9/9 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,

I hope your family had a wonderful weekend. Despite the damp weather, I hope you managed to enjoy some quality time with your kids and family. While baseball remains my favorite sport, it’s nice to see the NFL and Chicago Bears back in action this week.

I am looking forward to welcoming all Lincoln Families to our annual Open House on Thursday evening. Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, visit their classroom, and get to know other Lincoln School families.

Lincoln School Open House 2018 – Thursday, September 13 at 6:30pm

6:30-6:55 – K-2 Teacher Presentations in Classrooms

7:00-7:25 – Casey Presentation/PTO Meeting in Auditorium

7:30-7:55 – 3rd/4th Teacher Presentations in Classrooms

Additional Dates to remember:

No School-Yom Kippur, Wednesday, September 19

11:25am Early Release, Friday, September 28**

**Only AM Kindergarten Attendance

The Lincoln School PTO has countless opportunities for families to become involved in our school. Hopefully, you can attend our September PTO meeting on Tuesday at 8:45am to learn more about volunteer opportunities and the many exciting upcoming PTO events.

Finally, last week I started my “Principal Tour of Lincoln.” Over the next week or so, I’ll continue popping into each classroom to spend about thirty minutes discussing with our kids the importance of growth mindset, kindness and also hearing our kids suggestions on how to make our fine, fine school…. any finer!

This week, I look forward to seeing you a our PTO Meeting, the River Forest LemonAid Stand, and at our Open House on Thursday evening. Please never hesitate to reach out with anything I might do to help your kids or your family. Have a great week. Thanks for your continued support of Lincoln.

Quote of the Week: “There are no failures, just discoveries!”


Monday, September 10:

  • FLIP classes start!
  • HEROBoys, 3:10-4:30pm, gym

Tuesday, September 11:

  • PTO Meeting, 8:45am

Wednesday, September 12:

  • PTO Committee Chair Meeting, 7pm

Thursday, September 13:

  • September Principal Birthday Lunch
  • Open House, 6:30pm

Friday, September 14:

  • Author Visit- Linda Ragsdale
  • Fun Lunch – Chicken Tenders/Veggie Burgers

Lincoln School’s Foreign Language Introductory Program (FLIP) begins with week of Monday, Sept 10!

Families will be receiving an email with general guidelines by Sunday, September 9. Reminder that FLIP classes strictly adhere to the nut-free policy – students are not permitted to bring food with nuts into the classroom.

FLIP Parent Volunteer Guides are still needed to help lead students to FLIP classrooms during the first week – please sign up here.


FLIP registration is closed on the WebStore, however the following classes are still open for enrollment:

  • Intermediate/Advanced Mandarin Chinese with Ms. Jenny: Thursdays 1130 am – 1225 pm
  • Introductory Italian with Ms. Barbara: Thursdays 1130 am – 1225 pm
  • Intermediate/Advanced Italian with Ms. Barbara: Tuesdays 1130 am – 1225 pm
  • Intermediate/Advanced French with Ms. Orly: Tuesdays 315-4 pm
  • Introductory Spanish (Grades 1-3) with Ms Iris: Tuesdays 730-815 am

Please email lincolnschoolflip@gmail.com with any questions.

Lincoln spirit wear available!

Show your Lincoln spirit with t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts and more while raising funds for our school. The Lincoln PTO gets a percentage of the sale proceeds.

Be on the look out for a flyer coming home in this weeks Friday folder 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! 

Connect4Kids Family Flow Yoga for Grades 1-4 – registration opens Sunday, September 16 at 5pm!

FlyerCalling all Yogis! Adrienne Smith and Laurie Solberg of Family Flow Yoga will be teaching children’s yoga class for 1st – 4th grade students.

Classes start Monday, September 24, it is $80 for the 6 week session.

Class dates are 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29 and 11/5, and will be from 3:15-4:15pm 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.  Registration opens Sunday, September 16 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.

The Library Lowdown

Author VisitWe are excited to announce we have an author visiting Lincoln School on Friday, September 14th. Award-winning author, illustrator and international speaker/teacher Linda Ragsdale will be spending the day with our students. Her work in peace education has led her around the world, empowering over 37,000 students to see and speak with a new voice, and an expanded capability of choice.

