Lincoln Updates Sept/Oct. 2019

Keeping You Linc'd In!!!

From the Principal's Desk

Now that the first month of the school year is in the books, we want to again thank you for all of your support in making the start of the year a smooth one. Things at Lincoln are starting to ramp up, and it is our hope to be able to keep you updated and informed during this busy time. It is also at this time of year that our students start to dig more deeply into the content and learning objectives of their classes. That being said, it is likely that some students may need continued or extra support to reach their academic and personal goals. The staff at Lincoln is continually reaching out to students through our systems of support. If you or your student finds that more assistance is needed, we want to remind you that support is only a phone call or email away. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

We realize that middle school students may not always be as forthcoming as we would like about “how things are going.” To help initiate communication with your children we would suggest that you visit the parent portal at least once a week. If you need help getting on the portal, please contact our main office. Another suggestion to increase communication is to have your child show you their Google calendar each week. Encourage them to write down their assignments for each class or to create a task list on their Chromebooks. This is a powerful way to instill the organization that is necessary to not only do well in middle school, but to also do well in life beyond Lincoln.

Remember that conferences start next week! We look forward to seeing you at Lincoln then.


Parent Conferences Next Week

Parent conferences will take place on Tuesday and Thursday next week, and again on Thursday October 10th. During conferences, parents will have the opportunity to review their child’s

progress with his/her teachers. Conferences will take place from 3:20-7:20 PM each day and can be scheduled online. Each team has sent out links to the conference sign-up which are also available here on the Fall Conference Sign-up document.

Parents should sign up for individual conferences with each core teacher that they would like to see on those nights. Elective teachers will also be available. Should you have any questions about conferences, please reach out to your child’s team or individual teacher for more information.

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6th Grade Halloween Party is coming up! Volunteers & Decorations needed.

6th Grade Families, SAVE THE DATE:

The Sixth Grade Halloween Party will be on Friday, October 25th.

We need your help with the 6th Grade Halloween Party.

This is a super fun event, and it can only run smoothly with the help of Volunteers. We need people to decorate, chaperone (2 shifts available) and help clean up.

Sign up to volunteer HERE!

Decoration donations are also needed. Let Trish or Bridget know if you have fun, big and/or spooky decorations to donate.

Please contact Trish McDonald or Bridget Arena if you have questions. Thank you!

Park Ridge Historical Society Event featuring Hillary Clinton

A limited number of School District 64 middle school students have been invited to attend a Park Ridge Historical Society program featuring a visit from Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Both Emerson and Lincoln middle schools will hold random drawings to select among those interested.

The former Senator, Secretary of State, First Lady and Presidential Nominee will attend a program at the Pickwick Theater on Friday, Oct. 11. The event includes the premiere of a new documentary, “Dare To Dream,” chronicling Secretary Clinton’s experiences as a child and young adult in Park Ridge. The program will also preview the Society’s new exhibit: “Trailblazing Women of Park Ridge,” set to open in the spring of 2020. The program will last from 9:45 to 11 a.m. at the Pickwick, with students leaving the school at approximately 9 a.m. and returning at approximately 11:30 a.m.

The Historical Society graciously invited more than 400 students, mostly from middle schools and high schools, to be part of the audience at the Pickwick. The guest list will include 100 students from each Lincoln and Emerson middle schools.

To select among those interested, each student will receive a permission form on Friday, September 27. Parents who grant permission for their child to attend must sign the form; students are to return signed permission forms by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Each school will hold a drawing on Thursday, October 3 and selected students will be notified on Friday, Oct. 4. A similar drawing will determine staff chaperones for the event.

Secretary Clinton attended Field Elementary School from kindergarten through grade 6, from 1952-1959. She then attended Emerson Junior High School for grades 7 and 8 from 1959-1961. (The junior high school she attended was later demolished). In November 2016, the District 64 Board of Education named the Learning Resource Center at Field School in her honor.

