10/1 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Welcome to another year of October Baseball in Chicago. I hope you had an enjoyable weekend and were able to take in the perfect weather and some quality family time. My weekend was spent relaxing and recovering from my 20 mile marathon training run. It looks to be yet another busy week here at Lincoln School, so here is a glance at next week and beyond.

 School Picture day is always one of my favorite days of the year. It’s always great to see the kids all dressed up and looking dapper for their annual photo shoot. Don’t forget School Picture day is Tuesday, October 3.

Wednesday, October 4 is National Walk to School Day. Our Green 4 Good Committee along with several teachers will be greeting several of our “Walking School Buses,” at one of the four main intersections adjacent to Lincoln. The long rage forecast looks perfect for a nice walk to school.

It is hard to believe that Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences are quickly approaching. The sign-up window will open for conferences on Tuesday, October 4 @ 7:00AM. Tomorrow, D90 will be e-mailing the sign-up link and instructions.

Don’t forget on October 4 and 5, the Village will be doing some pavement work on Franklin Ave. This work will occur during the school day between 8:30am and 2:30pm. Please see the attached notice and map from the village regarding this project.

Construction Notice

2017 Pavement Rejuvenation Map

Finally, the next time you are at Lincoln, be sure to check out the new “Lincoln Lounge” in the Park Avenue foyer! This cozy new area will serve as a reading nook for our kids and an inviting area for students to congregate after school.

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As always, thanks for your continued support of Lincoln. Please reach out if there is ever anything Mr. Davis or I can do to better support your child or your family. Enjoy the first week of October. As much as it hurts to say: Go Cubs Go!!! 🙂  CG


**Look at Your Lunch Week**

Monday 10/2:

  • Coding Club (2nd grade) – 11:55-12:25 in the LLC
  • Yoga – 3:15-4:15 in the gym

Tuesday, 10/3:

  • School Picture Day (retakes 11/15)
  • Theater club – 3:15-4:15 in the auditorium
  • HEROBoys – 3:15-4:15 in the gym

Wednesday, 10/4:

  • Walk to School Day

Friday, 10/6:

  • 1st Grade Field Trip – Morton Arboretum
  • Fun Lunch – Pasta

Tuesday, 10/10:

  • PTO Meeting – 7pm in LLC

Next PTO Meeting – Tuesday, 10/10 at 7pm

The PTO Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 10/10 is the only evening meeting of the year.  The meeting will be at 7pm in the LLC.

2nd Grade Coding Club – Starts 10/2!

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Please note there was an error in last week’s Lincoln Log – 2nd grade coding club begins Monday, 10/2.

Wonder Writers

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The leaves are changing colors. The calendar says it is fall. That can only mean one thing…it is time for Wonder Writers to begin. Children in Grades 1-4 are invited to come to the Multi-Purpose Room on Friday mornings beginning on Friday, October 13, from 7:30-8:15. We will experience many different ways authors find their voices and explore their craft. Children are welcome to attend as many sessions as they can. Parents will be invited to meet the authors in December and May.

A note from our School Social Worker,

Mrs. Payton

Mrs. Payton invites students in grades 1-4 to participate in Rainbows.  Rainbows consists of peer-support groups for children who have experienced a significant loss.  This loss may involve a separation, divorce, death, deployment, incarceration, illness, or other difficult transition.  The group is open to all Lincoln students, and it gives the children an opportunity to work through their feelings and come to an increased acceptance of the life-changes they are experiencing.

Rainbows Permission Slip

Library News

​Thank you, thank you, thank you to the Lincoln PTO for sponsoring author and musician, Justin Roberts, on Thursday. He and his partner Liam Davis met with all students throughout the day, even eating lunch with a lucky few. Students and staff all really enjoyed their visit and had a great time.  Thank you for supporting your children by sponsoring programs such as these.

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Calling all Yogis!

Adrienne Smith and Laurie Solberg of Family Flow Yoga will teach a yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students on Mondays in the 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.

When: Mondays 3:15 to 4:15 pm in the gym, dates are as follows: 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13
Space is limited to 22 students. $80 for 6 classes.
Registration is NOW OPEN on the PTO Web Store.

Questions? Contact Annie Bergin Dwyer at “loolatopiafairy AT gmail.com”.

Picture Day Reminder – 10/3

Be sure to mark your calendar for Lincoln Picture Day – Tuesday, October 3. Order forms went home with your children last week.

Art Appreciation Volunteers Needed!

