10/9 Lincoln Log

Lincoln families,

I hope you had a great weekend. I am writing this “pre” Chicago Marathon, so thank you in advance for all the well wishes and support. With any luck you’ll see me smiling in the car line on Monday morning. It was a great weekend to have my family in town. I hope your family enjoyed the beautiful fall weekend and the exciting playoff baseball games!

On Friday, you should have received a message from D90 informing you of the opportunity to sign up for Parent Teacher Conferences. The sign-up window opens tomorrow morning. Please note that each year our conference sign up system requires you to create a new username and password. Please reach out if you have any questions regarding this process. Conferences are scheduled for November 9 and 10.

Don’t forget that Thursday, October 13 will be October Principal Birthday Lunch. I look forward to celebrating with our October Birthdays.

We make every attempt to allow our kids the opportunity to be outside during the recess time each day. However, as the seasons begin to change there are times when outdoor elements keep us inside. We’ve been working to increase the options our students have on these indoor recess days. Therefore, we are enlisting your support/donations in this effort.  Should you happen to have any intact family board games, Lincoln Logs, Legos or any other indoor type of activities that your family is prepared to part with, we would gladly put them to use on our indoor days. Additionally, we’re working to include more movement options for our kids on indoor days. Should you have a donation, please feel free to drop it by Lincoln.

As we begin to look forward into the month of October, here are the times for the events of October 31:

  • 8:30 AM – Character Parade (Franklin blacktop)
  • 9:00 – K-2 Storyteller Assembly
  • 10:00 – 3-4 Storyteller Assembly
  • 11:25 – Early Dismissal 

As always, thanks for your continued support of Lincoln. Never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to support your family. In closing, I’m one of the few St. Louis fans who is comfortable saying…. Go Cubs!

All my best, CG

Spirit Winners 10/7

  • K-2:  Mrs. Tanglao
  • 3rd-4th:  Mr. Cheney


Monday, 10/10:

  • Registration for Parent/Teacher Conferences opens at 7 a.m.
  • Coding Club after school
  • PTO meeting – 7:00 pm in the Lincoln library.  All are welcome!

Tuesday, 10/11:

  • 1st grade field trip to Morton Arboretum
  • Heartworks – 3:15-4:15 in the multi-purpose room
  • Tennis after school – grades 1&2

Wednesday, 10/12


Thursday, 10/13:

  • Tennis after school – grades 3&4
  • Principal Birthday Lunch – October birthdays
  • Family Math Night – 6-7:30 in Lincoln gym

Friday 10/14:

  • Deadline for Yearbook Cover Contest submissions
  • FUN LUNCH – Subs

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Monthly STEM Update:

Kindergarten– We have started the year looking at the structure and function of human made objects. After reading “Jack and the Beanstalk,” the students started building their own bean stalks out of chenille sticks.

First Grade– To start the year, we got our engineering minds going with a paper cup tower challenge. We have now started working on coding, and we are doing so outside of the computer to help a “robot” dog named Rosie to get her dinner using code cards.

Second Grade– Team work and engineering were put to the test right away with a physics challenge about slowing, not stopping, a rolling ball bearing as it descended a slanted table. We have now moved into coding, adding loops to how we move our “robot” dog Rosie and get her to complete her tasks.

Third Grade– Team work and engineering were put to the test right away with a physics challenge about slowing, not stopping, a rolling ball bearing as it descended a slanted table. Rosie is now the focus of our coding, adding in functions and if then statements to her codes in order to solve more complex problems.

Fourth Grade– Team work and engineering were put to the test right away with a physics challenge about slowing, not stopping, a rolling ball bearing as it descended a slanted table. Now we are moving into the similarities and differences between the human brain and computers, looking at how they use inputs and outputs as well as the languages they speak.

A few more spots open for Yoga & Grades 3&4 Tennis…


Check the PTO Web Store for all the details and to grab one of the last openings.

Yoga:  Grades 1-4;  Mondays after school beginning 10/17.  $70 for 6 classes

Tennis:  Grades 3 & 4:  Thursdays after school beginning 10/13.  $60 for 5 classes


Family Math Night is This Thursday 10/13


6:00 – 7:30 pm in the Lincoln Gym

Please enter through the Franklin doors.

Don’t feel divided — please join us for a fun evening of hands-on problem solving activities with family + friends!

Sign Up to Volunteer Here.  Thank you!

2016-2017 Yearbook Cover Contest


Break out the art supplies and get creative; your artwork could be on the cover of the Lincoln Yearbook!   The title for this year’s yearbook is:  Lincoln Pride: Spirit of the Eagle.  How do we show our school spirit?  What does the PRIDE pledge mean to you?

Submissions can be turned in to the office until Friday, October 14th.

IMPORTANT GUIDELINES for your cover artwork:

  • Use letter sized (8.5” x 11”) unlined paper.
  • Image MUST BE VERTICAL and 2-dimensional.
  • Include vivid images – bright and bold colors look best!
  • Be sure to use the title (Lincoln Pride: Spirit of the Eagle) in your artwork!
  • Write your name on the back in pencil.
  • Check your spelling and punctuation!

Please note that submitted artwork will not be returned.

Green4Good News


“Waste Free Wednesdays” have begun!

Each Wednesday volunteers will give out hand stamps to kids who bring a Waste-Free Lunch.  This is a lunch that does not produce any landfill-bound waste.

Throughout District 90, students are encouraged to bring lunches that include as many items as possible that can be eaten, reused, recycled, or composted and as few items as possible that must be thrown away.  You can help your child pack his or her waste-free lunch by including only what your student can eat, using reusable containers or bags, or buying non-perishable foods in bulk.  See tips below!

“Look At Your Lunch” week will be October 17th-20th

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.  Parents would 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.

Waste-Free Lunch Tips:


  • Reusable containers, foil or wax paper
  • Whole fruits without packaging.
  • Drinks in containers that can be reused, such as a thermos, or recycled such as a can.
  • Snacks purchased in bulk & brought in reusable containers.
  • Reusable ice packs.

Don’t Include:

  • Individually wrapped snacks
  • Plastic baggies that are not reusable
  • Disposable forks and spoons
  • Straws

Save the Date: 10/20 PTO Fundraiser at Chipotle


Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Lincoln PTO.  Come into the Chipotle at 1128 W. Lake in Oak Park on Thursday, October 20 between 5:00 and 9:00pm.  Bring in the attached Chipotle flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Lincoln PTO.

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: $10
  • Youth 5K: $12
  • Adult 5K: $15
  • 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.

D90 Caucus Delegates Wanted

Information can be found in this document: D90 Caucus Delegates