Art Appreciation, a joint effort between the PTA and the Lincoln art teacher, provides a chance for parents to get involved in the celebration of art in school. Parents will have a chance to come into their kids’ art class once or twice a year and help present on various topics. Parents do not need to be well-versed in art, though! We will provide you with materials and suggestions to help you engage the kids, and maybe even learn a few things yourself! Fifth grade students take an exciting field trip to Chicago’s Art Institute, and many parents will have the chance to be involved in leading and escorting this trip.
Kids read storys and debate/discuss against other D41 Schools
Student birthdays are recognized each month with a decorative bulletin board.
Chairpersons take turns decorating the birthday bulletin board outside the nurse’s office.
It’s Book Fair Time! The Lincoln annual book fair will be taking place on Thursday, Nov 30th (6:30-8pm) or Friday, Dec 1st (8:30-11:30).
The Book Fair is a pre-holiday book sale for Lincoln families to purchase new books for all ages. All students will have the opportunity to visit the book fair during school hours to preview the books and write a list of items which interest them. Your child’s itemized list will be sent home, and you can come purchase during book fair hours.
You can also shop online anytime at Anderson Book Company (www.abcfairs.com).
In order to ensure our school earns the 20% profit, be sure to enter our School Name and School City in the delivery information section.
Parents, we need some help to make this event a success and are in need of volunteers. For ease, we have made time slots in smaller increments during the preview days so that you can select how much time you can dedicate. Any amount of help is greatly appreciated and needed. If you are able to assist during any of the times listed below, please log onto link below and sign up for a spot.
Have too many books on your bookshelves? This is the perfect event you or your child!
Lincoln’s Book Swapping Event happens twice a year and is a great way to get new books without having to spend any money. This event is for both parents, siblings and students.
Participating is easy:
- Gather up any gently used books
- Fill out the book swap form
- Attach the form to your bag of books
- Bring your bag of books to school the week of book swap
There will be a table set up in front of the main office. We will sort the books and have them all set out in the old gym ready for you to browse through Thursday after school. Book swap takes place immediately after school.
Any extra books are donated locally.
If you are interested in volunteering to sort books or have questions email BookSwap@abelincolnpta.org.
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Help support the Abraham Lincoln PTA with Box Tops 4 Education! Students can turn in their Box Tops to their AM teacher. Need more info? Click here http://www.boxtops4education.com/
Want to learn chess? Want to improve your chess game? If you answered yes to either question than Lincoln’s Chess Club is the place for you! No experience necessary. 1st- 5th students meet on Tuesdays twelve times a year to practice playing chess.
- Sign-up for chess for $25 per family for 2017-2018.
- Get all the chess files here, including the 2017-2018 information sheet.
- Tuesdays in the Telemation Room from 6:30-7:30 PM.
- The Telemation Room is the large open space between the 4th/5th/Kindergarten rooms.
- Enter through door #29 on the west end of the building.
- Optional, Order a Chess Club t-shirt by October 10th, 2017.
We need 2 parent volunteers to help out each week: we need one parent to arrive 6:25-7:35. No experience necessary, just need to help out with crowd control. Sign-up at http://signup.com/go/mrsWJmr
ScheduleThere are no upcoming events at this time.
If your child is interested, tournaments can be found on the following websites:
Want/Need More Practice At Home:
- We will give you a user name for chesskids.com
- Another Free app: CHESS by Christope Theron
- How to Beat your Kids at Chess by David MacEnulty
- How to Beat your Dad at Chess by Murray Chandler
Community Outreach is a network of students and parents that support families and students in District 41 who are in need. Families and their needs are identified by school social workers, teachers and administrative staff. Items provided may include school supplies, clothing, and household items such as shoes, coats, baby gear, etc.
You can help us throughout the year by participating in our many activities:
- Family Tree ReSale – shop or donate anytime and tell them you are from D41 so that your activities will be credited to our district voucher total. Earned vouchers will be given to District 41 families in need, who can use them to shop at Family Tree ReSale.
