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School Hours

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

Student Late Arrival
Instructional Schedule
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

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Office Contacts

Tomei, Kathleen
Riordan, Timoth
Assistant Principal
Charatin, Patricia
Lead Secretary
Purtell, Maggie
Registered Nurse
Traxler, Kathleen
Assistant Secretary

Robbie Ostling, CSN
School Nurse


Mark Your Calendars

Check the calendar  for important dates.

October 21  PTA Carnival  6:00 - 9:00
October 24 Focus 205 Focus Group Sessions - Bryan 7:00 PM
October 24 to November 18 UCCA Food Drive
November 4 End of 1st Trimester
November 4 Spirit Day
November 8 Erin's Law Assembly 8:30 gr. 1-3, 9:30 gr. 4-5 (MPR)
November 9 Book Fair
November 9 5th Grade Parent Outdoor Ed Mtg 6-7 PM (MPR)
November 10 Book Fair
November 14  Chess Club 6:15-7:30 PM (MPR)
November 15 PTA Mtg 8:30 AM (MPR)

Lincoln News


Please join The Annie LeGere Foundation in raising allergy awareness this Halloween. Please display a teal pumpkin sign on your door to let trick-or-treaters know you have non-food treats available. Signs can be downloaded here. Available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, low-cost items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl from candy, if you choose to hand out both items. Examples of items may include:

  • glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • pencils, pens, crayons, or markers
  • bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • mini slinkies
  • whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • bouncy balls
  • finger puppets or novelty toys
  • spider rings
  • vampire fangs
  • mini notepads
  • playing cards
  • bookmarks
  • stickers

Help make Halloween safe and enjoyable for all children. To learn more go to


The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence unanimously approved to provide $50,000 to help fund the Future Ready Model Classroom project, a pilot program that will create three future ready classrooms at the K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 grade levels. The Foundation will use proceeds earned throughout the year to help fund the project, which began this summer and should be completed in late fall of 2016.

Foundation Chair Brian Bresnahan explains, “Our mission states that we are dedicated to innovations in education. Helping to move the District further along the spectrum of Future Ready Learning is definitely something we want to be involved with. I think the community will see the value in it and support us.”

Schools selected for  project are Fischer (Dawin Strelow/ Kindergarten), Lincoln (Cecilia Dunn/third grade) and Bryan Middle School (Erin Fox/6th grade). In the spring of 2016, all three teachers, along with principals Jane Bailey (Fischer) and Jacquie Discipio (Bryan), as well as Mr. Bresnahan and Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli, participated in Future Ready Model Classroom workshops, led by Wight and Company, the District’s architects. “You could feel the excitement in the room as teachers and administrators collaborated on a vision for the future that would permanently impact the classroom experience on a daily basis,” said Mrs. Fanelli.


Architectural firm Wight & Company was hired by the District as part of a process to develop a long-range Facility Master Plan. Wight has completed a facility study that resulted in an educational alignment guide. Findings and recommendations from this guide will be used to move forward. According to Wight, ready schools must be “agile” and accommodate small group collaboration, learning commons, hubs for social learning, tech-infused spaces, STEM and maker spaces, as well as addressing safety and security considerations, health and comfort, fitness/wellness and outdoor learning.


“The fact that we received multiple Thiems Grant applications requesting new types of seating options, desks and other furnishings, is evidence that teachers want their classrooms to evolve in order to meet current needs,” said Geri Sorrentino, Foundation Programs Chair and District REACH teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School.

These model classrooms will allow people to go beyond imagining what future ready learning environments could be and will actually make the vision come to life in these spaces. Both the Board of Education and Superintendent Moyer have expressed gratitude to the Foundation Board for their support in this project. “These classrooms will assist with future planning to ensure that, one day, all District 205 students will be afforded the opportunity to learn in an environment that promotes engagement, rigor, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication and citizenship in the global information age,” commented Dr. David Moyer, Superintendent of Schools.

