10/10 Lincoln PTO Newsletter

NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 and Monday, October 14. Enjoy the long weekend!

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FUN LUNCH is on Thursday this week! Pasta from Puree’s Pizza and Pasta, 1023 Lake Street in Oak Park.  Thank you, Puree’s and Fun Lunch Volunteers!

INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK is this week! October 7-11th.  No time to walk the whole way? Park and walk the last few blocks! It’s fun, it’s healthy, and it helps the Earth.

Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 10.23.38 PMThe new Girl Scouts Daisy Troop for Kindergarteners is having an informational meeting for parents on Thursday, 10/10 from 6:30-7:30pm in Room 11/Nichols. Please contact Lurana with questions: luranajbrown@yahoo.com.

Math Night 2

FAMILY MATH NIGHT is Thursday,  October 17th  at 6:30pm.

Join your friends in the gymnasium for the Lincoln PTO’s popular Family Math Night. Get ready for a fun night with hands-on math, games, and fun ideas to take away and use at home.  Admission is free.   Volunteers are still needed…can you help set up, run games or clean up?  Sign up here.   Thank you!

Grn4Gd WASTE-FREE WEDNESDAYS–the lunch challenge continues through April 2014!  The Green4Good Committee will give out hand stamps to all kids who bring a waste-free lunch. This will be an on-going event each Wednesday up until our BIG Waste-Free Lunch Challenge during Earth Week. For tips on packing a waste-free lunch go to the District 90 website and click on the “Zero-Waste Lunch Tips” flyer.

Would you like an opportunity to volunteer for one hour and see your child during a regular school day?  We need parent volunteers to come in on Wednesdays during the lunch hour (11:25-12:25) to give hand stamps to students who have packed a lunch that creates no trash.

Don’t know much about packing a zero-waste lunch?  Don’t worry.  We’ll give you a brief training so you’ll be an expert! Please Click here to sign up. Lincoln School and the Earth appreciate it!  Thank you.

 PANCAKE BREAKFAST–BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

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Please join us for a Lincoln PTO fundraising tradition, our Pancake Breakfast on Saturday,  October 26th, 8:00 to 11:00am.  Advance Tickets are just $3.50 per person and include pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee.  Buying tickets in advance helps us order the right amount of food, and it saves you money–tickets at the door are $4.00.  Click here to order tickets.  Thank you!

 

Sign Up Now!

The PTO runs on volunteers—can you help?
We need volunteers for Waste-Free Wednesdays, Family Math Night, and the Pancake Breakfast.  Find the event right for you on Sign Up Genius.   Thank you!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  upcoming days off and early dismissals!

Friday,  10/11      No School—Staff Development

Monday,  10/14       No School—Columbus Day

Thursday,  10/31     Costume Parade  & 11:25am  Dismissal

Thanks to everyone who joined us last Thursday night for Connect4Kids 2nd Annual Family Night! The gym was buzzing with hands-on family activities. A special thank you to Dr. Condon for joining us and to Mrs. Suzuki, Mrs. Moriarty, and Miss A for playing games with our families.

The raffle item winners are listed below:

  • The Zeiher Family: Parent Book: The Big Disconnect by Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ph.D. & Family Book: Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
  • The Matz Family: Parent Book: The Big Disconnect by Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ph.D. & Family Book: Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
  • The Hobby Family: $25 Gift Card to The Juice Joint
  • The Zavalkoff Family: Family Dinner Box of Questions
  • The Olson Family: Children’s Book: Mindful Monkey Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer
  • The Brigham Family: Yoga Pretzels: 50 Activities for Kids and Grown Ups by Tara Guber & Leah Kalish
  • The Osga Family: Yoga DVD from Yoga Kids of Oak Park
  • The D’Agostino Family: Lincoln School Spirit Wear: Boys Color Block Hoodie
  • The Wax Family: Lincoln School Spirit Wear: Girls Dot Your i’s Hoodie
  • The Fields-Kohn Family: Lincoln School Shoelaces & Ringer T
  • The Mann Family: Geppetto’s Toy Box Game – Taiga
  • The Rakers Family: Geppetto’s Toy Box Game – Fish Stix
  • The Dwyer Family: Classic M-65 Green Child’s Field Jacket is designed to look like those worn by U.S. Military
  • The Travis Family: Authentically detailed A-2 Bomber Jacket looks like the real thing worn by WW II aviators
  • The Wolski Family: F4U Corsair die cast collectable plane from the World War II series & Fleece Blanket
  • The Ferrante Family: E2C die cast collectable plane from the Military series & Fleece Blanket

