3/31 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Welcome back to school! Whether you stayed local or traveled afar, I hope you and your family had a wonderful spring break and used the time away to rejuvenate yourself for the homestretch of the school year. The next 51 days will be very busy around our Fine Fine School!

Beginning next week, our 3rd and 4th graders will  begin taking our annual state mandated student assessments. This year our 3rd and 4th grade students will be administered the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in the areas of Mathematics and English Language Arts. The IAR has taken the place of the PARCC assessment, which our 3rd and 4th grade students have been administered for the past several years. Below is the testing schedule we will follow at Lincoln.

New Parking Restrictions/Signage

Effective tomorrow (April 1), the Village of River Forest will being enforcing NO PARKING zones in the following areas on school attendance days.

  • On the west side of Park Ave. from Lake St. to the north side of the Park Ave playground
  • On the east side of Franklin Ave. from Lake St. to the north side of the gym

This is a result of the Safe Routes to School surveys/evaluations and is a decision that was made by the Village administration. The Village will begin monitoring and ticketing this area effective April 1. Signage will also be posted in these areas outlining the above parking restrictions.

Additionally, please note the new “NO LEFT TURN” at the intersection of Franklin and Lake.

Finally, In the coming weeks, we will be partnering with Ms. Linda Conway from the River Forest Police Department to present Erin’s Law to all Lincoln students. “Erin’s Law” requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. These presentations will take place in classrooms. As the date for you child’s class presentation nears, teachers will send home an overview of the content to be covered in their class newsletters.  If you have any questions or prefer your child not to participate, please let me know.

As always, please let me know if there is anything I can ever do to better support your family. Enjoy the week and good luck settling back into reality! ~CG

Quote of the Week:  “When you make mistakes, there are only three things you should do: admit it, learn from it and don’t repeat it!”


Calendar

Monday, April 1: WELCOME BACK!

Tuesday, April 2:

  • Election Day
  • PTO Meeting: 8:45am, multipurpose room
  • Girls on the Run: 3:10-4:30pm, gym
  • Theater Club: 3:10-4:15pm, auditorium
  • Board of Education/Committee of the Whole meeting: 7pm, Roosevelt

Wednesday, April 3:

  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • Heartworks
  • One DIstrict One Book Community Discussion: 6pm, Roosevelt

Thursday, April 4:

  • Wonder Readers: 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Girls on the Run: 3:10-4:30pm, gym
  • Connect 4 Kids speaker: 6:30pm, Willard auditorium

Friday, April 5:

  • Wonder Writers: 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Fun Lunch – sliders

Reminder: PTO meeting this Tuesday morning

There will be a PTO meeting this Tuesday morning (4/2) at 8:45am in the multipurpose room.  All are welcome!


One School One Book – Lincoln School

Upon our return from spring break, Lincoln School is excited to commence our inaugural “One School One Book” reading program. A huge thank you to the Lincoln PTO and their sponsorship of the book fair, as part of the proceeds were used to purchase all the family books.

Participating in a school-wide reading program such as “One School One Book” can help build a community of readers.  Families reading together help children listen better and longer, build bigger vocabularies, and develop a positive attitude about books and learning. Reading professionals recommend that families read aloud to children even when they are able to read by themselves. When an entire school reads together, it generates excitement about reading and being part of a fun program.

Fast Facts:

  • Week of March 25:    Details of “One School One Book” shared with all Lincoln students
  • Week of April 1st:     Clues about the book will be given each day to heighten interest
  • Friday, April 5th: THE BIG REVEAL!
    • We announce during lunch – students discover together Lincoln School’s selection
    • Each family receives a copy of the book along with a proposed reading schedule (book to be sent home with youngest child)
  • April 5th – April 26:   Read.  Connect.  Enjoy.

What else?

★ We strongly encourage each family to read the book aloud together

★ Families will have two or three days to read one or two chapters.

★ Each week, we will ask questions about the book at school

★ Students can submit answers and prizes will be awarded (selected from the correct answers)

BONUS: Submission of a completed bookmark puts the student in a raffle for a family prize

We’re excited to rollout this new program.  With your help, we can build a community of readers at Lincoln School.  If any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Brauweiler.


Spring yoga starts next week!

Spring yoga starts next week!  Yoga will take place on the following Mondays in Mrs. Burn’s room:  4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13.

There are still a few open spots – sign up on  the PTO Webstore. Cost is $80 for the 6 sessions.

 

 


One District One Book – this Wednesday, 4/3 at 6pm!

Image result for end of averagePlease consider joining District 90 in its One District/One Book shared reading experience. This community-wide initiative encourages families and residents to engage with, reflect, and discuss the same book together. All District 90 families, faculty, staff, students, and River Forest residents are encouraged to join in the discussion of The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness, by Todd Rose.

Please consider joining District 90 on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Roosevelt Middle School, 7560 Oak Avenue, River Forest. There will be small group discussions and hands-on learning activities that will help bring the book’s ideas to light. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The event is free, but RSVPs are requested. Please RSVP at this link: RSVP One District/One Book

Please join the conversation. The End of Average is available in the River Forest Public Library and local bookstores. You can also listen to this book in an audiobook format. Short videos by Todd Rose can be viewed on YouTube or by clicking these links: Harvard’s Todd Rose on Why Individuality Is the Key to the Future, The End of Average: Todd Rose’s 8 for 8, and The Myth of Average: Todd Rose at TEDxSonoma County.


Connect4Kids Speaker Event: this Thursday, 4/4 at 6:30pm, Willard auditorium

Having a tough time getting your family out the door in the morning?  Would you like for your child to be more organized in their daily routines and more responsible for their belongings? Are you struggling to manage your child’s technology time? You’re not alone! Help your child develop Executive Function skills with tips from Dr. Georgia Bozeday, Ed.D, Director of Educational Services at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center.

