Lincoln Log 10/11

Lincoln Families,

I hope you enjoyed the extra day with your kids this weekend. Congratulations to all the members of the Lincoln School community who participated in the Chicago Marathon over the weekend. 

Many thanks to the Lincoln School Green 4 Good Committee and Green 4 Good Kids Club for an incredible Walk to School Week! Over 82% of Lincoln School kids participated last week. Despite a few rainy days, Walk to School Week 2021 was our most engaging ever thanks to such incredible leadership!

As a reminder, due to D90’s current Covid-19 mitigations, unfortunately there will be no costumes, fall parties or costume parade at Lincoln on Friday, October 29. However, kids are welcome to send me photos of themselves in their costumes no later than October 27 and I will compile all the photos into a video to share with all Lincoln families. Teachers will incorporate many fun activities into the day and make it a fun time for our kids.

With Fall Conferences approaching in less than a month, please be sure to see the information below regarding how to secure your time slot. As referenced last week, to align with D90’s current safety mitigations, all conferences will be held virtually. 

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

Have a great week. Go SOX!  CG


Calendar

Tuesday, October 12:

  • Boys on the Run – 3:15 – 4:15pm, Franklin playground

Wednesday, October 13:

  • Waste Free Wednesday

Thursday, October 14:

  • October Birthdays – Gaga with Godfrey! (rescheduled)

Friday, October 15:

  • FUN LUNCH
  • Lincoln Spirit Day

Fall Sports Camp – registration opens Sunday, 10/17 at 5pm!

Looking for a way for the kids to run off some energy as the weather gets colder? Back by popular demand: Fall Sports Camp by Legacy Sports. Kids will play games like Battleship, Dodge Ball, and Keep Up the Yard, while learning sportsmanship, respect, and teamwork.

Fall Sports Camp is for Grades 1 – 4, space will be limited, more details available on Sunday, 10/17 at 5pm!

The program is run by Legacy Sports and will take place in the gym or on the Franklin playground, weather permitting. Registration opens on the PTO Webstore at 5pm on Sunday, 10/17.


Jimmy’s Place Dine and Share Fundraiser – Wednesday, 10/20!

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Please join us on Wednesday, October 20th from 4 – 8pm for a Dine and Share Fundraiser with Jimmy’s Place in Forest Park! Take care of dinner with their famous cavatelli with vodka sauce, delicious pizza, or any of their many other menu options and a portion of all sales will go back to our Lincoln PTO. 

There are two ways to participate! Simply mention the Lincoln PTO fundraiser when you order: 1) Call (708) 771-7476 and pick up your order, or;  2) dine-in at Jimmy’s Place – 7411 W. Madison in Forest Park.   Please note – food delivery services (i.e. Uber Eats, Door Dash, etc.) are not included in the fundraiser. Thank you for your continued Lincoln PTO support!


Picture Day – thank you!

Thank you to our PTO volunteers for a successful Picture Day!

Many thanks to Kelly Abood, Megan Keskitalo, and Elli Cosky for volunteering their time to organize and run Picture Day. We’d also like to thank Mr. Godfrey, Mrs. Dubois, and all the faculty and staff for their logistical help throughout the morning. We couldn’t have done it without them.

For anyone who was not in attendance picture retake day will be on 11/17!


Walk and Bike to School Week was a smashing success! 

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We had record numbers of students walking or biking to school each day last week with up to 82% walking or biking! Connect4Kids and Green4Good want to thank all of the parents, teachers, and students who volunteered to pass out backpack ribbons. We love to see the rainbow of ribbons on so many of our Eagles’ backpacks!


Great Apple Crunch Thursday, 10/14!

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This Thursday, pack an apple in your snack or lunch! October is National Farm to School Month and students from across the Midwest celebrate by crunching into locally grown apples. For more information, visit here.


