8/14 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

Happy “almost” Back to School! 

I hope this message finds you well and that your family has baked as much fun, adventures, and memories into the summer as possible. Although it has passed entirely too quickly, my summer has been full of travel and creating great memories with family and friends. Here are some of my favorite summer memories from a few trips with my parents to Montana and Martha’s Vineyard and a visit to Sonoma with some friends. 

Like you, our teachers, and our kids, I wish I could hold on to summer forever, but I like me, I hope you’ve bottled up your favorite memories and use all that rest and relaxation to embrace a positive mindset as we begin what promises to be the most “pre-pandemic” like school year that we’ve had since 2020! 

By now, I’m hopeful you’ve received the messages I emailed to all families on Friday, 8/12. Please be sure to review the Lincoln Back to School Guide 2022-23. While most all important information can be found in the guidebook above, please make special note of the arrival and dismissal times: 8:20am – 3:10pm. Students may begin arriving in Lincoln as early as 8:05am on any school day and are considered tardy if arriving after 8:25am. 

Additionally, I look forward to welcoming all of the new Lincoln Families at our “New Family Welcome” on Monday, 8/15 at 6:00pm in the auditorium. 

Don’t forget to log into PowerSchool on Tuesday, 8/16 around noon to receive your child’s class placement assignment for the 2022-23 school year. 

On Thursday, 8/18, our teachers will return to school to begin the final preparations to welcome your kids back to Lincoln on Monday, 8/22. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to further support your family or ease the transition back to school. On behalf of everyone here at Lincoln, we are excited to see you soon.

Thanks for your continued support of our Fine Fine School! Enjoy these final summer days! CG


Monday, 8/15:

  • New Family Welcome – 6pm, Lincoln Auditorium

Tuesday, 8/16:

  • Class Placement live in PowerSchool – noonish

Wednesday, 8/17:

  • Lincoln PTO Webstore goes live – 7am

Monday, 8/22:

  • First Day of School! (Grades 1 – 4)
  • Back to School Coffee – 8:15 – 10am, Park Avenue Playground
  • Kindergarten Family Orientation

Tuesday, 8/23:

  • First Day of School (Kindergarten)

Welcome to our Lincoln School PTO!

We are excited to start the school year off with familiar faces as well as new families!  

Lincoln’s PTO strives to provide additional programs and opportunities for our Lincoln School community.  Our success depends on the amazing volunteer support we have.  If you aren’t already volunteering, please consider offering support this year to continue enhancing and enriching the education of our students.  

This year, we are thrilled that we are able to bring back many programs and activities such as Fun Lunch, after school sports, clubs, and family friendly activities.  Keep an eye out in the weekly Lincoln Log for details for each of these fun events.

*Learn more about the Lincoln PTO!*

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how you can help our Lincoln PTO, please feel free to reach out to us at Lincolnrfptopresident@gmail.com.

Kelly Abood and Becky Williams, Lincoln PTO Co-Presidents


Back to School Coffee/Donuts – 8/22 from 8:15 – 10am!

Join us on the Park Avenue playground after walking kids to their classrooms on the first day of school! Hosted by the PTO – this is a great way to connect with other Lincoln families.

Back to School Picnic – Thursday, 9/1 from 5:30 – 7pm!

Join us for the Back to School Picnic on Thursday, 9/1 from 5:30 to 7:00pm on the Franklin Playground! Meet families in your class and welcome new Lincoln families. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner!

There will be multiple inflatable obstacle courses, a dunk tank with Mr. Godfrey, face painting, spiritwear sales, and more! 

All activity tickets are $1 (cash and venmo accepted) – proceeds go to the PTO!

Volunteers are needed! – please sign up here, contact Lauren Behan with any questions!

Lincoln Spirit Wear – open now through 9/9 at midnight!

Click here to access the Lincoln PTO Spirit Wear Store!

Show your Lincoln School spirit with t-shirts, car magnets, sweatshirts, pj pants and more while raising funds for our school. This is brought to you by the Lincoln PTO and the PTO receives a percentage of sale proceeds. 

A flyer will be sent home in your child’s first Friday folder on 8/26. The store will close on 9/9 at midnight with purchased items to be delivered the first week in October.  Questions? Email Lincolnrfptospiritwear@gmail.com!

Lincoln PTO Webstore Opens Wednesday, 8/17 at 7am!

Parents will need: 

  • Teacher assignment(s) (found on PowerSchool after 12pm on 8/16)
  • Student ID number (5 digits)

Note: The PTO does not have this information but it might be found in emails from “District 90 Registrar” at powerschools@district90.org.  If you are having trouble, please call Lincoln School at 708-366-7340. 


The Webstore is your one stop shop for signing up and paying for student activities throughout the year. If you are not able to add your student, please email lincolnrfptowebstore@gmail.com (include your student’s full name and student ID number so they can be added to the database). 

