4/22 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you enjoyed the weekend and our first glimpse of Spring! How is it that we’ve already come to the final week of April?

This Wednesday (April 25), we will celebrate Administrative Professionals Day. Please be sure stop by or drop Mrs. Kopriva a quick note of appreciation for all she does for our kids and for making the Lincoln office so welcoming with her humor, efficiency and organization.

Despite the frigid temperatures, Earth Week 2018 was a success. Many thanks to Laura Maychruck, Renee Sichlau, Vicki Freund and their Green 4 Good volunteers who continuously support Lincoln’s efforts to be more resourceful, efficient and for educating our kids in our journey to be more “green”!

As you know, student safety is always first.  This week, with the support of the River Forest Police and Fire Departments, Lincoln will have our Spring Safety Week by practicing our various safety drills and procedures. We are so fortunate to have such a strong partnership with the Village of River Forest Police and Fire Departments!

As shared for the past few weeks, we are in the initial process of planning for the 2018-19 academic year. A large piece of that puzzle is the class placement/teacher assignments. Should you be interested in offering some insight into this tedious process, please see the attached letter or reach out to me.

Erin’s Law (House Bill 6193) was signed by Governor Pat Quinn on January 24, 2013.  This law requires schools to implement an age-appropriate sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention curriculum for grades pre-K through 12.  District 90 researched best practices and programs for delivering this instruction. We reviewed several recommended programs and visited several area school districts to observe programs in action.  We are very pleased to share that Victor Pacini will be visiting Lincoln School on May 2 to deliver his program entitled, Be Seen and Heard©, a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program.

The attached flyer and this link provide more information regarding his presentation.  Please contact me if you have other specific questions or if you prefer your child not participate. 

The Erin’s Law presentations on May 2 will be scheduled in the auditorium as follows:
9:00- 9:45 – AM-K and 1st
10:00-10:45  – 3rd/4th
12:45-1:30 – PM-K and 2nd

Finally, don’t forget Friday, April 27 is an 11:25AM early dismissal for all students. Please be sure your child is aware of their dismissal plans. To balance the kindergarten instructional time, please note on Friday the PM Kindergarten students will attend school during the morning and there will be NO AM Kindergarten.

As always, thank you for your continued support of Lincoln. Please never hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can do to support your family. Have a great week. CG


* * * * SPRING SAFETY WEEK! * * * *

Monday, 4/23:

  • Chorus/Recorder Concert @ Willard – 7pm

Tuesday, 4/24:

  • Author Visit – Michelle Schaub
  • Girls on the Run – 3:10-4:30pm, gym

Thursday, 4/26:

  • Girls on the Run – 3:10-4:30pm, gym
  • Fun Lunch – Chicken tenders/veggie burgers

Friday, 4/27:

  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Early dismissal – 11:25am

SchoolKidz Supply Kits – Order before April 27!

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SchoolKids supply kits are now available to order for the 2018-2019 School Year!   The Lincoln PTO sponsors a School Supply Kit process to simplify your life! You can order a school supply kit online and the kit will be delivered to your child’s classroom in August before school starts. Orders are online only and they are only accepted in April. The PTO does not buy extra kits, so if you miss the deadline, you will be unable to order the prepackaged kit. The supplier cannot accept late orders.

Please remember to buy a kit for NEXT YEAR’s Grade Level.  Order your kits on the SchoolKidz website.

Lincoln Account Number: 20838 The DEADLINE for ordering kits is APRIL 27.  Don’t Delay!

ATTENTION PARENTS OF 4TH GRADERS –  details for Maypole Dance and Drumming!

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NOTE – PARENT VOLUNTEER NEEDED:  We are in need of a parent volunteer to combine the 4th grade student photos into a commemorative video set to music.  This is a strictly from home, on the computer, project.  It is a fun, heartwarming, laugh-inducing, and rewarding opportunity!  Contact Suzanne D’Agostino (suzanne.dagostino@gmail.com) or Amy Prestes (amyprestes@gmail.com) for more information or to volunteer.

