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Building our Future

The end is in “site!”

The trees are planted and grass is growing! The project punch list is getting smaller, and we can expect to see the photovoltaic panels being installed on the sloped roofs in the next few weeks. Stay tuned – more about the PV system after the December 14th SBC meeting! The November photo gallery is here and the slide deck from the last meeting is here.

How it started…

How it’s going…

A busy week!

  • Monday, November 14th @ 7:00pm: State of the Town, Night 1 (via Zoom): updates from the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA) Committee; Lincoln Public Schools; Lincoln-Sudbury High School; Council on Aging & Human Services; Community Center Building Committee. Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpduiorT0oG9GdnaMY_5AMocyCkOTQG_k5  
  • Tuesday, November 15th @ 7:00pm: State of the Town, Night 2 (via Zoom): updates from the Green Energy Committee/Climate Action Lincoln; Conservation Commission; Bicycle, Pedestrian Advisory Committee; Housing Commission; Lincoln Land Conservation Trust/Rural Land Foundation; Planning Board. Register at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrcOGhrj4qEt1tt5MJp07ajcblANsCRV-f 
  • Wednesday, November 16th @7:00pm: School Building Committee Meeting (via Zoom): Click here for the agenda and Zoom link.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony/Time Capsule Photos

We have lots of photos from the Ribbon Cutting ceremony! Click here to check out the gallery. And click here to watch the SBC slide show.

On behalf of the School Building Committee, we are so grateful to our faculty, students, administrative team, custodians, technology gurus, and the project team for working so hard to get the building ready for the Ribbon Cutting and tours. Thank you Becky McFall, Buck Creel, Rob Ford, and Brandon Kelly for leading the tours and to the students and faculty throughout the building providing additional information. And a big thank you to the students and families of Cantibile for providing such beautiful music during the tours on Saturday. It was great to see so many people in the school on both Friday and Saturday!

Ribbon Cutting!

Thank you to everyone who came to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in person or watched it on line. It was great to see so many members of the community and to share this moment with our project team, residents, students, and current and former faculty! Thank you, too, to Rep. Tom Stanley (Lincoln’s current state representative) and Rep. Carmine Gentile (our incoming Precinct 1 state representative) for taking time to attend the event.

Couldn’t see the school today? The school will be open to the public tomorrow morning from 9:00am – 11:00am! No need to RSVP – simply show up and stroll through the building. The time capsules are still set up (see the letter below!) and there will be people on hand to share information.

To see the SBC slide show that was playing during the event, click here.

If you would like to sign our digital guest book, click here and post a note, a photo, etc.

Stay tuned! There will be many more photos to come in our next blog post!

Come hear Cantabile play (and tour the school!)

Did we mention that there’s a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, October 28th at 1:30pm?! Doors open at 1:00pm. Please let Amy Pearson, apearson@lincnet.org, know you are coming.

Can’t be there in person? Watch the ceremony live at https://www.lincnet.org/ribboncutting

Also, on Saturday, October 29th, the building will be open to the public from 9:00am – 11:00am! You will have a chance to see the school, AND you’ll be entertained by Catabile, a group of Lincoln School alumni (and current LS students): Victor Han, Henry Hussey, Nooreddeen Kawaf, Finn Larsen, and Luca Lee. The group’s Music Director is Rebecca Lee. Please come to hear these fabulous musicians!

Letting the Grass Grow

The landscaping team is putting the finishing touches on the center field and the grassy areas around the school. In this image you can see new grass along the south end of the building and one of the many newly planted trees. We thank our students and the community for being patient with this part of the process. Someday the ropes will come down and we can all roam freely! Click on the October photo gallery to see more photos.

Highlights from this past Wednesday’s SBC meeting:

  • Lots of grading and seeding all around the campus, including restoration of the center field!
  • The end-of-project “punch list”, which had over 500 items in mid September, now stands at about 175. So many final details to take care of! Thank you to the entire team for getting them done.
  • The slide deck from the meeting is here.
  • The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is on Friday, October 28th @1:30pm! The entire community is invited! If you’d like to attend the ceremony and/or building tours, please email apearson@lincnet.org. Tours are from 3:00pm – 4:30pm.
  • The Ceremony will be live-streamed at https://www.lincnet.org/ribboncutting.
  • The building will be open to the community on Saturday, October 29th from 9:00am – 11:00am. Doors around the school will be open, no need to RSVP in advance.
  • The contents of the 1994 – 1995 Time Capsules will be on display on both the 28th and the 29th!