- Winter Outerwear Drive – in October, donate clean, gently used coats, snowpants, hats, and gloves at Lincoln
- Halloween Costume Drive – in mid-October, donate clean and gently used costumes at Lincoln
- Holiday Sharing Program – in November, deliver christmas gift donations to Lincoln
- Become a Committee Member – you will be emailed regarding donation needs as they arise
The school Social Worker notifies the Committee Chair of any specific needs to be filled. The Committee Chair contacts Committee Members, requesting specific items to be dropped at the Chair’s home. The Committee Chair then delivers the items to the school Social Worker. The committee works year-round to meet needs as-needed.
For specific Drives and the Holiday Sharing Program, the Committee Chair coordinates collection bins and school-wide announcements.
If you would like to be a Committee Member, contact CommunityOutreach@abelincolnpta.org.
Dads gather and play basketball every Tuesday night in this weekly exercise event. Email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday night or the event may be canceled Tuesday morning due to low participation. Enter at Door 4.
This group was formed to give D41 dads a different way to exercise one day during the workweek. We are always looking for new dads to join with no weekly commitment. It’s an open gym format, so come only on the weeks that work for your busy schedule.
Bring both a light & dark shirt for setting up teams.
“The Ever After- A Musical!”
Showtimes: Saturday, January 27th at 5 p.m.
Sunday, January 28th at 1 p.m.
Venue: Hadley Junior High (240 Hawthorne Boulevard)
Tickets: Available at the door for a suggested donation of $5 each
Director: Jared Titus of Bright Lights Theatre Company in Glen Ellyn
All are invited to attend Lincoln’s 5th Grade production of “The Ever After- A Musical”! This student production centers around a wacky talk show where traditional fairy tale characters who have been estranged for 20 years attempt to reconcile on live television. From Snow White and the Evil Queen to Cinderella and her middle-aged Ugly Stepsisters, this TV show parody is punctuated by questions from obnoxious studio audience members and hilarious infomercials for fairy tale-related products. Complete with a trash-talking clairvoyant mirror, an unfortunate prince who is turning slowly back into a frog and many other wacky fractured fairy tale bits, this is a terrific show for all ages! The show has been directed by Jared Titus and Stephanie Hansen from Bright Lights Theater and Sunshine Dance Studio!
The show hits the stage on Saturday, January 27th at 5 p.m. and Sunday January 28th at 1 p.m. at Hadley Junior High (240 Hawthorne Boulevard). Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $5 each
This year’s musical will take a fresh spin this year with our NEW Director, Jared Titus, of Bright Lights Theatre Company in Glen Ellyn.
The 5th grade class creates an artistic remembrance to commemorate their years at Lincoln School. Volunteers are needed to help the students plan and execute the project.
Please join us for this fun-filled family fitness night!
Bring the entire family to Lincoln to enjoy a fun filled evening of fitness and outdoor walk. Several Lincoln parents will be on site to help everyone get moving and burn calories while participating at different fitness stations during the outdoor walk. Enter school through the front office.
Parents- don’t forget to wear your gym shoes. This night is for you too!
Questions? Contact Mindy Hacker at FitnessNight@abelincolnpta.org.
Looking to buy gift cards for someone? Or do you have anywhere that you shop you shop regularly? Consider buying your gift cards through the Abe Lincoln PTA and we will earn a 1.25% – 16% rebate! There is no fee to you – you get 100% of the value of your gift card.
New 2017! Scrip gift card purchasing program
Signup for ShopWithScrip Online!
- Go to www.ShopWithScrip.com
- Enter our enrollment code 5EEL45CC55639
- Entering this code associate your account with our PTA so we can begin
- Entering this code associate your account with our PTA so we can begin
- Fill in all required personal information and click ‘I Accept.’
- Choose two security challenge questions from the list and provide answers.
How do I pay for the gift cards?
Have more questions?
A parent led book club for 3rd – 5th graders that meet during lunch once a week.
We will read a short story each week and have a discussion about it during lunch. All children in 3rd-5th grade are welcome to register for this fun activity! Great books meets one time a week during the entire lunch period for 10 weeks (usually between October and March). Books will be provided to all students who register to participate.
Register now on the PTA Webstore! Registration ends September 23, 2016.
Volunteers are needed for each grade who are willing to facilitate the short story discussions, once a week, for 10 weeks (usually Oct-March) during the lunch hour.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which day of the week does Great Books meet?
Great Books meets on the same day each week (1 time per week); that day is chosen based on the parent instructor’s availability and classroom availability during lunch and recess.
Will Great Books overlap with Language at Lunch?
