Weekly Newsletter and Announcements

A Message from Principal Gordon

Dear Lincoln Families,

We are well into fall and those warm weather days seem to be behind us. We are gearing up for our next supply pick-up (and hopefully last of 2020) this week. Below you will find the information related to supply pick up. Please remember to socially distance, wear masks and stay safe during these times.

As always, please have a fantastic week!

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

Dates to Remember:

Nov 19 - Supply Pick Up from 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Nov 24 - End of Trimester 1

Nov 25 - 27 - Thanksgiving Break

Dec 23 - Half Day of School (school dismissed at 11:00 a.m.)

Dec 24 - Jan 8 - Winter Break

Contactless Supply Pick Up on Thursday November 19th

This Thursday is a supply pick up day for all students. This pick up will be a contactless pick up. There will be tables in front of the school (on Grove Avenue) spread apart by grade level.

The supplies will be outside from 11:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Please stop by at the time that best suits your family to pick up these important learning items.

Book Club T-Shirt Pick Up

The Lincoln Lions' Book Club is a favorite activity for students in 3rd - 5th grade and is organized by Mrs. Meisinger. This week participants received their very cool book 2020 Book Club T-Shirt.

District 97 Information

Next Meal D97 Meal Distribution: Tuesday, Nov. 17

Meals will be provided free of cost this fall to any District 97 student in need. Each bag of food will contain five breakfasts and five lunches.

Meal distributions will be held every Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Longfellow Elementary School (for Julian and feeder schools), 715 S. Highland Ave., and Brooks Middle School (for Brooks and feeder schools), 325 S. Kenilworth Ave.

D97 Breakfast/Lunch Menus - November 2020

'Stamped' Family and Community Discussions
District 97 students, families and community members are invited to participate in a three-session discussion on the book Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Attendees will join together for a presentation followed by discussions in separate breakout rooms.

In conjunction with Brooks and Julian middle schools' fall curriculum read, the sessions will follow along with the chapters being read by students and staff. Breakout sessions will be led by students from Dominican University, who will follow a peace circle format and draw on the Stamped Educator's Guide.

Events will be held:

    These sessions are made possible with the support of: District 97 staff; Oak Park and River Forest School District 200; the Oak Park Public Library; the E-Team of Oak Park; and Dominican University’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) group.

    "Mindful Middle-Schoolers" Program
    The Community Mental Health Board of Oak Park Township, Oak Park Elementary School District 97, and DePaul University’s Community Counseling Center have partnered to deliver a vast array of educational and therapeutic services to staff, families, and youth through the “Mindful Middle-Schoolers Program.” Below is a list of upcoming VIRTUAL talks, which will be held via Zoom. Registration via the Eventbrite links below is requested. Once you register, a link will be emailed to you four hours prior to the start of each event.

    "Mindful Middle-Schoolers" Community Talk Flyer

    Continued Social-Emotional Wellness Check-Ins for Students
    District 97 school psychologists and nurses have collaborated to offer access to virtual mental health wellness checks at each school this fall. Parents may sign up children for 25-minute Telehealth sessions where they can access an open ear for their sources of stress and learn self-care and coping strategies. Students may attend up to three sessions per trimester and may then be referred for other school-based supports if needed.

    To sign up or learn more about these services, please visit https://bit.ly/3m3Xece.

    If your child is experiencing an immediate mental health crisis, please do not use this service and instead call the Thrive 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 708-383-7500. You may also refer to this local resource guide created by the Community Mental Health Board of the Oak Park Township.

    Erin's Law Information Session for Families
    District 97 will host a virtual information session on Erin's Law (Illinois Public Act 097-1147), which requires all public schools to implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program. The session, "Keeping My Family Safe," will be held Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. via Zoom. Families are invited to attend to learn more about Erin’s Law and tips for protecting their children. Erin’s Law Parent Night Details >

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    Update on Superintendent Advisory Panel

    During the Nov. 10 meeting of the District 97 Board of Education, Superintendent Carol Kelley provided an update on the progress of the advisory panel that has been charged with providing input on the district's hybrid learning plan.

    A recording of the presentation can be accessed on YouTube, or by clicking the video box below. Click here to access the slide deck, which includes a summary of panel members' discussions from the first two meetings.

    Staff Shout Outs

    Thank you for your submissions acknowledging the hard work and dedication of our Lincoln Staff.

    Ms Coughlin is very patient and organized which makes my daughter feel comfortable asking for help and expressing herself in class! She cultivates a real sense of classroom community during remote learning. We also grateful for her excellent communication with families!
    - Leila Massouh

    Ms. Pastuovic is new to Lincoln, but we feel like she's been here forever because the transition to fourth grade has been seamless for our child. She is so steady and even during this rocky time, and yet she still pushes our kiddo to grow. We are grateful for her!
    - The Flynn-Lynch Family

    Staff Shout Out

    Has one of our Lincoln staff impressed you? Perhaps they have gone above and beyond? We would love to hear from you.

    Please click here to let us know and we will feature them in the next newsletter.

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    How Do I Access Technology Support During Remote Learning?

    Technical support will be available from school and district technology staff by accessing the Help Desk through email, helpdesk@op97.org. When an email is submitted, a Help Desk ticket is created and assigned to technology staff, who will be working throughout the day to address technology concerns. Our technology team can support District 97 devices and student online programs.

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