5/17 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

It’s hard to believe that sixty days have come and gone since we embarked upon this E-Learning adventure. I hope you were able to take advantage of Saturday’s beautiful weather before today’s washout. I visited Oz Park for a “Social Distancing” picnic with some friends. It was so nice to be outdoors and bask in the fresh air and sunshine! 

 

Over the past few days teachers have been visiting Lincoln with the task of gathering student belongings and bagging them for the eventual retrieval of these personal items for your kids. Both Willard and Lincoln are working through the logistics of safely returning items to students while also adhering with the Social Distancing guidelines. Look for communication regarding these logistics in the near future. This process will incorporate the distribution of personal student belongings from classrooms as well as the return of student medications and other items remaining at school. At this same time, students/families will be asked to return library books and any other classroom items they might have at home. Please note that iPads will remain with students for the summer. Final details are forthcoming.

4th Grade Surprise

4th grade families, on Thursday and Friday of this coming week, I’ll be making a special delivery to each of your homes to help celebrate your kids’ final days as Lincoln Eagles. I’m not planning to tell kids that I am coming, but didn’t want you to be caught off guard if you see me in your yard. Look for me on Thursday from 11-4 and Friday from 9-1. There is no need for you to be home, but if you are feel free to wave from the window. If not, I’ll be sure to leave your kid’s treasures in a safe place outside of your home. 

The teachers and I were hopeful that we’d be able to host a Lincoln School “Drive By” where teachers would have gathered 6-12ft apart on Park Ave. while  families/kids had the opportunities to “drive by” to wave and celebrate the start of summer. However, after consulting with the RFPD, I’ve learned that such a gathering would be in violation of the Village’s Social Distancing and Group Gathering ordinances. That being said, the staff and I have resorted to “Plan B” and have created a fun way to virtually celebrate all of your kids’ hard work this year.  Stay tuned for more information!

I’ve been spending lots of time thinking of ways to virtually come together as a school community during these continued times of Social Distancing. As I was lying sleepless in bed this weekend, it finally came to me. To wrap up the year, I’ll be hosting the first ever:

“Lincoln’s Got Talent!” 

All kids K-4 are invited to participate. Everyone has some special talent, and if your kids are interested,  just send me a short video (no longer than 2-3 minutes in length) of your child or your family engaged in a special talent.  I’ll compile all the submissions for the first ever episode of “Lincon’s Got Talent.” Students are free to perform solo acts or include siblings or even make it an event for your entire family. However, do not join a group of friends/neighbors and break the “Social Distancing,” guidelines. Remember, talents aren’t just musical. At Lincoln we have incredible hidden talents including athletes, dancers, actors, artists, musicians, comedians, singers, equestrians, martial artists, and many more. So be as creative as you like. Of course, make sure your content is appropriate for Lincoln School. There is no obligation or expectation for participation. It’s simply a fun way to gather as a school community and showcase the hidden talents of the Lincoln Eagles. Please submit entries to me no later than Monday, June 1 by text or email: godfreyc@district90.org or 312.765.9360. I’ll aim to share the video as part of our last days of school celebrations! I’ll be announcing this to our kids in this week’s Mr. Godfrey’s Morning Messages. 

** Should your child/family wish to submit a talent, but prefer only for me to see it, then I am more than happy to not include it in the final video. Please be sure to notate this request when you submit.**

As the the cool spring days begin their transition to summer in Chicago , the limits of  “Remote Learning” are beginning to get pushed for us all. As difficult as it might be, attempt to maintain a somewhat routine “school” schedule for your kids and continue to encourage their daily participation in as many “Remote Learning” activities and assignments as possible. Our teachers and staff continue to put in countless hours for the planning and preparation of meaningful, engaging and rigorous learning opportunities for our kids. Equally, just as much time is dedicated to providing feedback on student work.  So while the novelty of Remote Learning has likely worn off, please continue to encourage your child’s engagement.  The teachers, staff  and I are always here to support in any way possible. Please never hesitate to reach out with anything I can do to be more supportive.  Thank you for your continued support of our Fine Fine School. Have a wonderful week. CG 

“Accept what is. Let go of what was and have faith in what will be.” ~Buddha


Calendar

Monday, May 18:

  • E-Learning
  • Deadline to request Fun Lunch refund
  • Deadline to submit pictures for 4th grade commemorative video

Tuesday, May 19:

  • E-Learning

Wednesday, May 20:

  • E-Learning
  • Waste Free Wednesday

Thursday, May 21:

  • E-Learning

Friday, May 22:

  • 1/2 Day E-Learning – AM ONLY
  • PM kindergarten participation (NO AM KINDERGARTEN)

Monday, May 25:

  • Happy Memorial Day – NO E-LEARNING

** Look for the next Lincoln Log, on Monday, May 25**


Tomorrow 5/18 is Deadline for Fun Lunch Refunds

When it became official that we were not going to go back to school this year, the D90 PTOs got to work to figure out the logistics of Fun Lunch.  There were 10 fun lunches left in the 2019/2020 school year and we have decided upon the following options for parents that purchased Fun Lunch for their students.