Lincoln/Emerson Queen of Hearts Raffle PTO Fundraiser

  • Drawings are every Thursday night at 9:00 at Harp & Fiddle. The first drawing happened this Tuesday, 9/24 and will run every Tuesday.
  • Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at Harp & Fiddle, Remax (37 S. Prospect) and BHHS KoenigRubloff (122 Main St)
  • Our current jackpot is well over $1200
  • All proceeds benefit Lincoln & Emerson PTOs
  • Harp & Fiddle has Queen of Hearts food & drink specials all day, every Tuesday
  • For the latest information and jackpot totals follow us on Facebook at Lincoln/Emerson PTO Queen of Hearts
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ELF to host Third Annual Halloween Hustle

ELF, the Park Ridge Elementary Learning Foundation, will host its third annual Halloween Hustle 5k Run and Walk in Hodges Park at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. This family-friendly fun run will help ELF raise money to fund innovative grants that are awarded to District 64 schools.

While the race won’t be timed, it includes an inter-school competition component. Runners can align themselves with a specific school when they register; the school with the highest participation percentage will win the highly coveted ELF Trophy to proudly display for an entire year. So be sure to affiliate yourself with your school of choice.

And, because it is a Halloween-related event, runners are encouraged to wear costumes for the event. There’s something for everyone – The event is stroller-friendly for those too little to run. The littlest runners will have a loop around Hodges Park allowing kids from 1-5 to race against each other and pick up a medal for their efforts. There will also be a modified 3K route for those who aren’t quite up to a 5K distance yet.

ELF needs parents, teachers, and families to come and cheer on the runners and to help with the "day of" event logistics. If you’re interested in volunteering, sign up here. For sponsorship opportunities, click here. Registration is available now on the Halloween Hustle website.


Deadline for Health documents for entering 6TH GRADE

If you have not already done so, this is a reminder that October 15, 2019, is the State of Illinois and District 64 deadline for submitting proof of health requirements (physical examination and documentation of immunizations) for entry into 6th grade. Failure to comply with the October 15th deadline will result in your child’s exclusion from school beginning on October 16th.

If you have questions or concerns regarding these requirements, please contact your school’s Building Nurse directly.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Margaret Temari, RN, M.Ed., PEL-CSN

Facilitator, School Health Services

Maine South Class of 2024

Attention 8th Grade parents and guardians!! Maine South will be sending out information in the coming weeks regarding the transition to and registration for high school. To keep you informed, they have created a website for the incoming students and their parents that will be regularly updated with important information, dates, and events. Maine South will also be hosting upcoming tours for new parents whose oldest child is beginning high school. Register on the Class of 2024 site on the Maine South page. Any questions can be directed to

After-School Clubs and Activities

We will soon be starting up with our first trimester after-school clubs and activities. Involved students is what we are all about at Lincoln, so take a look at the offerings and encourage your son or daughter to join in on the fun. Here is the most current list of opportunities:

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A note from District 64 School Health Services

To all District 64 Families:

Autumn days predictably bring cooler weather, changing colors and of course, cold and flu season. Since influenza viruses vary from year to year, it may be difficult to predict the flu season's beginning and peak. Flu activity in the U.S. peaks between December and February, but can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May.

Current recommendations state that everyone 6 months of age and older, especially those at high risk, receives influenza vaccination annually. To prepare your family for the 2019-20 Influenza Season, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for basic flu facts, prevention tips, and treatment information by clicking here.

For Your Good Health,
Margaret Temari, RN, MEd.

Certified School Nurse & Facilitator, School Health Services

Developmental Screenings for Children

On a monthly basis, the D64 Early Childhood Diagnostic Team conducts screenings of children ages three to five. Additionally, the team conducts screenings for children birth to three on a bi-annual basis. The screenings are conducted by a team consisting of an occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, school psychologist, and social worker. The areas assessed include motor, communication, play skills, pre-academic, and thinking skills. If you have concerns about your child's development in any of these areas, please call 847-318-5360 to schedule an appointment for a screening.

Fall Sports

Our Lincoln Cross Country and Girls' Basketball Teams are doing great in their seasons! Come and cheer on the students!

See what’s going on in our community!

From the library to the park district, our communities of Park Ridge-Niles have lots to offer. For information on all the latest happenings, be sure to check the Community Info & Events webpage.