Library Lowdown

Creating lifelong readers is one of the greatest gifts you can give your children.  The importance of getting kids hooked on books early and keeping them hooked cannot be overstated.  There are innumerable benefits to reading:

  • makes you more empathetic (helps you understand others’ perspectives)
  • builds social-emotional skills
  • strengthens their imagination
  • assists with learning new concepts
  • increases brain power while preparing kids for academic tasks (e.g., improves vocabulary)

Because reading is so critical, I’d like to introduce something new that will show up periodically in the Lincoln Log and it’s called: “Rev Up Your Reading”.  I will be sharing suggestions you can use to help “Rev up your Reading” in your own home.

Rev Tip #1: Don’t leave home without it (a book that is). Keep books handy.  Going to a restaurant?  Bring a book to read while you’re waiting for your food.  Doctor’s appointment?  Read in the waiting room. Trip to Grandma’s?  Throw a bag of books in the car.  Little one has to go to big sister’s soccer game?  Pack some books. Accessibility is key and it’s an easy way to get reading in even on those really busy days.  Ms. Brauweiler fun fact:  I brought books to the ER when my 5 year old needed stitches (it was mainly to distract him as they sewed him up but we also got some reading time in 🙂


SEL – Can Meditation Reduce Bias?

A multitude of studies have suggested that meditation can reduce psychological bias.

For example, one study found that a brief loving-kindness (Open Heart) meditation decreased feelings of prejudice toward homeless people, while another found that a short mindfulness meditation could reduce unconscious bias against African American and elderly people. In a study by Adam Lueke and colleagues, white participants who received a brief mindfulness training demonstrated less biased behavior (not just attitudes) toward black participants in a trust game.

Open Heart Meditations can be one way to increase our empathy, which will ultimately help us work toward solutions that address systemic unrest.

In addition to a formal daily meditation practice, of which the Open Heart Style can be a part, there are exercises we can do to actively engage the feeling states of compassion and lovingkindness throughout the day.

Try one of the following:

Peace be with you and with me. Today, as you pass by people in your daily routines, think to yourself, “Peace be with you and with me.” Or “May you be blessed.” If these phrases don’t sound authentic to you, you may try others. Attempt to send feelings of peace and acceptance. Opportunities to practice this are everywhere: watching a political debate, waiting in line at the grocery store, or walking to get the mail.

Witnessing the heart of others. Today, when you encounter someone, visualize a strong purple flame in their heart, burning bright. This practice is similar to greeting people with the Sanskrit phrase “namaste,” which roughly translates to “the divine in me recognizes the divine in you.” This is also a great practice to use when watching a video on the local news, meeting someone for the first time, or just before addressing a group of people.

Remembering the Child. Today, as you pass by people in your daily routines, notice any judgments you may have about them. What judgment comes to mind when you see a homeless person on a street corner? Someone talking loudly on the phone on the sidewalk or on the bus? A political candidate giving a speech? Then, try to “see” them as a parent might see a child. Can you recognize their sweet quality? Can you recognize that this is still part of who they are now?


Parent/Teacher Conferences

With the arrival of fall comes the time to sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences! Registration for Parent/Teacher Conferences opens on Thursday, October 21 at 7 a.m. and closes on Friday, November 5 at 10:00 p.m. Families can sign up online for a conference time with teachers by visiting the District’s website.

Conferences will be held via the Zoom conference platform. You will receive the Zoom login information before your scheduled conference time.

Conference DatesConference Times by Grade Level
Wednesday, November 10, 2021PreK and Kindergarten: 8: 40 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.Grades 1 – 4: 3:40 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Grades 5-8: 3:40 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 11, 2021PreK and Kindergarten: 12:40 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Grades 1-4: 12:40 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.Grades 5-8: 10 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

To register, please click on the appropriate link below starting on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00 a.m. until Friday, November 5 at 10:00 p.m.:

For grades PreK-4, click this link: https://www.virtualparagon.com/d90k4/conference/

For grades 5-8, click this link: https://www.virtualparagon.com/d90roos/conference/

Or

  • Go to the District 90 webpage at www.district90.org
  • Click on Grades Pre-K-4 Conference Sign-up or Grades 5-8 Conference Sign-up (Look on the lower middle column under Quick Links)
  • Type School’s Master PASSWORD: d90schools (it is case sensitive)
  • Create a NEW User Name
  • Answer all contact information and all account information
  • Click– Create my account
  • WAIT – This may take a few minutes
  • Make reservations
  • Select all of the teachers you wish to see
  • Select your desired time slots
  • Click DONE
  • You will be given a chance to edit your reservations

Please remember to print a copy of your reservations (the system will not allow access to printing after 10:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5). Please recall that there are computers at the River Forest Public Library that can be used to register for Parent/Teacher Conferences, if desired.

