Lincoln Elementary School 
Lincoln Links 
Volume 22, Issue 3
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Yard/Lunchroom Duty
Week of 9/21
Sloan & Morrill   
Quick Links
Principal's Note

Dear Lincoln Families:                                                               

Thank you for turning out in full force for Back to School Night. It was wonderful to see all of you arrive at the MPR with the same enthusiasm and excitement as your students had when they arrived for the first day of school.

Your excitement was only matched by ours as we had the opportunity to share our plans for the new school year with you.

We changed the format for my introduction this year so we would have the opportunity to share our vision with the greatest number of families. The entire Lincoln team is inspired by our renewed focus on the whole child. I know that passion and commitment was made clear to you as you visited your student's classroom.

Thanks to BCE for the wonderful kick-off event. Their enthusiasm was not dampened by the unfortunate timing of our power outage on Tuesday. Katie Herstein and our BCE team were out with pom poms and the large check they presented to the district last week.

That check for $1,795,000 represented the hard work and dedication of the BCE team throughout the district last year. Thanks to all of our families for your ongoing support of BCE. As you can see from the amount raised, every dollar counts. That money is being put to good use at Lincoln and all of the Burlingame schools. We look forward to seeing what we can all do together this year.

With the help of our amazing lunchtime volunteers, we are coming to the end of our first full week of school lunches. This week we added our kindergarteners to the mix in the lunchroom. Those of you who were able to help out saw that our wonderful kindergarten teachers were in the lunchroom helping to acclimate their students to our lunchtime routines.

Thanks to everyone who was able to help out. Our lunches are made possible by your support. I look forward to seeing you on the playground or in the lunchroom during our lunch period.



It is a pleasure to introduce myself to the Lincoln community! My name is Chelsea Griffin and I am a 2nd grade teacher. I grew up in Burlingame and could not be happier to be back here as a teacher. 

Teaching and learning are very close to my heart and I am extremely enthusiastic about my job. My hope is that my love for learning will be contagious in the classroom. I am dedicated to helping your children learn!
After graduating from Burlingame High School, I received a bachelor's degree in psychology and a teaching credential at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Last year, I was a 4th grade long-term substitute at Washington Elementary School. My hobbies include reading, traveling, and running.  
I look forward to a wonderful year at Lincoln!
Ms. Griffin

We want to extent a special thanks to our hard-working teachers and Principal Magda for a very informative back to school night last night. It's a valuable window into the curriculum and daily lives of our kids. 
Want to get another glimpse into your child's natural habitat? Yard and lunchroom volunteers are welcomed daily! Also, if you're interested in helping your class in the library, join the volunteer orientation
in the library on Friday, right after morning assembly. 
It's hard to believe this is already our third Links for the school year. This weekly newsletter is compiled and edited by our veteran rotating editing team: Gary Rainville, Katie Storey and Jennifer Carroll. Karen Hirschmann dutifully posts and blasts the final product to the readers. Thank you Links editing team!
Lastly we want to thank two families who recently made Lincoln a little more beautiful. Diana and Marco Cavalieri gave our Dandylion garden a huge cleanup over the weekend, making it ready for our students' use. Jessica and Andrew Beebe added two handmade planter boxes filled with lovely drought-friendly succulents to the front of the office. Thank you!  

Breaking News
Everyone who joins the Lincoln PTA and pays before September 30 will be entered into a drawing for a free Spirit Wear item of your choice! The winner will be announced at the next PTA meeting. Don't delay, join today! (Limit one Spirit Wear item up to $25 in value.) 
We hope you all enjoy a great weekend.
Melinda & Isabelle

Melinda Saunders, PTA President
Isabelle Spano, PTA Executive Vice President

Lincoln's biggest community event of the year!

Save the date, Friday, October 16, for the greatest stroll on earth! The big event will take place on Ray Park field from 2-3 pm. All students may participate and receive a special t-shirt to show their Lincoln pride! We encourage parents to come and cheer on the walkers. 
Did you know that the Walk-A-Thon generates 35% of the total income the PTA receives each year? The Walk-A-Thon helps to provide our students with field trips, art supplies, interesting assemblies, classroom grants, library materials, playground equipment and much, much more! All Lincoln fundraising follows the Burlingame School District fundraising guidelines.
Thank you to our sponsors!!
Their generous support covers the cost of the event and is key to a successful and fun Walk-a-Thon. Thank you to the following: the Goodrich family, the Gauthier family, the Chavinson family, the Falasco family, the Riley-Gebhart family, the Leung family, Dave and Marie O'Toole, the Sogas family, the McGuire family, the Phonsombat family, the Gordon family, the Roberts family, the Storey family, the Spano family, the Quilici family, the Way family, RC Wehmeyer Design + Build, Jeffrey's Hamburgers, and Big Red.