  • An overview of current research from neuroscience describing the impact of the 21st Century influences on students today
  • Recommendations and strategies for organization and time-management
  • Focuses primarily on grades 3rd-12th grade

  Questions? Contact laura.haussmann@gmail.com or sangs50@gmail.com

 


March Parent Tech Bulletin

***Click here to view the bulletin with live links.***


Attention Parents of Fourth Graders

Image result for field dayPlease Don’t Forget to Pay 4th Grade Activities Fee
Please click here to pay your $25 4th Grade Activity Fee. This money goes toward the t-shirt that your 4th grader will wear during Field Day and the cost of the 4th grade breakfast celebration on the last day of school. If you are unsure if you have already paid, please click here and log in to review your order history on the PTO webstore.
Any questions? Contact Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) or Ginger Timchak (gingertimchak@gmail.com).

Join in 4th Grade Field Day Activities
Would your son or daughter like to participate in one of Lincoln School’s Field Day traditions? Our kids have excitedly been watching the “big kids” (aka – 4th graders) over the years entertain and kick off Field Day with Drumming and the Maypole Dance. Now it’s their turn to participate! Field Day is currently scheduled for the last day of school, June 12th. Your 4th grader can choose to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming. Registration will open next week. We are still in need of parent volunteers to help guide and instruct the students in the drumming activity. Please email Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) or Ginger Timchak (gingertimchak@gmail.com) if you are interested. Practices start in early May.

Commemorative Video for 4th Graders: Pictures Needed
A video will be shown at the 4th grade breakfast on the morning of the last day of school, June 12th. 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. Please begin to gather a variety of photos of your child commemorating all of their years at Lincoln, grades K through 4. We suggest photos from school events, school concerts, class parties, field trips, PTO events, back to school pictures, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, other clubs, youth sports teams, pictures with good Lincoln buddies, etc.

Photos can be submitted to a google drive via https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Br8wAPodrOwDK0IUThraRsnGsFNttUMu?usp=sharing or emailed to Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com . We want to ensure that everyone is included so in the body of the email please include child’s name, grade / teacher at the time pic was taken. We cannot use pictures from non-school events, no matter how cute. New families to fourth grade – there’s still time to take pics!
Example: Zoo field trip, 1st grade.

Feel free to contact Debby Bade and Krista Lambe at Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com with any questions.


PE Shoe Drive

Dear Lincoln Families, My name is Jonathan Augustine and I am the new PE teacher here at Lincoln. I have great idea that can help every student excel during their PE time.

What?  A school wide athletic shoe drive!

WhyDuring PE it is mandatory for students to wear  proper athletic shoes. This means no showing of the toes, only closed toe athletic shoes. During the winter and spring months students wear boots or sandals to school, often times forgetting their athletic shoes for PE and unable to participate.  I want PE to be fun and engaging for everyone, even those who happen to forget their athletic shoes.

Therefore, if you have any gently used athletic style shoes that perhaps your kids have grown out of or no longer wear, please send them in. A variety of sizes that will fit K-4 students would be appreciated. I will have disinfectant spray each time a student wears a pair of shoes. If you have any questions feel free to email me at augustinej@district90.org. Thank you for helping the Lincoln students!!!  Mr. A


Lincoln Yearbooks now on sale – best price through 4/15!

Image result for yearbookYearbooks 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 April 15.  Pre-ordered books will be distributed at the Ice Cream Social on 5/31 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!

IAR Bonus Recess – need for parent volunteers!

Image result for recessConnect 4 Kids is hosting a bonus recess for the third and fourth graders during Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) testing during mid-April.  We are reaching out in the hopes of filling the volunteer time slots, supporting play, and providing fresh air for students during testing.

You do not need to have a child in third or fourth grade to volunteer. Please come rain or shine.  Arrive a few minutes early to sign in at the office and meet on the block top on the Franklin side.  If it is raining, the school secretary will share the alternate plan.  Sign up here to volunteer.  Casey, the teachers, and the PTO want to thank you in advance of supporting this initiative!


Summer School 2019

It’s time to think about summer school! District 90’s Summer School program will be in session from Monday, June 17th through Friday, July 12th, with no classes on July 4th.Students entering Kindergarten-4th grade will be at Willard Elementary and students entering 5th-8th grade will be at Roosevelt Middle School. Registration IS NOW OPEN and closes on April 18th. Click on the link for the brochure and to register— https://www.district90.org/about/summer-school.


Join the 2019-2020 PTO Team – 4/11 at Old School in FP!

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. As we begin to plan for the 2019-20 school year, we invite parents to join us from 7:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, April 11 at Old School Tap in Forest Park, to share ideas and show support for activities and events organized by the PTO.

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.

Spread the word and bring a friend – thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO!  Please click here to view the list of positions available for the 2019-20 school year.


EARTH WEEK (April 22-26) call for volunteers!


3/17 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀
I hope you had a great weekend. The countdown to Spring Break is on!  It will be a busy and fun week around Lincoln! Whether you are traveling the world or enjoying a “stay-cation,” here in Chicago, I hope you enjoy the Spring Break with your family!
Thank you so much to everyone who attended the auction on Friday evening. It is always refreshing to connect with families outside of the school day. I left being reminded just what an amazing school community we have at Lincoln. Thanks to the valiant efforts and dedication of Rebecca Ehart, Melissa Bergetz and their committee, this year’s event was another successful fundraising event for our Fine, Fine PTO!
  
To celebrate the countdown to Spring Break, Lincoln will celebrate Spirit Week during the week of March 18-22. Here is a rundown of the fun week we have planned:
Monday. March 18- Mixed up Monday-
-Mix up your clothes, wear tacky colors, crazy socks, wear your clothes backwards or crazy hair! 
Tuesday, March 19-  Top Hat Tuesday
-Wear your favorite hat to school! 
Wednesday, March 20- Favorite Team Wednesday
Everyone is invited to wear clothes to celebrate their favorite team. If you don’t have a favorite team just wear red or a Lincoln School shirt!
Thursday, March 21Cozy-up and Read Day-
-Wear your favorite pajamas, bring your favorite book and get ready too Drop Everything And Read several times throughout the day!
Friday, March 22- Vacation Friday-
-Celebrate the start of Spring Break by wearing your favorite vacation shirt and sunglasses!
Upon returning from the break, we will begin our state mandated student assessments. This year, our 3rd and 4th grade students will be administered the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), in the areas of Mathematics and English Language Arts.  The IAR has replaced the PARCC assessment which our 3rd and 4th grade students have been administered for the past several years. Below is the testing schedule we will follow at Lincoln.

