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School Hours

Bell Schedule:

8:05  First Bell
8:10  Second Bell
8:15  Tardy Bell, 
start the school day, students in seats

Regular School Hours:
1st-5th grade:
8:15 AM to 3:00 PM
Lunch Period 1 - 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lunch Period 2 - 
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lunch Period 3 - 
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

AM Kindergarten
8:15 AM to 11:05 AM
PM Kindergarten
12:05 PM to 3:00 PM

AM Kindergarten 
9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
PM Kindergarten
12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1 - 5
9:45 AM to 3:00 PM

Parent Links

Office Contacts

Barnabee, Jennifer
Podraza, Christina
Assistant Principal
Charatin, Patricia
Lead Secretary
Malone, Mary Kay
Purtell, Maggie
Registered Nurse

Robbie Ostling, CSN
School Nurse


Mark Your Calendars

Check the calendar for important dates.

August 13

1st Teacher Institute Day  

August 14 2nd Teacher Institute Day
  Meet the Teacher at Lincoln 3:30-4:30 PM 
August 15 First full day of classes
  Opening Day Welcome 8:15-10:30 AM (GYM)
August 17 Pep Rally 6 - 8 PM
August 21 PTA Mtg (MPR) 7-8:30 PM
August 29 Student Late Arrival Day
August 30 Curriculum Night
  REACH 5:30-5:55 PM
  Session 1:  6-6:25 PM
  Gym:  6:30-6:50 PM
  Session 2:  7-7:25 PM
September 3 No School - Labor Day
September 12 Student Late Arrival Day
September 17 Vision and Hearing
September 18                   PTA Mtg. (MPR) 8:30 AM
September 26 Student Late Arrival Day
September 28 Picture Day!

Lincoln News


Friday, August 10, 2018

Dear Lincoln Lions and Families,

WELCOME to all of you who are new, and WELCOME BACK to all of our returning Lincoln Lions!

We hope you have enjoyed a healthy and fun-filled summer, and we hope, like us, you are ready to begin the adventure of this next SUPER school year. While I need to take my daughter to college, Dr. Podraza and the rest of the staff will be ready to greet you on the playground at 8:00am on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. The PTA Volunteer Fair will take place in the Gym at 8:30am on August 15. Please consider attending to learn about all of the volunteer opportunities available throughout the school year.

For those of you, who remember, be on the lookout for our everyday SUPER heroes!

Do you have the PTA Back to School Pep Rally on your calendar? Calling all Lincoln Lions and Families!! Come celebrate the kickoff of our school year Friday, August 17th from 6-8pm on the playground. It's sure to be an evening FULL of FUN with friends and family! Great music - request your favorite jam from our DJ! Games on the dance floor (with cool prizes), free tasty ICEEs, free awesome PAWESOME tattoos AND more! Wear your blue and orange and/or school spirit wear to show your Lincoln pride! (If my plane lands in time, I hope to be there!!)

"Fill-a-Backpack" for the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center:

Last fall students at Lincoln held a fundraiser to purchase backpacks for the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center. Information can be viewed through this link: Back to School Supply Drive. Starting August 14th during Meet-the-Teacher, the Lincoln Student Council will accept donations of school supplies to fill the backpacks. As you finish shopping for school supplies, please consider purchasing a few extra items to donate. Items needed include: pens and pencils, erasers, pencil cases, calculators, assignment books, spiral notebooks, paper, note-cards, pocket folders, markers, crayons, colored pencils, glue sticks, scissors, tissues, supply boxes, rulers and highlighters. The last day for donations will be Friday, August 31st. Donations can be placed in a bin outside the office.

It’s going to be another SUPER year!

Mrs. B

Please continue reading to learn more about the Lincoln nuts and bolts.

Lincoln’s New Staff - Mr. Vervack, Ms. Childrey, Ms. Kuziel, Ms. Selliris, Ms. Ward, Ms. French, and Ms. Malone

Ins/Outs of Lincoln - Important information to help you get through the first few weeks of school

Important Upcoming Dates

Ins/Outs of Lincoln: To help things run smoothly we have several procedures in place. Everyone’s participation will help in providing a safe and orderly environment for all students. We appreciate your watchful attention, as well as your patience, as we help all students and families adjust to these routines. If at any point you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher or one of us in the office. We are here to help!

