Leopard Express


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The Leopard Express is an e-news communication that you will receive throughout the year in an effort to more effectively and frequently communicate with you and share valuable information and celebrations about Abraham Lincoln School. If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please feel free to contact me at lschweik@d41.org.





Dear Parents,


It was great to see so many of you in the building for conferences. The turnout was great!


The end of the first trimester is right around the corner. First trimester report cards will be posted online this year. Parents can view their child's report card in Pinnacle on December 6th. The winter MAP test window opens December 3rd with all testing completed before December 19th. It's a busy time of the year here at Lincoln.


Gentle Reminders - parking on side streets and lunch pick-up

Parents, when picking up or dropping students off around Lincoln (on side streets), please, please, please do not park in or block our neighbor's driveways. This has been an ongoing problem with both attended and unattended cars.


Students being picked up for lunch need to exit through the front office doors. Parents please wait in the pick-up line for your child to exit the building.


Head Lice Awareness and Prevention

Head lice, which is a community based childhood nuisance, has intermittently been an occurrence with our students at Lincoln. Head lice, which are found worldwide, are parasitic insects that live close to the scalp and require human blood to survive. Head lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly, and are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. They are rarely spread by contact with clothing or other personal items, as they do not live off of a human host for more than 1 - 2 days. Head lice do not spread disease.

  • You can help stop the spread of head lice by prevention, observation, appropriate treatment, and communication.
  • Encourage your child to refrain from hugging, play wrestling, and other modes of head to head contact with other children.
  • Please check your child's head throughout the school year; especially if they are complaining of an itchy scalp.
  • If you discover lice or nits (lice eggs) you can use over the counter pediculocide shampoos (Rid or Nix). It is important that you follow the directions on the container. Do not repeat the shampoo more often than recommended. Check with your pediatrician and pharmacist for guidance if you have questions about the benefits or risks of any treatments. After shampooing, you must comb the hair and pick out the nits.

Please inform the health office staff regarding your child's case of lice so that class letters may be sent notifying parents to be extra observant of their children. The identity of the student is kept confidential by the health office. (The child with the head lice is usually less confidential about their issue!) Your child should be rechecked by the nurse or health aide prior to returning to class. The health office can provide further information about identification and treatment of head lice.


Thank you for your help with this annoying pest. For further information, you can check the Center for Disease Control website - www.cdc.gov or the National PTA website - www.pta.org.


Holiday Sharing Program Underway

Every holiday season, District 41 and Lincoln School work in conjunction with the Glen Ellyn Juniors Club to provide toys and essentials to needy children and families in District 41. We need volunteers to help make their holidays a little brighter by sponsoring a child or family and donating toys and books for children, $20 Target or Walmart gift cards for clothing, and $25 Jewel or Aldi grocery store gift cards.

If you would like to sponsor a child or family, or just donate gift cards, or if you have any questions, please email either Rachel Pattermann at jrpattermann@ameritech.net, or Rita Colorito at rcolorito@att.net, or Kimberly Schwegel at theschwegels@msn.com. If you're interested, we'll assign you with a child or family in need and send you all the details.


Thanks for sharing the joy of the season. As a win-win for the PTA, we encourage you to purchase gift cards for Holiday Sharing through Lincoln's Gift Card Fundraiser (deadline Nov. 26) and the books through Lincoln's Book Fair, Nov. 20-22.


Take care,




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