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!

4/12 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Whether the past few days have found your family celebrating Passover or Easter, I’m hopeful that this message finds your family healthy and continuing to embrace this experience with an optimistic lens and a hopeful heart.

Exactly one month ago, kids, teachers and staff walked out the doors of Lincoln School for what we thought then might just be a few days. My…. how the past thirty days have changed the landscape of families, education, and our world forever. Like each of you, I continue to have moments during each day where my emotions seem to change like the tide. This morning, as I was watching Easter Mass from my couch, our Pastor posed a poignant question that stuck with me and has given me hope on a day that I would have traditionally spent gathered with my family and friends. Paraphrasing, Fr. Hurley’s message went something like this…. “What will we see on the other side of this? What will we see in ourselves? What will we see in the human family? I hope we see more love, more hope and a human family that puts things into proper perspective.” While these days continue to challenge all of us, if we spend this time reflecting on that question and those outcomes… then perhaps this entire experience will be remembered for all the hope that overcame all of the fear.

As we enter week four of E-Learning, please know how grateful myself and the Lincoln staff remain for your unwavering support as we continue to find our stride, manage time, and support students utilizing these new platforms for teaching. Daily, teachers are creating and distributing lessons and assignments to kids in all the content areas. As you can imagine, this results in hundreds if not thousands of Seesaw touch points in a single day for teachers. While teachers are experts at multitasking, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the reality and sustainability of teachers to respond to and approve EVERY assignment, activity and student post each day is unattainable. Much like each of you, many of our teachers are home with their children, managing their homes and E-teaching their class and their own kids at the same time. Teaching has and never will be a “9-5,” profession, but during this evolving time of uncertainty going forward, teachers may choose an assignment or activity each day for which to provide feedback. Lessons and activities will still be delivered in all content areas each day. However the daily feedback/focus will be more content specific on any given day. We can all agree the E-Learning is an imperfect solution during these times, but we continue to appreciate your support and feedback.

A few weeks ago, I challenged our kids to create cards that would be shared with health care workers. Hundreds of cards were delivered to local hospitals. Here are a few pictures that were shared with me from some very appreciative health providers.

Below in the LOG, you will see another such challenge that Ms. Kozbur our Fine, Fine Art teacher shared with our kids last week. Thanks for continuing to spread “Lincoln Love” all around Chicagoland!

While the doors of Lincoln remain closed for now….. one day they WILL reopen…spend this time knowing that Lincoln is much more than just the building located at 511 Park Ave. A little piece of Lincoln lives in each of us and with our collective “Lincoln Love,” we will continue to guide our kids through this turbulent time. Thanks for your continued support of Lincoln. As always, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything more I can do to support your family from afar.

Have a wonderful week and BE WELL! CG


Calendar

Monday, April 13:

  • E-Learning

Tuesday, April 14:

  • NO E-LEARNING

Wednesday, April 15:

  • E-Learning

Thursday, April 16:

  • E-Learning

Friday, April 17:

  • E-Learning

COVID-19 Instructions from your school nurse

I hope everyone is staying healthy.  Remember to get lots of rest, eat balanced meals, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds frequently.  For more in depth instructions on proper hand washing, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/cdctv/healthyliving/hygiene/fight-germs-wash-hands.html for a short video presentation.   It is also important to avoid large crowds and stay at home as much as possible.  During your time away from school, I will be checking email and am available if needed.  Please continue to email me with any contagious illnesses, for example, pink eye, strep throat and influenza.  If you have reason to believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or if you are awaiting test results, please contact me either by email godellase@district90.org or phone 708-214-8408 to let me know.  Due to the long incubation period, we want to approach all of this with an abundance of caution since we do have immunocompromised students and staff at Lincoln Elementary.  As always, it is important that I am aware of all the different illnesses in our school community to help protect all of our students and staff members.  If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our Lincoln Community safe,

Erin Godellas


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!


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


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.

4/5 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Happy Sunday…. or is it Wednesday, Tuesday or Friday! Quarantine has all my days blurred together! Whatever day it is, I am hopeful this message finds your family healthy and maintaining sanity during these ever changing times. As evidenced by my daily morning messages, it is safe to say that my sanity is very questionable these days! 🙂

As the days away from Lincoln continue to mount, we can still continue to unite and show our Lincoln School P.R.I.D.E.  This week I am challenging all Lincoln families to the…Lincoln Love Challenge! Attached here you will find a template.  Simply print off one for your house or one for each child!  (If you don’t have access to a printer, I made hundreds of copies and left them outside the Park Ave. entrance to school – feel free to swing by and grab one.)  Decorate your Lincoln however you wish and display it in your front window to show the River Forest community that your home has “Lincoln Love.”  Below is the image I decorated and hung in my office window at school. You can enhance the activity by adding hearts for all the things you love about our Fine Fine School!  It will be fun to see these pop up in homes around town. Thanks for always showing your Lincoln Love.

