5/30 Lincoln Log – All You Need to Know about the Last Week of School!

Lincoln Families,

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and the “un-official,” start of summer!

For all practical purposes….I suppose its safe to say… we’ve made it. The next four days will be over before we know it! The excitement of summer, sun, vacations and rejuvenation are met with mixed emotions as I walk the halls and bit by bit watch student work, art and projects disappear and the walls once again become a blank canvas awaiting the new stories, experiences and memories the next year will bring.

It has truly been a Blue Ribbon year for our Fine Fine School! There is so much to celebrate and be proud of as we prepare to put the finishing touches on the year. I look forward to celebrating all your kids hard work and accomplishments at Field Day on Friday!

I am beyond humbled by the support, kindness and encouragement you have shown me during my first year as captain of this ship we call Lincoln! Your children are amazing and I’ve enjoyed every minute of getting to know them this year. There are so many things that make Lincoln the best school around and the character of our kids is atop the list! I am already excited for their return in August!

Don’t forget this week we will celebrate June and July Principal Birthday Lunches. See the calendar below for specifics.

Additionally, please read below about the Lincoln School Summer Reading Challenge and the exciting incentive awaiting any students who might participate! Also, don’t forget to take a few minutes to provide the PTO with your feedback on our end of the year survey!

As always, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can help with. Contrary to popular belief, principal’s still work in the summer, so please let me know if there is anything I can do for your family. I wish you and your family a safe, relaxing and rejuvenating summer full of wonderful new memories. Signing off for 2015-16!



Tuesday, 5/31

  • Lunchtime Leader and Eagle Eye’s Picnic
  • Girls on the Run

Wednesday, 6/1

  • Noon deadline for Box Top Collection
  • June Principal Birthday Lunch
  • Drum Circle Practice (recess)
  • Combined Maypole and Drum Circle Practice – 3:15 – 4:00 pm (Gym)

Thursday, 6/2

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  • Fun Lunch: Free Pizza for all
  • Combined Maypole and Drum Circle Practice – 7:15 – 8:00 am (Gym)
  • Lincoln Spirit Day
  • July Principal Birthday Lunch

Friday, 6/3

      • 7:30-8:15am Breakfast and slideshow for 4th graders and their parents
      • 11am – 3rd grade recorder concert
      • 11:25 Picnic on the playground for all to be followed by Maypole and drum circle for 4th graders
      • 12:30 – 3:00 FIELD DAY
      • 3:00 – CLAP OUT for 4th graders
      • 3:10 Pick up of all students

Clap OUT! New Lincoln Tradition

We would like to try what we hope will become a new tradition at Lincoln, a “clap out” for the fourth graders at dismissal on Friday, June 3, the last day of school. As the fourth graders make their way out of the school, all of the other students will line the halls and clap for them. Please gather to form a large circle on the Franklin side at 3:00 and continue to cheer on the fourth graders as they exit the doors by the gym for the last time as Lincoln Eagles.

Fourth Grade Breakfast and Slideshow

Please join us Friday, June 3 at 7:30 a.m. for a continental breakfast with your child to celebrate their years at Lincoln. After breakfast we will view a slideshow in the auditorium. The festivities will end by 8:15 when the students are dismissed for class. *We apologize for the inconvenience, but due to limited space, this event is for fourth graders and their parents/guardians only. Not sure you paid your fourth grade fee? Log into the PTO Webstore and check your order history. Please click HERE to pay ($20 includes breakfast, a copy of the slideshow DVD, and 4th grade t shirt for Field Day).

Field Day Information – June 3rd

fun run clip artThis year the Lincoln Field Day will take place on the last day of school. It’s a fun afternoon that kicks off with a family picnic on the Lincoln playground at 11:25. Parents bring a blanket and a picnic lunch for their family. Although many parents attend, kids sit in class groups and will not feel left out if a parent cannot be there.  Specific spots are mapped out for each classroom on the Franklin Lawn.

The Fourth Grade Maypole and Drumming presentation is immediately after lunch.  Then it’s time for the games! Parents are welcome to stay and help run the games, or can collect their kids at the end of the school day.

Fun Lunch, originally scheduled for Friday 6/3, has been MOVED to THURSDAY 6/2 because of the Field Day Picnic. It’s a FREE Pizza Lunch for ALL students on 6/2.

