Lincoln Middle School
January 21, 2022
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We have had a smooth start to 3rd Quarter. It’s hard to believe that we are half-way through our school year and February is just around the corner. Hopefully, Omicron is close to its downhill slope. I want to again thank our parents for their cooperation and patience in our efforts to manage the school day while keeping the health and safety of students and staff at the forefront during this pandemic.
Today it was 21 degrees and sunny . . . we were outside for about 15 minutes of recess at lunchtime. The district guideline for students to go outdoors for recess is “real feel” of 15 degrees. Regardless of the pandemic guidelines, a few minutes of fresh air is welcomed by all. Please be sure your children bring appropriate outdoor wear for recess, because, if possible, we will be outside for lunch recess just taking in some fresh air and allowing mask breaks, should students choose to do so.
We also rolled out our 6 foot distanced lunch plan! This eliminated "close contacts" and the need to contact trace, allowing us to not have to quarantine students because of exposures to positive cases. The lunch periods went very smoothly and the students did a great job adjusting. Thank you for your patience and support!
As allowed by the IESA, the ISBE, and the Mid Suburban Middle School Athletic Conference, Lincoln is currently participating in wrestling, volleyball, and dance. The seasons are slightly adjusted due to the pandemic and the availability of competitors, but we are pleased to be able to offer athletics to our students. Athletes are required to wear masks during all practices and also during meets or games. The only mask-free time is when a wrestler is actually on the mat during a match. Further, in this newsletter, you will find our spectator guidelines for athletic events.
Mrs. Ibrahimovic has also provided an opportunity for our students to compete in the annual ART EXPO hosted by District 214. This has transitioned to a virtual competition due to the pandemic and families had the opportunity to vote last week. Lincoln proudly took home the trophy last year! Unfortunately, we came up short this year, but were able to showcase some amazingly talented artists and their works. We hope to get that trophy back next year!
Finally, I ask that families of the Class of 2022 watch for upcoming emails about graduation! The date is set for Thursday, May 26, 2022!
SPECTATOR GUIDELINES FOR LINCOLN ATHLETIC EVENTS
The following guidelines are in place so that families can attend athletics events at Lincoln:
- All spectators are to be masked for the duration of their time in the building.
- Only family members of players/performers will be admitted as spectators.
- There is no "student section."
- Siblings of athletes must sit with their parents.
- Due to limited capacity in our stands, we want to prioritize our limited space for families of athletes.
- This policy is consistent with all schools in the MSMSAC athletic conference.
Adherence to these guidelines is mandatory so that Lincoln can participate in and host athletic events as a member of the Mid-Suburban Middle School Athletic Conference during the Covid-19 pandemic. Thank you for your cooperation.
FROM OUR NURSE, MRS. SMITH
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PTO WANTS YOU TO KNOW . . .
Winter Ski Trip: This is the last weekend to register for our annual ski trip. Click here to register and join in the fun: https://forms.gle/PEKCxw3JFF3x12xNA
6th Grade Activities: Our 6th Grade Committee is planning a fun snowman competition after our next big snowfall. Let's cross our fingers and hope for some snow soon so we can have fun! Watch our FB page for more information. Sixth grade parents will also get an email with a schedule date/time once it snows. See attached flyer for details.