Lincoln Elementary School 
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Volume 21, Issue 9
In This Issue
Book Fair
Notes From The PTA
Measure L
Common Core Math
Safe Routes Survey
Bullying Prevention Month
Parent Educational News
Links Submission Guidelines
Upcoming Events
10/24 - Donuts with Dad, 7:30-8:30am, Library

10/24-10/31 - Book Fair, Lincoln Library
10/24 & 10/25 - McKinley Harvest Festival, 6-10pm & 4:30-9:30pm, McKinley School

10/29 - Site Council Meeting, 3:15pm, Lincoln Library Conference Room

10/29 - BSD Common Core Math Info Night, 6:30 pm, Franklin MPR

10/31 - Halloween Parade, 8:45 am

11/3 - Village Host Pizza Night, 5-7pm

11/4 - Election Day

11/5 - SEDAC Lecture Series, 4pm, McCarthy Ctr for Children & Families
Yard Duty

Quick Links


Principal's Note






October 23, 2014


Dear Lincoln Families:


Walk-a-Thon was a huge success this year. Our students had a great time proudly wearing the WAT t-shirts and walking around the field with their teachers and classmates. WAT is a huge undertaking and I can't thank the committee and all of the volunteers enough for making this fundraiser a wonderful community-building event as well. The school spirit was palpable.


Preparations for the Book Fair are well under way. The Book Fair chairs, Robin Edmondson and Fiona Birchall, could still use some help during the week of the Book Fair. It is so much fun to be in the library helping students as they browse through the books and choose what they would like to read. If you have some time to spare, please contact Robin or Fiona or sign up at the library. I am looking forward to reading to our pajama-clad students on Wednesday, 10/29, at 6:30pm.


In addition to building our students' skills in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and the arts, we also work hard to instill the habits of mind that lifelong learners need for success. One of those habits of mind is perseverance. Too many of our students believe that if they can't grasp a concept quickly, they are just not "smart" in that subject.


Our job is to make clear to students that knowledge and skills are learned and not innate; that through hard work and perseverance they can learn anything; and that 'failure' is just a step along the road to success. Ms. Hall's class is learning this lesson by identifying the "roadblocks" they encounter when working on a project and by identifying what to do next to overcome the roadblock. This is a lesson we should be reinforcing with our students whenever we have the chance.


Halloween is coming soon. I am pleased to announce that the Burlingame High School band will be joining us again for our Halloween parade. Students will line up on the playground as usual before the 8:30am bell. They will then follow their teachers back to their classrooms to drop off their backpacks and prepare for the parade. I would ask all parents to stand behind the fire line after you drop your students off before the morning bell. Once students go to class, I will tell you where to stand so you can have a good view for the parade. It should be fun!!!











The Book Fair promotes literacy at our school and earns money for the Lincoln PTA and classroom libraries. Last year we raised $10,287.43 to purchase books for our classrooms and library! We also received a bonus of over $800 because we raised more money than the previous year! Help us meet that goal again by buying books and holiday gifts from the fair.

This year the Book Fair will be held from Friday, Oct. 24 through Friday, Oct. 31 in the Lincoln Library. Our hours will be 15 minutes before school begins and 30 minutes after it ends.  
Book Fair Itinerary
  • Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 22 & 23. Book Fair Preview Days: Students have a chance to preview the Book Fair with their classes during school.
  • Friday, Oct. 24. First day of Book Fair kicks off with Donuts with Dad from 7:30-8:30 am - dads, moms, grandparents -- all are invited to join us for coffee and donuts before school on Friday. Plus, be the first to buy books at the Fair.
  • Saturday, Oct. 25. Family Day at the Book Fair. Join us from 11 am-1 pm.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29. Pajama Night is back by popular demand! Come join us for a fun-filled Book Fair Family Night from 6:30-8 pm. Wear your pajamas, have a cup of cocoa, and listen to Ms. Magda read everyone a book (around 6:45). We hope you can join us!
  • Friday, Oct. 31. Last day of Book Fair - closes after lunch. Happy Halloween!

We are in great need of volunteers!   

