12 tips to get you ready for B-A-C-K T-O S-C-H-O-O-L

Are you ready for the new school year? Lincoln Public Schools has these 12 tips to help get you pumped and ready for Monday.

B - Be prepared

School starts on Monday, August 15, for all Lincoln Public School Kindergarten through ninth grade students. August 16, is the first day for LPS 10-12 grade students; and August 18, is the first day for LPS preschool students.

Remember that the first three days, August 15-17, will be PLC early dismissal days for all elementary and middle school students (dismiss 80 minutes early). High School students will also be dismissed early August 15 - 17, using the Tuesday PLC schedule for those three days. 

A - Add the ParentVue app to your phone

Synergy ParentVUE is a component of the LPS Student Information portal that allows parents/guardians and students secure access to grades, assignments, and attendance information. Assignments and student performance can be viewed as soon as entries are made by teachers into their electronic grade books. Now what you see on the computer can be accessed from your smart phone by downloading the app from iTunes or the Google Play Store.

The activation keys are provided by your student’s school. Once you have your Activation Key, you will be able to setup your account to login. To get your activation key, or if you lost your login information, contact your child’s school.

Here is more information information about ParentVue and StudentVue to get you started.

C - Call your school if you have questions

Our schools are now fully staffed and back to work getting ready for school to start. If you have any questions about the new school year, do not hesitate to call your child’s school. Our staff is ready to answer your questions to make the 2016-17 school year the best it can be.

K - Kick your summer habits to the curb

It’s probably a good idea to start back now with your school year routines. Watching the all night Olympics coverage until 3:00 a.m. is probably not a good idea at this point. Start now in your school year bedtime routine and waking your children up early to be ready to get to school on time.

T - Take a look at your school’s webpage

Did you know each of our schools have their own web pages with helpful information like calendar of events, teachers contact information, newsletters, purchase meals online, and each school’s drop off/pick up procedures? To find your school’s website, go to, and click on Schools to easily find your building on the drop down lists.

O - Online meal purchase

Save the hassle of worrying about getting money to the school cafeteria by purchasing your student’s meals online. The LPS Meal Pre-Payment system allows families the opportunity to purchase meals or deposit money for all students in their family at one time. Purchases may be made using your checking account information or your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit cards. The first time you use the system, you will need to create an account for yourself to access your students. In order to gain access to students you will need to have the LPS student ID or cafeteria PIN and birth date for any one of your students. Then you can set up account alerts to remind you when you need more funds. Click here to get started.

S - Slow down in school zones

With the school year beginning Monday, it’s a good idea to remember that school zones around all area schools will be operational. Please be aware of these zones and slow down when the lights are flashing. Also be alert and watching for children who may unknowingly dart out into the street. Put away all electronic devices so you are not distracted. Follow your buildings arrival and traffic plans to make sure the morning drop off goes as quickly and smoothly as possible.

C - Check for construction on your school route

There is still plenty of construction taking place around our city, and some of it impacts routes to school.  Remember to leave yourself plenty of time in the mornings and afternoons to navigate the detours and possible delays. Have patience and courtesy with fellow drivers allowing everyone to get to their destinations safely.

H - Help us contact you

There may be times during the school year when we need to get ahold of you quickly. Help us get important information to you in a timely manner by keeping your contact information at school up to date. At the beginning of the year, please take the time to fill out all contact paper work and return it to your schools. Throughout the year, please make sure to update us on any changes in email, phone numbers, or addresses. This includes emergency contacts, too!

O - Online Important Information Booklet

The online Important Information Booklet has important policies and rules that students and families need to know. You will also find common practices and your school’s handbook on this helpful webpage. Click here for the Important Information Booklet.

O - Organize your backpack

This seem to be something simple, but think, do you know where your child’s backpack is located? Don’t scramble on the first day of school. Locate your child’s backpack now and make sure it has everything they need for the first day. Put it by the front door so you know where it is on Monday, August 15.

L - Like your school’s social media accounts

If you really want to know all the great things happening in your child’s school, make sure to visit their social media pages. There will be many great stories throughout the school year, as well as reminders about upcoming events. Find your school’s social media accounts on


Published: August 10, 2016, Updated: August 11, 2016