Lincoln Families,
Welcome to the first full week of school. I hope your kids enjoyed the first few days of school. While there are always unexpected minor logistical obstacles to overcome, for all practical purposes things seem to be off to an incredibly smooth start. Hopefully, the weekend provided your family an outlet to recapture the highlights of the start of school. I made the long trek to my family’s home at The Lake of the Ozarks in central, MO where the Godfreys gathered to surprise my mom for her 60th birthday!

This is “Safety Week” at Lincoln. At the beginning of every year, it’s always important to spend some intentional time ensuring all students and staff are aware of the various emergency procedures in the unlikely event we might have to exercise these safety practices. We will partner with the River Forest Fire and Police Departments to support our safety efforts.  During these drills we take every measure to ensure students feel comfortable and well informed. Below is a list of the features of Safety Week. Please reach out with any questions you might have.

Safety Week Drill Schedule:
Monday, August, 29- Severe Weather @ 10:00
Tuesday, August 30- Fire Drill @ 12:45 With RFFD
Tuesday, August 30- 2nd Grade Bike Safety
Wednesday, August 31- Lockdown Drill@ 9:00
Wednesday, August 31- 2nd Grade Bike Safety
Thursday, September 1- Earthquake@ 2:00

I’m excited for the first Principal Birthday Lunch of the year. On Wednesday, August 31, we will celebrate all the 1st-4th grade August Birthdays during the lunch/recess period. During this period, students with  August birthdays will join me with their lunches in the LLC for the celebration. Please keep in mind that lunches eaten in the LLC and Classrooms (FLIP classes) must be nut-free.

Finally, I look forward to seeing you during some of our up-coming community engagement events. Thursday, September 1st from 5:30 to 7pm is our annual Back to School Picnic. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendar for  Open House on Thursday, September 8th. Below is the schedule we will follow:
6:30-6:55 – K – 2nd Classroom Presentations
7:00-7:25 – All School PTO/Casey Meeting in Auditorium
7:30-7:55 – 3 – 4th Classroom Presentations 

As always, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can help with. It is so great to have your kids back at Lincoln. Enjoy the first full week of school.
All my best.


Monday 8/29: 
PTO Meeting 8:45am in the Multipurpose Room

Tuesday 8/30: 
2nd Grade Bike Safety after school
“Raising Digital Natives” presentation at Roosevelt Middle School Auditorium, 7pm

Wednesday 8/31:
Principal Birthday Lunch for August Birthdays
2nd Grade Bike Safety after school

Thursday 9/1:  
Theater Club after school
Back to School Family Picnic 5:30 to 7pm

Friday 9/2:
pasta200PASTA FUN LUNCH.  Please remind your child what was ordered–plain or meat sauce?

Don’t Miss the Deadline!  Fun Lunch late registration fee kicks in after MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.

If your child wants a catered lunch on Fridays, you need to place an order on the PTO Web Store.  You can order all 4 menu items, or just the meals your child prefers.  See details on the Web Store.
Late orders are accepted after Sunday, but there is a $15 late fee.  Final Deadline is 9/5; No orders will be accepted after Monday, 9/5.

You will need your students’ District 90 ID numbers to order on the Web Store. These 5-digit numbers are included on D90 registration emails and payment confirmation emails. Teacher names and a credit card are also required for ordering.

Monday 8/29 – First PTO Meeting of the Year

The first PTO meeting of the year will take place on 8/29 at 8:45am in the multi-purpose room.  All are welcome.

Bike Safety Training for Second Graders is This Week

Bike or RideThis is an informative and fun after school event for our second graders only! Officer Glenn Czernik of the River Forest Police Department conducts a fun, informative and hands-on-the-handlebars bike safety workshop at Lincoln Elementary. Second graders are strongly encouraged to complete the workshop before becoming regular bike riders for the remainder of their Lincoln Eagle days.

Register for this FREE CLASS on the PTO Web Store by Monday!

Kids will be outside for the second half of the workshop; please be prepared for the appropriate weather.

When: Tuesday, August 30th, OR Wednesday, August 31st
Time: Right after school until approximately 4:30 p.m.
Place: Meet in the Lincoln Auditorium (bikes can be brought in the morning & left locked at the bike rack outside the gym)
Bring: Bike with Lock Set and Helmet A light snack will be provided!

Questions? Contact Steve Lefko at s_lefko@hotmail.com.

Raising Digital Natives presentation Tues. at 7pm

Roosevelt Middle School and its PTO have partnered to host Devorah Heitner on Tuesday, August 30th.  Her presentation is titled “Raising Digital Natives.”  Many parents include screen time among their “top plate” issues in raising their children. This presentation is aimed at helping parents mentor and guide their children as they grow up in the digital age.  Please join the D90 and D97 community at 7pm in the Rooosevelt Auditorium.

More information about Devorah Heitner is available on her website: Raising Digital Natives
Copies of her book will be available at the presentation for $20.

Looking for a Creative Outlet?

Cover 1The PTO is looking for volunteers to help manage and create the Lincoln Yearbook. Organize a team of volunteers to digitally publish a custom book showcasing classrooms & school/PTO events. Plenty of creative license; opportunities include work at home and be “hands-on” at school. For more information, please contact Amy Dwyer at “amyadwyer AT gmail.com”

Attending some of our PTO events this month and next?  Please save your best pictures for our Yearbook! Details about submitting photos will be sent out soon.

Back To School Family Picnic on Thursday

Join us on Thursday, 9/1 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm on the Franklin Playground.
Meet families in your class and welcome new Lincoln families! Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner if you like. The PTO will provide popsicles.

Lincoln Spirit Wear Available!

Screen Shot 2015-03-23 at 10.07.34 PMYou should have seen a flyer in last week’s Friday Folders for Lincoln Spirit Wear; or you can download this attachment Spirit Wear. Show your Lincoln Spirit on Tshirts, hooded sweatshirts, shorts and backpacks while raising funds for our school.  The Lincoln PTO gets 20% of the sales proceeds.

Orders are accepted until September 23rd.  Order online or via check which can be dropped off with your order form in the school office. All orders ship to Lincoln and will be given to your child to bring home.  Please direct any questions to Jackie Holland at “jackie-holland ATsbcglobal.net”  Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Events:

9/8  Open House at 6:30 pm
9/9  MOVIE NIGHT fundraiser!  We’re showing Zootopia on the Franklin Lawn.
9/13  FLIP classes begin

We Have the Right Volunteer Opportunity for You!

Whether you work full time or from home, we have volunteer opportunities to fit your life and schedule. Our PTO Sign Up Genius volunteer page has openings. Take a look to to see how you can best contribute your time to your child’s school.  We need room parents, fun lunch volunteers, book fair helpers, pancake flippers, and even silent auction sales experts. Volunteer for a one day commitment, or regularly throughout the year. You can work from home, in the classroom, or in the evening.  We’d love your help!

Please contact Amy Dwyer  (“amyadwyer AT gmail.com”) or Suzanne D’Agostino (“suzanne.dagostino AT gmail.com”) for more information.  Thank you.

Welcome back from the River Forest Public Library

As children head back to school, the Library and its resources can be a key component to a successful school year. The Library offers books, multimedia, digital tools, and programming for children and their families all for free with a library card. It’s also a fun location to spend time at after school and on the weekends.

For your child’s safety, children age 9 or younger must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver age 12 or older while at the Library. Check out our website for a full calendar of children’s programs. We hope to see you at the Library this school year!