District 90 teachers will be looking forward to meeting with our families during conferences and continuing to work together in support of our students!


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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. 


10/3 Lincoln Log


Lincoln Families,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Fortunately, it wasn’t the washout that many meteorologists predicted, so I’m hopeful you were able to take advantage of the seasonal climate change and spend some time outdoors with family and friends. Look for me in my St. Louis Cardinals attire on Wednesday for the baseball playoffs! 🙂 

it will be a busy week around the Fine Fine School. Picture Day is my favorite days of the school year – don’t forget it’s this Tuesday, October 5! Students will briefly remove their mask during individual pictures. Due to spacing, masks will be worn for the class photo. In the event your child is unable to be at Lincoln on Tuesday, no worries. Our make-up day will be Wednesday, November 17.

This week also marks Green 4 Good and Connect 4 Kids annual recognition of Walk/Bike to School Week. We encourage as many kids as possible to walk or bike to school. Green 4 Good Kids Club members, staff, and volunteers will be stationed at the various entry points to Lincoln distributing Walk to School backpack ties! 

As you are aware, the parkways and sidewalks adjacent to Lincoln become very crowded with kids and adults during the morning drop off and afternoon pick up times. Therefore, please consider not entering the perimeter of Lincoln with pets during this time. As of late, we’ve encountered a few instances of dogs startling kids and other passersby. Therefore, to the extent possible, please take this into consideration when walking your child to school with pets.

Due to D90’s current Covid-19 mitigations, unfortunately there will be no costumes, fall parties or costume parade at Lincoln on Friday, October 29. However, kids are welcome to send me photos of themselves in their costumes no later than October 27 and I will compile all the photos into a video to share with all Lincoln families. Teachers will incorporate many fun activities into the day and make it a fun time for our kids.

Additionally, the PTO has generously worked to coordinate the “virtual” return of the annual Lincoln School Storyteller. 

I’m excited to celebrate all the October birthdays on Thursday, October 7 at “Gaga with Godfrey.” All October birthdays will be permitted to leave class at 2:30pm and convene at the Gaga Pit for a fun birthday celebration.

It’s hard to believe that in a little over a month it will be time for our Fall Parent/Teacher conferences – November 10 and 11. Based on many factors, including safety mitigations and our current protocol of limiting visitors to schools, D90 will host the November Parent Teacher Conferences virtually over Zoom. Please be on the lookout for communication from the district regarding sign-up.

Finally, as always, please know that my door is always open for any concerns you may have. I strongly encourage you to reach out directly to myself, Ms. Gerges, or any Lincoln staff member if you ever have questions, concerns or simply need clarity regarding anything related to Lincoln We strive to make consistent communication a top priority. The education and wellbeing of your kids at Lincoln is a partnership and we are always ready and willing to invest whatever time and resources are necessary to support our kids and families.

Thanks for your continued support of Lincoln. Enjoy this first week of October and best of luck to all the members of our community lacing up to run the Chicago Marathon next Sunday.

Have a wonderful week. ~ Go Cardinals!~ CG

***** Don’t forget there will be no school on Monday, October 11. The next Lincoln Log will be distributed on Monday, October 11 @ 5:00PM*****


Calendar

*International Walk/Bike to School Week!*

Monday, October 4:

  • Yoga – 3:15 – 4:15pm, Gym

Tuesday, October 5:

  • Picture Day
  • Boys on the Run – 3:15 – 4:15pm, Franklin playground

Wednesday, October 6:

  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • PTO Meeting (via Zoom) – 7pm

Thursday, October 7:

  • October Birthdays – Gaga with Godfrey!

