9/8 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
Welcome to the first full five day week of the school year! I hope you had a great weekend. After seven spectacular days to start the year, we are ready to dive into a full week of learning and fun at the finest school around.

On Friday, September 13 we will celebrate “International Dot Day,” a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration, which began when teacher Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book The Dot on September 15, 2009. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe. Please be sure to encourage your kids to wear Dots on Friday!

We are excited to welcome all families to our annual Open House/Curriculum Night. This is a wonderful evening to come together as a school community and to meet your child’s teacher and learn about their learning adventure plans for the year. Below is a schedule for the evening:

Open House/Curriculum Night 2019
6:30-6:55 3rd/4th Classroom Presentations
7:00-7:25 Casey/Christine Presentation in Auditorium
7:30-7:55 1st/2nd Classroom Presentations

6:30-6:55 AM/PM Suzuki Class Presentation
6:30-6:55 AM Stasys Presentation
7:00-7:25 Casey/Christine Presentation in Auditorium
7:30-7:55PM Bailitz Classroom Presentation

Finally as always, please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything more I can do to support your kids or family. I look forward to seeing you around school this week.


Quote of the week: “Your vibe attracts your tribe!”
Spirit Winner:
Friday, September 6, 2019- Ms. Jenkins 2nd Grade


Monday, September 9:

  • World Languages Begin
  • Chef Du Jour
  • Hero Boys Begin
  • 11:30 – 4th Grade Lunchtime Leader Meeting

Tuesday, September 10:

  • Deadline to Sign up for Fun Lunch with Late Fee
  • 7PM: 4th Grade Jr. Band and Orchestra Information Night @ Roosevelt 7:00

Wednesday, September 11:

  • 8AM – Wednesday Walking Club
  • 3:00-7:00 Lemon Aid Stand (Bonnie Brae)

Thursday, September 12:

  • Back to School Open House: 6:30pm
  • Principal Birthday Lunch – September Birthdays
  • Recorder Club

Friday, September 13:

  • International Dot Day – WEAR YOUR DOTS!
  • Lincoln Spirit Day
  • Volleyball Club – 3:15-4:15pm, gym
  • Fun Lunch – Pasta Fun Lunch

Parent Volunteers – We Need You!

Image result for we need you imageThe PTO still needs volunteers!  There are many ways for you to volunteer – whether you are a working parent or not, there is a place for you!

Calling all classroom volunteers! There are still several openings for classroom Room Families. Room Families support classroom teachers and organize 2-3 parties per year. This is a fun opportunity to work with your child’s teacher and be inside the classroom. Contact Katie Bevan at kabevan@gmail.com with any questions.

Other volunteers are also needed for single parties and other classroom needs. See how you might help in your child’s classroom at the Lincoln PTO SignUp Genius:

Chicken Tender and Pasta Fun Lunch need more volunteers!  Please click on this link and sign up today!!!  

Game On!

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.
(Up to 16 players)

Wonder Writers

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, 7:30A.M. 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

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 7:30P.M. 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.

Lincoln PTO World Languages Program – Classes Start Monday!

If you are still considering signing your child up to be exposed to Italian, Chinese, French, or Spanish this year… it’s not too late to register! The PTO Webstore has times and descriptions for each class and lists which are still available.

Wednesday Walking club begins on 9/11!


All are welcome to walk the perimeter of the grassy area on the Franklin side playground. This includes students, parents, siblings, grandparents, caregivers, etc. Join us on Wednesday mornings as we walk our sleepiness away. It’s the best way to start your day! (The club will not meet in rain or muddy conditions.)

Waste Free Wednesdays Begin This Week

In 2017, District 90 adopted a new Core Value to the Strategic Plan:
“We believe in ensuring a sustainable future for and with our students. We will model sustainable practices for our students and community, and we will provide opportunities to learn about and engage in sustainable practices.”

In this spirit….WASTE FREE WEDNESDAYS are starting THIS WEEK!

Pack a waste free lunch on all Wednesdays, starting THIS WEDNESDAY! This gives parents at home, members of the Green4Good committee, as well as lunch room leaders (4th grade) and lunch room supervisors, the opportunity to teach ALL Lincoln students how to incorporate sustainability practices into their own lives by reducing the amount of waste we send to landfills at lunchtime. Each student with a waste free lunch will receive a special Green4Good hand stamp. We will also be recognizing the classrooms with the highest participation every Wednesday!

A waste free lunch CAN include:
REUSABLE items: Tupperware-like containers and Bento boxes, Thermos, Washable utensils, Washable Cloth sandwich / snack bags
RECYCLABLE items: Hard plastics #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 (NOT #6) ALL WITHOUT any soft plastic or aluminum-type lid attached, Aluminum Foil
COMPOSTABLE items: Paper napkins, Wax paper wraps, Brown paper bags

A waste free lunch CANNOT include any packaging that must go to the LANDFILL. Some examples are: Chip bags, Granola bar wrappers, Apple sauce squeeze containers, Fruit/pudding/yogurt cups with the soft plastic or aluminum-type lid attached, String cheese wrapped in plastic, Yogurt sticks, Ziploc bags, Saran Wrap

We hope to have great participation all year in WASTE FREE WEDNESDAYS!!

Lincoln’s Green4Good Committee always welcomes new members! If you’re interested in supporting the sustainability programs at our school or just want more information, please go the the PTO Volunteer Sign Up Genius (https://lincoln.district90pto.org/volunteer/) or reach out to Alexis Murphy (Alexis_murphy@hotmail.com) or Renee Sichlau (rsichlau@hotmail.com).


