Lincoln Monthly Newsletter

December 2019

Keeping You Linc'd In!!!

From the Principal's Desk

With the winter break only a day away, it is easy to get consumed by the stresses of the holiday season. So much to do, seemingly so little time. It can be overwhelming at times. However, this time of year also allows opportunities for us to come together to share, to celebrate, and to have a little fun. The last couple of weeks at Lincoln, amidst the learning activities and assessments, we took time to enjoy the sounds of our wonderful music programs, see our basketball teams win some thrilling games against our cross-town rival, and compete in intense staff and student volleyball games in our annual tournament. It was great seeing so many staff and students participate in this week’s spirit days, and we look forward to seeing which homeroom will take home bragging rights in this year’s door decorating contest. We also eagerly await the premiere of this year’s Lincoln Holiday Movie which will be shown at tomorrow’s all-school assembly. Whew! A lot going on here at Lincoln.

When we return from break we will begin planning for the 2020-2021 school year. As hard as that might be to believe, we want to get an early jump so that our sixth and seventh grade students can make some informed decisions about their learning options for next year. Elective selection sheets will be completed in January and more information about that will be emailed after the holiday break. In the meantime, please keep the following date in mind:

Thursday, January 16

  • Incoming 6th Grade Info Night, 6:30 -7:00 PM, Gym - I will be presenting information to incoming sixth grade students and parents about the transition to middle school and the start of sixth grade.

  • 6th to 7th Parent Orientation Meeting, 6:30-7:00 PM, LRC - Mr. Gleason will provide current sixth grade parents with information about the transition to seventh grade.

  • Elective Night (Open House), 7:00-8:00 PM - Come wander the halls and classrooms to learn more about Lincoln's amazing elective program.

On one last note, the Illinois 5 Essentials Survey (5E) is coming in January. Be on the lookout for an email the week we return from break regarding this important survey. I know sometimes in our efforts to gather stakeholder input, parents can feel they suffer from "survey overload," but this survey in uniquely important. Our leadership teams review your input thoughtfully in planning our improvement efforts for Lincoln. When you receive the survey login information, please take a few moments to describe your Lincoln experience. We greatly appreciate it.

On behalf of the LIncoln staff, we wish everyone in our Lincoln Community a very peaceful holiday season, and a very happy New Year!


Lincoln Choir had a great Holiday Tour.

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Door decorating at Lincoln!

Students had the opportunity to decorate classroom doors. Here is one that we all enjoyed throughout the holidays.
Students had the opportunity to decorate classroom doors. Here is one that we all enjoyed throughout the holidays.

Sports Corner

Lincoln Girls Volleyball Team Tryouts will be held the first week we are back in school.

8th grade Tuesday, January 7th from 3-5 pm AND Wednesday, January 8th from 6:30-7:45 am You must attend both dates.

7th grade Thursday, January 9th from 3-5 pm AND Friday, January 10th from 6:30-7:45 am. You must attend both dates.

All girls trying out must have a Sports Physical turned in to the nurse before you can try out.

PE Department

Congratulations to our November Students of the Month Hanna Peterson and Yahir Huicochea. They exemplify the highest ROARS behavior standards such as effort, sportsmanship, being prepared, and respectful to teachers and peers. Their pictures are posted just outside of the gym one door.

Intramural Volleyball Fun

Our Faculty Student volleyball tournament Finals take place Thursday, Dec. 19th after school. There have been lots of high energy volleyball played during the tournament. The top four winners from each pool will be playing their hearts out for the chance to be crowned winners of the Golden Volleyball Trophy!

Lincoln Jazz Ensemble Performs at City Hall

Congratulations to the Lincoln Jazz Ensemble who performed at City Hall on Monday, December 16th. The ensemble performed Jammin' with Charlie, Uncle Milo's Sideshow, My Dinner with Ronald, and Blue Bossa. Soloist were Joshua, Simon, Matthew, Hana, Elizabeth, and Jillian. These hard-working students represented Lincoln with pride and respect.

8th Grade Promotion Announcement

While the eighth-grade promotion ceremonies for students at Emerson Middle School and Lincoln Middle School will continue as separate events this spring, due to construction in Maine Township High School District 207, both will be held at the same venue. The two programs will be held at different times on Monday, June 8, 2020 - one day earlier than originally planned - at Maine East High School.

The Lincoln event will begin at 8 PM and Emerson’s ceremony will start at 6:00 PM. Each program will run for just shy of one hour. Additional details and logistics will be provided in the spring.

POWER Registration for 8th-Grade

Registration for 8th-grade POWER is now open and the deadline is set for January 19th. The event itself will take place at Emerson on Friday, February 28, from 3 to 9:00pm.

