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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.

February 16 & 23 STEaM Fest
February 20 No School-President's Day
February 21 PTA Mtg (MPR) 8:30 - 10:00 AM
February 22 Lincoln's Future Ready Classroom Open House 6:30-7:30 PM
March 3 Institute Day - No School for Students
March 10 Lincoln's Got Talent 6-9 PM
March 15 Student Late Arrival Day

Lincoln News


All students who attend school in Elmhurst, public or private, are welcome to participate with the completion and submission of a signed permission slip and tournament fee of $3.00. All participants will receive a certificate; the top four in each category

The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 8th. The 21st annual Student Chess Tournament will be held on Tuesday, March 14th, beginning at 6:00 PM in the York High School Commons, 355 W. St. Charles Road, Elmhurst. Students will compete in the following six categories: 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6-8th grade and high school.
receive; and the tournament champions receive a trophy.

The annual Chess Tournament is organized by parent volunteers, many of whom coach chess clubs at their children’s schools. Contestants will compete within the rules, playing five timed matches each. Volunteer judging is performed by independent chess experts who are brought in for this event. Last year, over 200 students participated in the tournament.

Snacks and drinks will be donated and provided. Pizza will be sold during the tournament.

Interested families may contact their child’s school chess club leader for the permission slips and rules. Questions may be directed to Chris Khayat at 630-290-1504 (cell) or


Know an outstanding youth volunteer? The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth is currently seeking nominees for its annual Exemplary Youth Service Awards, the presentation of which will take place on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Sandburg Middle School. Nominations are being accepted for young volunteers who reside within Elmhurst District 205 boundaries or attend an Elmhurst school.


To receive a paper nomination form, call the City of Elmhurst at 630-530-3010 or visit to access the online form. Nominees must be students in grades K-12; service must be voluntary and unpaid. Nominations must be received by Friday March 10, 2017. Award winners will be personally congratulated by the Elmhurst Mayor Steve Morley, with a reception following the program. For more information, contact Youth Commission Chair Jackie Tamer at


With a theme of The Future is Now, the 2017 D205 Foundation Gala will be held on Saturday, March 11, at The Hyatt Lodge on McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook. Join a community of friends ready to support a learning revolution by raising funds that will help promote future ready learning and innovation in Elmhurst Public Schools. The event promises to be an elegant and entertaining evening featuring a plated dinner, beverages, raffles, awesome mini and live auctions, as well as an opportunity to hear about new trends in learning spaces and education. Cost is $175 per person and space is limited; visit to learn more and purchase tickets.

Another way to participate, even if you can't attend the Gala, is to purchase a "Golden Raffle Ticket" for $100. Only 100 tickets are being sold and the winner will get to chose one of the following trips: 4-nights stay in Puntacana, Dominican Republic, Sam Adams Boston VIP Tour, or a 3-Nights Lake Tahoe Ski Getaway - airfare for two included.  To purchase a raffle ticket, please email Pam Hamil at


Hello Parents!

I hope you all had a wonderful winter break. Kids enjoyed creating sculpture with clay before the holidays. Ceramics is definitely a favorite with most students at Lincoln. Thank you to those parents who participated in Artsonia, our online portfolio and fundraiser website for the art department. We raised over $500 towards art supplies for our students! Typically permission slips are sent out in kindergarten and cover a student's tenure at Lincoln. If you are interested in this for next year, feel free to contact me and I will send home a letter and permission slip explaining the program.

Elijah's Coffee House on Valette St. continues to display the art of Lincoln students throughout the year. Check out the fourth grade Pop Art cartoons and animal species projects, as well as, the first grade chicken paintings. Currently, kindergarten is learning about contour line by drawing polar bears; first grade is printmaking to create space machines; second grade is doing observational drawing with animals; third grade is doing still life drawing; fourth grade is making posters for the Learn Not To Burn Fire Safety Contest; and fifth grade is working on three dimensional drawing with colored chalks.

Keep encouraging your kids to create art at home, or visit an art museum to add some color to these gray winter days! I enjoy working with your kids because they are so creative!

Ms. Bernahl


Dear Lincoln Parents,

Lincoln students will vote for their favorite state award books at the end of February and early March.  Please encourage your children to read these books so they can vote for their favorite!  More detailed information can be found on the Lincoln Library page (click on award on left hand side) or at the websites below:

Monarch Award ( for K-3

Bluestem Award ( for 3-5

Rebecca Caudill Award ( for 4-5

Emily Walton
Lincoln Librarian
Elmhurst, IL


Hello Lincoln Families,

During the second trimester we have been very busy! Some of the skills we have worked on are volleyball, bowling, parachute, running activities with pedometers, and we are about to start our Jump Rope for Heart Jump Rope Unit. Students in all grade levels learn how to jump rope and how to care for their heart.  The 3 ways we learn to care for our heart is by making good movement choices like 60 minutes of movement a day at 180 beats a minute, make good food choices like eating the rainbow, and not smoking.  Jump Rope for Heart is a program sponsored by the American Heart Association and we have been participating for almost 20 years.  Information will be coming home with more details.  There is a fundraising aspect for grades 1-5, but it is NOT necessary to participate.      

