1/27 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
I hope you had a great weekend and were able to stay inside and cozy during this frigid weather pattern we seem to be in.
Despite the cold weather outside, things are warm and busy inside our Fine Fine School. I look forward to seeing many of you on Thursday evening for our annual Science Expo. Thanks to the combined efforts of Steve Lefko, Stan Sneeringer and committee, this year’s event will be our biggest yet!
It is hard to believe it is time to begin thinking of spring parent/teacher conferences. Sign-up for spring conferences begins on Tuesday, January 29. Be on the lookout for a message from D90 detailing instructions for signing up.
As a reminder, during the unpredictable Chicago winter, we make every provision to ensure our kids are safe. On days when the wind chill “real-feel” is below 10 degrees, students line up inside in the morning and we hold indoor recess. As previously shared, we utilize the Weather Bug station located at Roosevelt Middle School. The Weather Bug app is available via iTunes or Google Play store.
The attached article from the New York Times came across my desk last week. As I read this short article thoughts of our Fine Fine School came to mind. As important as academic instruction and rigor are the social emotional needs of our kids. So I found this article and its simple yet powerful message to be extremely relevant – enjoy the read.
Finally, please don’t forget to take a moment to participate in the Illinois 5 Essentials survey. Lincoln currently has a 3% participation rate among families. We are in need of at least 20% participation for your important feedback to be included on our annual Illinois School Report Card. Here is the link that will guide you to the survey.
As always, thank you for your continued support of our Fine Fine School! Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to better support your kids and family. Stay warm this week. CG
Quote of the Week:  “Be a fountain, not a drain!”

Spirit Winners:

  • 1st/2nd – Ms. Mayer and Ms. Klusak
  • 3rd/4th – Ms. Gattis


Monday, January 28:

  • Yoga – 3:10-4:15, Mrs. Burns’ classroom (22D)
  • Chess Club – 3:10-4, Lincoln library
  • Green for Good Kids Club (grades 3/4) – 3:10-4, auditorium
  • Tennis (grades 3/4) – 3:10-4, gym

Tuesday, January 29:

  • Winter Sports (grades 1/2) – 3:15 – 4:15pm, gym

Wednesday, January 30:

  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • Tennis (grades 1/2) – 3:15-4pm, gym
  • Eat & Earn at Lou Malnati’s

Thursday, January 31:

  • Wonder Readers – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Winter Sports (grades 3/4) – 3:15 – 4:15pm, gym
  • Science Expo – 6:30-7:30

Friday, February 1:

  • Lincoln Spirit Day
  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Fun Lunch – Sliders

Lincoln International Festival – register now!

Please save the date for Lincoln’s International Festival on February 24. Lincoln School will be transformed into countries around the world for one special afternoon! Lincoln students can spend 4 hours traveling to China, India and beyond, dancing, crafting and having fun. Admission will remain $5 per child and will be limited to the first 120 students. Registration is now open on the PTO Webstore!


App Development and Coding Club – registration opens today!

Image result for coding images3rd and 4th graders who are interested in creating their own app are encouraged to join our App Development Club! Students will be coding with Swift Playgrounds and they will use the design cycle to create and refine their app prototype in Keynote. We will meet Thursdays during lunch, students should bring their iPad and nut free lunch to Mrs. Mares’s room.  To maximize the experience for all kids, this club will be capped at 25 students.  If you have questions, please email Mrs. Claskyclaskya@district90.org. Registration opens TODAY on the PTO Webstore!
Club Dates: Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 14, Feb 21, Feb 28, March 7, March 14, March 21, April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9

Green4Good Kids – invitation to ALL 3rd and 4th Graders, Monday, 1/28!

Image result for garbage clip artTrash Talk:  We put it in the bins, the trucks pick it up, but WHERE DOES ALL OUR TRASH and RECYCLING and COMPOST GO??  George Strom from the Roy Strom Company will be at our next Green4Good Kids Club meeting to answer these questions and more!   Green4Good Kids Club would like to invite ALL 3rd and 4th Graders to join us.  And parents, you’re welcome to come, too.  Tomorrow, January 28 from 3:15-4:00pm in the Lincoln Auditorium.

Lou Malnati’s – eat & earn THIS WEDNESDAY, 1/30, 11am-11pm!

Image result for lou malnati'sDuring this event, Lou Malnati’s (Oak Park) will donate 20% of total sales to the Lincoln School PTO!  This includes dine-in, carry-out, and delivery (within the zone), please see this flyer for details!  Please note: the eat and earn promotion MUST be mentioned or shown during time of order for it to be applied!


Jr. Scientist Expo REMINDER 

There will be two opportunities to set up Expo displays: immediately after school on Wednesday January 30th (3:15-3:30) or immediately before school on Thursday January 31st (7:55 – 8:10).  Each display will be assigned a hallway location number that will be communicated to parents/guardians of registered Jr. Scientists before the 31st.  As a reminder, the area for each display will be approximately the width of the display board, there is no access to electrical outlets and there will be limited area in front of the display for any supporting material.

