News Posts

Patricia Charatin

ATTENTION: This FIRST Newsletter of the School Year is LONG, but contains several important tidbits that will help your child and family adjust to the new year.

Dear SUPER Lincoln Families,
Welcome to the new 2019-2020 school year!! The staff at Lincoln has worked hard over the summer to prepare the classrooms, materials, and activities that are sure to bring joy to learning this year. One of the projects this summer focused on a new and improved support system for our positive behavior and social-emotional learning goals.  The overall purpose of this system is to provide students, staff, and parents with schoolwide expectations that are predictable, consistent, positive, and safe.

Those of you who are returning families may remember what a fan I am of SUPERheroes. For those of you who are new, you will soon see that I like to infuse the positive nature of heroes in our everyday lives. I believe that there are SUPER heroes among us! These everyday SUPERheroes go above and beyond in practicing kindness, acting responsibly, welcoming challenges, and showing respect. To help encourage these behaviors and to help us remember to recognize our everyday SUPERheroes, we are putting the words into more consistent practice in our new Lincoln PRIDE expectations.

Students at Lincoln will learn, review, and practice our established schoolwide Lincoln PRIDE expectations. Our goal is to stay focused on the positive and to address any negative behaviors with consistency, dignity, and a growth mindset. Our overarching four PRIDE goals include: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be All We Can Be.

Consistency is the key for positive behavior and social-emotional learning to be successful.  Modeling our expectations, redirecting student behaviors, remaining consistent with the teaching of our expectations and providing specific positive feedback will help all students to successfully participate in our Lincoln learning community.  Teachers will work together with their students to build a strong sense of belonging within the classroom and throughout the school. Activities that will encourage these behaviors will include daily or weekly meetings, Calm Classroom brain breaks, the creation of anchor charts that describe positive behaviors related to our Matrix expectations, behavior management systems that promote the schoolwide PRIDE theme, message centers where students may share their problem/s with the teacher, etc. Teachers will also continue to work together with their buddy classes to plan activities that celebrate friendship, diversity and differences, kindness, and that challenge students to grow in the 6 C’s: character education, citizenship, communication, critical thinking and problem-solving, collaboration, and creativity.

The faculty at Lincoln has developed a matrix of specific expectations to help the students know exactly how they can add to our Lincoln PRIDE by being Safe, Respectful, Responsible, and Being All We Can Be in all of our Lincoln settings.  The matrix will be shared with parents during Curriculum Night and will be taught and reviewed starting the first day of school and continuing through the last day of school. If your child is struggling in one or more of the four PRIDE expectations, a reflection sheet may come home with your child. We ask that you and your child discuss the expectations together, complete and sign the form, and return it to school the next day.

We look forward to working with you to encourage consistent positive behavior and social-emotional learning throughout our school year. If ever you have questions or need clarification on something, please refer to the Parent-Student Handbook which can be accessed online. Also, feel free to call or email me, our new assistant principal, Mrs. Kalissa Smith, or your child’s teacher anytime throughout the year.

Sincerely,
Mrs. B, Mrs. Smith, and the SUPER Lincoln Staff

Please Welcome Our New Assistant Principal!
Hello Lincoln Community!! My name is Kalissa Smith and I am so very excited to step into the role of Assistant Principal here at Lincoln! From the moment I pulled up to the school last Spring, I recognized what a special place it is here. From the playground and classrooms bustling with happy children, to the students at work and warm smiles I was welcomed with at every turn; I knew it was going to be a great fit for me! I have been in the classroom for about 18 years; teaching fourth, first, second grade, and then Kindergarten. I completed my Master’s degree at National Louis last year, and have been eager to get into a leadership role where I’d have the opportunity to partner with a school community committed to the very best for all children. I am from the western suburbs. I live in Wheaton with my husband, Jason, and our three awesome children, Asher (13), Liv (12), and Elin (5) and our pup, Sunny. When I am not at school, I am spending time outdoors with my family, getting inspired by a new recipe, helping a friend with home decor, or reading a new book or article! I am a lifelong learner, always looking for new ways to celebrate and improve my life and the lives of those I love. I am eager to partner with Mrs. Barnabee to help continue to foster growth within this SUPER Lincoln Community!!! Please do not hesitate to reach out. I look forward to meeting you!
Mrs. Kalissa Smith 
kalissa.smith@elmhurst205.org

Cub Scout Pack 23
Cub Scout Pack 23 is gearing up for its 2019-20 season and invites your son or daughter aged 5 and up to join! Scouting focuses on three character-building attributes: goal orientation, leadership, and preparedness. Plus, it's just a lot of fun to hike, camp and take part in the wide array of events we lead. We'll host a sign-up table during the first day of school and we hold our first pack meeting on August 27th. Email Cubmaster John Mansfield at jamansfield@outlook.com for more information.

