Lincoln School Survival Guide

Whether you've been through it all or are just starting out here at Lincoln School, you may be interested in some behind-the-scenes scoop on the various events, both PTA and not, coming up this and most every year. The general time frame for each activity or event is provided. If the specific date is not listed, please see the Lincoln School PTA calendar.

 

Activity

Description

When

Baking

Volunteers are needed to provide baked goods for various school activities and events throughout the year.  If you are interested, please fill out the PTA Volunteer Sign-up form.

On Going

Band

Band runs through the entire school year and is available to students in 5th and 6th grade.  At the end of 4th grade, students get to see an instrument demonstration and have the opportunity to try several instruments to help them decide what they want to play.  There are 2 groups:  Beginning Band which is mostly 5th grade and some 6th grade players who are in their 1st year of playing.  Intermediate Band is mostly 6th graders and occasionally 5th graders who started an instrument earlier in another district or privately who are in their 2nd year of playing.

All Year

Band Concert

Beginning and Intermediate Band each have 2 evening concerts a year where they play a variety of music from different genres.  See PTA Calendar for dates of Band Concerts.

 

Birthday Celebrations

According to District 15 School Policy, children should NOT bring in candy or food treats for their birthday.  While it is not necessary for students to bring in anything to share with the class for their birthday, if they wish to bring in something, small trinkets such as stickers or pencils are allowed.  Students may also donate a book or game to their classroom.

On Going

Book Fair

The annual Scholastic Book Fair helps promote literacy and a love of reading.  This weeklong event will bring the books kids love to our school for purchase.

10/31-11/4/2016

Books for Gifts

You can encourage your child to read while you help support the Lincoln Resource Center when you purchase a book in honor of a teacher, student or family member.  To request more information or to obtain a book list and order form, please go to the Lincoln PTA website at www.lincolnschoolpta.org.

On Going

Box Tops

Boxtops for Education is a "clip and save" program we use to earn cash and equipment for our school.  Clip the appropriate label and send them into the school in an envelope marked "Box Tops".  Visit www.boxtops4education.com for qualifying products, contests, newsletters, coupons and complete program details.

All Year


Chorus

Chorus is an opportunity for 5th and 6th graders to get involved musically at Lincoln. Chorus is open to all boys and girls in 5th and 6th grade. Chorus meets two times a week during the recess hour to prepare for the winter and spring concert.  Chorus not only provides students with an extended musical opportunity, it also allows them the opportunity to go on field trips to perform for the community at retirement homes and/or preschools. It is our way of thanking others and educating others with music.  See the PTA Calendar for Chorus Concert dates.

All Year

Community Closet

Please consider donating your "gently used" clothing to the district PTA Community Closet.  Currently there is a need for size 6X through 10 (Kindergarten through 4th Grade).  The closet can accept all clothing items in child through adult sizes.  The closet is located at Sanborn School, 101 N. Oak, corner of Wood and Oak.  Lincoln has a donation box with receipts in the lobby.  If you or someone you know is in need, please contact any school staff member.

On Going

Dads & Donuts

Dads can take their kids to school early to have donuts, juice and coffee in the Gym with other dads, students and teachers.

11/4/2016

Directory

The Lincoln Directory is a composite of school faculty and students and family contact information.  It provides a resource to families so they are better able to connect with one another.  To be listed in the Directory, you must join the PTA and submit your PTA/Directory form prior to the deadline, which is usually late September.  The Directory is usually distributed late October or early November.

September-November

Environmental Awareness

On Earth Day, there is a clean up for the front of the school building where participants pull weeds, plant flowers and pick up trash.  All students are welcome to join during their recess time.  

There is an Earth Club for 5th graders.  The club meets during lunch/recess once a month.  Kids learn about living "green" and promote recycling among the students.  Throughout the year, the club will work on projects, go on the morning announcements, submit articles to the newsletter and have a speaker come in to educate the kids.

There are various items that are collected for recycling such as gym shoes, printer cartridges and glue sticks and bottles.  Please check the boxes by the office for the current items being recycled.

All Year

Family Kickoff
Dinner

Enjoy a fun evening with other Lincoln families.  Food will be available for purchase at very reasonable prices.

9/8/2016

Field Day

Field Day is a half day outdoor event at the end of the year where the students go around with their class and participate in a variety of fun activities.  Parent volunteers help organize and run the stations.

May

Fine Arts Night

Artwork created by first through sixth grade students at Lincoln is on display along with performances by the chorus, intermediate band and orchestra.

11/17/2016

Fun Fair

The Fun Fair is an event that hosts games, activities, prizes and snacks.  It is a great outing for the entire family.  Fun Fairs are not necessarily scheduled every year at Lincoln.

Not scheduled this year

Halloween Parties

Your child is encouraged to bring his/her Halloween costume to school.  During approximately the last 2 hours of school, the kids will put on their costumes and then enjoy a Halloween parade with the entire school and party with their class.  If weather permits, the Halloween parade is typically an outside walk around the school, otherwise, it is conducted in the gym.  No weapons or inappropriate costumes will be permitted.

