1/15 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you enjoyed the three day weekend. It was a busy first week back to school at Lincoln, especially for Mrs. Meyers (1st grade) and her husband Eric. On Wednesday, January 10 they welcomed their son Jack Meyers to the world. Mrs. Anderson/Meyers has taught many of your students and is proud to share the newest member of the Lincoln School family with our school community. Congratulations Kendra and Eric!

Prior to the Winter Break several students/classes in third and fourth grade participated in the Google for Education GEG Chicagoland Film Festival. With hundreds of submissions from across the Chicagoland area, we learned last week that one of the films in Mr. Cheney’s 4th grade class was awarded the Grand Prize! In addition, several of the other films submitted by Lincoln students were awarded Honorable Mention status. On February 1, Mr. Cheney’s class has been invited to the Google offices downtown to view this year’s submitted films and present a reflection on their film making experience.  Many thanks to all of our teachers and Mrs. Clasky for supporting our students through the creation of their creative films.

Valentines Day will be here before we know it. Important information regarding Valentines and parties can be found below. Additionally, Kindergarten families, don’t forget to save the date – February 14 @ 10:00am for the Kindergarten Valentine concert. On February 14, both AM and PM classes will attend the AM session.

I look forward to celebrating the first birthdays of 2018 at Thursday’s January Principal Birthday Lunch.

Mrs. Kopriva, our school secretary, will be away from Lincoln for the next few weeks. Mrs. Amy Dwyer and Mrs. Anna Brennan will be covering the office in her absence. They will be happy to help with anything office related.

As always, please let me know if there is anything I can do to support your kids or your family. Thanks for your continued support of our Fine Fine School.  Have a great week. CG


Monday, 1/15:

  • MIDNIGHT deadline for Spring Fun Lunch orders; late fees kick in at 12a.m.
  • MIDNIGHT deadline to register for Science Expo

Tuesday, 1/16:

  • Tennis grades 3/4 – 3:15-4, gym
  • Theater Club – 3:15pm – 4:15, auditorium

Wednesday, 1/17:

  • Winter Sports Camp – 3:15-4pm, gym

Thursday, 1/18:

  • January Principal Birthday Lunch
  • Tennis grades 1/2 – 3:15-4, gym
Friday, 1/19:
  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am, multi-purpose room
  • Fun Lunch – Pasta (last Fall Fun Lunch)

Kindergarten Sneak Peek

If you or anyone you know will have a Kindergarten student starting at Lincoln, please join us for a Kindergarten Sneak Peek and Registration on Thursday, February 1 at 7:00. in the Lincoln School Auditorium.  See attached flyer.

Important Messages from your School Nurse

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Please remember during cold and flu season to keep your child home if they are sick. If they have a fever they need to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before they can return to school. If they are vomiting and/or have diarrhea, make sure it has been at least 24 hours since the last episode before returning to school. If your child has an excessively runny nose or cannot stop coughing, it may be a good idea to keep them home. This is to protect your child from catching something if their immune system is down, as well as to protect the other students and staff. Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone at Lincoln School healthy.

Valentines Day and Party Info:

A Reminder on Class Parties – As Valentine’s Day parties approach, it is important to remember District 90’s food allergy practices that help keep all our children safe.

Room Parents, please remember to check with your class teacher or the school nurse for a list of food allergies unique to your classroom. Please remember that ALL food items MUST be store bought or made in a licensed commercial kitchen that is nut free. All items must be nut free and not manufactured in a nut facility or on equipment that is shared with any type of nut. This is a school-wide practice regardless of whether there is a child with a nut allergy in the classroom.

In addition, all food items must be free of all allergens unique to the classroom and not manufactured on equipment that is shared with that allergen. (Example: soy, egg, milk)

Also please remember that food cannot be prepared in any way in your homes, i.e., slicing fruit or assembling themed food items. Please also bring in all food items in their original packaging so labels can be reviewed.

We ask for your full cooperation with this. Unfortunately, if something comes in that does not adhere to these rules or contains an allergen, the food will not be able to be served.

A Reminder on Valentine’s Day Cards – Please remember that Valentines should be brought for every student in your child’s classroom. Valentines may NOT contain any type of food or candy items. If your child brings a Valentine with candy attached, we will remove the candy and allow the Valentine to be passed out. If there is no way to separate the candy from the Valentine, unfortunately, the Valentines will not be allowed to be passed out, and we will ask your child to bring the Valentines home. Please help us avoid disappointment and tears and remember not to have candy or food be a part of your child’s Valentine cards.