New Parking Restrictions/Signage
Beginning after Spring Break (April 1), the Village of River Forest will be enforcing NO PARKING Zones in the following areas on school attendance days:

-On the West Side Park Ave. from Lake St. to the North side of the Park Ave playground.

-On the East Side of Franklin Ave. from Lake St. to the North side of the gym

This is a result of the Safe Routes to School surveys/evaluations and is a decision that was made by the Village Administration. The Village will begin monitoring and ticketing this area effective April 1. Signage will also be posted in these areas outlining the above parking restrictions.

Additionally, please note the new “NO LEFT TURN,” at the intersection of Franklin and Lake.

I wish you and your family an amazing Spring Break! Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can ever do to better support your family. Happy Spring Break! ~ CG

Quote of the Week: “Kindness is a reflection of what lives in your heart!”

***The next Lincoln Log will be distributed March 31!***


Calendar

Monday, March 18:

  • Mixed up Monday:  Mix up your clothes, wear tacky colors, crazy socks, wear your clothes backwards or crazy hair!
  • Green for Good Club: 3:10-4:30pm, pick up at Trailside Museum
  • Chess Club: 3:10-4pm, multipurpose room
  • BOE Meeting: 7-8:30pm, Roosevelt

Tuesday, March 19:

  • Top Hat Tuesday: Wear your favorite hat to school!
  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Dominican
  • Girls on the Run: 3:10-4:30pm, gym
  • Theater Club: 3:10-4:15pm, auditorium

Wednesday, March 20:

  • Favorite Team Wednesday: Everyone is invited to wear clothes to celebrate their favorite team. If you don’t have a favorite team just wear red or a Lincoln School shirt!
  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • League of Women Voters Candidate Forum – D90: 6:30-9pm, Roosevelt Auditorium

Thursday, March 21:

  • Cozy-up and Read Day: Wear your favorite pajamas, bring your favorite book and get ready too Drop Everything And Read several times throughout the day!
  • Wonder Readers – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Girls on the Run: 3:10-4:30pm, gym
  • Portillo’s Eat and Earn: 5-8pm, Forest Park location

Friday, March 22:

  • Vacation Friday: Celebrate the start of Spring Break by wearing your favorite vacation shirt and sunglasses!
  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Fun Lunch – chicken tenders

***SPRING BREAK – March 25-29***

Tuesday, April 2:

  • PTO Meeting, 8:45am, multipurpose room

THANK YOU – for making the Lincoln Auction a SUCCESS! 

Attendance and enthusiasm for our fine, fine school was fantastic. Auction items generated great revenue for the Lincoln PTO – HUGE THANKS to Melissa Bergetz and Rebecca Clarkson-Ehart for their leadership, to all the families who donated items this year, to all our Lincoln teachers, Mr. Godfrey, and all the volunteers that made it happen!

ALL net profit dollars go to fund our kids’ PTO programs and thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the auction.

Spring Yoga Registration – NOW OPEN!

Registration opens for spring yoga on Sunday 3/17. Yoga will take place on the following Mondays in Mrs. Burn’s room. Cost will be $80 for the 6 sessions.

Dates: 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13.  Purchase on the PTO Webstore!


Portillo’s Eat and Earn Fundraiser – Thursday, 3/21 from 5-8pm!

THIS Thursday, March 21st from 5-8pm – help raise money for the Lincoln PTO at the Forest Park Portillo’s location (7740 W. Roosevelt Rd). To participate, please bring in this flyer or simply show it on your phone when ordering (online orders not eligible for this fundraiser). Portillo’s will donate 20% of proceeds back to the Lincoln PTO!


Attention Parents of Fourth Graders

Image result for field dayPlease Don’t Forget to Pay 4th Grade Activities Fee
Please click here to pay your $25 4th Grade Activity Fee. This money goes toward the t-shirt that your 4th grader will wear during Field Day and the cost of the 4th grade breakfast celebration on the last day of school. If you are unsure if you have already paid, please click here and log in to review your order history on the PTO webstore.
Any questions? Contact Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) or Ginger Timchak (gingertimchak@gmail.com).

Join in 4th Grade Field Day Activities
Would your son or daughter like to participate in one of Lincoln School’s Field Day traditions? Our kids have excitedly been watching the “big kids” (aka – 4th graders) over the years entertain and kick off Field Day with Drumming and the Maypole Dance. Now it’s their turn to participate! Field Day is currently scheduled for the last day of school, June 12th. Your 4th grader can choose to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming. We are still in need of parent volunteers to help guide and instruct the students in the drumming activity. Please email Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) or Ginger Timchak (gingertimchak@gmail.com) if you are interested. Practices start in early May.

Commemorative Video for 4th Graders: Pictures Needed
A video will be shown at the 4th grade breakfast on the morning of the last day of school, June 12th. 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. Please begin to gather a variety of photos of your child commemorating all of their years at Lincoln, grades K through 4. We suggest photos from school events, school concerts, class parties, field trips, PTO events, back to school pictures, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, other clubs, youth sports teams, pictures with good Lincoln buddies, etc.

Photos can be submitted to a google drive via https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Br8wAPodrOwDK0IUThraRsnGsFNttUMu?usp=sharing or emailed to Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com . We want to ensure that everyone is included so in the body of the email please include child’s name, grade / teacher at the time pic was taken. We cannot use pictures from non-school events, no matter how cute. New families to fourth grade – there’s still time to take pics!
Example: Zoo field trip, 1st grade.
Feel free to email Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com with any questions.


PE Shoe Drive

Dear Lincoln Families, My name is Jonathan Augustine and I am the new PE teacher here at Lincoln. I have great idea that can help every student excel during their PE time.

What?  A school wide athletic shoe drive!

WhyDuring PE it is mandatory for students to wear  proper athletic shoes. This means no showing of the toes, only closed toe athletic shoes. During the winter and spring months students wear boots or sandals to school, often times forgetting their athletic shoes for PE and unable to participate.  I want PE to be fun and engaging for everyone, even those who happen to forget their athletic shoes.

