3/17 Lincoln Log

Lincoln Families,
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 🍀
I hope you had a great weekend. The countdown to Spring Break is on!  It will be a busy and fun week around Lincoln! Whether you are traveling the world or enjoying a “stay-cation,” here in Chicago, I hope you enjoy the Spring Break with your family!
Thank you so much to everyone who attended the auction on Friday evening. It is always refreshing to connect with families outside of the school day. I left being reminded just what an amazing school community we have at Lincoln. Thanks to the valiant efforts and dedication of Rebecca Ehart, Melissa Bergetz and their committee, this year’s event was another successful fundraising event for our Fine, Fine PTO!
To celebrate the countdown to Spring Break, Lincoln will celebrate Spirit Week during the week of March 18-22. Here is a rundown of the fun week we have planned:
Monday. March 18- Mixed up Monday-
-Mix up your clothes, wear tacky colors, crazy socks, wear your clothes backwards or crazy hair! 
Tuesday, March 19-  Top Hat Tuesday
-Wear your favorite hat to school! 
Wednesday, March 20- Favorite Team Wednesday
Everyone is invited to wear clothes to celebrate their favorite team. If you don’t have a favorite team just wear red or a Lincoln School shirt!
Thursday, March 21Cozy-up and Read Day-
-Wear your favorite pajamas, bring your favorite book and get ready too Drop Everything And Read several times throughout the day!
Friday, March 22- Vacation Friday-
-Celebrate the start of Spring Break by wearing your favorite vacation shirt and sunglasses!
Upon returning from the break, we will begin our state mandated student assessments. This year, our 3rd and 4th grade students will be administered the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), in the areas of Mathematics and English Language Arts.  The IAR has replaced the PARCC assessment which our 3rd and 4th grade students have been administered for the past several years. Below is the testing schedule we will follow at Lincoln.

New Parking Restrictions/Signage
Beginning after Spring Break (April 1), the Village of River Forest will be enforcing NO PARKING Zones in the following areas on school attendance days:

-On the West Side Park Ave. from Lake St. to the North side of the Park Ave playground.

-On the East Side of Franklin Ave. from Lake St. to the North side of the gym

This is a result of the Safe Routes to School surveys/evaluations and is a decision that was made by the Village Administration. The Village will begin monitoring and ticketing this area effective April 1. Signage will also be posted in these areas outlining the above parking restrictions.

Additionally, please note the new “NO LEFT TURN,” at the intersection of Franklin and Lake.

I wish you and your family an amazing Spring Break! Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can ever do to better support your family. Happy Spring Break! ~ CG

Quote of the Week: “Kindness is a reflection of what lives in your heart!”

***The next Lincoln Log will be distributed March 31!***


Monday, March 18:

  • Mixed up Monday:  Mix up your clothes, wear tacky colors, crazy socks, wear your clothes backwards or crazy hair!
  • Green for Good Club: 3:10-4:30pm, pick up at Trailside Museum
  • Chess Club: 3:10-4pm, multipurpose room
  • BOE Meeting: 7-8:30pm, Roosevelt

Tuesday, March 19:

  • Top Hat Tuesday: Wear your favorite hat to school!
  • Kindergarten Field Trip to Dominican
  • Girls on the Run: 3:10-4:30pm, gym
  • Theater Club: 3:10-4:15pm, auditorium

Wednesday, March 20:

  • Favorite Team Wednesday: Everyone is invited to wear clothes to celebrate their favorite team. If you don’t have a favorite team just wear red or a Lincoln School shirt!
  • Waste Free Wednesday
  • League of Women Voters Candidate Forum – D90: 6:30-9pm, Roosevelt Auditorium

Thursday, March 21:

  • Cozy-up and Read Day: Wear your favorite pajamas, bring your favorite book and get ready too Drop Everything And Read several times throughout the day!
  • Wonder Readers – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Girls on the Run: 3:10-4:30pm, gym
  • Portillo’s Eat and Earn: 5-8pm, Forest Park location

Friday, March 22:

  • Vacation Friday: Celebrate the start of Spring Break by wearing your favorite vacation shirt and sunglasses!
  • Wonder Writers – 7:30am, multipurpose room
  • Fun Lunch – chicken tenders

***SPRING BREAK – March 25-29***

Tuesday, April 2:

  • PTO Meeting, 8:45am, multipurpose room

THANK YOU – for making the Lincoln Auction a SUCCESS! 

