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Volume 21, Issue 12
In This Issue
Art Reflections Show
Notes From the PTA
Dad's Club Movie Night
Food Drive
Winter Concert News
BCE Update
Parent Ed News
SEDAC Lecture Series
Links Submission Guidelines
Upcoming Events
11/14: Dads Club Movie Night, MPR, Doors open 6pm

11/17-11/21: CALL Primrose Food Drive

11/19: PTA Art Reflections Show, Library, 6-7pm

11/19: PTA Meeting, Library, 7pm

11/20: PTA Art Reflections Show, Library, 8-8:30 am
Yard Duty

Quick Links


Principal's Note



Dear Lincoln Families:


"When we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and when we no longer know which way to go we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings."
-Wendell Berry   


This beautiful quote from Wendell Berry comes to mind as I visit classrooms and see our students struggling productively to learn how to express their thinking in math, produce evidence from the text to support their thinking in language arts and social studies, and use detail and description to write a fully realized narrative essay. They are being required to do more than simply remember and regurgitate information. They are being asked to make their minds sing.

Our students must be able to use information to construct solutions to real world problems and in order to do so they must develop the habits of mind that will ensure their success as they grapple with problems for which they don't immediately know the resolution. It is important that both at school and at home we praise students not only for reaching a correct answer but also, more importantly, for sticking with the problem and struggling to solve it.  


Periodically I will describe in my letter one of these habits and how I see it being practiced in our classrooms. You will find a link to a brief description of each of the habits of mind on the Lincoln website in case you would like to read more on the subject.

The beautiful art work created by our students for the PTA sponsored Reflections Art Contest will be on display in the library and conference room before next Wednesday's PTA meeting. The art preview will begin at 6:00 with the PTA meeting following at 7:00. I hope you will join us for the art show to celebrate the amazing talent of our students and stay for an informative meeting afterwards.

The Lincoln newspaper, the ROAR, finally has its Editors-in-Chief for this school year. This year the ROAR will be led by Molly Abramson, Jacqueline Rainville, and Chloe VanVoorhis. There were many excellent applicants this year, making this a difficult decision. I will be meeting with the Editors-in-Chief this week to decide which sections the newspaper will have this year and to begin the process of recruiting and selecting section editors. Stay tuned for our first edition.





Wednesday, November 19th, 6-7pm & Thursday, November 20th, 8-8:30 am 
Please join us in celebrating this year's achievement in art! Our talented student artists will be displaying and curating their entries. Come Wednesday night, prior to the PTA meeting, for a sneak peek at all the wonderful entries in the Reflections program. If you can't make this, come early Thursday morning. Everyone is welcome! 


PTA Membership - It's not too late to join

If you have not yet had the chance to submit your PTA membership dues this year, it's not too late. It's only $15 and supports the various PTA efforts at Lincoln. Most importantly, your membership gives you the opportunity to vote on budgetary, event and fundraising decisions our PTA makes for our school. Signup and pay online 
Lincoln PTA wins Shutterfly grant

For the 3rd consecutive year we are a winner of the Shutterfly Classroom Connections Challenge! This is a competition for schools to set up classroom share sites. The first 50 schools to sign up half or more of their classrooms win. We had all 21 of our classroom sites set up the first couple of weeks of school! Special thanks to Cathy Guglielmi and Sandra Barrolaza for leading the charge. We also could not have done it without the efforts of all the room parents. Our classroom sites are a vital mode of communication. It's a very generous bonus to receive a financial reward for it. To be a part of how the $2,000 grant will be utilized, join the PTA!

Art Show & PTA Meeting November 19th

Starting at 6 pm in the Library, parents can view the art entries from our students for the National PTA Art Reflections program. This is Lincoln's 2nd year participating in the program and over 50 art pieces will be shared. Light refreshments will be served. For those who can't make it in the evening, the show will also be open Thursday morning at 8 am. Come have a cup of coffee and check it out.

Come for the art and stay for the PTA meeting! The PTA meeting will start at 7 pm. Among the budget & general PTA updates, we will also hear from Principal Magda. The meeting agenda is posted outside the office or visit the Lincoln website.

We hope you are able to pause and take a breath before the crush of the holidays are upon us!


June Hee and Melinda Saunders

Lincoln PTA Co-Presidents



Save the Date!  Tomorrow is Lincoln's not-to-be-missed Movie Night, 
hosted by the Dad's Club.  
Now showing.....Despicable Me 2.  Doors open at 6pm.  Movie starts at 7pm.  Hot dogs, popcorn, candy and drinks will be available for purchase. 
November Food Drive- Donations Needed Next Week

"We are thankful to have neighbors that are so thoughtful and generous, and who are teaching their children at an early age, the value of giving to others. Thank you for thinking of CALL and for helping to make the upcoming holidays a bit brighter for so many." 
-- A note to Burlingame School Families from Call Primrose

Next week, November 17th-21st, Burlingame School District will be collecting non-perishable food items for our local Burlingame organization, CALL Primrose Center.  Show thanks this holiday season by giving what you can. Please send your donations of canned or dry food items with your children to school, bins will be placed in their classroom for collection. Thank you.  

4th & 5th Grade Winter Concert
December 3rd at 7:00pm

The Winter Concert is fast approaching and we are counting down our last rehearsals until the December 3rd performance.

