10/16 Lincoln PTO Newsletter

Lincoln Families,

For the first time in months, it was nice to have a weekend free of a marathon training run. I spent my time this weekend helping some friends move and watching playoff baseball. I hope your weekend was enjoyable as well.

Please always be aware of safety when driving in the school zones adjacent to our school. I’ve been in collaboration with the RFPD regarding the traffic flow on Franklin during the AM and PM dropoff/pickup time. We will continue to monitor the congestion of traffic during these times and collaborate on possible solutions. In the meantime, please always remain vigilant, patient, and in compliance with school zone expectations. Additionally, when possible, the Park Avenue dropoff line is also a good option for dropping off/picking up.

Wednesday, October 19, Author Bruce Coville will be visiting with Lincoln’s third and fourth graders. All students have the option to order his newest books (Cursed and Hatched) that can be autographed and personalized. More information below.

On November 9, Lincoln School is excited to celebrate and recognize the U.S. veterans in our lives. Therefore, please RSVP by Friday, November 4, to godfreyc@district90.org the names of any veteran whom you would like to attend our celebration. Due to limited space, we encourage each veteran to only be accompanied by one family member. Look for more Veterans Day information in next week’s Lincoln Log.

Finally, in preparation for our annual fall celebrations and character parade, please make note of the times and details for the events of October 31. When choosing costumes for the character parade, please keep all costumes school appropriate, friendly, and age appropriate. Due to recent events in the media, this year I highly discourage any costumes affiliated with clowns. Thanks for your support in making this a fun and safe day for our kids.

Monday, October 31
8:30- Character Parade
9:00- K-2 Storyteller Assembly
10:00-Gr. 3-4 Storyteller Assembly
11:25-Early Dismissal

As always, thanks for your support of Lincoln School. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to support your family. Go Cubs Go! 🙂


Spirit Winners 10/7

  • K-2:  Mrs. Donnelly
  • 3rd-4th:  Mrs. Baiocchi


It’s “Look at Your Lunch” Week!  See G4G News below.

Monday, 10/17:

  • Deadline to order Bruce Coville autographed books for 3rd and 4th grade author event
  • Coding Club during lunch hour
  • Math Circle during lunch hour
  • Yoga After School

Tuesday, 10/18:

  • Tennis after school – grades 1&2

Wednesday, 10/19:  

  • 3rd and 4th grade author event: Bruce Coville

Thursday, 10/20:

  • Tennis after school – grades 3&4
  • Chipotle Lincoln Fundraiser

Friday 10/21:

cheese pizza

  • FUN LUNCH – Pizza

3rd and 4th Grade Author Event

imagesWednesday, October 19, Author Bruce Coville will be visiting with Lincoln’s third and fourth graders. All students have the option to order his newest books (Cursed and Hatched) that can be autographed and personalized. You are able to order books as gifts as well. Just complete this linked order form with payment (cash or check) and return to school by Monday. (This form went home with all third and fourth graders on Tuesday).

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Brauweiler in the Library.

This Thursday! 10/20 PTO Fundraiser at Chipotle


Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Lincoln PTO.  Come into the Chipotle at 1128 W. Lake in Oak Park on Thursday, October 20 between 5:00 and 9:00pm.  Bring in the attached Chipotle flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Lincoln PTO.

Lincoln Elementary Pan-K Run/Walk and Breakfast

Maple Syrup on Pancakes

Join in the 3rd 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 ‘Lincoln Rocks’ water bottle, 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, sausage, fruit and juice or coffee.

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

When: Saturday 10/29

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

Where: Run/Walkers report to Franklin side of Lincoln Elementary.  Pancake eaters report to the Lincoln gymnasium.

Why: Why not?


  • Kids Half K: $12
  • Youth 5K: $15
  • Adult 5K: $20
  • Breakfast-Only: $5

Please register and buy tickets in advance at Lincoln Web Store before it closes Friday 10/28 at noon.  Same-day race registration will increase $5.  Breakfast tickets can be purchased the morning of the event for $5.

Volunteers: We need volunteers!!! Join kitchen staff for a shift or help keep runners safe, on course, hydrated and energized.  Click here to sign up to volunteer.

Food Allergen Information: *This is a nut-free menu.  Menu items and ingredients have been made with equipment used to prepare food containing milk, eggs and tree nuts.  Ingredient lists and labels will be provided.*

Course information: The 5K course starts at the Franklin playground, runs south along Franklin to Vine, then west to Park and back north to the RR tracks (Mile 1).  Then the course turns west on Hawthorne, cuts under the tracks at Thatcher and takes an immediate left onto Central.  At Edgewood, the course then turns north, crossing Lake Street and following the curve to Oak Street.  Runners cross Thatcher eastbound on Oak, past Park (Mile 2) following Oak past Roosevelt Middle School to Monroe.  The course then heads south to Quick, and then west back to Jackson.  At Jackson runners turn north to Oak, then head west past Roosevelt to Franklin (Mile 3).  The Blue Ribbon finish line is at Lincoln school.  The Half K: this fun-filled short kids’ race will take place on the blocks immediately surrounding Lincoln Elementary.

Questions: contact Steve Lefko (s_lefko AT hotmail.com) or Cal Davis (cdavis1052 AT aol.com) for more information.

Green4Good News


“Waste Free Wednesdays” have begun!

Each Wednesday volunteers will give out hand stamps to kids who bring a Waste-Free Lunch.  This is a lunch that does not produce any landfill-bound waste.

Throughout District 90, 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.  See tips below!

“Look At Your Lunch” week will be October 17th-20th

In an effort to shed some light on the mystery of how much our kids are and are not eating during lunch, Lincoln students will bring home all uneaten food, recyclables and trash in their lunch boxes.  Parents would 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.

Waste-Free Lunch Tips:


  • Reusable containers, 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

Support our PTO with your Pre-Order of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down


It’s the book that so many kids have been waiting for!  We are accepting orders for the latest book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Just $13.95 for a hardcover copy, no tax!  Order on the Web Store now. The book release date is Tuesday, November 1st.  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 AT 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 Sunday October 30th at 9pm.

D200 Referendum Informational Meeting

Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 pm. Informational meeting on the D200 Facilities Referendum presented by District Representatives, sponsored by the Village of River Forest. Here is the link to the event and information pertaining to the referendum. http://www.oprfhs.org/facilities/Events.cfm