The instructors do everything they can to avoid having GB on the same day as Language at Lunch, but on occasion this is not possible due to scheduling challenges.
Will Great Books occur on a day my child has PE, since they are missing recess?
There is really no correlation between PE and what day GB will occur as it depends on the availability of the volunteer instructor and classroom space during lunch and recess. Generally, this has not been an issue for our participants, but we understand every child is different. You know best whether or not a lunch time program is appropriate for your child. If it’s not, consider one of our after-school brain builders, such as Chess Club.
Will my child have time to eat?
Usually the format for Great Books is to have the students all meet with the instructor. The instructor will then read the short story to the students while they eat their lunches. After that, there will be questions and discussion about that short story.
What will you be reading?
We use the Junior Great Books Book 1 in Series 3, 4 and 5 (grade 3 reads Series 3, grade 4 reads series 4, and grade 5 reads series 5).
Have another question?
Email Erin at GreatBooks@abelincolnpta.org
The PTA provides a luncheon for all High Interest Day volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help plan, organize donations, and serve lunch.
Hobby Night May 7th 6:30-7:30
Wondering what to do Monday, May 7th for entertainment during screen free week? Come to Hobby Night in the Old Gym where students from Lincoln will be sharing their amazing hobbies! From 6:30 to 7:30 you will be able to walk around and talk to the students about their hobbies and displays. In the past, displays included: rocks/ minerals, coins, stuff animals, baseball cards, erasers, artwork, robots, Pokemon cards, sports, fossils, and marbles. Come and join the fun! We can’t wait to see you there!
Does Your Student Want to Exhibit?
If your Lincoln student (K-5th) has a hobby or collection they would like to show, please reserve their spot.
Whether it’s a collection of coins, comic books, rocks, stuffed animals, or Disney pins, or a hobby like knitting, remote control vehicles, drawing, video games, sewing, or soccer – whatever you can think of (no live animals), we would love for them to display it and talk about it to others.
Your student will need to set up their station and stay at their station for the entire hour to explain their hobby or collection to fellow students (parents can hang out with them). They will have approximately a 2’x4′ display table and the display will need to be set up by 6:15 pm. They will then need to take down their display at the end of the evening. Each participant will get a certificate for sharing their knowledge about their hobby at Hobby Night.
The rest of Lincoln school is invited to come to Hobby Night to look at the displays and ask questions to the students about their interests. It’s such a fun night!
Reserve a spot by emailing Shannon Moyano at email@example.com. Please send student’s name, grade, and collection/hobby. Thank you!
The Holiday Sharing Program provides gift boxes for District 41’s neediest families. In 2017, families will be assigned in November and gifts will be due Tuesday, 12/5.
Lincoln students and families have an opportunity to help make the holidays special for these local families in multiple ways.
- Homerooms will sponsor a family, and students can participate by donating books, toys, clothing, or gift cards for this family.
- Lincoln parents and families can participate by sponsoring a child or an entire family.
- Individual donations of books, toys, clothing and gift cards can help complete gift boxes that are missing pieces.
For additional information on how you can help, please contact the Holiday Sharing Chair.
An evening of ice cream and introductions, this first event of the year provides an opportunity for Lincoln families to get to know one another. Volunteers are needed to set up and serve ice cream.
Come join the fun and experience international displays, food, fashion and LIVE cultural performances by students! Arrive at 6:00pm to claim your Lincoln Passport at Door 1! During your tour, validate your passport, see flags from all over the world, try new foods, and watch Live student performances.
For parents (and grandparents!) of the Lincoln community interested in a monthly volunteer opportunity, consider helping in the Library Media Center (LMC).
The Library Media Center seeks volunteers to commit to one 3-hour shift a month to help maintain and support the library. Shelving books, helping students find resources and other library duties will allow you to interact with Lincoln students and participate in the hub of Lincoln school.
Please contact Ellen Brannegan at Library@abelincolnpta.org to learn more about this important and engaging volunteer opportunity!
Abe Lincoln Elementary administration, teachers, and staff welcome families to the new school year with their annual Meet & Greet event. It’s an excellent opportunity to introduce yourself and your child to their new teacher(s) as you visit their classroom(s) and explore the school.