It is highly encouraged that you sign your child up to attend this wonderful, educational, uplifting event, exclusive to our 8th graders in the district. POWER is a one-night event and experience they won’t forget. The registration for this event can be found by clicking on the link below. Information about the event can also be found on both the Emerson and Lincoln Home Pages. We truly value this unique evening and your child’s participation in it.

What is POWER?

POWER is a one-day experience, designed to develop leadership skills and promote healthy choices for our eighth graders from Lincoln and Emerson Middle Schools. The program also strives to teach young people the skills needed to develop healthy peer relationships, resist negative peer pressure, and promote responsible decision-making through powerful presentations and guided group mentoring from local high schools.


Any other questions, and or concerns, please do not hesitate to get a hold of:

Myra Russell at Emerson or Kate May at Lincoln

*If you have any trouble registering your child, please contact, Valerie Varhalla, at the District 64 office at: BEFORE the January 19th registration deadline.

Calling All Aspiring Young Authors

Shrek Jr. - the Musical (March 13th & 14th)

Cast infomation for Shrek

Cast Information for Shrek

The musical cast list will be posted here on December 28th. Congrats to all who have auditioned - it's going to be an amazing show.

Makeup, Hair and Costume Crew for Shrek

If students would like to be on makeup, hair, or costume crew, please fill out this form before January 10th!

Rehearsal Breakdown

Click Here for the rehearsal calendar.

Shrek Tech Crew

Any students interested in helping with Tech Crew for the musical, we will have our first meeting after school on January 7, in room 302 (Plastics Room). We will be meeting most Tuesdays and Thursdays starting in January. If you are interested in helping build sets and props, learn how to do theatrical lighting and sound, and work backstage during the performance, come join us! For more information, email Mrs. Hill.

Ms. Levin's ELA classes visited the Charles Dickens Museum & Victorian England via virtual reality.

Students were able to explore the setting of "A Christmas Carol" on this virtual field trip to London.

"Hour of Code" to celebrate Computer Science Education Week

Lincoln students participated in the "Hour of Code" this week to celebrate Computer Science Education Week! The "Hour of Code" is a global event to introduce students to the field of computer programming and a future of creating versus consuming technology. Check out some of these Hour of Code options here!

Coffee with the Director of Student Services

Beginning in January, Dr. Lea Anne Frost, District 64’s Director of Student Services, will host a monthly coffee for parents to express their concerns, ask questions, or discuss any matters related to the Student Services Department. The first coffee will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 16 at the Franklin School conference room, 2401 Manor Lane, Park Ridge. Please feel free to attend all or part of this meeting.

District 64 hosts Special Olympics info meeting

Join us for an informational meeting about the Special Olympics program at Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 for the Spring 2020 season. There will be an informational session to parents at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 23 in the south gym of Carpenter Elementary School, 300 North Hamlin Avenue. The session will include a discussion of program opportunities, details regarding the season, and an opportunity to meet the coaches.

Special Olympics is an athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children, ages 8 and up with disabilities. District 64 competes in the Region Spring Games held at Prospect High School at the end of April. If you would like to consider this opportunity for your student, please attend to gain more information.

Find out more about Extended School Year (ESY)

Join us for an informational meeting about Extended School Year (ESY). Park Ridge-Niles School District 64 will provide an informational session to parents on Extended School Year at 7 p.m. Monday, February 10 in the south gym of Carpenter Elementary School, 300 North Hamlin Avenue. The program will include a discussion on the eligibility process and program opportunities.

What is extended school year? District 64 Park Ridge-Niles provides Extended School Year (ESY) opportunities to qualifying students within the district generally beginning mid June for no less than 60 hours. Although the calendar/schedule is reviewed and determined annually, ESY has generally been scheduled Monday through Friday, following the Worlds of Wonder (WOW) program.

Planning for the Future of Children with Special Needs” parent workshop

The All Abilities group, in collaboration with the District 64 Student Services department, is hosting a “Planning for the Future of Children with Special Needs” parent workshop on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 from 7-9 p.m. at Franklin Elementary School, 2401 Manor Lane, Park Ridge. Attorney Mr. Brian Rubin, the founder of Rubin Law, will be presenting on the use of government benefits as well as estate and future planning for parents of students with special needs. Please join us for this informative event by registering and identifying any specific questions you might have to be addressed. For questions on this workshop, contact Maura Cullen at or Dr. Lea Anne Frost at

Teachers attend the AMLE Conference.

Team Schedules

Find the 7th and 8th-grade Boys Basketball game schedules and other activities HERE.

Links that might help you...

Order your Fun and Fantastic Spirit Wear Here.

Help Lincoln PTO while shopping! Use the PTO's Amazon Smile Link: search Lincoln Middle School Parent Teacher Organization to sign up.

Sign up for District 64's new text messaging feature Here.


See what’s going on in our community!

From the library to the park district, our communities of Park Ridge-Niles have lots to offer. For information on all the latest happenings, be sure to check the Community Info & Events webpage.