Lincoln Updates August 2019

Keeping You Linc'd In!!!

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From the Principal's Desk

We have had an amazing start to the school year here at Lincoln! Though we have only been back in school for one week, our students have done an outstanding job at getting back into the routines that will make this year a successful one. Thank you for your support in starting the year off on a positive note and for preparing our students for all that is in store for them this school year.

On Monday, our students kicked off the school year with a fun and interactive assembly led by Jim “Basketball” Jones. In sharing his own personal journey and displaying some of his basketball skills, Mr. Jones engaged with our students and shared with them positive messages about the power of our words, the decisions we make, and how to make everyone feel like they matter here at Lincoln. It was a great start to what promises to be a great year.

We look forward to keeping the positive momentum moving forward for you and for our students as we move throughout the school year. It has been a great first week and I am confident that there are many more to come. As always, feel free to reach out to me with your questions or concerns. We are here for you and we are glad to be partnering with you this year.

Have a great holiday weekend,


Save the Date

Monday, September 2: No School, Labor Day

Tuesday, September 3: Picture Day

Wednesday, September 4: Curriculum Night 7 PM

Thursday, September 5: MAP Testing - Reading

Friday, September 6: MAP Testing - Math

Fall Conferences: October 1st, 3rd, and 10th.

This coming Tuesday, representatives from Color Portraits will be at Lincoln for Fall Picture Day. Students will have the opportunity to take their school picture via homeroom on this day. Proofs of the pictures will be sent home with students in the coming weeks, and these will provide information about ordering.  Please note that the photographers ask that students avoid wearing shades of green as the students will be photographed against a green background screen.

Smile! Picture Day is this Tuesday

This coming Tuesday, representatives from Color Portraits will be at Lincoln for Fall Picture Day. Students will have the opportunity to take their school picture via homeroom on this day. Proofs of the pictures will be sent home with students in the coming weeks, and these will provide information about ordering.

Please note that the photographers ask that students avoid wearing shades of green as the students will be photographed against a green background screen.

Curriculum Night

Lincoln will host its Curriculum Night on Wednesday, September 4th from 7:00-8:30 PM. This evening provides our staff the opportunity to interact with you and help set the tone for a positive school year. During Curriculum Night, you will have the opportunity to see our school, hear about our curriculum, and most importantly, meet our staff. Our curriculum, special programs, and student expectations will be part of the teacher presentations. Curriculum Night is not intended for individual conferences, and you will have an opportunity to discuss your child’s progress specifically during conferences scheduled for early October. This is a parent-only event.

There will be a separate email outlining specifics of Curriculum Night coming out in the days ahead, including the schedule for the night and where to go. Additionally, your student will be providing you with a specific schedule for their team of teachers. In short, part of the evening will be spent meeting your child’s core teachers. The other portion of the night will allow you to visit briefly with elective and support teachers. Our student WEB leaders will be on hand to assist you in navigating the halls of Lincoln.

Also on this evening, Mrs. Reeder, our Library Resource Teacher, will be partnering with the Park Ridge Library to give an informative presentation for parents. This optional presentation will begin at 6:30 PM in the LRC.

Parents not attending the presentation will be allowed to enter the main building starting at 6:45.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

MAP Testing

Lincoln will begin the fall administration of the MAP assessment on Thursday, September 5th. MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) assists in determining your child’s instructional level and measures academic growth from year to year in the areas of mathematics and reading.

The students will test through their homeroom classes on September 5th and 6th. Please be sure your child has a full night’s rest and encourage them to eat a healthy meal before coming to school each day. It is also important that students arrive to school each day with a fully charged Chromebook. Please help us in ensuring that students are prepared for these important testing dates.

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Fall Sports

Our Lincoln Cross Country and Girls' Basketball Teams will be starting their seasons soon. Come out to one these upcoming meets or games and help cheer the Lions on to victory. Meets and games will be posted to the Lincoln website. We look forward to seeing you there!