Arrival/Dismissal Routines: Students are encouraged to walk to school whenever possible. That being said, we realize parents need to drive children for a variety of reasons. Please follow all posted signs around Lincoln. This includes time restricted access to streets adjacent to Lincoln, as well as any One-Way directions for the flow of traffic. Student Safety Patrols and Parent Patrol work together to help students safely cross intersections adjacent to Lincoln. Driver alertness and caution is vital. Students are also invited to ride bikes to school. All bikes must be secured to the available bike racks located on the east side of the blacktop. Students are required to walk bikes while on school grounds. Please note that it is imperative that all drivers remain in cars during arrival/dismissal. The car lane is a moving line of traffic and parked cars create hazards. A map of the process can be found on the school website.

Safety Reminder for Car Line on Hillside: After dropping off your child, please wait in your place in the car line, rather than moving out of line creating open spaces or trying to fill open spaces, at least until all cars in front of you have moved. Moving out of line creates a dangerous situation, especially with oncoming traffic. The staff outside on Hillside will keep the traffic moving. Please be watchful. Each morning students may be dropped off as early as 8am.

NO Parking at Epiphany Church: Please remember that, except for parishioners attending morning prayer group or people dropping off for the adult care center, there is no parking in the Epiphany parking lot during school drop off or pick up times. Please follow the traffic map to keep traffic flowing. Your consideration of our neighbors is greatly appreciated!

Kindergarten Routines: Kindergarten students are dropped off and picked up on Hillside at the sidewalk in front of the glass doors. You may walk, bike, or drive your child to and from school. If you choose to drive, please use the moving car line on Hillside. To keep the line flowing smoothly, we ask that you do not park your vehicle in the car line at any time. During arrival, kindergarten teachers stand on the sidewalk to meet children. Students line up in front of their teacher and wait for the bell to ring to enter the building. During dismissal, students wait in the same place on Hillside with the kindergarten teachers. Students identify their car and/or guardian and the teachers release students when they have visual confirmation. Please let your child's teacher know who will be picking them up on a regular basis. If there is a change in who is picking up your child, please notify the teacher or the office prior to dismissal. Please see the map for guidance.

Lunch Routines: Students in Grades 1-5 may elect to stay at school or go home for lunch. Any student who is not staying at school for lunch must have a parent note stating the date that the child is allowed to go home for lunch. Students who return to school before the end of the 60-minute lunch block check in at the office. For safety reasons, any child without a note will not be allowed to leave campus. Please note there is no Student Safety Patrol during the lunch hour. Students who go home for lunch must exit through the office first and then the Fairfield doors, and must re-enter through the Fairfield entrance to check in at the office.

Regular Bell Schedule:

8:05     First Bell

8:10     Second Bell

8:15     Tardy Bell – start the school day, students in their seats

Lunch Schedule: All students have approximately 30 minutes to eat in the lunchroom as well as 30 minutes on the playground.

10:50 - 11:20 - 1st and 2nd RECESS

11:20 - 11:50 - 1st and 2nd EAT

11:25 - 11:55 - 5th EATS

11:55 - 12:25 - 5th RECESS

11:25 - 11:55 - 3rd and 4th RECESS

11:55 - 12:25 - 3rd and 4th EAT

Student Late Arrival Days: Once a month, a Student Late Arrival Day is scheduled. These days allow staff to participate in important professional learning. This year, professional learning will focus on TWO areas: Responsive Instruction and Culture. On Late Arrival days, students report to school at 9:30am when supervision begins (12:45pm for Afternoon Kindergarten). There are no changes to the lunch schedule on Student Late Arrival days. The schedule for Student Late Arrival Days is as follows:

9:30am Arrival Supervision begins

9:37am Students enter building

9:43am Tardy bell (students enter through Fairfield doors)

9:45am Instructional day begins

11:55am Morning Kindergarten dismissed

12:45pm Supervision begins for Afternoon Kindergarten Arrival

12:55pm Afternoon Kindergarten Instructional day begins

3:00pm All students dismissed

Student Absences: Please report all student absences to the school. For your convenience there is a 24-hour number you may call to leave a message if your child will be absent for any reason. Please call 630-617-2366 to notify the school of the absence. As a District we feel strongly that regular attendance is vital to your child’s academic progress. Therefore, vacations and other planned absences are strongly discouraged. Please email Jen Barnabee (principal), Maggie Purtell (school nurse), and the classroom teacher with notice of a planned absence at least 2 weeks in advance of the absence in order for the absence to be recorded as excused.

