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Volume 21, Issue 19
In This Issue
Rain Gear & Coat Drive
Message From the PTA
Math Night
Girl's on the Run
BCE Update
Parenting Seminar
Flu Alert
Burlingame Public Library Poetry Month
Upcoming Events
1/15: BCE Public Board Meeting, 7:30 pm, Vinyl Room

1/16: PTA meeting, Lincoln library, Noon

1/19: MLK Jr. Day - No school

1/20-21: BCE Read-a-Thon Kickoff Shopping Event, 6 pm, Books Inc.

1/20-23: Coat Drive

1/21: Math Night - MPR, 6-7:30pm

1/24: Individualized Education Plan, 9:30-Noon, BSD Office

1/26-2/1: BCE Read-a-Thon

2/3: Parenting Seminar, 7-9pm, San Mateo Performing Arts Ctr

2/7: LobsterFest
Yard Duty
1/20 - 1/23
Kionke / Kissner

Quick Links
January Lunch Menu 


Principal's Note



Dear Lincoln Families:



The BCE Read-a-Thon is upon us. As I told students at last Friday's assembly, they should be 'resting' their eyes in anticipation of all of the reading they will do during Read-a-Thon, January 26-February 1. I always look forward to this event as it highlights the importance of reading while simultaneously fostering a lifelong love of reading. Additionally, the money collected allows us to do such important work both at Lincoln and throughout the district. As I mentioned in my letter last week, BCE funds support our amazing music program, Math and Science Specialists, our new instructional aide, and credentialed PE teachers just to name a few. Your generous pledges, no matter the amount, allow BCE to continue to support these district priorities that enrich all of our students.


The theme this year, "Rocket Into Reading", is particularly apt as reading can truly take you to far away worlds. There are many activities planned as you will see in the letter from the Lincoln BCE team. Please look for this letter along with pledge materials in your student's backpack by Friday, January 16. I will be kicking off the event by reading at Books, Inc. on Tuesday, January 20 at 6:00pm. I hope our students will join me. Although you won't be able to count your minutes, I encourage you to read while your students are reading at home. There is no better way to encourage students to read than to show them how much you enjoy it yourself.

The Lincoln School Site Council (SSC) has been meeting monthly. The goal of this committee is to develop a plan to increase student achievement and it is comprised of parents, teachers, school staff, and me. This plan is developed by analyzing student data and includes goals intended to ensure all students achieve at high levels. This year's plan was presented to the Board of Trustees for approval on Tuesday night. The plan will be shared at tomorrow's PTA meeting, but I want to highlight one goal for you now.


From the day I arrived, I have taken seriously the responsibility of deepening the sense of community here at Lincoln and providing for the social-emotional growth of our students as well as their academic growth. One of the goals of this plan addresses this directly: "The Lincoln community will ensure a school climate that fosters a spirit of fairness, consideration, and camaraderie; one that motivates, energizes, and recognizes the importance of humor, as well as the social, and emotional well being for all in our community." To gather relevant data, Lincoln teachers and staff as well as 3rd-5th grade students took a survey about school climate. The Lincoln team will be analyzing that data within the next month to choose a focus for our pilot of the district-provided Social Emotional Curriculum, Second Step. I will be sharing this data as well as our plan in greater depth at an upcoming PTA meeting.















Next week, January 20th-23rd, Burlingame Public Schools will be collecting rain gear and coats for InnVision Shelter Network, the leading provider of housing and supportive services for homeless families and adults across the Peninsula and Silicon Valley.


We will be collecting the following items: New or gently used raincoats, rain boots, umbrellas and ponchos as well as coats and outerwear. Both adult and kid's sizes are needed. Please go though your closets or pick up an extra umbrella and give what you can to help our neighbors in need this rainy season. Thank for your support! 




PTA Meeting this Friday, January 16, Noon, Library

Guest Speaker BSD Director of Technology, Amy Nichols

Please join us for the first PTA meeting of the new year! Amy Nichols will be giving an overview of her role as the district's new Director of Technology and is looking forward to answering all of your questions.  Our meeting will be held in the library conference room (formally known as the Computer Lab). We'll also be reviewing the budget to date and discussing the upcoming Lobsterfest event. Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend!


