Weekly Newsletter and Announcements

A Message from Principal Gordon

Dear Lincoln Families,

Our first full day was a great success. I am so proud of our students and how they managed to remain safe, follow procedures and make it through our first long day. Thank you to you all for helping with tables and supporting the kiddos as they transition back to full day.

If you haven't signed up for our Come Together event, please do so. This is an opportunity to come together with our Lincoln community and engage in a social event around common experiences facilitated by trained circle keepers. Please see the flyer below for this event on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

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Daily Certification in CrisisGo

This is a reminder that your child's daily certification in CrisisGo MUST be completed by 7:15 a.m.

If your child is a Hybrid student who will be learning remotely on a specific day, please complete the information in CrisisGo. You still need to call the attendance line at 708-665-3067 (or email lincolnattendance@op97.org) and provide a reason for this absence.

Full Day Schedule - starting on April 26th

7:50 a.m. - Arrival

11:20 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Lunch for Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade

12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch for Third Grade, Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade

3:00 p.m. - Dismissal (2:30 p.m. on Wednesday)

All students will have the option to bring a nut-free lunch from home or order a lunch at school (free of charge). The school lunch will be either nachos, a sandwich or a pizza kit.

Updated Contact Tracing Procedures - Responding to a Positive Case

As we have shifted to full days of on-site learning, the District 97 nurses and safety and security manager have updated our contract tracing process to align with the latest guidance provided by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Oak Park Department of Public Health.

Beginning April 26, designated seating charts will be used for all classrooms to streamline and accelerate the contact tracing process when a person tests positive. This will allow nurses to focus their contact tracing investigation on those who are designated close contacts and follow the associated guidance for quarantine requirements. A close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days before getting tested) until the time the patient is isolated.

As a result of our updated process, schools will no longer automatically quarantine entire classrooms when a positive case is identified, and will instead focus on isolating close contacts. Full classroom and/or school quarantines may still be possible depending on the outcome of contact tracing; nurses will work closely with the Oak Park Department of Public Health to determine if additional safety measures are needed.

The following communication procedures will be used for positive cases, beginning the week of April 26:

· The principal will send an email notification to all students and staff of the affected classroom that there was a participant in the class who tested positive. All new cases will then be publicly reported on the district’s COVID-19 Metrics Dashboard.

· If the participant(s) are determined to have been close contacts and/or significant exposure, they will be contacted separately by the school and told to quarantine for 14 full days from their last contact with the case. The nurse will clear those close contact participants on a case by case basis to return to school/work.

We will continue to work closely with the Oak Park Department of Public Health to take any and all measures necessary to protect the safety of our school community.

Dates to Remember:

May 7 - Remote Learning Planning Day (no school for students)

Keep D97 Schools Allergy Safe - No Nuts Allowed

District 97 will continue its nut-safe expectation this school year when we transition to full-day in-person learning. The exclusion of nuts will be adhered to throughout the school day, which includes lunchtime and snacks. This is an important measure to protect our students with life-threatening allergies, as the lunchroom may not be the only space used for meals while we are adhering to COVID-19 safety measures.

Please check with your child's teacher for other allergy considerations in the classroom. We appreciate your help in adhering to this preventative measure.

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.


April 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 - April 2021

Remote Learning Planning Day on May 7
District 97 will utilize its last Remote Learning Planning Day on Friday, May 7. There will be no student learning on that date.

The Illinois State Board of Education has permitted each school district to utilize up to five Remote Learning Planning Days during the 2020-21 school year. These days provide staff with additional professional learning and collaboration time in support of hybrid learning.

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.

District 97 to Host a final Parent University Session in April 2021
District 97 will host new Virtual Parent University sessions in April to help families learn strategies for collaborating with school administrators, teachers and staff to support equity and student success.

This session will be facilitated by Reesheda Graham Washington, principal consultant of RGW Consulting and CEO of L!VE 2.0.

This final event will be held on April 24. CLICK HERE to learn more and register.

Online registration for the 2021-22 school year is now open!

