Lincoln Bulletin

November 20, 2020

Highlights you will find:

  • Thanksgiving week Off
  • Remote information
  • Staff Spotlight
  • Lincoln Family Directory-PDF attached
  • PTO newsletter
  • Food Service and Pick up-Breakfast added
  • iReady from home information

Lincoln School

Our Vision-Lincoln School is a community that fosters a sense of belonging to grow as a citizen and a learner.

Lincoln leopards are respectful, responsible, and safe---Roar!

Upcoming Dates:

November 23-27, 2020 - No School, Thanksgiving Break

Monday, 11/30/20 - Remote learning starts for all students

Wednesday, 12/2/20 - Report Cards available on HAC

December 21 - January 1, 2021 - Winter Break

Monday, 1/4/21 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, Teacher Work Day

Tuesday, 1/5/21 - In-person and remote instruction resumes

Lincoln Bulletin

Dear Families,

Between Monday, November 30, and Friday, December 18, students in all District 303 schools and programs will be learning in remote environments. Our staff members and administrators worked tirelessly over the summer and fall to enhance remote learning to ensure that students have access to positive, meaningful learning experiences. You will notice that remote learning is different from what your child may have experienced in the spring. We encourage parents to provide students with a consistent working environment where they have access to technology and other learning materials. If your child will be absent from a remote learning day, please email the teacher and call the school office prior to the start of the school day.

Below you will find information about expectations, schedules, and specials during remote learning.

Student, Family, and Teacher Expectations

  1. Elementary school hours will be between 8:00 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. Students are expected to be available and ready to learn during those hours, whether the learning is synchronous or asynchronous

  2. As with in-person learning, students are expected to complete assigned work by the deadlines set by the teachers

  3. We ask that parents allow students to work independently or in collaboration with their teacher and classmates as much as possible

  4. Teachers will provide a weekly schedule that provides synchronous and asynchronous learning times.

Specials and Lunch

  1. Students in grades 1-5 will have a 30-minute daily special (art, music, physical education and LRC). The remote special schedule will be the same as the in-person schedule, with lessons being both synchronous and asynchronous. The special teacher will share the schedule with the students.

  2. Kindergarten students will continue to access 15-30 minutes of asynchronous specials each day.

  3. Students will have a 40-minute lunch break on the same schedule as they had during in-person learning. Student lunch times are based on grade level so your children may have different lunch times.

Instructional Technology Support for Families Explanation

Families can find support for all of their technology needs on our Instructional Support for Families website. This website can be found on our page D303 Technical Support Resources. See below for some of the resources:

  1. If you need IT support, technical assistance, device exchange, etc. please click on IT Direct Support.

  2. For Chromebook troubleshooting, click on Using D303’s Chromebook.

  3. For information on Seesaw, Google Classroom, and/or Schoology, click on the Learning Platforms support.

  4. For information on our video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Schoology Conferences, click on Video Conferencing Tools.

  5. For support on any of the tools the teacher may use in the classroom, click on Digital Tools for Instruction.

Please see the Instructional Delivery Models document on the District website for sample schedules and expectations of all members of the learning community. We appreciate your partnership.

Important iReady information

November, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The second i-Ready diagnostic assessment is scheduled for students to take remotely between December 1st and 11th. This is a mid-year check on how students are progressing towards their growth goal. Your school will provide you with more specific days when your child will take the assessment. After the diagnostic assessment, your child will receive an update in their lessons assigned under the personalized pathway.

What should I know and expect as a parent/guardian?

  • Computer adaptive assessments are designed to determine what standards students know and don’t know yet.

  • Remind your child they will see questions they might not know the answer to and some easier questions. We need to know what they do know and do not know yet. This is expected.

  • The purpose of the i-Ready diagnostic is not to give your child a score or grade, but to determine how to best support their learning.

How can I support my child during the assessment?

  • Provide a quiet space free from distractions and potential interruptions.

  • Make sure your child is logged into their district Google account.

  • Make sure they have paper and pencil to work out the math questions.

  • Play the role of supportive teacher. Encourage them to do their best and reassure them.

  • Encourage and support, but DON’T HELP. Think of it this way—would you help your child with a vision test? No, because hints won’t help the eye doctor help them. With i-Ready, hints on the test now could negatively impact your child’s instruction later. Family Video ENG - Family Video ESP

  • It is important that all questions are answered independently by the student.

  • Use the phrases below or others here to help your child

    • “Wow. That looks like a very advanced question. Remember, it’s okay if you don’t know it. Just try your hardest and give your best guess so that i-Ready can find your ‘just right’ level. And then move on.”

    • “Looks like you could use a quick break. Do you want to finish this question now or when you get back?”

    • “Re-read the question and think about what it is asking.”

    • “Remember this assessment is finding out what you know, and do not know yet. It is okay that you don’t know something now because you’re going to learn it.”

  • The Diagnostic is untimed. We suggest splitting the assessment into several short sessions: 15–20 minutes for younger students (K–1) and 30 minutes for older students.

  • Your child is able to log off and back on, your progress will be saved.

What if my child has technology issues?

Thank you for your continued support and for being a partner in your child’s learning! I look forward to sharing information with you throughout the year. If you have any questions about i-Ready, please do not hesitate to contact me, your principal, or your child’s teachers. You can also learn more about i-Ready by visiting .


David Chiszar

Executive Director of Assessment and Accountability

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Staff Spotlight

I have been in education for almost 30 years, this is my 3rd year at Lincoln and prior to that I taught in Lawndale, Hinsdale, and was an AP in Winnetka for a total of 24 years combined.

I have 4 children, two boys who currently play junior hockey for the New Jersey Rockets and my daughter is 15 and is learning remotely from Downers Grove North High and plays Lacrosse and my youngest son, is in 7th grade also learning at this time from home and enjoys playing many sports--including hockey, baseball, basketball, golf, and football. All 4 of my kids also swam and I coached them for 9 years during the summer prior to taking this position at Lincoln.

Every Friday we begin our day with bright sides, we play a song from Monty Python titled "Always look on the Bright Side of Life". I feel this is a phrase I have lived by, expressing gratitude, and looking at the positives is a practice I preach at school and home. Students and staff are encouraged to share their bright sides, it wraps up our week on a positive note!

Our family has had many pets over the years. We have always had a dog, currently, our dog Bianca lives with us along with goldfish and two leopard geckos. In the past, we have had hamsters, rats, guinea pigs, turtles, a wonderful ferret Fiona, and we even rescued ducks for a few months because their eggs were left on a construction site my husband was working at.

I am married and we celebrated our 20th anniversary this past summer. My husband, although he is not an educator has worked with coaching for as long as I've known him, he currently coaches the DuPage Stars our local high school hockey team.

My favorite color is white or blue.

My favorite coffee is Starbucks, just black coffee sometimes I treat myself to a latte.

My favorite hobby is to read, run or be outside in any way.

My favorite season is summer--I love the beach or pool.

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving!

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