Option 1: Click here for a refund for these lunches.  https://lincolnpto.revtrak.net/fun-lunch-grades-1-4/#/v/fun-lunch-refunds

Option 2: Do nothing and your unused Fun Lunch payment will be a donation to the Lincoln PTO.  We will be giving a portion of the unused Fun Lunch money to the Hephzibah Home in Oak Park.  They currently have 25 children sheltered in place and are in need of support.

As we all know, this is an unprecedented time and we are all trying to figure things out day by day.  If you are asking for a refund, please be patient with us as it has to be done individually and will take some time.

If we don’t hear from you by May 18th, we will assume you are donating your payment to the PTO/Hephzibah Home. Thank you for your support of the Lincoln PTO and if you have any questions, please contact Ginger Timchak at gingertimchak@gmail.com


Library News

Wanting more stories to read? The Lincoln Library now has a spot to go to if you are looking for some fun picture book read-alouds – called Books with Mrs. Brauweiler.  The link is located below and also on the Lincoln Library website.  Keep checking back – there’s more being added all the time!

Books with Mrs. Brauweiler


Lincoln’s Got Talent!

Who: All kids K-4 @ The Fine Fine School. At Lincoln we have incredible hidden talents including athletes, dancers, actors, artists, musicians, comedians, singers, equestrians, martial artists, and many more. So be as creative as you like.

What: “Lincoln’s Got Talent”Send me a short video (no longer than 2-3 minutes in length) of your child or your family engaged in a special talent.  I’ll compile all the submissions for the first ever episode of “Lincoln’s Got Talent.” Students are free to perform solo acts or include siblings or even make it an event for your entire family. However, do not join a group of friends/neighbors and break the “Social Distancing” guidelines.  There is no obligation or expectation for participation. It’s simply a fun way to gather as a school community and showcase the hidden talents of the Lincoln Eagles.

When: Please submit entries to Mr. Godfrey no later than Monday, June 1 by text or email: godfreyc@district90.org or 312.765.9360

 

Where: The “Virtual” airwaves of River Forest.

** Should your child/family wish to submit a talent, but prefer only for me to see it, then I am more than happy to not include it in the final video. Please be sure to notate this request when you submit.**


May’s PTO meeting – moved to 5/26!

May’s PTO meeting has been moved to May 26th at 9:00 AM.  This will be a virtual meeting and a Zoom link will be available in the Lincoln Log that will go out on Monday, May 25th.  We look forward to seeing everyone and discussing end of the year business as well as planning for next year.  All are welcome to join.


Attention 4th grade families – Last Call for Pictures!

Commemorative video for 4th graders: pictures needed by Monday, May 18!

It is a tradition at Lincoln School to assemble a video collage of photos for the graduating 4th graders commemorating their years at Lincoln, grades K through 4. The video will contain pictures of the 4th graders through their years at Lincoln School. So grab a box of tissues and scroll through your old photos. We suggest photos from school events, school concerts, class parties, field trips, PTO events, PTO Clubs, back to school pictures, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, pictures with good Lincoln buddies, etc. Please refrain from sending photos from birthday parties, holidays or religious events. (We cannot use photos from non-school related events, as cute as they may be.)

Photos can be emailed to Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.comDEADLINE TO SUBMIT PICTURES IS MONDAY, MAY 18!!

Feel free to contact Adrian Dinu and Debbie Kellogg at Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com or Amy Dwyer at amyadwyer@gmail.com with any questions.

** The video is typically shown at the 4th grade breakfast on the last day of school. Unfortunately, as we all know, the breakfast gathering is not possible this year. We plan to work with Mr. Godfrey and the District 90 technology team on a way to share this video privately and securely. If you do not want your child included in this video, please let Mr. Godfrey know.


SchoolKidz supply kits for incoming 5th graders! – order by 6/21!

Brick By Brick. Name brand school supplies at an average of 50 ...Get ready to (finally!) send them back to school in the fall! Teacher-approved kits from SchoolKidz available for purchase, starting Friday, May 1st.

www.shopttkits.com
Enter account number 20848 in the green box.
Sale site will be open from 5/1/20 to 6/21/20.

All SchoolKidz supply boxes will be mailed to your home the week of August 16th (before the first day of school on 8/26/20). Supplies will come in plain cardboard boxes – no “carry handles.”

Here is the 5th grade supply list for reference!

5/10 Lincoln Log

Lincoln families,

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing Lincoln School Moms! I hope you enjoyed a day of love an celebration with family. While I was unable to be in St. Louis with my mom, like many of you we embraced the opportunity celebrate virtually. Hopefully the mounting list of “virtual,” celebrations will instill within each of us a renewed and grateful perspective of togetherness when we finally reach the other side of this mountain.

On behalf of the entire Lincoln School faculty and staff, thank you for the outpouring of Lincoln Love during Staff Appreciation week. All the creative and virtual “thank you’s,” were very much appreciated by everyone at Lincoln.
It’s no secret just how dedicated and passionate our Fine Fine teachers are about their profession. Those efforts have been on full display over the past two months has they have embraced new ways to connect with kids, creatively design lessons and to transform their homes into mini recording studios and movie sets!

