11/8 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Greetings from Washington D.C.

For starters, Happy Veterans Day to any families who are celebrating the patriotic service of a loved one this week!

Additionally, Happy “Official” Blue Ribbon Week. I am excited to be joining Mrs. Moriarty in representing our Fine Fine School at this week’s National Blue Ribbon School Recognition Ceremony in Washington DC! Despite being diagnosed with Walking Pneumonia over the weekend, I’ll do my best to represent our school well and send or Tweet updates! It promises to be a great week for our school!

Many thanks to those who took the time to attend last week’s Parent Teacher Conferences. I am hopeful you found the time with your child’s teachers to be positive and informational. I look forward to seeing the rest of you at this week’s continuation of conferences.

Due to school pictures arriving late last week, please note the change in our Picture Retakes. If you are interested in Retakes they will now take place on Tuesday, November 17.

To continue the School Spirit effort ignited by the Blue Ribbon, we are excited to announce the continuation of School Spirit Fridays!  The class during each lunch session wearing the most Spirit wear or any red clothing item will be awarded a school spirit surprise! Congratulations to Mrs. Donnelly and Mrs. Dumont’s classes for having the most school spirit last week!

Finally, I am looking forward to this weeks November Principal Birthday Lunch on Thursday, November 12.

As always, if there is ever anything I can do to further support you or your family, please never hesitate to let me know. Have a great week.


Calendar this Week

Tuesday, 11/10

  • Building Strong Families Impact Forum 7-9PM Roosevelt Multi-Purpose Room

Thursday, 11/12:

  • November Birthday Principal Lunch
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences, 3:30 – 6:50 pm

Friday, 11/13:

  • Fun Lunch:  Subs Screen Shot 2015-09-11 at 4.39.13 PM

Looking Ahead…

Tuesday 11/17: Picture Retakes

Tuesday 11/17 – Friday 11/20:  Book Fair

Wednesday 11/18:  Lincoln Family Reading Night


Building Strong Families Impact Forum this Tuesday

Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 3.35.21 PMI.M.P.A.C.T. and River Forest Township invite you to attend

Building Strong Families

As parents we strive to raise kids who make healthy choices. Join your neighbors in discovering how we can strengthen our relationships with our children to help them navigate the adolescent years and strengthen the underlying skills that they need for future choice making.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Roosevelt Middle School Multi-Purpose Room



IMPACT will partner with Be Strong Families for this highly engaging parent forum. All are welcome for this community event! Please rsvp by November 9 to Maureen Spielman at mauspiel@gmail.com or Stacey Williams at StaceyWilliams2025@gmail.com.

Lincoln School Book Fair

Book Fair 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.

Your child will visit the book fair on Tuesday, November 17 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. Look for the “Apples” on the bulletin board outside the LLC.

We will be hosting a family story time on Wednesday, November 18 from 6:30-7:30PM. We will have readers from the community, including a police officer and a librarian from the River Forest Public Library.

New this year, we will be having a book mark decorating contest. The week before the Fair, all students will receive a black and white book mark to decorate. The two best from each grade will receive a $5 off coupon to use at the Book Fair! If you can’t make it to the Fair this year, you may order online at abcfairs.com. Purchases will still benefit the Lincoln PTO. Volunteers are needed to help staff the Book Fair. Please see Sign Up Genius for available time slots.  Thank you!  2015 BOOK FAIR HOURS

  • Tuesday, 11/17:  Exclusive shopping for STAFF & VOLUNTEERS 8:00am to 3:10pm


  • Tuesday, 11/17:  3:10 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 11/18:  8:00 am to  8:00 pm (FAMILY STORY HOUR is   6:30-7:30 pm)
  • Thursday, 11/19:  8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday, 11/20:  8:00 am to 9:30 am


Will Your Country Be Part of the International Festival?


International Fest

On Sunday, February 7, Lincoln School will be hosting our first International Festival where children will interactively learn about the many countries represented in our student body. So far, we have volunteers to represent the following 12 countries:

      • France



    • Croatia



    • Japan



    • Chile



    • Argentina



    • India



    • Brazil



    • UK



    • Lebanon



    • Turkey



    • China



    • Italy


We would love to have a few more countries! All you need is a passion for a particular country, whether from having traveled there or having lived there. If you’d like to help with one of the countries above, or have another country you’d like to share with the kids, please fill out this form:(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Fofu7bMD0I2ADcxgeY4AoLrFdBOhsygvpLMkfcPrGvo/viewform?usp=send_form) or email Vanessa Druckman “vanessadruckman AT gmail.com”.

November and December Character Trait

POSITIVE ATTITUDE Because Positive Attitude is so important and because the month of December is shortened by winter break, we focus on this character theme for two months in a row! A person with a Positive Attitude:

      • Always sees the good in a situation
    • Tries to find solutions to problems
    • Takes time to appreciate the little things
    • Is happy with what s/he has
    • Takes responsibility for his/her actions
    • Understands the need to listen to other people
    • Doesn’t complain often
    • Enjoys life!

How does the Buddy Bench work?

The buddy bench is a special, designated spot where kids can sit and this, in turn, is a “signal” to others on the playground that they need a friend. If you are the student sitting on the bench:

      • you may be new to school and not know anyone
    • your friends are playing with other kids or aren’t at school today
    • you want to play something different than your friends
    • you want to make new friends, but aren’t sure how

If you are not sitting on the bench:

      • keep your eyes open for anyone sitting on the bench
    • ask your classmate on the buddy bench to play
    • make a new friend today and keep growing your circle of friends

Make Buddies, Not Bullies! Every 7 minutes, a child is bullied, according to an estimate by the U.S. Department of Justice. We want to give students a safe space to eliminate loneliness and foster friendships. For more information about the buddy bench, please visit: www.buddybench.org

Young Filmmakers Contest

One Earth Film Contest

The contest is open to Grades 3 through College, with recognition in each category: elementary, middle school, high school and college.

Create a 3-8 minute film or a shorter animation on a specific topic related to climate change or sustainability.  See the attachment One Earth Film Contest  for details or click here for the One Earth Website.