12/6 Lincoln Log: Panera Bread Lincoln Night and More!

Lincoln Families,
I hope you enjoyed the weekend.
As we inch closer to the Winter Break it is important to always keep student safety in mind. Please help keep our car pool lines safe by following these procedures. While these procedures might not always be the most convenient it is always most important to exercise caution and safety.

  • All students should exit their vehicle from the passenger side only
  • Please be sure to pull all the way forward in the Car Pool line
  • Please refrain from passing other vehicles in the car line
  • Follow posted School Zone Speed Limits
  • All Adults and students should only use the cross-walk when crossing the street.

Beginning Monday, there will be a new face in the crowd at Lincoln School. I am pleased to welcome Ms. Jennifer Jenkins to the Lincoln Family. Ms. Jenkins will begin her transition to new role as a 2nd grade teacher as Ms. Moriarty begins her newly appointed role as the Instructional Specialist (coach) for Lincoln School. Ms. Jenkins comes to Lincoln an eighteen year veteran 1st grade teacher in both Carol Stream District 93 and Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. Until the Winter Break, Mrs. Moriarty and Ms. Jenkins will co-teach the 2nd graders. After the break, Mrs. Moriarty will begin her new position as a full time Instructional Specialist coaching teachers, working with students and aiding in the efforts of continued improvement for our fine fine school.

I am super excited to celebrate the December Principal Birthday Lunch on Thursday, December 10. If your child has a December birthday or they missed the August-November lunches, please be sure to remind them to join us on Thursday in the library during lunch.

As always, thanks for your continued support of our school. Please never hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to help you or your family. Have a great week.


Friday 12.04.15 Spirit Wear Winners:
Mrs. Stasys 1st Grade
Mrs. McCole 3rd Grade


Monday, 12/7:  

  • Lincoln PTO Meeting – 8:45am – Mr. Godfrey’s office
  • Heartworks Club Meetings at Lunch or After School
  • Panera Bread Dine & Share Night

Tuesday, 12/8:  

  • 3:30-5:30 2nd Grade Moriarty “Meet and Greet,” Ms. Jenkins

Thursday, 12/10:

  • December Birthday Principal Luncheon

Friday, 12/11:

  • Connect 4 Kids Meeting 9:15am
  • Hour of Code for Lincoln Parents: 11:25 – 12:20 LLC
  • Fun Lunch:  Chicken Tenders/Veggie Burgers from Puree Pizza and PastaChickenTenders

Future Events

Friday, 12/18:  Holiday Concerts

  • First Grade:  9:45 am
  • Second Grade:  10:30 am
  • Third Grade:  1:00 pm
  • Fourth Grade:  1:45 pm

Panera Bread Dine & Share:  Monday, December 7th

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Dine at Panera Bread or grab take out! Print and bring the flyer attached below to the River Forest Panera Bread between 4-8PM on Monday, December 7. A portion of sales will be donated to the Lincoln PTO.

FLYER-Lincoln Elemenary PTO

A Reminder from our School Nurse

hats and mittensAs cold weather begins, so does our cold and flu season. Please help keep all of us at Lincoln healthy by following our best practices. Please remember that children with a fever of 100.5 or greater need to stay home for at least 24 hours and until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications. Also remember, if your child is vomiting or has diarrhea, that they need to remain home from school until they are free of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you in advance for doing your part.

Heartworks Mitten Tree Project

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Heartworks is sponsoring an annual holiday tradition at Lincoln–our Mitten Tree, which benefits the Hephzibah Children’s Association.

Lincoln families can donate NEW mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for children ages 4-13 under care at Hephzibah. Hephzibah is a group home located in Oak Park that provides long-term support for traumatized children.

Students can hang their donations on the Tree in the Park Ave. Lobby between November 30th and December 16th.

The next Heartworks meetings will be held on Monday, December 7th.
Time: During Lunch/Recess
Location: Multi-purpose Room
After School (3:10 – 4pm)
Location: Multi-purpose Room

*Snacks will be provided after school
**Please make arrangements with your child where you will pick him or her up.
Any questions, e-mail: chrissy_conroy@yahoo.com or call: 708-574-1811

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

Young Authors’ Contest

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The Young Authors are Coming…

Our last workshop was a huge success!  27 young authors met to share ideas and get inspired to write. We know there are others out there wanting to join in!  