4th Graders – Maypole and Drum Circle Practice Schedule

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Thank you for signing up your 4th grader to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or the Drum Circle for Field Day on Friday, June 3rd! The first few practices were held last week. Please check the Sign Up Genius Link for the list of upcoming practice dates.

Upcoming Practices: 

Wednesday, June 1

      • Drum Circle Practice – Recess (Reading Garden)
      • Combined Maypole and Drum Circle Practice – 3:15 – 4:00 pm (Gym)

Thursday, June 2

      • Combined Maypole and Drum Circle Practice – 7:15 – 8:00 am (Gym)

Questions? Questions about Maypole – please contact Amy Tomaso – atomaso AT gloor.com. Questions about Drum Circle – please contact Lurana Brown – luranajbrown AT yahoo.com.

Lincoln Yearbooks Are Still Available

Cover 1We have additional copies of Lincoln Wears A Blue Ribbon for sale until the last day of school.  $25 cash or check (payable to “Lincoln PTO”) for the book and souvenir pen.   Books are located in the Lincoln Office.

School Supply Donations


Another end-of-the-year tradition at Lincoln:  The Green4Good Committee collects our gently used school supplies and donates them to the Maywood School District.  If you DO NOT wish for your child’s supplies to be donated, please email Laura Maychruk (lmaychruk AT comcast.net).  Please indicate your child’s name, grade and teacher’s name.  Otherwise all supplies will be collected at the end of classes on Thursday, June 2nd.  Thank you for your support.

PTO Parent Survey

Please give the PTO your feedback. Deadline for responses is 6/5.

Thank you for supporting the PTO and our programs throughout the year. Below is a short survey regarding our programs, lunch offerings and communications. Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey before the end of the school year to help us plan for a great 2016-17 school year. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!  PTO Parent Survey

Last Call! End of Year Box Tops Collection


The deadline to turn in your box tops is Wednesday 6/1 at noon. Extra box tops around the house? Box tops expiring before November 2016? Send ‘em in with your student.  Collection boxes are in each classroom. Don’t forget to keep clipping box tops this summer; the next collection will be in the fall.  Thanks for supporting the Lincoln PTO!

Help Deliver School Supply Kits to the Classrooms on Friday, August 19th

Our PTO never stops working!  It’s hard to think about next school year already, but we do need volunteers to help us deliver all those School Supply Kits to the appropriate classrooms before classes start in August.  If you have a flexible schedule for Friday, August 19th, please consider helping us out.

We text volunteers when the truck arrives, and then it takes approximately one and a half hours to get the boxes in the right place.  Historically, the truck arrived in the late morning hours.  Kids can tag along and play on the playground if we have a volunteer to keep an eye on them.

Please sign up on Sign Up Genius.   Thank you!

Shoe Drive sponsored by Girls On The Run

Share Your Soles

Do you have any gently worn shoes you’d like to get rid of?  Please help the Girls on the Run club of Lincoln School collect shoes for the Share Your Soles organization.  For the rest of the month of May, there will be a collection bin in the Park side lobby of Lincoln school.

Here are a few things to remember:

Quality, not quantity: 
Be sure that the shoes you donate are gently worn or new, are clean, and can withstand heavy wear. Please no holes or worn off bottoms.

* Please ask yourself:  Would I feel comfortable personally handing this pair of shoes to someone in need? Please donate shoes that respect one’s dignity. 
Types of shoes: 
We accept shoes of any type and size, for any type of weather. This includes athletic shoes, sandals, school shoes, boots, dress shoes, work shoes, slippers, etc. The need for children’s shoes is the greatest, but we will always take any type of shoe.

Any questions, please contact Kristin Bailitz  (kristinbailitz AT gmail.com)

Join Lincoln Links: Help Ease the Transition to Lincoln for a New Family

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Volunteer to help welcome new families next fall! The new family welcome chairs Peter Chien and Stephanie Rath encourage you to sign up to help deliver welcome signs to new families, serve as greeter for one of the back-to-school welcome events, or serve as a mentor for a new family joining your child’s grade. Your early commitment will help us make sure all the late-August activities run smoothly. Check out all the opportunities and sign up here!

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