Lincoln Newsletter

February / March 2019

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From the Principal's Desk

Dear Lincoln Community,

Spring Break will be here before you know it, and hopefully time will fly quickly as we have a busy month of March ahead.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are set for the afternoon-early evening of Tuesday, March 5th. These conferences are typically scheduled by core teacher request. Elective teachers will be available during that time for drop-in discussions.

See below for more information on the first EVER Lincoln musical - High School Musical. We are very excited for the production that involves over 10% of the student body. Buy your tickets soon to ensure availability.

The big St. Baldrick's shave-off will be held in the afternoon of Tuesday, March 19th. We are simply blown away by the outpouring of generosity from the community. We have already surpassed our record-breaking total from three years ago. How about we raise a quarter million?!?!?

IAR schedule - help your child be ready

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness Test, an assessment for all students in Illinois, will be administered in District 64 from March 11-22.

The best preparation for the IAR has been the quality instruction our teachers have provided this school year. However, there are things you can also do to promote your child’s success:

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a healthy breakfast before each day of testing.

  • Provide your child with words of encouragement. While we don’t want our students to feel anxious about any assessment, we do want them to do their best.

  • Please send earbuds/headphones to school by Wednesday, March 6. We will be using these for the English Language Arts test and Math test. These items will be kept at school and returned at the end of testing.

  • The IAR is an online assessment and students will be using their Chromebooks to complete these tests. Please make sure your child brings his or her Chromebook to school each day, fully charged.

Below is Lincoln's schedule for test administration:

Tuesday, March 12: ELA and Math Session I

Thursday, March 14: ELA and Math Session II

Friday, March15: Math Session III

If you would like to learn more about the IAR tests, English Language Arts sample tests, Math sample tests, and additional resources are available for your convenience. Although the name of this assessment has changed this year, the testing resources provided by the Illinois State Board of Education are the same as last year’s PARCC resources.

Thank you for your support in helping your child be prepared for upcoming testing.


Dr. Murray

Update on Records Planning Days for March and June

  • Monday, March 4 will be a regular day of school - Although District 64 sets aside four emergency days within the school calendar on an annual basis, if more than two are used prior to February 1, the March records planning day, which is attended by staff only, becomes a day of student attendance. Due to the multiple inclement weather days used in January, District 64 schools will have a regular day of school for students and staff on Monday, March 4.

  • No change at present for Wednesday, June 5 records planning day - At present, the records planning day scheduled for June 5 will be observed. This means that students will not attend school on that day; only staff will be in attendance. This may change, however, should more emergency days be used in coming months.

Calling All Licensed Barbers/Stylists!!!

Lincoln Middle School is participating in a St. Baldrick’s event on Tuesday, March 19th from 1:00-3:00pm.

This event supports the St. Baldrick’s Foundation which funds childhood cancer research. If you are interested and willing to donate your time and talents by being a barber/stylist, please email me at

We are looking for 15-20 barbers/stylists to make our event a success!

Happy Shaving!


Tickets for Lincoln's FIRST EVER MUSICAL are now on sale!

Get them HERE for our three performances! Our ticket sales help pay for lights, costumes, sound equipment, microphones, set supplies, scripts, performance rights, and many more odds and ends that come with putting on a school musical. We hope to continue this program for many years to come and your generosity is appreciated. Donations will be accepted either at the door of the performance or online with ticket sales. 10% of the school is involved!! Get your tickets TODAY!

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When you attend the musical bring a couple extra dollars in cash to buy a Lincoln wristband! All proceeds go towards the musical fund AND you can show your Lincoln pride everywhere you go. Get one for your friends and family so they can show their pride too!


Pie in the Face competition

As staff brainstormed ideas to raise money for St. Baldrick's, the twisted, devious mind of Mr. Deines came alive. "What if we have a competition during lunch between sets of teachers? Whichever teacher raises the most money is the "winner". And that "winning" teacher gets a pie in the face on the live Friday broadcast. If a student donates to the winning teacher, he or she is eligible to do the pieing..." Well played, sir. This has raised over $700 over the first two weeks and it will be continued every Friday until shave day! Here is a link to the video from the past two weeks.

Intramural Dodgeball Tourney for St. Baldrick's

All school intramural dodgeball tourney to benefit St. Baldrick's. Information was sent out to the students.

Minimum 5 players per team, no more than 7.

$5.00 per player. Money must be turned in with full roster.

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Monday-Feb. 25th, Thursday-March 7th, Tuesday-March 12th, Thursday-March 14th


7th & 8th Grade Boys Volleyball Tryouts

8th Grade: March 7th 4-5:30 & 18th at 3-4:30

7th Grade: March 14th & 18th at 3:00-4:30.

All students who want to try out must have a physical form turned into the office before the first day of tryouts. Sign up sheets will be in the boy’s locker room starting March 1st.

Questions? Contact Ms. Gronwick or Ms. Lindgren


Way to go Jazz Band!

Congratulations on a great performance at the Rolling Meadows Jazz Festival!

We received glowing comments from all three judges, and FOUR of our students were recognized with Outstanding Soloist Awards! Congratulations to Nina Adams, Marko Domazet, Joey Mascort, and Joshua Parker on this outstanding achievement!