Regular School Hours:
8:15 AM to 11:05 AM
12:05 PM to 3:00 PM
Student Late Arrival
9:45 AM to 11:55 AM
12:55 PM to 3:00 PM
Grades 1 - 5
9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Robbie Ostling, CSN
Mark Your Calendars
Check the calendar for important dates.
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
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 www.elmhurst.org/1291/Exemplary-Youth-Service-Award 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 email@example.com.
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 www.elmhurst205.org/2017gala to learn more and purchase tickets.
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!
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 (https://www.islma.org/monarch.htm) for K-3
Bluestem Award (http://www.islma.org/Bluestem.htm) for 3-5
Rebecca Caudill Award (http://www.rebeccacaudill.org/) for 4-5
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!
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
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.
Please read on for more information about:
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 http://www.drive-safely.net/illinois-parking-laws/ 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.
For our students,
Congratulations to Erin Wedell, Lincoln Fifth grade teacher, recognized as Star Educator for January!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency Contact Name
____I give permission for my child, ________________________________, to participate in the above mentioned club.
____$10.00 club fee is enclosed
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:
A student is considered unexcused from rehearsal if:
Actions for Absences
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
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To provide an education that enables all students to become life-long learners who respect the diversity of others.