Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) is a national holiday in Mexico. On that date in 1862 Mexican troops defeated invading French forces in a battle at Puebla, Mexico. This holiday is a festive celebration of the heritage of Mexican Americans. In many cities there are parades and events featuring Mexican culture, music, dancing, and food.
To learn more about Cinco De Mayo, check out these amazing books located in the school's library:
In honor of Black History, the library has compiled a list of famous African Americans who have made significant contributions to American history. Use the links below to learn more about these great heroes and their contributions to our society.
Lincoln Elementary School will be closed Monday, 02 February 2015, due to inclement weather. The district and school office will remain open. Classes are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, 03 February 2015 as usual.
There will be no school on Friday, 30 January 30, as Lincoln will be holding a Teacher Institute Day to attend the Superintendents Commission for the Study of Demographics & Diversity. Saturday School will be open as usual on 31 January, and school will be in session Monday, 02 February.
Beginning January 12, teachers, parents, and students across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the third annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey. This survey is designed to generate a detailed picture of the inner workings of your child’s school. As a parent, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about your child’s school.
On behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago. The survey gathers data related to five indicators that can predict important student outcomes, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. These five indicators that affect and predict school success are:
Prior research in more than 400 schools has shown that schools that were strong on at least three of these “5Essential” indicators were 10 times more likely to improve student learning gains in math and reading than those that were weak on three or more Essentials.
All teachers and 6th through 12th grade students will be responding to this survey. 5Essentials Reports will be generated for schools if their teachers and/or students meet the response rate threshold of 50 percent. These reports will be sent to schools and districts in May 2015 and will also be included in the State School Report Card.
Additionally, your district has chosen to provide the optional 5Essentials parent survey. If at least 20 percent of Lincoln parents complete this survey, a parent supplement will also be generated. The parent data will not be reported on the State Report Card.
Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child.
For more information about the Illinois 5Essentials Survey, or to view 2014 Reports, please visit https://illinois.5-essentials.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact
5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
the US Department of Education, implementing a few quick reading activities can help children become better readers. Below are some suggestions for families to encourage reading at home.
For Babies (6 weeks to 1 year)
• Provide a comfortable place for story time
• Show your child the pictures in the books or story
• Change the tone of your voice as you read to show emotion and excitement
• Read to and/or with your child daily
For Toddlers (1 to 3 years)
All of the questions above, plus:
• Encourage your child to "pretend read," joining in where he/she has memorized a word or phrase
• Ask questions and give your child enough time to think and answer
• Connect ideas in the book to things that are familiar to your child
• Let your child know how much you like his/her ideas and encourage him/her to tell me more
• Point out specific letters in the story, such as the first letter of your child’s name
For Preschoolers (3 and 4 years)
All of the questions above, plus:
• Help your child begin to identify sounds and letters in order to make letter-sound matches
For Kindergartners (5 years and older):
All of the questions above, plus:
• Let your child retell favorite stories to show that he/she knows how the story develops and what's in it
• Make books and stories apart of your family discussions
To everyone who came to our Book Fair, and to all who helped make it a great experience, a big thank you! Keep on reading; and remember, you can continue to purchase books via our online fair through November 11, 2014!
Lincoln Elementary School will host its annual book fair beginning Thursday, October 23, 2014 until Thursday, October 30, 2014. The fair will be held in the school library during regular school hours. Parents are encouraged to support our reading initiative by helping us reach our goal, which is to sell 431 books. For every book sold, the library will be able to earn free books for our school collection. This means that our students will have more opportunities to read exciting stories throughout the school year!
On Thursday, October 30, 2014, the book fair will be open during Parent/Teacher Conferences. Please feel free to stop by the book fair in the library.
Online Book Fair
Our online book fair will begin on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 through Tuesday, November 11, 2014. During this time, parents, teachers, and students will have the opportunity to purchase books directly through Scholastic via the Internet. All purchases made through the following link will be credited to our school account and enable us to earn more books for our school library.
"There's so much more to a book than just the reading." - Maurice Sendak
Reading is a key that will allow you to unlock the doors of your imagination. It allows you to access unlimited information about people, places, and events. You are able to explore infinite worlds of possibilities. Through books, you are able to learn about the past or peer into the future!
Check out these titles and other GREAT books from your school or local library. Then, let your imagination SOAR!
Notable titles for Early and/or Beginning Readers:
In this book a notorious game-maker named Luigi Lemoncello designs the town library and uses it to trap 12 kids inside. Kyle and his friends are forced to stay in the game overnight and won't be free until they solve a series of puzzles. If you like adventure, mysteries, or comedies- you will love this book.
Famous author and poet Nikki Grimes tells a wonderful story about a young girl named Gabriella who journeys from being a daydreamer to writer. Her life transforms from problematic to great, thanks to the intervention of an empathetic teacher.
In 1871 Wisconsin, a 13-year-old girl named Georgie tries to solve the mystery of her sister’s disappearance, pulling readers along on her journey of self-discovery. This book will make you laugh, cry, and celebrate Georgie as she learns the meaning of resilience. This is a Newbery Honor Book!