Lincoln Bulletin

October 28,2022

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!

District and School Theme-Be Here, Be You, Belong!


Monday, October 31, 2022-Halloween-Parade and classroom parties (info below)

Monday, November 7, 2022-School Improvement Day, a non-attendance day for students

Tuesday, November 8, 2022-Election Day-No School

Friday, November 11, 2022-Veteran's Day-All School Assembly at 8:25

Thanksgiving Break November 21-25

From the principal

We had another wonderful week at Lincoln! We started the week celebrating our October birthdays with kindergarten and first-grade students, had a few classes visit the public library with Mr. Nassis, and wrapped the week up recognizing our students with the PAW spotlight. (Information below). Next Monday we will celebrate Halloween and the weather looks perfect for our parade which will begin at about 1:45, parents can line the blacktop to see all students in their costumes. There is more information regarding the details below.

Staff Spotlight

Name: Margaret Smith

Occupation: Speech Language Pathologist

Place of birth: Oak Park, Illinois

Family: My husband and I have three grown-up kids. Our daughter Meghan is getting married to Nick in May 2023 (Minneapolis, MN), our son Ryan is getting married to Margaret (yes-funny) on November 12th (Rockford, IL), and our son Donovan is 24 and lives in Lombard.

Pets: Our dog Ruby is almost 14.

Favorite sport: Baseball

Favorite thing to do over the weekend: Spending time with my family and friends. Taking at least one day away from my job.

Best place to visit: Anywhere with my family, but South Dakota was a favorite family trip.

Favorite book: The Kite Runner

What superhero would you be: Superman

Favorite food: My mom's peppered steak.

Dairy Queen or Oberweis? Dairy Queen

Favorite Season: Summer

Favorite Team: Chicago White Sox

Airplane or Road trip: Airplane

Fun Facts: Both of my parents grew up on farms in Iowa and I love visiting my mom's family farm. I like the simple life and consider myself a Midwestern girl. I love to do things outdoors: walking, running, biking, swimming, and visiting new places. I also enjoy cooking especially in the summer when I have more time.

Halloween reminders

In a few weeks, we will celebrate Halloween, on Monday October 31. We will have our parade which will be outdoors around the blacktop for all students K-5 beginning at 1:40. We will exit the south doors, walk to the blacktop, then walk along the north side of the building and then re-enter through the front doors. Our morning kindergarten class will have their parade at 8:15-those students will parade around the south patio and grass area and then enter the front doors, parents wanting to see them can line up along the sidewalk south of the building.

Students will be able to dress up but they will need to follow guidelines and as always wear specified face masks along with their costumes. Students will need to bring costumes to school as they will dress during an afternoon designated time, please make sure that they need as little support dressing as possible as there are many students and only one teacher per classroom to help with this.

For those parents who wish to have their children participate, please follow the guidelines below:

  • Students must be able to put their own costumes/make-up on without assistance.
  • No masks, aside from usual face masks for COVID-19 may be worn.
  • No costumes and/or make-up may be worn that depict blood and violence.
  • Students are not to bring anything that resembles a weapon of any fashion, even if it part of a costume.
  • No political costumes, please.
  • No bare midriffs or scant clothing.
  • Costumes must be appropriate for school and not distract students from the learning environment.

Students will be asked to remove any parts of the costume that are not within the guidelines, if you have a question regarding a costume please reach out to me or your classroom teacher.

After the parade, we will have classroom parties starting at 2:00. Each classroom will have a party. If you do not wish for your child to participate in the Halloween activities please let your child's teacher know. Lincoln will offer an alternative activity to those students which may include watching a movie or playing games. All activities during the party will be organized by the room parent, and no food is permitted during the party. Thank you for understanding.

Veteran's Day

In an effort to honor our veteran's we are beginning to plan our Veteran's day celebration. Above is an attached flyer for you to print and complete and return to school so we can place these up in our hallways and students can see photos and information regarding Lincoln community veterans. We also would like to do a celebration honoring those that are able to join us in person on Nov. 11 in the morning at about 8:30, this will be done in the gym. If you know of a veteran that you would like to be invited please complete this google form, including their address or email so we can mail invitations to honor them.

Donations for Big Hearts of Fox Valley

Please encourage your student to bring in a NEW unwrapped toy or board game during this week to school to show your support for D303 kids in need. Each District school will be collecting these items for the annual Big Hearts Toy Drive.

Big Hearts of Fox Valley is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization making a difference in our own community by brightening the lives of D303 children affected by financial hardship at Christmas time and throughout the school year.

To learn more about Big Hearts of Fox Valley and to make a much-needed donation visit their website at Thank you for helping to make the holiday season brighter, winters warmer and every day easier for kids in need in D303.

Leopard Spotlight-students nominated by their peers

Each trimester, students will be given the opportunity to recognize one of their classmates for doing a great job being respectful, responsible, and safe. The student from each class who gets the most nominations will receive a LEOPARD SPOTLIGHT award. This trimester, students will be announced during their lunch period and given a certificate with information on why they were nominated by peers. Today we announced and recognized the following students, they will come home with a certificate, and we wanted to share this with the broader Lincoln Community. (Some photos are below)

Kindergarten-Nell Pokornyis kind and helps others, and always does her best work.

1H-Hailey Connolly is a good friend and a hard worker in class.

1B-William Street is always listening in class, kind, and fair.

2G-Maddie Foulks is Focused on her work, listens well, and follows the group .

2K-Alex Sowinski is Fair at recess, and always safe and respectful.

3D-Victoria Lyons is a kind, safe, and caring person.

3MGriffin Guilbert is Very helpful and focused on his work.

4-Jon Marinik is a good, nice, and helpful friend.

Brynn McGrath is respectful and kind, and always keeps her group on task.

Small PRIZES Needed!

We are looking for more small prize items to fill up our PAW Raffle Prize Bin. If you have new/unused fun items at home, such as fidgets, small toys, party favors, stickers, seasonal pencils/erasers etc. We'd love to have them! Please send them to the main office labeled with PAW PRIZE DONATION or drop them off during conferences this week. THANK YOU!!

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