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Volume 21, Issue 22
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Upcoming Events
Yard Duty
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Principal's Note


Dear Lincoln Families:                          


A huge thank you to Gail Pape, Melinda Saunders, June Hee, and all of the intrepid parents who arrived early to help us with kindergarten enrollment on Monday morning. There was already a line of parents, hot coffee in one hand and documents clutched in the other, waiting when I arrived at 6:15am. The line moved swiftly and our incoming families felt supported as the team answered their questions, copied their documents, and helped them to navigate the online enrollment process. As always, Lincoln's success is a team effort.


I am pleased to welcome the newest member of the Lincoln team. Mrs. Diehl gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy named Brandon on Saturday. While we all will miss Mrs. Diehl while she is at home with Brandon, we are equally anxious to meet our newest Lion Cub. Mrs. Loveall will be working on Friday's until Mrs. Diehl returns from leave.


It has been a while since I have had the space to write about the amazing academics I see every day when I visit classrooms. Although we have spent a lot of time focused on the new Common Core math standards, there is much wonderful literacy work going on as well. The new Common Core Literacy standards are more rigorous and more focused on students gaining experience reading non-fiction texts. This focus is reinforced by our new writing program that features informational writing.


I visited 1st grade classrooms this past week where students were learning that reading is thinking. As they read their selected book, they stopped every time they heard their brain say "Wow!" or "I didn't know that" or "That's interesting," knowing that this dialogue meant that they were learning something new. They copied each 'new learning' onto a post-it to be shared with the class. It was wonderful watching 1st graders listening to their thinking and valuing the learning process. As they shared what they learned with classmates on the carpet, all students sat with rapt attention. This reading lesson will provide students with the skill they need as they read increasingly difficult content area texts in coming years as well as the material they need to be successful when they begin their informational composition this year. 









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.

Teacher Experiences
Some of the special teacher auction items include watching a movie and having pizza with Ms. Chan, a gift basket of goodies from Ms. Galant, Mrs. Loveall, Ms. Harris, and Mrs. Troccoe, and Mrs. Glover is auctioning off the opportunity to help teach the Room 19 students. For a complete list of all of the generous auction items donated by Lincoln staff, click here.

Classroom Artwork 

Couldn't make it to the art preview in the Library yesterday? No problem! Click here to view the artwork that each class created for the silent auction. If you see something you like, but can't make it to the Lobsterfest, ask a friend to bid for you! 


Live Auction

A "Giant" Day at AT&T Park! One lucky Lincoln student and three friends will join Ms. Magda and Mrs. Pape for a day at the ballpark watching the SF Giants take on the Pittsburgh Pirates! Get together with other Lincoln parents now to come up with your winning strategy, and get ready to do some serious bidding! Date: Wednesday, June 3rd. 


"Just-Sign-Up" Auction Items

Flip Flops and Lemon Drops. Don't miss this ladies night out! Forget your stilettos, come comfy and casual wearing flip flops! We'll sip Lemon Drop martinis and of course some wine. We'll nibble on appetizers and treats - it will be simply divine! Come enjoy an evening of fun! Date: June 6 at 7pm. Location: The home of Rebecca Galler.  


Hut, Hut, Hike! Father/son flag football. Are you ready for some football? Flag football that is! Come out to Village Park for an afternoon of father/son team play. After you and your boys have exerted your energy in the competition, cap off the afternoon with some pizza and drinks. Open to competitive mothers and daughters as well. Date: May 3 from Noon to 3pm


Shaken and Stirred: Bunco and Martinis Party. Mom's night out! Have fun playing bunco at the Fornesi home. No experience necessary - we'll teach you how to play! Date: May 1st from 7-10pm. Maximum number of attendees: 28.


Lobsterfest General Guidelines

We hope you are looking forward to an evening of good food, good fun, and many ways to raise money for Lincoln! Whether you are hosting a party, signing up for a party, or bidding on one of our auction items, you are making a difference to our school. 


All payments for items won are collected at the event, and checks are preferred but credit cards are also accepted. Please note that preference will be given to those in attendance. If you are unable to attend the Lobsterfest, but would like to bid on an item, please make arrangements for a friend to bid and pay on your behalf at the event.


We hope you had a moment to take a sneak peak at the wonderful artwork put together for the upcoming auction. Be sure to check out this week's Links for all that the silent auction has to offer!   

A Note of Thanks
Thank you to all our Lincoln families who came out Monday night for our Court and Community fundraiser and a shout out to Angie Turri & Sharon Reichow for organizing all our fun-filled Pizza Nights at Village Host.

Special thanks also to Allyson Trevor, Karen Hirschmann, Jessica Beebe, Amy Johnstone and Leslie Tong who came to school early on Monday to help the next generation of kindergartners enroll at Lincoln. It's hard to believe a new crop of students are making their way to us before we know it! 

