3/31 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Welcome back to school! Whether you stayed local or traveled afar, I hope you and your family had a wonderful spring break and used the time away to rejuvenate yourself for the homestretch of the school year. The next 51 days will be very busy around our Fine Fine School!

Beginning next week, our 3rd and 4th graders will  begin taking our annual state mandated student assessments. This year our 3rd and 4th grade students will be administered the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in the areas of Mathematics and English Language Arts. The IAR has taken the place of the PARCC assessment, which our 3rd and 4th grade students have been administered for the past several years. Below is the testing schedule we will follow at Lincoln.

New Parking Restrictions/Signage

Effective tomorrow (April 1), the Village of River Forest will being enforcing NO PARKING zones in the following areas on school attendance days.

  • On the west side of Park Ave. from Lake St. to the north side of the Park Ave playground
  • On the east side of Franklin Ave. from Lake St. to the north side of the gym

This is a result of the Safe Routes to School surveys/evaluations and is a decision that was made by the Village administration. The Village will begin monitoring and ticketing this area effective April 1. Signage will also be posted in these areas outlining the above parking restrictions.

Additionally, please note the new “NO LEFT TURN” at the intersection of Franklin and Lake.

Finally, In the coming weeks, we will be partnering with Ms. Linda Conway from the River Forest Police Department to present Erin’s Law to all Lincoln students. “Erin’s Law” requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. These presentations will take place in classrooms. As the date for you child’s class presentation nears, teachers will send home an overview of the content to be covered in their class newsletters.  If you have any questions or prefer your child not to participate, please let me know.

As always, please let me know if there is anything I can ever do to better support your family. Enjoy the week and good luck settling back into reality! ~CG

Quote of the Week:  “When you make mistakes, there are only three things you should do: admit it, learn from it and don’t repeat it!”


Monday, April 1: WELCOME BACK!

Tuesday, April 2:

  • Election Day
  • PTO Meeting: 8:45am, multipurpose room
  • Girls on the Run: 3:10-4:30pm, gym
  • Theater Club: 3:10-4:15pm, auditorium
  • Board of Education/Committee of the Whole meeting: 7pm, Roosevelt

Wednesday, April 3:

  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • Heartworks
  • One DIstrict One Book Community Discussion: 6pm, Roosevelt

Thursday, April 4:

  • Wonder Readers: 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Girls on the Run: 3:10-4:30pm, gym
  • Connect 4 Kids speaker: 6:30pm, Willard auditorium

Friday, April 5:

  • Wonder Writers: 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Fun Lunch – sliders

Reminder: PTO meeting this Tuesday morning

There will be a PTO meeting this Tuesday morning (4/2) at 8:45am in the multipurpose room.  All are welcome!

One School One Book – Lincoln School

Upon our return from spring break, Lincoln School is excited to commence our inaugural “One School One Book” reading program. A huge thank you to the Lincoln PTO and their sponsorship of the book fair, as part of the proceeds were used to purchase all the family books.

Participating in a school-wide reading program such as “One School One Book” can help build a community of readers.  Families reading together help children listen better and longer, build bigger vocabularies, and develop a positive attitude about books and learning. Reading professionals recommend that families read aloud to children even when they are able to read by themselves. When an entire school reads together, it generates excitement about reading and being part of a fun program.

Fast Facts:

  • Week of March 25:    Details of “One School One Book” shared with all Lincoln students
  • Week of April 1st:     Clues about the book will be given each day to heighten interest
  • Friday, April 5th: THE BIG REVEAL!
    • We announce during lunch – students discover together Lincoln School’s selection
    • Each family receives a copy of the book along with a proposed reading schedule (book to be sent home with youngest child)
  • April 5th – April 26:   Read.  Connect.  Enjoy.

What else?

★ We strongly encourage each family to read the book aloud together

★ Families will have two or three days to read one or two chapters.

★ Each week, we will ask questions about the book at school

★ Students can submit answers and prizes will be awarded (selected from the correct answers)

BONUS: Submission of a completed bookmark puts the student in a raffle for a family prize

We’re excited to rollout this new program.  With your help, we can build a community of readers at Lincoln School.  If any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Brauweiler.

Spring yoga starts next week!

Spring yoga starts next week!  Yoga will take place on the following Mondays in Mrs. Burn’s room:  4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13.

There are still a few open spots – sign up on  the PTO Webstore. Cost is $80 for the 6 sessions.



One District One Book – this Wednesday, 4/3 at 6pm!

Image result for end of averagePlease consider joining District 90 in its One District/One Book shared reading experience. This community-wide initiative encourages families and residents to engage with, reflect, and discuss the same book together. All District 90 families, faculty, staff, students, and River Forest residents are encouraged to join in the discussion of The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness, by Todd Rose.

Please consider joining District 90 on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Roosevelt Middle School, 7560 Oak Avenue, River Forest. There will be small group discussions and hands-on learning activities that will help bring the book’s ideas to light. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The event is free, but RSVPs are requested. Please RSVP at this link: RSVP One District/One Book

Please join the conversation. The End of Average is available in the River Forest Public Library and local bookstores. You can also listen to this book in an audiobook format. Short videos by Todd Rose can be viewed on YouTube or by clicking these links: Harvard’s Todd Rose on Why Individuality Is the Key to the Future, The End of Average: Todd Rose’s 8 for 8, and The Myth of Average: Todd Rose at TEDxSonoma County.

Connect4Kids Speaker Event: this Thursday, 4/4 at 6:30pm, Willard auditorium

Having a tough time getting your family out the door in the morning?  Would you like for your child to be more organized in their daily routines and more responsible for their belongings? Are you struggling to manage your child’s technology time? You’re not alone! Help your child develop Executive Function skills with tips from Dr. Georgia Bozeday, Ed.D, Director of Educational Services at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center.

