A warm, wet and wild weekend!

Greeting from the sunny coast of Maine, where we are enjoying wonderful fall temperatures!  This phenomenon of dry, warm autumn days (after the first frost) is often referred to as Indian Summer, although more recently, Second Summer.  This weekend, we took full advantage of all that our Second Summer has had to offer: fireside cookout, river adventures, shopping and service.  

Friday evening, the students and dorm staff enjoyed a fire in our outdoor fireplace, complete with desserts and lively activity.  It was a perfect night for it!  Saturday morning kicked off with an early morning workout stacking firewood for CHiP,  a project that Mr. Abbott has been focused on completing.  The evening provided opportunities for students to go bowling at a local entertainment center, while others chose to walk into town to see “Golda” at our local movie theater.  

Sunday was no less busy, with several students departing at 6am for a day of white water rafting on the Kennebec River!  Blessed with warm temperatures and blue skies, the group of 17  students were rewarded with excellent conditions and plenty of opportunities to swim.  After a full day of traveling, teamwork, paddling, and laughing, our students were pretty exhausted, but happy!  Those that did not choose to be on the river had the opportunity to do some  shopping in Freeport, a town south of Newcastle that boasts large outlet stores, small boutiques, and the LLBean flagship store.  

It’s safe to say that that Monday morning was tough on some of our dorm students!  While there are still some cases of illness, most of our students have recovered well this week and are back in the classroom.  Here in the dorm, we continue to promote hygiene and infection control, such as handwashing and masking when symptomatic.  

This coming weekend, we look forward to four days off!  Pumpkinfest is our town’s showcase event, and the weekend will be full of entertainment, volunteering and spectacle.  Check out the website for a full list of events and photos that truly express the uniqueness of a Pumpkin Regatta!  Our volunteering efforts continue to be promoted, and students are being encouraged to engage as much as possible.  To recruit more volunteers, we’ve posted cumulative volunteer hours so far this trimester, and it’s been observed that a little healthy competition sure can inspire participation!   

From sunny Newcastle, we wish you a bright and joyful week.

Monica Tan

Director of Residential Life

Jake Abbott

Dean of Students

Jake Abbott

Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 5: Junior deadline to sign up for the PSAT. 

Friday, October 6: No School. Professional Development Day

Saturday, October 7: SAT at LA

Monday, October 9: No School. Indigenous People’s Day

Tuesday, October 10: PSAT for juniors

Monday, October 16: District III auditions for band and choir.

Wednesday, October 18: 3:30-7 pm. Parent Teacher Conferences. Sign up links coming soon.

** this is voluntary, and you may reach out to Ms Tan or your child’s teachers directly.

Wednesday, October 25: Picture retake day, 8-noon in the conference room. 

Thursday, October 26: 3:30-7 pm. Parent Teacher Conferences. Sign up links coming soon.   

** this is voluntary, and you may reach out to Ms Tan or your child’s teachers directly.

Thursday, October 26-Saturday, November 4: The Crucible performances in Poe Theater. Info about tickets coming soon.

In Service to Others

Wood Stacking

Dean of Students Jake Abbott and a team of 4 students (Tokyo (Thailand), Vitor (Brasil), Alison, and Trey (local students) stacked about 4 cords of wood.  The volunteer work took place at the CHiP wood processing lot at NC Hunt in Jefferson.  The group worked for two and a half hours and this wood will be donated to local families to assist in heating costs.  To complete the project, another afternoon will be planned to stack the rest of the wood, about 5 cords.  This event will happen on Saturday, September 30 at 8:00am.  The more volunteers we have, the faster it will go!  This is a great opportunity to serve the community, enrich relationships and get a bit of exercise!

Mr. Abbott is coordinating community service opportunities for LA students. He will be putting together a monthly update of these opportunities for students to take advantage of. Want to get involved, or have a service opportunity for students? Contact him at jabbott@lincolnacademy.org.  The lastest edition of the Community Service newsletter is at this link.

AP Exams and SAT Testing Schedule

SAT: Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 7:45 am, Lincoln Academy

Registration deadline for International Students: September 22, 203

Optional PSAT for Juniors: October 10,  7:00 am, Lincoln Academy

The PSAT Is Now Digital!

Juniors have the option of taking the digital PSAT on Tuesday, October 10th in the Lincoln Academy Gym. Juniors should sign up through their advisor. The fee is $10 and should be paid by October 5th. Cash or a check made out to Lincoln Academy can be brought to the CAC Office. Lincoln Academy will be supplying computers for this test, but students are welcome to bring a pencil for scrap paper, their own calculator, a snack & drink. Students should arrive by 7:30am and go through the outside doors of the Gym to check in. The test is expected to end around noon, then students will have lunch and attend their 4th period class.

AP exam fee collection has begun!

  • The $98 fee per exam is due Oct 2nd, 2023.
  • If you have any questions about payment please see Mr. Cordero. $35/exam fee reductions are also available – please contact Mr. Cordero for more information.
  • Payment options: Cash, Credit Card ($3 fee), or a Check made out to Lincoln Academy.
  • Please submit payment to:
    • Lori Wright, Lincoln Academy Business Office
    • Kiah Bayley Hall, 89 Academy Hill
    • Newcastle Maine 04553
    • 207.563.3596 ext. 2105
    • wright@lincolnacademy.org

Approved Resident Student Travel Dates

air travel

All air travel must be via Portland International Jetport — Airport code:  PWM

All arriving students MUST e-mail a flight itinerary to Ms. Monica Tan, Director of Residential Life mtan@lincolnacademy.org

November Vacation:  Dorms are OPEN and students may stay on campus. 

                                              Last Day of Class: Friday, November 17th, 2023

                                              Approved  Date for DEPARTING: Saturday, November 18th, 2023

                                              Approved  Date for RETURNING: Sunday, November 26th, 2023

                                              Classes resume on Monday, November 27th, 2023


December Vacation:   Dorms are CLOSED and students MAY NOT stay on campus. 

                                               Last Day of Class: Friday, December 15th, 2023

                                               Approved  Date for DEPARTING: Friday December 15, 2023 (after school)

                                                                                                                 OR Saturday, December 16, 2023 

                                               Approved  Date for RETURNING: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024

                                               Classes resume on Tuesday,  January 2nd, 2024

If a student wishes to stay with a family during the December vacation, Lincoln Academy Residential Life will make every effort to find a host family but it is NOT Lincoln Academy’s responsibility to find host families for students wishing to stay in the area when the dorms are closed.  

If a student wishes to stay with a host family during vacation, the student’s family will be charged a daily fee of $65 per day per student by Lincoln Academy. A vacation homestay stipend will be paid to the vacation host family to defray the cost of food, transportation, and entertainment expenses. 

Connect with Other LA Parents

Join the LA parent Facebook groups so you can organize for class fundraisers and other class-specific events. Join with the links below:

Class of 2024: https://www.facebook.com/groups/694463811604680/

Class of 2025: https://www.facebook.com/groups/626509702356048/

Class of 2026: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1721650521554327/

Class of 2027: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1241214307279176/

Bookmark these links!

These will help you throughout the year.

2023/2024 Travel Dates for the school year:


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