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Volume 21, Issue 20
In This Issue
Message From the PTA
Coat Drive
Girl's on the Run
Free Money: Office Depot
BCE Update
BIS Parent Orientation
Parenting Seminar
Poetry Month
Upcoming Events
1/24: Individualized Education Plan, 9:30-noon, BSD Office

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

1/28: BIS Parent Orientation Night, 6:30pm, BIS Auditorium

2/2: Lincoln night at Village Host Pizza, 5-7pm

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

2/7: LobsterFest

2/16-20: Presidents' Week, No school
Yard Duty
1/26 - 1/30
Loveall-Diehl / Moran-Sarre

Quick Links
January Lunch Menu 


Principal's Note


Dear Lincoln Families:



Although we are through only about half of the current school year, it is time for us to begin thinking about next year already. With the help of our PTA presidents and BCE Liaison, I have already conducted two well-attended incoming kindergarten parent tours. There is one remaining tour scheduled for Jan. 28 at 1:15pm. It makes me so proud to be able to share the wonderful things that happen here at Lincoln. 

You should already have received the Lincoln Family Information Sheet from your student. This next step is crucial for us in determining how many openings we have for new families, so please fill it out and return it either to your student's teacher or to Mrs. Pape as soon as you can. 

You may have noticed the new traffic signs adorning Devereux. Thanks to the district for providing these visible reminders of our traffic policies. They seem to be making a difference. 

Speaking of making a difference, thank you so much to Lincoln parents Steve Pariani, Nirmala Bandrapalli and Howard Welton, and Roosevelt parent, Tony Azzolini, for all of their hard work in preparing a proposal that was presented to the Board of Trustees at last week's Board meeting. 

Their research and passionate support for providing a crossing guard for the Ray Drive/El Camino Real intersection has led to Board approval. They also presented to the City Manager, who has also agreed. The Burlingame Police Department is currently hiring and we should expect the crossing guard to arrive soon. 

This is just another example of Lincoln parents stepping up to support all of our students. Thank you also to the Board and District team for their support.

The BCE Read-a-thon kicks off here at Lincoln at our Friday Pride Assembly. You should have received your packets from the Read-a-thon Committee already. I had the pleasure of reading for many of our students at Books, Inc. this past Tuesday night as part of the this wonderful kick-off event. 

Please encourage your students to read often and long and to log their reading minutes next week. I look forward to seeing the reading minutes add up.







The BCE Read-a-thon starts Monday!

Encourage your student to read as much as possible each day of the Read-a-thon. Students should record their daily minutes on the BCE Read-a-thon envelope and the individual rockets, and then turn in a rocket to their teachers each day for the chance to win a great prize.


And don't forget to head to your grade's early morning read-in at the library from 8-8:30 am. Students will be able to return books and check out new ones to help keep their reading on a roll!


Grades 4-5 -- Monday, Jan. 26

Grade 3 -- Tuesday, Jan. 27

Grade 2 -- Wednesday, Jan. 28

Grade 1 -- Thursday, Jan. 29

Kindergarten -- Friday, Jan. 30



PTA Meeting Recap

It was great seeing a few new faces (as well as the usual suspects!) at the PTA meeting last Friday. We had an informative discussion with Amy Nichols, the district's Director of Technology, and got to hear from some of our great teachers, who kindly joined us during their lunch hour.

In an effort to accommodate differing schedules, we alternate meetings between evening and day time. We hope you will join us as your schedule allows. Check out the 
school calendar for the schedule for the remainder of the year. Our Lincoln PTA is made possible by all YOU parents and teachers. Thank you!

Yay, Math!

Special shout out to our fabulous Math Night chairs Tina Dur and Kimarie & Steve Matthews as well as their wonderful team of volunteers who made the night another great success. We were also lucky to have the help of many Lincoln alumni from BIS.

Silent Auction - Help Make It Awesome!

The Silent Auction is coming to Lobsterfest! And there are going to be some fun offerings this year.  Bunco, Flip Flops (two fabulous parties to bond with your mom friends) & Father-Son Flag Football are back on the auction block. Also a piece of collaborative class artwork from each classroom and many teacher experiences. The full list of auction items will be available for your perusal the week before the event!


