I hope you had a good weekend. It’s hard to believe only fourteen school days remain before Spring Break!
Thank you for taking the time from your schedules to actively participate in Spring Parent Teacher Conferences last week. I hope you found the opportunity to dialogue with your child’s teacher to be productive and insightful.
As we’ve done once before this year, tomorrow, Tuesday, March 7 we will operate on a Monday schedule for the purposes of special area classes. By missing school so frequently on Monday, classes often miss the same special area classes which creates instructional obstacles and inequities. Therefore, please remind your kids that tomorrow will be a Monday schedule. On Wednesday we will resume the normal weekly schedule!
At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15th, D90 will host a parent information night regarding our presentation of Erin’s Law. Erin’s Law requires Illinois School Districts to provide an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness prevention curriculum to students. We are fortunate to again partner with the River Forest Police Department to share this content with your kids. Between March 16 and the end of the year, these presentations will take place in D90 Schools. Teachers will communicate with you before their classes’ presentation. Please reach out if you have any questions.
As always, thanks for your continued support of our Fine, Fine School. I look forward to seeing you at the Lincoln School Auction on Friday night to celebrate our shared Lincoln School. P.R.I.D.E.! Have a great week.
We are wrapping up our Monarch Challenge this year. The reading log will be due next Tuesday, March 7th (technically the due date is March 1st, but I’d like to give one final four day weekend for finishing all 20 books).
The students have done a wonderful job of reading these very diverse books. We have read five during library time, so all K – 2 students will be able to vote next week. We will turn in our votes and be counted along with all Illinois students participating to determine which book was our favorite (I’m glad I don’t get to vote – I would have trouble picking just one!).
For those first and second grade students who turn in their log having read all 20 books and signed by a parent, they will receive a permission slip to attend the Monarch party (date announced on the slip). The party will take place in the library during their lunch/recess time. We will have pizza, a treat, games and find out which book won.
For the kindergarten students, we will have time during their school day to have a treat and play games in the library.
I’ve been so pleased about all of the excitement these students have had for the Monarch challenge. I have not been able to keep the books on the shelves and they all have 3-4 holds a piece (which is a great problem to have). As they have turned in their logs, it’s been fun to see all the different books they chose as their favorite.
Thank you for supporting your children and reading. I can’t wait to celebrate books with all these readers!
Please join us for an evening to support the Lincoln PTO & Celebrate our Blue Ribbon School!
Appetizers, domestic beer, wine & non-alcoholic beverages are included between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Bidding online is open now! It will end promptly at 9:30 pm on March 7th.
Auction tickets are $50 per person in advance (buy before Midnight on 3/9). Tickets are $60 the day of the event. To purchase event tickets and register to bid click here.
To register to bid remotely and view the current online bids, go to: Silent Auction On Line Items
The Auction offers great items for all ages. Please check back periodically throughout the week as new items will be added!
Priceless Lincoln Items include:
New this year, teachers have submitted ‘wish list items’ for their various grades and classrooms. Help support the PTO by donating $25, $50 or more to fund these items. A few examples include new pencil sharpeners for first grade, book collections for second grade, Wonder Workshop Dash Robot for third grade, NeoRok stools for fourth grade and fidget/focus items for the resource classrooms.
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.