9/23 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

On Tuesday, September 18, Lincoln celebrated our second annual International DOT Day, inspired by the book “The DOT” by Peter H. Reynolds. The DOT reminds us that everyone can leave their own unique mark on the world by expressing their individuality and creativity. To celebrate, everyone was encouraged to wear dots, classes participated in various activities and in art class each student designed their own unique dot that was then turned into artwork that you can see outside of the office!  Below is a picture of our staff wearing their dots in front of the student dot artwork.

This week looks to be a busy one at our Fine Fine School.

For the past several years, D90 has partnered with The Teachers College of New York to support our teachers ongoing professional development in the areas of reading and writing. This week Lincoln School will host all the K-2 teachers at both Lincoln and Willard schools as we begin our third year of partnership with the Teachers College. During these sessions, our Teachers College consultants use our classrooms as lab sites to model lessons and strategies for our teachers. We are grateful for this incredible partnership and look forward to another great week of professional learning.

Also, this week brings our Fall NWEA MAP assessment. This assessment is for 2nd-4th graders and is administered in the areas of Literacy and Math. Below is the schedule.

Finally, don’t forget Friday, September 28 is an 11:25 release for students. During the afternoon Teacher Institute Day, our staff will participate in our continued professional learning surrounding best practices in creating equitable learning environments.

Enjoy this final week of September! Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can ever do to better support your kids and your family. Thanks for your support of our Fine Fine School. CG


Calendar

Monday, September 24:

  • 4th grade MAP – math
  • HEROBoys – 3:10-4:15pm, gym
  • Yoga – 3:15-4:15, room 22D

Tuesday, September 25:

  • 4th grade MAP – reading

Wednesday, September 26:

  • 3rd grade MAP – math
  • Waste Free Wednesday

Thursday, September 27:

  • 3rd grade MAP – reading
  • Wonder Readers – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Fun Lunch – Pizza

Friday, September 28:

  • Wonder Writers  – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • EARLY DISMISSAL – 11:30am (AM kindergarten attends)

 


Guest social worker

Congratulations to Mrs. Payton and her family on the arrival of their healthy new baby boy Felix!  Felix was born on Thursday, September 20. During her absence we are excited to welcome Ms. Bridget Gilmartin, who will be covering all social work services during Sharon’s absence. Attached is a letter from Ms. Payton.  Should you need to be in contact with Ms. Gilmartin, she can be reached at gilmartinb@district90.org or by calling the school at 708.366.7340. We look forward to having Bridget as part of our Fine Fine School through early January.


Lincoln spirit wear available through 9/30!

This is the last week to order your spirit wear. Show your Lincoln spirit with t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts and more while raising funds for our school. The Lincoln PTO receives a percentage of the sale proceeds.

Please turn in your flyers to the office by SEPTEMBER 30th or order online here. All orders ship to Lincoln and will be given to your child to bring home.

Please direct any questions to Jennifer Nelson (jennifernelson77@gmail.com). Thank you for your support!

 

 


Fall Tennis – registration opens 9/30

Registration for fall tennis will open next Sunday, 9/30 at 5pm. Tennis will be taught by Mirka and Luka Bagos, professional coaches of Play For Lot, outside on the Franklin-side playground (weather permitting).  If it’s raining, tennis will meet in the gym.

The program welcomes children of all skill levels. Children need to wear gym shoes and comfortable clothes.  No racket needed.

Dates:

  • 1/2 grades: 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29
  • 3/4 grades: 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13

Cost:  $80 for 6 weeks.

Contact Nikki Elza, njselza@comcast.net, with any questions.


Waste Free Wednesdays start THIS WEEK!

Last year, District 90 adopted a new Core Value to the Strategic Plan:

“We believe in ensuring a sustainable future for and with our students.  We will model sustainable practices for our students and community, and we will provide opportunities to learn about and engage in sustainable practices.”

In this spirit….WASTE FREE WEDNESDAYS are starting THIS WEEK!

Pack a waste free lunch on all Wednesdays, starting THIS WEDNESDAY!  This gives parents at home, members of the Green4Good committee, as well as lunch room leaders (4th grade) and lunch room supervisors, the opportunity to teach ALL Lincoln students how to incorporate sustainability practices into their own lives by reducing the amount of waste we send to landfills at lunchtime.  Each student with a waste free lunch will receive a special Green4Good hand stamp.

waste free lunch CAN include:

  • REUSABLE items: Tupperware-like containers and Bento boxes, Thermos, Washable utensils, Washable Cloth sandwich / snack bags
  • RECYCLABLE items: Hard plastics #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 (NOT #6) ALL WITHOUT any soft plastic or aluminum-type lid attached, Aluminum Foil
  • COMPOSTABLE items: Paper napkins, Wax paper wraps, Brown paper bags

waste free lunch CANNOT include any packaging that must go to the LANDFILL. Some examples are: Chip bags, Granola bar wrappers, Apple sauce squeeze containers, Fruit/pudding/yogurt cups with the soft plastic or aluminum-type lid attached, String cheese wrapped in plastic, Yogurt sticks, Ziploc bags, Saran Wrap

We hope to have great participation all year in WASTE FREE WEDNESDAYS!!

Lincoln’s Green4Good Committee always welcomes new members!  If you’re interested in supporting the sustainability programs at our school or just want more information, please go the the PTO Volunteer Sign Up Genius or reach out to Alexis Murphy (Alexis_murphy@hotmail.com) or Renee Sichlau (rsichlau@hotmail.com).


Reminder – Picture Day is 10/2

Be sure to mark your calendar for Lincoln Picture Day – Tuesday, October 2. Order forms came home with your student last week.  Pictures can also be ordered online at www.ordervgil.com (school code 20077101).

