1/16 Lincoln PTO Newsletter

Lincoln Families,

I hope you enjoyed the extra day off with your kids this weekend.

It is hard to believe we have reached the point in this school year where we begin looking forward and planning for the next year. In the event you or someone you know will have an incoming kindergarten student during the 2017-18 school year, please save the date of February 2 at 7:00 p.m. when Lincoln will host a kindergarten “sneak peek” informational evening. Families will also have the opportunity to register their child for kindergarten at this event. Please spread the word to any potential new Lincoln kindergarten families.

When school is not in session due to a federal, religious, or local observance and the non-attendance day falls on a Monday or Friday, this causes the same students to miss specific special area classes (Art, Music, P.E., S.T.E.M., Library) more frequently than others. Therefore, in attempt to be equitable, on Tuesday, January 17 we will operate on a “Monday” schedule for the purposes of special area classes.

As always, I am looking forward to celebrating January birthdays this Thursday, January 19, at the January Principal Birthday Lunch. Don’t forget to send your child with a peanut-free lunch.

Finally, District 90 is working with BrightBytes, an education data-analytics company, to conduct a survey on the current use of technology by the district’s stakeholders: students, faculty, administrators, and families. The survey is confidential, and the results are anonymous. Students in grades 3-8 have already begun taking this short online survey during class. I am requesting that you consider participating in the online BrightBytes survey, which will take about five minutes, to describe the home technology environment of your student. This online survey will be available until noon on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Link to Survey

As always, thank you for your continued support of Lincoln. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to support your kids or family. Have a great week. CG


Tuesday, 1/17:

  • Note: students will follow “Monday” schedule for special area classes

Wednesday, 1/18:

  • Winter Sports Camp (grades 1&2)
  • Pack a Waste-Free Lunch

Thursday, 1/19:

  • January Principal Birthday Lunch

Friday, 1/20:

  • Final deadline for Spring Fun Lunch orders
  • Fun Lunch:  Subs

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PTO Club Reminder

Over the past several months there has been an increase in student-related behavioral issues during before and after school PTO-sponsored clubs. The Lincoln PTO Student Code of Conduct  outlines the the expectations of students participating in clubs. Please review the attached code of conduct with your child.

“Students are expected to treat teachers and volunteer leaders respectfully, as if in a Lincoln classroom during school hours. This includes letting others speak without interruption, raising your hand when you wish to speak, keeping comments kind and constructive, obeying the teacher/volunteer quiet signs, no hitting or wrestling.”

We are so fortunate at Lincoln to offer our students such a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities. With your support we look forward to providing our students with positive and robust clubs/activities that complement their academic experience at Lincoln.

Library Update

Hello Families,

This is just a quick reminder about the library’s Monarch (K-2) and Bluestem (3-4) reading challenge.

Your children all received reading logs last year to keep track of the challenge books.  These logs are to be turned in March 1 or before.  While students can check the books out from school, I highly encourage you to also check out these books from the public library so they can continue reading through them.

After reading 5-6 books, your child can vote on their favorite.

If your child reads all of the books on the list, they are invited to a library party to celebrate their accomplishments.  The party will be at lunch with food and games.

I have attached a link to the library website if you need to download a reading log.  http://d90lincolnlibrary.weebly.com/programs.html

This is a great program that gets children reading books that they might not normally choose, provides a variety of genres, and a fun reward at the end.   I hope you continue to support your children during the challenge.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the program.

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Brauweiler

Final Deadline for Spring Fun Lunch Registration is this Friday

Fall Fun Lunch ended last Friday with the Chicken Tenders/Veggie Burger meal.  If your child wants additional fun lunches for 2017, you must register on the PTO Web Store by January 20th.  Because the initial registration deadline passed on 1/13, we are now charging a a $5 late fee on all lunches and a $15 late fee on the “Buy All 4 Lunches” option.

Please check with your children to see if their tastes have changed before registering.  The menu schedule and lunch details are on the PTO Web Store. Note that milk orders placed on the District 90 website cover the entire school year.

No orders will be accepted after midnight FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH.

Lincoln Chicago Wolves Event – 1/22

wolvesCheer on the Chicago Wolves hockey team vs. the Milwaukee Admirals this Sunday, January 22nd, at 3p. Each ticket purchased will receive a free Chicago Wolves hat! Tickets may be purchased by mail, phone or fax and a portion of all ticket sales will go back our PTO. Please see the attached flyer (linocln-school-jan-22-2) for more details. Thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO!

International Festival Registration Opens 1/22

Send your child on a journey around the world at Lincoln’s second International Fest!

Who:  Lincoln Students, grades K to 4

When:   Sunday, February 12, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Where:  Lincoln School

Volunteers Needed:  Sign up here!

In one afternoon, your child will travel through ten countries, hosted by Lincoln parents and teachers from around the world, 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 snacks and drinks will be available for sale in the 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 logistics constraints, this event is limited to 120 Lincoln Students.  PTO Web Store registration will open at 5 pm on January 22 and will be limited to the first 120 Lincoln students to register.  Registration will close on February 3.

WE EXPECT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL TO SELL OUT QUICKLY!  In the event that registration is full, please consider the Wait List option and you will be contacted if space opens up.

There is an optional  FLIP Performance in the Lincoln Auditorium from 3:30 to 4:00 pm after the Festival.  All travelers are welcome to attend and watch their friends perform.

