9/15 Lincoln Log

Hello Lincoln Families,

I hope you had a lovely weekend! We survived the first full week of school. Casey and I hope your family and kids are ready for our second full week!

It was so wonderful to meet many of you at Open House last Thursday!  There was such an amazing buzz throughout the entire building as our community came together to celebrate the beginning of the school year.  Casey and I hope that you found your time to be both enjoyable and informative! We are looking forward to a wonderful year ahead! Lincoln truly is a Fine Fine School!

In the coming weeks, students in 3rd and 4th grades will be taking the NWEA MAP Assessment.  MAP is given to all 3rd and 4th grade students in the content areas of Math and Literacy. This assessment provides teachers detailed data that 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:

I greatly value our family-school partnership and always have an open door.  Please feel free to reach out to Casey or me if there is anything we can do to support your children and family as we get the year underway.

Best,

The Other CG ~ Christine Gerges

Quote of the week:  “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”  ~ Princess Diana

Calendar

Monday, September 16:

  • Lincoln News Broadcast begins
  • Chef Du Jour
  • Hero Boys – 3:15-4:15, gym
  • Green 4 Good Kids Club – 3:15-4:15, Mrs. Suzuki’s Room
  • Cub Scouts kick-off meeting – 7pm, auditorium

Tuesday, September 17:

  • Theatre Club – 3:15-4:15, auditorium

Wednesday, September 18:

  • Wednesday Walking Club – 8am, Franklin playground
  • Waste Free Wednesday

Thursday, September 19:

  • Recorder Club – 3:15-4:15, auditorium
  • Junior Band/Orchestra instrument tryouts

Friday, September 20:

  • Lincoln Spirit Day
  • Fun Lunch – chicken tenders or grilled cheese
  • Volleyball Club – 3:15-4:15pm, gym

Game On!

Calling all 1st and 2nd graders!  Do you like to play games, engage with classmates, and take a risk?

Then come join GAME ON! We will have fun playing board games and card games, while learning logic, strategy, and good sportsmanship.   We will meet Wednesdays during lunch in the STEM LAB from 11:30-12:25. We will enjoy our (Peanut Free) lunch together, then have fun!  GAME ON starts October 2nd with Mrs. Nichols & Mrs. Clarke.  Registration opens on the PTO webstore on 9/22 (up to 16 players).


Wonder Writers

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, October 4th, 7:30am 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 Writers meets each Friday morning throughout the school year. This year, we are asking families to register their students.  Registration opens on the PTO webstore on 9/22.


Wonder Readers

All third and fourth graders are invited to join! Do you 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 want to talk to other Lincoln Eagles about books? We have a place for that. Come and join Wonder Readers on Thursday, October 3rd, at 7:30am in Mrs. Mares’ classroom. Mrs. Nichols and Mrs. Moriarty will facilitate the discussions and help guide you on this reading journey. Come with a book or two summer and can’t wait to share. Come discover the possibilities reading brings. Wonder Readers meets each Thursday morning throughout the school year. This year, we are asking families to register their students.  Registration opens on the PTO webstore on 9/22.


Fall Tennis

Registration for fall tennis opens on 9/22!!! 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.

Tuesday/Thursday Dates:

  • 1/2 grades: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5
  • 3/4 grades: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14

Cost:  $80 for 6 weeks, register on the WebStore.  Contact Nikki Elza, njselza@comcast.net, with any questions.


Coding Club – register now!

Mrs. Mares & Mrs. Clasky invite interested 3rd and 4th grade girls and boys to join this semester’s Coding Club.  We will be participating in the Wonder League Robotics Competition. Students will work in teams to design solutions for real world science and technology challenges by programming Dot & Dash robots. They will develop their problem solving and communication skills while also having fun. The club will meet every Thursday in Mrs. Mares’s room – please bring a peanut free lunch. The first session begins Thursday, September 19th; the last session is Thursday, January 16th. Maximum enrollment is 24. Registration is NOW OPEN on the PTO webstore.


Connect4Kids Yoga for grades 1-4 – register now!

Calling all Yogis! Local yoga instructors Angela Corvo (d90 mom and owner) and Marissa Jayne will be teaching children’s yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students.

Classes start Monday, September 23. Cost is $80 for the 6 week session.

Class dates are 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21 and 10/28, and will be from 3:15-4:15pm in the auditorium.

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. Register now 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. Students will be dismissed on the Franklin side to parents or caregivers. Instructors can not be responsible for students who wish to walk home. Parents must give notification to instructors.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nikki Elza at njselza@comcast.net


Lincoln News Crew – register now!

The Lincoln News Crew will be open to 4th graders and will meet on Mondays from 3:15 – 4:15. Students will flex their critical thinking skills and take turns being writers, designers and photographers when they create and publish a school newspaper at the end of the semester!

Students will learn how news is produced and explore topics such as:

  • What are different types of news content (features, profiles, editorials) and how do we differentiate between them?
  • How are daily, weekly, and monthly publications different? What does each offer?

Guest speakers and a virtual field trip to the Newseum in Washington, DC are being planned. Club meetings will be starting on 9/23. Register now on the PTO webstore!

Please email Elizabeth Condon (elizabethg.condon@gmail.com) with any questions.


Library Lowdown

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Author Visit – 9/24:   Karina Yan Glaser, author and illustrator from New York City, will be visiting Lincoln School on Tuesday 9/24.  She will be meeting with third and fourth graders to talk about her books and writing. Her three book series – The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street – are available to purchase. The third and fourth graders have received an order form (attached here) if your family would like to purchase a book.  All forms that are turned in before Monday 9/23 will be personalized and autographed.

Please note that anyone is welcome to purchase a book, not just those that will be attending the presentation. Autographed, personalized books can be purchased for non-students as well.

Volunteers Needed:  Please consider spending some time in the library to help shelve books.  I’ve been told it’s a relaxing way to spend an afternoon! Don’t think you have to be here for an hour – any time you have to spare is helpful.  You’d be surprised how many books can be shelved in 20 minutes! If you have some time throughout the day (first thing in the morning or at the end of the day is best), we’d love to have you.  Please contact Mrs. Brauweiler if you are interested in volunteering in the library and helping out our students.

Justin Roberts Concert: Justin Roberts came to Lincoln two years ago and spent the day with us sharing his books and music with us.  He has a new concert program called Be Your Own Band that will get kids started on their own rock journey by learning to make simple homemade instruments out of everyday objects and then incorporating that into a concert of their fun and interactive songs. He and his band will be at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire on September 21st.


Cub Scouts Kickoff – 9/16 at 7:00pm!

Interested in Cub Scouts at Lincoln for your K-4th grader? Come to the kick-off meeting at 7:00 pm Monday, September 16th at Lincoln in the auditorium. At least one parent must be present along with the child. For details please contact Andrew Lennie a_lennie@yahoo.com  *Note this meeting is mandatory for returning and new families.*

 


1st Grade Daisies

Calling all first grade girls! There is still time to register for Daisy Troop 45928. We will meet the first Thursday of each month at Lincoln School in Room 103 from 6:30-7:30. The First meeting will be Oct. 3rd. Email Diana Jacquez at dloshen@gmail.com or Amy Bowen at amyarmond@yahoo.com with questions. Parent volunteers are welcome to register too.

