Tuesday, October 12, 2021


Happy Tuesday,

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and got to spend some much needed time doing the things you love!

I would like to remind you of the process for remote instruction if your child is in quarantine, or excluded from school due to Covid symptoms. Students are only eligible for our passive window for instruction if you have been informed by the school of your child's exclusion or quarantine status. Please expect communication from your child's teacher following notification of exclusion. If this happens after hours, teachers will contact you the following day. To review the communication from District 97 regarding the Remote Learning Plan, please click here.

On another note, I have noticed that cars are going around the barricades that have been set up daily to ensure the safe passage of our students. Please do not go around the barricades that are up in the morning or afternoon. Please park in the other areas available and walk students on campus and pick them up.

Take care,

Ms. Gordon

Donations needed

Please consider donating your gently used appropriate clothing to us. As students forget to bring a change of clothes or have accidents during the day, we often go looking for items that fit. Ideally athletic pants and t-shirts are best. Thank you for your consideration!



11 - 22 - Virtual Book Fair

12 - School Board Meeting

21 - 22 - Parent Teacher Conferences (school is dismissed at 11am)

22 - Picture Make Up Day

24 - PTO Sponsored Back to School Event

29 - Costume Parade

Fall Festivities

As a school we are moving away from holiday celebrations but recognize there are certain traditions we have as a school. With that said, this year we are on for the Costume Parade! Please join us on October 29, 2021 for our socially distanced parade. We will share our parade route and schedule next week and ask that you make sure you are masked and socially distanced.

Please communicate with your child's teacher around any fall celebrations they may have planned for students.

Please avoid costumes that cover your child's face, they must be able to still wear their masks AND costumes with weapons or blood.

What's Up in the Lincoln Library?

Our virtual book fair with Anderson’s is now open and runs through October 22nd. Click on the link to access Anderson’s Bookfair at Welcome to Anderson's Bookfair Company | Anderson's Bookfair Company (abcfairs.com).

Click on this link for some book ideas:Elementary School Book Fair Flyer 2021 but there are many other titles available by searching through the different topics from Anderson's main page or by searching for specific titles.

You can also check out the Teacher wish lists if you’re interested in supporting your child’s classroom libraries! These lists can be found at the top of the abcfairs.com page under "Wishlist" then scroll down to find Lincoln Elementary.

When checking out, please include our school name and city, your child’s name and their teacher’s name. Books shipped to school will be available around October 27th.

All of the proceeds from the fair will go towards getting more books for our school! Thank you for supporting Lincoln!

Let me know if you have any questions by emailing at rmeisinger@op97.org.

Proof of Physical Examinations and Immunizations

Dear District 97 Families of Kindergartners, 6th Grade, or New Students:

We are reaching out to you as a reminder that the State of Illinois requires that all kindergarteners, sixth-graders, and students new to our district submit a current State of Illinois school physical with up-to-date immunizations. Information on the requirements can be found here. Please note that according to Section 27-8.1 of the School Code of Illinois, District 97 is obligated to exclude students from school who have not provided proof of the required physical examinations and/or immunizations on Oct. 15, until they are in compliance.

If you have been contacted by your school nurse that your child is missing any of the required forms/information, please submit those records directly to them before the October 15 deadline.

Students who are excluded on October 15 who have not provided the required documents are not eligible for remote learning.

2021-22 District 97 Family Handbook

Click here for the updated 2021-22 District 97 Family Handbook, which contains general information about the district and its procedures. Please note that some of this information may be subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please email d97feedback@op97.org if you have any questions.

Additionally, if you would like to request a hard copy of the handbook, please contact the school office.


Superintendent Search Virtual Community Forum - Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
As you are aware, the District 97 Board of Education has initiated its search for a new superintendent of schools, and we want to hear your thoughts!

The search firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) will be hosting a virtual community forum on Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The forum will be conducted using Zoom Webinar, which allows up to 500 participants (click here for details).

There are two ways to participate:

Click here for the event flyer >

District 97 Halloween Letter 2021

Dear District 97 Families,

For those of our families who celebrate Halloween, many of you are starting to discuss costume choices with your child. Although students are not required to wear costumes, we recognize that they are a fun and creative part of our schools' Halloween activities.

Our goal is to create a positive learning environment where all students, staff and families feel a sense of belonging. In that spirit, we ask that you take care to ensure that your child’s costume choice does not portray a stereotypical image of any group of people or culture, or be offensive to any one racial, ethinic or religious group. We appreciate you being proactive with your child in making thoughtful costume choices.

To support you in your conversation with your child and to build your understanding around this topic, we have compiled links to resources that you may find helpful:

Thank you for your continued support of our students and schools.

District 97 Now Hiring!

District 97 is currently hiring for key positions to support in-person learning during the 2021-22 school year!

Permanent Substitutes
District 97 has immediate openings for permanent substitute teachers. If you know anyone who is looking to work with children, earn competitive pay and give back to the community, please encourage them to apply today at: https://www.op97.org/hr/employment.

Lunch/Recess Supervisors
To support our students and staff during the school day, we are still seeking more parents and community members to serve as lunchroom/recess supervisors during the 2021-22 school year. It's easy to apply, and your time would have a direct impact on our schools. CLICK HERE to apply!

Reminder: Stay Home When Sick!
Staying home when sick is essential to keep COVID-19 infections out of schools and prevent spread to others. Symptoms that should be monitored daily by District 97 staff, families and students are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
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Extra Clothes and Extra Masks

Please be sure that your child has a change of clothes at school. Even students in the upper grades have spills, injuries etc. that will require a change of clothes.

We are also asking that all students have an extra mask on hand as well.

Student Attendance

Just a reminder that if your student will be absent, please call or email the office by 8:30 a.m. Please include the reason for your child's absence.

If you need to pick up your child early for an early dismissal, please communicate the to the classroom teacher and email the office at lincolnattendance@op97.org

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"Dr. Pérez makes wellness appointments for acute mental health support for students and families during after school hours on Wednesdays. The slots are 20 minutes and available to reserve on a weekly basis. Please reserve your student slot with some notes on your concerns. Also, parents should ensure their children attend on time to ensure each child is afforded the time needed to discuss their needs with the school psychologist.


Who is the type of student that should participate?

If your child is in need of connecting with a mental health professional for issues that are new and impact their academic performance please reserve your slot to meet with Dr. Perez.

When would the appointments take place?

Wednesdays, after school, starting at 3pm for 20 minute sessions

What type of support would the student and or family receive?

The first session is an intake and consultation approach to designate next steps or resources relevant to the child's needs. The appointments can lead to skill building counseling sessions for at least 3 appointments, referrals to school based or community type services for ongoing support.

Where can I find the appointment calendar to reserve my child's spot?

Visit the google calendar webpage to reserve your Wednesday 20 minute slot.

Click the link - Lincoln Wellness Check-ins with Dr. Perez

District 97 Calendar for 2021-2022

All important dates for the school year!!