Lincoln Newsletter Nov/Dec 2019

Keeping You Linc'd In!!!

From the Principal's Desk

Yesterday marked the end of the first trimester here at Lincoln. Our students continue to grow as students and as individuals, and we know that the second semester will allow more opportunities for our students to engage in their learning. We are proud of the progress

our students have shown during this time and we look forward to sharing their progress with you. Report cards will be mailed home on December 6th.


On the topic of report cards, Lincoln earned a "Commendable" rating from the Illinois State Board of Education. This designation was calculated largely on student academic growth (as measured by the PARCC test) among other factors. As a whole, District 64 schools performed very well. More specific information about Lincoln’s progress can be found on the Illinois State School Report Card found on the District website. Information about and a summary of the District’s progress was shared with the Board of Education at last week’s meeting.


Also at last week’s Board of Education meeting, I had the opportunity to share about the great things happening at Lincoln. One of the highlights was about our commitment to building a sense of community and school pride. Throughout the year, we have engaged in practices that focus on meeting the academic and social-emotional needs of our students and staff. This Friday, we will be coming together for our inaugural Lion Pride Assembly. During this event, we will come together as a school to celebrate student involvement and recognize students. Heading into the holiday weekend, we are looking forward to highlighting those things that we are thankful for here at LMS.


Just a reminder that we have next week off for Thanksgiving. On behalf of the Lincoln staff, we hope that this time away from school allows you and your family to enjoy the time together and to relax as we gear up for the busy holiday season. We are thankful for your support and for everything you have done to make the year a successful one for our students.


Have a great Thanksgiving!


All the best to you and your families,



Dave


Conference Champs - Lincoln Girls Basketball Team!

The 8th Grade Girls basketball team won the conference championship with a win over Emerson on October 26th. It was a fitting end to a successful season, the team finished with an overall record of 16 wins and 3 losses.

7th Grade Girls Basketball Champions

7th-grade girls were undefeated for the season and were conference champions! A big shout out to all the students of Lincoln!

A reminder on Waterbottles at Lincoln

Since Science has proved the benefits of hydration, students are allowed to have water bottles with them during the day, but only under the following conditions:

  • The bottles must be reusable, and transparent (like the picture)
  • No steel or disposable bottles are allowed.
  • Teachers may restrict the use of water bottles in a classroom depending on the learning activity (e.g. when using Chromebooks or in a Science lab to avoid spillage.

Calling all students!

Is your student the kind of person who likes to help others? Do they like to bring a smile to the face of someone who might be having a challenging day? Then MakerSpace is for them! Our goal this year is to make use of our creativity and skills to make something for someone to make their life better. One of our Makers made this cool mini-bulletin board to brighten someone's day.


If this is something that might interest your student, have them stop by the LRC to pick up a pass to come to MakerSpace during Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday lunch recess time. Hope to see them soon!!!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - PTO Fundraiser

Over half our tickets have sold.


Don't miss your chance to see the new Star Wars movie the night BEFORE the official release. The popular PTO sponsored PREVIEW NIGHT fundraiser at the Pickwick is back! This has sold out every year, so buy tickets early. Seating is guaranteed, but it is not reserved, so you will still have to get their early to snag your favorite spot.


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker


Thursday, December 19th, 7:00 pm

The Pickwick Theater

Tickets are $20 & includes popcorn and a drink.


Buy tickets on the PTO website HERE.

Defending against influenza and respiratory illness.

Fall months also herald the start of cold and flu season. Since influenza viruses vary from year to year, it is difficult to predict the season’s beginning and peak. Flu activity in the U.S. tends to peak between December and February, but can begin as early as October and continue into May. Current recommendations state that everyone 6 months of age and older, especially those considered at high risk, receives influenza vaccination annually. To prepare for the upcoming flu season, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for basic flu facts, prevention tips and treatment information by clicking here.

Tips for cold weather safety

Recent weather trends have brought January-like weather conditions to our area unexpectedly! Hypothermia (abnormally low body temperature) and frostbite are both dangerous conditions that can occur with exposure to very cold temperatures. Stay safe during the cold weather by learning more about hypothermia. For an infographic about avoiding, spotting and treating frostbite and hypothermia, click here.

