PTA News & Announcements
A Message From the President
First, I hope that this PTA update finds you in good spirits! Our students have done an outstanding job adapting to distance-learning. We are so honored to have such a committed, loving staff guiding our students through these unusual circumstances. Lincoln and District 200 have given us many reasons to fill our hearts with pride over the past 4 weeks.
The Lincoln PTA has been working behind the scenes to coordinate the many changes necessary during this crisis. Where possible, we hope to honor our pledge to support our students and school. This includes, for example, re-imagining distance learning Teacher Appreciation Week and 5th Grade Send-Off Celebration.
It is, unfortunately necessary to share with you the sad reality of cancelling many of our favorite end-of-year events. After much deliberation, I have the duty of updating you, our Lincoln PTA community, on the following PTA Calendar Events that are now, largely, cancelled.
Science Olympiad - CANCELLED (previously announced as post-poned)
Chess Club Pizza Party - CANCELLED
Rollerskating Night - CANCELLED
Screen Free Week - CANCELLED
Teacher Appreciation Week - Ongoing, more details to follow
Bike to School Day - NATIONALLY CANCELLED
Field Trips - CANCELLED
Third grade Classroom Chicks - CANCELLED
Chick-Fil-a Dine Out Night - CANCELLED by Chick-Fil-a
PTA (May) Meeting - Moved to online format
End of Year Cultural Arts Assembly - CANCELLED
Exploremore Day - CANCELLED
These decisions were made in collaboration with Dr. Mitchem and staff. We thank our committee chairs for their work on these events as these cancellations are a disappointment to students as well as our devoted parent volunteers.
We, too, are uncertain of the future. Should District 200 move to continue with remote learning through the remainder of the school year we will communicate plans for distribution of school supply order forms, yearbooks, class shirts, etc. Thank you for your understanding and we will update you with details as they become available. Stay well!
Teacher Appreciation Week
Our teachers and staff deserve recognition for their work now more than ever! Details will be communicated in a future Lincoln Life newsletter. Stay tuned!
5th Grade Class T-Shirts
We love our 5th grade wildcats! The PTA will be coordinating with 5th grade teachers and their families to distribute 5th grade class shirts to students. If you receive an email from a staff member requesting your child's preferred name and tshirt size, please respond in a timely manner. Thank you for your help!
Many thanks to our out going Chess Club chair, Annie Myung, for her herculian work and devotion to one of our most popular student clubs, the Lincoln Chess Club! Thank you, Annie, for all of your work!
Although the beloved end of the year chess club pizza party was cancelled, all chess club students should have received a chess club end of year prize at their homes this past month. Thank you, Robyn Heine, for coordinating the prize drop-off to over 70 students!
Extra time on your hands? Why not flex your artistic muscles and work on an entry or two for next year’s PTA Reflections contest? Next year’s theme is “I Matter Because….”
Battle of the Books
Attention all 3rd and 4th graders! The Wheaton Public Library has published the 2020-2021 Battle of the Books reading list!
Here at Lincoln, we divide the book list by student last name. In order to participate in the battles at the Wheaton Public Library you must read the entire list assigned your last name + 8 additional titles from the remaining list of books by December 2020. Ms. Peterson will share the alphabetized list with all current 3rd and 4th graders this week!
All 4th and 5th graders at Lincoln are welcome to join our Battle of Books team. We meet Fridays during lunch/recess September-February in Lincoln's LLC to discuss book details, genres, and practice for battles. Battles take place against other Wheaton schools once a week, after school, at the Wheaton Public Library January- February.
Finally, congratulations to our Battle of the Books students who read all 40 books for this year's season: Penny Jodelka, Rachel Campbell, Henry Johnson, and Sydney Fils. Way to go!
If you're shopping online for groceries or get email receipts you can still earn Box Tops for our school!
- Make sure you have a Box Tops for Education account (you can create one via the Box Tops app or website)
- Forward your email receipt to email@example.com using the same email that is associated with your BTFE account
- Box Tops will be credited within 1 day - view your earnings details in the MY EARNINGS section of the app
The following email receipts are currently eligible: Costco, CVS, Instacart, Jewel Osco, Meijer Home Delivery, Peapod, SamsClub.com, Sam’s Club Scan & Go, Target.com, Target Pick-Up/Drive-Up, Walgreens, Walmart Grocery, Walmart Pay, Walmart.com, Woodman’s
Retailers not listed here (including Amazon) are not currently accepted via the email forward process. Please contact Box Tops Customer Service via the Help section of the app to submit your digital receipt for manual review.
Food Insecurity Crisis Fund
Thanks to the Student Excellence Foundation’s Food Insecurity Crisis Fund and the community’s generosity, four additional weekly mobile food pantries have been added for families in need in the District 200 community. Each mobile pantry can feed at least 200 families with a week’s worth of groceries including fresh produce, protein, milk and eggs.
In District 200, 28% of students come from low-income households. Each day, 3,310 students are eligible to receive a free or reduced lunch. While the District has done an incredible job of meeting the food needs of families during the school week during this pandemic, many parents are still struggling to feed their children which is why the Student Excellence Foundation established this Fund.
Your donation today will allow District 200 social workers and nurses to connect local families with supportive resources to meet nutritional needs.
Donations can be made online at:
via checks made payable to the Student Excellence Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 253, Wheaton, IL 60187.
The Student Excellence Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 Illinois corporation. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
If you are a family that is experiencing food insecurity, please call 630-682-2000, leave a message, and we’ll be in touch with you very soon.
May 4 -8 - Teacher Appreciation Week
May 14 @7pm - PTA Meeting. Online format; details to follow
- Refrain from using parks/trails if you or someone in your household are exhibiting symptoms such as a dry cough or fever. District 200 and Wheaton Park District playgrounds are CLOSED
- Warn other visitors of your presence as you pass on trails/paths/sidewalks and step aside to let others pass.
- Avoid congregating in neighborhoods and parks. Do not gather in groups including pick-up sports and picnicking.
- Emphasize the importance of social distancing with your children and help them find other ways to connect with friends. Stress the importance of being responsible and respectful of others.