11/3 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Despite the frigid start to November, I hope your family enjoyed this weekend and was able to relax after the craziness of last week.

Many thanks to everyone who coordinated the Fall Parties or attended the Character Parade. It was yet another festive and fun day here at Lincoln. In the event you were unable to attend, here is a peek at the incredible pumpkins that each class decorated this year.

Our teachers are eager to welcome families to Lincoln this week for Fall Conferences. Conferences provide an incredible opportunity to connect with the school about your child’s progress and goals. We look forward to welcoming you to Lincoln.  Here is the schedule for next week. Don’t forget there is no student attendance on Thursday, November 7 or Friday, November 8.

Finally, don’t forget our annual Veterans Day recognition ceremony will take place on Monday, November 11 at 9:00. If you haven’t yet done so, please be sure to fill out the attached “Hero” form to include any friend or family member in our Hall of Honor. Additionally, please feel free to RSVP for any Veteran who might be joining our presentation.

As always, thanks for your continued support of Lincoln. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything Ms. Gerges and I can do to further support your family. CG and CG

Spirit Winner 11.01.19: Ms. Berg 1st Grade

Waste Free Wednesday 10.30.19:

  • 1st/2nd Grade: Ms. Donnelly
  • 3rd/4th Grade: Ms. McCole


Monday, November 4:

  • PTO meeting – 8:45am, multi-purpose room
  • Lincoln News Broadcast – during lunch, Mr. Cheney’s Room
  • Chef Du Jour – during lunch, library
  • Book Fair hours3:10-4pm
  • Lincoln Newspaper Crew – 3:15 – 4:15pm, STEM lab

Tuesday, November 5:

  • Book Fair hours8-8:30am, 11am-1pm, 3-4pm, 6-8pm
  • Family Reading Night: 6:30-7:30pm
  • Theater Club – 3:15-4:15, auditorium
  • Fall Tennis (grades 1/2) – 3:15 – 4:15pm, playground

Wednesday, November 6:

  • Parent/teacher conferences
  • Book Fair hours8-8:30am, 11am-1pm, 3-7pm
  • Wednesday Walking Club
  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • Game On Club – during lunch, STEM lab

Thursday, November 7: NO SCHOOL

  • Parent/teacher conferences
  • Book Fair hours4:30-7pm

Friday, November 8: NO SCHOOL

Monday, November 11: Veterans Day Assembly

BOOK FAIR – Monday-Thursday this week!

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.  All proceeds are used to benefit the library and students at Lincoln. Book fair proceeds have been used to bring in authors and illustrators for student assemblies. (e.g., Aaron Reynolds last month). Additionally, funds are used for our One School One Book program.

BOOK FAIR HOURS: Monday-Thursday this week – see Calendar above for times

GUIDELINES FOR SHOPPING DURING RECESS: First through fourth grade students are allowed to shop at the book fair during their recess if a parent approves.  In order to make it a smooth process for both students and volunteers, here are some guidelines for shopping during recess:

  1. Put the spending money in a baggie
  2. Label the baggie with the following information:  Student first and last name, classroom teacher and amount (this is critical in case the bag is dropped – the amount also helps make shopping go quicker)
  3. Limit the amount of change, bills are much easier to handle in the recess rush
  4. Students are allowed to come during recess only if they have spending money

Thank you for your help in making the recess shopping rush smoother and more efficient.

NEW CONTEST – submissions due tomorrow, 11/4! “If I Built a School” design contest! Last week during library time, Mrs. Brauweiler read new release “If I Built a School” by well-loved author Chris Van Dusen. Students received a template to design their own dream school. The designs will be judged by Mr. Godfrey and the winner from each classroom will receive a $5 off coupon to use at the Book Fair!

WISHLISTS: Your child will visit the book fair on Monday, November 4th 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. Teachers will fill out apples containing book titles they would like for their classroom or personal use. Look for the “Apples” on the bulletin board outside the Library.

