4/24 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you had a great weekend. Thanks so much for all the thoughtful birthday wishes, cards and gifts! I especially love the hand made notes and pictures that the kids showered upon me! This special treatment made turning a year older less painful. I enjoyed a trip to New York with some friends to celebrate # 39!

Many thanks to everyone  on the Greed4Good Committee and staff who helped make Earth Week such a success. From walking to school, wearing green and packing waste free lunches, our community was extremely engaged in heightening the awareness of the Green4Good initiative. We are excited to build upon the momentum of Earth Week as we officially break ground and begin the planting the Lincoln School Native Garden. Although it will be maintained by our Habitat Helpers committee, this week, students will be planting and working in the garden located on the Park Avenue playground. On April 29 (Arbor Day) the Village of River Forest will be here to plant a Black Tupelo tree, which they’ve donated to our school on the Park Avenue playground. Over the summer, three additional trees will be planted on the Park playground.  Click here to learn more about The Lincoln School Native Garden and Habitat Creation Project .

Don’t forget to join us in celebrating Administrative Professionals Day on Wednesday, April 26 as we honor our very own “Wonder Woman,” Mrs. Kopriva. Please be sure to stop in or drop her a note of thanks for all she does to keep our kids safe and our school organized and efficient!

Last week students in grades 3 and 4 took the mathematics portion of the PARCC assessment. This week 3rd and 4th graders will take the English Language Arts assessment. It was a successful 1st week of testing–it was inspiring to witness our kids’ perseverance.  I’m so proud of our kids for always giving their best effort. Below is the schedule for this week; please let me know if there are any questions I can help with.

ELA Grade 3
Monday, April 25 Unit 1 90 Min
Tuesday, April 26 Unit 2 75 Min
Wednesday, April 27 Unit 3 90 Min
Tursday, April 28 Field Test 90 Min McCole, Briggs Nichols (8:30-10:00) Mares (9:30-11:00)
ELA Grade 4
Tuesday, April 26 Unit 1 90 Min
Wednesday, April 27 Unit 2 90 Min
Friday, April 29 Unit 3 90 Min

Please don’t forget to submit any feedback you may have regarding class placements for the 2016-17 school year by Monday, May 2. Here again is the letter I sent regarding this important topic a few weeks ago. Placement Request Letter

Finally, I am also excited to announce our partnership with The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society Children’s Clinic to support their upcoming Book Drive. Please click here Book Drive for more information. 

As you can see, things are quite busy here at Lincoln! As always, thanks so much for your continued support of our school. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to support your family.

Have a great week.  GO St. Louis Blues!  ~ CG


Spirit Wear Winners , Thursday April 21:

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


Monday, 4/25

  • Tennis for 3rd & 4th
  • Yoga
  • PARCC Testing Continues – see schedule above

Tuesday, 4/26

  • Girls on the Run
  • 2nd Grade Bike Safety
  • Parent Meeting for Incoming 5th Graders, Roosevelt Auditorium 7p.m.

Wednesday, 4/27

  • Administrative Professionals’ Day
  • Tennis for 1st & 2nd
  • Habitat Helpers – Grades 1 and 2
  • 2nd Grade Bike Safety

Thursday, 4/28

  • Girls on the Run

Friday, 4/29:

  • Deadline to Order School Supply Kits
  • Last day to turn in Coloring Pages
  • Lincoln Spirit Day
  • Fun Lunch:  Subs

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Five, Four, Three, Two, One…Blast off! Get ready to celebrate STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK!

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The week of May 2nd – May 6th we will be honoring our Blue Ribbon School’s exceptional teachers and staff with a celestial celebration. Every day the PTO will provide Lincoln staff members with tokens of our appreciation for all they do to put our school in another stratosphere, and help our children become some of the brightest stars in the sky. However, we need your help in making all the planets align!

Please remember to take a moment to express your gratitude to our teachers and staff for all they do daily to make our students feel out of this world. Last week’s Friday Folder contained a coloring worksheet. Please have your child fill it out, color it, and return it to the office no later than Friday, April 29th. Let’s let Lincoln teachers and staff know that we think they are the best in the universe!  (extra coloring pages available in the office)


Shop & Share at Good Earth Greenhouse: Friday May 13 through Sunday May 15


Getting ready to do some spring planting? Good Earth Greenhouse on Madison Street has generously agreed to donate ten percent of pre-tax sales during the weekend of May 13-15 to the Lincoln PTO.