The night is really only made possible through the great effort of our Dads Club and auction volunteers. We could use all the help we can get! Check out the LobsterFest 2015 sign-up sheet to sign up for a Dads Club job.


Decorators and silent auction helpers are needed on the day of the event! The décor team helps add the scenic ambiance to the rec center. They also get first crack at reserving seats, so it is a job with perks! If you can help several hours before the event, contact Sheeva at


Perhaps you want to check out the auction but not interested in feeding on lobster? Or maybe you waited too long to get your ticket? We are in need of auction check-out helpers during the event. If you are intrigued and want to find out more, contact Paola at


Reading & Poetry

The BCE Read-a-thon is in full force! Hopefully you and the kids are stocked up on books and ready to flex your optical muscles. The kids love turning in their rockets listing their time spent with books. Special thanks to our Lincoln BCE team for all their work bringing us this event.


Lastly, remember to have your Lincoln poet bring their poem to the Burlingame library by Jan. 31.  Lincoln takes pride in high participation with this annual event and your student receives a book of poetry for participating. Let's bring the poetry horse to join our menagerie of library animals -- he won't make it here without our help!


Have a great weekend!



June and Melinda 

Lincoln PTA Co-Presidents



Lincoln's annual LobsterFest, hosted by the Lincoln Dads Club, is Feb. 7, 6-11:30pm, 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!

Friday, Jan. 23, is the final day of the Burlingame Public Schools rain gear and coat drive for InnVision Shelter Network, the leading provider of housing and supportive services for homeless families and adults across the Peninsula and Silicon Valley.


Please consider donating: New or gently used raincoats, rain boots, umbrellas and ponchos as well as coats and outerwear. Both adult and kid's sizes are needed.


Thank for your support! 


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 three 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 Feb. 23 through May 11. 


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


Mention Lincoln Elementary when checking out, and a portion of your purchase goes to our school!




Save the Date: 
"BCE Goes to Hollywood" Annual Dinner Dance and Auction, 
Saturday, April 18. See flyer for more info.

Get ready to Rocket into Reading!  
The annual BCE Read-a-thon begins next week! From Jan. 26-Feb. 1, your student's reading will help raise valuable funds for BCE Foundation! 

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Books Inc., United Health Credit Union, Kristin Andersen CPA of Andersen, McKune & Associates, LLP Certified Public Accountants, Five Little Monkeys, inSite Design and Wehmeyer Custom Homes for their generous support of the 2015 BCE Read-a-thon. 

We are BCE. Together we build better schools.

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BIS is hosting a Parent Orientation Night for parents of incoming 6th graders on Jan. 28 at 6:30pm in the BIS Auditorium. This is a great opportunity to meet the Administrative Team and to learn about course offerings, extracurricular activities and the student orientation process.

Tickets are available now for the next parent education event, on Tuesday, Feb. 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. 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, Feb. 3, 7-9pm

Where: San Mateo Performing Arts Center



Calling all Lincoln scientists and engineers!


The Burlingame School District STEM Fair will be Feb. 9. 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


Introduction to the IEP Process and Assessment Workshop (FREE)

We are still accepting participants. 


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

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

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

SEDAC Mobile Library is now at Franklin until March 11.It contains books about ability differences, social skills and more. BSD staff, students and parents are welcome to check out books. Contact Franklin's library aide, Helen Christian at for location and content info.

SEDAC Lecture Series: "Addressing the Needs of Siblings of a Special Needs Child" 

Having a child with special needs often requires a lot of parental attention and resources. How does it affect siblings without special needs? What can parents do? This meeting will be part-lecture, part-support group for parents. BSD Counselor Fallyn Smith will facilitate. Free childcare provided by BSD staff.


When: Wednesday, Feb. 4, 4-5:30pm

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



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.  

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 by Jan. 31 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. 


Also, join us for a free "Poetry Café and Cookies" open mike family program at the Main Library on Sunday, Jan. 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.

Questions? Call the Children's Desk at (650) 558-7400, ext. 3. 

LobsterFest Flyer

BCE Read-A-Thon

Burlingame Public Library Poetry Month





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