 


Room family meeting

Those who volunteered as room families should plan to attend one of the informational meetings this week: Monday, September 24 at 9 AM in the art room or Wednesday, September 26 at 7 PM in the multi-purpose room. We look forward to seeing you there!  Questions – contact Katie Bevan at kabevan@gmail.com.


The Library Lowdown

Volunteers Needed – Do you love books? Do you love to organize? If yes, please consider becoming a Lincoln Library volunteer. Over 25,000 books were checked out last year. Of course, what goes out, must come back! Volunteers are extremely vital to the library. They help to get the books back on the shelves quickly so they can be checked out by new students, as well as leave the library staff with valuable time to create great programs.

The timing is flexible – either at beginning of the day (walk your kids to school and stay for a bit) or at the end of the day (come early and get a good parking spot). Most volunteers come in weekly – but we are very flexible with schedules!

If you’d like more information, please email Ms. Brauweiler (brauweilerd@district90.org) directly – she’d love to talk with you!


New kindergarten Daisy troop – parent meeting tomorrow

A new Girl Scouts Daisies group is forming for Kindergarten girls. We will be doing various activities and crafts, earning badges, and most importantly, making new friends, creating memories and having fun. Contact Diana Oshen Jacquez to sign up or for more details/questions you may have about the Daisies at (dloshen@gmail.com), or stop in tomorrow, 9/24, between 7-8pm at the Community Room at the River Forest Public Library for a Kindergarten Daisies Informational Meeting.


Purchase with purpose ~ you shop, Amazon donates.


Simply visit http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4043619 to shop and Amazon will donate a % of eligible purchases back to Lincoln PTO of River Forest District 90. Every item available for purchase on Amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. Thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO!  The name to search is “Lincoln Parent-Teacher Organization of River Forest”

 


One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest

The One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest is accepting submissions now through January 13, 2019.

Encourage your child (and friends!) to make a 3 to 8 minute film about one of 6 sustainability topics: energy, food, transportation, waste, water, or open space/ecosystems. They should show a problem with their topic and then a solution.

Prizes are $100 for grades 3 to 5, $200 for grades 6 to 8, $350 for grades 9 to 11, and up. In addition, the winners will receive a matching grant to donate to a non-profit that supports the theme of their film. All winning films will premiere at the Gene Siskel Center as part of the One Earth Film Festival in March 2019.

For more information and to watch a 1.5 minute video explaining the contest, go here: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-details/


We need your help!


Art Appreciation Help Needed! We would love any and all help for this years program! This is not a huge commitment and you do not need to be artistic at all! Everything is set up and your pick the artist and project- very easy and a great way to be in your child’s class 3 to 4 times a year!
Please sign up on signup genius for your child’s class or email Elizabeth Roginski at elizabethaugust@atproperties.com

More volunteer opportunities: There are many different ways to volunteer at Lincoln! You can sign up for one time volunteer slots at events like the pancake breakfast or for recurring volunteer slots like fun lunch. Some volunteer opportunities can be done at home while others take place at school or in the classroom.

The sign up genius page for 2018-2019 Volunteer registration is open and can be accessed from the PTO website or the Webstore. Even if you can only commit to an hour a month, your help will be very appreciated. We thank you in advance!

9/16 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families
I hope you enjoyed our absolutely beautiful weekend.

Thank you so much for taking the time from your busy schedules to attend our annual Open House last week. It’s the only time we get each year to have the captive audience of all Lincoln families to share the exciting work that goes into bringing our Fine Fine School to life each day! I am hopeful you found our time together to be informative and most importantly community building. There is no school community quite like the one we collectively create for our kids here at Lincoln and I’m most appreciative to be a part of this special community and our Fine Fine School!

As shared in my Open House presentation the staff at Lincoln have really embraced the concept of Growth Mindset. It has been incredible to watch Lincoln evolve into a community that nurtures productive struggle and the power of Yet! Attached is a short video I feel models perfectly the type of environment we are striving to create for your kids. I hope you enjoy!

The Importance of Struggle

Finally, in the coming weeks we will conclude our fall benchmark assessing of students with the administration of the NWEA MAP assessment. MAP is given to all 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students in the content area of Math and Literacy. This assessment provides teachers detailed data assists teachers in establishing learning targets while aiding in the creation of differentiated instruction for all students. The schedule for our Fall MAP testing is below.

Quote of the Week: “If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere!” ~ Frank A. Clark
As always, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to better support your family or your kids. Thanks so much for your continued support of our Fine Fine School! Enjoy the beautiful week ahead. CG

 CG

Calendar

Monday, September 17:

  • HEROBoys, 3:10-4:30pm, gym

Tuesday, September 18:

  • Theater Club 3:15-4:15

Wednesday, September 19:

  • NO SCHOOL – YOM KIPPUR

Thursday, September 20:

  • 7:30am – Wonder Readers

Friday, September 21:

  • 7:30am – Wonder Writers
  • Fun Lunch – Sliders

 


Lincoln spirit wear available!

Show your Lincoln spirit with t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts and more while raising funds for our school. The Lincoln PTO gets a percentage of the sale proceeds.

Be on the look out for a flyer coming home in this weeks Friday folder or order online here. All orders ship to Lincoln and will be given to your child to bring home.

Please direct any questions to Jennifer Nelson (jennifernelson77@gmail.com). Thank you for your support! 


Connect4Kids Family Flow Yoga for Grades 1-4 – registration opens today!

FlyerCalling all Yogis! Adrienne Smith and Laurie Solberg of Family Flow Yoga will be teaching children’s yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students.

Classes start Monday, September 24, it is $80 for the 6 week session.

Class dates are 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 and 11/5, and will be from 3:15-4:15pm in the gym.

