Lincoln Monthly Newsletter

February 2020

Keeping You Linc'd In!!!

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Lincoln Community,


February is the month we dive headlong into planning for next year and for spring events here at Lincoln. There is a lot happening in the coming months, and we want to continue to keep you informed as we move into this busy time of year. To that end…


Please be reminded that the deadline for sixth- and seventh-grade students to return their course selection forms to their homeroom teacher was last Friday. If you have not turned them in, please do do ASAP. We cannot guarantee students' top choices if they missed the deadline. We meet with 5th and 6th grade teachers in the next few weeks to begin planning for next year. If there are things about your child you would like me to consider in this process, please send me an email with your thoughts before spring break. I assure you I will keep your input in mind as we plan for next year.


Additionally, we will begin planning this month for our state-mandated assessments taking place in April. The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) will be administered to all students at D64 middle school students beginning on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. During this two-week testing window, we will be running a modified schedule on testing days. These schedules are forthcoming and will be made available via weekly communication from the school. In the meantime, we ask that you are considerate of these dates in the scheduling of vacations and/or appointments for your children during the school day. Please look for more information in the upcoming weeks.


Lastly, Lincoln Middle School, in association with Junior Achievement, is seeking passionate professionals to come speak to our 8th grade students on April 24, 2020 for our annual Career Day. We are seeking volunteers from a broad range of industries (information technology, food services, business, health services, etc.) to come speak with our students so they can learn about the vast career possibilities. Come speak to students about your industry and career journey. This is a great way to connect with the future work force and to really give young people real-life insight into your industry or line of work. Show them what’s possible and give back to your community by becoming a volunteer. We look forward to having you be a guest speaker at Lincoln! If you are interested, please contact Daniel White at dwhite@jachicago.org with your name, job title, and industry. Please note that not all volunteers who express interest may be selected based on the number of volunteer slots available.


We understand that there is a lot happening and that it can be difficult to keep on top of it all. Please do not hesitate to be in contact with us regarding these or any of the other happenings here at Lincoln. Your partnership with us is integral to the success we see in our students and we are thankful for all of your support and understanding.


All the best to you and your family this February,


Dave

Sports Corner

8th Grade Boys Basketball Conference Tournament Champions!


Under the skillful and crafty coaching of Mr. Pancini and Mr. Pierucci, and the skillful gameplay and hot hand shooting, our 8th-grade boys took first place Saturday in our conference tournament. This ends a two-year record of 30-0 in conference play and two conference championships. Congratulations to the team and coaches.

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LINCOLN PE CLASSES


Congratulations to Lorelei S. and Sam H. for being our December students of the month. They exemplify the highest ROARS behavior standards such as effort, sportsmanship, being prepared, and respectful to teachers and peers. Their pictures are posted just outside of the gym one door.


Classes have started our new rotations of Badminton/Pickleball, Tumbling/Yoga and Fitness Center. We will be introducing Pickleball to our 6th graders. It is the number one fastest growing sport in the United States. This sport will help improve student's agility and hand-eye coordination immensely as the ball moves quite fast!


LINCOLN INTRAMURALS


High Intensity describes the playoffs of our Faculty/Student Volleyball Tournament. Congratulations to all the team members of Team Tebo for winning the Golden Volleyball trophy and Second Place went to Team Pierucci. It's never too early to start practicing for next year's tournament!


After a year off due to last year's St. Baldrick's fundraiser, our annual HOOPS 4 HEART 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament is back. Winners from each grade level play the winners of Emerson's for the Championship. Every player on every team contributes $5.00. In past years with Lincoln and Emerson combined we donate over $1,300.00 every year to the American Heart Association. Get your Roster sheets with game rules and play dates from your PE Teachers.


A huge THANK YOU to all PTO members who once again sponsored dance instructors for a day from Studio 22 High TeK. Their expert instructors who happened to be former Lincoln students taught 6 current dance steps for students to incorporate in their dance routines created during PE class time. Dance steps from 2015 through 2020 and the grading rubric can be found on the PE website. Students just finished performing their routines for a grade. Students will be able to view their routines when their PE class is down in the Fitness Center. Thank you again for showing your support for our students and department curriculum.

