Monday, October 18, 2021


Happy Monday Lincoln Families,

I hope you all are ready for "sweater weather" since it is a bit chillier this week. Make sure the kiddos have their fall gear ready! Thank you so much Lincoln PTO for your monetary donation for masks, water bottles and sanitizing wipes.

Please remember:

  • Send your children with a water bottle daily. Water fountains are still closed and we only have fill stations.
  • Pick the kiddos up on time. I have included our early pick up times for this week.

Take care,

Ms. Gordon



11 - 22 - Virtual Book Fair

21 - Parent Teacher Conferences (11am dismissal)

22 - Parent Teacher Conferences (11am dismissal)

22 - Picture Make Up Day

24 - PTO Sponsored Back to School Event

29 - Costume Parade

Conferences this Week

If you haven't already, please sign up for your conferences. The connection between school and home is essential to your child's success and we look forward to continuing our partnerships with you. Please contact your child's teacher for signing up.

This Week's Student Pick up Schedule


20: Wednesday - Dismissal at 2:30 p.m.

21: Thursday - Dismissal at 11 a.m.

21: Friday - Dismissal at 11 a.m.

(Please note that the busses will depart from school at 11:05 a.m.)

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Fall Festivities

As a school we are moving away from holiday celebrations but recognize there are certain traditions we have as a school. This year we will be celebrating the season with a Costume Parade. Please avoid costumes that cover your child's face. All students must be able to still wear their masks (PPE)over their nose and mouth. Costumes with weapons or blood are prohibited.

The schedule for Friday, October 29th will be:

8:00 - 11:20 pm: Instructional Morning

11:20 - 12:15pm: Lunch hour

1:00 pm: Parade

3:00 pm: school is dismissed

It is our preference that students stay at school and change into their costume after lunch. If you child is going home for lunch to change, we ask that you follow these directions.

- Please let your child's teacher know that you will be picking up your child.

- Pick up your child at 11:10 a.m. at door 12N. Please be prompt!

- Return your child to school after 12:15 p.m. through the main entrance. All students need to be back to school by 12:30 p.m.

The parade route is below:

- Students will exit the building through 12N on the north side of the building.

- East on Harvard Street to Oak Park Ave

- South on Oak Park Ave to Fillmore Ave

- West on Fillmore Ave to Clinton Ave

- North on Clinton Ave to Harvard Ave

- East on Harvard Street and onto the playground.

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Picture Retake Day

Friday, October 22nd is picture retake day.

If you were not happy with the first picture of your child, please send that picture with your child on Friday for a retake.

If your child was absent for the first picture day, please let their teacher know that they need their picture take. Orders can placed by clicking here. The online order code is 61966R. (You only need to use this code if you plan to order picture for the first time on retake day).

COVID-19 Symptom Checklist and Instructions for Symptomatic Students

In late September the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education released updated guidance and an updated exclusion decision tree. As a result, we have updated some of our protocols and required documents for symptomatic students. CLICK HERE for a one-page summary of the required steps for students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
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What's Up in the Lincoln Library?

Book Fair: This is the last week for our virtual book fair! Teacher wish lists can be found at the top of the abcfairs.com page under "Wishlist" then scroll down to find Lincoln Elementary. Click here for some book ideas but you can also search for a specific title you’re looking for. All of the proceeds from the fair will go towards purchasing more books for our school! Thank you for supporting Lincoln!

4th/5th Grade Author Visit: We are so lucky to have another amazing author visit for our 4th/5th grade students: the award-winner SHARON DRAPER!! She will be talking about her new book, Out of My Heart (sequel to Out of My Mind). If you are interested in a personalized signed copy of Out of My Heart, orders are due by October 27th. Here’s the form if you’re interested in ordering. Sharon Draper will be with us via Zoom on November 15th.

2021-22 District 97 Family Handbook

Click here for the updated 2021-22 District 97 Family Handbook, which contains general information about the district and its procedures. Please note that some of this information may be subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please email d97feedback@op97.org if you have any questions.

Additionally, if you would like to request a hard copy of the handbook, please contact the school office.


Spaces Available in District 97 Early Childhood Blended Program

District 97 is currently accepting applications for the early childhood blended classrooms at Whittier Elementary School.

