1/7 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
Happy 2018! Whether you enjoyed a relaxing Stay-Cation or traveled the world, I hope the Winter Break afforded you the opportunity to create lifelong memories with friends and family and the chance to unwind, relax and enjoy time with your kids. Although I’m still a bit in denial about returning to work, myself and everyone at Lincoln is excited to welcome your kids back to school tomorrow.
With upcoming events like One Book One District (Mindset), the Science Expo, International Fest, and the Lincoln School Auction (just to name a few) 2018 looks to be a busy one around our community.
As we prepare to kick off part two of the school year, please help keep student safety a top priority by:
For Walkers-Bikers:
-Only cross streets at a cross-walk or intersection
-Look both ways
-Make eye contact with Crossing Guards before crossing
For Drivers
-Obeying School Zone speed limits and one-way street signs
-Coming to a complete stop at all intersections and looking carefully before proceeding.
-Cell phone free
-Students should exit the passenger side when using the car line
-Be patient and alert
Hopefully the arctic blast that took over Chicago during the Winter Break will now give way to warmer temperatures. While it is always our hope to provide our kids the opportunity to have an outdoor recess, sometimes Mother Nature has different plans. To make the determination of “indoor vs. outdoor recess,” we use the Weather Bug station at Roosevelt Middle School. Anytime the wind-chill “real-feel,” temperature is above 10 degrees we will have outdoor AM lineup and recess. You can download the Weather Bug app for iPhone or Android devices. Additionally, to play in the snow students should have snow boots, pants and gloves.On indoor recess days, students choose from a variety of games, drawing, reading and educational video opportunities supported by our Connect 4 Kids committee.
Please join us on Thursday, January 11, to kick off D 90’s One Book One District initiative in the Lincoln School Auditorium from 7:00-8:00, to learn more about Mindset. More information can be found below.
Even though 2018 has just begun, it’s also the time when we begin preparing for the 2018-19 school year. Therefore, if you or anyone you know has an incoming Kindergarten student for the 18-19 school year, please plan to attend our Kindergarten Sneak Peek on Thursday, February 1. Please see the linked flyer for more information regarding this evening.
Transitions back to school, work, etc can always be a struggle, but keep in mind a three day weekend awaits us at the end of this week! As always, please never hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to better support your family or your kids. Here’s hoping that 2018 is the best year yet for you and yours. Happy New Year and Welcome Back! CG


Monday, 1/8:

  • Winter Sports Camp – 3:15-4pm, gym

Tuesday, 1/9:

  • PTO Meeting – 8:45am, art room
  • Theater Club – 3:15pm, auditorium

Wednesday, 1/10:

  • Winter Sports Camp – 3:15-4pm, gym

Thursday, 1/11:

  • One District/One Book: Keynote Speaker Dr. Ann Batenburg, of Mindset Works – 7pm, Lincoln School
Friday, 1/12:
  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am, multi-purpose room
  • Fun Lunch – Pizza

***Monday, January 15th – NO SCHOOL***

News from the Lincoln Library

Library Author Visit – Friday, January 12

Lincoln is pleased to host author Steve Sheinkin on Friday, January 12th. He will be meeting with second, third and fourth graders. He will talk with students about his career and his “history” books. He writes about history and has written books for older children (e.g., Bomb). This is his first foray into books for younger children – still about history but with a twist.

If you would like to purchase a book(s), please use the attached order form and return your form and money (check or cash) to the library by Thursday, January 11th. All order forms in by January 11th, will be personalized and autographed by the author. After the due date, books will be available but not personalized.

This is a short turnaround time so please return your order form as soon as possible to ensure your personalized, autographed copy.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Brauweiler in the library directly.​

Books and Building Club – Registration opens this Wednesday, January 10th at 5pm!

Mrs. Brauweiler has lunchtime clubs for first and second graders! The club meets during lunch/recess on Tuesdays for 1st graders and Thursdays for 2nd graders.

See the flyers below for more details – sign up through the WebStore opens this Wednesday, January 10th at 5pm! Limited to 10 students per grade.

1st grade flyer
2nd grade flyer

A Very Important Message from your School Nurse

Image result for nurse crossPlease remember during cold and flu season to keep your child home if they are sick. If they have a fever they need to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before they can return to school. If they are vomiting and/or have diarrhea, make sure it has been at least 24 hours since the last episode before returning to school. If your child has an excessively runny nose or cannot stop coughing, it may be a good idea to keep them home. This is to protect your child from catching something if their immune system is down, as well as to protect the other students and staff. Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone at Lincoln School healthy.

If you have any questions at all please contact our school nurse, Erin Godellas at godellase@district90.org or 708-366-7340 x 8034.

