August 28, 2020
Dear Lincoln Prairie community,

We hope this email finds you and your families doing well and excited for the weekend! It was so nice to see students engaged with their classmates and teachers this week. We know the majority of the week has been focused on learning procedures and platforms, while also creating opportunities for connections between students and staff. We hope your child has come away with a positive experience as a result. Next week’s routines and new learning are sure to engage students deeper in their thinking. We look forward to seeing them again on Monday! 

As with each Friday’s email, we’ve outlined important information for all parents. Please read through the details below carefully to ensure you are prepared for the week(s) ahead. 

Google Meet and Zoom Sessions 

We have enjoyed a successful first week of remote learning.  One important request we are making of our parents at this time is to please not record Zoom/Google Meet sessions or take photographs of students in your child’s class during Zoom/Google Meet sessions.  This request is made out of respect for the privacy of the other students in your child’s class.  If you have specific questions or concerns regarding this, please contact me directly.


We are taking attendance each day through the office and actively monitoring all student’s participation in their live classes. Please continue to call the office attendance line to inform us of your child’s absences. 

Fall Virtual MAP Assessment 

This Fall we will be continuing to test kindergarten through eighth grade students using the MAP assessment tool.  This year the computer based assessment will be administered to the students while they are in a remote environment.  The purpose of the assessment will be to inform teachers of the immediate instructional needs of students.  MAP results equip educators with key data to help personalize instruction and pinpoint individual student needs.  

With this being our first time remote testing it will be important to partner with families to help this new process be as successful as possible.  If families have any technical difficulties while attempting to complete the assessment they can call our MAP hotline at: 847-357-5153.

Important Details on the Virtual MAP Assessment:

·        Communication regarding the date and time of the assessment will be coming from your child’s teacher or the individual who will be proctoring your child’s MAP test a few days prior to their testing session.

·        Students in grades kindergarten and first grade will begin a test session on Zoom with the teacher.  A caregiver must be present to support the child logging into Zoom and into the test session.  

·        Our students in second grade through eighth grade will be proctored by a teacher via Zoom while they complete the assessment.

·        Students in grades kindergarten through second grade have 90 minutes to complete the assessment.

·        Students in third grade through eighth grade have 120 minutes to complete the assessment.

·        If your child does not complete the MAP assessment in this window the test will not be scored.  

·        Please note that this data will be used to inform your child’s teacher for instructional purposes, therefore we ask that parents refrain from assisting their child with answering questions on the MAP assessment. More resources on how to support your child during the MAP assessment to come next week.

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher for more information

District 54 Virtual Run to Read Weekend: Sept. 25-27 

The year 2020 has proven to be quite an unpredictable year for all of us. For the past 16 years, the District 54 Run to Read has been a race dedicated to promoting health and wellness for all ages. With that in mind, our 17th annual Run to Read is going virtual. Run or walk anytime from Sept. 25-27 and make sure to share your photos with us by using the hashtag #54Run2Read.

All money raised this year will be donated to the District 54 Foundation Crisis Fund, to provide food and other necessary supplies to District 54 families who are struggling financially during this pandemic. Please click here to access the District 54 Foundation Crisis Fund web page for more information.

As in years past, you can choose from a variety of distances. Pick the distance that works for you and map out a route near your home. If walking is more your style, pick a distance and walk it instead.

Every registrant will receive a Tshirt and a medal. To receive the Tshirt before the event, please make sure to register by Sept. 8, 2020. Any orders received after Sept. 8 will be delivered to participants as soon as possible. Tshirts and medals will be shipped to your home.

For more information and to register, visit the District 54 Run to Read web page by clicking here.

Lincoln Prairie Parent Teacher Student Association Information 

Welcome Back 2020-2021 Families!! I hope those in 1st-8th grade are having an awesome time getting to know each other this week!! New and exciting things are to come as we navigate through things being a little different this year!! Looking forward to welcoming our kinders next week as well!!

You should have received some Parent Teacher Student Association information in your material packets that you picked up from school. Check those out!! There’s lots of information about Parent Teacher Student Association and what we do!! We have our own website!! Click here to access the Lincoln Prairie Parent Teacher Student Association website.

You can add/update your family info on the directory, sign up to volunteer on a committee (our Parent Teacher Student Association chairs are working hard to bring as many creative and virtual experiences to our students as we can), Parent Teacher Student Association membership dues, contribute to Curriculum Enhancement and Room Rep, and show your school spirit by ordering neighborhood shirts and spiritwear!! The deadline for orders is Sept 4th at 10pm!!  If you have any questions contact Kim Schoewe – [email protected]  

Click here for instructions on how to sign up!

Click here for a flyer explaining all of the benefits to the Lincoln Prairie Parent Teacher Student Association.

Have a WONDERful weekend!

Amanda Stochl & Amanda Moore