I hope you enjoyed the summer heat this weekend and are full of excitement for the final days of school.
The end of each school year always brings with it a variety of emotions. Feelings of excitement for the summer days that lie ahead, exhaustion for all the work and passion poured into the previous 170 days and sadness as our 4th graders and their families move on to Roosevelt after five years at Lincoln.
However, this year those emotions are felt even deeper than ever before. While Covid-19 dominated the past year, I’m hopeful that you don’t allow it to define the 2020-2021 school year. Instead, when you reflect upon this year, I hope the themes that surface in your mind are the resilience of our kids, the unparalleled dedication and work of our teachers, and the countless selfless acts of kindness that were on display throughout the Lincoln community.
In every way, the kids at Lincoln schooled us all in lessons of perseverance, positivity and inclusivity for the past year. They played the hand they were dealt with understanding, compliance and appreciation for the gift of simply being together. Earlier this year many thought that kids were incapable of wearing masks, keeping distance and complying with all the Covid-19 mitigations. Well, it’s safe to say they silenced the critics. It gives me great hope and pride knowing that these kids will one day be our future leaders, doctors, teachers and first responders. As they grow up and use lessons learned this year, it’s undeniable that our future is bright.
Like most professions, prior to 2020, educators had no playbook for teaching during a global pandemic. Thrust into the unknown, we implemented plans that had never been created and literally “built the plane while flying it,” and now we are bringing that same aircraft to safe landing. This year our work as educators faced more critics and scrutiny than ever before. Yet we have all emerged stronger, better and wiser educators for having endured this shared experience.
Even through the trials and tribulations of the past 170 days, it was the small and gentle acts of kindness that will live on and be the legacy of this emotional year. Over the past fifteen months, there have been moments of frustration, sadness, and jubilation for us all…. and perhaps there were also times when we never thought June would arrive : -). However, just as we do each year, we’ve arrived at the final week of school. Crossing the finish line this year feels a bit more symbolic and we do so with a greater sense of pride, gratitude and accomplishment than ever before.
Aside from our teachers, no one worked harder this year than Ms. Godellas (the finest school nurse in the land) and our Maintenance and Custodial staff. Without the grit and dedication of these incredible individuals, this school year would have looked markedly different. They are the best in the business – please be sure to celebrate them in these final days with some LINCOLN LOVE.
As we prepare to close this chapter in the story of our Fine Fine School, I offer unparalleled gratitude to our PTO Presidents Devin Howe and Alexis Agema. When accepting the call to serve our community in this volunteer capacity, they had no idea the journey that lay ahead. Thanks to their leadership, we literally reinvented opportunities our PTO has so proudly provided our kids. With lots of patience and collaboration, they led this organization to provide our kids with countless new/reimagined and creative virtual opportunities during this school year. Leading a volunteer organization is a labor of love, so please be sure to send some Lincoln Love their way. I’m indebted to their partnership.
Finally, in my opinion, effective and timely communication is always at the core of any successful organization. It’s no different with the Lincoln School PTO. Therefore, special thanks to the PTO communications team composed of Sarah Donoho, Lauren Behan and Vanessa Druckman. They spend countless hours each week and much of their weekends compiling and scheduling our school’s main publication. The Lincoln Log is one of the most comprehensive, organized and consistent school communication tools anywhere!
These final days will come and go quickly and also look to be a bit hot. Don’t forget to dress your kids in light layers and ensure they have a water bottle with them.
In closing, Happy Summer Lincoln Families. Thank you for your continued support of our school. Don’t spend your summer reliving the past or anxious for what’s to come. Instead, live in the moment, and soak up every family memory, every moment of relaxation and every ray of sunshine. Until we meet again in August, don’t forget to work hard, have a great day and to show your Lincoln School P.R.I.D.E.
Happy Summer, CG
**Please don’t forget Friday, June 11 is a 2:30 dismissal for students.**
Thursday, June 10: Field Day – Students/Staff Only
Friday, June 11:
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.
Both virtually and in person this year our kids created some incredible art. Below is a link to the virtual “Lincoln School Art Gallery” curated by none other than our very own Ms. Kozbur.
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.