Math NIght, Wednesday, January 21, 6 - 7:30pm -- NEW TIME!

Due to a scheduling conflict with the Burlingame Girls Softball Crazy Sock Night, Math Night has moved up by half an hour -- so we expect to see at lot of girl softball players right when the doors open at 6! To learn more about Math Night or find out how you can volunteer, please read further down in the Links. It's a fun free community event that kids of all ages enjoy!


LobsterFest is three weeks away!

There are still some opportunities to help out at Lobsterfest this year! Good with numbers? - help out in the clearing room.  A natural designer? - help with decorations.  Just want to help in any way you can? Click here to sign up to volunteer for this fantastic event.


Thanking our Lincoln staff...

This past Wednesday morning, the PTA provided a small brunch to our wonderful teachers and staff to welcome in the new year and thank them for their on-going dedication and commitment to our children.  


Hope to see you all at the PTA Meeting!


June Hee and Melinda Saunders

Lincoln PTA Co-Presidents


Can I learn math concepts measuring the height of my classmates? Can a deck of playing cards teach me statistics? Can I use a ruler to estimate the number of objects in a jar?  
The answer to all these questions is YES and you and your kid(s) can have fun exploring math together, as a family, at Lincoln's annual, not-to be missed MATH NIGHT!! Math loving parents, please consider volunteering as a station leader.  To volunteer or for more information, please email Tina Clarke Dur ( 

Lincoln's Annual LobsterFest, hosted by the Lincoln Dad's Club, is February 7, 6-11:30 pm, at the Burlingame Rec Center.  Tickets are now available online or by returning a form with payment to the office.  This not-to-be-missed event sells out every year.  Buy your tickets today.


BCE Read-A-Thon

Get Ready to Rocket into Reading...the BCE Read-A-Thon is almost here!


Read-A-Thon materials are going home with students this week.  From January 26 through February 1, students will read as much as they can and record their daily minutes. Have your student ask family, friends and neighbors to support their participation with a donation.  There are great prizes, including the chance to win an iPad mini and a Five Little Monkeys gift card.  

View flyer for more details. 


And don't forget to attend the Read-A-Thon kick-off shopping event at Books Inc. on Tuesday, Jan 20th at 6 pm. Principal Magda will be there to read a book! View flyer. 


 Get ready to start reading on Monday, January 26th



Volunteers Needed - Coach for Girls on the Run (Grades 3-5) at Lincoln this spring!


Warm-up your spirit fingers, lace up your sneakers and inspire a group of girls to be strong and healthy. Teams of 3 volunteers will be trained as coaches to facilitate our easy-to-follow curriculum with groups of 16 girls over the course of 10 weeks. (No experience required - Girls on the Run provides full training and support). Amidst the conversation, laughter, hugs and energy awards, you will witness transformational change in the girls - and don't be surprised if you realize that you are positively changing as well! Ready to make a difference and encourage girls to realize their full potential? The first step is signing up. Ready, Set, Coach!  


Questions? Contact Natalie Stack, Girls on the Run Program Director, at or 415-863-8942. Lincoln needs three coaches for our team this spring. Practice will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:10-4:30 pm, from February 23 through May 11. 


To sign up your child for Girls on the Run, visit the Parks and Recreation web site.


Keep an eye out for the Box Top logo on products that your family consumes 

every day -- cereal, snacks, paper products, trash bags, etc. The list goes on and on!  Cut out your Box Tops and help earn free money for Lincoln. You can turn them in at the office. Those Box Top dollars add up!




Get ready to Rocket into Reading with books!  
The BCE Read-a-thon begins on January 26. The BCE Read-a-thon is a week-long fundraiser that promotes literacy, inspires excitement about reading, and increases awareness about BCE.  Students seek sponsorships to benefit BCE and compete for classroom and individual prizes for the most minutes read! Be on the lookout for your student's Read-a-thon envelope and get ready to help track all minutes read outside of class.  

