Lincoln Updates Oct./Nov. 2019

Keeping You Linc'd In!!!

From the Principal's Desk

While it may be difficult to believe that we are coming to the end of October and nearing the end of our first trimester, we want to bring back some of those ideas that provided a positive start to this school year. This year, our focus has been on building upon the pride that our staff, students and community have in being a part of Lincoln. We know that our school truly is a special place, and we know that the pride that we see each day is grown through communication, relationships, and togetherness. It is our hope to carry these foundational ideas forward in all that we do, and we know that the resulting positivity will not be simple coincidence. At Lincoln, we strongly believe that the educational environment plays a critical role in the success of our students.

While we will continue to provide updates on your student’s academic progress throughout the year, we know that some of these conversations are already being had at home with your student. As for conversations...though you may get the standard middle school response of “nuthin” when you ask your student what they did at school today or a simple “good” when asking how the day went...know that there is probably a lot more happening than they’re letting on. We know that they are as proud as we are to call Lincoln home. Fortunately for us, we get to see it every day.

As always, feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. We are here for you and for your student.

All the best,


Save the Date

Lincoln Week At-a Glance 10/28-11/01

  • M 10/28: 7th Grade Boys’ BBall Try-outs 3-4:30 PM; Board of Ed Meeting 7 PM @ Franklin

  • T 10/29: 7th Grade Boys’ BBall Try-outs 3-4:30 PM

  • W 10/30: Early Dismissal 2:10 PM

  • H 10/31: Halloween

  • F 11/01: Team 7-3 Feed My Starving Children Field Trip

On the Horizon

  • Su 11/03: Daylight Savings - Turn Clocks Back 2:00 AM

  • M 11/04: No School for Students, Teacher Institute

  • M 11/11: Veterans Day; Board of Education Meeting 7 PM at Lincoln LRC.

  • W 11/20: End of Trimester One

  • 11/23-12/1: Thanksgiving Break

Lion Pride

Building along with our social and emotional learning, the Lincoln staff is working to increase the opportunities that we formally recognize our students. Last week, teams provided students with Pawsitivity Awards that recognize students who exemplify the characteristics represented in our ROARS expectations. These recognitions will take place every month in addition to our standing ROARS tickets incentives. This month we would like to recognize…
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SEL Updates

At Lincoln, we continue to further our social and emotional learning through the delivery of our Second Step curriculum on ROARS Days. These lessons help us to reinforce with our students skills that are essential to building self-awareness and responsibility and to sustaining a positive learning environment.

It is our hope that you engage your student about the topics covered and continue to encourage positive choices and behaviors at school, at home, and within the community. To assist, we have provided you the topics that we have covered this month and some conversation starters to open up communication at home.

6th Grade Lesson Topics

Emotions & Decision-Making:

  • How emotions affect decision making and how recognizing values can help him or her make good decisions.

Goal Setting:

  • Setting goals and establishing action steps for achieving those goals.


  • Ask your child to describe a time when he or she was angry or upset. Together, talk about the kinds of good decisions your child can make the next time his or her emotions are that strong.

  • Think of a time you achieved a big goal, such as learning to drive or graduating from school. Tell your child about your goal and how you achieved it, and ask your child to tell you about a goal he or she has.

7th Grade Lesson Topics

Building Friendships:

  • How values can build strong friendships and how to strengthen relationships with peers.

Goal Setting:

  • Setting goals and establishing action steps for achieving those goals


  • Talk to your child about friendships. Discuss the fact that friendships sometimes grow stronger and sometimes grow weaker. Ask your child what he or she can do to make a friendship stronger.

  • Ask your child what an If–Then Plan is. Work together to make a plan for how your child can respond positively to a difficult situation he or she might encounter at home.

8th Grade Lesson Topics

Relationships and Change:

  • How to handle changing relationships and how to identify negative ones.

Goal Setting:

  • Setting goals and establishing action steps for achieving those goals.


