Lincoln Family Newsletter - Evanston/Skokie School District 65



Lincoln Family Newsletter - Evanston/Skokie School District 65
Lincoln Family Letter: April 28, 2016
In order to share some of our updates and events, we are changing up the format of
this week’s letter.
We had a full week of theater this week. Yesterday, our 3rd-5th grade students
watched a play entitled Brooklyn Bridge, performed by Northwestern’s Purple Crayon
Players and today we welcomed Northwestern’s Griffin’s Tale Children’s Theatre
Repertory Company. Many of our students contributed stories to Griffin’s Tale and
today we were able to enjoy these stories as they were brought to life. Congratulations
to our wonderful authors! Thank you to the PTA for making these events possible for
our students!
During the 2014-2015 school year, Ms. Lukas’s 2nd grade class shared a persuasive
letter with the City of Evanston, asking for neighbors to do a better job of cleaning up
after their dogs. The city responded to this concern and invited students to design a
sign that could be posted to encourage neighbors to clean up. Walker Travis’s poster
was chosen and has been developed into a sign that will be posted near the field.
Additionally, this year’s winners of the 2016 National Drinking Water Week 3rd Grade
art contest, for Mayor’s Choice and Water Spirit Awards, as well as Honorable Mention
were all chosen from Ms. Ceffalio’s class.
Mayor’s Choice Award: Thalia Selch (photographed above with Mayor Tisdahl)
Water Spirit Award: Suzie Tyminski
Honorable Mention Winners: Una Breen and Elena Stojanova
The Mayor's Choice and Water Spirit award winners were honored at the Evanston City
Council Meeting held on Monday, April 25th. Artwork will be displayed in the main
Evanston Library during National Drinking Water Week May 1st
​​– 7th
Work on the field continues!
On Monday, we will welcome JeNai Stanley to Lincoln. Ms. Stanley will be with us as a
long-term substitute during Ms. Taggart’s leave. Ms. Stanley will have an opportunity
to work with Ms. Taggart at the beginning of the week next week and will continue with
us for the remainder of this year and beginning of next year. Please join me in
welcoming Ms. Stanley.
Young Evanston Artist Festival (YEA!):
Saturday May 21st 10:00 am-4:00 pm at Raymond Park.
This year, 1st
grade, 3rd
grade, and 5th
​​grade Lincoln students will have artwork on
display at YEA! ​
YEA! is a community arts festival providing children with a venue to
exhibit and perform their art. All public, private and parochial schools, preschool
through high school, are invited to exhibit their students’ artwork in this
non-commercial, non-competitive forum. There will be artwork, performances, raffles,
and a silent auction. YEA! is the most comprehensive children’s arts event on the North
Shore. Lincoln School will be represented with a display of artwork from students in 1st
grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade. Everyone is welcome to come and be inspired. ​
Festival location is at ​
Raymond Park​
on Chicago Ave (between Grove and Lake Street).
If you are able to help with set-up in the morning at 8:00 am or artwork takedown at
4:00 pm, please contact JeNai Stanley via email or Lincoln School Office at
For more information about Y.E.A. visit: ​
Students have been working on practicing safe, ready and respectful hallway behavior.
Please see below for next week’s celebration for participating classes. Students and
teachers will be reaching out to let parents know if they are participating. Each class
has added a flower petal to the flowers on their class poster for every compliment that
they receive in the hallway. Classes with 3-5 full flowers are participating in the
PBIS All School Celebration: Week of May 2-6th
- Wear ​
and/or ​
- Wear ​
- Wear ​
and/or ​
- wear ​
Sports day​
. Wear your ​
attire (hats, jerseys, t-shirts, or team uniforms)
play sports bingo​
in your classroom.
In advance of Teacher Appreciation Week, I would like to say a tremendous thank you
to all of our teachers and staff on behalf of me and Ms. Bournes. Thank you, too, to
our families who are preparing to celebrate our wonderful staff throughout the week
next week. We appreciate you!
Upcoming Events:
April 19th–May 13th: PARCC Assessment window
May 4th:
School Improvement Day – 12:05 Dismissal; Last date for Evanston
May 5th:
1:30: Lincoln Battle of the Books Competition, Grades 3-5
May 11th:
1:45-2:45: 5th grade visit to Nichols
May 12th:
2:30: Music Performance – 4th and 5th gr.
May 19th:
2:30: Music Performance – 3rd gr.
May 20th:
2:00: Kindergarten Tea in Multi-Purpose Room
May 25th:
10:15-11:00: Drama Club Performance for students
7:00 pm: Drama Club Performance for families

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