2/19 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
Happy Presidents Day! I hope you enjoyed another great three-day weekend with your kids.

While the Lincoln Eagles enjoyed a day away from school, our teachers spent Presidents Day highly engaged in an Institute Day that focused on technology in our classrooms as well as best practices on inclusivity. Today’s topics of professional development paired nicely with D90’s focus on embedding a positive growth mindset into our daily life and instruction. Attached is the link to a video that portrays how a growth mindset can be translated into classroom instruction. This specific clip models growth mindset in a mathematics lesson and highlights the practices we are learning to implement in D90.

Encouraging Students to Persist Through Challenges

D90 also invites you to participate in a Mindset Webinar on Wednesday, February 21 from 8:00-9:00 PM. See the information below for instructions on how to join the conversation.

This week is a busy one here at Lincoln. On Wednesday, February 21 our students will participate in the culmination of Jump Rope For Heart during PE classes. On Saturday, February 24, Lincoln is excited to host our annual Young Authors Conference. Finally, on Sunday, February 25, we will hold our third annual International festival. I hope to see you around at one of these events.

The tragic events in Parkland Florida last week served as a sobering reminder of our great responsibility to remain vigilant in our commitment to keeping our students safe. Attached is a message from Chief O’Shea of the RFPD with a renewed commitment and awareness to supporting safety in our schools. Our ongoing partnership with the RFPD and RFFD provide us ongoing opportunities to reflect upon and refine our safety plans and emergency procedures.

It’s hard to believe Spring Parent Teacher Conferences are next week. If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to register for a time to meet with your child’s teachers.

As always, thank you for your continued support of Lincoln School. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to better support you or your family.

Have a great week. CG


Calendar

Tuesday, 2/20:

  • Tennis grades 3/4 – 3:15-4pm, gym
  • Theater Club – 3:15-4:15pm, auditorium

Wednesday, 2/21:

  • Jump Rope for the Heart – during PE classes
  • 4th Grade Math Circle – lunch/recess
  • NO Winter Sports Camp
  • One District/One Book Webinar – 8pm, virtual

Thursday, 2/22:

  • Tennis grades 1/2 – 3:15-4pm, gym
Friday, 2/23:
  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am, multi-purpose room
  • Fun Lunch – Chicken Tenders/Veggie Burgers

Sunday, 2/25 – International Festival, 1-4pm in the Lincoln School Gym, Franklin Street Entrance


Annual Lincoln School Auction – March 16th, tickets on sale NOW!

 Tickets are ON SALE now for the Hoops and Heels Lincoln Auction. Enjoy premium wines, craft beers and great food while you bid on exciting items, watch March Madness and hang out with our awesome Lincoln Family. Tickets are $60 for an individual ticket or $100 for a pair. All proceeds go to the Lincoln PTO.

Click HERE to buy tickets and sign up for online bidding.


One District/One Book Webinar – Wednesday, February 21 at 8pm

District 90, in partnership with the PTOs, will be hosting several upcoming events as part of the shared reading experience, the One District/One Book effort. This community-wide reading initiative encourages families and residents to read, reflect, and discuss the same book together. All District 90 families, faculty, staff, students, and River Forest residents are encouraged to read and join in the discussion of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck.

The Mindset approach offers a framework to advance one’s efforts in the classroom (for students), at work, with personal relationships, and in the community. School and local librarians are offering other potential book titles with similar themes for novice or young readers.

Webinar – Wednesday, February 21 from 8-9pm
Please plan to participate in an interactive webinar for anyone interested in understanding the components of the growth mindset approach. More than a concept that relies on positive thinking, the growth mindset approach encourages meeting challenges through a variety of methods. Participants will be able to leverage practical suggestions about the growth mindset approach as they learn how to apply its tenets to all aspects of their lives.

All events are free and open to the public. Please plan to attend one or all of the upcoming One District/One Book events, see attached flyer.


Jump Rope For Heart (grades 1-4) – February 21!

Forms and parent letters were​ sent home with students in grades 1-4. The students who participate in the fundraising event will have until February 21 to collect donations.  On February 21, we will celebrate Jump Rope for Heart Day during PE classes. On that day, all the students will jump rope celebrating being heart healthy – all fundraising envelopes should be turned in at that time.  Wondering what Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart is all about? Check it out!

 

Jump Rope For Heart:

Here  are four easy steps to get your student’s online fundraising page set up and start collecting lifesaving donations (or watch this quick video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc9Yz4lNzLU):

  1. Go to your school’s fundraising page: WWW.HEART.ORG/GOTO/LINCOLNRIVERFOREST
  2. Click on the Sign Up button
  3. Create a username and password and then fill out the registration form
  4. Share your personal fundraising link with friends and family right away.

AND/OR Download the FREE mobile app Jump/Hoops and register your student that way

Thank you for joining us as we challenge each other to keep our heart healthy and raise money for kids with special hearts!


Girls On the Run – Registration is open!

Fitness, Empowerment, & Fun? Join Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run is a non-profit, after-school program for 3rd and 4th grade girls that uses the power of running to educate girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The program combines training for a 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive physical and social-emotional development.

WHEN do we meet?
 Twice a week after school for 75 – 90 minutes with your team. The program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Lincoln School starting in March through May and is led by trained, volunteer coaches.  (Cost will be $205/girl for the 12 week season).

Sign up is open! Go to gotrchicago.org to sign up and learn more.  5K Race to be held in Grant Park on Saturday, May 19.

Volunteer as a coach for Girls on the Run!  You don’t need to be a runner or have previous coaching experience – just the passion to change the lives of young girls.

Contact Kristin Bailitz at kristinbailitz@gmail.com if interested.


ATTENTION PARENTS OF 4TH GRADERS

Join in 4th Grade Field Day Activities

Would your son or daughter like to participate in one of Lincoln School’s Field Day traditions? Our kids have excitedly been watching the “big kids” (aka – 4th graders) over the years entertain and kick off Field Day with Drumming and the Maypole Dance. Now it’s their turn to participate! Field Day is currently scheduled for the last day of school, Thursday, June 6. Your 4th grader can choose to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming. We are in need of parent volunteers to help guide and instruct the students in the drumming activity.  Please email Suzanne D’Agostino (suzanne.dagostino@gmail.com) or Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) if you are interested in leading the 4th graders in this Lincoln Tradition.

Please Don’t Forget to Pay 4th Grade Activities Fee

Please click here to pay your $25 4th Grade Activity Fee.This money goes toward the t-shirt that your 4th grader will wear during Field Day and the cost of the 4th grade breakfast celebration on the last day of school.  If you are unsure if you have already paid, please click here and log in to review your order history on the PTO webstore.

Any questions? Contact Suzanne D’Agostino (suzanne.dagostino@gmail.com) or Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com).

