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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

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Office Contacts

Barnabee, Jennifer
Podraza, Christina
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.

Nov. 21 No Student Attendance - P/T Conferences 1- - 6:00 PM
Nov. 22, 23, 24 No School
Nov. 28 Chess Club 6:30-7:30 PM (MPR)
Dec. 6 Student Late Arrival
Dec. 13 5th Grade Parent Outdoor Ed Mtg (MPR) 6 PM
Dec. 19 Elem Orchestra Concert at Bryan MS, 7 PM
Dec. 20 Make a Wish Letter to Santa or World due to Lincoln Office
Dec. 22 Last day before Winter Break
Dec. 23-Jan. 7 Winter Break
Jan. 8 School Resumes
Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday - No School
Jan. 17 Student Late Arrival
  Popcorn w/Principal - Math Focus (MPR) 6 PM
Jan. 22 No School - Teachers' Institute
Jan. 23 PTA Mtg. (MPR) 7 PM

Lincoln News


The schedule for student attendance is as follows: 
Monday is a regular school day.  Conferences will be from 4:30 – 7:50 PM. 
Tuesday is a non-student attendance day.  Conferences will be from 10:00 – 5:30 PM.
There will be no school from Wednesday thru Friday (Happy Thanksgiving)!
Classes will resume on Monday, November 27th with a regular schedule.

There was a glitch in printing the 1st trimester report cards resulting in teachers manually crossing out two areas of the cover page.  One change was from 2nd to 1st Trimester and the other was to cross out the attendance days for 2nd Trimester.  If you would like your report card reprinted please let the school office know and we will print you a copy with the edits made digitally.  Thank you for helping us to be environmentally friendly.   There is so much to celebrate academically at Lincoln!

The Reach PTA is sponsoring a parent series with Dr. Bozeday, a member of the Rush Neurological Institute. The two events are open to all D205 parents.

"The Organized Child: Building Executive Functions” will focus on strategies for Intermediate and Middle School Parents (4th – 8th Grade). This presentation is for you if: homework is creating family stress, time management is a challenge for your student, or organizational issues are getting in the way of your child being successful.

·         Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017

·         Time: 6:30 -8:30 pm

·         Place: Sandburg Auditorium 345 E St Charles Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126

"Helping Young Children Organize Their World” will focus on strategies for Early Childhood Parents (PreK-3rd Grade). This presentation will help parents foster the following skills in their young children: Self-Regulation, Problem Solving, Organization, Time Management, and Reading for Cognitive Development.

·         Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018

·         Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

·         Place: Sandburg Auditorium 345 E St Charles Rd, Elmhurst, IL 60126 


November 16, 2017

Dear SUPER Lincoln Lion Families,

SUPER Thank You to all our Book Fair VOLUNTEERS!
It was certainly a “Roar and Explore” kind of bookstore that gave the students multiple fiction and nonfiction options for enriching minds and imaginations through the upcoming winter season. Thank you PTA, thank you volunteers, and thank you families for supporting the Book Fair and growing our students’ literacy habits.

I apologize for the length of this newsletter, but I’d like to make you aware of several upcoming events and other important information.

PTA Fun Lunch
The lunch will be held this Monday, November 20th and the menu is the same as last year -- Southtown Hotdog, fruit cup, ice cream and water. As it is not possible for the PTA parent volunteers helping at lunch to handle special requests or allergy concerns, if a family would prefer their child not to have a particular menu item we suggest that they pack and bring a different lunch from home. Permission slips are not being sent out this year. The office staff the nurse will not be supervising what students eat or do not eat. If there is a concern, the suggestion is to bring a lunch from home.

January Popcorn with the Principal
Math is an open, creative subject that all students can learn to the highest levels. Participate in some open problem solving to see how your students are learning math and how that prepares them for college, career, and life. On Wednesday, January 17, 2018 from 6-7pm, Dave Beedy, Director of STEM education, will walk us through several creative problem solving activities that show the progression of EUREKA math skills. Please send me an RSVP by January 10 ( if you plan to join us!

D205 Mathematics for Parents
Are you looking to learn more about the District’s new math curriculum and our Eureka Math resource? There is a new website dedicated to providing math information for D205 parents. A number of linked resources, including the critical areas at each grade level, unit titles, videos and guides are posted. As always, questions regarding your child's curriculum or experience should first be directed to your child's teacher.

