Lincoln Lions Update

January 3, 2021

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"We are committed to creating a school that knows no limits to the academic success of each student." -No Excuses University Pledge

Welcome Back!

Happy New Year, Lincoln Lions! We look forward to seeing our In Person learners on Tuesday, January 5. Students who are in our virtual classrooms will remain in virtual classrooms. We are ready to start, and hope you are, too!

In Person students will receive breakfast bags, usually on Monday afternoons. Please be aware that the bags contain milk and need to be refrigerated. If you would like to "Opt Out" of breakfast bags, please fill out this request form. You can also update your requests using this form. Our pick up and drop off procedures are below, along with information about the bus and what the school day looks like for In Person students.

The Lincoln Staff looks forward to working with you and your children as we move into 2021!


Mary Beth Knoeppel

COVID-19 Update

From Superintendent Heinz:

As we shared at the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, December 9, we intend to return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 5. This change impacts only in-person students. Virtual students will remain virtual.

After much consideration, we are choosing not to extend our Adaptive Pause further into January because positive case report data and contact tracing information have reiterated that our schools are not a primary source of COVID-19 spread due to mitigation efforts such as masks, distancing, reduced class sizes, and hand washing. As our data shows, the vast majority of staff and students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 are contracting the virus outside of our buildings. Due to previously mentioned mitigation efforts, the majority are not spreading it to others at school.

If your winter break activity puts your child(ren) at an increased health risk (such as travel), we ask that you consider a quarantine period upon your return home out of courtesy for others in the school buildings. Concurrent learning for in-person students will be offered through Friday, January 15 for those choosing to stay home during this time.

Beyond January 15, in-person learners will be allowed to concurrently learn by streaming into the classroom only if they need to quarantine for illness or exposure. When students flip flop between concurrent and in-person learning for reasons not related to COVID-19, it causes significant disruption within the classroom as well as the main office level where daily accountability for student attendance is a state requirement. For this reason, students who have requested in-person learning who choose to stay home for alternative reasons will not have access to concurrent instruction in 2021. Should your child be absent from in-person learning for a reason other than COVID-19 quarantine or exposure, as was the expectation prior to the pandemic, please contact your main office’s attendance line to report the absence.

To learn more about concurrent learning for in-person students and what it means for your child, please read this document.

What to expect at school during COVID-19

Return to In Person Learning on 1 - 5 -21 Information

Lincoln is ready to welcome back students who chose In Person Learning on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. This start date applies to those families who committed to In Person Learning and those students who were previously Virtual and were approved to return to In Person learning. Those that committed to Virtual Learning will continue as usual from home. For those students who are live streaming due to being quarantined, this will also begin on Tuesday. Please know that our staff continues to work hard to make sure our campus is clean and safe for your children. We have worked closely with CCSD15 Administration, our Health Services Coordinators, and our Facilities and Operations teams to make sure Lincoln School is following all safety protocols. Please make sure your child has their "Self Certify Card" signed and dated by a parent each day. The school can provide a lanyard if needed. Make sure your child is wearing a mask that covers the nose and mouth and send extra masks. Parents may park and walk their child to their assigned door, but parents are not permitted into the building at this time to go to classrooms. Temperatures are taken at arrival and hands will be cleaned. Parents may use the Farmgate loop for drop off. If your child enters at Door 6 or Door 9, they may use the grassy area by the picnic tables in the Farmgate loop and walk to the right around the building to get to their door. (Use the grassy area, not the lot to walk to the back doors.) We hope you understand we need to follow our safety protocols on building visitors. Rest assured we will take excellent care of your children. Please don't hesitate to call if you have any concerns or questions. 847.963.5700
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Supplies to Bring Back to School

  • Self-certification lanyard with parent signature
  • Mask and an extra one in your backpack
  • Fully-charged Chromebook in its case
  • Art supply bag and Art folder
  • PE supply bag for those students returning to In Person from Long Term Virtual
  • All school supplies and materials given at supply pick up
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack


SAFE AND SECURE IN OUR “NEW NORMAL”: COVID-19 Informed Bus Protocols in District 15

What’s new:

  • All buses are deep-cleaned nightly, with the same antiviral used inside the school buildings.

  • All touch surfaces on the buses are spot sanitized after each route, with the same antiviral used in the school buildings.

  • Driver and all bus riders MUST BE MASKED for the duration of the bus ride.

  • Rules for optimal airflow in the buses have been put in place.

  • Temperatures will be taken enroute, where possible, or at school before entering the building.