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or check my webpage!  

Take Care,

 Mrs. Malloy

Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning. – Thomas Jefferson


Dear Parents,

Coming up in español…all students third-fifth will practice asking and answering questions in a conversation type setting. Third graders will be presenting themselves as “Who am I” to their classmates, fourth graders will be presenting their likes and dislikes and why within a show and tell type format bringing artifacts from home, and fifth graders will be presenting themselves as well as sharing some information about the next person to present using he/she with the correct form of the verb.

Señora Hilborn


Please read on for more information about:

  • Star Educator-Ms. Erin Wedell
  • Incoming Kindergarten and New to 1st Grade Registration
  • Focus 205 - February 1
  • Valentine Reminder
  • Lost and Found
  • PTA Support of Innovation at Lincoln
  • Parking Reminder
  • MAP retesting

Star Educator Named- We are proud of Lincoln's very own, Ms. Erin Wedell, who was named this past week as Kickoff for Kids Start Educator of the Month. Ms. Wedell has taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades at Lincoln during the past 4 years. Prior to working at Lincoln, she taught at both Hawthorne and Conrad Fischer. Ms. Wedell was nominated by a parent who described Ms. Wedell as a dedicated and caring teacher who goes above and beyond for her students. Ms. Wedell was awarded a plaque and gift cards to City Centre as well as HB Jones.

Incoming Kindergarten/New to 1st Grade Registration- Mark your calendars and share the date with neighbors! Feb 7-9 begins registration for 2017-18 Kindergarten and new students. Please visit the school or district website for times and locations. Parents are invited to indicate a preference for AM or PM Kindergarten though please remember this is a preference request and not a guarantee of placement. Priority for placement preference is given to those families who register during these three days though final placement in AM or PM Kindergarten is not made until later in the spring. Parents will be notified in mid-June of final placement assignments. Parents who do not have a preference are encouraged to indicate "no preference".

Focus 205 Meeting- Please plan to join the next Focus 205 meeting on Wednesday, February 1st from 7-9pm at York High School. Free babysitting is provided to allow all parents to attend. Attendance at previous Focus 205 is not necessary. During this meeting, results of the community survey will be shared along with facility scenarios. Knowing that Lincoln has significant facility needs, it is critical that Lincoln has a strong presence at this meeting.

Valentine Reminder- Please consult with your child(ren)s teacher(s) about specific Valentine plans. However, remember that no candy, or edible item, is to be attached to Valentines students pass out to one another. This is due to student/staff allergies and restrictions in place for classrooms. Unfortunately, any valentine with food attached will not be allowed to be distributed. Please do not put your child in the position of not being able to pass out his/her valentines by attaching food.

Lost and Found- Lost and Found items will be donated end of day Friday, Feb 3rd. Families are encouraged to visit the lost and found prior to this time to check for any missing items. There are numerous sweatshirts, water bottles, coats, boots, sweaters, etc. All items are donated to Schoola. For more information on Schoola, please visit the Lincoln PTA website.

PTA Support of Innovation at Lincoln- During the last PTA meeting, an updated budget was approved to support classroom innovation. Included is updated furniture such as Hokki stools which have been showcased in Mrs. Dunn's Future Ready Classroom. In addition, as we begin talking about the future of learning at Lincoln the PTA is supporting us in the creation of a MakerSpace. A MakerSpace is an area where students can blend creativity, engineering, craft and technology to answer questions they identify or simply to explore. The focus in a MakerSpace is discovery in a playful, non-rigid atmosphere. While the goal is to create an entire space dedicated to this concept, we are beginning small with some kits and resources to be used during students' LRC time. 

Parking Reminder- Parents and caregivers are asked once again to be aware of and follow posted signage and general State of Illinois Rules of the Road. Student patrols are having a difficult time seeing around parked/stopped vehicles when they are parked too close to stop signs and intersections. Your attention to this will help provide a safer environment for all our students.

The following is taken from Please see this website for more information. 

MAP Retesting- In the past any student who took the MAP test and dropped 10 or more points from the previous testing session, was automatically identified for restesting. While there are many factors that can impact a child's performance on any given day, Mr. Riordan and I have discussed the pros/cons of this retesting. While retesting, in some cases, does provide a higher score, this is not always the case and in fact often times, a very similar score is generated. When we look at instructional time needed for retesting and the impact this has on individual students, we became concerned. Students are pulled from new instruction in order to retake the test. This is not always in a child's overall best interest. Instead, we are looking at students on a case by case basis and determining if we recommend a child for retesting. Reasons to retest include 5th graders who may be impacted by 6th grade placement, and 2nd graders who don't have historical data with which to compare the current score. Reasons not to retest include a child who is still performing at high levels or students who had an outlying score on a previous test. For example, if a student typically scores at the 50th percentile on MAP, then scored at the 85th percentile, and is now back to the 50th percentile, we would not recommend retesting. Families will be notified prior to retesting. All MAP scores will be distributed by the District in the near future. Should you have any questions or concerns about your child's academic performance or progress, please reach out to the classroom teacher.

