Lincoln Bulletin

August 23, 2019

Dates to remember

Monday, August 26

  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - 4th & 5th Grade Curriculum Night

Wednesday, August 28

  • 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Kindergarten & 1st Grade Curriculum Night
  • 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. - 2nd & 3rd Grade Curriculum Night

Thursday, August 29

  • Color Portraits - School pictures taken

Friday, August 30

  • Teacher’s Institute Day - ½ Day (No Students in the afternoon) Dismissal at 11:40 from Elementary Schools.

Monday, September 2

  • Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Lincoln Bulletin

We have had a successful start to our 2019-2020 school year! There have been some changes in the Lincoln staff and facilities, and students have adjusted wonderfully. There are many new students, teachers, and other staff members that have joined us this year. Everyone has done a great job of welcoming our new faces and making them feel at home.

One thing that is helping us with new transitions is our school-wide focus on behaviors and expectations. This week we kicked off the week with an all-school assembly. Students and staff reviewed our schoolwide expectations of the 3 Be's:

  • Be Responsible
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Safe

These expectations guide all of our behaviors across our school. Students are reminded of what that looks like with posters in our hallways, bathrooms, and lunchrooms. We also watched a video that is included below, this video talks about brain functions and how to remain regulated and ready to learn. We have referred to the two parts of our brain as our upstairs brain and our downstairs brain. The video also talks about strategies we can use to calm ourselves down when we may have "flipped our lid".


Since we have so many new staff members this year, I would like to introduce them over the next few weeks in the Lincoln Bulletin. Our first introduction is Mrs. Cranmer, our Library Resource Director--

Karin Cranmer will be our new LRC Director, Karin comes from outside of the district. She was most recently the LRC Director in Crystal Lake. Below is her introduction.

I worked at a K-5 elementary school in Crystal Lake as the library media specialist for three years, and before that, I taught 5th and 6th grade at an environmental charter school. I grew up in Vernon Hills, IL, and I attended Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, for my undergraduate degree and Dominican University in River Forest, IL for my master's degree. I just got married in June, and my husband and I love to travel. We also enjoy baking and cooking new recipes together and watching cooking shows. Teaching information literacy and helping students love reading are my passions, and I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the staff at Lincoln!

Finally, we are still looking for lunchroom supervisors. We currently only have 3 and would optimally have 5 per lunch. If you are interested in supervising during the lunch hour from 11-1 please see the attached job flyer below and or reach out to Patricia Burton at 331-228-5242 or

Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions?


Every school year, we have a couple of forms that need to be completed and turned in for each of our students. These forms are:

Required forms:

· Annual Student Registration Update

· D303 Web 2.0 Resources and Student Online Accounts

· 3rd Grade ONLY - Health Survey form

Optional form:

· Volunteer Information and Waiver of Liability

If you have not turned in these forms for your student(s), please return them to the office as soon as possible. You can either stop in the office to complete them or you can click on the links below to print them out and email them back to me at

D303 Returning Students Annual forms

3rd Grade ONLY - Health Survey form

Curriculum Nights

Next week we will hold our curriculum nights for parents to learn about our work for this year. The scheduled times are listed in the bulletin below. This is a time for parents to come learn more about Lincoln and about the work their child will be doing this school year. Each evening I will have a 20-minute presentation in the gym. I will share the focus for our building and introduce support staff members. I will also be sharing other pertinent information for parents. Mrs. Lara Kristofer, our PTO president, will speak about the work of the PTO. On Monday parents will start in the gym at 6:00 PM, on Wednesday grades K and 1 will begin in the classrooms and then I will have a presentation in the gym for all grades K-3 at 6:50 in the middle of the two teacher presentations. The schedule is below, parents will join the classroom teachers to learn more about the curriculum and expectations at that grade level. I hope to see you all there!

Monday-August 26-(4-5) Curriculum Night

  • 6:00-6:10 PM-Begin in Gym
  • 6:10-6:15 PM-Transition to classrooms
  • 6:15-7:00 PM-Move to the respective classrooms

Wednesday, August 28th- (K-3) Curriculum Night

  • 6:00 PM to 6:40 PM – (K-1) Classroom-Level Presentation
  • 6:45 PM to 6:50 PM – Transition
  • 6:55 PM to 7:10 PM – Building-Level Presentation
  • 7:10 PM to 7:15 PM – Transition
  • 7:15 PM to 8:00 PM – (2-3) Classroom-Level Presentation

Lincoln Volunteer Opportunity-Fox Valley Marathon

We have an opportunity to sign-up to volunteer and raise funds for Lincoln on 9/22/19 at the Fox Valley Marathon in St. Charles. We need to have volunteers signed up by 8/27 to get all of our funds at the event. We committed to 10 spots for anyone 14 and older to volunteer in race village. Race village is located in the Blue Goose parking lot. Our shift is from 5-9 AM. I know that is early but the 4 hours go fast and it is very active in the village with runners and spectators!

Please consider joining the team today! You can bring friends or family and have them enjoy the early morning sunrise as well!

