Happy Valentines! I hope you had a great weekend. It sure was a busy weekend here at Lincoln, and the coming week looks to be just as busy!
It was great to see many Lincoln kids participating in Saturday’s Young Authors Conference and wonderful to see the incredible writing of Lincoln and other D90 students showcased at this annual event.
Many thanks to our fine, fine PTO, Katie Ianmartino, Vanessa Druckman, and the International Festival committee for their time planning this event. They made the 2nd annual International Festival a tremendous experience for our kids.
Tuesday, February 14, is a big day for our Kindergarten classes and their families. The Kindergarten Valentine Concert is always a fan favorite. All Kindergarten students will attend the morning session on Tuesday. There will be a reception in the gym after the concert. All other classrooms will have Valentine parties throughout the day. Please see the information below regarding Valentines and food at parties.
Wednesday is our annual Jump Rope for Heart benefiting the American Heart Association. A member of the American Heart Association will be here to talk to PE classes on Wednesday. Don’t forget that all JRFH donations and the signed permission slips are due on Wednesday.
Please mark your calendar for this year’s Lincoln School Auction on Friday, March 10. More information can be found below. Many Lincoln staff members and I look forward to celebrating with you.
Finally, don’t forget about Thursday evening’s community book talk featuring “UnSelfie.” Our Connect4Kids Committee has partnered again with Dr. Cara Hurley to facilitate a wonderful evening of conversation. All are welcome, even if you haven’t read the book!
As always, thanks for your continued support of our school. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything that I can do for you or your family. Have a great week. CG
Spirit Winners, Friday, February 10
Reminder: there is No School on 2/20 and 2/21.
A Reminder on Class Parties – As Valentine’s Day parties approach, it is important to remember District 90’s food allergy practices that help keep all our children safe.
Room Parents, 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 that is nut free. All items must be nut free and not manufactured in a nut facility or on equipment that is shared with any type of nut. This is a school-wide practice regardless of whether there is a child with a nut allergy in the classroom.
In addition, all food items must be free of all allergens unique to the classroom and not manufactured on equipment that is shared with that allergen. (Example: soy, egg, milk)
Also please remember that food cannot be prepared in any way in your homes, i.e., slicing fruit or assembling themed food items. Please also bring in all food items in their original packaging so labels can be reviewed.
We ask for your full cooperation with this. Unfortunately, if something comes in that does not adhere to these rules or contains an allergen, the food will not be able to be served.
A Reminder on Valentine’s Day Cards – Please remember that Valentines should be brought for every student in your child’s classroom. Valentines may NOT contain any type of food or candy items. If your child brings a Valentine with candy attached, we will remove the candy and allow the Valentine to be passed out. If there is no way to separate the candy from the Valentine, unfortunately, the Valentines will not be allowed to be passed out, and we will ask your child to bring the Valentines home. Please help us avoid disappointment and tears and remember not to have candy or food be a part of your child’s Valentine cards.
Thank you all for helping keep all of our students at Lincoln safe.
Please contact me with any questions. Please feel free to take a picture and forward any ingredient label that you may have a question about.
#D90Learns is used on social media as a method of sharing and collaborating between staff and the community as well as to publicize the wonderful work happening in all three District 90 schools. The next time you are on Twitter, do a search for our #D90Learns hashtag to check it out!
Lincoln School is excited to announce we have subscribed to a reference website to use for research for this school year.
WorldBook Online has two databases (one for K – 2nd grades called Kids and one for 3rd – 4th grades called Students) that are timely, safe, and easy to use. The website has thousands of high-interest, readable articles packed with illustrations, videos, interactive maps, and timelines.
Students are able to access the database from their iPads in school. World Book Online is also available for the students to use from home. The username/password for use at home is river11/forest. The link can be found on the library website under Resources. http://d90lincolnlibrary.weebly.com/resources.html
Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Brauweiler.
We have instituted a new process where parents receive an email if their student has an overdue book. This email goes out automatically on Fridays at 3:00. If you receive an email, please try to return the book as soon as possible.
If you have a question about the book, please contact me directly. We will continue to search both the library and the classroom to see if it was misplaced in the school. Please do not send in payment.
If the book has been missing for a length of time, I will send an email or note home asking for a payment. Please only send in payment if you have received a communication directly from me.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Happy Reading!
Kindergarten Registration is now open for 2017-18. Families can register at Lincoln School. Please pass this information along to any kindergarten families you might know.
Please remember your donation envelopes and signed permission forms.
We invite Lincoln, Willard and Roosevelt parents to our second Connect4Kids Parent Book Talk on February 16, at 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Multi-Purpose Room. The talk will be moderated by Dr. Cara Lanza Hurley. Dr. Hurley is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with nearly a decade of specialized training and expertise. It will be her second time joining us as facilitator. She will lead an intimate post-discussion encouraging us to reflect on insights and process details pertaining to the book.
The title we will dive into is: UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World by Michele Borba.
Did you know teens today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago? UnSelfie is a blueprint for parents and educators who want kids to shift their focus from I, me, and mine…to we, us, and ours. Michele Borba tells us that being empathetic can strengthen problem-solving skills, self-regulation, and even improve academic scores. The author also believes empathy is a trait that can be taught and nurtured.
We hope to see you at our talk, please join us whether or not you read the book. It should be an enlightening discussion either way.
Follow the link below to RSVP so we have an idea of how many people will attend. Please note, you are still welcome to join us whether or not you RSVP:
Please see event details here: Jeans & Gems Auction
We appreciate all of you who made it out to Sugarcup Trading last Thursday evening or over the weekend to participate in the Shop and Share for the Lincoln PTO.
Guarantee your copy of Lincoln’s 2016-2017 yearbook by ordering on the PTO Web Store today. A 64-page hardcover book and souvenir pen is $20; the price increases to $25 on March 6th. Books & pens are distributed at the Ice Cream Social at the end of the school year.
Don’t forget to save your confirmation email from the PTO Web Store so you can quickly confirm your order when “end of the school year” panic sets in!
Girls on the Run is a non-profit, after-school program for 3rd and 4th grade girls that uses the power of running to educate girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The program combines training for a 5k event with interactive lessons that encourage positive physical and social-emotional development.
WHEN do we meet?
Twice a week after school for 75- 90 minutes with your team. The program will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Lincoln School starting in March through May and is led by trained, volunteer coaches. (Cost will be $175 for 12 week season). 5K Race to be held in Grant Park on Saturday, May 20.
Lottery sign up is open now on the GOTR website.
WHERE can I learn more? www.gotrchicago.org
Volunteer as a coach for Girls on the Run!
You don’t need to be a runner or have previous coaching experience – just the passion to change the lives of young girls.
Contact Kristin Bailitz at kristinbailitz AT gmail.com if interested.