2019-2020 Kindergarten Information Night – Wednesday, February 6

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Please begin spreading the word about our annual Kindergarten Information Night for the 2019-2020 academic year on Wednesday, February 6.  See attached for more details.


Kids Heart Challenge – February 12 & 13

Image result for kids heart challengeStudents at Lincoln in grades 1-4  are kicking off the KIDS HEART CHALLENGE (formerly Jump Rope for Heart) with the American Heart Association!  We are so excited to get the program rolling and teach your student how to care for their hearts– physically and emotionally–  while raising lifesaving donations to fight the nation’s #1 killer, heart disease!  Join our school’s team now  http://www2.heart.org/goto/LincolnElementaryRiverForest

Donation envelopes were sent home with students in grades 1-4.  Information on how to participate may be found on the envelope or online.  The event days are February 12 &13. All donation envelopes are due on FEBRUARY 12TH or 13th

 Our American Heart Association representative joined us at school to talk with our students about the work the AHA does and to challenge our students to start living a healthy lifestyle.  With the help of our friends, the HEART HEROES, our school is going to help fight Heart Disease! The event will be in  grades 1-4 P.E.  classes on February 12th and 13th.

All of our Heart Heroes have a special message they are teaching the students about heart health.  Make sure you ask your student what they learned from their new friends!

Need a reminder WHY we do programs like the Kids Heart Challenge?  Check Out Finn’s story:  Kids Heart Challenge: Meet our Heart Hero Finn

Let’s get started!  ANY student who takes the KIDS HEART CHALLENGE online will earn a free glow-in-the-dark wristband to wear proudly! Then, once your student collects $5 or more in donations they will start earning their own Heart Heroes and a backpack clip for them to hang on!

Here are four easy steps to get your student’s online fundraising page set up and start collecting lifesaving donations. Check out this tutorial if you need further assistance: Parent Tutorial for Student Web Page

  1. Go to your school’s fundraising page: http://www2.heart.org/goto/LincolnElementaryRiverForest
  2. Click on the Sign Up button
  3. Create a username and password and then fill out the registration form
  4. Share your fundraising page and email it to friends and family right away

OR Download the FREE mobile app ‘Kids Heart Challenge’ and register your student that way! Plus, ALL of our Heart Heroes (and the wristband!) will COME TO LIFE and share their heart healthy messages with your student when you use the FREE mobile app.

Thank you for joining us as we challenge each other to keep our heart healthy and raise money for kids with special hearts.  For more information, watch this video with your student at home!

Lincoln School’s Girls on the Run – registration now open!

Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd and 4th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

GOTR will begin in March and meet every Tuesday and Thursday after school in the gym from 3:10-4:30.  The program will run until the celebratory 5k race!

If interested, please visit the website: www.gotrchicago.org and register by February 14.  Any questions, please contact Kristin Bailitz at kristinbailitz@gmail.com.

Valentine party reminder

Our annual Valentine/Friendship Parties will take place on Thursday, February 14 during the day. Students are invited to bring in Valentines to share with their classmates. Please make sure all students are included when creating Valentines. Also, please note for the safety of all students that NO CANDY should be included with Valentines. Any candy sent to school will not be distributed. Thanks for your support in making this celebration safe and inclusive for all of our kids.
In addition, on February 14, both Kindergarten classes will attend during the AM session and the annual Kindergarten Valentine Concert will be held at 10:00am with a reception to follow in the gym.

Lincoln PTO Auction – Friday, March 15 – tickets on sale now

Please join us Friday, March 15 from 6:30-9pm at Lake Street Kitchen in Oak Park for Lincoln’s annual school fundraiser and auction to support the Lincoln PTO and celebrate our awesome school, staff and kids.  We will have a great selection of craft beers, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Come early for the open bar from 6:30-8:30pm. Cash bar from 8:30-9pm.  There will also be a live and silent auction to benefit our Fine, Fine School. All proceeds from the event will help support PTO funded programs, school enhancements, and various other teacher needs.

Don’t worry – March Madness will be playing on TV!  Ticket prices are $60 per person or $100 per couple (purchase by midnight on 3/14/2019).  Tickets can be purchased the day of the event or at the door for $75 each.  Click HERE to purchase tickets – don’t wait! 

Save the date: District 90 speaker event – 4/4

*Organized by Connect4Kids, a D90 PTO Committee* 

Dr. Georgia Bozeday, Ed.D.,  Director of Educational Services at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center
Topic:  What can parents do to help their children develop Executive Function skills?

Dr. Bozeday will present an overview of current research from neuroscience describing the impact of the 21st Century influences on students today and provide recommendations for parents as they work with children at home on these concerns.  Discussion will primarily include strategies for organization and time-management.  Information will focus primarily on grades 3rd-12th grade.

Thursday, April 4th
6:30-8:00 pm
School location and RSVP details to be announced

One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest – submit 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/