FAMILY NIGHT: Tuesday, November 5th. Kids of all ages can come in their pajamas, bring their favorite stuffed animal, listen to some great books, and participate in crafts and activities. Story and craft times will be at 6:30pm and 7pm. There will be age-appropriate books and activities selected for both younger and older children and they will be divided into different classrooms. Bring your children and enjoy some quiet shopping time while they are entertained! Every $5 spent earns a raffle ticket into a drawing. One lucky reader will win a storytime in your home from Mr. Godfrey!

BOOK DRIVE: 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.

VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are needed to help staff the Book Fair. Please see Sign Up Genius for available time slots.If you can’t make it to the Fair this year, you may order online at abcfairs.com. Purchases will still benefit the Lincoln Library.

PTO Meeting – Monday morning

Join us tomorrow (Monday) morning at 8:45 in the multipurpose room for our November PTO meeting.  All are welcome!

Fall Sports Camp – spots still left!!! Register now!

Looking for a way for the kids to run off some energy as the weather gets colder? Back by popular demand: fall sports camp by Legacy Sports. Kids play games like Battleship, Dodge Ball and Keep Up the Yard, while learning sportsmanship, respect and teamwork.  $80 for 6 sessions. 3:15 – 4:15pm, spaces limited.

Grades 1&2: Mondays after school beginning 10/28
Grades 3&4: Wednesdays after school beginning 10/30

The program is run by Legacy Sports and will take place in the gym or on the Franklin playground, weather permitting. A few spots remain open – register now on the Webstore!

Wednesday Walking Club – new goal!

Wednesday Walkers are off to a great start! Despite the rain-outs, we have collectively walked 55 miles since the start of the school year.

This year we are hoping to collectively walk Florida by Spring Break! That’s 900 miles! We know this is an ambitious goal but with everyone walking, we know we can do it and there are so many great stops on our way there! First up is Indianapolis at the 200 mile mark.

Bring your siblings, kids, parents, grandparents, teachers, neighbors… ALL ARE WELCOME to start their Wednesday by walking the perimeter of the Franklin ball field. Each lap is 1/10th of a mile and the laps do add up quickly! But we need your help getting to our goal.  Join us each Wednesday on the Franklin side playground 8 – 8:15am!

Geppetto’s discount cards available now!

Geppetto’s Discount Cards are now available through Nov. 18th on the Lincoln webstore! These cards pay for themselves and encourage “shopping local” during the busy holiday season. Your $10 card purchase goes directly to the Lincoln PTO and you get 20% off at Geppetto’s Toy Box between November 26 and December 3rd (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.

Hambingo coming soon – 11/12!

A night out in Oak Park FUNdraiser!!  Grab your partner or round up your friends & join us on Tuesday, November 12th at 8pm (to approx 10pm) for a fun filled evening of bingo at Hamburger Mary’s with ALL game proceeds benefiting the Lincoln Elementary PTO.

This is a really fun night out if you’ve never done it and a great fundraiser for the school!  Fabulous prizes, full menu, open (cash) bar and lots of Bingo!!  See the attached flyer for more information.

NEW THIS YEAR!!  A chance to win these exclusive “experiences” for your favorite kid(s):

  • Free Recess with Mr. Godfrey and GaGa Ball for the entire class
  • Morning Announcements with the student and a friend
  • Lunch with three friends and Mr. Godfrey
  • Lunch with three friends and Ms. Gerges

Connect4Kids Parent Enrichment Night at Roosevelt – 11/12

Interested in learning the signs and tools needed to help prevent suicide? Please join us as Amanda Stephans, LSW leads a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to prevent it.

Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium, 11/12/19, 7-8:30pm

See attached for more information.

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 Julie Fleisch (julie.fleisch@outlook.com).


One Earth Film Festival

Please see attached for more information about One Earth Film Festival’s filmmaking workshop for grades 3 to 5, to be held at the Depot in River Forest in December.