Team Schedules

Find the 7th and 8th-grade Girl Volleyball game schedules and other activities HERE.

Lincoln Chess Team takes 3rd Place!

We are excited to announce that Lincoln Middle School won 3rd PLACE TEAM amongst all the U700-Rated players on Jan 12th, 2020, 131st Kumbaya Chess Tournament at Niles North High School.


This tournament is an officially recognized tournament by the United States Chess Federation, the governing body of chess in the U. S., We are proud of all the students that participated in the event.


We had several individual players that were recognized with individual trophies:

L. Jokinen and E. Tobias


Congratulations to the participating players and the entire school chess team!

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Lincoln's Technical Theatre Club

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Lincoln's Technical Theater Club is moving along creating the sets for the musical, Shrek, jr.! The kids are excited to learn about set construction and build on to the skills they have learned in Industrial Technology, as well as learning to use new tools that are not part of INTE! We meet Tuesdays and Thursdays after school in room 302 (the Plastics Room), all are welcome to join. We would gratefully accept any parent volunteer help and donations, especially in the form of leftover house paint and Home Depot gift cards. Please contact Mrs. Jane Hill (Jhill@d64.org) with any questions or donations.
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Spanish Class "Pen-Pals"

Señora Rodriguez's Spanish class was able to partner up earlier this year with a class of middle schoolers in a small town in the Southwest of Spain. Our Lincoln students in this class each have a Spanish speaking "penpal" with whom they are connecting digitally using FlipGrid! FlipGrid allows them to send videos back and forth to their digital "penpals" within our digital Spanish classroom. We get the opportunity to practice our Spanish while our Spanish friends are practicing their English for us!"

Think Spring!

Although the weather would state otherwise, it is time to be thinking about Spring planting and the Lincoln Seed Library!


If you are a gardener, know one, or intend to give gardening a try, then the Lincoln Seed Library is for you. Please visit us at the Lincoln Seed Library to see past offerings. This page will be updated when our new seeds arrive.


Also, we will gladly accept your Chobani-type single serving sized clean yogurt containers for planting purposes. You can send them with your student or drop them off in the office.


Looking forward to a successful planting season!!!

We love Spring!!!

The Lincoln Green Team have put signs in all classrooms to encourage students to recycle PAPER, BOTTLES, CANS, and CARDBOARD in the blue, mixed recycling containers. Remind your child to recycle instead of throwing away any of those items.


The Green team would also like to encourage students and parents to help our school stay environmentally friendly. Here are some tips to Go Green at Lincoln.

Use reusable lunch container(s) (please label these!) or paper bag (those can be composted)


  1. Use a clear reusable water bottle (and fill up at water fountains throughout hallways).

  2. Ride your bike or walk to school when the weather is permitting.

  3. Take online notes instead of on paper, when allowed.

  4. Recycle and reuse old supplies. (So many discarded supplies are found on floors and hallways...encourage students to clean out lockers to look for unused notebooks, writing utensils, etc.)

Calling All Young Authors

Information from the District

To District 64 Parents/Guardians:

District 64 school health offices are always busy, but we tend to see an increase in illness-related visits at this time of year. Please review these important updates about what we are experiencing:

Temperature guideline: To ensure that students recuperate adequately at home, and to minimize the spread of infection to others, students with an oral temperature of 100 degrees or above will be sent home, and will not be allowed to return to school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. In addition, students who feel ill but who do not have a fever may be sent home from the health office, based on presenting symptoms. In these cases, students should remain home until it is determined by the parents and students that they have sufficiently recovered to return to school.

Influenza, or the “flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by viruses. Illness can range from mild to severe, infecting the nose, throat, and lungs. Winter is generally the time for influenza, with activity peaking in January or later, but outbreaks can occur as early as October or as late as May. General signs and symptoms of the flu include fever or feeling feverish, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, and fatigue. The flu can be spread to others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop to 5-7 days after becoming sick. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting an influenza vaccine each season. Vaccines don’t completely guarantee against getting sick, but those who have been vaccinated and get the flu will have milder symptoms. Please consult with your primary care provider regarding whether the vaccines are appropriate for you and your family members. For more information on seasonal influenza visit: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/index.htm

▪ We typically also notice an increase in other illnesses such as upper respiratory infections (“common cold”) and strep throat. To learn more about the differences between the flu and colds, click here. For information about strep throat and sore throats, visit the KidsHealth website.

