Monday, November 15, 2021


Happy Monday Lincoln Families,

Thank you so much to our very own school nurse, Georgia Donovan, all of our school district nurses, parent, community, and staff volunteers for making our vaccine clinic a successful one. A special thank you to Dr. Chapple for securing vaccines and working at Lincoln School last Tuesday and our PTO for providing dinner for our volunteers. I feel very fortunate to be a part of such a historic moment! We were able to vaccinate 380 current and past Lincoln students.

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

Happy Veteran's Day

Happy Veteran's Day to all who served our country! We at Lincoln School hope you were celebrated, honored, and receive the respect you deserve. Thank you for your service.



16 - School Board Meeting

18 - Virtual Family Reading Night

19 - End of Trimester 1

23 - PBIS All School Celebration

24 - 26 - Thanksgiving Break


1 - D97 Family University: K-5 Literacy Instruction 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

10 - Trimester 1 Report Cards emailed home

20 - Start of Winter Break

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Updated Lunch Choices for this week


Nacho Chips

Cheese cup

Fruit of the day

Vegetable of the day

Blueberry loaf




Pizza Kit

Fruit of the day

Vegetable of the day

Blueberry loaf




Sun butter & Jelly

Fruit of the day

Vegetable of the day

Blueberry loaf




Chicken Wrap

Mozzarella cheese

Fruit of the day

Vegetable of the day


Blueberry loaf


Mayo/hot sauce

Happy Birthday Ms. Gordon

The students surprised Ms. Gordon with 40 roses for her very special birthday. If you heard from your child that she cried, they were correct as she was was very encouraged by their kindness.

What's Up in the Lincoln Library?

What's Up in the Lincoln Library?

This Thursday night, November 18th, please join your OPPL and D97 librarians for a PJ Storytime and Family Reading Night from 7:00-8:00pm! Click for the flyer and sign up using this link! We hope to see many of you there!

Our Sharon Draper author visit for 4th and 5th graders is rescheduled for December 7th


D97 to Host 'Family University' Session on K-5 Literacy Instruction

District 97 will host a virtual Family University session on Dec. 1 focusing on elementary literacy instruction.

The session, will be held virtually, via Zoom, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1. Families will receive a link once they register.

Join us to learn more about our approach to literacy instruction in kindergarten through fifth grade. Staff from the Teaching and Learning Department will discuss the district's resources and the student experience, and will answer the most common questions submitted by families. Please use this form to submit any questions you have no later than 12 p.m. on Tuesday, November 16. We look forward to seeing you there!

CLICK HERE to register for the event!

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A request from the D97 Director of Technology

We are writing today to ask all District 97 families to complete a brief, one-minute survey that will allow us to take advantage of a federal grant to support student technology needs.

On June 15, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the Emergency Connectivity Fund Program to provide up to $7.17 billion in support to schools and libraries for the purchase of laptop and tablet computers, Wi-Fi hotspots for use by students, school staff, and library patrons who would otherwise lack connected devices and/or broadband connections sufficient to fully engage in learning outside the school day.

In order to take advantage of this grant opportunity, District 97 is required to administer a brief survey to all second- through eighth-grade students/families and instructional staff (teachers, coaches, and teacher assistants). Upon the completion of the survey, the district will be eligible to finalize the filing for the grant award, which would provide up to approximately $1.4 million dollars to cover the cost of devices to support students and staff during remote learning situations.

Families should complete one survey for each student who is enrolled in Grades 2 through 8 for the 2021-22 school year. The deadline is Wednesday, November 24.


Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey that will help District 97 complete a grant to provide access to all families.


Michael Arensdorff

Senior Director of Technology

COVID-19 Symptom Checklist and Instructions for Symptomatic Students

In October, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education released updated guidance and an updated exclusion decision tree. As a result, we have updated some of our protocols and required documents for symptomatic students. CLICK HERE for a one-page summary of the required steps and testing for students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
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Just a friendly reminder that all student absences need to be communicated to the school office by 8:30 a.m. A reason for the absence must be provided.

If your child is absent for illness reason, please call the school nurse at 708-524-3108 in addition to contacting the school attendance line.

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Lost and Found

We have a plethora of jackets in the lost and found.

Please help us get items back to your child by making sure that their name is on their jackets and water bottles.

Bounce Back Information

Bounce Back is an evidence-based targeted intervention that helps students manage the symptoms of trauma in the school setting. The intervention is open to all students that have experienced a loss, significant change in family life, divorce, death, witnessing traumatic events, etc. The intervention runs 10-11 weeks and includes support/resources for teachers, students and parents/caregivers to help students manage their symptoms and refocus on school. Please see attached one page description about the program. If you think your child would benefit from the intervention, a screening process can be initiated by referring your child to their teacher. Once the referral is established you will be asked for consent to the screening and intervention process. Your classroom teacher and Dr. Pérez will complete the form together and send home for your review and signature for consenting to participate. For more information reach out to Dr. Pèrez, Lincoln School Psychologist at her email: bperez@op97.org.

Bounce Back es una intervención dirigida basada en evidencia que ayuda a los estudiantes a manejar los síntomas del trauma. La intervención está abierta a todos los estudiantes que han tenido la experiencia de un cambio significativo en la vida familiar como divorcio, la muerte de un padre/familiar, o otros eventos traumáticos, etc. La intervención dura de 10 a 11 semanas e incluye apoyo / recursos para maestros, estudiantes y padres / familiares para ayudar a los estudiantes a manejar sus síntomas y enfocarse en la escuela. Consulte la carta adjunta para obtener más información sobre el programa. Si cree que su hijo se beneficiaría de la intervención, se puede iniciar un proceso de evaluación remitiendo a su hijo a su maestro. Una vez que se establezca la derivación, se le pedirá su consentimiento para el proceso de evaluación e intervención. Los maestros y la Dra. Pérez completeran la forma de consentimiento y mandaran por correo electronico el consentimiento para que padres lo revisen y firmen. Para obtener más información, comuníquese con Dra. Pérez, Lincoln Psicóloga Educativa por correo electrónico bperez@op97.org.

Extra Clothes and Extra Masks

Please be sure that your child has a change of clothes at school. Even students in the upper grades have spills, injuries etc. that will require a change of clothes.

We are also asking that all students have an extra mask on hand as well.


"Dr. Pérez makes wellness appointments for acute mental health support for students and families during after school hours on Wednesdays. The slots are 20 minutes and available to reserve on a weekly basis. Please reserve your student slot with some notes on your concerns. Also, parents should ensure their children attend on time to ensure each child is afforded the time needed to discuss their needs with the school psychologist.


Who is the type of student that should participate?

If your child is in need of connecting with a mental health professional for issues that are new and impact their academic performance please reserve your slot to meet with Dr. Perez.

When would the appointments take place?

Wednesdays, after school, starting at 3pm for 20 minute sessions

What type of support would the student and or family receive?

The first session is an intake and consultation approach to designate next steps or resources relevant to the child's needs. The appointments can lead to skill building counseling sessions for at least 3 appointments, referrals to school based or community type services for ongoing support.

Where can I find the appointment calendar to reserve my child's spot?

Visit the google calendar webpage to reserve your Wednesday 20 minute slot.

Click the link - Lincoln Wellness Check-ins with Dr. Perez

District 97 Calendar for 2021-2022

All important dates for the school year!!