10/14 Lincoln PTO Newsletter

Lincoln Families,
How is it already mid-October? I hope you enjoyed this Fall weekend. Hopefully, you were able to take in some seasonal activities and family time!

Thanks to everyone who attended our annual Family Math Night this past Thursday. Special thanks to Katie Iammartino, Alexis Murphy, Karen Stierwalt and everyone else for their efforts and dedication in planning such an engaging evening for our kids and families.

On October 31, Lincoln will celebrate our annual Fall parties and Character Parade. The schedule of events will be as follows:
8:30 AM Kindergarten Character Parade
8:45 K-2 Storyteller Assembly in Auditorium
9:30 3-4 Storyteller Assembly in Auditorium
12:40 PM K and 1st -4th Character Parade
Afternoon- Parties

Additionally, please don’t forget to respond the Google Form which was sent home last week by to acknowledge whether your child will be changing into their costumes at home or at school. Here again is the link to the form.


Please remember there should be no outside food or candy brought to school for our Fall festivities. The PTO will be providing snacks for all of our classrooms.

If you haven’t already done so please be sure to schedule your time for our Fall Conferences coming up in a few weeks.To register, you may click the following link: http://www.virtualparagon.com/d90k4/conference/

Finally Lincoln will celebrate our annual Veterans Day celebration on Monday, November 12 at 9:00. On Friday, your child was sent home with a “Veteran Hero,” form. Please feel free to fill this out, attach a picture and return to school to be displayed in our Hall of Honor! Additionally, please spread the word about our Veterans Day assembly and invite any family/friend Veterans to attend.

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

Quote of the week:

“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much if you don’t do what’s right.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt


Monday, October 15:

  • 7PM – D90 School Board Meeting
  • yoga: 3:15 – 4:15, room 22D
  • hero boys: 3:15 – 4:15, gym

Tuesday, October 16:

  • 3:10-4:00pm – Tennis (grades 3/4), gym
  • 3:10-4:15pm – Theater Club, auditorium

Wednesday, October 17:

  • 8am – Lincoln Walking Club

Thursday, October 18:

  • 7:30am – Wonder Readers, Mrs. Mares’ classroom
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Naper Settlement
  • 3:10 – 4:00 – Tennis (grades 1/2)

Friday, October 19:

  • 7:30am – Wonder Writers, Multi-purpose room
  • Fun Lunch – Sliders/Toasted Cheese Fun Lunch


Lincoln Elementary Pan-K Run/Walk and Breakfast –  Saturday, 10/27!

A7d46629-0bed-44b4-a741-c00fc94c64baJoin in the 5th Annual running of the Lincoln Pan-K 5K Run/Walk. This fun-filled family event will take place throughout the beautiful streets of River Forest.  Your race registration includes a water bottle (for youth runners), a medal for finishers, refreshments along the course, and of course, a pancake breakfast at the finish line.  Everyone is invited to the pancake breakfast where you’ll see familiar faces, make new friends and enjoy a great breakfast of pancakes and sausage.

Run, walk or just eat, it’s a super community event sponsored by the Lincoln Elementary PTO.

When: Saturday, October 27th

    • Run/Walk report to registration desk at 7:30am
    • Breakfast served 8:00-10:30am

Where: Runners/walkers report to Franklin side of Lincoln Elementary. Pancake eaters report to the Lincoln gymnasium.

Why:  Because pancakes are good of course.

Kids Half K: $12
Youth 5K: $15
Adults 5K: $20

Breakfast-Only: $5, can be purchased the morning of the event.  This is a nut-free menu. Menu items and ingredients have been made with equipment used to prepared food containing milk, eggs and tree nuts. Ingredient lists and labels will be provided.

Please register and buy tickets in advance on the WebStore before it closes, Friday,  October 26th at noon.  Same-day race registration will increase $5.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!!! Join kitchen staff for a shift or help keep runners safe, on course, hydrated and energized. Just go to Signup Genius.

NEW COURSE THIS YEAR:  We will no longer be crossing over Lake Street.  The start and finish line is on Franklin at the playground as usual.  The runners will START North on Franklin and then turn East on Oak. They will head to Jackson and then turn South for 1 block until they reach Quick turning East.  They will run East on Quick until they reach Bonnie Brae and turn North. They will run 1 block and return back to Oak turning West. They will then turn North on Monroe until they reach Thomas and turn West.  The runners will continue on Thomas until turning South on Keystone. The course continues back to Oak where they will turn East. They will meet the home stretch when then reach Franklin and turn South to the FINISH LINE.

Questions? Contact Anthony Kramer or Cal Davis for more information.

Lincoln Wednesday Walking Club

Calling all Lincoln Eagles (and their families) to join the Connect4kids Wednesday Walking club!
Beginning on Weds. Oct 17, on the Franklin side from 8 am until the first bell, walk laps before school, see a few friends and make new friends! It’s a terrific way to start the day!
All Lincoln Eagles are invited to walk!

