12/13 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you had a nice weekend. The past several days have been quite a whirlwind around Lincoln as our staff continued to teach remotely while behind the scenes spending hours pivoting to be prepared for “Blended Learning,” beginning tomorrow.

Attached you’ll find a copy of “Lincoln’s Guide to Blended Learning.” I’m hopeful this resource and accompanying video will address many of your questions regarding our return to the “Blended Learning” model. Mr. Godfrey’s Welcome Back to Lincoln Video Message Dec. 2020

I realize the decision to return to school caught many families off guard. Please note that if your family has recently traveled outside of the state of Illinois, a 14 day quarantine is required. Please note that this will also apply for any travel over the Winter Break. January 19th is the current date set to return to “Blended Learning” after the Winter Break. Therefore, families should quarantine 14 days prior if their child is returning to school at that time.  Please visit the Cook County Public Health Travel Guide or contact Nurse Godellas if you have specific questions. Thanks for your support in keeping our students and staff safe.

Here are a few highlights from the attached guide book:

First Day:

We are excited to welcome ALL Lincoln Eagles back to school on Monday, December 14. Students should plan to arrive at school beginning at 8:15 to their assigned entrance. Students arriving after 8:30 will be considered tardy. The instructional day is daily:

  • Kindergarten AM – 8:30am to 10:30 am
  • Kindergarten PM – 12:00pm to 2:00 pm
  • 1st through 4th grade – 8:30am to 12:30pm

Masks: 

Face masks must be worn at all times by everyone on the Lincoln School Campus. Please note that D90 does not recognize “neck gaiters” as an appropriate face covering. 

Daily Self Certification:

Prior to arriving at school, families should “Pre-Screen” each child in their home for symptoms of Covid-19. Students must be wearing a Lincoln “I’ve Been Screened for Covid-19” sticker upon arrival to campus. Here again are the instructions for reporting your child’s daily screening. 

Daily Self Certification Instructions

**Please note, families with multiple children should submit a separate form for each child daily. Self-certification stickers were mailed home earlier this year. Additional stickers can be retrieved in the Lincoln School Office. 

Supply Pick Up For Remote Learners:

Supply pick up for Remote Learners will continue to be held on Fridays between 8:00-2:00. Any items not picked up on Fridays will be available in the bins inside the Park. Ave. lobby.

Physical Education:

Weather permitting, Mr. Augustine and Ms. McDermott, our PE teachers, will plan to take students outside for their weekly PE classes. Therefore, please be sure students wear appropriate shoes on PE days. Specific grade/class schedules can be found in the attached “Blended Learning” guide. 

Winter Spirit Week:

Our highly anticipated Winter Spirit Week has been slightly adjusted due to our return to “Blended Learning.” Below is an outline of our plan for next week:

  • Monday 12/21: Holiday Headwear: Wear your favorite hat, santa hat, elf hat, headband, antlers etc! 
  • Tuesday 12/22: Holiday Bling: Wear your favorite holiday colors: red, green, gold, blue, white, silver or even your tackiest holiday shirt or sweater!
  • Wednesday 12/23: Lincoln School Pajama Day and D.E.A.R.: Wear your favorite pajamas and bring a book to Drop Everything and Read!

As previously noted, please know that while teachers and staff will strive to provide a similar experience for our students who are learning remotely and the students attending school in person, it will not always be the same.  Especially within the first few days of the return to school, teachers will be working with students who are in-person to set up their learning space in the classroom, review safety protocols and procedures,  outline bathroom procedures, snack time, etc. During these times, remote learners will be welcome to work asynchronously on academic tasks or take brain breaks of their own.

We are excited for the coming week and greatly appreciate your patience and support as we welcome all K-4 kids back to Lincoln for the first time since March. There will likely be some hiccups along the way, but please know that our safety procedures and protocols take precedence above all else! Have a wonderful week. Welcome back! CG


Calendar

Monday, 12/14:

  • “Blended Learning” resumes for K-4

Friday, 12/18:

  • K-4 supply pick up for Remote Learners – Franklin side, 8am-2pm

SEL checklist for return to in-person learning

Please see the attached checklist of mental health and social-emotional wellbeing considerations relating to the return to in-school learning.