The program will provide children with an opportunity to foster greater self-awareness and improve their concentration and self-confidence. The team will introduce the children to the fundamentals of yoga and incorporate social-emotional themes.  Registration opens Sunday, September 16 at 5pm on the PTO Webstore!

Please be aware that PTO sponsored events are facilitated by volunteers and instructors solicited by the PTO. D90 personnel are often times are not in attendance or on the school premises.


The Library Lowdown

 Dot Day – Tuesday, September 18th
Lincoln will be celebrating International Dot Day on Tuesday 9/18. Please encourage your students wear polka dots that day.

Author Visit

The author visit was a great success. She had such a positive message to share with the students. Many students learned to draw peace dragons and most everyone went home with a souvenir of her visit. Students can pick up their ordered books on Monday.

We have some autographed books still available. The deadline for these books is Tuesday, September 18th.
It will not be personalized with your child’s name, but will be autographed. On Wednesday, September 19th, any remaining books will be sent back to the bookstore.

Volunteers NeededDo you love books? Do you love to organize? If yes, please consider becoming a Lincoln Library volunteer. Over 25,000 books were checked out last year. Of course, what goes out, must come back! Volunteers are extremely vital to the library. They help to get the books back on the shelves quickly so they can be checked out by new students, as well as leave the library staff with valuable time to create great programs.

The timing is flexible – either at beginning of the day (walk your kids to school and stay for a bit) or at the end of the day (come early and get a good parking spot). Most volunteers come in weekly – but we are very flexible with schedules!

If you’d like more information, please email Ms. Brauweiler (brauweilerd@district90.org) directly – she’d love to talk with you!


Wonder Writers starts on 9/21!

Do you have a story inside your head just waiting to be told? Is there a poem you can’t stop thinking about? Do you want to work on your skills as an illustrator? Are you counting the days until the Young Authors Celebration? Then mark your calendars and set your alarm clocks for Friday, September 21, 7:30 am in the Multi Purpose Room. All first through fourth graders are invited to join in, unleash your imagination, and discover where your thoughts can take you.


Wonder Readers – Attention third and fourth graders!

Image result for reading imagesDo you go to sleep with an open book next to you? Do you wake up in the morning and read a few pages before coming to school? Do you sneak into a quiet spot to have some alone time with a book you just can’t put down? Do you think about books and ache to share your thinking? Do you want to talk to other Lincoln Eagles about books? We have a place for that.

Come and join Wonder Readers on Thursday, September 20, at 7:30 am in Mrs. Mares classroom. Mrs. Nichols and Mrs. Moriarty will facilitate the discussions and help guide you on this reading journey. Wonder Readers is not a place to catch up on homework or write responses to lots of questions. Wonder Readers is not a reading intervention. Wonder Readers is having another opportunity to grow a love for reading. Come with a book or two you read this summer and want to discuss. Come discover the possibilities reading brings.


3rd and 4th Grade Coding Club! REGISTER TODAY

Image result for coding imagesMrs. Mares and Mrs. Clasky would like to encourage interested 3rd and 4th grade students to join them in Mrs. Mares’s room for Coding Club on Thursdays from 11:30-12:30. We will be using apps such as Hopscotch and Swift Playgrounds to learn and practice the fundamentals of coding including sequences, events, loops, variables, conditionals, and more. Our lessons will be based on Common Core Standards for Math, Next Generation Science Standards, and the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards. Coding helps develop patience and perseverance—mistakes are welcome because we learn from them! To maximize the experience for all kids this club will be capped at 30 students.

The first session is Thursday, September 20th, the final session is Thursday, December 20th. We will not meet on November 8th (conferences) or November 22nd (Thanksgiving). Parents are invited to attend our final session on December 20th to celebrate and showcase student projects.

Club dates: Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 1, Nov 15, Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 13, Dec 20

Time: Thursdays during lunch

Location: Mrs. Mares’s Room; bring your nut free lunch!

Registration: Opens Sunday, September 16 on the PTO Webstore!


New Girl Scout Daisy Troop – Calling all Kindergarten Girls!

A new Girl Scouts Daisies group is forming for Kindergarten girls. We will be doing various activities and crafts, earning badges, and most importantly, making new friends, creating memories and having fun. Contact Diana Oshen Jacquez to sign up or for more details/questions you may have about the Daisies at (dloshen@gmail.com). We are also looking for a parent to participate as a troop co-leader. We hope you can join us.


Purchase with purpose ~ you shop, Amazon donates.


Simply visit http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4043619 to shop and Amazon will donate a % of eligible purchases back to Lincoln PTO of River Forest District 90. Every item available for purchase on Amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. Thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO! The name to search is “Lincoln Parent-Teacher Organization of River Forest”

 


We Need Your Help!


Art Appreciation Help Needed! We would love any and all help for this years program! This is not a huge commitment and you do not need to be artistic at all! Everything is set up and your pick the artist and project- very easy and a great way to be in your child’s class 3 to 4 times a year!
Please sign up on signup genius for your child’s class or email Elizabeth Roginski at elizabethaugust@atproperties.com

More volunteer opportunities: There are many different ways to volunteer at Lincoln! You can sign up for one time volunteer slots at events like the pancake breakfast or for recurring volunteer slots like fun lunch. Some volunteer opportunities can be done at home while others take place at school or in the classroom.

The sign up genius page for 2018-2019 Volunteer registration is open and can be accessed from the PTO website or the Webstore. Even if you can only commit to an hour a month, your help will be very appreciated. We thank you in advance!

9/9 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope your family had a wonderful weekend. Despite the damp weather, I hope you managed to enjoy some quality time with your kids and family. While baseball remains my favorite sport, it’s nice to see the NFL and Chicago Bears back in action this week.