Therefore, if you have any gently used athletic style shoes that perhaps your kids have grown out of or no longer wear, please send them in. A variety of sizes that will fit K-4 students would be appreciated. I will have disinfectant spray each time a student wears a pair of shoes. If you have any questions feel free to email me at augustinej@district90.org. Thank you for helping the Lincoln students!!!  Mr. A


Lincoln Yearbooks are now on sale – best price through 4/15!

Image result for yearbookYearbooks 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 April 15.  Pre-ordered books will be distributed at the Ice Cream Social on 5/31 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!

IAR Bonus Recess – need for parent volunteers!

Image result for recessConnect 4 Kids is hosting a bonus recess for the third and fourth graders during Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) testing during mid-April.  We are reaching out in the hopes of filling the volunteer time slots, supporting play, and providing fresh air for students during testing.

You do not need to have a child in third or fourth grade to volunteer. Please come rain or shine.  Arrive a few minutes early to sign in at the office and meet on the block top on the Franklin side.  If it is raining, the school secretary will share the alternate plan.  Sign up here to volunteer.  Casey, the teachers, and the PTO want to thank you in advance of supporting this initiative!


Summer School 2019

It’s time to think about summer school! District 90’s Summer School program will be in session from Monday, June 17th through Friday, July 12th, with no classes on July 4th.Students entering Kindergarten-4th grade will be at Willard Elementary and students entering 5th-8th grade will be at Roosevelt Middle School. Registration IS NOW OPEN and closes on April 18th. Click on the link for the brochure and to register— https://www.district90.org/about/summer-school.


Join the 2019-2020 PTO Team – 4/11 at Old School in FP!

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. As we begin to plan for the 2019-20 school year, we invite parents to join us from 7:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, April 11 at Old School Tap in Forest Park, to share ideas and show support for activities and events organized by the PTO.

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.

Spread the word and bring a friend – thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO!  Please click here to view the list of positions available for the 2019-20 school year.


EARTH WEEK (April 22-26) call for volunteers!


One District One Book – Wednesday, 4/3 at 6pm!

Image result for end of averagePlease consider joining District 90 in its One District/One Book shared reading experience. This community-wide initiative encourages families and residents to engage with, reflect, and discuss the same book together. All District 90 families, faculty, staff, students, and River Forest residents are encouraged to join in the discussion of The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness, by Todd Rose.

Please consider joining District 90 on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Roosevelt Middle School, 7560 Oak Avenue, River Forest. There will be small group discussions and hands-on learning activities that will help bring the book’s ideas to light. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The event is free, but RSVPs are requested. Please RSVP at this link: RSVP One District/One Book

Please join the conversation. The End of Average is available in the River Forest Public Library and local bookstores. You can also listen to this book in an audiobook format. Short videos by Todd Rose can be viewed on YouTube or by clicking these links: Harvard’s Todd Rose on Why Individuality Is the Key to the Future, The End of Average: Todd Rose’s 8 for 8, and The Myth of Average: Todd Rose at TEDxSonoma County.


Connect4Kids Speaker Event: April 4 at 6:30 pm Willard Auditorium

Having a tough time getting your family out the door in the morning?  Would you like for your child to be more organized in their daily routines and more responsible for their belongings? Are you struggling to manage your child’s technology time? You’re not alone! Help your child develop Executive Function skills with tips from Dr. Georgia Bozeday, Ed.D, Director of Educational Services at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center.

  • An overview of current research from neuroscience describing the impact of the 21st Century influences on students today
  • Recommendations and strategies for organization and time-management
  • Focuses primarily on grades 3rd-12th grade

  Questions? Contact laura.haussmann@gmail.com or sangs50@gmail.com


Screenbreak – week of March 18-23!

Screen Break is a collaboration between local community organizations and governmental entities in the Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park area.

We are challenging families to turn off the TV, tablets, cell phones and video games for one week. To make this easier, local organizations are sponsoring fun and free activities each day. Choose from special story times, improv classes, chess and creative arts classes. Disconnect from your device and reconnect with your community this week.  Check out event schedule at: PDOP.org/screenbreak

3/10 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
I hope you enjoyed the weekend and the sightly more seasonal temperatures. Hopefully, this long brutal Winter will give way to Spring very soon! The next ten school days until Spring Break will be busy ones.

I look forward to seeing you and celebrating our school on Friday at the annual Lincoln School Auction. It is always a fun evening. Even if you are unable to attend, you can still participate in the auction virtually. Please see the information below for updates on Friday’s auction.

There has recently been a lot of chatter in our community around the topic of District 90 initiatives, curriculum/ instruction and assessment. Please know I am always available to chat and answer any questions you might have. Sometimes through no fault of anyone, personal opinions on these topics cloud the facts and cause concern. We are a Fine, Fine, school and I always embrace the challenge to make our school even finer! However, to do so it is important to engage in open factual dialogue. Please reach out anytime and use conversation with teachers and district administrators as your source of information on these topics. Please know I’m always willing to find time to chat.

New Parking Restrictions/Signage
Beginning after Spring Break (April 1) The Village of River Forest will being enforcing NO PARKING Zones in the following areas on school attendance days:

  • On the West Side Park Ave. from Lake St. to the North side of the Park Ave playground.
  • On the East Side of Franklin Ave. from Lake St. to the North side of the gym

This is a result of the Safe Routes to School surveys/evaluations and is a decision that was made my the Village Administration. The Village will begin monitoring and ticketing this area effective April 1. Signage will also be posted in these areas outlining the above parking restrictions.

Additionally, please note the new “NO LEFT TURN,” at the intersection of Franklin and Lake.

