10/27 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! How is it possible that by week’s end it will be November!
It was so great to see so many of you on Saturday at our annual Pancake Breakfast and 5K. Many thanks to Anthony Kramer and his army of volunteers for executing yet another Fine, Fine Pancake Breakfast and 5K. Also, many thanks to Ann Gall, Melinda Peterson and Pam Wynne  for their leadership with Hero Boys. It was great to see the Willard and Lincoln School Hero Boys unite to run in the 5K on Saturday.
Over the past several weeks, there has been an increase of students arriving to school before 8:05 and unsupervised on both the Park and Franklin areas of the school. Please remember staff supervision is between 8:05-8:20 in the morning and 3:10-3:25 in the afternoon. For student safety purposes, please be sure your child arrives to school 8:05am or later each morning and is picked up by 3:25pm in the afternoon.
The next few weeks are busy ones around our Fine Fine School.

Don’t forget that Fall Parties are this Thursday. If you haven’t yet done so, please be sure to fill out the attached Google Form indicating your child’s plans for Oct. 31.  Below is the schedule for the last day of October.

  • 8:30  – AM kindergarten Character Parade (Park Ave. Playground)
  • 8:45  – K-2nd grade Storyteller Assembly in the auditorium
  • 9:30 – 3rd-4th grade Storyteller Assembly in the auditorium
  • Lunch – families opt to change into costume at school or home
  • 12:40 – PM kindergarten/1st-4th grade Character Parade (Franklin Playground)
  • Afternoon – classroom parties

Veterans Day is always one of my favorite days at Lincoln. Coming together as a school community to honor our veterans is always such a moving and inspirational day. This year, our assembly will be at 9:00am on Monday, November 11. Please be sure to take the time to see the attached Veterans Day Hero form to honor a veteran in our Hall of Honor and to also let us know if you will be inviting a veteran guest to join us.

As always, thanks for your continued support of Lincoln. Please never hesitate to let Mrs. Gerges or I know if there is anything more we can do to support your family.
Have a great week. CG


Monday, October 28:

  • Lincoln News Broadcast – during lunch, Mr. Cheney’s Room
  • Chef Du Jour – during lunch, library
  • Lincoln Newspaper Crew – 3:15 – 4:15pm, STEM lab
  • Fall Yoga – 3:15 – 4:15pm, multi-purpose room
  • Fall Sports (grades 1/2) – 3:15 – 4:15pm, gym

Tuesday, October 29:

  • Books and Building Club (1st grade) – during lunch, library
  • Fall Tennis (grades 1/2) – 3:15 – 4:15pm, playground

Wednesday, October 30:

  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • Walking Club Wednesday
  • Game On Club – during lunch, STEM lab
  • Fall Sports (grades 3/4) – 3:15 – 4:15pm, gym

Thursday, October 31: HALLOWEEN – character parade and classroom parties!

  • Wonder Readers – 7:30am, Mrs. Mares’ classroom
  • Coding Club – during lunch, Mrs. Mares’s classroom
  • Books and Building Club (2nd grade) – during lunch, library
  • Fall Tennis (Grades 3/4) – 3:15 – 4:15pm, playground
  • Recorder Club – 3:15-4:15pm, auditorium

Friday, November 1:

  • Lincoln Spirit Day – wear red!
  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Heartworks – during lunch, STEM lab
  • FUN LUNCH – pizza
  • Volleyball Club – 3:15 – 4:15pm, gym

Pan-K Run/Walk and Breakfast – thanks so much to all the volunteers, participants and supporters!

HUGE thank you to Anthony Kramer, Michael Campbell, Anne Gall, Cal Davis, and all the volunteers and participants for another super fun and successful event!

Heartworks Fall Food Drive – big thanks to all who donated!

Thanks to all who donated – Lincoln School provided 1,314 lbs of food to the Beyond Hunger/OPRF food pantry!

Ricardo Garcia, Volunteer and Pantry Manager, was all smiles!

Books and Building Club – register now, starts this week!

Engage and listen to fun picture books read aloud, engineer structures with blocks, Legos, Knex, magnets, and more (over 10 types of toys), build listening and reading skills, and create, imagine and have fun!

  • First Graders – Tuesdays at lunch/recess, October 22 – December 17: spots still available!

Club size is limited to 10 students per grade. Permission slip will be handed out upon enrollment.  Register through the webstore!