Thank you all for helping keep all of our students at Lincoln safe.

If you have any questions at all please contact our school nurse, Erin Godellas at godellase@district90.org or 708-366-7340 x 8034.  Please feel free to take a picture and forward any ingredient label that you may have a question about.

Attendance Reporting

When reporting your child’s absence please be sure to either use the district attendance e-mail or telephone extension:
1) Lincoln School Attendance Line: 708.366.7340
2) Email 24-7 to lincolnattendance@district90.org

Order Spring Fun Lunch by Midnight Tonight!

Fall Fun Lunch ends this Friday, 1/19.  If your child wants additional fun lunches for 2018, you must register on the PTO Web StorePlace your order by midnight tonight to avoid late fees!  Please check with your children to see if their tastes have changed before registering.

Lincoln Elementary K-4th Jr. Scientist Expo – Register by Midnight Tonight!

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The Lincoln Elementary K-4th Jr. Scientist Exp will be Thursday, February 8th –  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 is on the PTO Webstore and closes TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT.

Please see the linked flyer for more details!

Chess Club Starting Soon!

Chess Club begins in two weeks!

Meetings will be held from 3:15-4:15pm in the Lincoln Library on the following Mondays: 1/29, 2/5, 2/26, 3/12, 3/19, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16.

Registration opens next Sunday, 1/21, at 5pm.  Maximum of 20 kids.  Kids should bring a nut free snack and a water bottle.  Please contact Derek Flynn (derek.flynn AT gmail.com) with any questions.

Girls On the Run

Fitness, Empowerment, & Fun?

Join Girls on the Run!

Girls on the Run is a non-profit, after-school program for 3rd and 4th grade girls that uses the power of running to educate girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The program combines training for a 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive physical and social-emotional development.

WHEN do we meet?
 Twice a week after school for 75- 90 minutes with your team. The program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Lincoln School starting in March through May and is led by trained, volunteer coaches.  (Cost will be $205/girl for 12 the week season).

Lottery sign up begins today, January 15,  at GOTR website.

5K Race to be held in Grant Park on Saturday, May 19.

WHERE can I learn more? www.gotrchicago.org

Volunteer as a coach for Girls on the Run!

You don’t need to be a runner or have previous coaching experience – just the passion to change the lives of young girls.

Contact Kristin Bailitz at kristinbailitz@gmail.com if interested.

International Festival

Lincoln School and PTO is hosting its third International Fest on Sunday, February 25, from 1-4pm.

Send your child on a journey around the world! In one afternoon, your child will travel through four countries, hosted by Lincoln parents from around the world (plus art teachers Ms. Kozbur!), doing locally themed hands-on projects and activities at each itinerary stop.

The cost of this amazing experience is $5 per child. All travelers will receive a personalized passport and duty free bag. World travel will include age appropriate scavenger hunts with token souvenir prizes! World snacks and drinks will be available for sale in our International Food Court (the gym). Parents and siblings are welcome to wait for their Lincoln Travelers alongside a hands-on international exhibit in the gym.

Due to space and logistical constraints, the World Tour is open to Lincoln students only. Parents may accompany Lincoln students on the tour if need be, but qualified “tour guides” will be helping students find their way, and will be available to assist younger travelers. Franklin Entrance Doors open at 1 pm. Students “tour” from 1:15 to 4 pm. WebStore registration is open from January 22 to February 16 and will be limited to the first 120 Lincoln students who RSVP. WE EXPECT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TO SELL OUT QUICKLY!

In the event that World Tour sells out, please register on the Wait List free of charge and we will contact you if space opens up.

Parent volunteers are still needed — please sign up on the PTO SignUpGenius.

Questions? Contact Vanessa Druckman (vanessadruckman at gmail.com) or Katie Iammartino (katie_strauss at hotmail.com)

News from the Lincoln Library

Mrs. Brauweiler has lunchtime clubs for first and second graders! The club meets during lunch/recess on Tuesdays for 1st graders and Thursdays for 2nd graders.

See the flyers below for more details – sign up now through the WebStore.  Limited to 10 students per grade.

