2/28 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

It’s hard to believe the month of March crept up on us so quickly! I hope you had a great weekend and are excited for the long weekend awaiting us at the end of this week!

Many thanks to everyone who volunteered at or attended today’s International Fest! A very special tribute to Nancy Snyder, Vanessa Druckman and Katie Iammartino for spearheading what was an incredible adventure for our students.

We look forward to welcoming your family to our Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday and Friday. These conversations provide a wonderful opportunity for teachers to share your child’s progress since the beginning of the year. If you’ve not yet scheduled a time with your child’s teacher, please be sure to do so or contact the school office. As a reminder, conferences are scheduled for:

Thursday, March 3 (3:40-7:45pm)
Friday, March 4 (8:30-11:30 am)

While you are at Lincoln for conferences, please be sure to check the Lost and Found for any clothing/miscellaneous items you might be missing. All items remaining after conferences will be donated to a local charity.

Finally, when picking up your child from school for a previously arranged appointment, please attempt to communicate with the teachers in advance. The practice of sharing this information will limit unexpected interruptions to classroom instruction.

As always, thanks for your continued support of our school. Please reach out if I can ever be of assistance. Have a great week. CG

Please note: The next Lincoln Log will be circulated on Monday, March 7
due to our observation of Casimir Pulaski Day.

Spirit Award Winners – Friday 2/26

1st and 2nd Grade: Tie – Mrs. Suzuki and Mrs. Stasys
3rd and 4th Grade: Mrs. Mares


Tuesday, 3/1:

  • Heartworks – lunchtime meeting
  • Girls on the Run

Wednesday, 3/2:

  • Waste Free Lunch Wednesday

Thursday, 3/3:

  • Lincoln Spirit Day
  • Fun Lunch – PIZZA


  • Parent/teacher conferences
  • Girls on the Run
  • Theater Club

Friday, 3/4:

  • NO SCHOOL – parent/teacher conferences
  • PTO Auction – online bidding goes live @ 6pm

Monday, 3/7:

  • NO SCHOOL – Casimir Pulaski Day

Heartworks Food Drive: 3/8-3/11


Heartworks, Lincoln’s fourth grade service club, is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Oak Park Food Pantry the week of March 8 through 11.

Heartworks will meet with a food pantry volunteer at lunchtime on March 1 (instead of the usual day, the 1st Monday of the month).

Paper collection bags will go home with the youngest Lincoln sibling in Friday folders on Thursday, March 3.  We are asking Lincoln families to consider donating non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry, such as: pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, soup, rice, baby food, etc.  Bags can be returned to the Park side lobby anytime from March 8 through 11.

Contact Katie Avalos (“katie_avalos AT hotmail.com”) for more information.

Upcoming Sibling Workshop

River Forest Township, in partnership with Thrive Counseling Center, is running a winter/spring Saturday Sibshops Program for 1st-7th grade siblings of those with disabilities or emotional/mental health issues.  Please see the attached flyer for more information. Sibshops_flier_winter spring 2016

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 runs through Monday, April 4 (15 students maximum per session). Register on the PTO Web Store.

PTO Auction Tickets Are Now Available!Blue ribbon 3

Please join us for an evening to support the Lincoln PTO & Celebrate our Blue Ribbon School!

When:  Friday, March 11th,  doors open at 7:00 pm

Where:  Skrine Chops, Forest Park

Appetizers, domestic beer, wine & non-alcoholic beverages are included during bidding hours:  7:30 pm-9:30 pm

Bidding online goes LIVE March 4th @ 6pm and ends promptly at 9:30 pm on March 11th!

Auction tickets are $45 per person in advance.  Online bidding and event tickets are available here.

The Auction offers great items for all ages:

  • Chicago Team Sports Tickets
  • Vacation Getaway
  • Golf Outing
  • Restaurant Gift Certificates
  • Local Gym Memberships
  • Themed Gift Baskets from our Classrooms
  • Summer Camps and Sports Gift Certificates
  • Kids Classes and Birthday Parties

Priceless Lincoln Items include: 

  • Fun Lunch for a Year!
  • Reserved spot in 2016/17 Coding Club
  • Principal for a Day
  • Front Row Seating at Your Child’s Concert
  • Full Year of Foreign Language International Program (FLIP)

Seeking Yearbook Photos!

The Yearbook is desperately seeking a few pictures from Movie Night and the Back to School Picnic  (Sept. 2015).

Can you please help us out?  Please email photos to Ann Mills (anncieslica AT msn.com) or Cheri Gearhart  (cheri AT gearhart.com).    Thank you!! 

PS–the yearbook price increases from $20 to $25 after March 1st–order your copy on the PTO web store today!

Fun Lunch – Thursday Volunteers Needed!

Fun Lunch volunteers are needed for upcoming Thursday fun lunches: 3/3, 3/24, 4/21, 5/12 and 5/26.  Please contact Amy Hansmann at “amy AT hansmann.org” or sign up on Sign Up Genius.

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.

Looking for Ways to Support our Blue Ribbon School?

Save the Date for Thursday, April 14.  The PTO will be hosting an informational coffee at 8:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room.  There will also be an evening session at a location TBA.  Bring your ideas and learn about ways to get involved!  Click here for a list of open PTO 2016-17 positions.  Additional details to follow.

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