Commemorative Video for 4th Graders: Pictures Needed

A video will be shown at the 4th grade breakfast on the morning of June 6. The video will contain pictures of the 4th graders through their years at Lincoln School. So grab a box of tissues and scroll through your old photos. Please begin to gather a variety of photos of your child commemorating all of their years at Lincoln, grades K through 4. We suggest photos from school events, school concerts, class parties, field trips, PTO events, back to school pictures, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, other clubs, youth sports teams, pictures with good Lincoln buddies, etc.  We will set up a method for collecting those photos in the coming weeks.


Important Messages from your School Nurse

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Please remember during cold and flu season to keep your child home if they are sick. If they have a fever they need to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before they can return to school. If they are vomiting and/or have diarrhea, make sure it has been at least 24 hours since the last episode before returning to school. If your child has an excessively runny nose or cannot stop coughing, it may be a good idea to keep them home. This is to protect your child from catching something if their immune system is down, as well as to protect the other students and staff. Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone at Lincoln School healthy.


Attendance Reporting

When reporting your child’s absence please be sure to either use the district attendance e-mail or telephone extension:
1) Lincoln School Attendance Line: 708.366.7340
2) Email 24-7 to lincolnattendance@district90.org

2/13 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Happy Valentine’s!  I hope you enjoyed the rare February five-day weekend with your kids. I must admit, even Principals enjoy a snow day!! Hopefully, you took in the chance to play in the snow and enjoy the excitement of the Olympics.

The third annual Science Expo was a great way to kick off the five-day weekend. Many thanks to Steve Lefko and family for his vision, coordination and support of this event for the past three years. Each year this event grows and I can’t wait to see what lies in store for the Expo in 2019. It was so incredible to see the creativity, inquiry and love on science on full display!

While our teachers enjoyed the snow day on Friday and Lincoln’s birthday off with our kids yesterday, today they returned for an institute day that focused on Positive Growth Mindset and a presentation from Lurie Children’s Hospital focused on supporting transgendered students.

This week we are also very excited to welcome Mrs. Kopriva back to Lincoln. Her laughter and smile have been missed in our office. Many thanks to Amy Dwyer and Anna Brennan, who faithfully filled in to support our school in her absence.

Valentine’s Day is always one of my favorite days at Lincoln! It’s always so great to see kids exchanging tokens of friendship and especially the voices of our Kindergarten students in their annual Valentine’s Day program.  The Kindergarten program begins at 10:00 in the auditorium. We encourage all guests to please enter through the Franklin Street entrance. As a reminder, please note that both AM and PM Kindergarten students will attend the morning session on Wednesday, February 14.

Finally, I look forward to celebrating with our February birthdays during Thursday’s Principal Birthday Lunch.

It’s hard to believe our next full “five-day” week of school isn’t until the week of March 12-16. That said, please note the following upcoming dates at Lincoln:

  • Wednesday, February 14 – Kindergarten Valentine’s Program 10:00
  • Monday, February 19 – No Student Attendance – Teacher Institute Day
  • Thursday, March 1 – Evening Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Friday. March 2 – No Student Attendance – Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Monday, March 5 – No Student/Staff Attendance – Pulaksi Day

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can ever do to better support your child or enhance your experience at Lincoln.  Thanks for your support of our Fine Fine School. Have a great week. CG


Calendar

Wednesday, 2/14:

  • Kindergarten Valentine’s Program – 10am, auditorium
  • 4th Grade Math Circle – lunch/recess
  • Winter Sports Camp – 3:15-4pm, gym

Thursday, 2/15:

  • Tennis grades 1/2 – 3:15-4pm, gym
  • February Principal Birthday Lunch
Friday, 2/16:
  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am, multi-purpose room
  • Fun Lunch – Pasta

Monday, 2/19: NO SCHOOL – Institute Day


Valentine’s Day and Party Information

A Reminder on Class Parties – As Valentine’s Day parties approach, it is important to remember District 90’s food allergy practices that help keep all our children safe.

Room Parents, please remember to check with your class teacher or the school nurse for a list of food allergies unique to your classroom. Please remember that ALL food items MUST be store bought or made in a licensed commercial kitchen that is nut free. All items must be nut free and not manufactured in a nut facility or on equipment that is shared with any type of nut. This is a school-wide practice regardless of whether there is a child with a nut allergy in the classroom.

In addition, all food items must be free of all allergens unique to the classroom and not manufactured on equipment that is shared with that allergen. (Example: soy, egg, milk)

Also please remember that food cannot be prepared in any way in your homes, i.e., slicing fruit or assembling themed food items. Please also bring in all food items in their original packaging so labels can be reviewed.

We ask for your full cooperation with this. Unfortunately, if something comes in that does not adhere to these rules or contains an allergen, the food will not be able to be served.

A Reminder on Valentine’s Day Cards – Please remember that Valentines should be brought for every student in your child’s classroom. Valentines may NOT contain any type of food or candy items. If your child brings a Valentine with candy attached, we will remove the candy and allow the Valentine to be passed out. If there is no way to separate the candy from the Valentine, unfortunately, the Valentines will not be allowed to be passed out, and we will ask your child to bring the Valentines home. Please help us avoid disappointment and tears and remember not to have candy or food be a part of your child’s Valentine cards.

Thank you all for helping keep all of our students at Lincoln safe.

If you have any questions at all please contact our school nurse, Erin Godellas at godellase@district90.org or 708-366-7340 x 8034.  Please feel free to take a picture and forward any ingredient label that you may have a question about.


One District/One Book

District 90, in partnership with the PTOs, will be hosting several upcoming events as part of the shared reading experience, the One District/One Book effort. This community-wide reading initiative encourages families and residents to read, reflect, and discuss the same book together. All District 90 families, faculty, staff, students, and River Forest residents are encouraged to read and join in the discussion of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck.

The Mindset approach offers a framework to advance one’s efforts in the classroom (for students), at work, with personal relationships, and in the community. School and local librarians are offering other potential book titles with similar themes for novice or young readers.

Webinar – Wednesday, February 21 from 8-9pm (more details coming soon) 
Please plan to participate in an interactive webinar for anyone interested in understanding the components of the growth mindset approach. More than a concept that relies on positive thinking, the growth mindset approach encourages meeting challenges through a variety of methods. Participants will be able to leverage practical suggestions about the growth mindset approach as they learn how to apply its tenets to all aspects of their lives.

All events are free and open to the public. Please plan to attend one or all of the upcoming One District/One Book events, see attached flyer.


Jump Rope For Heart (grades 1-4) – February 21!

Forms and parent letters were​ sent home with students in grades 1-4. The students who participate in the fundraising event will have until February 21 to collect donations.  On February 21, we will celebrate Jump Rope for Heart Day during PE classes. On that day, all the students will jump rope celebrating being heart healthy – all fundraising envelopes should be turned in at that time.  Wondering what Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart is all about? Check it out!

 

Jump Rope For Heart:

Here  are four easy steps to get your student’s online fundraising page set up and start collecting lifesaving donations (or watch this quick video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc9Yz4lNzLU):

  1. Go to your school’s fundraising page: WWW.HEART.ORG/GOTO/LINCOLNRIVERFOREST
  2. Click on the Sign Up button
  3. Create a username and password and then fill out the registration form
  4. Share your personal fundraising link with friends and family right away.