We have reached the juncture of the school year where we are fully dedicated to successful completion of this academic year, yet also highly invested in planning for the start of the 2020-21 school year. Over the next few weeks, there will likely be sporadic days where teachers will be working closely with me, attending virtual meetings or even being given time to work in their classroom to prepare for the return of individual student belongings. Therefore, on these days, while teachers will still provide tasks and learning opportunities for students, there will likely be minimal or in some cases no feedback to student work submissions. Teachers and I will provide your families with advance notice of these particular days. We appreciate your support and understanding of the various complexities we face as we prepare for the “virtual” conclusion of the school year.

As you are aware, the current landscape of the world has caused us to re-imagine many of the annual celebratory events that make the end of the school year so special for our students, families, staff and retiring teachers. However, we are in the final stages of planning some noteworthy and creative “Covid 19” ways to celebrate the end of the year. Stay tuned to next week’s Lincoln Log for the unveiling of some exciting plans.

It’s hard to believe that Wednesday, May 13 will mark exactly two months since we all last gathered together at our Fine Fine School. However, as we continue to venture forward into the unknown I am often reminded that our school is much more than the physical address of 511 Park Ave. Lincoln Love and the genuine spirit of our Fine Fine teachers, kids and families, has transcended these uncertain times and in my opinion only strengthened and unified our learning community, resulting in an even Finer Lincoln School!

As always, thank you for your continued support of Lincoln School. I’m always available for your feedback and to assist in anyway I possibly can. Please tell your kids I miss them terribly, but look forward to my daily visits to your home via SeeSaw. Wishing you continued health and wellness.

CG

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”- Maya Angelou


Calendar

Monday, May 11:

  • E-Learning

Tuesday, May 12:

  • E-Learning

Wednesday, May 13:

  • E-Learning
  • Waste Free Wednesday

Thursday, May 14:

  • E-Learning

Friday, May 15:

  • NO E-LEARNING

Last Chance to Order Lincoln Yearbooks – order through 5/15!

Yearbooks are now available to order on the PTO Web Store.  The hardcover books are available at a pre-order price of $25/book now through May 15.  Pre-ordered books will still be distributed, but with the cancellation of school we are still determining the details. Save your confirmation email from the PTO Web Store so you can quickly confirm your order when the books are distributed.

Any books that remain after the initial online orders are taken will be available for purchase on a first come first serve basis at the TBD distribution date/location.  Keep in mind that the yearbooks are quite popular, so we highly recommend ordering in advance!


Last Chance to Order SchoolKidz Supply Kits – order by 5/15!

SchoolKidz supply kits are now available to order for the 2020-2021 School Year! The Lincoln PTO sponsors a School Supply Kit process to simplify your life! You can order a school supply kit online and the kit will be delivered to your child’s classroom in August before school starts. Orders are online only and they are accepted only until May 15. The supplier cannot accept late orders. Please remember to buy a kit for NEXT YEAR’s Grade Level.

Order your kits at www.shopttkits.com, Lincoln Account Number: 20838 The DEADLINE for ordering kits is May 15. Don’t Delay!


Kindergarten Virtual Author Visit

On Thursday, May 14, we are excited to welcome author, Sara Schacter to Lincoln School virtually. She was scheduled to visit with the kindergarten students on April 3. She has graciously offered to still meet with us through Zoom. Sara is a relative of Ryan in Ms. Stasys’ morning class.

She will meet with the morning kindergarten students at 9:00 – 9:20. The afternoon kindergarten students are invited to meet with her at 9:30 – 9:50.

Sara will introduce herself, read her book “Just So Willow“ aloud, talk about writing and answer questions. Students will have an opportunity to send any questions ahead of time to me through a Seesaw activity on Wednesday 5/13.

If you are interested in purchasing her book, please let me know. I am gathering details on how to purchase. Additionally, if you purchase the book, the author will send a signed bookplate to put in the book and some polar bear goodies.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Brauweiler directly.


May 18 is the Deadline for Fun Lunch Refunds

When it became official that we were not going to go back to school this year, the D90 PTOs got to work to figure out the logistics of Fun Lunch.  There were 10 fun lunches left in the 2019/2020 school year and we have decided upon the following options for parents that purchased Fun Lunch for their students.

Option 1: Click here for a refund for these lunches.  https://lincolnpto.revtrak.net/fun-lunch-grades-1-4/#/v/fun-lunch-refunds

Option 2: Do nothing and your unused Fun Lunch payment will be a donation to the Lincoln PTO.  We will be giving a portion of the unused Fun Lunch money to the Hephzibah Home in Oak Park.  They currently have 25 children sheltered in place and are in need of support.

As we all know, this is an unprecedented time and we are all trying to figure things out day by day.  If you are asking for a refund, please be patient with us as it has to be done individually and will take some time.

If we don’t hear from you by May 18th, we will assume you are donating your payment to the PTO/Hephzibah Home. Thank you for your support of the Lincoln PTO and if you have any questions, please contact Ginger Timchak at gingertimchak@gmail.com


May’s PTO meeting – moved to 5/26!