Following the completion of these model classrooms, the plan is to gather feedback from participating teachers and students to develop a recommendation toward a District standard for furniture, finishes and integrating classroom technology, as part of a visionary Facility Master Plan. These model classrooms will test and inform that process.

There will be a special public open house at Bryan Middle School on Monday, October 24, from 5:15 to 6:35 PM, just prior to the Focus 205 focus group meetings, held at the three District 205 middle schools from 7 to 8:30 PM.

"We are thrilled with the Foundation's support for Future Ready learning in the District. We could not be more appreciative and are excited for the potential that this project has to begin to shape future decisions about how we utilize space to support learning and teaching," noted Superintendent Dr. David Moyer.

This project is another example of supporting innovation and positioning the District for the future. The Foundation has funded and supported numerous pilots over the years, most of which have later been adopted to benefit teachers and students.

Detailed information about plans for the classrooms, as well as the opportunity to make a donation supporting the project, can be found on the District 205 Foundation website:


On Monday, October 24, Focus 205 focus group meetings will be held at each of our three middle schools - Bryan, Churchville and Sandburg - from 7 to 8:30 PM. Parents of elementary and high school students are encouraged to attend their child's "feeder" middle school; parents of middle school students are invited to attend their child’s current school. Community members are also invited to participate.

These meetings will involve a short formal presentation on what the future ready classroom looks like, as well as an overview of the educational alignment study conducted by architects Wight & Company last spring. This will be followed by asking for reaction from attendees to some related questions. There will be a moderator and a note taker to record comments. This feedback will help shape the Monday, December 5, Focus 205 Community Engagement Session #6 at York High School. Please join the conversation!


Also on October 24, catch a glimpse of the new future ready model classroom at Bryan Middle School, which was just unveiled this week. An open house will be held from 5:15 to 6:45 PM, just prior to the focus group meetings. For more information, click here.


Honor the Elmhurst Community’s holiday tradition and order a festive Nova Scotia Balsam tree for your front yard from the Elmhurst District 205 Foundation’s holiday tree sale. Proceeds from the tree sale will support educational grants, enhancements and programs that benefit the students of Elmhurst Public Schools.

An outdoor tree is $19 and neighborhood group orders of 4 or more will be delivered free of charge on Nov 26th. Individual orders of outdoor yard trees, as well as an assortment of beautiful indoor trees, may also be purchased for receipt on December 3rd. Visit for more information and to learn about being a neighborhood tree captain. Orders due Friday, October 28th.


Dear Lincoln Families,

Please read on for important information on:

  • Focus 205
  • Thoughtexchange Survey
  • Fitness Testing
  • Erin's Law Assemblies
  • School Anxiety and School Refusal Presentation
  • Upcoming Dates

Focus 205: Congratulations to Mrs. Duntemann's class-Winner of $50 of books for highest percentage of parent attendance at the Oct 3 Focus205 meeting. Mrs. Duntemann will be selecting titles and these new books will be in her classroom within days. Thank you to all parents who joined the meeting and started the conversation. We invite all parents to attend the October 24th meeting at Bryan Middle School from 7-8:30pm. During this meeting, participants will be working with other Bryan feeder schools to prioritize our wants for Elmhurst D205 schools.


Thoughtexchange Survey: We want to know what you think! Please share your thoughts through our interactive Focus 205/Thoughtexchange survey, in order to help us better understand what is important to you, both in your child(ren)'s school and in Elmhurst Community School District 205.

Administered by a third-party company called Thoughtexchange, this is an online learning process that allows us to reach out to everyone affected by the decisions made in District 205. This process enables us to hear your thoughts and learn about your priorities.

There are three steps that you will be invited to participate in:

  1. Share – answer three open-ended questions about education in our schools (through Thursday, October 13). 
  2. Star – review ideas from other stakeholders and star the ideas you like best
  3. Discover – learn what is important to the community as a whole

To access frequently asked questions about the process, please click here.
On October 3rd, parents, staff and D205 key communicators received an initial email invitation to participate. If you didn’t receive this email (or the follow-up on October 7th), 
click here to self-register and be added to the Thoughtexchange process. Please join the conversation!