Friday, October 8:

  • FUN LUNCH – Hamburger/Cheeseburger/Grilled Cheese
  • Lincoln Spirit Day

Monday, October 11:

  • No School!

Picture Day – Tuesday, 10/5!

Picture day is almost here – Tuesday, October 5th, 2021!

Make sure to place your orders online either BEFORE or the DAY OF picture day so that you receive your picture package. 

Remember, don’t wear green!


October PTO Meeting – Wednesday, 10/6 at 7pm!

Our meeting this month will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, October 6th via zoom. We look forward to seeing you there!

Lincoln Elementary School PTO is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Lincoln PTO October Meeting
Time: Oct 6, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 845 2434 6538
Passcode: 116148
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Meeting ID: 845 2434 6538
Passcode: 116148
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kj1ITAY3w


International Walk and Bike to School Week Starts Tomorrow!

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The forecast looks fantastic! Join kids from around the globe by walking or biking to school each day this week. Green4Good Kids Club members, teachers, and parent volunteers will be on the corners passing out special backpack ribbons each morning.

Every student who walks or bikes to school will receive a special “ribbon” to tie to his or her backpack.


Volunteer with the Lincoln PTO Belongingness and Inclusion Committee!

Belongingness and Inclusion: An inclusive community is fostered when each of us feels both the sense of belongingness and of uniqueness. In other words, when we feel seen, respected, welcomed and valued for our authentic selves. 

In conjunction with the Willard PTO and D90, this committee focus’ on providing resources to Lincoln families and supporting the staff to foster belongingness and inclusion in our Lincoln School community.  We are currently working on providing materials to the teachers and staff at Lincoln School in preparation for our different heritage and awareness months. Please click the sign-up genius link for more information and to sign-up. We look forward to working with you! 


Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. We are looking for help sharing book ideas, fun facts, and specific Hispanic traditions to help celebrate with our fine fine school. Please reach out Candy Singh (candysingh58@yahoo.com) or Megan Keskitalo (megankeskitalo@gmail.com) with ideas and suggestions. Thank you! 

For more information on this month can be found at https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/ 


A to Z Directory Update

During the summer registration process, families were asked if they wanted family directory information to be included in the AtoZ Directory, which is an online directory app supported by the District on behalf of our PTOs. Families that chose to be included in the directory recently received a message that generated some confusion. The message informed parents/guardians about the directory’s new software infrastructure, Membership Toolkit, and offered additional modules, such as PTA memberships, directories, volunteer sign-ups, and more.

While these additional modules have always been available to the District, they have never been activated. Only the AtoZ Directory and associated “list” modules have been activated and are available for use by D90 families. That situation continues to be the case.

However, families who wish to participate will need to sign up for a new account with the AtoZ Membership Toolkit under the new software infrastructure. Linked here is the AtoZ memo with step-by-step directions for signing up for the directory. Even families who already have an AtoZ Directory account will need to re-register in order to continue using the directory. For questions and assistance, please click this link: support@d90.zendesk.com


The Fall Strengthening Families Program is HERE!!

The Strengthening Families program is a FREE program offered by the Oak Park Township’s Positive Youth Development (PYD) committee and helps families work on the skills needed to effectively communicate with each other and to improve family relationships. They even provide you with dinner so it’s one night you don’t have to cook! The fall session begins on October 5th, so reserve your spot now!

For more information about the program or other programs supported by the Oak Park Township’s Positive Youth Development Committee, click on the link below.
https://oakparktownship.org/prevention-services/


Follow the PTO on Instagram!

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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. 


9/26 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you enjoyed this beautiful first weekend of Fall. I spent the weekend cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals here in Chicago as my favorite team fights for a spot in the baseball playoffs! However you spent your weekend, I hope it was full of time spent with family, friends or just simply enjoying this beautiful weather. It’s hard to believe that, by the week’s end, we will be into the month of October. Thank you for your ongoing support of Lincoln that has helped us kick off this unusual school year relatively seamlessly!