If you would like to donate $250 or more to sponsor the Walk-A-Thon, please contact: Ingrid Gauthier at, Evelyn Falasco at, or Kendra Knight at

Student donation envelopes will be going home in a few weeks.

Walk-A-Thon -- Art Contest!
Thank you to all the Lincoln students who participated in the art contest. It was wonderful to see so much Lincoln Lion pride and enthusiasm for Walk-A-Thon! Winners will be announced soon. Their art will be featured on the Walk-A-Thon t-shirt that all students will receive and wear on October 16. All art contest submissions will be displayed at school.

Parent involvement is a key component in making this a fun, safe, and successful fundraiser, so please come join the fun and help at the Walk-A-Thon! We need volunteers for tasks such as: set-up, bringing students from the classroom to the walking course, lap markers, water stations, student supervision and clean up.

We've got a role for everyone, and no experience is necessary! Please contact Ingrid Gauthier at if you're available to help the day of the event.
Are your kids ready to unleash their creative talents?  Invite them to participate in Lincoln's third annual PTA Reflections Art competition.  Each year, Reflections challenges students to create art that supports a specific theme.  Students are recognized for bringing that theme to life through dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. 
Students interested in participating in the 2015-2016 competition will use this year's "Let Your Imagination Fly ..." theme as inspiration for their artwork.  Each entry must be the original work of one student. Please refer to both general and specific art category rules for additional guidelines.
Entries are due Wednesday, October 21. All entries must be accompanied with an entry form (see below).  All entries will be displayed at the Reflections Art show on November 18. Winners from each art category will move on to compete at the district level and then possibly advance to state and national levels. For details, contact Kyong Yi at
Visual Arts 
To view last year's artwork, click here. To view an informational video, click here.  
Earning cash for Lincoln with Box Tops is easy! Each one is worth 10 cents for Lincoln and you can find them on hundreds of products.

Since Lincoln began collecting Box Tops, we've raised $7,750 -- that's a lot of dimes over the years!

Box Tops come in various sizes, so be on the lookout for them. Write your child's name and classroom number on the back of each one. Then turn them in to the main office, where a large pink Box Tops collection box is. Your child could be the lucky monthly winner of a special prize!

Check out this flyer for more info. If you have any questions please email Mechele Sheehan at
The Lincoln Cub Scout Pack 57 will be having a Signup and Orientation meeting on Tuesday, September 22, from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Lincoln MPR. Please bring checks made out to "Pack 57" for $75/child participating.
Interested in learning more about Cub Scouts at Lincoln? Cub Scouts is a program for boys who are in 1st-5th grade. The program offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development and physical fitness. Service projects, ceremonies, games, and other activities guide boys through the core values and give them a sense of personal achievement. Through positive group interaction and parental guidance, boys also learn honesty, bravery, and respect. 
Family involvement is an essential part of Cub Scouting, and parents are encouraged to play an active role in the program. Come see what it is all about.
Email Chester Rice at for more information.
If you have never been a member of the Lincoln PTA, it's a great way to be involved in the school and the decision-making process for many of the things you see happening at Lincoln. If you're an active member of PTA, you know that PTA is more than just being able to say you're a member!
Did you know there are statewide benefits of being a PTA member? Exciting membership benefits like discounted tickets to the Cal Academy of Sciences, Legoland, and even Enterprise Rent a Car! Check out this website for all of the member perks:
This year, we're excited to announce that digital membership cards are being implemented! You can save the image of your personalized e-card to your smartphone or tablet and carry it with you, just like you would a traditional paper card. I will be submitting our request for digital cards October 1st, so be sure to join before then!
All Lincoln families are welcome at the PTA meetings, but joining PTA is only $15 per family and earns you the right to vote on issues important to our school. The PTA meeting dates can be found on the Lincoln website. And this year, attending PTA meetings will be easier than ever as we're offering morning meetings as well as evenings!

Everyone who joins the Lincoln PTA and pays before September 30 will be entered into a drawing for a free Spirit Wear item of your choice (up to $25 value)! The winner will be announced at the next PTA meeting. Click here to join today! If you would rather pay by check (payable to Lincoln PTA), there is a basket in the office. Money will be collected each day after pick up.
If you have questions, please contact Gretchen Kindberg at
The way you access school menus is changing, and we are sure you will love it!
Burlingame School District, in partnership with Chartwells K12, is now using Nutrislice to publish the school menus to a new interactive website and a free smartphone app. Now you can access your menus anywhere, anytime! 
Click here to see Lincoln's monthly lunch menu on the Burlingame District website. If you prefer to use the smartphone app, download School Lunch by Nutrislice from Google Play for Android or the App Store for iPhone.  