Book order forms were sent home in Friday folders. A copy is also attached here.  Please return orders with cash or checks by Wednesday, September 12th for a personalized, autographed copy.

For additional information about Ms. Ragsdale: http://thepeacedragon.com

If you have any questions regarding the visit or her books, please contact Mrs. Brauweiler (brauweilerd@district90.org) directly.

Volunteers NeededDo 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!

Wonder Writers starts on 9/21!

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, September 21, 7:30 am 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 – Attention third and fourth graders!

Image result for reading imagesDo you go to 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 think about books and ache to share your thinking? Do you want to talk to other Lincoln Eagles about books? We have a place for that.

Come and join Wonder Readers on Thursday, September 20, at 7:30 am in Mrs. Mares classroom. Mrs. Nichols and Mrs. Moriarty will facilitate the discussions and help guide you on this reading journey. Wonder Readers is not a place to catch up on homework or write responses to lots of questions. Wonder Readers is not a reading intervention. Wonder Readers is having another opportunity to grow a love for reading. Come with a book or two you read this summer and want to discuss. Come discover the possibilities reading brings.

3rd and 4th Grade Coding Club!

Image result for coding imagesMrs. Mares and Mrs. Clasky would like to encourage interested 3rd and 4th grade students to join them in Mrs. Mares’s room for Coding Club on Thursdays from 11:30-12:30. We will be using apps such as Hopscotch and Swift Playgrounds to learn and practice the fundamentals of coding including sequences, events, loops, variables, conditionals, and more. Our lessons will be based on Common Core Standards for Math, Next Generation Science Standards, and the CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards. Coding helps develop patience and perseverance—mistakes are welcome because we learn from them! To maximize the experience for all kids this club will be capped at 30 students.

The first session is Thursday, September 20th, the final session is Thursday, December 20th. We will not meet on November 8th (conferences) or November 22nd (Thanksgiving). Parents are invited to attend our final session on December 20th to celebrate and showcase student projects.

Club dates: Sept 20, Sept 27, Oct 4, Oct 11, Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 1, Nov 15, Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 13, Dec 20

Time: Thursdays during lunch

Location: Mrs. Mares’s Room; bring your nut free lunch!

Registration: Opens Sunday, September 16 on the PTO Webstore!

New Girl Scout Daisy Troop – Calling all Kindergarten Girls!

A new Girl Scouts Daisies group is forming for Kindergarten girls. We will be doing various activities and crafts, earning badges, and most importantly, making new friends, creating memories and having fun. Contact Diana Oshen Jacquez to sign up or for more details/questions you may have about the Daisies at (dloshen@gmail.com). We are also looking for a parent to participate as a troop co-leader. We hope you can join us.

Join Cub Scouts at Lincoln!

Is your K-4 child interested in Cub Scouts? Pack 67 at Lincoln does camping, fishing, hiking, and more! Come to Pack 67’s kick-off meeting Monday September 10th at 7pm in the auditorium. This meeting is mandatory for both returning and new Cub Scouts and at least one parent/adult partner. For questions, reach out to Mary Anne Zeh at mary.anne.zeh@gmail.com or Andrew Lennie at a_lennie@yahoo.com.

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!


We Need Your Help!

Co-chair for Book Fair needed! This year’s book fair is November 5-8th but we will start planning in the next few weeks. Responsibilities are shared and include coordinating fair times with school personnel, marketing the fair, reading to classes, planning Family Night, coordinating volunteers, and set up and take down of the fair. It’s a fun way to be involved during the school day and get a sneak peak at the latest children’s books. The students love the Book Fair and their excitement is contagious! Please contact Anne Powers (akpowers5@gmail.com) or Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) with questions or interest.

Sign up to be a Room Parent! This year, the Room Parent Coordinator and teachers have decided to have parents sign up for any volunteer opportunities in your child’s classroom with Sign Up Genius instead of at Open House. This should provide all parents a more efficient way to volunteer for parties and activities in your child’s classroom such as holiday parties, field trip chaperones, classroom photographers and more…. Please click on this link for all volunteer opportunities.

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!