10/22 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Thanks so much for all the nice notes, gifts and messages in honor of Principal Appreciation Day last Friday. I especially loved reading all the notes from your kids. I feel extremely fortunate to work with your kids each day. I hope that I impact their lives as much as they impact and inspire mine!

I hope you had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. This weekend the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. marked my fourteenth 26.2 mile journey! I really appreciate those of you who  sent inspiring text messages and emails and even signed up to track me. I’ll be out of school tomorrow but will return on Tuesday to share my experience with your kids!  Here is a photo from the race to share with your kids:

Our annual Fall Parties are less than two weeks away. Don’t forget to return the attached form indicating your preference for where your child will change into their costume for our Fall Parties on Tuesday, October 31. Feel free to either return this as an e-mail attachment to me or print it off and return.

If you’ve not yet signed up for a Parent Teacher Conference time, you may use this link to do so.

Finally, mark your calendar for Friday, November 10 @ 9:00 and our 2017 Veterans Day Assembly. Please encourage any family/friends who are veterans to attend. More information about Veterans Day will be sent home this Friday.

As always thanks for your continued support of Lincoln. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for your kids/family. Have a great week. CG


All Week:  Fall Food Drive

Monday, 10/23:

  • Yoga – 3:15-4:15 in the gym

Tuesday, 10/24:

  • 1st grade Books and Builders Club at lunch/recess
  • HEROBoys – 3:15-4:15 in the gym

Wednesday, 10/25:

  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • Dine & Share at Lou Malnati’s – 11am – 11pm

Thursday, 10/26:

  • 2nd grade field trip to Naper Settlement

Friday, 10/27:

  • Wonder Writers – 7:30-8:15am in the multi-purpose room
  • Fun Lunch – Pizza

Saturday, 10/28:

  • Lincoln Pan-K 5K Run/Walk and Pancake Breakfast

Pan-K Run/Walk and Breakfast Is This Saturday!

Join in the 4th Annual running of the Lincoln Pan-K 5K Run/Walk. 2017 Pan-K Flyer  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 October 28th

  • 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
  • Adults 5K: $20
  • Breakfast-Only: $5

Please register and buy tickets in advance at Lincoln Webstore before it closes Friday Oct 27th at noon.  Same-day race registration will increase $5.  Breakfast tickets can be purchased the morning of the event for $5.

We need volunteers on the race route!!!  Help keep runners safe, on course, hydrated and energized. Just go to Signup Genius to sign up.

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.

Course information:

  • The 5K course starts at the Franklin playground, runs north on Franklin to east on Oak, then north on Monroe, to west on Thomas, to south on Keystone, to east on Oak to south on Park.  The finish line is at Park and Lake.
  • The Half K is a fun-filled short kids race that will take place on the block immediately surrounding Lincoln, prior to the start of the 5K.

Questions? Contact Steve Lefko or Cal Davis for more information.

Heartworks Annual Food Drive – This Week!

Heartworks is having their 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 and are asking for non-perishable, unopened and un-expired food donations.  Bags will go home with your child tomorrow, 10/23.

Cub Scout Cake Bake

Monday October 30, 7:00 PM, Lincoln School Gym

Please join us as Pack 67 Scouts show off their cake decorating skills in our annual fundraising event.  Scouts, bake a cake and compete to win prizes! Friends and family members, support Pack 67 and take home a delightful homemade cake! Prizes will be awarded in several categories, including: Best Scouting, Best Sports, Best Camping, Best Halloween, and Funniest. All cakes will be available for sale in a silent auction during the event.

Stick around to watch the scout whose cake earns the highest bid smash a pie in Mr. Godfrey’s face!​

Dine and Share – Lou Malnati’s this Wednesday, 10/25!

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Check off lunch or dinner plans this Wednesday, October 25 and help raise money for the Lincoln PTO at the same time! Lou Malnati’s in Oak Park will give 20% of all pre-tax sales on dine-in, carry out and delivery orders (online orders are excluded) from 11a – 11p on the 25th! See attached flyer for more details. Simply print and bring in the flyer or mention the Lincoln Elementary fundraiser at the time of order! Thank you again for your continued PTO support!

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SAVE THE DATE!!!! Tuesday, November 14th at 8:00pm is Lincoln School’s first bingo night at Hamburger Mary’s…and it’s bingo like you have never played before!!! ALL of the bingo proceeds benefit the Lincoln PTO, so mark you calendars and come out for a fun night. Please see attached flyer for more details.

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

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It’s the 12th 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, November 7th.  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 Monday, October 30th at 7pm.

Coming Soon: Play for Lot Tennis by Connect4Kids

Tennis will be taught by Mirka and Luka Bagos, professional coaches of Play For Lot, outside on the Franklin-side playground (weather permitting).  If it’s raining, tennis will meet in the gym.

The program welcomes children of all skill levels. Children need to wear gym shoes and comfortable clothes.  No racket needed.

Who & When:  

  • Grades 1&2 meet on THURSDAYS 3:15 to 4:00 pm on the following dates:  11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14
  • Grades 3&4 meet on TUESDAYS 3:15 to 4:00 pm on the following dates:  11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12

Registration will open next Sunday, 10/29. Each group is limited to 20 students. The cost is $80 for 5 lessons.

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

Country Representatives Needed for Lincoln International Festival

Lincoln’s Third Annual International Festival will take place on Sunday, February 25 from 1-4 pm. Are you from another country or do you have a special connection to another country? We would love to have you share this country with the students of Lincoln School! Students will travel through Lincoln on 2/25 and experience the wider world through crafts, dance, and other hands on activities. Help us make this day a success by sharing your passion for another country.

If interested, please fill out this Google form.

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/