November 17, 2023
Lincoln leopards are respectful, responsible, and safe!
District Strategic Commitment-TOGETHER building pathways of Excellence!
Friday, 11/17-Deadline to Enroll for Yoga Session #2
Monday, 11/20 - Friday, 11/24- Thanksgiving Break-NO School for Students
Tuesday, 11/21- Report Cards available in HAC for Parents
Wednesday, 11/29- Elementary Early Release
Tuesday, 12/5-iReady window opens, Reading assessment begins
Thursday, 12/7-Lincoln PTO Fundraiser at Rookies 5-8pm
1st Trimester report Card Info!
Report Cards will be available in Home Access Center (HAC) Tuesday, 11/21 at 8AM. Below are some links to help if you cannot get into HAC. The Lincoln office will be closed 11/20-11/24. School resumes 11/27 and office staff can assist you if needed at that time.
As we enter our week off for Thanksgiving, I want to express my gratitude for the Lincoln community. We received information over the summer that this will be the final year Lincoln serves as a elementary school, and my hope is to make it the best year ever. Our PTO and community raised the most money to support activities to enrich our students. So far we sent our firth grade on a wonderful team building field trip, we have received funds for a new first aid back pack. The PTO purchased resources for every classroom, they purchased books for every class on coding from our authors visit, even this week the playdo and materials comeing home from our town hall were ourchased by our PTO. Thank you Thank you.
As I mentioned this week we held our second townhall. This year we are focusing our work on building social emotional and behavioral skills. This month the theme was stress reduction, student learned startegies they can use, I am including the video below along with a screenshot of strategies your son or daughter can use in times of stress. As we know life is full of stressors and teaching each student a productive way to deal with this will support them for the rest of their life.
Finally, we are a week into our second trimester, after Thanksgiving break we will have 4 full weeks of school. My hope is that we are able to remain healthy and all students will have perfect attendance and arrive on time, remember doors open at 7:50 in hopes that every student is unpacked and ready to learn by 8:00. Thank you, and I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving with their families and friends.
Pick up and drop off procedures
The car line on the north side of the building is for drop off, please do not park your car and get out. If you feel like your child needs assistance getting out of their car seat or you need to get out during the process please park your car in the library lot and you can walk them over to the door.
When picking up for an appointment early
If your son or daughter needs to leave school mid-day for an appointment, please understand that we will not call your child down to the office until you are here. Time in school is very limited and every moment counts, once you are here we will call them and promptly have them come down to leave with you, but we do not want to call ahead because often they are missing valuable instruction waiting for the pick up due to unforeseen circumstances. Thank you for understanding.
A Message from Ms. Semenek
Dear Lincoln families,
Please note the following in order for your child to safely and actively participate in PE this year:
Tennis Shoes must be worn. No sandals, slick-soled shoes, rubber spikes, clogs, boots, heels, or croc-type shoes. These shoes are not safe for activity!
Shorts or Pants are appropriate for the gym. Shorts and leggings are recommended underneath skirts/dresses).
Illnesses or Injuries that would prevent your child from participating in PE should be explained in a note from you. A doctor’s excuse is necessary for any child missing more than three days of gym.
Weather is changing, so please send your child to school in layers (sweaters/jackets) recommended as we will be going outside even throughout the winter months.
Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation.
Name: Jamie Graver
Occupation: Kindergarten Teacher
Place of birth: Arlington Heights, Illinois
Family: I live with my husband and three daughters (Adelyn 9, Makenna 7, Scarlett 5)
Pets: I do not have any pets :).
Favorite sport: I love to run in my free time. I was a soccer player growing up and now get to enjoy watching my daughters play.
Favorite thing to do over the weekend: I love to spend time with my family and watch my girls play their sports.
Best places to visit: Puerto Rico was my favorite place to visit. It is beautiful and so unique.
Favorite book: I am a huge fan of the Harry Potter series. My favorite children's book to read to my children at home and my students is The Pout Pout Fish.
What superhero would you be? Wonder Woman
One wish: One heartfelt wish I hold close is for the precious gift of time. In the bustling rhythm of our days, I often find myself yearning for a few extra moments to accomplish all that needs to be done, and more importantly, to cherish quality moments with the ones we hold dear.