Cough drops are considered over-the-counter medication, and are treated as any other medication in school. If your child is coughing enough to require lozenges for relief, he or she may be unable to focus on academic work, and may be contagious to others. Please discuss this need with your child’s physician/practitioner and provide the required documentation to administer medication at school. All medications, including cough drops, will be administered in the health office. A water bottle is often an effective substitute and is safer and healthier than cough drops.

GOOD HEALTH HABITS offer other ways to help prevent illness:

▪ Wash hands often with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers

▪ Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth

▪ Cover mouth and nose with tissue while coughing or sneezing, or cough/sneeze into inner elbow

▪ Avoid close contact with those who are ill; avoid sharing cups, utensils

▪ Stay home when sick

▪ Get plenty of rest, manage stress, drink plenty of fluids, eat nutritious foods, and remain physically active

Margaret Temari, R.N., M.Ed.

Facilitator, School Health Services

Early Childhood Diagnostic Team conducts screenings for 3-5 year olds

On a monthly basis, the Early Childhood diagnostic Team conducts screenings of children ages three to five. Additionally, twice a year they conduct developmental screenings of children birth through three. The screenings are conducted by a team, consisting of an occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist, psychologist, and social worker. The areas assessed include motor, communications, play skills, pre-academic, and thinking skills.


The next Preschool Screening is scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 2020. Additionally, screening for children birth through age three is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2020. If you have concerns about your child's development in any of these areas, please call 847-318-5360 to schedule an appointment for the screening.

On the Horizon...

IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness) - State Testing

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness will be administered to all students at Lincoln beginning on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. During this two-week testing window, we will be running modified schedules on testing days. These schedules are forthcoming and will be made available via the Lincoln website and communication from the school. In the meantime, we ask that you are considerate of these dates in the scheduling of vacations and/or appointments for your children during the school day. Please look for more information in the upcoming weeks.


Additionally, our 8th-grade students will take part in the Illinois Science Assessment this spring. When we have more info, we will be sure to get communication out to you.

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Calling all Career Professionals!
Lincoln Middle School, in association with Junior Achievement, is seeking passionate professionals to come speak to our 8th grade students. No experience is required! Speak to students about your industry and career journey. This is a great way to connect with the future work force and to really give young people real-life insight into your industry or line of work. Show them what’s possible and give back to your community by becoming a volunteer. We look forward to having you be a guest speaker at Lincoln!

We are seeking volunteers from a broad range of industries (information technology, food services, business, health services, etc.) to come speak with our students so they can learn about the vast career possibilities.

When: Friday, April 24th, 2020 Time: 8:00 AM - 11:40 AM (multiple presentations about 25 minutes in length each)


Interested?: Contact Daniel White at dwhite@jachicago.org with your name, job title, and industry. Please note that not all volunteers who express interest may be selected based on the number of volunteer slots available.

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Maine South Incoming Freshman Information
Individual Counselor Meetings are January 22nd, 29th, and February 5th. More information can be found on the Class of 2024 website.


If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Melissa Pikul (mpikul@maine207.org).

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PTO News

Queen of Hearts Fundraiser


The current jackpot is over $10, 800!! The Lincoln and Emerson PTO Queen of Hearts 50/50 raffle will raise money to equally benefit the students and staff at both Lincoln and Emerson Middle Schools. The next drawing is Tuesday, Feb. 4th at 9 PM at Harp and Fiddle. Hope to see you there!

For regular updates and more information, please follow this event on the Queen of Hearts Facebook Page.

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Links that might help you...

Order your Fun and Fantastic Spirit Wear Here.


Help Lincoln PTO while shopping! Use the PTO's Amazon Smile Link: search Lincoln Middle School Parent Teacher Organization to sign up.


Sign up for District 64's new text messaging feature Here.

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