10/23 Lincoln Log

Lincoln School Families,

By the time you read this, I am hopeful that the Cubs have clinched their spot in the World Series. Even as a fan of a rival team, it’s hard not be caught up in the energy around town, however there’ll definitely be no conversion on my part. I’m still a Cardinals Fan through and through!  Whether you celebrated the Cubs or enjoyed a Fall family weekend, I am hope you had a great weekend. With 40 days of school officially on the books, the next few weeks promise to be jam packed with Fall celebrations, our Pancake Breakfast and 5K, Parent /Teacher conferences and Veterans Day.

Thank you for acknowledging Principal Appreciation Day last week. I am humbled by the responsibility to lead the learning community at our Fine Fine School. I was moved by the kindness of you and your kids in recognizing this special day. Thank You!

I look forward to seeing many of you on Saturday, October 29th at our annual Pancake Breakfast and 5K. Additionally, our annual Fall celebration and character parade will take place on Monday, October 31. Below is the agenda.

  • 8:15 am:  Student Arrival
  • 8:30 am:  Character Parade on the Franklin Playground (Families line the perimeter)
  • 9:00 am:   K-2 Storyteller Assembly
  • 10:00 am:  3-4  Storyteller Assembly
  • 11:25 am:  Early dismissal

Here is an important note from Nurse Godellas regarding food at classroom parties: D90 Food Safety

Our November 9th  Veterans Day recognition assembly is rapidly approaching. Please be sure to RSVP the name of any veteran whom you think would like to attend to “godfreyc AT district90.org”  Our assembly will be full of patriotism, songs, poems in a way to honor the veterans in our lives.  Additionally, in Friday Folders this past week, students in grades K-3 were given a copy of the attached Veterans Day form to recognize a veteran in their life to be displayed in our  “Hall of Honor.” Should you desire to recognize additional veterans, please feel free to duplicate as many copies of the attached from as necessary. Please be sure to return these to school by Friday, November 4.

Finally, beginning this week, Pokemon cards will no longer be allowed at school. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve noticed an increased presence of these cards at school. As of late they have become an overwhelming distraction to classroom learning, lunch and recess times. Thank you for your support in preventing these distractions from impacting learning at our school.

As always, thanks for your continued support of our school. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is ever anything I can do to support you or your family. Have a great week.


Spirit Winners:

  • K-2:  Ms. Jenkins
  • 3-4:  Mrs. Bajo


Heartworks Fall Food Drive 10/24 – 10/28 !

Monday, 10/24:

  • Coding Club during lunch hour
  • Math Circle during lunch hour
  • NO Yoga today–next class is 11/7

Tuesday, 10/25:

  • Picture Day  (do NOT wear GREEN)
  • Tennis after school – grades 1&2

Wednesday, 10/26:  

  • Pack a Waste Free Lunch!

Thursday, 10/27:

  • Tennis after school – grades 3&4

Friday 10/28:

  • Noon Deadline to Pre-order PanK Race and Breakfast tickets


Saturday 10/29:

  • PanK Race / Walk Registration begins at 7:30
  • Pancake Breakfast 8:00 am to 10:30 am

Sunday 10/30:  

  • 9:00 pm Deadline to Pre-order Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down

Monday 10/31:

  • Halloween Costume Parade at 8:30 am
  • Early Dismissal at 11:25 am

A Note from the Lincoln Library


Please read the attached Note From Ms. Brauweiler  about the new library procedures.   Our Library now has a webpage within our school website.  You can even search for books electronically–just click on the “catalog” tab!

  School Picture Day is Tuesday 10/25

School Picture DayDon’t forget to send in your Picture Day Form by Tuesday or order on line at  http://www.vangoghphoto.com/    Lincoln’s School Code is 20077101

On line orders cannot be placed after Picture Day.  Students without on-line orders or without forms on Tuesday will not receive individual pictures.

