Weekly Newsletter and Announcements

A Message from Principal Gordon

Dear Lincoln Families,

I am pleased to announce that our first day of hybrid learning was a success. I am so grateful to my staff and community for banning together to create a welcoming environment for all. Thank you to the PTO for lunch for our entire staff, our balloon towers (pictured) and beautiful flowers that were sent to the office staff. Beyond that, I am just thankful for all of the support and concern that has been shown for all of us. Quite frankly, last week I was at my breaking point and walked out to a beautiful note on my car from someone in our community (you are a saint in my book). It reminded me that in spite of all of the things going on, we are all still in this thing together. We always think of the kiddos but it is so nice to support the adults that are making this happen. With that being said, shout out to my school engineer, Charlie Kane and the entire custodial team: Jacob, Earl, Angel, Randy! Between the snow storm, cleaning and more cleaning and countless other asks, we are so thankful for all they do to make Lincoln safe for all of us!

As we continue to welcome more on-site learners, please remember to self certify by 7:15 am. Today we had 100% participation and look forward to continuing that trend!

I also want to shout out our Lincoln Lions for their ability to pivot like none of us have ever had to do or could even imagine doing at this age! Our children have turned into virtual geniuses! I am so proud of their ability to be open-minded and flexible at every turn.

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

Dates to Remember:

Feb 2 - Grade 2-3 Hybrid Students start (Grades 4-5 also in attendance)

Feb 3 - Grade K-1 Hybrid Students start (Grades 2-5 also in attendance), PTO Meeting

Feb 9 - Board Meeting

Feb 15 - No School for Presidents Day

Feb 25 and 26 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Spotlight On!

Lincoln's custodial team has been working hard to prepare the building for students.

Mr. Kane, our building engineer, spends the morning cleaning all high touch surfaces.

Morning Drop Off/Pick Up and Car Pool

If you are driving your child to school and NOT using the carpool option please DO NOT park on Grove Avenue and Harvard Street (east of Kenilworth Avenue). The cul-de-sac is for drop off and pick up only. Please do not park there during drop off and pick up. You are still welcome to park and walk up on the other surrounding streets.



  • Enter the carpool line heading eastbound from Fillmore Street.
  • Turn left onto Kenilworth Avenue into the cul-de-sac behind Lincoln School.
  • Please do not block the staff parking lot so that teachers and staff can enter and be on time for the start of school.
  • Have your student ready to exit the car, with backpacks and materials before you arrive to the student drop off location in the cul-de-sac.
  • Students must exit the car on the curb side only.
  • Continue moving once you have dropped your child(ren) off

  • Enter the carpool line heading eastbound from Fillmore Street.
  • Turn left onto Kenilworth Avenue into the cul-de-sac behind Lincoln school.
  • Please do not block the staff parking lot so that teachers and staff can leave and be on time for remote learning.
  • Make sure your student sign** is displayed in the passenger side window of the dashboard
  • Continue moving once you have picked your child(ren) up

All students will be sent home with two Car Pool signs. One for the passenger side of the vehicle, and one for your student.

After School Pick Up

Please make sure that your child and their teacher knows what their daily pick up plan is ie: walk home, carpool, bus, daycare.

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.


Next Meal D97 Meal Distribution: Tuesday, Feb. 2
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 - February 2021

Remote Learning Requests
Parents who opted into hybrid learning for Trimester 2 are permitted to switch to remote learning at any time. If you requested hybrid learning for your student but wish to enroll in full-time remote learning, please contact the school office.

Wanting to confirm information you've heard regarding our schools?
Oak Park District 97 is committed to providing accurate and timely information. Our new Fact Checker will be updated consistently based upon common questions and concerns to ensure you have access to the key facts that interest you most.

Text Messages from District 97
District 97 uses the notification system BrightArrow to communicate with families via email and phone calls. This year, we have started using periodic text messages to send reminders directly to parents' cell phones. In order to receive text messages, parents must opt in by texting YES to 87569. Once you have subscribed, you will receive a text confirmation.

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Important Information from Mrs. Donovan - School Nurse

Please review this document from our School Nurse, Mrs. Donovan.

This contains important information that may be required prior to your child's return to in-person learning.

Lincoln School Spirit Wear

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.

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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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