Zoom into the Music Room with Mrs. Mann

This year our incredible music teacher Mrs. Mann invites you and your family to a sneak peak into the music room to experience some of the activities that have been taking place in music class this year. 


Technology support

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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 the XXXXX 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. 

12/6 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you had a nice weekend. 

With only thirteen school days before the much anticipated Winter Break, I wanted to remind you of the calendar adjustments that were made earlier this fall:

Last day of Classes: Wednesday, December 23 – dismissal at 2:30
Winter Break: December 24 – January 8 
Classes Resume: Monday, January 11, 2021

Supply pick up will take place again this Friday, December 11 for all K-4 students. Any Book Fair purchases can also be picked up at this time. Due to the merge of Book Fair and supply pick up, this week’s pick up will take place in the gym. We will adhere to 6ft guidelines and limit the number individuals in the gym at one time. Please don’t forget your mask will be required for entry. Don’t forget your “Mitten Tree” donations. Friday will be the final day of this year’s drive. 

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


Calendar

Thursday, 12/10:

  • Creativita painting party – 4pm or 6pm (registration closes tomorrow, 12/7!)

Friday, 12/11:

  • K-4 supply pick up – gym, 8am-2pm
  • Book Fair order pick up – gym, 8am-2pm
  • Last day to drop off Mitten Tree donations

Virtual Painting Party with Creativita!

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The Lincoln PTO is teaming up with Creativita in Forest Park to host a virtual painting party for our Lincoln Eagles on Thursday, December 10th at 4:00 pm or 6:00 pm!

It’s easy to register, just click on the link and choose a time slot https://www.creativitaco.com/product-page/virtual-paint-night-with-lincoln-elementaryRegistration closes tomorrow, December 7th!

The kit can be delivered to your door or you can choose to pick it up at Creativita in Forest Park. Please note that the project will be the same for both times. A portion of the proceeds will help support the Lincoln PTO.


Heartworks Mitten Tree – donate this Friday at supply pick-up!

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Heartworks Service Club is sponsoring the Mitten Tree – an annual holiday tradition at Lincoln School.

During supply pick up on Friday, December 4th and Friday December 11th, Lincoln families can donate NEW mittens, gloves, hats and scarves for children ages 4-13, all of which will be donated to Hephzibah Children’s Association in Oak Park.

Families can hang their donations on the Mitten Tree located under the tents on the Franklin Avenue side of the school during supply pick up on Friday, December 4th and Friday December 11th.

Thank you for your contribution to this organization.


Book Fair purchases can be picked up in the gym on Friday, December 11th! 

PTA's Barnes and Noble Book Fair | Turtle Rock Elementary

An Anderson’s Book Fair bag with your child’s name on it will be set aside for you to grab when you pick up your child’s supply bag during the weekly pick up times of 8am-2pm. If you cannot pick up during this time, we will hold the books for you to pick up in the lobby the following week. Any books purchased as teacher gifts from the teacher wishlists will be delivered directly to that teacher with a gift tag indicating your child’s name.  Thank you for supporting the Lincoln Library with your generosity. 


The Young Filmmakers Online Academy

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The Young Filmmakers Online Academy will hold a series of live, virtual, synchronous classes for kids in grades 3 to 8 later this month and early next month. They will learn from professionals about how to make a movie with their cell phones or tablets. Content will include story, camera, lighting, sound, editing, and more. Cost is $30 for River Forest residents and $35 for non-residents. Register: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/workshops

Sundays from 2 to 3:15 p.m. for Grades 6 to 8 taught by Jonathan Moeller
Nov. 29, Dec. 6, and Dec. 13 – Register Here

Sundays from 4 to 5:15 p.m. for Grades 3 to 5 taught by Adam Joel
Nov. 29, Dec. 6, and Dec. 13 – Register Here


Technology support

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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 the XXXXX 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. 

11/29 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

It definitely was a different kind of Thanksgiving holiday, but regardless of the sacrifices many of us made, I am hopeful you made the best of it and enjoyed the time with your kids!

