Weekly Newsletter and Announcements

A Message from Principal Gordon

Dear Lincoln Families,

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and were able to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Never have I felt more of a connection to the historical value and lessons taught during his life and teachings than I have now. We have an opportunity to teach our children and guide them to be informed and critical thinkers. With all that is going on in the world, there is no better time than now! We will continue to use the Teaching Tolerance Standards to promote identity and diversity and build upon our anti-racist curriculum. We want nothing more than to create global citizens and good humans!

On another note, this Thursday between 11 a.m.-5 p.m. we will have our contactless supply pickup. Please find some time during those hours to pick up your child's supplies. Items will be outside in clear plastic bags for you to grab for your child. If you can't make it, please ask a friend or neighbor. If not, please let the office staff know you will need a different time.

As always, I hope you have a fantastic week!

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

Dates to Remember:

Jan 21 - Supply Pick up 11 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Feb 4 and 5 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (school dismissed at 11a.m.)

Staff Shout Outs

Thank you for your submissions acknowledging the hard work and dedication of our Lincoln Staff.

Patience is a virtue and how amazingly well Ms.Clark has mastered this skill. Not only is she so patient and loving towards every child in her class she also truly cares. Virtual learning is not the easiest with a 5 year old but she has her way to make them feel super special. Thank you Ms.Clark for all the personalized stickers, letter drop off at our house and encouragement. You truly are an inspiring and wonderful teacher.

- Carl

Mrs. Manetta could not be more enthusiastic, gracious, patient and creative with her 3rd grade class. She has encouraged and endlessly cared for all of her students including our daughter, Eloise. I hear her consistently and gently guiding the class to the lesson at hand and has made the absolute best of this unprecedented school year. She has shown nothing but kindness and understanding through her actions and words. She even drove around on her time off on the last day of school delivering holiday books to all of her students. Eloise just loves her and feels lucky to be in her class this year.

- Danielle Schultz

We are so thankful for Ms. Wilson. Our daughter has been happy and engaged in elearning, which is way beyond what we had expected going into this year. Obviously this year is incredibly challenging for teachers, but Ms. Wilson makes it look easy. Thank you Ms. Wilson and Ms. Cooper for finding a way to continue the Big Mac virtually. It has been and continues to be such a valuable experience for our kids.

- Beth Fuller

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.

Other District 97 Information

Next Meal D97 Meal Distribution: Tuesday, Jan. 19
January 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 - January 2021

Parent Information Session - Single Subject/Whole Grade Acceleration

For families who are seeking single subject or whole grade acceleration for the 2021-22 school year, the district will be hosting a Virtual Parent Information Session on Wednesday, January 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The session will include a presentation that outlines the process and requirements. Click here for the family letter about acceleration opportunities for the 2021-22 school year. >

Click here to view the event flyer.

Information about the District 97 Accelerated Placement Program, including definitions and timelines, can be found at http://www.op97.org/acceleration.

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Oak Park Youth Baseball Softball Registration Open

Eager to get those kiddos safely playing outside this spring?! Register today for T-ball, Softball and Baseball through Oak Park Youth Baseball & Softball (OPYBS).

OPYBS is looking forward to spring when our kids can play ball, have fun, be outdoors and learn the fundamentals of the sport – all in a safe way. After a successful summer/fall 2020 season, registration for spring 2021 is open and will follow a set of Covid-19 safety guidelines to protect our players and coaches.

OPYBS offers baseball for ages five through 12 and softball for ages five through 14. Any child can start playing at any age! As of now, we are planning a full spring/summer season – starting in April and continuing through June – for our house leagues and Eagles/Falcons travel teams. This will change, as needed, based on local, state and federal Covid-19 safety guidelines. You may contact the OPYBS Lincoln Ambassador, Nicole Nichols, at gam54@hotmail.com with any questions.

REGISTER NOW (https://go.teamsnap.com/forms/234965) for the 2021 season!

Click for more information on Boys & Girls T-Ball, Softball, and Baseball.

Important Information from Mrs. Donovan - School Nurse

Please review this document from our School Nurse, Mrs. Donovan.

This contains important information that may be required prior to your child's return to in-person learning.

Lincoln School Spirit Wear

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.

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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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