Lincoln Elementary School 
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Volume 22, Issue 6
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Yard/Lunchroom Duty
Week of 10/12
Fernekes & Glover
Quick Links
Principal's Note
Dear Lincoln Families:
Conferences are over and we are beginning to really settle into a routine here at Lincoln. Well, as routine as things ever get here. Today our students are engaged in Abilities Awareness and Tolerance Week activities. As a community, Lincoln embraces all of our students and families. We believe strongly that while our similarities bind us together it is our differences that enrich us and help us to grow to be more caring and empathetic people.

It is wonderful to see our students so earnestly participating in these activities. Thank you to Barbara Maley and her volunteers for facilitating this rich learning opportunity for all of us.
Lincoln's first SEM (Schoolwide Enrichment Model) day is tomorrow, October 9. Our SEM lead teacher, Ms. Guidi, presented the program to our families at the October PTA meeting. All of our teachers are quite excited to begin the process of helping their students identify their passions and turn them into real-world projects. Please see Ms. Guidi's article in this Links. It describes what each grade level is planning for our first SEM day.

Next week Lincoln will be experiencing our first emergency drill. The San Mateo County Office of Education created an emergency plan called the Big Five for all county schools. This plan describes procedures for five different emergency situations. Lincoln will be practicing one of these a month for the next few months.

Our first drill is called Drop, Cover, and Hold On and is an earthquake drill. Our teachers will prepare their students for this drill and all others that follow. We will evaluate our plan afterwards to ensure we are ready in case of an emergency.

Congratulations to all of our 4th grade students. With support from their teachers they worked in teams to create arcade games with nothing more than cardboard boxes and simple supplies. Throughout this process they chronicled their roadblocks, describing how they worked together to overcome them.

They presented their finished products to students, staff, and families on Friday afternoon. They transformed the MPR into an arcade as families played their games and won prizes. What an exciting example of collaboration, perseverance, and problem-solving. All while having fun.  

Ever since I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a teacher. 
By the age of five, my room at home was transformed into a classroom.
As I grew older, my love of learning grew stronger and I knew teaching was the job for me. 
I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo after getting my degree in elementary school teaching and was also credentialed there. 
I am excited to have a real class of my own and look forward to the rest of this year! Go Lions!!! 

Conferences have concluded! Thank you to our teachers who worked so diligently to meet with parents over the past week and a half. 

Congratulations to Alison Pariani, our PTA membership drawing winner. So far 177 parents and 15 staff members have joined the Lincoln PTA. Great job and thank you for joining us! You can still join by clicking here. Two hundred members might just be a Lincoln record -- help us reach that goal!

Last Thursday night we had an action-packed PTA meeting with two guests. Our very own 5th
grade teacher, Ms. Lori Guidi, spoke about the School-wide Enrichment Model and Angela
Dubovsky, BCE president, joined us as well. We also approved our 2015-16 PTA budget, including this year's capital expenditures. It was nice to see new faces at the meeting. If you're a member and would like to see the minutes, email Kelly Mulready at

Thank you to our AATW volunteers! Tomorrow is the last day of Ability Awareness and Tolerance Week. We would like to thank all of the volunteers running the Experience Stations today, and a big thank you to Barbara Maley, our AATW coordinator. Please note that the week concludes with Senator Jerry Hill visiting the family experience stations tomorrow evening at 6:30pm at Roosevelt.

Don't forget to hand in your WAT envelopes tomorrow!! Enjoy the long weekend.
Melinda & Isabelle

Walk-a-Thon is next week! Donations are due this Friday, October 9. 
Walk-a-Thon is coming up and the kids are ready to get strolling!  We know we can beat last year's impressive participation, but we have a long way to go. Every donation helps! The Walk-a-Thon is Lincoln's biggest fundraiser and helps provide our school with everything from art supplies to classroom grants to field trips.
Do you have out-of-town family and friends? Can't find your checkbook? You can donate online at
Will your child's class be the first to reach 100% donation participation? All classes that do get to enjoy an extra recess. 
Beat last year's school-wide participation of 91% and Ms. Magda will dress as a clown for a day!
Kinder parents, don't forget to turn in the permission slip to your child's teacher. 
If you have questions or concerns, please contact Ingrid Gauthier at, Evelyn Falasco at, or Kendra Knight at
We Need More Volunteers!
We need parents to make this a fun, safe, and successful fundraiser. Please contact Ingrid Gauthier at if you are available to help the day of the event, October 16.
A SEM update from Ms. Guidi, SEM lead teacher

Teachers and students alike are excited to delve into our first Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) day this Friday, October 9. SEM opportunities allow students voice and choice in creating projects that stem from their interests and passions. Each grade level will be using this day to launch their unique projects. The highlights include:

K - Students will be exploring Lincoln's garden, creating inquiry questions.
First Grade - Using the district-adopted Second Step program for social-emotional learning, students will begin creating plays.
Second Grade - Using the new Go Quest program, students will take the interest profiler. Using this information, students will explore the site to find interest-based projects.
Third Grade - Students will take the Go Quest interest profiler. They will explore the options for projects based on their interests.
Fourth Grade - Using social studies and science standards as a base, students will begin to create a water conservation project.
Fifth Grade - In Room 20, students will be planning a trip to Mars. In Rooms 19 and 21, students will be working on group projects for water conservation.

