Weekly Newsletter and Announcements

A Message from Principal Gordon

Dear Lincoln Families,

I hope you had an amazing Halloween weekend! I also hope that you will continue to share your pictures with us so that we can feature them. For now check out Virtual Halloween Tour!

This week marks our 10th week of school and I must say that time is flying. As we come to the close of our first trimester, I would like to tell you thank you for helping to make this an amazing school year (thus far). Even through our challenges, we have managed to keep it together and do what is best for kids. For that, I am eternally grateful!

On another note I would like to share some metrics from our Lincoln Remote Learning Survey. This information is included in an attachment below. As a administrative and support staff, we have contacted all families that indicated they needed additional resources for food, shelter or clothing. Families that indicated that their child is not doing well with remote learning have also been contacted. If you are still in need of support please let us know and we will work to support you and your family.

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

Dates to Remember:

Nov 3 - No School (Election Day)

Nov 4 - Spanish Immersion Meeting (3pm-4pm)

Nov 9 - Virtual Tour of the Museum of Mexican Art (see details below)

Nov 25 - 27 - Thanksgiving Break

Dec 23 - Half Day of School (school dismissed at 11am)

Dec 24 - Jan 8 - Winter Break

Virtual Tour of the Museum of Mexican Art

This year, our Lincoln students will learn about the Day of the Dead virtually. This is a traditional Mexican celebration that takes place on November 1st and 2nd to remember, celebrate and honor those loved ones who are no longer with us. This is a great opportunity to keep exposing our children to other cultures.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

9:00 a.m. - First and Second Grade

10:00 a.m. - Kindergarten and Fifth grade

1:00 a.m. - Third and Fourth Grade

Please email your child’s teacher if you DO NOT want them to participate in this virtual tour.

Lincoln School Halloween 2020

Introducing Lincoln's Emotional Support Team

This year at Lincoln, we are excited to have a full time School Psychologist and two full time School Social Workers to help support our students, teachers and families with social emotional learning needs.

District 97 Information

Next Meal D97 Meal Distribution: Monday, Nov. 2
Due to Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 3, District 97 will hold its weekly meal distribution on Monday, Nov. 2, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pick-ups will be held 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.

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.

D97 Breakfast/Lunch Menus - November 2020

Stamped' Family and Community Discussions
District 97 students, families and community members are invited to participate in a three-session discussion on the book Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Attendees will join together for a presentation followed by discussions in separate breakout rooms.

In conjunction with Brooks and Julian middle schools' fall curriculum read, the sessions will follow along with the chapters being read by students and staff. Breakout sessions will be led by students from Dominican University, who will follow a peace circle format and draw on the Stamped Educator's Guide.

Events will be held:

    These sessions are made possible with the support of: District 97 staff; Oak Park and River Forest School District 200; the Oak Park Public Library; the E-Team of Oak Park; and Dominican University’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) group.

    Continued Social-Emotional Wellness Check-Ins for Students
    District 97 school psychologists and nurses have collaborated to offer access to virtual mental health wellness checks at each school this fall. Parents may sign up children for 25-minute Telehealth sessions where they can access an open ear for their sources of stress and learn self-care and coping strategies. Students may attend up to three sessions per trimester and may then be referred for other school-based supports if needed.

    To sign up or learn more about these services, please visit https://bit.ly/3m3Xece.

    If your child is experiencing an immediate mental health crisis, please do not use this service and instead call the Thrive 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 708-383-7500. You may also refer to this local resource guide created by the Community Mental Health Board of the Oak Park Township.

    "Mindful Middle-Schoolers" Program

    The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township, Oak Park Elementary School District 97, and DePaul University’s Community Counseling Center have partnered to deliver a vast array of educational and therapeutic services to staff, families, and youth through the “Mindful Middle-Schoolers Program.” Below is a list of upcoming VIRTUAL talks, which will be held via Zoom. Registration via the Eventbrite links below is requested. Once you register, a link will be emailed to you four hours prior to the start of each event.

    "Mindful Middle-Schoolers" Community Talk Flyer

    Staff Shout Outs

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

    Ms. Cooper's dedication to meeting each child where they are, working collaboratively with parents, balancing the demands of school with the realities of 2020, and making sure that kids are excited to attend school...priceless. We are so grateful for Ms. Cooper!!!
    - Jori Fleisher

    Mrs. Knox has made our daughter’s transition to Kindergarten such a great one! Despite being on Zoom, Mrs. Knox has been able to make a strong connection with our daughter. She has helped her to be a new reader, takes time to listen to hers and others’ comments and ideas, is very responsive to the kids’ work that is turned in, supports all the kids’ when needed and brings a lot of smiles to our daughter’s face. Thank you for being so wonderful and impactful during this entire remote learning process!
    - Donna Hartin

    Mrs. Wheatley truly knows and understands our son. She amazingly engages him in learning, believes in his skills, and makes learning fun. We are beyond thankful to have her as his teacher.
    - Dolan’s mom

    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.

    A message from the Girl Scouts

    All Lincoln girls are invited to attend to a socially-distanced walk-thru event!

    You will enjoy take home crafts, a fun game, a STEM demonstration and gather information about Girl Scouts. Please see the flyer below for the details.

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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.

    Lincoln PTO

    Please click here for information about the Lincoln PTO

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