Upcoming Dates-

  • 2/1    7-9pm Focus 205 Session (York)
  • 2/15  9:45am Student Late Arrival
  • 2/16  6-7:30pm K-2 STEaM Fest (Lincoln-enter through Hillside doors)
  • 2/20   No School-President's Day
  • 2/23   6-7:30pm 3-5 STEaM Fest (Lincoln-enter through Hillside doors)

For our students, 



Congratulations to Erin Wedell, Lincoln Fifth grade teacher, recognized as Star Educator for January! 


On January 25, Ms. Wedell was surprised to learn that a parent nominated her for the Star Educator Award from Kickoff for Kids.


The parent said: 


Miss Wedell is the best teacher any of my three boys have ever had so far. One of my sons had her for three consecutive years as she moved up from 3rd to 4th to 5th. She does a lot of little things to show she's always thinking about her students. For example: she had them bring a cool rock to put on their desk during PARCC testing so they could look at it and think, "I'm going to ROCK the PARCC test;" she packed each student a little goody bag of chapstick, hand warmers, etc. before their 5th grade outdoor ed trip; and she brought in mints and gum during PARCC testing because she read that chewing gum or having a mint helped with brain stimulation.

She also challenges her students. For example: she challenged them to read 40 books during the school year from a multitude of genres and to track their progress; she had them do monthly “book talks” on a book they’ve read, hoping that it would help other students with finding a book they were interested in reading; and she had them prepare an oral presentation each month on a topic which was loosely tied to the reading stories for that month. I loved this because it helped the kids become more comfortable with public speaking.

Finally, her communication with parents is EXCELLENT. You can tell that she cares about being a great teacher and SHE IS! Here is a word-for-word email that she sent to parents one year: “I just wanted to send a quick note to tell you all how wonderful your kids are. I don't feel like I tell you enough how truly blessed I feel to teach each one of them every day. They are kind, polite, respectful, and so goofy every day. Kids in our school look up to them walking through the halls and teachers are shocked at the level of engagement as they walk into our room. They are amazing kids.” 


Lance Walker presented the award from Kickoff for Kids. Kickoff for Kids (KoK) is an Elmhurst-based charity that raises funds for initiatives that support children in our community. This initiative seeks to recognize local educators whose hard work makes a difference in the lives of children.

This award was established to recognize the outstanding service of local public and private school elementary educators. Award recipients are nominated by community members, parents, students or peers and are selected based on performance, including the demonstration of exceptional commitment to children. Nominations are due by the 10th of each month.

Congratulations to Lincoln School on this recognition! For more information on Kickoff for Kids and the Star Educator Award, visit


Lincoln Elementary School

Club/Intramural Permission Slip


Club Name: 4th Grade Intramurals

Meeting Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays: January 23, 25, 30, February 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 22, 27

Meeting Time: 3:00-4:00

Sponsor: Mrs. Walton


Intramurals is an after school activity for students to come and play volleyball and badminton. It is a chance for students to learn about competition, teamwork, problem solving, and good sportsmanship. I will accept the first 25 students who return their permission slips. After that I may accept more but it depends on the total number of students that want to participate. If your child can only attend 1 day a week or will be late because of Patrols, please let me know in advance at


Student Name

Classroom Teacher

Parent Name

Parent Phone

Parent email

Emergency Contact Name

Emergency Phone


____I give permission for my child, ________________________________, to participate in the above mentioned club.


____$10.00 club fee is enclosed


Parent Signature______________________________Date________


Please return permission slip and fee to sponsor by: January 23


Information for Club Activities



To help make this year as successful as possible, members are expected to be at all sessions.


A student is considered excused if:

  • The student is absent from school
  • The student is working with a teacher at the teacher’s request and brings a note to me
  • from the teacher within the school day
  • I receive a parent note explaining why the student will not be in attendance

A student is considered unexcused from rehearsal if:

  • The student forgets to come
  • The student is with a teacher at the teacher’s request but forgets to bring a note
  • The student arrives late and does not notify the teacher.  This is a fun and exciting opportunity for Lincoln students.  We need every student’s commitment to have fun together!

Actions for Absences

  1.   Unexcused absence: one-on-one conversation with   the student about their absence
  2.   Unexcused absences: Call/email home
  3.   Unexcused absences: Removal from activity

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.


Explore More Day 2016

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.