Weekly Newsletter and Announcements

A Message from Principal Gordon

Dear Lincoln Families,

Time is certainly flying. I can't believe that we are already in our 4th week of school and the first day of Fall is Tuesday! I feel so grateful to be a part of such a great school community and appreciate all of your feedback, kind messages and suggestions. One suggestion that I will implement starting next week is a school wide break. All students and staff will take 20 minutes to unplug from the screen to break, snack or just run around the house! I know it isn't much but to be able to get outside or just unwind besides lunchtime will help us all stay connected and work together, especially families with multiple kids at different grade levels.

I hope that you are taking good care of yourself, your family and finding ways to make it through this time.

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

Important Dates:

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

Lincoln Spirit Week

We hope that your children enjoyed Spirit Week as much as we did.

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Spotlight On

Please take a moment to read this opinion article in this weeks Oak Leaves. It mentions our very own Mrs. Meredith, one of our Kindergarten teachers.

"I phoned the new kindergarten student and her mother before dinner to get the first day report. My daughter told me that it was a wonderful day, beyond her expectations. Ms. Meredith seemed able to connect with the class on the screen. The on-line format was very organized and easy to follow, and kept Ava engaged. " - Jeanne Martinez

The Lincoln Kindergarten Team has worked so tirelessly to welcome our youngest learners to the virual learning space and I could not be more proud of them.

District 97 Information

Free Webinar on Supporting Children During COVID-19
Thrive Counseling Center is hosting a free Thrive Talks webinar, "Calm the Chaos!" on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. to provide parents with tools to support their children with the ongoing stress and uncertainty of the pandemic. The session will feature:

  • Child psychologist Heidi Hamernik, PhD
  • OPRFHS Special Ed teacher Douglas Hill
  • District 97 school social worker Lori Janu-Chossek, LCSW
  • PCC Wellness pediatrician Brooke Turnock, MD
  • Steve Parker, Marriage and Family Therapist

Please use the following link to join the webinar:

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. 22
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 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. The event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (click here to register)

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.

Staff Shout Outs

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

Ms. Meisinger has been phenomenal at meeting individual student needs. Our child was having a really hard time with confidence and hanging in there, and Ms. Meisinger took her lunch to speak with me on the phone to talk through how to support him. She has been so steady and intentional in creating positivity and community. Our family is so thankful for her. - Ms. Parker

His patient with the students when helping them navigate with Seesaw. Mr. Domecq creates a very comfortable environment filled. He is a good role model of empathy for others. Gracias maestro. - Mr. Jacoby

Mr. Breit has great organization skills. I appreciate his constant communication with parents, sending weekly schedules and plans. You can tell he works hard for his students. My daughter enjoy her class, is always interested in what is next and he makes easy to understand with his clear plans and instruction. Very impressive and thank you for all you do. - Mrs. Hernandez

Mr. Childress is always there when I have a problem or questions with the device (i-pad) and is an Awesome Student Advisor. - Ms. Walker

Mrs. Cortez: Her ability to teach remotely in such a positive, professional, engaging manner. Quite a number of parents have made similar comments. We appreciate it so much. - Ms.Duffy

Joanne and the front desk is always there to answer any and every question. - Ms. Walker

Ms. Cooper is amazing at instilling confidence in her students. We’ve seen this time and time again. We can see our son’s inner strength and self love growing already. Even with the craziness of remote learning de our wiggly little guy, he beams with pride when her name comes up. He feels seen and know . She has checked in on how she can support us and we are just so thankful that she truly cares about our whole family. - Ms. Parker

Mrs. Childress is so high energy and engaging with students. I'm so thankful my son has her! - Ms. Vonderlack-Navarro

Mrs. Burries allows the kids to use backgrounds on Zoom...letting them be kids and make the most our of this situation. Additionally, she really prioritizes respect and giving space for differences and feelings. That's really BIG.- Ms. Alfaro

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. - Ms. Danhauser

Mr. Tangorra makes learning music through zoom so much fun! My kids are laughing, singing, dancing around the living room, tapping out beats, and looking for things around the house to turn into instruments. His enthusiasm is genuine and contagious. A breath of fresh air during these weird times. - Mrs. Klette

Mrs. Manetta's energy, patience and constant positive interaction and verbal praise to her students is encouraging and motivational. She has impressed me. My son Noah enjoys every moment of his zoom time. Teaching remote isn't for the weak, she is definitely not! She does is with ease and grace. Thx you!! - Mrs. Hernandez

Senora Rosales goes above and beyond for our family. She communicates often and is amazing and patient with technology. She has provided our family with a consistent and positive role model. Her positivity and caring demeanor on the virtual classroom sets a great tone for our whole family’s day. - Alberts Family

Ms. Clark has an incredible spirit and super kind. - Mrs. Middel

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.

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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Lincoln PTO

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