Fitness Testing: There are new requirements around fitness testing including state mandated reporting of aggregate fitness testing data. The purpose of these new requirements is to monitor the effects of the new Enhanced PE standards and the new State Goal 20, where students achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness. Regular fitness testing is intended to give students the information they need on their own health and fitness to set and meet personal fitness goals. We can also use this data to continue improving our K-12 PE offerings over time.


We have been fitness testing in D205 for many years using the same fitness tests that are required this year. The requirements should simple for us to meet with few changes to current practice.


Erin's Law Assemblies: One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused or assaulted by the time they are 18 in the United States. In 2013 Erin’s Law was signed into state law in order to raise awareness of sexual abuse and assault of students, teachers, and other school staff.

In Elmhurst, we already have personal safety built into many grade levels’ health education curriculum. Our curriculum at each grade level will cover the following:

  • Distinguishing different types of touch
  • Saying “NO”
  • It’s not the child’s fault if someone touches him or her
  • Identifying and telling a trusted adult

Lincoln's Social Worker, Ms. Emily Cohen, will visit all of the Kindergarten classrooms to share an age-appropriate read-aloud with students as a part of the Personal Safety Unit that is already in place at our schools. The Kindergarten lesson utilizes the Board of Education-approved book, My Body is Special and Belongs to Me! by Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA & Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW. A copy of this book is available in each elementary school’s library for review.

An assembly will be presented by Imagination Theater to students in grades 1-5 on November 8th. This touring group has performed Erin's Law assemblies to Elmhurst students for the past 2 years. During these assemblies, students will learn the four points noted above, and also identify safe adults in their lives with whom they can seek for help and support. Students in grades 1-3 will attend the presentation together, and students in grades 4-5 will attend the presentation together.

School Anxiety and School Refusal Presentation: Next Tuesday, District 205 social workers are holding a free program for parents about school anxiety and school refusal. The presentation will review interventions designed to increase motivation for school attendance and promote active school engagement for the child and family. Factors that contribute to avoidant behaviors will be explored, as well as ways to early identify at-risk students to provide early therapeutic responses.


Presentation details:

What: Intervention Strategies to Engage Students with Parents Struggling with School Anxiety and School Refusal

When: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 12:30-2:30pm (Q & A 1:45-2:30pm)

Where: Elmhurst Public Library: 125 S. Prospect Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126

(Participation is limited to the first 70 persons in attendance – No reservations needed.)

Presenter: Jacqueline Rhew, MA, LCPC, CADC Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital

Please contact Emily Cohen, Lincoln Social Worker, with any further questions:


One Final Thought... Model the Behavior You Want to See in Your Child: (taken verbatim from The Parent Institute; for more information visit our school website under Parent Resource tab)


"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders," said James Baldwin. 'But they have never failed to imitate them."


Like it or not, you are a model for your child's character. Each action you take teaches a powerful lesson to your child about the kind of person he should be.


Here are some ways you are a moral model:

  • When you give to a charity, you're teaching your child that it is important to give to others.
  • When you treate your child and others with love and respect, you are teaching him how he should treat others.
  • When you leave a note after bumping another car in a parking lot, you are teaching your child that honesty is important even when no one is looking.
  • When you spend time cleaning up a park, you are teaching your child to protect our environment.
  • When you help your child with a project you said you'd help with even though you're tired, you are teaching your child that promises matter.
  • When you make goals for yourself and are conscientious about your work, you are showing your child that these things are important.

What affects our children most? It's usually not the big things. Instead, the small actions repeated over and over have the greatest impact.


Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, 10/18- 7pm PTA Mtg (MPR)
  • Wednesday, 10/19- 9:45am Student Late Arrival
  • Friday, 10/21- 6-9pm Halloween Carnival- 101 Years of 101 Fears

For our students,

Kathleen Tomei


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No Cell Phones in School Zones

It is now 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 P.L.C.  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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To provide an education that enables all students to become life-long learners who respect the diversity of others.