Weekly Newsletter and Announcements

A Message from Principal Gordon

Dear Lincoln Families,

Spring has sprung! I hope you have been enjoying the weather and just making it through to another season. I won't say we are out of the clear for snow but fingers crossed we will start seeing our flowers bloom and a full lawn of green grass.

On another note, it is imperative that ALL families complete CrisisGo by 7:15 am DAILY. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please contact the main office or myself.

We also currently met the threshold for Parent voice to be heard in our 5Essentials survey. Right now, we have 25% of families that have completed the survey but there is still time to have your voice heard. That information is below.

Have a fantastic rest of your week!

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

We Love Dogs, but...

Here at Lincoln we love dogs (please see the picture of my Grandpup) and I have loved seeing our friends! However, some of our kiddos have allergies, may be frightened and our favorite friends sometimes leave things behind. For these reasons, please do not bring dogs on school grounds.

-Ms. Gordon

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Dates to Remember:

3/23 - School Board Meeting

3/24 - Virtual D97 Board of Education Candidates Forum

3/26 - Report Cards will be emailed home

3/29 through 4/2 - Spring Break

4/6 - No School for Students

4/19 - Picture Day (see details below)

Picture Date is coming on April 19th!!

On-site learners

Picture will take place during the morning.

Remote Students

Parent's/Guardian's will have the opportunity to sign up to bring their child to Lincoln for their picture to be taken. There will be individual tents set up just off the cul-de-sac on Kenilworth Avenue where you can drive up and keep a safe distance.

Ordering Pictures

Please click here to pre-order your pictures. The school code is 51404Q.

5th Grade Celebrated the 1000th Day of School

Illinois 5Essentials Parent Survey

The parent survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. You may skip questions you do not wish to answer, but the survey must be completed in one sitting and cannot be retrieved once it is submitted. If you have more than one child enrolled in a building (i.e., two students who attend the same school), you have the option of completing multiple surveys for that building. In addition, if you have children enrolled in multiple schools (i.e., a District 97 elementary school and middle school), you may participate in the survey for each school.

However, only one parent/guardian per household may fill out the survey.

As with the student and teacher surveys, your identity will be kept completely confidential and your responses will not be linked to you. In addition, school-level reports will only be generated if at least 20 percent of our parents/guardians complete the survey, which can be accessed until April 2, 2021, by visiting http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/. This percentage will be based on the total number of students enrolled at each school. If we successfully meet this requirement, we will receive our reports in Spring/Summer 2021.

You can access general information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey by visiting https://www.uchicagoimpact.org/our-offerings/5essentials.

Thank you for participating in this important endeavor, and for your continued support of our schools and the children we serve.

A Note from Nurse Donovan

Dear Lincoln Families,

The Illinois Department of Public Health has updated their Covid-19 Exclusion Guidance for schools, which can be found here.

The updated Covid-19 related symptom exclusion criteria includes the following:

  • Fever (100.4 degrees or higher)
  • New onset of moderate to severe headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • New cough
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue from unknown cause
  • Muscle of body aches from unknown cause

If your child or anyone with their household presents any of these symptoms, please keep them home and contact Nurse Georgia (708-524-3108 gdonovan@op97.org) for further guidance regarding your child's return to school.

D97 Seeking Nominations for "Teacher of the Year" and "Those Who Excel" Awards

The Illinois State Board of Education is now accepting nominations for the 2021-22 Teacher of the Year awards, which recognize the best of the teaching profession in Illinois, and the Those Who Excel awards, which honor people who have made significant contributions to public and nonpublic elementary and secondary education. District 97 is currently seeking nominations in all categories. You can learn more about the nomination process by visiting http://bit.ly/3ecKizl.
Library Book Check Out Form

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


Next Meal D97 Meal Distribution: Tuesday, March 23
February 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 - March 2021

D97 to Host Virtual Parent-to-Parent Circle Series
District 97 families are invited to join our upcoming Virtual Parent-to-Parent Series, which will be facilitated in partnership with the E-Team of Oak Park. Events will be held:

  • Wednesday, April 29, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The sessions are designed to build community among District 97 parents and guardians and provide support as we navigate hybrid learning. The intention is for parents/guardians to attend all three sessions to help build a consistent community, but if you cannot make the first session you may still attend the others. Please let us know your availability in the registration form so that we can plan accordingly.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, Feb. 16. To sign up, please visit https://bit.ly/D97ParentCircles.

"Mindful Middle-Schoolers" Program
The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township, Oak Park Elementary School District 97, and DePaul University’s Community Counseling Center have partnered to deliver a vast array of educational and therapeutic services to staff, families, and youth through the “Mindful Middle-Schoolers Program.” Below is a list of upcoming VIRTUAL talks, which will be held via Zoom. Registration via the Eventbrite links below is requested. Once you register, a link will be emailed to you four hours prior to the start of each event.

"Mindful Middle-Schoolers" Community Talk Flyer

SAVE THE DATE: D97 Virtual Summer Step Up Program
District 97 is holding a Virtual Step Up Summer Program for students in Grades 1-8 (students who are in kindergarten through seventh grade during the 2020-21 school year). The program will run July 26 through Aug. 5, 2021 (8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. OR 12 pm. - 2:30 p.m.).

Summer Step Up is designed to support any District 97 student that could benefit from revisiting grade level standards from the previous year. Additional information and sign up forms will be shared by schools in May 2021.

Expectations for D97 Students and Staff Who Travel Out of State

With spring break approaching next week, we know that many families are finalizing plans to spend the week together. Avoiding unnecessary travel remains paramount to maintaining the health and safety of our students, staff, families, and the broader community—particularly when students are attending school in-person. In cases where travel is necessary, it is expected that students and staff will adhere to the revised travel quarantine guidelines.
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Book Fair

Our Book Fair is online! Support our school and help your child discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more!

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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