Here is the link! The password is "Lincoln"

5th Grade Choir

5th Grade Choir!

Dear Families of 5th Grade Students!

We are thrilled to announce that this year, D303 will continue to provide a 5th Grade Choir Program for ALL Elementary Schools! This program will run in a similar fashion as the current Elementary Band and Orchestra Programs with a weekly before-school rehearsal, but will NOT conflict with current band and orchestra rehearsals.

This program will run from September through May, with our first meeting being Friday, September 20th!

Choir will be meeting on Friday mornings at NORTON CREEK from

7:25am to 8:30am. Parents/guardians are responsible for dropping their student at Norton Creek by 7:25 am. D303 Transportation will provide buses to transport students back to their home schools after rehearsal!

Performances are TBD as the year unfolds.

The goal of this program is to offer a formal choral music opportunity to our young students and to enrich their musical experience while preparing for middle and high school vocal music possibilities. We will work on ensemble practice, team building, vocal technique, vocal health, unison and part-singing, all through a rich variety of vocal music repertoire. I look forward to this adventure and hope your student will be a part of this wonderful experience!

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate emailing me!

If you would like to register your 5th grader for choir please click the link below and sign up by September 20th! More information to follow!

Thank you so much,

Mrs. Beetstra (K-5 General Music @Norton Creek, Lincoln, Anderson)

Information from The Nurse

An important message from your school health office

Every year cases of head lice are found in our community. Anytime children come together, particularly at the start of a school year, the cases of identified head lice rises. In an effort to assist parents and guardians to increase their awareness regarding head lice prevention, detection and treatment we encourage you to reference the Health Services portion of the D303 Website for information regarding the control and management of head lice in our schools.

Anyone can get head lice. Head lice is primarily transmitted through direct head-to-head contact. Lice can also be transmitted from sharing hats, brushes, and other personal items. Transmission in the school setting is rare according to the Center for Disease Control. More commonly, children get head lice from siblings, playmates, and from sharing pillows at pajama parties. Thus, although transmission in schools is rare, identification is often made in the school setting. It is important for parents to know that head lice are a problem in many communities and do not reflect poor hygiene or social status. Most importantly, parents are integral in the prevention and detection of head lice in their children. To prevent the spread of this communicable condition, please check your child(ren) regularly for evidence of lice. If you should discover a case of head lice, please notify your child’s health office as well as their outside activity directors. The nurses in the health office will assist you in caring for this problem by helping you identify a probable case and seek out resources for care.

The district approach to lice management in the school settings is outlined for you on the website previously mentioned. This approach is based on scientific and medical evidence that supports the education process. With regard to preventative treatment, parents are encouraged to seek

guidance from their health care provider prior to using any treatment options. Since mass school screenings do not reduce the incidence of head lice in our settings, such screenings are not conducted in our schools. Research clearly indicates that a "no lice" "no nit" policy for schools hinders academic attendance and performance, while doing little to change the incidence of lice in a school setting. It is important to keep in mind that the life cycle of a louse is 3 to 4 weeks, therefore, by the time live lice are identified in a student, they have had an infestation for many days and they have been in a variety of settings in the community during this timeframe. If a cluster (two or more cases is identified in one classroom over a few weeks period), the health office will send a letter home to parents to notify them of these findings.

Like so many health matters, prevention is key. Teach your child to avoid head to head contact with friends and to avoid the sharing of personal items such as hairbrushes and hats. Those messages are reinforced in the school as well. The nurses in the health office maintain strict confidentiality on all student concerns, and therefore, we are not at liberty to share personal student information on this matter. We thank you in advance for partnering with us to prevent the spread of lice among children and if you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call your building school nurse.

Health Services

Monthly Birthday Celebration

At Lincoln, we would like to begin monthly celebrations with students who have birthdays or half birthdays during the month. This will be a time that the students eat their own lunches or the purchased lunches with me in the courtyard or the LRC or another close location on our school grounds. I will read a book and plan to play a game during lunch recess time. Our first celebration for August birthdays will be this coming Wednesday, August 28. I will plan to do these the final Wednesday of the month unless we are out of school. I look forward to a wonderful celebration with our students.

Half-Day Information for Kindergarten

On the 1/2 days we will still release morning kindergarten at 11:15 AM. They will still go on their normal buses and normal bus routes. All-day kindergarten will be dismissed at 11:40 AM with the rest of the school. There will be no PM kindergarten.
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Let's Talk Has Launched

St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 has launched a new communication tool that aligns with our strategic commitment to provide opportunities for parents, community members, business leaders, and intergovernmental partners to regularly engage in the activities of schools and students.

Now, when you visit our website (, or any of our school’s sites, you will notice a feature called “Let’s Talk!” highlighted in the bottom left-hand corner of the page. When you click on that button, you will be taken to a screen where you can access hot topics, district departments, and schools. Use those interest areas to submit a question, comment, suggestion, or compliment and we will respond to your message.

We appreciate your feedback and look forward to hearing from you!

Kindergarten inviting Mrs. Woodring to read to them