Weekly Newsletter and Announcements

A Message from Principal Gordon

Dear Lincoln Families,

This is our last communication for the 2020-21 school year. I am so filled with joy as I know that we made through a school year, 3 different ways, in a pandemic but most of all that we navigated these unknown waters safely. I could not have asked for a better school community and look forward to seeing everyone in August! A few housekeeping items:

  • Please be sure that you have communicated with the office if your child is not returning to Lincoln next school year. Please contact the office at lincolnoffice@op97.org and complete this withdrawal form. Please leave all technology with the main office if you will not be returning.
  • If you loaned us a table, it will be available for you to pick up from the office on Friday, June 11th, from 9 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
  • Most importantly...have fun and stay safe!

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

Dates to Remember:

June 10 - Last Day of School - this is a full day of school with dismissal at 3:00 p.m.

August 25 - First Day of School for the 2021-2022 School Year

Staff Shout Outs

Ms. Weber has been so patient with everything happening this year. Ms. Weber has done a tremendous job with my son and I can tell he enjoys going to school and A LOT of that credit, if not all goes to Ms. Weber!

- Andrew Garcia

We are so lucky to be able to join Sr. Domecq in person for these last few weeks of the school year. He has incorporated so much play into our second graders' learning, including a maker space where our son reports he is working on building a ferris wheel. Thank you so much Sr. Domecq for being such a special teacher all year long. What an amazing addition to Lincoln!

- Meghann Moses

Ms. Logan has done a wonderful job keeping her students, and our daughter, in particular, engaged and motivated to learn It's been a unique year, to say the least, but Ms. Logan has been an upbeat, steady and positive influence throughout it all. Thank you so much for all you do!

- Greg Buchanan

Maestro Domecq is an exceptional educator. He was hired as a new 2nd grade Spanish Immersion teacher this academic year and we feel blessed as a family that our son, Curtis was able to experience being a student in his classroom. Maestro Domecq was thrown into a new working environment during a pandemic and handled it so well. He has been a great communicator and very responsive. As a parent, one of the benefits of having our son in remote learning this year has been the ability to get a glimpse of what is happening in the classroom. I have constantly been impressed by Maestro Domecq's intentionality with curriculum. He exposed his class to readings and videos that provoked thoughtful dialogue and empathy towards others. He was firm and fun. He was fair and caring. He went out of his way to drop off supplies and kits to all of his students. He is just a GREAT teacher. We will miss him very much. We want to give him the biggest SHOUT OUT for being such a wonderful teacher.

- Ena Bolden

Ms. Meglan has been intentional and kind in giving our child extra support this year. She is strengths-based and has helped him love to read and grow in confidence. He feels loved and cared for and empowered when he works with her. We are so thankful for her amazing expertise!!

- Megan Parker

We are blown away when we think of all the “pivots” :) the specials teachers have made this year. The supply kits, the time changes, the facility versatility, the commitment to their craft regardless of setting. Art and music and Spanish and PE and Library are INTEGRAL. Thank you for all you have done this year for our kids! ❤️

- Megan Parker

A Message from the Lincoln Library

Calling all library books!!

Please make sure to return all books to the library before the last day of school.


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District 97 Choir

Lean on Me (a remote tribute to Bill Withers) - Oak Park D97 virtual chorus


June Breakfast/Lunch Menus and Distribution Schedule

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.

Through the end of the 2020-21 school year, 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.

Beginning Monday, June 14, meal distributions will be held every Monday during the summer.

  • Tuesdays: June 1 and 8
  • Mondays: June 14, 21, 28

D97 Breakfast/Lunch Menus - June 2021

Finish Strong: Help Us Keep D97 Safe

As COVID-19 continues to impact our community, it is critical that we remain vigilant in our efforts to keep District 97 schools safe.

The decisions we make during these next few weeks have a direct impact on our ability to maximize in-person learning for our students. Whether you are vaccinated or unvaccinated, we all have a responsibility to follow ALL safety guidelines set by state and local health departments in order to reduce potential spread of the virus.

With this in mind, please help us "Stay Safe and Finish Strong."
  • If you are sick, STAY HOME.
  • Wear a face mask or covering at all times while at school.
  • Maintain social distancing (6 feet, as much as possible).
  • Wash or sanitize your hands often.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.

A message from the Technology Department: Student Non - Device Collection

We hope this message finds you well. As we prepare for the end of the school year, there are two updates from the District 97 Technology Department that I want to share.

First, we will not be collecting devices from students who are currently in kindergarten through seventh grade. This decision was made with the health and safety of our students and families in mind, considering the logistics of collecting more than 4,000 devices. It will also ensure access for all students who are participating in the summer school sessions being offered by the district and other partner organizations. In addition, as shared prior the board of education has approved the three year technology plan that included the refresh of student devices. The technology department has ordered those devices and expects them in during the summer in time to have them prepared and ready for distribution during the first week of school. During distribution we will handle the collection of the current devices and distribution of the new devices at one time. More information will be shared about this timing and process as we get closer to the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

The technology department will continue to service devices through a specified schedule throughout the summer. There will be more details shared on this in the coming days/weeks. If you and your family move out of the district, please email helpdesk@op97.org to schedule a time to drop off your device to the district office prior to leaving. It will be very important to get these devices as soon as possible so we can have them cleaned and prepped for the students in the fall.

Thank you for your review of this information and hope all is well with you and your families. We will continue to provide you updates throughout the coming weeks and months.


Michael Arensdorff

Online registration for the 2021-22 school year is now open!

Remember that the "ABCs" of registration are "D-E-F."
  • D - Documents: All required documents must be scanned and ready to upload before starting registration.
  • E - Early: Registration is a longer process and we ask that families register early!
  • F - Finish: Registration is finished once you receive a confirmation email from the district.
CLICK HERE or the box below for a brief video that outlines the District 97 registration process!

Returning Students

Registration will be entirely online April 26 through May 31 for returning students who are currently in kindergarten through seventh grade. The parent/guardian listed as PG1 in PowerSchool will receive an email from infosnap@is.op97.org with their student’s snapcode and instructions to register. Emails will be sent in waves beginning April 26. Returning Student Registration Information >

NOTE: In order to register, Oak Park renters must have a lease that covers August 31, 2021, or the student’s first day of school.

New Students and Kindergarteners

Families who wish to enroll new students or kindergarteners must first gather all required documents and make an appointment to have them reviewed. At your appointment, the registrar will explain the online process, verify your documentation and child's grade level, and enter the student into the online registration system. After your appointment you will receive an email for each student with a unique link to submit that student’s registration information. Information for Incoming Kindergarteners >

Appointments can be scheduled using this link:
Additional slots will be added each week.

Kindergarten Ahead: Q&A Sessions for Incoming D97 Families
Incoming kindergarten families are invited to attend an upcoming Q&A session with District 97 kindergarten teachers and administrators called "Kindergarten Ahead!" During the session, we will review key learning outcomes and ways you can help prepare your child for kindergarten. We'll also take your questions about starting kindergarten in District 97.

We will host two "Kindergarten Ahead!" sessions, both of which are optional and will be held via Zoom:

  • Thursday, June 3, from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 8, from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
If you are interested in attending, please register here.

Registration for the 2021-22 School Year in District 97
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