12/20 Lincoln log

Lincoln Families, 

I hope you had a great weekend and are rested for the final days of school in 2020! In just eleven days, we will flip the calendar to 2021. Like many of you, I am eager to see what adventures await in the new year. While most of us will look back on 2020 as a year we’d rather forget, let’s not be dismissive of the challenges we endured, lessons we’ve learned and the journey we’ve been on together these past twelve months. We’ve learned how to be together – far apart, we’ve learned to smile with our eyes in lieu of our mouth, we’ve missed vacations, but learned that we don’t have to travel far away to create lasting memories. We’ve reinvented alternative ways to do virtually anything, we’ve united against social injustices that have plagued us for years, been reminded that kindness is free, and that what unites us is always greater than what divides us. Oh yeah…. we also learned a little something about e-learning! 🙂 While many of the obstacles from 2020 will still exist into the new year, I am eager for January 2021, but let’s not forget to take the good stuff from 2020 with us. If we collectively harness all that goodness, then I have every confidence that together we will make 2021 a bright and memorable sequel to 2020.

Don’t forget – this Wednesday, school dismisses for all elementary kids at 12:30pm. Most specifically, please note there will be no AM Kindergarten on Wednesday. Instead this will be a PM Kindergarten attendance day,  PM kids will attend from 8:30-10:30am.

We are excited to celebrate Winter Break Spirit Week:

  • Monday: Holiday Headwear: Wear your favorite holiday hat, headband, antlers etc! 
  • Tuesday: Holiday Bling: Wear your favorite holiday colors: red, green, gold, blue, white, silver or even your tackiest holiday shirt or sweater!
  • Wednesday: Lincoln School Pajama Day and D.E.A.R.: Wear your favorite pajamas and bring a book to Drop Everything and Read!

MUSIC – Available now through the links below, Ms. Mann invites your family to Zoom into the Music Room“. These videos will give your family a peek into music instruction at Lincoln. Enjoy some winter melodies at the end. Thanks to Ms. Mann for coordinating this event!

ART – Additionally, Ms. Kozbur invites your family to take a visual stroll through the virtual Lincoln School Art Gallery compiled of artwork our kids created remotely this fall.  Lincoln School Virtual Art Gallery Fall 2020.

It’s been so incredible having the smiles and energy of the Lincoln Eagles back at school for these final days of 2020. I can’t think of a more perfect ending to a year that has required such resilience from our kids, teachers and families. Please remember that to accommodate any families traveling over the winter break, school will resume with full remote learning from January 11-15th.  Blended Learning will recommence on Tuesday, January 19. In the coming days, D90 will be providing information for any family wishing to continue accessing school remotely after January 19.

While thank you seems insufficient, those two words summarize my heartfelt gratitude for all the grace, kindness, and support each of you have showered upon myself and the staff of our Fine Fine School this year. It was far from perfect, but I couldn’t be prouder of the hard things we did together. None of which would have been possible without your positive messages and kindness. I wish you and your family a happy and safe winter break and look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! ~ CG

***Look for the next Lincoln Log on Sunday, January 10, 2021***


Monday, 12/21: Spirit Week – Holiday Headwear

Tuesday, 12/22: Spirit Week – Holiday Bling

Wednesday, 12/23:

  • 12:30pm dismissal (no asynchronous afternoon learning)
  • NO AM Kindergarten
  • PM Kindergarten attends 8:30-10:30am

Monday, 1/11/2021: – Classes Resume (REMOTE LEARNING)

Lincoln Science Expo – register now, closes on Jan 17th!

Calling inquisitive minds and budding scientists! The Lincoln Junior Scientist Expo will be held virtually on Thursday, January 28th and is open to all Lincoln K-4th graders.  Student-created, 2-minute videos will be available for viewing by parents, students and staff online (platform TBD). Sign up now through the PTO Webstore, registration will close on Tuesday, 1/12 at midnight.

We are also seeking parent volunteers as Zoom Breakout Room video hosts  – please email Lincolnrfptopresident@gmail.com.

Click here for more information!

Young Authors

Illinois Reading Council

Lincoln students have the opportunity to become the next Mo Willems or JK Rowling!  Young Authors is open to students in grades 1st – 8th.  Students can write an original piece (cannot be a school assignment) about anything they choose.  Writing pieces need to be bound and turned in to Mrs. Brauweiler by February 10thAttached is a flyer with more details. Some open Zoom meetings will be scheduled to check in with students.  We will have some type of school celebration later in the spring to recognize our authors.  Contact Mrs. Brauweiler if you have any questions.

ZOOM into the Music Room

Marquee Symbol Lights - Music Note Vintage Marquee Lights Sign (Black Finish)

Use the following links to view Ms. Mann and “Zoom into the Music Room!”

Lincoln School Virtual Art Show- Winter 2020

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You are invited to take a visual stroll and enjoy the Lincoln School Virtual Art Gallery. All of the works displayed were created by Lincoln Artist during remote learning this fall.  Your students have been
working very hard these last four months to create some amazing works of art. 

Thank you for all of your support, Mrs. Kozbur – Lincoln School Virtual Art Gallery

Library Lowdown

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Have some fun playing bingo over winter break!  Your child will receive a copy of the Winter Break Bingo card next week (attached here as well).  If they cross off 5 squares, they will receive a fun bookmark.  If they cross off the entire card, they will be spotlighted during their library time.  Return the bingo card to Mrs. Brauweiler by January 22nd.

Be sure to return all library books that have been finished  when we return. You’ll receive a list over the break to help gather them. Have a wonderful break and keep reading!!

Green4Good – have a sustainable holiday!

Green4Good wishes you all a safe and healthy winter break and new year. The Village of River Forest Sustainability Commission provides our village with resources and information for a sustainable holiday season – please see their Sustainable Holiday Guide.

Remember to compost your holiday greens each Tuesday in January and don’t forget about Holiday Lights Recycling available through January 15! Dispose of old and unusable holiday lights in the clearly marked receptacle found behind Village Hall on Central Avenue under the railroad viaduct. Any questions – call the Village at 708-366-8500!

SEL – winter resources

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Social Emotional Wellness is now more important than ever, check out these Winter Break resources from our Social Work Team, Ms. Payton and Ms. Yelnik.

Technology support

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Thank you for emailing  powerschool@district90.org or helpdesk@district90.org with your technology questions/issues.  Please remember to include as much information as possible, e.g., Student Name, Teacher Name, School, iPad asset tag number, etc. Screenshots, links, websites and any other information regarding the issue is helpful. For example, my iPad/computer can’t connect to the XXXXX website when I click on this link. 

Additionally, if you have difficulty logging into your child’s special area classes, please be sure to reach out to that particular teacher to assist with any login issues.