I am looking forward to welcoming all Lincoln Families to our annual Open House on Thursday evening. Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, visit their classroom, and get to know other Lincoln School families.

Lincoln School Open House 2018 – Thursday, September 13 at 6:30pm

6:30-6:55 – K-2 Teacher Presentations in Classrooms

7:00-7:25 – Casey Presentation/PTO Meeting in Auditorium

7:30-7:55 – 3rd/4th Teacher Presentations in Classrooms

Additional Dates to remember:

No School-Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 19

11:25am Early Release, Friday, September 28**

**Only AM Kindergarten Attendance

The Lincoln School PTO has countless opportunities for families to become involved in our school. Hopefully, you can attend our September PTO meeting on Tuesday at 8:45am to learn more about volunteer opportunities and the many exciting upcoming PTO events.

Finally, last week I started my “Principal Tour of Lincoln.” Over the next week or so, I’ll continue popping into each classroom to spend about thirty minutes discussing with our kids the importance of growth mindset, kindness and also hearing our kids suggestions on how to make our fine, fine school…. any finer!

This week, I look forward to seeing you a our PTO Meeting, the River Forest LemonAid Stand, and at our Open House on Thursday evening. Please never hesitate to reach out with anything I might do to help your kids or your family. Have a great week. Thanks for your continued support of Lincoln.

Quote of the Week: “There are no failures, just discoveries!”


Calendar

Monday, September 10:

  • FLIP classes start!
  • HEROBoys, 3:10-4:30pm, gym

Tuesday, September 11:

  • PTO Meeting, 8:45am

Wednesday, September 12:

  • PTO Committee Chair Meeting, 7pm

Thursday, September 13:

  • September Principal Birthday Lunch
  • Open House, 6:30pm

Friday, September 14:

  • Author Visit- Linda Ragsdale
  • Fun Lunch – Chicken Tenders/Veggie Burgers


Lincoln School’s Foreign Language Introductory Program (FLIP) begins with week of Monday, Sept 10!

Families will be receiving an email with general guidelines by Sunday, September 9. Reminder that FLIP classes strictly adhere to the nut-free policy – students are not permitted to bring food with nuts into the classroom.

FLIP Parent Volunteer Guides are still needed to help lead students to FLIP classrooms during the first week – please sign up here.

 

FLIP registration is closed on the WebStore, however the following classes are still open for enrollment:

  • Intermediate/Advanced Mandarin Chinese with Ms. Jenny: Thursdays 1130 am – 1225 pm
  • Introductory Italian with Ms. Barbara: Thursdays 1130 am – 1225 pm
  • Intermediate/Advanced Italian with Ms. Barbara: Tuesdays 1130 am – 1225 pm
  • Intermediate/Advanced French with Ms. Orly: Tuesdays 315-4 pm
  • Introductory Spanish (Grades 1-3) with Ms Iris: Tuesdays 730-815 am

Please email lincolnschoolflip@gmail.com with any questions.


Lincoln spirit wear available!

Show your Lincoln spirit with t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts and more while raising funds for our school. The Lincoln PTO gets a percentage of the sale proceeds.

Be on the look out for a flyer coming home in this weeks Friday folder or order online here. All orders ship to Lincoln and will be given to your child to bring home.

Please direct any questions to Jennifer Nelson (jennifernelson77@gmail.com). Thank you for your support! 


Connect4Kids Family Flow Yoga for Grades 1-4 – registration opens Sunday, September 16 at 5pm!

FlyerCalling all Yogis! Adrienne Smith and Laurie Solberg of Family Flow Yoga will be teaching children’s yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students.

Classes start Monday, September 24, it is $80 for the 6 week session.

Class dates are 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 and 11/5, and will be from 3:15-4:15pm in the gym.

The program will provide children with an opportunity to foster greater self-awareness and improve their concentration and self-confidence. The team will introduce the children to the fundamentals of yoga and incorporate social-emotional themes.  Registration opens Sunday, September 16 at 5pm on the PTO Webstore!

Please be aware that PTO sponsored events are facilitated by volunteers and instructors solicited by the PTO. D90 personnel are often times are not in attendance or on the school premises.


The Library Lowdown

Author VisitWe are excited to announce we have an author visiting Lincoln School on Friday, September 14th. Award-winning author, illustrator and international speaker/teacher Linda Ragsdale will be spending the day with our students. Her work in peace education has led her around the world, empowering over 37,000 students to see and speak with a new voice, and an expanded capability of choice.

Book order forms were sent home in Friday folders. A copy is also attached here.  Please return orders with cash or checks by Wednesday, September 12th for a personalized, autographed copy.

For additional information about Ms. Ragsdale: http://thepeacedragon.com

If you have any questions regarding the visit or her books, please contact Mrs. Brauweiler (brauweilerd@district90.org) directly.

Volunteers NeededDo you love books? Do you love to organize? If yes, please consider becoming a Lincoln Library volunteer. Over 25,000 books were checked out last year. Of course, what goes out, must come back! Volunteers are extremely vital to the library. They help to get the books back on the shelves quickly so they can be checked out by new students, as well as leave the library staff with valuable time to create great programs.

The timing is flexible – either at beginning of the day (walk your kids to school and stay for a bit) or at the end of the day (come early and get a good parking spot). Most volunteers come in weekly – but we are very flexible with schedules!

If you’d like more information, please email Ms. Brauweiler (brauweilerd@district90.org) directly – she’d love to talk with you!


Wonder Writers starts on 9/21!

Do you have a story inside your head just waiting to be told? Is there a poem you can’t stop thinking about? Do you want to work on your skills as an illustrator? Are you counting the days until the Young Authors Celebration? Then mark your calendars and set your alarm clocks for Friday, September 21, 7:30 am in the Multi Purpose Room. All first through fourth graders are invited to join in, unleash your imagination, and discover where your thoughts can take you.


