Weekly Newsletter and Announcements

A Message from Principal Gordon

Dear Lincoln Families,

A huge thank you to those who have donated and loaned us card tables. We truly appreciate your support and are still in need of 10 more tables. Should you have a card table or table of that size, please label it and drop it off at the main office.

A few things as we move to doing on-site lunch:

  • All students' lunches should be nut-free
  • Should you need to get a school lunch, students may order at the beginning of the day
  • All lunches are free BUT are grab and go (bag lunches). Options at this time include a sandwich or pizza kit.
  • Please send things your child can consume in 15 minutes since we are only allowed to be unmasked for 15 minutes
  • Avoid sending things that students are unable to open themselves (peeling oranges, Go-gurts, tops that cannot be easily opened, etc.).
  • We will utilize our lunchroom and gym to safely accommodate students
  • All students will be 6 feet apart
  • All lunch tables will be facing the same direction
  • Cleaning and sanitizing will take place before each eating session (we will have 4 sessions during our lunch blocks)
  • Recess will still be happening so dress accordingly for the weather

If you have further questions or concerns please contact the main office.

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

Daily Certification in CrisisGo

This is a reminder that your child's daily certification in CrisisGo MUST be completed by 7:15 a.m.

If your child is a Hybrid student who will be learning remotely on a specific day, please complete the information in CrisisGo. You still need to call the attendance line at 708-665-3067 (or email lincolnattendance@op97.org) and provide a reason for this absence.

Full Day Schedule - starting on April 26th

7:50 a.m. - Arrival

11:20 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Lunch for Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade

12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch for Third Grade, Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade

3:00 p.m. - Dismissal (2:30 p.m. on Wednesday)

All students will have the option to bring a nut-free lunch from home or order a lunch at school (free of charge). The school lunch will be either nachos, a sandwich or a pizza kit.

Social Distancing

The District 97 Board of Education adopted a resolution Tuesday authorizing classroom seating to be spaced 3 to 6 feet apart. This is aligned to the latest guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

To date, all District 97 classrooms have been able to maintain social distancing of 5 to 6 feet. However, in order to accommodate the changes to the middle school schedule and the students who have met our equity-based criteria to switch from remote to on-site learning, the district will, in some cases, need to decrease the distance (no lower than 3 to 4 feet). We will continue to do everything we can to maintain as much spacing as possible in our classroom seating.

Dates to Remember:

April 19 - Picture Day (see details below)

April 26 - Full day schedule begins

May 7 - Remote Learning Planning Day (no school for students)

A message from the School Nurse

If your child is scheduled to begin attending full-day in-person learning for the remainder of the 2020 - 2021 school year, please review the following:

  • Please remember that all lunch items brought into the school must be free of any peanuts/nuts, and peanut products, or nut products.
  • Please submit any medication authorization forms and any emergency action plans (which must be renewed every school year, signed, and dated by the medical provider and parent/guardian).
  • Please remember that any medication you send should be out of absolutely necessity to be administered during the school day or must be on hand for an emergency use. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and decrease needs for a child to leave their classroom, please administer medications at home whenever possible.
  • You may DROP OFF forms and medications to the school during the school day.
  • All medication we receive, both over the counter and prescription, must be labeled, unexpired, and accompanied by the appropriate forms filled out by your MD AND signed/dated by you as the caregiver/guardian. (*This includes cough drops, eye drops, etc. if at all necessary during the school day.*)
  • If you need the Food Allergy Action Plan, click here.
  • If you need a District 97 Licensed Prescriber Form (required for all medications, including emergency medications, prescription medications, and over the counter medications), click here.
  • If you need an Asthma Action Plan, click here.
  • If you need a Seizure Action Plan, click here.
  • If your child has Diabetes, please be sure to get an updated Diabetes Medical Management Plan for this school year.

If your child has any new health concerns or new allergies, please contact me as soon as possible.

Please make a copy of completed forms for your records. If you choose to email the paperwork to me, please be sure the paperwork is current for this school year and you have signed and dated the parent/guardian portion.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 708-524-3108,

Georgia Donovan

Spotlight On

It is my honor to announce for the second year in a row Oak Park District 97 has been named one of the best communities for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants!

This recognizes and celebrates school districts and schools for their support and commitment to music education and efforts to assure access to music for all students as part of a well-rounded education.