Lunch & MySchoolBucks Accounts

Unlike elementary school, you do not need to pre-order meals or beverages. Students may select from daily offerings in the Lincoln cafeteria. If you have not already done so, please set up your MySchoolBucks lunch accounts if you prefer not to send your student with cash. More information about our school lunch offerings, lunch accounts, and payment can be found here on the D64 Middle School Lunch webpage.

As a reminder, the cafeteria offers daily a la carte items available for student purchase. These items are available in a separate line from the main dish line. A reminder to your student may prevent them from standing in a longer line should they opt for these lunch options.

Drop-Off/Pick-up Locations & Traffic Reminders

So far, so good with start-of-the-year drop-off/pick-up procedures. Thank you! As you may have noticed, the corner of Lincoln and Crescent is a busy intersection at times when students are arriving and dismissing from school. Now that we are a week into the year, please help us in keeping our students safe by following the procedures available below.

Student safety is our primary concern. In order for students to arrive safely in the morning, please review the linked document outlining our drop-off/pick-up procedures at Lincoln. The sooner we can get into the routine of drop-off and pick-up, the safer our students will be.

We advise you to encourage your student to cross only at designated crosswalks and to drop your student off at area that does not require them to cross the street. Please be careful where you park and drop off your children. Parking too close to a crosswalk can restrict pedestrian visibility and result in a ticket. All students should exit cars from the passenger side of the car only. Again, your attention to the procedures outlined in the linked document is much appreciated and goes a long way to keep our students safe.

Late Bus Runs - Activity Bus

Students who take the bus and plan to stay for after-school activities will have the availability of our late-run buses starting on Tuesday, September 3rd. These bus runs will depart Lincoln at 4:00 pm. As a reminder, these buses are available only for those students who are regular bus riders and who stay for a school-sponsored event.

After-School Clubs and Activities

We are in the process of finalizing our club and extra-curricular offering for the fall. Once we do, we will update our Lincoln Website to inform you and your student of all of the awesome opportunities available at LMS. Please encourage your student to get involved and seek out new opportunities while here at Lincoln.

Lincoln Chorus is expanding this year!

Along with our current choruses, 6th-grade Chorus, and 7th/8th-grade Singers, ALL students are able to join the NEW Lincoln Show Choir that will rehearse on Mondays from 3-4pm in 319. This group will perform songs with choreography, perform at choir concerts, and compete in a competition at the end of the year. More information on chorus starting dates will be announced soon!

An interest meeting for all choruses will be on Thursday, Sept. 5th from 3-4pm in room 319. There will be an activity bus at 4:00 pm.

Questions? Visit Ms. LaTragna's WEBSITE or email her at

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Lincoln welcomes new band director, Mrs. Ilona Hutter

Mrs. Hutter has several years of experience directing middle school and high school bands in Woodstock and Johnsburg, Illinois. She has directed every level of band, from Beginning to Symphonic, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Marching Band, and Percussion Ensemble. Mrs. Hutter demonstrated exceptional leadership in her undergraduate years at the University of Illinois, where she was Drum Major for the Marching Illini. She earned her Master's degree in Music Education at Vandercook College of Music in Chicago and continues to develop her musical performance skill as a member of the North Suburban Wind Ensemble in Libertyville, Illinois. During her free time, Mrs. Hutter enjoys training for marathons, yoga, and traveling to Poland to see her family. She will be teaching Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Band at Lincoln!

Rehearsal schedules for Band and Orchestra are posted on the 3rd floor and around the school. Teachers will distribute lesson schedules in the first rehearsal.

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Deadline for Health documents for entering 6TH GRADE

If you have not already done so, this is a reminder that October 15, 2019, is the State of Illinois and District 64 deadline for submitting proof of health requirements (physical examination and documentation of immunizations) for entry into 6th grade. Failure to comply with the October 15th deadline will result in your child’s exclusion from school beginning on October 16th.

If you have questions or concerns regarding these requirements, please contact your school’s Building Nurse directly.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Margaret Temari, RN, M.Ed., PEL-CSN

Facilitator, School Health Services

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