It’s hard to believe that exactly 365 days ago we were frantically rushing around the school compiling iPads, book bags and other resources to send home with your kids, for what we thought just might be a few days. Who would’ve guessed then the journey that we were in store for. As President Biden eloquently said in his address to the nation last week, “While it was different for everyone, we all lost something — a collective suffering, a collective sacrifice, a year filled with the loss of life and the loss of living for all of us. But in the loss, we saw how much there was to gain in appreciation, respect, and gratitude. Finding light in the darkness is a very American thing to do.” Thanks to each of you for support and kindness as we continue to reinvent our craft as educators. With that same kindness, empathy and support, we will continue to be models of resilience for our kids.
With Spring Break rapidly approaching, we realize that many families may use this time away from school to travel outside of Illinois. Lincoln and D90 continue to adhere to the guidance of the Cook County Department of Public Health: Cook County Department of Public Health Travel Guidance . If you are planning to travel to a state that is currently designated as “Orange,” prior to returning to school your child will need to submit a negative Covid-19 test or adhere to a ten day quarantine. So that we can be adequately prepared for school after the break, as soon as possible, please share with your child’s teacher whether your family will be providing the school with a Covid-19 test or if your family will be quarantining for ten days upon return from any travel. Sharing this information with teachers in advance will be extremely helpful as we plan for school in April.
*** The Cook County Department of Public Health releases updated travel guidance every other week (anticipated March 9 and 23). Therefore please continue to monitor this link for the most up to date travel guidance.***
As we continue to prepare for extended school days, lunch and incorporating “maskless” time into the school day continues to be the biggest hurdle we face in planning for a longer school day. As referenced in Dr. Condon’s message/survey to families last week, lunch will likely take place in unique places such as the gym/hallway floors and outdoor picnic style lunches (weather permitting). These spaces provide for maximum distance and will best honor all safety protocols and guidance. In the event the decision is made to increase the length of our school day, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have an interest in volunteering to support our school between the hours of 11:00AM-1:00PM.
Each year the state of Illinois requires that all public schools hold an “Erin’s Law” presentation for all students. “Erin’s Law” requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. This year we are excited to again partner with Victor Pacini in presenting this important information to our kids. In the past, Victor has personally visited Lincoln. However, this year he has created virtual presentations that will be shared with our kids during the week of March 22. Here you will find a link to his parent video that briefly outlines his presentation. Victor Pacini Parent Video-Peace of Mind. Should you wish to opt your child out of this presentation, please let me know no later than Friday, March 19.
Finally, if you haven’t yet completed the 5Essentials Survey, please take a few moments to participate. The Illinois 5Essentials survey is designed to generate a comprehensive picture of the inner workings of our schools. Teachers, parents, and students will be able to share their insights and perceptions about our schools as we develop school improvement plans. Students in grades 4-8, teachers, and parents/guardians will be able to participate in this online and confidential survey that is based on 20 years of research at the University of Chicago. The survey will be open for participation until April 2, 2021.
As always, thanks for your continued support of Lincoln School. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything more I can do to support your family. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.
Thursday, March 18:
Day: Thursday, March 25th
Time: 6:00 pm
Cost: $30.00 per household
Calling all trivia buffs!
Please join us for Lincoln’s first Family Trivia Night! Lincoln families are invited to participate in a fun evening of virtual family friendly trivia. This event will be held in user friendly Kahoot/Zoom platforms. Families will compete against one another for points with the top 3 families being awarded prizes. Please note due to COVID regulations all participants must be from a single family household. Advanced registration is required and a portion of the proceeds will help support the Lincoln PTO.
You can register HERE in the Lincoln PTO Webstore. For those who have registered a link will be sent prior to the event.
Lincoln Picture Day is this Thursday, March 18th. All orders/payments must be done online before or on picture day. Please go to www.ordervgil.com and use school code 20077101 when placing your order.
We are happy to announce that this year we will be offering a 2020-2021 Flip Book! This condensed “yearbook” allows us to provide school pictures and snapshots of our year in review. The book will be sold for purchase through our school picture distributor Van Gogh. More information to come in the following weeks.
The theme for this year’s Cover Contest is “Be safe and Show your Lincoln School P.R.I.D.E.” If your child is interested in submitting a design for this year’s contest, please be sure it is submitted to Mr. Godfrey by Monday, March 22. All designs should be submitted on a plain while sheet of paper with the students name on the back. Tune into Mr. Godfrey’s Morning Messages for more information.
Until the end of the year, all remote students should log into music using this new MASTER MUSIC LINK: https://district90-org.zoom.us/j/86525152084
The previous link will no longer be in use!
Click the link below to celebrate A Lincoln staff member, student or volunteer by sharing some Lincoln Love! Lincoln Love “Shout Out” Form
Thank you for emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with your technology questions/issues. Please remember to include as much information as possible, e.g., Student Name, Teacher Name, School, iPad asset tag number, etc. Screenshots, links, websites and any other information regarding the issue is helpful. For example, my iPad/computer can’t connect to the XXXXX website when I click on this link.
Additionally, if you have difficulty logging into your child’s special area classes, please be sure to reach out to that particular teacher to assist with any login issues.