9/30 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
Happy October! I hope you enjoyed the weekend and the exciting baseball series between the Cubs and my St. Louis Cardinals! I spent the weekend in Maine attending/officiating my best friends’ wedding, with a close eye on the baseball scores!

The first week of October looks to be a busy one here at Lincoln.

School picture day is always one of my favorite days of the school year. It’s always so great seeing the kids all dressed up and smiling. Don’t forget picture day at Lincoln is Tuesday, October 2. Please don’t forget to send in any picture money or order forms to school with your child.

This week, as part of our partnership with the River Forest Police and Fire Department, we will be hosting our annual safety assemblies. On Wednesday, October 3, RFFD and RFPD will be at Lincoln to host grade-level assemblies that focus on general safety. Some of the topics they will discuss include bike safety, fire safety, stranger danger, and other emergency situations. We are grateful for our continued partnership with local public safety officials and their willingness to support D90 students and families.

Last week I received a visit from a former Lincoln Eagle, Dylan Piazza, who attended our school several years ago. Since leaving Lincoln he has studied art and painted a beautiful portrait of Abraham Lincoln which he has donated to our school. Please be sure to check it out on your next visit to Lincoln!

As we enter October, it is also time to begin thinking of our annual fall parties and character parade. I wanted to provide you some advance notice of the plan for Lincoln School on October 31. More information will be forthcoming.

  • 8:30 AM Kindergarten Character Parade (Park Ave. Playground)
  • 8:45 K-2 Storyteller Assembly in Auditorium
  • 9:30 3-4 Storyteller Assembly in Auditorium
  • 12:40 PM K and 1st -4th Character Parade (Franklin Playground)
  • Afternoon- Parties-Classrooms

It is hard to believe fall family conferences are approaching in a little over a month. The official sign-up for conferences will begin on Tuesday, October 2. Look for an e-mail from D90 outlining the details of conference sign-up. Conferences will be held on Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8.

As always, thanks for your continued support of our Fine, Fine School. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to better support your family.
Have a great week.

Quote of the Week:
“Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve done before. ”
~ Bonnie Blair


Monday, October 1:

  • 8:30 2nd grade MAP – math
  • 3:10 – 4:15pm HEROBoys, gym
  • 3:15 – 4:15 Yoga, room 22D
  • 7PM – Art Appreciation Meeting

Tuesday, October 2:

  • picture day
  • 7PM – PTO Meeting

Wednesday, October 3:

  • Safety Assemblies
  • 8:45am – AM Kindergarten
  • 9:45 am – 1st and 2nd grade
  • 10:40am – 3rd grade
  • 12:35 – 4th grade
  • 1:30pm – PM Kindergarten

Thursday, October 4:

  • 7:30am – Wonder Readers, Mrs. Mares’ classroom

Friday, October 5:

  • 7:30am – Wonder Readers, Multi-purpose room
  • Jack Martin 4th Grade- Principal for the Day
  • Fun Lunch – Pasta


Books and Building Club

Books and Building Club

1st and 2nd graders!

Books and Building Club with Ms. Brauweiler

Beginning October 11 – during lunch/recess

Tuesdays – 2nd graders / Thursdays – 1st graders

– Engage and listen to fun picture books read aloud
– Engineer structures with blocks, Legos, Knex, magnets and more (over 10 types of toys)
– Build listening and reading skills
– Create, imagine and have fun

Please print and fill out this flyer to sign up.

Lincoln Yearbook Artwork Contest

Break out the art supplies and get creative; your artwork could be on the cover of the Lincoln Yearbook! The title for this year’s yearbook is: Growing to Greatness. How do we show our school spirit? What does the PRIDE pledge mean to you?

Submissions can be turned in to the office until Tuesday October 9.

IMPORTANT GUIDELINES for your cover artwork:

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!
Be sure to use the title (Growing to Greatness) in your artwork!
Write your name on the back in pencil.
Check your spelling and punctuation!
Please note that submitted artwork will not be returned.

Family Math Night October 11!

This is a free event filled with fun hands-on math activities.

Grades K-4 families welcome!

When: Thursday, October 11 from 6 – 7:30 pm
Where: Lincoln Gym (enter at Franklin door)

Lincoln Spirit Wear Store Closes Tonight!

This is the last day to order your spirit wear. Show your Lincoln spirit with t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts and more while raising funds for our school. The Lincoln PTO receives a percentage of the sale proceeds.

Please turn in your flyers to the office by SEPTEMBER 30th 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!



Fall Tennis – Registration Opens Tonight

Registration for fall tennis will open tonight at 5pm. 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.


  • 1/2 grades: 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29
  • 3/4 grades: 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13

Cost:  $80 for 6 weeks.

Contact Nikki Elza, njselza@comcast.net, with any questions.

Reminder – Picture Day is 10/2

Be sure to mark your calendar for Lincoln Picture Day – Tuesday, October 2. Order forms came home with your student last week.  Pictures can also be ordered online at www.ordervgil.com (school code 20077101).


PTO Meeting Tuesday Night at 7!

The October PTO meeting will be Tuesday night at 7PM. All are welcome!

The Library Lowdown

Volunteers Needed – Do 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!

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”


One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest

The One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest is accepting submissions now through January 13, 2019.

Encourage your child (and friends!) to make a 3 to 8 minute film about one of 6 sustainability topics: energy, food, transportation, waste, water, or open space/ecosystems. They should show a problem with their topic and then a solution.

Prizes are $100 for grades 3 to 5, $200 for grades 6 to 8, $350 for grades 9 to 11, and up. In addition, the winners will receive a matching grant to donate to a non-profit that supports the theme of their film. All winning films will premiere at the Gene Siskel Center as part of the One Earth Film Festival in March 2019.

For more information and to watch a 1.5 minute video explaining the contest, go here: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-details/

Seeking Walking Bus Drivers

Seeking Walking School Bus Drivers!

In a long-standing tradition, Lincoln will once again celebrate International Walk to School Week, October 9 – 12! To help as many students participate as possible, we’re seeking Lincoln families who would like to help coordinate a Walking School Bus in their neighborhood. If you’re interested, please contact Alexis Murphy (alexis_murphy@hotmail.com) or Renee Sichlau (rsichlau@hotmail.com) by Wednesday, October 3. Thanks!

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!
Information meeting is Monday at 7PM. Please sign up on signup genius for your child’s class or email Elizabeth Roginski at elizabethaugust@atproperties.com

Lincoln Yearbook Needs Your Help!

Yearbook seeking additional team members for this year! If you need a creative outlet and like to work from home, this is the perfect job for you. It takes a team of 4-6 volunteers to publish a 64-page hardcover book. If you can put together a digital photo book or holiday card, then you have the skills to learn the publishing tool we use for the yearbook. Please consider helping us put the book together. The book must be completed before Spring Break. Working on this project gives you great exposure to the Lincoln faculty and all school events–it’s a great way to learn all about Lincoln!

Check out our One Time – Sign Up Genius opportunities (taking pictures at events) and Ongoing – Sign Up Genius opportunities (making collages, teacher trivia…) posted on these sites.

If interested, please contact Becky Williams (beckarific@gmail.com) and/or Monika Block (monikatsblock@gmail.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!