Please remember that D90 continues to follow the travel guidance set for by the Cook County Department of Public Health. Therefore, if your family travels to one of the 48 states currently indicated “orange” on the Cook County Travel Advisory list, it is required that your unvaccinated Lincoln Eagle be administered a PCR Covid-19 test at a testing center or medical facility within 72 hours of return  too or upon return to Cook County. For any situation where this scenario is applicable, the student will remain out of school until Ms. Godellas has received confirmation of the negative PCR Covid-19 test. This guidance is updated regularly, so please be sure to always view the Cook County Travel Advisory website for the most up to date information. 

We are excited to welcome Ms. Megan Jackson to Lincoln School as our new English Language (EL) teacher. As a River Forest native and D90 graduate,  Megan comes to Lincoln most recently from Chicago Public Schools. Her previous experiences include work in San Jose, California and time with the Columbia Teachers College in New York. This, accompanied by her multiple educational endorsements, will make her an incredible asset to the Lincoln School faculty. 

Modeling kindness, acceptance and gratitude is at the core of our work at Lincoln School. Therefore, take some time to spread some Lincoln Love to a staff, student or Lincoln community member: Lincoln Love

Finally, as you are aware, the parkways and sidewalks adjacent to Lincoln become very crowded with kids and adults during the morning drop off and afternoon pick up times. Therefore, please consider not entering the perimeter of Lincoln with pets during this time. As of late, we’ve encountered a few instances of dogs startling kids and other passersby. Therefore, to the extent possible, please take this into consideration when walking your child to school with pets.

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

CG


Calendar

Monday, September 27:

  • Yoga – 3:15-4:15 – Gym

Tuesday, September 28:

  • Boys on the Run – 3:15-4:15 – Franklin playground

Wednesday, September 29:

  • Waste Free Wednesday

Friday, October 1:

  • FUN LUNCH – Pizza
  • Lincoln Spirit Day

Picture Day

Picture Day is Coming! Tuesday, October 5th, 2021
Look out for Picture Day order forms in Friday Folders and sent home by classroom teachers.  Orders must be placed online this year, no orders will be taken in person.

Remember – Don’t wear green!


SAVE THE DATE – International Walk and Bike to School Week – OCTOBER 4-8

SAVE THE DATE for International Walk and Bike to School Week – OCTOBER 4-8

Sponsored by the PTO’s Connect4Kids and Green4Good Committees, Lincoln will join kids from around the globe in celebrating International Walk & Bike to School week. 

Every student who walks or bikes to school will receive a special “ribbon” to tie to his or her backpack. This year students are encouraged to walk together with friends and neighbors in informal “Walking School Buses”. 


A to Z Directory Update

During the summer registration process, families were asked if they wanted family directory information to be included in the AtoZ Directory, which is an online directory app supported by the District on behalf of our PTOs. Families that chose to be included in the directory recently received a message that generated some confusion. The message informed parents/guardians about the directory’s new software infrastructure, Membership Toolkit, and offered additional modules, such as PTA memberships, directories, volunteer sign-ups, and more. 

While these additional modules have always been available to the District, they have never been activated. Only the AtoZ Directory and associated “list” modules have been activated and are available for use by D90 families. That situation continues to be the case. 

However, families who wish to participate will need to sign up for a new account with the AtoZ Membership Toolkit under the new software infrastructure. Attached below is the AtoZ memo with step-by-step directions for signing up for the directory. Even families who already have an AtoZ Directory account will need to re-register in order to continue using the directory. For questions and assistance, please click this link: support@d90.zendesk.com


SEL Resource of the Week!

Here is an example of a simple SEL tool that might be useful for families.  See the attached article for details about how this may benefit your child!
https://confidentparentsconfidentkids.org/2020/09/22/daily-feelings-temperature-checks/


Updating Your Child’s iPad

Parents, here is a quick video for students to watch if they have questions about how to keep their iPad up to date with the most recent iOS operating system.  Any questions, please email Annmarie Clasky, Instructional Technology Specialist, claskya@district90.org. Thank you!