May’s PTO meeting has been moved to May 26th at 9:00 AM.  This will be a virtual meeting and a Zoom link will be available in the Lincoln Log that will go out on Monday, May 25th.  We look forward to seeing everyone and discussing end of the year business as well as planning for next year.  All are welcome to join.


Attention 4th grade families – Last Call for Pictures!

Commemorative video for 4th graders: pictures needed by Monday, May 18!

It is a tradition at Lincoln School to assemble a video collage of photos for the graduating 4th graders commemorating their years at Lincoln, grades K through 4. The video will contain pictures of the 4th graders through their years at Lincoln School. So grab a box of tissues and scroll through your old photos. We suggest photos from school events, school concerts, class parties, field trips, PTO events, PTO Clubs, back to school pictures, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, pictures with good Lincoln buddies, etc. Please refrain from sending photos from birthday parties, holidays or religious events. (We cannot use photos from non-school related events, as cute as they may be.)

Photos can be emailed to Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.comDEADLINE TO SUBMIT PICTURES IS MONDAY, MAY 18!!

Feel free to contact Adrian Dinu and Debbie Kellogg at Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com or Amy Dwyer at amyadwyer@gmail.com with any questions.

** The video is typically shown at the 4th grade breakfast on the last day of school. Unfortunately, as we all know, the breakfast gathering is not possible this year. We plan to work with Mr. Godfrey and the District 90 technology team on a way to share this video privately and securely. If you do not want your child included in this video, please let Mr. Godfrey know.


SchoolKidz supply kits for incoming 5th graders! – order by 6/21!

Brick By Brick. Name brand school supplies at an average of 50 ...Get ready to (finally!) send them back to school in the fall! Teacher-approved kits from SchoolKidz available for purchase, starting Friday, May 1st.

www.shopttkits.com
Enter account number 20848 in the green box.
Sale site will be open from 5/1/20 to 6/21/20.

All SchoolKidz supply boxes will be mailed to your home the week of August 16th (before the first day of school on 8/26/20). Supplies will come in plain cardboard boxes – no “carry handles.”

Here is the 5th grade supply list for reference!

Lincoln Log 5/3

Lincoln families,

I hope your family enjoyed the beautiful first weekend of May. Let’s hope that the sunshine and springtime temperatures are a sign of good things to come!

Happy Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week! As you might know this week is Teacher and Staff appreciation week. Unfortunately, we aren’t in session to appropriately celebrate the Fine Fine staff at Lincoln. But don’t let that stop your family from getting creative and taking a few minutes each day this week to celebrate the staff at our Fine Fine School.

Here are just a few ideas:
-Record a message of your child/family acknowledging staff and send it via email.
-Have kids draw pictures, signs, cards or even pose for pictures that can be e-mailed or sent via SeeSaw to teachers
-Families can write an email to teachers expressing their gratitude
-The possibilities are endless…….

Please don’t forget to celebrate everyone including…. Music, Art, PE, Library, STEM, Specialists, Resource Teachers, Aides, Custodians etc. It takes all these Fine Fine people to make our Fine Fine School run!

Thanks for reminding our teachers just how Fine they truly are!

Wednesday, May 6 is National School Nurses Day, so don’t forget to send the amazing Ms. Godellas some good vibes, nice notes or some Lincoln School Love this week. She is the finest School Nurse around and we are so lucky to have her taking care of us all!

Finally, as E-Learning continues, there are likely many questions beginning to surface. The D90 Administrative team has been working diligently to forecast potential questions and prepare solutions for these unprecedented times. Here is a link to some frequently asked questions regarding E-Learning. Please reach out with any questions I might help with.

As always, thanks for your continued support of Lincoln. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything more I can do to better support your kids and family. I wish your family continued health and wellness! Have a great week. CG

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”- Maya Angelou


Calendar

*Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week*

Monday, May 4:

  • E-Learning

Tuesday, May 5:

  • E-Learning

Wednesday, May 6:

  • E-Learning
  • School Nurses Day
  • Waste Free Wednesday

Thursday, May 7:

  • E-Learning

Friday, May 8:

  • NO E-LEARNING

May’s PTO meeting – moved to 5/26!

May’s PTO meeting has been moved to May 26th at 9:00 AM.  This will be a virtual meeting and a Zoom link will be available in the Lincoln Log that will go out on Monday, May 25th.  We look forward to seeing everyone and discussing end of the year business as well as planning for next year.  All are welcome to join.


Fun Lunch update – options for families

When it became official that we were not going to go back to school this year, the D90 PTOs got to work to figure out the logistics of Fun Lunch.  There were 10 fun lunches left in the 2019/2020 school year and we have decided upon the following options for parents that purchased Fun Lunch for their students.

Option 1: Click here for a refund for these lunches.  https://lincolnpto.revtrak.net/fun-lunch-grades-1-4/#/v/fun-lunch-refunds

Option 2: Do nothing and your unused Fun Lunch payment will be a donation to the Lincoln PTO.  We will be giving a portion of the unused Fun Lunch money to the Hephzibah Home in Oak Park.  They currently have 25 children sheltered in place and are in need of support.