Attendance Reporting

When reporting your child’s absence please be sure to either use the district attendance e-mail or telephone extension:
1) Lincoln School Attendance Line: 708.366.7340
2) Email 24-7 to lincolnattendance@district90.org

Spring Fun Lunch Registration is OPEN!

Fall Fun Lunch ends on January 19th.  If your child wants additional fun lunches for 2018, you must register on the PTO Web Store.  Please check with your children to see if their tastes have changed before registering!

Lincoln Elementary K-4th Jr. Scientist Expo – Registration Now Open!

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The Lincoln Elementary K-4th Jr. Scientist Exp will be Thursday, February 8th –  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 is on the PTO Webstore and closes on Wednesday, January 10th.

Please see the linked flyer for more details!

Chess Club – Coming Soon

Chess Club will begin in late January.  Specifics and registration information will be published in the Log later this month.

Annual Lincoln School Auction – Save the date: March 16th!

The Annual Lincoln School Auction will be at Lake Street Kitchen on Friday, March 16th – see linked flyer, more details to come!

Winter Yoga and Tennis – Registration is now open!

Adrienne Smith and Laurie Solberg of Family Flow Yoga will teach a yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students on Mondays in the multipurpose room. 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.

When: Mondays 3:15 to 4:15 pm in the multipurpose room, dates are as follows: 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/26, 3/12, 3/19
Space is limited to 15 students. $80 for 6 classes.  Registration is now open on the PTO Web Store.

Questions? Contact Annie Bergin Dwyer at “loolatopiafairy AT gmail.com“.

Tennis will be taught by Mirka and Luka Bagos, professional coaches of Play For Lot,  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&2 meet on THURSDAYS 3:15 to 4:00 pm on the following dates:  1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22
  • Grades 3&4 meet on TUESDAYS 3:15 to 4:00 pm on the following dates:  1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/20, 2/27

Each group is limited to 20 students. The cost is $80 for 6 lessons.  Registration is now open on the PTO Web Store.

Questions?  Contact Annie Bergin Dwyer   “loolatopiafairy AT gmail.com

Recess/Lunch Support

We are currently in search of support during lunch/recess. If you or anyone you know might be interested in helping and also make a little extra money, please contact Mr. Godfrey for more information.

Library Volunteers Wanted

Do you love books and kids?  Do you have 30 minutes to spare?  If you answered yes, then the Lincoln Library is looking for you!  We have a small but mighty group of volunteers who shelve the books, but would love to have a few more.  Lincoln students read a lot of books and all those books must go back on the shelves!  Best times are right after drop off and at 2:30 before pick up.  If there’s another time you can make it, let’s chat!  Please contact Mrs. Brauweiler (brauweilerd@district90.org) directly to become a Lincoln Library volunteer!​

One District/One Book – Upcoming Events!

District 90, in partnership with the PTOs, will be hosting several upcoming events as part of the shared reading experience, the One District/One Book effort. This community-wide reading initiative encourages families and residents to read, reflect, and discuss the same book together. All District 90 families, faculty, staff, students, and River Forest residents are encouraged to read and join in the discussion of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck.

The Mindset approach offers a framework to advance one’s efforts in the classroom (for students), at work, with personal relationships, and in the community. School and local librarians are offering other potential book titles with similar themes for novice or young readers.

Join the Conversation
Please join the discussion about adopting and/or supporting a growth mindset. Several events will expound on the growth mindset approach and its importance to school success. Suggestions and practical tips will also be provided to help participants support growth mindset concepts at work, in relationships and community service, and in the classroom. The first event will be held at Lincoln School:

Thursday, January 11
Lincoln School
7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Please plan to attend a keynote address with Dr. Ann Batenburg, of Mindset Works. You’ll be able to learn the about benefits of a growth mindset for adults and children as well as hear practical tips that can support students in adopting adopt a growth mindset. The session will help you identify your own personal mindset approach and ways to strengthen or transform it.

Saturday, February 3
Roosevelt Middle School
11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Please join the discussion during an interactive presentation by Dr. Ann Batenburg of Mindset Works. This presentation will help everyone learn about the benefits of applying the growth mindset concepts to all aspects of their lives. Participants are invited to continue the conversation following Dr. Ann Batenburg’s presentation by joining facilitated breakout sessions afterward.

Mid-February (Coming Soon) 
Please plan to participate in an interactive webinar for anyone interested in understanding the components of the growth mindset approach. More than a concept that relies on positive thinking, the growth mindset approach encourages meeting challenges through a variety of methods. Participants will be able to leverage practical suggestions about the growth mindset approach as they learn how to apply its tenets to all aspects of their lives.

All events are free and open to the public. Please plan to attend one or all of the upcoming One District/One Book events, see attached flyer.

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