9/25 Lincoln Log – Heartworks, Yoga, Tennis and Coding Sign Ups Are OPEN!

Lincoln Families,
Happy Fall! I hope you had a great weekend. It’s hard to believe that one month of school has already come and gone!

During Friday’s 1/2 day of student attendance, the River Forest Police and Fire Departments were at Lincoln to present their annual safety assemblies for our students. Topics covered included:  bike, car, fire and various other safety topics.  An overview of the program is attached:  safety-first-information.  The RFPD and RFFD will continue to be present in our school throughout the year with a continued focus on keeping our kids safe.

With safety in mind, please be sure to exercise caution, patience and awareness when navigating our morning and afternoon car-pool lines. I’ve asked the River Forest Police Department to have more of a presence during these times to reinforce this request. The most common behaviors that put student safety at risk are: passing other vehicles in the car line, letting students out of the vehicle on the driver side, and students/adults not using the cross-walks when crossing the road. Thank you for your continued efforts to keep our kids safe.

During the afternoon Institute Day, our teachers engaged in continued professional development of the Fountas and Pinnell literacy assessment and instruction training. This powerful assessment tool will provide teachers with unique insight into our students reading strategies and guide all aspects of our literacy instruction. These embedded opportunities for professional growth are always valued by our staff.

Rarely do I solicit the need for parent volunteers via the Lincoln Log, however we do currently have the need for support with a rather daunting job of copying and organizing assessment materials. Please let me know if you have availability to help with this task; just email me with times that work for you. godfreyc@district90.org

Finally, this Friday our PTO will be sponsoring a student Allergy Awareness presentation for each class. The goal of these presentations is to heighten student awareness, understanding and empathy of the threat that allergies can cause their peers.

As always, thanks so much for your continued support of our school. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to further support you or your kids. Have a great week. CG


Monday, 9/26

  • Cub Scout Pack Meeting 7PM

Tuesday, 9/27

  • 2nd grade field trip to Naper Settlement

Friday 9/30:

  • Allergy Presentation to All Classes
  • FUN LUNCH – PASTApasta200

Upcoming Events

  • Monday 10/3:  Art Appreciation Volunteer Meeting  7:00-9:00 pm at the River Forest Public Library
  • Monday 10/10:  PTO Meeting
  • Wednesday 10/12:  No School
  • Thursday 10/13:  Math Night

Art Update

First grade started the year by learning about 2 types of printmaking, stamping and mono-printing. They did self-portrait mono-prints and stamped fall leaves using fall colors. In September, they will be taking a trip back in time to learn all about the first painters. First graders will discuss cave painters and learn about how they made they paints, what they painted and then, they will create their own cave painting of an animal.

Second grade are learning about warm colors, overlapping, repetition and crayon resist. They will be creating a project with apples as their subject using the elements and principles mentioned above and finishing with a water color wash. Following this project, second grade will also be taking a trip back in time to visit the land of the dinosaurs.

Third grade started the year by reviewing their knowledge of the color wheel. They discussed primary and secondary colors, complimentary colors, and
we briefly talked about tertiary colors. For their first project, third grade students were given oil pastels in red, yellow and blue. Using these three colors
students learned how to blend their pastels and create the secondary colors of green, orange and purple. For the next couple of weeks, third grade students
will continue learning how to work with oil pastels, blending warm colors and creating textures with their pastels.

Fourth grade students started reading the book Sky Tree. We will be reading this book throughout the year as the seasons change. We are learning about the relationship between science and art. Students did leaf rubbings and started working on a project that teaches them about balance, composition and using negative space with leaves as their subject matter. Students will also start writing in their special Leaf/Tree booklet. Once the colors outside start to change, they will be observing the changing leaves and writing down their observations like a scientist would. They will also be illustrating the changes in seasons in the booklets.

Register NOW for Fall Coding Club


Mrs. Clasky, Lincoln’s Technology Specialist, will be leading Coding Club again this year.  Coding Club is for Grades 3 & 4 and will meet on Mondays during the Lunch & Recess period in the LLC (school library). Please remember that lunches eaten in the LLC must be nut-free.

Mondays, 11:25 to 12:25,  from October 3rd  to December 12th, 2016.

Registration is now open on the PTO Web Store and is limited to 15 students.  There is a $3 fee for this club. This club will be offered again in the Spring (same curriculum, different students) if you are unable to participate in 2016.

Register NOW for Play for Lot Tennis brought to you by Connect4Kids

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-10-04-06-amTennis 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.

Who & When:  

Grades 1 and 2 meet on TUESDAYS 3:15 to 4:15 pm on the following dates:  10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15    ($70 for 6 lessons)

Grades 3 and 4 meet on THURSDAYS  3:15 to 4:15 pm on the following dates:  10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/17   ($60 for 5 lessons)

Registration is now open on the PTO Web Store. Here is the link for grades 1-2. Here is the link for grades 3-4.  Each group is limited to 20 students.

Questions?  Contact Annie Bergin Dwyer   “loolatopiafairy AT gmail.com

Register NOW for Connect4Kids Yoga


Calling all Yogis!  Adrienne Smith and Laurie Solberg of Family Flow Yoga will teach a yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students on Mondays 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.

When:  Mondays 3:15 to 4:15 pm in the Gym, dates are as follows:  10/3, 10/17, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5

Space is limited to 26 students.  $70 for 6 classes.

Registration is now open on the PTO Web Store.  

Questions?  Contact Annie Bergin Dwyer   “loolatopiafairy AT gmail.com

Heartworks Club for Fourth Graders


Registration is still open for the 4th Grade Service Club:  Heartworks.  Club activities are designed to:

  1. heighten awareness of the needs of others in the Lincoln community, as well as the needs of those around the world.
  2. create an environment where service becomes a natural part of students’ everyday lives.
  3. and provide opportunities for leadership.

Club meetings will be after school on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the multi purpose room.  The first meeting is on October 11th. 

Sign up on the PTO Web Store to experience the magic of this club!

Questions?  Please contact Jean Bacom at “lunamama6 AT gmail.com”