 

9/8 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
Welcome to the first full five day week of the school year! I hope you had a great weekend. After seven spectacular days to start the year, we are ready to dive into a full week of learning and fun at the finest school around.

On Friday, September 13 we will celebrate “International Dot Day,” a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, which began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe. Please be sure to encourage your kids to wear Dots on Friday!

We are excited to welcome all families to our annual Open House/Curriculum Night. This is a wonderful evening to come together as a school community and to meet your child’s teacher and learn about their learning adventure plans for the year. Below is a schedule for the evening:

Open House/Curriculum Night 2019
6:30-6:55 3rd/4th Classroom Presentations
7:00-7:25 Casey/Christine Presentation in Auditorium
7:30-7:55 1st/2nd Classroom Presentations

Kindergarten
6:30-6:55 AM/PM Suzuki Class Presentation
6:30-6:55 AM Stasys Presentation
7:00-7:25 Casey/Christine Presentation in Auditorium
7:30-7:55PM Bailitz Classroom Presentation

Finally as always, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything more I can do to support your kids or family. I look forward to seeing you around school this week.

CG

Quote of the week: “Your vibe attracts your tribe!”
Spirit Winner:
Friday, September 6, 2019- Ms. Jenkins 2nd Grade

Calendar

Monday, September 9:

  • World Languages Begin
  • Chef Du Jour
  • Hero Boys Begin
  • 11:30 – 4th Grade Lunchtime Leader Meeting

Tuesday, September 10:

  • Deadline to Sign up for Fun Lunch with Late Fee
  • 7PM: 4th Grade Jr. Band and Orchestra Information Night @ Roosevelt 7:00

Wednesday, September 11:

  • 8AM – Wednesday Walking Club
  • 3:00-7:00 Lemon Aid Stand (Bonnie Brae)

Thursday, September 12:

  • Back to School Open House: 6:30pm
  • Principal Birthday Lunch – September Birthdays
  • Recorder Club

Friday, September 13:

  • International Dot Day – WEAR YOUR DOTS!
  • Lincoln Spirit Day
  • Volleyball Club – 3:15-4:15pm, gym
  • Fun Lunch – Pasta Fun Lunch

Parent Volunteers – We Need You!

Image result for we need you imageThe PTO still needs volunteers!  There are many ways for you to volunteer – whether you are a working parent or not, there is a place for you!

Calling all classroom volunteers! There are still several openings for classroom Room Families. Room Families support classroom teachers and organize 2-3 parties per year. This is a fun opportunity to work with your child’s teacher and be inside the classroom. Contact Katie Bevan at kabevan@gmail.com with any questions.

Other volunteers are also needed for single parties and other classroom needs. See how you might help in your child’s classroom at the Lincoln PTO SignUp Genius:

Chicken Tender and Pasta Fun Lunch need more volunteers!  Please click on this link and sign up today!!!  


Game On!

Calling all 1st and 2nd graders!
Do you like to play games, engage with classmates, and take a risk?
Then come join GAME ON! We will have fun playing board games and card games, while learning logic, strategy, and good sportsmanship.
We will meet Wednesdays during lunch in the STEM LAB from 11:30-12:25. We will enjoy our (Peanut Free) lunch together, then have fun!
GAME ON starts October 2nd with Mrs. Nichols & Mrs. Clarke.
(Up to 16 players)


Wonder Writers

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, October 4th, 7:30A.M. 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

All third and fourth graders are invited to join! Do you 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 want to talk to other Lincoln Eagles about books? We have a place for that. Come and join Wonder Readers on Thursday, October 3rd, at 7:30P.M. in Mrs. Mares’ classroom. Mrs. Nichols and Mrs. Moriarty will facilitate the discussions and help guide you on this reading journey. Come with a book or two summer and can’t wait to share. Come discover the possibilities reading brings.


Lincoln PTO World Languages Program – Classes Start Monday!

If you are still considering signing your child up to be exposed to Italian, Chinese, French, or Spanish this year… it’s not too late to register! The PTO Webstore has times and descriptions for each class and lists which are still available.


Wednesday Walking club begins on 9/11!

8:00-8:15am

All are welcome to walk the perimeter of the grassy area on the Franklin side playground. This includes students, parents, siblings, grandparents, caregivers, etc. Join us on Wednesday mornings as we walk our sleepiness away. It’s the best way to start your day! (The club will not meet in rain or muddy conditions.)


Waste Free Wednesdays Begin This Week

In 2017, 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. We will also be recognizing the classrooms with the highest participation every Wednesday!

A 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

A 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 (http://lincoln.district90pto.org/index.php/volunteer/) or reach out to Alexis Murphy (Alexis_murphy@hotmail.com) or Renee Sichlau (rsichlau@hotmail.com).


Fridays are for LINCOLN SCHOOL SPIRIT!

Beginning in October, show your Lincoln school spirit by wearing Lincoln gear or lots of RED on Fridays for a weekly Spirit Wear Challenge. Make sure your Lincoln wardrobe is ready! The classroom with the most students wearing Lincoln gear will be awarded a small prize. Two classrooms will be awarded every Friday, one class from 1st/2nd and one class from 3rd/4th grade.

Order online here by midnight on Friday, September 13!  All orders will ship directly 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!


Lincoln News Broadcast – attention 3rd & 4th graders!

Image result for broadcast news kids clipartAre you interested in learning how to be a reporter? Have you wondered what it would be like to read the news on T.V.? Would you like to help produce a news show? Join Mr. Cheney and Mrs. Clasky on Mondays during the lunch period to work on our Lincoln news show! Open to 3rd & 4th grade students, maximum 20.  Registration opens Sunday, September 8 at 5pm on the PTO webstore!


Move it… With Mr. A and Mrs. McDermott

 Image result for kids exercising imageWelcome back to another great year here at our Fine, Fine School. The P.E. department wants you to join in their slogan of “We Like To Move It Move It”.  Please send us pictures of your child doing something that involves moving.  Examples include: basketball, baseball, fishing, camping etc. – anything where movement is occurring. These pictures can be with friends, family, or just a picture of your child.  We then want to show them off to the school by putting them on our bulletin board in the gym for all to see. We look forward to seeing your pictures! Please email any pictures directly to Mr. A (augustinej@district90.org) or Mrs. McDermott (mcdermottm@district90.org).

Volunteers needed in the Lincoln Library!

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Do you love books? Do you love to organize? If yes, please consider becoming a Lincoln Library volunteer. Over 30,000 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 directly – she’d love to talk with you!


Green 4 Good Kids Club

Registration NOW OPEN on the webstore!

Green4Good is District 90’s Sustainability Committee with parent-led teams at each of our three schools. Last year, Lincoln launched Green4Good Kids, a club open to 3rd graders interested in learning more about sustainability and environmental stewardship in our community. We had a great inaugural year including: Trash Talk from George Strom of the Roy Strom Company; Stories from an Eco Adventurer’s Trip to Bali; and Love Food Not Waste with SugarBeet Food Co-op.

If your 3rd grader would like to be a Green4Good Kid, registration opens Thursday, August 22! Meetings are at school from 3:15-4:15 on the 3rd Monday of each month (with the exception of January and February when meetings fall on the 4th Monday due to school holidays).

