10/21 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you enjoyed this fall weekend. The next few weeks look to be extremely busy at Lincoln, so please be sure to read closely so you don’t miss out on any of the excitement.

Many thanks to our Connect 4 Kids Committee for sponsoring our first Wednesday Walking Club this past week. We had over 100 walkers and collectively walked a total of 31 miles! Please be sure to join us on the Franklin field each Wednesday morning through November 14 to move, exercise and start your day off right!

I look forward to seeing everyone at the annual Lincoln School Pancake Breakfast and 5K this coming Saturday. It is always one of my favorite events of the year and such an incredible opportunity to gather as a school community. Please find more information below about signing up.

As part of our ongoing focus on student safety, this Wednesday our students will participate in a bus safety program with First Student Transportation. Although buses are not a part of the daily routine for many of our kids, we do utilize them for field trips, and therefore the importance of practicing these safety procedures is relevant to our kids.

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.

As you are aware, fall conferences are quickly approaching. If you haven’t yet signed up, please use this link to sign up by October 30 at 10:00PM.

Finally, over the past three years, Veterans Day has become a Lincoln School tradition. We’ve received several of the attached Veterans Day Hero Forms  back at school. However, we forgot to add the instruction that it would be ideal to attach a photo of the Veteran being honored to the form. Many of these have been returned without photos, so please feel free to fill out a new form or just send in a photo to be attached.

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

Quote of the Week:  “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” ~Winston Churchill


***All week: Heartworks Fall Food Drive***

Monday, October 22:

  • Yoga: 3:15 – 4:15, room 22D
  • Hero Boys: 3:15 – 4:15, gym
  • Yearbook kickoff meeting: 7-8pm, multipurpose room

Tuesday, October 23:

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

Wednesday, October 24:

  • Lincoln Walking Club: 8am, Franklin playground
  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • Bus Safety

Thursday, October 25:

  • Wonder Readers: 7:30am, Mrs. Mares’ classroom
  • Tennis (grades 1/2): 3:10-4pm, gym

Friday, October 26:

  • Wonder Writers: 7:30am, Multi-purpose room
  • Fun Lunch – Pizza
  • Principal Appreciation Day

Saturday, October 27: Pancake Breakfast and 5-K

Friday, November 2: Book Fair opens

Lincoln Pan-K Run/Walk and Breakfast – this 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: this Saturday, October 27th

    • Run/Walk report to registration desk at 7:30am
      • 8am – 1/2k start (meet on Park side)
      • 8:15 HEROBoys start (Franklin side)
      • 8:20 5k start (Franklin side)
    • 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 THIS 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.

Heartworks Fall Food Drive – this week!

Heartworks is having its annual food drive this week. All items will be donated to the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. We are providing bags to each Lincoln family (they were sent home with your youngest Lincoln student) and are asking for non-perishable, unopened and un-expired food donations.  Thank you!


Lincoln Yearbook kickoff meeting TOMORROW

Lincoln Yearbook Staff will be hosting a 1 hour session to review the following topics:

  • Photography expectations and samples
  • Collage expectations and samples
  • Demo of StudioWorks application for collage volunteers
  • Q & A

Please join us to talk through these topics and share your tips and tricks from past experiences!

Questions?  Contact Monika Block (monikatsblock@gmail.com) or Becky Williams (beckarific@gmail.com).

Lincoln Wednesday Walking Club

Calling all Lincoln Eagles (and their families) to join the Connect4kids Wednesday Walking club!

Each Wednesday until 11/14, 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 this Wednesday, October 24th at 7pm.

Principal Appreciation Day is this Friday, 10/26!

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”. The leaves were in your student’s folder last week.  Please return to the bin in the office by Thursday, October 25th.

The BOOK FAIR is coming!

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at tax-free prices and support our school library by shopping for quality books, calendars and other fun gifts at the Lincoln PTO Book Fair. All profits go directly to the Lincoln Library. Past profits have been used to bring in authors and illustrators for student assemblies.



  • Friday, 11/2:  3-5pm
  • Monday, 11/5: 8-9am, 11am-1pm, 3-5pm
  • Tuesday, 11/6: 8-9am, 11am-1pm, 3-8:00pm (FAMILY STORY HOUR is 6:00-7:00pm)
  • Wednesday, 11/7:  8-9am, 11am-1pm, 3-7pm


Your child will visit the book fair on Monday, November 5th to make a personal wish list to help you learn what they might like for their own bookshelves. There will also be staff wish lists for those who may be looking for the perfect gift to show your appreciation. Teachers will fill out apples containing book titles they would like for their classroom or personal use. Look for the “Apples” on the bulletin board outside the Library.


FAMILY NIGHT will be on Tuesday, November 6th. Kids of all ages can come in their pajamas, bring their favorite stuffed animal, listen to teachers read some great books, and participate in crafts and activities. Story and craft times will be at 6pm and at 6:30pm. There will be age-appropriate books and activities selected for both younger and older children and they will be divided into different classrooms. Bring your children and enjoy some quiet shopping time while they are entertained!


Favorite Book Character Contest! This week during library time, students will be read some books from the Book Fair. They will also receive a pumpkin template to decorate as their favorite book character. The pumpkins will be judged by an outside party and the winner from each classroom will receive a $5 off coupon to use at the Book Fair!


Clean out your book shelves and make room for new books by donating gently used books to Andrea’s Angels, a book drive named in memory of a local student who volunteered for children’s literacy programs. Donated books are then given to elementary and middle school classrooms. Bins will be available at the Fair if you would like to participate.


Volunteers are needed to help staff the Book Fair. Please see Sign Up Genius for available time slots.

If you can’t make it to the Fair this year, you may order online at abcfairs.com. Purchases will still benefit the Lincoln Library. 

Fall Sports Camp – register next Sunday

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.

$80 for 6 sessions. Spaces limited.

Grades 1&2: Mondays after school beginning 11/5
Grades 3&4: Wednesdays after school beginning 11/7

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 Webstore at 5pm next Sunday, 10/28.

From Green 4 Good: Pumpkin Smash 2018!

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/


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”