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2nd grade flyer

Jump Rope For Heart

Students in 1st-4th grade:

Our school is getting ready to kick-off another Jump Rope For Heart for the American Heart Association!  We are so excited to teach your student how to care for their heart.  Our Jump Rope for Heart event will be on February 21st during school.

Our American Heart Association representative will be joining us at school on JANUARY 31 to talk with our students about the work the AHA does and challenge them to start living a healthy lifestyle,   Information and letters  to parents for collecting  donations will go home with the 1st- 4th grade students on Friday February2. Here’s a quick 15 minute video you can watch at home with your child to learn more about our event this year.

Annual Lincoln School Auction – Save the date: March 16th!

The Annual Lincoln School Auction will be at Lake Street Kitchen on Friday, March 16th – see linked flyer, more details to come!

Winter Yoga and Tennis – Registration is now open!

Adrienne Smith and Laurie Solberg of Family Flow Yoga will teach a yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students on Mondays in the multipurpose room. The program will provide children with an opportunity to foster greater self-awareness and improve their concentration and self-confidence. The team will introduce the children to the fundamentals of yoga and incorporate social-emotional themes.

When: Mondays 3:15 to 4:15 pm in the multipurpose room, dates are as follows: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/26, 3/12, 3/19
Space is limited to 15 students. $80 for 6 classes.  Registration is now open on the PTO Web Store.

Questions? Contact Annie Bergin Dwyer at “loolatopiafairy AT gmail.com“.

Tennis will be taught by Mirka and Luka Bagos, professional coaches of Play For Lot,  in the gym.  The program welcomes children of all skill levels. Children need to wear gym shoes and comfortable clothes.  No racket needed.

Who & When:  

  • Grades 1&2 meet on THURSDAYS 3:15 to 4:00 pm on the following dates:  1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22
  • Grades 3&4 meet on TUESDAYS 3:15 to 4:00 pm on the following dates:  1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/20, 2/27

Each group is limited to 20 students. The cost is $80 for 6 lessons.  Registration is now open on the PTO Web Store.

Questions?  Contact Annie Bergin Dwyer   “loolatopiafairy AT gmail.com

Library Volunteers Wanted



Do you love books and kids?  Do you have 30 minutes to spare?  If you answered yes, then the Lincoln Library is looking for you!  We have a small but mighty group of volunteers who shelve the books, but would love to have a few more.  Lincoln students read a lot of books and all those books must go back on the shelves!  Best times are right after drop off and at 2:30 before pick up.  If there’s another time you can make it, let’s chat!  Please contact Mrs. Brauweiler (brauweilerd@district90.org) directly to become a Lincoln Library volunteer!​

One District/One Book – Upcoming Events!

District 90, in partnership with the PTOs, will be hosting several upcoming events as part of the shared reading experience, the One District/One Book effort. This community-wide reading initiative encourages families and residents to read, reflect, and discuss the same book together. All District 90 families, faculty, staff, students, and River Forest residents are encouraged to read and join in the discussion of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck.

The Mindset approach offers a framework to advance one’s efforts in the classroom (for students), at work, with personal relationships, and in the community. School and local librarians are offering other potential book titles with similar themes for novice or young readers.

Join the Conversation
Please join the discussion about adopting and/or supporting a growth mindset. Several events will expound on the growth mindset approach and its importance to school success. Suggestions and practical tips will also be provided to help participants support growth mindset concepts at work, in relationships and community service, and in the classroom. e session will help you identify your own personal mindset approach and ways to strengthen or transform it.

Saturday, February 3
Roosevelt Middle School
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Please join the discussion during an interactive presentation by Dr. Ann Batenburg of Mindset Works. This presentation will help everyone learn about the benefits of applying the growth mindset concepts to all aspects of their lives. Participants are invited to continue the conversation following Dr. Ann Batenburg’s presentation by joining facilitated breakout sessions afterward.

Mid-February (Coming Soon) 
Please plan to participate in an interactive webinar for anyone interested in understanding the components of the growth mindset approach. More than a concept that relies on positive thinking, the growth mindset approach encourages meeting challenges through a variety of methods. Participants will be able to leverage practical suggestions about the growth mindset approach as they learn how to apply its tenets to all aspects of their lives.

All events are free and open to the public. Please plan to attend one or all of the upcoming One District/One Book events, see attached flyer.