Our first meeting this year is on September 16. Lincoln’s new G4G Kids will be joined by last year’s club members and together they will plant two new pollinator gardens with the Deep Roots Project.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Lincoln’s Green4Good co-chairs, Alexis Murphy and Renee Sichlau, or Theresa Dubois, Green4Good Kids Faculty Sponsor.


Connect4Kids Local Yoga for Grades 1-4 – registration opens 9/15!

Calling all Yogis! Local Yoga instructors Angela Corvo (d90 Mom and Owner) and Marissa Jayne will be teaching children’s yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students.

Classes start Monday, September 23, it is $80 for the 6 week session.

Class dates are 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21 and 10/28, and will be from 3:15-4:15pm in the auditorium.

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 15 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. Students will be dismissed on the Franklin side to parents or caregivers. Instructors can not be responsible for students who wish to walk home. Parents must give notification to instructors.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nikki Elza at njselza@comcast.net


Lincoln News Crew – registration opens 9/15!

The Lincoln News Crew will be open to 4th graders and will meet on Mondays from 3:15 – 4:15. Students will flex their critical thinking skills and take turns being writers, designers and photographers when they create and publish a school newspaper at the end of the semester!

Students will learn how news is produced and explore topics such as:
– what are different types of news content (features, profiles, editorials) and how do we differentiate between them?
– How are daily, weekly, and monthly publications different? What does each offer?

Guest speakers and a virtual field trip to the Newseum in Washington, DC are being planned. Club meetings will be starting on 9/23. We will open up registration for this club on 9/15.

Please email Elizabeth Condon (elizabethg.condon@gmail.com) with any questions.


LemonAID – Wednesday, September 11 from 3-7pm!

LemonAid Click this link for more information!


One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest – submissions due midnight on January 5!

Image result for film contest imageBy combining science and art, it can be a wonderful part of a curriculum or an extra credit project this school year. Clubs or individuals are also welcome to enter the contest on their own.  We ask kids in grades 3 up through college age to create a 3 to 8 minute film about one of 6 sustainability topics: energy, food, transportation, waste, water, or open space/ecosystems. If the film is animated, it can be a minimum of 45 seconds long. They should present a problem with their topic and a solution.

Winners in grades 3 to 5 earn $100, winners in grades 6 to 8 earn $200, and winners in grades 9 to 11 earn $350. The prizes go up from there.

Each winner also gets a matching gift to donate to an organization that supports the theme of their film, and winning films premiere at the One Earth Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Center on March 7, 2020.

For more information, contest details are at this link: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-details.  Previous winners are at this link: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/winners.  All media to post and share is at this link and also attached: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-media-kit.

If you have any questions, please email or call Lisa Biehle Files at lisa@greencommunityconnections.org or call 708-267-5713.

9/2 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the extra day! I enjoyed the weekend in St. Louis to celebrate my Mom’s birthday!
In the history of “first days of school,”  I’m pretty sure our Fine Fine School set the record for the best start of school ever!  Many thanks to each of you, our Fine Fine faculty and most importantly our Fine Fine kids for making the first few days of school practically perfect in every way!
Many thanks to Lauren Behan, Megan Kinsella and their army of volunteers who made our annual Back to School Picnic the best we’ve ever had!  It was a beautiful evening and the perfect way to celebrate the start of the school year!
As we dive in to September and begin to unofficially bid farewell to Summer, things will definitely begin to pick up pace here at Lincoln – beginning with Safety week, which is scheduled for this week, September 3-6. As always, we partner directly with the River Forest Police Department and Fire Department to execute these drills, reflect, and always make sure our kids are safe! In addition to safety drills, we will also host our annual bike safety and safety assemblies.
Attached again this week , here is the link to the River Forest Safe Routes to School and the Lincoln School FAQ!
Below is the schedule for the week:
Aligned with safety, this year D90 is implementing several new safety protocols and procedures. These implementations are the result of a collaborative effort between the D90 Safety Committee, RFPD and RFFD. These groups researched best practices in school safety when revising our safety procedures. While there were many behind the scenes improvements, there is one specific recommendation that will impact all visitors to Lincoln. As you might already know this year, all visitors to D90 schools will be required to leave an ID and obtain an official D90 lanyard in the main office prior to accessing the school. Please know these safety implementations are not intended to be an inconvenience, yet the priority is to always put the safety of all kids first.
Please don’t forget to mark your calendar for our annual Curriculum Night/Open House scheduled for Thursday, September 12. Below is a detailed outline of the evening
  • 6:30-6:55: 3rd and 4th Grade Classroom Presentations
  • 6:30-6:55:  Suzuki AM/PM and Stasys’s AM Kindergarten class presentation 
  • 7:00-7:25: All School Meeting in Auditorium
  • 7:30-7:55: 1st and 2nd Grade Classroom Presentations 
  • 7:30-7:55: Ms. Bailitz PM  Kindergarten classroom presentation
Although it is September, I’m looking forward to celebrating all Lincoln Eagle August birthdays on Thursday, September 5 during lunch. September Birthday lunch will be on Thursday, September 12 for all 1st-4th grade students.
As always, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything more Ms. Gerges or I can do to better support your family. Cheers to a great week!
CG and CG
Quote of the week: “Kindness means doing things for the cause, not the applause!”

Calendar

Tuesday, September 3:

  • Theater Club – 3:15-4:15pm, auditorium
  • Committee of the Whole (COW) Meeting – 7:00pm at Roosevelt Middle School
    • Topic: Safety and Security in District 90 – BOE presentation followed by a question/answer session – community feedback welcomed.

Wednesday, September 4:

  • PTO Meeting: 8:45am, multipurpose room
  • 2nd Grade Bike Safety 3:10-4:30pm, Franklin Playground

Thursday, September 5:

  • August Principal Birthday Lunch
  • 2nd Grade Bike Safety 3:10-4:30pm, Franklin Playground

Friday, September 6:

  • Volleyball Club – 3:15-4:15pm, gym
  • 4th Grade Instrument Auditions
  • Safety Assemblies
  • Fun Lunch – Free Pizza!

Thursday, September 12:

  • Back to School Open House: 6:30pm

Back to School Picnic – what a great evening! 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered at the back to school picnic – you made it a success!  We could not have done it without Dionna Plywacz, Kristin Sneeringer, Rebecca Ehart, Amy Hansmann, Debbie Kellogg, Amy Bowen, Anne McDonnell, Sarah Donoho, Angela Grover, Pam Lawrence, Glenn Eckstein, Devin Howe, Crystal Bennett, Diana Jacquez, Cathleen Buckley, Amy Dwyer, Hui Kang, Carrie Horwitz, Amy Prestes, Bob Slavicek, Chad Alger-Hardt, and Jennifer Kerwin!

So much appreciation! – Lauren Behan and Megan Kinsella


1st PTO Meeting – Wednesday, September 4th at 8:45am!

Join us in the multipurpose room – all are welcome!


Fridays are for LINCOLN SCHOOL SPIRIT!

Beginning in October, show your Lincoln school spirit by wearing Lincoln gear or lots of RED on Fridays for a weekly Spirit Wear Challenge. Make sure your Lincoln wardrobe is ready! The classroom with the most students wearing Lincoln gear will be awarded a small prize. Two classrooms will be awarded every Friday, one class from 1st/2nd and one class from 3rd/4th grade.

