4/3 Lincoln Log



Wait, was that snow we just saw yesterday?

We hope everyone had an enjoyable Spring Break!



Monday, 4/4:  

  • Sign Up Deadline for 3rd/4th Habitat Helpers

Tuesday, 4/5:

  • 8:45 am PTO Meeting
  • Girls on the Run

Wednesday, 4/6:

  • Waste Free Lunch Wednesday

Thursday, 4/7:

  • Girls on the Run

Friday, 4/8:

  • Lincoln Spirit Day
  • Fun Lunch:   Pizza
 cheese pizza

Still Need 3rd & 4th Grade Habitat Helpers


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.

Lincoln PTO Meeting on Tuesday, 4/5

We’re meeting at 8:45 am in the Lincoln conference room.  All are welcome.

Liesl Shurtliff Autographed Books & Visit


Lincoln Elementary is delighted to welcome award winning author Liesl Shurtliff to our school on Thursday, April 28th.

Ms. Shurtliff will talk with 3rd and 4th grade students about her writing career and her most recent books. Her books are funny, fractured fairy tales which make magical worlds feel utterly real and are highly recommend reading for 8-12 year olds.  Ms. Shurtliff’s first book, Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, was named to 9 state award lists and in 2015 was selected by the Illinois Reading Council. Her next book Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, was also a hit with both children and critics alike. Liesl Shurtliff’s newest book, Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood, will be released on April 12th.

To guarantee a personalized and autographed copy of any of Liesl Shurtliff’s books,  please return the attached Liesl Shurtliff Order Form to the Lincoln school office with payment (cash or check payable to Lincoln PTO) by April 14th.

Please note that orders for the books Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin and Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk are offered in paperback only, while orders for the newly released Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood are hardback only.   Questions?  Please email Lisa Shorney  (LisaIliffe AT yahoo.com)


Spring Tennis & Yoga–Registration opens at 5:00 pm on April 10th

Can’t get too much of a good thing…the PTO’s Connect4Kids is running additional 6 week sessions:

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Yoga on Mondays, 3:15-4:15, from 4/18- 5/23.

Adrienne Smith and Laurie Solberg of Core Power Yoga will be teaching children’s yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students on Mondays in the Gym.

The program will provide children with an opportunity to foster greater self-awareness and improve their concentration and self-confidence.  The team will introduce the children to the fundamentals of yoga and incorporate social-emotional themes.

Register on the PTO Website starting next Sunday, at 5 p.m.  The cost is $70 for 6 classes.  Classes fill quickly and it is first come, first served.  This notice and a link to the web store will be in next week’s Lincoln Log.

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Play For Lot Tennis from 4/18 to 5/25:  

Tennis on Mondays for 3rd/4th grade from 3:15-4:15 pm

Tennis on Wednesdays for 1st/2nd grade, 3:15-4:15 pm

Tennis will be taught by Mirka and Luka Bagos, professional coaches of Play For Lot,  outdoors on the playground, weather permitting, or in the gym. The 6-week program welcomes children of all skill levels.

Register on the PTO Website starting next Sunday, at 5 p.m.  The cost is $70 for 6 weeks.  Classes fill quickly and it is first come, first served.  This notice and a link to the web store will be in next week’s Lincoln Log.

To find out more about this program, please visit:  http://www.playforlot.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/playforlot/



Lincoln PTO Coffees on 4/13 &  4/14

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The PTO will be hosting two informational coffees next week.  Please stop in to meet some Lincoln parents and find a volunteer spot that fits your schedule.   Bring your ideas and learn about ways to get involved! Click here for a list of open PTO 2016-17 positions.

Wednesday, 4/13  from 7:00 -9:00 p.m  at  519 Monroe

Thursday, 4/14  at  8:30 a.m. in the Lincoln Multipurpose Room

Make plans with some friends and mark your calendars!

School Supply Kits for 2016-2017 will be available for purchase soon!

If you don’t enjoy shopping for folders, crayons and glue sticks, then you’ll want to order the school supply kits from SchoolKidz, our PTO partner who provides all the supplies your kids need for next year’s classrooms.  One stop on-line shopping will be available in the next week.  See this week’s Friday Folders for details, and we’ll be providing reminders & links in the Log too.


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 charity. Please save fall/winter clothes for a TBD fall resale event.

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

We need volunteers!  Love resale shopping?  We’ll have a Sign Up Genius link soon.


Meet the New D90 Director of Curriculum on 4/12

The community is invited to meet Dr. Alison Hawley, the District’s newly selected Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at a “Meet and Greet” on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The event will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room of Roosevelt Middle School, 7560 Oak Avenue, River Forest, Ill.

Dr. Hawley comes to District 90 after serving as Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Winnetka Public Schools. She has also served as the Assistant Principal and a sixth grade teacher at the Skokie School in Winnetka. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Alison Hawley to District 90.


RECYCLING NEWS–mark your calendar


The Village of River Forest is no longer providing electronics recycling, so we wanted to let everyone know about the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency Electronics Event on April 16 in Westchester (see attached Recycling Info). River Forest is a member of the WCCSWA and RF residents can recycle their electronics at this event for free.

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.

AND EARTH WEEK IS COMING!   April 18th through 22nd
Walk to School all Week–Walking School Buses will be Organized!
Wear Green all Week
Waste Free Lunch Challenge

Fun Lunch – Thursday Volunteers Needed!

Fun Lunch volunteers are needed for upcoming Thursday fun lunches:  4/21, 5/12 and 5/26.  Please contact Amy Hansmann at “amy AT hansmann.org” or sign up on Sign Up Genius.

The Roosevelt PTO Needs You!

logo-3Help Wanted: The Roosevelt Middle School PTO is currently in the process of filling positions for the 2016-2017 school year. We warmly welcome all new Lincoln and Willard families with rising 5th graders and/or are new to the community! Opportunities exist for day-time, evening and limited work-from-home projects. Perks include seeing your child from time-to-time at school, being a part of creating positive and fun activities/events for students while making new friends or connecting with good friends. Plus there is a NEW monthly raffle prize for fun lunch volunteers. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Stephanie Schrodt at theschrodts@yahoo.com or by phone at 708-689-0876 to discuss an opportunity that is a good fit for what you would like to do in accordance with your availability.

OPRF Feed My Starving Children MobilePack

One Day – 500 Volunteers – 100,000 Meals

Looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children living in poverty?

On Saturday, April 16th in the South Gym of Concordia University’s River Forest campus, 500 volunteers from throughout the community will come together from 11:30am to 1:30pm or from 2:00 to 4:00 to help pack 100,000 meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit targeting the neediest of children in 70 countries throughout the world – children in danger of dying from starvation and malnutrition. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and FMSC ships these meals to their distribution partners to feed children! Children 5+ accompanied by an adult are encouraged to participate!

You can register to volunteer for the Mobile Pack at: http://www.fundraising.fmsc.org/OakParkCommunity


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