4/7 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you had a great weekend and have completely readjusted to life after Spring Break! It was a wonderful first week back to school.

By now, hopefully your family has started to enjoy “The Mouse and the Motorcycle,” the book selected for our inaugural One School One Book! Many thanks to Mrs. Brauweiler and the Lincoln PTO for spearheading this and purchasing each Lincoln family a copy of the book. Don’t forget this week’s suggested reading is:

April 5-7: Chapter 1 and 2
April 8-9:  Chapter 3-4
April 10-11: Chapter 5
April 12-14: Chapter 6 and 7

You can find more information and fun facts about this amazing community experience below in this week’s Lincoln Log.

Along with students across Illinois, this week our 3rd and 4th grade students will participate in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) in the areas of Math and English Language Arts. Below is the testing schedule for Lincoln:

SAVE THE DATE for the Lincoln School Fine Arts Night, Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6:30-8:00pm!  Come by Lincoln to view the incredible art work of ALL of our kids as well as various musical performances throughout the evening. More details are forthcoming.

As indicated in the message I sent last Monday, we are in official planning mode for the 2019-20 academic year. Please see this linked letter for more information should you choose to offer any insight.

As always, thank you for your continued support. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to better support your family. – CG

Quote of the Week:  “The world is full of kind people. If you can’t find one, be one!”


Monday, April 8:

  • Spring Food Drive Begins
  • Yoga – 3:10-4:15pm, Room 22D

Tuesday, April 9:

  • 3rd/4th grade IAR testing
  • Girls on the Run: 3:10-4:30pm, gym
  • Spring Food Drive

Wednesday, April 10:

  • 3rd/4th grade IAR testing
  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • Heartworks
  • Spring Food Drive

Thursday, April 11:

  • 3rd/4th grade IAR testing
  • April Principal Birthday Lunch
  • Wonder Readers: 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Girls on the Run: 3:10-4:30pm, gym
  • Spring Food Drive
  • PTO Event, 7-9pm, Old School Tap

Friday, April 12:

  • Wonder Writers: 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Spring Food Drive
  • Fun Lunch – pizza

IAR Testing Extra Recess HELP NEEDED!

Image result for recessConnect 4 Kids is hosting a bonus recess for the third and fourth graders during Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) testing this week.  We are reaching out in the hopes of filling the volunteer time slots, supporting play, and providing fresh air for students during testing.

You do not need to have a child in third or fourth grade to volunteer. Please come rain or shine.  Arrive a few minutes early to sign in at the office and meet on the block top on the Franklin side.  If it is raining, the school secretary will share the alternate plan.  Sign up here to volunteer.  Casey, the teachers, and the PTO want to thank you in advance of supporting this initiative!

Join the 2019-2020 PTO Team – 4/11 at Old School in FP!

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. As we begin to plan for the 2019-20 school year, we invite parents to join us from 7:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, April 11 at Old School Tap in Forest Park, to share ideas and show support for activities and events organized by the PTO.

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.

Spread the word and bring a friend – thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO!  Please click here to view the list of positions available for the 2019-20 school year.

New Parking Restrictions/Signage

Effective April 1, The Village of River Forest will began enforcing NO PARKING Zones in the following areas on school attendance days.

-On the West Side Park Ave. from Lake St. to the North side of the Park Ave playground.

-On the East Side of Franklin Ave. from Lake St. to the North side of the gym

This is a result of the Safe Routes to School surveys/evaluations and is a decision that was made my the Village Administration. The Village will begin monitoring and ticketing this area effective April 1. Signage will also be posted in these areas outlining the above parking restrictions.

Additionally, please note the new “NO LEFT TURN,” at the intersection of Franklin and Lake.

Lincoln Yearbooks now on sale – best price through 4/15!

Image result for yearbookYearbooks 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 April 15.  Pre-ordered books will be distributed at the Ice Cream Social on 5/31 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!

Walking Club is Back!

Walking Club is starting again this week!  Wednesdays from 8 – 8:15am.