Order online here by midnight on Friday, September 13!  All orders will ship directly 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!


FUN LUNCH – register by midnight tonight (9/2) to avoid late fees!

Image result for fun lunch imageFun lunch registration is NOW OPEN on the webstore. You may choose 1, 2, 3 or all 4 meal options. The cost for each lunch averages $6. Regular fun lunch registration will close on September 2. Late registration with an extra $15 fee will be available until September 10.

Fun lunch options for 2019/2020 will be:

  • Week 1: an extra large slice of cheese pizza
  • Week 2: Pasta Marinara OR Macaroni and Cheese
  • Week 3: Chicken Tenders OR Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Week 4: Hamburger OR Cheeseburger OR Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Friday, September 6 will be the first day of fun lunch and it will be FREE pizza for all students.

Fun lunch would not be possible without the help of volunteers to serve the meal! Please sign up to volunteer. It’s a great way to see your child and interact with other parents to make everyone’s favorite PTO program happen.  Questions? Please contact Ashley Brice (ashleyfb92@yahoo.com) or Cathy O’Neill (cathy102976@yahoo.com).


Parents – we need you!

Image result for we need you imageThe PTO still needs volunteers!  There are many ways for you to volunteer – whether you are a working parent or not, there is a place for you!

Many classrooms still need Room Parents!

Chicken Tender and Pasta Fun Lunch need more volunteers!  Please click on this link and sign up today!!!  


Lincoln News Broadcast – attention 3rd & 4th graders!

Image result for broadcast news kids clipartAre you interested in learning how to be a reporter? Have you wondered what it would be like to read the news on T.V.? Would you like to help produce a news show? Join Mr. Cheney and Mrs. Clasky on Mondays during the lunch period to work on our Lincoln news show! Open to 3rd & 4th grade students, maximum 20.  Registration opens Sunday, September 8 at 5pm on the PTO webstore!


Move it… With Mr. A and Mrs. McDermott

 Image result for kids exercising imageWelcome back to another great year here at our Fine, Fine School. The P.E. department wants you to join in their slogan of “We Like To Move It Move It”.  Please send us pictures of your child doing something that involves moving.  Examples include: basketball, baseball, fishing, camping etc. – anything where movement is occurring. These pictures can be with friends, family, or just a picture of your child.  We then want to show them off to the school by putting them on our bulletin board in the gym for all to see. We look forward to seeing your pictures! Please email any pictures directly to Mr. A (augustinej@district90.org) or Mrs. McDermott (mcdermottm@district90.org).

Volunteers needed in the Lincoln Library!

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Do you love books? Do you love to organize? If yes, please consider becoming a Lincoln Library volunteer. Over 30,000 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 directly – she’d love to talk with you!


LemonAID – Wednesday, September 11 from 3-7pm!

LemonAid Click this link for more information!


Lincoln PTO World Languages Program – Registration NOW OPEN

The PTO World Languages Program is an optional, supplemental language program offered at Lincoln School. This program offers your child an opportunity to learn a new language and experience the culture of another country. During the Lincoln School year, French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish are all offered as options for students to learn. Weekly class options to choose from are before school, during lunch and after school and are available for all 1st through 4th grade students. Registration through the WebStore IS NOW OPEN.

  • Cost: $175
  • Number of sessions: 28
  • Morning Classes meet from 7:30-8:15 am
  • Lunch-Recess Classes meet from 11:30 am-12:25 pm
  • After School Classes meet from 3:15-4:00 pm

Classes begin the week of Sept. 9th and end the 3rd week in April through the beginning of May, depending on the class and sessions missed due to holidays.

The primary goal of the Lincoln PTO’s World Languages Program is to capitalize on the important windows of opportunity for language acquisition which many studies show exist in young children, and to do so in a fun and stimulating environment! Children in the program acquire listening skills and develop the basis for conversation. They are also exposed to the cultures of the countries in which their chosen language is spoken. To meet these objectives, the instructors incorporate games, songs, art projects, story telling, play-acting, and other teaching methods appropriate for elementary level students. English is used as little as possible. The World Languages program is facilitated by instructors who are native speaking and/or have global language instructional backgrounds. Instructional materials are rotated to ensure that students do not receive the same curriculum within a language level. Textbooks and other materials, carefully selected by the instructors, are used in class and included in the class fee.

Unsure about which language or level to sign your child up for?
​The World Languages Program is designed to introduce the fundamentals of world languages and cultures to children before they are required to choose a world language as a core element of their education at Roosevelt Middle School. The World Languages Program offers two broad approaches to language learning:

● Approach 1:  Your child could choose a different language option each year at Lincoln, thereby sampling and gaining insights into each, being able to make a more informed choice as to which single language they would prefer to commit to at Roosevelt Middle School.
Please note that Mandarin Chinese is not currently offered at Roosevelt Middle School, but has been added to the Lincoln World Languages lineup in the spirit of broadening students’ world views and by popular demand.

● Approach 2:  Your child might decide to use the three years exposure to the World Languages Program at Lincoln to focus on only one language, i.e. Spanish, Italian, or French, thereby gaining more advanced knowledge of that specific language prior to moving on to Roosevelt.
Please use your best judgment about what is the right approach for your child(ren) and feel free to contact the World Languages Committee for guidance.
Please keep in mind that most beginner classes open to Grade 1 – 4 tend to be filled with younger students. Frequently fourth graders are unhappy in a class with predominantly first and second graders and this is something you may want to discuss with your child prior to enrollment. Also, note that during the first two weeks of the program, your child’s ability will be re- assessed by the World Languages teachers, and at that stage recommendations may be made for level switches, if deemed necessary, by the World Languages teachers and/or yourself.

All participating families are expected to complete the World Languages Code of Conduct form. World Languages fees are not refundable once classes begin.  Questions? Please email lincolnworldlanguage@gmail.com


Chef Du Jour – registration now open!

No fee! It will run the whole year September through End of May!  This club is for 2nd-4th graders, and there is no limit on how many can join!  Boys and girls, Mr. Taylor’s “Chef Du Jour” class is back! This popular class meets on Mondays at lunch from September 9 thru May 18, 2020 in the LLC.  This great program will focus on:

  • Reading recipes
  • Measurement – both standard and metric
  • Cooking and baking terms and vocabulary
  • Observing and learning about equipment used in cooking and baking!

All this while using no food in our classroom!  That’s right! Due to many allergies there will be no food products brought into the classroom!  Class projects will be completed at home with adult supervision. Through the use of pictures you will share with our class your finished projects!  Chef hats and aprons will be provided at no cost – register on the PTO webstore now!


Green 4 Good Club

Registration NOW OPEN on the webstore!

Green4Good is District 90’s Sustainability Committee with parent-led teams at each of our three schools. Last year, Lincoln launched Green4Good Kids, a club open to 3rd graders interested in learning more about sustainability and environmental stewardship in our community. We had a great inaugural year including: Trash Talk from George Strom of the Roy Strom Company; Stories from an Eco Adventurer’s Trip to Bali; and Love Food Not Waste with SugarBeet Food Co-op.