Medications: Please contact Nurse Maggie Purtell with any questions about your child and medication he/she may need during the school day. To ensure student safety, all medication must go through the nurse’s office.

PAWS: At Lincoln Elementary we believe it is important to share our expectations for behavior in a clear way to both students and parents. Therefore, we utilize PAWS as our Positive Behavior acronym. PAWS are our school-wide expectations for students and staff, as well as anyone who volunteers and visits our school. Our PAWS Committee is comprised of staff members who have worked together to structure lessons for students. Adults throughout the school offer PAWS tickets to students who are demonstrating PAWS behavior. We realize that as adults we lead by our example and practice PAWS ourselves.

P = Practice Kindness

A = Act Responsibly

W = Welcome Challenges

S = Show Respect

I believe that there are SUPER heroes among us! These everyday SUPERheroes go above and beyond in practicing kindness, acting responsibly, welcoming challenges, and showing respect. Be on the lookout for PAWS behaviors and everyday SUPERheroes.

Volunteers and Visitors to Lincoln: All visitors to Lincoln enter through the main doors on Fairfield. Once buzzed into the building, visitors need to provide a state issued ID to the secretaries. Once cleared for building access, all visitors will receive a badge which must be worn during the visit, and then returned to the office upon the visitor’s exit of the building. This process helps provide a more secure environment for our students. Please plan time accordingly when attending a class program where many parents will be in attendance. On occasion, when extremely large crowds are expected, we will utilize an alternative process whereby visitors enter through Hillside and sign-in upon entrance to the building. Visitors in these cases will be limited to the gym for a specific program (i.e. grade level sing). Parents are notified when changes to the normal visitor routine are in effect.

Emergencies: While rare, we do have procedures in place for emergencies which may require the school to go on lockdown. During a lockdown, no one may enter or exit the building. Additionally, movement within the building may be restricted. While social media tends to spread the word quickly when these instances occur, please know that official school/district communication will be sent to parents as quickly as possible. Our primary focus during an emergency is student safety and communication may be delayed longer than any of us might prefer. We ask that parents do not come to the school or call the office during a lockdown as we need all staff/resources available to focus on student safety.

Snacks at School: Students in Grades 1-5 may bring a healthy snack to school, strictly limited to fresh fruits and vegetables. Due to various student and staff allergies, some of which are life-threatening, no nut products may be brought into classrooms. Please read labels carefully. Additional restrictions may be in place in particular classrooms based on allergies in that room.

Communication throughout the School Day: If you need to get a message to your child, please contact the school office. Due to the disruption in learning associated with cell phones, Gizmos, Apple watches, and other such devices, all technological devices and toys brought into the school by students each day are expected to remain in backpacks. If you or your child needs to get a message to each other, please respect the learning environment by using the office staff to help deliver these messages.

Also, due to the rigorous teaching day, teachers are most often unable to check and respond to emails throughout the school day. If you send an email to your child’s teacher, you can reasonably expect an answer within 24 hours. If the message is more urgent, again, please be respectful of the learning environment by using the office staff to deliver important messages.

Communication with Teachers: Generally-speaking teachers should be the first point of contact regarding concerns and/or questions about academic progress, behavior, and social-emotional needs. All teacher contact information is available on our school webpage. Please plan to join us for our Curriculum Night on Thursday, August 30, 2017 from 6-7:30pm. Staff will present information about what you can expect regarding your child’s classroom and school experiences this year. Details about the session times can be found in the Important Dates section of this newsletter.

Communication with the Principal/Assistant Principal: Throughout the school year, newsletters will be emailed with important information including upcoming dates, highlights of student learning, and other relevant information. In addition, be sure to bookmark our website to have quick access regarding everything Lincoln. To also highlight the wonderful events taking place regularly at Lincoln we are connected on Social Media through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (@LincolnD205). Please know, too, that our doors are always open and we welcome parents to meet with us to discuss any concerns or ideas that come along. Additionally, we host several informal meetings throughout the year, called Popcorn with the Principal (and Assistant Principal). These occur approximately each trimester. During these get-togethers, parents are invited to drop in and ask questions, learn about different programs, and meet other Lincoln parents. We welcome open and ongoing communication!