Green4Good  wants you to know about the 2014 Young Filmmakers Contest.  It is open to students from 3rd grade through college. Students are invited to make a solution based, 3-8 minute film or short 45 second animation to address issues surrounding climate change and sustainability.  For more information: http://greencommunityconnections.org/contest-details/   Deadline for submissions is January 12th, 2014. 

DO YOU WANT TO ANNOUNCE YOUR EVENT? 

Please submit requests to “lincolnPTOcommunications AT gmail.com” by midnight on Tuesday for the weekly Thursday newsletter.

 

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October is a very busy month for the PTO–check out all our special events.  Please see the important reminders about “no school” at the end!
FUN LUNCH for Friday, October 4th is Chicken Tenders from FatDuck Grill, 7218 Madison Street in Forest Park.  Thank you, FatDuck and Fun Lunch Volunteers!
 

CONNECT4KIDS  SECOND ANNUAL FAMILY NIGHT!!

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TONIGHT!–Thursday, October 3rd from 6:00-7:30 PM in the Gym.  Enter on the Franklin side and join us for tempting raffles, art projects, games, yoga, and more–uber fun for the whole family!

 

ART APPRECIATION:  Did you miss this morning’s informational meeting about being an Art Appreciation volunteer?  It’s a fun way to meet more parents and see your child’s classroom in action.  Commitment is only a few times throughout the year, and art lesson plans and materials are provided!   Please contact Jean Bacom at 708-488-0933 or email lunamama6 AT gmail.com.

 

THEATER CLUB is meeting this afternoon in the auditorium 3:15 – 4:15pm.

 

INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK is next week!  October 7-11th.  No time to walk the whole way?  Park and walk the last few blocks! It’s fun, it’s healthy, and it helps the Earth.

 

Our next PTO MEETING is on Monday, Oct. 7th at 7:00 pm at Lincoln School.  All are welcome!

 

School Picture Day

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY is next Tuesday, October 8th.  Don’t forget to turn in your order forms!

 

EASE THE TEASE–TALK ABOUT IT!

Last Monday morning Imagination Theater visited Lincoln to present an assembly called “Ease the Tease 2.0: A Bully Prevention Program”.   A 60-minute program was performed separately for the Kindergarten – 2nd graders and 3rd-4th graders.  Actors found themselves in a series of teasing situations and volunteers were invited on stage to steer the scene to a positive conclusion.  Students practiced responding to, and coping with, teasing.  When students can alleviate the pain of a tease, they discover the power to stop the teasing!  Some suggestions offered during the assembly were:

  1.  Perform “self-talk”: Say to yourself “I know I am being teased but I’m not going to let them see I am upset; and I’m smart, I can handle this”.
  2. In response to teasing just say “So?”
  3. Take it as a complement (i.e. If someone says “Your shoes are so different, nobody has those!” respond “Thanks, I have great style!”) Know that it’s okay to like what you like–that’s who you are!
  4. “I” messages:  talk about how you feel, for example, “I feel sad when you tease me,” “I wish that you would stop laughing.”
  5. Ignore the teaser.
  6. Step in and be a buddy if someone you know is being teased.
  7. Try all of these, but if they do not work, report to an adult.

A lot of fun was had by all!  Ask your child about the assembly and what they found valuable!  This event was sponsored by the Lincoln PTO.

