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Volume 21, Issue 23
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Principal's Note


Dear Lincoln Families:                          



A giant THANK YOU to everyone who made the Lobsterfest such a success. 


The fundraising, while amazing, is really such a small part of the evening. Lobsterfest is always a celebration of the Lincoln community and what makes it so special - your support and care for all of our students, each other, and the staff. 


Thank you to the Dads Club for all of their hard work both in preparation and during the evening. Thanks to all of the parents who helped to frame the art, set up the auction, serve the food, and clean up after everyone else was long gone.


Recently the Board of Trustees approved Lincoln's Site Improvement Plan. Burlingame's Director of Facilities, Tim Ryan, DRA Architects, and the Site Plan Team at Lincoln, which consisted of teachers, parents, and me, developed this plan over the course of the year. The plan was presented for parent input at a PTA meeting held earlier this year. I have just received the approved plan back and will be presenting it at the PTA meeting scheduled for Thursday evening, Feb. 26. I am looking forward to sharing this plan with you.


The work of Lincoln's artists and writers is currently being displayed at the District Office in both the Board Room and the office. I can't thank our teachers enough for the incredible artwork they do with our students. I know you have seen this work come home in your student's backpack and much of it is proudly displayed on your refrigerators. We have an incredibly talented group of students. Thank you also to Mrs. Fernekes and Ms. Kissner for the time and care they took to artfully display the work. Please stop by the District Office for a gallery walk of Lincoln's work.


Next week there will be no school as it is the Presidents' Week holiday. I hope all of our families enjoy this respite from the daily routine. We look forward to welcoming our students back on Monday morning, Feb. 23.








Nearly a dozen Lincoln 4th and 5th graders joined their fellow students from around the district in the BIS STEM Fair this week.


Experiments ranged from an LED power by lemons, to the inheritance rate of fingerprint patterns, to the relative acidity (and yumminess) of various candies.


First and second place winners for each grade level and across a range of categories - everything from earth sciences to physics - will be invited to advance to the San Mateo County STEM Fair at Hiller Aviation Museum, March 1-5. 


Big thanks to Amy Johnstone for helping organize the event and Lincoln's participation. Thanks also to Gregg and Janet Lavine for their assistance at the fair. As well as to Lincoln parent scientists Suneil Koliwad and Tina Clarke Durr, who served on the judges panel.


Lincoln's participants included:


Abigail Akers - 1st place, 4th grade, physics

Rajiv Koliwad - 1st place, 5th grade, physics

Quinn Dur / Toby Matthews - 2nd place, 5th grade, engineering

Samantha Johnstone / Connor Lavine - 2nd place, 5th grade, biological systems

Avery Lavine - 2nd place, 5th grade, chemistry

Cameron Leung - 2nd place, 5th grade, materials science

Jonah Cheyette - participant, 5th grade, physics

Jacqueline Rainville - participant, 5th grade, earth science

Alison Saunders - participant, 4th grade, chemistry


The entire event was the result of the vision of our inspirational and endlessly energetic District Science Coach, Brennan Brockbank. Thank you!


Thank You to ALL our Lobsterfest Volunteers!!
Lobsterfest 2015 rocked Burlingame Saturday night! Thank you to all the volunteers who made the evening a huge success. There are several key folks we'd like to do a special shout out to acknowledge their large time commitment to making the evening happen:
  • Lincoln Dads Club's fearless leaders John McDonald and Ken Way and their army of over 35 volunteers who served, poured and entertained us into the night.
  • Sue and Marc Worrall and the New England Lobster Company for another year of amazing food.
  • CREAM and Cameron Hughes Wine
  • DJ Dad Brian Alvarez for rockin' the dance floor all night long
  • Paola Lancellotti and Heather Roberts, our Lobsterfest Chairs and fundraiser gurus
  • Karen Hirschmann and her super tech team working the clearing room
  • Para La Russa, our dedicated art teacher, who designed some very cool art projects this year
  • Jill Fair and Leslie Tong for their countless hours preparing and setting up for the art auction
  • Jean Gordon for coordinating our wonderful teacher and staff auction items
  • Sheeva Zarandian and her decor team, who transformed the Rec Center into a happenin'    place.
  • And last but certainly not least, our wonderful Lincoln Elementary teachers and staff for donating their time to offer such memorable teacher experiences for our kids!

Calendar Updates
Please note the following important updates to the PTA calendar:
2/26 - PTA meeting in Lincoln Library, 7 p.m. - ADDED!
4/29 - K-3 Music Showcases, time TBD - ADDED!
5/8 - Lion Dance - NEW DATE  


For those of you new to Lincoln, the Lion Dance is a fun, free community event, which takes place one Friday evening on the Lincoln blacktop. Led by Ms. Rossi, the kids and teachers (and some parents) show off their line dancing skills!  

Have a fun and relaxing week off!
June and Melinda 

Lincoln PTA Co-Presidents


Open Positions for 2015-16

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

Specifically we are searching for a Co-President, VP of Volunteers, and Treasurer. If any of these positions are of interest to you, please contact Leslie Tong for more information. 

Congratulations to the following randomly drawn box tops winners:
Sean Lennane -- Mrs. Glover's class, November
Aidan Berryman -- Ms. Sohn's class, December 
Julia Rainville -- Mrs. Fernekes' class, January 

They each earned $10 gift cards to Books Inc. on Burlingame Ave.
Mrs. Glover's class is in the lead for the most box tops turned in by a classroom. Many other classrooms are close behind. Congratulations to all of you for your collecting and keep up the good work!

