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Volume 21, Issue 27
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Principal's Note



Dear Lincoln Families:


Congratulations to all of the Lincoln students who participated in both the district and county STEM Fairs. Our students joined a large contingent of Burlingame students at the county fair, representing us with distinction. Among the participants were Cameron Leung, Quinn Dur, Toby Matthews, Avery Lavine, Samantha Johnstone, Connor Lavine, and Rajiv Koliwad who took first place in Physics. We are so proud of our students for taking on this challenge and working hard to design and complete their experiments. Thank you also to Brennan Brockbank, Burlingame's Science Coach, and Amy Johnstone for supporting and encouraging our scientists. 


Conference week is about to come to an end. It has been wonderful seeing so many parents on campus this week. These meetings are especially important now that we have the Common Core standards. I hope they have helped you to better understand your student's progress toward mastering the more rigorous skills in these standards. Please remember that grades K-3 go back to a regular dismissal schedule next week, while grades 4 & 5 will continue to be dismissed at 1:30 on Monday - Wednesday.

The testing window for the new state assessments, CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress), opens soon after spring break. Grades 3-5 will be assessed in math and literacy. 5th grade students will also be assessed in science. The math and literacy assessments are aligned to the new Common Core standards and include both selected response and constructed response questions as well as performance tasks. The following link will take you to the practice test if you would like a preview of what your students will be doing in May. 

Our teachers are working hard to prepare students for success with the new standards. Last week I saw a math lesson where 4th grade students were learning to use the number line to multiply mixed numbers. This strategy not only helps students to solve math problems but also helps to develop number sense.


I also saw a science/engineering lesson based upon the new Next Generation Science Standards.  2nd grade students were working in teams to build a leprechaun trap. There were as many designs as there were groups. It was amazing wandering around the room listening to students discussing and testing their designs with their partners. It was fun seeing the scientific method put to the service of building a better leprechaun trap.


Although the switch to Common Core has been challenging for teachers and students alike, the excitement and sense of accomplishment I see in students lets me know we are on the right path. We are working to reinforce with students the importance of effort and perseverance to lifelong learning. In the classrooms mentioned above, as in all Lincoln classrooms, students are encouraged to explain their thinking, to learn from their "mistakes," and to work hard to achieve their goals 








Lights, Camera, Party!  "BCE Goes to Hollywood" Annual Dinner Dance and Auction is fast approaching.


Click HERE to purchase your tickets to this not-to-be-missed district-wide event.


Saturday, April 18, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - Midnight

Hyatt Regency Hotel, Burlingame


Early bird ticket pricing ends March 29.

Last day to purchase tickets online is April 12.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.




International Night is TONIGHT!  

Please join us tonight in the MPR from 6:30-8 pm for Lincoln's International Night.   This is a popular family event that always draws a large crowd.  Keith Good and his army of volunteers will have yummy treats to sample from all over the world.  Grab a passport at the door and join in the fun!  Although volunteers will be inside setting up at 6 pm, doors will not open until 6:30 pm.


New Date for K-3 Spring Showcase Concerts

The K-3 Spring Showcase Concerts have been moved up a week earlier and will be on Thursday, April 23. The exact time of each concert has yet to be determined.


Spring Cleaning = $$$ for Lincoln!

Time to check your bookshelves, closets and floors for any books, games or puzzles to donate to the Lincoln Used Book Sale, April 13-15.  Check further down in the Links for more information.


Slate Posted for 2015-2016 PTA Executive Board

We are thrilled to announce the slate for next year's board.  The slate will be voted on at the April 10 PTA Meeting,   A big thank you to our nominating committee who put in many hours assembling this amazing group of parent volunteers for next year's PTA Board.


Co-Presidents:  Melinda Saunders & TBD

Co-VP Volunteers: Daniella Kriner & Allyson Trevor

Co-VP Fundraising: Heather Roberts & Kendra Wehmeyer

VP Communications: Karen Hirschmann 

Treasurer:  Erica Carmel

Secretary:  Kelly Mulready

Auditor: Jacquie Cooke Haggarty

Parliamentarian: Isabelle Spano

Room Parent Coordinator:  Sandra Barrolaza

Financial Secretary: Shannon Robinson


Thank you teachers!

As we finish up the first week of conferences, the PTA would like to thank all of our fabulous teachers and staff and let them know how much we appreciate all they do to create a wonderful learning environment for our children. 


June Hee and Melinda Saunders

Lincoln PTA Co-Presidents




Get involved - become a member of the Lincoln School Site Council!


Lincoln 's School Site Council has one parent opening for the next school year.  The purpose of the Site Council is for administration, teachers and parents to work together to improve student achievement. This year, Site Council has been working diligently to provide support to students who are struggling in Common Core math and reading, as well as focus on our school climate, and understand how social and emotional learning affects student academic performance.


Please visit our website to learn more about this committee and what else we have been up to this year. 


Please contact Karen Hirschmann,, by March 28th if you are interested in joining Site Council, and for more information about the application process.



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

While the Bay Area is one to the wealthiest places in the country, right here in San Mateo County, 17% of children live in households where access to food is uncertain. 

