2/15 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend.

I want to begin this week by reflecting back upon two highlights from last week. First, congratulations to our Kindergarten students on such an uplifting Valentines Concert last week. Everyone in attendance left with a smile on their face and in their heart. Many thanks Mrs. Halter for once again executing such a crowd pleasing performance. Secondly, thanks to everyone who took the time to attend our school’s first ever community book talk, hosted by our Connect 4 Kids committee. We look forward to creating more forums like this to engage our community in important dialogue focused on topics that are relevant in our community.

Jumping ahead to this week, we are excited to welcome children’s author Bob Shea to Lincoln school for a special assembly for our 1st and 2nd grade students. Mr. Shea will be at Lincoln on Tuesday to share his experiences as an author of children’s literature.

I look forward celebrating all February birthdays at Thursday’s Principal Birthday Lunch. All February birthdays are welcome as well as any students who might have missed a previous Birthday Lunch.

Please don’t forget about the upcoming Lincoln School Auction. Read below for more specifics in how you can participate in our grade level themed baskets. I am looking forward to this year’s event and celebrating our school with each of you.

Finally, please note that all Jump Rope For Heart money is due to Lincoln no later than February 16. Many thanks to our kids, Mrs. Paneque and Mrs. Soppet for their efforts in this year’s Jump Rope for Heart.

As always, please never hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do for you or your family. Enjoy the four day week!


Spirit Award Winners – Thursday, February 11, 2016

1st and 2nd Grade: Tie: Mrs. Stasys and Ms. Jenkins

3rd and 4th Grade: Mrs. McCole


Tuesday, 2/16:

  • 1st and 2nd grade assembly with author and illustrator Bob Shea

Wednesday, 2/17:

  • Waste Free Lunch Wednesday

Thursday, 2/18:

  • February Principal Birthday Lunch

Friday, 2/19:

  • Lincoln Spirit Day
  • Fun Lunch – Chicken Tenders/Veggie Burgers

Tuesday, 2/23:

  • Kindergarten “Sneak Peek” – 7:00 PM at Lincoln

A Note from the Lincoln Library

Dear Families:

You may have received an email earlier this week from the Lincoln Library stating that your child has overdue books. This automated email was sent out in error through our library circulation system. Please disregard the email this time. However, in the future, we may be sending a valid email regarding overdue, lost or damaged books as the need arises.

Please call us at 708-366-7340 x8154 if you have any questions regarding your child’s books.

Thank you for your understanding as we work toward a paperless notification system.


Mrs. Fitzgerald and Mr. Taylor

Lincoln School Library

Assembly with Author Bob Shea – Pre-Order an Autographed Book!

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This Tuesday, February 16th, award winning author and illustrator Bob Shea will visit Lincoln school and meet with 1st and 2nd grade students. He will discuss his career path to becoming a writer and illustrator and his most recent books (Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants! and Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret).

On the day of the visit, Bob Shea will be doing a book signing of all pre-ordered copies of the books. Book order forms are attached here.  Please make checks payable to Lincoln PTO and make sure to bring your order to school on Tuesday. Book orders received after Tuesday morning will be unable to be personalized by the author. A limited quantity of autographed books will be available for purchase after the author visit.

Any questions contact Lisa Shorney (“lisailiffe AT yahoo.com”)

Start Clipping Your Box Tops!

The PTO is sponsoring a school-wide contest to collect Box Tops in February.  Our goal is for each student to bring in at least 5 unexpired box tops before Thursday, February 25.  Teachers will have special Box Tops collection boxes in the classrooms.

Each box top is worth 10 cents to the school. If we collect 2000 box tops/earn $200 before February 25, the entire school will win a fun ‘theme’ day, to be voted upon by the students.

For more information about the Box Tops for Education program, visit www.BTFE.com.

Girls on the Run: Registration Lottery Open for 3rd/4th Grade Girls

Girls on Run

The registration link for Girls on the Run has been posted on the Girls on the Run website:  www.gotrchicago.org.  (Please note that you cannot register through Lincoln’s website)

Registration runs until Feb. 28 and is done in a lottery format. After 2/28 you will be contacted about whether your daughter has been added to the team, or put on a waiting list.

Find out more about this program at www.gotrchicago.org

Questions?  Please contact Kristin Bailitz:  kristinbailitz AT gmail.com

International Festival World Tour Is Sold OUT – but you can still join in the world of fun

International Fest

The International Festival tickets sold out quickly, but we have set up a wait list. If you missed the first 120 tickets and are still interested in attending, please join the wait list.

We will get in touch if extra capacity opens up or cancelations occur.

Who:  Lincoln Students, grades K to 4

When:   Sunday, February 28,  1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Where:  Lincoln School

PTO Web Store registration remains open for wait list sign up. 