As we all know, this is an unprecedented time and we are all trying to figure things out day by day.  If you are asking for a refund, please be patient with us as it has to be done individually and will take some time.

If we don’t hear from you by May 18th, we will assume you are donating your payment to the PTO/Hephzibah Home. Thank you for your support of the Lincoln PTO and if you have any questions, please contact Ginger Timchak at gingertimchak@gmail.com


Attention 4th grade families – t-shirt size needed by Monday, 5/4!

T-Shirt sizes needed by Monday, May 4!

It is tradition for each graduating 4th grader to receive a special t-shirt to commemorate their days at Lincoln. While they will sadly not be able to wear them on field day this year, special plans are in the works to still celebrate your student… so stay tuned!! At this time, please click here to log onto the PTO Web Store to select the t-shirt size for your student. Part of your 4th grade activities fee pays for this t-shirt. If you have not paid the $25 fee and would still like to, please click here. Any funds collected that exceed the cost of our planned activities will be used toward a gift to Lincoln School on behalf of the class of 2020.

Commemorative video for 4th graders: pictures needed by Monday, May 18!

It is a tradition at Lincoln School to assemble a video collage of photos for the graduating 4th graders commemorating their years at Lincoln, grades K through 4. The video will contain pictures of the 4th graders through their years at Lincoln School. So grab a box of tissues and scroll through your old photos. We suggest photos from school events, school concerts, class parties, field trips, PTO events, PTO Clubs, back to school pictures, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, pictures with good Lincoln buddies, etc. Please refrain from sending photos from birthday parties, holidays or religious events. (We cannot use photos from non-school related events, as cute as they may be.)

Photos can be emailed to Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.comDEADLINE TO SUBMIT PICTURES IS MONDAY, MAY 18!!

Feel free to contact Adrian Dinu and Debbie Kellogg at Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com or Amy Dwyer at amyadwyer@gmail.com with any questions.

** The video is typically shown at the 4th grade breakfast on the last day of school. Unfortunately, as we all know, the breakfast gathering is not possible this year. We plan to work with Mr. Godfrey and the District 90 technology team on a way to share this video privately and securely. If you do not want your child included in this video, please let Mr. Godfrey know.


Lincoln Yearbooks are now on sale – order through 5/15!

Yearbooks are now available to order on the PTO Web Store.  The hardcover books are available at a pre-order price of $25/book now through May 15.  Pre-ordered books will still be distributed, but with the cancellation of school we are still determining the details. Save your confirmation email from the PTO Web Store so you can quickly confirm your order when the books are distributed.

Any books that remain after the initial online orders are taken will be available for purchase on a first come first serve basis at the TBD distribution date/location.  Keep in mind that the yearbooks are quite popular, so we highly recommend ordering in advance!


SchoolKidz supply kits – order by 5/15!

SchoolKidz supply kits are now available to order for the 2020-2021 School Year! The Lincoln PTO sponsors a School Supply Kit process to simplify your life! You can order a school supply kit online and the kit will be delivered to your child’s classroom in August before school starts. Orders are online only and they are accepted only until May 15. The supplier cannot accept late orders. Please remember to buy a kit for NEXT YEAR’s Grade Level.

Order your kits at www.shopttkits.com, Lincoln Account Number: 20838 The DEADLINE for ordering kits is May 15. Don’t Delay!


SchoolKidz supply kits for incoming 5th graders! – order by 6/21!

Brick By Brick. Name brand school supplies at an average of 50 ...Get ready to (finally!) send them back to school in the fall! Teacher-approved kits from SchoolKidz available for purchase, starting Friday, May 1st.

www.shopttkits.com
Enter account number 20848 in the green box.
Sale site will be open from 5/1/20 to 6/21/20.

All SchoolKidz supply boxes will be mailed to your home the week of August 16th (before the first day of school on 8/26/20). Supplies will come in plain cardboard boxes – no “carry handles.”

Here is the 5th grade supply list for reference!

Lincoln Families,

Although these days it is hard to decipher between a weekday and a weekend, I hope you enjoyed the past few days. Seeing the sun today was a game changer!

In my 43 trips around the sun, I’ve never received a birthday gift as genuine, sincere and emotional as the Oscar-worthy video compiled by the Lincoln families and sent to me on Friday. Just reading all the “Happy Birthday” messages the kids shared on SeeSaw last Friday was more than enough to make my day…. then later in the afternoon, I received the link to the video that catapulted my quarantine birthday into one of the best I’ve ever had! The creative, unique and heartfelt thought that went into each message left me torn between laughter and tears. While thank you seems so insufficient…. please know how genuinely thankful and moved I am by this gesture. It’s been on constant replay in my home and will definitely be a “go to” whenever my spirits need lifting for years to come!  Click here to watch.

As we gear up for week 6 of e-learning, please know how incredibly grateful the entire Lincoln staff and I remain for all of your support and kindness as we continue to learn new and effective ways to refine our craft to meet these unprecedented circumstances. Please reach out with anything we can do to be more accommodating to your kids and family.