Details vary a bit each year, but here is the schedule for the 2016-2017 school year:
- 1:30 – 2:15 — Meet and Greet for all students with last names starting with A-L
- 2:30 – 3:15 — Meet and Greet for all students with last names starting with M-Z
- 1:00 – 4:00 — School Pictures taken in the Old Gym
- 1:30 – 4:00 — PTA sign up, information, and Lincoln spirit wear sale in Digital Media Center
- 1:30 -3:00 — Pre-ordered school supply kit pickup in the New Gym
- 1:00 – 4:00 — Instrument pickup in the Old Gym
Grab a blanket or beach chair and come watch a movie with your friends and family.
Who: Lincoln Students and their parents and siblings
When: 6:00 pm Doors open, 6:15 pm Movie begins
Where: Lincoln’s Old Gym – Enter through the main lobby
Cost: FREE Admission
Water and approved snacks will be available for purchase at our concession stand.
* * * PLEASE NO outside food or drinks due to allergies * * *
|Thursday, January 11th||Thursday, February 15th||Thursday, March 15th|
||The Lego Ninjago Movie||
1 hour 30 minutes
If you have questions or are interested in volunteering, contact Megan Lowrie firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers are needed to help out with ticket sales.
Our meetings are a great forum to share your feedback and ideas for our ever-improving and active PTA. Your contributions are very important to our all-volunteer organization and, if your busy schedule allows, we would love to see you at our next meeting!
Most PTA meetings consist of the PTA Board members, active committee chairs, certain staff, a few other parents, and a smattering of young siblings.
PTA Meeting ScheduleThere are no upcoming events at this time.
Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Budget Reports
See all PTA Meeting files on our Google Drive: PTA Meeting Files
Reflections is the National PTA arts program that asks children to get creative! Students are invited to create works of art in any of six different arts categories, reflecting upon a different theme each year.
The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is “Within Reach”
Students can create as many projects as they like, in as many arts categories as they like.
The six arts categories are:
- dance choreography
- film production
- music composition
- visual arts
- Theme: Within Reach
- Print Rules and Submission Details per entry category
- Artwork projects are due Wednesday Oct, 4th.
- A bin in the front office will be available from Monday 10/2 – 10/4
- Students and their artwork will be recognized and celebrated at the Reflections Reception at the end of October.
On a National Level
Club for level 3 students, build and compete with robots.
The Robotics Club will include two different groups of students. The first group will meet from October through February and the second from February through May. Each group will consist of twenty students who will apply STEAM concepts to the world of robotics.
Using Lego’s Mindstorms EV3 robot, students will work in teams to complete various tasks. The robotics team will compete against other teams in a statewide competition.
The Robotics Club will meet on a weekly basis for an hour and will participate in competitions.
Room Parent Registration will open Wednesday, August 30th 2017 at 9:00 pm. Our room parent committee procedures were updated last year and will continue 2017-2018 to:
- Give teachers greater authority over what happens in their classroom.
- Allow for more parents to volunteer at parties.
There will be:
- 2 Head Room Parents per class.
- 4 Party volunteers per party.
- You may sign up to help plan and volunteer for one party per teacher*.
- This will allow us to get more parents in to volunteer, and it will also allow you to attend a party for more than one of your children (if you have more than one child, and the slots are not full).
- If, after one week, we do not have enough party volunteers signed up then we will open it up again to everyone.
After you have read the Room Parent Guidelines, click the Sign Up button at the bottom right of this page to sign up for Room Parent or to volunteer for Room Parties.
*We will work with teachers to make sure all of the spots are filled. If possible we will be flexible, but please respect the guidelines we’ve set up.
Liza Sury & Mindy Hacker
Focuses on all Saftey issue programs assisting in dental, vision & hearing testing. Work with PTA executive committee and building administrators to communicate/coordinate school safety and health issues (Safe drop off and pick up, vision/hearing screening, dental cleaning).
The PTA sells pre-packaged, personalized school supply kits for students. Committee chair checks with teachers and create a school list.
Students are encouraged to turn off televisions and screens for a week with plenty of activities to keep them busy. Chairpersons coordinate and communicate the options for screen free week. Work with building administrators to decide on whole school reward for participation. Screen free week activities are already set.
Need someone to step in and run it (print/deliver screen free week charts to teacher mailboxes, put up signs/reminders in the hallways).