9/20 Lincoln log

Lincoln Families,

Wow, what a beautiful weekend it was! Hopefully, you enjoyed the final weekend of summer. I enjoyed some much needed R&R and took in the beautiful weekend downtown spending lots of time outdoors!
As we kick off week four of remote learning, we do so using the lessons and reflections of the past fourteen days to propel us forward. Each day presents us with a new opportunity to learn, reflect and refine this new way of teaching and learning. Much like you at home, we are making adjustments each day too. I’m hopeful that the day will soon arrive when we can welcome your kids back to Lincoln in some capacity.
In the meantime, please continue to reinforce with your kids the Lincoln School Remote Learning Advice:

Each year, D90 students are administered benchmark assessments in the area of Reading and Writing. Although it will look a bit different this year, in the coming days and weeks Lincoln teachers and staff will begin administering these assessments to our kids virtually. Each student in 1st-4th grade will be administered the Fountas and Pinnell Reading assessment as well as the Math inventory assessment. Our Kindergarten students will be administered the Kindergarten screening assessment. The data gathered from these assessments will provide teachers with insightful information that will guide lesson planning and differentiation of instruction. To accomplish this task virtually, grade levels will be assigning students asynchronous learning activities on their particular assessment day. On these days, students will be provided a personalized schedule to meet with their classroom teachers or a member of the Lincoln assessment team for assessment. In addition to their asynchronous learning activities, students will also attend their scheduled special area classes for that particular day. Below are the assessment days for each grade level at Lincoln. 

Lincoln Assessment Schedule:
Kindergarten: Tuesday, September 22
First Grade: Friday, September 18
Second Grade: Monday, September 21
Third Grade: Thursday, September 24
Fourth Grade: Wednesday, September 23

As always, thank you for your support of Lincoln. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything more I can do to support your child or family. Have a great week.  CG

Quote of the Week: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” ~Charles Swindoll


Calendar

Monday, 9/21:

  • 2nd Grade Assessment Day

Tuesday, 9/22:

  • Kindergarten Assessment Day

Wednesday, 9/23:

  • 4th Grade Assessment Day

Thursday, 9/24:

  • 3rd Grade Assessment Day

Friday, 9/25:

  • Early Dismissal (12PM)
  • AM Kindergarten Attendance. No PM Kindergarten Attendance.

Monday, 9/28:

  • No School – Yom Kippur

Last year’s 2019-2020 yearbook for sale!

We have some of last year’s 2019-2020 yearbooks left, they are for sale in the webstore. The books are available on a first come first serve basis for $30/each. Purchase your 2019-2020 yearbook in the webstore.

If you have any questions please contact lincolnyearbookpto@gmail.com


Green4Good at Home

This week from Green4Good at Home, we want to remind everyone about a fun and educational activity that will get you outside enjoying the first official days of fall.  Get to know the trees on your block, and enter for a chance to win three months of curbside composting!  The details can be found here and the deadline to participate and submit entries is September 30th.  Grab a measuring tape and sidewalk chalk and have fun!


Social emotional wellness

Here are this week’s SEL resources, courtesy of Ms. Gilmartin and Ms. Payton, our school Social Workers:

Play at Home Playbook

Teaching Kids How to Deal with Conflict

Please contact them at any time with any questions or support they might provide to your family: gilmartinb@district90.org  or   paytons@district90.org


Technology support

Thank you for emailing powerschool@district90.org or helpdesk@district90.org with your technology questions/issues.  Please remember to include as much information as possible, e.g., Student Name, Teacher Name, School, iPad asset tag number, etc. Screenshots, links, websites and any other information regarding the issue is helpful. For example, my iPad/computer can’t connect to this website _________________ when I click on this link __________________. 

Additionally, if you have difficulty logging into your child’s special area classes, please be sure to reach out to that particular teacher to assist with any login issues. 

Thank you! 


The Library Lowdown

Your students learned about two reading challenges this week – the Monarch Award for K-2 and the Bluestem Award for 3-4.  They should have received a reading log in their backpack this week.

Please find attached the two reading logs for future reference.

Bluestem Blast Reading Log

Monarch Reading Log


Please contact Ms. Brauweiler if you have any questions.