AND/OR Download the FREE mobile app Jump/Hoops and register your student that way

Thank you for joining us as we challenge each other to keep our heart healthy and raise money for kids with special hearts!


International Festival – Sunday, February 25!

Lincoln School and PTO is hosting its third International Fest on Sunday, February 25, from 1-4pm.

Send your child on a journey around the world! In one afternoon, your child will travel through four countries, hosted by Lincoln parents from around the world (plus art teachers Ms. Kozbur!), doing locally themed hands-on projects and activities at each itinerary stop.

The cost of this amazing experience is $5 per child. All travelers will receive a personalized passport and duty free bag. World travel will include age appropriate scavenger hunts with token souvenir prizes! World snacks and drinks will be available for sale in our International Food Court (the gym). Parents and siblings are welcome to wait for their Lincoln Travelers alongside a hands-on international exhibit in the gym.

Due to space and logistical constraints, the World Tour is open to Lincoln students only. Parents may accompany Lincoln students on the tour if need be, but qualified “tour guides” will be helping students find their way, and will be available to assist younger travelers. Franklin Entrance Doors open at 1 pm. Students “tour” from 1:15 to 4 pm. WebStore registration is open until February 16 and will be limited to the first 120 Lincoln students who RSVP.

In the event that World Tour sells out, please register on the Wait List free of charge and we will contact you if space opens up.

Parent volunteers are still needed — please sign up on the PTO SignUpGenius.

Questions? Contact Vanessa Druckman (vanessadruckman at gmail.com) or Katie Iammartino (katie_strauss at hotmail.com)


Annual Lincoln School Auction – March 16th!

 We hope you can join us for our school’s annual fundraiser Hoops & Heels on Friday, March 16th at Lake Street Kitchen!  ALL proceeds benefit our kids and our school!
The addition of a live auction last year was a great success and we can’t wait to do it again (along with a silent auction)!  We are in search of new auction items/experiences.  If you have anything you’d be interested in donating or discussing, or if you’re interested in volunteering with the auction committee, please contact our auction chairs Rebecca Ehart (clarkhartwed@gmail.com) or Melissa Bergetz (bergetzm@gmail.com).
Tickets will be available for advance purchase online soon.  More information will be coming in future newsletters.   Looking forward to seeing you there!

Girls On the Run – Registration is open!

Fitness, Empowerment, & Fun? Join Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run is a non-profit, after-school program for 3rd and 4th grade girls that uses the power of running to educate girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The program combines training for a 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive physical and social-emotional development.

WHEN do we meet?
 Twice a week after school for 75 – 90 minutes with your team. The program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Lincoln School starting in March through May and is led by trained, volunteer coaches.  (Cost will be $205/girl for the 12 week season).

Sign up is open! Go to gotrchicago.org to sign up and learn more.  5K Race to be held in Grant Park on Saturday, May 19.

Volunteer as a coach for Girls on the Run!  You don’t need to be a runner or have previous coaching experience – just the passion to change the lives of young girls.

Contact Kristin Bailitz at kristinbailitz@gmail.com if interested.


ATTENTION PARENTS OF 4TH GRADERS

Join in 4th Grade Field Day Activities

Would your son or daughter like to participate in one of Lincoln School’s Field Day traditions? Our kids have excitedly been watching the “big kids” (aka – 4th graders) over the years entertain and kick off Field Day with Drumming and the Maypole Dance. Now it’s their turn to participate! Field Day is currently scheduled for the last day of school, Thursday, June 6. Your 4th grader can choose to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming. We are in need of parent volunteers to help guide and instruct the students in the drumming activity.  Please email Suzanne D’Agostino (suzanne.dagostino@gmail.com) or Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) if you are interested in leading the 4th graders in this Lincoln Tradition.

Please Don’t Forget to Pay 4th Grade Activities Fee

Please click here to pay your $25 4th Grade Activity Fee.This money goes toward the t-shirt that your 4th grader will wear during Field Day and the cost of the 4th grade breakfast celebration on the last day of school.  If you are unsure if you have already paid, please click here and log in to review your order history on the PTO webstore.

Any questions? Contact Suzanne D’Agostino (suzanne.dagostino@gmail.com) or Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com).

Commemorative Video for 4th Graders: Pictures Needed

A video will be shown at the 4th grade breakfast on the morning of June 6. The video will contain pictures of the 4th graders through their years at Lincoln School. So grab a box of tissues and scroll through your old photos. Please begin to gather a variety of photos of your child commemorating all of their years at Lincoln, grades K through 4. We suggest photos from school events, school concerts, class parties, field trips, PTO events, back to school pictures, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, other clubs, youth sports teams, pictures with good Lincoln buddies, etc.  We will set up a method for collecting those photos in the coming weeks.


Important Messages from your School Nurse

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Please remember during cold and flu season to keep your child home if they are sick. If they have a fever they need to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before they can return to school. If they are vomiting and/or have diarrhea, make sure it has been at least 24 hours since the last episode before returning to school. If your child has an excessively runny nose or cannot stop coughing, it may be a good idea to keep them home. This is to protect your child from catching something if their immune system is down, as well as to protect the other students and staff. Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone at Lincoln School healthy.


Attendance Reporting

When reporting your child’s absence please be sure to either use the district attendance e-mail or telephone extension:
1) Lincoln School Attendance Line: 708.366.7340
2) Email 24-7 to lincolnattendance@district90.org

