9/22 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
I hope you enjoyed the weekend. It is hard to believe that at the conclusion of this week, we will have one month of school behind us. It’s been such an amazing start to the year. The final week of September looks to be a busy one here in the land of Lincoln!
This week, our third and fourth grade students will take the Fall NWEA MAP assessment. This assessment is given in the Fall and Spring each year in the content areas of Math and Reading. These benchmark assessments provide teachers great data that assists in designing instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

As you might have noticed, last week our Green 4 Good Kids Club planted two Parkway Pollinator Gardens on both the Franklin and Park sides of the school. Many thanks to the club sponsors, Renee Sichlau, Alexis Murphy, Ms. Suzuki and Ms. Dubois for making this happen.

And, thanks to Ms. Brauweiler, this Tuesday we are excited to welcome acclaimed author, Karina Yan Glaser, author and illustrator from New York City to Lincoln School. She will be here on Tuesday morning and will be presenting to our 3rd and 4th grade students.  Find more details about her visit in the Library Lowdown below.

Finally, don’t forget that Friday is an 11:25am early release.  Please be sure you’ve talked with your kids about their plans for dismissal on the 1/2 day. Remember that it is a PM Kindergarten attendance day. There will be no AM Kindergarten on Friday.

As always, please never hesitate to let me know if there is anything Ms. Gerges or I can do to better support your family. Thanks for all of your support. Have a great week. CG


Monday, September 23:

  • Lincoln News Broadcast – during lunch
  • Chef Du Jour – during lunch
  • Hero Boys – 3:15-4:15pm, meet in reading garden
  • Lincoln Newspaper Crew 3:15-4:15pm, STEM lab
  • Fall Yoga – 3:15-4:15pm, auditorium

Wednesday, September 25:

  • Wednesday Walking Club – 8am, Franklin playground
  • Waste Free Wednesday

Thursday, September 26:

  • FUN LUNCH – Burgers and Grilled Cheese
  • Recorder Club – 3:15-4:15pm, auditorium

Friday, September 27:

  • Early Dismissal – 11:25am (PM Kindergarten Attendance)

Game On! – registration open now!

Calling all 1st and 2nd graders!  Do you like to play games, engage with classmates, and take a risk?

Then come join GAME ON! We will have fun playing board games and card games, while learning logic, strategy, and good sportsmanship.   We will meet Wednesdays during lunch in the STEM LAB from 11:30-12:25. We will enjoy our (Peanut Free) lunch together, then have fun!  GAME ON starts October 2nd with Mrs. Nichols & Mrs. Clarke.  Registration opens on the PTO webstore on 9/22 (up to 16 players).

Wonder Writers – registration open now!

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, October 4th, 7:30am 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 Writers meets each Friday morning throughout the school year. This year, we are asking families to register their students.  Registration opens on the PTO webstore on 9/22.

Wonder Readers – registration open now!

All third and fourth graders are invited to join! Do you 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 want to talk to other Lincoln Eagles about books? We have a place for that. Come and join Wonder Readers on Thursday, October 3rd, at 7:30am in Mrs. Mares’ classroom. Mrs. Nichols and Mrs. Moriarty will facilitate the discussions and help guide you on this reading journey. Come with a book or two summer and can’t wait to share. Come discover the possibilities reading brings. Wonder Readers meets each Thursday morning throughout the school year. This year, we are asking families to register their students.  Registration opens on the PTO webstore on 9/22.

Fall Tennis – registration open now!

Registration for fall tennis opens on 9/22!!! Tennis will be taught by Mirka and Luka Bagos, professional coaches of Play For Lot, outside on the Franklin-side playground (weather permitting).  If it’s raining, tennis will meet in the gym.

The program welcomes children of all skill levels. Children need to wear gym shoes and comfortable clothes.  No racket needed.

Tuesday/Thursday Dates:

  • 1/2 grades: 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5
  • 3/4 grades: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14

Cost:  $80 for 6 weeks, register on the WebStore.  Contact Nikki Elza, njselza@comcast.net, with any questions.

Lincoln Celebrates International Walk to School Week – 9/30-10/4

Image result for walk to school weekNext week, Lincoln will join millions of kids from across the globe in celebrating International Walk to School Week!  Every student who walks to school will receive a special “ribbon” to tie to his or her backpack.

To allow as many students as possible to participate in this long-standing Lincoln tradition, we need volunteers to lead Walking School Buses.  If you’re able to help, please sign up here  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F044EACAE2BA57-seeking

And, to be sure we have enough ribbons for all our walkers, we need colorful old t-shirts for the ribbon production team?  Have some you can donate?  Text Renee Sichlau at 708-926-4948, or email rsichlau@hotmail.com.  Free pick up guaranteed!

Reminder – Picture Day is 10/1

Be sure to mark your calendar for Lincoln Picture Day – Tuesday, October 1. Order forms came home with your student last week.

Pictures can also be ordered online at www.ordervgil.com (school code 20077101).

Art Appreciation – volunteers needed, no experience necessary!

Image result for art appreciationCalling one.. Calling All!  This is a great way to help out in the classroom a handful times a year and teach the kids about amazing artists!  We are in desperate need of volunteers for the following classes:

Cheney, Baiocchi, Donnelly, Jenkins, Mares, McCole, Meyers, Neilson, Ponzio, Rogers, Tanglao 

Please visit the PTO website and we would love for you to sign up! – lessons have been planned and projects are super easy and fun!

We will be having an Art Appreciation Meeting for all Volunteers 9/30 at 7pm in the Multi Purpose Room at Lincoln. Any questions please email me at elizabethaugust@atproperties.com or cmrustad@gmail.com.

Library Lowdown – turn in form 9/23 for personalized/autographed book!

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Author Visit – 9/24:   Karina Yan Glaser, author and illustrator from New York City, will be visiting Lincoln School on Tuesday 9/24.  She will be meeting with third and fourth graders to talk about her books and writing. Her three book series – The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street – are available to purchase. The third and fourth graders have received an order form (attached here) if your family would like to purchase a book.  All forms that are turned in TOMORROW will be personalized and autographed.

Please note that anyone is welcome to purchase a book, not just those who will be attending the presentation. Autographed, personalized books can be purchased for non-students as well.

Illinois Reading Programs:

Last week all students learned about the Monarch Award and the Bluestem Award reading programs.  For K-2, there are 20 books to read to meet the challenge. Books can be checked out here and at the public library. I will read 5 books so all students will be able to vote for their favorite in March. Please turn in the reading log by March 1, 2020 to be invited to a reading celebration during lunch for first and second graders. Kindergarten will have a short celebration during the day. For 3rd/4th, there are 18 books to read before March 1.  After turning in the Bluestem log by that date, students will be invited to a reading celebration during lunch.

Everyone also received a reading log to keep track of the books they have read. Below is the link if you need another copy.