  • Bus capacity has been reduced to <45 passengers per bus, more stringent than state recommendations.

  • Seats have been assigned based on stop order (first students to board, walk all the way to the back) to minimize cross traffic and to maintain social distancing.

  • Siblings or members from the same household will be assigned to sit together on the bus.

  • Assigned seats will be strictly enforced by the driver.

  • Eating/drinking on the bus is PROHIBITED.

How students are expected to ride:

On the way to school:

  • Know your pickup time and route number.

  • WEAR YOUR MASK: if a student is at the stop without a mask, a disposable mask will be provided and school contacted with student’s name.

  • Be at your pickup location 5 minutes ahead of time.

  • At large stops: line up in grade order, big kids first, siblings together.

  • Wait until the bus stops before approaching the door.

  • Board quickly and quietly.

  • Go immediately to your assigned seat.

  • Keep your backpack on your lap.

  • Stay in your seat, out of the aisle.


  • Temperatures will be taken enroute, where possible, or at school before entering the building.

  • At school, stay seated until the driver dismisses you.

  • Enter school quickly and quietly through assigned door.

On the way home:


  • Go to your assigned seat quickly and quietly.

  • Keep your backpack on your lap.

  • Stay seated, in your assigned seat, out of the aisle, until the driver dismisses you.


  • At your stop, stay seated until the driver dismisses you.

  • Exit quickly and quietly.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that all school meals for children will be free through the end of the 2020-21 school year. Because of this announcement, school meals will no longer be charged to a student’s account. All meals will be free to any child under the age of 18, regardless of ability to pay. Children do not need to be present for a parent to pick-up a meal.

Meals are delivered to select locations Monday-Friday.

We know that many of our students are dependent on school meals for nourishment, and in the interest of ensuring this need continues to be met, we have established a schedule for food distribution.

District 15 will deliver food every day, Monday-Friday, through the end of the 2020-21 school year.

  • Lunch and breakfast for the following day will be offered daily.
  • Menus can be found HERE.


  • Parents should fill out the self certify document each morning in your child's lanyard. Lanyards were sent home in supply bags. Please call the office if you do not have a lanyard for your child. The teacher will send home a new self certify document at the end of each week.
  • Temperatures will be taken upon arrival at the entry door. Any child whose lanyard self certify card is not signed will be taken to our nurse and/or health clerk at the main entrance to make sure they are able to proceed to class.
  • Students will have masks on in the classroom and will be seated at desks spaced apart appropriately. Masks will be attached to a lanyard that will remain at school.
  • There will be no snacks eaten in the classroom. Teachers can take students outside to eat snacks.
  • The classrooms will be disinfected each night. Wipes, sanitizer and spray bottles will be in each classroom for use throughout the day. There will be periodic disinfecting throughout the day of high touch points by our custodial staff.
  • Art and music instruction will be in classrooms, unless integration is in place for some classrooms in 1-4. PE will be outside or socially distanced in the gym.
  • Movement around the building will be very limited. Students will be taught how to use "Airplane Arms" to visually understand social distancing on the playground, in the classroom, and in the hallways.
  • If a student does need to leave the classroom, an escort will be provided.
  • Handwashing protocols and handwashing schedules will be followed throughout the day.
  • Students will eat in the classroom or MPR and will be 6 feet apart and supervised closely.
  • Students will be in zoned areas for recess with just their classmates. Masks outside are required, and students will be socially distanced. Please do not send any playground toys or balls to school with students. Staff will share playground games they can safely play at recess.



Students will exit through the same door they entered during arrival at the end of the day. On Mondays, students who need breakfast meals will be bringing them home for the week. Students will proceed to buses and will be assisted by the bus driver to their assigned seat. All students will be reminded to stay socially distanced during dismissal as they move toward the buses. Staff members will supervise dismissal. Bus tags will be provided for all k-2 students and should remain on backpacks for easy access by staff and bus drivers throughout the school year. Students in CARE will be brought to Exit 1, our main entrance. A CARE supervisor will be waiting to bring CARE students to the art room and/or MPR for after school care.


Please take a moment and review the District 15 Cold Weather Recess Guidelines. This information was taken directly from our District 15 website:

Students generally go outside for recess every day, so they should be dressed appropriately. Exceptions are made only when a child brings a doctor's note excusing him/her from outdoor recess.

Staff members provide outdoor supervision at all times.

