10/25 Lincoln Log

Lincoln School Families,

Despite a tough week for the north side baseball fans, I hope all is well in your world and that you enjoyed the weekend with your kids. Fall is always my favorite time of year. I enjoyed a weekend out of town celebrating our accomplishment of the Chicago Marathon.

Many thanks to everyone who attended and helped plan and execute our amazing Blue Ribbon Pep Rally last week. It was such a great evening and energetic way to celebrate our Fine, Fine School! A huge thank you to all of our PTO volunteers who dedicated countless hours to make this celebration such a success! It was a night our kids will never forget!

I look forward to seeing many of you again this coming week at the annual Fall Character Parade on Friday at 12:40 on the Franklin blacktop. Please be sure to return the Fall celebration acknowledgment form indicating your child’s plans for the day. For safety purposes, it is essential to have those forms returned to school. Should you need another form, here is the link.  Students changing into a costume at school should bring it with them in the morning. They will have time to change after lunch/recess. Please see below for important food/Allergy information from our school nurse.

Finally, I am very excited for my first Lincoln School Pancake Breakfast and 5K Run coming up on Saturday, October 31. Please see more information below about this exciting event.

It promises to be another great week here at Lincoln. I hope to see you at one of this week’s fun activities. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to support you or your kids. Thanks for your continued support of our Fine, Fine School.


Calendar this Week

Tuesday, 10/27:

  • 1 st grade field trip to Morton Arboretum
  • 2nd grade field trip to Ruth Page

Thursday, 10/29:  Pasta Fun Lunch

Friday, 10/30:

  • Storyteller Assembly in the Auditorium (K-2 at 8:50, 3-4 at 9:50)
  • Character Parade: 12:40
  • Fall Class Parties: varying times after the parade

Saturday, 10/31:  Pancake Breakfast and Half K / 5K Run

Future Events

Monday, 11/2: PTO meeting – all are welcome

Friday, 11/6: No school – parent/teacher conferences

Lincoln’s Pan-K 5K & Breakfast Fundraiser Maple Syrup on Pancakes

When:  Saturday,  October 31st

Half K and 5K Check-in:   7:30 a.m.

Run/Walk Begins:   8:00 a.m.  (Half K takes off first)

Breakfast Served:   8:00 – 10:30 a.m. You don’t have to run in order to enjoy a delicious breakfast! Pancake “breakfast-only” tickets are $5 online at the PTO Web Store or at the door. Breakfast is served in the gymnasium and includes pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee. Click here for menu Allergy Information.   Ordering tickets in advance helps us plan our food purchases.

    • Kids Half K /Dash = $15


  • Youth (under 18) 5K Run/Walk = $20


    • Adult 5K Run/Walk = $30
    • Race Registration includes Pancake Breakfast and a tee shirt.

The race starts and finishes at Lincoln. This year, the 5K course will be lined with blue ribbons on every tree!  Buy Tickets Here.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – ESPECIALLY RACE CROSSING GUARDS! Consider acting as a crossing guard before enjoying pancakes – we could really use your help to keep our runners safe.

Sign Up to Volunteer Here.

We need lots of race volunteers–please lend a hand and cheer on our athletes!   Fourth Grade Students (and Middle School students!) can volunteer to manage the games at the breakfast, or to hand out water on the race course. Hope to see you there! For more information, see the attached Pan-K Flyer or contact Steve Lefko “s_lefko AT hotmail.com” (breakfast) or Cal Davis “cdavis1052 AT aol.com” (half K / 5K).

Fall Party info from the School Nurse:

As Halloween parties approach here is a message from your school nurse-
Room parents please remember to check with your class teacher or the school nurse for a list of food allergies unique to your classroom. Please remember that ALL food items must be store bought or made in a licensed commercial kitchen. All items must be nut-free and not manufactured in a nut facility or on equipment that is shared with any type of nut ( regardless of whether the classroom has a nut allergy). In addition, the items must be free of all allergens unique to the classroom and not manufactured on equipment that is shared with that allergen. (example, soy) Also please remember, food cannot be prepared in any way in your homes, i.e.. slicing fruit, assembling themed food items.
Thank you for helping keep all of our students at Lincoln safe.
If you have any questions or concerns or would like to have your items reviewed, please contact Erin Godellas at godellase@district90.org or 708-366-7340.