Wonder Readers – Attention third and fourth graders!

Image result for reading imagesDo you go to sleep with an open book next to you? Do you wake up in the morning and read a few pages before coming to school? Do you sneak into a quiet spot to have some alone time with a book you just can’t put down? Do you think about books and ache to share your thinking? Do you want to talk to other Lincoln Eagles about books? We have a place for that.

Come and join Wonder Readers on Thursday, September 20, at 7:30 am in Mrs. Mares classroom. Mrs. Nichols and Mrs. Moriarty will facilitate the discussions and help guide you on this reading journey. Wonder Readers is not a place to catch up on homework or write responses to lots of questions. Wonder Readers is not a reading intervention. Wonder Readers is having another opportunity to grow a love for reading. Come with a book or two you read this summer and want to discuss. Come discover the possibilities reading brings.


3rd and 4th Grade Coding Club!

Image result for coding imagesMrs. Mares and Mrs. Clasky would like to encourage interested 3rd and 4th grade students to join them in Mrs. Mares’s room for Coding Club on Thursdays from 11:30-12:30. We will be using apps such as Hopscotch and Swift Playgrounds to learn and practice the fundamentals of coding including sequences, events, loops, variables, conditionals, and more. Our lessons will be based on Common Core Standards for Math, Next Generation Science Standards, and the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards. Coding helps develop patience and perseverance—mistakes are welcome because we learn from them! To maximize the experience for all kids this club will be capped at 30 students.

The first session is Thursday, September 20th, the final session is Thursday, December 20th. We will not meet on November 8th (conferences) or November 22nd (Thanksgiving). Parents are invited to attend our final session on December 20th to celebrate and showcase student projects.

Club dates: Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 1, Nov 15, Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 13, Dec 20

Time: Thursdays during lunch

Location: Mrs. Mares’s Room; bring your nut free lunch!

Registration: Opens Sunday, September 16 on the PTO Webstore!


New Girl Scout Daisy Troop – Calling all Kindergarten Girls!

A new Girl Scouts Daisies group is forming for Kindergarten girls. We will be doing various activities and crafts, earning badges, and most importantly, making new friends, creating memories and having fun. Contact Diana Oshen Jacquez to sign up or for more details/questions you may have about the Daisies at (dloshen@gmail.com). We are also looking for a parent to participate as a troop co-leader. We hope you can join us.


Join Cub Scouts at Lincoln!

Is your K-4 child interested in Cub Scouts? Pack 67 at Lincoln does camping, fishing, hiking, and more! Come to Pack 67’s kick-off meeting Monday September 10th at 7pm in the auditorium. This meeting is mandatory for both returning and new Cub Scouts and at least one parent/adult partner. For questions, reach out to Mary Anne Zeh at mary.anne.zeh@gmail.com or Andrew Lennie at a_lennie@yahoo.com.


Purchase with purpose ~ you shop, Amazon donates.


Simply visit http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4043619 to shop and Amazon will donate a % of eligible purchases back to Lincoln PTO of River Forest District 90. Every item available for purchase on Amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. Thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO!

 


We Need Your Help!

Co-chair for Book Fair needed! This year’s book fair is November 5-8th but we will start planning in the next few weeks. Responsibilities are shared and include coordinating fair times with school personnel, marketing the fair, reading to classes, planning Family Night, coordinating volunteers, and set up and take down of the fair. It’s a fun way to be involved during the school day and get a sneak peak at the latest children’s books. The students love the Book Fair and their excitement is contagious! Please contact Anne Powers (akpowers5@gmail.com) or Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) with questions or interest.

Sign up to be a Room Parent! This year, the Room Parent Coordinator and teachers have decided to have parents sign up for any volunteer opportunities in your child’s classroom with Sign Up Genius instead of at Open House. This should provide all parents a more efficient way to volunteer for parties and activities in your child’s classroom such as holiday parties, field trip chaperones, classroom photographers and more…. Please click on this link for all volunteer opportunities.

More volunteer opportunities: There are many different ways to volunteer at Lincoln! You can sign up for one time volunteer slots at events like the pancake breakfast or for recurring volunteer slots like fun lunch. Some volunteer opportunities can be done at home while others take place at school or in the classroom.

The sign up genius page for 2018-2019 Volunteer registration is open and can be accessed from the PTO website or the Webstore. Even if you can only commit to an hour a month, your help will be very appreciated. We thank you in advance!

9/3 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Happy Labor Day! I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed the extra day. It seems the school year “unofficially” falls into a more natural routine with the passing of Labor Day. Therefore, I look forward to seeing your kids tomorrow for our eighth day of school.

Many thanks to everyone who attended our annual Back to School Picnic last Thursday! It was a beautiful evening and a wonderful way to celebrate our the beginning of a new year at our Fine Fine School! Many thanks to Lauren and Brian Behan and their committee of volunteers who made it such a memorable evening.

For over a year the D90 Allergy Committee, comprised of school nurses, parents, community members and district administration, has been meeting and collaborating to create a list of food and snack items to be utilized for classroom snacks, parties and school events.  Attached is the list of items approved by the committee and D90 administration. Please reach out to me or Nurse Godellas if you have any questions.

