1/8 Lincoln PTO Newsletter

Happy 2017 Lincoln Families,

Welcome back to school! I hope your family had a safe, relaxing, and rejuvenating winter break! I know I enjoyed the time away with friends and family.

I am excited to welcome your kids back to Lincoln tomorrow for the kickoff of 2017. Thank you so much for all the generous cards, gifts, and holiday well wishes. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness! Hopefully, I’ll see you at our January PTO Meeting on Tuesday, January 10 @ 8:45.

The window for the Illinois 5 Essentials Parent Survey has been extended, please consider taking some time to complete this survey.

Finally, as we begin a new year, please remember to keep student safety a priority when using the dropoff/pickup lines. Please remember:

  • All students should exit through the passenger side of their vehicle.
  • No parking in the Drop off/pick up lines
  • Students and families should only cross streets using the crosswalks.
  • Follow all posted speed limit and traffic flow signs.

As always, thanks for your continued support of our school. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do for you or your family. Happy New Year!



Monday, 1/11

  • Winter Sports Camp Monday Session Begins
  • 3rd grade Math Circle Begins

Tuesday, 1/12

  • PTO Meeting – 8:45am – Multi-Purpose Room
  • Theater Club Meets After School

Wednesday, 1/13:

  • Winter Sports Camp Wednesday Session Begins
  • Pack a Waste-Free Lunch

Friday, 12/15:

  • Fun Lunch:  Chicken Tenders/Veggie Burgers
  • ChickenTenders

Monday, 12/16

  • NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Day

Spring Fun Lunch Registration is Open on the PTO Web Store

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 before January 20th.

Please check with your children to see if their tastes have changed before registering.  The menu schedule and lunch details are on the PTO Web Store.

First Deadline for orders is midnight FRIDAY, JANUARY 13th.

Between January 14 – January 20th, we will charge a $5 late fee on all lunches and a $15 late fee on the “Buy All 4 Lunches” option. 

No orders will be accepted after midnight FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH.

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!

The Lincoln Yearbook Needs Your Help

The Yearbook has an immediate need for a Photographer who is available during a few school days in January or early February.
We need Club Photos for the yearbook for the many 4th grade clubs and the FLIP classes. Club Photos are taken during the Lunch/Recess hour in the auditorium, and the majority of FLIP classes also meet during this period.

We are also seeking additional team members for this year and next year!
If you need a creative outlet and like to work from home, this is the perfect job for you. It takes a team of 4-6 volunteers to publish a 64-page hardcover book.
If you can put together a digital photo book or holiday card, then you have the skills to learn the publishing tool we use for the yearbook. Please consider helping us put the book together this Spring and joining next year’s team. The book must be completed before Spring Break. Working on this project gives you great exposure to the Lincoln faculty and all school events–it’s a great way to learn all about Lincoln!

If interested, please contact Ann Mills (anncieslica@msn.com) or Amy Dwyer (amyadwyer@gmail.com). Thank you!

Jeans & Gems  –  Please save the date! 


Science Expo Info…

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-5-04-47-pmThanks to all the Junior Scientists that registered to make the upcoming
Expo one to remember; the event is full.  Don’t forget to mark your calendar
for Thursday, January 26th 6:15 – 7:30 and encourage your Junior Scientist
to develop a project if they haven’t already started.  Presentation boards
will go home with Junior Scientists this week.  For teams, one board will go
home with the first team member to register.  Please check out all the Expo
details here, and contact Steve Lefko (s_lefkoathotmail.com) with questions.

Snowflake Science…did you know:
– Snowflakes are an aggregation of ice crystals and not a frozen rain drop.
Frozen rain drops are called sleet.
– Snowflake size and shape are determined by cloud temperature and humidity.
– According to Guinness World Records, the largest snowflake ever reported
fell in Fort Keogh, Montana in January of 1887 and allegedly measured an
astounding 15 inches wide!
– All snowflakes have six sides or branches because individual water
molecules freeze according to a hexagonal lattice.  Snowflakes grow when
more crystals attached to each of the six corners.

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

We need volunteers to make this event a success. Please sign up at the Lincoln Volunteer SUG site.

Connect4Kids Family Flow Yoga for Kids grades 1-4 Sign Ups Begin on 1/15

Connect4Kids Family Flow Yoga for Kids grades 1-4

Calling all Yogis. Adrienne Smith and Laurie Solberg of Family Flow Yoga will be teaching children’s yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students.

Classes start Monday, January 23

Class dates are as follows: 3:15-4:15 in Auditorium while sports camp is in session:
January 23
January 30
February 6
February 13
Skip February 20
February 27
Skip March 6
March 13

$70 for a 6 week session.

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.

Questions? Please contact:
Annie Bergin Dwyer

Please be aware that PTO sponsored events are facilitated by volunteers and instructors solicited by the PTO. D90 personnel are often times are not in attendance or on the school premises.

C4K Play For Lot Tennis Sign Ups Begin 1/15

Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 2.03.06 PMGrades 3-4 will meet on Thursdays and Grades 1-2 will meet on Tuesdays.

Tennis will be taught by Mirka and Luka Bagos, professional coaches of Play For Lot. The program welcomes children of all skill levels.

Classes start Tuesday January 24 for Grades 1-2 and Thursday January 26 for grades 3-4

Tennis runs on Thursdays 3:15-4:15 in gym as follows for grades 3-4
January 26
February 2
February 9
February 16
SKIP 2/23
SKIP 3/9

1 & 2nd Grade Tennis runs Tuesdays 3:15-4:15 in Gym as follows:
January 24
January 31
February 7
February 14
Skip February 21
February 28
Skip March 7
March 14

$70 for a 6 week session.

Tennis meets inside the gym and the students are released on the Franklin-side playground from 3:15 to 4:15. It will be held outside as weather warms up.

Children need to wear gym shoes and comfortable clothes. No racket needed.

Questions? Please contact:
Annie Bergin Dwyer loolatopiafairy@gmail.com

Please be aware that PTO sponsored events are facilitated by volunteers and instructors solicited by the PTO. D90 personnel are often times are not in attendance or on the school premises.

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.

Coding Club starting on January 30th

coding-clubMrs. Clasky, joined by librarian assistant Mr. Taylor, will once again be hosting a Coding Club on Mondays during lunch. This is a repeat session of the fall club (repeat exercises not intended for past club members), and is limited to 15 Third and Fourth Grade students.

Meetings are on Mondays during lunch/recess for 10 weeks. Students should bring a nut free lunch to each class.

Meetings are held on school days, January 30, Feb 6, Feb 13, Feb 27, March 13, March 20, April 3, April 10, April 17, April 24.

Register on the PTO Website starting next Sunday, January 15, at 5 p.m. The cost for this club is $3. Classes fill quickly and it is first come, first served. This notice and a link to the web store will be in next week’s Lincoln Log.

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.


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