You may have heard that the 1st annual district STEM fair is taking place on Monday at BIS. Some of our Lincoln 4th and 5th graders & many middle school Lincoln Alumni have chosen to participate along with their peers district wide. Come check it out!  See below for more details.

February PTA meeting  
Due to popular demand, we are adding a February PTA meeting on Thursday 2/26 at 7pm in the Library.  The main topic of interest will be the Playground Remodel project the district is planning.  We will let you know when the full agenda is posted. If you've never had a chance to attend a PTA meeting, this would be a great one to check out. Please join us to hear from Principal Magda!

Have a great weekend!
June and Melinda 

Lincoln PTA Co-Presidents


Open Positions for '14-'15

The Lincoln PTA board is looking for members for next year's executive board and the nominating committee is in the process of talking to parents who are interested in being candidates.  Various positions are available, please contact Leslie Tong for more information.  


Lincoln students read a total of 155,837 minutes during this year's BCE Read-A-Thon. That's over 108 days in orbit! Space-tacular!


Make sure your students turn in their BCE Read-A-Thon envelopes by this Friday, February 6th with their total minutes and collected contributions. 


And don't forget about the great prizes. 

  • A Five Little Monkeys gift card for the top reader in each class.
  • A class party for the class with the highest participation (measured by number of envelopes returned).
  • The chance to win an iPad mini for each student who returns his/her envelope with at least one donation!

Winners will be announced on Friday, February 13th.

Each class received 5 copies of the Spring Showcase Music CD, so they can take turns bringing it home and making a copy to enjoy with friends and family. If you can make a few copies of the CD for your classroom it would assist in getting a CD to every K-2 student that would like one quickly. Many thanks.



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.


To earn free money for Lincoln, enroll in Target's Take Charge of Education program. Designate Lincoln School (ID #29994) to receive donations of up to 1% of your purchases whenever you shop using your RedCard. Call 800-316-6142 or go to to apply.

After a tremendous effort by concerned Lincoln parents and other community members, the city approved a new crossing guard at the corner of El Camino Real and Ray Drive. The crossing guard started this past week, and is now helping numerous Lincoln and BIS students cross this busy intersection safely. 


Did your child rocket into reading this week?


All BCE Read-a-thon envelopes are due by Friday, February 6th.
Our goal is 100% reader participation. Please turn in the envelope that tracks your child's minutes. Celebrate this accomplishment by making a contribution to BCE in your reader's honor via the BCE Read-a-thon envelope or online here.


All contributions collected by BCE benefit the educational experience of all K-8 Burlingame School District students. Please note that Read-a-thon contributions will be added to your family's BCE annual campaign donation record. If you have not yet contributed to this year's annual campaign, this is a great opportunity to support your child's love of reading and BCE.                                                                       
HUGE thanks to our generous sponsors: Books Inc., United Health Credit Union, and Kristin Andersen CPA of Andersen, McKune & Associates, LLP Certified Public Accountants as well as Five Little Monkeys, inSite Design and Wehmeyer Custom Homes for their support of the 2015 BCE Read-a-thon.  


Mark your calendar
February 10 at 8pm - Joint BSD Board of Trustees/BCE Board Meeting-BSD Office, 1825 Trousdale, Discussion of 2015-2016 grant allocation. All are welcome.
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Tadeo the Explorer - Friday, February 6 at 6pm

Join us for Spanish movie night & dinner in the McKinley gym.
Thanks to the McKinley Dad's Club and Families of Dual Immersion (FDI) for organizing the event. 
Free but donations appreciated.

Please RSVP so that we have a general headcount for food at
Here is a link to a short clip from the movie http://www.tadeojones.comTotal running time is 92 minutes.

Questions? Please contact Families of Dual-language Immersion at / 650-918-0740.

Las Aventuras de Tadeo Jones - el viernes 6 de febrero a las 6:00 de la tarde
Acompáñenos por proyectará la película y servirá una cena en el gimnasio de McKinley.
Gracias al Club de Padres de McKinley y Familias de Doble Inmersión español-inglés (FDI) por organizar este evento.
¡GRATIS! Pero las donations voluntarios son my bien recibidas. 

Se pueden confirmar asistencia en
Web oficial (Duración 92 minutos)
No dude en contactarnos con cualquier pregunta, FDI -Familias de Doble Inmersión (español-inglés) / 650-918-0740.

FDI (Families of Dual-language (Spanish-English) Immersion/ Familias de Doble Inmersión español-inglés) Burlingame, CA



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


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. 


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.   

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.  



 Library Children's Room Closing for Rennovations  




BCE Dinner Dance and Auction 



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