  • Ask your child about any recent changes in friendships at school. Reassure your child that relationships change throughout our lives, and talk about ways to handle these changes.

  • Ask your child what an If–Then Plan is. Work together to make a plan for how your child can respond positively to a difficult situation he or she might encounter at home.

6th Grade Social - Halloween Dance on Friday, Oct. 25th

The Lincoln PTO is sponsoring the sixth Grade Halloween Social here at Lincoln. The event will take place from 7:00-8:30 pm at the school and will feature a DJ, photo booth, costume contests, games, food, and prizes. Tickets are $10 ($12 at the door) and can be purchased by clicking on this link. More information about the event can also be found on the Lincoln PTO website.

Hundreds will "Hustle" at annual ELF benefit...still time to join!

The District 64 Elementary Learning Foundation (ELF) expects a big crowd at its third annual Halloween Hustle on Saturday, Oct. 26. The family-friendly 5k run/walk begins at 8 a.m. at Hodges Park. "Day-of" registration will open at 6:30 a.m. See more details here!

Schools are actively competing to see who will have the highest participation percentage in the event and a friendly rivalry between schools continues to drive registration. The winning school is awarded the coveted ELF trophy for 2019.

We have put together a little MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO to inspire you and your student to sign up. We hope you enjoy.

Interest in the logo contest was high with about 100 student entries. The winning design came from second-grader Declan Kerrigan of Field School. His design of pumpkins running in the race will be featured on the bibs and t-shirts.

Starting and ending in beautiful Hodges Park, the loop will allow for a 5k Run or Walk, as well as a shorter 3k distance. The event is stroller-friendly for those too little to run. There is even a Tiny Tike Trot loop around Hodges Park for participants aged 5 and under! Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes!

The event is the largest fundraiser for ELF and funds raised go directly to teachers and schools to support innovation grants.

Veterans Day Celebration - Last Call for Submissions

We are asking our staff and students to contribute to Lincoln’s tribute to veterans and active military service personnel.

As Veterans Day approaches, we would like to pay homage to the men and women who have served and/or are currently serving our country. We are asking Lincoln staff and families who have a close family member currently serving or who has served in the past, to send in photo and/or description of that service member.

The photos and descriptions will be used to make a video collage, which will be presented to the entire school on Monday, November 11th. We will need these photos/descriptions by October 25, 2019. In order to submit, please use the link HERE.

Halloween Costumes

Next Thursday, students will be allowed to wear a costume to school if they choose to do so. In order to do so, students are required to give a $1 donation to our Student Government Association (SGA). This will be collected by homeroom teachers. We hope that this is not disruptive to the learning activities in your classrooms, and therefore will be informing students of the following guidelines.

Student Halloween Costume Expectations:

Costumes must be appropriate and adhere to the dress code. Costumes worn must follow these guidelines:

  • Not interfere with the classroom environment or prevent student from sitting in a desk, walking down hallway, etc. (no inflatable costumes)

  • Be respectable, appropriate, and be of a non-violent nature

  • Not contain any weapons (real or imitation). This includes, but is not limited to: swords, guns, knives, clubs, lasers, etc.

  • Hats/head coverings are appropriate only if the accessories coordinate with the costume, but cannot cover face

  • Students must be recognizable--no face paint, masks, etc.

  • Cover the student appropriately

  • Cannot display any alcohol, drug or cigarette logos or references

Any student with a questionable costume will be sent to the Main Office. If the costume is inappropriate the student may face disciplinary consequences and at the very least will change into an appropriate outfit.

Please be in contact with any questions

Constitution Test

Heads up parents, our seventh-grade students will be taking the Constitution Test on Thursday, Nov. 7th.

End of the Trimester 1

The end of the first trimester is November 20, 2019. We ask that you regularly check in on the Parent Portal to keep on the progress of your student. Please do not hesitate to be in contact with your child's teachers should you have any questions or concerns heading into this final month.