How to Keep Your iPad Updated

If you need link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HHPLQfkP1muJC33Fn-vE5nhuDUenufpe/view?usp=sharing


Follow the PTO on Instagram!

Follow the Lincoln PTO on Instagram – @Lincoln_Eagles_PTO


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. 


9/19 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you enjoyed the “official” last weekend of summer! It sure was a beautiful one. 

Don’t forget this Friday, September 24 will be an 11:30 dismissal for all students. The afternoon is dedicated as a Teacher Institute Day. Please also note that there will be NO PM KINDERGARTEN. AM Kindergarten only will attend on Friday.  Please also note there will be no lunch at school on Friday. 

I’m super excited to share that you can now follow Lincoln on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To follow us and always be “in the know,” see the links below:

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

Finally, this week, District 90 will begin administering the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment to elementary school students in Grades 3 and 4.  The MAP assessment is a reading and mathematics multiple-choice, adaptive assessment that is taken online.  Adaptive assessments adjust the test questions relative to how individual students respond.  For each correct answer given, the next question will increase in difficulty.  For each incorrect answer given, the following question will decrease in difficulty. For this reason, the MAP questions will not look the same for all students.  This assessment takes approximately 50 minutes for each of the two content areas that will be administered.

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


Calendar

Monday, September 20:

  • G4G Kids Club – 3:15-4:15
  • Yoga – 3:15-4:15 – Gym

Tuesday, September 21:

  • News Broadcasting Club – during recess – Mr. Cheney’s classroom
  • Boys on the Run – 3:15-4:15 – Franklin playground

Thursday, September 23:

  • FUN LUNCH – hot dog/Bouna beef/grilled cheese

Friday, September 24:

  • 11:30 Dismissal (NO PM Kindergarten)
  • No Lunch at School

Reminder: Fun Lunch on Thursday – this week only

Fun Lunch this week is on Thursday due to the early dismissal Friday.


SAVE THE DATE – International Walk and Bike to School Week – OCTOBER 4-8

Sponsored by the PTO’s Connect4Kids and Green4Good Committees, Lincoln will join kids from around the globe in celebrating International Walk & Bike to School week. 

Every student who walks or bikes to school will receive a special “ribbon” to tie to his or her backpack. Children can meet and walk together with friends and neighbors in “Walking School Buses” led by PTO volunteers from various locations and routes in our community.  

To allow as many students as possible to participate in this long-standing Lincoln tradition, we need volunteers who are willing to lead Walking School Buses from 7:45 – 8:15 AM each morning of October 4-8.  Volunteers and students will need to wear masks when participating.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Connect4Kids’ Sangeetha Madhavan (‎sangs50@gmail.com) or Green4Good’s Alexis Murphy (alexis_murphy@hotmail.com). Thank you!


Green4Good – Zero Waste Lunches

ZERO WASTE LUNCHES: Did you know that D90 is a Zero Waste School District? Consider helping your child pack a ZERO WASTE LUNCH.  

WASTE SORTING: Most waste generated at lunch is headed back home in the lunch box.  You can help your child divert waste from landfills by waste sorting at home.  Every home in River Forest can RECYCLE, making sure that all recycled containers are CLEAN and DRY.  River Forest families can also COMPOST – contact the Village of River Forest to sign up.


Vaccine Cards for Volunteers 

Please be aware that District 90 will soon be requiring all Parent Volunteers (people in the school for longer than 15 min) to provide proof of vaccination status in order to volunteer in the school. This safety protocol aligns with Governor Pritzker’s recent announcement requiring all public school employees to have proof of vaccination or be tested weekly for COVID-19. More details forthcoming. All volunteers signed-up to work Fun Lunch, HERO Boys, Principal Birthday Celebration, G4G and Yoga will soon be receiving communications from Mr. Godfrey with instructions on how to register.  


SEL Resource of the Week!