This week Burlingame Public Schools have been collecting non-perishable food items for our local Burlingame organization, CALL Primrose Center, who provides more than 25,000 bags of groceries annually. Tomorrow is the last day to donate.  Please send donations with your children to school nd thank you for helping our children to understand the importance of giving. Bins will be located in your child's classroom.

If your family or child's classroom participates in the Fill-a-Box/Feed-a-Family program, Ginger Roehrig has graciously offered to take filled boxes to Call Primrose on your behalf. Please have your boxes dropped off in the Lincoln office no later than 9:45am on Friday, March 20. 

If interested, please see the attached flyers for more information and click here to see a packing list



For the week of March 23, parent-teacher conferences will continue for grades 4 and 5, Mon-Wed, March 23-25. Dismissal will be at 1:30 pm for only 4th and 5th graders on Mon, Tues and Wed, March 23-25.  4th and 5th graders resume to regular 3 pm dismissal on Thursday, March 26. 


Grades K-3 are back to regular dismissal times starting Monday, March 23.  


Lincoln kids performed phenomenally at the San Mateo County STEM Fair!


Led by Science Coach Brennan Brockbank, the Burlingame School District had a stellar performance at the San Mateo County STEM Fair this month. In February, ten 4th and 5th Grade Lincoln Lions participated in the Burlingame School District STEM Fair.  Seven of our 5th graders earned 1st or 2nd in the BSD STEM Fair and qualified to participate in the San Mateo County STEM Fair, for which results were announced last Thursday (see below).  Way to go Lion Scientists and many thanks to Mr. B and BCE for their support.






The Lincoln Used Book Sale is a favorite annual tradition happening April 13th-15th.  All proceeds benefit the Lincoln PTA.


We're accepting donations for the Used Book Sale!  We take gently used books (for ages 5 - 99), gently used games and puzzles (with all the pieces) and DVDs.  Please drop your donations on Daniella's front porch at 1541 Bernal.  Thank you!!


Questions?  E-mail Daniella at  or Claudia at 


Save the Date!   
Mrs. Prater provides classroom music to the K-3 classes each week. On April 23 (please note the new date), 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.



Lights, Camera, Party!  

"BCE Goes to Hollywood" Annual Dinner Dance and Auction


Click HERE  to purchase your tickets.


Feeling lucky today? You could be a Golden Paddle winner!

Purchase Golden Paddle drawing tickets and win $2,500 credit towards Silent and/or Live Auction winnings.


Saturday, April 18, 2015, 6 pm - Midnight

Hyatt Regency Hotel, Burlingame


Early bird ticket pricing ends March 29.

Last day to purchase tickets online is April 12.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.


The BCE Dinner Dance Prize Drawing is under way.  

Prize Drawing tickets will be sent home with your child this week.


Start selling those tickets!

Entries for the Prize Drawing will benefit Burlingame schools while earning you a chance to win amazing prizes!


Inviting All New District Families --

Parents of Kindergartners, upcoming Kindergartners or New Families to the Burlingame School District


Please join us at BCE's Dinner Dance and Auction Preview Party on Tuesday, March 24, from 7-9 pm at the Vinyl Room (221 Park Ave. in Burlingame) for an adult-only wine and cheese event. Mingle with other parents new to the district and get a chance to win two tickets to the "BCE Goes to Hollywood" Dinner Dance and Auction on Saturday, April 18. ($300 value, must be present to win.)


All attendees get a special discount code for 10% off Dinner Dance tickets.

Please contact Darci Rosenblum at if you have questions.


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Join us for BSD Local Control Accountability Plan Meeting  

BSD parent and community members are invited to engage in a conversation and planning for the update of the District's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).


Thursday, April 9, 2015 - Burlingame Intermediate School - Auditorium. 

For more information please visit the District's website.


Please come and enjoy the latest production from the Burlingame Intermediate School - Peter Pan. All seats will be reserved and are priced from $10-$13.  Click here to buy tickets in advance. A very limited supply will be sold at the BIS Box Office through Friday. 
Show dates and times are as follows... 

Friday, March 20 @ 7pm
Saturday, March 21 @ 7pm
Sunday, March 22 @ 1pm

Lecture Series: IEP Workshop (The Early Years)

SELPA Coordinator, Karen Breslow, will present a workshop focused on what parents can expect when their 3-year-old child transitions from Early Childhood Education to Special Education Programs. Topics will include: 1) timeline for these referrals, 2) referral, assessment, and placement under Part B of the IDEIA, 3) least restrictive environment, and 4) meeting desired outcomes for your child and family. Free childcare provided by BSD staff.
Open to all parents. RSVP required.

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 4:00-5:30pm.

Location: McCarthy Center (1764 Marco Polo Way, Burlingame).

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


SEDAC Mobile Library will be at McKinley from March 11th to April 29th. It contains books about ability differences, social skills, and more. BSD staff, students, and parents are welcome to check out books. Contact McKinley's Library Aide, Annielaurie Shepard ( for location and content 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. 


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 all 415.282.MORE (6673).



Camp Edmo 
Camp EdTech







BCE Dinner Dance  

and Auction 





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