11/22 Lincoln Log–Monday deadline to buy a Geppetto’s Discount Card

Happy Thanksgiving Lincoln Families,

I hope you had a great weekend and that your kids enjoyed the first snow of the season!

Whether your family is traveling near, far or just staying local, I wish you and your family a holiday full of fun times and great memories. I know I am looking forward to some extended time in St. Louis with family and friends.

On a personal note, as I reflect upon the many reasons I have to be grateful this Thanksgiving, please know that being a part of the Lincoln Family is right at the top of the list! Your support, kindness and encouragement means more to me than you know. I am so proud to be an Eagle!

As always, my door is always open if there is anything I can do to help you and your family. I look forward to seeing you and your kids after the holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving.



Make sure your child has snow pants and boots for outdoor recess!

Monday 11/23:  5:00 p.m. deadline to order Geppetto Discount Cards

Wed. 11/25 – Fri. 11/27:  No School, Thanksgiving Break

Monday, 11/30:  

  • Heartworks Mitten Tree collection begins
  • Deadline to turn in Blue Ribbons to the office

Monday, 12/7:

  • Heartworks Club Meetings at Lunch or After School
  • Panera Bread Dine & Share– details coming soon!


Monday, 11/23, is the last day to buy 20% discount cards for Geppetto’s Toy Box!

The Lincoln PTO is selling holiday savings cards for Geppetto’s Toy Box for just $5 each.   The card is valid for one week, and you can use it multiple times.

  • Cards Valid:  Sunday, 11/22 through Sunday, 11/29
  • Discount:  20% off in-stock merchandise, cannot be combined with other offers and discounts, nor the purchase of gift certificates or applied to previously purchased items.
  • You must present the card at the time of purchase.
  • Deadline to order cards:  5:00 pm on Monday, 11/23

How to get your hands on one:

  • Drop off an order in the Lincoln Office (exact cash or check only, in an envelope with order quantity, your Student’s name, grade, and teacher).
  • Order it on the Web Store.

Cards will be sent home with your oldest child on Tuesday, 11/24.

Please see the attached document for more information. Geppetto’s Holiday Savings


Blue Ribbons from Parkway Trees

Lincoln Green4Good is collecting blue ribbons through the end of November in the Lincoln Office.  Please remove as many as you can from the trees in your neighborhood.  The G4G committee is working on a blue ribbon remembrance that will be made from all of the ribbons we can save.   We look forward to seeing what beautiful, up-cycled item we can make that will keep our Blue Ribbon Pride fresh in our minds.  Many thanks to all who participate!


Heartworks Mitten Tree Project

mitten tree 2015

Heartworks is sponsoring an annual holiday tradition at Lincoln–our Mitten Tree, which benefits the Hephzibah Children’s Association.

Lincoln families can donate NEW mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for children ages 4-13 under care at Hephzibah. Hephzibah is a group home located in Oak Park that provides long-term support for traumatized children.

Students can hang their donations on the Tree in the Park Ave. Lobby between November 30th and December 16th.

Thank you and Happy Holidays!


Eagle Eyes–attention Parents of 4th Graders

If your Fourth Grader is interested in participating in the Eagle Eye program, please email Casey Godfrey.  Details were emailed to all Fourth Grade parents a while back.  Thank you.


International Festival News!

International Fest

We have a terrific list of participating foreign countries, but we are also looking for volunteers to do an exhibit about the U.S.A.   Interested?  Please contact Vanessa Druckman at “vanessadruckman AT gmail.com”.

We also need someone knowledgeable about Poland to help with this exhibit. Please contact Ann Mills at “anncieslica AT msn.com”.

And, if you are interested in learning and demonstrating a Japanese hula dance, please contact Katie Ianmartino at “katie_strauss@hotmail.com”.

Mark your 2016 Calendar for Lincoln’s first International Festival:  Sunday, February 28th

It’s not too late to sign up–all you need is a passion for a particular country!   Please fill out this form or email Vanessa Druckman “vanessadruckman AT gmail.com”.


Thank you

The PTO would like to thank all our generous volunteers and patrons at last week’s Book Fair, especially Suzanne D’Agostino and Theresa Dubois for chairing this event.  We greatly appreciate your support!


Young Authors’ Contest

Every winter D90 hosts a Young Authors’ Conference and awards one student author from each school.  For the contest, students will submit a new piece of writing, in a genre of their choice:  poetry, short story, essay, graphic novel, or illustrated story.   Submission requirements will be published shortly; stay tuned to the Lincoln Log and D90 emails for information.

Contest entries due by December 14th.

The Conference will be held on Saturday, January 30th.  Please contact Mrs. Moriarty at “moriartyp AT district90.org” with questions.


Help Fund Our PTO While You Shop

Do you shop at Target or on Amazon?  If so, this one is a no-brainer!

By registering your Target REDcard or Target MasterCard with Target’s Take Charge of Education program, Target will donate 1% of all of your purchases to the Lincoln PTO. That is IN ADDITION to your 5% savings with the REDcard. If you have a card already, all you need to do is register it by calling 1-800-316-6142 or by visiting www.Target.com/tcoe or an in-store kiosk. The primary cardholder of a Target Debit Card™ can sign up for the Take Charge of Education program by calling 1-800-316-6142.  Our school ID is 48034.  The Take Charge of Education Program will end on May 14, 2016, so take advantage of this valuable opportunity while it lasts!

In addition, when you shop at smile.amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Lincoln PTO.  Prices are the same as on Amazon.com, and millions of products are eligible.  Simply select “Lincoln Parent-Teacher Organization of River Forest” the first time you visit the site.

Lincoln also participates in the Box Tops For Education Program.  Click here for a list of participating box tops products.  Each box top is worth 10 cents to the school, so they really add up!  We will be having a box tops contest after winter break, so start clipping and saving them now.  The Box Tops website, www.BTFE.com, also offers coupons and recipes for participating products.


Young Filmmakers Contest

One Earth Film Contest

The contest is open to Grades 3 through College, with recognition in each category: elementary, middle school, high school and college.

Create a 3-8 minute film or a shorter animation on a specific topic related to climate change or sustainability.  See the attachment One Earth Film Contest  for details or click here for the One Earth Website.