Residency and School Fees
Please make sure your family’s…
… Residency is updated (lease, special residency, new address, etc.).
… Infosnap/Online Registration has been completed.
… School fees have all been paid.
Contact the school office if a reminder e-mail is needed.

2019 #D205FirstDay Photo Contest
The first day of school is right around the corner, and our #D205FirstDay contest is BACK for a second year! Here’s what you need to know:
…  WHO: You!
…  WHEN: Wednesday, August 14
…  WHERE: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
…  WHY: To share all the moments that come along with the first day of school
…  HOW: On Wednesday, post your back-to-school photos with the hashtag #D205FirstDay on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. The D205 accounts will share, re-tweet and re-post your entries. The photo voted the winner by D205 staff will receive a $20 gift card to the Elmhurst City Center! Rules: Be sure to like District 205 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to be eligible for the prize. Post your photo(s) any time on Wednesday, August 14th. The winner will be voted on and revealed on Friday, August 16th! SHARE this info with your friends and let them know to LIKE us!

Thrive D205 Wellness Partnership
Thrive D205: A School & Community Wellness Partnership presents “HOW TO RAISE AN ADULT” featuring New York Times Bestselling Author Dr. Julie Lythcott-Haims at 7 P.M. on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 in the YORK HIGH SCHOOL COMMONS. – LINK:
Dr. Julie Lythcott-Haims, Author of How to Raise An Adult, to Speak at York H.S.

Please continue reading to learn more about the Lincoln nuts and bolts…

Ins/Outs of Lincoln: To help things run smoothly we have several procedures in place. Everyone’s participation will help in providing a safe and orderly environment for all students. We appreciate your watchful attention, as well as your patience, as we help all students and families adjust to these routines. If at any point you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s classroom teacher or one of us in the office. We are here to help!

Lincoln Traffic Map
Click LINK here, or view and print from the Lincoln website (under quick links for parents).

Arrival/Dismissal Routines: Students are encouraged to walk to school whenever possible. That being said, we realize parents need to drive children for a variety of reasons. Please follow all posted signs around Lincoln. This includes time restricted access to streets adjacent to Lincoln, as well as any One-Way directions for the flow of traffic. Student Safety Patrols and Parent Patrol work together to help students safely cross intersections adjacent to Lincoln. Driver alertness and caution is vital. Students are also invited to ride bikes to school. All bikes must be secured to the available bike racks located on the east side of the blacktop. Students are required to walk bikes while on school grounds. Please note that it is imperative that all drivers remain in cars during arrival/dismissal. The car lane is a moving line of traffic and parked cars create hazards. A map of the process can be found on the school website.

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. Moving out of line creates a dangerous situation, 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.

NO Parking at Epiphany Church: 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!

Kindergarten Routines: Kindergarten students are dropped off and picked up on Hillside at the sidewalk in front of the glass doors. You may walk, bike, or drive your child to and from school. If you choose to drive, please use the moving car line on Hillside. To keep the line flowing smoothly, we ask that you do not park your vehicle in the car line at any time. During arrival, kindergarten teachers stand on the sidewalk to meet children. Students line up in front of their teacher and wait for the bell to ring to enter the building. During dismissal, students wait in the same place on Hillside with the kindergarten teachers. Students identify their car and/or guardian and the teachers release students when they have visual confirmation. Please let your child's teacher know who will be picking them up on a regular basis. If there is a change in who is picking up your child, please notify the teacher or the office prior to dismissal. Please see the TRAFFIC map for guidance.