Please don’t forget to mark your calendar for our annual Lincoln School Open House and a few other important September dates:

Open House – Thursday, September 13
6:30-6:55 – K-2 Teacher Presentations in Classrooms
7:00-7:25 – Casey Presentation/PTO Meeting in Auditorium
7:30-7:55 – 3rd/4th Teacher Presentations in Classrooms
No School – Yom Kippur – Wednesday, September 19
11:25 Early Release – Friday, September 28

As always thanks for your continued support of our Fine Fine School! Please reach out if there is ever anything I can do to better support your family. Have a great week. CG

Quote of the Week:  “Failure is an important part of your growth and resilience. Don’t be afraid to fail.” ~ Michelle Obama


Calendar

Monday, September 3:

  • Fun Lunch deadline – NO ORDERS after MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!

Tuesday, September 4:

  • 4th grade assembly – Band and Orchestra instrument try-out
  • Theater Club – 3:10-4:30, auditorium
  • Band/Orchestra informational meeting for 4th grade parents and students – 7pm, Roosevelt auditorium
  • Board of Education Town Hall – “Safety” – 7pm, Lincoln auditorium

Wednesday, September 5:

  • Heartworks meeting during lunch – STEM lab

Thursday, September 6:

  • AimsWeb Benchmark Assessments

Friday, September 7:

  • Fun Lunch – Pasta


FINAL deadline for Fall Fun Lunch is MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!

Fun Lunch The final deadline deadline to order Fall Fun Lunch (with late fee) is MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, 9/3. All orders must be placed on the Lincoln PTO webstore.

The PTO serves 4 different rotating meals on Fridays (or the occasional Thursday if there is no school on Friday). Order all 4, or just the menus you want. See all menu choices and prices on the Lincoln PTO webstore. Fun Lunch in the PTO’s biggest fundraiser – take a break from packing lunches once a week!

Also, we are still looking for volunteers to serve pasta and chicken tender/veggie burger Fun Lunches.  Please sign up now – the signup genius page can be accessed from the PTO website or the Webstore.  Contact Julie Brown (peanutbrown12@comcast.net) with any questions.

Other activities to sign up for:

  • PTO Activity Fee – The Lincoln PTO thrives on adding value in support of our children’s education and the teachers and staff who are their guides through this journey. Our success is contingent upon your contribution. Please help support our efforts with this $25 donation, available on the PTO Web Store. Your funds help provide classroom supplies and technology, support student clubs, field trips and special family events, and so much more.
  • 2nd Grade Harmonica – The PTO sponsors harmonica lessons for all second grade students during the school day. We pay for the teacher and ask parents to pay for the harmonica. Please add this $12 fee to your shopping basket on the PTO Web Store.
  • 4th Grade Activities Fee – The PTO sponsors and organizes a breakfast and T-shirt for 4th graders. This $25 fee covers the costs. Please add this fee to your shopping basket on the PTO Web Store.
  • 4th Grade Heartworks Service Club – Heartworks is a community service group for 4th graders that will engage in activities designed to 1) heighten awareness of the needs of others in the Lincoln community, as well as the needs of those around the world; 2) create an environment where service becomes a natural part of students’ everyday lives; and 3) provide opportunities for leadership. Generally, Heartworks will meet once per month including a few after school outside field trips.  If you have any questions please feel free to email Katie Avalos (katie_avalos@hotmail.com) or Anna Cook (cook.anna@ymail.com).

Join Band and Orchestra!

Fourth graders are invited to learn a band or orchestra instrument this year in school. There will be an informational meeting for parents and students on Tuesday, Sept. 4 in the Roosevelt auditorium at 7:00 PM. We will present important information regarding the band and orchestra program. Representatives from Austin Music and PING! will also give details on acquiring an instrument. Finally, you will be able to sign up for a conference time on Wednesday, Sept 12 where your new musician will be able to make their instrument choice and you will be able to arrange for instrument rental.

In addition to the meeting on September 4, students will attend an introductory assembly and have the opportunity to try the instrument(s) they are most interested in.

The recruiting process concludes with the above mentioned parent/student/teacher conference on September 12, also at Roosevelt School.

Interested 4th grade parents can begin the registration process by filling out the information at this link: bit.ly/BandOrchReg18

We look forward to seeing you at the parent meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Roosevelt where we will present complete information on the band and orchestra program.

Mr. Hufnus and Mr. Acevedo


Lincoln School’s Foreign Language Introductory Program (FLIP) 


Registration for Lincoln School’s Foreign Language Introductory Program (FLIP) is available on the Webstore!  FLIP instruction begins the week of September 10.  Classes run for 28 weeks and tuition is $175.  Questions?  Please email lincolnschoolflip@gmail.com.

The schedule for 2018-19 is as follows:

 


Lincoln spirit wear available!

Show your Lincoln spirit with t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts and more while raising funds for our school. The Lincoln PTO gets a percentage of the sale proceeds.

Be on the look out for a flyer coming home in this weeks Friday folder or order online here. All orders ship to Lincoln and will be given to your child to bring home.

Please direct any questions to Jennifer Nelson (jennifernelson77@gmail.com). Thank you for your support! 


The Library Lowdown

Author Visit – We are excited to announce we have an author visiting Lincoln School on Friday, September 14th. Award-winning author, illustrator and international speaker/teacher Linda Ragsdale will be spending the day with our students. Her work in peace education has led her around the world, empowering over 37,000 students to see and speak with a new voice, and an expanded capability of choice.

Book order forms were sent home in Friday folders. A copy is also attached here.  Please return orders with cash or checks by Wednesday, September 12th for a personalized, autographed copy.

For additional information about Ms. Ragsdale: http://thepeacedragon.com

If you have any questions regarding the visit or her books, please contact Mrs. Brauweiler (brauweilerd@district90.org) directly.

Volunteers Needed – Do you love books? Do you love to organize? If yes, please consider becoming a Lincoln Library volunteer. Over 25,000 books were checked out last year. Of course, what goes out, must come back! Volunteers are extremely vital to the library. They help to get the books back on the shelves quickly so they can be checked out by new students, as well as leave the library staff with valuable time to create great programs.