Spring Break Spirit Week
To celebrate the countdown to Spring Break, Lincoln will celebrate Spirit Week during the week of March 18-22. Here is a rundown of the fun week we have planned:

  • Monday, March 18 – Mixed up Monday:  Mix up your clothes, wear tacky colors, crazy socks, wear your clothes backwards or crazy hair!
  • Tuesday, March 19 – Top Hat Tuesday: Wear your favorite hat to school!
  • Wednesday, March 20 – Favorite Team Wednesday: Everyone is invited to wear clothes to celebrate their favorite team. If you don’t have a favorite team just wear red or a Lincoln School shirt!
  • Thursday, March 21 – Cozy-up and Read Day: Wear your favorite pajamas, bring your favorite book and get ready too Drop Everything And Read several times throughout the day!
  • Friday, March 22- Vacation Friday: Celebrate the start of Spring Break by wearing your favorite vacation shirt and sunglasses!

As always, my door remains open for anything I might do to better support your family. Thank you for your continued support of Lincoln. See you at the Auction on Friday evening. ~ CG

Quote of the Week: “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The people who never tumble and those who never mount the high wire.” – Oprah Winfrey

Spirit Winners 2/28/19:

  • 1st/2nd: Ms. Neilson and Ms. Tanglao
  • 3rd/4th: Ms. Bajo

Calendar

Monday, March 11:

  • yoga
  • chess club

Tuesday, March 12:

Wednesday, March 13:

  • Waste Free Wednesday

Thursday, March 14:

  • Wonder Readers – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • March principal birthday lunch

Friday, March 15:

  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Trinity Irish Dancers Assembly
  • Fun Lunch – pasta
  • Lincoln School Auction!

Don’t Forget to Buy Your Lincoln PTO Auction Tickets! 

Make sure to buy your tickets for the annual Lincoln School Auction! Join us to enjoy great wines, craft beers and delicious food while you bid on gifts, sporting event tickets, spa services, summer camps, and items from some of your favorite local businesses. As always, we will be auctioning off great experiences from your favorite Lincoln teachers and principal! And this year, be sure to check out and bid on original artwork created by the best artists in River Forest, Lincoln School students!

Event begins at 6:30, with an open bar from 6:30-8:30. Live auction will begin around 7:45 and all bidding ends at 8:30.

Buy tickets and sign up for online bidding here: https://www.silentauctionpro.com/onlineticketpurchase.php?groupId=734

Ticket prices are $60 per person or $100 per couple (purchase by midnight on 3/14/2019).  Tickets can be purchased the day of the event or at the door for $75 each.


Summer School 2019

It’s time to think about summer school! District 90’s Summer School program will be in session from Monday, June 17th through Friday, July 12th, with no classes on July 4th.Students entering Kindergarten-4th grade will be at Willard Elementary and students entering 5th-8th grade will be at Roosevelt Middle School. Registration IS NOW OPEN and closes on April 18th. Click on the link for the brochure and to register— https://www.district90.org/about/summer-school.


PE Shoe Drive

Dear Lincoln Families, My name is Jonathan Augustine and I am the new PE teacher here at Lincoln. I have great idea that can help every student excel during their PE time.

What?  A school wide athletic shoe drive!

WhyDuring PE it is mandatory for students to wear  proper athletic shoes. This means no showing of the toes, only closed toe athletic shoes. During the winter and spring months students wear boots or sandals to school, often times forgetting their athletic shoes for PE and unable to participate.  I want PE to be fun and engaging for everyone, even those who happen to forget their athletic shoes.

Therefore, if you have any gently used athletic style shoes that perhaps your kids have grown out of or no longer wear, please send them in. A variety of sizes that will fit K-4 students would be appreciated. I will have disinfectant spray each time a student wears a pair of shoes. If you have any questions feel free to email me at augustinej@district90.org. Thank you for helping the Lincoln students!!!  Mr. A


Join the 2019-2020 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. As we begin to plan for the 2019-20 school year, we invite parents to join us from 7:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, April 11, to share ideas and show support for activities and events organized by the PTO.

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.

Spread the word and bring a friend! We hope to see you on April 11th (at Old School in Forest Park)! Thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO!

Please click here to view the list of positions available (see attached) for the 2019-20 school year.


Attention Parents of Fourth Graders

Image result for field dayPlease Don’t Forget to Pay 4th Grade Activities Fee
Please click here to pay your $25 4th Grade Activity Fee. This money goes toward the t-shirt that your 4th grader will wear during Field Day and the cost of the 4th grade breakfast celebration on the last day of school. If you are unsure if you have already paid, please click here and log in to review your order history on the PTO webstore.
Any questions? Contact Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) or Ginger Timchak (gingertimchak@gmail.com).

Join in 4th Grade Field Day Activities
Would your son or daughter like to participate in one of Lincoln School’s Field Day traditions? Our kids have excitedly been watching the “big kids” (aka – 4th graders) over the years entertain and kick off Field Day with Drumming and the Maypole Dance. Now it’s their turn to participate! Field Day is currently scheduled for the last day of school, June 12th. Your 4th grader can choose to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming. We are still in need of parent volunteers to help guide and instruct the students in the drumming activity. Please email Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) or Ginger Timchak (gingertimchak@gmail.com) if you are interested. Practices start in early May.

Commemorative Video for 4th Graders: Pictures Needed
A video will be shown at the 4th grade breakfast on the morning of the last day of school, June 12th. 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. Please begin to gather a variety of photos of your child commemorating all of their years at Lincoln, grades K through 4. We suggest photos from school events, school concerts, class parties, field trips, PTO events, back to school pictures, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, other clubs, youth sports teams, pictures with good Lincoln buddies, etc.

Photos can be submitted to a google drive via https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Br8wAPodrOwDK0IUThraRsnGsFNttUMu?usp=sharing or emailed to Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com . We want to ensure that everyone is included so in the body of the email please include child’s name, grade / teacher at the time pic was taken. We cannot use pictures from non-school events, no matter how cute. New families to fourth grade – there’s still time to take pics!
Example: Zoo field trip, 1st grade.
Feel free to email Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com with any questions.


Connect4Kids Speaker Event: April 4 at 6:30 pm Willard Auditorium

Having a tough time getting your family out the door in the morning?  Would you like for your child to be more organized in their daily routines and more responsible for their belongings? Are you struggling to manage your child’s technology time? You’re not alone! Help your child develop Executive Function skills with tips from Dr. Georgia Bozeday, Ed.D, Director of Educational Services at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center.