More important dates:

  • Monday, November 14th @ 7:00pm: Night 1 of the (virtual) 2022 State of the Town Meeting: Lincoln in 2050
  • Tuesday, November 15th @7:00pm: Night 2 of (virtual) State of the Town Meeting: Lincoln in 2050
  • Wednesday, November 30th @7:30pm: Special Town Meeting
    • Vote to approve funding ($325,000) for the next phase of a Community Center project. Funding would pay for architectural and project management services to develop a preferred design and budget.
    • Meeting is in person in the Lincoln School Auditorium!

And the answer is…(questions about life in 1994/95)

What was on the menu in 1994 – 1995? How does that compare to school lunches now?

Which movie was most popular with Lincoln School Students?

True or False: Pogs, Candy Crush, and Magic all were popular games in 1995.

Which teachers are still teaching in the Lincoln School?

What was the name of the musical performed in the Lincoln School during the ’94/’95 school year?

To find out the answers to these and other questions, come to the Lincoln School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (1:30pm) & School Tour (3:00pm) on Friday, October 28th, OR tour the school on Saturday, October 29th from 9:00 – 11:00am! To attend the ceremony and tour on Friday, RSVP to apearson@lincnet.org

School Building Committee meets on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 @7:00pm. Agenda and Zoom link available here.

Check out the drone video taken of the school this past August! (Thank you, Joe Dearden!)

Back to the future…

Where were you in 1995? Were you a student in the Lincoln School? Were your children in the Lincoln School? Were you teaching or working in the Lincoln School?

Before the current project, the Lincoln School was last renovated in 1994. During the 1994-1995 school year, students and teachers created time capsules that were designed to be opened in 2020. Covid and construction altered the timeline a bit, but now it is time for us all to climb into our time machine and see what our students were thinking about and predicting for the future!

The contents of the Time Capsules will be on display at the Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Friday, October 28th! (details and RSVP information below!)

What will we find when we open the envelope?

What predictions did the 4th graders make about life in 2020?

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Friday, October 28, 2022, 1:30 pm in the Lincoln School Learning Commons
1:00 pm: Doors open
1:30 pm: Ceremony begins
2:30 pm: Reception in the Dining Commons
3:00 pm: Building tours leave from the Dining Commons
Materials from the Time Capsules will be on display in the Dining Commons throughout the event.

Additional tours will be offered on Saturday, October 29th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
To attend the Ribbon Cutting in person, RSVP to apearson@lincnet.org by October 21st OR set a reminder to watch the ceremony live at https://www.lincnet.org/ribboncutting

First Impressions

What do the faculty, staff, and students think about being in the renovated school? Here’s what a few of them had to say:

“I just left the building from unpacking and the school is AMAZING!  The town should be so pleased!  The Library, Learning Commons, office spaces, classrooms….I could go on and on.  There is an energy in the building and a true level of excitement.  Thank you!”

– Kathy O’Connell, Math Content Specialist (and long time Lincoln educator)

“The natural light is amazing, truly a game changer!” – Bryan Kelly, Grade 3 teacher

“Love the glass walls in my classroom that open to the Hub.  It’s changed the way I think about lessons and where students are able to work.”

– Matt Reed, Grade 4 teacher

“The Hub spaces give us more space to work other than my classroom!” – Grade 4 student

“I love my office!  It’s more spacious and functions how I need the office to work!” – Secretary

“I like that it’s (the school) is big, a lot of space to walk around and the new playground is not just a field but has a structure and things to do.”

– Grade 4 student

“The cafeteria is really big and the food is great!”  Grade 3 student

“The gym floor is rubber instead of wood. It makes  your feet feel better and doesn’t hurt as much when you fall!” – Grade 3 student

Wonderful to have PK-8 students all in one physical building!”  Gwen Blumberg – Literacy Content Specialist”Enjoy being located in a Hub space office with classrooms all around.  Makes collaboration flow more easily and students see us as all teachers working together.” – Alechia Torchia, special education teacher

Lincoln School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Friday, October 28, 2022 @ 1:30 pm! Building tours after the ceremony & on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 – 11:00 am.

Remembering Jim Cunningham

Jim Cunningham behind the camera at a Lincoln School project community forum in 2017.

The School Building Committee joins the Lincoln community in mourning the loss of Jim Cunningham. Jim was a dedicated volunteer who spent countless hours filming the community forums, SBC meetings, town meetings, and special town meetings that were focused on the Lincoln School project. We relied on his presence over many years to help communicate this complex process to the Town, and we deeply appreciated the technical knowledge he brought to bear on renovating the systems in the Auditorium. We are saddened by his passing and will always remember him as an integral part of the project and of Lincoln’s civic life.

SBC meets via Zoom on Wednesday, September 14th, at 7:00pm. The agenda and Zoom link are here, and the September photo gallery is here.

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