Report Cards

The end of trimester 1 is November 20th. Report cards will be mailed home on December 6th.

The parent portal will be closed on November 20th at 8am, and it will reopen on December 3rd at 8am.

Thank a Principal on Principal Appreciation Day!

District 64 is joining with other schools across Illinois on Friday, Oct. 25 to celebrate Principal Appreciation Day as a part of the nationwide Principal Appreciation Month.

We are asking all members of our school communities to thank their principals for their hard work and commitment to educational excellence.

While this honor happens each year at this time, we should remember that our principals earn our respect and appreciation each and every day. These school leaders face many challenges day-in and day-out, yet they continue to set the tone for educational excellence. Their positive attitude inspires our teachers and lifts students to greater success and their work with families and the community helps build successful learning environments for all students. Principals remain a key aspect of the many positive achievements happening daily in District 64.

Please take this time to thank our District 64 principals for their leadership and dedication through social media (#ThankAPrincipal), with a phone call, email or greeting card. View the District 64 staff directory to contact your school’s principal.

Sports Corner

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

Lincoln offers after school intramurals each trimester, run by the PE department. All kids can participate. The list of offered sports is located HERE.

Lincoln PE Department

Congratulations to Everlyn Hansen and Dylan Walsh for being named our SEPTEMBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH. 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 doors.

PE Classes

This week we are enjoying the brisk Fall weather with our last outdoor activities of LaCrosse and Cross country. Student's teams are showing improvement with their skills and gameplay. Monday, October 28th all classes will start the long indoor season with rotations of Volleyball, Basketball, Fitness Center, and Cardio Days. WE won't see daylight till hopefully the end of March!


We finished our Fall season with Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, and LaCrosse. Students had a fun time playing their favorite sports after school!

Our 10th Annual Student-Faculty Volleyball Tournament will be starting in November. We have close to 40 teams compete every year. The dates for each pool of the tournament and team roster sheets will be available on November 1st from your PE teachers. Pool listings will be posted on the bulletin board outside gym one. The top 4 teams from each pool will play in the Championship tournament Thursday, December 19th. Captains are responsible for making sure your team shows up for the 2 dates of gameplay.

Lost and Found table in the Cafeteria

The lunch boxes, sweatshirts, and jackets are starting to pile high on the lost and found table down in the cafeteria so please have your child check the table for their lost items. Anything left on the table at the end of the trimester will be donated to a charity.

XC is a winner!

Lincoln cross country season is coming to an end, and our runners are giving it their all! At our October 17 away meet, we placed first across all grade levels.

Time Travel!

Our 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade students have traveled back in time to take field trips to ancient Egypt, colonial America, and early 1900s America. Through the use of our virtual reality viewers, the students can explore these places as never before!

PTO News!

Queen of Hearts Fundraiser - Special Costume Promotion
We want to announce a Costume Promotion at Harp & Fiddle... next Tuesday, October 29th...7-8:30 PM.

Come in costume... buy four raffle tickets for $20, get one raffle ticket for free!

The Emerson and Lincoln PTO Queen of Hearts 50/50 raffle will raise money to equally benefit the students and staff at both Emerson and Lincoln Middle Schools. The next drawing is this coming Tuesday, October 29nd at 9 PM at Harp and Fiddle.

For regular updates and more information, please follow this event on the Queen of Hearts Facebook Page.

Future PTO Meetings are scheduled for:
Thursday, November 14, 2019: Featuring Maine South principal, Dr. Ben Collins

Come to the meeting and ask the MS Principal any questions you might have!
Thursday, January 16, 2020: Featuring Ken Wallace, D207 Superintendent
Thursday, March 12, 2020: TBD
Thursday, May 14, 2020: TBD

Please CLICK HERE if you need to update your membership

Come One, Come All - Shrek Jr. Auditions!

