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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.

September 29 Harlem Wizards v. District 205 Staff @ York High School
September 30 Picture Day!  Bring your smile!
September 30 Parent coffee w/Principal (MPR)  8:30-9:15 am
October 3 - 7

CogAT Testing (grades 2 and 5)

October 3 Focus 205 (York Commons) 7:00 PM
October 7 School Spirit Day
October 10 No School - Columbus Day

Lincoln News


A full-day kindergarten option, implementation of a formal STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program, the addition of a dual language option, systemic interventions and/or enrichments and the addition of instructional coaches – these were the top educational priorities identified in Phase I of Focus 205 – a collaborative conversation between the community and Elmhurst School District 205.

District 205 launched this community engagement program last fall. Phase 1 involved four town hall-style meetings held September through December of 2015, focusing on next generation learning, future-ready educational environments and utilization of resources for maximum student success. The Focus 205 Findings Report summarizes the work of this phase.

Phase 2 began last spring with a comprehensive Educational Alignment study; an update was presented to the Board of Education on May 24, 2016.

Focus 205 continues this fall with two more community meetings on October 3 and December 5, beginning at 7 PM in the York High School Commons. We hope you will join us as we recap the work done last year, celebrate student achievement in District 205 and begin exploring options that will support educational priorities in Elmhurst for years to come. RSVP at (630) 617-2300 ext. RSVP (7787) or at Please indicate if you require childcare (for ages 3-12).

In between those meetings, District 205 will be gathering community input through an online, interactive and completely confidential survey administered by a company called Thoughtexchange.
What is Thoughtexchange? Watch their one-minute video to find out.

This is your chance to share what you value about District 205 as a parent and/or community member, what your vision is for our students’ future-ready learning, as well as ask any questions or contribute any thoughts you might have regarding public education in Elmhurst. Watch for the link in early October. Join the conversation!


Get ready to share your thoughts beginning Monday, October 3 through an interactive Focus 205 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 October 12)
  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 3, parents, staff and D205 key communicators will receive an email with an invitation to participate. If you don’t receive this email, click here to self register and be added to the Thoughtexchange process. Please join the conversation!



This message serves as notification that TruGreen will be applying fertilizer, herbicide and vegetation control throughout Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 grounds.   Applications will be applied at all schools Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Due to decreasing budgets and limited available personnel, it is impossible for District 205 to prevent weeds without some chemical assistance. The best weed prevention is a healthy lawn and the majority of the applications will be feed for the grass. A limited amount of weed control will also be used in very low concentrations. All EPA guidelines will be followed. The chemical dries in less than an hour. For further information, please click on the links below:

District 205 Buildings and Grounds page -
The US EPA site –
The National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) –

If you have any additional questions, please contact the District Buildings and Grounds Office at 630-617-8326.


Student Late Arrival Days provide time for certified staff and administrators to collaboratively review student data, discuss professional growth topics, problem solve, share best practices and continue the work of building a Professional Learning Community.

In October, the Student Late Arrival days vary by level and are as follows:

High School - October 5, 12 and 26

Middle School - October 6 and 19

Elementary and Early Childhood - October 19

The Student Late Arrival instructional schedule for 2016-17 is:


AM Early Childhood – 9:45 AM to 11:55 AM

PM Early Childhood – 12:55 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

Middle School – 10:00 AM to 3:25 PM

High School – 9:25 AM to 3:06 PM


Supervised student arrival will begin 20 minutes prior to these start times. However, for families of elementary students who need to maintain the same schedule for Student Late Arrival days this coming school year as last, supervision will be made available beginning at 9:10 AM (which was the elementary Student Late Arrival schedule for 2015-16). Please understand that transportation will not be provided at this earlier time.

The 2016-17 School Calendar - which provides a one-page overview of this information - may be found on the District 205 calendar page.


Dear Lincoln Families,

Please remember that tomorrow is Student Late Arrival. Supervision will begin at 9:30am, with the instructional day starting at 9:45am. If no other child care option is available, parents are allowed to bring their child to school at 9:10. In order to provide adequate supervision, parents are asked to RSVP to the front office so we have an accurate count of students. Students should line up on the playground/Kindergarten doors as they do during a regular start day. Student late arrivals, allow the staff to come together for professional development. This month, our staff will be working on Learning Targets, Student Engagement, and Conferencing with Students. 


Thank you to the Dads' Club for the donation of new recess equipment. The children appreciate the new equipment.

Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, 9/14 Student Late Arrival
  • Monday, 9/19 Vision and Hearing Screening
  • Tuesday, 9/20 8:30am PTA Meeting (MPR)
  • Friday, 9/23 2-2:45 Coffee with the Principal (MPR)
  • Friday, 9/30 Picture Day
  • M-F, 10/3-7 CogAT Testing (grades 2 and 5)

Reminder:  All students grades 1-5 who go home for lunch are to return to the building on the Fairfield side of the building then enter through the main doors. Parents/Caregivers are asked not to utilize the Hillside car line as this interferes with Kindergarten dismissal and arrival.


For our students,

Kathleen J. Tomei


Join other parents at the Elmhurst Public Library on Tuesday, October 18 from 12:30-2:30 PM when Jacqueline Rhew from Alexian Brothers will be presenting Intervention Strategies to Engage Students with Parents Struggling with School Anxiety and School Refusal. Sponsored by District 205 Social Workers, this program is free, but limited to the first 70 in attendance.


I hope everyone enjoyed some extended time with family and friends over the Labor Day weekend. In this newsletter, you'll find helpful information and reminders.


Maintenance Updates: As we begin this week, our Maintenance Department continues repair work in Art room. Additionally, they have been installing new adjustable basketball hoops in the gym. These hoops were donated by the Dads' Club. Thank you, Dads! Finally, the Maintenance Department has been busy replacing a number of broken air conditioner units in classrooms. 


Beginning of Year Assessments: These assessments are wrapping up and teachers will be meeting to identify supports needed for individual students. Some students will require tier 2 level of support in reading or math, while others may need enrichment opportunities provided by the classroom teacher. By reviewing school-wide data and identifying specific needs of students, we can ensure our core curriculum is meeting the needs of the majority of students, and at the same time, identify those students for whom something additional is needed. If you have questions about your child's learning, please contact the classroom teacher. 


Grading Scale: The District has aligned all grading scales for those grades who receive a letter grade (grades 4 and 5 at Lincoln). The new scale is a standard 90/80/70/60 scale. Please contact your child's teacher if you have a question about a grade your child earns.


School-Sponsored Clubs: In the next few weeks, teachers will be deciding on student clubs. Please visit the school website for information about clubs and for information on signing up. Information should be posted in the next few weeks. School based clubs have a fee of $10/child. PTA Clubs include Running Club and Chess Club. Information about these clubs can be found on the PTA website.


Upcoming Dates:

  • Wednesday, 9/14- Student Late Arrival (Supervision begins at 9:30am on blacktop; Instructional day begins at 9:45am).
  • Monday, 9/19- Hearing and Vision Screening (Please note that last week's newsletter incorrectly stated that all 4th and 5th graders are screened for both hearing and vision. The correct information is that 4th and 5th grade students are screened based on teacher recommendation only. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused). 
  • Friday, 9/23 – Coffee with the Principal 2–2:45 PM (MPR).
  • Thursday, 9/29- Harlem Wizards v. District 205 Staff (York High School) Come cheer on some familiar faces representing Lincoln Elementary School.

For our students,

Kathleen Tomei


“Welcome to Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205” premiered at elementary and middle school Curriculum Night events last week. It features the voices of D205 students who are also members of the Elmhurst Children’s Theatre. The two-minute video is an overview of the District’s educational priorities, punctuated with images of our students and staff at work and play. It reminds viewers that District 205 is a student-centered, future-focused community which believes all students can and must learn and grow.

Thanks go to the principals and staff of York High School, Churchville Middle School, as well as Lincoln and Field Elementary Schools, for making time in their busy May schedules to accommodate the camera crew from Motion Source. Produced by the Communications Office, the video is posted above and can also be found on the District 205 YouTube channel.



Fall brings back many memories of bygone school days. To bring that past to life, the Elmhurst History Museum's schoolmarm is gearing up for a new year at the Churchville Schoolhouse, the City of Elmhurst's 1850s-era one-room schoolhouse, located in Bensenville. Last year, more than 800 students explored local history through this unique living history experience.


You can visit this area treasure at the annual Churchville Schoolhouse Fall Open House on Saturday, October 1 from 11 AM-2 PM. Featured will be: class with the schoolmarm, musical performances of American folk songs by the Conrad Fischer School Singers (11:30 AM and 1 PM), live music by the Battlefield Balladeers, and new this year - dancing the Virginia Reel and Circassian Circle Dance with the school marm. More information is available here.


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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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Lincoln's Mission

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