Movement affects everything, from circulation to digestion to mood to immunity. With movement, our bodies regulate hormone activity, increase focus and detoxify. Group movement outside helps us connect with the outdoors, be playful and foster relationships with others.

We will move by ourselves
We will move with our friends
We will move with the environment
We will move with the seasons
We will be moved by friendships
We will be moved by a sense of community

Let’s get moving!

But before we do that, we need a few volunteers. This is a super easy way to contribute with the commitment being just 25 minutes. If interested, please sign up via sign up genius (Link here) or contact Laura Haussmann laura.haussmann@gmail.com or Sangeetha Madhavan sangs50@gmail.com

 Support our PTO with your Pre-Order of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown!

It’s the 13th book in the beloved Diary of a Wimpy Kid series!  We are accepting orders for this latest book by Jeff Kinney. Just $13.95 for a hardcover copy, no tax!  Order on the Web Store now. The book release date is Tuesday, October 30th.  Anderson Books will deliver all pre-orders on that date and books will be distributed to your child’s classroom. If the book is a surprise, email Anne Powers akpowers5@gmail.com and it can be picked up in the school office. All proceeds benefit Lincoln’s PTO and the LLC.

The deadline for pre-orders is Wednesday, October 24th at 7pm.

Thank You to our Math Night Organizers!

Huge thank you to Katie Iammartino, Karen Stierwalt, and all the volunteers whose hard work + dedication = a math night packed with infinity levels of fun and growth.

Principal Appreciation Day is Friday October 26th!

To show our appreciation for Mr. Godfrey and Mr. Davis the students will have the opportunity to write thank you notes that will be hung up in the hallway outside of the office. The notes will be in the shape of leaves and the PTO will place them on a tree that says “Thank you for helping us grow”. Please look for the leaves in your student’s folder this week. Please return to the bin in the office by Thursday October 25th.

Purchase with purpose ~ you shop, Amazon donates.

Simply visit http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4043619 to shop and Amazon will donate a % of eligible purchases back to Lincoln PTO of River Forest District 90. Every item available for purchase on Amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. Thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO!  The name to search is “Lincoln Parent-Teacher Organization of River Forest”


One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest – submissions accepted now through 1/31/2019!

Image result for movie imagesEncourage your child (and friends!) to make a 3 to 8 minute film about one of 6 sustainability topics: energy, food, transportation, waste, water, or open space/ecosystems. They should show a problem with their topic and then a solution.

Prizes are $100 for grades 3 to 5, $200 for grades 6 to 8, $350 for grades 9 to 11, and up. In addition, the winners will receive a matching grant to donate to a non-profit that supports the theme of their film. All winning films will premiere at the Gene Siskel Center as part of the One Earth Film Festival in March 2019.

For more information and to watch a 1.5 minute video explaining the contest, go here: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-details/

Calling all volunteers! The Lincoln Book Fair needs you!

The book fair is in the Lincoln Library, Friday 11/2 to Wednesday 11/7 .

Please consider donating a few hours of your time to this important PTO fundraiser. All of the money raised at the Book Fair goes back to the library to expand the book collection and to bring authors and illustrators to the school to talk to our students. We need help with set up, sales, Family Night, and take down. You can see the full schedule of opportunities on Sign Up Genius.
Do your shopping while volunteering during school hours!

Questions? Contact Anne Powers akpowers5@gmail.com

Art Appreciation Help Needed!  We would love any and all help for this years program! This is not a huge commitment and you do not need to be artistic at all! Everything is set up and your pick the artist and project- very easy and a great way to be in your child’s class 3 to 4 times a year!  Please sign up on signup genius for your child’s class or email Elizabeth Roginski at elizabethaugust@atproperties.com.

Lincoln Yearbook Needs Your Help!

Yearbook seeking additional team members for this year! If you need a creative outlet and like to work from home, this is the perfect job for you. It takes a team of 4-6 volunteers to publish a 64-page hardcover book. If you can put together a digital photo book or holiday card, then you have the skills to learn the publishing tool we use for the yearbook. Please consider helping us put the book together. The book must be completed before Spring Break. Working on this project gives you great exposure to the Lincoln faculty and all school events–it’s a great way to learn all about Lincoln!

Check out our One Time – Sign Up Genius opportunities (taking pictures at events) and Ongoing – Sign Up Genius opportunities (making collages, teacher trivia…) posted on these sites.

If interested, please contact Becky Williams (beckarific@gmail.com) and/or Monika Block (monikatsblock@gmail.com).

More volunteer opportunities: There are many different ways to volunteer at Lincoln! You can sign up for one time volunteer slots at events like the pancake breakfast or for recurring volunteer slots like fun lunch. Some volunteer opportunities can be done at home while others take place at school or in the classroom.

The sign up genius page for 2018-2019 Volunteer registration is open and can be accessed from the PTO website or the Webstore. Even if you can only commit to an hour a month, your help will be very appreciated. We thank you in advance!