Lincoln Middle School
August 27, 2021
Hello Lincoln Families!
We have made it through our first full week! The students are doing a great job and, although they may not want to admit it, we think they are glad to be back in class! As we continue to adjust to returning to school during a pandemic, I appreciate the cooperation and confidence it takes to move forward. As much as we would like the school day to be as routine as it was pre-pandemic, we are now faced with circumstances when the day clearly falls out of the normal range. Let's continue to hope that we will soon be turning the corner and putting this pandemic further and further behind us.
There are a few items that I would like to review with parents:
MAP Testing Schedule: Students will begin MAP testing next week. See our schedule below.
D57 Safety and Operational Guidelines: please read the document linked below to be fully aware of the district guidelines regarding COVID 19.
The parking lot on the west side of the building is not to be used for student drop off or pick up. First and foremost, the west lot is the bus drop-off and pick-up, therefore parent traffic is not allowed. Also, parking spaces for staff are limited and we need all available spots open for staff as they arrive to work.
Students are doing a great job remaining masked throughout the day. Although we are happy to provide a student with a mask occasionally (forgotten or broken), we have a limited supply. Please be sure your child keeps several extra masks in their locker so that they can replace their mask if necessary.
Have a great weekend,
ASK THE OFFICE STAFF!
Here are some quick answers to frequently asked questions!
- Bus riders: Do not require a parent note if a rider will not ride the bus home after school.
- Bus riders: May not switch buses after school.
- Coming back to go to locker: The office closes at 4pm. Students may return to school, enter at Door #1, check in at the office and then go to their locker.
- Dropping off a lunch: Mark the name and grade on the lunch. Place the lunch in the grade-level basket in the front office. The basket will be brought down to the lunchroom.
- Calling the attendance line: The attendance line is open 24/7. Call anytime to report your child's late arrival or absence. 847.394.7350/Press 1.
- Lunch (MealTime) deposits are accepted in the school office: Cash or check (payable to Quest).
DANCE ! DANCE! DANCE!
BAND! ORCHESTRA! CHORUS!
It is so exciting to have students back in the building and we absolutely cannot wait to start making music with our wonderfully talented students! Keep reading to find information regarding how to register for performing ensembles as well as information about first morning full group rehearsals. ALL NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS MUST REGISTER FOR 2021/22 MUSIC PROGRAMS.
Click here for Band and Orchestra Registration
Note! 6th grade students that may not have started an instrument last year… We would love to have you! If you have a 6th grade student that has not started an instrument yet, but is interested in participating in band/orchestra please register but also send Mr. Fudala or Ms. Prodan an email!
Click here for Chorus registration
Please select the appropriate grade level to be registered for the correct ensemble.
- Band Rehearsals: IMPORTANT: Read Mr. Fudala's Letter regarding band by clicking here!
- 6th grade Band: Mondays, first rehearsal, August 30, 7:00am
- 7th and 8th grade Band: first rehearsal, WEDNESDAY (updated), September 1, 7:00am
6th grade Orchestra: Monday, August 30, 7:00am; Mondays and Wednesdays.
7th/8th grade Orchestra - Tuesday, August, 31, 7:00am; Tuesdays and Thursdays.
7/8th Grade Chorus (Company)- Wednesday, September 1, 7:00 am; Wednesday and Friday
6th Grade Chorus (Chorale) - Thursday, September 2, 7:00am; Thursday
For all rehearsals: students should arrive at Lincoln between 6:45 and 6:55 and enter through Door 1.
LINCOLN PTO UPDATES: PLEASE JOIN, SEEKING A SPIRIT WEAR CHAIR, & UPCOMING PTO MEETING
We hope the transition back to school has been a relatively smooth one. As a reminder, we encourage all families to consider joining the PTO at $10 per family so that we can continue to support our school, students, and amazing teachers and support staff. At the same time, we’re also running our HASSLE-FREE FUNDRAISER - contributions above and beyond $10 are appreciated to help us to deliver on activities such as staff appreciation, grade-level and schoolwide events, and more.
Click here to join via contactless online payment or click here for the membership form if you wish to join via cash or check. Contributions are tax-deductible and an electronic student directory is included with your membership.
Save the Date: First PTO Meeting Sept. 14
Please save the date for the first Lincoln PTO meeting of the school year. The meeting will take place from Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 7-8 p.m. at the school. All PTO members and those interested in joining are welcome to attend. PTO meetings are regularly attended by Principal Suminski and a member of the D57 School Board. Meetings provide a great forum to meet with school administration and the D57 board—questions and open dialogue are encouraged!
Note that PTO meetings take place the second Tuesday of each month from 7-8 p.m. during the school year.
We’ve Got Spirit, but Still Need YouWe’ve got spirit, how about you? The PTO is seeking a Spirit Wear chairperson to manage coordination of school spirit wear sales. This will include working with the pre-selected vendor, finalizing items, consolidating orders and sorting/distributing items once they arrive. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in the role or would like to learn more.
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM DR. VONDER HAAR, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING
Accessing Instruction When Quarantining at Home
We want to provide families with important reminders about our health and safety protocols, as well as information regarding accessing remote instruction when quarantining at home.
It is important to continue to monitor your child’s health and the onset of symptoms. If your child is sick (fever (100.0°F or higher), headache, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue, muscle or body aches), please keep your child home and notify your child’s school.
If anyone is experiencing COVID-like symptoms (noted above) in your home, please keep your child home until it is confirmed that the family member does not have COVID-19. Contact your child’s school if you have questions.
In the event that a student needs to quarantine, students will have access to remote instruction. (Please note that this is different from students who receive concurrent instruction within our Remote Education Program.) This only applies to students who need to be quarantined for COVID-19 purposes and are feeling well enough to participate.
After the school is notified, it may take up to 24 hours from notification, excluding weekends, to set up the classroom to allow for remote instruction. Teachers will notify families if materials are needed for pick-up and will share when those will be available. Remote instruction during quarantining will provide students with a window into the classroom. This is an opportunity for the student to observe and follow along with the lessons occurring in the classroom long-distance and an opportunity for the student to stay connected with school. Students/Families will receive a Zoom link through Google Classroom for the student to be able to see and/or hear the day’s lessons. Student participation in the lessons and feedback from the teacher will be limited during this time. If students are experiencing symptoms and they do not feel well, please call in your child’s absence. Your child’s teacher will support your child when he/she returns to school. Access to remote instruction is not available for students who are taking any other type of sick day, missed the bus, vacation, woke up late, etc.
DISTRICT 57 HANDBOOK: APPEARANCE CLAUSE
District 57 produces materials about its programs and activities. As a student of the District, a student may be included in video tape or photographs taken at school or district functions. If parents wish to restrict the publication of the student’s face, likeness, voice, or appearance, including the publication of a child’s picture on the District, school, or classroom website, as part of a class or school activity, they must submit a written request annually by September 15 to the building principal.
Click here for important information regarding Mount Prospect's Safe Schools Committee and Lincoln Middle School Relocation Site.