2/24 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you enjoyed the weekend. With our Young Authors Conference on Saturday and International Fest. on Sunday, it was a busy one here at our Fine Fine School.

Many thanks to Ms. Moriarty and Ms. Clasky for representing Lincoln so well at this annual event. A “hats off,” to all of the Young Authors who submitted books for this years event. The quality of the student writing on display in this year’s entries is a testament to the writing instruction our teachers provide daily for students. Congratulations to Megan O’Shaughnessy whose book entitled, “The Unlucky Girl,” was selected as the winner of this year’s conference.

Megan and her book will represent Lincoln at the Illinois State Young Authors Conference.

Today, we hosted the 4th annual Lincoln School International Festival. Over 80 students attended and toured through different countries, learning about various cultures and traditions from around the world. Many thanks to all the Lincoln families who hosted an country or volunteered at this event. Without the masterminds of Vanessa Druckman and Katie Iammartino, this event would never be as successful as it always is! Thank you for your ongoing support of this incredible event for our kids.

We look forward to welcoming each of you to Spring Conferences this week. This is such a great opportunity to learn of your child’s progress this year and also a great opportunity to acknowledge all the efforts our teachers put forth each day on behalf of all of our kids. So in the midst of talking about your child, don’t forget to say “thank you,” to our Fine Fine Teachers! If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to sign up for a conference. Below is an outline of the conference times and the link to sign up for a time:  virtualparagon.com/d90k4/conference/

Finally, please continue to spread the word about Kindergarten Registration for 2019-20. Registration is now open for 2019-2020 Registration.

As always, thanks for your support of our Fine Fine School! Please never hesitate to let me know if there is anything more I can do to support your family. Have a great week. CG

Quote of the Week:
“Kindness is always doing the nicest thing possible in any situation.”

Spirit Wear Winner, Friday, February 22: Ms. Klusak’s 1st Grade Class


Monday, February 25:

  • Yoga – 3:10-4:15pm, Mrs. Burns’ classroom (22D)
  • Chess Club – 3:10-4pm, multi-purpose room
  • Tennis (grades 3/4) – 3:10-4pm, gym
  • Green4Good Kids Club – 3:10-4pm, Mrs. Suzuki’s classroom

Tuesday, February 26:

  • Theater Club – 3:15-4:15pm, auditorium
  • Winter Sports (grades 1/2) – 3:15 -4:15pm, gym – (make up)
  • 4th Grade Band and Orchestra Concert – 7pm at Roosevelt
  • Chipotle Eat and Earn – 4-8pm

Wednesday, February 27:

  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • Tennis (grades 1/2) – 3:15-4pm, gym – (make up)

Thursday, February 28:

  • Wonder Readers – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Fun Lunch – sliders
  • Parent/teacher conferences

Friday, March 1:

  • NO SCHOOL – Parent/teacher conferences

Monday, March 4:

  • NO SCHOOL – Pulaski Day

***The next Lincoln Log, will publish on Monday, March 4***

Chipotle Eat & Earn – Tuesday, 2/26

Please join us for a Chipotle (1128 W. Lake St, OP) fundraiser on Tuesday, February 26th from 4-8pmBring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or simply mention the event to the cashier and 33% of sales will be donated to Lincoln PTO! Please note, online sales are not included in this event. Thank you for your continued Lincoln PTO support!

Lincoln PTO Auction – Friday 3/15 – tickets on sale now!

Please join us Friday, March 15 from 6:30-9pm at Lake Street Kitchen in Oak Park for Lincoln’s annual school fundraiser and auction to support the Lincoln PTO and celebrate our awesome school, staff and kids.  We will have a great selection of craft beers, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Come early for the open bar from 6:30-8:30pm. Cash bar from 8:30-9pm.  There will also be a live and silent auction to benefit our Fine, Fine School. All proceeds from the event will help support PTO funded programs, school enhancements, and various other teacher needs.

Don’t worry – March Madness will be playing on TV!  Ticket prices are $60 per person or $100 per couple (purchase by midnight on 3/14/2019).  Tickets can be purchased the day of the event or at the door for $75 each.  Click HERE to purchase tickets – don’t wait!

Green4Good Kids – speaker tomorrow, 2/25 at 3:10pm, all are welcome!

We welcome Julie Moller, D90 parent, activist, and member of the River Forest Sustainability Commission, to present her Eco Adventure in South East Asia, exploring What’s Up With Plastic?  Monday February 25, 3:10-4pm, Mrs. Suzuki’s classroom.

