9/19 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope you enjoyed the “official” last weekend of summer! It sure was a beautiful one. 

Don’t forget this Friday, September 24 will be an 11:30 dismissal for all students. The afternoon is dedicated as a Teacher Institute Day. Please also note that there will be NO PM KINDERGARTEN. AM Kindergarten only will attend on Friday.  Please also note there will be no lunch at school on Friday. 

I’m super excited to share that you can now follow Lincoln on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To follow us and always be “in the know,” see the links below:




Finally, this week, District 90 will begin administering the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment to elementary school students in Grades 3 and 4.  The MAP assessment is a reading and mathematics multiple-choice, adaptive assessment that is taken online.  Adaptive assessments adjust the test questions relative to how individual students respond.  For each correct answer given, the next question will increase in difficulty.  For each incorrect answer given, the following question will decrease in difficulty. For this reason, the MAP questions will not look the same for all students.  This assessment takes approximately 50 minutes for each of the two content areas that will be administered.

As always, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything more I can ever do to support your family. Have a great week. CG


Monday, September 20:

  • G4G Kids Club – 3:15-4:15
  • Yoga – 3:15-4:15 – Gym

Tuesday, September 21:

  • News Broadcasting Club – during recess – Mr. Cheney’s classroom
  • Boys on the Run – 3:15-4:15 – Franklin playground

Thursday, September 23:

  • FUN LUNCH – hot dog/Bouna beef/grilled cheese

Friday, September 24:

  • 11:30 Dismissal (NO PM Kindergarten)
  • No Lunch at School

Reminder: Fun Lunch on Thursday – this week only

Fun Lunch this week is on Thursday due to the early dismissal Friday.

SAVE THE DATE – International Walk and Bike to School Week – OCTOBER 4-8

Sponsored by the PTO’s Connect4Kids and Green4Good Committees, Lincoln will join kids from around the globe in celebrating International Walk & Bike to School week. 

Every student who walks or bikes to school will receive a special “ribbon” to tie to his or her backpack. Children can meet and walk together with friends and neighbors in “Walking School Buses” led by PTO volunteers from various locations and routes in our community.  

To allow as many students as possible to participate in this long-standing Lincoln tradition, we need volunteers who are willing to lead Walking School Buses from 7:45 – 8:15 AM each morning of October 4-8.  Volunteers and students will need to wear masks when participating.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Connect4Kids’ Sangeetha Madhavan (‎sangs50@gmail.com) or Green4Good’s Alexis Murphy (alexis_murphy@hotmail.com). Thank you!

Green4Good – Zero Waste Lunches

ZERO WASTE LUNCHES: Did you know that D90 is a Zero Waste School District? Consider helping your child pack a ZERO WASTE LUNCH.  

WASTE SORTING: Most waste generated at lunch is headed back home in the lunch box.  You can help your child divert waste from landfills by waste sorting at home.  Every home in River Forest can RECYCLE, making sure that all recycled containers are CLEAN and DRY.  River Forest families can also COMPOST – contact the Village of River Forest to sign up.

Vaccine Cards for Volunteers 

Please be aware that District 90 will soon be requiring all Parent Volunteers (people in the school for longer than 15 min) to provide proof of vaccination status in order to volunteer in the school. This safety protocol aligns with Governor Pritzker’s recent announcement requiring all public school employees to have proof of vaccination or be tested weekly for COVID-19. More details forthcoming. All volunteers signed-up to work Fun Lunch, HERO Boys, Principal Birthday Celebration, G4G and Yoga will soon be receiving communications from Mr. Godfrey with instructions on how to register.  

SEL Resource of the Week!

In honor of International Dot Day on Wednesday, we wanted to share some background and talking points about the book  that families can use with their children.  One of the great themes of the book is one of the great themes of elementary school: developing a growth mindset.  In addition to the article linked above, please enjoy this graphic with phrases adults can use to help their children develop a growth mindset.

Library Lowdown

During library this week, your students learned about two reading programs:

  • The Monarch Award: Illinois’ K-3 Reader’s Choice Award
  • The Bluestem Award : Illinois’ 3-5 Reader’s Choice Award

These are two voluntary programs which encourage students to read a specially curated list of books (of all types and genres).  This program tends to be popular so checking out books from the public library will be advantageous for your child.  A reading log went home this week where they can keep track of the books they have read (be sure to keep in a safe spot).  All grades will listen to some of the books during library time as well. They have until March 1st to read 15 of the 20 books listed (their choice) and turn in their reading log.  While it may take some effort on your part to help them participate (assistance with getting the books, keeping track, reading the books), it’s a great opportunity to expand their reading circle with a wide variety of great literature. Also please note that this year they only need to read 15 to meet the challenge.

In addition, third and fourth graders got an opportunity to check out Playaways.  Playaways are recorded books and are checked out with the matching book to help increase comprehension.  Playaways are used with headphones that insert into the device (not Bluetooth headphones).  Please be extra cautious with Playaways as they are costly to replace.  We hope your child enjoys reading with the Playaway. 

Updating Your Child’s iPad

Parents, here is a quick video for students to watch if they have questions about how to keep their iPad up to date with the most recent iOS operating system.  Any questions, please email Annmarie Clasky, Instructional Technology Specialist, claskya@district90.org. Thank you!

How to Keep Your iPad Updated

If you need link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HHPLQfkP1muJC33Fn-vE5nhuDUenufpe/view?usp=sharing

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Technology Support

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Thank you for emailing powerschool@district90.org or helpdesk@district90.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.