Blue Ribbon Celebration!

Thanks to everyone for coming to the Blue Ribbon Celebration. We served over 450 cups of hot chocolate and cookies! What a wonderful way to celebrate our school. A special thanks goes out to the volunteers who made the event such a success.

If you were unable to attend the celebration and would like to purchase an additional magnet, please email Amy Dwyer “amyadwyer AT gmail.com”.

Important Fall Party Information

Please click this link Fall Party & Costume Info for Mr. Godfrey’s message about Fall Parties and the Book Character Costume Parade.

Spirit Wear Challenges are Coming–make sure you’re prepared!

IMG_2007 Starting in November, the Lincoln Lunchroom will be hosting a weekly Spirit Wear Challenge on Fridays. Classrooms wearing the most Lincoln Gear will be awarded a small token.   Make sure your Lincoln wardrobe is ready! Spirit Wear Sales at the Pancake Breakfast on 10/31 will feature our winter line, including beanie hats, canvas bags, a new line of girls’ and ladies’ shirts with sparkle logos, sweatshirts, and flannel pants, most with the new Blue Ribbon School seal!  Check it out at the Spirit Wear Table (cash, check and credit cards accepted).   Sales will be limited to our existing inventory.

International Festival


International Fest

On Sunday, February 7, Lincoln School will be hosting our first International Festival where children will interactively learn about the many countries represented in our student body. We’ve only just begun planning the event and are looking for international families to participate. Whether you are from another country, or simply passionate about another country, let us know! Please fill out this form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Fofu7bMD0I2ADcxgeY4AoLrFdBOhsygvpLMkfcPrGvo/viewform?usp=send_form) or email Vanessa Druckman “vanessadruckman AT gmail.com”.

Support our PTO with your pre-order of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School

DiaryofaWimpyKidOldSchool 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 3rd.  Anderson Books will deliver all pre-orders on that date and books can be picked up in the LLC (the Lincoln School Library). All proceeds benefit Lincoln’s PTO and the LLC. Questions? Email Suzanne D’Agostino “suzanne.dagostino AT gmail.com” The deadline for pre-orders is FRIDAY, Oct. 30th at 2pm.


Please Support the “One Community-Hyde Trust”

Former Lincoln Elementary Principal Pam Hyde has tirelessly applied her gift for helping people for over two decades in this community. Thousands of students, hundreds of staff and one grateful community are endeared to this woman. Last school year the very same gift lead Pam to announce her decision to retire earlier than planned so that she can help her own family in their time of great need. Increasing medical and nursing needs, coupled with reduced insurance coverage, create a scenario where ‘Nurse’ Pam is more helpful than Principal Hyde. The mission of the One Community–Hyde Trust is to offset healthcare expenses so that, between care giving, there is time for Pam to be mother and wife. Pam has left Lincoln, but these needs won’t go away for Pam and her family. Join us in this great cause so that a courageous woman has the time and dignity she deserves to wear the wonderful hat of Mother and Wife in her retirement. Your non-deductible contribution to the One Community – Hyde Trust can be made by visiting  https://www.youcaring.com/onecommunityhydetrust, or any branch of Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest. Our thanks to all the River Forest Families who have already contributed to this trust.  We appreciate your generosity, and we know Pam does too.

Young Filmmakers Contest

One Earth Film Contest

The contest is open to Grades 3 through College, with recognition in each category: elementary, middle school, high school and college.

Create a 3-8 minute film or a shorter animation on a specific topic related to climate change or sustainability.  See the attachment One Earth Film Contest  for details or click here for the One Earth Website.