Weekly Newsletter and Announcements

A Message from Principal Gordon

Dear Lincoln Families,

Happy Monday and Week 6! Just think, we are already halfway through the first trimester. Inside this edition please note our Remote Learning survey and other pertinent information. I look forward to another great week of teaching and learning and hope you are able to find some time for family and fun!

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

Important Dates

Oct 7 - Lincoln PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m. (information is below)

Oct 9 - Remote Learning Planning Day (no school for students)

Oct 12 - No School (Indigenous Peoples' Day)

October 15 - Supply Pick up:

Grades K-1 at 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Grades 2-3 at 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Grades 4-5 at 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Oct 16 - PBIS All School Celebration

TBD - A date for Picture Day will be shared once we return to school

National Custodian Apprecialtion Day

Friday, October 2nd, was National Custodian Appreciation Day!!

We have a fantastic team at Lincoln School led by our Building Engineer, Charlie Kane. Our custodial staff of Randy Barrientos, Earl Butler, Jacob Clago and Angel Hernandez work tirelessly to prepare and maintain a safe and clean learning environment for staff and students.


Lincoln Remote Student Support Survey - Please fill out!

If you did not get a chance to complete this survey last week, please take a moment to fill out this Lincoln Student Support Survey in order to help us better understand how we can support your child's current social/emotional/behavioral needs at school.

If your child is identified as needing additional supports, someone from our the school will be in touch with you in the coming weeks. Please fill this out for EACH child in your family. Please click here to access the Student Support Survey.

We plan to administer more surveys in the future targeting different areas.

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The school day starts at 8:00 a.m. Teacher's take attendance by 8:15 a.m. If your child will be not be present on Zoom, please contact the school office to report their absence.

If you email the classroom teacher regarding an absence, please add lincolnattendance@op97.org to the mail.

Attendance calls will be made for all absence that are not verified.

District 97 Information

Next Meal D97 Meal Distribution: Tuesday, Oct. 6

Meals will be provided free of cost this fall to any District 97 student in need. Each bag of food will contain five breakfasts and five lunches.

Meal distributions will be held every Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Longfellow Elementary School (for Julian and feeder schools), 715 S. Highland Ave., and Brooks Middle School (for Brooks and feeder schools), 325 S. Kenilworth Ave.

D97 Breakfast/Lunch Menus - October 2020

'Stamped' Family and Community Discussions
District 97 students, families and community members are invited to participate in a three-session discussion on the book Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Attendees will join together for a presentation followed by discussions in separate breakout rooms.

In conjunction with Brooks and Julian middle schools' fall curriculum read, the sessions will follow along with the chapters being read by students and staff. Breakout sessions will be led by students from Dominican University, who will follow a peace circle format and draw on the Stamped Educator's Guide.

Events will be held:

    These sessions are made possible with the support of: District 97 staff; Oak Park and River Forest School District 200; the Oak Park Public Library; the E-Team of Oak Park; and Dominican University’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) group.

    Continued Social-Emotional Wellness Check-Ins for Students
    District 97 school psychologists and nurses have collaborated to offer access to virtual mental health wellness checks at each school this fall. Parents may sign up children for 25-minute Telehealth sessions where they can access an open ear for their sources of stress and learn self-care and coping strategies. Students may attend up to three sessions per trimester and may then be referred for other school-based supports if needed.

    To sign up or learn more about these services, please visit https://bit.ly/3m3Xece.

    If your child is experiencing an immediate mental health crisis, please do not use this service and instead call the Thrive 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 708-383-7500. You may also refer to this local resource guide created by the Community Mental Health Board of the Oak Park Township.

    Food Free in Three

    As a reminder, this year we entered Phase 3 of the "Food Free in Three" program for school celebrations. This means that no food will be served during celebrations
    at our schools. Although we are in remote learning, we have heard from some parents that there has been discussion about sending baked goods to students' homes to celebrate their birthdays. Because we are in Phase 3, we are discouraging this practice for celebrations. Parents are encouraged to send non-food items, which will help ensure the safety and inclusivity of all District 97 students. More information is available at: https://www.op97.org/health-services/food-freein-three.

    Staff Shout Outs

    Thank you for your submissions acknowledging the hard work and dedication of our Lincoln Staff.

    We are so appreciative to Sra Nagano for engaging, creative lessons and lots of opportunities to practice Spanish. Our son is happy and enjoy the interaction with his teacher and classmates. We are also appreciative for the weekly emails with the learning goals for the week to help all of us succeed!

    – Nicole Brown

    Mrs. Zarosl is going above and beyond in order to effectively engage, connect with, and teach her first graders. We are so grateful for all of her well designed and thoughtful lessons. Her content and delivery are exceptional.

    – Rachel Griffith

    Mrs. Chase-Vivas is an amazing teacher! Our son can't wait for his ESL classes. She's been an incredible support for our family since we joined Lincoln so we didn't want to miss celebrating her!

    - Family Sanchez-Barriga

    Ms. Barker has the patience of a saint - very kindly answering questions or encouraging participation from the kids but so great at keeping a group of rambunctious first graders on task. Way to go! And thank you!

    – Liz Keating Jolie

    Sra. Jacobo goes above and beyond to make ALL her students feel loved and wanted in two languages, no less! So happy to have her talent and skills at Lincoln!