In honor of International Dot Day on Wednesday, we wanted to share some background and talking points about the book  that families can use with their children.  One of the great themes of the book is one of the great themes of elementary school: developing a growth mindset.  In addition to the article linked above, please enjoy this graphic with phrases adults can use to help their children develop a growth mindset.


Library Lowdown

During library this week, your students learned about two reading programs:

  • The Monarch Award: Illinois’ K-3 Reader’s Choice Award
  • The Bluestem Award : Illinois’ 3-5 Reader’s Choice Award

These are two voluntary programs which encourage students to read a specially curated list of books (of all types and genres).  This program tends to be popular so checking out books from the public library will be advantageous for your child.  A reading log went home this week where they can keep track of the books they have read (be sure to keep in a safe spot).  All grades will listen to some of the books during library time as well. They have until March 1st to read 15 of the 20 books listed (their choice) and turn in their reading log.  While it may take some effort on your part to help them participate (assistance with getting the books, keeping track, reading the books), it’s a great opportunity to expand their reading circle with a wide variety of great literature. Also please note that this year they only need to read 15 to meet the challenge.

In addition, third and fourth graders got an opportunity to check out Playaways.  Playaways are recorded books and are checked out with the matching book to help increase comprehension.  Playaways are used with headphones that insert into the device (not Bluetooth headphones).  Please be extra cautious with Playaways as they are costly to replace.  We hope your child enjoys reading with the Playaway. 


Updating Your Child’s iPad

Parents, here is a quick video for students to watch if they have questions about how to keep their iPad up to date with the most recent iOS operating system.  Any questions, please email Annmarie Clasky, Instructional Technology Specialist, claskya@district90.org. Thank you!

How to Keep Your iPad Updated

If you need link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HHPLQfkP1muJC33Fn-vE5nhuDUenufpe/view?usp=sharing


Follow the PTO on Instagram!

Follow the Lincoln PTO on Instagram – @Lincoln_Eagles_PTO


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. 


9/12 Lincoln LOG

Lincoln Families,

I hope you and your family enjoyed this gorgeous late Summer weekend. 
Due to D90’s current Covid-19 mitigations, we were unable to welcome you as we normally would to our Open House event. However, I hope you found the creative presentations shared by our teachers and staff to be informative in understanding the journey that lies ahead this school year. Please never hesitate to reach out to myself or your child’s teacher with any questions we might assist with. 
Within the next few weeks we will begin our Fall benchmark assessments. Students at Lincoln are administered various assessments for Math and Reading. The data from these assessments allows teachers to individualize and align instruction to meet students at their instructional levels. Below is a link to the D90 Assessment Plan for 2021-2022. District 90 Assessment Plan 2021-2022 
Don’t forget in observance of Yom Kippur, there will be no student or staff attendance on Thursday, September 16. 
As always, thanks for your continued support of Lincoln School. Please never hesitate to reach out. 

CG


Calendar

Wednesday, September 15:

  • International DOT day (Wear your dots)

Thursday, September 16:

  • YOM KIPPUR – No School

Friday, September 17:

  • Lincoln Spirit Day
  • Fun lunch!

Lincoln Boys on the Run – Volunteers Needed!

Lincoln Boys on the Run needs you! 

Lincoln Boys on the Run is looking for Parent volunteers to run with the 3rd/4th grade boys on Tuesdays from 315-415pm starting this Tuesday 9/14. Please contact Corby Marx at corby.marx@colliers.com with questions and to sign-up.


Connect4Kids Fall Yoga Registration – now open on the PTO Webstore!

Local Yoga instructor Marissa Jayne will be teaching children’s yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students in the Lincoln School gym! The program will provide children with an opportunity to foster greater self-awareness and improve their concentration and self-confidence. The team will introduce the children to the fundamentals of yoga and incorporate social-emotional themes. Yoga will be starting Monday 9/20, running from 3:15 – 4:15pm. The cost is $80 for a 6 week session. Sign up today on the PTO webstore!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ginger Timchak.