Regular Bell Schedule:
8:05 – First Bell
8:10 – Second Bell
8:15 – Tardy Bell – Start of the school day, students in their seats
Dismissal is at 3pm each day.

Lunch Routines: Students in Grades 1-5 may elect to stay at school or go home for lunch. Any student who is not staying at school for lunch must have a parent note stating the date that the child is allowed to go home for lunch. Students who return to school before the end of the 60-minute lunch block check in at the office. For safety reasons, any child without a note will not be allowed to leave campus. Please note there is no Student Safety Patrol during the lunch hour. Students who go home for lunch must exit through the office first and then the Fairfield doors, and must re-enter through the Fairfield entrance to check in at the office.

Lunch Schedule: All students have approximately 30 minutes to eat in the lunchroom as well as 30 minutes on the playground. (All lunch times are based on our specials schedule for each grade level, and that is why the schedule changes from year to year. If your child eats lunch later in the morning, please provide your child with a health snack each day – strictly limited to fresh fruits and vegetables – that can be eaten at some point in the morning.)
10:25-10:55 – 5th Gr at Recess
10:55-11:25 – 4th and 5th Eat Lunch, 2nd and 3rd at Recess
11:25-11:55 – 2nd and 3rd Eat Lunch, 1st and 4th at Recess
11:55-12:25 – 1st Eats Lunch

Student Late Arrival Days: Once a month, a Student Late Arrival Day is scheduled. These days allow staff to participate in important professional learning. This year, professional learning will focus on TWO areas: Responsive Instruction and Culture. On Late Arrival days, students report to school at 9:30am when supervision begins (12:45pm for Afternoon Kindergarten). There are no changes to the lunch schedule on Student Late Arrival days. The schedule for Student Late Arrival Schedule is as follows:
…  9:30am Arrival Supervision begins 
…  9:37am Students enter building
…  9:43am Tardy bell (students enter through Fairfield doors)
…  9:45am Instructional day begins
…  11:55am Morning Kindergarten dismissed
…  12:45pm Supervision begins for Afternoon Kindergarten Arrival
…  12:55pm Afternoon Kindergarten Instructional day begins
…  3:00pm All students dismissed

Student Absences: Please report all student absences to the school. For your convenience there is a 24-hour number you may call to leave a message if your child will be absent for any reason. Please call 630-617-2366 to notify the school of the absence. As a District we feel strongly that regular attendance is vital to your child’s academic progress. Therefore, vacations and other planned absences are strongly discouraged. Please email Jen Barnabee (principal), Maggie Purtell (school nurse), and the classroom teacher with notice of a planned absence at least 2 weeks in advance of the absence in order for the absence to be recorded as excused.

Medications: Please contact Nurse Maggie Purtell with any questions about your child and medication he/she may need during the school day. To ensure student safety, all medication must go through the nurse’s office.

Volunteers and Visitors to Lincoln: All visitors to Lincoln enter through the main doors on Fairfield. Once buzzed into the building, visitors need to provide a state issued ID to the secretaries. Once cleared for building access, all visitors will receive a badge which must be worn during the visit, and then returned to the office upon the visitor’s exit of the building. This process helps provide a more secure environment for our students. Please plan time accordingly when attending a class program where many parents will be in attendance. On occasion, when extremely large crowds are expected, we will utilize an alternative process whereby visitors enter through Hillside and sign-in upon entrance to the building. Visitors in these cases, will be limited to the gym for a specific program (i.e. grade level sing). Parents are notified when changes to the normal visitor routine are in effect.

Emergencies: While rare, we do have procedures in place for emergencies which may require the school to go on lockdown. During a lockdown, no one may enter or exit the building. Additionally, movement within the building may be restricted. While social media tends to spread the word quickly when these instances occur, please know that official school/district communication will be sent to parents as quickly as possible. Our primary focus during an emergency is student safety and communication may be delayed longer than any of us might prefer. We ask that parents do not come to the school or call the office during a lockdown as we need all staff/resources available to focus on student safety.

Snacks at School: Students in Grades 1-5 may bring a healthy snack to school, strictly limited to fresh fruits and vegetables. Due to various student and staff allergies, some of which are life-threatening, no nut products may be brought into classrooms. Please read labels carefully. Additional restrictions may be in place in particular classrooms based on allergies in that room.