Mark your calendar!  
Join us on Tuesday, January 20 and Wednesday, January 21 from 6-8pm at Books Inc., 1375 Burlingame Avenue, for refreshments, friends, and shopping in support of BCE. Stock up on some new books-Books, Inc. will donate 20% of all sales each night to support BCE.   

Don't forget that TONIGHT is the BCE Public Board meeting.
Thursday, January 15 at 7:30pm at the Vinyl Room, 221 Park Road, Burlingame.  
Everyone is welcome!

We are BCE. Together we build better schools.

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Tickets are available now

for the next parent education event on Tuesday, February 3 from 7-9pm. 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. You will learn how to preserve your loving relationship while encouraging progress toward the essential elements of happy, healthy children. This evening will be particularly helpful for those parenting tweens and teens. Mark your calendar now for this important evening. The Burlingame School District's PTA Council is delighted to co-host this event with the San Mateo Union High School District at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center, the peninsula's state-of-the-art facility. Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be available and Dr. Kastner's books will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. This is going to a popular presentation! Click on the following link now to secure your ticket and learn more:


When: Tuesday, February 3, 7-9pm

Where: San Mateo Performing Arts Center



Free Workshop: Introduction to the IEP Process and Assessment

Are you wondering if your child needs special education services? Are you confused about the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process? Does your child already have an IEP, but you still have questions about it? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may benefit from attending this workshop. 

See flyer for more details.

When: Sat., Jan. 24, 9:30am-12pm

Where: Burlingame School District Office, 1825 Trousdale Dr., Burlingame, CA

RSVP: Florence Wong, SEDAC Chair, or 415-637-0022.


Calling all Lincoln Scientists and Engineers!


The Burlingame School District STEM Fair will be February 9th, 2015.  Interested 4th and 5th
grade students can find more information
here.  Students should register here.


Questions for our Lincoln STEM Fair Rep?  Contact Amy Johnstone at: Questions for the District Science Coach?  Contact Brennan Brockbank at:  


Is your child an incoming 6th grader at BIS? The Kennedy family has been maintaining the planters outside the BIS Media Center for the past 3 years, but our children are graduating this year. We are looking for an incoming BIS family that would be interested in looking after the plots starting in June 2015.


The current plants are fairly drought resistant, and the time commitment is limited. When it's not raining, the plants need intermittent watering. There is a hose is on site. Occasionally, plants need to be replaced. This has been a great project for our kids and earns them points toward the "Block B" service program at BIS. If interested, please contact .  



The cold days tend to bring people indoors, which becomes a great breeding ground for microbes to multiply and communicable diseases to spread. After all, that is their calling in life. It is our job to prevent the spread of these sneaky little microbes. The flu season has been upon us and illnesses are on the rise. 


Click here for information on influenza, differences between cold and flu, how flu spreads, as well as suggestions on how to protect you and your family and to learn what we are doing as a district.  

Burlingame High School's Interact Club presents ... Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is an event for people of all ages to come and have a good time this winter season! Burlingame High School will be decorated  into a life-size version of the board game Candy Land where YOU will be the game pieces! There is no fee. All that's needed are people ready to have some fun! 


When: Saturday, Jan. 17, 12-4pm

Where: Burlingame High School

See flyer for more info.   

January is Poetry Month at the library and this year's theme is Poetry Roundup. Children in grades K-5 are invited to write an original poem and bring it to the Main Burlingame Library or the Easton Branch between Jan. 2nd and 31st to receive a free paperback book of poetry.  The school with the highest per capita participation will receive our big Library Horse to "live" in their school library.  Questions? Call the Children's Desk at (650) 558-7400, ext. 3.


Join us for a free "Poetry Café and Cookies" open mike family program at the Main Library on Sunday, January 25, at 2 pm.   Children may read their original poems to the audience and share some cookies. Space is limited and sign up is required.  Sign up here.

LobsterFest Flyer

BCE Read-A-Thon

Burlingame Public Library Poetry Month


 Panther Wrestling Club 


Youth League Tennis


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