WHAT'S UP AT LINCOLN
Monday, October 18, 2021
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
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.
- 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.
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
This Week's Student Pick up Schedule
OCTOBER20: 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.)
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.
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
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
Additionally, if you would like to request a hard copy of the handbook, please contact the school office.
NEWS FROM DISTRICT 97
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:
- Via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81956079457
- Via Phone: Dial 312-626-6799 (Webinar ID: 819 5607 9457)
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:
- "I Am Not a Costume" (information about Laurier Students' Public Interest Research Group campaign): http://www.lspirg.org/costumes/
- “We’re a Culture, Not a Costume” (article about Ohio University campaign): https://www.cnn.com/2011/10/26/living/halloween-ethnic-costumes/index.html
- "Teaching Tolerance" (a lesson for classrooms and can be applied at home): https://www.tolerance.org/classroom-resources/tolerance-lessons/what-do-halloween-costumes-say
- "Teaching Tolerance: Teach About Blackface and Other Racist Halloween Choices" (written for educators, but provides useful prompts for discussions at home): https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/teach-about-blackface-and-other-racist-halloween-choices
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!
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.
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
PREVIOUSLY SHARED INFORMATION
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 email@example.com
"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