We really can't do the Book Fair without you. If you are interested in being a Book Fair volunteer, please click here to sign up or contact Fiona Birchall at


Book Bucks will be available again this year. 

Book Bucks allow you to set up a prepaid spending account for your child so that he or she doesn't have to carry money to school. Download and print Book Bucks forms or pick one up in the office this week. 


We hope to see you at the Fair,

Your Book Fair Chairs

Fiona Birchall and Robin Edmondson




A BIG Thank You to All Our WAT Volunteers!

The WAT Committee will be thanking all our volunteers further down in this newsletter, however we'd like to give a special shout out to our amazing WAT Chairs -- Ingrid Gauthier, Alex Galanter and Kylisa Howard.  These three superwomen put in many long hours in the days, weeks and months before the big day to ensure it's success.   


Ms. Magda Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! 

Thank you and congratulations to everyone for helping us reach our 92% participation goal! Because of your hard work, Principal Magda fulfilled her pledge to take the ALS ice bucket challenge Wednesday morning.  Many of you were there but for those of you that missed it, you can see the video below.  Prior to getting doused, Ms. Magda announced her donation to ALS on behalf of Lincoln School. Thank you Ms. Magda! 


Ms. Magda Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!
Ms. Magda Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Book Fair Volunteers Still Needed

The Book Fair opens this week and we are still in need of volunteers. Please stop by the library or check out the Google Doc here and sign up for a time that best fits your schedule.  Help is needed during lunch, recess and during Donuts for Dads.


Save Those Bread Tags!

For the past 2 years, BHS students have been collecting plastic bread tags.  The tags are recycled in South Africa where 50,000 bread tags provide one wheelchair for those in need.  Last year they finally hit the magic number and have recognized Lincoln for all our efforts to help them.  From January to May 2014, Lincoln Lions collected over 5566 bread tags!  We will continue to collect them again this year -- please drop them off in the jar in the office.


Don't Forget to Vote

Election Day is less than a couple weeks away. On the ballot, there is an important measure that affects funding for our schools. To learn more about Measure L, please read this Fact Sheet. And don't forget to vote.


June Hee and Melinda Saunders

Lincoln PTA Co-Presidents



This week, our schools are participating in the first of our Burlingame Public Schools' monthly community outreach drives. 


We are collecting non-perishable food items for our local Burlingame organization, CALL Primrose Center. Please give what you can by sending donations of canned or dry food items with your children to school, and help our students continue to learn the importance of helping their community. Collection bins have been placed in your classroom. Click HERE for suggested foods to donate.

Together we rocked the walk! 

Thank you for helping to make our 10th Annual Walk-a-Thon a success! 


Total Donations: $38,214 raised for PTA programs at Lincoln. Total Participation: 92% of Lincoln students turned in a donation, even better than last year!


The students had a blast last Friday and showed amazing school spirit. Thank you to Mrs. Glover, Mr. Carney, Ms. Kerr and their great group of 5th graders for building a "bridge" for all students to walk under as they entered the field. Thank you also to Ms. Magda and the entire staff for helping us promote this important event. Ten classes had 100% donation participation, and the following classes will receive an extra recess in the weeks to come: Ms. Happich, Ms. Galant, Ms. Harris, Ms. Semple, Ms. Sohn, Ms. Stair, Mrs. Fernekes, Ms. Sarre/Ms. Moran, Ms. Hall and Ms. Abucay


Lincoln Lions Are Incredible Fundraisers!

A big thank you to all students who turned in a donation--every donation counted! Congratulations to the following students who raised the most money for their grade level. 


Top Fundraisers:

Kindergarten: Helena Weil

1st Grade: Gabriella Hudson

2nd Grade: Anders Gauthier

3rd Grade: Margo Robison

4th Grade: Maeve Gouws

5th Grade: Shugo Kitamura


Thank You, Walk-a-Thon Volunteers!