    – Veronica Ramirez

    Mrs. Manetta is doing an amazing job! Her kindness, compassion, patience, and love of teaching children shines through each day. She is making the best of these difficult circumstances and makes sure her students feel like important members of their classroom community.

    - Rachel Griffith

    Mrs. Burries is so good at what she does. She is making virtual learning meaningful and enjoyable. She teaches with intention and compassion. We are so grateful to her. – Rachel Griffith

    Ms Goulding is one cool cucumber! She keeps the kids focused, engaged and participating as she juggles technology and questions and specials and everything else that gets thrown her way. She’s a great addition to Lincoln and we couldn’t be happier to have Holden in her class. You rock Ms Goulding!

    – Mrs. Magnuson

    It can’t be easy to get kids pumped up and moving over zoom but week after week I see lots of big smiles when it comes time for PE (Mr. Raad). Thanks for keeping our kids moving and having fun!

    – The Magnsons

    Music (Mr. Tangorra) is such a nice and engaging change of pace in a long zoom day. Hearing the fun sounds from the other room, I can hear how engaged the kids are. Keep rocking! – The Magnusons

    Mr. Roh is an amazing teacher! While my kiddo would so prefer “everything to be back to normal,” Mr. Roh has made distance learning fun and engaging for his students. Also, his weekly classroom updates include a section where he gives each individual student pointed feedback on their own learning (I mean, c’mon!) Above and beyond!

    - Manju Chakkappan

    We have been so pleased and impressed with Ms. Jenkins this school year. She has been doing such a wonderful job keeping the kids engaged and developing a classroom community. Each day she enthusiastically greets the kids to the class, she is organized and clear in her teaching, and she utilizes the technology so well including handling technical difficulties calmly and effectively.

    – Nan Walicki

    We have been so impressed by how amazing Ms. Cortez has been the past few weeks. She seems like she has been teaching over zoom her whole life! She keeps the kids engaged and on track. I love that She lets them know when they need to be extra focused. She keeps an eye on each of them individually and talks to them in breakout rooms when they need extra attention.

    – Lindsey Danhauser

    I hear Ms. Casselle and Ms. Zarosl teaching each day with patience, joy, and enthusiasm. It's incredible to see the connection and learning happening even in this remote environment. It's impressive, to say the least. Our 1st grader doesn't want to go back to the normal classroom any time soon!

    - Amber

    Ms. Jenkins has done an amazing job! She is patient and inclusive and has made this transition to remote learning very smooth. We appreciate her and all she does! Thank you!!

    – Shannon Burke

    Staff Shout Out

    Has one of our Lincoln staff impressed you? Perhaps they have gone above and beyond? We would love to hear from you.

    Please click here to let us know and we will feature them in the next newsletter.

    Lincoln PTO

    Please click here for information about the Lincoln PTO

    PTO Meeting - October 7th

    Please join us via Zoom on Wednesday, October 7, from 6:30-8pm for our very first PTO meeting of the year. Meet the PTO Executive Board, learn more about what the PTO does, our goals for the school year, and how you can help. Below is all the info you need to attend.

    Join our Zoom meeting 6:30pm on Wednesday, October 7:

    Please come just to watch and listen, and if you're up for it, to be seen and be heard! Note that all future PTO meetings will take place on the first Wednesday of every month (except January) from 6:30-8pm. New Zoom details will become available before each meeting.

    A Message from the School Nurse


    Although District 97 is starting the 2020-2021 school year with remote learning, the State of Illinois requires students entering kindergarten, as well as students new to the State of Illinois schools in any grade to turn in a current school physical (Certificate of Child Health Examination and Immunization record) with up-to-date immunizations (immunization requirements for the State of Illinois can be found here). The health examination must have been done within one year of the first day of school.

    If your child is transferring from another Illinois school, transferred health examination records will be accepted as long as they are received by the deadline and found to be complete and in compliance. This physical exam must be recorded on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination form.

    If you have not already provided these health records when you registered your child, please provide your child's records directly to our school nurse at this time. You may provide them by fax (Lincoln fax: 708-524-3124) or by scanning and emailing a complete legible copy to our school nurse (gdonovan@op97.org). You may also choose to drop-off your child's health records to the Lincoln School administrative assistant on school days (between 9 am and 3 pm).

    Please note: The Certificate of Child Health Examination records and records of all required immunizations must be provided before October 15, 2020 to avoid exclusion from school.


    Kindergarten students and students who enter the Illinois school system for the first time Illinois are required to have an eye examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, by October 15, 2020. The examination must have been completed within 12 months prior to the October 15th deadline.

    Students who are unable to obtain a vision examination due to undue burden or lack of access must complete the State of Illinois Eye Examination Waiver Form which can be found on our website, under Health Services (www.op97.org).


    Students in kindergarten and 2nd grade, or any new student new to Illinois schools, are required to have a complete dental examination by May 15, 2021. The examination must have been completed within 18 months prior to the May 15th deadline.

    Students who are unable to obtain a dental examination due to undue burden or lack of access must complete the State of Illinois Dental Examination Waiver Form which can be found on our website, under Health Services (www.op97.org).

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