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Volume 21, Issue 21
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Principal's Note


Dear Lincoln Families:                          


Congratulations to all of the incredible spellers at Lincoln!! Families and classmates filled the MPR to watch our talented spellers compete last week. We have so many strong spellers that the Bee ran over into recess. 

We did finally identify our four top spellers, in 4th place, Anna Way; in 3rd place, Alexander Sogas; in 2nd place, Abigail Akers, and in 1st place, Natalie Ordonez. Thank you to the teachers who worked so hard to make this happen, especially Ms. Kionke and Ms. Hall. I know you join me in congratulating all of the competitors for a job well done.


Student Council has been busy in the new year as well. At last Friday's Lincoln Pride Assembly they announced that we will be celebrating Mismatch Day this Friday, 1/30. Student Council also helped with the successful coat drive that just came to a close.

Finally, they also announced a project they will be sponsoring called Water Is Life. This project will help the over 1 billion people without potable water around the world. It is so heartening to watch our students, on their own initiative, look beyond the borders of their own lives to empathize with the struggles of others less fortunate. I truly feel as though the world will be in good hands when our students take the helm.


Our final Kindergarten Tour was this week. We had a good turnout at all three tours. Enrollment for new families with incoming kindergartners is next week on Monday, February 2nd. Thank you to Mrs. Pape and all of the parents who are volunteering their time to support us in this endeavor. This is the first introduction for our new families to the supportive community that is Lincoln. What a great first impression!!








We're just over halfway through the BCE Read-A-Thon and as of Wednesday, Jan. 28th, Lincoln students have read a total of 49,925 minutes.  That's space-tastic!  Be sure to check the breezeway display for daily Read-A-Thon updates. 


Have your students continue to read and track their daily minutes through this weekend.  Their final rocket (for Friday, Saturday and Sunday minutes) should be turned in to teachers Monday morning.


Beginning Monday, students may also turn in their BCE Read-A-Thon envelopes with total minutes and contributions.  If you misplaced your envelope, you may pick up another one in the school office.




February Pizza Night Supports a Special Cause


Please join us for an extra special Pizza Night at Village Host this Monday, February 2.  The proceeds from this evening will be given to help the San Mateo County Court & Community Schools.  Court & Community Schools runs alternative education and residential facilities for at risk and foster children in our community. These facilities do not have support systems, such as PTAs, to help fund even simple needs, including books for book clubs, garden supplies, outdoor tables, and basic toiletry items and school supplies.

Come on out and have a fun night socializing with other Lincoln families while supporting our fellow neighbors in San Mateo County!  


Lincoln Readers Rocket Into Reading


Lincoln Lions are doing a great job reading, reading, reading for the BCE Read-a-thon! A special shout of thanks to our Lincoln BCE Team who has been coming early to help out in the library during the morning read-ins.


Coat Drive a Success


Thanks to everyone for making the January Coat Drive a big success. It was great to see the kids on student council out there early in the morning with their signs and cheerful faces reminding everyone to participate. Thank you to Ginger Roehrig, our Community Outreach Chair, for coordinating.


Enjoy your weekend and encourage your kids to keep reading!


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 SOLD OUT. If you have a ticket but cannot use it, please contact John McDonald,  There is a waitlist.

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.


Keep Clipping those Box Tops!  Clip BoxTops from participating products and drop them off in the office. Write your child's name and room number on the back of each BoxTop. Those Box Tops really do add up to helpful funds for Lincoln.  Click here for more information.



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

Rocket into Reading with books! 

We are halfway through an amazing BCE Read-a-thon week.  Track all minutes and return your student's envelope by February 6th to enter our 100% participation contest with top prizes like an iPad mini! The top reader in each elementary school class will receive a $5 gift certificate from Five Little Monkeys. 


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. 

And many thanks to those of you who attended the BCE Read-a-thon kick-off at Books Inc. last week. Your purchases helped raise money for BCE!

We are BCE. Together we build better schools.

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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



If you are an existing Transitional Kindergarten Family in the Burlingame School District, you do NOT need to register for the upcoming Kindergarten Registration being held in the district on February 2nd.  However, please confirm with your Home School whether or not you are planning to return for Kindergarten, school year 2015-2016.


Your cooperation will help with our planning process for the upcoming school year and your confirmation will ensure that there will be space for you in your home school.  Thank you.


Roosevelt School, 1151 Vancouver Avenue - 259-3890

Franklin School, 2385 Trousdale Drive - 259-3850

Lincoln School, 1801 Devereux Drive - 259-3860

McKinley School, 701 Paloma Avenue - 259-3870

Washington School, 801 Howard Avenue - 259-3880    


Calling all Parent Scientists and Engineers

Are you interested in encouraging our young students' appreciation for science?  Do you work as a scientist or engineer or do you have a science, engineering, or other related degree?  Are you looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity? Please consider volunteering as a judge in the BSD STEM Fair, to be held on February 9th, 6 pm, at BIS.  


4:00 - 6:00, Orientation for judges, dinner for judges and initial read of display boards

6:00 - 7:00, Students present projects to judges

7:00 - 7:15, Judges meeting 

7:15 - 7:30, Awards are presented by judges


Science projects are often the first experiences that inspire students to take steps to becoming professional scientists.  Come see what interests the scientists of tomorrow! Please contact District Science Coach, Brennan Brockbank, at if you are interested or have any questions and please indicate your field of expertise.


Calling all Lincoln 4th & 5th grade 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


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 


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.  


BSD is looking for any High School siblings who would like to be a Cabin Leader for our Outdoor Education Program.  We have the following schools going to Jones Gulch.  If you have any student who would like to be a cabin leader for any of these dates, please let us know.


Roosevelt Elementary School - February 9-13

Lincoln Elementary School - April 20-24

Washington Elementary School - April 27 - May 1


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 for any questions.


Arrangements will be made with the student's High School and the counselor.  Transportation and Meals will be provided.  They will just need to pack up a bag for a week of fun outdoor education activities. 


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.  


Poetry Month at Burlingame Public Library Coming to a Close 

January is Poetry Month at the library and this year's theme is Poetry Roundup. There is still time to participate!  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 this Saturday, 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. 

Questions? Call the Children's Desk at (650) 558-7400, ext. 3.
Love Your Library Event at Easton Branch Library
Join us for a special Love Your Library event at the Easton Branch Library on Wednesday, February 4 at 7:00 pm.  The Corny Crow Show features ventriloquist Steve Chaney for a special performance in front of the fireplace.  Click here for more information.

Questions?  Call the Easton Branch at 650-340-6180.

Main Library Children's Room Closing For Rennovations
The Children's Room at the Main Library will be closed from February 2-28 for rennovations. Come to the Easton Branch for children's services. View flyer for more information.  



 Library Children's Room Closing for Rennovations  



BCE Dinner Dance and Auction 




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