A big round of applause and a very heartfelt thank you goes out to all the Walk-a-Thon volunteers.   We are so grateful to Heather Roberts for once again stepping up in a big way to track all our donations and help out all day Friday! Special thanks to Brian Alvarez, DJ and Lincoln dad, whose amazing music made the Walk-a-Thon such a fun experience for everyone involved! Also, another BIG thank you to Isabelle Spano, Jean Gordon, Kyong Yi, Mechele Sheehan, Michele Tatos, Nikki Chung, Paola Lancellotti, Priscilla Fong and Tom Geraghty who were at school early on Friday to set up the stakes, the walking course, the tent, and to hang the banners and decorations. 


In addition, this event could not have been possible without the help of volunteers who helped with set-up, clean-up, in-class coordination, and on-field management: Alma Meza, Amy Dohemann, Amy Johnstone, Amy Wolfe, Andrea Rudolf, Angela Sogas, Arlene Tom, Beth Smith, Chris Bither, Christina Habelt, Deepti Sinha, Diana Ayllon (school nurse), Geraldine Uharriet, Gustavo Cardenas, Heather Crichton, Heather Happ, Holli Rafferty, Holly Allen, Isabelle Spano, Jean Gordon, June Hee, Karen Hirschmann, Kelly Chow, Kelly Mulready, Kendra Knight, Leslie Tong, Linda Stoick, Margherita Soule, Marie O'Toole, May Bartus, Mechele Sheehan, Melinda Saunders, Melissa McGuire, Michele Tatos, Mina Cima, Nina Berkovits, Nirmala Bandrapalli, Paola Lancellotti, Paula Irwin Sachdev, Perry Wu, Priscilla Fong, Rachel Goodrich, Rebecca Galler, Rhonda Jeffrey, Robin Orsi, Rusty Hopewell, Sanchita Shetty, Sandra Barrolaza, Sandra Sullivan, Sarah Won and Shirley Ma.


Lincoln Lions Are Amazing Artists! 

Congratulations to Avery Lavine in 5th grade for the winning the art contest for this year's Walk-a-Thon t-shirt! Her artwork is displayed on the front of the shirt. Additional winners were chosen from each grade level and have their designs on the back of the shirt: Kindergarten-Gabriela Vazquez, 1st Grade-Mika Haggerty, 2nd Grade-Ella Beebe, 3rd Grade-Ashley Rabara and 4th -Ana Spano and 5th-Annika Gauthier.

Thank You, Sponsors!

The Lincoln PTA would like to thank the following families for their generous sponsorship of the 2014 Walk-a-Thon: The Eligator Family, The Toy Family, Wehmeyer Design, The Gauthier Family, The Galanter Family, The Howard Family, The Chavinson Family, The Guglielmi Family, The Quilici Family, The Storey Family, The Spano Family, The Goodrich Family, The Kitamura Family, The Sachdev Family and The Roberts Family.


Thank you again from the entire Walk-a-Thon Team:

Ingrid Gauthier, Kylisa Howard, Alex Galanter and Heather Robert


We welcome your feedback and suggestions on how we can further improve the Walk-a-Thon experience in years to come. Please write to Alex Galanter at: 


Want your kids to do better in school?  Make them walk there! 
A new study on walking or rolling to school confirms the well established concept that exercise improves students' abilities to concentrate on their academic work. This article references other studies that support exercise, such as walking or biking to school, and it's impact on physical and academic health of our students. Sending your kids to school on their feet or bike is not a burden, but a boost! 
Study link: Walk To School Article  
The School Site Council met on October 8th. We elected our officers, trained our new members, discussed last year's site plan, and began discussing school goals (both academic and non-academic) for the 2014/15 school year. We also received a District Advisory Committee (DAC) update. Next meeting: Wednesday, October 29th, 3:15pm, Library Conference Room. 
View the Agenda HERE for our next meeting.
Please pick up a S.H.A.R.E.S. card in the school office and shop at Luckys or Savemart stores. No need to join a club, just swipe the card before making a purchase and Lincoln will earn points and then receive a check based on the amount of points entered.  
See all the ways to earn Lincoln free money.