Remember that the "ABCs" of registration are "D-E-F."
  • D - Documents: All required documents must be scanned and ready to upload before starting registration.
  • E - Early: Registration is a longer process and we ask that families register early!
  • F - Finish: Registration is finished once you receive a confirmation email from the district.
CLICK HERE or the box below for a brief video that outlines the District 97 registration process!

Returning Students

Registration will be entirely online April 26 through May 31 for returning students who are currently in kindergarten through seventh grade. The parent/guardian listed as PG1 in PowerSchool will receive an email from infosnap@is.op97.org with their student’s snapcode and instructions to register. Emails will be sent in waves beginning April 26. Returning Student Registration Information >

NOTE: In order to register, Oak Park renters must have a lease that covers August 31, 2021, or the student’s first day of school.

New Students and Kindergarteners

Families who wish to enroll new students or kindergarteners must first gather all required documents and make an appointment to have them reviewed. At your appointment, the registrar will explain the online process, verify your documentation and child's grade level, and enter the student into the online registration system. After your appointment you will receive an email for each student with a unique link to submit that student’s registration information. Information for Incoming Kindergarteners >

Appointments can be scheduled using this link:
Additional slots will be added each week.

Registration for the 2021-22 School Year in District 97


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.

We are in awe of the passion our Lincoln Specials teachers continue to bring, even as their lessons moved and became shorter. Mr. McKinney has the kids playing the harmonica remotely -- it has to be so hard logistically but he makes it seamless and fun. Mr. Wiza gets in a workout and a lesson about how strong Serena Williams is as a mom and an athlete. Mr. Barnard empowers kids to set up their instruments independently and play their hearts out. Sra Jacoby always challenges students to take an extra step in their learning. Ms. Frame is forever a favorite for inspiring curiosity and inquiry just so naturally. Ms. Naples, we cannot even express how important your lessons have been in our home -- expression and joy in art carries on all through this time because of you. Specials teachers, we see you working so hard and we value you and your expertise; you continue to keep our kids learning and growing in all ways. Thank you!

- Lynch Family

Thank you Mr. C and Mr. Tangorra for taking the time to give my kids personal guided tours of Lincoln. We moved here from Maryland in June and my kids had never been inside Lincoln. They went back in person last week and they were so excited to come home and tell me about the tours they got from Mr. C. and Mr. Tangorra showing them around the school. I think it made them feel much more at home, and my 1st grader loved showing me the pics he took on his iPad during the tour.

- Sara Baum

I can completely understand why Mr. Raad has such a big fan club at school. My kids both love him for all his energy, enthusiasm and always making time to make them feel special. You and Ms. Clark are the A Team and we so appreciate your love for our children. Teaching is a passion and we grateful we have you at Lincoln.

- Margo Middel

Mrs. Burries is a dedicated, exceptional teacher and the Lincoln Community is very lucky to have her services. She's taught two of my children and has made a lasting impact in their lives. She's compassionate and truly cares about the success of her students. The transition from In-Person Learning to Virtual and back has been seamless under her direction.

- Oscar Towne III

Nurse Donovan is amazing! She has helped our family navigate travel guidance and other issues with such compassion, expertise, and useful resources. We are grateful knowing the health of our kids and of the school community is in such excellent hands.

- Sara Baum

To say that Ms. Cooper has gone above and beyond this year would be an understatement. This year has been really challenging for our son, and Ms. Cooper has taken such an enthusiastic, compassionate, communicative approach. From her personalized weekly emails to students, daily updates on our son's progress, creation of behavior charts to help him and find and things to celebrate, and actual letters in the mail - it all means SO MUCH.

- Jori Fleisher

My kids love Mr. C! Every morning when they happen to see him on their way to school, they excitedly burst out “Hi Mr. C!” And are elated when he turns toward them and returns the hello. Our son had a rough start to in-person school, and Mr. C really helped him adjust--even letting him borrow a special a stuffie to help him get through the day, and my daughter loves his stories when he visits her class. Thank you Mr. C for going the extra mile!

- John Severson

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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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