Communication throughout the School Day: If you need to get a message to your child, please contact the school office. Due to the disruption in learning associated with cell phones, Gizmos, Apple watches, and other such devices, all technological devices and toys brought into the school by students each day are expected to remain in backpacks. If you or your child need to get a message to each other, please respect the learning environment by using the office staff to help deliver these messages. Also, due to the rigorous teaching day, teachers are most often unable to check and respond to emails throughout the school day. If you send an email to your child’s teacher, you can reasonably expect an answer within 24 hours. If the message is more urgent, again, please be respectful of the learning environment by using the office staff to deliver important messages.

Communication with Teachers: Generally-speaking teachers should be the first point of contact regarding concerns and/or questions about academic progress, behavior, and social-emotional needs. All teacher contact information is available on our school webpage. Please plan to join us for our Curriculum Night on Wedneday, August 28, 2019 from 6-7:30pm. Curriculum Night is a parent only event. For parents of children in multiple grades, we will host two sessions to accommodate the opportunity to have time with each teacher. Each session will cover the same information. Staff will present information about what you can expect regarding your child’s classroom and school experiences this year. The schedule is as follows:
…  5:30-5:55pm: REACH
…  6-6:25pm: Session 1
…  6:30-6:50: Gym
…  7-7:25pm: Session 2

Communication with the Principal/Assistant Principal: Throughout the school year, newsletters will be emailed with important information including upcoming dates, highlights of student learning, and other relevant information. In addition, be sure to bookmark our website www.elmhurst205.org/lincoln to have quick access regarding everything Lincoln. To also highlight the wonderful events taking place regularly at Lincoln we are connected on Social Media through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (@LincolnD205). Please know, too, that our doors are always open and we welcome parents to meet with us to discuss any concerns or ideas that come along. Additionally, we host several informal meetings throughout the year, called Popcorn with the Principal (and Assistant Principal). These occur approximately each trimester. During these get-togethers, parents are invited to drop in and ask questions, learn about different programs, and meet other Lincoln parents. We welcome open and ongoing communication!

Parent Handbook: Please review the Elementary Parent Handbook, available on the Lincoln homepage to become familiar with important District-wide procedures and practices. 

PTA Back to School Pep Rally
Calling all Lincoln Lions and Families!! Come celebrate the kickoff of our school year Friday, August 16th from 6-8pm on the playground. It's sure to be an evening FULL of FUN with friends and family! Great music - request your favorite jam from our DJ! Games on the dance floor (with cool prizes), free popsicles, free awesome PAWESOME tattoos AND more! Wear your blue and orange and/or school spirit wear to show your Lincoln pride!!!!!  

UPCOMING DATES
Tues. Aug. 13 – Meet the Teacher 3:30-4:30|
Wed. Aug. 14 – First Day of School for all students K-5, PTA Welcome Tea in Gym 8:30-10am
Fri. Aug. 16 – PTA Back to School Pep Rally on Playground 6pm
Tues. Aug. 20 – First PTA Mtg of the year in MPR at 7pm
Wed. Aug. 28 – First Late Arrival of the year (school starts at 9:45am)

Student Late Arrival Schedule is as follows:
…  9:30am Arrival Supervision begins 
…  9:37am Students enter building
…  9:43am Tardy bell (students enter through Fairfield doors)
…  9:45am Instructional day begins
…  11:55am Morning Kindergarten dismissed
…  12:45pm Supervision begins for Afternoon Kindergarten Arrival
…  12:55pm Afternoon Kindergarten Instructional day begins
…  3:00pm All students dismissed

Wed. Aug. 28 – Curriculum Night for PARENTS Only, 6pm
…  5:30-5:55pm: REACH (for parents of students already in REACH)
…  6-6:25pm: Session 1
…  6:30-6:50: Gym
…  7-7:25pm: Session 2

Mon. Sept. 2 – Labor Day – No School
Mon. Sept. 9 – State of the Schools at York 7pm
Wed. Sept. 11 – Late Arrival
Mon. Sept. 23 – Author Dr. Julie Lythcott-Haims at 7pm in York Commons

SOCIAL MEDIA
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Sincerely,
Mrs. B., Principal

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