As you know, Life @ Lincoln is a staff sponsored club where students investigate, interview and then report about Life @ Lincoln. Here is the fourth edition of Life @ Lincoln that was completed prior to quarantine. I hope you enjoy seeing these faces and our school as much as I did!   https://vimeo.com/396694647

Heartworks is a 4th grade community service club.  Please click this link to learn how you can support their April virtual Food Drive. https://www.classy.org/team/291959

As we enter week three of E-Learning, I hope your family is beginning to find a rhythm that works for you. There is absolutely nothing routine or normal about this experience, so as you venture into daily school work it is important for the needs of your family and kids to continue to take precedence over any assignments from school. In many cases family members are working from home while also trying to supervise E-Learning and daily household functions. Simply put, do what you can and breathe! No students are penalized for any missed assignments.

Finally, as odd as it might seem during this unpredictable time, we are beginning to the process of planning for the next school year. Please see the attached letter that I sent to each family last week. If you wish to share any thoughts, please do so by May, 1.

Last week as I was reflecting upon how badly I long for “the way things used to be,” I came across this quote. It really helped me to put things into perspective and hopefully it will cause you to reflect as well.

“In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.” ~ Dave Hollis

As always, thank you for your continued support of Lincoln. Please reach out if there is anything more I can do to support your kids. I wish your family all things happy and healthy this Easter week. Until our school doors reopen, I look forward to seeing you every morning for the daily announcements! BE WELL! CG


Calendar

Monday, April 6:

  • E-Learning

Tuesday, April 7:

  • E-Learning

Wednesday, April 8:

  • E-Learning

Thursday, April 9:

  • E-Learning

Friday, April 10:

  • District 90 non-attendance day – NO E-LEARNING

COVID-19 Instructions from your school nurse

I hope everyone is staying healthy.  Remember to get lots of rest, eat balanced meals, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds frequently.  For more in depth instructions on proper hand washing, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/cdctv/healthyliving/hygiene/fight-germs-wash-hands.html for a short video presentation.   It is also important to avoid large crowds and stay at home as much as possible.  During your time away from school, I will be checking email and am available if needed.  Please continue to email me with any contagious illnesses, for example, pink eye, strep throat and influenza.  If you have reason to believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or if you are awaiting test results, please contact me either by email godellase@district90.org or phone 708-214-8408 to let me know.  Due to the long incubation period, we want to approach all of this with an abundance of caution since we do have immunocompromised students and staff at Lincoln Elementary.  As always, it is important that I am aware of all the different illnesses in our school community to help protect all of our students and staff members.  If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our Lincoln Community safe,

Erin Godellas


Lincoln & Mr. Godfrey featured on WGN!

Mr. Godfrey’s morning messages to our kids were featured on WGN evening news last Friday!  Click here: WGN clip


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!


Library News

Most everyone recently received a system-generated email stating to return your overdue books.  Giant OOPS – thought that report had been turned off!  Please hold onto all your Lincoln library books until school has returned.  Whenever that time comes, we will send out an email listing all of the books checked out.  I’ll be right there with you at that time having 78 books checked out from Lincoln with another 56 from my public library – it will take me a few trips 🙂

There’s been so many fun activities being posted around the internet that I have begun a compilation of them to make it easier to find.  Activities such as Mo Willems’ daily doodling, Justin Roberts mini concerts, Aaron Reynolds stay-at-home show, and storytime with celebrities.  It also includes the links that the district mailed out a few weeks ago.  As I discover new activities I will add them.  Please feel free to send me activities you think families would enjoy as well.  The list is on a google doc on the first page of the library website.  Please note it’s not fancy – it’s just a list!

Go to the district 90 website – our schools – Lincoln – Lincoln Library – At Home Resources, or follow this link: At home resources


News flash…updated Lincoln Auction results 

Our latest data shows that the Lincoln Auction raised $20,000 for our PTO for next year.  Thank you again  to everyone who got on their mobile devices and supported our Lincoln Auction through the online bidding process, and to the co-chairs of the event – Lauren Perlstein, Kathryn Schmahl, and Stephanie Kang – and their committee!


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.