The final days of school prior to the much anticipated Winter Break are always a busy time of year, yet also a time where we all start to lose a little stamina. I imagine with the remote element of learning the likelihood of that happening over the next few weeks is even more likely. Therefore, we will be doing all we can to create engaging and exciting learning opportunities for our kids and even an upcoming Winter Spirit Week to sustain us for the final school days of 2020! As you’ve done since March, please continue to join us in supporting and encouraging your kids’ learning as their teachers at home by reminding them of Lincoln’s Remote Learning Advice:

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Don’t forget that our Friday supply pick up days will resume this Friday, December 4 for all K-4 students. Please be sure to stop by the Franklin blacktop sometime on Friday to pick up new materials and to drop off work and library books. 

As always, thank you for your continued support of Lincoln. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything more we can do to support your family. 

Have a great start to December! CG


Calendar

Friday, 12/4: K-4 Supply Pick Up, Franklin side playground


Virtual Painting Party with Creativita!

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The Lincoln PTO is teaming up with Creativita in Forest Park to host a virtual painting party for our Lincoln Eagles on Thursday, December 10th at 4:00 pm or 6:00 pm!

It’s easy to register, just click on the link and choose a time slot https://www.creativitaco.com/product-page/virtual-paint-night-with-lincoln-elementary.  Registration closes December 7th!

The kit can be delivered to your door or you can choose to pick it up at Creativita in Forest Park. Please note that the project will be the same for both times. A portion of the proceeds will help support the Lincoln PTO.


Heartworks Mitten Tree – donate this Friday at supply pick-up!

Heartworks Service Club is sponsoring the Mitten Tree – an annual holiday tradition at Lincoln School.

During supply pick up on Friday, December 4th and Friday December 11th, Lincoln families can donate NEW mittens, gloves, hats and scarves for children ages 4-13, all of which will be donated to Hephzibah Children’s Association in Oak Park.

Families can hang their donations on the Mitten Tree located under the tents on the Franklin Avenue side of the school during supply pick up on Friday, December 4th and Friday December 11th.

Thank you for your contribution to this organization.


Virtual Science Fair Co-Chair NEEDED

We are considering a virtual science fair….if we can get another co-chair!

We are looking for a co-chair for this year’s annual Science Expo.  The Expo takes place in late January, and while we already have one volunteer we would love a second to help organize this fun event. If you are interested in volunteering or receiving more information please contact Lincolnrfptopresident@gmail.com.


2020 online book fair – ends 12/2!

PTA's Barnes and Noble Book Fair | Turtle Rock Elementary

Shop for the holidays and support the Lincoln Library, author visits, and assemblies. Teacher wishlists and some recommended books from Mrs. Brauweiler are available at abcfairs.com in the blue menu bar.

Support Lincoln School! Order books at: Anderson’s Virtual  Book FairNovember 19 – December 2ndClick here for more information about the Book Fair, Family Reading Night this Thursday, and the annual Book Fair Contest!

*The Best Selection*New Releases*Best Literature*Reading Books reduces screen time, *Order anytime from anywhere


The Young Filmmakers Online Academy

The Young Filmmakers Online Academy will hold a series of live, virtual, synchronous classes for kids in grades 3 to 8 later this month and early next month. They will learn from professionals about how to make a movie with their cell phones or tablets. Content will include story, camera, lighting, sound, editing, and more. Cost is $30 for River Forest residents and $35 for non-residents. Register: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/workshops

Sundays from 2 to 3:15 p.m. for Grades 6 to 8 taught by Jonathan Moeller
Nov. 29, Dec. 6, and Dec. 13 – Register Here

Sundays from 4 to 5:15 p.m. for Grades 3 to 5 taught by Adam Joel
Nov. 29, Dec. 6, and Dec. 13 – Register Here


Technology support

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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 the XXXXX 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. 

11/22 Lincoln log

Lincoln Families,

Happy Thanksgiving! After 55 days of hard work, this week marks a time for each of us to take a mini break from the world of remote learning and remote teaching/parenting to pause and express gratitude. 

Like many of you the Godfrey’s have hit “pause” on our annual family gathering for Thanksgiving. For the first time in 43 years, I’ll spend a solo Thanksgiving here in Chicago and away from my family in St. Louis. Like all things 2020, we will find safe and virtual ways to celebrate together while honoring the guidance on travel and gatherings. Like many of you, the sacrifice of not being with family, especially after the year we have all had is a difficult one. However, that doesn’t mean we all don’t continue to have countless things to remain thankful for. Of course, Thanksgiving is synonymous with delicious food and fellowship. However, perhaps  2020 has taught us that the most profound acts of gratitude come in words, actions and how we treat each other, not how full our plate is on November 26. Therefore as we begin this holiday week, I challenge each of you and your kids to reflect upon the things that 2020 has made you more thankful for. 

