3/20 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Happy “almost” Spring Break! Whatever adventures you have planned, I hope the time with your kids is fun and memorable.

As your kids might have shared with you, last week the Lincoln Leprechaun paid a visit to our school causing lots of mischief before heading back to Ireland. Hopefully, they told you all about their visits to Leprechaun Valley. Many thanks to Danno our building engineer for all his volunteer work to make St. Patrick’s day so fun for our kids.

On Tuesday, we are excited to welcome the Wheel of Wisdom assembly to Lincoln. This trivia game show themed assembly incorporates concepts from our curriculum into a memorable experience for our kids. Many thanks to Lisa Shorney for all her PTO efforts in coordinating such great assemblies for our students.

Due to the upcoming break, the next Lincoln Log will be delivered on Sunday, April 3. As always, thanks for your support of Lincoln. Please let me know if there is ever anything I can do to help you or your family.


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


Tuesday, 3/22:

  • Girls on the Run

Wednesday, 3/23:

  • Waste Free Lunch Wednesday
  • 4th Grade MOMS NIGHT OUT at Maya!

Thursday, 3/24:

  • Girls on the Run
  • Lincoln Spirit Day
  • Fun Lunch: SUBS

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Friday, 3/25:

  • No School

3/23 – 4th Grade Mom’s Night Out!

unnamed-5If you have a son or daughter in the 4th grade, then please join us for a night out.
It’s hard to believe how quickly the years have gone by at Lincoln.
Come and see old friends and meet new Moms you’ve never had the chance to meet.
Let’s celebrate!!
When: Wednesday, March 23rd 7:30 pm until …?
Where: Maya Del Sol, 144 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park

Please email Molly Burns at mollymcgo@gmail.com so I have a head count.
Thanks and see you there!!

Still Need 3rd & 4th Grade Habitat Helpers


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.

Thank You for Making the Heartworks Food Drive a Success!

unnamed-4Special thank you to Katie Avalos for coordinating a successful food drive! Also thanks to: Amy Hansmann, Howard Wax, the Scelfo family, Stacey Williams and Heartworks kids and Lincoln families! The OPRF Food Pantry was happy with the wide variety of food donated. Our 4th grade Heartworkers worked hard delivering the food!

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.

Thank You For Making the Science Expo Such a Great Night!

thank you to all of the junior scientists, the students and parents who attended the Expo, our head Mad Scientist Casey Godfrey, event chairs Steve Lefko and Stacy Saunders, the Kiwanis Club for their very generous donation, and the following volunteers:
Antonette Consalvi, Sarah Donoho, Vanessa Druckman, Amy Dwyer, Brendan Dwyer, Joshua Ehart, Grayson Holdback, Eva Kessel, Kim Lefko, Kevin McCole, Lorrie Michael, Joe Mitzenmacher, AJ Peters, Debbie Piper, Ed Pogue, Rob Pooley, Molly Quinn, Ken Slepicka, Mike Smetana, Melissa Smith-Parrish, Nancy Snyder, Mike Stutz, Tammy Travis, Susan Wallace.

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.


Grn4GdThe Village of River Forest is no longer providing electronics recycling so we wanted to let everyone know about the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency Electronics Event on April 16 in Westchester (see attached). River Forest is a member of the WCCSWA and RF residents can recycle their electronics at this event for free.

Green4Good will be having their Recycling Extravaganza this year on May 7th 8am-1pm at RF Untied Methodist Church. Please save the date and spread the word. This year due to the electronics recycling market, we are charging anyone who brings electronics. It will be $10 per car and cars will be limited to 1 tv (plasma or CRT) and 1 monitor. All other household electronics are unlimited. We will be collecting all of the other items as well, scrap metal, bikes, books, school supplies, CFLs etc. Look for flyers and sign up after spring break.

Earth Week is April 18th-22nd
Walk to School all Week–Walking School Buses will be Organized!
Wear Green all Week
Waste Free Lunch Challenge

Spring Cleaning? Save Your Used Clothes for a Spring PTO Resale Event!

Spring cleaning? Put your cast offs to good use! A few Lincoln moms are coordinating a children’s clothing resale event in conjunction with the village wide recycling day on Saturday, May 7. Gently used donated children’s clothing will be sold at a giant Lincoln school sale the next day. This is not a consignment event. All money raised will go to the PTO and all clothing left at the end of the event will be donated to a charity. Watch the log for specific donation instructions after spring break.

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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