 

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 WASTE-FREE WEDNESDAYS–the lunch challenge continues through April 2014!  The Green4Good Committee will give out hand stamps to all kids who bring a waste-free lunch. This will be an on-going event each Wednesday up until our BIG Waste-Free Lunch Challenge during Earth Week. For tips on packing a waste-free lunch go to the District 90 website and click on the “Zero-Waste Lunch Tips” flyer.

Would you like an opportunity to volunteer for one hour and see your child during a regular school day?  We need parent volunteers to come in on Wednesdays during the lunch hour (11:25-12:25) to give hand stamps to students who have packed a lunch that creates no trash.

Don’t know much about packing a zero-waste lunch?  Don’t worry.  We’ll give you a brief training so you’ll be an expert! Please Click here to sign up. Lincoln School and the Earth appreciate it!  Thank you.

Math Night 2

FAMILY MATH NIGHT is Thursday,  October 17th  at 6:30pm.

Join your friends in the gymnasium for the Lincoln PTO’s popular Family Math Night. Get ready for a fun night with hands-on math, games, and fun ideas to take away and use at home.  Admission is free.   Volunteers are still needed…can you help set up, run games or clean up?  Sign up here.   Thank you!

 

 PANCAKE BREAKFAST–BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Maple Syrup on Pancakes

  Please join us for a Lincoln PTO fundraising tradition, our Pancake Breakfast on Saturday,  October 26th, 8:00 to 11:00am.  Advance Tickets are just $3.50 per person and include pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee.  Buying tickets in advance helps us order the right amount of food, and it saves you money–tickets at the door are $4.00.  Click here to order tickets.  Thank you!

 

Sign Up Now!

The PTO runs on volunteers—can you help?
We need volunteers for Waste-Free Wednesdays, Family Math Night, and the Pancake Breakfast.  Find the event right for you on Sign Up Genius.   Thank you!

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  upcoming days off and early dismissals!

Friday,  10/11      No School—Staff Development

Monday,  10/14       No School—Columbus Day

Thursday,  10/31     Costume Parade  & 11:25am  Dismissal

 

Green4Good  wants you to know about the 2014 Young Filmmakers Contest.  It is open to students from 3rd grade through college. Students are invited to make a solution based, 3-8 minute film or short 45 second animation to address issues surrounding climate change and sustainability.  For more information: http://greencommunityconnections.org/contest-details/   Deadline for submissions is January 12th, 2014. 

 

DO YOU WANT TO ANNOUNCE YOUR EVENT? 

Please submit requests to “lincolnPTOcommunications AT gmail.com” by midnight on Tuesday for the weekly Thursday newsletter.

 

This Thursday–Connect4Kids Family Night!

CONNECT4KIDS   FAMILY  NIGHT  IS  THIS  THURSDAY!

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October 3rd,  6:00 to 7:30pm in the Lincoln Gym (enter on the Franklin side)

Please join us for this uber popular FREE event–it’s fun for the whole family:  tempting raffles, art projects, engaging games, invigorating yoga and much more!

See attachment to learn more about the PTO’s Connect4Kids–our mission and our upcoming parent forums.  We’d love your input & participation!

 

Don’t forget, tomorrow is WEDNESDAY, the beginning of the waste-free lunch challenge!  Get the reusable containers and cloth napkins ready!

And, THURSDAY Oct. 3rd at 9:15am is the Lincoln Art Appreciation informational meeting at the River Forest Public Library–please come to learn more about our excellent program. 

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Autumn is here! 

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FUN LUNCH for Friday, Sept. 27th is pizza from Domino’s at 329 Chicago Avenue in Oak Park. Thank you to all the Fun Lunch helpers.

 A SPECIAL THANK-YOU to the Lincoln staff and other volunteers at our Movie Night  last week.

 

 

RAFFLE DEADLINE EXTENDED to Sunday, September 29th at midnight.
Would your child like to lead the Halloween parade or be Principal for a Day? How about winning a class pizza party, a Book Fair gift certificate, or 4 tickets to the Pancake Breakfast? The drawing will be held next week—it’s not too late! Check out all the fun fundraising prizes available at the PTO Web Store.