PE Department News

Congratulations to our October PE Students of the Month winners Isabelle Gutierrez and Stephen Ronan. They exemplify the highest ROARS behavior standards such as effort, sportsmanship, being prepared, and respectful to teachers and peers. Their pictures are posted just outside of the gym 1 doors.


INTRAMURALS


Our 10th annual intramural Student-Faculty Volleyball Tournament will be starting right after Thanksgiving break. All the teams in Pool 1 will be playing Monday, Dec 2 from 3-4 pm and Friday, Dec. 6 from 3-4 pm. Pool 2 will be playing Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 3-4 pm and Friday, Dec 13, 3-4 pm. The top four teams from each pool will advance to the Finals Thursday, Dec. 19 from 3-4 pm to try and win the coveted Golden Volleyball Trophy!

Shrek Jr. Auditions are coming up!

Shrek Jr. Auditions will be held on December 9th, 10th, 17th, & 19th from 3-4pm in Winslow Hall. Students will sign up during a time-slot and will also need to fill out this audition form before their audition. Students may find all audition materials linked on the student portal!

Bring on the Holidays!

Congrats to the 7th & 8th grade singers of Lincoln for singing for some seniors and Park Ridge Police officers yesterday! Way to make Lincoln proud!

Our students perform Annie!

Congratulations to the 7th grade Music Theatre Workshop class for performing their mini production of Annie last week! Way to go students!

As the seasons change… keep school closing guidelines in mind

District 64's guidelines focus on wind chill and use the National Weather Service distinctions between an advisory and a warning (among other factors) when considering whether schools will be closed. As always, our first priority is the safety of students and staff when making decisions on when schools are closed. Make sure you know about our School Closing Guidelines before the bad weather hits! Here's to a safe winter ahead!

Queen of Hearts is up to $6500.00

The Ace of spades was behind card #5 so we continue on. The $100 gift card was won by an Emerson teacher.


Our jackpot is now up to $6,500. Please come out for Taco Tuesday at Harp & Fiddle and play the hottest game around. Join us and Emerson for our middle school fundraiser.

Fall 2019 Health Reminders from School Health Services

FALL 2019 HEALTH REMINDERS FROM SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES


Review Guidelines to prevent head lice

With the return of colder weather along with hats and scarves, it's a good time to review guidelines for health lice prevention. Although the focus of head lice is usually on treatment, prevention is just as important. Since head lice cannot jump from child to child, preventing head lice may not be as difficult as it sounds. Please take the opportunity to read the following information. Experts recommend:

•Avoiding head to head contact during play and other activities.

•Encouraging your child to avoid sharing items that have been on or near another child’s head, such as hairbrushes, combs, and hair accessories, hats, scarves, towels, pillows, helmets, etc.

•Teaching your child to hang up hats and coats on individual hooks. Avoid piling coats/jackets.

•Reviewing pictures of head lice and nits (eggs) to help you understand what you are looking for when checking your child’s head.

•Checking your child for lice and/or nits on a weekly basis.

•Recognizing symptoms of head lice: itchy scalp and small red bumps on the back of the head and neck.

•Reviewing head lice prevention steps with your child before sleepovers or trips. If your child is found to have head lice, check with your healthcare provider for recommended treatment. Please inform your child’s school health office. Health staff members are available to answer questions about treatment and prevention.


•For more information, please visit these sites:

*http://www.d64.org/health-services/health-safety-tips

*https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/parents.html

*Brochure on Head Lice

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Sports Corner

Find the 7th and 8th-grade Boys Basketball game schedules and other activities HERE.

PTO News!

The Emerson and Lincoln PTO Queen of Hearts 50/50 raffle will raise money to equally benefit the students and staff at both Emerson and Lincoln Middle Schools. The drawing are at 9 PM at Harp and Fiddle.


For regular updates and more information, please follow this event on the Queen of Hearts Facebook Page.


Future PTO Meetings are scheduled for:

Thursday, January 16, 2020: Featuring Ken Wallace, D207 Superintendent
Thursday, March 12, 2020: TBD
Thursday, May 14, 2020: TBD


Please CLICK HERE if you need to update your membership

Links that might help you...

Order your Fun and Fantastic Spirit Wear Here.


Help Lincoln PTO while shopping! Use the PTO's Amazon Smile Link: search Lincoln Middle School Parent Teacher Organization to sign up.


Sign up for District 64's new text messaging feature Here.

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