9/16 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families
I hope you enjoyed our absolutely beautiful weekend.

Thank you so much for taking the time from your busy schedules to attend our annual Open House last week. It’s the only time we get each year to have the captive audience of all Lincoln families to share the exciting work that goes into bringing our Fine Fine School to life each day! I am hopeful you found our time together to be informative and most importantly community building. There is no school community quite like the one we collectively create for our kids here at Lincoln and I’m most appreciative to be a part of this special community and our Fine Fine School!

As shared in my Open House presentation the staff at Lincoln have really embraced the concept of Growth Mindset. It has been incredible to watch Lincoln evolve into a community that nurtures productive struggle and the power of Yet! Attached is a short video I feel models perfectly the type of environment we are striving to create for your kids. I hope you enjoy!

The Importance of Struggle

Finally, in the coming weeks we will conclude our fall benchmark assessing of students with the administration of the NWEA MAP assessment. MAP is given to all 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students in the content area of Math and Literacy. This assessment provides teachers detailed data assists teachers in establishing learning targets while aiding in the creation of differentiated instruction for all students. The schedule for our Fall MAP testing is below.

Quote of the Week: “If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere!” ~ Frank A. Clark
As always, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to better support your family or your kids. Thanks so much for your continued support of our Fine Fine School! Enjoy the beautiful week ahead. CG



Monday, September 17:

  • HEROBoys, 3:10-4:30pm, gym

Tuesday, September 18:

  • Theater Club 3:15-4:15

Wednesday, September 19:


Thursday, September 20:

  • 7:30am – Wonder Readers

Friday, September 21:

  • 7:30am – Wonder Writers
  • Fun Lunch – Sliders


Lincoln spirit wear available!

Show your Lincoln spirit with t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts and more while raising funds for our school. The Lincoln PTO gets a percentage of the sale proceeds.

Be on the look out for a flyer coming home in this weeks Friday folder or order online here. All orders ship to Lincoln and will be given to your child to bring home.

Please direct any questions to Jennifer Nelson (jennifernelson77@gmail.com). Thank you for your support! 

Connect4Kids Family Flow Yoga for Grades 1-4 – registration opens today!

FlyerCalling all Yogis! Adrienne Smith and Laurie Solberg of Family Flow Yoga will be teaching children’s yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students.

Classes start Monday, September 24, it is $80 for the 6 week session.

Class dates are 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 and 11/5, and will be from 3:15-4:15pm in the gym.

The program will provide children with an opportunity to foster greater self-awareness and improve their concentration and self-confidence. The team will introduce the children to the fundamentals of yoga and incorporate social-emotional themes.  Registration opens Sunday, September 16 at 5pm on the PTO Webstore!

Please be aware that PTO sponsored events are facilitated by volunteers and instructors solicited by the PTO. D90 personnel are often times are not in attendance or on the school premises.

The Library Lowdown

 Dot Day – Tuesday, September 18th
Lincoln will be celebrating International Dot Day on Tuesday 9/18. Please encourage your students wear polka dots that day.

Author Visit

The author visit was a great success. She had such a positive message to share with the students. Many students learned to draw peace dragons and most everyone went home with a souvenir of her visit. Students can pick up their ordered books on Monday.

We have some autographed books still available. The deadline for these books is Tuesday, September 18th.
It will not be personalized with your child’s name, but will be autographed. On Wednesday, September 19th, any remaining books will be sent back to the bookstore.

Volunteers NeededDo you love books? Do you love to organize? If yes, please consider becoming a Lincoln Library volunteer. Over 25,000 books were checked out last year. Of course, what goes out, must come back! Volunteers are extremely vital to the library. They help to get the books back on the shelves quickly so they can be checked out by new students, as well as leave the library staff with valuable time to create great programs.

The timing is flexible – either at beginning of the day (walk your kids to school and stay for a bit) or at the end of the day (come early and get a good parking spot). Most volunteers come in weekly – but we are very flexible with schedules!