If your 3rd grader would like to be a Green4Good Kid, registration opens Thursday, August 22! Meetings are at school from 3:15-4:15 on the 3rd Monday of each month (with the exception of January and February when meetings fall on the 4th Monday due to school holidays).

Our first meeting this year is on September 16. Lincoln’s new G4G Kids will be joined by last year’s club members and together they will plant two new pollinator gardens with the Deep Roots Project.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Lincoln’s Green4Good co-chairs, Alexis Murphy and Renee Sichlau, or Theresa Dubois, Green4Good Kids Faculty Sponsor.


Lincoln News Crew – registration opens 9/15!

The Lincoln News Crew will be open to 4th graders and will meet on Mondays from 3:15 – 4:15. Students will flex their critical thinking skills and take turns being writers, designers and photographers when they create and publish a school newspaper at the end of the semester!

Students will learn how news is produced and explore topics such as:
– what are different types of news content (features, profiles, editorials) and how do we differentiate between them?
– How are daily, weekly, and monthly publications different? What does each offer?

Guest speakers and a virtual field trip to the Newseum in Washington, DC are being planned. Club meetings will be starting on 9/23. We will open up registration for this club on 9/15.

Please email Elizabeth Condon (elizabethg.condon@gmail.com) with any questions.


Boy Scouts Information Night – Thursday, 9/12 at 7pm!

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Click on this flyer for more information!


One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest – submissions due midnight on January 5!

Image result for film contest imageBy combining science and art, it can be a wonderful part of a curriculum or an extra credit project this school year. Clubs or individuals are also welcome to enter the contest on their own.  We ask kids in grades 3 up through college age to create a 3 to 8 minute film about one of 6 sustainability topics: energy, food, transportation, waste, water, or open space/ecosystems. If the film is animated, it can be a minimum of 45 seconds long. They should present a problem with their topic and a solution.

Winners in grades 3 to 5 earn $100, winners in grades 6 to 8 earn $200, and winners in grades 9 to 11 earn $350. The prizes go up from there.

Each winner also gets a matching gift to donate to an organization that supports the theme of their film, and winning films premiere at the One Earth Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Center on March 7, 2020.

For more information, contest details are at this link: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-details.  Previous winners are at this link: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/winners.  All media to post and share is at this link and also attached: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-media-kit.

If you have any questions, please email or call Lisa Biehle Files at lisa@greencommunityconnections.org or call 708-267-5713.

8/25 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Welcome to the most exciting week of the year!  Hopefully your family took advantage of the perfect Chicago weather this past weekend to savor every last moment of Summer ’19!  While I’m personally still a bit in denial about the end of summer, I couldn’t be more excited to welcome your kids back to Lincoln in just a few days!

Since the beginning of summer break, countless behind the scene efforts have been in motion to prepare for the return of your kids and the beginning of another adventure at our Fine Fine School!  As you return your kids to school you will notice the following additions/upgrades:

  • newly installed public address system and school bells
  • new furniture in all 4th grade classrooms
  • updated painting in 1st floor hallways
  • TV in Lincoln Lounge to serve as a virtual art exhibit showing student art work
  • GaGa ball pit and funnel ball playground equipment

Please accept my apologies for the delay in the delivery of the class assignment emails this past week. I realize this mishap caused some anxiety and frustrations for several families and I appreciate your patience and support as we worked through the glitches. We learned a few lessons along the way that will aide us in being more efficient in the future.

It will be a busy week in our community. In addition to the First Day of School excitement, I, Ms. Gerges and the entire faculty are excited to welcome you to the Back to School Picnic on Thursday evening, August 29.

Whether you are a new family to our school community or a veteran family, please be sure to review the attached Lincoln School FAQ as a review of some previously existing procedures and the introduction of some new information.  Also attached are District 90’s food and snack guidelines and Safe Walking Routes to School Report, as referenced in the FAQ.

Please remember:

  • The First day of school is Wednesday, August 28 and it is a FULL day for student attendance – 8:20-3:10. Families are welcome to escort their child to their classroom on the first day of school.
  • There will be NO FUN LUNCH on Friday, August 30.

Again, welcome back to school! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything Ms. Gerges and I can do to better support your family. We are so excited to see your kids on Wednesday! Happy School Year!

CG and CG

Quote of the Week: “The best way to predict the future, is to create it.” ~ Abraham Lincoln


Calendar

Sunday, August 25: World Languages Registration NOW OPEN

Monday, August 26:

  • New Family Welcome Night: 6pm, Lincoln Auditorium (kids are welcome)

Wednesday, August 28:

  • FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: full day for 1-4
  • Kindergarten Orientation: AM: 8:15-9am, PM: 10:15-11am
  • Back to School Coffee on the Park playground

Thursday, August 29:

  • First day of kindergarten
  • Back To School Picnic: 5:30-7pm, Franklin side

Monday, September 2:

  • Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
  • Lincoln Log will be published 9/2 (not 9/1)

Wednesday, September 4:

  • PTO Meeting: 8:45am, multipurpose room

Thursday, September 12:

  • Back to School Open House: 6:30pm

New Family Orientation – Monday, 8/26 at 6pm!

Are you new to Lincoln this year? Please join us for a new family orientation session on Monday, August 26 at 6pm in the Lincoln Auditorium.  The session will include a presentation by Mr. Godfrey and a tour of the school, kids are welcome!  Contact Lauren Behan or Megan Kinsella with any questions!


Back to School Picnic – Thursday, 8/29 from 5:30-7pm – volunteers needed!

Join us for the Back to School Picnic on Thursday, 8/29 from 5:30-7:00 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 multiple inflatable games, dunk tank with Mr. Godfrey (!), and sidewalk chalk!

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

Volunteers are needed for the picnic – sign up here!  Contact Lauren Behan or Megan Kinsella with any questions.


Lincoln Spiritwear

Shop for Spirit Wear!  Show your Lincoln spirit with t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats and more while raising funds for our school. The Lincoln PTO receives a percentage of the sale proceeds.

Be on the look out for a flyer coming home in our first Friday folder on 8/30 or order online here. All orders will ship directly 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!


School Supplies 

If you ordered School Supplies through the PTO, they will be delivered to your child’s classroom.

 

 


Webstore is open!

The Lincoln PTO webstore is NOW OPEN. Parents need Teacher Assignments and Student ID, which have been emailed out.

Here are a few of the activities you can 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 September 4 and September 5. Sign up for one session on the Webstore.
  • Theater Club – Theater Club for 3rd and 4th graders will be held on the first and third Tuesday of every month.  The goal is to introduce the children to the how-to’s of theater and give them a base they can build on once they reach Roosevelt School. Some of the subjects to be covered include vocal and physical warm-ups, theater games, improvisation, theater terms, scene study, and auditions. The students will learn that the theater always should be a safe place to express themselves. They will become comfortable living onstage and head toward the more structured Roosevelt experience with confidence and excitement. Contact Carl Bergetz (cbergetz@gmail.com) with questions.
  • 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.

FUN LUNCH!

Fun lunch registration is NOW OPEN on the webstore. You may choose 1, 2, 3 or all 4 meal options. The cost for each lunch averages $6. Regular fun lunch registration will close on September 2. Late registration with an extra $15 fee will be available until September 10.