Wanted D90 Caucus Delegates!

We are seeking a group of River Forest residents who are willing to participate as delegates to nominate and endorse qualified candidates for the April 2021 D90 school board election.

Delegates must be residents of River Forest and able to attend all scheduled zoom meetings below:

Thursday, October 8 7-8PM

Thursday, October 15 7-8PM

Thursday, November 5 7-9PM

Thursday, November 15 7-8PM

*additional meetings to be added as needed.

We welcome your participation in this established community process! Know someone in the community who also might be interested? Encourage them to reach out! We hope to finalize delegate member participation no later than Friday, September 25.

You can reach us here: D90caucus@gmail.com

Thank you!

Co-chairs: Maggie Clancy and Beth Vlerick

9/13 Lincoln log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you enjoyed the second weekend of the school year. Whether cheering for the Bears, Packers or any other team,  hopefully your family enjoyed the return of Sunday football and our fall-like temperatures!   

The past nine school days have been full of firsts for all of us. In reflection, I couldn’t be prouder of our Lincoln kids, teachers and families for all their patience and perseverance though the start of Remote Learning 2.0. Together we will continue to navigate this path. There is nothing simple about this. 

This week marks the first of our supply pick up days. These days have been created to provide teachers the opportunity to send home instructional resources that will be utilized in upcoming lessons. Materials can be picked up on the Franklin playground under the tents.  Each teacher will have a table where student bags will be located. The bags are clearly marked with student names. Your child, a family member or designee can show up, grab your child’s bag and go. Below is the schedule for this week’s pick up. Please take extra caution to make sure that you grab the correct bag! 

Supply Pick Up Schedule
8:00AM – 2:00PM
Franklin Playground Tents

Monday, September 14, 4th Grade
Tuesday, September 15, 3rd Grade
Wednesday, September 16, 2nd Grade
Thursday, September 17, 1st Grade
Friday, September 18, Kindergarten

**Please keep your child’s backpack in a safe place, as it will be used throughout the year.
**This week, in addition to your child’s bag, please be sure to grab a ball for PE from the ball rack under the tent. 
** Please contact Mr. Godfrey or Ms. Dubois if you are unable to pick up your child’s supplies or to arrange an alternative time: godfreyc@district90.org or duboist@district90.org

Don’t forget that Open House is scheduled for Tuesday evening, September 15. At 6:30 on Tuesday evening, please be on the lookout for an email from your child’s teacher that will include a link to their Open House presentation. Although, we’d prefer our traditional Open House format, I’m hopeful that you’ll find these presentations helpful in getting to know your child’s teacher, curriculum and what to expect during this unusual year. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or me if you have questions. 

Each year, D90 students are administered benchmark assessments in the area of Reading and Writing. Although it will look a bit different this year, in the coming days and weeks Lincoln teachers and staff will begin administering these assessments to our kids virtually. Each student in 1st-4th grade will be administered the Fountas and Pinnell Reading assessment as well as the Math inventory assessment. Our Kindergarten students will be administered the Kindergarten screening assessment. The data gathered from these assessments will provide teachers with insightful information that will guide lesson planning and differentiation of instruction. To accomplish this task virtually, grade levels will be assigning students asynchronous learning activities on their particular assessment day. On these days, students will be provided a personalized schedule to meet with their classroom teachers or a member of the Lincoln assessment team for assessment. In addition to their asynchronous learning activities, students will also attend their scheduled special area classes for that particular day. Below are the assessment days for each grade level at Lincoln. 