If you’d like more information, please email Ms. Brauweiler (brauweilerd@district90.org) directly – she’d love to talk with you!

Wonder Writers starts on 9/21!

Do you have a story inside your head just waiting to be told? Is there a poem you can’t stop thinking about? Do you want to work on your skills as an illustrator? Are you counting the days until the Young Authors Celebration? Then mark your calendars and set your alarm clocks for Friday, September 21, 7:30 am in the Multi Purpose Room. All first through fourth graders are invited to join in, unleash your imagination, and discover where your thoughts can take you.

Wonder Readers – Attention third and fourth graders!

Image result for reading imagesDo you go to sleep with an open book next to you? Do you wake up in the morning and read a few pages before coming to school? Do you sneak into a quiet spot to have some alone time with a book you just can’t put down? Do you think about books and ache to share your thinking? Do you want to talk to other Lincoln Eagles about books? We have a place for that.

Come and join Wonder Readers on Thursday, September 20, at 7:30 am in Mrs. Mares classroom. Mrs. Nichols and Mrs. Moriarty will facilitate the discussions and help guide you on this reading journey. Wonder Readers is not a place to catch up on homework or write responses to lots of questions. Wonder Readers is not a reading intervention. Wonder Readers is having another opportunity to grow a love for reading. Come with a book or two you read this summer and want to discuss. Come discover the possibilities reading brings.

3rd and 4th Grade Coding Club! REGISTER TODAY

Image result for coding imagesMrs. Mares and Mrs. Clasky would like to encourage interested 3rd and 4th grade students to join them in Mrs. Mares’s room for Coding Club on Thursdays from 11:30-12:30. We will be using apps such as Hopscotch and Swift Playgrounds to learn and practice the fundamentals of coding including sequences, events, loops, variables, conditionals, and more. Our lessons will be based on Common Core Standards for Math, Next Generation Science Standards, and the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards. Coding helps develop patience and perseverance—mistakes are welcome because we learn from them! To maximize the experience for all kids this club will be capped at 30 students.

The first session is Thursday, September 20th, the final session is Thursday, December 20th. We will not meet on November 8th (conferences) or November 22nd (Thanksgiving). Parents are invited to attend our final session on December 20th to celebrate and showcase student projects.

Club dates: Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 1, Nov 15, Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 13, Dec 20

Time: Thursdays during lunch

Location: Mrs. Mares’s Room; bring your nut free lunch!

Registration: Opens Sunday, September 16 on the PTO Webstore!

New Girl Scout Daisy Troop – Calling all Kindergarten Girls!

A new Girl Scouts Daisies group is forming for Kindergarten girls. We will be doing various activities and crafts, earning badges, and most importantly, making new friends, creating memories and having fun. Contact Diana Oshen Jacquez to sign up or for more details/questions you may have about the Daisies at (dloshen@gmail.com). We are also looking for a parent to participate as a troop co-leader. We hope you can join us.

Purchase with purpose ~ you shop, Amazon donates.

Simply visit http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4043619 to shop and Amazon will donate a % of eligible purchases back to Lincoln PTO of River Forest District 90. Every item available for purchase on Amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. Thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO! The name to search is “Lincoln Parent-Teacher Organization of River Forest”


We Need Your Help!

Art Appreciation Help Needed! We would love any and all help for this years program! This is not a huge commitment and you do not need to be artistic at all! Everything is set up and your pick the artist and project- very easy and a great way to be in your child’s class 3 to 4 times a year!
Please sign up on signup genius for your child’s class or email Elizabeth Roginski at elizabethaugust@atproperties.com

More volunteer opportunities: There are many different ways to volunteer at Lincoln! You can sign up for one time volunteer slots at events like the pancake breakfast or for recurring volunteer slots like fun lunch. Some volunteer opportunities can be done at home while others take place at school or in the classroom.

The sign up genius page for 2018-2019 Volunteer registration is open and can be accessed from the PTO website or the Webstore. Even if you can only commit to an hour a month, your help will be very appreciated. We thank you in advance!