9/23 PTO Newsletter

Pizza for Friday 9/26 Fun Lunch


pizza200Friday’s fun lunch will be Domino’s Pizza. Many Thanks to our dedicated Fun Lunch Volunteers.


Please Save the date for a special  CONNECT4KIDS  Parent Forum on Thursday, Oct. 2nd


“A Parent’s Guide to Empowering Children to Manage Social Conflict”

Parents and faculty of Lincoln, Willard and Roosevelt school students, please join us for our fifth Parent Forum sponsored by the Lincoln PTO.

When: Thursday, October 2nd, at 7:00- 8:30 p.m.

Where: Lincoln School Auditorium (Please enter on the Franklin side)
Who: Carrie Goldman is the award-winning author of Bulllied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear (Harper Collins, August 2012).

Carrie’s expertise has been featured on NPR, MSNBC, CNN Headline News, BBC, Fox, ABC Radio, cnn.com, HLN, WGN TV and WGN Radio, HuffPost Live, and more. Goldman received her B.S. from Northwestern University and her M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management.  She lives in Illinois with her husband and three young daughters.

Please join us as we build a community of caring and foster deeper connections with our children, school and community.

Carrie will share ways parents can:

        • Teach kids how to act as empowered allies instead of as passive bystanders
        • Teach how to discern between normal social conflict and true bullying.
        •  Teach kids how to develop their own solutions for social conflict & when to ask adults for help

Bring a friend…we hope to see you there.  Inquiries please contact: Rebekah Kiefer at “rebekah.kiefer AT yahoo.com” or Sarah Hampson at “sarahhampson2001 AT yahoo.com

Yearbook Cover Art Contest

This year the teachers and students will be voting for their favorite yearbook cover, so get out your art supplies and get creative!

Book Title:  Where Eagles Soar


  • Use letter sized (8.5” x 11”) unlined paper.
  • Image MUST BE VERTICAL and 2-dimensional.
  • Include vivid images – bright and bold colors look best!
  • Use the title (Where Eagles Soar) in your artwork
  • Write your name on the back with pencil
  • Check your spelling and punctuation

Deadline to submit artwork in the Office:  Friday, October 3rd Please note that submitted artwork will not be returned. Questions?  Contact Ann Mills at “anncieslica AT msn.com”

 Wanted: D90 Caucus Delegates

We are seeking a diverse group of River Forest residents who are willing to recruit and interview candidates for the D90 school board election in March 2015. Delegates must be residents of River Forest and be able to attend all scheduled meetings during October and November 2014. These dates are as follows: Tuesday, October 14 Tuesday, October 28 Tuesday, November 11 Tuesday, November 18 We welcome your participation in this established community process. Please contact us with your interest.

2014 Caucus Co-Chairs: Judy Deogracias 773-793-3449 “judy.deogracias AT mac.com” or Laura Maychruk 708-205-7044 “laura.maychruk AT comcast.net”

Pancake Breakfast – October 25

Maple Syrup on PancakesCatch up with neighborhood friends you haven’t seen all summer and feed those kiddos before a day of activity. Join us for a Lincoln PTO fundraising tradition, the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, October 25th, 8:00 to 11:00am.

Advance Tickets are just $3.50 per person and include pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee. Buy tickets in advance and walk right in — tickets at the door are $4.00. Click here to order tickets.

Are you a morning person crazy about pancakes, or do you just live for the first cup coffee? Join kitchen staff for a shift and volunteer your talents here. Thank you!

Halloween Costume Swap

jack-o-lantern_1018235iBefore you buy new this year, find your kids’ perfect costume from the closets of your friends and neighbors.

FIRST: Drop off your clean, exchange-worthy costume. Get a Swap Ticket for a new-to-you costume. Drop off at 130 Keystone Avenue, River Forest Saturday, September 20 12:00 – 3:00 -or- Wednesday, September 24 5:00 – 8:00

THEN: Bring back your Swap Ticket next weekend and pick out your Trick or Treaters’ favorite costume. Sunday, September 28 12:00 – 3:00 Feel free to Drop but not Swap. All leftover costumes will be donated to a local charity after the swapping is done!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN Renee Sichlau 708-926-4948 cell with questions.

 We Have the Right Volunteer Opportunity for You!

446px-Uncle_Sam_(pointing_finger)Whether you work full time or from home, we have volunteer opportunities to fit your life and schedule.

Come take a look on our Sign Up Genius volunteer page 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.

Take a look – we’d love your help.


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