The Lion's Roar

News & Events for Lincoln Families | October 20th, 2019



  • Coffee & Conversation with Principal Zaniolo (Roundtable discussion format) -- One more session next week - October 23 (Spanish Immersion) from 6:00-8:00pm

  • Walking fieldtrip to Oak Park Conservatory for Mrs. Weber’s class October 22

  • Walking fieldtrip to Oak Park Conservatory for Mrs. Barker’s class October 23

  • Walking fieldtrip to Oak Park Conservatory for the BigMac class October 24

  • Walking fieldtrip to Oak Park Conservatory for Mrs. Zarosl’s class October 25

  • *correction* Walking fieldtrip to Oak Park Conservatory for Ms. Rudin’s class October 30

  • *correction* Walking fiieldtrip to Oak Park Conservatory for Mrs. Nagano’s class October 29

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences - Thursday and Friday, October 24th and 25th, beginning at 11:00 am. School will dismiss at 11:00 am on both days.

  • Picture retake Day - October 30

  • Fieldtrip to Alder Planetarium for all 5th grade homerooms - October 30

  • Halloween Parade - October 31st (Information below)


  • Institute Day - No School for Lions - Friday, November 1st

  • PTO Meeting at Lincoln Media Center - Wednesday, November 6th

  • First Trimester ends on November 15

  • No School November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Break

A Message From Principal Zaniolo...

Hello Lincoln Families!

I hope you are enjoying this wonderful Fall weather! We have two more weeks of October left and some very exciting developments and events are on the horizon. Big sections of the construction fencing have come down, opening up more space on our back lot. The playground is almost complete and should be ready any day now. This coming week, we are looking forward to seeing all of you at our Fall Parent Teacher Conferences. Next week, we will have our annual Halloween Parade. There is a LOT to look forward to!

In this edition of The Lion's Roar, I would like to share several of the community learning opportunities happening soon. Our partners, The Lincoln PTO, The Lincoln Diversity Committee, and The Collaboration for Early Childhood are coordinating/sponsoring different workshops and events grounded in themes of equity. These events are important opportunities for us to learn from each other and to better understand perspectives and experiences different from our own. It is also the opportunity to look introspectively at our own experiences, roles, and responsibilities in this work of creating equitable opportunities and experiences for all members of our community. I hope you join me in this learning and I will continue to share these types of events throughout the school year.

In partnership,

Laura Zaniolo

(she / her / hers)

Lincoln Lion & Principal

Abraham Lincoln Elementary

The next edition of The Lion's Roar, my Principal's newsletter, will come out in 2 weeks. See you then! Time-sensitive news or clarifications will still be sent out as needed.

Two Weeks of Life "Up At Lincoln"

Parent / Teacher Conferences

If you have not yet scheduled a conference time, please reach out to your Lion's teacher. We are hoping to see all of our families next week so that we can share your child's progress with you!

Home Avenue Pedestrian Bridge

The Home Avenue pedestrian bridge is now open to pedestrian / bicycle traffic. All construction materials, equipment and detour signs has been removed. The standard school walking routes are once again in effect

Information From Our PTO

Book Fair

Calling all book lovers! The Lincoln PTO is hosting a Book Fair in conjunction with fall conferences. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to purchase new books and the PTO receives a portion of the proceeds. Volunteers are needed Tuesday, October 22; Thursday, October 24; and Friday, October 25. There are slots during and after school, as well as in the evening, and kids are welcome to accompany volunteers.

We need your help to make it happen! Check out the sign-up link below and grab a spot that works best for you!

Thursday, October 25, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 26, 2019 - 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join Us!

The next meeting is scheduled for 11/6 at our very own Lincoln Media center. Details to come.

Community Learning Opportunities...

Community Screening & Discussion of "No Small Matter" - Monday, October 21st @ Lincoln

Please join The Collaboration for Early Childhood's screening and panel discussion of clips from the film No Small Matter! Monday, October 21st, 4pm-6pm at Lincoln.

