Welcome Back!

Happy New Year! Everyone is excited to be back in the school routine after the Holiday Break! I hope your break was relaxing and filled with time with family and friends. We are moving into "assessment season" at this time of year. Local Assessments began in December and are finishing up next week. All ELL students (including those who have waived services) will be taking the ACCESS test over the next few weeks. Also, classroom teachers will be administering the Fountas and Pinnell assessment to determine each student's reading level. Later in the year, students in grades 3-5 will be given the PARCC assessment. More information will be given on PARCC as we get closer to the dates.

For those who utilize the Alchester pick-up line after school, the weather forecast predicts snow over the weekend. This typically causes delays in the pick-up line when the snow accumulates along the curb. In the event that this happens, we will be loading students from the sidewalk that connects to the street. I know this takes more time, but it is safer for children. I appreciate everyone's patience with this process.


Jeff Mitchem

What's Coming Up...

1/13-PTA Reflections Ceremony 7 PM at Lincoln

1/14-PTA Meeting 7 PM

1/15-Institute Day No School

1/18-Martin Luther King Day No School

1/20-Community Engagement Event 7:00 PM at Monroe (see more information below)

1/23-Pancake Breakfast

1/25-District 200 Reflections Recognition 6:30 PM at Hubble Middle School

Community Engagement Event

Lincoln Parents,

I’m writing to ask you to attend a session about our facilities January 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Monroe Middle School. I have attached a PDF of the postcard invitation to this email.

At the last facilities session on December 2, parents and community members heard about many of the needs at Lincoln. The way 21st century students are learning is changing - our schools need to adapt to match those educational needs. Some of our major needs identified include improvements to our roof and enhancements to the Library Learning Center (LLC).

On January 20, I will share with you some options to address our needs at Lincoln. Some options to address needs include LLC expansion and the addition of collaborative spaces. You will learn more about those details at our session.

You will also be able to visit tables with information about Edison Middle School, or any other school in the District.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have questions. You can follow this link to read more and watch a short video about what a Facilities Master Plan is and why the District is creating one.


Jeff Mitchem

Reflections Ceremony

The Lincoln Reflections Honor Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 7 pm in the Multi-Purpose Room. All Lincoln project entrants and theme search entrants will be recognized. The projects will be on hand for viewing before the ceremony. Teachers, family and friends are welcome.

Trivia Night and Silent Auction

Trivia Night is an event where teams of 8 to 10 adults compete in multiple rounds of exciting, engaging, and entertaining trivia questions for top prizes and the right to be called Trivia Champions of Lincoln Elementary School.

6:00-7:00: Check in and start bidding on the many wonderful silent auction items
7:00-10:00: Trivia Night and Silent Auction bidding
10:30: Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded!!

Cost is $15 per person. Grab your friends and neighbors (no they don’t have to have a child at Lincoln) and sign up for a table! Tables should plan a theme for their team as there will be a spirit prize for the most creatively themed table.

Don’t have 9 other friends to sign up with??? NO PROBLEM! Go ahead and sign up and we will make you a team. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to play along. Drinks will be sold by the Legion Hall at a cash bar. Each table should provide its own snacks. (Sorry, no outside beverages allowed! This includes alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages- including bottled water. This will be strictly enforced- so don’t try it!)

SPACE IS LIMITED!! This event has sold out every year. Please register early.

All proceeds will directly benefit our children through the Lincoln PTA.

Please contact Jim & Karma Bell if you have any questions.

Chess Club

Chess Club resumed on Tuesday, January 5th during recess. A reminder that first grade meets in the Library, everyone else will meet in the Art Room.

Congratulations to Ben Damian who won 2nd place in the DuPage County Chess Championship for the Elementary Scholastic Division over break and to Andrew Myung who won 3rd place in the under 800 category. Andrew also won 3rd place at the St. Mike's tournament.

A friendly tournament against Longfellow will take place on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 6 pm at Longfellow. Please register by e-mail or text child's name, grade & emergency contact info to Andrea Barrett by Friday, January 8th. 630-930-9164

Lincoln Crosswalk

We are in need of a volunteer to help at the crosswalk every other Tuesday after school. The shift takes only 20 minutes 2 x per month. Please consider joining the parents who volunteer their time to make sure Lincoln kids get home safely.

If interested, please contact Julie Guerin at Thank you!

District 200 Community Engagement Event

Wednesday, Jan. 20th, 7pm

1855 Manchester Road

Wheaton, IL