Weekly Newsletter and Announcements

A Message from Principal Gordon

Dear Lincoln Families,

Welcome back from Winter Break! We ended 2020 with "A Virtual Magical Holiday Extravaganza" featuring magician Scott Green and I'd have to say it was a huge success. Seeing our students enjoying the magic show was such a heartwarming experience for myself and the staff. I really loved seeing the families come together, the shocked faces and laughter of the kiddos at the show. What fun!

As we are gearing up for our next phase, I wanted to share our school information from the Trimester 2 commitment survey. We had about 58% of families elect for the Hybrid Model for their children and 42% elected to remain remote. This format is scheduled to begin February 1, 2021 and continue through March 12, 2021. More information regarding schedules, procedures and more will be forthcoming.

Again, welcome back and I wish everyone a happy and healthy start to the new year!

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

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Dates to Remember:

Jan 12 - Board of Education Meeting

Jan 18 - No School for MLK Day

Feb 4 and 5 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (school dismissed at 11a.m.)

Spotlight On!!!

The week before Winter Break, Senate President Don Harmon came to the 4th/5th Grade Critical Thinking Skills Class. Almost 50 students were in attendance (on Zoom of course). In October the students were learning about the Electoral College and the 3 Branches of Government to Prepare for the election and this opportunity came along, as his nephews attend Lincoln. We were surprised to learn that Senator Harmon was one of the 20 Illinois Electors that voted last week!

The children asked really thoughtful questions and learned what it is like to be a senator in the state of Illinois. They even asked about his future aspirations, the tough part of his job, and how he got involved in politics. Special thank you to former Lincoln parent, Eileen Lynch, who works with Senator Harmon and helped to coordinate everything.

Staff Shout Outs

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

My son (understandably) really struggles with staying attentive in Zoom first grade. Mrs. Barker has been endlessly patient, kind, and understanding in helping encourage him to stay engaged in class. I often hear her voice in my house, just gently saying "R..? R.., are you there? Come on over!" and then he will come over and re-engage. She doesn't get frustrated with him or make him feel bad. She just keeps trying...over and over...and over...kindly...to reel him back in. We are grateful.

- Ms. Baum

Señora Ruiz is doing an excellent job keeping my daughter's learning and excited about Spanish. My 1st grader is even speaking more Spanish to me on her own! Thankful for her passion and energy she brings to Zoom!
- Jackie Castaneda

I would like to shout out Ms. Goulding for her wonderful patience with her 4th grade class. She has been a major support for my son and we are very grateful to have her as his teacher. She is such a great teacher. Thank you for all that you do!!
- Sade Mcelroy

Mrs. Casselle, thank you for the job that you are doing with my grandson. His sister was in your class and she really admired you. I was so happy when I heard that you were going to be his fourth grade teacher. Sometime I sit and listen to his lessons. You are so creative and you are able to get the kids involved and excited. Keep up the excellent job.
- Helen Little

Ms. Meisinger has been a constant champion for my son who is a student in her third grade class. Her compassion and commitment is unwavering even with all the challenges of remote learning. She has has shown such patience and understanding, I don't know how we could have made it this far without her guidance. Thank you for all you do everyday!
- Kate Arneth

Ms. Jacoby makes Spanish really fun. Her activities involve so much creativity and physical activity in addition to language learning. She also reached out to check on my son when she noticed he didn't have his camera on and was wandering off. It was nice for my son and for us to know that even with the many students she teaches, she noticed that he was struggling at times and took the time to contact us. She is very flexible and patient and understands the limitations that kids have with the ability to engage online for long periods of time!
- Sara Baum

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.

Other District 97 Information

Next Meal D97 Meal Distribution: Tuesday, Jan. 12
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 - January 2021

Parent Information Session - Early Admission to Kindergarten/First Grade

For families who are seeking early admission to kindergarten or first grade, the district will be hosting a Virtual Parent Information Session on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2020, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The session will include a presentation that outlines the process and requirements. Click here to view the event flyer >

For more information about the process for early admissions, please visit https://www.op97.org/teach-learn/acceleration/early-entrance.

Parent Information Session - Single Subject/Whole Grade Acceleration

For families who are seeking single subject or whole grade acceleration for the 2021-22 school year, the district will be hosting a Virtual Parent Information Session on Wednesday, January 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The session will include a presentation that outlines the process and requirements. Click here for the family letter about acceleration opportunities for the 2021-22 school year. >

Click here to view the event flyer.

Information about the District 97 Accelerated Placement Program, including definitions and timelines, can be found at http://www.op97.org/acceleration.

Parent Leadership Training

The Collaboration for Early is offering Parent Leadership Training. This is a great opportunity for local parents and caregivers to build their own leadership skills and work together in the community.

Training helps parents and families:

  • Set goals for themselves, their family and the community
  • Breakdown the goal setting process into actionable steps while getting the support of their peers and the training facilitators (all the facilitators are parents from Oak Park!)

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 7:30 PM (Zoom)

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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.

A message from District 97 Nurses

District 97 Nurses Share COVID-19 Safety Reminders
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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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