Monday, October 25, 2021


Happy Monday Lincoln Families,

A big thank you to our PTO for conference treats for staff! The spread was delightful and beautiful to look at. Thank you families for a successful conference night. I hope that you were able to gain insight into your child's performance and how you can support them.

I hope you have a great week and I look forward to seeing you at our costume parade this Friday!

Take care,

Ms. Gordon



29 - Costume Parade


2 - Institute Day (no school for students)

16 - School Board Meeting

19 - End of Trimester 1

24 - 26 - Thanksgiving Break


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 needs to 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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2-Minute Survey: COVID-19 Vaccines for Students Ages 5-11

As you may be aware, authorization of the first COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 is currently under consideration by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The federal government is already planning for approval and distribution, which could happen by early November.

In order to prepare for the eventual rollout of vaccines locally, District 97 is partnering with the Oak Park Department of Public Health to gather data about the 5 to 11 age group and determine the need for future clinics/distribution events. To help us with our planning, we are asking that all families of children ages 5 to 11 complete a brief, two-minute survey by 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The survey is anonymous. Please complete one form per family.

CLICK HERE for the COVID-19 Vaccine Survey

Authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine for younger children would mark a major milestone in the pandemic, and would have a significant and positive impact on the district's operations and the overall health of our community:
  • According to research, vaccines are safe and effective.

  • People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are at low risk of symptomatic or severe infection.

  • A growing body of evidence suggests that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are less likely to have an asymptomatic infection or transmit COVID-19 to others than people who are not fully vaccinated.

  • According to the state of Illinois, students who are fully vaccinated with no COVID-19-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be excluded from school, extracurricular events, or other events organized by the school if they were exposed to a confirmed or probable case.

Additional Information about the COVID-19 vaccine can be found at https://dph.illinois.gov/covid19/resources-information/faq.html.

Community Ofrenda

Dear Lincoln families,

This school year, Lincoln school is participating in the Oak Park River Forest Community Ofrenda event. We are very excited about this. We will place our ofrenda by the Lincoln entrance. We want to invite all families to come visit our Community Ofrenda! This ofrenda will be on display from Saturday, October 30th to Tuesday, November 2nd.

Please click here for a map of Ofrenda displays around Oak Park and River Forest.

Thank you for all your support.

Rocio Jacoby (FLES) and Virginia Nagano (Spanish Immersion)

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Fall Festivities

As a school we are moving away from holiday celebrations but recognize there are certain traditions we have as a school. This year we will be celebrating the season with a Costume Parade. Please avoid costumes that cover your child's face. All students must be able to still wear their masks (PPE)over their nose and mouth. Costumes with weapons or blood are prohibited.

The schedule for Friday, October 29th will be:

8:00 - 11:20 pm: Instructional Morning

11:20 - 12:15pm: Lunch hour

1:00 pm: Parade

3:00 pm: school is dismissed

It is our preference that students stay at school and change into their costume after lunch. If you child is going home for lunch to change, we ask that you follow these directions.

- Please let your child's teacher know that you will be picking up your child.

- Pick up your child at 11:10 a.m. at door 12N. Please be prompt!

- Return your child to school after 12:15 p.m. through the main entrance. All students need to be back to school by 12:30 p.m.

The parade route is below:

- Students will exit the building through 12N on the north side of the building.

- East on Harvard Street to Oak Park Ave

- South on Oak Park Ave to Fillmore Ave

- West on Fillmore Ave to Clinton Ave

- North on Clinton Ave to Harvard Ave

- East on Harvard Street and onto the playground.

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Food at School

This is just a reminder that there is not food allowed at school except of snack and school lunch. Please see the food allergy safety practices and restrictions in school for more details.

COVID-19 Symptom Checklist and Instructions for Symptomatic Students

In late September 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 for students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
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What's Up in the Lincoln Library?

Book Fair: This is the last week for our virtual book fair! Teacher wish lists can be found at the top of the abcfairs.com page under "Wishlist" then scroll down to find Lincoln Elementary. Click here for some book ideas but you can also search for a specific title you’re looking for. All of the proceeds from the fair will go towards purchasing more books for our school! Thank you for supporting Lincoln!

4th/5th Grade Author Visit: We are so lucky to have another amazing author visit for our 4th/5th grade students: the award-winner SHARON DRAPER!! She will be talking about her new book, Out of My Heart (sequel to Out of My Mind). If you are interested in a personalized signed copy of Out of My Heart, orders are due by October 27th. Here’s the form if you’re interested in ordering. Sharon Draper will be with us via Zoom on November 15th.

2021-22 District 97 Family Handbook

Click here for the updated 2021-22 District 97 Family Handbook, which contains general information about the district and its procedures. Please note that some of this information may be subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please email d97feedback@op97.org if you have any questions.

Additionally, if you would like to request a hard copy of the handbook, please contact the school office.


Spaces Available in District 97 Early Childhood Blended Program

District 97 is currently accepting applications for the early childhood blended classrooms at Whittier Elementary School.

We are seeking non-IEP students who:

  • Are between the ages of 3 and 4 years by Sept. 1, 2021;
  • Are Oak Park residents;
  • Are not currently enrolled in a preschool;
  • Demonstrate age-appropriate language and social skills.

Students must be available to participate in the afternoon session (12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.). In-person attendance will be required.

For more information on the District 97 Early Childhood Blended Program, or to apply, please visit https://www.op97.org/teach-learn/ecblended.

Nominate Someone for a "Making MyD97 Better" Award!

Like you, we believe that every child should feel a sense of belonging at school, and every parent should feel like an educational partner who can comfortably say, “This is MyD97.”

We’re not there yet, but we can get there by working together and celebrating champions in the process. Do you know someone—a teacher, staff member, parent, student or community member—who is helping to make D97 a better place for all? CLICK HERE to share their story and nominate them for a "Making MyD97 Better" Award!

Each month, an individual will be selected, and will receive a gift card—plus they’ll be highlighted on the district website and social media pages. The great work being done shouldn’t be a secret. Let’s share and celebrate it as part of “MyD97.”

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Donations needed

Please consider donating your gently used appropriate clothing to us. As students forget to bring a change of clothes or have accidents during the day, we often go looking for items that fit. Ideally athletic pants and t-shirts are best. Thank you for your consideration!

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!!