The Principal Nest

October Parent Newsletter 2021

Dear Lincoln Families,

I am excited and eager to start my second year as the Instructional leader of Lincoln Elementary School and work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child's success.

Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue building strong relationships with parents, students, and community partners. We will focus on social-emotional education initiatives, using data to drive instruction, and rigorously provide consistent curriculum implementation to continue to increase all of the students' achievements.

The Lincoln staff are eager and excited to begin what promises to be the best year ever. This year will be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant and help them build relationships while making real-world connections. As your Principal, it is essential that everyone who steps through our doors --teachers, students, and parents- is excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment. My door is always open, and I welcome your input.

Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year. I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at Lincoln Elementary SD 156 meet their goals and have a successful school year!

Best regards,

Ms. Regina Y. Huston

Donuts for Dads

Wednesday, Oct. 13th, 7:45-8:30am

410 157th Street

Calumet City, IL

Lincoln School is celebrating all the men in our community. This is a special event for all dads, grandpas, uncles, big brothers, or other special people in your child's life for a free donut and coffee at the Lincoln Elementary School's Main Entrance from 7:45 am-8:30 am on Wednesday, October 13th.

We hope you can join us!

Parents TIK TOK Challenge

I wanted to make you aware of an issue that we have had in our school. There is a current “challenge” circulated on the social media app TikTok where individuals encourage others to steal or damage school property. Because of this viral trend, we have had several incidents of this happening in our school building. Our building is meant to be a safe, clean space for our students and staff, and we will not tolerate the destruction and theft of school property. There will be consequences for students who choose to engage in this or any scheduled inappropriate behaviors listed below.

We are doing our best to identify students who are committing these acts, but we need your help; please talk with your students about this so they know that actions like these are unacceptable and severe consequences will follow. If your student has information they can share that will help us stop further destruction from happening, please encourage them to share it with a school staff member.

Here's the complete list of TikTok school challenges for each month of the school year:

September: Vandalize school bathrooms

October: Smack a staff member

November: Kiss your friend’s girlfriend at school

December: Deck the halls and show your balls

January: Jab a breast

February: Mess up school signs

March: Make a mess in the courtyard or cafeteria

April: “Grab some eggz” (another stealing challenge)

May: Ditch day

June: Flip off in the front office

July: Spray a neighbor’s fence

Importance of Student Attendance

Missing a few days of school may seem inconsequential to some parents, this cannot be further from the truth. Lincoln's school target rate of 95% or better average daily attendance, any child who accumulates more than six (6) absences (excused and unexcused) falls below this desired attendance rate. In addition to the disservice that we are doing to our children, the state will withhold valuable funding dollars that we rely on to deliver superior instruction and support services. Learning is cumulative, and it is difficult for our children to learn if they are not in class. The teaching-learning process builds upon itself. Each lesson presented to students is based upon or related to those that preceded it.

Research shows that those children who attend school regularly are more likely to be successful during their school years and beyond. If students don’t develop good attendance habits and prompt completion of school assignments, when will they learn these values?

I appreciate your assistance as parents in the attendance policy and your ongoing support of our school and educational mission.

Test to Stay weekly COVID Testing

In an ongoing effort to keep our students and staff safe at Lincoln Elementary School, we have adopted a Covid-19 testing program. Students will be able to get tested for Covid-19 weekly free of charge. MTVAC Mobile Covid Testing and Vaccine Administration will come in weekly to perform a nasal swab test which will produce a result the following day. If a student is found to test positive, the guardian will be notified, and students will need to follow Covid-19 protocol.

Testing is strongly encouraged for all students, but it will be required for any student participating in extracurricular activities, including sports and after-school clubs, due to close contact. Participants will need to be tested weekly to compete or participate.

We want to ensure that your child is safe and believe that testing is another measure to help that effort. Please reach out to the Nursing department for a consent form or stop in the Main office to complete the form for your child to receive free Covid-19 testing at Lincoln Elementary School. Thank you very much for helping us fight this terrible virus.

Parent Survey / Encuesta para Padres

Lincoln Elementary School District 156 is applying to receive the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds to address learning recovery and the impact of COVID-19. These funds are designated for one-time or short-term support to prepare, respond to, and prevent the ongoing impact of the pandemic.


Thank you in advance for your feedback!

Prompts to use when calling Lincoln Main Office (708) 862-6620

  • Press 1 for Lincoln Elementary main office
  • Press 2 to report a student's absence
  • Press 3 Technology Department
  • Press 4 to reach the Director of Multilingual / Early Childhood, Director of Student Services, and Director of Curriculum & Assessments
  • Press 8 for the Office of the Superintendent



October 18, 2021, School Board Meeting (Virtual) 6:00 p.m.

October 22, 2021, Early Dismissal, 11:50 a.m.-No Lunch Served

October 25- 29, 2021 Lincoln Elementary Book Fair

October 28, 2021 Virtual Parent/Teacher Conference Day, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.; 5:00 – 7:30


October 29, 2021, No School for Students-Teacher Institute Day

Entire calendar: School Calendar SY21

Bilingual Parent Advisory Council Meeting

Come and join our next meeting for the school year 2021-2022!

We will be meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 885 0174 8279 Passcode: 523790

Contact Ms. Munoz for more information.

(708) 862-6620 ext. 8

Reuniones del Concilio de Padres Bilingües

Venga y únase a nuestras reuniones para el año escolar 2021-2022!

Nos reuniremos por Zoom el martes, 12 de octubre a las 9:00 a.m.



ID de la Junta : 885 0174 8279 Clave : 523790

Para mas información, llame a la Sra. Muñoz a

(708) 862-6620 ext. 8

Afterschool Programs

Assistant Principal West will share information soon about the upcoming start of programs this month.

Creating Routines for Children Parent Workshop

Tuesday, Oct. 12th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting

MEETING ID: 889 6171 6019


Wednesday, Oct. 13th, 6pm

This is an online event.

On October 13th, please join us at 6 pm via zoom to learn about the Child Tax Credit from a representative from the IRS.

Below is the link information to join:

Meeting ID: 160 166 5601

Passcode: @Vv7MsKf

Creating Routines Parent Workshop for Tweens and Teens

Tuesday, Oct. 19th, 6pm

This is an online event.


H T T P S : / / U S 0 2 W E B . Z O O M . U S / J / 8 9 7 4 5 5 8 0 8 3 5

Meeting I D : 8 9 7 4 5 5 8 0 8 3 5

Virtual Parent Teacher Conference

Thursday, Oct. 28th, 1:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

Please schedule with your child's teacher for a time slot to discuss your child's progress. Teachers will have a lunch break from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


The face-covering requirement is for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are also required on all public school transportation. Students and staff can take their face coverings off while they are eating and drinking or are outdoors.

Face coverings are required for all students in grades PreK-8.

Face coverings should:

  • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
  • Allow you to breathe easily
  • Be secured safely over the nose, mouth, and under your chin, and completely cover your nose and mouth.
  • Be changed if it becomes soiled or wet
  • Be washed as needed
  • Any person over the age of 12 is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine

  • Stay Home When:

    • You are sick!
    • Diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 10 days
    • Exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days and are not fully vaccination
    • Instructed to quarantine by the Illinois Department of Public Health or any other medical official
    • Sick or experiencing any of these symptoms of illness:
      • 100.4° fever or higher
      • Sore throat
      • New cough
      • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Diarrhea or vomiting
      • New severe headache
      • Please check your students for symptoms before reporting to school or boarding the school bus.