Fun lunch options for 2019/2020 will be:

  • Week 1: an extra large slice of cheese pizza
  • Week 2: Pasta Marinara OR Macaroni and Cheese
  • Week 3: Chicken Tenders OR Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Week 4: Hamburger OR Cheeseburger OR Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Friday, September 6 will be the first day of fun lunch and it will be FREE pizza for all students.

Fun lunch would not be possible without the help of volunteers to serve the meal! Please sign up to volunteer. It’s a great way to see your child and interact with other parents to make everyone’s favorite PTO program happen.

Questions? Please contact Ashley Bryce (ashleyfb92@yahoo.com) or Cathy O’Neill (cathy102976@yahoo.com).


Lincoln PTO World Languages Program – Registration NOW OPEN

The PTO World Languages Program is an optional, supplemental language program offered at Lincoln School. This program offers your child an opportunity to learn a new language and experience the culture of another country. During the Lincoln School year, French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish are all offered as options for students to learn. Weekly class options to choose from are before school, during lunch and after school and are available for all 1st through 4th grade students. Registration through the WebStore IS NOW OPEN.

  • Cost: $175
  • Number of sessions: 28
  • Morning Classes meet from 7:30-8:15 am
  • Lunch-Recess Classes meet from 11:30 am-12:25 pm
  • After School Classes meet from 3:15-4:00 pm

Classes begin the week of Sept. 9th and end the 3rd week in April through the beginning of May, depending on the class and sessions missed due to holidays.

The primary goal of the Lincoln PTO’s World Languages Program is to capitalize on the important windows of opportunity for language acquisition which many studies show exist in young children, and to do so in a fun and stimulating environment! Children in the program acquire listening skills and develop the basis for conversation. They are also exposed to the cultures of the countries in which their chosen language is spoken. To meet these objectives, the instructors incorporate games, songs, art projects, story telling, play-acting, and other teaching methods appropriate for elementary level students. English is used as little as possible. The World Languages program is facilitated by instructors who are native speaking and/or have global language instructional backgrounds. Instructional materials are rotated to ensure that students do not receive the same curriculum within a language level. Textbooks and other materials, carefully selected by the instructors, are used in class and included in the class fee.

Unsure about which language or level to sign your child up for?
​The World Languages Program is designed to introduce the fundamentals of world languages and cultures to children before they are required to choose a world language as a core element of their education at Roosevelt Middle School. The World Languages Program offers two broad approaches to language learning:

● Approach 1:  Your child could choose a different language option each year at Lincoln, thereby sampling and gaining insights into each, being able to make a more informed choice as to which single language they would prefer to commit to at Roosevelt Middle School.
Please note that Mandarin Chinese is not currently offered at Roosevelt Middle School, but has been added to the Lincoln World Languages lineup in the spirit of broadening students’ world views and by popular demand.

● Approach 2:  Your child might decide to use the three years exposure to the World Languages Program at Lincoln to focus on only one language, i.e. Spanish, Italian, or French, thereby gaining more advanced knowledge of that specific language prior to moving on to Roosevelt.
Please use your best judgment about what is the right approach for your child(ren) and feel free to contact the World Languages Committee for guidance.
Please keep in mind that most beginner classes open to Grade 1 – 4 tend to be filled with younger students. Frequently fourth graders are unhappy in a class with predominantly first and second graders and this is something you may want to discuss with your child prior to enrollment. Also, note that during the first two weeks of the program, your child’s ability will be re- assessed by the World Languages teachers, and at that stage recommendations may be made for level switches, if deemed necessary, by the World Languages teachers and/or yourself.

All participating families are expected to complete the World Languages Code of Conduct form. World Languages fees are not refundable once classes begin.  Questions? Please email lincolnworldlanguage@gmail.com


Chef Du Jour

No fee! It will run the whole year September through End of May! No limit on how many can join!

Boys and girls, Mr. Taylor’s “Chef Du Jour” class is back! This popular class meets on Mondays at lunch from September 9 thru May 18, 2020 in the LLC.

This great program will focus on

  • Reading recipes
  • Measurement – both standard and metric
  • Cooking and baking terms and vocabulary
  • Observing and learning about equipment used in cooking and baking!

All this while using no food in our classroom!  That’s right! Due to many allergies there will be no food products brought into the classroom!  Class projects will be completed at home with adult supervision. Through the use of pictures you will share with our class your finished projects!

Chef hats and aprons will be provided at no cost!


Green 4 Good Club

Registration NOW OPEN on the webstore!

Green4Good is District 90’s Sustainability Committee with parent-led teams at each of our three schools. Last year, Lincoln launched Green4Good Kids, a club open to 3rd graders interested in learning more about sustainability and environmental stewardship in our community. We had a great inaugural year including: Trash Talk from George Strom of the Roy Strom Company; Stories from an Eco Adventurer’s Trip to Bali; and Love Food Not Waste with SugarBeet Food Co-op.

If your 3rd grader would like to be a Green4Good Kid, registration opens Thursday, August 22! Meetings are at school from 3:15-4:15 on the 3rd Monday of each month (with the exception of January and February when meetings fall on the 4th Monday due to school holidays).

Our first meeting this year is on September 16. Lincoln’s new G4G Kids will be joined by last year’s club members and together they will plant two new pollinator gardens with the Deep Roots Project.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Lincoln’s Green4Good co-chairs, Alexis Murphy and Renee Sichlau, or Theresa Dubois, Green4Good Kids Faculty Sponsor.


HERO Boys Running Club

HERO Boys is a youth development and engagement program for 3rd & 4th grade boys. Throughout the 8 week course the boys are taught the skills needed to complete the Lincoln 5K(3.2 mi) held on October 26 at the Pancake Breakfast. 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. Each week a different topic is covered and speakers are brought in to discuss the various characteristics that make someone a HERO. Beginning September and ending October 28, HERO Boys will meet Mondays from 3:20-4:20 p.m. Maximum of 20 participants.  Register now at https://www.heroboys.org/il

Contact Anne Gall annegall3@gmail.com with questions.


New this year: the Lincoln News Crew!

The Lincoln News Crew will be open to 4th graders and will meet on Mondays from 3:15 – 4:15. Students will flex their critical thinking skills and take turns being writers, designers and photographers when they create and publish a school newspaper at the end of the semester!

Students will learn how news is produced and explore topics such as:
– what are different types of news content (features, profiles, editorials) and how do we differentiate between them?
– How are daily, weekly, and monthly publications different? What does each offer?

Guest speakers and a virtual field trip to the Newseum in Washington, DC are being planned. Club meetings will be starting on 9/23. We will open up registration for this club on 9/15.

Please email Elizabeth Condon (elizabethg.condon@gmail.com) with any questions.


The Library Lowdown

All students received a checklist of fun places and ways to read at the end of school (e.g., read in their pajamas/on a plane). They can turn that list into the library the first week of school for a small prize. I have attached the list if you need another copy.

Where did you read – send in a photo

Please send me (brauweilerd@district90.org) a copy of your child reading before school starts. Their photo will be in the back-to-school presentation and posted in the library. They love seeing their friends (and themselves) in all the ways they read!

Lost Books

If you have a Lincoln Library book floating around your house and you found it over the summer, please return it to the school as soon as possible. We appreciate your persistence in locating all lost books.


Calling all 1st grade Daisies!

