Weekly Newsletter and Announcements

A Message from Principal Gordon

Dear Lincoln Families,

We will send a separate communication this week regarding Hybrid attendance.

As always, I hope you have a fantastic week!

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

Dates to Remember:

Feb 1 - New Hybrid and Remote Schedule starts

Feb 1 - Grade 4-5 Hybrid students start

Feb 2 - Grade 2-3 Hybrid Students start (Grades 4-5 also in attendance)

Feb 3 - Grade K-1 Hybrid Students start (Grades 2-5 also in attendance)

Feb 25 and 26 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Spotlight On!

The Lincoln Lions Book Club read "When Stars are Scattered" by Omar Mohamed earlier in the school year. Drew in 4th grade was so moved by this story that she asked her parents if she could donate a check she received for Hanukkah to Refugee Strong, and requested her parents to match her donation (which they did).

"At a time when life is so out of the ordinary, it's easy to focus on what we're missing, but you helped Drew think hard about all that she has and how incredibly lucky we are -- now and always, and inspired her to take some action, which will do everything we can to sustain".

- from Drew's mom to Mrs. Meisinger who leads the Lincoln Lions Book Club.

Staff Shout Outs

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

Mrs. Burries has been absolutely amazing this year for our son. I am so grateful for her guidance, patience, and ability to keep my son on track and engaged. Thank you Mrs Burries!

- Noelle Wright

Mr. Domecq is an engaging teacher for Logan, offering encouragement in all sorts of ways. Logan was reluctant (read: "obstinately refused") to complete a reading assessment with Ms. Meglan. She was understanding, kind, and considerate with Logan through the iPad. Mr. Domecq spoke with Logan and they made a deal: Mr. Domecq, a balloon sculpture artist, would drop off a balloon creature to Logan over the weekend if Logan promised to do the rest of the reading assessment with Ms. Meglan. Just wanted to write to say thank you to both for tag-teaming this effort.

- James Ratner

From our very first virtual contact from Ms. Cortez before the year even started through her preparation for hybrid learning, Ms. Cortez’s dedication and compassion for teaching despite all challenges has been truly awe inspiring. Like many first time virtual learners, our 2nd grade daughter has had her share of difficulties adjusting to learning through an iPad. Ms. Cortez has not only managed to connect students to learning through her creative lesson planning but also managed to connect them to each other via zoom break out rooms and fun sharing exercises. Whenever our little learner had a moment of struggle, Ms. Cortez was immediately there to help her directly, motivate her to excel, and keep us in the loop about the process. She has been a constant source of inspiration and a true teaching hero!
- John Severson

Ms. Yigsaw’s passion for teaching kindergarteners has been clear from day one of virtual learning. Our kindergarten son has had a difficult time adjusting to the synchronous virtual learning schedule and has needed a custom ramp up approach to keep him interested. Ms. Yigsaw has worked with us every step of the way and he’s now fully adjusted and even excited about e-learning each morning! Covid-19 may have stripped our son’s opportunity to learn in person from Ms. Yigsaw but we will always remember her non-stop excitement, dedication to her craft, and truly heroic role of inspiring probably the most difficult age of e-learners, thank you Ms. Yigsaw!
- John Severson

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.

Other District 97 Information

Next Meal D97 Meal Distribution: Tuesday, Jan. 26
January Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Meals will be provided free of cost this fall to any District 97 student in need. Each bag of food will contain five breakfasts and five lunches.

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.

D97 Breakfast/Lunch Menus - January 2021

Updates from District 97 Child Care Partners

District 97 has worked with community partners to support the child care needs of our families and staff throughout the 2020-21 school year. Please click here for updated information from Hephzibah and the Park District of Oak Park.

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Oak Park Youth Baseball Softball Registration Open

Eager to get those kiddos safely playing outside this spring?! Register today for T-ball, Softball and Baseball through Oak Park Youth Baseball & Softball (OPYBS).

OPYBS is looking forward to spring when our kids can play ball, have fun, be outdoors and learn the fundamentals of the sport – all in a safe way. After a successful summer/fall 2020 season, registration for spring 2021 is open and will follow a set of Covid-19 safety guidelines to protect our players and coaches.

OPYBS offers baseball for ages five through 12 and softball for ages five through 14. Any child can start playing at any age! As of now, we are planning a full spring/summer season – starting in April and continuing through June – for our house leagues and Eagles/Falcons travel teams. This will change, as needed, based on local, state and federal Covid-19 safety guidelines. You may contact the OPYBS Lincoln Ambassador, Nicole Nichols, at gam54@hotmail.com with any questions.

REGISTER NOW (https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/234965) for the 2021 season!

Click for more information on Boys & Girls T-Ball, Softball, and Baseball.

Important Information from Mrs. Donovan - School Nurse

Please review this document from our School Nurse, Mrs. Donovan.

This contains important information that may be required prior to your child's return to in-person learning.

Lincoln School Spirit Wear

Please click here to order your Lincoln Spirit Wear.

Thank you PTO for the new design and fun items!


for more detail about the Lincoln School PTO.

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How Do I Access Technology Support During Remote Learning?

Technical support will be available from school and district technology staff by accessing the Help Desk through email, helpdesk@op97.org. When an email is submitted, a Help Desk ticket is created and assigned to technology staff, who will be working throughout the day to address technology concerns. Our technology team can support District 97 devices and student online programs.

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