Lincoln Assessment Schedule:
Kindergarten: Tuesday, September 22
First Grade: Friday, September 18
Second Grade: Monday, September 21
Third Grade: Thursday, September 24
Fourth Grade: Wednesday, September 23

As always, thank you for your support of Lincoln. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything more I can do to support your child or family. Have a wonderful week.  CG

Quote of the Week: “Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” ~Christian D. Larson


Calendar

Monday, 9/14:

  • 4th Grade Supply Pick Up 8:00AM-2:00PM

Tuesday, 9/15:

  • 3rd Grade Supply Pick Up – 8:00AM-2:00PM
  • Virtual Open House – 6:30PM

Wednesday, 9/16:

  • 2nd Grade Supply Pick Up – 8:00AM-2:00PM

Thursday, 9/17:

  • 1st Grade Supply Pick Up – 8:00AM-2:00PM

Friday, 9/18:

  • Kindergarten Supply Pick Up – 8:00AM-2:00PM
  • 1st Grade Assessment Day (Asynchronous Learning Day for students)

Looking ahead

Friday, 9/25: Noon Dismissal – PM Teacher Institute Day

Monday, 9/28: No School – Yom Kippur


Last day to buy Lincoln Spirit Wear!

Whether near or far, show your Lincoln spirit with masks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, pj pants and more while raising funds for our school. This is brought to you by the Lincoln PTO and the PTO receives a percentage of sale proceeds. The store will close on 9/13 with items purchased to be delivered the first week in October. 

 Click here to access the Lincoln Spirit Wear Store.

Please direct any questions to Jennifer Nelson (jennifernelson77@gmail.com). Thank you for your continued support!


Last year’s 2019-2020 yearbook for sale!

We have some of last year’s 2019-2020 yearbooks left, they are for sale in the webstore. The books are available on a first come first serve basis for $30/each. Purchase your 2019-2020 yearbook in the webstore.

If you have any questions please contact lincolnyearbookpto@gmail.com


Green4Good at Home

This week, the Green4Good Committee is pleased to bring you our first Green4Good at Home!

We invite you to participate in this fun and educational activity to get to know the trees on your block, and have the chance to win your household three months of free curbside composting!  The details can be found here and the deadline to participate and submit your entry is September 30th.  Grab a measuring tape and sidewalk chalk and have fun!


Social emotional wellness

Here are this week’s SEL resources, courtesy of Ms. Gilmartin and Ms. Payton, our school Social Workers:

How to set family priorities this school year

Please contact them at any time with any questions or support they might provide to your family: gilmartinb@district90.org  or   paytons@district90.org


Technology support

Thank you for emailing powerschool@district90.org or helpdesk@district90.org with your technology questions/issues.  Please remember to include as much information as possible, e.g., Student Name, Teacher Name, School, iPad asset tag number, etc. Screenshots, links, websites and any other information regarding the issue is helpful. For example, my iPad/computer can’t connect to this website _________________ when I click on this link __________________. 

Additionally, if you have difficulty logging into your child’s special area classes, please be sure to reach out to that particular teacher to assist with any login issues. 

Thank you! 


The Library Lowdown

Every year your children are invited to participate in an all-state reading challenge.  Students in grades K-2 can engage in the Monarch Challenge and grades 3rd-4th in the Bluestem Blast Challenge.

A list of books have been compiled by Illinois librarians to create this year’s reading lists.  Reading these books is a great way to expose students to some great books that they might not normally pickup.  The Monarch list includes fiction and non-fiction picture books and early readers.  The Bluestem list has fiction and non-fiction picture books and chapter books.  In K-2, they will be listening to at least five stories so everyone can vote in the spring.

The reading logs will be coming home this week in their supply backpacks. It will also be available on the library website. If your child would like to participate, then please keep the reading log in a handy spot at home so they can check off the books as they read them.

Be sure to utilize the River Forest Public LIbrary as well to work through the list. 

I will be explaining how the programs work and introducing the books to the students this coming week.

Please email me if you have any questions about these reading programs.

9/7 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Happy Labor Day! I hope your family enjoyed the extra day this weekend. I know for me, the extra day was much needed! Hopefully, your family took this time to rejuvenate for the coming week. 

With the first five days of school now in the rear view mirror, I’d like to thank each of you and your kids for all of the support, patience, and perseverance during the past week. Although there were some technology glitches and connectivity issues, we all survived week one. I couldn’t be prouder of our teachers and your kids for all their efforts and genuine acts of Lincoln School P.R.I.D.E. during these first days. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to acknowledge our Fine Fine teachers, by sending a email, phone call or note.  No one wants your kids back at Lincoln more than them.