  • An overview of current research from neuroscience describing the impact of the 21st Century influences on students today
  • Recommendations and strategies for organization and time-management
  • Focuses primarily on grades 3rd-12th grade

  Questions? Contact laura.haussmann@gmail.com or sangs50@gmail.com


EARTH WEEK (April 22-26) call for volunteers!


Spring Yoga Registration Opens 3/17

Registration opens for spring yoga on Sunday 3/17. Yoga will take place on the following Mondays in Mrs. Burn’s room. Cost will be $80 for the 6 sessions.

Dates:
4/8
4/15
4/22
4/29
5/6
5/13


One District One Book

Please consider joining District 90 in its One District/One Book shared reading experience. This community-wide initiative encourages families and residents to engage with, reflect, and discuss the same book together. All District 90 families, faculty, staff, students, and River Forest residents are encouraged to join in the discussion of The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness, by Todd Rose.

Please consider joining District 90 on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Roosevelt Middle School, 7560 Oak Avenue, River Forest. There will be small group discussions and hands-on learning activities that will help bring the book’s ideas to light. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The event is free, but RSVPs are requested. Please RSVP at this link: RSVP One District/One Book

Please join the conversation. The End of Average is available in the River Forest Public Library and local bookstores. You can also listen to this book in an audiobook format. Short videos by Todd Rose can be viewed on YouTube or by clicking these links:

Harvard’s Todd Rose on Why Individuality Is the Key to the Future

The End of Average: Todd Rose’s 8 for 8

The Myth of Average: Todd Rose at TEDxSonoma County


Screenbreak

Screen Break is a collaboration between local community organizations and governmental entities in the Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park area.

We are challenging families to turn off the TV, tablets, cell phones and video games for one week. To make this easier, local organizations are sponsoring fun and free activities each day. Choose from special story times, improv classes, chess and creative arts classes. Disconnect from your device and reconnect with your community this week.

Check out event schedule at: PDOP.org/screenbreak

3/4 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you enjoyed yet another long weekend. With only fourteen school days remaining until Spring Break, it will be a busy few weeks around Lincoln.

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to come engage in conversation with our teachers during Spring Conferences. While this is a formal opportunity to connect with teachers, please know ongoing communication is essential and always welcome.

I look forward to celebrating our school with you on Friday, March 15 at our annual Lincoln School Auction. This is always such a fun evening to come together. If you haven’t already done so, please see the information below for tickets.

For the next month, art work by our 1st -4th grade kids will be on display at the River Forest Public Library. Please be sure to stop by and check it out. Under the direction of the incredible Ms. Kozbur, our kids always create such amazing art!

Finally, don’t forget to continue to spread the word about Kindergarten registration for the 2019-2020 school year. Please encourage anyone you know with a kindergarten age child to register as soon as possible.

As always, thanks for all of your support for our Fine Fine School! Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything more I can do to support your family. Have a great week. CG

Quote of the Week: “Kindness is the greatest gift you can give a person. Especially when they aren’t expecting it!”

Spirit Winners 2/28/19:  Ms. Neilson and Ms. Klusak


Calendar

Tuesday, March 5:

  • Theater Club – 3:15-4:15pm, auditorium
  • Committee of the Whole Meeting – 7pm, Roosevelt auditorium

Wednesday, March 6:

  • PTO meeting – 8:45am, conference room
  • Heartworks
  • Waste Free Wednesday

Thursday, March 7:

  • Wonder Readers – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • 2nd grade Tanglao/Jenkins field trip to Fullersburg Woods

Friday, March 8:

  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • 2nd grade Mayer/Rogers field trip to Fullersburg Woods
  • Fun Lunch – pizza

Lincoln PTO Auction – Friday 3/15 – tickets on sale now!

Please join us Friday, March 15 from 6:30-9pm at Lake Street Kitchen in Oak Park for Lincoln’s annual school fundraiser and auction to support the Lincoln PTO and celebrate our awesome school, staff and kids.  We will have a great selection of craft beers, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Come early for the open bar from 6:30-8:30pm. Cash bar from 8:30-9pm.  There will also be a live and silent auction to benefit our Fine, Fine School. All proceeds from the event will help support PTO funded programs, school enhancements, and various other teacher needs.

Don’t worry – March Madness will be playing on TV!  Ticket prices are $60 per person or $100 per couple (purchase by midnight on 3/14/2019).  Tickets can be purchased the day of the event or at the door for $75 each.  Click HERE to purchase tickets – don’t wait!


PTO Meeting Reminder

There is a PTO meeting this Wednesday, March 6 at 8:45am in the Lincoln conference room.  All are welcome!

 


Summer School 2019

It’s time to think about summer school! District 90’s Summer School program will be in session from Monday, June 17th through Friday, July 12th, with no classes on July 4th.Students entering Kindergarten-4th grade will be at Willard Elementary and students entering 5th-8th grade will be at Roosevelt Middle School. Registration IS NOW OPEN and closes on April 18th. Click on the link for the brochure and to register— https://www.district90.org/about/summer-school.


The Library Lowdown – Monarch deadline tomorrow

Monarch and Bluestem Challenges: If your child is participating in these challenges, the deadline for turning in signed reading logs is Tuesday, March 5th. Please read the attached information for K-2 students reading Monarch books.

 

 


PE Shoe Drive

Dear Lincoln Families, My name is Jonathan Augustine and I am the new PE teacher here at Lincoln. I have great idea that can help every student excel during their PE time.

What?  A school wide athletic shoe drive!

WhyDuring PE it is mandatory for students to wear  proper athletic shoes. This means no showing of the toes, only closed toe athletic shoes. During the winter and spring months students wear boots or sandals to school, often times forgetting their athletic shoes for PE and unable to participate.  I want PE to be fun and engaging for everyone, even those who happen to forget their athletic shoes.