HEARTWORKS is a service club ONLY for 4th graders!  We will hold our first meeting on Monday Sept. 30th, during the 1st half of the lunch period in Ms. Bajo’s room:  23E. Make a difference and be of service to others.

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 “Look at Your Lunch”  sent home everything uneaten from lunch this week. This hopefully gave us all a better appreciation for the amount of trash created.

 WASTE-FREE WEDNESDAYS LUNCH CHALLENGE: Beginning Wednesday, October 2nd, the Green4Good Committee will give out hand stamps to all kids who bring a waste-free lunch. This will be an on-going event each Wednesday up until our BIG Waste-Free Lunch Challenge during Earth Week. For tips on packing a waste-free lunch go to the District 90 website and click on the “Zero-Waste Lunch Tips” flyer.

Green4Good also wants you to know about the 2014 Young Filmmakers Contest.  It is open to students from grade school through college. Students are invited to make a solution based, 3-8 minute film or short 45 second animation to address issues surrounding climate change and sustainability.  For more information: http://greencommunityconnections.org/contest-details/ 

CONNECT4KIDS  SECOND ANNUAL FAMILY NIGHT:

Connect4Kidsfamily Thursday, October 3rd, at  6:00-7:30 PM in the Gym.

Please join Connect4Kids as we build a caring, connected community. Your whole family is invited to participate in raffles, art projects, games, yoga, and more at our fun Family Night!

ART APPRECIATION: Parents—Come to an informational meeting about being an art parent. It is a fun way to be in your child’s classroom a couple of times per year. The meeting will be on Thursday, October 3rd at the River Forest Public Library at  9:15 am. Do not be afraid—you do not need an art background!  Information and supplies are provided.  Come check it out.  Questions? Call Jean at 708-488-0933 or email lunamama6 AT gmail.com.

SCHOOL PICTURE DAY is October 8th.

INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK is October 7-11th.
The Green4Good Committee would like to encourage everyone at Lincoln to walk to school that week! It’s fun, it’s healthy, and it helps the Earth.

FAMILY MATH NIGHT is October 17th starting at 6:30pm.

  Join your friends for the Lincoln PTO’s popular Family Math Night.  Have fun playing games and winning prizes using your math skills. Admission is free. 

SCOUTING UPDATES:

The THIRD-GRADE GIRL SCOUT TROOP is still open to new Brownies.  If your girls are not able to attend Tuesday meetings, there is still an opportunity to join our monthly outings, field trips and service opportunities.  We have part 2 of our patch-eligible Food Drive this Saturday, September 28th at 10:00 AM and our big screen outdoor Movie Night on Friday, September 27th at 6:45 PM. For more details and to RSVP, contact Irene Wolinski for the Food Drive at 773-544-9740 and Suzi Schrader for the Movie Night at 312-961-6497.

NEW KINDERGARTEN GIRL SCOUT TROOP: Become a Daisy!
Girl Scouts is an enriching experience that helps girls make friends, learn new skills, and be part of their community. We only need 5 girls to form a troop. Please contact Lurana Brown if you are interested: “luranajbrown AT yahoo.com”.

 Sign Up Now!

The PTO runs on volunteers—can you help?
We need volunteers for Waste-Free Wednesdays, Connect 4 Kids Game Night, School Picture Day, and Family Math Night. Find the event right for you on Sign Up Genius.    

DO YOU WANT TO ANNOUNCE YOUR EVENT? 
Please submit requests to “lincolnPTOcommunications@gmail.com” by midnight on Tuesday for the weekly Thursday newsletter.

 

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The Lincoln Open House is tonight at 7PM! Grades 1-2 and AM Kindergarten begin in the auditorium while grades 3-4 and PM Kindergarten begin in their classroom.

Alpine Food ShopFUN LUNCH for Friday, Sept. 20th is subs from Alpine, 7538 W North Ave, Elmwood Park, IL 60707.