The "Shrek, Jr." audition clinics are November 18th and 19th in Winslow Hall from 3-4. The audition clinic will go over how to audition, the acting, singing, and dancing portions, and audition etiquette. Students who want to audition should only attend one clinic but can attend both if they'd like.

Auditions for "Shrek, Jr." will be December 9th, 10th, 17th, and 19th in Winslow Hall from 3-4pm. Students will sign up at the audition clinics for a time. Email Ms. LaTragna with any questions or concerns!

Lincoln Green Team

Lincoln will no longer collect community recycling (batteries, eyeglasses, electronics). Park Ridge offers to recycle for many of these items. Check out these resources from Park Ridge Public Works and SWANCC.

Lincoln will continue to recycle school supplies. Send used markers and other supplies to the main office for collection.

Cold Weather

As the cold weather approaches, it is important to ensure your child has dressed appropriately for the weather. The school district's morning entry procedure has children entering the building early only when the outside temperature goes below 10º F. Students will be expected to remain outside until the regular entry time if the temperature stays above 10º F. Please make sure they have dressed appropriately for the weather.

The New Box Tops Labels

Box Tops can still be dropped off in the main office but eventually, the Box Tops program will become digital-only. Participating brands are starting to change their packaging from a traditional Box Tops clip to the new Box Top label.

If you see this label, use the new Box Tops app to scan your receipt. Box Tops are still worth 10¢ each for your school. The app will find participating products purchased at any store and instantly add cash to your school's earnings online.

Students to honor School Board Members at November meeting

District 64 invites all members of our community to join us in thanking the members of our Board of Education for their contributions to public education on School Board Members Day officially celebrated across Illinois on Friday, November 15.

Lincoln Middle School students will have the honor of presenting certificates of appreciation to our Board at its regular meeting on Monday, November 11.

Our Board includes: Rick Biagi, President; Tom Sotos, Vice President; Carol Sales, Secretary; and members Fred Sanchez, Larry Ryles, Dr. Denise Pearl and Rebecca Little. Contact Board members personally via email through our website or #ThankABoardMember on social media! A roster of former Board members back to 1968 also is available here.

The 2019 statewide theme – Transform Vision into Reality – highlights board members’ critical role in creating lasting education opportunities that reflect the desires of the Park Ridge community.

District 64 encourages all local residents to take this once-a-year opportunity to thank these seven community volunteers for their oversight of the education of about 4,600 students supported by the work of more than 600 staff members.

Food basket fundraiser to benefit D64 families

The Park Ridge Kiwanis Club has again taken up the challenge to provide holiday food baskets to School District 64 families in need. But this year the Club will do it without a fundraising event at a local restaurant.

Instead, the Kiwanis will focus on accepting donations online to help more than 100 families in District 64 that fall below the poverty level. The website link is expected to be ready in early November and be open until early December. The link will be promoted in District 64’s weekly e-News.

In the meantime, cash donations will be accepted through the mail at Kiwanis Holiday Food Basket Fundraiser ℅ Frank Kaminiski, 200 S. Vine, Park Ridge, IL 60068.

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Links that might help you...

Order your Fun and Fantastic Spirit Wear Here. Use the code OCT19E for 10% off Ladies Advocate T-shirts (Item 229388).

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.


Maine South Class of 2024

Attention 8th Grade parents and guardians!! Maine South will be sending out information in the coming weeks regarding the transition to and registration for high school. To keep you informed, they have created a website for the incoming students and their parents that will be regularly updated with important information, dates, and events. Maine South will also be hosting upcoming tours for new parents whose oldest child is beginning high school. Register on the Class of 2024 site on the Maine South page. Any questions can be directed to
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As the seasons change... keep school closing guidelines in mind.

District 64's guidelines focus on wind chill and use the National Weather Service distinctions

between an advisory and a warning (among other factors) when considering whether schools will be closed. As always, our first priority is the safety of students and staff when making decisions on when schools are closed. Make sure you know about our School Closing Guidelines before the bad weather hits! Here's to a safe winter ahead!

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.