Using the website:
1. Select the grade level of your school. 
2. Select the school menu you wish to view.
3. Once within the site, you will see the menu is interactive. If you hover over a food, you will be able to see an image and description. 

Using the app:
1. Select your state, followed by your school district.
2. Select the grade level, school and then the school menu you wish to view.
3. Once within the menu, you will be defaulted to the current day. You can select a food to find its description. 
Questions: Contact Food Service Director Erika Reavis at

On Tuesday, we celebrated BCE's record-breaking $1,795,000 grant to Burlingame School District (BSD) at all school sites. Generous donors like you deserved a day of celebration!  
Fellow parents, teachers, and your BCE school site team honored this great achievement! The  $1.795 million grant that we will be spending on our kids this year is the result of our 2014-2015 BCE Annual Campaign. As a direct result of your donations, our grant will help keep class sizes low (up to 24 max, TK-3), fund teacher professional development, provide district math and science curriculum coaches, and allow for 4th and 5th grade classroom instructional aides.

TK-8 students will have a choral and instrumental music program, middle school students will have the ability to put on a school musical, and all students will have credentialed PE and library specialists. Due to all the generous donations, we are excited to add an integrated technology specialist AND an integrated art program with professional development.
The moment our proceeds are distributed to BSD, we start at zero again to raise money for next year's grant.  Therefore, Tuesday also marked our official 2015-2016 BCE Annual Campaign Kickoff.

California places 46th in the nation in education funding per student, so Burlingame's strong public schools do not happen by accident. Quite the opposite. BCE is the primary fundraising vehicle for parents and community members to help BSD create a rich and inspiring education for all transitional kindergarten through 8th grade students. Many thanks for your continuous support year after year!
Please join us at the Vinyl Room (221 Park Road) on Monday September 21, at 7:30pm for more celebrating at the BCE Annual Campaign Kickoff and Public Board Meeting featuring special guest speakers and a very social night!

Burlingame Spirit Run
Thank you to the 1,400+ runners and walkers who participated in the 4th Annual Burlingame Spirit Run on a sunny and warm Labor Day!
This event wouldn't be possible without the help of our sponsors, especially Palo Alto Medical Foundation (Mills-Peninsula Division), Burlingamer, Dojo USA and A Runner's Mind.
The money raised from this event will benefit each and every student in the Burlingame School District, from transitional kindergarten through 8th grade as part of BCE's annual grant. For more information on BCE's annual grant and what it helps fund, please visit our website at

Finally, thank you to all the volunteers without whom this event would not have been possible.

We are BCE. Together we build better Burlingame Schools.  

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The Bike Warrior Challenge and Rodeo is here again - 
September 23, 3:30-6:00 PM, Roosevelt Elementary. Register your students for this bike skills training event designed to improve riding skills and teach traffic safety awareness. This is a free event for all BSD students, but you need to register to reserve your spot. More information click here. 

Legos at the Burlingame Public Library
Join us for a Legos building event at the Burlingame Public Library on the first Thursday of each month from 3:30-5:00pm (new time) in the Lane Community Room. 
Special Spanish Story time at the Burlingame Public Library
The Burlingame Public Library presents Spanish Story time every third Saturday of the month. Join us on Saturday, September 19th for the next Spanish Story time in the Children's Room.  
For more information on all of these events, call the Children's Desk at 650-558-7400, ext. 3. 
Or, see the information flyers below. 
Burlingame Pet Parade Invites 'Best School Float' Entries
It's time to begin thinking about what you and your pet will wear in the 12th annual Burlingame Pet Parade on Saturday, Sept. 26, on Broadway in Burlingame, which will feature Kasper the Duck (wearing a tuxedo) as Grand Marshal. Those who wish to march in the parade must report by 9:30 a.m. to the parking lot at Broadway and Chula Vista. This family friendly event offers free entertainment and art projects for children. There is no charge to participate and every participant receives a souvenir ribbon.
This year, for the first time, public and private schools for grades K through 12 throughout San Mateo County are invited to compete in a "Best School Float" contest. The winning school will receive $500 from the Burlingame Merchants Association. Judges also will select the Best Pet Trick; Most Unusual Pet; Best Dressed Pet; and Most Original Float, Group or Wagon (non-school category). Judging takes place immediately after the parade at Broadway and Paloma. Complete rules and more information are available at








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