11/4 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you had a great weekend and are all recovered from the festivities of last week. It was great seeing so many of you on Wednesday during our character parade and fall festivities. This year each class exercised their creativity and created a pumpkin to display in the Lincoln lobby. In the event you weren’t able to see them in person, here is a glimpse of the 2018 creations! I’m already excited to see what creativity awaits in 2019! The next two weeks are busy ones around our Fine Fine School. Information about this week’s Book Fair can be found below, and here is the parent/teacher conference schedule for this week:
As part of the recent Safe Routes to School/Safety Audit conducted in conjunction with the Village of River Forest, Village leadership is hopeful you’ll take a moment during conferences to participate in a brief survey. I will have copies of the survey available in the Park Ave. lobby during conferences on Wednesday and Thursday.

Upon returning from the fall conference break, on Monday, November 12, Lincoln School will pay tribute to our nation’s Veterans with our annual Veterans Day Assembly at 9:00.  Please don’t forget to submit the the attached forms to the office by Wednesday, November 7 to help celebrate our annual Veterans Day Celebration.  So we can best plan for seating, please RSVP for any family/friend Veteran who will be able to attend.

We are also still in search of a Veteran who might be willing to share a few simple remarks about their service. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.

I look forward to seeing you around Lincoln in the coming days. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything more I can do to support your family. Thanks for your support of Lincoln. Have a wonderful week. CG

Quote of the Week:  “The reason we have two ears and one mouth, is so we may listen twice as much a we speak.” ~ Proverb


Monday, November 5:

  • Book Fair: 8-9am, 11am-1pm, 3-5pm
  • PTO Meeting: 8:45am, conference room
  • Fall sports camp (grades 1/2): 3:10-4pm, gym
  • Yoga: 3:15 – 4:15pm, room 22D

Tuesday, November 6:

  • Book Fair: 8-9am, 11am-1pm, 3-8pm
    FAMILY STORY HOUR is 6-7pm
  • Tennis (grades 3/4): 3:10-4pm, gym
  • Theater Club: 3:10-4:15pm, auditorium

Wednesday, November 7:

  • Book Fair: 8-9am, 11am-1pm, 3-7pm
  • Lincoln Walking Club: 8am, Franklin playground
  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • Fun Lunch: chicken tenders/veggie burgers
  • Heartworks
  • Fall sports camp (grades 3/4): 3:10-4pm, gym
  • Parent/teacher conferences

Thursday, November 8:

  • Parent/teacher conferences

Friday, November 9:



Tuesday, November 13: Hambingo fundraiser

Wednesday, November 14: Picture retakes

The BOOK FAIR is open Mon-Wed 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 profits go directly to the Lincoln Library. Past profits have been used to bring in authors and illustrators for student assemblies.


  • Monday, 11/5: 8-9am, 11am-1pm, 3-5pm
  • Tuesday, 11/6: 8-9am, 11am-1pm, 3-8:00pm (FAMILY STORY HOUR is 6:00-7:00pm)
  • Wednesday, 11/7:  8-9am, 11am-1pm, 3-7pm

WISHLISTS: Your child will visit the book fair on Monday, November 5th 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: FAMILY NIGHT will be on Tuesday, November 6th. 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 6pm and at 6:30pm. 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!

PUMPKIN BOOK CHARACTER CONTEST:  Winners from each classroom will be announced Monday and will receive a $5 off coupon to use at the Book Fair!

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. 

Reminder: PTO meeting tomorrow morning

Just a reminder that there is a PTO meeting at 8:45 Monday morning in the conference room. All are welcome!


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.


If you missed your chance to buy 2018 Lincoln Spirit Wear the PTO will be selling items Tuesday evening 11/6 at the PTO Book Fair from 6-8pm. Come out to see our new merchandise t-shirts, hoodies, flannel pants, and more. Sales will be limited to our existing inventory. Cash, check, and credit cards accepted.

TILL WE RUN OUT…Come shop our VINTAGE FINDS! The Spirit Wear table with also have youth and adult sized vintage item bins for a price of $2 an item. Items of Spirit Wear years past include sweatshirts, t-shirts, flannel pants, shorts, and more. Items are available on a first come first serve basis.

 Wednesday Walking Club

Congrats and great job to all those participating in the Wednesday Walking Club!  To date, we have collectively walked 102 miles!


Mr. Godfrey wants to go home to St. Louis for Thanksgiving dinner. Do you think we can collectively walk the distance before then? It’s an ambitious goal, but give it your best effort! Bring your siblings, parents, grandparents, teachers. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.

Wednesday’s 8:00-8:15 on the Franklin side.

Take a look at the map outside the school office to stay see how far you’ve collectively walked. Let’s get Mr. Godfrey home in time for turkey dinner!

Fall Sports Camp starts this week!

Looking for a way for the kids to run off some energy as the weather gets colder?  Fall Sports Camp by by Legacy Sports starts THIS WEEK!   Kids will play games like Battleship, Dodge Ball and Keep Up the Yard, while learning sportsmanship, respect and teamwork. There are still a few openings in the Wednesday session and it is now available to grades 1-4.

The program is run by Legacy Sports and will take place in the gym or on the Franklin playground, weather permitting, from 3:10-4pm. $80 for 6 sessions.  Register on the PTO webstore.


Mrs. Moriarty, Mrs. Suzuki, and Green 4 Good would like to invite all 3rd graders interested in environmental sustainability to join Green 4 Good Kids Club.

This club will meet once a month on a Monday after school, 3:15-4:00.  Our first meeting will be Monday, November 19.

We will learn about landfills, recycling, and composting, and how this relates to nature conservation.  We will focus on LOCAL waste management and conservation efforts, learning through doing and meeting with local sustainability and conservation leaders.  Our 3rd graders will BECOME sustainability and conservation LEADERS, sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with the Lincoln School Community.

Registration will open Sunday, November 11 and close Sunday, November 18 on the PTO Webstore.  The club will be capped at 20 third graders, so register right away.

Also…THANKS to all who greened their Halloween at the 2018 Pumpkin Smash on Saturday!  The goal of 300 pumpkins was totally crushed:  486 pumpkins smashed!

Lincoln event photos wanted

This was a busy week at Lincoln and the yearbook 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]

Bingo at Hamburger Mary’s – Tuesday, 11/13 at 8pm!

Grab your husband/wife or round up all of your friends and join us on Tuesday, November 13th at 8pm for a fun filled evening of bingo with ALL game proceeds benefiting the Lincoln Elementary PTO. Fabulous prizes, full menu, open (cash) bar and lots of Bingo!!


Geppetto’s discount cards – now available on the webstore!

These cards pay for themselves and it encourages “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 20 and 27th (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.

Happy Holiday Shopping!!!!

Country representatives needed for Lincoln International Festival

Lincoln’s Third 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.

Connect 4 Kids Event – Tuesday 11/13

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/

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”.