Weekly Newsletter and Announcements

A Message from Principal Gordon

Dear Lincoln Families,

I am looking forward to another week of learning! I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for your partnership during this time of virtual learning. This is both challenging and rewarding and I am lucky to have such great families supporting Lincoln during this time. Please enjoy the week and our newsletter!

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

Important Dates:

September 14 - Virtual Spirit Week (See details below)

September 15 - New Parent Night 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. (Zoom link has been emailed)

September 16 - D97 Virtual Parent Circles (See details below)

September 17 - Virtual Curriculum Night 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

September 23 - D97 Virtual Parent Circles (See details below)


Please send up pictures so we can celebrate our Spirit Week together. You can share your photos by tweeting us (@UpAtLincolnOP, use the hashtags #upatlincoln and #OakPark97).

We would love to add many pictures in next week's newsletter!

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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).

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.

District 97 Information

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.

Next Meal D97 Meal Distribution: Tuesday, Sept. 15
During Trimester 1, meals will be provided free of cost to any District 97 student in need. 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.

Each bag of food will contain five breakfasts and five lunches. Click here for the September 2020 menus.

Click here for more information about food service during Trimester 1. If you have any questions, please reach out to the district's food service coordinator, Carla Ellis, at cellis@op97.org.

D97 to Host Virtual Parent Circles on September 16 and 23
District 97 families are invited to join two upcoming Virtual Parent Circles, which will be facilitated in partnership with the E-Team of Oak Park. Events will be held:

These sessions were organized to accommodate families who were unable to participate in parent circles during our Aug. 13 Parent University. The sessions are designed to build community among District 97 parents and guardians and provide support as we navigate remote learning.

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Previously Shared Information

Little Lions Read!

We understand that these are unprecedented times and families may be in need of support as they build remote learning libraries! The Lincoln School PTO is generously offering to purchase books for students who need books for remote learning. Your response will be shared with the Lincoln front office staff and once the books are ordered, they will be available for pick up at school or delivery to your home. If you have more than one student at Lincoln, please complete the survey for each student. Happy Reading!


Lincoln PTO

Please click here for information about the Lincoln PTO