10/28 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
I hope you had a great weekend. It is hard to believe that it will be November by week’s end.

Thank you so much for the special notes and recognition of Principal Appreciation Day last week. The kind notes on the leaves were very humbling and made for a beautiful tree on full display in the lobby of the school. I loved reading all the nice funny notes.

It was so great to see so many of you the annual Lincoln School Pancake Breakfast /5K this weekend. Many thanks to Anthony Kramer, Mike Campbell, Steve Lefko, Cal Davis and everyone else who assisted in making this year’s event such a success. Also, many thanks to Ann Gall for leading the HERO Boys running club and prepared them for the 5k run yesterday. It was also nice to have the Willard School HERO Boys running in the Lincoln 5K!

The next few weeks look to be very busy around our Fine Fine School. Therefore, please read carefully for information about Fall Parties, Conferences and Veterans Day.

Fall Parties
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 AM – K-2 Storyteller Assembmarz brewingly in Auditorium
9:30 AM – 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 email 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.

Veterans Day

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. If possible, please 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.  All photos will be returned.

As you can see it is a busy time around Lincoln and I look forward to seeing you around in the coming weeks. As always, thank you for your continued support of our school. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything more I can do to support your kids and your family. Have a great week. CG

Quote of the Week:  “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”. ~ Charles Swindol


Monday, October 29:

  • Yoga: 3:15 – 4:15, room 22D

Tuesday, October 30:

  • 1st Grade Field Trip to Chicago Children’s Theatre
  • Tennis (grades 3/4): 3:10-4pm, gym
  • 7:00pm – D90 BOE/COW Meeting at Roosevelt

Wednesday, October 31:

  • Lincoln Walking Club: 8am, Franklin playground
  • Halloween Parades and Parties!
  • Waste Free Wednesday

Thursday, November 1:

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

Friday, November 2:

  • Wonder Writers: 7:30am, Multi-purpose room
  • Fun Lunch – Pasta
  • Jack Martin Principal for the Day
  • Book Fair opens! 3-5pm

*Monday, November 5:

  • PTO Meeting – 8:45am

Lincoln Pan-K Run/Walk and Breakfast – thank you!


BIG thanks to Anthony Kramer, Michael Campbell, Cal Davis, Anne Gall, Tim Kinsella and all volunteers who made Pancake Breakfast and Walk/Run a success!

0.5 k winners: 1. Luke Bailitz, 2. Isabelle Yu, 3. Branka Chiprich

5 k. Young division winners: 1. Jack Dwyer, 2. Gus Dwyer, 3. Hugh Dwyer

5k Adult division winners: 1. Brendan Keefe, 2. Liz Stetson, 3. Mr. Cheney

Pancake Breakfast/5K Coloring Contest Winners: K- Drew Agema, 1st- Ben Rask, 2nd- Tamsen Osga, 3rd- Suleyman Aakya, and 4th- Isabelle Lefko

Heartworks Fall Food Drive – thank you!

Many thanks to everyone that donated!


Fridays are for Lincoln School spirit!

Starting in November, show your Lincoln school spirit by wearing Lincoln gear on Fridays for a weekly Spirit Wear Challenge. Make sure your Lincoln wardrobe is ready! The classroom with the most students wearing Lincoln gear will be awarded a small prize. Two classrooms will be awarded every Friday, one class from 1st/2nd and one class from 3rd/4th grade.
LINCOLN SPIRIT WEAR DELIVERED THIS WEEK! – All Lincoln Spirit Wear online/paper orders will be delivered to your students classroom THIS WEEK for them to bring home. Thank you for your support!
LINCOLN SPIRIT WEAR TO BE SOLD AT BOOK FAIR TUESDAY EVENING! – If you missed your chance to buy 2018 Lincoln Spirit Wear the PTO will be selling items this Tuesday evening at the PTO Book Fair from 6-8pm. Come out to see our new merchandise t-shirts, hoodies, flannel pants, and more. Sales will be limited to our existing inventory. Cash, check, and credit cards accepted.
TILL WE RUN OUT…Come shop our $2 VINTAGE FINDS! The Spirit Wear table will also have youth and adult men’s/women’s sized vintage item bins for a price of $2 an item. Items of Spirit Wear years past include sweatshirts, t-shirts, flannel pants, shorts, and more. Items are available on a first come first serve basis.

The BOOK FAIR opens this Friday, November 2!

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

WISHLISTS: 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: 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!

NEW CONTEST: 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!

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. 

Geppetto’s Discount Cards – now available on the webstore!

These cards pay for themselves and it encourages “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 20 and 27th (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.

Happy Holiday Shopping!!!!

Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s – Tuesday, 11/13 at 8pm!


Grab your husband/wife or round up all of your friends and join us on Tuesday, November 13th at 8pm for a fun filled evening of bingo with ALL game proceeds benefiting the Lincoln Elementary PTO. Fabulous prizes, full menu, open (cash) bar and lots of Bingo!!

Don’t forget to clip Box Tops for Education coupons!


Each one is worth $0.10 for Lincoln Elementary! Box Tops can be found on hundreds of products from brands like these: General Mills, Pillsbury, Betty Crocker, Ziploc, Kleenex, Hefty.  For a complete list of participating brands click here. There are BoxTop collection boxes available in classrooms and the main office.

Wednesday Walking Club – Lincoln Kids walked 36 miles last Wednesday! 

FUN FACT: this is roughly equal to 13 full size Snickers bars or 144 Tootsie rolls or 40 fun size M&Ms or 72 Hersheys kisses! Help your kids get ready for Halloween by walking with us.  Over two weeks, they’ve totaled 67 miles. This is roughly the distance from Chicago to Kenosha, WI!  Come walk with us again this Wednesday.

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!

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 are still looking for volunteers – the commitment is just 25 minutes of your time! Please sign up via sign up genius or contact Laura Haussmann laura.haussmann@gmail.com or Sangeetha Madhavan sangs50@gmail.com.

Fall Sports Camp – registration is 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. 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 is now open!

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”.