Happy Staff Appreciation Week!
I hope you enjoyed the weekend despite the soggy weather. With less than thirty days of school remaining, things look to be quite busy from here on out!
Please take a moment this week to jot a quick note or email to your child’s teacher in gratitude for all they do for our kids. They are often here in the dankness of the morning, into dusk of evening and even on weekends to ensure that our Lincoln Eagles are loved and well prepared for life beyond their years at Lincoln. Its been said that “Good teaching can inspire, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning.” ~Brad Henry I’m hopeful that your kids experience this daily at Lincoln School! Please help in celebrating our Fine Fine staff members this week.
As we embark upon preparations for next year, here one last time is the letter I sent in late March offering families the opportunity to weigh in on the class placements for 2017-18. (Link to LETTER) Please be sure to provide any voluntary feedback no later than Friday, May 5.
As the Lincoln School Native Garden celebrates is first anniversary, some students in Mrs. Burn’s third grade class have worked on a video that celebrates our native habitat and also shares ways our school community can help protect and preserve this space. https://youtu.be/LMIIuGoSmPQ Please do your part to help protect this wonderful learning space at Lincoln.
As you might have seen on the news and various articles, Helicopter Fidgets have become a new craze for kids in reducing anxiety and aiding in helping kids focus. As kids bring these fidgets to school please remind them they may use these before/after school and during recess. However, they should be kept away during instructional times as to limit the distractions they might create.
As always, thanks for your continued support of Lincoln. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to support you or your family. Have a great week.
Lincoln School is excited to welcome author and cartoonist, Mark Parisi. He is an award-winning cartoonist (“Off the Mark”) who has written his first children’s book, “Marty Pants”.
He will be visiting with 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders on Wednesday, May 3rd.
His book is available for purchase using the attached form. Mark Parisi Book For all order forms turned in by Monday, May 1st, your book can be personalized with your child’s name. All students are receiving an order form this week.
We look forward to hosting author/illustrator, Mark Parisi. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Please join us for a trifecta shop and share event and browse products from Beauty Counter, Smitten Boutique and Stella & Dot in one place! It’s the perfect time to stock up on school year-end gifts (e.g. – teachers, coaches, graduation), Mother’s Day or just a splurge for yourself! A percentage of all sales will be donated to the Lincoln PTO.
Please see the attached flyer for more information. Thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO!
Summer School Dates: June 15th-July 14th with no classes on July 4th.
Location: The Elementary Summer School will be at Willard and the Middle School Summer School will be at Roosevelt
Link to brochure and registration: http://www.district90.org/about/summer-school.cfm
Registration ends on May 17th.
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. Volunteer opportunities are available for working and stay at home parents; for events during the week and on weekends; and for you to work on from your home. Please click here to view the list of positions available for the 2017-18 school year.
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, Thursday, June 8. Your 4th grader can choose to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming. Practices will take place the 3 weeks leading up to Field Day. We hope to start practice the week of May 15th. Practice days/times will be announced soon, but they will most likely take place before school and during recess. Practices for each activity will not overlap. If your son or daughter is interested in participating – please Click Here for the sign up sheet. We will follow up with you when practice times have been confirmed. If you are experiencing issues w/ the sign up sheet, please email Amy Dwyer at “amyadwyer” AT gmail.com. The deadline to register for the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming is May 10.
Sincerely, 4th Grade parents – Jean Bacom (Drumming Queen), Nikki Elza (Maypole Queen)
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-shirts 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 Amy Dwyer (“amyadwyer” AT gmail.com) or Suzanne D’Agostino (“suzanne.dagostino” AT 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 and their years at Lincoln School. So grab a box of tissues and scroll through your old photos. Please send 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. Please refrain from sending photos from birthday parties, holidays or religious events.
We have set up a drop box to collect these photos. Please click here for the drop box location as well as for instructions on how to upload your pictures. You are free to use the Drop Box website or app, whichever is easier for you. The deadline for submitting photos is Friday May 19.
If you are having problems or have questions, please contact Suzanne D’Agostino (“suzanne.dagostino” AT gmail.com).
Lincoln Yearbooks are available for order on the PTO Web Store until May 24th or while supplies last. Books will be distributed at the Ice Cream Social on June 2nd.
You’re invited to attend a Tri-District Town Hall Forum with representatives from River Forest School District 90, Oak Park School District 97, and Oak Park River Forest High School District 200. The Forum will be held on Monday, May 1 at Roosevelt Middle School, 7560 Oak Avenue, starting at 7 p.m. The topic for the Tri-District Town Hall Forum is Educational Equity in Districts 90, 97, and 200.
Creating inclusive school communities and educational equity often raise significant questions for families and students. How do equity and inclusiveness play into student achievement disparities? How are school districts designing inclusive school communities for students, families, and staff and faculties? What school district policies and practices are helping to create a nurturing and inclusive environment for students? What are the three school districts doing, collaboratively and individually, to promote educational equity for all students? Superintendents Dr. Ed Condon, District 90; Dr. Carol Kelly, District 97; and Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams, District 200, will facilitate a conversation with the community on educational equity and inclusiveness efforts in the three school districts. There will be ample opportunity for questions and answers from the audience.
Please bring your questions, insights, and a friend. We hope to see you there!