Friday, September 15, 2017

Update # 3

                                                                                           Educational Update # 3
                                                                                           Week of September 11-15, 2017

Everyone made it through the first full week of school. Actually, I thought the week went by very fast. I hope your son/daughter felt the same.

Thanks for attending the Open House last night. I hope you found the evening very informative! Congratulations to our estimation winners, Mike LaNigra and Marie Tobin. Mike won the Hershey Kisses with a guess of 156 and an actual amount of 151. Not bad, Mike! Marie won the 20 pound and 2 ounce pumpkin with a guess of 19 pounds. Congrats! Neither of you let the pressure get to you!

I am very proud of the Student Council candidates from our class. I wish I could have taken all of you. Our representatives for the year are Cam Crombie and Caroline Powley. Student Council begins this Tuesday morning at 8:00 AM.

I am looking forward to seeing many of our students in Sports Medley starting this Thursday, the 21st. It should be lots of fun!

We took a look at igneous rock types this week during science time. In addition, students answered the question, “Where in the world are volcanoes located?” by examining various continental maps.

We have 3 reading groups this year, the Unikitties, Pink Frizzles, and Einsteins. Each reading group is reading a different chapter book. I’ve asked everyone to bring an independent reading book to class with them (each and every day). Book report project ideas will be shared on Monday. The project is due on September 29th.

Please continue to donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

I will be introducing DreamBox to the students next week. DreamBox will replace IXL as the online math program designed to complement classroom instruction.

I heard that the LSS cross country team did very well at the first meet on Wednesday afternoon. Congratulations to all of the runners, especially the ones from room 103.

The kids took a math quiz today. We will continue to look at addition and subtraction algorithms next week.  

Have a wonderful weekend. It’s starting to look a little bit like fall outside. We just need to work on the temperature.                                                

                                        Keith Schmitt

Friday, September 8, 2017

Educational Update # 2

                                                                                          Educational Update # 2
                                                                                          Week of September 5 - 8, 2017

Happy month of September! Thanks for responding to your child’s letter in a timely fashion. We’ll plan on writing in the Weekend Notebook every Friday. The note to your child is very much appreciated.

We participated in a whole-school assembly this morning. Mr. Bairstow discussed goals for the school year as well as all of the different ways that students can get involved at Lincoln Street School. We will be deciding on a class representative for Student Council next week. Interested students should prepare a short speech for Wednesday (explaining why they might want to be a Council member).

Students took the STAR Reading and Math Assessments this week. These scores will serve as benchmarks for future STAR testing.

I am looking forward to meeting with you next Thursday evening at the LSS Open House. Bring your questions, comments or concerns.

I have been consistently “checking in” with the students on the reading of their book report book. At the end of next week, I will inform the class of the project type for this month’s book report. Students will have a few options to choose from.

We are talking rocks, rocks, and more rocks in science this week. Not only are these kids geologists, but they are petrologists as well.

I laminated the student Google Licenses. I have provided one set for school and another one for home. If you find that your child has some extra time at home, please have them work on Typing Pal (access from the LSS webpage). In addition, they should practice their multiplication facts.

Be on the lookout for a permission slip to the Great Bay Discovery Center at the end of next week. Our class will be going on the 25th of October (not the 24th, my mistake).

Starting next week, I will be “signing off” on the 4th grade assignment book at the end of the day. Please be on the lookout for this important organizational tool each and every night.

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Coin Drive begins on Monday. Please consider donating! Every coin counts!

Have a fabulous weekend. Fondly,

                                      Mr. Schmitt

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Educational Update # 1

                                                                                             EDUCATIONAL UPDATE # 1
                                                                                             Week of August 28-31, 2017

Welcome to the Labor Day weekend! We have had a fantastic start to the school year in room 103. The last four school days have given me an initial opportunity to get to know your child socially, academically, and emotionally. Based upon the last few days, we are going to have a very productive year. Welcome aboard, students and parents!

Speaking of communicating, I can be reached at school by phone (775-8887) or email
( If you have any questions or concerns thus far, please let me know.

Upcoming school events can be seen using the LSS Public Calendar on the school website. I have started to post nightly assignments on the LSS webpage under “Staff Webpages”.

Students will be writing in the “Weekend Notebook” once a week. Please respond to your child’s letter and return the Notebook as soon as possible (preferably Monday). In addition to this weekly letter, students will be submitting entries into their writing portfolio. For example, we worked on a paragraph describing a “Who Am I?” picture page on Tuesday and Wednesday. We also wrote about one of the Growth Mindset stances, “optimism”. In a few weeks, we will even start corresponding with students from PEA.

I have been impressed with the use of the assignment book by the students. I’d like everyone to have chosen a fiction book for the month of September by early next week. If you have any questions about the monthly book report activity, please see the information sheet that was passed out this week to your son/daughter (entitled “Read, Read, Read Some More”).

The STAR Reading Assessment will be given on Tuesday morning. Reading groups will not be established until the 2nd week of September.

Thanks for donating wipes, tissues, markers, pens, glue sticks, and hand sanitizer. We just may have the most sanitized room in the school.

Looking ahead, I am in the process of organizing our first field trip of the year, an adventure to the Sandy Point Discovery Center in Greenland. We will be visiting Sandy Point on October 24th.
Mark your calendars, the LSS Open House will take place on Thursday, the 14th, from 6 - 7:30 PM. Lastly, there will be an instrument demonstration for all 4th grade students on Tuesday, the 5th, from 9 - 10:00 AM.

I hope your child has enjoyed the first week of school. He/she deserves a four-day weekend.
See everyone on Tuesday.               Fondly,

                                                    Mr. Schmitt

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Upcoming Events At Lincoln Street School.......

* First Day of school on Monday, August 28th (Welcome Back!)

Homework Assignments for Wednesday, September 20, 2017

1.) Reading - Unikitties - 5 sentences and list to be a man
                      Pink Frizzles - 
                      Einsteins - Examples of someone similar to Robert
2.) Math - 

3.) Science -  Type final draft research report (paragraph) on volcano by Thursday

4.) Social Studies -

5.) Writing - Final colored magazine drawing for "Person of the Year" / Final draft as well

6.) Spelling - Unit 2 Workbook pages (pages 18-21) due Friday/ Test on Friday

7.) Handwriting -

8.) Other -  Parent Questionnaire to return / Weekend Notebook returned