One day the pandemic will end, Lincoln will open, we will again gather with friends and family and we will return to a somewhat altered sense of normal. So take this time to embrace the pause on “life as we think it should be,” and truly embrace the many sources of your gratitude. Express that gratitude by sending a note to a teacher, calling a loved one, texting an old friend, extending a helping hand to a neighbor and by simply practicing KINDNESS. I remain grateful that six years ago my life journey brought me to the doorsteps at 511 Park Ave. Since then, River Forest has become, second only to St. Louis, a place where I feel incredibly at home, loved, supported and respected! So, as always, this Thanksgiving our Fine Fine School community is high atop my gratitude list! What are you and your family thankful for? Don’t just think about it, share it with others! 

From the entire Godfrey family, Happy Thanksgiving to each of you and your loved ones. Have a safe and relaxing holiday. I look forward to seeing you on the Morning Messages after the break as we countdown the final school days of 2020! Happy Thanksgiving!

CG

****Please keep in mind that this is a short week of school. There will be no school on Wednesday-Friday of this week. Classes will resume on Monday, November 30. Our next supply pick up will be on Friday, December 4.****


Calendar

Wednesday, 11/25: NO SCHOOL

Thursday, 11/26: NO SCHOOL

Friday, 11/27: NO SCHOOL


Virtual Science Fair Co-Chair NEEDED

We are looking for a co-chair for this year’s annual Science Expo.  The Expo takes place in late January, and while we already have one volunteer we would love a second to help organize this fun event. If you are interested in volunteering or receiving more information please contact Lincolnrfptopresident@gmail.com .


2020 Book Fair is now online!

PTA's Barnes and Noble Book Fair | Turtle Rock Elementary

Shop for the holidays and support the Lincoln Library, author visits, and assemblies. Teacher wishlists and some recommended books from Mrs. Brauweiler are available at abcfairs.com in the blue menu bar.

Support Lincoln School! Order books at: Anderson’s Virtual  Book Fair, November 19 – December 2nd. Click here for more information about the Book Fair, Family Reading Night this Thursday, and the annual Book Fair Contest!

*The Best Selection, *New Releases, *Best Literature, *Reading Books reduces screen time, *Order anytime from anywhere


Green4Good at Home

While our Thanksgiving may look different this year, we all may still be looking for a good walk,  a good movie, and a good way to give back. Please check out the Openlands Get Outside map to discover great Chicago area hikes, the Kiss the Ground movie about regenerative agriculture (or other movies we recommend about our food systems or from the One Earth Film Festival), and great organizations feeding those in need this holiday season, like Beyond Hunger or Housing Forward.  

The G4G committee extends our gratitude to the District 90 community, especially the school PTO’s and principals, for allowing us to reach you via the school newsletters this year with our sustainability messages.  Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!


Social Emotional Learning resources

With Thanksgiving coming up, this is a great time to focus on Gratitude!  The attached calendar has great activities for adults and children — something for everyone in the family!  Even though life in the pandemic has been challenging, there are always things for which we can give thanks.  A focus on gratitude can improve your health, help you deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. 

Additionally, you will find some great Thanksgiving gratitude prompts!


The Young Filmmakers Online Academy

The Young Filmmakers Online Academy will hold a series of live, virtual, synchronous classes for kids in grades 3 to 8 later this month and early next month. They will learn from professionals about how to make a movie with their cell phones or tablets. Content will include story, camera, lighting, sound, editing, and more. Cost is $30 for River Forest residents and $35 for non-residents. Register: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/workshops

Sundays from 2 to 3:15 p.m. for Grades 6 to 8 taught by Jonathan Moeller
Nov. 29, Dec. 6, and Dec. 13Register Here

Sundays from 4 to 5:15 p.m. for Grades 3 to 5 taught by Adam Joel
Nov. 29, Dec. 6, and Dec. 13Register Here


Technology support

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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. 