2/4 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Happy February, Happy Super Bowl and Happy Olympics! Based upon the frigid weather of the weekend, I’d say the ground hog’s prediction of 6 more weeks of winter is fairly accurate! I hope you enjoyed the weekend, kept warm and that whatever team you’re cheering for in tonight’s Superbowl is victorious.
You might notice the formatting of our Lincoln Log has been adjusted over the past few weeks. Our communications team has been working to make this publication more user friendly, easier to navigate and graphically appealing. This week’s edition includes a table of contents which allows the reader to view the topics in this edition as well as the opportunity to click on the link in the contents and be taken to that section. (Please note, this feature will only works when reading on a computer. Unfortunately, it is not currently available on mobile devices.)
As I shared a few weeks ago, the 4th graders in Mr. Cheney’s 4th grade class were invited to the Google Headquarters downtown to receive the grand prize award for their submission to the  annual Google Student Film Festival. Josie Kim, William Wegner and Angelina Silvestri, flanked by their mothers, classmates, teacher and principals, accepted this recognition and also shared their film making experience with the over 200 assembled for the ceremony.  As one might expect, Google created an interactive and engaging awards ceremony for the winning films to be viewed, while also inspiring students and adults alike with new ideas and strategies for future films they might make. I look forward to supporting Lincoln School participation in this festival for many years to come! Many thanks to all our Lincoln staff who supported their students’ participation in this festival, including Mr. Cheney and Mrs. Clasky.
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As you are likely aware, D90 has been actively engaging the entire River Forest community in our initiative for embracing and embedding a growth mindset focus into all we do. This initiative was inspired by the work of Carol Dweck in her best selling book “Mindset”.  Over the past months and into the future, our D90 staff has been participating in various professional learning opportunities on this topic. Additionally, there have been several community engagement opportunities, including speakers and workshops, that have provided families and community members with strategies and tools for embracing a growth mindset in our lives and homes. In the event you’ve been unable to read the book or participate in any of the community learning, here is the link to a short video that will hopefully jump start your growth mindset practice:
Due to holidays and teacher institute days, there are several upcoming non-student attendance days:
Monday, February 12, Lincoln’s Birthday- No Teacher/Student Attendance
Tuesday, February 13, Teacher Institute Day- No Student Attendance
Monday, February 19, President’s Day/Teacher Institute Day- No Student Attendance
One of the highlights of the school year is always our Kindergarten Valentine concert. On Wednesday,  February 14, Mrs. Halter, Mrs. Stasys and Mrs. Suzuki welcome our Kindergarten families to attend the performance and reception beginning at 10:00am. Please be sure to check the Kindergarten newsletters for more details.
Finally, this week, our 3rd and 4th grade students will take the CogAT assessment. CogAT is one of several pieces of information that is part of a broader matrix utilized to facilitate placement decisions for specialized accelerated learning.  Results will be shared in the spring, at which point parents will be given instructions on how to access and view individual student profiles. The student profiles will provide parents with insight into their child’s unique profile of strengths and areas for growth, both inside and outside of the classroom environment.
I was rather long winded this week, but hopefully you made it through all of the exciting things happening at Lincoln and D90. As always, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do for you or your kids. Thanks for your support of Lincoln. I hope to see you at the Science Expo on Thursday.
Have a great week. CG

Calendar

Monday, 2/5:

  • PTO Meeting – 8:45am, art room
  • 4th Grade Math Circle – lunch/recess
  • Winter Sports Camp – 3:15-4pm, gym
  • Yoga – 3:15-4:15pm, Mrs. Burns’ Classroom
  • Chess Club – 3:15-4:15, LLC

Tuesday, 2/6:

  • Tennis grades 3/4 – 3:15-4pm, gym
  • Theater Club – 3:15-4:15pm, auditorium

Wednesday, 2/7:

  • Winter Sports Camp – 3:15-4pm, gym

Thursday, 2/8:

  • Tennis grades 1/2 – 3:15-4pm, gym
  • Science Expo – 6:30-7:30pm
Friday, 2/9:
  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am, multi-purpose room
  • Fun Lunch – Pizza


Valentine’s Day and Party Information

A Reminder on Class Parties – As Valentine’s Day parties approach, it is important to remember District 90’s food allergy practices that help keep all our children safe.

Room Parents, please remember to check with your class teacher or the school nurse for a list of food allergies unique to your classroom. Please remember that ALL food items MUST be store bought or made in a licensed commercial kitchen that is nut free. All items must be nut free and not manufactured in a nut facility or on equipment that is shared with any type of nut. This is a school-wide practice regardless of whether there is a child with a nut allergy in the classroom.

In addition, all food items must be free of all allergens unique to the classroom and not manufactured on equipment that is shared with that allergen. (Example: soy, egg, milk)

Also please remember that food cannot be prepared in any way in your homes, i.e., slicing fruit or assembling themed food items. Please also bring in all food items in their original packaging so labels can be reviewed.

We ask for your full cooperation with this. Unfortunately, if something comes in that does not adhere to these rules or contains an allergen, the food will not be able to be served.

A Reminder on Valentine’s Day Cards – Please remember that Valentines should be brought for every student in your child’s classroom. Valentines may NOT contain any type of food or candy items. If your child brings a Valentine with candy attached, we will remove the candy and allow the Valentine to be passed out. If there is no way to separate the candy from the Valentine, unfortunately, the Valentines will not be allowed to be passed out, and we will ask your child to bring the Valentines home. Please help us avoid disappointment and tears and remember not to have candy or food be a part of your child’s Valentine cards.

Thank you all for helping keep all of our students at Lincoln safe.

If you have any questions at all please contact our school nurse, Erin Godellas at godellase@district90.org or 708-366-7340 x 8034.  Please feel free to take a picture and forward any ingredient label that you may have a question about.


Lincoln K-4th Jr. Scientist Expo – February 8th, Volunteers Needed!

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The Lincoln Elementary K-4th Jr. Scientist Exp will be Thursday, February 8th – please sign up to volunteer through Signup Genius.


River Forest Chocolates Shop and Share Fundraiser – February 8th!

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Pick up delicious chocolate treats for your special Valentines this Thursday, February 8th from 11-5pm. River Forest Chocolates will donate 10% of sales from the event back to the Lincoln PTO!  Click here for more details. Thank you for your continued Lincoln PTO support!


One District/One Book

District 90, in partnership with the PTOs, will be hosting several upcoming events as part of the shared reading experience, the One District/One Book effort. This community-wide reading initiative encourages families and residents to read, reflect, and discuss the same book together. All District 90 families, faculty, staff, students, and River Forest residents are encouraged to read and join in the discussion of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck.

The Mindset approach offers a framework to advance one’s efforts in the classroom (for students), at work, with personal relationships, and in the community. School and local librarians are offering other potential book titles with similar themes for novice or young readers.

Mid-February (Coming Soon) 
Please plan to participate in an interactive webinar for anyone interested in understanding the components of the growth mindset approach. More than a concept that relies on positive thinking, the growth mindset approach encourages meeting challenges through a variety of methods. Participants will be able to leverage practical suggestions about the growth mindset approach as they learn how to apply its tenets to all aspects of their lives.

All events are free and open to the public. Please plan to attend one or all of the upcoming One District/One Book events, see attached flyer.


Jump Rope For Heart (grades 1-4) – February 21!

Forms and parent letters were​ sent home with students in grades 1-4. The students who participate in the fundraising event will have from January 31 until February 21 to collect donations.  On February 21, we will celebrate Jump Rope for Heart Day during PE classes. On that day, all the students will jump rope celebrating being heart healthy – all fundraising envelopes should be turned in at that time.  Wondering what Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart is all about? Check it out!

 

Jump Rope For Heart:

Here  are four easy steps to get your student’s online fundraising page set up and start collecting lifesaving donations (or watch this quick video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc9Yz4lNzLU):

  1. Go to your school’s fundraising page: WWW.HEART.ORG/GOTO/LINCOLNRIVERFOREST
  2. Click on the Sign Up button
  3. Create a username and password and then fill out the registration form
  4. Share your personal fundraising link with friends and family right away.

AND/OR Download the FREE mobile app Jump/Hoops and register your student that way

Thank you for joining us as we challenge each other to keep our heart healthy and raise money for kids with special hearts!


International Festival – Sunday, February 25!

Lincoln School and PTO is hosting its third International Fest on Sunday, February 25, from 1-4pm.