Because of the Digital “Green Screen” Background, please do not dress students in Green clothing.

Your orders support our PTO.  Thank you!

Heartworks Annual Fall Food Drive is this week: Oct. 24th through Oct. 28th


Neighbors Helping Neighbors! Please help our Fourth Grade Service Club’s efforts and donate to the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry.  Trader Joe bags were sent home in last week’s Friday Folders.  Please drop off  non-perishable food or personal hygiene supplies in the Park Avenue Lobby.  No time to shop? Monetary donations will gladly be accepted in the school office.   Thank you for your generosity. 

 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.

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.



Calling all volunteers!  The Lincoln Book Fair needs you! 

The book fair is in the Lincoln Library, Tuesday, November 15th through Friday morning, November 18th.

Please consider donating two hours of your time to this important PTO fundraiser.  You can see the full schedule of opportunities on Sign Up Genius.

Do your shopping while volunteering during school hours!

Did you know that volunteers get to shop early?  Lincoln Staff and Book Fair Volunteers get first pick of all the wonderful offerings…Tuesday 11/15, 8:00am to 3:10pm (the Fair official opens at 3:10 that day).

Questions? Contact Theresa Dubois (theresa3dubois  AT  yahoo.com)

Thank You!


It was great to see the long lines at Chipotle last Thursday evening.  We greatly appreciate the time you spent waiting to participate in our PTO Fundraiser!

Custom Holiday Cards & Stationary Fundraiser


Are you thinking about holiday cards already?  Hosting a bash soon and looking for custom invites?  Does Grandma need custom stationary showing her beloved grandkids? We’ve got a deal to get you some original designs and get our PTO some dough!

Smitten Boutique is a small, women (and Lincoln mom) owned and operated shop in Chicago’s West Loop. Smitten is offering a fundraiser from now through December 31st entitling the Lincoln Elementary PTO to 20% of your custom stationary order proceeds. The fundraiser only applies to customized stationary products (cards/invites/stationary).

Two ways to order:

1) Online on https://smittenboutique.printswell.com/

  • Create and order your cards / stationary
  • At checkout, enter the promo code PCDC1013 to take advantage of special savings
  • After you select your payment method, please go to the “Comments / Special Instructions” section, and type in “Lincoln Elementary” before you click on “Place Your Order”

2) In-Store

  • Visit the Smitten Boutique at 1047 W. Madison St., Chicago and mention the Lincoln Elementary fundraiser at checkout.  Remember the fundraiser only applies to custom products.

Please contact Missy Heintz   (missyheintz AT gmail.com) or Kirstin Martin kirstin AT smittenboutique.com) with any questions.  Thanks for your continued PTO support!

Keep Clipping Those Box Tops

box top

Each Box Top is worth $.10 for our school and they can be found on hundreds of products listed here: Box Top Items. Students can bring in clipped Box Tops and drop them in designated collection boxes found in most classrooms or the main office. We love it when parents clip the coupons carefully–that means we don’t have to.  Seriously, all cut outs have to follow the lines before we submit them (!).  Thank you for your support!

D90 Communications Survey

Please take about 5 minutes to complete a communications survey that asks our families, faculty, and staff about their perceptions about our outreach efforts. The insights obtained from this anonymous and confidential online survey will help us improve our communications strategy.

To participate in this brief survey, please click on this link: https://goo.gl/forms/OToAeuCJMfnBfrkx2 . The survey closes on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Want to See Mr. Godfrey Get a Pie in the Face on Monday night?

Then Come to Pack 67’s Cake Bake!

Cub Scouts bake the cakes and YOU bid and win a dessert, and there will also be a Spooky Story Time.

The two Scouts with highest bid amounts get to smash a whipped cream pie in Mr. Godfrey’s face. Come bid and come watch!!!

  • Monday, October 24, 2016
  • 7:00 PM in the Lincoln Gym

All are welcome to come and bid. This event is not just for scouts.