Lincoln Log 8/27/2017

Lincoln Families,

WOW!!! It’s so wonderful to have your kids back at Lincoln! The first two days of school were amazing. I hope you had an incredible weekend and enjoyed time with your kids. I spent the weekend at my family’s summer place at The Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri, celebrating my mom’s birthday. After a weekend of boating and fun on the water, I’m excited for the first full week of school!

It was such an incredible first two days back at school. Seeing your kids and the energy they bring to our school has made the transition back to school virtually seamless. On Thursday, we hosted our first Lincoln P.R.I.D.E. assembly of the year where we introduced all our new students, new staff, celebrated August birthdays, read the book “A Fine Fine School,” and even had an appearance by Eddie the Eagle.

Our most important task as educators at Lincoln school is ensuring your child is safe when they are with us. Therefore, next week we will have Safety Week here at Lincoln. Each day, we will practice one of the emergency drills and educate our kids on the protocols for emergency situations. We partner closely with the River Forest Police and Fire Departments to ensure the safety of all our kids. Next week, we will practice severe weather, fire, lockdown and earthquake drills.

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening at our Back to School Picnic. Be sure to bring some extra cash…because as a fundraiser for the PTO…. I’ll be sitting in a dunk tank! For a small donation, kids will be able to attempt to dunk their favorite St. Louis Cardinals fan! Can’t wait to see you there!

At Lincoln, we embed mindfulness and social emotional learning into our daily instruction. Our focus for the month of August and September is Respect: Respect for self, others, and community.

Hopefully, you’ve marked your calendar and can attend our first PTO meeting of the school year on Monday, August 28 @ 8:45 in the multi-purpose room. Our school wouldn’t be capable of offering such incredible opportunities to our kids without the generous support of our PTO. Please take some time to attend and support our kids.

As a logistical convenience to our families please utilize the following methods when communicating the absence of your child:
1) Call the School Attendance Line and leave a detailed message: 708.366.7340
2)Send an email 24-7 to
Effective this year, families should not contact the school nurse to report or schedule and absence.

Thursday, September 14
6:30-6:55-3rd Grade, 4th Grade-in classrooms
6:30-6:55-AM/PM Kindergarten-in Auditorium
7:00-7:25-PTO/Casey Meeting in Auditorium
7:30-7:55-1st Grade, 2nd Grade-in classrooms

Finally, I look forward to celebrating our August birthdays at the first Principal Birthday Lunch on Thursday, August 31 during the lunch hour.

Thanks for all you’ve done to make the first few days of school so memorable. Please never hesitate to reach out if there is anything I can do to better support your kids or your family. It’s going to be a wonderful year at our Fine, Fine School!



Monday, August 28: First PTO Meeting of the Year – 8:45 AM in multi-purpose room

Tuesday, August 29: 2nd Grade Bike Safety – 3:10-4:30

Wednesday, August 30: 2nd Grade Bike Safety – 3:10-4:30

Thursday, August 31:

  • August Principal Birthday Lunch – 1st-4th grades
  • Back to School Picnic – 5:30-7pm

Friday, September 1: FREE pizza fun lunch.

Thursday, September 14: Open House

Fun Lunch Regular Price Deadline – TODAY at midnight.

Sign up for Fun Lunch at the PTO webstore before midnight tonight (8/27) in order to avoid late fees!  After 8/27, we will charge a $5 late fee on all lunches and a $15 late fee on the “buy all four lunches” option.  No orders will be accepted after midnight on September 4.

Lincoln School’s Foreign Language Introductory Program (FLIP)

Registration for Lincoln School’s Foreign Language Introductory Program (FLIP) is now OPEN on the PTO webstore. FLIP instruction begins the week of Sept 11. Classes run for 28 weeks and tuition is $170. The schedule for 2017-18 is as follows:

Chinese Introductory/Intermediate: Thursday Lunch
French Introductory: Tuesday Lunch or Wednesday 315-4 pm
French Intermediate: Tuesday Lunch
French Advanced: Tuesday 315-4 pm
Italian Intermediate/Advanced: Tuesday Lunch
Italian Introductory: Thursday Lunch
Spanish Introductory: Tuesday Lunch, Tuesday 315-4 pm or Thursday 730-15 am
Spanish Intermediate: Monday Lunch, Wednesday Lunch or Thursday 315-4 pm
Spanish Advanced: Wednesday Lunch or Thursday Lunch

Bike Safety Training for Second Graders is Next Week – Deadline to sign up – 8/28!

This is an informative and fun after school event for our second graders only! Officer Glenn Czernik of the River Forest Police Department conducts a fun, informative and hands-on-the-handlebars bike safety workshop at Lincoln Elementary. Second graders are strongly encouraged to complete the workshop before becoming regular bike riders for the remainder of their Lincoln Eagle days.

Register for this FREE CLASS on the PTO Web Store by Monday 8/28!

Kids will be outside for the second half of the workshop; please be prepared for the appropriate weather.

When: Tuesday, August 30th, OR Wednesday, August 31st
Time: Right after school until approximately 4:30 p.m.
Place: Meet in the Lincoln Auditorium (bikes can be brought in the morning & left locked at the bike rack outside the gym)
Bring: Bike with Lock Set and Helmet

Questions? Contact Andrew Lennie at “a_lennie AT”.

Back to School Picnic – August 31st!

Join us on Thursday, 8/31 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm on the Franklin Playground.
Meet new Assistant Principal David Davis! And meet families in your class and welcome new Lincoln families.  Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner. The PTO will provide popsicles.

NEW THIS YEAR: Dunk tank. $1 for 3 throws – kids get the chance to dunk Mr. Godfrey!

HERO Boys Running Club – Sign-up coming soon!

HERO Boys is a running club for 3 & 4th grade boys. However, it is more than just about running. “Using running as a base activity HERO Boys inspires boys to discover the character and courage that resides in each one of them, to be brave, stand for that which is right, and use their talents and strengths to lead and set a positive example amongst their peers.” It will meet every Tuesday from 3:15-4:15 p.m. from Sept. 5-Oct. 25, finishing with a 5k at Lincoln’s Pancake Breakfast. Cost is $50 per child. Contact Anne Gall for information –

Lincoln Spirit Wear Available!

Show your Lincoln Spirit with T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, shorts, backpacks and more while raising funds for our school.  The Lincoln PTO gets a percentage of the sales proceeds.

Your child received a flyer in last week’s Friday folder.  Order online here or via check, which can be dropped off with your order form in the school office. All orders ship to Lincoln and will be given to your child to bring home.  Please direct any questions to Jennifer Nelson (“jennifernelson77 AT”).  Thank you for your support!

Be a Lincoln Library Volunteer!

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.

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 contact Mrs. Brauweiler (“brauweilerd AT”) – she’d love to talk with you!

We Need Your Help!

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 Volunteer registration is NOW OPEN. Even if you can only commit to an hour a month, your help will be highly appreciated. We thank you in advance for your help!

2nd Grade Brownie Informational Meeting – Tuesday, 8/29 at 7pm

Attention parents of 2nd grade girls already in Girl Scouts or wanting to join a troop. We will have an informational meeting on Tuesday August 29th at 7:00 pm in the Lincoln MPR.  We will go over meeting dates, uniforms, badges, and how the year will run. Please join us if you are interested. If you are interested and cannot make the meeting, please contact Gina Hardy at or 708-363-6071 or Nikki Elza at or 708-289-8453. It is going to be a fun year. Hope to see you there.