No tickets are necessary to come watch the FLIP Performance in the Lincoln Auditorium from 3:30 to 4:00 pm after the festival.  In addition, non-travelers are welcome to come purchase international food in the gym or take part in our Marco Polo exhibit.

Questions?  Please contact Nancy Snyder at ntdesnyder AT earthlink.net

BOLLYWOOD Dancers Needed!

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The International Festival performance will include a Bollywood dance number, open to any interested Lincoln students. If your child would like to have a wonderful time learning a few Bollywood dance moves from an experienced dancer, please contact Shweta Mundhra  at smundhra0909 AT gmail.com. No experience necessary!

Incoming 5th Grade Family Welcome Coffee 2/23

The Roosevelt Middle School PTO is hosting a welcome coffee for all incoming 5th grade families in the fall of 2016 on Tuesday, February 23rd from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM at the River Forest Public Library. This is an informal gathering to meet and greet parents from Roosevelt. We hope you can attend! Little siblings are welcome to come along. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Schrodt at theschrodts AT yahoo.com or Sarah Lempia at brysarah AT sbcglobal.net. We hope to see you there!

Habitat Helpers After School Club


Do you like gardening, birds, bees, butterflies, and helping the Earth?  Come join Mrs. Burns and Mrs. Clasky on Wednesdays after school to help improve our Lincoln School habitat and environment!  We will be working on our native garden and other Earth-friendly projects.  Be a Habitat Helper!

Wednesdays, 3:15 – 4:15PM in Mrs. Burns’s room.

Two 4-week sessions:

  • Grades 1-2: April 13 – May 4, 2016
  • Grades 3-4: May 11 – June 1, 2016

Sign up begins Sunday, February 21 and runs through Monday, April 4 (15 students maximum per session).

Waste Free Wednesdays – Volunteers Needed!Grn4Gd

Want to see what really goes on in the lunchroom on a typical Wednesday? Volunteer as a G4G hand-stamper for 1 quick hour and see for yourself.  No experience necessary and training on this “waste-free” process will be provided.

Please sign up on Sign Up Genius.

The Green4Good Committee is encouraging “Waste Free” lunches every Wednesday until Earth Week in April. Students with waste free lunches will receive a hand stamp. Lunches that do not cause any waste to be thrown into the landfill will qualify. The key is to pack lunch items in containers that are reusable, recyclable or compostable! See the attached Zero waste lunch flyer for more information.

This is a fun and educational tool that helps Lincoln students learn about earth-friendly practices.

Kindergarten “Sneak-Peek” and Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year opened on February 5th.  Current Lincoln families can pick up registration packets in the Lincoln office.  New D90 families pick up registration packets at the D90 office.

Mark your calendar for our Kindergarten Sneak Peek:  February 23rd at 7:00 PM.

Lincoln PTO Auction & Grade Themed Baskets

Lincoln Families,

The planning of our annual PTO auction is well underway and is slated for Friday, March 11th at Skrine Chops.  This year we’re celebrating our Blue Ribbon accomplishment!  This “Blue Ribbon” event will help raise money for our school and justifies a reason to raise a glass to our wonderful Lincoln School Community!!  This is definitely a night you won’t want to miss!

We’re hoping to get your support for a new and exciting way to raise money this year…..Grade Themed Baskets!  This is how it works…Each grade will have a themed basket (see below).  We ask that you send in your donation one of three ways.

  1. In your child’s backpack
  2. In the blue box located in the lobby, labeled “Auction Donations”
  3. At Anna Brenan’s home (750 Forest Ave)

Don’t have time to shop…No Problem!  You can drop off a monetary donation at Anna Brennan’s home and we’ll do the shopping for you!  Please, just include your child’s name and grade on the envelope.

Thank you in advance for your generous donation.  Below is the themed grade baskets with some examples of what you could donate.  If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact Jessica Solberg at “jessicasolberg13 AT gmail.com”.  Hope to see you all there!

-Anna Brenan, Julie Menacho and Jessica Solberg


Suggested Items: Disney princess anything (dress up clothes), dvd’s, pirate themed accessories, Doc Mcstuffins merchandise etc…

1st Grade:  Pamper Mom

Suggested Items: bubble bath, bath salts, towels, candles, gift card to a local salon and/or massage, babysitter to donate time etc…

2nd Grade:  Arts and Crafts

Suggested Items: Markers, pens, colored pencils, lego sets, loom bracelet kit, gift card to Michaels or any craft store etc…

3rd Grade: Family Fitness

Suggested Items: Water bottles, fitness DVD’s, books, yoga block, Pilates accessories, gift cards to local fitness facilities etc…

4th Grade:  All Sports

Suggested Items: Balls (baseball, basketball, football, soccer) Sports-team-theme apparel (shirts, hats) and blanket, water bottle, sports-theme books and board games etc…