Just mention the Lincoln Elementary PTO Shop & Share when you make purchases at Good Earth any time May 13, 14 or 15.

Make the world a greener and more beautiful place and Good Earth will share the “green” with the PTO.   Thank you for your supporting a local business and the Lincoln PTO!

Monday is Our Native Garden Planting Day

Not only is Good Earth sponsoring a Shop & Share, they are also delivering the plants for Lincoln’s Native Garden, which Mrs. Burns is spearheading on the Park Playground.  The Lincoln PTO and Green4Good are helping to fund this garden to provide an improved habitat for our native and migrating birds, butterflies, and pollinators.


This is the Last Week to Order School Supply Kits for 2016-2017

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Looking for an easy way to shop for next year’s school supplies?  Purchase the complete, teacher-tailored kits from SchoolKidz.  The PTO organizes these kits for your convenience, and supplies will be waiting in your child’s classroom in August.  Save yourself a few shopping trips this summer and get exactly what the Lincoln teachers asked for, all in one simple on-line purchase!

  • Review kit contents and pricing and place your order here (Lincoln Account Number: 20838).
  • Please remember to order NEXT YEAR’S grade kit.
  • Please type in your child’s name as you want it to appear on all labels.

Orders will be accepted online only, and only until Friday, 4/29.  

Questions?  Please contact Ann Mills:  anncieslica AT msn.com

News about ordering School Supply Kits for Roosevelt’s Fifth Graders is coming soon.  We’ll have a link in our Lincoln Log when sales open.


Bike Safety for 2nd Graders

The River Forest Police Department will be conducting a bike safety workshop, and you can register now for this free event on the PTO Web Store.  Choose one of the two days to participate.  

This is an informative and fun event for second graders only.  Second graders must have successfully completed this workshop before they are permitted to ride their bikes to school. 

Kids will be outside for the second half of the workshop, so be prepared for the weather!

DAY: Tuesday, April 26th or Wednesday, April 27th
TIME: Right after school until 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Multipurpose Room (bikes can be brought in the morning & left locked at the bike rack outside the gym)
BRING: Bike with lock set and helmet

Note: You will be able to register your bike with the Village of River Forest on the day of your workshop. 


PTO Kid’s Resale Event on May 6th – 7th

Kids Resale Event

In the spirit of recycling and spring cleaning, clear out your closets and garage to participate in the PTO’s first ever Kid’s Resale Fundraising Event!

DROP OFF:  Friday, May 6th   3:10 pm to 6:30 pm

SHOP:  Saturday. May 7th   10:00 am to 1:00 pm

LOCATION:  the Lincoln Gym for both Drop Off and Shopping

Donate your gently worn summer kids’ clothes, accessories and outdoor equipment (e.g., bikes, wagons, scooters, play tents, sports equipment, etc.) to the PTO.  Please drop off summer items only and no items with holes, stains or heavy wear/tear. Accepting all kids sizes from baby to youth XL.

Don’t miss this sale event– you can fill a bag for just $35! Only large ticket items (e.g, bikes, wagons, sports equipment), shoes and designer merchandise will be priced individually.  All other apparel/accessories that fit in a single bag is yours for the flat rate of $35.  If you want more clothing, buy a second bag for $30.

Please note this is not a consignment sale. All drop-offs are donations and all resale proceeds fund the Lincoln PTO. Unsold items will be donated to Hephzibah/Salvation Army. Please save fall/winter clothes for a TBD fall resale event.  Also, please no baby gear (e.g., car seats, high chairs, walkers, strollers, etc.) as we cannot resell these.

Questions? Contact event organizers Michelle Elfvin (michelleelfvin AT gmail.com) or Janice Moskoff (janicemoskoff AT gmail.com).

We need volunteers!  Love resale shopping?  Sign-up here to help out with this event.


Time to Spring Clean for Green4Good Recycling Extravaganza!