Beginning in October, show your Lincoln school spirit by wearing Lincoln gear or lots of RED on Fridays for a weekly Spirit Wear Challenge. Make sure your Lincoln wardrobe is ready! The classroom with the most students wearing Lincoln gear will be awarded a small prize. Two classrooms will be awarded every Friday, one class from 1st/2nd and one class from 3rd/4th grade.

Order online here by midnight on Friday, September 13!  All orders will ship directly 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!

Lincoln News Broadcast – attention 3rd & 4th graders!

Image result for broadcast news kids clipartAre you interested in learning how to be a reporter? Have you wondered what it would be like to read the news on T.V.? Would you like to help produce a news show? Join Mr. Cheney and Mrs. Clasky on Mondays during the lunch period to work on our Lincoln news show! Open to 3rd & 4th grade students, maximum 20.  Registration opens Sunday, September 8 at 5pm on the PTO webstore!

Move it… With Mr. A and Mrs. McDermott

 Image result for kids exercising imageWelcome back to another great year here at our Fine, Fine School. The P.E. department wants you to join in their slogan of “We Like To Move It Move It”.  Please send us pictures of your child doing something that involves moving.  Examples include: basketball, baseball, fishing, camping etc. – anything where movement is occurring. These pictures can be with friends, family, or just a picture of your child.  We then want to show them off to the school by putting them on our bulletin board in the gym for all to see. We look forward to seeing your pictures! Please email any pictures directly to Mr. A (augustinej@district90.org) or Mrs. McDermott (mcdermottm@district90.org).

Volunteers needed in the Lincoln Library!

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Do you love books? Do you love to organize? If yes, please consider becoming a Lincoln Library volunteer. Over 30,000 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 directly – she’d love to talk with you!

Green 4 Good Kids Club

Registration NOW OPEN on the webstore!

Green4Good is District 90’s Sustainability Committee with parent-led teams at each of our three schools. Last year, Lincoln launched Green4Good Kids, a club open to 3rd graders interested in learning more about sustainability and environmental stewardship in our community. We had a great inaugural year including: Trash Talk from George Strom of the Roy Strom Company; Stories from an Eco Adventurer’s Trip to Bali; and Love Food Not Waste with SugarBeet Food Co-op.

If your 3rd grader would like to be a Green4Good Kid, registration opens Thursday, August 22! Meetings are at school from 3:15-4:15 on the 3rd Monday of each month (with the exception of January and February when meetings fall on the 4th Monday due to school holidays).

Our first meeting this year is on September 16. Lincoln’s new G4G Kids will be joined by last year’s club members and together they will plant two new pollinator gardens with the Deep Roots Project.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Lincoln’s Green4Good co-chairs, Alexis Murphy and Renee Sichlau, or Theresa Dubois, Green4Good Kids Faculty Sponsor.

Connect4Kids Local Yoga for Grades 1-4 – registration opens 9/15!

Calling all Yogis! Local Yoga instructors Angela Corvo (d90 Mom and Owner) and Marissa Jayne will be teaching children’s yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students.

Classes start Monday, September 23, it is $80 for the 6 week session.

Class dates are 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21 and 10/28, and will be from 3:15-4:15pm in the auditorium.

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 15 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. Students will be dismissed on the Franklin side to parents or caregivers. Instructors can not be responsible for students who wish to walk home. Parents must give notification to instructors.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nikki Elza at njselza@comcast.net

Lincoln News Crew – registration opens 9/15!

The Lincoln News Crew will be open to 4th graders and will meet on Mondays from 3:15 – 4:15. Students will flex their critical thinking skills and take turns being writers, designers and photographers when they create and publish a school newspaper at the end of the semester!

Students will learn how news is produced and explore topics such as:
– what are different types of news content (features, profiles, editorials) and how do we differentiate between them?
– How are daily, weekly, and monthly publications different? What does each offer?

Guest speakers and a virtual field trip to the Newseum in Washington, DC are being planned. Club meetings will be starting on 9/23. We will open up registration for this club on 9/15.

Please email Elizabeth Condon (elizabethg.condon@gmail.com) with any questions.

LemonAID – Wednesday, September 11 from 3-7pm!

LemonAid Click this link for more information!

One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest – submissions due midnight on January 5!

Image result for film contest imageBy combining science and art, it can be a wonderful part of a curriculum or an extra credit project this school year. Clubs or individuals are also welcome to enter the contest on their own.  We ask kids in grades 3 up through college age to create a 3 to 8 minute film about one of 6 sustainability topics: energy, food, transportation, waste, water, or open space/ecosystems. If the film is animated, it can be a minimum of 45 seconds long. They should present a problem with their topic and a solution.

Winners in grades 3 to 5 earn $100, winners in grades 6 to 8 earn $200, and winners in grades 9 to 11 earn $350. The prizes go up from there.

Each winner also gets a matching gift to donate to an organization that supports the theme of their film, and winning films premiere at the One Earth Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Center on March 7, 2020.

For more information, contest details are at this link: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-details.  Previous winners are at this link: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/winners.  All media to post and share is at this link and also attached: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/contest-media-kit.

If you have any questions, please email or call Lisa Biehle Files at lisa@greencommunityconnections.org or call 708-267-5713.