10/31/2016

Hoops for Heart

Hoops for Heart is a basketball shooting contest in which students shoot with a partner from their grade or with Mom or Dad. We raise money for the American Heart Association. This usually takes place at the end of February.

 

Ice Cream Social

Enjoy a fun evening with other Lincoln families.  Ice Cream will be available for purchase at very reasonable prices.

5/23/2017

Intramurals

Intramurals is a 6th grade program that takes place during recess time 2 times a week during the school year.  All 6th graders are encouraged to participate.  In intramurals, students play team sports using strategies and plays, with a sprinkling of some just for fun games.  Under the umbrella of intramurals, there are 3 events in which the 6th graders compete against other schools in the district.  Cross Country is a mile run contest, which happens at the end of September or beginning of October, the 2-Ball contest is a basketball shooting contest which happens the first week of February, and the Track and Field meet is at the end of May.

All Year

Junior Great Books 2nd - 6th Grade

Junior Great Books is a really fun extracurricular activity for students who love to read!  It is a lunch time book club that provides eager readers an opportunity to read an interesting story, think about what it means, and then discuss it with other students their own age.  The Junior Great Books weekly discussion meetings run for approximately 6 weeks from January to March.  Discussion groups meet during the LUNCH/RECESS period.  All children bring sack lunches to the meeting.

January - March

Kindergarten
Round-up

Kindergarten Round-up occurs in May for Kindergarten students for the following school year.  New Kindergartners and their parents are invited to come to Lincoln during the school day.  Parents attend an orientation to Lincoln, while Kindergartners visit the classroom.

May

Last Day of school

The last day of school is tentatively set at May 31, 2017.  This date is subject to change in May.  The school year will be shortened in June by any remaining unused emergency days.

May 31, 2017

Lincoln Lions
Spirit Wear

Show off your Lincoln School Spirit every Friday by wearing your spirit wear, No Excuses wear, and college wear.  Spirit wear may be purchased in the Fall.

Fall

Lincoln Log Newsletter

The Lincoln Log newsletter is published by the PTA and contains information about upcoming events and other information relevant to life at Lincoln School.  You may receive the newsletter either in paper format or electronically.

On going

Lost and found

Lost and Found is located in the hallway outside the Multi-purpose room.  Items are cleared out of this bin at the end of the month.  Please remember to label your child's outerwear items.

All year

LRC
(Learning Resource Center)

The LRC or school library is available to every student in the school.  Each class usually has a weekly scheduled time to find and check out books.   The LRC looks for volunteers year-round.  Parent volunteers work closely with students and teachers.  Sometimes there are small projects to work on but mostly volunteers check-out and shelve literature.   It is a great way to meet all the Lincoln teachers and get to know the Lincoln students.

All year

Meet the Teacher
Day

Meet the teacher is typically held the day before the first day of the fall school year.  Parents and students have a chance to meet their teachers, take a look around their classroom and drop off school supplies.

8/16/2016

Moms and
Munchies

Moms take their kids to school early to have snacks, juice and coffee in the gym with other moms, students and teachers.  It usually starts at 7:45am and ends at 8:45am.

10/7/2016

Movie Night

A fundraising evening for the PTA in which parents can drop off their Lincoln students at the school to be supervised while watching a movie!

11/11/2016

Multi-Cultural
Fair

Multi-Cultural Fair provides an opportunity for Lincoln families to enjoy the diversity that exists in our school.  Lincoln families may sponsor a booth, if they wish, filled with games, crafts, food, music and more from the many cultures represented in our school.  Families spend an evening sharing information and having fun with other Lincoln families.

Not Scheduled this year

Musicals
2nd and 4th Grade

"The Fourth Grade Musical" is performed each year in the fall and "The Second Grade Musical" is performed each year in the spring.  Each musical features the entire grade level.  Students display a variety of talents through solos, speaking parts, movements, instruments, and vocals.  Students perform during the school day for peers and put on an evening performance for family and friends.

11/3/2016
3/16/2017

Open House

Open house gives the parents a chance to visit their child's classroom with their child.  Students are very eager and proud to show their parents their work.

5/3/2017

Parent
Orientation

Parents of students in District 15 schools are invited to the schools for a general orientation and an opportunity to visit their children’s classrooms and meet the teachers. Parent Orientation takes place in the beginning of each school year.  Times for classroom visits are generally structured by grade level.

8/31/2016

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are a time for information sharing between parents, teachers and possibly students, goal setting for the future and progress evaluation.  Conference times are usually set up during Parent Orientation in the beginning of the school year.

11/21/2016
11/22/2016

PBIS

PBIS, (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports) is a systems change method that promotes positive behaviors in students. Strategies are developed that manage student behavior in classroom settings and outside of classroom settings. It is an all-encompassing system of behavior management where all parties involved are on board, so that behavior management is not produced in a piecemeal way. Instead, all students in a school are accountable with support to behave in ways that positively affect them personally, academically, socially, and from a health perspective.

On Going

Picture Day

Individual portraits will be taken.  Those wishing to purchase pictures must submit their order form and payment at the time photos are taken.

