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Lincoln Families,

Happy Sunday…. or is it Wednesday, Tuesday or Friday! Quarantine has all my days blurred together! Whatever day it is, I am hopeful this message finds your family healthy and maintaining sanity during these ever changing times. As evidenced by my daily morning messages, it is safe to say that my sanity is very questionable these days! 🙂

As the days away from Lincoln continue to mount, we can still continue to unite and show our Lincoln School P.R.I.D.E.  This week I am challenging all Lincoln families to the…Lincoln Love Challenge! Attached here you will find a template.  Simply print off one for your house or one for each child!  (If you don’t have access to a printer, I made hundreds of copies and left them outside the Park Ave. entrance to school – feel free to swing by and grab one.)  Decorate your Lincoln however you wish and display it in your front window to show the River Forest community that your home has “Lincoln Love.”  Below is the image I decorated and hung in my office window at school. You can enhance the activity by adding hearts for all the things you love about our Fine Fine School!  It will be fun to see these pop up in homes around town. Thanks for always showing your Lincoln Love.

As you know, Life @ Lincoln is a staff sponsored club where students investigate, interview and then report about Life @ Lincoln. Here is the fourth edition of Life @ Lincoln that was completed prior to quarantine. I hope you enjoy seeing these faces and our school as much as I did!   https://vimeo.com/396694647

Heartworks is a 4th grade community service club.  Please click this link to learn how you can support their April virtual Food Drive. https://www.classy.org/team/291959

As we enter week three of E-Learning, I hope your family is beginning to find a rhythm that works for you. There is absolutely nothing routine or normal about this experience, so as you venture into daily school work it is important for the needs of your family and kids to continue to take precedence over any assignments from school. In many cases family members are working from home while also trying to supervise E-Learning and daily household functions. Simply put, do what you can and breathe! No students are penalized for any missed assignments.

Finally, as odd as it might seem during this unpredictable time, we are beginning to the process of planning for the next school year. Please see the attached letter that I sent to each family last week. If you wish to share any thoughts, please do so by May, 1.

Last week as I was reflecting upon how badly I long for “the way things used to be,” I came across this quote. It really helped me to put things into perspective and hopefully it will cause you to reflect as well.

“In the rush to return to normal, use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.” ~ Dave Hollis

As always, thank you for your continued support of Lincoln. Please reach out if there is anything more I can do to support your kids. I wish your family all things happy and healthy this Easter week. Until our school doors reopen, I look forward to seeing you every morning for the daily announcements! BE WELL! CG


Monday, April 6:

  • E-Learning

Tuesday, April 7:

  • E-Learning

Wednesday, April 8:

  • E-Learning

Thursday, April 9:

  • E-Learning

Friday, April 10:

  • District 90 non-attendance day – NO E-LEARNING

COVID-19 Instructions from your school nurse

I hope everyone is staying healthy.  Remember to get lots of rest, eat balanced meals, and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds frequently.  For more in depth instructions on proper hand washing, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/cdctv/healthyliving/hygiene/fight-germs-wash-hands.html for a short video presentation.   It is also important to avoid large crowds and stay at home as much as possible.  During your time away from school, I will be checking email and am available if needed.  Please continue to email me with any contagious illnesses, for example, pink eye, strep throat and influenza.  If you have reason to believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or if you are awaiting test results, please contact me either by email godellase@district90.org or phone 708-214-8408 to let me know.  Due to the long incubation period, we want to approach all of this with an abundance of caution since we do have immunocompromised students and staff at Lincoln Elementary.  As always, it is important that I am aware of all the different illnesses in our school community to help protect all of our students and staff members.  If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our Lincoln Community safe,

Erin Godellas

Lincoln & Mr. Godfrey featured on WGN!

Mr. Godfrey’s morning messages to our kids were featured on WGN evening news last Friday!  Click here: WGN clip

Lincoln Yearbooks are now on sale!

Yearbooks are now available to order on the PTO Web Store.  The hardcover books are available at a pre-order price of $25/book now through May 15.  Pre-ordered books will be distributed at the Ice Cream Social on 6/5 along with a souvenir pen.  Save your confirmation email from the PTO Web Store so you can quickly confirm your order when the “end of the school year” madness sets in!

Any books that remain after the initial online orders are taken will be available for purchase on a first come first serve basis at the Ice Cream Social for $30/book.  Keep in mind that the yearbooks are quite popular, so we highly recommend ordering in advance!

Library News

Most everyone recently received a system-generated email stating to return your overdue books.  Giant OOPS – thought that report had been turned off!  Please hold onto all your Lincoln library books until school has returned.  Whenever that time comes, we will send out an email listing all of the books checked out.  I’ll be right there with you at that time having 78 books checked out from Lincoln with another 56 from my public library – it will take me a few trips 🙂

There’s been so many fun activities being posted around the internet that I have begun a compilation of them to make it easier to find.  Activities such as Mo Willems’ daily doodling, Justin Roberts mini concerts, Aaron Reynolds stay-at-home show, and storytime with celebrities.  It also includes the links that the district mailed out a few weeks ago.  As I discover new activities I will add them.  Please feel free to send me activities you think families would enjoy as well.  The list is on a google doc on the first page of the library website.  Please note it’s not fancy – it’s just a list!

Go to the district 90 website – our schools – Lincoln – Lincoln Library – At Home Resources, or follow this link: At home resources

News flash…updated Lincoln Auction results 

Our latest data shows that the Lincoln Auction raised $20,000 for our PTO for next year.  Thank you again  to everyone who got on their mobile devices and supported our Lincoln Auction through the online bidding process, and to the co-chairs of the event – Lauren Perlstein, Kathryn Schmahl, and Stephanie Kang – and their committee!

Join the 2020-21 PTO Team!!!

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. All of the planning for our 2020-2021 PTO related events starts soon, so even though things are up in the air for the next few weeks in our school community, we are still working hard to put together our slate for next year.

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! Please click here to view the list of positions available for the 2020-21 school year.