We are seeking non-IEP students who:

  • Are between the ages of 3 and 4 years by Sept. 1, 2021;
  • Are Oak Park residents;
  • Are not currently enrolled in a preschool;
  • Demonstrate age-appropriate language and social skills.

Students must be available to participate in the afternoon session (12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.). In-person attendance will be required.

For more information on the District 97 Early Childhood Blended Program, or to apply, please visit https://www.op97.org/teach-learn/ecblended.

Superintendent Search Virtual Community Forum - Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
As you are aware, the District 97 Board of Education has initiated its search for a new superintendent of schools, and we want to hear your thoughts!

The search firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) will be hosting a virtual community forum on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The forum will be conducted using Zoom Webinar, which allows up to 500 participants (click here for details).

There are two ways to participate:

Click here for the event flyer >

District 97 Halloween Letter 2021

Dear District 97 Families,

For those of our families who celebrate Halloween, many of you are starting to discuss costume choices with your child. Although students are not required to wear costumes, we recognize that they are a fun and creative part of our schools' Halloween activities.

Our goal is to create a positive learning environment where all students, staff and families feel a sense of belonging. In that spirit, we ask that you take care to ensure that your child’s costume choice does not portray a stereotypical image of any group of people or culture, or be offensive to any one racial, ethinic or religious group. We appreciate you being proactive with your child in making thoughtful costume choices.

To support you in your conversation with your child and to build your understanding around this topic, we have compiled links to resources that you may find helpful:

Thank you for your continued support of our students and schools.

District 97 Now Hiring!

District 97 is currently hiring for key positions to support in-person learning during the 2021-22 school year!

Permanent Substitutes
District 97 has immediate openings for permanent substitute teachers. If you know anyone who is looking to work with children, earn competitive pay and give back to the community, please encourage them to apply today at: https://www.op97.org/hr/employment.

Lunch/Recess Supervisors
To support our students and staff during the school day, we are still seeking more parents and community members to serve as lunchroom/recess supervisors during the 2021-22 school year. It's easy to apply, and your time would have a direct impact on our schools. CLICK HERE to apply!

Reminder: Stay Home When Sick!
Staying home when sick is essential to keep COVID-19 infections out of schools and prevent spread to others. Symptoms that should be monitored daily by District 97 staff, families and students are:

  • Fever (100.4 or higher)
  • New cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue from unknown cause
  • Muscle or body aches from unknown cause
  • Moderate/severe headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
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Donations needed

Please consider donating your gently used appropriate clothing to us. As students forget to bring a change of clothes or have accidents during the day, we often go looking for items that fit. Ideally athletic pants and t-shirts are best. Thank you for your consideration!

Extra Clothes and Extra Masks

Please be sure that your child has a change of clothes at school. Even students in the upper grades have spills, injuries etc. that will require a change of clothes.

We are also asking that all students have an extra mask on hand as well.

Student Attendance

Just a reminder that if your student will be absent, please call or email the office by 8:30 a.m. Please include the reason for your child's absence.

If you need to pick up your child early for an early dismissal, please communicate the to the classroom teacher and email the office at lincolnattendance@op97.org

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"Dr. Pérez makes wellness appointments for acute mental health support for students and families during after school hours on Wednesdays. The slots are 20 minutes and available to reserve on a weekly basis. Please reserve your student slot with some notes on your concerns. Also, parents should ensure their children attend on time to ensure each child is afforded the time needed to discuss their needs with the school psychologist.


Who is the type of student that should participate?

If your child is in need of connecting with a mental health professional for issues that are new and impact their academic performance please reserve your slot to meet with Dr. Perez.

When would the appointments take place?

Wednesdays, after school, starting at 3pm for 20 minute sessions

What type of support would the student and or family receive?

The first session is an intake and consultation approach to designate next steps or resources relevant to the child's needs. The appointments can lead to skill building counseling sessions for at least 3 appointments, referrals to school based or community type services for ongoing support.

Where can I find the appointment calendar to reserve my child's spot?

Visit the google calendar webpage to reserve your Wednesday 20 minute slot.

Click the link - Lincoln Wellness Check-ins with Dr. Perez

District 97 Calendar for 2021-2022

All important dates for the school year!!