Send your child on a journey around the world! In one afternoon, your child will travel through four countries, hosted by Lincoln parents from around the world (plus art teachers Ms. Kozbur!), doing locally themed hands-on projects and activities at each itinerary stop.

The cost of this amazing experience is $5 per child. All travelers will receive a personalized passport and duty free bag. World travel will include age appropriate scavenger hunts with token souvenir prizes! World snacks and drinks will be available for sale in our International Food Court (the gym). Parents and siblings are welcome to wait for their Lincoln Travelers alongside a hands-on international exhibit in the gym.

Due to space and logistical constraints, the World Tour is open to Lincoln students only. Parents may accompany Lincoln students on the tour if need be, but qualified “tour guides” will be helping students find their way, and will be available to assist younger travelers. Franklin Entrance Doors open at 1 pm. Students “tour” from 1:15 to 4 pm. WebStore registration is open until February 16 and will be limited to the first 120 Lincoln students who RSVP. WE EXPECT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TO SELL OUT QUICKLY!

In the event that World Tour sells out, please register on the Wait List free of charge and we will contact you if space opens up.

Parent volunteers are still needed — please sign up on the PTO SignUpGenius.

Questions? Contact Vanessa Druckman (vanessadruckman at gmail.com) or Katie Iammartino (katie_strauss at hotmail.com)


Annual Lincoln School Auction – March 16th!

 We hope you can join us for our school’s annual fundraiser Hoops & Heels on Friday, March 16th at Lake Street Kitchen!  ALL proceeds benefit our kids and our school!
The addition of a live auction last year was a great success and we can’t wait to do it again (along with a silent auction)!  We are in search of new auction items/experiences.  If you have anything you’d be interested in donating or discussing, or if you’re interested in volunteering with the auction committee, please contact our auction chairs Rebecca Ehart (clarkhartwed@gmail.com) or Melissa Bergetz (bergetzm@gmail.com).
Tickets will be available for advance purchase online soon.  More information will be coming in future newsletters.   Looking forward to seeing you there!

Girls On the Run – Registration is open!

Fitness, Empowerment, & Fun? Join Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run is a non-profit, after-school program for 3rd and 4th grade girls that uses the power of running to educate girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The program combines training for a 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive physical and social-emotional development.

WHEN do we meet?
 Twice a week after school for 75 – 90 minutes with your team. The program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Lincoln School starting in March through May and is led by trained, volunteer coaches.  (Cost will be $205/girl for the 12 week season).

Sign up is open! Go to gotrchicago.org to sign up and learn more.  5K Race to be held in Grant Park on Saturday, May 19.

Volunteer as a coach for Girls on the Run!  You don’t need to be a runner or have previous coaching experience – just the passion to change the lives of young girls.

Contact Kristin Bailitz at kristinbailitz@gmail.com if interested.


ATTENTION PARENTS OF 4TH GRADERS

Join in 4th Grade Field Day Activities

Would your son or daughter like to participate in one of Lincoln School’s Field Day traditions? Our kids have excitedly been watching the “big kids” (aka – 4th graders) over the years entertain and kick off Field Day with Drumming and the Maypole Dance. Now it’s their turn to participate! Field Day is currently scheduled for the last day of school, Thursday, June 6. Your 4th grader can choose to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming. We are in need of parent volunteers to help guide and instruct the students in the drumming activity.  Please email Suzanne D’Agostino (suzanne.dagostino@gmail.com) or Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) if you are interested in leading the 4th graders in this Lincoln Tradition.

Please Don’t Forget to Pay 4th Grade Activities Fee

Please click here to pay your $25 4th Grade Activity Fee.This money goes toward the t-shirt that your 4th grader will wear during Field Day and the cost of the 4th grade breakfast celebration on the last day of school.  If you are unsure if you have already paid, please click here and log in to review your order history on the PTO webstore.

Any questions? Contact Suzanne D’Agostino (suzanne.dagostino@gmail.com) or Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com).

Commemorative Video for 4th Graders: Pictures Needed

A video will be shown at the 4th grade breakfast on the morning of June 6. The video will contain pictures of the 4th graders through their years at Lincoln School. So grab a box of tissues and scroll through your old photos. Please begin to gather a variety of photos of your child commemorating all of their years at Lincoln, grades K through 4. We suggest photos from school events, school concerts, class parties, field trips, PTO events, back to school pictures, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, other clubs, youth sports teams, pictures with good Lincoln buddies, etc.  We will set up a method for collecting those photos in the coming weeks.


Important Messages from your School Nurse

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Please remember during cold and flu season to keep your child home if they are sick. If they have a fever they need to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before they can return to school. If they are vomiting and/or have diarrhea, make sure it has been at least 24 hours since the last episode before returning to school. If your child has an excessively runny nose or cannot stop coughing, it may be a good idea to keep them home. This is to protect your child from catching something if their immune system is down, as well as to protect the other students and staff. Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone at Lincoln School healthy.


Attendance Reporting

When reporting your child’s absence please be sure to either use the district attendance e-mail or telephone extension:
1) Lincoln School Attendance Line: 708.366.7340
2) Email 24-7 to lincolnattendance@district90.org

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Lincoln Families,

I hope you had a nice weekend. How is it that January is already coming to a close? Happy February!

Spring parent teacher conferences are right around the corner.  Please don’t forget to reference the message sent by D90 last week for instructions on how to schedule your spring conference. The conference sign-up window will open on Wednesday, January 31.

Please remind anyone you might know with an incoming Kindergartner in the fall about our annual Kindergarten Sneak Peek. This Thursday, February 1 at 7:00pm, new families are welcome to come learn all about Kindergarten at Lincoln School. This event will serve as the kick-off for 2018-19 Kindergarten registration.

As you are aware, D90 has embarked upon a voyage of learning about and implementing growth mindset practices in our school, community and personal lives. Over the past few weeks D90 has hosted learning events for teachers and community members. On Saturday, February 3 we are excited to present another community learning opportunity. Kids are also welcome to attend. More information can be found below. I hope you’ll consider joining us!

Finally, don’t forget to save the date for Friday, March 16 for the annual Lincoln School Auction, Hoops and Heels! This is always a fun evening to come out and celebrate our Fine Fine School!