Lincoln Study Skills Group
Each year the D205 Foundation coordinates a Study Skills Group at each of the elementary schools in the district. This year's Study Skills Group at Lincoln will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15pm to 4:00pm starting next week through the end of April. If you think your child could benefit from help in a subject area, organizing homework, or you would like more information, please consider contacting one of the Lincoln sponsors, Ms. Bridget Jessen at, or Ms. Meghan Daniels

Lost and Found
57+ jackets and sweatshirts! Please stop by the Lost and Found while you’re here at Lincoln for Parent Teacher Conferences and see if you recognize one or two of the items.

Ends this week - Annual UCCA Holiday Food Drive
All District 205 students and families are invited to help fill holiday food boxes by bringing their donations to Lincoln from October 23-November 17. Collection bins can also be found at the Elmhurst Public Library, the YMCA and Park District locations. Donations will be picked up and moved to the Elmhurst Public Works Garage, where they will be sorted and boxed for distribution in December.

The City of Elmhurst
Now Hiring! Regular & Relief Crossing Guards! Excellent Employment Opportunity for retirees, college students, and those interested in part-time work. Qualifications: Safely crossing students to and from school at assorted locations. Standing for extended periods of time (in all types of weather) at intersections and roads. Safely crossing students to and from school at assorted locations. Interested Applicants, Please Submit Applications online at City of Elmhurst employment opportunities:

Illinois 5Essentials Survey
Beginning November 15, students, teachers and parents across Illinois will have the opportunity to participate in the fourth annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey will allow you and your child (in grades 4 through 12) to share thoughts on important elements of school effectiveness at your child’s school. It asks students about their experiences in school and parents about their experiences with your child’s school, giving school leaders critical student input to help develop school improvement plans. 


On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:

  • Effective Leaders
  • Collaborative Teachers
  • Involved Families
  • Supportive Environments
  • Ambitious Instruction

Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials. 

All teachers, parents, and 4th through 12th grade students will be asked to respond to this survey. Reports will be sent to schools and districts in March 2018 and data will also be included in the State School Report Card.

Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.  Student participants will be required to log in using their student ID and birth date in order to complete the survey. Students’ identities will be completely confidential. Teachers or administrators will never see individual responses to survey questions and will only receive aggregated information, such as the total percentage of students who agree homework assignments help them learn the course material. The parent survey takes about 10 minutes; the student survey about 25 minutes. To take the parent survey please visit  and select the appropriate survey to begin. A link is also provided on the Elmhurst D205 website.

The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be conducted November 15 through January 18, 2018. I hope you will participate.

For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view previous years’ Reports, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or 5essentials@uchicago.eduThe Lincoln staff and I appreciate your participation!

Make a Wish 
This week I received an email from a York High School student asking if we would join her in the holiday Make a Wish campaign by writing letters to Santa (or to the world) that she will send to Macy’s for the official program. If you would be willing to have your child participate, please have your child write a letter to Santa (or the world) and bring the letter to school by Wednesday, December 20th. We will collect all the Lincoln letters and deliver them to the York student. Here are the contents of the email with more details and a description of the program:


Dear Mrs. Barnabee, 
My name is …, and I am currently a junior at York High School.  I am emailing you, to ask for Lincoln´s help with a project for the holidays. 


A few years ago, my cousin, Gabriella …, was diagnosed with DIPG at the age of nine. DIPG is a type of brain cancer common in children. Her tumor was located on her brain stem, and due to the amount of nerves there, having an operation was too high risk. However, despite her condition, Gabriella was always thinking about helping others. Every year during the holiday season, Macy´s collects letters written to Santa.  For every letter written, Macy´s donates one dollar to the Make - A - Wish foundation. My cousin made it her mission to collect as many letters as possible, not only to give back to the foundation that granted her a wish, but to help bring joy to other kids. She received letters from schools, friends, family and from around the world - in the end, raising almost $250,000 for kids who deserve a wish. However, in October of 2013, Gabriella passed away at the age of 10.

Every year since her death, I've collected letters to bring to Macy´s to raise money to help grant other children wishes. Last year, I collected about 4,000 letters, and would love to surpass that number! Therefore, this year, I would like your help with getting the Elementary School students involved. I understand that your students are older, and some of them do not believe in Santa or celebrate Christmas - I actually do not celebrate Christmas myself, and neither did Gabriella. Yet, I think this cause, and this project, is a great way to teach students to think of helping others during the holiday season. 

