Lincoln Elementary School 
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Volume 21, Issue 32
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Yard Duty
5/4 - 5/8
Semple & Sohn
Quick Links
Principal's Note


Dear Lincoln Families:  



Our annual K-3 Spring Music Showcase was last week. It was an uplifting and inspiring performance by our students and their amazing music teacher, Mrs. Prater. Their love of music and their growing skill were definitely in evidence. The performance skills our students learn will stand them in good stead as well.


It was wonderful that so many of our families were able to attend. I know that is not a given since the performance is during the workday. Thanks to our teachers and, most especially, to Leslie Tong and Judy Vina for all of their support of what is fast becoming a favorite new tradition at Lincoln.


CAASPP testing began with our 5th graders this week. They are taking the English Language Arts section of the test this week with the math portion to follow next. Our 3rd and 4th graders will join them next week. This is a huge undertaking, not just for our students, but for their teachers and the district as well.


The district has done a wonderful job of ensuring that the technology and training we need for successful testing are in place. Our teachers created the schedule and are supporting our students as they take this new online assessment. These assessments and the standards they test are more rigorous and demanding. All we ask of our students is that they do their best and we know they will because they always do.


Our 4th graders returned from their Gold Rush experience yesterday. They all were abuzz as they spilled out of cars to meet their waiting parents. Thank you to all of our amazing parent chaperones and especially our 4th grade teachers for making this trip possible. It is a lot of work and a lot of responsibility and we thank you A LOT!!


Our amazingly fun Lion Dance is scheduled for next Friday, May 8. I hope you are planning to attend this great Lincoln event. Our Lions are practicing their line dances and I know you will be greatly impressed by their ability to do-si-do.







Yee haw!  Join us for this annual not-to-be-missed event.


Friday, May 8, 5-7 pm 

5-6 pm - BBQ dinner and root beer floats, brought to you by the Dads Club 

6-7 pm - Line dancing, led by Ms. Rossi and starring your kids


Don your best western apparel, bring your cameras and be prepared to do some toe tapping. Please RSVP on the evite so we can plan food accordingly.



Want to volunteer? Email


Hope to see y'all there!



Thank  you, Bingo Night Chair Jean Gordon and her helpers for organizing our annual Lincoln Bingo night! There's something exciting about having your number called that brings the community together.

Are you interested in helping with one of the many Lincoln traditions next year? Contact our VPs of Volunteers Daniella Kriner ( and Gretchen Kindberg (

Speaking of great Lincoln traditions, haul out those cowboy boots and hats for Lion Dance! Mrs. Rossi and your kids have been working on their best line dancing moves to share with us next Friday, May 8. More details are included below. Is this your first rodeo? Click here for more details about the event!

Thanks to the over 120 of you who have answered the PTA survey. Several lucky early respondents were rewarded with gift cards. There is one $10  Starbucks card left that may have your name on it. Complete the survey by tonight to be entered into the last chance drawing.

Each year the PTA honors outstanding contributions made by our school community to the students of Lincoln Elementary School. Your nominee can be a teacher, staff member or parent whose continuous commitment has made a significant impact at Lincoln. Please click here for the nomination form and more information. Nominations are due this Friday, May 1. The Founders Day awards will be presented at the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on June 4.

Welcome back, 4th graders. Did you strike it rich in gold country?


June Hee and Melinda Saunders

Lincoln PTA Co-Presidents



Teacher Appreciation Week is next week, May 4-8. Help celebrate the wonderful teachers and staff at Lincoln.  


Monday - We Love Our Teachers Kick-off Breakfast in Teachers' Lounge

We will have a banner and delicious breakfast spread for our teachers and staff. Thank you to the many Lincoln parents who are making dishes and bringing in other items to start off our teachers week and let them know how much we love them.  
Tuesday - Flowers for our Teachers/Special Treat for Teachers/Staff
Have your children bring a flower from home to give to their teachers. There will be vases in the classroom so each teacher will have a beautiful bouquet. If your class has a job share or aides, bring in extra flowers! We will be providing a special treat for the teachers and staff at their weekly staff meeting after school.

Wednesday - Catered Teacher Lunch
We will be providing a catered lunch from Caffe Roma for teachers and staff 
Thursday - Children's Appreciation Notes
Room parents will present a beautiful bound booklet to your teacher with all of the Linc the Lion children's appreciation notes from your class. Please make sure your children have submitted their notes to your room parent by Friday, May 1.    

Friday - Honor Teachers at Friday Announcements/Gift

At morning assembly at 8:30, we will honor the teachers and staff by reading parent "Quotes of Appreciation." We will also present them with a small gift to conclude the festivities.
Please submit your quote to your room parent by Friday, May 1. Teachers so appreciate it!
We're looking forward to a great week and know the teachers and staff will love being recognized and honored. Thank you in advance for your help and participation!
Sandy Sullivan, Kendra Wehmeyer and Eva Zei
Teacher Appreciation Week Chairs 
Order a Lincoln Yearbook today!

Yearbooks are available by advance sale only. This is the first and only time yearbook sales are being offered, so make sure you order one today!
Click here to order online, or drop off the form and payment in the school office. Please make checks payable to "Lincoln PTA."
Orders are due by May 20. Yearbooks will be distributed on the last week of school.
Contact Jean Gordon at with questions.



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.


Find out all the ways to earn free money for Lincoln.



Mark your calendar for May 5 - SVGives Day!

We have until June 30 to meet our financial goal to sustain the programs that the BCE grant helped fund this year. We can do it, but we're not there yet.

