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Volume 21, Issue 10
In This Issue
Book Fair Pajama Night Tonight
Notes From the PTA
Box Tops - Free Money for Lincoln
BCE Update
Election Reminder
BSD Board Update
Food Drive Thank You
Outdoor Ed Volunteers Sought
Walk to School
Safe Routes Survey
Bullying Prevention Month
Parent Ed News
Serving the Community
Broadway Ave. Survey
Links Submission Guidelines
Upcoming Events
10/30-10/31 - Book Fair, Lincoln Library
10/31 - Halloween Parade, 8:45am

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

11/4 - Election Day

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

11/11 - Veterans Day - No school

11/14 - Dads Club Movie Night, MPR, 6pm
Yard Duty

Quick Links


Principal's Note





Dear Lincoln Families:                                  

Common Core math instruction is well under way this year. With the help of the SWUN math program, teachers are doing more than just showing students how to solve algorithms. They are developing number sense in our students so that they better understand the math behind the algorithm. By requiring students to practice a variety of strategies for solving math problems, teachers are developing students' flexible math reasoning. By requiring them to explain their thinking, teachers are developing students' conceptual understanding of math, not just their procedural skill.


All of this means that the math you see coming home will look different than math from previous years. You may not be able to help your students with this work. That is okay. Teachers need to see what students know and can do and their individual completion of homework is one tool for assessing what needs to be retaught. The best way to help your student with math is to ask them to explain to you what they are doing. Getting them to explain their thinking helps them to clarify it.


Every time I walk into the library it is filled with students skimming books, talking about books, and buying books. What a wonderful literary atmosphere for our students. We all know how important quantity of reading time is to developing reading fluency and comprehension. The book fair is the perfect time to highlight the importance of reading for our students. Thanks to the committee members and all of the volunteers for helping to instill a love of reading in our students.


Some of you may have heard tales of earthquake drills at school this week. The Lincoln team will be practicing safety drills throughout the year so that staff and students are ready for any major disaster. All Burlingame schools are basing their safety protocols on the recently adopted San Mateo County "Big Five" School Emergency Guidelines. We will be practicing a variety of drills that will cover all contingencies so don't be alarmed if your student reports that they practiced evacuating the school or were locked down in their classroom. Lincoln provides a warm and safe environment for students, part of ensuring that safety is being prepared.


Keep your fingers crossed for a sunny day tomorrow for our annual Halloween parade. Please have your students come to school in their costumes but bring a change of clothes for after the parade. We will have the parade rain or shine. I only ask that you listen for instructions when you arrive about where to stand to provide the best experience for students and to ensure their safety.






Back by popular demand--Pajama Night!
Tonight from 6-7:30pm

Come join us for a fun-filled Book Fair Family Night from 6-7:30pm. Wear your pajamas, have a cup of cocoa, and listen to Ms. Magda read everyone a book (6:30PM). We hope you can join us!

The Book Fair ends Friday, Oct. 31st after lunch. Get your last-minute shopping done in the Lincoln Library!  
Your Book Fair Chairs
Fiona Birchall and Robin Edmondson


Book Fair

Friday, Oct. 31, is the last day of book fair. We hope you enjoyed having access to our very own bookstore for the week and took the opportunity to attend one or more of the book fair events.  Thanks to all our volunteers who set up, tended the store, and are packing it all up tomorrow. We also want to express our gratitude to Robin Edmundson and Fiona Birchall, who chaired the fair once again! They basically lived on campus the past two weeks to make it all possible. And thanks to all of you, loyal customers, for supporting literacy and Lincoln. 


Halloween Parade

We are looking forward to seeing all the ghosts and goblins, witches and wizards, and everything in-between at tomorrow's Halloween parade. As Ms. Magda mentioned, please make room for the kids to enter the blacktop and get situated before crowding around. Each class will strut their stuff so you can get a good look at all the costumes. We are excited to welcome back the Burlingame High School band as our musical accompanists - many of whom are Lincoln alumni!


Pizza Night

The first Monday of every month is Lincoln night at Village Host Pizza. Treat yourself to a night out of the kitchen on Monday, Nov. 3, and mingle with other Lincoln families. A percentage of pizza proceeds come back to the school. Contact our Pizza Night chairs, Angie Turri and Sharon Reichow with any questions.


Don't Forget to Vote

Election Day is next Tuesday, Nov. 4! 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.


We hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween!    


June Hee and Melinda Saunders

Lincoln PTA Co-Presidents


Clip Box Tops from participating products and drop them off in the office. Write your child's name and room number on the back of each Box Top. Check out for more information.
See all the ways to earn Lincoln free money.


There's an important measure on the Nov. 4 ballot that affects funding for our Burlingame schools. To learn about Measure L, read this fact sheet. To find a polling location close to you, please go to the San Mateo County Election Site.
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Dear Burlingame School District Community,

I want to give our school district parents a friendly reminder that Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day. There are many important community issues on the ballot, so I encourage everyone to vote.

If you vote by mail, you should've received your vote-by-mail ballot the week of Oct. 6. If you never received your ballot or can't find it please, contact the Elections Office for assistance.

If you vote at the polls on Election Day, polling places will be open from 7am-8pm. Your polling place may have changed. To find your polling location or for general voting information, please visit the San Mateo County Elections Office website at or call (650) 312-5222.

Maggie MacIsaac
Resolution on Proposition 2
The Burlingame School District Governing Board approved Resolution 2014/2015-10 opposing Proposition 2 and in objection of capping school district reserve levels. 

BSD's resolution states "school district reserve levels, as well as their fund balances, are determined by governing boards to meet local priorities and allow districts to save for potential future expected and unexpected expenditures and for eventual economic downturns". 

The Governing Board of BSD currently maintains a reserve of approximately 7-10%. Under Prop. 2, it could take many years for the State of California to build up an adequate Public School System Stabilization Account; yet, in one year, school districts would be forced to spend down their reserves and ending balances to levels that could jeopardize fiscal solvency. 
The director at Call Primrose, Terri Boesch, has passed along a heartfelt thank you to all the Burlingame schools that participated in the  food drive last week. It was a HUGE success. The timing of the large number of donations was perfect since they have a record number of new clients heading into the holiday season. Thanks again to all who participated!
We are looking for any high school siblings who would like to be a cabin leader for our Outdoor Education. From Nov. 3-7, the 5th graders from Franklin Elementary School will be going to Jones Gulch. 
If you have a student who would like to participate, please contact Joann Salinas at the Burlingame School District Office at Or call 650-259-3807 with any questions.

Arrangements will be made with the student's high school and the counselor. Transportation and meals will be provided. Students will just need to pack up a bag for a week of fun outdoor education activities. 
Want your kids to do better in school? Have 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 its 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! 
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 at
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 10 minutes to fill in the 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, at

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

Time: 4-5:30pm

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 its Parks and Recreation Commission. Applicants need to be a U.S. 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 three-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 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.


Race for Nutrition - Nutrition Nuggets Bonus Flyer

Burlingame Soccer Club try-outs


YMCA Youth Volleyball

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