No Small Matter is a feature-length documentary film and national engagement campaign that brings public attention to the importance of early childhood by sharing powerful stories and stunning truths about the human capacity for early intelligence and the potential for quality early care and education to benefit America’s social and economic future. This multifaceted project reveals how our country is raising its youngest citizens, why making the most of this time in their lives is so crucial, and most importantly, what we can do to change the perception of when learning begins.

No Small Matter provides an unprecedented opportunity for community members to engage in rich conversation and to re-examine our systems and assumptions about children ages 0-5. The selected clips will allow for focused discussion grounded in the work you do with and for young children every day.

Immediately following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring:

  • Anita Andrews Hutchinson, Early Childhood Educator/Entrepreneur
  • David Stovall PhD, Professor of African-American Studies
  • Marion Ivey, District 97 Early Childhood Teacher
  • Natalie Y Moore, Preschool Parent & , Journalist
  • Moderator: Heather Duncan, Collaboration for Early Childhood, Director of Early Learning

Register HERE

Gender and Identity Workshop

This event aims to create an inviting space that will encourage learning and open dialogue around gender and sexual identity. In addition, there will be discussion around language (e.g. pronouns) and practical resources to promote a conscious and inclusive community in which all feel welcome. The Parent workshop and panel will be facilitated by Nat Duran from the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan and the kids workshop will be facilitated by Hal Patnott for the Oak Park Public Library. Event is FREE! Please register here

Super STEAM Saturday!

Please join the Oak Park Education Foundation for a free fun morning of crafting, collaborating, and creating. Build a robot, design a skyscraper, unleash your inner artist and learn more about OPEF with great activities for kids ages 5-12. Join us Saturday, November 9th from 10am-12pm at Longfellow School. You can learn more about the event on OPEF's website or Facebook page.

The Race Conscious Dialogues - Workshop Series

In partnership with our PTO, many members of our Lincoln community have engaged in this important learning opportunity. The next round of cohorts will be available soon.The Race Conscious Dialogues workshop series engages people who are white in examination of identity, power and privilege, then develops tools effective participation in racial justice efforts.

Previously Communicated Information...

Halloween Parade

For those of our families who celebrate Halloween, many of you are starting to discuss costumes 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, ethnic or religious group. We also ask that costumes do not include masks, weapons, or any depiction of violence. We appreciate you being proactive with your child in making thoughtful costume choices.

At Lincoln, we orchestrate a walking costume parade on October 31st. The entire school walks the surrounding blocks in their Halloween costumes. This year the parade will take place near the end of the day at 2:00 pm. We ask that families send children with their costumes in their backpacks on that day. While some families choose to pick up students at lunch time to take them home to get ready for the parade, we recommend sending your child with their costume and letting them get ready at school. If you prefer your child not participate, please let your teacher know. There will be alternative learning activities available.

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.


Kid's Clothing Drive

Bring gently used children’s clothing to one of the donation boxes outside the office by October 25th.

Donations benefit the Kids Kloset of the First United Church of Oak Park

Thank you for your support!

-The Lincoln Girl Scouts

Questions? Contact Rachel Stark @

Lincoln Is Hiring for Lunch & Recess Supervisors

If you are interested in joining the Lincoln Lion team and helping our Lions have a safe and enjoyable lunch/recess, please contact Ms. Zaniolo. You can apply for the position through the District 97 website (link below). Look under "Support Staff" and find the "Playground/Lunch Supervisor" position for Abraham Lincoln Elementary.

Attendance & Absences

Daily attendance is so important to your Lion's education. If your lion must be absent, please contact BOTH the classroom teacher and the attendance line before 8:30. You can email the teachers and attendance line at

If you prefer, you can call the attendance line at 708-665-3067

Celebrating the Lincoln Team

Families, have you noticed a Lincoln teacher or staff member who deserves a compliment or a thank you? Has this person made a difference for your Lion? Please share the reason in a brief message to me using this link, WeAreAllLions!, so that we may recognize and thank them!

Contact Our Lincoln PTO