Remote learning has required our teachers to reinvent themselves and present instruction in ways previously unimagined. In many ways, they are on stage all day with an audience of kids and family members huddled around devices. Therefore please continue to provide them accolades and grace as they continue to work their magic though these new methods of instruction.  On this continued journey into uncharted waters, each day we reflect upon the lessons learned and use them as fuel to better navigate the path forward!

Please continue to contact helpdesk@district90.org with any technology concerns. Also, please note that students are now signed into Seesaw with Google, therefore you no longer need the classroom codes. Using classroom codes will result in a duplicate user. Additionally, please encourage your child to wear their headphones during instruction. This really helps to eliminate the distractions of background noises. Finally, while I realize many families and caregivers are also watching and listening to lessons as a support to their kids, please refrain from asking questions or interrupting teacher instruction while on Zoom. Instead, please send your child’s teacher an email and they will happily respond to your inquiry. 

During any typical school year, we’d be so excited to welcome your family to Lincoln’s Open House to officially celebrate the start of a new year and to meet your child’s new teacher. However, like most things in 2020, this year’s Open House Event will be reimagined. At 6:30pm on  Tuesday, September 15, all teachers at Lincoln will share with you a video link for you to view their Open House presentations. Please note this is a date change from the originally scheduled date of Thursday, September 10. 

Beginning next week (Sept. 14-18) we will have our first school supply/materials pick up of the school year. Each student will be issued a drawstring backpack, labeled with their name. Inside the backpack, you will find important resources from your child’s teachers including library books. Student bags will be divided by teacher and available for pick up under the tents located on the Franklin playground. For social distancing and crowd prevention purposes, we will use the following daily schedule for pick up:

Supply Pick-up/Drop-off Schedule:

8:00AM – 2:00PM

4th Grade: Monday, September 14

3rd Grade: Tuesday, September 15

2nd Grade: Wednesday, September 16

1st Grade: Thursday, September 17

Kindergarten: Friday, September 18

**Supply pick up/drop off will occur every two weeks. The next dates will occur during the week of Sept. 28- Oct. 2. If you are unable to pick up or arrange to have your child’s materials picked up, please contact myself or our secretary Ms. Dubois duboist@district90.org


This Thursday, September 9, I look forward to celebrating all September birthdays during Principal Birthday Lunch. Below are the times and Zoom links to join! 

12:00- Kindergarten- 2nd Grade: K-2 September Principal Birthday Lunch

12:30- 3rd-4th Grade: 3rd-4th September Principal Birthday Lunch 

As always, thank you for your continued support of Lincoln School. Please never hesitate to reach out if I can be of any assistance to you. I wish you and your family a successful week two of Remote Learning. I look forward with great anticipation to the day we are all back at Lincoln together, and until then, I’ll be seeing you during the daily Morning Messages! 

Have a great week. CG

Quote of the Week:“Keep doing the hard things, until the hard things become easy things!”


Social Emotional Wellness

Each week, Ms. Payton and Ms. Gilmartin, our school Social Workers, will be providing resources you may find helpful in navigating your kids and family through these tumultuous times.

Here is this week’s guide:

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4th Grade Instrumental Music

Attention 4th Grade Families: Band and Orchestra starts in a couple of weeks!  If you are interested in signing up your student, please fill out this form:  https://forms.gle/rmGW4fakUS1UGRQM6 and attend the parent Zoom meeting next week:

Join Zoom Meeting-Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7:00 PM: https://district90-org.zoom.us/j/5040062034?pwd=RElqUGlTcTdwL0EwZEdmcytQcCt0Zz09

Meeting ID: 504 006 2034
Passcode: 398463


Thanks to you! 

Thanks to your PTO donations, we are able to fulfill requested Lincoln Elementary School Teacher Wish Lists for classroom furniture and materials every year. Annually, we are able to provide clubs, after school activities, and field trips for our students.  

In 2019, the PTO provided the school and PE department with a Gaga Pit for year round activity and fun. In 2020, the PTO updated the Teachers Lounge to create a bright and fresh communal space. 

We are better together and truly appreciate all of your support without which this would not be possible. 


LAST WEEK for Lincoln Spirit Wear!

