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Volume 21, Issue 25
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Upcoming Events
Yard Duty
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Principal's Note



Dear Lincoln Families:


Thanks to Si Swun, the founder of SWUN Math, and Susan Anderson, our math coach, for making time to meet with Lincoln parents to update us on the changing math landscape on the state level as well as answer questions about Common Core and SWUN Math. We had a great turnout of parents considering it was a daytime meeting.  I am working on an FAQ based upon the information shared at this meeting. We will be posting it on the Lincoln website once it is finished.


Speaking of the website, the Lincoln Art Plan for next year is posted on our website. I presented this teacher created plan at the February PTA meeting and answered questions about next steps that both Lincoln and the district will be taking as well. Please visit the Lincoln website to review the plan and also see the other resources and information available to our families on a variety of topics.


As many of you know, the school district worked last year to revise the district's homework policy. The process included teachers from every school site, K-8. They met to review the latest research on the efficacy of homework and develop a new, vertically aligned plan. All Lincoln teachers had many opportunities to give their input and are in agreement with both the philosophy and details of this plan. The Board of Trustees approved the plan last year.


This year the Lincoln Team met to articulate our grade-level expectations and policies around homework. I will be sending this document home to you early next week and posting it on the website as well. The details of this plan are in alignment with the district's plan. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.


Please don't forget that this Friday, March 6th, is a teacher workday. There is no school that day as teachers will be working hard on report cards and preparing for conferences. Also, remember that Sunday, March 8th, is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. Please "spring forward" one hour so we can see your student's smiling face promptly at 8:30am on Monday.








Parent-Teacher conferences will begin the week of March 16 for all grades. During this week, all students will be dismissed at 1:30pm. 


During the week of March 23, conferences will continue for grades 4 and 5. Dismissal will be at 1:30pm for only 4th and 5th graders the week of March 23. 

Keep an eye out for a notice from your child's teacher for your assigned date and time for these valuable conferences.




Thank you to everyone who came out to our "special edition" February PTA meeting. Principal Magda unveiled the District's Site Improvement Plans for Lincoln and reviewed the Art Plan for Lincoln next year. We also heard some ideas to beautify the campus from our Beautification Committee. For those of you who missed the meeting, please click here to visit the website to view the art plan online.


Volunteers still needed: International Night, Science Night & PTA

What other school allows you to serve your Grandma's favorite strudel recipe, touch a brain and watch 500 kids dance the macarena? Lincoln! But none of these things would be possible at Lincoln without parent volunteers like yourself! Help continue these wonderful traditions that make Lincoln unique by emailing one of the volunteers below:


Science Night: Suneil Koliwad; Marie O'Farrell; Amy Lin 


International Night: Keith Good 


2015/16 Lincoln PTA Board: Leslie Tong at Check out this link to see a list of all our board positions.


March PTA Meeting - NEW DATE

The March PTA meeting has been rescheduled to next Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. in the library. We'll be reviewing the budget to date, discussing increases to fifth grade graduation week and The Roar as well as looking into funding capital improvement projects. We hope you can all join us - light snacks will be provided!


PTA Membership
If you haven't already joined, it is not too late! Membership is only $15.00.  Have a voice at the meetings!  In order to vote, you must be a member of the PTA.  When parents are involved at school, students perform at a higher level. The Lincoln PTA promotes parent involvement through a variety of volunteer opportunities that range from supporting a single event to weekly help on campus. 

Questions about PTA membership? Please contact Jill Fair.  Membership forms are available in the office. Make your check payable to Lincoln PTA and return it to the school office. Thank you!

Enjoy the long weekend! 



Best, June & Melinda

Lincoln PTA Co-Presidents


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.
The Lincoln Dad's Club normally organizes a one-day ski trip to Sugar Bowl with great discounts on lessons, rentals, and lift tickets. We have been waiting, hoping for more snow this year before announcing the trip.  Given the poor conditions for skiing at resorts in Tahoe this year, we have decided not to organize a trip.  

We apologize if anyone has been counting on this as an activity for their children on Friday, March 6th - when Lincoln School is closed. Hopefully the snow conditions will be better next year and we can restart our annual Lincoln Dad's ski trip tradition.

International Night is coming up on Thursday, March 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Multi-Purpose Room. We will be celebrating our diversity by sharing cuisine from around the world. All parents, teachers, and children are welcome to attend.


