11/12 Lincoln Log – Book Fair and Hambingo THIS WEEK

Lincoln Families,

Hopefully our first glimpse of winter didn’t prevent you from enjoying some time with your family this weekend.

On Friday we hosted our 2nd Annual Veterans Day Assembly!   WOW…. what an assembly it was. Over twenty-five Veterans were in attendance and there was standing room only for other attendees. Our kids did such an amazing job honoring and saluting the service of our heroic Veterans. Each student at Lincoln contributed to making this day extra special. Kindergartners led us in the Pledge and a song. 1st graders provided decorations, 2nd graders recited a poem, 3rd graders led us in singing some patriotic songs and several 4th graders shared research projects they wrote about Veterans in their families. We also had a special Veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Comiskey, speak to the students about the importance of Veterans Day. Each student also made cards for Veterans that were sent to the VA Hospital and distributed on the breakfast trays of Veterans. As you can tell, it was an emotional and moving day.  Our Hall of Honor will remain on display through the Thanksgiving holiday, so feel free to view our tribute to those who’ve served.  Plans are already underway for Veterans Day 2018!

With only seven school days remaining before the holiday break it looks to be a busy time for our kids. I look forward to seeing you during this week’s annual Book Fair.

Finally, many thanks to those of you who’ve expressed your condolences at the passing of my Grandfather last Thursday. Your kindness and thoughtfulness have been very comforting. His services and military burial will be in St. Louis on Monday, November 20.  Therefore, this Friday will be my last day at Lincoln until after the holiday break. Please don’t hesitate to reach out this week if there is anything I can do for your family prior to the holiday.

As always, thank you for your continued support of Lincoln. Have a wonderful week. CG


Monday, 11/13:

  • Yoga – 3:15-4:15pm in the gym

Tuesday, 11/14:

  • Book Fair – 3:10-6pm
  • Tennis (Grades 3/4) – 3:10-4pm, gym/playground
  • Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s – 8pm

Wednesday, 11/15:

  • Book Fair – 8-9am, 11am-1pm, 3-8:30pm
  • Family Reading Night – 6:30-7:30pm
  • Picture retakes
  • Waste Free Wednesday

Thursday, 11/16:

  • Book Fair – 8-9am, 11am-1pm, 3-6pm
  • November Principal Birthday Lunch
  • Tennis (Grades 1/2) – 3:10-4pm, gym/playground

Friday, 11/17:

  • Book Fair – 8-10am
  • NO Wonder Writers this week
  • Fun Lunch – Subs

The Lincoln Book Fair Is Here! 

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.
Your child will visit the book fair on Tuesday, November 14th 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. Look for the “Apples” on the bulletin board outside the LLC.


“Snuggle Up with a Good Book” at FAMILY NIGHT on Wednesday, November 15th. 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 6:30pm and then again at 7pm. There will be age-appropriate books and activities selected for both younger and older children and they will be divided into two rooms. Bring your children and enjoy some quiet shopping time while they are entertained!

We still need a few Family Night volunteers – go to Sign Up Genius to sign up!


It’s time to show us your thinking cap! The week before the Fair, Sarabella’s Thinking Cap by Judith Schachner will be read to all students. They will also receive a paper bag to decorate and to show us all of their wonderful thoughts. The caps will be judged by an outside party and the winner from each classroom will receive a $4 off coupon to use at the Book Fair!


  • Tuesday, 11/14: Exclusive shopping for STAFF & VOLUNTEERS 8:30am to 3:10pm


  • Tuesday, 11/14: 3:10-6pm
  • Wednesday, 11/15: 8-9am, 11am-1pm, 3-8:30pm (FAMILY STORY HOUR is 6:30-7:30pm)
  • Thursday, 11/16: 8-9am, 11am-1pm, 3-6pm
  • Friday, 11/17: 8-10am


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.


If you can’t make it to the Fair this year, you may order online at abcfairs.com. Purchases will still benefit the Lincoln PTO.

Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s – This Tuesday, 11/14 at 8pm

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This Tuesday, November 14th at 8:00pm is Lincoln School’s first bingo night at Hamburger Mary’s…and it’s bingo like you have never played before!!! ALL of the bingo proceeds benefit the Lincoln PTO, so mark you calendars and come out for a fun night. Please see attached flyer for more details.

Picture Retakes – This Wednesday, 11/15

School picture retakes are this Wednesday.  See attached for more information.

Volunteers Needed – Nov. Principal Birthday Lunch

Does your child have a November birthday? If so, come join the Principal Birthday Lunch fun this Thursday, Nov. 16th! Volunteers are needed to help  snap photos of Principal Godfrey with the birthday kids, and supervise the lunch from 11:25 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. If interested, contact Karen Stierwalt for more details, karenstierwalt@gmail.com

River Forest Police Department Bracelet Program


Geppetto’s Discount Cards are now available through the Lincoln webstore!

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These cards pay for themselves and it encourages “shopping local” during the busy holiday season. Your $5 card purchase goes directly to the Lincoln PTO and you get 20% off at Geppetto’s Toy Box between November 21 and 28th (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 – last day to purchase is Monday, November 20th.  Happy Holiday Shopping!

Country Representatives Needed for Lincoln International Festival

Lincoln’s Third Annual International Festival will take place on Sunday, February 25 from 1-4 pm. Are you from another country or do you have a special connection to another country? We would love to have you share this country with the students of Lincoln School! Students will travel through Lincoln on 2/25 and experience the wider world through crafts, dance, and other hands on activities. Help us make this day a success by sharing your passion for another country.

If interested, please fill out this Google form.

One Earth Young Filmmakers Workshops and Contest!

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  1. Filmmaking Workshops taught by professionals for grades 3 to 8 in early December (Sundays, Dec. 3 and 10) at the River Forest Depot.  More details are at this link: http://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/workshops/ Sponsored by Green Community Connections and One Earth Film Festival, a local non-profit.
  2. Young Filmmakers Contest. Deadline is January 14, 2018. Kids are asked to make a 3 to 8 minute film (or minimum 45-second animation) about one of 6 sustainability topics: energy, food, transportation, waste, water, or open space and ecosystems. They should present a problem with their topic and also a solution(s). Prizes are $75 at the elementary level and $100 at the middle school level. Plus the winners get a matching gift to donate to the sustainability organization of their choice, and a world premiere of their film at the One Earth Film Festival in March 2018.  More details here: http://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-details/