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, Friday, June 8. Your 4th grader can choose to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming. Practices will take place in the month leading up to Field Day. We plan to start practice the week of May 8th. Practices for each activity will not overlap, and are listed below. If your son or daughter is interested in participating – please sign up in the PTO WebstoreThe deadline to register for the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming is May 4.

  • Maypole Practices:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30-8:15am in the gym
  • Drumming Practices: Tuesdays and Fridays 11:30-12pm during recess in the reading garden

Sincerely, 4th Grade parents – Amy Dwyer (Maypole Queen) and Gregory McClendon (Drumming King)

Please 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 Suzanne D’Agostino (suzanne.dagostino@gmail.com) or Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com).

Commemorative Video for 4th Graders: Pictures Needed

A video will be shown at the 4th grade breakfast on the morning of June 8. 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 the PTO dropbox via this link. Please contact Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) with any questions.

Upcoming author visit – Michelle Schaub – Tuesday, April 24!

Lincoln Elementary School is delighted to welcome author Michelle Schaub on Tuesday, April 24th. Ms. Schaub will talk with students about her career as an author and her book Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market.

The deadline for purchasing books has been extended.  If you would like a personalized copy, please submit your order form by Friday, April 20th. There will be a limited supply of books (not personalized) available after her visit through Friday, April 27th.

Please contact Mrs. Brauweiler directly with any questions.

Library Lowdown –  Poem in Your Pocket Day, Wednesday, April 25!

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Next Wednesday, April 25th, Lincoln will be celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day. Everyone is invited to carry a poem in their pocket and share it with others throughout the day. Poems can be originals, found on the internet, or copied from a book. We recommend a shorter poem so it’s easier to read when asked about their poem. As always, thank you for supporting your children in fun, literary endeavors. Please contact Mrs. Brauweiler with any questions.

 Join the 2018/2019 PTO team!

Thanks to all who attended the PTO gathering at Old School last week!  There are still PTO positions available for the 2018-2019 school year – please contact Suzanne D’Agostino (suzanne.dagostino@gmail.com) or Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) if you’d like to get involved.

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. 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.  Thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO!

Lincoln yearbooks are now on sale – order deadline is 5/13!

Yearbooks are now available to order on the PTO Web Store.  $30 gets you a hardcover book and a souvenir pen, the deadline for orders is Sunday, May 13.  Books are distributed during the Ice Cream Social on June 1st.

Save your confirmation email from the PTO Web Store so you can quickly confirm your order when “end of the school year” panic sets in!


Teacher Appreciation Week is May 7-11!


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Be on the lookout for a Teacher Appreciation sheet in your child’s folder this week. Children can fill out the balloon with personal messages of gratitude for their teachers. Please return completed sheets to the office no later than Friday, May 4th. Additional sheets will be available in the office should your child like to prepare one for additional teachers and staff.

Important information for next year’s 5th grade families – reception and school supplies!

Roosevelt PTO Reception

The Roosevelt PTO is hosting light refreshments from 6-7pm on Tuesday, April 24th as parents come in for Principal Garstki’s presentation that begins at 7pm.  Spirit wear will be available and there will be information about volunteering.  Please see the linked flyer for details.

School Supplies

Get your 4th grader ready for 5th grade now — 5th grade, teacher-approved kits from SchoolKidz.  Enter Roosevelt Account Number 20848 in the green box.

Sale site will be open until May 15th.

Prefer back-to-school shopping on your own?? The 5th grade supply list can be found here (see the first page for 5th grade list).

Contact Bridget Thomason with any questions regarding the 5th grade supply list.

Important messages from your School Nurse

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Please remember during cold and flu season to keep your child home if they are sick. If they have a fever they need to be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before they can return to school. If they are vomiting and/or have diarrhea, make sure it has been at least 24 hours since the last episode before returning to school. If your child has an excessively runny nose or cannot stop coughing, it may be a good idea to keep them home. This is to protect your child from catching something if their immune system is down, as well as to protect the other students and staff. Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone at Lincoln School healthy.

Attendance reporting

When reporting your child’s absence please be sure to either use the district attendance e-mail or telephone extension:
1) Lincoln School Attendance Line: 708.366.7340
2) Email 24-7 to lincolnattendance@district90.org