As always, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to better support your family/kids. Have a great week. CG


Calendar

Monday, 1/29:

  • 4th Grade Math Circle – lunch/recess
  • Winter Sports Camp – 3:15-4pm, gym
  • Yoga – 3:15-4:15pm, multipurpose room
  • Chess Club – 3:15-4:15, LLC

Tuesday, 1/30:

  • Tennis grades 3/4 – 3:15-4pm, gym
  • Theater Club – 3:15-4:15, auditorium

Wednesday, 1/31:

  • Parent/teacher conference sign-ups open at 7am (conferences are 3/1 and 3/2)
  • Winter Sports Camp – 3:15-4pm, gym
  • Technology Town Hall – 7pm, Roosevelt auditorium

Thursday, 2/1:

  • Tennis grades 1/2 – 3:15-4, gym
  • 4th grade Cheney field trip to Google
  • Kindergarten Sneak Peek – 7pm, Lincoln auditorium
Friday, 2/2:
  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am, multi-purpose room
  • 4th grade field trip to Chicago History Museum
  • Fun Lunch (grades 1-3) – Subs

Saturday, 2/3:

  • One District/One Book event – 11:30-2:30, Roosevelt

​Technology Town Hall – Wednesday January 31 at 7pm

Please consider attending a Town Hall Forum on social media use by students. The Forum will be held on Wednesday, January 31 at 7 p.m. in the Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium. The topic is iScreen, You Screen, Wii All Screen: A Family Guide to Media Use.  [Town Hall Flyer]

Drs. Scott Goldstein and Rebecca Unger of Northwestern Children’s Practice will provide information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for screen use by youngsters including introducing technology to children, balancing media use with healthy behaviors, benefits and drawbacks of social media, and addressing some of the issues that arise from screen and technology use. They will also provide practical tips for parents to help oversee their children’s screen and technology use. Members of the D90 technology staff will also review pertinent Board of Education policies regarding technology use and how the District uses technology to support classroom instruction. The presentations will provide useful information on monitoring and managing your student’s screen time, while also offering suggestions to help develop sound digital citizenship among students.

This Town Hall Forum will serve as the Committee of the Whole meeting. Please bring your questions, insights, and a friend.​


One District/One Book – Next event is Saturday, 2/3!

District 90, in partnership with the PTOs, will be hosting several upcoming events as part of the shared reading experience, the One District/One Book effort. This community-wide reading initiative encourages families and residents to read, reflect, and discuss the same book together. All District 90 families, faculty, staff, students, and River Forest residents are encouraged to read and join in the discussion of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck.

The Mindset approach offers a framework to advance one’s efforts in the classroom (for students), at work, with personal relationships, and in the community. School and local librarians are offering other potential book titles with similar themes for novice or young readers.

Join the Conversation
Please join the discussion about adopting and/or supporting a growth mindset. Several events will expound on the growth mindset approach and its importance to school success. Suggestions and practical tips will also be provided to help participants support growth mindset concepts at work, in relationships and community service, and in the classroom. The session will help you identify your own personal mindset approach and ways to strengthen or transform it.

Saturday, February 3
Roosevelt Middle School
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Please join the discussion during an interactive presentation by Dr. Ann Batenburg of Mindset Works. This presentation will help everyone learn about the benefits of applying the growth mindset concepts to all aspects of their lives. Participants are invited to continue the conversation following Dr. Ann Batenburg’s presentation by joining facilitated breakout sessions afterward.

Mid-February (Coming Soon) 
Please plan to participate in an interactive webinar for anyone interested in understanding the components of the growth mindset approach. More than a concept that relies on positive thinking, the growth mindset approach encourages meeting challenges through a variety of methods. Participants will be able to leverage practical suggestions about the growth mindset approach as they learn how to apply its tenets to all aspects of their lives.

All events are free and open to the public. Please plan to attend one or all of the upcoming One District/One Book events, see attached flyer.


Important Messages from your School Nurse

Image result for nurse cross

Please remember during cold and flu season to keep your child home if they are sick. If they have a fever they need to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before they can return to school. If they are vomiting and/or have diarrhea, make sure it has been at least 24 hours since the last episode before returning to school. If your child has an excessively runny nose or cannot stop coughing, it may be a good idea to keep them home. This is to protect your child from catching something if their immune system is down, as well as to protect the other students and staff. Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone at Lincoln School healthy.

Valentines Day and Party Info:

A Reminder on Class Parties – As Valentine’s Day parties approach, it is important to remember District 90’s food allergy practices that help keep all our children safe.

Room Parents, please remember to check with your class teacher or the school nurse for a list of food allergies unique to your classroom. Please remember that ALL food items MUST be store bought or made in a licensed commercial kitchen that is nut free. All items must be nut free and not manufactured in a nut facility or on equipment that is shared with any type of nut. This is a school-wide practice regardless of whether there is a child with a nut allergy in the classroom.

In addition, all food items must be free of all allergens unique to the classroom and not manufactured on equipment that is shared with that allergen. (Example: soy, egg, milk)

Also please remember that food cannot be prepared in any way in your homes, i.e., slicing fruit or assembling themed food items. Please also bring in all food items in their original packaging so labels can be reviewed.

We ask for your full cooperation with this. Unfortunately, if something comes in that does not adhere to these rules or contains an allergen, the food will not be able to be served.

A Reminder on Valentine’s Day Cards – Please remember that Valentines should be brought for every student in your child’s classroom. Valentines may NOT contain any type of food or candy items. If your child brings a Valentine with candy attached, we will remove the candy and allow the Valentine to be passed out. If there is no way to separate the candy from the Valentine, unfortunately, the Valentines will not be allowed to be passed out, and we will ask your child to bring the Valentines home. Please help us avoid disappointment and tears and remember not to have candy or food be a part of your child’s Valentine cards.

Thank you all for helping keep all of our students at Lincoln safe.

If you have any questions at all please contact our school nurse, Erin Godellas at godellase@district90.org or 708-366-7340 x 8034.  Please feel free to take a picture and forward any ingredient label that you may have a question about.


Attendance Reporting

When reporting your child’s absence please be sure to either use the district attendance e-mail or telephone extension:
1) Lincoln School Attendance Line: 708.366.7340
2) Email 24-7 to lincolnattendance@district90.org


Lincoln K-4th Jr. Scientist Expo – Volunteers Needed!

Image result for science expo

The Lincoln Elementary K-4th Jr. Scientist Exp will be Thursday, February 8th – please sign up to volunteer through Signup Genius.


Girls On the Run – Registration is open!

Fitness, Empowerment, & Fun? Join Girls on the Run!

 

 

Girls on the Run is a non-profit, after-school program for 3rd and 4th grade girls that uses the power of running to educate girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The program combines training for a 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive physical and social-emotional development.

WHEN do we meet?
 Twice a week after school for 75 – 90 minutes with your team. The program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Lincoln School starting in March through May and is led by trained, volunteer coaches.  (Cost will be $205/girl for the 12 week season).

Sign up is open! Go to gotrchicago.org to sign up and learn more.  5K Race to be held in Grant Park on Saturday, May 19.

Volunteer as a coach for Girls on the Run!  You don’t need to be a runner or have previous coaching experience – just the passion to change the lives of young girls.

Contact Kristin Bailitz at kristinbailitz@gmail.com if interested.


Jump Rope For Heart (grades 1-4)

 

 

 

Forms and parent letters were​ sent home with students in grades 1-4. The students who participate in the fundraising event will have from January 31 until February 21 to collect donations.  On February 21 , we will celebrate Jump Rope for Heart Day during PE classes. On that day, all the students will jump rope celebrating being heart healthy. On that day, all fundraising envelopes should be turned in


International Festival

 

 

Lincoln School and PTO is hosting its third International Fest on Sunday, February 25, from 1-4pm.