The timing is flexible – either at beginning of the day (walk your kids to school and stay for a bit) or at the end of the day (come early and get a good parking spot). Most volunteers come in weekly – but we are very flexible with schedules!

If you’d like more information, please email Ms. Brauweiler (brauweilerd@district90.org) directly – she’d love to talk with you!


New Girl Scout Daisy Troop – Calling all Kindergarten Girls!

A new Girl Scouts Daisies group is forming for Kindergarten girls. We will be doing various activities and crafts, earning badges, and most importantly, making new friends, creating memories and having fun. Contact Diana Oshen Jacquez to sign up or for more details/questions you may have about the Daisies at (dloshen@gmail.com). We are also looking for a parent to participate as a troop co-leader. We hope you can join us.


Join Cub Scouts at Lincoln!

Is your K-4 child interested in Cub Scouts? Pack 67 at Lincoln does camping, fishing, hiking, and more! Come to Pack 67’s kick-off meeting Monday September 10th at 7pm in the auditorium. This meeting is mandatory for both returning and new Cub Scouts and at least one parent/adult partner. For questions, reach out to Mary Anne Zeh at mary.anne.zeh@gmail.com or Andrew Lennie at a_lennie@yahoo.com.


We Need Your Help!

Co-chair for Book Fair needed! This year’s book fair is November 5-8th but we will start planning in the next few weeks. Responsibilities are shared and include coordinating fair times with school personnel, marketing the fair, reading to classes, planning Family Night, coordinating volunteers, and set up and take down of the fair. It’s a fun way to be involved during the school day and get a sneak peak at the latest children’s books. The students love the Book Fair and their excitement is contagious! Please contact Anne Powers (akpowers5@gmail.com) or Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) with questions or interest.

Fun Lunch volunteers needed!  We are still looking for volunteers to serve pasta and chicken tender/veggie burger Fun Lunches.  Please sign up now – the signup genius page can be accessed from the PTO website or the Webstore.  Contact Julie Brown (peanutbrown12@comcast.net) with any questions.

More volunteer opportunities: There are many different ways to volunteer at Lincoln! You can sign up for one time volunteer slots at events like the pancake breakfast or for recurring volunteer slots like fun lunch. Some volunteer opportunities can be done at home while others take place at school or in the classroom.

The sign up genius page for 2018-2019 Volunteer registration is open and can be accessed from the PTO website or the Webstore. Even if you can only commit to an hour a month, your help will be very appreciated. We thank you in advance!

8/26 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
2 days down 175 to go!!  As you’ve likely heard, it was an eventful and exciting first few days of school!  I hope that your kids had a memorable kick off to the 18-19 school year and are rested and ready for the first full week of school. I enjoyed the weekend in St. Louis celebrating my Mom’s birthday and visiting with family and friends.
This year, the staff at Lincoln is working to intentionally embed growth mindset and mindfulness into daily class meetings, instruction and our school culture. Each week of the school year, we will have a “Quote of the Week” that will help to bring more consistent and school wide intention to support this important work. I encourage your family to also discuss these quotes and the importance of being mindful and embracing a growth mindset. Each week, I’ll share the upcoming week’s quote in the Lincoln Log. Thanks for your support in fostering this important work.
As you are aware, student safety is always our top priority at Lincoln School. This week, we will partner with the River Forest Police and River Forest Fire Departments for our Fall Safety Week. In collaboration with RFPD and RFFD, we will practice our Fire Drill, Severe Weather Drill, Lockdown Drill and Earthquake Drills.  Additionally, Tuesday and Wednesday after school, our PTO will host Bike Safety for 2nd graders as well as any 3rd or 4th graders who are new to Lincoln this year and are interested in riding their bike to school.
I look forward to celebrating with our August Birthdays on Thursday for the August Principal Birthday Lunch. Please be sure to send your child with a “nut free” lunch on Thursday if they are celebrating an August birthday.
Finally, I hope your family is looking forward to our annual Back to School Picnic on Thursday, August 30 at 5:30pm. This year’s event promises to be our best yet including face painting, temporary tattoos, an inflatable obstacle course, music, and of course the opportunity to see me in the dunk tank! The long range forecast looks to be much warmer than last year.
As always, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to support your kids or family. Thanks for your support of our Fine Fine School! Have a great week. CG
Quote of the Week: “Be so happy that when others look at you, they become happy too!” 

Calendar

SAFETY WEEK

Monday, August 27: 

  • Severe Weather Drill
  • First PTO Meeting of the year – 8:45am, multipurpose room. All are welcome.
  • HERO Boys – 3:10-4:15pm, gym

Tuesday, August 28:

  • Fire Drill
  • 2nd Grade Bike Safety – 3:10-4:30pm, Lincoln Auditorium

Wednesday, August 29:

  • Lockdown Drill
  • 2nd Grade Bike Safety – 3:10-4:30pm, Lincoln Auditorium

Thursday, August 30:

  • August Principal Birthday Lunch: 1st-4th Grade
  • Back to School Picnic – 5:30pm, Franklin Playground

Friday, August 31:

  • Free Pizza Fun Lunch for All

*Monday, September 3 – LABOR DAY, NO SCHOOL*


Deadline for Fall Fun Lunch (w/o late fee) is MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!

Fun LunchThe PTO serves 4 different rotating meals on Fridays (or the occasional Thursday if there is no school on Friday). Order all 4, or just the menus you want. See all menu choices and prices on the Lincoln PTO webstore. Fun Lunch in the PTO’s biggest fundraiser – give yourself a break from packing lunches once a week!
The initial deadline to order Fall Fun Lunch is Sunday 8/26. Orders places after 8/26 will be charged a late fee and no orders will be accepted after Monday 9/3. All orders must be placed on the Lincoln PTO webstore.