  • An overview of current research from neuroscience describing the impact of the 21st Century influences on students today
  • Recommendations and strategies for organization and time-management
  • Focuses primarily on grades 3rd-12th grade

  Questions? Contact laura.haussmann@gmail.com or sangs50@gmail.com


March Parent Tech Bulletin

***Click here to view the bulletin with live links.***

Attention Parents of Fourth Graders

Image result for field dayPlease Don’t Forget to Pay 4th Grade Activities Fee
Please click here to pay your $25 4th Grade Activity Fee. This money goes toward the t-shirt that your 4th grader will wear during Field Day and the cost of the 4th grade breakfast celebration on the last day of school. If you are unsure if you have already paid, please click here and log in to review your order history on the PTO webstore.
Any questions? Contact Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) or Ginger Timchak (gingertimchak@gmail.com).

Join in 4th Grade Field Day Activities
Would your son or daughter like to participate in one of Lincoln School’s Field Day traditions? Our kids have excitedly been watching the “big kids” (aka – 4th graders) over the years entertain and kick off Field Day with Drumming and the Maypole Dance. Now it’s their turn to participate! Field Day is currently scheduled for the last day of school, June 12th. Your 4th grader can choose to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming. Registration will open next week. We are still in need of parent volunteers to help guide and instruct the students in the drumming activity. Please email Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) or Ginger Timchak (gingertimchak@gmail.com) if you are interested. Practices start in early May.

Commemorative Video for 4th Graders: Pictures Needed
A video will be shown at the 4th grade breakfast on the morning of the last day of school, June 12th. The video will contain pictures of the 4th graders through their years at Lincoln School. So grab a box of tissues and scroll through your old photos. Please begin to gather a variety of photos of your child commemorating all of their years at Lincoln, grades K through 4. We suggest photos from school events, school concerts, class parties, field trips, PTO events, back to school pictures, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, other clubs, youth sports teams, pictures with good Lincoln buddies, etc.

Photos can be submitted to a google drive via https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Br8wAPodrOwDK0IUThraRsnGsFNttUMu?usp=sharing or emailed to Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com . We want to ensure that everyone is included so in the body of the email please include child’s name, grade / teacher at the time pic was taken. We cannot use pictures from non-school events, no matter how cute. New families to fourth grade – there’s still time to take pics!
Example: Zoo field trip, 1st grade.

Feel free to contact Debby Bade and Krista Lambe at Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com with any questions.

PE Shoe Drive

Dear Lincoln Families, My name is Jonathan Augustine and I am the new PE teacher here at Lincoln. I have great idea that can help every student excel during their PE time.

What?  A school wide athletic shoe drive!

WhyDuring PE it is mandatory for students to wear  proper athletic shoes. This means no showing of the toes, only closed toe athletic shoes. During the winter and spring months students wear boots or sandals to school, often times forgetting their athletic shoes for PE and unable to participate.  I want PE to be fun and engaging for everyone, even those who happen to forget their athletic shoes.

Therefore, if you have any gently used athletic style shoes that perhaps your kids have grown out of or no longer wear, please send them in. A variety of sizes that will fit K-4 students would be appreciated. I will have disinfectant spray each time a student wears a pair of shoes. If you have any questions feel free to email me at augustinej@district90.org. Thank you for helping the Lincoln students!!!  Mr. A

Lincoln Yearbooks now on sale – best price through 4/15!

Image result for yearbookYearbooks are now available to order on the PTO Web Store.  The hardcover books are available at a pre-order price of $25/book now through April 15.  Pre-ordered books will be distributed at the Ice Cream Social on 5/31 along with a souvenir pen.  Save your confirmation email from the PTO Web Store so you can quickly confirm your order when the “end of the school year” madness sets in!

 Any books that remain after the initial online orders are taken will be available for purchase on a first come first serve basis at the Ice Cream Social for $30/book.  Keep in mind that the yearbooks are quite popular, so we highly recommend ordering in advance!

IAR Bonus Recess – need for parent volunteers!

Image result for recessConnect 4 Kids is hosting a bonus recess for the third and fourth graders during Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) testing during mid-April.  We are reaching out in the hopes of filling the volunteer time slots, supporting play, and providing fresh air for students during testing.

You do not need to have a child in third or fourth grade to volunteer. Please come rain or shine.  Arrive a few minutes early to sign in at the office and meet on the block top on the Franklin side.  If it is raining, the school secretary will share the alternate plan.  Sign up here to volunteer.  Casey, the teachers, and the PTO want to thank you in advance of supporting this initiative!

Summer School 2019

It’s time to think about summer school! District 90’s Summer School program will be in session from Monday, June 17th through Friday, July 12th, with no classes on July 4th.Students entering Kindergarten-4th grade will be at Willard Elementary and students entering 5th-8th grade will be at Roosevelt Middle School. Registration IS NOW OPEN and closes on April 18th. Click on the link for the brochure and to register— https://www.district90.org/about/summer-school.

Join the 2019-2020 PTO Team – 4/11 at Old School in FP!

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 2019-20 school year, we invite parents to join us from 7:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, April 11 at Old School Tap in Forest Park, 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. Volunteer opportunities are available for events taking place at school during the week or on weekends. And opportunities are available for you to work from the comfort of your own home while younger children nap.

Spread the word and bring a friend – thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO!  Please click here to view the list of positions available for the 2019-20 school year.

EARTH WEEK (April 22-26) call for volunteers!