On the night of the concert, Band members should arrive at BIS at 6:30pm and choir students at 6:40pm. Students will gather in rooms M-1 & M-2 with their teachers.  

The concert will begin at 7pm.

Suggested dress attire for all 4th and 5th graders is white on top and dark bottoms.

If you have any questions, please contact Judy Vina ( or Leslie Tong (  


Spirit Wear IS coming home this week!

Thank you to everyone who ordered Spirit Wear. Shirts will be coming home with your child this week. Sweatshirts are taking longer than expected but they are due to arrive soon. They will be delivered to your child's classroom. If you have any questions, please contact or  

Start your holiday shopping early! Shop at Amazon using our special link and up to 8% of your purchases will be sent to Lincoln.


Simply click on the Amazon link below, sign into your own personal Amazon account (if you are not already signed in) and shop as you normally would. If you do not already have an Amazon account, you will need to create one. Then bookmark this link so you don't forget! Click here to shop at Amazon.


See all the ways to earn Lincoln free money.



Thanks to our Burlingame community for making voting a priority last Tuesday. The passage of Measure L ensures Burlingame School District maintains its current parcel tax funding over the next 14 years. BCE Foundation's grant, along with other local funding sources, are a critically important part of our district's annual budget-nearly 15%. Your ongoing support is deeply appreciated.

What is the impact of BCE funds? One vital area of impact is professional development for our teachers.

BSD recognizes the importance of providing professional development to teachers who are charged with teaching the 21st century-oriented Common Core curriculum to our children. This year BSD teachers receive year-round professional development from:

  • The Reading & Writing Project (a.k.a. Writers Workshop) founded and directed by Professor Lucy Calkins of Columbia University Teaching College
  • West Ed Training on Literacy (for BIS teachers)
  • SWUN Math methodology developed by Si Swun to excel in Common Core math standards
  • Two in-house teaching coaches and curriculum experts: Susan Anderson, BSD Math Coach and Brennan Brockbank, BSD Science Coach
Learn more about how BCE helps the district fund teacher professional development-a must read! You can read the BCE blog article here 

Your donations to BCE Foundation support professional development for our teachers. Our $1.5+ million injection of flexible dollars into BSD's budget strengthens our schools and helps our district fund programs and teachers that make a powerful impact on our children's education every day. Our community's partnership with the school district is invaluable, and we thank you for your generosity.



We are BCE-Together we build better Burlingame schools. 

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Thank you to all of the parents who came out to hear Jason Brand speak on parenting our children in this new digital age. He had many wonderful insights into how we should approach technology with our children. If you weren't able to attend the session, you'll find two great handouts, STAR Toolbox and Family Tech Checklist, by clicking here.
Also, save the date for our next parent education event on Tuesday, February 3rd from 7pm-9pm at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. Laura Kastner, author of Wise-Minded Parenting, will be sharing her valuable insights. 
Raising a happy and successful child is a challenge for any parent, even the most patient and wisest among us. Parenting requires all sorts of skills that most of us don't naturally possess. In this session, you'll learn how to tap your "wise mind" to calmly navigate even the stormiest of parenting moments. You'll learn how to preserve your loving relationship while encouraging progress toward the essential elements of happy, healthy children. Mark your calendar now for this important evening.
SEDAC Lecture Series: RTI, IEP's, & 504's - Definitions and Differences

Having trouble understanding what Response To Intervention (RTI), Individualized Education Plans (IEP's), and 504's are and how they are different from each other? You're not the only one. Please join Heather Logan, BSD's Interim Director of Special Education, and district RTI Specialists for a presentation and discussion about these programs and how students qualify for them.

Date and Time: Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, 4:00-5:30 pm 
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
We are looking for any high school siblings who would like to be a cabin leader for our Outdoor Education. From December 1-5, the 5th graders from McKinley 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. 
Free food for low-income families and individuals through CALL Primrose

Are you hungry or in need of food for yourself or your family? CALL Primrose can help. For over 30 years, CALL Primrose has been providing grocery assistance to low-income individuals and families from San Bruno through San Carlos. Our services are free and available to all regardless of race or religion. Anyone in need of grocery assistance is welcome! For help, contact CALL Primrose at 650-342-2255 or visit and click on the tab "Get Groceries". Get food for your family and yourself.

Comida gratis para las familias y los individuos de ingresos bajos a través de CALL Primrose

¿Tiene usted hambre o necesitando el alimento para su familia? Puedes llamar CALL Primrose para ayuda. Por más de 30 años, CALL Primrose ha estado proporcionando ayuda para alimentos para los individuos y las familias con ingresos bajos de San Bruno a San Carlos. Los servicios están libres y disponibles para todos sin importar la raza o la religión. ¡Cualquiera persona que necesita ayuda de la tienda de comestibles se da la bienvenida! Pongase en contacto con CALL Primrose: 650-342-2255 o visite este sitio web:


Join us at the Burlingame Public Library for A Special Reading of 

The Nutcracker. Meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends from the  

Candy Kingdom followed by selected dances from The Nutcracker.


The performance takes place at 2pm on Sunday, November 16th

in the Children's Room at the Main Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose  

Road.  For more information, call the Children's Desk at  

(650) 558-7400, ext. 3.  No tickets required.


Burlingame Soccer Club try-outs


Holiday Tea at the Burlingame Public Library

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