 Wednesday Walking Club – new goal!

Wednesday Walkers are off to a great start! Despite the rain-outs, we have collectively walked 55 miles since the start of the school year.

This year we are hoping to collectively walk Florida by Spring Break! That’s 900 miles! We know this is an ambitious goal but with everyone walking, we know we can do it and there are so many great stops on our way there! First up is Indianapolis at the 200 mile mark.

Bring your siblings, kids, parents, grandparents, teachers, neighbors… ALL ARE WELCOME to start their Wednesday by walking the perimeter of the Franklin ball field. Each lap is 1/10th of a mile and the laps do add up quickly! But we need your help getting to our goal.  Join us each Wednesday on the Franklin side playground 8 – 8:15am!

Fall Sports Camp – registration now open!

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. 3:15 – 4:15pm, spaces limited.

Grades 1&2: Mondays after school beginning 10/28
Grades 3&4: Wednesdays after school beginning 10/30

The program is run by Legacy Sports and will take place in the gym or on the Franklin playground, weather permitting. Registration is open now on the Webstore!

Pumpkin Smash 2019 – 11/2 from 9-noon at Roosevelt!

The BOOK FAIR is coming – 11/4-11/7!

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 proceeds are used to benefit the library and students at Lincoln. Book fair proceeds have been used to bring in authors and illustrators for student assemblies. (e.g., Aaron Reynolds last month). Additionally, funds are used for our One School One Book program.


Monday, 11/4: 3:10-4pm
Tuesday, 11/5: 8-8:30am, 11am-1pm, 3-4pm, 6-8pm (FAMILY STORY HOUR is 6:30-7:30pm)
Wednesday, 11/6: 8-8:30am, 11am-1pm, 3-7pm
Thursday, 11/7: 4:30-7pm (during conferences)

WISHLISTS: Your child will visit the book fair on Monday, November 4th 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: FAMILY NIGHT will be on Tuesday, November 5th. Kids of all ages can come in their pajamas, bring their favorite stuffed animal, listen to some great books, and participate in crafts and activities. Story and craft times will be at 6:30pm and 7pm. 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! Every $5 spent earns a raffle ticket into a drawing. One lucky reader will win a storytime in your home from Mr. Godfrey!

NEW CONTEST: “If I Built a School” design contest! This week during library time, Mrs. Brauweiler will read new release “If I Built a School” by well-loved author Chris Van Dusen. Students will receive a template to design their own dream school. The designs will be judged by Mr. Godfrey and the winner from each classroom will receive a $5 off coupon to use at the Book Fair!

BOOK DRIVE: 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: 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.

Discount Cards available now!

Geppetto’s Discount Cards are now available through Nov. 18th on the Lincoln webstore! These cards pay for themselves and encourage “shopping local” during the busy holiday season. Your $10 card purchase goes directly to the Lincoln PTO and you get 20% off at Geppetto’s Toy Box between November 26 and December 3rd (the card can be used multiple times within that week). Cards can be purchased online in the Lincoln webstore and will be mailed to you via USPS.

Hambingo coming soon – 11/12!

A night out in Oak Park FUNdraiser!!  Grab your partner or round up your friends & join us on Tuesday, November 12th at 8pm (to approx 10pm) for a fun filled evening of bingo at Hamburger Mary’s with ALL game proceeds benefiting the Lincoln Elementary PTO.

This is a really fun night out if you’ve never done it and a great fundraiser for the school!  Fabulous prizes, full menu, open (cash) bar and lots of Bingo!!  See the attached flyer for more information.

NEW THIS YEAR!!  A chance to win these exclusive “experiences” for your favorite kid(s):

  • Free Recess with Mr. Godfrey and GaGa Ball for the entire class
  • Morning Announcements with the student and a friend
  • Lunch with three friends and Mr. Godfrey
  • Lunch with three friends and Ms. Gerges

Lincoln Auction: seeking volunteers and auction items!

The annual Lincoln Auction is Friday, March 13, and it’s never too early to start planning for our school’s flagship event. This year’s event will be bigger than ever and we need your help.

Want to join the planning committee? Have an auction item to donate through your company? Have creative ideas for the event itself? If so, sign up to volunteer on Sign Up Genius or contact Stephanie Kang (stephanie.kendall@gmail.com) and Lauren Perlstein (lauren_perlstein@hcsc.net). We appreciate all your help and ideas!