12/2 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Happy December! I hope you enjoyed the balmy yet soggy weekend! It’s so hard to believe the final days of 2018 are upon us.The final fifteen school days of the calendar year promise to be busy ones.

Please don’t forget to take some time over the next few weeks to complete the family portion of the Illinois 5 Essentials survey. All teachers and District students in grades 4-8 will be participating in this survey. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will contribute to a better understanding of the conditions of our schools and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will not be connected to you or your child. To take the survey, please visit https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ and select the appropriate survey to begin. This online survey can be accessed from a PC/laptop, smart phone, or tablet. If you have more than one child enrolled in a District 90 school, you may take one survey for each child regardless of the school.

Hopefully, by now, you have marked your calendar for the annual Lincoln School Winter Program scheduled for Friday, December 21.

  • 1st grade – 9:45
  • 2nd grade – 10:30
  • 3rd grade – 1:00
  • 4th grade – 1:45
  • Dismissal – 2:30

As always, thanks for your continued support of our Fine Fine School! Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to further support your family. Have a great week. CG

Quote of the Week:  Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind always!” ~ Ian Maclaren

Spirit Wear Winners, Friday- November 30

  • 1st/2nd Grade – Mr. Rogers
  • 3rd/4th Grade – Ms. Bajo


ALL WEEK: Heartworks Mitten Tree donations – details below!

Monday, December 3:

  • PTO Meeting: 8:45am, conference room
  • Fall sports camp (grades 1/2): 3:10-4pm, gym

Tuesday, December 4:

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

Wednesday, December 5:

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

Thursday, December 6:

  • Wonder Readers – 7:30am

Friday, December 7:

  • Lincoln School Spirit Day
  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am
  • Pasta Fun Lunch

Reminder: PTO meeting tomorrow

Join us at 8:45am tomorrow morning in the conference room.  All are welcome.

No Wednesday Walking Club this week

Due to the weather conditions, the Walking Club will take a break until the end of this year.  Stay tuned for updates on a new challenge in the upcoming year!

Lincoln K-4th Jr. Scientist Expo – registration now open!

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.

Please Donate to the Heartworks Mitten Tree – starting tomorrow!

mitten tree 2015Heartworks is sponsoring an annual holiday tradition at Lincoln: our Mitten Tree, which will benefit Hephzibah.

Lincoln families can donate NEW kids-sized mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves.

Students can hang their donations on the Tree in the Park Avenue lobby between December 3th and December 14th.


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.

Alioto’s Shop and Share – Dec. 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 10am – 7pm!

Shop at Alioto’s in Oak Park (1118 Chicago Avenue) and 10% of all pre-tax sales will be donated to the PTOs of Lincoln, Willard, and Roosevelt. See this flyer for more details: D90Shop share.



Lincoln School Auction Committee meeting 12/13

Planning is underway for the annual Lincoln auction to be held this spring.  The auction committee will meet next Thursday, December 13, at 7pm at 522 Park Avenue.  We’d like to specifically invite those who signed up to be on the committee and those who volunteered last year.  Anyone else interested in joining is also welcome to attend!

Girls on the Run leaders NEEDED!

Whether you are a runner or just love working to inspire young girls, please consider becoming a Girls on the Run leader next spring. Practice is twice a week, leadership can be shared, and the culmination in an inspiring 5K run is well worth it! For more information, please contact Kristin Bailitz (kristinbailitz@gmail.com).


Country representatives needed for Lincoln International Festival

Lincoln’s Fourth Annual International Festival will take place on Sunday, February 24 from 1-4 pm. Are you from another country or do you have a special connection to another country? We would love to have you share this country with the students of Lincoln School! Students will travel through Lincoln on 2/24 and experience the wider world through crafts, dance, and other hands on activities. Help us make this day a success by sharing your passion for another country.

If interested, please fill out this Google form.

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!

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!



Show your Lincoln school spirit by wearing Lincoln gear or lots of RED on Fridays for a weekly Spirit Wear Challenge. Make sure your Lincoln wardrobe is ready! The classroom with the most students wearing Lincoln gear will be awarded a small prize. Two classrooms will be awarded every Friday, one class from 1st/2nd and one class from 3rd/4th grade.


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]

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”.

Live Action Film Making Workshop to Prepare for One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest – Sunday, 12/9, 1-4:30pm!

Offered by the River Forest Park District for grades 3 to 5 – (code #2720.2002 with rfparks.com), REGISTER HERE.

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/