Summer School 2019

It’s time to think about summer school! District 90’s Summer School program will be in session from Monday, June 17th through Friday, July 12th, with no classes on July 4th.Students entering Kindergarten-4th grade will be at Willard Elementary and students entering 5th-8th grade will be at Roosevelt Middle School. Registration opens on Friday, March 1st at 12:00 p.m. and closes on April 18th. Click on the link for the brochure and to register— https://www.district90.org/about/summer-school.

The Library Lowdown

Monarch and Bluestem Challenges: If your child is participating in these challenges, the deadline for turning in signed reading logs is Tuesday, March 5th. Please read the attached information for K-2 students reading Monarch books.

Poets with Passion: Second, third and fourth graders can write poetry to turn in for submission to the National Poetry Project.  All poetry is due by February 27th.  During recess this past Monday, students could come to the library and write – 61 students showed up to be creative!

PE Shoe Drive

Dear Lincoln Families, My name is Jonathan Augustine and I am the new PE teacher here at Lincoln. I have great idea that can help every student excel during their PE time.

What?  A school wide athletic shoe drive!

WhyDuring PE it is mandatory for students to wear  proper athletic shoes. This means no showing of the toes, only closed toe athletic shoes. During the winter and spring months students wear boots or sandals to school, often times forgetting their athletic shoes for PE and unable to participate.  I want PE to be fun and engaging for everyone, even those who happen to forget their athletic shoes.

Therefore, if you have any gently used athletic style shoes that perhaps your kids have grown out of or no longer wear, please send them in. A variety of sizes that will fit K-4 students would be appreciated. I will have disinfectant spray each time a student wears a pair of shoes. If you have any questions feel free to email me at augustinej@district90.org. Thank you for helping the Lincoln students!!!  Mr. A

Looking for parent volunteers for 4th Grade Field Day activities

Image result for field dayWould your son or daughter like to participate in one of Lincoln School’s Field Day traditions? Our kids have excitedly been watching the “big kids” (aka – 4th graders) over the years entertain and kick off Field Day with Drumming and the Maypole Dance. Now it’s their turn to participate! Field Day is scheduled for the last day of school. Your 4th grader can choose to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming. Registration will occur after spring break. In the meantime, we are in need of parent volunteers to help guide and instruct the students in the Maypole Dance and drumming activities.  Please email Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) or Ginger Timchak (gingertimchak@gmail.com) if you are interested in leading the 4th graders in this wonderful Lincoln tradition.

Save the date: District 90 speaker event – Thursday, 4/4 at 6:30pm, Willard

Image result for connect4kids*Organized by Connect4Kids, a D90 PTO Committee* 
Topic:  What can parents do to help their children develop Executive Function skills?
Dr. Georgia Bozeday, Ed.D.,  Director of Educational Services at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center – Dr. Bozeday will present an overview of current research from neuroscience describing the impact of the 21st Century influences on students today and provide recommendations for parents as they work with children at home on these concerns.  Discussion will primarily include strategies for organization and time-management.  Information will focus primarily on grades 3rd-12th grade.
Thursday, April 4th from 6:30-8:00 pm at Willard Elementary Auditorium.

EARTH WEEK (April 22-26) call for volunteers!

8th annual One Earth Film Festival – local upcoming events!

This year’s 8th annual One Earth Film Festival returns Mar 1-10 with 70 events around the Chicago region for all ages, including live or video Q&A with 17+ filmmakers.  Local Events include:

February 28 7pm at Dominican -Living the Change – This film explores solutions to the global crises we face today—solutions any of us can implement—through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. Sustainability Commission will have a table highlighting work that is being done in the Village.

Saturday, March 2 11:30am – Young Filmmakers Award Screening and Awards Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago

Saturday, March 2 7pm-Good Earth Greenhouse-Dreaming of a Vetter World – Farmer Vetter will be at the film to speak. What a great opportunity, right here in our own Village!

Saturday, March 9 9:15am Thatcher Pavilion – Earth + Sky Friends (ages 3-8)

Saturday, March 9 11am Thatcher Pavilion – Backyard Wilderness (ages 6-13)

Saturday, March 9-4pm-Thatcher Woods Pavilion, Inventing Tomorrow – If you want something inspiring come to this film with your kids which is about teenage innovators. We have invited Mrs. Daly, Mr. Kadlec and Mrs. Rains to ask students from Roosevelt to share their passions, practices and ideas for sustainability to be a part of the discussion. We are waiting for confirmation.

Sunday, March 10, 11am-Thatcher Wood Pavilion -Call of the Forest – Note: Guided Forest Walk with Forest Therapist Kim Ruffin at 10am, what a great way to take a walk in the woods.