3/7 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Happy Monday!  I hope you enjoyed the extended weekend.

Thanks so much for your attendance and participation in last week’s Parent/Teacher Conferences. The opportunity to engage in such proactive dialogue in regard to your child’s progress is an opportunity we hope you found to be informative. On behalf of all Lincoln staff, thanks for your support.

Our teachers have dedicated countless hours of professional development, collaboration and their personal time to study and implement our new writing resource. The Lucy Calkins Writing Units of Study were presented to our school board with a proposal for full adoption at last week’s Board of Education meeting.  Before there is an official vote to adopt this new program at an upcoming meeting, please feel free to swing by Lincoln to preview these resources.

This week will be a short yet busy one at Lincoln.  Don’t forget that Thursday is the March Principal Birthday Lunch.  I look forward to celebrating with your kids.  Also, don’t forget about our first ever Junior Scientist Expo on Thursday evening.  It promises to be a night full of fun and science.  Finally on Friday, I look forward to celebrating our Fine Fine School with many of you at our annual Lincoln School Auction.

As always, thanks for your continued support of our Fine Fine School!  Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do for you or your kids. Have a great week.


Spirit Award Winners – Thursday 3/3:

1st and 2nd Grade: Mrs. Stasys
3rd and 4th Grade:  Mrs. McCole


Tuesday, 3/8:

  • 8:45 AM – PTO Meeting
  • Girls on the Run

Wednesday, 3/9:

  • Waste Free Lunch Wednesday

Thursday, 3/10:

  • Girls on the Run
  • Principal Birthday Lunch
  • Jr. Scientist Expo  6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • 2nd Grade Field Trip to Fullersburg Woods

Friday, 3/11:

  • Lincoln PTO Auction, 7 pm
  • Lincoln Spirit Day
  • Fun Lunch – PASTA





PTO Auction is This Friday–Get Your Tix!

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Please join us for an evening to support the Lincoln PTO & Celebrate our Blue Ribbon School!

When:  Friday, March 11th,  doors open at 7:00 pm

Where:  Skrine Chops, Forest Park

Appetizers, domestic beer, wine & non-alcoholic beverages are included during bidding hours:  7:30 pm-9:30 pm

Bidding online is now! It will end promptly at 9:30 pm on March 11th!

Get your online bids in now at Silent Auction Pro – Online Bid Items – List View

Auction tickets are $45 per person in advance.  Online bidding and event tickets are available here.

The Auction offers great items for all ages:

  • Chicago Team Sports Tickets
  • Vacation Getaway
  • Golf Outing
  • Restaurant Gift Certificates
  • Local Gym Memberships
  • Themed Baskets
  • Summer Camps & Sports Gift Certificates

Priceless Lincoln Items include:

  • Fun Lunch for a Year!
  • Reserved Spot in 2016/17 Coding Club
  • Principal for a Day
  • Front Row Seats at Your Child’s Concert
  • Full Year of Foreign Language Introductory Program (FLIP)


Heartworks Food Drive: 3/8-3/11


Heartworks, Lincoln’s fourth grade service club, is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Oak Park Food Pantry the week of March 8 through 11.

Paper collection bags went home with the youngest Lincoln sibling last week. We are asking Lincoln families to consider donating non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry, such as: pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, soup, rice, baby food, etc.  Bags can be returned to the Park side lobby anytime from March 8 through 11.

Contact Katie Avalos  (katie_avalos AT hotmail.com) for more information.


Lincoln’s Jr. Scientist Expo – Come Check it out on Thursday evening!

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When:   Thursday, March 10th

  • 6:15 display setup
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm  Presentations & prize drawings

Where: Lincoln Elementary Gymnasium

Come and find out what cool experiments  our Jr. Scientists completed!

CLICK Lincoln Jr Science Expo Flyer for more details




Wow, Lincoln Eagles!!

Together you clipped almost 7,000 Box Tops, more than tripling our goal of 2,000 Box Tops. Congratulations on raising nearly $700!

Soon the students will have the opportunity to vote on a fun theme day as a well-deserved reward.  Will it be crazy hair day? Backwards day? St. Louis Cardinals Day? To be continued..

Thank You to All the International Festival Volunteers!


Dozens of volunteers came together to make International Festival such a success. 137 children traveled to 15 countries, right here at Lincoln School. They also enjoyed snacks from around the world and traced the journey of Marco Polo in the gym. Lincoln’s first International Festival blew all expectations out the water!

Country hosts planned their activities for months and their efforts need to be recognized. Huge thanks goes out to the following people for their enthusiasm in sharing these countries:

  • Albania: Blerina Valikaj-Stringer
  • Austria: Angelika Rupp
  • Brazil: Juliana Zeiher and Amanda Plancon
  • Croatia: Maria Ferro and Suzi Ilic
  • France: Howard Wax, Rob Pooley, Dan Lundak, Molly Lundak
  • Guatemala: Kim Meyer and Brenda Rakers
  • India: Shweta Mundhra and Sangeetha Madhavan
  • Indonesia: Ariani Putripertiwi
  • Japan: Lori Suzuki
  • Korea: Maryanne Woo
  • Mexico: Ana Sanchez
  • Poland: Genevieve Broaddus and Ann Mills
  • Taiwan: Yii-Dih Tsai, Shu Ping Tseng
  • Turkey: Petek Demirtas
  • Ukraine: Anna Cook and Marta Kozbur

A special shout out also needs to go out to the tour guides who stamped passports and led large groups of kids from country to country, never losing their cool or their smile: Nikki Elza, Gina Hardy, Julie Sievert, Julie Carlson, Debbie Exner, Julie Swift, Katie Iammartino, Leslie Shafer Ochoa, Jean Bacom, Amy Dwyer, Tammy Travis, and Eve Ocasio.   On the day of the event, many other volunteers jumped in to make the event a reality, serving food, setting up and cleaning up, and taking registration. Thank you to:  Chrissy Pogue, Cecilia Dahn, Bernadette Hoyt, Jenny Winter, Maria Galli, Melissa Edwards, Missy Heinz, Dionna Plywacz, and Liz Badrinath. We could not have pulled this off without you!

Many Thanks to our teachers who generously volunteered their classrooms the week before Parent Teacher Conferences!

  • Ms. Burns  –  Croatia and Albania
  • Ms. Kozbur / Art Room (also a Country Host!) – Ukraine
  • Ms. Neilson  –  Austria and Poland
  • Ms. Stasys  –  Korea
  • Ms. Fitzgerald / LLC  –  India, Turkey, Indonesia
  • Ms. McCole – Taiwan
  • Ms. Suzuki (also a Country Host!) – Japan
  • Ms. Bajo  –  Guatemala and Mexico
  • Ms. Voss  –  France

And a huge shout out to Dan Mescolotto, our custodian, who was at Lincoln on Saturday 9 – 1 AND Sunday from 7 – 5, making it possible for us to set up Lincoln School ahead of time.   Thanks to Brady Kosterman, our Tech Guy,   – who set up the Auditorium for our slide show of photographs from around the world, and set us up for the FLIP performance videos and music.  And of course, many thanks to Casey Godfrey, for helping plan, organize, and keep us all on track during this inaugural event!

Hats off to our Lincoln teachers and staff, for being incredibly helpful, generous, and supportive throughout the process–always asking if there was anything else we needed.  We couldn’t have done it without you.


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.


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.


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