8/30/2016

PTA
Fundraising

PTA fundraising takes place in many different ways; general membership fees, dine and share nights at local restaurants, cookie dough sales, and direct donations.  The money raised by the PTA is used to fund numerous programs and family activities.

All year

PTA Monthly Meetings

PTA meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday of each month at Lincoln School starting at 7:00pm.  Most meetings are general membership meetings and may be attended by any PTA member with the exception of December and May meetings.

Monthly,
year round

PTA
Membership

Membership to the Lincoln PTA cost $7 for an individual and $14 for a family membership.  Membership in the PTA gets you a copy of the school directory, free admittance to the Orbit Roller Skating Party, school assemblies for both students and parents, family recreation nights and the ice cream social.  The form can be found on the PTA Website www.lincolnschoolpta.org.

All year

PTA Website

The PTA website is www.lincolnschoolpta.org.  This website contains board and committee information, budget information, a detailed calendar of upcoming events, forms, flyers, and so much more.

On going

Pumpkin Run

The Pumpkin Run is a team race that the students compete in during PE time in the fall.  If their team wins, each member receives a pumpkin.

October

Reading
Programs

The Great America Reading Program begins in early January.  All students who read a total of 6 hours by mid-February will receive one free admission ticket to Six Flags Great America.

January - February

Rec Nights

Rec nights are an evening of games, relays and fun in the school gym.  All rec nights are from 7-8pm in the school gym.  No need to sign-up, just come and join in the fun.  Wear gym shoes and bring a water bottle.  Please consult the PTA Calendar for dates of upcoming Rec nights.

Various dates throughout the year

Reflections

Reflections is the National PTA program that encourages students to be creative and have fun with the arts.  Projects can be submitted from categories such as poetry/literature, photography, visual arts, videography and dance/choreography.   Projects are due by November 11, 2016.

Fall

Roller Skating
Party

Enjoy a fun evening with other Lincoln families at Orbit Roller Rink.  Admission is free for any family that has joined the PTA.  You may also sign-up for a PTA membership that night and receive free admission.  You are responsible for your own skate rental.

10/11/2016

Room Parent/

Room Parent Tea

Those wishing to become room parents for their child's class must submit their request during the first weeks of school.  Room parents are chosen by a lottery system.
If you are chosen, the Room Parent tea is a great way to meet other room parents and get basic information about your duties for the year.

9/22/2016

School Dance

You and your children can come and enjoy a fun evening with their classmates and their families and dance to the latest tunes.

2/2/2017

School Supplies

Schoolkidz is an online service offered to Lincoln families so that they may purchase the appropriate school supplies for their child's school and grade and avoid crowds and hassles at the store.  The school supplies are pre-packaged and are delivered to school.  This service is offered at the end of the school year, to be prepared for the fall.

May

6th Grade
Party

This is an annual celebration for the 6th graders.  The PTA organizes a picnic and DJ after school on the second to last day of school and provides the students breakfast on the last day of school.  Parents volunteer to help make a commemorative photo CD for each student.

May

SPARK

Special Education Parents Accessing Resources and Knowledge was formed in response to the growing needs of families whose children learn differently or have special needs.  SPARK programs are monthly on Monday evenings at Walter R. Sundling Junior High in Palatine.  All programs are free.  See the PTA Calendar for dates.

Monthly,
year round

Teacher
Appreciation

The first full week of May is Teacher Appreciation Week.  This is the time where we honor our teachers and show them that we appreciate all that they do for us.  Various fun activity sheets are sent home with the student and they are encouraged to complete and return these so they can be presented to their teacher.  Some of the activities include Question & Answer about your teacher, creating an acrostic poem using the letters from the teacher's last name and creating cards, pictures, etc.

5/1-5/5/2017

Valentine's Party

Each class enjoys a Valentine's Day themed party.  Information about handing out Valentines to the class will be given to you by your child's teacher.

2/14/2017

Vision and Hearing

Hearing and vision screenings are district sponsored programs supported by PTA.  It ensures that students receive adequate intervention for hearing and sight issues.  Vision and Hearing Screening are done based on grade levels that are mandated by the state.
Vision screening is done on all students in the following grades:  Kindergarten, 2nd, 5th.  
Hearing screening is done on all students in the following grades:  Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd.
Vision and hearing screening is also done for all students in special education, students new to Lincoln School and for a student who has a request submitted by either a teacher or parent on their behalf.

Fall

Waste Free Lunch

Waste free lunch is the third Wednesday of every month and encourages each student to bring their lunch to school in reusable containers where nothing is thrown away.  It is a great way to have students see how their actions can impact the earth every day.

Monthly,
year round

Yearbook

The Yearbook contains class pictures, individual student portraits and also pictures taken throughout the year of all the events and activities that take place at Lincoln School.  Yearbook sales will take place online and by order form beginning in January.  Paper sales end March 1, 2017, and on-line sales end Friday, March 31.  If you wish to receive a Yearbook, you must submit your order and payment during this time frame, there will not be extra Yearbooks to purchase at year end.  Yearbooks are distributed during the last week of school in May.

May