10/4 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
I hope you had a great weekend and are enjoying the official arrival of sweatshirt weather. On behalf of Cardinal fans everywhere, I extend congratulations to all the Cubs fans out there on your team’s return to playoff baseball! That said, I’ll stop short of cheering for them.

Last week was such an exciting time for our school. I still get chills when I think of the excitement cultivated during our school assembly and sharing the announcement with our kids that we are a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School! Stay tuned for details regarding our Lincoln School community celebration on Thursday, October 22 at 5:00 PM.

The wheels are in motion placing the finishing touches on the new addition to our school. The “Green Roof,” is now in place. There are many benefits to a Green Roof, including absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, and lowering urban air temperatures, just to name a few. We are excited to use this new addition to our school as an educational opportunity for our kids. Attached is a Wikipedia link with a plethora of information regarding the background and benefits of our new Green Roof.

Screen Shot 2015-10-02 at 5.24.03 PMThis past Thursday the River Forest Police Department came to visit and gave a safety presentation to our kids.

On Monday, October 5, you will receive an email from the district containing information about upcoming parent-teacher conferences. Please be sure to sign up for a time. We look forward to these all-important conversations about your child’s progress.

Don’t forget to remind your kids about Thursday’s October Principal Birthday Lunch. I am looking forward to celebrating with our October birthdays! As always, thanks for your continued support of our 2015 Blue Ribbon School!

Have a great week!




Monday, 10/5:

          • Evening Lincoln PTO Meeting: 7:00 PM in the new multi-purpose room


Tuesday, 10/6:

          • Picture Day


          • 3rd Grade Field Trip to Chicago Botanical Garden


          • Art Parent orientation meeting: 7:00 PM at 559 Franklin, River Forest


Wednesday, 10/7:

          • International Walk to School Day


Thursday, 10/8

          • October Principal Birthday Lunch


Friday, 10/9

          • 2nd Grade Living History Presentations: 8:45AM


          • Fun Lunch: Chicken Tenders/Veggie Burgers


Thursday, 10/22

          • Save the date for a Blue Ribbon Celebration – 5PM


October Character Theme: Responsibility

Families, please emphasize the importance of responsibility this month by setting a responsible example and by giving your children age-appropriate independent responsibilities when possible. When we expect children to be responsible for their learning and for their behavior, they often surprise us with what they are able to achieve!

At Lincoln we also like to emphasize that we should do the right thing just because it is right and not because we will get credit or praise for doing it. While it is often helpful to provide incentives for good behavior when we are initially trying to teach children to be responsible, the end goal is for each individual to learn that it feels good to be responsible and that is reward enough.


Picture Day: Tuesday 10/6

PLEASE NO GREEN CLOTHING as the photographer will be using a green screen. This year, picture packages must be PRE-PAID; please return the order forms and payment to your child’s teacher or order on-line on the vendor’s website (School Code 20077101) prior to picture day.  Remember that most classes will take a group photo in addition to individual student photos.

Calling All Night Owls to an Evening PTO Meeting

Calling all Night Owls to the PTO Meeting!
Once a year the PTO holds an evening meeting—come and check it out!
Monday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Lincoln Multipurpose Room, upstairs in the new addition
To view the minutes from last month’s meeting click HERE

To view the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting click here.


Art Parent Orientation – All Are Welcome!

kids-coloring-2Please join us for the Art Parent orientation on Tuesday, October 6 at 7pm at 559 Franklin.   We still need a few more art parent volunteers in order to have 2 volunteers per class. The Lincoln art program is a great opportunity to be in the classroom 2-3 times per year and do a 1-hour project with the kids. No art background necessary! The art program materials have all you need for the presentation and project. Art parents are needed for the following classrooms:

        • Cheney



        • Bajo



        • Tangalo



        • Anderson



        • Mayer



        • Neilson



        • Donnelly



        • Stasys


Join the Lincoln art program! Please respond on Sign Up Genius or email Jean Detmer at “lunamama6 AT gmail.com”.

This is “Look at Your Lunch”  Week!

In an effort to shed some light on the mystery of how much our kids are and are not eating during lunch, Lincoln students will bring home all uneaten food, recyclables and trash in their lunch boxes from October 5th through October 8th. You will be amazed at how much food gets thrown out each day! “Look at Your Lunch” will help each family pack a “just-right” size lunch in the future, and hopefully give us all a better appreciation for the amount of trash created in each lunch. For future lunches, we can all try to:

  • pack only what our children can eat during their lunch period
  • buy in bulk and use re-usable containers
  • cut back on convenience and individual packaging that creates a lot of unnecessary waste



International Walk to School Day: Wednesday 10/7

We would like to encourage everyone to walk to school that day.  Parents can organize their blocks and form “Walking School Buses” to make it more fun! Walkers will be able to mark their route to school on giant maps at each school entrance and hand stamps will be given out to all walkers! WE HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE!!

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.


Chicken Tenders/Veggie Burgers for Fun Lunch This Week

ChickenTendersRemind your child of what they ordered: chicken tenders or veggie burgers. Thanks to our fun lunch volunteers!

Spirit Wear Coming Soon!

Online Spiritwear will be arriving soon to your child’s classroom.

Cash and Carry NEW arrivals will be at our pancake breakfast! This will include beanie stocking hats: polka dot flannel and plaid flannel lounge pants – rhinestone glitter t- shirts – Lincoln t shirts short and long sleeved – crew socks and more!!!!


District 90 Online Student Directory

District 90 is in the process of updating the electronic version of the student directory for the 2015-2016 school year. The electronic directory will allow families to easily access D90 directory information from their cell phones, tablets, and computers in a secure format through a simple password system. The district is asking that families verify/edit their own directory listings.  You can add an email address and/or cell phone number to the directory if you wish.  Please see the D90 website for more information.  Note that you may need to reset your password in order to access the directory. Also, please note that this online directory is replacing the hard copy directory.

Looking Ahead…

Monday, 10/12:

  • No School–Columbus Day

Thursday, 10/15:

  • Family Math Night 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Week of 10/19-10/23:

  • Fall Food Drive

Thursday, October 22

  • Blue Ribbon Celebration – 5PM

Saturday, October 31–

  • Halloween morning. RF Trick or Treating hours don’t start till noon…how to keep the little goblins busy?
    Save the date for a Lincoln tradition with a healthy twist: our annual pancake breakfast and, back for its second year, 5K run and kids’ “half K”.