Happy “almost,” Spring Break! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I enjoyed having my brother and sister-in-law in town over the weekend.
I’m sure your kids have reminded you, but don’t forget that Spring Break is upon us. Monday, March 27 through Friday, March 31 school will not be in session. Classes will resume on Monday, April 3. Whether your plans include traveling abroad, traveling nationally or even a staycation, I hope you and your kids enjoy the time off to rejuvenate for the homestretch of the school year.
Upon returning from break, things will be very busy around Lincoln and D90. Beginning the week of April 10 our 3rd and 4th graders will participate in the annual PARCC Testing. Our students will participate in Math and English Language Arts. To assist in any family planning, the Lincoln PARCC schedule is attached below. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Finally, if you haven’t yet done so, please take a minute to complete the D90 IAB survey. The survey will close later this week. Your input ins important:
Parent Survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7KS3L8H
As always, please never hesitate to contact me with anything I can do to help your family and your kids. Thanks for your continued support of our fine, fine, school.
Please look for the next Lincoln Log on Sunday, April 2.
Spirit Winners, Friday, March 17:
Save the Date: Monday 4/4 – PTO meeting, 8:45 am
Second graders are invited to participate in Coding Club this spring. The club will meet in the library during lunch period on the following Mondays: March 20, April 3, April 10, April 17 and April 24.
Registration for second graders will open today at 5pm on the Web Store. The cost is $3 to cover a pizza party during the last class. See attached for more information.
The mission of the PTO is to support and enhance the education of the children at Lincoln School. But without input, ideas and support from the families at Lincoln, fulfilling this mission is not possible. As we begin to plan for the 2017-18 school year, we invite parents to join us from 7:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, April 13, to share ideas and show support for activities and events organized by the PTO.
There is a lot you can do for the PTO and for Lincoln School whether you are a working parent or a stay at home parent. Volunteers opportunities are available for events taking place at school during the week or on weekends. And opportunities are available for you to work on from the comfort of your own home while younger children nap.
Spread the word and bring a friend! We hope to see you on April 13th (location TBD)! Thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO! Please click here to view the list of positions available for the 2017-18 school year.
It has been our pleasure and privilege to work with such thoughtful students and dynamic faculty over the past 2 days at Lincoln School. We are appreciative of Principal Casey Godfrey and the PTO for their support in bringing My Remarkable Self to River Forest. The focus of our workshops was Friendship and the Power of Words. We really want the children to understand what qualities to look for in a friend and how to keep a friend as well as ways to lose or hurt a friend. We reinforced the importance of the students making choices within their friendships by surrounding themselves with people who build them up and make feel good rather than friends who pull them down or make them feel bad. We used various interactive activities to help illustrate the importance of problem solving and communication and the impact of their words and actions. Ask your children to tell you about the “heart and the power of words” activity. While we did not have enough time to go into depth about conflict resolution, we did explain that conflict can be healthy as long as both parties are willing to problem solve using communication and team work.
Again, it was a pleasure to work in a school whose PRIDE pledge aligns closely wth our philosophy.
For further information about My Remarkable Self please visit our website www.myremarkableself.com
The My Remarkable Self Team
Claire, Mary, Jen and Emma
Guarantee your copy of Lincoln’s 2016-2017 yearbook by ordering on the PTO Web Store today. Books are distributed at the Ice Cream Social at the end of the school year.
Dear District 90 Families,
In our ongoing efforts to pursue a more equitable and supportive school environment, District 90’s Inclusiveness Advisory Board (IAB) needs your help. Please consider completing the IAB’s 2017 Inclusiveness Perception Survey.
This is the second time we’re conducting the survey, which will help the District determine and monitor the degree to which District 90 fosters an environment of inclusion for students, staff, and families. The information will be exceptionally valuable as District 90 works to improve how we meet the needs of all stakeholders, particularly our students.
Results from the first survey in 2015 were extremely useful in helping the District understand how the District’s policies, practices, and procedures affect individual’s experiences, as well as how welcomed and included families feel in our school environment. Several initiatives have been instituted as a result of the initial survey’s findings. For instance, District 90 has created a Vision for Equity, aligned the IAB’s objectives with the District’s Strategic Plan, established lottery-style sign-up processes for STEM and other elective programs to improve equitable access, conducted several inclusivity and equity workshops for staff members and the River Forest community, and partnered with the National Equity Project. The 2017 IAB survey will enable the District to evaluate our progress and make needed adjustments to our practices and procedures.
Beginning on Wednesday, March 8, students in grades 3-8 will be offered the opportunity to complete an anonymous and confidential electronic survey at school sometime during the next two weeks. Parents are invited to review the student survey instrument by clicking on this link: Student IAB Survey. If parents would prefer that their child(ren) refrain from participating in the survey, please contact and inform the principal of your child(ren)’s school by March 7.
Similarly, we need to understand family perspectives about this issue, as well. The electronic parent survey is also confidential and anonymous, and can be accessed by clicking on the link below. Please know that we appreciate your willingness to share your feedback. Our sincere goal is to continually improve the culture of our school community and further strive to foster a climate of openness, trust, and inclusiveness for everyone. The survey will close on March 22.
If you have questions about either the survey instrument or the manner in which the collected data will be used, please feel free to contact Dr. Alison Hawley, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, for more information at HawleyA@district90.org.
Thank you for your assistance and your ongoing support of our schools, students, and program..
Ed Condon, Ph.D.
The deadline to order discounted Chicago Wolves tickets for American Heart Association Night is 3/24. See order form for details and to order. Here is the link to the order form: