12/18 Lincoln Log – Jr. Scientist Expo Registration ends 12/23

Lincoln Families,

For the third weekend in a row snow is the theme for weekend, and hopefully you are keeping warm.  It’s hard to believe we’ve reached the final countdown for school days in 2016.

Whether your family is staying local or traveling over the Winter Break, I wish you a holiday season full of exciting new memories!  I’m looking forward to spending some time in St. Louis and Chicago with my family,  New Year’s in Michigan with friends, and squeezing in a ski trip to Utah with friends.

We hope  you left Friday’s Winter Concerts full of the spirits of the season! Many thanks to Mrs. Halter for the incredible talents she puts to work each day with your kids. Your support of our school and music program are very appreciated!

Please take a few minutes to participate in the Illinois 5 Essentials Survey. Each school in Illinois is required to have 20% parent participation in this survey. Currently 13 % of Lincoln Families have participated. Please help us to reach the required 20%.  Thanks for your participation and support of our school.  https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/

Dismissal on Friday, December 23, will be a 2:30 pm.  School will resume on Monday, January 9th.  The next Lincoln Log will be sent on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

As we prepare to gather with family and friends to reflect on memories of the past, give thanks for the present, and look with optimism to the future,  I hope Lincoln School finds a place on your list of things to be thankful for.  I am truly grateful for your support and the honor of leading our school community, but mostly I’m thankful for the life lessons I learn each day from your kids!  As always, thanks for your continued support of our Fine, Fine School.

Happy Holidays. I look forward to seeing you and your kids in 2017!

All my best, CG



Wednesday, 12/21:

  • Pack a Waste-Free Lunch

Friday, 12/16:

  • Holiday Parties – please see note below
  • Dismissal at 2:30 pm
  • Last Day to Register for Jr. Scientist Expo
  • Fun Lunch:  Pasta


Please look for important information about 2017 Fun Lunches further down in this newsletter.  

Important Holiday Party Information 

Please remember District 90’s food allergy practices for the safety of  all children.

Room Parents, please remember to check with your class teacher or the school nurse for a list of food allergies unique to your classroom.  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)

Food cannot be prepared in any way in your homes, i.e., slicing fruit or assembling themed food items. Please bring in all food items in their original packaging with ingredient labels intact.

We kindly 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 cannot be served.

Thank you all for helping keep all of our students at Lincoln safe. Please contact me with any questions. Please feel free to take a picture and send me any ingredient label that you may have a question about.

Erin Godellas RN, BSN
School Nurse
708-366-7340 x-8034

Jr. Scientist Expo Registration ends Friday

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-5-04-47-pmAre you mad about science? Does the word “experiment” make you bubble over? If this raises your temperature, then the Lincoln Junior Scientist Expo is for you! Groups of 1, 2 or 3 scientists can share a science project, completed at home, with friends and family. All will be recognized for their efforts and be eligible for prize drawings during the expo – including a grand prize!

To participate in the Jr. Scientist Expo, teams will need to register by 12/23 on the PTO Webstore. If registering as a group, you must enter the names of all team members.

For more information, please see our flyer: Jr. Scientist Expo 2017


Connect4Kids Indoor Recess Donations

Casey, the teachers, and C4K team are shaking things up during indoor lunch recess.

We are happy to announce the children will be 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.

Before purchasing new materials we invite you to donate colored pencils, markers, crayons, paper, madlibs, journals, games, legos, rainbow looms, or lincoln logs.

Please deliver them to the office through December 22. Thanks in advance for your generosity.

Connect 4 Kids Book Club for Parents

The Connect 4 Kids Committee is happy to announce the 2nd Annual Lincoln School Family Book Club.  Please review the selected titles in the attached document and provide your feedback using the following survey link: Book Club 2017 Survey.

Spring Fun Lunch Registration Opens 1/1/17

Fall Fun Lunch ends on 1/13 with the Chicken Tenders/Veggie Burger meal.  If your child wants additional fun lunches for 2017, you must register on the PTO Web Store between January 1st and January 13th.  Late registration will be accepted until  1/20, but includes an additional fee.

Meal details will be on the Web Store on 1/1/2017.  Please check with your children to see if their tastes have changed before registering!

Lincoln Chicago Wolves Event – 1/22

wolvesCheer on the Chicago Wolves hockey team vs. the Milwaukee Admirals this 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!

Jeans & Gems  –  Please save the date!




 Third Grade Math Circle Volunteer Needed

We are looking for a volunteer to assist Katie Ianmartino with the Lincoln Math Circle Groups for the Spring Semester. This is a very limited but impactful commitment: 1 hour (11:30 to 12:30) for 10 Mondays. No math expertise needed – just enthusiasm to work with some bright and eager third graders. Please contact Katie at “katie_strauss AT hotmail.com”  if you are able to assist. Thanks!

Winter Sports Camp Registration — spaces still available!

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.

$70. Spaces limited.

The sports camp will be on Mondays for grades 3-4 and Wednesdays for grades 1-2. Actual Dates:

Grades 3-4 (Mondays):
1/9, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27
Grades 1-2 (Wednesdays):
1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15

The program is run by Legacy Sports and will take place in the gym. Registration now open on the PTO webstore.

Chess Club Registration is Open

Open to all students. All abilities. $25
After school. 3:15-4pm
1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1

Young Authors Deadline is 12/23

Young Authors Blank Page

Just a gentle reminder that the Young Authors Contest entry deadline is 12/23.
Any questions? Stop and see Mrs. Moriarty at any time.

Custom Holiday Cards & Stationary Fundraiser

Smitten Boutique is offering a special deal on custom stationary products that also benefits our PTO.  Please see the attachment for details Smitten Boutique Fundraiser.  You can order on line http://www.smittenboutique.com/ or visit the store in the West Loop.   Thank you for your continued PTO support!

Share your photos with the Lincoln Yearbook

See instructions on this document: Yearbook Photo Share


Halloween Costume Collection

Before you put away your Halloween costumes for the year, consider taking part in the Willard Halloween costume exchange. Drop off your gently used costumes at 919 Monroe or 1430 Jackson and pick up a coupon to use for a costume exchange before Halloween next year. Questions? Email erinellen17@yahoo.com.

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.

D90 School Board Seeking Candidates

The River Forest Community Caucus seeks candidates for the D90 School Board for the April 2017 election. If you’ve considered participating in the school board or know someone who’s talked about it, now is the time to come forward. The County filing deadline is December 19; Caucus interviews will be conducted in January. Contact Calvin Davis, 2016 River Forest Community Caucus Chairperson, at “CDavis1052  AT aol.com”


 Please–don’t forget the D90 5 Essentials Survey–it’s quick and it means so much!