There have been many questions, ideas and suggestions floated regarding the annual end of the school year Lincoln School traditions. While the Maypole, Drumming, Field Day, Clap-Out and other Lincoln favorites will unfortunately look a bit different this year, please know there is an army of individuals and love working tirelessly behind the scenes on creative and “social distancing” ways to celebrate the accomplishments of our kids and teachers this year. Stay tuned for forthcoming information.

While it is hard to imagine, planning for the 20-21 academic year is continuing to unfold. Therefore, please see the attached letter I sent to all families on Monday, March 30. Please be sure to submit any voluntary input by Friday, March 1.

Finally, the following was shared with me by a friend and I thought of it as a good reflection for us all this week….

“Everyone is applauding everyone but our children. These little heros have stayed indoors more than they’ve ever done in their lives. Their whole worlds have literally been turned upside down. All these rules they’ve never known. A life they couldn’t have imagined. All the things they love like sports, being with friends, going to school, or just being kids have all been taken away from them. Adults talking about others being unwell and a barrage of uncertain news. Our poor children’s minds must be racing. Yet, every day they get up and carry on despite all that’s going on. So here’s to our little heroes: today, tomorrow, forever.”

As always, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything more I can do for your family. Thanks for your continued support of the finest school in the land. Have a great week. Wishing your family continued health and wellness.

Be Well. CG


Calendar

Monday, April 27:

  • E-Learning

Tuesday, April 28:

  • E-Learning

Wednesday, April 29:

  • E-Learning
  • Waste Free Wednesday

Thursday, April 30:

  • Remote Learning Planning Day – NO STUDENT INSTRUCTION

Friday, May 1:

  • E-Learning

Fun Lunch update

When it became official that we were not going to go back to school this year, the D90 PTO’s got to work to figure out the logistics of Fun Lunch.  There were 10 fun lunches left in the 2019/2020 school year and we have decided upon the following options for parents that purchased Fun Lunch for their students.

Option 1: Click here for a refund for these lunches.  https://lincolnpto.revtrak.net/fun-lunch-grades-1-4/#/v/fun-lunch-refunds

Option 2: Do nothing and your unused Fun Lunch payment will be a donation to the Lincoln PTO.  We will be giving a portion of the unused Fun Lunch money to the Hepzibah Home in Oak Park.  They currently have 25 children sheltered in place and are in need of support.

As we all know, this is an unprecedented time and we are all trying to figure things out day by day.  If you are asking for a refund, please be patient with us as it has to be done individually and will take some time.

If we don’t hear from you by May 18th, we will assume you are donating your payment to the PTO/Hepzibah Home. Thank you for your support of the Lincoln PTO and if you have any questions, please contact Ginger Timchak at gingertimchak@gmail.com


Attention 4th grade families!!!

T-Shirt sizes needed by Monday, May 4!

It is tradition for each graduating 4th grader to receive a special t-shirt to commemorate their days at Lincoln. While they will sadly not be able to wear them on field day this year, special plans are in the works to still celebrate your student… so stay tuned!! At this time, please click here to log onto the PTO Web Store to select the t-shirt size for your student. Part of your 4th grade activities fee pays for this t-shirt. If you have not paid the $25 fee and would still like to, please click here. Any funds collected that exceed the cost of our planned activities will be used toward a gift to Lincoln School on behalf of the class of 2020.

Commemorative video for 4th graders: pictures needed by Monday, May 18!

It is a tradition at Lincoln School to assemble a video collage of photos for the graduating 4th graders commemorating their years at Lincoln, grades K through 4. The video will contain pictures of the 4th graders through their years at Lincoln School. So grab a box of tissues and scroll through your old photos. We suggest photos from school events, school concerts, class parties, field trips, PTO events, PTO Clubs, back to school pictures, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, pictures with good Lincoln buddies, etc. Please refrain from sending photos from birthday parties, holidays or religious events. (We cannot use photos from non-school related events, as cute as they may be.)

Photos can be emailed to Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com.  DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PICTURES IS MONDAY, MAY 18!!

Feel free to contact Adrian Dinu and Debbie Kellogg at Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com or Amy Dwyer at amyadwyer@gmail.com with any questions.

** The video is typically shown at the 4th grade breakfast on the last day of school. Unfortunately, as we all know, the breakfast gathering is not possible this year. We plan to work with Mr. Godfrey and the District 90 technology team on a way to share this video privately and securely. If you do not want your child included in this video, please let Mr. Godfrey know.


A message from Ms. Godellas

Greetings Lincoln Eagles!

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. Please remember staying healthy involves eating right, getting enough sleep, and protecting yourself from germs. I miss you and your families like crazy and look forward to seeing you all again soon. I am sending healthy vibes to everyone.

Stay healthy AND safe-
Mrs. Godellas

Know the Symptoms of Corona Virus: symptoms covid

Things to Know about Corona Virus: Things to Know about Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Google Docs


Lincoln Yearbooks are now on sale!