Therefore, if you have any gently used athletic style shoes that perhaps your kids have grown out of or no longer wear, please send them in. A variety of sizes that will fit K-4 students would be appreciated. I will have disinfectant spray each time a student wears a pair of shoes. If you have any questions feel free to email me at augustinej@district90.org. Thank you for helping the Lincoln students!!!  Mr. A


Looking for parent volunteers for 4th Grade Field Day activities

Image result for field dayWould your son or daughter like to participate in one of Lincoln School’s Field Day traditions? Our kids have excitedly been watching the “big kids” (aka – 4th graders) over the years entertain and kick off Field Day with Drumming and the Maypole Dance. Now it’s their turn to participate! Field Day is scheduled for the last day of school. Your 4th grader can choose to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming. Registration will occur after spring break. In the meantime, we are in need of parent volunteers to help guide and instruct the students in the Maypole Dance and drumming activities.  Please email Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) or Ginger Timchak (gingertimchak@gmail.com) if you are interested in leading the 4th graders in this wonderful Lincoln tradition.

 


Connect4Kids Speaker Event: April 4 at 6:30 pm Willard Auditorium

Having a tough time getting your family out the door in the morning?  Would you like for your child to be more organized in their daily routines and more responsible for their belongings? Are you struggling to manage your child’s technology time? You’re not alone! Help your child develop Executive Function skills with tips from Dr. Georgia Bozeday, Ed.D, Director of Educational Services at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center.

  • An overview of current research from neuroscience describing the impact of the 21st Century influences on students today
  • Recommendations and strategies for organization and time-management
  • Focuses primarily on grades 3rd-12th grade

  Questions? Contact laura.haussmann@gmail.com or sangs50@gmail.com


EARTH WEEK (April 22-26) call for volunteers!


8th annual One Earth Film Festival – local upcoming events!

This year’s 8th annual One Earth Film Festival returns Mar 1-10 with 70 events around the Chicago region for all ages, including live or video Q&A with 17+ filmmakers.  Local Events include:

February 28, 7pm at Dominican – Living the Change – This film explores solutions to the global crises we face today—solutions any of us can implement—through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. Sustainability Commission will have a table highlighting work that is being done in the Village.

Saturday, March 2, 11:30am – Young Filmmakers Award Screening and Awards Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago

Saturday, March 2, 7pm – Good Earth Greenhouse – Dreaming of a Vetter World – Farmer Vetter will be at the film to speak. What a great opportunity, right here in our own Village!

Saturday, March 9, 9:15am – Thatcher Pavilion – Earth + Sky Friends (ages 3-8)

Saturday, March 9, 11am – Thatcher Pavilion – Backyard Wilderness (ages 6-13)

Saturday, March 9, 4pm – Thatcher Woods Pavilion, Inventing Tomorrow – If you want something inspiring come to this film with your kids which is about teenage innovators. We have invited Mrs. Daly, Mr. Kadlec and Mrs. Rains to ask students from Roosevelt to share their passions, practices and ideas for sustainability to be a part of the discussion. We are waiting for confirmation.

Sunday, March 10, 11am  -Thatcher Wood Pavilion – Call of the Forest – Note: Guided Forest Walk with Forest Therapist Kim Ruffin at 10am, what a great way to take a walk in the woods.

2/24 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you enjoyed the weekend. With our Young Authors Conference on Saturday and International Fest. on Sunday, it was a busy one here at our Fine Fine School.

Many thanks to Ms. Moriarty and Ms. Clasky for representing Lincoln so well at this annual event. A “hats off,” to all of the Young Authors who submitted books for this years event. The quality of the student writing on display in this year’s entries is a testament to the writing instruction our teachers provide daily for students. Congratulations to Megan O’Shaughnessy whose book entitled, “The Unlucky Girl,” was selected as the winner of this year’s conference.

Megan and her book will represent Lincoln at the Illinois State Young Authors Conference.

Today, we hosted the 4th annual Lincoln School International Festival. Over 80 students attended and toured through different countries, learning about various cultures and traditions from around the world. Many thanks to all the Lincoln families who hosted an country or volunteered at this event. Without the masterminds of Vanessa Druckman and Katie Iammartino, this event would never be as successful as it always is! Thank you for your ongoing support of this incredible event for our kids.

We look forward to welcoming each of you to Spring Conferences this week. This is such a great opportunity to learn of your child’s progress this year and also a great opportunity to acknowledge all the efforts our teachers put forth each day on behalf of all of our kids. So in the midst of talking about your child, don’t forget to say “thank you,” to our Fine Fine Teachers! If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to sign up for a conference. Below is an outline of the conference times and the link to sign up for a time:  virtualparagon.com/d90k4/conference/

Finally, please continue to spread the word about Kindergarten Registration for 2019-20. Registration is now open for 2019-2020 Registration.

As always, thanks for your support of our Fine Fine School! Please never hesitate to let me know if there is anything more I can do to support your family. Have a great week. CG

Quote of the Week:
“Kindness is always doing the nicest thing possible in any situation.”

Spirit Wear Winner, Friday, February 22: Ms. Klusak’s 1st Grade Class


Calendar

Monday, February 25:

  • Yoga – 3:10-4:15pm, Mrs. Burns’ classroom (22D)
  • Chess Club – 3:10-4pm, multi-purpose room
  • Tennis (grades 3/4) – 3:10-4pm, gym
  • Green4Good Kids Club – 3:10-4pm, Mrs. Suzuki’s classroom

Tuesday, February 26:

  • Theater Club – 3:15-4:15pm, auditorium
  • Winter Sports (grades 1/2) – 3:15 -4:15pm, gym – (make up)
  • 4th Grade Band and Orchestra Concert – 7pm at Roosevelt
  • Chipotle Eat and Earn – 4-8pm

Wednesday, February 27:

  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • Tennis (grades 1/2) – 3:15-4pm, gym – (make up)

Thursday, February 28:

  • Wonder Readers – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Fun Lunch – sliders
  • Parent/teacher conferences

Friday, March 1:

  • NO SCHOOL – Parent/teacher conferences

Monday, March 4:

  • NO SCHOOL – Pulaski Day

***The next Lincoln Log, will publish on Monday, March 4***


Chipotle Eat & Earn – Tuesday, 2/26

Please join us for a Chipotle (1128 W. Lake St, OP) fundraiser on Tuesday, February 26th from 4-8pmBring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or simply mention the event to the cashier and 33% of sales will be donated to Lincoln PTO! Please note, online sales are not included in this event. Thank you for your continued Lincoln PTO support!


