Lincoln Elementary School


Principal's Newsletter 1/26/2018

January 26, 2018

Dear SUPER Lincoln Lion Families,

…for the delicious Happy New Year breakfast for the staff last Friday! What a terrific way to start our day and 2018!
…for getting started on our Outdoor Classroom!!! We are SO SUPER EXCITED!!

Parent Meeting for Current 6th and 7th graders and Incoming 6th Graders
New Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018
Location: Your child’s middle school
Time:   5:30-6:30 PM for parents of current 6th and 7th graders
           7:00-8:00 PM for parents AND students of incoming 6th graders

The purpose of this meeting is to provide information and review the course options and choices available to your child for the 2018-19 school year.

  • Middle School guidance counselors and administrators will be in attendance.
  • Elective selection sheets will be distributed at this meeting. If you are unable to attend the meeting, a selection sheet will be available on the middle school websites following the meeting.
  • Course selection sheets are due Monday, February 12, 2018 for current 6th and 7th graders.
  • Course selection sheets are due Friday, February 16, 2018 for incoming 6th graders.

*Parents who were planning to attend the Dual Language presentation that evening may attend the same presentation on Monday, January 29th at Conrad Fischer Elementary School, beginning at 6:30 PM, or on Monday, February 13th at Madison Early Childhood Center, beginning at 6:30 PM.

LAST CALL!! PLEASE HELP US! Help Lincoln have the BEST district participation!!
I’d LOVE to see ALL our parents respond and give input! C’mon SUPER Lincoln Parents! We can do it!! The 5Essentials Survey is reflected on our school report card as well as the “Great Schools” ranking system. Please take the survey here: - At this point we have 50% participation and are neck and neck with Emerson’s parents! The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will expire January 31, 2018. We value your input!

LUNCH REMINDER – For Parents of Students Who Leave for Lunch
Please remember to meet your child on the Fairfield side of the school if you are picking your child up for lunch. For safety purposes, students should be leaving through the office doors when they leave for lunch.

EXPLORE MORE DAY – Volunteers Needed!
PTA is looking for volunteers to share talents, hobbies, and career paths during our Explore More Day on the afternoon of Friday, March 16, 2017. Please contact the office if you are interested or if you know of someone who might be interested in presenting and we can put you in contact with the PTA planning committee. All lunch periods will take place from 11AM-NOON. Stations will take place from 12:15-2:30PM. First and Second Grade classrooms will rotate through four stations with their classes. Third thru Fifth Grade students will be randomly placed into mixed groups, and randomly assigned to four stations. The afternoon is sure to inspire all!

MATH Resource Links

  • Thank You to Dave Beedy, district Director of Math and STEM, for presenting during our Popcorn with the Principal. Parents in attendance shared feedback about the need for examples when working on homework with their children. Please see the resources below for more help, and never hesitate to contact your child’s teacher to request examples from a day’s lesson.
  • D205 Mathematics for Parents Website – On this website you will find tabs for tools in each grade level. Under the “Home” tab you will find links to tools for Eureka, Khan Academy, Apps that encourage number sense exploration, and more!
  • Khan Academy and Eureka – This site offers videos of lessons on each grade level’s concepts. Practice problems and quizzes are also offered.

Students who read 6 hours over the course of the month will earn a FREE ADMISSION ticket to Six Flags Great America to use this summer. Minutes and titles need to be logged on the reading log that was already sent home. The Six Flags sheet can be turned in as soon as 360 minutes have been tallied and logged (or by Monday Feb 26th the latest)Hit the library, find some good books, get cozy and take the lead on READ to SUCCEED!

Winter Clothes for Play Outside
Now that Old Man Winter is officially here please send your child to school with appropriate outside gear. If you are or someone you know is in need of any snow clothes, please let me know and I can help provide the necessary items. When there is snow on the ground, students need snow pants, snow boots, hats, gloves, etc. in order to play in the snow and on the equipment.

Create. Innovate. Collaborate. That's the theme of the 2018 Gala. Rise up to the challenge of making a difference in the education of our children. The 2018 D205 Foundation Fundraising Gala, Empowering Futures, will take place on Saturday, February 10th, beginning at 6:00 PM at the Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook. The evening will feature a plated dinner, beverages, fundraising raffles and games, as well as a terrific mini and live auction. This year, the event has an added bonus with a post party that includes a deejay and dancing. Tickets are $175. Space is limited. Table and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, visit

The Foundation's goal is to provide enhanced opportunities for students to learn and practice skills that will better prepare them for their future. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.9 million in educational enhancements that bring added resources and creative educational opportunities to the classrooms of Elmhurst District 205.

The District 205 Foundation is selling 100 Golden Raffle tickets that offer a choice of three fabulous trips to a single winner. The winning ticket will be drawn at the 2018 Gala on February 10th, but the winner need not be present to win. Tickets are $100 each. Consider splitting the cost with friends then have your own contest to determine the winner should you hold the winning ticket! This is a great way to support the Foundation with decent odds for a chance to ski in Lake Tahoe, sun in the Dominican Republic or golf at Pebble Beach. Visit for details.

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. We have seen an increase in dangerous situations, 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.

Epiphany Church Parking REMINDER
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!

SCHOOL CLOSING GUIDELINES FOR ELMHURST DISTRICT 205 – As we approach December, it’s time to think about weather-related school closing guidelines. In the case of inclement weather, Elmhurst District 205 will only contact parents and staff when schools are closed. In general, IF there is no announcement by 5:45 AM via the following methods, schools are open: phone, email and SMS text message (if you’ve signed up for this feature) in both English and Spanish; the District 205 website - (when in doubt, check it out); the District 205 Facebook page -; the District 205 Twitter account

Additionally, you may visit the Emergency Closing Center website - 205 schools are listed alphabetically as DIST #205 (ELMHURST PUBLIC SCHOOLS).  We suggest downloading the Know Before You Go flyer and keeping it handy in paper form, especially during the winter months. If power is out, you may not be able to access the Emergency Closings page of the District 205 website.

In general, District 205 will not close school on a forecast, i.e., the inclement weather must be real and present. In cases where the area is hit hard by snow, it might be possible to make a call in advance (usually in the evening of the day before). Most of the time, the decision must be made early in the morning, based on conditions that have presented themselves overnight.

Temperature is only one factor. Wind chill is also taken into account. Generally, when “real feel” temperatures are -30 degrees or colder, school will be cancelled for the sake of students who ride the bus or walk to school, as frost bite can occur quickly under such extreme conditions.

Kindergarten and New to First Grade Families Registration

  • Tues Feb 6 – 9-11am at elementary bldgs
  • Wed Feb 7 – 12-3:30 at elementary bldgs
  • Thurs Feb 8 – 4-7pm at District Office for all bldgs

Fri Feb 9 – Talent Show, 6pm
Wed Feb 14 – Student Late Arrival
Mon Feb 19 – No School – Presidents’ Day
Tues Feb 20 – PTA Mtg, 8:30am
Thurs Feb 22 and Fri Feb 23 – 5th Gr Outdoor Ed
Thurs Feb 22 – STEM Fest K-2, 6pm
Wed Feb 28 – Student Late Arrival
Thurs Mar 1 – STEM Fest Gr 3-5, 6pm
Fri Mar 2 – No School – Institute Day

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Have a SUPER rest of the week!

Mrs. B, Principal


Posted by: Patricia Charatin Published:1/29/18
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