Principal's Corner

What's Going On In The World Of Lincoln (Jan. 2022)

2021-2022 Lincoln School Calendar

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Happy New Year and Welcome back!

I hope you had a restful and meaningful time with your family and friends during the winter break.

As educators, we at Lincoln ESD 156 are thankful for all opportunities to impact young lives. Our students are the reason we’re here. As students returned to school on Tuesday, the atmosphere was very positive.

As the second semester approaches, the teachers, other administrators, and I have one vision for our students, and we hope it closely matches yours. We want ALL of them to become all that they can be. We want them to be successful through good, consistent attendance, perseverance, utilizing help from our faculty, and working diligently. We want this because these traits will build good habits that will carry them profitably throughout their life. We expect a great deal from them because they are so very capable of producing excellent results!

Parents, please be aware that attendance at Lincoln is critical. Students must be present 90% of the time in class. If your child has missed ten or more days during the first semester, you should have received a letter in the mail before the winter break. If you have questions about your child’s attendance, please contact the attendance clerk, Mrs. Lambert, at (708) 862-6620.

Lincoln Start Time

Kudos to our parents for having our students at school by the 8:15 a.m. start time and picking students up by 2:35 p.m. Attendance and tardies matter and it impacts student learning. When students do not arrive at the 8:15 a.m. start time they are missing meaningful instruction. Please be mindful that parents meetings have begun and will continue for those who are truant and those with chronic tardies to school.

Parents when dropping off and picking up your students please be mindful not to block the street or block the designated spaces of the staff. You will be subject to being ticketed if staff parking spaces continue to be blocked.

Shifting to Remote learning

We understand there is anxiety as COVID cases in the community continue to rise. However, at this time Lincoln is continuing with In-person learning. Lincoln ESD 156 continues to review and monitor the situation with our state and local health partners and will adjust learning models if needed. This could mean shifting the entire building to remote learning if necessary. We promise to notify families as soon as we can if and when that happens.

Prevention, self-assessment, testing

Mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in classrooms, schools, and communities continues to be a multi-faceted approach. The prevention measures rely on students and staff to wear masks at all times, wash their hands frequently, stay home when not feeling well, and get vaccinated and/or boosted when eligible.

COVID-19 Update

In line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has adopted the CDC’s recommendation to reduce the number of days for isolation and quarantine for the general public. This applies only to the general public at this time.

The CDC has not yet updated its guidance for school settings. The CDC’s guidance for school settings continues to provide a 14-day quarantine for unvaccinated close contacts in school settings or participation in Test to Stay, stating: “Close contacts who are not fully vaccinated should be referred for COVID-19 testing. Regardless of the test result, they should quarantine at home for 14 days after exposure. Options to shorten quarantine provide acceptable alternatives of a 10-day quarantine or a 7-day quarantine combined with testing and a negative test result.”

Therefore, IDPH announced on Dec. 30 that schools should continue to follow the current IDPH COVID-19 School Guidance, including the requirements for exclusion of students and school personnel.

COVID Vaccine Available at Lincoln

Just a reminder, if you are interested in getting vaccines or boosters for yourself or your children, please call the main office and speak with Ms. Hill. We have partnered with MTVAC, which does our weekly staff and student covid testing each week. If you are interested in your student receiving the weekly test to stay weekly covid test ( mouth swab), stop in to fill out the consent form with Nurse Jones.

Covid Protocols for Parents

  • Universal Face Covering Requirement for Students, Staff, and Guest

The face-covering requirement is for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are also required on all public school transportation. Students and staff will take their face coverings off while eating and drinking outdoors.

Face coverings are required for all students in grades PreK-8 and must be worn at all times.

Face coverings should:

  • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
  • Allow you to breathe easily
  • Be secured safely over the nose, mouth, and under your chin, and completely cover your nose and mouth.
  • Be changed if it becomes soiled or wet
  • Be washed as needed
  • Any person between the ages of 5- 12 is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Stay Home When:

    • You are sick!
    • Diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 10 days
    • Exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days and are not fully vaccination
    • Instructed to quarantine by the Illinois Department of Public Health or any other medical official
    • Sick or experiencing any of these symptoms of illness:
      • 100.4° fever or higher
      • Sore throat
      • New cough
      • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Diarrhea or vomiting
      • New severe headache
      • Please check your students for symptoms before reporting to school or boarding the school bus.

Illinois Rental Assistance Program

So many families have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who have fallen behind on rent payments, the Illinois Rental Assistance Program may be able to help keep them in their homes.

The Illinois Rental Payment Program provides financial assistance for rent to income-eligible Illinois renters and their landlords who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Illinois renters may be eligible for up to $25,000 and 18 months of emergency rental payments under the program. This is a grant that does NOT have to be repaid.

Please help us spread the word about this opportunity and share this information with your school communities.

Click on the Link for more information. Illinois Rental Payment Program

Lincoln Website

What's Happening at Lincoln!

8th Grade News

Just a reminder, if you have an 8th-grade student, the deadline is fast approaching to pay their fees. Please reach out to Mr. West, the Assistant Principal in charge of the 8th-grade activities. The fee amount is $120.00. Please reach out to Mrs. Lambert about delinquent fees. They both can be reached at (708) 862-6620.

Dates to Remember

January 10, 2022, Regular School Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. ( Virtual)

January 14, 2022, Early Dismissal, 11:50 a.m.-No Lunch Served

January 17, 2022, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday – School Closed

* January 21, 2022 Virtual Parent/Teacher Conference Day,

8:30 – 11:00 a.m.; 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. (No School for Students)


Regina Y. Huston


Lincoln Elementary School SD #156

410 W. 157th St.

Calumet City, IL

708- 862-6620