Yearbooks are now available to order on the PTO Web Store.  The hardcover books are available at a pre-order price of $25/book now through May 15.  Pre-ordered books will still be distributed, but with the cancellation of school we are still determining the details. Save your confirmation email from the PTO Web Store so you can quickly confirm your order when the books are distributed.

Any books that remain after the initial online orders are taken will be available for purchase on a first come first serve basis at the TBD distribution date/location.  Keep in mind that the yearbooks are quite popular, so we highly recommend ordering in advance!


SchoolKidz supply kits – order by May 15

SchoolKidz supply kits are now available to order for the 2020-2021 School Year! The Lincoln PTO sponsors a School Supply Kit process to simplify your life! You can order a school supply kit online and the kit will be delivered to your child’s classroom in August before school starts. Orders are online only and they are accepted only until May 15. The supplier cannot accept late orders. Please remember to buy a kit for NEXT YEAR’s Grade Level.

Order your kits at www.shopttkits.com, Lincoln Account Number: 20838 The DEADLINE for ordering kits is May 15. Don’t Delay!

4/19 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
Happy Earth Week! I hope this message finds your family remaining healthy, well and sane as we continue to forge ahead into these most uncertain of times. After last week’s April snow, I’m happy to see that our Earth Week forecast looks to be much more seasonal. Hopefully, your family will be able to get outdoors to get some fresh air and celebrate the Earth this week.

Although it seemed inevitable I sat with tears in my eyes as I watched Governor Pritzker’s announcement last Friday to close schools for the remainder of the school year. While I understand the science behind this decision and agree that it is the “right,” decision, like each of you, I find myself riding a constant wave of emotions and attempting to wrap my head around the fact that the close of this school year will look different than any other.

Like every staff member at Lincoln… I genuinely love our school and your kids. There is no perfect science to the work we were each called to do… sometimes we get it right…. sometimes we make mistakes….. and just like your kids… we learn, reflect and become better because of those mistakes. However, in my opinion…. more important than the perfect execution of any lesson, activity or project… is the love, compassion and social emotional space our teachers create for the kids at Lincoln. Lincoln kids, families, and staff have more P.R.I.D.E. in our school than any school I know of. When I think about what sets Lincoln apart from any other school I know…. it is that collective spirit which is the key ingredient to who we are as a Lincoln community. So lucky for us…. we don’t have to be within the “walls” of Lincoln to feel those foundational elements that make Lincoln a Fine Fine School. So although it continues to feel and look different right now….. we can all continue to carry “Lincoln Love” in our hearts despite the social distance between us and for the duration of the e-learning year.

Like you, I also have many questions about what the rest of the school year will look like without many of our traditions including Field Day, 4th Grade Breakfast, the Clap-Out and the recognition of our retiring staff members. Please know that I will be in close contact with our teachers and PTO leadership to find new and creative ways to celebrate the close of the school year and the tenure of the incredible educators who are ending their careers in a way they never imagined. In the meantime, please know our teachers and I remain dedicated to putting forth the most positive and meaningful e-learning experience we can for your family.

Additionally, we all have questions flooding our thoughts about what the next year will look like and how we will “catch” kids up. If we continue to learn anything from this experience, I hope, it is to live for the present moment and celebrate what is truly most important: our health, wellness, families, friends and the space we have in our hearts for personal growth and empathy for others. So for now, my advice is not to fret about academic regression or what next year will be like. In my opinion, no kids are ever behind, they are always right where they need to be…. including right now. The Lincoln teachers are superheroes and are masters at their craft. We will get your kids caught up academically because that is what we do best. So for the time being take this time to share laughs, hugs and Lincoln Love with your kids. The lessons of love, empathy, gratitude and kindness that your kids learn during this time are one hundred times more powerful than any academic content we can teach them. By prioritizing those qualities above all else, just think of what our world will be like when this generation of kids answers the call to become the leaders of the future. That thought gives me great hope during this most uncertain time.

Finally, thank you for the outpouring of well wishes regarding my recovery! Other than feeling constantly exhausted, I’m well on my way to being 100%

CG.

Quote of the Week: Earth Week:
Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing’s going to get better, it’s not.” ~ The Lorax- Dr. Seuss


Calendar

Monday, April 20:

  • E-Learning
  • Earth Week- Silver Lining Monday

Tuesday, April 21:

  • E-Learning
  • Earth Week-Turn it off Tuesday
  • 3:30 Blue Stem/Monarch ZOOM Party 3rd/4th Grade

Wednesday, April 22:

  • E-Learning
  • Happy Secretaries Day Ms. Kopriva
  • Earth Week-Waste Free Wednesday (Earth Day)
  • 3:30 Blue Stem/Monarch Zoom Party 2Berg/2Mayer

Thursday, April 23:

  • E-Learning
  • Earth Week- Little Changes/Big Impact Thursday
  • 3:30 Blue Stem/Monarch Zoom Party 1st Grade

Friday, April 24:

  • E-Learning
  • Earth Week-Think Globally/Act Locally Friday
  • 3:30 Blue Stem/Monarch ZoomParty 2 Jenkins/2Rogers/2/Tanglao

A message from Ms. Godellas:

Greetings Lincoln Eagles!

