12/16 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
I hope you had a wonderful weekend. As we enter the final five school days of 2018, I can’t decide who’s more excited for the break… the kids or the principal!
As we prepare to flip the calendar to a new year, we are presented with the opportunity to reflect upon the past year and optimistically look towards all the adventures to come in the next!
When I reflect upon 2018 at Lincoln School, a few things stand out to be most grateful for.  First, and most importantly, our Fine Fine Kids.  Every day, I am inspired by the character of our kids, their perseverance in school work, and the amazing spirit they add to the halls of Lincoln.  Secondly, our school wouldn’t be what it is without all the incredible people who make Lincoln School run.  From Ms. Kopriva, Ms. Godellas, Mr. Danno and crew, teacher assistants and teachers, some of the best in the business arrive here each day to give their all for the betterment of this community.  Finally, please never underestimate the role each of you play in supporting our Fine Fine School. The old saying “it takes a village” couldn’t apply more to the operation of our school.  2018 was another banner year for our Fine Fine School and I look forward to the adventures we will all share in 2019!
I look forward to seeing many of you this week for our annual winter concerts. Please be sure to use the Franklin Entrance when arriving for the concerts.
1st- 9:45
2nd- 10:30
3rd- 1:00
4th- 1:45
Also, please don’t forget dismissal will be at 2:30pm on Friday, December 21.
Whether you are staying local or traveling near or far, I wish you and your family a safe and memorable holiday season full of wonderful new memories.  And I hope during this holiday season, you too count Lincoln School and this Fine Fine Community among your many blessings.
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to better support your kids or your family. Happy Holidays from the the Lincoln School family to each of yours. See you in 2019! CG
Quote of the Week – “No act of kindness…. however small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop
12/14/2018 Spirit Winners – Ms. Tanglao – 2nd Grade & Ms. Mares – 3rd Grade
*** Please note: Look for the next Lincoln Log on Sunday, January 6, 2019***


*Winter Parties this week!*

Monday, December 17:

  • Green for Good Club – 3:10-4pm, Mrs. Suzuki’s classroom
  • Fall sports camp (grades 1/2): 3:10-4pm, gym

Tuesday, December 18:

  • Theater Club – 3:10-4:15pm, auditorium

Wednesday, December 19:

  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • Fall sports camp (grades 3/4): 3:10-4pm, gym

Thursday, December 20:

  • Wonder Readers – 7:30am

Friday, December 21:

  • Lincoln Spirit Day
  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am
  • Winter Concerts – 1st- 9:45am, 2nd- 10:30am, 3rd- 1:00pm, 4th- 1:45pm
  • Early Dismissal – 2:30pm
  • Fun Lunch – Sliders/Toasted Cheese

*School will resume on Monday, January 7, 2019*

Lincoln K-4th Jr. Scientist Expo – registration closes this Friday, 12/21!

Image result for science expoThe Lincoln Elementary K-4th Jr. Scientist Expo will be Thursday, January 31 –  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 on the PTO Web Store closes on Friday, December 21.

We still need volunteers for the Expo – sign up on the PTO signup genius.

Winter Sports Registration Opens TONIGHT! 

Looking for a way for the kids to run off some energy during the cold weather? Back by popular demand: winter sports camp by Legacy Sports. Kids will play games like Battleship, Dodge Ball and Keep Up the Yard, while learning sportsmanship, respect and teamwork.  The program is run by Legacy Sports and will take place in the gym. Registration will open on the PTO webstore on Sunday 12/16.

$80. Spaces limited.  The sports camp is open to all grades on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Tuesdays: 1/8, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/19, 2/26; Thursdays: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14

Winter Yoga Registration Opens TONIGHT!

Calling all Yogis! Adrienne Smith and Laurie Solberg of Family Flow Yoga will teach a yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students on Mondays in the Gym. 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.

Yoga will take place on Mondays from 3:15 to 4:15. Registration opens on the PTO webstore on Sunday 12/16.

Space is limited to 26 students. $80 for 6 classes.  Dates are: 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11

Winter Tennis Registration Opens TONIGHT!

Tennis will be taught by Mirka and Luka Bagos, professional coaches of Play For Lot, outside on the Franklin-side playground (weather permitting). If it’s too cold, tennis will meet 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 and 2 meet on WEDNESDAYS 3:15 to 4:15 pm on the following dates: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13 ($80 for 6 lessons)
Grades 3 and 4 meet on MONDAYS 3:15 to 4:15 pm on the following dates: 1/7, 1/14, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25 ($80 for 6 lessons)

Winter/Spring Fun Lunch registration opens 12/31

Winter/Spring Fun Lunch registration will open on the PTO webstore on 12/31. Don’t get stuck making lunches on Fridays this spring!

Hosts needed for Lincoln International Festival

Are you from another country or do you have a special connection to another country? Please volunteer for Lincoln’s Fourth Annual International Festival on Sunday, February 24 from 1-4 pm. You will tell small groups of Lincoln students about your favorite country in 20 minute segments through crafts, hands on activities, sport, or dance. Help us make this day a success by sharing your passion for another country.

If interested, please fill out this Google form.

Thank you to all who donated to the Heartworks Mitten Tree!

mitten tree 2015


Wednesday Walking Club Will Resume in January

We will walk when the air temp feels like 10 degrees or warmer and it’s not muddy out. We have enjoyed seeing so many families start their day with a brisk walk! It’s a great way to start the day.
Connect 4 Kids is committed to the health and well-being of all our Lincoln school families. Movement is so important for healthy brain function and learning. Here’s a fun video that shows just what we mean!

Young Authors 2019 – calling all writers in grades 1-4!!

Come to Wonder Writers any Friday morning or just ask Mrs. Moriarty for more information.


Reminder: 2nd grade harmonica fee

Second grade parents, please remember to pay your child’s $12 harmonica class fee on the PTO webstore if you haven’t already done so.  This is a mandatory class for all 2nd graders, who be learning to play the harmonica in January. The price includes the price of one harmonica and the music book. Thank you!


Lincoln event photos wanted

The yearbook committee 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]

RECYCLE YOUR HOLIDAY LIGHTS – Now through January 15!

Collection box on Central Avenue by River Forest Village Hall (under the train tracks).  You can recycle all working and non-working holiday lights including italian mini-lights, traditional lights, rope lights, LED lights, and extension cords. See attached flyer for more information!



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”.