Happy Memorial Day Lincoln Families,
I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. Hopefully it was full of family, friends and lots of relaxation and left your kids and our teachers rejuvenated for the final “home stretch” of the school year. With only 9 school days remaining, it will be a busy finish to the end of the year.
As referenced last week, 4th grade families, please be sure to see this message for important information regarding the final days of 4th grade.
On Thursday, June 10, we will hold a “Pandemic Style,” Field Day. Unfortunately, this event will be for our kids and staff only. Also our annual “Clap Out” for the 4th graders will also take place prior to dismissal on Friday, June 11, but will also be limited to students and staff only.
At Lincoln we continue to teach and model kindness, acceptance, and inclusivity as the foundation of our school culture. This year, that kindness and acceptance was on full display in one of our kindergarten classrooms. Earlier this year, Nora Ignoffo was diagnosed with alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that resulted in the loss of her hair. Not only has she persevered this year, but so did each of her 5/6 year old peers by wearing hats, scarfs and other head coverings all led by Ms. Suzuki’s inclusive spirit. That inclusivity and acceptance led the Ignoffo family to share the following message with our school community regarding Nora’s condition:
As many of you have likely noticed, Nora lost all her hair over the past few months. As a result we have received many concerned inquiries about Nora and her health. We are happy to say that Nora is entirely healthy and well.
She was diagnosed with alopecia – a highly unpredictable, non-contagious, autoimmune disease that causes hair loss in two percent of the population. Although alopecia is not physically disabling, it can be emotionally challenging. So far, with the support of family, friends and the wonderful Lincoln school community, Nora has a healthy self-esteem with minimal moments of sadness. However, as more activities start-up and the kids grow older, Nora will likely experience increased moments of hurt feelings as a result of individuals unfamiliar with alopecia. So, as a first step to increase alopecia awareness, we recently spoke to her classmates and read two books: Bald is Beautiful & What is Silly Hair Day With No Hair? The key take-aways were: (1) Nora’s hair may or may not grow back – we just don’t know; (2) Nora doesn’t feel sick and (3) alopecia is not “catchy”.
We aim for Nora’s peers to be comfortable with her alopecia and discussing it with the adults in their life should they have any questions. We sincerely appreciate all the help and support you can give by discussing alopecia with your kids and others – especially others who may inquire about Nora’s baldness at the playground, soccer field, ballet, pool, etc.
Thank you again for your support as Nora starts her journey with alopecia – we look forward to seeing everyone around town this summer!
Greg & Heather Ignoffo
For tomorrow’s Morning Message, I’ll be reading one of the books Greg and Heather mentioned in their note to the entire student body and reinforcing our commitment at Lincoln of acceptance, inclusivity, and kindness.
Finally, as we enter the final days of the school year, some remote families have inquired about returning to Lincoln for the final days of school. Please know that your family is welcome to return to Lincoln at any time. Please contact me for more information.
Please take some time in these final days to send some LINCOLN LOVE to our incredible staff for all they’ve done during this “one of a kind” school year.
As always, thanks for your continued support of Lincoln, please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything more I can do to support your family.
Have a great week. CG
Get ready to send them to Roosevelt in the fall! Teacher-approved kits from SchoolKidz available for purchase, starting Monday, May 10th.
www.shopttkits.com . Enter account number 20848 in the red box. Sale site will be open from 5/10/21-6/18/21.
All SchoolKidz supply boxes will be mailed to your home. Expect them to arrive sometime in July. You will be notified via email by SchoolKidz when your student’s kit has shipped. Supplies will come in plain cardboard boxes – no “carry handles.”
See attached for more information.
Each year on the last day of school, Green4Good at Lincoln collects leftover new and gently used school supplies, organizes them, and donates them. This year, we will be donating leftover school supplies to SCARCE, an organization dedicated to keeping resources out of landfills. SCARCE distributes school supplies to teachers and non-profit organizations struggling to afford them.
Kindergarten, 1st and 3rd grade are participating this year. If you DO NOT wish for your child’s supplies to be donated, and would rather reuse them at home, that’s great! Please let your teacher know, and your child will bring supplies home. Otherwise, all supplies will be collected by noon on Friday June 11. Thank you for your support! Please contact Alexis Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
River Forest Public Schools registration for the 2021-22 school year opens Friday, April 30. All the District 90 registration forms are online and can be found within the PowerSchool parent portal. A link to the PowerSchool parent portal can be found under the Quick Links section of your student’s school’s website.
You will need a PowerSchool Parent Portal account to access the registration forms. A complete guide for how to complete these forms can be found in our How to Register Your Student document. All pertinent student registration documents can be found on the District 90 Student Registration page, and are there to assist you with this process.
These documents include New Account instructions, Adding a Student to an Existing Account, and if you already have an account, but have forgotten your password please refer to the Forgot Password? document.
Please fill out your registration forms as soon as possible as this information is helpful in addressing staffing needs for next school year.
Please complete the online registration forms by Wednesday, June 30. On July 1, the PowerSchool Parent Portal will be closed to prepare for the 2021-22 school year. The PowerSchool Parent Portal will reopen on Monday, August 2.
**Please note that registration fees are still paid through RevTrak web store. RevTrak will be available throughout the summer. Please go to our District 90 web store to pay all registration fees for your student(s). An early bird discount is available from April 30 through June 14.*
Please have your child(ren) fill out a Lincoln Love Note for their awesome teachers and staff members. Parents can fill these out too! These notes will be distributed to the staff during Teacher Appreciation Week. Lincoln Love “Shout Out” Form
Thank you for emailing email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with your technology questions/issues. Please remember to include as much information as possible, e.g., Student Name, Teacher Name, School, iPad asset tag number, etc. Screenshots, links, websites and any other information regarding the issue is helpful. For example, my iPad/computer can’t connect to the XXXXX website when I click on this link.
Additionally, if you have difficulty logging into your child’s special area classes, please be sure to reach out to that particular teacher to assist with any login issues.