Lincoln Elementary School


Principal's Newsletter 11/8/2018

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Dear SUPER Lincoln Families,

SUPER Thank You for all the SUPER help leading up to the Referendum!! The students have started asking me lots of questions and are obviously SUPER excited. It will be an honor to work through the upcoming process together will all of you – our SUPER Lincoln Community!!

SBRs – Standards Based Report Cards
As you anticipate your child’s first standards based report card, remember that student growth will be reported on a 4-point scale.  A “3” is the expected target and means that a student is demonstrating that standard with consistency and independence.  Some of the reporting standards are “year-long” and instruction related to that standard will continue throughout the entire school year.  For those year-long standards, it is perfectly appropriate for a student not to demonstrate proficiency (a “3”) in the first Trimester.

Study Skills Club
Ms. Jessen is leading Year 2 of the Lincoln Study Skills Club, funded by the D205 Foundation. The Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting today, November 8 from 3:05-4pm. Students may attend one or both days and will meet in Ms. Jessen’s room. The time will be spent practicing foundational skills such as multiplication facts, math word problems, reading comprehension, and executive functioning. If you have any further questions or feel your child would benefit from the Club, please reach out to Ms. Bridget Jessen at, or call and leave a message at 630-834-4548 ext. 6857.

Parent Teacher Conferences
All families need to create a PowerSchool login. If you encounter any problems creating your login, please contact the school office. Conference sign up started on November 5 and continues through November 9. Conferences will be from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018, and from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.

PTA Annual Fun Lunch is on the way!
On Monday, November 19 the PTA will provide lunch to students. This year the order will come from the D205 Café and the menu will include cheeseburgers, apple slices, cookies, milk, water, and juice. While the menu is peanut free, unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate all allergies. For parents uncomfortable with the Fun Lunch, please send a lunch to school with your child.

Informational Meeting for Current 5th, 6th, 7th Grade
As we begin to plan for next year, there will be a parent meeting for current 5th, 6th and 7th graders on Tuesday, November 27th at Bryan Middle School.   The purpose of the meeting is to provide clarity on courses offered at the middle school level next year and to explain the course selection process and timeline.  If you are unable to attend the meeting, the presentation will be available on our website.

            5:30-6:30 p.m. for parents of current 6th and 7th graders

            7:00-8:00 p.m. for parents of current 5th graders

2019 Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to announce the 2019 Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest. This year’s contest theme is: Green Transportation – Keeping the Air Clean for a Healthy Future! This contest is open to all 5th and 6th grade Illinois students. Kindly forward this information to interested educators. Entries are due February 1, 2019. Please see the attached documents or visit the following web site for more information:

5v5 Indoor Soccer Tournament Fundraiser
Luke van Heukelum would like you to join him in raising money for Xbox game systems to be enjoyed by children in the Oncology department of Children’s hospital in Chicago. The goal is to raise enough money for 5 portable Xbox kits that will be donated during Christmas 2018. On Wednesday November 21st Luke is hosting a 5v5 indoor soccer tournament. The tournament will be held at the Team Elmhurst Indoor Facility @ 699 Walnut Street, Elmhurst. There will be 3 brackets of 4 teams each:

….. Bracket A: 5th and 6th grade (games will be played between 2 and 4 pm)

….. Bracket B: 7th and 8th grade (games will be played between 4 and 6 pm)

….. Bracket C: 9th and 10th grade (games will be played between 6 and 8 pm)

The donation for this event is $100 per team and 100% of all donations will be used to purchase Xbox kits for the Oncology department of Children’s hospital in Chicago. Please sign up soon as limited spaces are available. Teams can be girls, boys or co-ed. Email Luke at: or visit

U.C.C.A. Holiday Food Drive Until Nov. 16
All Lincoln students and families are invited to help fill holiday food boxes by bringing donations to school between October 22nd – November 16th, 2018. There also will be collection bins at the Elmhurst Public Library, the YMCA, and park district locations until November 25th.  The donations will then be picked up and moved to the Elmhurst Public Works Garage where it will be sorted and boxed for distribution in December.

2018-19 Illinois Parent Survey
Link to survey:

The survey closes Jan. 18, 2019. The scores we receive from the 5Essentials Survey help determine our Great Schools Rating. Please provide us with your feedback – We aim for success!

The Holidays are coming!!??!  

Please make sure you are shopping via AmazonSmile this holiday season and always, because Amazon will donate .5% of all your purchases to Lincoln! Enter each time you shop and make sure you choose Lincoln School PTA when you do the initial setup.  All future orders will go to Lincoln, as long as you enter via AmazonSmile.

Lincoln's makerspace needs your help!
Here's a general list of what Lincoln's makerspace is looking for:  Pipe cleaners, Empty paper towel and toilet paper tubes, Scotch /masking tape, Crayons and markers, Feathers, Beads, Scissors, Fabric, felt, ribbon, Pencils, Rulers, String/yarn, Popsicle sticks, Glue, LEGOS (whatever you can spare), Plastic containers (especially ones with lids). If you have other items that you think the namespace could use, please ask! Mrs. Walton will probably take whatever you have!

Send in your old markers, crayons, and small electronics for recycling.  Any brand of marker or crayon can be recycled and will now be collected year round at Lincoln.  We also recycle old cell phones, tablets, fitbits, ink cartridges, GPS, iPods, laptops, smart watches, eReaders, video gaming systems, handheld video gaming systems, video game accessories and controllers.  Please send these items in to school with your child. Bins are located near the library. Please contact Renee Dizillo if you have any questions:  

Service Project for Lincoln Students - Ronald McDonald House
Little things can make a difference! Several Lincoln students met over the summer and planned a pop tab collection fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House at Loyola in Maywood.  Each Lincoln classroom has a pop tab collection container decorated by a student.  Throughout the school year, the students will be collecting and weighing the pop tabs to see if they can reach their goal of 20 pounds by Winter Break and 40 pounds by the end of the school year.  One pound of pop tabs is equal to 1,267 tabs. Please join in on the fun. Celebrate your pop tab collections on social media with #rmhccni.  To learn more about collecting pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House, check out this site:

Fri. Nov. 9: PTA Math Magician Assembly at 12:30pm in Gym
Tues. Nov. 13: PTA Mtg at 8:30am in MPR
Tues. Nov. 13: Book Fair Set Up at 5pm
Wed. Nov. 14: Book Fair
Thurs. Nov. 15: Book Fair

Parent Teacher Conferences
…  Mon, Nov 19 from 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.
…  Tues, Nov 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. – NO SCHOOL

Wed. Nov. 21-Fri. Nov. 23: Thanksgiving Break – NO SCHOOL

Wed. Nov. 28: Late Arrival
Wed. Dec. 12: Late Arrival
Wed. Dec. 12: Winter Band Concert
Thurs. Dec. 13: Winter Orchestra Concert
Thurs. Dec. 20: Winter Orchestra Concert at Bryan Middle School

Fri. Dec. 21: Last day before Winter Break
Sat. Dec. 22 thru Sun. Jan. 6: Winter Break – NO SCHOOL
Mon. Jan. 7: Back to School

Wed. Jan. 16: Late Arrival
Thurs. Jan. 17: PTA BMX Rider Assembly in Gym at 8:30am
Mon. Jan. 21: MLK, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
Tues. Jan. 22: PTA Mtg at 7pm in MPR
Thurs. Jan. 24: STEAMFest K-2 at 6pm
Thurs. Feb. 7: STEAMFest Gr. 3-5 at 6pm
Feb 9: Foundation Gala

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Posted by: Patricia Charatin Published:11/12/18
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