Send your child on a journey around the world! In one afternoon, your child will travel through four countries, hosted by Lincoln parents from around the world (plus art teachers Ms. Kozbur!), doing locally themed hands-on projects and activities at each itinerary stop.

The cost of this amazing experience is $5 per child. All travelers will receive a personalized passport and duty free bag. World travel will include age appropriate scavenger hunts with token souvenir prizes! World snacks and drinks will be available for sale in our International Food Court (the gym). Parents and siblings are welcome to wait for their Lincoln Travelers alongside a hands-on international exhibit in the gym.

Due to space and logistical constraints, the World Tour is open to Lincoln students only. Parents may accompany Lincoln students on the tour if need be, but qualified “tour guides” will be helping students find their way, and will be available to assist younger travelers. Franklin Entrance Doors open at 1 pm. Students “tour” from 1:15 to 4 pm. WebStore registration is open until February 16 and will be limited to the first 120 Lincoln students who RSVP. WE EXPECT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TO SELL OUT QUICKLY!

In the event that World Tour sells out, please register on the Wait List free of charge and we will contact you if space opens up.

Parent volunteers are still needed — please sign up on the PTO SignUpGenius.

Questions? Contact Vanessa Druckman (vanessadruckman at gmail.com) or Katie Iammartino (katie_strauss at hotmail.com)


Annual Lincoln School Auction – March 16th!

 We hope you can join us for our school’s annual fundraiser Hoops & Heels on Friday, March 16th at Lake Street Kitchen!  ALL proceeds benefit our kids and our school!
The addition of a live auction last year was a great success and we can’t wait to do it again (along with a silent auction)!  We are in search of new auction items/experiences.  If you have anything you’d be interested in donating or discussing, or if you’re interested in volunteering with the auction committee, please contact our auction chairs Rebecca Ehart (clarkhartwed@gmail.com) or Melissa Bergetz (bergetzm@gmail.com).
Tickets will be available for advance purchase online soon.  More information will be coming in future newsletters.   Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Lincoln Families,

I hope you enjoyed the weekend and the balmy weather! It was nice to discard the hat and gloves for a few days!
Student safety is always atop the priority list at Lincoln School and in District 90. Last week, the D90 School Board approved a partnership with The Village of River Forest to work with an outside contractor to conduct a safer routes to school evaluation of all intersections, crosswalks, crossing guards, etc. in our attendance area.  Once completed, the recommendation of this study will be shared with community stakeholders for discussion/implementation. While this study won’t erase the accident that occurred in December, it will shed new light and ideas on the all important mission of keeping our kids safe.
On Thursday, February 1 at 6:30pm, Lincoln will host our annual Kindergarten Sneak Peek/Information night. Please encourage any family or friends you know with kindergarten aged students to attend to learn more about Kindergarten at Lincoln and D90.
Over the past two years, D90 has implemented new research based curriculum in the areas of writing and math. Over the next few weeks, teachers will be engaged in some ongoing professional development in both content areas led by consultants from UIC and Columbia Teachers College in New York. While it is never optimal for teachers to be away from their classrooms, this job embedded professional development is essential to the successful implementation and reflection of these incredible writing and math resources.
As always, thank you for your continued support of Lincoln School. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to better support your kids/family. Have a great week. CG

Calendar

Monday, 1/22:

  • Winter Sports Camp – 3:15-4pm, gym
  • Yoga – 3:15-4:15pm, multipurpose room

Tuesday, 1/23:

  • 3rd Grade Briggs/Burns Field Trip to MOSI
  • Tennis grades 3/4 – 3:15-4pm, gym

Wednesday, 1/24:

  • 3rd Grade Mares/McCole Field Trip to MOSI
  • 4th Grade Benjamin Franklin Assembly – 2pm
  • Winter Sports Camp – 3:15-4pm, gym

Thursday, 1/25:

  • Tennis grades 1/2 – 3:15-4, gym
Friday, 1/26:
  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am, multi-purpose room
  • Fun Lunch – Chicken Tenders/Veggie Burgers


​Order Spring Fun Lunch by Midnight Tonight (with late fee)!

Fall Fun Lunch has ended. If your child wants additional fun lunches for 2018, you must register on the PTO Web StorePlace your order (with late fee) by midnight tonight!  Please check with your children to see if their tastes have changed before registering.


Technology Town Hall – Wednesday January 31 at 7pm

Please consider attending a Town Hall Forum on social media use by students. The Forum will be held on Wednesday, January 31 at 7 p.m. in the Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium. The topic is iScreen, You Screen, Wii All Screen: A Family Guide to Media Use.

Drs. Scott Goldstein and Rebecca Unger of Northwestern Children’s Practice will provide information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for screen use by youngsters including introducing technology to children, balancing media use with healthy behaviors, benefits and drawbacks of social media, and addressing some of the issues that arise from screen and technology use. They will also provide practical tips for parents to help oversee their children’s screen and technology use. Members of the D90 technology staff will also review pertinent Board of Education policies regarding technology use and how the District uses technology to support classroom instruction. The presentations will provide useful information on monitoring and managing your student’s screen time, while also offering suggestions to help develop sound digital citizenship among students.

This Town Hall Forum will serve as the Committee of the Whole meeting. Please bring your questions, insights, and a friend.​


One District/One Book – Next event is Saturday, 2/3!

District 90, in partnership with the PTOs, will be hosting several upcoming events as part of the shared reading experience, the One District/One Book effort. This community-wide reading initiative encourages families and residents to read, reflect, and discuss the same book together. All District 90 families, faculty, staff, students, and River Forest residents are encouraged to read and join in the discussion of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck.

The Mindset approach offers a framework to advance one’s efforts in the classroom (for students), at work, with personal relationships, and in the community. School and local librarians are offering other potential book titles with similar themes for novice or young readers.

Join the Conversation
Please join the discussion about adopting and/or supporting a growth mindset. Several events will expound on the growth mindset approach and its importance to school success. Suggestions and practical tips will also be provided to help participants support growth mindset concepts at work, in relationships and community service, and in the classroom. The session will help you identify your own personal mindset approach and ways to strengthen or transform it.

Saturday, February 3
Roosevelt Middle School
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Please join the discussion during an interactive presentation by Dr. Ann Batenburg of Mindset Works. This presentation will help everyone learn about the benefits of applying the growth mindset concepts to all aspects of their lives. Participants are invited to continue the conversation following Dr. Ann Batenburg’s presentation by joining facilitated breakout sessions afterward.

Mid-February (Coming Soon) 
Please plan to participate in an interactive webinar for anyone interested in understanding the components of the growth mindset approach. More than a concept that relies on positive thinking, the growth mindset approach encourages meeting challenges through a variety of methods. Participants will be able to leverage practical suggestions about the growth mindset approach as they learn how to apply its tenets to all aspects of their lives.

All events are free and open to the public. Please plan to attend one or all of the upcoming One District/One Book events, see attached flyer.