Lincoln News Broadcasting Club

Broadcasting Club - George Davison School

Lincoln News Broadcasting Club covers school news and produces a monthly video that is shared with the Lincoln community. If you are a 4th grader interested in journalism and working with video, this may be a good club for you! Lincoln News Broadcasting club will meet in Mr. Cheney’s room during recess on Tuesdays starting on 9/21. Please sign-up for this in the PTO Webstore. Registration will close Sunday, 9/19 with a 20 student max.


Green4Good – registration now open!

Green4Good Kids is a club open to 3rd graders interested in learning more about sustainability and environmental stewardship in our community and school. Students will participate in a variety of hands-on activities to learn about and promote environmental sustainability within Lincoln school, D90, and the River Forest community, as well as foster a lifelong connection to the natural world. We hope to spend much of our time outside in the Lincoln gardens this year

If your 3rd grader would like to be a Green4Good Kid, registration is now open on the PTO Webstore! Starting 9/20 meetings are at school from 3:15-4:15pm. We will meet one Monday a month – dates are listed in the PTO Webstore. Max of 20 students. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Kara Orlando.


Lincoln Spirit Wear – Closes TONIGHT 9/12!

Don’t forget to show your Lincoln School spirit with t-shirts, car magnets, 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. 

REMINDER: The store will close tonight, 9/12, at Midnight with items purchased to be delivered the first week in October. 

Click here to access the Lincoln PTO Spirit Wear Store

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


Lincoln Native Gardens

Did you know that there are over 40 species of native plants right here at Lincoln? Are you interested in sustainability, gardening, biodiversity, pollinators, and wildlife? If yes, please join our Native Garden Volunteers Friday, 9/17 at 3:30pm on the Park Side of Lincoln School.  Our goal is to increase the value of our thriving native gardens as an asset to the Lincoln school community – any and all ideas welcome!  


SEL Resource of the Week!

As we solemnly mark the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001. Here is the link to a great resource fordiscussing this tragedy with a new generation of kids. A New Generation of Kid


Cub Scout Pack information

Cub Scout Pack 67 continues to meet in person and outdoors.  All families with boys and girls K – 5 are welcome to join us for another year of camping, hiking, outdoor cooking, building, service, Pinewood Derby, and more!  Kickoff night 9/13, 6pm, at Keystone Park East.  Questions? Contact rfpack67@gmail.com.


Vaccine Cards for Volunteers 

Please be aware that District 90 will soon be requiring all Parent Volunteers (people in the school for longer than 15 min) to provide proof of vaccination status in order to volunteer in the school. This safety protocol aligns with Governor Pritzker’s recent announcement requiring all public school employees to have proof of vaccination or be tested weekly for COVID-19. More details forthcoming. All volunteers signed-up to work Fun Lunch, HERO Boys, Principal Birthday Celebration, G4G and Yoga will soon be receiving communications from Mr. Godfrey with instructions on how to register.  


Celebrate DOT Day!

This Wednesday 9/15 is International Dot Day.  Dot Day is based on the book The Dot by Peter Reynolds.  It is a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration.

All students will hear the story during Art class next week in addition to other dot projects.

We encourage everyone to wear dots on Wednesday in honor of Dot Day.  If you don’t have dot clothing, one idea is to take an old t-shirt and decorate it with dots.

Students have been doing a great job checking out and returning books. Please note that books can be returned any day, they do not have to wait until their library day.  Additionally, today will start weekly emails that are system-generated if there are any overdue books. If your child is not ready to return a book, just have them let us know and we’ll renew it for them.


Updating Your Child’s iPad

Parents, here is a quick video for students to watch if they have questions about how to keep their iPad up to date with the most recent iOS operating system.  Any questions, please email Annmarie Clasky, Instructional Technology Specialist, claskya@district90.org. Thank you!

How to Keep Your iPad Updated

If you need link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HHPLQfkP1muJC33Fn-vE5nhuDUenufpe/view?usp=sharing


Follow the PTO on Instagram!

Follow the Lincoln PTO on Instagram – @Lincoln_Eagles_PTO


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.