On Tuesday, May 5, BCE will be participating in Silicon Valley Gives Day (SVGives), which offers the possibility of matching dollars to participating non-profits. SVGives is a unique opportunity for families who have not yet contributed to this year's annual campaign to make your BCE donation go even further! And of course, we are always grateful to all for joining in.

Last year, BCE was #1 in fundraising on SVGives Day, raising almost $190,000 in one day. Let's make BCE #1 again this year!

How to help BCE get matching dollars and prizes on SVGives Day:

Remember, the BCE grant is for our children's education. Every dollar counts!

Auction Winnings

If you attended the BCE Dinner Dance event on Saturday, April 18, and have already picked up your items, we thank you.

If you haven't yet picked up your winning items, you may pick up from the Burlingame School District Office at 1825 Trousdale Ave. on Friday, May 1 from 1-3 pm.

If you can't personally pick up your item, you may designate someone else to pick up for you.  Please have them bring a printed copy of your email with your authorization so that we can release your item. For any questions, please call BCE at (650) 766-8969 or email

Any item not claimed by May 15, 2015 will be forfeited and non-refundable. 


We are BCE. Together we build better Burlingame Schools.


WamJam - Washington Elementary School's Family Festival

Saturday, May 9, 11 am-5 pm

801 Howard Ave., Burlingame

Join your Burlingame friends and neighbors at Washington Elementary School's annual spring family festival!  There will be rides and games for all ages, including Water Ballerz, Spider Mountain, Log Slammer for school aged kids and Frog Hop, Boat Race, and Bean Bag Toss for the little ones.


Enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, hair braiding and music from 99.7 [NOW!]. Local food trucks: Madd Mex Cantina, Whisk on Wheels, Cluck It Up and Cookies n' Cream will be there for food and refreshments.


Admission is free!


Pre-order a wrist band for ride entrance by May 7 and save $5. 
Mark your calendar for Friday, May 15, from 5-8 pm for Spring Fling! This is our annual "fun-raiser" designed to bring BIS families together with the community and raise funds for much-needed BIS student programs and technology. 
Join us this year for fun games and prizes, delicious food from local food trucks, displays of student work from the Genius Olympiad, and our new Parents-Only Zone! 

For all of our 5th grade families - please see attached flyer about special incentives just for you!
Burlingame School District is seeking nominations for the H. Jay Burns Award by May 13. 
The H. Jay Burns Award recognizes exceptional volunteer service to District children and commemorates H. Jay Burns, a trustee who served for 24 years.
Do you know someone whose work for children in our District reaches beyond your individual school and community? Someone who has served in many capacities over a number of years? 
You can nominate this wonderful friend of the District for the H. Jay Burns Award, given annually by the District Board of Trustees. Please click here to see the flyer for more information and how to nominate someone.


Join the fun! Everyone plays! Register your kids for fall soccer with Burlingame AYSO.


The final registration event will be held at the Burlingame Rec Center on Saturday, May 9, from 12:30-4 pm.


Each family attending a registration event will receive a special gift to celebrate 

40 years of AYSO in Burlingame! (While supplies last.)


Please visit for more info.


Streets Alive! Parks Alive! is an annual event celebrating parks and public spaces in San Mateo County. This event emphasizes the importance of parks, healthy activity and quality of life. 


The City of Burlingame will be celebrating Streets Alive on Sunday, May 3, from 9 am to 1 pm in conjunction with the Burlingame Farmer's Market. Enjoy a local band performing throughout the morning while you buy fresh, local foods. Children can enjoy a jump house, face painting, interactive class demonstrations and sports contests. Families can get active and participate in class demonstrations of Zumba, gymnastics, and a variety of dance classes! Enjoy downtown Burlingame! 


Many cities have opened streets and highlighted public places such as parks, plazas and trails as a way to promote healthy outdoor activity for a healthy future. People of all ages and physical abilities have come together at Streets Alive! Parks Alive! events to be active, rediscover their neighborhoods, visit other communities, and experience the freedom of safe, public spaces. Visit for up to date information on events throughout San Mateo County this weekend.


Burlingame Public Library Upcoming Programs


*  Free Comic Book Day

Visit the Burlingame Public Library on Saturday, May 2, from 10 am-5 pm to pick up a free comic book.   (For all ages while supplies last.)

*  Family Bingo Night at the Library

Come out with your family and play bingo for book prizes during National Screen Free Week on Wednesday, May 6, at 7 pm.

*  Legos @ Your Library

Join us for fun and creative building at a monthly Lego program - the first Thursday of each month.  The next Lego program meets on Thursday, May 7, from 4-5:30 pm in the Lane Community Room at the Burlingame Public Library.  No registration required.  We provide the Legos.


Lego donations needed at the Burlingame Public Library


Do you have Lego sets that are no longer used?  We will take them at the Burlingame Public Library.  Please bring your donations to the Burlingame Public Library Children's Desk. (Donations accepted as storage space allows.)

For more information about any of these Burlingame Public Library programs, call the Children's Desk at (650) 558-7400, Ext. 3. 

The SamTrans 2015 Summer Youth Pass goes on sale May 21. The pass costs only $40 and is good for unlimited travel for kids 17 years and younger from June 1 through Aug. 31, a significant savings compared to purchasing a Monthly Youth Pass for each summer month. 


The Summer Youth Pass allows kids and teens to be independent with safe and affordable transportation to fun summer destinations. Details about this year's pass program are online at











SamTrans Art Exhibit 










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