Attendance and enthusiasm for our fine, fine school was fantastic. Auction items generated great revenue for the Lincoln PTO – HUGE THANKS to Melissa Bergetz and Rebecca Clarkson-Ehart for their leadership, to all the families who donated items this year, to all our Lincoln teachers, Mr. Godfrey, and all the volunteers that made it happen!

ALL net profit dollars go to fund our kids’ PTO programs and thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the auction.

Spring Yoga Registration – NOW OPEN!

Registration opens for spring yoga on Sunday 3/17. Yoga will take place on the following Mondays in Mrs. Burn’s room. Cost will be $80 for the 6 sessions.

Dates: 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6, 5/13.  Purchase on the PTO Webstore!

Portillo’s Eat and Earn Fundraiser – Thursday, 3/21 from 5-8pm!

THIS Thursday, March 21st from 5-8pm – help raise money for the Lincoln PTO at the Forest Park Portillo’s location (7740 W. Roosevelt Rd). To participate, please bring in this flyer or simply show it on your phone when ordering (online orders not eligible for this fundraiser). Portillo’s will donate 20% of proceeds back to the Lincoln PTO!

Attention Parents of Fourth Graders

Image result for field dayPlease Don’t Forget to Pay 4th Grade Activities Fee
Please click here to pay your $25 4th Grade Activity Fee. This money goes toward the t-shirt that your 4th grader will wear during Field Day and the cost of the 4th grade breakfast celebration on the last day of school. If you are unsure if you have already paid, please click here and log in to review your order history on the PTO webstore.
Any questions? Contact Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) or Ginger Timchak (gingertimchak@gmail.com).

Join in 4th Grade Field Day Activities
Would your son or daughter like to participate in one of Lincoln School’s Field Day traditions? Our kids have excitedly been watching the “big kids” (aka – 4th graders) over the years entertain and kick off Field Day with Drumming and the Maypole Dance. Now it’s their turn to participate! Field Day is currently scheduled for the last day of school, June 12th. Your 4th grader can choose to participate in the Maypole Dance and/or Drumming. We are still in need of parent volunteers to help guide and instruct the students in the drumming activity. Please email Amy Prestes (amy.prestes@gmail.com) or Ginger Timchak (gingertimchak@gmail.com) if you are interested. Practices start in early May.

Commemorative Video for 4th Graders: Pictures Needed
A video will be shown at the 4th grade breakfast on the morning of the last day of school, June 12th. The video will contain pictures of the 4th graders through their years at Lincoln School. So grab a box of tissues and scroll through your old photos. Please begin to gather a variety of photos of your child commemorating all of their years at Lincoln, grades K through 4. We suggest photos from school events, school concerts, class parties, field trips, PTO events, back to school pictures, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, other clubs, youth sports teams, pictures with good Lincoln buddies, etc.

Photos can be submitted to a google drive via https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Br8wAPodrOwDK0IUThraRsnGsFNttUMu?usp=sharing or emailed to Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com . We want to ensure that everyone is included so in the body of the email please include child’s name, grade / teacher at the time pic was taken. We cannot use pictures from non-school events, no matter how cute. New families to fourth grade – there’s still time to take pics!
Example: Zoo field trip, 1st grade.
Feel free to email Lincoln4thgradeclass@gmail.com with any questions.

PE Shoe Drive

Dear Lincoln Families, My name is Jonathan Augustine and I am the new PE teacher here at Lincoln. I have great idea that can help every student excel during their PE time.

What?  A school wide athletic shoe drive!

WhyDuring PE it is mandatory for students to wear  proper athletic shoes. This means no showing of the toes, only closed toe athletic shoes. During the winter and spring months students wear boots or sandals to school, often times forgetting their athletic shoes for PE and unable to participate.  I want PE to be fun and engaging for everyone, even those who happen to forget their athletic shoes.

Therefore, if you have any gently used athletic style shoes that perhaps your kids have grown out of or no longer wear, please send them in. A variety of sizes that will fit K-4 students would be appreciated. I will have disinfectant spray each time a student wears a pair of shoes. If you have any questions feel free to email me at augustinej@district90.org. Thank you for helping the Lincoln students!!!  Mr. A

Lincoln Yearbooks are now on sale – best price through 4/15!

