Lincoln Lions Update

March 19, 2021

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"We are committed to creating a school that knows no limits to the academic success of each student." -No Excuses University Pledge

Happy Spring Break!

We hope our families have a restful and healthy spring break! School resumes on Monday, March 29. In the event your family is planning to travel over spring break, a concurrent learning option is available for your student (s) upon return. Dr. Heinz recently sent out a communication with a link for in-person students' families to register for concurrent learning following spring break, with a submission deadline of Monday, March 15. If you did not have a chance to fill out the survey but intend for your child(ren) to learn concurrently, please email Mrs. Knoeppel directly with this information or call the Lincoln office. It does require the classroom teacher to make preparations for concurrent learners and we appreciate your proactive communication so that we can provide the best learning opportunities for your student(s). It is important to note that post-travel quarantine is recommended and encouraged at this time, but not required or mandated.

**Families traveling will be able to request concurrent learning through Friday, April 9, 2021
(with school return on April 12).

Grade 6 Lincoln PTA Fundraiser!

Lincoln PTA is hosting a fundraiser for grade 6 End of Year events for our students. A "Chocolate and Churros" Food Truck (Churros Y Chocolate Inc) will be at Lincoln School on April 8 from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm at the front of the school. Thank you, PTA!

An Update from CCSD15: Beyond Just Boundaries Community Engagement

Since its founding in 1946, District 15 has become a destination district, known for our academic and social emotional initiatives and for leading the way in literacy and culturally responsive practices. While we are incredibly proud of the work we have done academically, little attention or funding has been given to the operational foundation of the district over those 75 years—our 20 school buildings, and how to most effectively use them to support the academic needs of our uniquely diverse population.

Our decades-old boundary lines no longer meet our communities’ needs. Solving these challenges brings opportunity. By improving our boundary lines and modernizing our facilities, we can achieve many of the enhancements our community has requested for decades, which will support our students’ academic and social emotional needs.

Realigning school boundaries is never easy. But the outcome of this process will result in widespread improvements for everyone in District 15—not just for today’s students, but for generations to come.

That’s why our community has collaborated - for the past three years - in order to develop a solution. Thousands of community members have provided insight to our district leaders and elected Board of Education Members, and together we have identified nine high value priorities for our school district while maintaining our commitment to fiscal responsibility:

  • Focus on Near-Neighborhood Schools

  • Establish a Cohesive Educational Path for Students

  • Balance Enrollment

  • Offer Full-Day Kindergarten for All

  • Upgrade to a Middle School Model

  • Eliminate the Bilingual Overlay

  • Ensure Equitable Access to Programs and Services

  • Utilize Our Facilities More Efficiently

  • Repair and Restore Our School Buildings

This multi-year effort requires continuous planning, even in the midst of the pandemic. We are ready to take the next steps forward by inviting the community to learn more about where we are in the planning process and invite them to share feedback to help further inform our thinking.

Our goal throughout this process is to gather feedback from the community with opportunities for two-way communication. In an effort to keep a two-way dialogue, we will have a cap on the number of participants for our virtual sessions. We will follow state and local guidelines for the number of in-person participants we will host. If you are not able to attend or are not selected for one of the sessions, we will be recording and sharing a session to ensure the whole District 15 community will stay informed.

All of the sessions will cover the same information. To register for a session, please visit the website.

Participación comunitaria más allá de los límites

Desde su fundación en 1946, el Distrito 15 se ha convertido en un distrito de destino, conocido por nuestras iniciativas académicas y sociales emocionales y por liderar el camino en la alfabetización y las prácticas culturalmente sensibles. Aunque estamos increíblemente orgullosos del trabajo que hemos hecho académicamente, se ha prestado poca atención o financiación a la base operativa del distrito durante estos 75 años: nuestros 20 edificios escolares, y cómo utilizarlos más eficazmente para apoyar las necesidades académicas de nuestra población singularmente diversa.

Nuestras líneas de límites de hace décadas ya no satisfacen las necesidades de nuestras comunidades. La resolución de estos retos supone una oportunidad. Si mejoramos nuestros límites y modernizamos nuestras instalaciones, podemos lograr muchas de las mejoras que nuestra comunidad ha solicitado durante décadas, lo que apoyará las necesidades académicas y socioemocionales de nuestros estudiantes.

Reajustar los límites de las escuelas nunca es fácil. Pero el resultado de este proceso dará lugar a mejoras generalizadas para todos en el Distrito 15, no sólo para los estudiantes de hoy, sino para las generaciones futuras.