Parent Handbook: Please review the Elementary Parent Handbook, available on the Lincoln homepage to become familiar with important District-wide procedures and practices.

Important Upcoming Dates:

Friday, August 10: Teacher assignments emailed to families. All families will receive an email notification of class assignment. To ensure that your child receives a class assignment, please make sure you have proven residency with the District.

Tuesday, August 14: All School Meet the Teacher from 3:30-4:30pm. All students, Grades K-5, are invited to come to school with a parent to visit the classroom, meet the teacher, and drop off school supplies. 

Wednesday, August 15: First day of school from 8am-3pm. Parents are welcome to bring their child to school and help find their class on the blacktop. Look for teachers' signs indicating the correct line-up area. Students may begin arriving at 8am. After the first day of school, parents are asked to stay behind the fence allowing staff to properly supervise students lining up and facilitating a faster start to our instructional day.

From 8:30-10am, Dr. Podraza and representatives of the PTA invite parents to usher in the new school year. This is an excellent time for new parents to meet other new parents and to learn about the resources and opportunities offered by our PTA. We will meet you outside and take you into the Gym.

Friday, August 17: Lincoln Back to School Pep Rally from 6-8pm. Join Lincoln families and staff on the blacktop for music and festivities celebrating the start of the new school year.

Wednesday, August 29: Student Late Arrival. Please review information above regarding arrival times.

Thursday, August 30: Curriculum Night Grades K-5. This is a parent only event. For parents of children in multiple grades, we will host two sessions to accommodate the opportunity to have time with each teacher. Each session will cover the same information.

5:30-5:55pm: REACH

6-6:25pm: Session 1

6:30-6:50: Gym

7-7:25pm: Session 2

Monday, September 3: Labor Day - No School

Wednesday, September 12: Student Late Arrival. Please review information above regarding arrival times.

Thursday, September 13: Scouting Night from 6-9 pm in Lincoln Foyer, inside Fairfield doors.

Tuesday, September 18: PTA Mtg at 8:30 am in MPR

Monthly PTA meetings: Meetings are held in the Lincoln Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) and alternate between morning and evening times. The schedule is as follows: 8/21 (7PM), 9/18 (8:30AM), 10/16 (7PM), 11/13 (8:30AM), 1/22 (7PM), 2/19 (8:30AM), 3/19 (7PM), 4/16 (8:30AM), 5/7 (7PM)


Financial assistance is available in the form of student fee waivers for qualified families. Apply for assistance by filling out a Request for Financial Assistance form and returning it to the main office of your child’s school, beginning the first week of August. Please click on the links below to access the appropriate form:

Elementary & Middle School

High School

2018-19 Free/Reduced Lunch Application and Instructions (Español)

Completed free/reduced lunch applications must be turned in to your child's school for initial authorization, beginning the first week of August. All applications must be on the 2018-19 form. The District cannot accept old applications. Request for Financial Assistance/Waiver of Student Fees is due by November 15, 2018.

In mid-July, over 1,000 notification letters were mailed out to students who were automatically certified for free lunches last year (2017-18). Families who have received this letter DO NOT need to apply. However, if a letter is received for one child and there are other students in the family who did not receive a letter, please call the District 205 Food Service Office at 630-617-2436 to provide further information. Be sure to keep this letter, as you may need it for other programs and benefits (Comcast Internet Essentials, Park District programs, etc.).


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Explore More Day 2016

No Cell Phones in School Zones

It is against the law to use a cell phone while driving in a school zone. Please keep this in mind when you are driving your child to or from school.

Lincoln School Vision Statement

Lincoln School continuously works to ensure we have:

  • a knowledgeable, educated, flexible staff working as a Professional Learning Community, focusing on student learning
  • an environment where staff, students and parents function together as a caring community
  • a learning community that focuses on essential learning, high expectations, and authentic experiences for the students
  • a learning community that creates students who can think critically, problem solve, and engage in their own learning and
  • a safe environment where students feel they belong and are contributing members of the community.

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Lincoln's Mission

To provide an education that enables all students to become life-long learners who respect the diversity of others.