Lincoln’s 1st grade Daisy Troop 45928 will be resuming meetings soon!  Meetings will be held at Lincoln the first Thursday of the month from 6:30-7:30.  Please contact co-leaders Amy Bowen (amyarmond@yahoo.com) and Diana Jacquez (dloshen@gmail.com) if your child is interested in joining our troop and/or about becoming a parent volunteer.  We welcome returning and new girls and parents and look forward to hearing from you.

8/18 Lincoln Log – GETTING READY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL

Lincoln Families,

Welcome back to Lincoln! I hope this message finds you enjoying every moment of these fading summer days. It’s hard to believe in less than two weeks your kids will return to Lincoln once again and bring our Fine, Fine School back to life. Like every summer, this one seemed to go by exceptionally fast. As the summer days draw to a close, I am hopeful that you and your family are able to capitalize on some quality time together before the school year kicks off. On behalf of everyone here at Lincoln School, we are anxious to welcome your family for the excitement of the first day of school on Wednesday, August 28th.

The Godfrey’s had an incredible Summer. In addition to continuing to celebrate the St. Louis Blues winning the Stanley Cup, (see picture below) we spent time as a family in Michigan, Martha’s Vineyard and the Ozarks. After lots of time to rejuvenate, I’m ready and excited for the start of the new year. In addition to school, I’m also highly focused on St. Louis Cardinal baseball these days!

On Wednesday, August 21, your child’s 2019-2020 class assignment will be emailed to your family’s primary email address. Please keep in mind that hours of preparation, discussion, and perhaps a few sleepless nights go into the creation of class lists and the various other intricacies of preparing for the start of school. The overall objective when creating these lists is to ensure that all students are placed in the best possible learning environment to meet their social, emotional, and academic needs. The input so many of you provided about your children in the spring was helpful in this time-consuming process.

In addition to over 60 new kindergartners and over 30 new families, we are also excited to welcome several new staff members to the Lincoln family this year:

  • Assistant Principal- Ms. Christine Gerges
  • 3rd Grade, Ms. Roksolana Ponzio
  • Social Work- Part Time- Ms. Bridget Gilmartin
  • PE-Part Time- Ms. Mary McDermott
  • Speech Language Substitute- Ms. Sabrina Mandelbaum
  • Orchestra- Ms. Lisa Minish

I know you will find them to be amazing assets to our already Fine, Fine Faculty! Below is a breakdown of grade level teaching assignments for 2018-19:The beginning of a new school year always brings with it great excitement and optimism. There is something infectious about a clean school, new clothes, new faces, and the energy surrounding the beginning of a new year. Through positive collaboration and open channels of communication, we can carry this same excitement through the entire school year. Please know that my door is always open and welcoming of your feedback and support.

I couldn’t be more excited to embark upon year five with the staff, kids, and families at our Fine, Fine School!

Please tell your kids Ms. Gerges and I say hello and can’t wait to see them soon!

All my best – CG

Meet Mrs. Gerges
Hello Lincoln Families! I am so excited to join the Lincoln Family and become a part of this Fine, Fine School! I have had the privilege of serving the wonderful community of River Forest as a Willard Teacher for the last thirteen years. During my time north of Chicago Avenue, I taught both second and third grades. I value family and school partnerships greatly and am eager to meet your children and collaborate with you to ensure a happy and successful school year!

On a more personal note, my husband Mike and I have been married for eight years. We live in South Loop and love exploring our beautiful city of Chicago. I have a very close knit family, and am sandwiched between my older brother and younger sister. When not spending time with my family, I enjoy socializing with friends, singing, and cooking yummy Egyptian cuisine-although I am not ready to compete on a Food Network show.

Much like Casey, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can to do support your family. I look forward to meeting your kids very soon.


Calendar

Wednesday, August 21:

  • Teacher Assignments Emailed Home

Thursday, August 22:

  • PTO Webstore Opens at 7am

Sunday, August 25:

  • World Languages Registration

Monday, August 26:

  • 6PM: Lincoln New Family Welcome (Kids are welcome)

Wednesday, August 28:

  • FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Full Day for 1-4
  • Kindergarten Orientation, AM: 8:15-9, PM: 10:15-11
  • Back to School Coffee on the Park Playground

Thursday, August 29:

    • First day of Kindergarten
    • Back To School Picnic, 5:30PM – 7PM

Wednesday, September 4:

  • PTO Meeting, 8:45am

Thursday, September 12:

  • Back to School Open House, 6:30PM

School Supplies 

If you ordered School Supplies through the PTO they will be delivered to your child’s classroom.


Webstore Opens Thursday, 8/22 at 7am!

The Lincoln PTO webstore will open on Thursday 8/22 at 7am. Parents will need Teacher Assignments and Student ID, which will be emailed out.

Here are a few of the activities you can 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 September 4 and September 5. Sign up for one session on the Webstore.
  • Theater Club – Theater Club for 3rd and 4th graders will be held on the first and third Tuesday of every month.  The goal is to introduce the children to the how-to’s of theater and give them a base they can build on once they reach Roosevelt School. Some of the subjects to be covered include vocal and physical warm-ups, theater games, improvisation, theater terms, scene study, and auditions. The students will learn that the theater always should be a safe place to express themselves. They will become comfortable living onstage and head toward the more structured Roosevelt experience with confidence and excitement. Contact Carl Bergetz (cbergetz@gmail.com with questions.
  • 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.

FUN LUNCH!

Fun lunch registration will be available on the webstore beginning Thursday 8/22. You may choose 1, 2, 3 or all 4 meal options. The cost for each lunch averages $6. Regular fun lunch registration will close on 9/2. Late registration with an extra $15 fee will be available until 9/10.

Fun lunch options for 2019/2020 will be:

  • Week 1: an extra large slice of cheese pizza
  • Week 2: Pasta Marinara OR Macaroni and Cheese
  • Week 3: Chicken Tenders OR Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Week 4: Hamburger OR Cheeseburger OR Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Friday, September 6 will be the first day of fun lunch and it will be FREE pizza for all students.

Fun lunch would not be possible without the help of volunteers to serve the meal! Please sign up to volunteer. It’s a great way to see your child and interact with other parents to make everyone’s favorite PTO program happen.