Important Messages from your School Nurse

Image result for nurse cross

Please remember during cold and flu season to keep your child home if they are sick. If they have a fever they need to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before they can return to school. If they are vomiting and/or have diarrhea, make sure it has been at least 24 hours since the last episode before returning to school. If your child has an excessively runny nose or cannot stop coughing, it may be a good idea to keep them home. This is to protect your child from catching something if their immune system is down, as well as to protect the other students and staff. Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone at Lincoln School healthy.

Valentines Day and Party Info:

A Reminder on Class Parties – As Valentine’s Day parties approach, it is important to remember District 90’s food allergy practices that help keep all our children safe.

Room Parents, please remember to check with your class teacher or the school nurse for a list of food allergies unique to your classroom. Please remember that ALL food items MUST be store bought or made in a licensed commercial kitchen that is nut free. All items must be nut free and not manufactured in a nut facility or on equipment that is shared with any type of nut. This is a school-wide practice regardless of whether there is a child with a nut allergy in the classroom.

In addition, all food items must be free of all allergens unique to the classroom and not manufactured on equipment that is shared with that allergen. (Example: soy, egg, milk)

Also please remember that food cannot be prepared in any way in your homes, i.e., slicing fruit or assembling themed food items. Please also bring in all food items in their original packaging so labels can be reviewed.

We ask for your full cooperation with this. Unfortunately, if something comes in that does not adhere to these rules or contains an allergen, the food will not be able to be served.

A Reminder on Valentine’s Day Cards – Please remember that Valentines should be brought for every student in your child’s classroom. Valentines may NOT contain any type of food or candy items. If your child brings a Valentine with candy attached, we will remove the candy and allow the Valentine to be passed out. If there is no way to separate the candy from the Valentine, unfortunately, the Valentines will not be allowed to be passed out, and we will ask your child to bring the Valentines home. Please help us avoid disappointment and tears and remember not to have candy or food be a part of your child’s Valentine cards.

Thank you all for helping keep all of our students at Lincoln safe.

If you have any questions at all please contact our school nurse, Erin Godellas at godellase@district90.org or 708-366-7340 x 8034.  Please feel free to take a picture and forward any ingredient label that you may have a question about.


Attendance Reporting

When reporting your child’s absence please be sure to either use the district attendance e-mail or telephone extension:
1) Lincoln School Attendance Line: 708.366.7340
2) Email 24-7 to lincolnattendance@district90.org


Lincoln Elementary K-4th Jr. Scientist Expo – Volunteers Needed!

Image result for science expo
The Lincoln Elementary K-4th Jr. Scientist Exp will be Thursday, February 8th – please sign up to volunteer through Signup Genius.


Chess Club – Registration is open!

Chess Club begins next week!

Meetings will be held from 3:15-4:15pm in the Lincoln Library on the following Mondays: 1/29, 2/5, 2/26, 3/12, 3/19, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16.

Registration is open NOW!  Maximum of 20 kids.  Kids should bring a nut free snack and a water bottle.  Please contact Derek Flynn (derek.flynn AT gmail.com) with any questions.


Girls On the Run – Registration is open!

Fitness, Empowerment, & Fun? Join Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run is a non-profit, after-school program for 3rd and 4th grade girls that uses the power of running to educate girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The program combines training for a 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive physical and social-emotional development.

WHEN do we meet?
 Twice a week after school for 75 – 90 minutes with your team. The program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Lincoln School starting in March through May and is led by trained, volunteer coaches.  (Cost will be $205/girl for the 12 week season).

Sign up is open! Go to gotrchicago.org to sign up and learn more.  5K Race to be held in Grant Park on Saturday, May 19.

Volunteer as a coach for Girls on the Run!  You don’t need to be a runner or have previous coaching experience – just the passion to change the lives of young girls.

Contact Kristin Bailitz at kristinbailitz@gmail.com if interested.


Jump Rope For Heart

Students in 1st-4th grade:

Our school is getting ready to kick-off another Jump Rope For Heart for the American Heart Association!  We are so excited to teach your student how to care for their heart.  Our Jump Rope for Heart event will be on February 21st during school.

Our American Heart Association representative will be joining us at school on JANUARY 31 to talk with our students about the work the AHA does and challenge them to start living a healthy lifestyle,   Information and letters  to parents for collecting  donations will go home with the 1st- 4th grade students on Friday February 2. Here’s a quick 15 minute video you can watch at home with your child to learn more about our event this year.


International Festival

Lincoln School and PTO is hosting its third International Fest on Sunday, February 25, from 1-4pm.

Send your child on a journey around the world! In one afternoon, your child will travel through four countries, hosted by Lincoln parents from around the world (plus art teachers Ms. Kozbur!), doing locally themed hands-on projects and activities at each itinerary stop.

The cost of this amazing experience is $5 per child. All travelers will receive a personalized passport and duty free bag. World travel will include age appropriate scavenger hunts with token souvenir prizes! World snacks and drinks will be available for sale in our International Food Court (the gym). Parents and siblings are welcome to wait for their Lincoln Travelers alongside a hands-on international exhibit in the gym.

Due to space and logistical constraints, the World Tour is open to Lincoln students only. Parents may accompany Lincoln students on the tour if need be, but qualified “tour guides” will be helping students find their way, and will be available to assist younger travelers. Franklin Entrance Doors open at 1 pm. Students “tour” from 1:15 to 4 pm. WebStore registration is open from January 22 to February 16 and will be limited to the first 120 Lincoln students who RSVP. WE EXPECT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TO SELL OUT QUICKLY!

In the event that World Tour sells out, please register on the Wait List free of charge and we will contact you if space opens up.

Parent volunteers are still needed — please sign up on the PTO SignUpGenius.

Questions? Contact Vanessa Druckman (vanessadruckman at gmail.com) or Katie Iammartino (katie_strauss at hotmail.com).


Annual Lincoln School Auction – Save the date: March 16th!

 We hope you can join us for our school’s annual fundraiser Hoops & Heels on Friday, March 16th at Lake Street Ktichen!  ALL proceeds benefit our kids and our school!
 
The addition of a live auction last year was a great success and we can’t wait to do it again (along with a silent auction)!  We are in search of new auction items/experiences.  If you have anything you’d be interested in donating or discussing, or if you’re interested in volunteering with the auction committee, please contact our auction chairs Rebecca Ehart (clarkhartwed@gmail.com) or Melissa Bergetz (bergetzm@gmail.com). 
 
Tickets will be available for advance purchase online soon.  More information will be coming in future newsletters.  
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Library Volunteers Wanted

Do you love books and kids?  Do you have 30 minutes to spare?  If you answered yes, then the Lincoln Library is looking for you!  We have a small but mighty group of volunteers who shelve the books, but would love to have a few more.  Lincoln students read a lot of books and all those books must go back on the shelves!  Best times are right after drop off and at 2:30 before pick up.  If there’s another time you can make it, let’s chat!  Please contact Mrs. Brauweiler (brauweilerd@district90.org) directly to become a Lincoln Library volunteer!​