Monday, September 27, 2021


Happy Monday Lincoln Families,

I hope that you are off to a great start to your week. On Friday, it was amazing to see all the kids dressed to impress and bringing their smiles.

This week I want to personally thank Nurse Donovan for tirelessly working to keep us safe. We are so grateful to have her here at Lincoln and support her continued work with our students, staff and families.

I hope you all have an amazing week!

Take care,

Ms. Gordon



6 - PTO Meeting @ 7pm

11 - No School Indigenous Peoples' Day

11 - 22 - Virtual Book Fair

22 - Picture Make Up Day

What's Up in the Lincoln Library?

It is GREAT to have students back into the library space and checking out books! Students will be able to check out new books each week as long as they are returning their others. K-2 students can check out 2 books, and 3-5 grade students can take home 3 books.

We are excited to have our first author's visit (virtually) on October 13th! 1st-3rd grade students will get to hear J. Dillard talk about his book series, J.D. The Kid Barber Series. Order forms will be available for those that are interested in purchasing a signed copy from J. Dillard.

LIncoln Lions' Book Club sign ups are happening now through October 1st for 3rd-5th graders. Click for more information and feel free to email me at rmeisinger@op97.org with any questions you might have.

From October 11th to October 22nd, we will be having a virtual book fair through Anderson's Bookshop. Stay tuned for more information!

Please let me know if you have any questions! My email is rmeisinger@op97.org.

This week in Second Step

The month of October is National Bullying Prevention Month. This is a month-long event to prevent bullying and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Across the district our teachers will be teaching the Bullying Prevention Units, which is a 4 week curriculum designed to teach students to recognize, refuse and report bullying. As a reminder, conflict in childhood is natural and something that all human beings experience at all ages. Bullying is different from conflict in that it is ongoing in nature and a set of behaviors that have the intent to harm, hurt, or humiliate the victim. They involve power and control dynamics between two individuals or groups.

Bullying can be reported at any time to a school staff member or by using this form. Over the next few weeks you will be seeing home links in our newsletters to let you know what your child is learning about bullying!

Next week students will be taught lesson 1 in the Bullying Prevention Unit. Students in grades K- 3 will be learning how to Recognize Bullying. Students in grades 4 and 5 will be learning about how to Recognize, Report and Refuse bullying. Below are “Home Links” that provide some information about what your student learned and some possible ways you can extend that learning to your own home.


School pictures were taken on Friday morning. If you have not yet done so, you can place your order online through Tuesday evening by clicking here.

The code for Lincoln is 61966FA.

Orders placed after Tuesday evening will be charged shipping and handling.

A message from the Nursing Office

Hello Lincoln Families:

We want to send a reminder that students cannot bring any food items that contain nuts of any kind or manufactured in a facility with nuts due to the health and safety of our students with severe, anaphylactic allergies. This includes snack and lunch.

This includes:

  • Peanuts (including Peanut Butter)
  • Almonds (including Almond Butter & Marzipan)
  • Hazelnuts (including Nutella)
  • Pine Nuts (this including Pesto & Pignolias)
  • Pecans (this including Pralines)
  • Coconuts
  • Walnuts
  • Pistachios
  • Cashews
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Chestnuts
  • Macadamia Nuts

Thank you so much for your partnership in keeping all of our students healthy and safe.

- Georgia Donovan


District 97 Halloween Letter 2021

Dear District 97 Families,

For those of our families who celebrate Halloween, many of you are starting to discuss costume choices with your child. Although students are not required to wear costumes, we recognize that they are a fun and creative part of our schools' Halloween activities.

Our goal is to create a positive learning environment where all students, staff and families feel a sense of belonging. In that spirit, we ask that you take care to ensure that your child’s costume choice does not portray a stereotypical image of any group of people or culture, or be offensive to any one racial, ethinic or religious group. We appreciate you being proactive with your child in making thoughtful costume choices.

To support you in your conversation with your child and to build your understanding around this topic, we have compiled links to resources that you may find helpful:

Thank you for your continued support of our students and schools.

District 97 Now Hiring!

District 97 is currently hiring for key positions to support in-person learning during the 2021-22 school year!

Certified Nursing Assistants
District 97 has immediate openings for certified nursing assistants. If you know anyone who is looking to work with children, earn competitive pay and support the safety and health of our school community during the 2021-22 school year, please encourage them to apply today at: https://www.op97.org/hr/employment.

Permanent Substitutes
District 97 has immediate openings for permanent substitute teachers. If you know anyone who is looking to work with children, earn competitive pay and give back to the community, please encourage them to apply today at: https://www.op97.org/hr/employment.

Lunch/Recess Supervisors
To support our students and staff during the school day, we are still seeking more parents and community members to serve as lunchroom/recess supervisors during the 2021-22 school year. It's easy to apply, and your time would have a direct impact on our schools. CLICK HERE to apply!

Reminder: Stay Home When Sick!
Staying home when sick is essential to keep COVID-19 infections out of schools and prevent spread to others. Symptoms that should be monitored daily by District 97 staff, families and students are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
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Extra Clothes and Extra Masks

Please be sure that your child has a change of clothes at school. Even students in the upper grades have spills, injuries etc. that will require a change of clothes.

We are also asking that all students have an extra mask on hand as well.

Student Attendance

Just a reminder that if your student will be absent, please call or email the office by 8:30 a.m. Please include the reason for your child's absence.

If you need to pick up your child early for an early dismissal, please communicate the to the classroom teacher and email the office at lincolnattendance@op97.org

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"Dr. Pérez makes wellness appointments for acute mental health support for students and families during after school hours on Wednesdays. The slots are 20 minutes and available to reserve on a weekly basis. Please reserve your student slot with some notes on your concerns. Also, parents should ensure their children attend on time to ensure each child is afforded the time needed to discuss their needs with the school psychologist.


Who is the type of student that should participate?

If your child is in need of connecting with a mental health professional for issues that are new and impact their academic performance please reserve your slot to meet with Dr. Perez.

When would the appointments take place?

Wednesdays, after school, starting at 3pm for 20 minute sessions

What type of support would the student and or family receive?

The first session is an intake and consultation approach to designate next steps or resources relevant to the child's needs. The appointments can lead to skill building counseling sessions for at least 3 appointments, referrals to school based or community type services for ongoing support.

Where can I find the appointment calendar to reserve my child's spot?

Visit the google calendar webpage to reserve your Wednesday 20 minute slot.

Click the link - Lincoln Wellness Check-ins with Dr. Perez

District 97 Calendar for 2021-2022

All important dates for the school year!!