There's an important measure on the ballot that affects funding for our Burlingame schools. To learn about Measure L, read this Fact Sheet.
October 30 is the last day vote-by-mail ballots can be mailed in. If ballots aren't mailed by tomorrow, they should be handed in at a polling location on Election Day, November 4. To find a polling location close to you, please go to the San Mateo County Election Site.
Interested in learning more about the BCE school site directors? Read their stories just posted on the BCE website:  

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Please mark your calendars and plan to join the Burlingame School District Superintendent, Dr. Maggie MacIsaac, Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services, Dennis Hills, and the Elementary School Principals, to learn more about how Common Core Math instruction is engaging and preparing our students for middle school and beyond.


When:  Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Time:  6:30 pm

Location:  Franklin Multi-Purpose Room, 2385 Trousdale Ave.


Don't miss McKinley Elementary's annual Harvest Festival Friday, Oct. 24 (6-10 pm) and Saturday, Oct. 25 (4:30-9:30 pm).  Games, music and frights await you, including the legendary Haunted Mansion.  Admission is free and costumes are encouraged.

The Burlingame School District has a County-funded Safe Routes to School program that provides resources encouraging our schools to provide safe walking/rolling opportunities for our students. Information on our program can be found here:
Every year data is collected from parents on how their children get to/from school and their safety concerns. The data is collected anonymously and is very useful in determining our Safe Routes program's priorities. Please take about 10 minutes to fill in this online survey: 


Surveys in other languages and paper copies can be found on our Safe Routes webpage: 

Please direct questions to our Wellness Coordinator, Rusty Hopewell: 

The generally accepted definition of bullying is aggressive behavior that must have three components: intent to harm, repetition, and a power imbalance between the bully and the target or victim.  There are four types of bullying: verbal (teasing, name calling), social/relational (rumors, leaving someone out on purpose), physical (hitting, tripping) and cyber bullying (any of the mentioned behaviors using digital technologies).  


The Burlingame School District takes this topic very seriously and believes in a proactive approach.  With the completion of another successful Ability Awareness and Tolerance Week, we realize how important it is to carry on the vital message that our students should continue to develop their empathy and tolerance of others.  


It is of high priority that your child receives not only an amazing academic education but also one that promotes "the whole child." It is our job to make sure the students of Burlingame feel safe, empowered and successful.  This includes developing their social and emotional skills.  


The District has implemented multiple evidence-based programs including Responsive Classroom and Tribes, which emphasize social and emotional learning (SEL) by creating a community within the classroom.  The newest program that has been introduced is called Second Step.  Second Step is a classroom-based social skills curriculum that focuses on developing skills for learning, empathy, emotion management and problem solving.  These programs have been proven to reduce negative behaviors and emotional distress as well as improve attitudes, behaviors and academic performance.  If you would like more information on social and emotional learning, you can refer to the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (  


SEDAC Lecture Series: Dyslexia

Debra Ashburn, BSD school psychologist, will discuss the latest research, information and interventions with regard to dyslexia. BSD's Director of Special Education, Heather Logan, will address questions about how the school district addresses the needs of students with dyslexia. 


When: Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014 

Time: 4:00-5:30pm

Location: McCarthy Center for Children and Families, 1764 Marco Polo Way, Burlingame 


All parents welcome to attend. Free childcare provided by BSD staff. Direct any questions to



Burlingame Parks and Recreation is looking for interested people to serve on their Parks and Recreation Commission. Applicants need to be a US citizen, live in the City of Burlingame and be able to attend commission meetings. Commission meetings are scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7pm. This is a 3-year, appointed term. The Parks and Recreation Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council, City Manager, and Parks and Recreation Director in providing general oversight, input, and direction for the City's recreation programs and park facilities. In addition, the Commission is asked to weigh in on Department budget requests, park planning and projects, contracted operations such as with the Burlingame Golf Center, contracts with the local School Districts, as well as evaluating City Recreation Classes, Special Events, and Programs.


If you are interested, please attend a commission meeting and fill out the application which can be found at 

If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Margaret Glomstad at 650-558-7307 or 


The City of Burlingame is interested in your perceptions of the Broadway Business District. Please take a few minutes to complete the city survey.


Burlingame Soccer Club try-outs


YMCA Youth Volleyball


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