Meet us on the Franklin side playground for a walk around the ball field. This is a great way to start the day, say hello to friends and wake up our bodies for a great day of learning. All are welcome. (This includes friends, parents, grandparents, siblings of all ages!)  If it is rainy, there is no walking club that day.

We are ready to get started, but we need a few volunteers to sign up. If you are able, please consider helping out for this short commitment.  You can commit to one Wednesday morning or more, whatever works for your schedule. See details on Sign Up Genius.  See you on Wednesday!

Library Lowdown – One School One Book

We hope you’re enjoying time with your family reading Lincoln’s One School One Book. It was really fun watching students stop by the library bulletin board every day last week to see the next day’s clue and try to guess the book before Friday’s big reveal.  Monday starts the trivia questions. There will also be some optional activities in the library to tie-in with the book. Be sure to turn in your bookmark at the end for a chance to win a family prize.

We’d like to give a HUGE thank you to the PTO for their sponsorship of the book fair which allowed us to purchase books for every Lincoln family. Thank you!!


What else?

★ We strongly encourage each family to read the book aloud together.

★ Families will have two or three days to read one or two chapters.

★ Each week, we will ask questions about the book at school.

★ Students can submit answers and prizes will be awarded (selected from the correct answers).

BONUS: Submission of a completed bookmark puts the student in a raffle for a family prize.

We’re excited to rollout this new program.  With your help, we can build a community of readers at Lincoln School.  If any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Brauweiler.

Parents of Fourth Graders – field day registration opens 4/14!

Image result for field dayPlease 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 Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) or Ginger Timchak (gingertimchak@gmail.com).

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, June 12th. Your 4th grader can choose to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming. Registration will open Sunday, April 14 at 5pm on the PTO Webstore!  Practices start the week of May 6th.

Commemorative Video for 4th Graders: Pictures Needed
A video will be shown at the 4th grade breakfast on the morning of the last day of school, June 12th. 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 a google drive via https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Br8wAPodrOwDK0IUThraRsnGsFNttUMu?usp=sharing or emailed to Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com . We want to ensure that everyone is included so in the body of the email please include child’s name, grade / teacher at the time pic was taken. We cannot use pictures from non-school events, no matter how cute. New families to fourth grade – there’s still time to take pics!
Example: Zoo field trip, 1st grade.

Feel free to contact Debby Bade and Krista Lambe at Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com with any questions.

SchoolKidz Supply Kits – Order NO LATER than May 17

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SchoolKidz supply kits are now available to order for the 2019-2020 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 accepted only until May 17. 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 at www.shopttkits.com, Lincoln Account Number: 20838  The DEADLINE for ordering kits is May 17.  Don’t Delay!

April D90 Tech Bulletin!

PE Shoe Drive!

Dear Lincoln Families, My name is Jonathan Augustine and I am the new PE teacher here at Lincoln. I have great idea that can help every student excel during their PE time.

What?  A school wide athletic shoe drive!

WhyDuring PE it is mandatory for students to wear  proper athletic shoes. This means no showing of the toes, only closed toe athletic shoes. During the winter and spring months students wear boots or sandals to school, often times forgetting their athletic shoes for PE and unable to participate.  I want PE to be fun and engaging for everyone, even those who happen to forget their athletic shoes.

Therefore, if you have any gently used athletic style shoes that perhaps your kids have grown out of or no longer wear, please send them in. A variety of sizes that will fit K-4 students would be appreciated. I will have disinfectant spray each time a student wears a pair of shoes. If you have any questions feel free to email me at augustinej@district90.org. Thank you for helping the Lincoln students!!!  Mr. A

Summer School 2019

It’s time to think about summer school! District 90’s Summer School program will be in session from Monday, June 17th through Friday, July 12th, with no classes on July 4th.Students entering Kindergarten-4th grade will be at Willard Elementary and students entering 5th-8th grade will be at Roosevelt Middle School. Registration IS NOW OPEN and closes on April 18th. Click on the link for the brochure and to register— https://www.district90.org/about/summer-school.

EARTH WEEK (April 22-26) call for volunteers!