2/21 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you had a great weekend and enjoy the balmy February temperatures!

Please remind any incoming Kindergarten families about Tuesday evening’s Kindergarten Sneak Peek! We look forward to welcoming new families to this informational evening. There will also be staff members in attendance to help with registration.

Please be sure to remind your child to check the newly re-organized “Lost and Found.” There are numerous items waiting to be claimed. All items will be on display during our upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences. After conferences, any unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.

Save the date for a parent information night about Erin’s Law. “Erin’s Law requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program.  It teaches: students in grades preK – 12th grade age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and to tell a trusted adult, school personnel all about child sexual abuse, and parents & guardians the warning signs of child sexual abuse.  It also provides assistance, referral or resource information to support sexually abused children and their families.  On Tuesday evening, March 15, members of the River Forest Police department will hold a parent information night about the upcoming classroom presentations on this topic. This meeting will be held at 7:00 in the Lincoln Auditorium. Following this parent information night, all classes at Lincoln will participate in age-appropriate lessons presented by the River Forest Police Department.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to help you or your kids. Have a great week.


Spirit Award Winners – Friday 2/19

1st and 2nd Grade: Mrs. Stasys’ class

3rd and 4th Grade:  Mrs. Briggs’ class



Monday, 2/22:

  • Yoga
  • Tennis, Grades 1 & 2
  • Coding Club

Tuesday, 2/23:

  • Incoming 5th Grade Welcome  8:30am – 10:00am  RFPL
  • Kindergarten “Sneak Peek” – 7:00 PM at Lincoln

Wednesday, 2/24:

  • Waste Free Lunch Wednesday
  • Tennis, Grades 3 & 4
  • Deadline to order Bob Shea Books

Friday, 2/26:

  • Lincoln Spirit Day
  • Last Day for the  BOX TOPS CONTEST.
  • Last Day for Roosevelt’s  non-kid-themed Back Pack Donations to benefit Housing Forward
  • Connect4Kids Meeting in the morning.  Please contact Maureen Spielman (mauspiel AT gmail.com) for time & location.
  • Fun Lunch – Sub Sandwiches,  Thanks Alpine & Volunteers!

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Sunday, 2/28:

  • International Fest 1:00 – 3:30 pm
  • FLIP Performance  3:30 – 4:00 pm


Incoming 5th Grade Families, come to the  Welcome Coffee on Tuesday, 2/23

The Roosevelt Middle School PTO is hosting a welcome coffee for all incoming 5th grade families.

When:   Tuesday,  from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Where:  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!


Kindergarten Information Night, 2/23

Tuesday,  7:00 pm  at Lincoln School

Parents can visit the Kindergarten classrooms, and will hear from Kindergarten teachers, the school nurse, the principal, and leaders from the PTO. If you have a Kindergarten age child, please join us.  Because this is an information night, it is intended to be for parents only.


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Author Visit

Last week the First and Second graders enjoyed a fun and lively visit with Bob Shea, an award winning author/illustrator of more than a dozen children’s books. He shared with students the steps involved in creating stories and characters. He encouraged students to collect story ideas and to write and draw daily. He even showed students how to draw his book character, Ballet Cat.

Autographed copies of Bob Shea’s most recent books are still available for purchase. Click here for the BobShea Book Order Form . Please make checks payable to Lincoln PTO. All orders must be received by Wednesday 24th February.

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

Thank You, Lincoln Families!

Thank you to all who participated in the Dine & Share Nights with Panera and Lou Malnati’s….our PTO earned nearly $450!


Upcoming Sibling Workshop

River Forest Township, in partnership with Thrive Counseling Center, announces its winter/spring Saturday Sibshops Program!

  • Saturdays, noon – 2 pm
  • February 27, March 12 and April 23
  • Thrive, 120 S. Marion Street, Oak Park
  • (new location; free parking next to building)

For 1st-7th grade siblings of those with disabilities or emotional/mental health issues.  Priority given to participants from River Forest and Oak Park.

At Saturday Sibshops, brothers and sisters will:

  • • Meet other siblings of kids with disabilities or mental health challenges
  • • Talk with others about having a special needs sibling
  • • Work with specially trained Sibshop facilitators
  • • Engage in fun activities aimed at generating discussion and sharing ideas

Please see the attached flyer for more information. Sibshops_flier_winter spring 2016


Get Those Box Tops Turned in this Week!

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.   CONTEST DEADLINE–THIS FRIDAY,  2/26.

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.


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).  Register on the PTO Web Store.

Girls on the Run: Registration Lottery Open for 3rd/4th Grade Girls until Feb. 28th

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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


Last call–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!

International Festival News

International Fest

Reminding those with tickets that the Festival date is approaching…

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

Where:  Lincoln School, enter through the Franklin Doors

No tickets are necessary for the FLIP Performance in the Lincoln Auditorium from 3:30 to 4:00 pm after the festival.

The Lincoln Gym will have a special Marco Polo exhibit and International Food Stand (food for purchase) that is open to all visitors–no tickets are necessary.  Come check it out before the FLIP Performance!

The Web Store has complete event information: PTO Web Store,  although event tickets are sold out. 

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


PTO Auction & Grade Themed Baskets

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This year’s auction is on  Friday, March 11th at Skrine Chops and 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…


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.

Lincoln Yearbooks

Reminder:  After March 1st the price of a yearbook increases from $20 to $25.  Order your copy on the PTO Web Store today!


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