Favorite food: Lou Malnati's Pizza
Dairy Queen or Oberweis? I like Oberweis better than Dairy Queen but love ice cream so either is great!
Favorite Season: Summer
Favorite College: Western Illinois University
Favorite Team: Chicago Cubs
Airplane or Road trip: Road Trip
Fun Facts: This past summer my family and I went on an 8 hour hike in the Smoky Mountains. It was an extremely challenging hike that went straight up a hill but it was an amazing feeling to accomplish something so difficult together.
Parent Education Sessions
District 303 is pleased to present its lineup of Parent Education sessions for the 2023-2024 school year.
The Parent Education series (formerly Parent University) includes informational meetings and workshops intended to empower parents and guardians to support their children’s academic, social and emotional needs. Become informed on specialized topics, engage in two-way dialogue with speakers and fellow parents, and become a support resource for others.
Holiday Orchestra Clinic
East and North Orchestras are having a Holiday Orchestra Clinic just for YOU on Saturday, Dec. 2 at East High School. This event will include playing holiday songs with high school students, doing a cool music craft, games and cocoa and cookies! Students that participate are invited to play along with the high school students at their winter concert on Thurs. Dec. 7. Please see the flier below to register today! A t-shirt and goody bag are included! Hope to see you there!
A Nursing Note from Miss Christy:
It is cold and flu season! The health service team in District 303 has been caring for
a number of students experiencing fevers and other cold-like symptoms including
cough and congestion. Preventative measures remain the most effective way to
reduce the spread of influenza and other viral illnesses like COVID-19.
Students who present to the Health Office with a fever of 100 F or higher and/or
feeling poorly are sent home. To prevent widespread illness in school, we
recommend that your child stay home when they are ill. Please consider the
following guidelines when making this decision:
CONSIDER KEEPING YOUR CHILD AT HOME with::
● Very stuffy or runny nose and/or cough
● Mild sore throat (no fever, no known exposure to strep or COVID)
● Mild stomach ache
DEFINITELY KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME with:
● Fever (greater than 100 degrees F)
● Vomiting (even once)
● General malaise or feelings of fatigue
● Frequent congested (wet) or croupy cough
● Lots of nasal congestion with frequent blowing of nose
TO HELP PREVENT THE FLU AND OTHER COLDS, reinforce:
● Wash hands frequently
● Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth
● Respiratory etiquette
● Avoid close contact with people who are ill
Viruses are the most contagious during the first 48 hours. A child who has a fever
should remain at home until "fever free" and for a minimum of 24 hours. A child
who has started antibiotics needs to be on medication for at least 24 hours before
he/she is considered non-contagious and able to return to school. Keeping your ill
child at home will minimize the spread of infections and viruses in the classroom!
Thank you in advance for helping make this year at school as healthy as possible.
Health Service Team
Family Contact Info - Please verify for your family!
District 303 would like to remind families to make sure the contact information you’ve provided is up-to-date. We want to ensure you’re getting timely alerts on important notifications.
Prior to the start of class, District 303 will send test messages through its mass communication system to the contact information you have on file (email, text and phone). This is the way the District and your child’s school(s) contact you when sending mass messages simultaneously.
Visit the Home Access Center website for information on how to view and edit your contact settings.
View Notification Preferences/Enable Text Messages
District 303 will send notifications to families through the ParentLink system by text message, phone call and email based on your settings. Parents/guardians can view and edit their contact settings through the Home Access Center.
To receive timely emergency communications, we strongly encourage families to enable text notifications. For most people, this is the fastest way to receive and view important messages. Here’s how:
- From the HAC main menu, select the “registration” tab to view your contact settings
- Select the “edit” button to change your contact settings
- To enable text message notifications, enter your cell phone number in the Cell/Text field
- Select the “save” button
Please call the Attendance Line to Report an Absence
If your student is going to be late or absent, please call 331-228-2500 and press 1 to report the absence and the reason. Leave a message on the attendance line as soon as possible that morning or the night before. Thank you for your help in verifying absences from school.