Box Tops for Education coupons can be turned in to the bright pink collection box in the school office at anytime. Remember to put your child's name and classroom number on the back so they can be eligible for prizes. Happy collecting!

Lincoln Readers Are Out of This World!

The results have landed! 83% of Lincoln students participated in this year's Read-a-thon and read for over 108 days. Space-tacular!

Stop by Friday's morning assembly for the announcement of the winners. Congratulations to all students for a great Read-a-thon!

An intergalactic thank you to our "Mission Control" team that made the Read-a-thon a supersonic success. 
Rachel Goodrich, Molly Lamb, Amy Tovar, Nina Wang and Kendra Wehmeyer -- thank you!

Save the date! 

Mrs. Prater provides classroom music to the K-3 classes each week. On Wednesday, April 29, all K-3 students will be performing in their grade's Spring Music Showcase. Performances will be during school, but the times are still to be determined.

Tuesday morning band rehearsals for all instrumental music students have begun. If you have a 4th or 5th grader in the band program, they should plan on joining Mr. Brown and the band at 7:40am on Tuesdays.

We are always in need of blank recordable CDs. If you have extras at home or would like to donate a pack, please contact Leslie Tong at or send them in to school to be given to Mrs. Prater.

Please pick up a SHARES card in the school office and shop at Luckys or Savemart stores. Noneed to join a club, just swipe card before making a purchase and Lincoln school will earn points and then receive a check based on the amount of points entered.




We are in the homestretch for Dinner Dance Auction donations!
Please act now and help us to bring you the most successful auction ever in support of our schools. Do you have gift certificates to donate, a vacation home to share for a weekend/week, sports/event tickets, like to throw parties, have a brand new extra set of skis or a bike, etc.? We need you! Please contact or your school BCE Site Director. Donation forms can be found under the Events tab at  

BCE's Nominating Committee is now recruiting volunteers for the 2015-16 school year!  
Our call for candidates launches today and runs through Friday, March 6. If you are interested in volunteering your time in a meaningful way to help Burlingame schools, please think about joining our dynamic team. Whether you work outside or inside the home, whether you are a mom or a dad, BCE provides opportunities to use your skills and talents to benefit all district students. Visit the volunteer page ( on our website for detailed information about open positions or to fill out our Volunteer Inquiry Form, or email the Nominating Committee at  

The 2015 BCE Read-a-thon was an incredible success!  
Congratulations and thank you to our children for rocketing into reading this past week. Event results and contest winners are being tabulated and will be shared over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

We are BCE. Together we build better schools.
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"Monsters University" will be shown in the BHS Library on Friday, Feb. 13, as part of a Burlingame High School Robotics Team fundraiser. 

Also on display will be the team's robot. Students can interact with it and learn about robotics through demonstrations.


Dinner (pizza, popcorn and a drink) is included in the cost of admission: $15 for one child and $25 for two children. Candy will be available for purchase. Parents are welcome to stay; however, we will have BHS parents and teachers to chaperone, so parents can also feel free to drop their children off and have a couple hours to themselves.


The movie night will start at 5:30 pm and end at 8 pm. The BHS Library is located at 1 Mangini Way in the center of campus. Space is limited, so RSVP at


Contact or see the flyer for more info.



As you may know, California is experiencing a measles outbreak and as of 2/10/15, San Mateo County has had three confirmed cases, all of which have been adults. There have been no confirmed cases here at Burlingame School District. If your child has not been vaccinated for the measles and is eligible for vaccination, it is urgent and highly recommended that you contact your healthcare provider and have your son or daughter vaccinated.


There are some populations that are unable to be vaccinated against the measles and therefore having others who can be vaccinated helps protects individuals that are unable to receive the vaccine. These individuals that are unable to be vaccinated may include, but are not limited, to very young infants and children (less than 5 months old), immunocompromised children or adults such as those with leukemia, cancer, HIV infection, and pregnant women. Please visit the links provided below for more information regarding measles and the MMR vaccine.
Burlingame School District continues to monitor updates from both the San Mateo County Health System and the California Department of Public Health. If you need financial assistance in obtaining vaccines, please contact me or visit the link provided below for a list of clinics that offer free or low-cost health exams and vaccines.



Diana Ayllon, RN
District Nurse, Burlingame School District

(650) 296-3994, 


(Read the Spanish version of this letter.)


San Mateo County System Vaccine Clinics (Click under Immunization and Health Exam Clinics for a list of local vaccine clinics).

Measles information:

MMR (Measles Mumps and Rubella) Vaccine Information: Keep in mind, if your child is behind on the MMR vaccine and has recently been vaccinated, dose #2 may be given as soon as 28 days after dose #1. Consult with your health care provider for more information.



Are you concerned that your child may be struggling with anxiety? Is anxiety affecting your 

child's ability to concentrate and focus? Learn what anxiety is and what you can do to help
your child develop skills to successfully manage it. 

Presenters: BSD School Psychology Interns, Joelle Aud and Brittany Rezowalli. 
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 4-5:30pm
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 

The City of Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department and the Burlingame School District are conducting a survey to help us improve our after-school enrichment and sports programs. Please click on the link to complete the survey. Your input is greatly appreciated.



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.


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 Closed for Renovations

The Children's Room at the Main Library is closed until Feb. 28 for renovations. 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 Closed





BCE Dinner Dance and Auction




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