and families, visitors to the school). Many students use the lounge area as a quiet space for studying. Music must be played only with headphones and all conversations should be done quietly. The lounges must not be used for sleeping or viewing movies.
Unauthorized taking or "borrowing" of personal or school property will not be tolerated. Lincoln reserves the right to conduct searches of backpacks or lockers in the rare situation when strong suspicion of possession of stolen articles, drugs, alcohol, or other material exists.
You are required to come to school in uniform daily. (See section on Uniform and Dress for specific details on the uniform.)
Visitors are allowed outside on school grounds, and on the first floor of Faxon Hall but they MUST sign in at the front desk. Any other location must be approved by the Division Director.
All students should be in their classroom for classes to start at 7:57 a.m. We ask that students be dropped off between 7:30 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. in the front circle. Parents wishing to walk in with their child(ren) should park legally. Child care is provided from 7:30 a.m - 7:50 a.m in the Lower School Library.
A student who arrives late must report both to the Lower School Office and to her teacher.
Formal instruction ends at 2:45 p.m. Children are dismissed between 2:50 and 3:10 p.m. in the pick-up area in front of Lower School. In case of emergency which prevents a parent's prompt arrival, parents should telephone the Lower School Office. The half-day Early Childhood morning session ends at 12:30 a.m. Any changes in a child's dismissal plan should be communicated to the school in writing.
Absences because of illness or family emergency are excused. Parents should telephone the Lower School Office in the morning.
Conferences, Reports, and Grades
There are four reporting times for Early Childhood through Grade 5. The first is a parent-teacher conference 6 - 8 weeks after the beginning of the school year. The second is a written report end of first term. The third is a conference in March. The fourth is a written report in early June. In addition to these regularly scheduled reporting times, either the parents or the school may request a conference to discuss specific issues. On the two days when conferences are scheduled, there are no classes for the students.
Grades are not used in Lower School until the second half of the fifth grade. Rather, the School provides detailed reports to convey to parents their child's progress in relation to potential.
The school runs an Extended Day Program for students in Early Childhood through Grade 5 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on each school day. The fee for this service may be paid annually or billed monthly for day-to-day use.
Lincoln School offers special after school programs such as ballet, cooking, ceramics and jazz for Lower School students from Early Childhood through Grade Five. Winter and Spring vacation camps are also available for all Lower School students. A variety of summer camps such as tennis, field hockey, lacrosse, writing and acting are offered for ages three through fourteen.
When field trips are planned, the teacher in charge will send home an explanatory letter and permission slip. Field trip costs are billed to families.
Snacks, Lunch and the Dining Room
Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Students
Students in full day Nursery, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten are asked to bring a nutritious lunch daily. The Early Childhood classes have lunch together in their classrooms.
Snacks for Early Childhood children are provided by Lincoln School.
Lunch for students Grades 1-5
Starting in Grade One, students eat with their respective classes in the Dining Room. Our all-school lunch program is provided to all students in grades one through five. Girls may make selections from the Dining Room. Lunch menus are posted on the school's website. Click on Lynxnet and then Sage Dining Services Weekly Menu.
Snacks for students in Grades 1-5
We ask your daughters to bring at least one nutritious snack each day to school. Students will have an opportunity to enjoy their snacks during recess each morning. If your child attends the Extended Day Program a second snack is also advised.
Treats in Lower School
Students are welcome to bring holiday and birthday treats to share with other members of the class. Parents should let the school know if they are providing a special snack. If the student's birthday falls on a weekend or during a vacation, parents may telephone the School to arrange a celebration day.
Parties Outside School
To be the only one, or one of a very few in a class, not invited to join a party can be a devastating experience for a child. If a family plans a party outside of school, the school suggests that they invite either a handful of their daughter's classmates (less than half the class), or the entire class.
Invitations should be mailed and NEVER sent to school.
Under no circumstances should gifts be sent to school.
Through the Celebration Books Program, parents are invited to donate a book to the library in honor of their child's birthday. A book plate in the book records the occasion and the donor. If a parent wishes to participate in this program, books may be ordered in the early fall through the Lincoln School librarian. Contact the Lower School librarian at ext. 3135.
Homework is an extension of classroom work. Parents can best help by being supportive, expressing interest, and offering encouragement. If your child is confused about a homework assignment, we encourage her to seek help from her teacher the following morning. Parents should be sensitive to the varying nature of a child's assignment, and use good judgment in evaluating each situation on its own merit. Parents should not hesitate to consult the teacher by calling the school, leaving a message on voice mail, or emailing when there is uncertainty about an assignment.
Lower School Library - Moorehouse Room
The Lower School Library is open during school hours. All students are welcome to visit the library whenever they have free time and/or permission from their teacher. Flexible scheduling allows classes to visit the library as needed.
Library resources are not available for use during the Extended Day Program.
Students in Early Childhood are not eligible to borrow books, but their parents are welcome to check out books on their behalf. Although the circulation period is one week, students may renew their books as often as necessary.
Although there are no fines for late books, the minimum charge for each book unreturned or damaged beyond reasonable wear is $20. The cost of unreturned paperback fiction is $5. A higher charge will be made for the replacement of more expensive materials.
In September there is a Parents Night where parents/caregivers can meet their children's teachers, and the Lower School Director, as well as gain insight into their child's daily schedule and routine. This is a time to acquire a general impression of the philosophy, tone and activities of the school as well as an overview of their child's academic program. If parents wish to arrange individual conferences, they may do so at another time.
A short recess is held each morning for free play and snacks.
No telephone calls between parents and students should take place during the school day, except in case of illness or other emergencies. A student urgently needing to call home may do so from the Lower School Office with the permission of her teacher or the Lower School Administrative Assistant. We do not allow students to make social arrangements on the school telephone. These should be taken care of at home. Cell phones are not allowed at school.
All valuables including tape/CD players, computers, cell phones and money should not be brought to school unless approved by the school.