Es por eso que nuestra comunidad ha colaborado - durante los últimos tres años - para desarrollar una solución. Miles de miembros de la comunidad han proporcionado información a nuestros líderes del distrito y a los miembros elegidos de la Junta de Educación, y juntos hemos identificado nueve prioridades de alto valor para nuestro distrito escolar, manteniendo nuestro compromiso con la responsabilidad fiscal:

  • Centrarse en las escuelas cercanas al vecindario

  • Establecer un camino educativo cohesivo para los estudiantes

  • Equilibrar la inscripción

  • Ofrecer un kindergarten de jornada completa para todos

  • Actualizar a un modelo de escuela media

  • Eliminar la superposición bilingüe

  • Garantizar un acceso equitativo a los programas y servicios

  • Utilizar nuestras instalaciones de forma más eficiente

  • Reparar y restaurar nuestros edificios escolares

Este esfuerzo de varios años requiere una planificación continua, incluso en medio de la pandemia. Estamos listos para dar los siguientes pasos invitando a la comunidad a conocer más sobre el punto en que nos encontramos en el proceso de planificación e invitarlos a compartir sus comentarios para ayudar a informar aún más nuestro pensamiento.

Nuestro objetivo a lo largo de este proceso es recoger los comentarios de la comunidad con oportunidades de comunicación bidireccional. En un esfuerzo por mantener un diálogo bidireccional, tendremos un límite en el número de participantes en nuestras sesiones virtuales. Seguiremos las directrices estatales y locales para el número de participantes en persona que recibiremos. Si no puede asistir o no es seleccionado para una de las sesiones, grabaremos y compartiremos una sesión para garantizar que toda la comunidad del Distrito 15 se mantenga informada.

Todas las sesiones cubrirán la misma información. Para inscribirse en una sesión, visite el sitio web.

Reminders Following First Notice:

Beyond Just Boundaries Community Engagement - All of the sessions will cover the same information. To register for a session, please visit the website.

Participación comunitaria más allá de los límites - Todas las sesiones cubrirán la misma información. Para inscribirse en una sesión, visite el sitio web.

5Essentials - Parent Survey

This is a reminder that the 2021 5Essentials Illinois Parent Survey opened on Feb. 3, 2021. The survey window will close on April 2, 2021. This is an opportunity for you to provide feedback on our school. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey. Lincoln is at 16% and we need to get to at least 20%. We appreciate your help with this, in advance.

Here is the link to take the survey:

COVID-19 Update

The Board COVID-19 update included sharing of community metrics, case rates within the zip code districts, as well as the updated guidance that was released this week. Updated IDPH and ISBE guidance supports and encourages the return to in-person instruction as soon as practical for each community while additionally prioritizing in-person learning over extracurricular activities.

Updates to the guidance include:

  • Capacity limits for in-person learning, including non-academic school hour activities such as lunch, are now determined by the space’s ability to accommodate social distancing, and not a set capacity limit number or percentage.

  • Social distance for in-person learning is now defined as 3 to 6 feet for students and fully vaccinated staff.

    • Strict adherence to social distancing must be maintained when face masks are removed in limited situations and monitored by school staff.

  • Unvaccinated staff should maintain 6 feet social distance as much as possible because adults remain more susceptible to infection than children.

  • IDPH and the CDC no longer recommend symptom screenings upon arrival on school grounds, but schools may continue this practice if preferred.

  • Schools and districts should still require self-certification for all staff, students, and visitors.

  • Bus guidance remains the same that no more than 50 people are allowed on each bus.

Next Steps: Virtual Families fill out survey by Friday, March 19! Link is below.

We need to hear from each interested family through a survey so building principals and teachers can carefully examine if each grade-level classroom can safely distance all students wishing to return with a minimum of three feet of physical distance between learners. Upon review of the data, we will determine the extent to which we approve requests to return students to in-person learning. You do NOT need to fill out this survey if your child is in Pre -K - 6th grade and already attends IN-PERSON learning. We are working diligently to welcome students back between Monday, April 12 - 19. We have carefully chosen this date as it allows for roughly two weeks following the second dose of vaccinations for many of our staff members.

Staffing Implications:

As you know, we hired over 40 teachers to create Virtual Learning Classrooms for elementary students that wanted or needed to learn from home this year. If your child is presently an ALL virtual student (not streaming into a classroom for concurrent learning) there is a higher possibility that your child’s teacher (and therapist team) could change if you are requesting in-person learning for the remainder of the school year.