Whether near or far, show your Lincoln spirit with masks, t-shirts, sweatshirts, pj pants and more while raising funds for our school. This is brought to you by the Lincoln PTO and the PTO receives a percentage of sale proceeds. The store will close on 9/13 with items purchased to be delivered the first week in October. 

 Click here to access the Lincoln Spirit Wear Store.

Please direct any questions to Jennifer Nelson (jennifernelson77@gmail.com). Thank you for your continued support!


8/30 Lincoln log

Lincoln Families,

Welcome to the first week of school! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed our perfect weather. After last week’s heat wave, the final weekend of summer vacation couldn’t have been more lovely!  As surreal as it seems, round 2 of remote learning commences tomorrow! 
It was so incredible to see our kids back on the Lincoln campus this past Thursday and Friday picking up their school supplies. It was my favorite day of work in over five months getting to see those mask covered faces back at Lincoln. 

Everyone in D90 has been working tirelessly to make the kick off of this school year go as smoothly as possible. However, oftentimes even the best laid plans are wrought with unexpected obstacles and hiccups. While I feel we couldn’t have worked any harder in preparation for tomorrow, there will still likely be some hurdles to cross. Therefore, thank you in advance for your steadfast understanding,  patience and support.
As you’ll see in my morning message tomorrow, we’ve generated some common language for all Lincoln Eagles to refer to when engaging in learning from home. To the extent possible, please reinforce these with your kids: Lincoln’s Remote Learning Advice.

This year, I’m excited to continue celebrating our kids birthdays during our monthly, Principal Birthday Lunch! Although they will have to be reimagined and celebrated via ZOOM. This Thursday, I’m excited to celebrate all the Lincoln School August Birthdays. Below is the schedule we will use and the link to log into the Zoom Principal Birthday Lunch Celebration! I look forward to celebrating with our August Birthdays!  (September PBL will be celebrated on Thursday, September 10)
K-2nd Grade 12:00-12:30K-2 Principal Birthday Lunch Link
Meeting ID: 813 0089 8709
Passcode: 401471

3rd-4th Grade- 12:30-1:003rd-4th Principal Birthday Lunch Link
Meeting ID: 894 4152 7372
Passcode: 106809

I look forward with great anticipation for the day we welcome your kids back to Lincoln.  In the meantime, I look forward to my daily visits to your breakfast table through the morning messages! (Morning messages will be available on Seesaw at 8:00 each morning) As always, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything more I can ever do to support your family. 
Until we meet again, don’t forget to wear your mask, wash your hands and stay 6ft apart! 
Welcome Back!

CG

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” ~ Hellen Keller

Remote Learning Handbook:
Please don’t forget to take time to review and acknowledge receipt of the Remote Learning Handbook Supplement .The Handbook was created to help families prepare for the new school year with remote instruction. It represents a practical guide on how remote instruction will function in D90 and can be downloaded by clicking this link: Remote Learning Handbook Supplement. Please complete the acknowledgment of the Remote Learning Handbook Supplement by Thursday, September 3. Follow these directions to access the acknowledgement form:

  • Open your PowerSchool account (https://d90.powerschool.com/public/
  • At the top of the page on the left-hand side, you’ll find the name(s) of your child(ren) enrolled in D90
  • Along the left-hand side of the screen, under the “Information” heading (near the bottom), click on “E-Collect Forms”
  • Once E-Collect Forms opens, look for “02 – D90 Acknowledgement Form 20-21.”
  • Please complete this form for each student enrolled in a D90 school
  • Please remember to give your consent for electronic signatures, sign, date, and submit the form.

Calendar

Monday, 8/31:

  • Remote Learning Begins

Thursday, 9/3: 

  • August Birthday Celebrations with Mr. Godfrey

Monday, 9/7: 

  • Labor Day – No School
 

How can I help support my child’s class this year?

Please consider signing up to be a room parent! This year room parents will assist teachers throughout the school year with communication to class parents. Click here to sign up.


Shop for Lincoln Spirit Wear

Whether near or far, show your Lincoln spirit with our Lincoln masks, gaiters, t-shirts and more while raising funds for our school. This is brought to you by the Lincoln PTO and the PTO receives a percentage of sale proceeds.
 