 

NEW FIRST GRADE DAISY TROOP:

Is your first grader interested in becoming a Girl Scout? A new troop is forming for 1st grade girls to begin in October. Informational meeting for interested parents on Tuesday, September 24 at 7:30PM at the River Forest Library. Please email VanessaDruckman@gmail.com for more info.

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LINCOLN MOVIE NIGHT – Friday, Sept. 20th at 6:30pm
Families are invited to a big-screen showing of “Wreck It Ralph” under the stars. Buy your tickets now at the PTO Web Store and save $1 per ticket (on line ticket sales end 9/20 at Noon)!  Concessions start at 6:30pm, the movie starts at dusk.  A $5 ticket includes the  movie, popcorn and lemonade.  $2 hot dogs and concession treats are also available for purchase.  See flyer for details.   Bring chairs or a blanket and join us for this favorite “start of the school year” fundraising event!

Sign Up Now!
Can you help us with ticket or concessions sales, or clean-up?  Please sign up for a 1.5 hour time slot on Sign Up Genius.   We really appreciate it!

While you’re buying your movie tickets, add some $1 RAFFLE TICKETS to your shopping cart – on sale online!  Would your child like to lead the Halloween Parade? How about winning front row seats to the Winter Concert? Check out all the fun fundraising prizes available at the PTO Web Store.

SPIRIT WEAR: “We’ve got spirit, yes we do! We’ve got spirit, how about you?
Screen shot 2013-09-05 at 4.24.00 PMPrepare for the weather change with our cozy vintage sweatshirts or toasty winter hats. Want to keep it simple? Check out some of our funster knee socks or colored shoe laces. Join classmates in letting your Lincoln Eagle Flag fly high on Fridays by sporting your school colors!

Please order your back-to-school spirit wear by September 22nd at the PTO Web Store. Purchases will be distributed by early October.

 

FIRST HEARTWORKS MEETING on Monday, Sept 30th during lunch

Attention 4th graders!  Come find out about Heartworks.  It is a service club ONLY for 4th graders!  We will meet on Monday September 30th, during the 1st half of the lunch period in Ms. Bajo’s room:  23E.   Make a difference and be of service to others.  Check it out!

 

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“Look at Your Lunch”  Sept. 24th-26th

In an effort to shed some light on the mystery of how much our kids are and are not eating during lunch, for the next 3 days Lincoln students will bring home all uneaten food, recyclables and trash in their lunch boxes.  Parents will be amazed at how much food gets thrown out each day!

“Look at Your Lunch” will help each family pack a “just-right” size lunch in the future, and hopefully give us all a better appreciation for the amount of trash created in each lunch.

For future lunches, we can all try to:

  • Pack only what our children can eat during their lunch period
  • Buy in bulk and use re-usable containers
  • Cut back on convenience and individual packaging that creates a lot of unnecessary waste

WASTE-FREE WEDNESDAYS LUNCH CHALLENGE – Beginning Wednesday, October 2!!

The Green4Good Committee will begin giving out hand stamps to all kids who bring a waste-free lunch. This will be an on-going event each Wednesday up until our BIG Waste-Free Lunch Challenge during Earth Week. For tips on packing a waste-free lunch go to the District 90 website and click on the “Zero-Waste Lunch Tips” flyer.

CONNECT4KIDS  SECOND ANNUAL FAMILY NIGHT

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Thursday, October 3rd, at  6:00-7:30 PM in the
Lincoln School Gymnasium (Please enter on the Franklin side)

Please join us as we build a community of caring and foster deeper connections with our children, our school and the community. Your whole family is invited to participate in: tempting raffles, art projects, engaging games, invigorating yoga, and more!

PLEASE VOLUNTEER

We need your help with Movie Night, Raffle Ticket Sales and Family Game Night.  Please see event listings for the details on Sign Up Genius.

And don’t forget our PTO Activity Fee, listed under “Donate to the Lincoln PTO”  on the Web Store. Your dues not only go towards funding PTO events and activities, they also contribute to school items such as technology upgrades, new playground equipment, assemblies, teacher wish list items and so much more…Thank you!