11/15 LINCOLN LOG

Lincoln Families,

I hope this week’s message finds your family keeping safe and healthy as Covid-19 continues to surge in our area. 

As disappointing as it is for everyone to again push back the return to “in person,” with the rising case counts in our area, the decision to extend the “adaptive pause” was made with the safety and wellbeing of our school community in mind. Therefore, we will continue on the path forward using all the lessons we’ve learned to continue to refine and adapt the Remote Learning experience for our teachers, kids and your family.

Many thanks to everyone who took the time to participate in our virtual Fall Conferences last week. I know our teachers enjoyed the opportunity to connect with you regarding your child’s progress this school year. From first hand experience I also know how appreciative they are for the many words of praise and support you shared with them. These are difficult and challenging times for us all as we continue to adapt and grow into the realities of remote learning. I’ve always believed that “you do better, when you know better.” Each day we learn a little something more that will make this experience better for your kids and family. Thanks for continuing to surf this wave with us! 

Here again is a link to last week’s special Veterans Day morning message and tribute. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to send in a picture and honor our veterans. 2020 Lincoln School Veterans Tribute

Because our hope was to be returning to school tomorrow, many grade levels did not hold a supply pickup this past week. Therefore, please note the following schedule for this week. After the Thanksgiving break, we will resume our Friday pickups for each grade level on December 4. 

Supply Pickup – Week of November 16
Monday, November 16: 1st grade
Tuesday, November 17: 3rd grade
Friday, November 20: Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 4th grade

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 family. Be well and stay safe! CG


Calendar

Monday, 11/16:

  • Supply pickup – 1st grade

Tuesday, 11/17:

  • Supply pickup – 3rd grade

Thursday, 11/19:

  • Online Book Fair opens today!

Friday, 11/20:

  • Supply pickup – Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 4th grade

Lincoln Supper Club – this Thursday, 11/19

Please join us for this week’s Lincoln Supper Club with Jimmy’s Place in Forest Park. On the menu for this week is: Salad, Mostaccioli, Chicken Vesuvio and Sausage & Peppers for $45 (feeds 4-6) with an optional bottle of wine add-on for $15.

To order, please call (708) 771-7476 by 5p this Tuesday,11/17. Dinner will be ready for pick up on Thursday, 11/19 from 5-6p at Jimmy’s Place (7411 W. Madison, Forest Park).

Please see attached for more details. We thank you for your continued Lincoln PTO and shop local support! 


2020 Book Fair is online – starting this Thursday, 11/19!

PTA's Barnes and Noble Book Fair | Turtle Rock Elementary

Shop for the holidays and support the Lincoln Library, author visits, and assemblies. Teacher wishlists and some recommended books from Mrs. Brauweiler are available at abcfairs.com in the blue menu bar.

Support Lincoln School! Order books at: Anderson’s Virtual  Book Fair, November 19 – December 2nd. Click here for more information about the Book Fair, Family Reading Night this Thursday, and the annual Book Fair Contest!

*The Best Selection, *New Releases, *Best Literature, *Reading Books reduces screen time, *Order anytime from anywhere


Lincoln Band & Orchestra t-shirts – order now!

Attention Band and Orchestra Families! The new band and orchestra t-shirt is here. Orders are due November 20th. This will be the only opportunity to order a band/orchestra t-shirt this year.

Please help us reach our goal of selling 100 shirts. Orders can be placed directly using this link.


Green4Good @ Home – Pumpkin Smash 2020 update!

The 2020 Pumpkin Smash was, well, a smashing success.  Together, we composted 805 pumpkins!  That’s 8,260 pounds of pumpkin kept off the street and out of the landfill, blowing away the 2019 count of 512 pumpkins, 4,860 pounds. 

THANK YOU to everyone who joined us.  It was a beautiful day, and we’re grateful for the tremendous community support of this annual event!

Speaking of turning 8,260 lbs of pumpkins into healthy soil, we recommend checking out Kiss the Ground for an uplifting and inspiring documentary about regenerative agriculture and reversing climate change!  Watch on Netflix or rent for $1 on Vimeo.


Social Emotional Learning resources

Here is a link to this week’s SEL resource from our school social workers: Helping Students Read Emotions Behind Masks


Technology support

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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.