Weekly Newsletter and Announcements

A Message from Principal Gordon

Dear Lincoln Families,

I hope this week is off to a great start for you! We are officially 17 school days away from summer break. This year has been interesting and rewarding, especially when reflecting on our biggest accomplishment...our Lincoln students! These are such an amazing group of kids and they certainly fill my bucket on a daily basis so thank you for sharing them with me...even if it's only for another 17 days!

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

Dates to Remember:

May 20 - The Asian American Experience: Community Education Event

May 25 - School Board Meeting

May 31 - No School (Memorial Day)

Daily Certification in CrisisGo

Parents and Guardians, we really need your support in regards to your child's daily certification. We are asking that you complete the CrisisGo information everyday by 7:15 a.m.

Thank you for you attention to this very important part of our school day.

Finish Strong: Help Us Keep D97 Safe

As COVID-19 continues to impact our community, it is critical that we remain vigilant in our efforts to keep District 97 schools safe.

The decisions we make during these next few weeks have a direct impact on our ability to maximize in-person learning for our students. Whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, we all have a responsibility to follow ALL safety guidelines set by state and local health departments in order to reduce potential spread of the virus.

With this in mind, please help us "Stay Safe and Finish Strong."
  • If you are sick, STAY HOME.
  • Wear a face mask or covering at all times while at school.
  • Maintain social distancing (6 feet, as much as possible).
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.


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Friday Night Place

Our first Friday Night Place was a lot of fun for the students who attended.

4th Grade Science Experiment!

What happens when you mix acids and bases?? A Lemon Volcano!!

Keep D97 Schools Allergy Safe - No Nuts Allowed

District 97 will continue its nut-safe expectation this school year when we transition to full-day in-person learning. The exclusion of nuts will be adhered to throughout the school day, which includes lunchtime and snacks. This is an important measure to protect our students with life-threatening allergies, as the lunchroom may not be the only space used for meals while we are adhering to COVID-19 safety measures.

Please check with your child's teacher for other allergy considerations in the classroom. We appreciate your help in adhering to this preventative measure.

Face Masks Still Mandatory In All D97 Schools

On May 13, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced that face coverings are no longer required for individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. While this news represents an important milestone in the pandemic, the mask mandate for Illinois schools has not ended at this point.

District 97 follows the guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Oak Park Department of Public Health. We do not have information at this point about the impact this latest development will have on schools. Until we receive further guidance, face coverings will continue to be required in all of our schools regardless of vaccination status.
Library Book Check Out Form

Please fill out this form if you would like to checkout from the Lincoln Library. Mrs. Evans will email you when your book(s) is/are ready to be picked-up.


May 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 - May 2021

District 97 to Parent University Session on Elementary Social Justice Lessons
District 97 will host a virtual Parent University session on May 13, focusing on the elementary social justice lessons from Learning for Justice (formerly known as Teaching Tolerance).

The session, "K-5 Social Justice Lessons: Building a Foundation for Inclusive & Anti-Racist Work in District 97," will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 13.

Join us to learn more about the social justice lessons that are building the foundation for inclusive and anti-racist work in District 97 elementary schools. Come hear from teachers and coaches about our resources, our goals, and the student experience. CLICK HERE to register. Please submit any questions you have prior to the session using this form. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Asian American Experience: Community Education Event on May 20 at 7 p.m.
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. In light of the recent rise in AAPI hate crimes and violence, making space to acknowledge the impact that the historical and present day anti-Asian sentiment has on our community is more important than ever. On May 20, Districts 200, 97, and 90 and the Oak Park Public Library are partnering with community members to host a virtual conversation about the racial equity challenges of our Asian-American community members. Stay tuned for more information on this community event.

A message from the Technology Department: Student Non - Device Collection

We hope this message finds you well. As we prepare for the end of the school year, there are two updates from the District 97 Technology Department that I want to share.

First, we will not be collecting devices from students who are currently in kindergarten through seventh grade. This decision was made with the health and safety of our students and families in mind, considering the logistics of collecting more than 4,000 devices. It will also ensure access for all students who are participating in the summer school sessions being offered by the district and other partner organizations. In addition, as shared prior the board of education has approved the three year technology plan that included the refresh of student devices. The technology department has ordered those devices and expects them in during the summer in time to have them prepared and ready for distribution during the first week of school. During distribution we will handle the collection of the current devices and distribution of the new devices at one time. More information will be shared about this timing and process as we get closer to the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

The technology department will continue to service devices through a specified schedule throughout the summer. There will be more details shared on this in the coming days/weeks. If you and your family move out of the district, please email helpdesk@op97.org to schedule a time to drop off your device to the district office prior to leaving. It will be very important to get these devices as soon as possible so we can have them cleaned and prepped for the students in the fall.

Thank you for your review of this information and hope all is well with you and your families. We will continue to provide you updates throughout the coming weeks and months.


Michael Arensdorff

Online registration for the 2021-22 school year is now open!

Remember that the "ABCs" of registration are "D-E-F."
  • D - Documents: All required documents must be scanned and ready to upload before starting registration.
  • E - Early: Registration is a longer process and we ask that families register early!
  • F - Finish: Registration is finished once you receive a confirmation email from the district.
CLICK HERE or the box below for a brief video that outlines the District 97 registration process!

Returning Students

Registration will be entirely online April 26 through May 31 for returning students who are currently in kindergarten through seventh grade. The parent/guardian listed as PG1 in PowerSchool will receive an email from infosnap@is.op97.org with their student’s snapcode and instructions to register. Emails will be sent in waves beginning April 26. Returning Student Registration Information >

NOTE: In order to register, Oak Park renters must have a lease that covers August 31, 2021, or the student’s first day of school.

New Students and Kindergarteners

Families who wish to enroll new students or kindergarteners must first gather all required documents and make an appointment to have them reviewed. At your appointment, the registrar will explain the online process, verify your documentation and child's grade level, and enter the student into the online registration system. After your appointment you will receive an email for each student with a unique link to submit that student’s registration information. Information for Incoming Kindergarteners >

Appointments can be scheduled using this link:
Additional slots will be added each week.

Registration for the 2021-22 School Year in District 97
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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.

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.

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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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