All writing pieces need to be submitted by December 14th

Every winter D90 hosts a Young Authors’ Conference and awards one student author from each school.  For the contest, students will submit a new piece of writing, in a genre of their choice:  poetry, short story, essay, graphic novel, or illustrated story.

The Conference will be held on Saturday, January 30th.  Please contact Mrs. Moriarty at “moriartyp AT district90.org” with questions.

Hour of Code for Lincoln Parents

Are you interested in learning more about the Hour of Code? Would you like to try out some coding activities your kids have been doing? Lincoln parents are invited to the LLC for a hands-on workshop about introductory coding!

Friday, December 11th, 11:25-12:20, Lincoln LLC

Book Fair Special Orders Ready

Books that were ordered due to low supply during November’s Book Fair, have arrived. Please be sure to stop by the office next week to pick up your book. Any items not picked up by next Friday will be sent home with students.

Chess Club is Back!chess

Chess and Backgammon Club will be meeting for 7 consecutive Wednesdays starting on January 6th.  The final day will be a tournament and pizza party on Wednesday, February 17th.

All grades and levels are welcome, as are volunteers!

Register on the PTO Web Store now.

  • Fee is $15
  • Wednesdays 3:15 to 4:15 pm (Jan. 6th through Feb. 17th)
  • limited to 25 students

Questions?  Please contact Nikki Elza at “njselza AT comcast.net”

Holiday Party Reminder from the School Nursegingerbread-cookies

As holiday party planning begins, please remember to check with your class teacher or the school nurse for a list of food allergies unique to your classroom. Please remember that ALL food items must be store bought or made in a licensed commercial kitchen. All items must be nut-free and not manufactured in a nut facility or on equipment that is shared with any type of nut ( regardless of whether the classroom has a nut allergy). In addition, the items must be free of all allergens unique to the classroom and not manufactured on equipment that is shared with that allergen. (example, soy) Also please remember, food cannot be prepared in any way in your homes, i.e.. slicing fruit, or assembling themed food items. Thank you for helping keep all of our students safe.

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to have your items reviewed, please contact Erin Godellas at “godellase AT district90.org” or 708-366-7340.

Help Fund Our PTO While You Shop

Do you shop at Target or on Amazon?  If so, this one is a no-brainer!

By registering your Target REDcard or Target MasterCard with Target’s Take Charge of Education program, Target will donate 1% of all of your purchases to the Lincoln PTO. That is IN ADDITION to your 5% savings with the REDcard. If you have a card already, all you need to do is register it by calling 1-800-316-6142 or by visiting www.Target.com/tcoe or an in-store kiosk. The primary cardholder of a Target Debit Card™ can sign up for the Take Charge of Education program by calling 1-800-316-6142.  Our school ID is 48034.  The Take Charge of Education Program will end on May 14, 2016, so take advantage of this valuable opportunity while it lasts!

In addition, when you shop at smile.amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the Lincoln PTO.  Prices are the same as on Amazon.com, and millions of products are eligible.  Simply select “Lincoln Parent-Teacher Organization of River Forest” the first time you visit the site.

Lincoln also participates in the Box Tops For Education Program.  Click here for a list of participating box tops products.  Each box top is worth 10 cents to the school, so they really add up!  We will be having a box tops contest after winter break, so start clipping and saving them now.  The Box Tops website, www.BTFE.com, also offers coupons and recipes for participating products.

Save the Date: Lincoln Auction

PTO AUCTION FUNDRAISER – Friday, March 11, 2016

Please join us for an evening to support our PTO
Food, Drinks, Friends, and Competition – bid on prizes for sports tickets, getaways and more!

A volunteer meeting will be held on Thursday, January 21st at 8 pm.
Please click here to sign up if interested

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. Submission deadline is 5 pm, Sunday, January 17, 2016.

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.