Image result for yearbookYearbooks are now available to order on the PTO Web Store.  The hardcover books are available at a pre-order price of $25/book now through April 15.  Pre-ordered books will be distributed at the Ice Cream Social on 5/31 along with a souvenir pen.  Save your confirmation email from the PTO Web Store so you can quickly confirm your order when the “end of the school year” madness sets in!

 Any books that remain after the initial online orders are taken will be available for purchase on a first come first serve basis at the Ice Cream Social for $30/book.  Keep in mind that the yearbooks are quite popular, so we highly recommend ordering in advance!

IAR Bonus Recess – need for parent volunteers!

Image result for recessConnect 4 Kids is hosting a bonus recess for the third and fourth graders during Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) testing during mid-April.  We are reaching out in the hopes of filling the volunteer time slots, supporting play, and providing fresh air for students during testing.

You do not need to have a child in third or fourth grade to volunteer. Please come rain or shine.  Arrive a few minutes early to sign in at the office and meet on the block top on the Franklin side.  If it is raining, the school secretary will share the alternate plan.  Sign up here to volunteer.  Casey, the teachers, and the PTO want to thank you in advance of supporting this initiative!

Summer School 2019

It’s time to think about summer school! District 90’s Summer School program will be in session from Monday, June 17th through Friday, July 12th, with no classes on July 4th.Students entering Kindergarten-4th grade will be at Willard Elementary and students entering 5th-8th grade will be at Roosevelt Middle School. Registration IS NOW OPEN and closes on April 18th. Click on the link for the brochure and to register— https://www.district90.org/about/summer-school.

Join the 2019-2020 PTO Team – 4/11 at Old School in FP!

The mission of the PTO is to support and enhance the education of the children at Lincoln School. But without input, ideas and support from the families at Lincoln, fulfilling this mission is not possible. As we begin to plan for the 2019-20 school year, we invite parents to join us from 7:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, April 11 at Old School Tap in Forest Park, to share ideas and show support for activities and events organized by the PTO.

There is a lot you can do for the PTO and for Lincoln School whether you are a working parent or a stay at home parent. Volunteer opportunities are available for events taking place at school during the week or on weekends. And opportunities are available for you to work from the comfort of your own home while younger children nap.

Spread the word and bring a friend – thank you for your continued support of the Lincoln PTO!  Please click here to view the list of positions available for the 2019-20 school year.

EARTH WEEK (April 22-26) call for volunteers!

One District One Book – Wednesday, 4/3 at 6pm!

Image result for end of averagePlease consider joining District 90 in its One District/One Book shared reading experience. This community-wide initiative encourages families and residents to engage with, reflect, and discuss the same book together. All District 90 families, faculty, staff, students, and River Forest residents are encouraged to join in the discussion of The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness, by Todd Rose.

Please consider joining District 90 on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Roosevelt Middle School, 7560 Oak Avenue, River Forest. There will be small group discussions and hands-on learning activities that will help bring the book’s ideas to light. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The event is free, but RSVPs are requested. Please RSVP at this link: RSVP One District/One Book

Please join the conversation. The End of Average is available in the River Forest Public Library and local bookstores. You can also listen to this book in an audiobook format. Short videos by Todd Rose can be viewed on YouTube or by clicking these links: Harvard’s Todd Rose on Why Individuality Is the Key to the Future, The End of Average: Todd Rose’s 8 for 8, and The Myth of Average: Todd Rose at TEDxSonoma County.

Connect4Kids Speaker Event: April 4 at 6:30 pm Willard Auditorium

Having a tough time getting your family out the door in the morning?  Would you like for your child to be more organized in their daily routines and more responsible for their belongings? Are you struggling to manage your child’s technology time? You’re not alone! Help your child develop Executive Function skills with tips from Dr. Georgia Bozeday, Ed.D, Director of Educational Services at Rush NeuroBehavioral Center.

  • An overview of current research from neuroscience describing the impact of the 21st Century influences on students today
  • Recommendations and strategies for organization and time-management
  • Focuses primarily on grades 3rd-12th grade

  Questions? Contact laura.haussmann@gmail.com or sangs50@gmail.com

Screenbreak – week of March 18-23!

Screen Break is a collaboration between local community organizations and governmental entities in the Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park area.

We are challenging families to turn off the TV, tablets, cell phones and video games for one week. To make this easier, local organizations are sponsoring fun and free activities each day. Choose from special story times, improv classes, chess and creative arts classes. Disconnect from your device and reconnect with your community this week.  Check out event schedule at: PDOP.org/screenbreak