Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
As I reflect on the on the events of the past week and weekend, this quote really resonated with me. Despite the uncertainty of these times, I hope your family enjoyed the weekend and are healthy and safe.
We’ve arrived in the “homestretch,” of the school year with only eight days of school remaining, there is still much to do. Our teachers and staff have worked hard to prepare engaging lessons right up through June 10. As difficult as it might be, please continue to encourage your kids to try their best in these closing days.
Don’t forget to send all Lincoln’s Got Talent entries by Monday, June 1 at 7PM. I’m hopeful to have the final production shared by mid-late week.
As reflected in the photo below, the return of student belongs this year seemed sterile and foreign. Despite the circumstances, it was wonderful seeing so many of you during last week’s retrieval of student belongings. There will be another opportunity to pick up belongings during the week of June 8. Stay tuned next week for more specific times and details. Many thanks to Mr. Quincy, Mr. Mike and Mr. Beane for all their assistance in the distribution of student materials. Additionally thanks to Renee Sichlau for her support of the Green 4 Good school supply donations that will be donated to a school in Maywood.
D90 has worked to create Summer learning opportunities for our kids. Please be sure to see the information below regarding these opportunities .
Finally, despite the anticlimactic end to this school year, please don’t forget that registration is open for the 2020-21 school year. Please contact Ms. Josephine Ribaudo at email@example.com to register or for any questions you might have.
As always, please feel free to reach out with anything I might do to better support your family .I wish you a wonderful week. Stay safe and be well. CG
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Summer Learning Opportunities
The end of the school year is upon us, and remote learning for students will be ending on Wednesday, June 10. Though District 90 will not be able to provide our traditional summer enrichment classes through our summer school program, we are pleased to offer additional learning opportunities for our students during the summer months:
Summer Book Clubs
District 90 has partnered with the River Forest Public Library to conduct Summer Book Clubs from Tuesday, June 23 – Thursday, July 16. Book clubs will be facilitated by D90 teachers through weekly live discussions with groups of up to ten students. Book clubs are organized by rising grade level. For example, if your child is attending second grade next year, he or she should sign up for a second-grade book club. River Forest Public Library will facilitate the registration process, which will be open from May 27 – June 5. Teachers will reach out to their book clubs with links to the live discussion and additional details about reading schedules and related activities once registration closes. Most elementary school titles can be accessed through students’ District 90 Epic account on their iPads. River Forest Public Library will provide additional information related to book distribution for the Roosevelt Middle School book clubs if there is no online option. For example, a newly released titled will require a hard copy.
To register your child for a D90 Summer Book Clubs, please follow this link and scroll down to the week of June 23: https://riverforestlibrary.librarymarket.com/events/month/2020/06.
Book clubs are organized by day, time, grade level, and teacher. You only need to sign up once on the day and time of your choice to be enrolled for the four-week program.
Summer Math Opportunities
Summer is a wonderful time for students to continue exploring mathematics in meaningful, authentic ways. To facilitate students’ summer math explorations and to provide a bridge to new learning in the fall, District 90 is providing four weeks of optional math activities for students to investigate independently. Students will have the opportunity to engage in activities, such as games, skill reinforcement, and problems of the week. In addition, these tasks focus on different aspects of mathematics and require few or no materials. Organized by grade level, these activities will be posted on the District 90 website for open access by families. Links will be sent out at the beginning of each week from June 15 through July 13. Answer keys will be posted at the end of each week so that students can check their work. We hope that your student will delve into this opportunity!
Students may also continue to independently explore the world of coding and other STEM activities over the summer months. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) engages students in an integrated approach to making sense of problems, gathering information, evaluating evidence, and testing ideas. Organized by grade level bands, students will be able to select activities that build on their current knowledge or dive into something new based on their interest. The summer math opportunities and STEM activities will be posted to the District website by Monday, June 22. Website links will also be shared each week with families for efficient access.
While the coronavirus precipitated the need to suspend our normal summer school programming, these summer learning opportunities are designed to help students maintain their learning trajectory. We invite your student to participate in these summer learning opportunities to help minimize the effects of summer learning loss. For more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lincoln’s Got Talent – send in by 6/1 if you want to participate!
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: email@example.com 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.**
School Supply Collection at Lincoln
Each year on the last day of school, Green 4 Good at Lincoln collects leftover gently used school supplies, organizes them, and donates them to our neighbors in School District 89 serving Melrose Park, Maywood, and Broadview.
This year due to Covid-19, our process changed and we ended up with fewer collected supplies while at the same time there is a greater need in School District 89.
Renee Sichlau will be collecting additional school supplies in bins in front of her house (130 Keystone) all of next week until Sunday June 7. Please feel free to drop off unopened or gently used glue, glue sticks, markers, crayons, colored pencils, notebooks, folders, scissors, erasers, etc.
Beyond Hunger Lincoln Contributions
Lincoln Elementary participated in the CAN Do Community challenge benefiting Beyond Hunger. Our school raised $2,539 which is enough to provide 7,617 meals! What an amazing impact this community has when it comes together!
The campaign page is still open if you’d like to make a donation.
SchoolKidz supply kits for incoming 5th graders! – order by 6/21!
Get ready to (finally!) send them back to school in the fall! Teacher-approved kits from SchoolKidz available for purchase, starting Friday, May 1st.
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!