A Happy Halloween and Welcome to November! 

It was a cold, dark night here in Newcastle, and the ghouls and vampires were out, roaming the streets, begging for candy. That’s just a typical American Halloween evening, and many students took the opportunity to dress up and enjoy a walk around town! Other students volunteered at a local Trunk or Treat event for children, representing Lincoln Academy well. Trunk or Treat is an event where families gather in a central location, decorate their vehicles, and allow children to walk from vehicle to vehicle, asking “Trick or Treat!”. This is particularly effective in rural areas where walking house-to-house is not possible. Our nightly study hall was canceled to allow students the chance to relax and revel in the day’s celebrations and traditions. Students returned to the dorms around 9pm, where they gathered and enjoyed a festive movie until 10pm. Check out the photos from yesterday’s school day!

The first trimester ends on November 17. Academic support is always available during Focused Learning Block (FLB) and during our evening study hall in the dormitory. Students should be in touch with their teachers if they have any questions or concerns heading into the final weeks of the trimester. They may also access peer tutoring during their FLB, and can speak to their advisors about that opportunity.

The drama department’s presentation of the Crucible finishes its run of performances on Saturday, November 4. A good number of ResLife students attended a performance last week, in support of their classmates and dorm-mate, Jackie Pelletier.

As we wrap up the fall sports season, the boys soccer team has a game on Thursday evening against Cape Elizabeth. Last Wednesday evening, the boys soccer team played spectacularly and held off their opponents in penalty kicks to win their quarterfinal game against Freeport. Our own Pablo Iglesias Martin and Marcello Endrizzi played magnificently and we look forward to this week’s match.

The joy and celebration of Wednesday evening’s soccer game quickly waned as the tragic events in Lewiston unfolded. With support from Mr. Abbott, our dorm parents and staff, we were able to develop a plan to keep our residential students supported, fed, informed and safe. To you, our families, we are grateful for your ongoing communication and trust in us as we navigated this unprecedented event.

Winter Sport Sign-Ups are available in PowerSchool. Parents who had a fall athlete must also complete this form to review the data previously submitted to make sure all information is up to date. Please see these directions for sports registration. Winter sports options are: Indoor Track, Basketball, Swimming, Wrestling, and Cheerleading.

The American Holiday of Thanksgiving is November 23 and we will have more details on activities for Thanksgiving week in our next newsletter. Remember that we are closed December 16, 2023 at 3pm – January 1, 2024 and students or families need to have plans submitted in Orah by November 18th. Approved dates for traveling are December 15, after school and December 16. The approved return date is Tuesday, January 2nd. Please mark your calendar for the upcoming school vacations in November, December, February and April.

Be well and take care,

Monica Tan

Director of Residential Life

Jake Abbott

Dean of Students

Jake Abbott

Upcoming Events

Friday, November 3: 5-7 pm on the Turf Field. Open Turf for LA students. Taco truck, apparel, and concessions available. 

Saturday, November 4: All State music auditions

Saturday, November 4: Cross Country at the State Meet. Girls @11 am, boys @11:40.

Saturday, November 4: 1-4 pm on the Turf Field. Corn Hole Tournament

Friday, November 10: Veterans Day holiday. No school.

November 18-26: Thanksgiving vacation. No school.

Monday, November 20: Winter Sports begin. Practice schedules are linked below.

Sunday, December 3: Winter Band Concert.

Sunday, December 10: Winter Choir Concert.

Friday, December 15: Last day before Winter vacation.

In Service to Others

Wood Stacking 10:29

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 latest edition of the Community Service newsletter is at this link.

November 9th (Thurs) – Join Mr. Abbott and Resource Officer Fortin for a community-wide Sticker Shock initiative.  See SRO Fortin for details!

November 20th (Mon) – Join Mr. Abbott at 12:30 p.m. for another wood stacking work party.  This one will be in Bristol.  Email Mr. Abbott to get on the list. 

November 20th and 21st Support the Ecumenical Food Pantry in assembling Thanksgiving baskets for local families who have need.  Email Ms. Jonason for more information. November 21st.  Learn to build window inserts to be used in reducing heat loss in older homes around our community. Email Ms. Kennedy for more details.

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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