By Discovery, Lincoln 2021/22
By Discovery is an ART ENRICHMENT PROGRAM of the Lincoln PTO that offers elementary school children opportunities for exploration and growth through creative project-based learning.

BY DISCOVERY is offered EVERYDAY school is in session, on the following days and times: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3–6 pm & Wednesday from 2:30–6 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the uncertainty of Covid-19, programming is conditional: D97 must have returned to its regular M-F full day schedule, 8am to 3pm, for By Discovery programming to take place.

Covid-safety measures are a top priority and we will closely follow all CDC protocols that may continue into the 2021/22 school year. These may include: wearing a well fitted mask, maintaining 6 ft social distancing, and washing and sanitizing hands as needed. Should a Covid spike require a program closure, YOU WILL RECEIVE A REFUND for canceled classes, LESS a $25 PROCESSING FEE.

Parents register their child to attend on specific days of the week throughout the school year. We are not a drop by program and space is limited to 20 students.

Programming may include Half Days from 11am to 6pm, for an additional $50 fee per Half Day session provided there are 6 or more participants (invoiced separately from the monthly fee).

Programming may include Teacher Institute Days from 8am to 6pm, for an additional $75 fee per Teacher Institute Day, provided there are 6 or more participants (invoiced separately from the monthly fee).

For parents/children who have schedules that may change during the school year, please contact Jocelyne Adkins, Program Director at to discuss your needs.

Enrollment is first-come first-served, unless there is a need to round out enrollments, should there be an imbalance that prevents the possibility for full-time participation. Enrollments are open throughout the year, based upon availability (some days may reach their maximum enrollment).

The cost for the program is $28 per day.

Two full-time partial scholarships (or part time equivalents) are available each school year and reduce program fees by 50%. A child qualifies for the scholarship if she/he receives free or reduced lunch. Scholarships are awarded in the order in which they are received (first-come, first-served). Additional scholarships may be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, should space allow following the start of the school year.

A 2.5% discount is awarded to families who have more than one child enrolled in the program

A $30 annual registration fee is required, PAYABLE BY CHECK TO THE LINCOLN PTO, DUE AUGUST 1ST, 2021. This fee covers costs related to hosting By Discovery. BY DISCOVERY COLLECTS THE REGISTRATION CHECKS AND SUBMITS THEM TO THE PTO TREASURER. Please mail your check to By Discovery LLC, 803 Wenonah Avenue, Oak Park, IL 60304. Past due registration fees may render your registration void, opening the space for other families.

Monthly fees are calculated based on the days of the week your child attends and the total of those days per school calendar year, divided by 9 (September through May). Fees are pro-rated for those who enroll during the school year, based on actual participation days.

Invoices are generated via "Wave" online accounting and emailed on the 8th of each month. Program fees are due by the 15th of each month or the next business day, if the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday. Note: Even though programming begins in August, your first invoice will be emailed on September 8th.

A $25 late fee will be invoiced for each month a payment is submitted past the due date's 3 day grace period.

A one month cancellation notice is required.

1. Students who attend an after school activity may participate in By Discovery following their scheduled activity
2. Students eat a snack (packed from home) and enjoy outdoor play (weather permitting) at the start of every
3. Homework time is encouraged as projects/activities come to a close, approximately 5:15pm
4. Suggested pick up time is from 5:15 to 6pm, during free play (including Legos and imaginative/sensory play

By Discovery was founded in 2012 by Art Educator and Oak Park resident Jocelyne Adkins. She has devoted the past 10 years to developing art enrichment activities for youth, as Program Director & Lead Educator for Beye Discovery, Program of the Beye School PTO, Oak Park. Jocelyne earned her MAAE from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is inspired daily by children, artists & nature! Kim Becker holds an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art. Kim is a professional photographer and a skilled printmaker. She is a kid at heart who enjoys working with and being inspired by young creatives!

To register your child, please complete the form below. In early August, you will receive 4 forms requiring your signature. Please submit your completed forms by August 15th, 2021. Forms not received within this time frame will render your registration void, re-opening the space for other registrants.

For questions about By Discovery please contact Jocelyne Adkins, Program Director, at
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Parent/Guardian Name *
Parent/Guardian Address *
Cell Phone *
Child's Name *
Child's Grade for 2021/22 *
Child's Birthdate *
Provide 3 Emergency Contact Names and Phone Numbers (during hours right after school) *
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Should your schedule vary during the school year, please indicate your needs below *
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