If it wouldn't be too much trouble, could you please share my cousins' story and how this program helps to benefit and bring joy to kids their age who are battling a serious illness, and to have the students write letters to Santa? Once again, I understand religion could be a problem. Another idea is to instead have the students write a short letter on their wish for the world (not addressed to Santa Claus). Letters do not need to be in envelopes, nor do they need stamps. In the past, I have had students fold their paper into thirds, draw a stamp in the corner, and write “To Santa” in the middle. 

I would need the letters by the 20th of December; and I can pick them up from your school that day or sooner. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a happy, healthy, holiday season!

(York High School Student)

Again, if you would be willing to have your child participate, please have your child write a letter to Santa (or the world) and bring the letter to school by Wednesday, December 20th. We will collect all the Lincoln letters and deliver them to the York student.

Mon. Nov. 20 – Picture Re-Takes
Mon. Nov. 20 –PTA Fun Lunch
Mon. Nov. 20 – Parent Teacher Conferences
Tues. Nov. 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences
Wed. Nov. 22 thru Fri. Nov. 24 – No School
Wed. Dec. 6 – Late Start
Wed. Dec. 20 – Make a Wish Letters to Santa or World due to Lincoln Office
Fri. Dec. 22 – Last day before Winter Break
Dec. 23 thru Jan. 7 – Winter Break
Mon. Jan. 8 – School Resumes

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Have a SUPER rest of the week and a safe, healthy, and happy Thanksgiving!

Mrs. B, Principal, Principal


Please see the Lincoln School Improvement Plan (SIP) for 2017-18 by clicking on the link below.


Dear SUPER Lincoln Lion Families,

SUPER Thank You to our PTA and all Volunteers!
Tomorrow’s Halloween Carnival is sure to be SUPER Spooktacular!!

As student safety is a priority at Lincoln, we have added additional safety measures to our going home for lunch expectations, and these new measures may require a change in parent pick up or drop off procedures. Please read on to learn more. Please review these expectations with your children. The staff has also reviewed these expectations with the children.

  • All students going home for lunch need to leave the building through the Main Office doors on the Fairfield side of the building. This includes walkers and those students being picked up in cars. This also includes Brownies, Girl Scouts, and other groups who leave and come back during the lunch hour.
  • For parents who pick up a child for lunch, we ask that you no longer park in the kindergarten line by the Hillside doors. Going forward, the Hillside doors are only used at mid-day for AM kindergarten dismissal and PM kindergarten arrival. Instead, parents who pick up a child for lunch, please park on the Fairfield side of the building to wait for your child to leave through the Main Office doors.
  • All students returning to school should first check in at the Main Office (located on the Fairfield side of the building). If there is still time for recess, then students will be sent out to the playground to play and line up with their classmates. If recess is over, then students will be sent to their classrooms.

UPDATE: Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up Timeline
Please see the updated timeline for the PowerPTC (Parent Teacher Conference) system that will be used to register for conferences this year:

  • Week of 10/23 Letter with directions for creating a PowerSchool parent single sign-on (SSO) account emailed to parents
  • 10/27-11/6 Parents create PowerSchool parent single sign-on (SSO) account
  • 10/30 - 11/6 Teachers enter time slots into PowerPTC
  • 11/7 - 11/14 Parents sign up for conferences in PowerPTC
  • 11/20 & 11/21 Elementary school conferences

From the recent Talk205 Message:
Community Unit School District 205 has created a Dual Language Committee to explore options for implementation of a dual language program for the 2018-2019 school year. The goal of a dual language program is for students to become bilingual, bi-literate and bicultural. For more information on dual language programming in Elmhurst, please visit the EL webpage. To express your interest in this program, please complete this survey:


Please be aware that vehicle traffic on Vallette Road westbound from Spring Road will no longer be permitted.  A barrier will be set up to block any vehicles traveling west of Spring Road on Vallette.  

Parking options include:

  • Spring Road and walking one block to Lincoln, or
  • Montrose WEST of Hillside and walking one block.


  • NO traveling westbound on Vallette from Spring Road, and
  • Please, NO parking in the Epiphany Church parking lot.  Please understand that our Epiphany neighbors have an adult care facility and the parking lot is used for their drop off and their employee parking.

Sun. Nov. 5 – Daylight Savings Change
Wed. Nov. 8 – Book Fair
Thurs. Nov. 9 – Book Fair
Tues. Nov. 14 – PTA Mtg 8:30am in MPR
Mon. Nov. 20 – Parent Teacher Conferences
Tues. Nov. 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences
Wed. Nov. 22 thru Fri. Nov. 24 – No School

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I hope to see you at the Carnival!

​​​​​​​Mrs. B, Principal


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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.