Lincoln PTO Auction – Friday 3/15 – tickets on sale now!

Please join us Friday, March 15 from 6:30-9pm at Lake Street Kitchen in Oak Park for Lincoln’s annual school fundraiser and auction to support the Lincoln PTO and celebrate our awesome school, staff and kids.  We will have a great selection of craft beers, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Come early for the open bar from 6:30-8:30pm. Cash bar from 8:30-9pm.  There will also be a live and silent auction to benefit our Fine, Fine School. All proceeds from the event will help support PTO funded programs, school enhancements, and various other teacher needs.

Don’t worry – March Madness will be playing on TV!  Ticket prices are $60 per person or $100 per couple (purchase by midnight on 3/14/2019).  Tickets can be purchased the day of the event or at the door for $75 each.  Click HERE to purchase tickets – don’t wait!


Green4Good Kids – speaker tomorrow, 2/25 at 3:10pm, all are welcome!

We welcome Julie Moller, D90 parent, activist, and member of the River Forest Sustainability Commission, to present her Eco Adventure in South East Asia, exploring What’s Up With Plastic?  Monday February 25, 3:10-4pm, Mrs. Suzuki’s classroom.


Summer School 2019

It’s time to think about summer school! District 90’s Summer School program will be in session from Monday, June 17th through Friday, July 12th, with no classes on July 4th.Students entering Kindergarten-4th grade will be at Willard Elementary and students entering 5th-8th grade will be at Roosevelt Middle School. Registration opens on Friday, March 1st at 12:00 p.m. and closes on April 18th. Click on the link for the brochure and to register— https://www.district90.org/about/summer-school.


The Library Lowdown

Monarch and Bluestem Challenges: If your child is participating in these challenges, the deadline for turning in signed reading logs is Tuesday, March 5th. Please read the attached information for K-2 students reading Monarch books.

Poets with Passion: Second, third and fourth graders can write poetry to turn in for submission to the National Poetry Project.  All poetry is due by February 27th.  During recess this past Monday, students could come to the library and write – 61 students showed up to be creative!


PE Shoe Drive

Dear Lincoln Families, My name is Jonathan Augustine and I am the new PE teacher here at Lincoln. I have great idea that can help every student excel during their PE time.

What?  A school wide athletic shoe drive!

WhyDuring PE it is mandatory for students to wear  proper athletic shoes. This means no showing of the toes, only closed toe athletic shoes. During the winter and spring months students wear boots or sandals to school, often times forgetting their athletic shoes for PE and unable to participate.  I want PE to be fun and engaging for everyone, even those who happen to forget their athletic shoes.

Therefore, if you have any gently used athletic style shoes that perhaps your kids have grown out of or no longer wear, please send them in. A variety of sizes that will fit K-4 students would be appreciated. I will have disinfectant spray each time a student wears a pair of shoes. If you have any questions feel free to email me at augustinej@district90.org. Thank you for helping the Lincoln students!!!  Mr. A


Looking for parent volunteers for 4th Grade Field Day activities

Image result for field dayWould your son or daughter like to participate in one of Lincoln School’s Field Day traditions? Our kids have excitedly been watching the “big kids” (aka – 4th graders) over the years entertain and kick off Field Day with Drumming and the Maypole Dance. Now it’s their turn to participate! Field Day is scheduled for the last day of school. Your 4th grader can choose to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming. Registration will occur after spring break. In the meantime, we are in need of parent volunteers to help guide and instruct the students in the Maypole Dance and drumming activities.  Please email Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) or Ginger Timchak (gingertimchak@gmail.com) if you are interested in leading the 4th graders in this wonderful Lincoln tradition.


Save the date: District 90 speaker event – Thursday, 4/4 at 6:30pm, Willard

Image result for connect4kids*Organized by Connect4Kids, a D90 PTO Committee* 
Topic:  What can parents do to help their children develop Executive Function skills?
Dr. Georgia Bozeday, Ed.D.,  Director of Educational Services at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center – Dr. Bozeday will present an overview of current research from neuroscience describing the impact of the 21st Century influences on students today and provide recommendations for parents as they work with children at home on these concerns.  Discussion will primarily include strategies for organization and time-management.  Information will focus primarily on grades 3rd-12th grade.
Thursday, April 4th from 6:30-8:00 pm at Willard Elementary Auditorium.


EARTH WEEK (April 22-26) call for volunteers!


8th annual One Earth Film Festival – local upcoming events!

This year’s 8th annual One Earth Film Festival returns Mar 1-10 with 70 events around the Chicago region for all ages, including live or video Q&A with 17+ filmmakers.  Local Events include:

February 28 7pm at Dominican -Living the Change – This film explores solutions to the global crises we face today—solutions any of us can implement—through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. Sustainability Commission will have a table highlighting work that is being done in the Village.

Saturday, March 2 11:30am – Young Filmmakers Award Screening and Awards Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago

Saturday, March 2 7pm-Good Earth Greenhouse-Dreaming of a Vetter World – Farmer Vetter will be at the film to speak. What a great opportunity, right here in our own Village!

Saturday, March 9 9:15am Thatcher Pavilion – Earth + Sky Friends (ages 3-8)

Saturday, March 9 11am Thatcher Pavilion – Backyard Wilderness (ages 6-13)

Saturday, March 9-4pm-Thatcher Woods Pavilion, Inventing Tomorrow – If you want something inspiring come to this film with your kids which is about teenage innovators. We have invited Mrs. Daly, Mr. Kadlec and Mrs. Rains to ask students from Roosevelt to share their passions, practices and ideas for sustainability to be a part of the discussion. We are waiting for confirmation.

Sunday, March 10, 11am-Thatcher Wood Pavilion -Call of the Forest – Note: Guided Forest Walk with Forest Therapist Kim Ruffin at 10am, what a great way to take a walk in the woods.