11/25 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the closing moments of the holiday weekend. Hopefully, you enjoyed the Thanksgiving break and are rested and rejuvenated for the final twenty school days of 2018!

As we unofficially enter the winter months, it is important to make sure kids are dressed for the elements. Hats, gloves, winter coats and snow boots (when applicable) are necessary during recess. Exercise and movement are always important, but especially so during the winter months. Therefore, we make every attempt to go outdoors for recess during the winter.  However, at times when the wind chill (real-feel) is below ten degrees, we do implement our indoor recess plan. We utilize the Roosevelt Middle School WeatherBug as our source for weather related decisions. The WeatherBug app is available for download in both the iTunes and Google app stores.

The 5Essentials Survey will be administered by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. The confidential online survey will be conducted with families until February 15, 2019. The survey will gather data related to five indicators that have been demonstrated to forecast student outcomes and provide a comprehensive picture of a school’s organizational culture. These five indicators are: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environments and Ambitious Instruction.

All teachers and District students in grades 4-8 will be participating in this survey. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will contribute to a better understanding of the conditions of our schools and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will not be connected to you or your child. To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. This online survey can be accessed from a PC/laptop, smart phone, or tablet. If you have more than one child enrolled in a District 90 school, you may take one survey for each child regardless of the school.

Finally, we are excited to welcome you to attend the annual Winter Concerts on Friday, December 21.

  • 1st grade – 9:45
  • 2nd grade – 1030
  • 3rd grade – 1:00
  • 4th grade – 1:45
  • Dismissal- 2:30

As always, thanks for your continued support of Lincoln School. Please never hesitate to let me know if there is anything more I can do to better support your kids and family. I hope you have a great week. CG

Quote of the Week:

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”

~ John Andrew Holmes


Monday, November 26:

  • Fall sports camp (grades 1/2): 3:10-4pm, gym

Wednesday, November 28:

  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • Fall sports camp (grades 3/4): 3:10-4pm, gym

Thursday, November 29:

  • Wonder Readers – 7:30am
  • Tennis (grades 1/2) – 3:10-4pm, gym

Friday, November 30:

  • Lincoln School Spirit Day
  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am
  • Pizza Fun Lunch

Thanks to the Walking Club for getting Mr. Godfrey home for Thanksgiving!

Walking club plans to start again in December with new challenge. Check the log next week for details!

Young Authors 2019 – Calling All Writers in Grades 1-4!!

Please join Mrs. Clasky and Mrs. Moriarty on Friday, November 30, in the multi-purpose room during your recess to find out about the Young Authors contest. If you can’t make it, you can come to Wonder Writers any Friday morning or just ask Mrs. Moriarty for all the details.

See this flyer for more details.

Lincoln Elementary K-4th Jr. Scientist Expo – Registration Now Open!

Image result for science expoThe Lincoln Elementary K-4th Jr. Scientist Exp will be Thursday, January 31 –  the displays will be available for viewing by students and staff during the day, and for family and friends in the evening from 6:30 – 7:30pm.  Registration on the PTO Web Store closes on Friday, December 21.

Please Donate to the Heartworks Mitten Tree – starting 12/3!

mitten tree 2015

Heartworks is sponsoring an annual holiday tradition at Lincoln: our Mitten Tree, which will benefit Hephzibah.

Lincoln families can donate NEW kids-sized mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves.

Students can hang their donations on the Tree in the Park Avenue lobby between December 3th and December 14th.

Alioto’s Shop and Share – Dec. 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 10am – 7pm!

Shop at Alioto’s in Oak Park (1118 Chicago Avenue) and 10% of all pre-tax sales will be donated to the PTOs of Lincoln, Willard, and Roosevelt. See this flyer for more details: D90Shop share.

Girls on the Run Leaders NEEDED!

Whether you are a runner or just love working to inspire young girls, please consider becoming a Girls on the Run leader next spring. Practice is twice a week, leadership can be shared, and the culmination in an inspiring 5K run is well worth it! For more information, please contact Kristin Bailitz (kristinbailitz@gmail.com).

Country representatives needed for Lincoln International Festival

Lincoln’s Fourth Annual International Festival will take place on Sunday, February 24 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 2/24 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.


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 event photos wanted

The yearbook committee would love any photos you took of the following events:

    • PanK Run Breakfast & 5K
    • Halloween Parade & Classroom Parties
    • Lincoln Walking Club

If you have photos you’d like to share please use this Google drive link.

When uploading photos, we ask that you please follow the folder naming structure so we know which event/classroom to attribute the photos to:

[Event_Name] Photos from [Your_Name]

[Teacher_Name] Photos from [Your_Name]


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.


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”.

Live Action Film Making Workshop to Prepare for One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest – Sunday, 12/9, 1-4:30pm!

Offered by the River Forest Park District for grades 3 to 5 – (code #2720.2002 with rfparks.com), REGISTER HERE.

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/