 

Other activities to sign up for:

  • PTO Activity Fee – The Lincoln PTO thrives on adding value in support of our children’s education and the teachers and staff who are their guides through this journey. Our success is contingent upon your contribution. Please help support our efforts with this $25 donation, available on the PTO Web Store. Your funds help provide classroom supplies and technology, support student clubs, field trips and special family events, and so much more.
  • 2nd Grade Harmonica – The PTO sponsors harmonica lessons for all second grade students during the school day. We pay for the teacher and ask parents to pay for the harmonica. Please add this $12 fee to your shopping basket on the PTO Web Store.
  • 2nd Grade Bike Safety – Fall is the time to brush up on bike safety for 2nd graders as well as any child new to Lincoln! This is an informative and fun after school event. Officer Glenn Czernik of the River Forest Police Department conducts a fun, informative and hands-on-the-handlebars bike safety workshop. Second graders are strongly encouraged to complete the workshop and become regular bike riders for the remainder of their Lincoln Eagle days. Classes will be offered after school on the playground on August 28 and 29. Sign up for one session on the Webstore.
  • 4th Grade Activities Fee – The PTO sponsors and organizes a breakfast and T-shirt for 4th graders. This $25 fee covers the costs. Please add this fee to your shopping basket on the PTO Web Store.
  • 4th Grade Heartworks Service Club – Heartworks is a community service group for 4th graders that will engage in activities designed to 1) heighten awareness of the needs of others in the Lincoln community, as well as the needs of those around the world; 2) create an environment where service becomes a natural part of students’ everyday lives; and 3) provide opportunities for leadership. Generally, Heartworks will meet once per month including a few after school outside field trips.
  • 4th Grade Lunchtime Leaders Program – Lunchtime Leaders assist students during the 1st and 2nd grade lunch period. They walk around the cafeteria assisting students in opening milk, supplying various items, answering questions and supporting arrival and dismissal. Depending on student interest level, students will average two lunch periods per month. A monthly calendar is created and distributed to 4th grade Lunchtime Leaders. On their assigned day, Lunchtime Leaders are also allowed to sit at the Lunchtime Leader table and invite any friend to join them.

Lincoln School’s Foreign Language Introductory Program (FLIP) 

Registration for Lincoln School’s Foreign Language Introductory Program (FLIP) is available on the Webstore!.  FLIP instruction begins the week of September 10.  Classes run for 28 weeks and tuition is $175.  Questions?  Please email lincolnschoolflip@gmail.com.

The schedule for 2018-19 is as follows:

 


First PTO Meeting – Monday, August 27 at 8:45am!

Image result for pto meetingJoin us in the multi-purpose room – all are welcome!


Back to School Picnic – Thursday, 8/30 at 5:30pm!

Join us for the Back to School Picnic on Thursday, 8/30 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm on the Franklin Playground! Meet families in your class and welcome new Lincoln families. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner.
There will be a bounce house obstacle course, dunk tank, temporary tattoos, and face painting!

All activity tickets are $1 – proceeds go to the PTO!


Hero Boys – register now!

HERO Boys is a youth development and engagement program for boys in 3rd – 5th grades. Using running as a base activity, HERO Boys inspires boys to discover the character and courage that resides inside each one of them to be brave, stand for that which is right, and use their talents and strengths to lead and set the positive example amongst their peers. The school-based program is 8 weeks long and culminates with the HERO Boys 5K including boys from all schools participating in the program.

Program will run on Mondays from 3:15-4:15pm. The cost is $75. Please email Anne Gall if you’d like to participate, annegall3@gmail.com. A maximum of 20 students will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Once we have all the participants, you will be sent a registration form to complete and pay the fee.


The Library Lowdown –  author visit and more!

Volunteer in the library!

Do you love books? Do you love to organize? If yes, please consider becoming a Lincoln Library volunteer. Over 25,000 books were checked out last year. Of course, what goes out, must come back! Volunteers are vital to the library. They help to get the books back on the shelves quickly so they can be checked out by new students.

The timing is flexible – either at beginning of the day (walk your kids to school and stay for a bit) or at the end of the day (come early and get a good parking spot). Most volunteers come in weekly – but we are very flexible with schedules!  If you’d like more information, please email Ms. Brauweiler directly – she’d love to talk with you!

Author Visit – Friday, September 14!

We are excited to announce we have an author visiting Lincoln School on Friday, September 14th. Award-winning author, illustrator and international speaker/teacher Linda Ragsdale will be spending the day with our students and sharing how the powerful skills of View, Voice and Choice can lead people through the more challenging parts of their lives with a peaceful and productive outcome. Her work in peace education has led her around the world, empowering over 37,000 students to see and speak with a new voice, and an expanded capability of choice.

An order form for her books will be available shortly.  Due to the timing, there will be a very short turnaround time for ordering so please watch for the form in your child’s backpack or Lincoln email.

For additional information about Ms. Ragsdale: http://thepeacedragon.com  If you have any questions regarding the visit or her books, please contact Mrs. Brauweiler directly.

Summer Reading Pictures

Although school has started, you can still send in photos of your child reading. Please turn in by Friday, August 31st.


We Need Your Help!

Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 6.02.29 PMThere are many different ways to volunteer at Lincoln! You can sign up for one time volunteer slots at events like the pancake breakfast or for recurring volunteer slots like fun lunch. Some volunteer opportunities can be done at home while others take place at school or in the classroom.

The sign up genius page for 2018-2019 Volunteer registration is open and can be accessed from the PTO website or the Webstore. Even if you can only commit to an hour a month, your help will be very appreciated. We thank you in advance!