The following countries have currently signed up: Australia, Belarus, Canada, China, England, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, US, and Zambia. We are pushing for more representation from Africa and South America!


If you'd like to sign up to bring an appetizer, dessert, or tasty bites from these (or other) countries, please contact Keith Good, at  or at 650-575-2322, by March 6th. We plan for about 150 bite-size samples. This is a fun, social, free event. See flyer for details!


Fill-a-Box / Feed-a-Family Opportunity

If you and your family would like a meaningful way to help another family in need, Call Primrose in Burlingame is asking for participation in their Fill-a- Box/Feed-a-Family program this Easter season.  Boxes are needed at Call Primrose between March 18th and March 25th.  If interested, please see the attached flyers for more information and click here to see a packing list.  Families can register to participate through Monday, March 16th. 



Shop at Amazon using our special link and up to 8% of your purchases will be sent to Lincoln. Simply click on the Amazon link below, sign into your own personal Amazon account (if you are not already signed in) and shop as you normally would. If you do not already have an Amazon account, you will need to create one. Then bookmark this link so you don't forget!

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Tickets Now on Sale! "BCE Goes to Hollywood" 

Annual Dinner Dance and Auction

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 6:00pm-Midnight at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Burlingame. Join us for a glamorous evening of dinner, drinks, and dancing at the annual BCE fundraiser and bid on amazing items at the silent, live, and online auctions.   

Early bird tickets sold March 2-29. Click here to buy now and save! 

Don't miss the BCE Fundraising Evening at Trina Turk
Mark your calendar on Wednesday, March 18 from 6-8pm for an evening of champagne, wine, light bites and of course, shopping at Trina Turk (1223 Burlingame Ave.). BCE will receive 15% from the evening's sales. You can also pre-shop this event from March 15-18 and Trina Turk will ring up the sales that evening to count towards our fundraising goal. 

BCE is Hosting a Party for New and Kindergarten Families!   
Join us on Tuesday, March 24 from 7-9pm at the Vinyl Room (221 Park Ave., Burlingame) for an adult-only wine and cheese event. You'll have a chance to win two tickets to the "BCE Goes to Hollywood" Dinner Dance and Auction. ($300 value, must be present to win.) All attendees get a special discount code for 10% off BCE Dinner Dance tickets. 
Please contact Darci Rosenblum at if you have questions. 

Recruiting now for BCE Team 2015-16
Thanks to the many volunteers who have already stepped forward to join our BCE team next year! Our nominating committee's open call for candidates closes this Friday, March 6. Friday, March 6th.  
We need many volunteers to raise $1+ million annually for our public school district, including writers, techies, accountants, investment advisers, fundraisers, event volunteers, data-entry specialists, graphic designers, marketers, operations managers, big-thinkers, connectors, leaders, and followers. Whatever your skills or interests may be, consider joining our dynamic team by scrolling through open job descriptions and filling out our volunteer inquiry form here:, or email the Nominating Committee at

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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.



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. 


The Burlingame Public Library Children's Room is now open regular hours.  


Please join us for St. Patrick's Day Crafts on Tuesday, March 17 from 4-5:30pm in the Lane Community Room. No sign up is required. 


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



Make your Summer. Join the Camps Voted the Bay Area's Best!

Moderate to Significant Financial Assistance Available!


Camp Edmo for Pre-K-entering 4th grade, ignites curiosity in kids through hands-on, museum-designed activities. NEW Makers and Tech Programs for all ages, plus Arts & Science, Nature and Recreation too. With 10 different camp sessions to choose from, campers can experience something new all summer.  Every week includes Costume Day, Wacky Wednesday, Family Friday and The Vibe Game. Thanks to college-graduate Camp Directors and the "Vibe" program, campers build curiosity and 21st Century life skills! 


Camp EdTech teaches kid entering 5th - 8th grade how to create apps, circuitry, video games, digital films, photographs, and animations. Eight cutting-edge sessions for all skill levels. Taught by industry pros and designed by Edventure More in partnership with the Children's Creativity Museum. Every week includes camper challenges, outdoor recreation, life skills building and end-of-the-week movie premiers and gallery showings.


At Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech we believe that all children should have access to quality Summer Camp programs which is why we set aside 20% of our camp weeks for financial aid families. To find out if you're eligible for our Sliding Scale Financial Aid Program or to enroll in camp, visit  or or call 415.282.MORE (6673).



Camp Edmo 
Camp EdTech








BCE Dinner Dance and Auction 




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