Please direct any questions to Jennifer Nelson (jennifernelson77@gmail.com). Thank you for your continued support!

Web store is open!

The Lincoln PTO web store is now open.  There are a limited amount of school supplies for sale.  Please use this link, or you can also find this information on the PTO webpage at www.lincoln.district90pto.org.


World Language Update

If you are interested in taking a language please feel free to contact the following teachers to arrange for private lessons.

8/23 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Welcome to the first Lincoln Log of the 2020-2021 school year. Wow, has the landscape changed since we were all last together at Lincoln on March 13. After surviving sixty days of e-learning in the spring and reveling in the lazy days of summer (as strange as it has been), it’s time again to welcome each of you, your kids and our teachers back to Lincoln.

While it’s not the “Back to School” any of us anticipated, the spirit of Lincoln School endures and the staff at Lincoln and I couldn’t be more excited and ready to welcome your kids back to school. Yes, much like life in 2020, school will look and feel different this fall, but find reassurance in knowing that the key elements that make Lincoln the finest school around remain fully intact… our kids and our teachers.

Hopefully, by now you’ve received the welcome message and video I sent to families last Thursday. In the event you didn’t receive it, here it is.  This message/video is full of important information relevant to the start of school,  so please be sure to view it.  WELCOME BACK TO LINCOLN VIDEO 

One of the many important topics outlined in Thursday’s communication is the school supply pick up scheduled for August 27 and 28. Please see the schedule below.

**Supply pick up will take place on Franklin playground
**Please be sure to wear a mask and adhere to physical distancing signage

In addition to supply pick up, your child’s teacher will be in contact with you this week regarding a Zoom class meeting that will be scheduled for Thursday or Friday. The social emotional needs of our kids are at the forefront as we plan for the start of school. Therefore, we felt the obligation to gather students for a brief class meeting prior to the start of remote learning.  Other than the school supply pick-up and this class meeting, there will be no other obligation for students until Monday, August 31 when the traditional 9:00-3:00 remote school day will begin. 

Technology will obviously be an integral component of remote learning this Fall. All kindergartners and students new to Lincoln will receive their iPad during school supply pick up on August 27 and 28. All returning students to Lincoln will utilize the iPad issued to them last year. Each returning student’s iPad has been updated remotely over the summer. However, I strongly encourage you to pull those out this week, charge them and ensure they are in proper working condition prior to August 31. In the event you have any issues, please contact powerschool@district90.org.  Additionally, the D90 Technology Specialist will be providing ongoing support to families regarding various technology questions throughout the start of the year. Please view this link Getting to know your iPad for getting acquainted with your child’s iPad.

As always, I am humbled by all the kindness and support that has flooded my inbox over the past few weeks. I look forward to seeing you briefly on Thursday and Friday of this week and then every morning of remote learning via the Morning Messages. As always, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to support your family during this unconventional return to school. Soak in every moment of this last week of summer! All my best. CG

“All though the town people cheered, what a Fine Fine School, with Fine Fine kids and Fine Fine teachers!” ~ A Fine Fine School


Calendar

Thursday, 8/27:

  • School supply pick-up

Friday, 8/28: 

  • School supply pick-up

Monday, 8/31:

  • First day of E-Learning

Web store is open!

The Lincoln PTO web store is now open.  There are a limited amount of school supplies for sale.  Please use this link, or you can also find this information on the PTO webpage at www.lincoln.district90pto.org.


Shop for Lincoln Spirit Wear

Whether near or far show your Lincoln spirit with t-shirts, sweatshirts, pj pants and more while raising funds for our school. This is brought to you by the Lincoln PTO and the PTO receives a percentage of sale proceeds.  Click here to access the Lincoln Spirit Wear Store.

Please direct any questions to Jennifer Nelson (jennifernelson77@gmail.com). Thank you for your continued support!


How can I help support my child’s class this year?

Please consider signing up to be a room parent! This year room parents will assist teachers throughout the school year with communication to class parents. Click here to sign up.


World Language Update

If you are interested in taking a language please feel free to contact the following teachers to arrange for private lessons.