You may want to test your access to the webstore before registration opens, particularly if you have any new Lincoln students. Test here: https://lincolnpto.revtrak.net/Activities-Events-Open-to-All/#/v/test-item-for-webstore-access

Here are a few of the activities:

  • PTO Activity Fee – The Lincoln PTO thrives on adding value in support of our children’s education and the teachers and staff who are their guides through this journey. Our success is contingent upon your contribution.  Please help support our efforts with this $25 donation, available on the PTO Web Store. Your funds help provide classroom supplies and technology, support student clubs, field trips and special family events, and so much more.
  • Fun Lunch – Lincoln PTO Friday Fun Lunch is offered for children in grades 1-4. You may choose 1, 2, 3, or all 4 meal options. The cost for each lunch averages. $7 with proceeds going directly to the Lincoln PTO. Volunteer sign-up for Fun Lunch can be found in the FUN LUNCH Sign-Up Genius.
  • 2nd Grade Bike Safety – Fall is the time to brush up on bike safety for 2nd graders as well as any child new to Lincoln in grades 3 and 4.  This is an informative and fun after school event. A member of the River Forest Police Department conducts an informative and hands-on-the-handlebars bike safety workshop. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the workshop and become regular bike riders for the remainder of their Lincoln Eagle days. Classes will be offered after school on the playground on 8/31 and 9/1.  Sign up for one session on the Webstore. 25 student max per day.
  • 4th Grade Activities Fee – The PTO sponsors and organizes all or some of the following at the end of the school year for our graduating 4th graders – breakfast, activities, a montage video, and T-shirts. This $25 fee covers the costs. Please add this fee to your shopping basket on the PTO Web Store.
  • 3rd/4th Grade Lunchtime Leaders Program – Lunchtime Leaders assist students during the 1st and 2nd grade lunch period during their recess time.  Lunchtime Leaders walk around during lunch helping students in supplying various items, answering questions and supporting arrival and dismissal.  Depending on student interest level, students will average two lunch periods per month. A monthly calendar is created and distributed to 3rd and 4th grade Lunchtime Leaders.
  • World Languages – We look forward to bringing back this popular program as soon as we can this year.  Be on the lookout for a parent survey soon. 

Sign-up Genius – In addition to the above activities, we will have SEVERAL sign-up genius’ for Fun Lunch, Clubs, Activities, and Family Friendly Events. They will be posted on the Lincoln PTO Website (side bar – right) and available on Wednesday, 8/17 at 7am – see if anything fits your interests! We appreciate you donating your time and talents.

Thank you so much for your continuous support of our Lincoln PTO!

Friday Fun Lunch – registration opens Wednesday, 8/17 at 7am!

Friday Fun lunch is offered for students in grades 1 – 4, register starting Wednesday, 8/17 at 7am on the PTO webstore! You may choose 1, 2, 3 or all 4 meal options. The cost for each lunch averages $6. This year, every lunch will be served to the child. Regular fun lunch registration will close on 9/2 at 11:59 pm. Late registration (with an extra $15 fee) will be available until 9/5 at 11:59pm. 

Fun lunch options for 2022/2023 will be:

  • Week 1: Cheese pizza and Oreos
  • Week 2: Turkey and Cheese Sandwich OR Veggie Sandwich
  • Week 3: Cheese pizza and Oreos 
  • Week 4: Chicken Tenders (3 pc) OR Macaroni & Cheese

Friday, September 2 will be the first day of fun lunch and it will be FREE pizza for all students provided by the PTO. For nutrition and allergen questions regarding our Fun lunch program please go to the following sites:

Fun lunch would not be possible without the help of volunteers, please consider signing up.  It’s a great way to see your child, interact with other parents, and help make one of everyone’s favorite PTO programs possible. Let’s put the FUN in Fun Lunch! Questions? Please email Lincolnrfptofunlunch@gmail.com.

Bike Safety Workshops | 8/31 and 9/1

Our annual back-to-school bike safety workshop is available for registration on the PTO Webstore on Wednesday, 8/17 at 7am!  This event is open to 2nd graders as well as any new Lincoln student in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grades – two sessions are available, please only register for one! This class is complimentary, however registration is required and each day is limited to 25 students.

The River Forest Police Department will conduct a fun, informative and hands-on-the-handlebars bike safety workshop.  2nd graders are strongly encouraged to complete the workshop in order to become safe bike riders for the remainder of their Lincoln Eagle days.  Registered students must bring their bike and a helmet in the morning and leave it locked at the bike rack outside the gym on Franklin.  The workshop will be both indoor and outdoor, so please be prepared for the weather.  Pickup will be on the Franklin side of Lincoln at 4:30pm. 

3rd/4th Grade Lunchtime Leaders – register starting Wednesday, 8/17 at 7am!


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During their recess, Lunchtime Leaders assist the 1st and 2nd grade students as they become experts at navigating the school lunch period. A variety of jobs for the lunchtime leaders include helping students by handing out napkins/utensils, opening yogurts or containers, answering questions and supporting their arrival and dismissal.  Depending on student interest level, a Lunchtime Leader will average two lunch periods per month. A monthly calendar is created and distributed to 3rd and 4th grade Lunchtime Leaders. Mr. Godfrey oversees this group while Green4Good, led by Lindsey Silver, helps to educate the Lunchtime Leaders on how to make sure the lunch waste is recycled or composted correctly.  Sign up on the PTO Webstore!

Library Lowdown

Welcome back to the library! Hope you enjoyed your summer and read lots of great books. 

Last June, I handed out a reading checklist to all students (K-3rd).  This was an optional summer reading challenge which listed places and ways they could read over the summer (called “Oh, the places you can read”).  If your student participated in the “Oh the places you can read” program over the summer, the logs must be returned by Friday, 8/26. 

Question:  How do you give a librarian a huge smile on the first day of school?  Answer: Returning lost books! If you found any lost or hiding books over the summer, please bring them in the first week of school.

Pre-Ordered School Supplies

If you ordered school supplies through the PTO, they will be delivered to your child’s classroom prior to the start of the school year. Please see 22-23 Lincoln School Supply List if you did not pre-order supplies.

First PTO Meeting of the School Year!

Join us on Wednesday, 9/7 at 9:30am for our first PTO meeting.  Zoom/In person at Lincoln School TBD.

Everyone is welcome!