Green4Good’s  Recycling Extravaganza

When:  Saturday, May 7th   8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where:  RF United 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 usual items as well:  scrap metal, bikes, books, school supplies, CFLs etc.


D90 Free Early Childhood Screening on Saturday, May 14th

Early Childhood Screening takes a developmental snapshot of children between the ages of 3 and 5 in the areas of hearing, vision, coordination, speech, cognitive development, and social and emotional skills. See the attachment for details.  Early Childhood Screening 2016


2016-2017 Lincoln PTO Opportunities

We still need volunteers to be in charge of the Yearbook,  3rd & 4th Grade Theater Club, and 4th Grade Lunchtime Leaders for next school year. Please consider sharing your talents with our school community.

Lunchtime Leader Job:  conduct a one-time training and set up a monthly schedule for 4th grade volunteers to help out during 1st & 2nd grade lunch. Questions?  contact Dee Dee Carr  “dwn1878 AT gmail.com” or Annie Bergin Dwyer  “loolatopiafairy AT gmail.com”

Yearbook Co-Chairs:  Organize a team of volunteers to digitally publish a custom book showcasing classrooms & school/PTO events. Plenty of creative license; opportunities include work at home and be “hands-on” at school. Review the monthly details of the project here: Yearbook Project Scope.

Theater Club:  Teach 3rd & 4th Graders fun acting games & exercises for one hour a month, after school in the auditorium.  Please contact Amy Dwyer at amyAdwyer AT gmail.com.

The Lincoln PTO’s Spring General Membership Meeting will be held at the Ice Cream Social on Friday, May 20th. Click here PTO SLATE 2016-17  to see the current proposed slate.

Most areas have room for another co-chair or co-officer; if you would like to learn more about a particular activity or role, please email Tammy Travis at “tamara_irwin AT yahoo.com” or Amy Dwyer at “amyadwyer AT gmail.com”.

Have an idea to share? Curious about what’s going on with the PTO?  Please come to the next PTO meeting on Monday, May 2 at 8:45 a.m.  Location: River Forest Village Hall Community Room, 400 Park Avenue.


4th Grade Corner – Information for the Roosevelt Class of 2020!

4th Graders – Maypole and/or Drumming – Participants wanted! Join the FUN!

Drumming - PicWould 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! They can choose to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming. Practices will tentatively take place the 3 weeks leading up to Field Day (scheduled for Friday, June 3rd). We hope to start practice the week of May 16th. Practice days/times are TBA (we are shooting for a range of practices before school, at lunch, and after school). We all know that schedules these days are busy, especially during the spring months leading up to the end of the school year.

If your son or daughter is interested in participating – please Click Here for the sign up sheet (and we’ll be in touch re: practices, etc.). If you are experiencing issues w/ the sign up sheet please email Dee Dee Carr at “dwn1878 AT gmail.com”.
Sincerely, 4th Grade parents – Lurana Brown (Drumming Queen), Amy Tomaso (Maypole Queen), Dee Dee Carr (assistant to the Queens)

Attention 4th Grade Parents: Roosevelt Spring Spirit Wear is Now On Sale!

New items, new styles…including a new BPA-free water bottle for spring and summer sports! Get ready for spring and show your school spirit!  Ordering only open through the month of April, so order your items here today.

Questions: bulldogemporium@gmail.com

Please Don’t Forget to Pay 4th Grade Activities Fee

Please click here to pay your $20 4th Grade Activity Fee. This money goes toward the t-shirts that your 4th grader will wear during Field Day, the commemorative DVD of the kids’ time at Lincoln that all children receive, and the cost of the 4th grade breakfast celebration on the last day of school.

(Note: this fee takes the place of separate t-shirt and dvd fees that were collected in the past).

Any questions? Contact Tammy Travis (tamara_irwin AT yahoo.com).

Commemorative DVD for 4th Graders: Pictures Needed

Please send pictures of your 4th grader’s Lincoln years to Jenn Meyer (jmeyer AT ajenda.com).

Save-the-Dates for End of Year Celebrations


Mark your calendars now for Lincoln’s end of the year celebrations!

  • Ice Cream Social & Yearbook Distribution: Friday, May 20 – 6-7:30 pm
  • Field Day: afternoon of Friday, June 3 (last day of school)


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