Principal's Message

Lincoln Families, 

Welcome to the Home of the Lions! We can’t wait for you to hear us R.O.A.R. as we embark on the 2023-2024 school year. I hope you and your family had a safe and healthy summer, making memories and soaking up every minute of vacation. I know we have missed our students and are excited to see all of our R.O.A.R’ing Lions back on-campus.

For those of you new to Lincoln, my name is Cynthia Pursell and I am honored to serve our community as the Principal of Lincoln Elementary. This school year will mark my 11th year at Lincoln, as I served as the Learning Director for 6 years prior to becoming Principal in the 19-20 school year. Throughout my time here, I can say wholeheartedly that our staff truly loves, cares and wants nothing but the best for our students. We are committed to providing our Lions with a safe, positive and high-quality learning experience that will help them grow academically. We can’t wait for you to hear them R.O.A.R!

This year we have a couple of new members to the Lincoln Elementary staff. Please help me welcome:

- Samantha Wolfe, Learning Director
- Antonio Martin, School Psychologist
- Karina Escobedo, 1st Grade Teacher
-Kristine Gonzales- RSP Teacher
-Jasmine MacDonald- SDC Teacher
-Lindsey Bentley- Band Teacher 
-Teresa Cordova- SDC Aide
-Hailey Belton- READY Tutor  

At Lincoln, our staff and students are striving to live by R.O.A.R. each and every day. We are committed to being Respectful, being On-task, being an Achiever, and being Responsible in and outside of the classroom. Through R.O.A.R. we show our Lincoln Lion pride and strive to do our very best.

As parents, you can help your child be successful and R.O.A.R. by ensuring that they are developing healthy habits around school. Ensure that your child is attending school every day, ask them about what they learned daily, and ensure that your child is completing all their assignments. If you have any questions on the classroom material or assignments, remember, you can always reach out to your child’s teacher via ParentSquare. We are always here to help.

This year, you’ll notice there will be a lot of talk around attendance! We have a school goal of 98% attendance, each and every day! Please make sure to prioritize your children coming to school, every day, on time. This is a team effort, and we can’t do it without the support of our families. Let’s work together in ensuring are Lions are present to learn!

On behalf of the Lincoln teachers and staff…Welcome Back!

Your Proud Principal,

Cynthia Pursell

Big Smiles - Dental Care

Hanford Elementary has partnered with Big Smiles to offer in-school dental care.  Simply complete the permission form or go to to sign up your child.

There may be no cost to you if your child is insured with Medi-Cal.  Private insurance and self-pay options are also available.  

Our in-school dental program saves you time and provides a safe and comfortable place for your child to receive gentle dental care from licensed, local professionals.  Dental care includes a complete dental exam, x-rays, cleaning, fluoride and sealants when necessary, and in some cases, restorative care such as fillings.

By having your child see the in-school dentist, you can help reduce the risk of:

  • Early tooth loss caused by dental decay
  • Gum disease
  • Heart disease
  • Impaired speech development

Taking care of your child's teeth is an important part of keeping them healthy.

Permission Form for service can be completed at



Foggy Day Information

(This information can also be found in the Parent Handbook & Calendar.)

If a foggy day schedule is called, information can be found on TV Channel 18 (PBS), radio at KMJ 580 or the Hanford Elementary foggy day information line 559-585-3652.

Plan A:           Buses two hours delayed.  Classes start on time.

Plan B:           Morning buses cancelled.  Classes start on time.

Plan C:           Afternoon buses cancelled.

Health and Wellness Policy

In order to support our health and wellness policy, we will no longer celebrate individual children(s) birthdays or accept any sweet treats for birthday snacks.  Parent are still encouraged to celebrate student birthdays by offering an alternative to sweet treats such as a goody bag with pencils, erasers, crayons, etc.  Another fun idea is to donate a hardback book to the library in honor of your student.

Important Safety Information
  • Yard supervisors are on campus at 7:15 am Students are not to be on campus before then.
  • Drop-off/Pick-up Zone: Located in the driveway directly in front of the school.  This is not a parking area!  Please do not double park in this area.  This area is a ONE WAY.  Do not drop off students in the parking lot.
  • All students and adults should always use the crosswalk in the pick up area.
  • If you  need to get out of your car for any reason, please park your car in the parking lot
  • Maximum allowable speed in pickup/drop area is 5 mph.
  • While in the loading/drop off area, move up to the next available spot.  For the safety of our students and to make sure the loading area moves along as smooth as possible, please do not double park
  • All adult visitors must check into the office before going on campus at all times.
  • All adults are prohibited from using student restrooms.  There are adult restrooms available in the office.
  • Do not leave siblings of students not enrolled at Lincoln unattended while on campus