Therefore, we ask you to carefully weigh the pros and cons and keep in mind the possibility of change when making your decision.

Transportation Implications:

We again ask families who do not truly need transportation to please consider declining it. This will greatly reduce the risk of your child having to quarantine due to exposure.

School Absences

In the event your student will be absent from school unrelated to COVID, you should simply call the attendance line, 847-963-5701, and report the absence. When absences are unrelated to COVID (including quarantine), students are not eligible for concurrent learning. This option has been reserved only for absences related to COVID-19.

When an absence is warranted due to COVID related illness or quarantine, please email BOTH the school nurse,, and the classroom teacher. Emailing both doubles the chances of us knowing about and preparing the necessary steps to provide the best concurrent learning opportunities. Adding a concurrent learner does take additional steps on the part of the teacher and we thank you in advance for giving us both time and your patience as we make the necessary preparations.


As members of Tier 1b, all District 15 staff are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. We have been working diligently to help staff find available vaccination appointments. Most recently, we partnered with Districts 21 and 211 to send remaining staff for their first dose.

Lincoln Yearbooks Now On Sale! Thank you Lincoln PTA!

Yearbook sales began on March 1 and will remain open throughout March. After March, the price will rise, so be sure to place an order today! Link to site to purchase your yearbook.

A Message From The Amazing Lincoln PTA

The Lincoln PTA needs your active support to help make the 2021-22 school year a better one for our children!

Due to restrictions and lower participation this year, many of the PTA-sponsored activities were put on hold. So, as we try to regain normalcy, we have MANY spots to fill for the PTA this coming school year.

We need your active participation and ideas more than ever!

If you are interested in learning how to get more involved in the Lincoln PTA and what committee or role might be the right one for you, please email PTA President, Elora Prescott, at"

Thank you so much!

Elora Prescott

Lincoln PTA President

Kids Heart Challenge

Lincoln surpassed its fundraising goal! $8,185.11 has been raised for the Kids Heart Challenge. Thank you, Lincoln Community! This is incredible!

Kindergarten Registration 20-21 Continues

Online registration for incoming kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year began February 15. Families may register their child by visiting the Registration page on the District website. Many questions about Kindergarten can also be answered by reading our “Welcome to Kindergarten!” guide. We can’t wait to welcome our new kindergarten learners to school on August 19, 2021.

For written instructions, you may view Campus Parent - Online Registration Instructions, or visit your school during office hours for assistance.

Registration Begins for Existing Students

Registration for existing students begins March 15. Please be sure to complete the registration process in a timely manner so we know how to section students for the 2021-22 school year.

Open House 2021

Just like many other aspects of a typical school year that have had to be modified or cancelled as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, unfortunately, we have decided that hosting our much anticipated Open Houses in our schools this spring will not take place in its typical format.

While we know our students and families very much look forward to Open House so children can showcase a year's worth of learning to their families, our teachers will be working hard to create video presentations to share with parents that highlight and celebrate what our students have learned during this unprecedented year.

Schools will communicate more information as the event gets closer, but we ask that you mark your calendar for the revised Open House events:

  • Junior High Teachers will send out the video/presentation on April 29th.

  • Elementary Schools will send out the video/presentation on May 14th.

Although different than in the past, we promise to make the evening one where our students will shine.

Have a Chromebook Issue?

If your child's Chromebook is not working properly, please call the office to set up a time to bring it in so we can assist you with the issue. Thank you.


  • Mar 22-26: Spring Break—no school
  • March 29: School resumes
  • April 2: Student and Staff Non Attendance Day
  • Apr 6: Board Election

  • April 9: End of Concurrent Learning

  • April 6 at 6 pm & 7:30 pm: Beyond Just Boundaries Community Engagement In-Person Sessions - Register Here
  • April 7: Lincoln PTA Zoom Meeting 7:00 pm
  • April 8: Grade 6 Fundraiser - Food Truck Chocolate and Churros 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • April 8 at 6 pm: Beyond Just Boundaries Community Engagement In-Person Session - Register Here
  • April 8 at 7:30 pm: Beyond Just Boundaries Community Engagement In-Person Session - IN SPANISH - Register Here
  • April 10 at 10 am & 11:30 am: Beyond Just Boundaries Community Engagement In-Person Sessions - Register Here
  • Apr 14: Board of Education meeting

A Super Saint Patrick's Day at Lincoln!

Virtual Learning Website

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