News Posts

Mary Kay Malone

Friday, August 6, 2021

Dear Lincoln 5th Grade families,

Welcome back! I hope that you and your family had a wonderful summer break! I know that our Fifth Grade team and the entire Bryan staff are ready to welcome you into the Bryan Family this year. As your new Principal, I am ready to begin the 2021-2022 school year moving forward together! I also want to reassure you that your 5th graders will continue to have their elementary experience in the middle school setting.

Each week, you will receive a 5th grade-specific newsletter with dates, times, and announcements pertinent to the elementary school calendar.

I look forward to partnering with both Jacquie Discipio, the Bryan Principal, and Tom Sheehan, the Bryan Assistant Principal, on our journey this year.

Please check out the information below for all of the 5th Grade back-to-school information. Welcome back Lions!

Meet our Teachers
We have 6 Lincoln Staff members with us at Bryan this year. 

  • Classroom Teachers: Deb Ruckstaetter, Tracy O’Rourke, Jaime McNees, and Becky D’Angelo

  • 5th-grade reach Math and ELA and Library: Joe Lytle 

  • Special Education Case Manager: Heather Beverley

  • Related services: Emily Cohen, Social Work, and Kara Bodine, Speech Pathologist

Bryan Teachers supporting Lincoln Students

  • PE: Jeremy Thomas and Michelle Wolski

  • Art: Jeune Winchester

  • Reading Specialist: Lisa Flaherty

  • Music: TBD

Fall 2021 Plan
As we move forward together, updates regarding the Fall 2021 Plan will be forthcoming to the entire community from District 205 and shared here.

Class Assignments
You will be able to see your child’s teacher through Powerschool on August 9. Students and families will now be able to view class enrollments via several integrated platforms such as: Clever, Google Classroom, PowerSchool, and Seesaw.

Bus Service and Schedule
The schedule will be posted on the Bryan website for you to review by Friday 8/13 at the latest. Fifth graders will have their own bus. Bussing is available for Lincoln Students living 1.5 miles or more from Bryan (this is the state guideline), more information on pick up and drop off times will be within the week. General bus route information can be found on the Bryan website.

Meet the Teacher Open House
On Monday, August 16, 3-4 pm at Bryan Middle School you and your child can come to drop off supplies and meet their classroom teacher. Please enter through the front door of Bryan, and we will guide you to the fifth-grade classrooms. You and your child will have time to explore some of the other learning spaces in the building where they may be learning this year (gym, art room, auditorium, etc.).

Drop off/Pick Up Information
We ask that families proceed with caution during pick-up and drop-off times at Bryan Middle School. We encourage students to walk or ride their bikes when they can. All students have bike racks outside their student entry doors. 

  • 5th Grade Families: Please drop off your student using VanBuren Street going towards Euclid. Your student will enter through door #7, which is next to the 5th-grade classroom pod.

We are excited to announce that ALL school lunches will be free for ALL students this year.  Weather permitting, students will continue to be able to eat outdoor eating or will be able to eat in the auditorium. Students will be able to maintain social distancing without masks in the auditorium or outdoors. We encourage students to take responsibility for planning ahead for their meals, however, parents may drop off a brown bag lunch or your child may opt for the free lunch. Fast food is not permitted.

Students will have 30 minutes for lunch and 30 minutes for recess each day, with one additional 15-minute break.

Picture Day
Monday, August 30th during your child’s PE class. More information to come.

Parent-Teacher Conference Dates
Monday, November 22, 4:30-8 pm
Tuesday, November 23, 10-6 pm

Physical Education
Students will not change clothes for Gym class. The structure of the class will be similar to what students had at Lincoln.

Health Office
Michelle Pinedo is the new nurse at Bryan Middle School. If you have any health-related questions, please do not hesitate to reach out at

Updated Website/Facebook/Twitter
We continue to be committed to communicating with our families throughout our transition. Our website will be up-to-date with a detailed schedule of current and upcoming events.  You can find Lincoln Elementary on Facebook and Instagram as well. Please access it regularly to stay current with Lincoln’s happenings across the three supporting schools.

Online Registration, Expired Residency, and Fees
Please be sure to complete the online registration BEFORE the first day of school. Email reminders from have been sent to you this past week for families that still need to complete this. If you have an expired lease or special residency, you might not have received the online registration code. If this applies to you, please update your residency with the office as soon as possible in order to receive your online registration code. Your student is not able to begin school until the online registration is complete. Please visit the D205 PushCoin payment system to make school fee payments.

Upcoming Dates – More information and dates coming in our Back to School Letter

  • August 13 - Classroom Assignment and bus routes will be sent to you via email

  • August 16 – 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - 5th Grade Meet your Teacher and School Supply drop off

  • August 18 - First day of school (full day for 5th grade)

    • Hours: 8:15 am – 3:00 pm 

  • August 25 - First Late Arrival; students arrive at 9:30, classes begin at 9:45 am.

  • August 30 - Curriculum Night; (in person) additional details to follow

Please be sure to download the 2021-22 D205 calendar with holidays, student late arrivals, etc.

If you need to contact someone about a school-related, bus, or report a child absent, please call the Bryan main office at 630-617-2350 Monday - Friday, 7:30 am-3:30 pm. Attendance Line: 630-617-8222.

I am also here for you should you need anything. My email is Looking forward to a great year together!


Kalissa Smith
Lincoln Principal

  • Lincoln