Elementary Student Profile Forms for Students Entering Grades 1-5 in SY22

We are now planning for the 2021-2022 school year and would like to know more about your elementary-aged child from your point of view. Creating class lists for the upcoming school year is a complex process that has several stages. For this initial stage, we want to provide an opportunity for our families to provide us information about your child.

The placing of students in classrooms for next year is such an important decision and we use multiple criteria to inform that decision. These are some of the criteria we use in making our decisions:
  • Gender/race/ethnicity balance
  • Balance of performance levels
  • Balance of students with special programming (Special Services, ELL, Title I, etc.)
  • Balance of high behavioral needs
  • Balance of varying social skill and work habit levels
  • Equitable class size across grade level
  • Equitable access to school resources for programming needs.
Please trust that with your additional information, we will make the best placement decision for your child. Due to the nature and complexity of this task, we cannot reduce the process to simply accepting requests for specific teachers. Please be aware that requests for specific teachers will not be considered in this process.

Completing this form is optional. If you wish to complete it, please do so by the end of the day on Monday, April 26, 2021.

SAVE THE DATE: Registration for 2021-22 School Year in D97

Online registration for the 2021-22 school year in District 97 will officially launch on Monday, April 26. Please be on the lookout for an email with complete details next week. Information will also be available on the district website at https://www.op97.org/hr/student-registration.

Returning Students - Registration will be entirely online April 26 through May 31 for returning students who are currently in kindergarten through seventh grade. The parent/guardian listed as PG1 in PowerSchool will receive an email from infosnap@is.op97.org with their student’s snapcode and instructions to register. Emails will be sent in waves beginning April 26.

Note: In order to register, Oak Park renters must have a lease that covers August 31, 2021, or the student’s first day of school.

New Students and Kindergarteners - Families who wish to enroll new students or kindergarteners must first gather all required documents and make an appointment to have them reviewed. At your appointment, the registrar will explain the online process, verify your documentation and child's grade level, and enter the student into the online registration system. After your appointment you will receive an email for each student with a unique link to submit that student’s registration information.

Appointments are currently available for the week of April 26 using this link:
Additional slots will be added each week.

Keep D97 Schools Allergy Safe - No Nuts Allowed

District 97 will continue its nut-safe expectation this school year when we transition to full-day in-person learning. The exclusion of nuts will be adhered to throughout the school day, which includes lunchtime and snacks. This is an important measure to protect our students with life-threatening allergies, as the lunchroom may not be the only space used for meals while we are adhering to COVID-19 safety measures.

Please check with your child's teacher for other allergy considerations in the classroom. We appreciate your help in adhering to this preventative measure.

Library Book Check Out Form

Please fill out this form if you would like to checkout from the Lincoln Library. Mrs. Evans or Mrs. Frame will email you when your book(s) is/are ready to be picked-up.


April Breakfast/Lunch Menus
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 - April 2021

Remote Learning Planning Day on May 7
District 97 will utilize its last Remote Learning Planning Day on Friday, May 7. There will be no student learning on that date.

The Illinois State Board of Education has permitted each school district to utilize up to five Remote Learning Planning Days during the 2020-21 school year. These days provide staff with additional professional learning and collaboration time in support of hybrid learning.

SAVE THE DATE: D97 Virtual Summer Step Up Program
District 97 is holding a Virtual Step Up Summer Program for students in Grades 1-8 (students who are in kindergarten through seventh grade during the 2020-21 school year). The program will run July 26 through Aug. 5, 2021 (8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. OR 12 pm. - 2:30 p.m.).

Summer Step Up is designed to support any District 97 student that could benefit from revisiting grade level standards from the previous year. Additional information and sign up forms will be shared by schools in May 2021.

District 97 to Host a final Parent University Session in April 2021
District 97 will host new Virtual Parent University sessions in April to help families learn strategies for collaborating with school administrators, teachers and staff to support equity and student success.

This session will be facilitated by Reesheda Graham Washington, principal consultant of RGW Consulting and CEO of L!VE 2.0.

This final event will be held on April 24. CLICK HERE to learn more and register.


Please click here to order your Lincoln Spirit Wear.

Thank you PTO for the new design and fun items!


for more detail about the Lincoln School PTO.

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.

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How Do I Access Technology Support During Remote Learning?

Technical support will be available from school and district technology staff by accessing the Help Desk through email, helpdesk@op97.org. When an email is submitted, a Help Desk ticket is created and assigned to technology staff, who will be working throughout the day to address technology concerns. Our technology team can support District 97 devices and student online programs.

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