Calling all Lincoln parents!  We still need Art Appreciation volunteers!!  Great opportunity to get into your child’s classroom.  Not a huge commitment but a really fun way to help the kids learn about art!

Please go to Sign Up Genius today.

Any questions?  Please contact Elizabeth Roginski (Elizabethroginski AT gmail.com).

Books​ ​and​ ​Building​ ​Club –

Registration opens 10/8!

Mrs. Brauweiler has new lunchtime clubs for first and second graders!  The club meets during lunch/recess on Tuesdays for 1st graders and Thursdays for 2nd graders.

See the below flyers for more details – sign up through the WebStore opens Sunday, 10/8 at 5pm!  Limited to 15 students per grade.

1st grade flyer

2nd grade flyer

Upcoming Green For Good Initiatives

Look@Your Lunch Week—October 2nd-5th

Have you ever been curious how much your child does (or does not) eat at lunch? Monday Oct. 2nd-Thursday, Oct. 5th, Lincoln students will bring home all uneaten food, recyclables and trash in their lunch boxes. Kids love to talk with their friends and can often be distracted from focused eating. So, a large amount of healthy food is thrown out each day! Parents are encouraged to “Look at Your (kids’) Lunch” and make any adjustments to pack a “just-right” size lunch in the future.

International Walk & Bike to School Day—October 4th

Lincoln students and families are encouraged to participate in this international event!

Walkers and riders will be able to collect a t-shirt string to tie to their backpacks. Volunteers will be passing out the strings at both entrances of school,  Teachers will be counting how many students participated so we can see how we compare internationally with other schools!

Waste-Free Wednesdays start October 11th

On all school days, students are encouraged to bring lunches that include as many items as possible that can be eaten, reused, recycled, or composted and as few items as possible that must be thrown away.  You can help your child pack his or her waste-free lunch by including only what your student can eat, using reusable containers or bags, or buying non-perishable foods in bulk. Each Wednesday, kids who bring a Waste-Free Lunch earn a hand stamp for their environmental stewardship. A waste-free lunch does not produce any landfill-bound waste. (Hint: wrappers, baggies, and packaging are the biggest culprits.)

Additional Waste-Free Lunch Tips:


  • Reusable containers, forks, or spoons, foil or wax paper
  • Whole fruits without packaging.
  • Drinks in containers that can be reused, such as a thermos, or recycled such as a can.
  • Snacks purchased in bulk & brought in reusable containers.
  • Reusable ice packs.

Don’t Include:

  • Individually wrapped snacks
  • Plastic baggies that are not reusable
  • Disposable forks and spoons
  • Straws

One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest

Creative students who love planet earth will want to participate in the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest to win prizes, a matching gift, and a film premiere at Chicago’s One Earth Film Festival in March 2018.

Link to high resolution video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/nsYJE4PjNe4

Link to our contest details page which hosts the YouTube video: http://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-details/

Sign Up to Volunteer in Your Child’s Classroom!

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This year, the Room Parent Coordinators and teachers have decided to have parents sign up for any volunteer opportunities in your child’s classroom with Sign Up Genius instead of at Open House. This should provide all parents a more efficient way to volunteer for parties and activities in your child’s classroom such as holiday parties, field trip chaperones, classroom photographers and more…. please click here to sign up!

If you have any questions, please contact the Room Parent Coordinators,  Debbie Exner, “dkexner07 AT gmail.com”, or Nicole Lennie, “nicolelennie AT yahoo.com”.

Box Tops – Make a difference for our school!

Don’t forget to clip your Box Tops! Take a look at how much we can earn if everyone saved box top coupons each month.

Need a place to help keep track of your coupons? Print out a collection sheet here.

Please submit all Box Tops to your child’s classroom or feed our new Lincoln Box Top Monster in the office. Thank you for your continued PTO support!

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Click here to learn more about AmazonSmile. Click here for instructions on how to sign upAny questions, please contact Missy Heintz (missyheintz AT gmail.com). Thank you for supporting your Lincoln PTO!

New Girl Scout Daisy Troop – Calling all Kindergarten Girls!

A new Girl Scouts Daisies group is forming for Kindergarten girls. We will be doing various activities and crafts, earn badges, and most importantly, make new friends, create memories and have fun. Our first troop meeting will be during the first week of October. Contact Anna Cook to sign up or for more details/questions you may have about the Daisies at “cook.anna AT ymail.com”. We hope you can join us.