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. Please remember staying healthy involves eating right, getting enough sleep, and protecting yourself from germs. I miss you and your families like crazy and look forward to seeing you all again soon. I am sending healthy vibes to everyone.

Stay healthy AND safe-
Mrs. Godellas

Know the Symptoms of Corona Virus: symptoms covid

Things to Know about Corona Virus: Things to Know about Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Google Docs


Lincoln School Celebrates Earth Day!

April 22, 2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day.
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest an environment in crisis — oil spills, smog, rivers so polluted they literally caught fire.
Earth Day is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.
The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action.

While we can’t “take to the streets” together this year, we can all engage in collective action to feel connected to one another in support of an important cause.

FAMILY SIDEWALK CHALK CHALLENGE: Spread the word about this important day! This week, wear GREEN and chalk up your sidewalk with Earth Day messages!

GREEN4GOOD KIDS: Every morning, these environmentally-minded kids will join Casey’s morning announcements with an Earth Day FACT and CHALLENGE along the following themes:

  • Silver Lining Monday
  • Turn it Off Tuesday
  • Waste Free Wednesday (Happy 50th Earth Day!!)
  • Little Changes / Big Impact Thursday
  • Think Globally / Act Locally Friday

Watch STRAWS a film about reducing single-use plastics.
Here is the trailer.
Here is the link to the film on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/302131350.
Our password is STRElementary

VIRTUAL MINI FILM FEST: Watch free virtual screenings provided by One Earth Film Festival every day of Earth Week, including one by Roosevelt student Samantha Older on Saturday.


Virtual Blue Stem and Monarch Parties

In order to celebrate with those students who completed the Bluestem and Monarch parties, I will be inviting students to a virtual celebration “after school”. Those children who turned in a permission slip will be receiving an invitation via Seesaw.

The dates are below – time is at 3:30.

Tuesday, April 21 – 3rd/4th
Wednesday, April 22 – 2Berg / 2Mayer
Thursday, April 23 – 1st grade
Friday, April 24 – 2Jenkins / 2Rogers / 2Tanglao

Please contact me directly with any questions. I look forward to celebrating with everyone.
Mrs. Brauweiler


Challenge from Mrs. Kozbur – Art for Rush Oak Park Hospital!


The staff at Rush Oak Park Hospital would love to see artwork from kids displayed on their walls to help cheer them up. They are working very hard and a little color would go a long way to make their days a little more cheerful.   Here is my idea! Think about flowers, butterflies, rainbows, trees, birds singing …anything that is colorful and happy. Take a piece of paper (no larger than 11 x14, no smaller than 8.5 x 11) and create your masterpiece. If you have paints, then you can paint, if you have markers and crayons or cray pas, then use those (please don’t start with pencils :). Please remember Mrs. Kozbur’s recommendations – take your time, use the entire page, don’t be afraid to go off the edges, make it big so everyone can see – and most important – LOTS OF HAPPY COLORS!!!!  It’s okay to include a message in you art work if you’d like.
We are working on having a bin set up at the main door on Park Avenue so you can drop your art work off starting next Monday, April 20! We will collect through Wednesday, April 22 and then your art work will be delivered and put up in the hospital. Let’s put a smile on everyone’s face and make their day a little brighter! – Mrs. Kozbur

Here are more details: ROPH call for art


Lincoln Yearbooks are now on sale!

Yearbooks are now available to order on the PTO Web Store.  The hardcover books are available at a pre-order price of $25/book now through May 15.  Pre-ordered books will be distributed at the Ice Cream Social on 6/5 along with a souvenir pen.  Save your confirmation email from the PTO Web Store so you can quickly confirm your order when the “end of the school year” madness sets in!

Any books that remain after the initial online orders are taken will be available for purchase on a first come first serve basis at the Ice Cream Social for $30/book.  Keep in mind that the yearbooks are quite popular, so we highly recommend ordering in advance!


Join the 2020-21 PTO Team!!!

The mission of the PTO is to support and enhance the education of the children at Lincoln School. But without input, ideas and support from the families at Lincoln, fulfilling this mission is not possible. All of the planning for our 2020-2021 PTO related events starts soon, so even though things are up in the air for the next few weeks in our school community, we are still working hard to put together our slate for next year.

There is a lot you can do for the PTO and for Lincoln School whether you are a working parent or a stay at home parent. Volunteer opportunities are available for events taking place at school during the week or on weekends. And opportunities are available for you to work from the comfort of your own home while younger children nap.

Thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO! Please click here to view the list of positions available for the 2020-21 school year.


SchoolKidz Supply Kits – Order by May 15

SchoolKidz supply kits are now available to order for the 2020-2021 School Year! The Lincoln PTO sponsors a School Supply Kit process to simplify your life! You can order a school supply kit online and the kit will be delivered to your child’s classroom in August before school starts. Orders are online only and they are accepted only until May 15. The supplier cannot accept late orders. Please remember to buy a kit for NEXT YEAR’s Grade Level.

Order your kits at www.shopttkits.com, Lincoln Account Number: 20838 The DEADLINE for ordering kits is May 15. Don’t Delay!