Questions? Please contact Ashley Bryce (ashleyfb92@yahoo.com) or Cathy O’Neill (cathy102976@yahoo.com)


Lincoln PTO World Languages Program

The PTO World Languages Program is an optional, supplemental language program offered at Lincoln School. This program offers your child an opportunity to learn a new language and experience the culture of another country. During the Lincoln School year, French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish are all offered as options for students to learn. Weekly class options to choose from are before school, during lunch and after school and are available for all 1st through 4th grade students. Registration through the WebStore starts in mid-August for programming that begins the week of September 9th.
Cost: $175 Number of sessions: 28
Morning Classes meet from 7:30-8:15 am
Lunch-Recess Classes meet from 11:30 am-12:25 pm
After School Classes meet from 3:15-4:00 pm
Classes begin the week of Sept. 9th and end the 3rd week in April through the beginning of May, depending on the class and sessions missed due to holidays.
The primary goal of the Lincoln PTO’s World Languages Program is to capitalize on the important windows of opportunity for language acquisition which many studies show exist in young children, and to do so in a fun and stimulating environment! Children in the program acquire listening skills and develop the basis for conversation. They are also exposed to the cultures of the countries in which their chosen language is spoken. To meet these objectives, the instructors incorporate games, songs, art projects, story telling, play-acting, and other teaching methods appropriate for elementary level students. English is used as little as possible. The World Languages program is facilitated by instructors who are native speaking and/or have global language instructional backgrounds. Instructional materials are rotated to ensure that students do not receive the same curriculum within a language level. Textbooks and other materials, carefully selected by the instructors, are used in class and included in the class fee.
Unsure about which language or level to sign your child up for?
​The World Languages Program is designed to introduce the fundamentals of world languages and cultures to children before they are required to choose a world language as a core element of their education at Roosevelt Middle School. The World Languages Program offers two broad approaches to language learning:
● Approach 1:
Your child could choose a different language option each year at Lincoln, thereby sampling and gaining insights into each, being able to make a more informed choice as to which single language they would prefer to commit to at Roosevelt Middle School.
Please note that Mandarin Chinese is not currently offered at Roosevelt Middle School, but has been added to the Lincoln World Languages lineup in the spirit of broadening students’ world views and by popular demand.
● Approach 2:
Your child might decide to use the three years exposure to the World Languages Program at Lincoln to focus on only one language, i.e. Spanish, Italian, or French, thereby gaining more advanced knowledge of that specific language prior to moving on to Roosevelt.
Please use your best judgment about what is the right approach for your child(ren) and feel free to contact the World Languages Committee for guidance.
Please keep in mind that most beginner classes open to Grade 1 – 4 tend to be filled with younger students. Frequently fourth graders are unhappy in a class with predominantly first and second graders and this is something you may want to discuss with your child prior to enrollment. Also, note that during the first two weeks of the program, your child’s ability will be re- assessed by the World Languages teachers, and at that stage recommendations may be made for level switches, if deemed necessary, by the World Languages teachers and/or yourself.
All participating families are expected to complete the World Languages Code of Conduct form. World Languages fees are not refundable once classes begin.
Questions? Please email lincolnworldlanguage@gmail.com


Announcing Lincoln’s New Volleyball Club!

We are excited to be offering a NEW sports program for 3rd and 4th grade girls this school year. The Lincoln Eagles Volleyball Club will meet one time per week on Friday’s from 3:15-4:15pm. The girls will learn basic volleyball skills (serving, passing, setting and hitting). The max per session is 15 to ensure a lot of opportunity to scrimmage with limited substitutions.

The curriculum will have a very strong focus on teamwork, sportsmanship and developing sound leadership skills on and off the court. The Volleyball Club will be coached by Ann Bath. Ann is a D90 parent, Girls on the Run Coach, RFYBS Coach and very passionate about the positive impact that team sports can have on kids. And, She LOVES volleyball and still plays to this day.

Attire: Kneepads (not provided), comfortable clothing and gym shoes
Fee: $80 per session
Max: 15
Session Dates:
session 1: 9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18
session 2: 10/25, 11/1, 11/15, 11/22, 12/6, 12/13
session 3: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14
session 4: 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 5/1


Green 4 Good Club

Registration Opens Thursday, August 22!

Green4Good is District 90’s Sustainability Committee with parent-led teams at each of our three schools. Last year, Lincoln launched Green4Good Kids, a club open to 3rd graders interested in learning more about sustainability and environmental stewardship in our community. We had a great inaugural year including: Trash Talk from George Strom of the Roy Strom Company; Stories from an Eco Adventurer’s Trip to Bali; and Love Food Not Waste with SugarBeet Food Co-op.

If your 3rd grader would like to be a Green4Good Kid, registration opens Thursday, August 22! Meetings are at school from 3:15-4:15 on the 3rd Monday of each month (with the exception of January and February when meetings fall on the 4th Monday due to school holidays).

Our first meeting this year is on September 16. Lincoln’s new G4G Kids will be joined by last year’s club members and together they will plant two new pollinator gardens with the Deep Roots Project.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Lincoln’s Green4Good co-chairs, Alexis Murphy and Renee Sichlau, or Theresa Dubois, Green4Good Kids Faculty Sponsor.


HERO Boys Running Club

HERO Boys is a youth development and engagement program for 3rd & 4th grade boys. Throughout the 8 week course the boys are taught the skills needed to complete the Lincoln 5K(3.2 mi) held on October 26 at the Pancake Breakfast. 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. Each week a different topic is covered and speakers are brought in to discuss the various characteristics that make someone a HERO. Beginning September and ending October 28, HERO Boys will meet Mondays from 3:20-4:20 p.m. Maximum of 20 participants.

Contact anne gall annegall3@gmail.com with questions.


New This Year: The Lincoln News Crew!

The Lincoln News Crew will be open to 4th graders and will meet on Mondays from 3:15 – 4:15. Students will flex their critical thinking skills and take turns being writers, designers and photographers when they create and publish a school newspaper at the end of the semester!

Students will learn how news is produced and explore topics such as:
– what are different types of news content (features, profiles, editorials) and how do we differentiate between them?
– How are daily, weekly, and monthly publications different? What does each offer?

Guest speakers and a virtual field trip to the Newseum in Washington, DC are being planned. Club meetings will be starting on 9/25. We will open up registration for this club on 9/18.

Please email Elizabeth Condon (elizabethg.condon@gmail.com) with any questions.


The Library Lowdown

All students received a checklist of fun places and ways to read at the end of school (e.g., read in their pajamas/on a plane). They can turn that list into the library the first week of school for a small prize. I have attached the list if you need another copy.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vUhHnbW9Nezd6K89OYjl1odiYKIA37mPMb2ap-lflY0/edit

Where did you read – send in a photo

Please send me (brauweilerd@district90.org) a copy of your child reading before school starts. Their photo will be in the back-to-school presentation and posted in the library. They love seeing their friends (and themselves) in all the ways they read!

Lost Books

If you have a Lincoln Library book floating around your house and you found it over the summer, please return it to the school as soon as possible. We appreciate your persistence in locating all lost books.


Lincoln Spiritwear

Shop for Spirit Wear at our Spirit Wear Store: https://pswear.com/LincolnRiverForest

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

Be on the look out for a flyer coming home in our first Friday folder on 8/30 or order online here. All orders will ship directly 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!


New Family Orientation – Monday, August 26 at 6pm!

Are you new to Lincoln this year? Please join us for a new family orientation session on Monday, August 26 at 6pm in the Lincoln Auditorium.  The session will include a presentation by Mr. Godrey and a tour of the school, kids are welcome!  Contact Lauren Behan or Megan Kinsella with any questions!


Back to School Picnic – Thursday, August 29 from 5:30-7pm!

Join us for the Back to School Picnic on Thursday, 8/29 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 multiple inflatable games, dunk tank with Mr. Godfrey (!), and sidewalk chalk!

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

Contact Lauren Behan or Megan Kinsella with any questions!


New Families – Test your Revtrak

New Parents, click on this link (https://lincolnpto.revtrak.net/Activities-Events-Open-to-All/#/v/test-item-to-verify-ability-to-register-for-classes-and-clubs) and make sure your student is in the system before the Webstore opens on Thursday.  You will just need your students id to test.