Monday, November 1, 2021


Happy Monday Lincoln Families,

Even Lincoln pets got in on the Halloween fun! I hope that you all have an amazing week and are enjoying today with your children. Please review this week's update.

Take care,

Ms. Gordon



2 - Institute Day (no school for students)

16 - School Board Meeting

19 - End of Trimester 1

24 - 26 - Thanksgiving Break

Lost and Found

We have a plethora of jackets in the lost and found.

Please help us get items back to your child by making sure that their name is on their jackets and water bottles.

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Bounce Back Information

Bounce Back is an evidence-based targeted intervention that helps students manage the symptoms of trauma in the school setting. The intervention is open to all students that have experienced a loss, significant change in family life, divorce, death, witnessing traumatic events, etc. The intervention runs 10-11 weeks and includes support/resources for teachers, students and parents/caregivers to help students manage their symptoms and refocus on school. Please see attached one page description about the program. If you think your child would benefit from the intervention, a screening process can be initiated by referring your child to their teacher. Once the referral is established you will be asked for consent to the screening and intervention process. Your classroom teacher and Dr. Pérez will complete the form together and send home for your review and signature for consenting to participate. For more information reach out to Dr. Pèrez, Lincoln School Psychologist at her email: bperez@op97.org.

Bounce Back es una intervención dirigida basada en evidencia que ayuda a los estudiantes a manejar los síntomas del trauma. La intervención está abierta a todos los estudiantes que han tenido la experiencia de un cambio significativo en la vida familiar como divorcio, la muerte de un padre/familiar, o otros eventos traumáticos, etc. La intervención dura de 10 a 11 semanas e incluye apoyo / recursos para maestros, estudiantes y padres / familiares para ayudar a los estudiantes a manejar sus síntomas y enfocarse en la escuela. Consulte la carta adjunta para obtener más información sobre el programa. Si cree que su hijo se beneficiaría de la intervención, se puede iniciar un proceso de evaluación remitiendo a su hijo a su maestro. Una vez que se establezca la derivación, se le pedirá su consentimiento para el proceso de evaluación e intervención. Los maestros y la Dra. Pérez completeran la forma de consentimiento y mandaran por correo electronico el consentimiento para que padres lo revisen y firmen. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Dra. Pérez, Lincoln Psicóloga Educativa por correo electrónico bperez@op97.org.

Halloween 2021

COVID-19 Symptom Checklist and Instructions for Symptomatic Students

In late September the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education released updated guidance and an updated exclusion decision tree. As a result, we have updated some of our protocols and required documents for symptomatic students. CLICK HERE for a one-page summary of the required steps for students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

What's Up in the Lincoln Library?

Thank you for all of the support during our Virtual Book Fair! We were able to order over $1,000 in Books for Profit for our school! Thank you also for your generosity in ordering books from the teachers' wish lists!!

Save the Date! Family Reading Night (PJ STORYTIME!) hosted by OPPL and D97 Librarians will be held virtually on November 18th from 7:00-8:00pm. Click here for the flyer! Registration will be on the OPPL calendar. Librarians from both the school and public libraries will be doing read alouds, and there will be a book giveaway where families will be invited to pick up a free book to keep (while supplies last) from all three OPPL locations that week. Family reading night is a State-Wide initiative through the Jesse White office and will be celebrated throughout Illinois! Be a part of our fun, PJ-filled night!


Just a friendly reminder that all student absences need to be communicated to the school office by 8:30 a.m. A reason for the absence must be provided.

If your child is absent for illness reason, please call the school nurse at 708-524-3108 in addition to contacting the school attendance line.

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Spaces Available in District 97 Early Childhood Blended Program

District 97 is currently accepting applications for the early childhood blended classrooms at Whittier Elementary School.

We are seeking non-IEP students who:

  • Are between the ages of 3 and 4 years by Sept. 1, 2021;
  • Are Oak Park residents;
  • Are not currently enrolled in a preschool;
  • Demonstrate age-appropriate language and social skills.

Students must be available to participate in the afternoon session (12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.). In-person attendance will be required.

For more information on the District 97 Early Childhood Blended Program, or to apply, please visit https://www.op97.org/teach-learn/ecblended.

Nominate Someone for a "Making MyD97 Better" Award!

Like you, we believe that every child should feel a sense of belonging at school, and every parent should feel like an educational partner who can comfortably say, “This is MyD97.”

We’re not there yet, but we can get there by working together and celebrating champions in the process. Do you know someone—a teacher, staff member, parent, student or community member—who is helping to make D97 a better place for all? CLICK HERE to share their story and nominate them for a "Making MyD97 Better" Award!

Each month, an individual will be selected, and will receive a gift card—plus they’ll be highlighted on the district website and social media pages. The great work being done shouldn’t be a secret. Let’s share and celebrate it as part of “MyD97.”

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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.


"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!!