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

Connect4Kids Indoor Recess Donations

As previously announced, Casey, the teachers, and C4K team are shaking things up during indoor lunch recess.  The children are trying a new format of rotating stations during inclement weather. Options at indoor lunch recess may include movement, enrichment videos, art, creative building, board games or puzzles.

Thank you for your generous donations thus far of games and other great items!  We are still in need of blocks such as Lincoln Logs as well as art supplies like crayons colored pencils and markers (no paints, please).

Please deliver them to the office.  Thanks in advance for your generosity.

The Lincoln Yearbook Needs Your Help

The Yearbook has an immediate need for a Photographer who is available during a few school days in January or early February.

We need Club Photos for the yearbook for the many 4th grade clubs and the FLIP classes. Club Photos are taken during the Lunch/Recess hour in the auditorium, and the majority of FLIP classes also meet during this period.

We are also seeking additional team members for this year and next year!
If you need a creative outlet and like to work from home, this is the perfect job for you. It takes a team of 4-6 volunteers to publish a 64-page hardcover book.
If you can put together a digital photo book or holiday card, then you have the skills to learn the publishing tool we use for the yearbook. Please consider helping us put the book together this Spring and joining next year’s team. The book must be completed before Spring Break. Working on this project gives you great exposure to the Lincoln faculty and all school events–it’s a great way to learn all about Lincoln!

If interested, please contact Ann Mills (anncieslica at msn.com) or Amy Dwyer (amyadwyer at gmail.com). Thank you!

Science Expo Info…

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-5-04-47-pmThanks to all the Junior Scientists that registered to make the upcoming
Expo one to remember; the event is full.  Don’t forget to mark your calendar
for Thursday, January 26th 6:15 – 7:30 and encourage your Junior Scientist
to develop a project if they haven’t already started.  Presentation boards
went home with Junior Scientists last week (for teams, one board went
home with the first team member to register).

Please check out all the Expo details here: Jr. Scientist Expo 2017.  Contact Steve Lefko (s_lefko AT hotmail.com) with questions.

We need volunteers to make this event a success!  Please sign up at the Lincoln Volunteer SUG site.

Sign up Now for Connect4Kids Family Flow Yoga for Kids Grades 1-4

Calling all Yogis. Adrienne Smith and Laurie Solberg of Family Flow Yoga will be teaching children’s yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students.

Classes start Monday, January 23

Class dates are as follows: 3:15-4:15 in Auditorium while sports camp is in session:
January 23
January 30
February 6
February 13
Skip February 20
February 27
Skip March 6
March 13

$70 for a 6 week session.  Registration is now open on the PTO webstore.

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.

Questions? Please contact:
Annie Bergin Dwyer

Please be aware that PTO sponsored events are facilitated by volunteers and instructors solicited by the PTO. D90 personnel are often times are not in attendance or on the school premises.

Sign up Now for C4K Play For Lot Tennis

Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 2.03.06 PMGrades 3-4 will meet on Thursdays and Grades 1-2 will meet on Tuesdays.

Tennis will be taught by Mirka and Luka Bagos, professional coaches of Play For Lot. The program welcomes children of all skill levels.

Classes start Tuesday January 24 for Grades 1-2 and Thursday January 26 for grades 3-4.

Tennis runs on Thursdays 3:15-4:15 in gym as follows for grades 3-4:
January 26
February 2
February 9
February 16
SKIP 2/23
SKIP 3/9

1 & 2nd Grade Tennis runs Tuesdays 3:15-4:15 in Gym as follows:
January 24
January 31
February 7
February 14
Skip February 21
February 28
Skip March 7
March 14

$70 for a 6 week session.  Registration is now open on the PTO webstore.

Tennis meets inside the gym and the students are released on the Franklin-side playground from 3:15 to 4:15. It will be held outside as weather warms up.

Children need to wear gym shoes and comfortable clothes. No racket needed.

Questions? Please contact:
Annie Bergin Dwyer loolatopiafairy@gmail.com

Please be aware that PTO sponsored events are facilitated by volunteers and instructors solicited by the PTO. D90 personnel are often times are not in attendance or on the school premises.

Coding Club starting on January 30th

coding-clubMrs. Clasky, joined by librarian assistant Mr. Taylor, will once again be hosting a Coding Club on Mondays during lunch. This is a repeat session of the fall club (repeat exercises not intended for past club members), and is limited to 15 Third and Fourth Grade students.

Meetings are on Mondays during lunch/recess for 10 weeks. Students should bring a nut free lunch to each class.

Meetings are held on school days, January 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 27, March 13, March 20, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24.

Registration is now open on the PTO webstore. The cost for this club is $3. Classes fill quickly and it is first come, first served.

Fitness, Empowerment, & Fun?
Join Girls on the Run!

Girls on 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 $175 for 12 week season).  5K Race to be held in Grant Park on Saturday, May 20.

Lottery sign up is open now on the GOTR website.

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 AT gmail.com if interested.

Jeans & Gems  –  Please save the date! 


Jump Rope for Heart

Jump rope save the date

Share your photos with the Lincoln Yearbook

See instructions on this document: Yearbook Photo Share


Broken Holiday Lights Collection

Broken Holiday Lights and extension cords will be collected again this year by the Village of River Forest. A dumpster will be located near the Village Hall Parking lot. Collection begins Dec.15 and runs through January 19th.