3/13 Lincoln Log

Lincoln School Families,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the weather and perhaps some early St. Patricks Festivities. Many thanks to all those who have been asking about my mother and keeping her in your thoughts. She is doing well and in good spirits. I’ll be away from Lincoln in St. Louis on Monday to be with her during her first of many chemotherapy treatments. I look forward to being back to school on Tuesday!

The first ever Lincoln School Science Expo was a resounding success. Many thanks to everyone who came to support our young scientists. The energy and excitement was contagious! Many thanks to Steve Lefko, Stacy Saunders and the other committee members who brought this event to life for our kids! Additionally thanks to the River Forest Kiwanis Club for the generous donation that aided in funding such a special night for Lincoln School. The school was still abuzz on Friday as the energy from the Expo continued to linger in the school!

Thank you to everyone to attended or supported the Lincoln School Auction on Friday night. Anna Brennan, Julie Menacho, Jessica Solberg and their committee did an exceptional job planning and coordinating such a successful event for our school. Thanks for your generous support of our PTO, teachers and kids. Your support of this event, will continue to fund high quality leaning experiences four our kids. I’m looking forward to next year!

Additionally, a thank you to all Lincoln students, parents and donors for your help in our Jump Rope for Heart Event. Our school raised $18,4999. Wow! What a great effort and a special Thanks from American Heart Association. There are students who will be receiving Thank You Gifts from American Heart Association, depending on the amount of money they raised. Those gifts will be arriving after spring break.

Finally, thanks for your continued support of our school. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do for you or your family. Have a great week and my the luck of the Irish be on your side this week!


Spirit Award Winners: Friday, March 11, 2016
K-2: Mrs. Suzuki
3-4: Mrs. Bajo


Monday, 3/14

  • Last day of Tennis (grades 1-2)
  • Last day of yoga

Tuesday, 3/15:

  • Girls on the Run

Wednesday, 3/16:

  • Waste Free Lunch Wednesday
  • Last day of tennis (grades 3-4)

Thursday, 3/17:

  • Girls on the Run

Friday, 3/18:

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



Thank you for making the Lincoln Auction a Success!

Screen Shot 2016-03-13 at 2.57.38 PMAttendance and enthusiasm for our Blue Ribbon School was fantastic. Bidding for the auction items, online for the first time, generated great revenue for the Lincoln PTO. Huge thank you goes out to all the families who donated items this year. This event would not have been a possibility without the leadership of Jessica Solberg, Anna Brennan and Julie Menacho and the volunteers that made it happen: Katie Avalos, Anna Cook, Meredith Natale, Rebecca Clarkson, Melissa Bergetz, Kim Meyer, Amy Dwyer, Karen Stierwalt, and Kasey Butkus.

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 – 4:15 PM in Mrs. Burns’s room.

There are still openings for 3rd & 4th Grade volunteers:

  • May 11 – June 1, 2016

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

Fun Lunch – Thursday Volunteers Needed!

Fun Lunch volunteers are needed for upcoming Thursday fun lunches:  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.

The Roosevelt PTO Needs You!

logo-3Help Wanted: The Roosevelt Middle School PTO is currently in the process of filling positions for the 2016-2017 school year. We warmly welcome all new Lincoln and Willard families with rising 5th graders and/or are new to the community! Opportunities exist for day-time, evening and limited work-from-home projects. Perks include seeing your child from time-to-time at school, being a part of creating positive and fun activities/events for students while making new friends or connecting with good friends. Plus there is a NEW monthly raffle prize for fun lunch volunteers. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Stephanie Schrodt at theschrodts@yahoo.com or by phone at 708-689-0876 to discuss an opportunity that is a good fit for what you would like to do in accordance with your availability.

OPRF Feed My Starving Children MobilePack

One Day – 500 Volunteers – 100,000 Meals

Looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children living in poverty? We’ve got two!

1. On Saturday, April 16th in the South Gym of Concordia University’s River Forest campus, 500 volunteers from throughout the community will come together from 11:30am to 1:30pm or from 2:00 to 4:00 to help pack 100,000 meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit targeting the neediest of children in 70 countries throughout the world – children in danger of dying from starvation and malnutrition. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and FMSC ships these meals to their distribution partners to feed children! Children 5+ accompanied by an adult are encouraged to participate! You can register to volunteer for the Mobile Pack at: http://www.fundraising.fmsc.org/OakParkCommunity

2. On Wednesday, March 23, Chipotle, located at 1128 Lake Street, will be helping to raise funds to pay for the food we’ll pack on April 16. Between 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., 50% of the cost of your meal will be donated to the OPRF Community Mobile Pack when you mention to the cashier that you are supporting Feed My Starving Children. 92% of the funds raised by FMSC are spent directly on feeding starving children and 99.6% of the food reaches its intended destination. Join us at Chipotle to “Cause an Effect and Make Lunch or Dinner a Selfless Act”!

D90’s Education for the Future Survey

You’re invited to participate in District 90’s Education for the Future climate survey. Conducted online through California State University, the survey is part of the District’s continuous improvement initiatives and analyzes the perceptions of our students, families, and staff.

The survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the workings of our schools by inviting participants to share their thoughts on important elements of school processes and practices. The insights shared will help advance understanding about the conditions of District 90 schools and will guide ongoing improvement.

Confidentiality will be maintained for all survey participants. The survey will be open from Monday, March 7 to midnight Thursday, March 24.

Lincoln Parent Survey 

Thank you in advance for your willingness to assist District 90 with their efforts to maintain a high quality educational environment for all members of the school community.

Waste Free Wednesdays – Volunteers Needed!


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.

Community Bulletin Board

Click here to find out more about community events, sports, classes and workshops.