Indoor recess is determined based on the following guidelines:

  • If the temperature outside, together with the wind chill, is below 0°F, all students will remain inside for the entire lunch hour.
  • If the temperature outside, together with the wind chill, is between 0°-10°F, the preferred procedure is a rotation of 20 minutes for lunch, a 20-minute outdoor recess, and a 20-minute indoor recess. However, at the principal's discretion, students may be kept inside for the entire lunch hour.
  • If the temperature outside, together with the wind chill, is above 10°F, students will have regular outdoor recess.
  • Other considerations in which indoor recess is allowed include the condition of the playground and the presence of precipitation.

For indoor recess, students are supervised in their classrooms.

Please reach out to our front office if your family needs assistance with winter clothing.

School Year 2021 - 2022 Calendar Approved

The Board approved the 2021-22 calendar and reviewed the 2022-23 proposed calendar at its December 9 meeting. Both calendars are closely aligned with High School District 211. To view the calendars please visit the Board’s website (2021-22, 2022-23).

Lincoln Tech Happenings!

Chromebook Issues?

Parents should fill this out this form if there is an issue with a Chromebook and then someone from the school will reach out to them for support. If you are picking up a new Hot Spot, the old one needs to be brought back to school.

Picture Day Update

Due to the 11/18/20 Adaptive Pause, our November Picture Days have been canceled. The new dates for the Picture Days are as follows (The session times remain same):

Tuesday February 2, 2021

In-Person Students: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Virtual Students: 1:00pm - 3:00pm and 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Wednesday February 3, 2021

In-Person Students: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Virtual Students: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Retake: Tuesday March 2, 2021

Retake Sessions: 1:00pm - 3:00pm and 4:30pm - 6:30pm

For In Person Learners, the classroom teacher will inform you of your child's Picture Day date.

Virtual Students Picture Day Sign Up: Link

**Same procedures in car loop for Virtual Learners regarding temperature checks and students escorted in and out of gym to waiting cars.

Lincoln PTA does need helping hands

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PTA Family Bingo

Feeling cooped up? Looking for something to do as a family? Your Lincoln PTA has an answer! - FAMILY BINGO!!!!

All Lincoln families can participate and the rule is simple….Bingo activities must be completed by the ENTIRE Family at the same time - the name of the game is togetherness!

Your bingo sheet is attached as a pdf to the email that was shared today. Mark off the activities on your bingo sheet and take photos.

Once you complete a Bingo (or several), submit your bingo sheet and photos using the hyperlink below.

For each completed bingo, accompanied by a photo of at least one of the activities in that bingo line, your family will be entered into a drawing for a $25 - $50 gift card.

All submissions must be received by Friday, January 8th.

Have Fun!!!

Submit your Bingo(s) and Photo(s) here.

¿Te sientes encerrado? ¿Buscas algo que hacer en familia? ¡Su PTA de Lincoln tiene una respuesta! ¡¡¡BINGO FAMILIAR !!!!

Todas las familias de Lincoln pueden participar y la regla es simple ... Las actividades de bingo deben ser completadas por TODA la familia al mismo tiempo - ¡el nombre del

Su hoja de bingo se adjunta en formato pdf a este correo electrónico. Marque las actividades en su hoja de bingo y tome fotos

Una vez que complete un Bingo (o varios), envíe su hoja de bingo y sus fotos usando el hipervínculo a continuación.

Por cada bingo completado, acompañado de una foto de al menos una de las actividades en esa línea de bingo, su familia participará en un sorteo por una tarjeta de regalo de $25 - $50.

Todas las presentaciones deben recibirse antes del viernes 8 de enero.

¡¡¡Que te diviertas!!!

Envíe su (s) bingo (s) y foto (s) aquí.


Monday, 1/4: No school - Teacher Plan Day

Tuesday, 1/5: School resumes

Friday, 1/8: Kindy Semester ends

Wednesday, 1/13: PTA BOE 7:00 pm (WRS and on FB)

Thursday, 1/14: Taco Shop PTA Dine and Share

Monday, 1/18: No School - MLK Day

Tuesday, 1/19: No School - Teacher Institute Day

Lincoln School Chromebook Assistance

Chromebook Issues? Parents should fill this out this form if there is an issue with a Chromebook and then someone from the school will reach out to them for support.

Virtual Learning Website

Click on the link above for Parent Universities, tech support, instructional information and more.

CCSD15 Newsletters can be found here.

CCSD15 news can be accessed through this link.

E-Flyers can be found here.

The link to community flyers can be found her.