SEM days are district-wide and are scheduled throughout the year. The days are October 9November 12December 16January 19February 8March 18, and April 7. However, SEM is embedded in all areas of content and not limited to the district days.
Spirit Wear is now for sale for a limited time! Place your orders on the Lincoln store today.

Sweatshirts, baseball t's and much more! The Lincoln store will close on October 23. All items will be delivered to your child's classroom in late November. This is a once a year opportunity! 

If you have any questions, please email Isabelle Spano at or Mechele at
Do you have old costumes piling up at your house? Help make Halloween a special treat for homeless families in our community! 

This month we are collecting new and gently used costumes for the homeless children living in transitional housing programs at InnVision Shelter Network. InnVision is dedicated to helping homeless families and individuals regain stable housing and long-term self-sufficiency. 
Costumes for all ages, wigs, props and decorations can be dropped in marked boxes in your classroom through Friday, October 16. Thank you for showing our students the importance of helping others!

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.  

BCE is a volunteer-driven organization consisting of dedicated parents in our school community. Get to know the new BCE President Angela Dubovsky
In addition, every school site has a BCE site director. Get to know yours better by following our "Meet your Site Director" blog series. Site directors are here to help you understand how the BCE grant works. Read our first stories

If you haven't done so already, please pledge now. You have the ability to donate now or fulfill your contribution later. This helps BSD to make the most efficient use of our BCE grant. Pledge or donate at

Thank you in advance for giving as generously as you can on behalf of our children.

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The BIS Magazine Drive fall fundraiser has started. Magazines are a great way to get students reading. Consider ordering a magazine subscription for the Lincoln Library.

We would love titles geared specifically for school aged children. There are many unique, fun titles available. Some favorites are American Girl, Ask, Boys Life, Dig, Highlights, Jack and Jill, Discovery Kids, National Geographic Kids, SI Kids, Owl, Ranger Rick, Zoobooks. The students would enjoy them after they have checked out books. (Please no "glamour" magazines or regular Sports Illustrated - they have tobacco ads.) 

Thanks so much for your continued support of our fantastic library! Please email Brandy Fleming at if you get a subscription or with any questions.  
Ability Awareness Night
Where: Roosevelt Elementary School (1151 Vancouver Ave., Burlingame)
When: Friday, Oct. 9, 6:30-8:30pm
Who can attend: All school district students, parents, and staff
Cost: FREE; no ticket required
Event Info
Come participate in the final event of Ability Awareness & Tolerance Week. Students who participate in Learning Stations can enter to win a Books Inc. gift card. Meet and hear from our guest speaker, State Senator Jerry Hill. Sen. Hill will talk about the significance of the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). See flyer
The Peninsula Parent Speaker Series, a volunteer-run partnership between the Burlingame School District PTA Council and the San Mateo Union High School District, is proud to present our first keynote speaker of the year.

Julie Lythcott-Haims
"How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success"
Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7pm
San Mateo Performing Arts Center
600 N. Delaware, San Mateo (next to San Mateo High School)

Our featured speaker is already getting a lot of buzz in the area, having recently spoken at Crocker Middle School in Hillsborough. In How to Raise an Adult, Lythcott-Haims draws on research, on conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and on her own insights as a mother and as a Stanford freshmen student dean to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. 

While empathizing with the parental hopes and, especially, fears that lead to overhelping, Lythcott-Haims offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make their own mistakes and develop the resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination necessary for success.

Relevant to parents of toddlers as well as of twentysomethings--and of special value to parents of teens--this book is a rallying cry for those who wish to ensure that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence.

Admission: $5 per person in advance, $10 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased online.

Parents are asked to attend without their children. Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be available. Lythcott-Haims will be available for book signing after the event. Her book will also be available for purchase.


Friday, October 16, noon - 5 pm
Saturday, October 17, 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday, October 18, noon - 4 pm

The BIG semi-annual book sale will be at the Burlingame Library, 480 Primrose Rd., Burlingame. Please enter the Lane Room from Bellevue Avenue. All three days are FREE and open to the public.

Select from thousands of genre-sorted near-new books, $1 - $3. New stock added daily. Come early and often to find choice children's books, fiction, tour guides, coffee-table gems, non-fiction, cookbooks, etc. DVDs and other media will also be on sale.
All proceeds benefit the Burlingame Public Library.
Join SMCOE on Saturday, October 10 for our second annual Fun Run and Walk along the Bay Trail in Redwood City! You have a choice of running the mile, the 5K, or both. Stay after the race for a raffle and refreshments!

This year, proceeds will benefit our Community Schools Program, which serves over 400 at-risk youth in San Mateo County. But you don't need to be affiliated with SMC schools to participate! Invite your friends, and help us raise money for this great cause.

8:30 am - Check-in begins
9:30 am - 1 Mile
10:00 am- 5K
11:00 am - Awards
11:15 am - Free kids run
12:00 pm - Event ends

Check-in and parking are at 101 Twin Dolphin Road, Redwood City. Post-race activities and the kids race will take place at this location.

Special note: The race start/finish is approximately 1/3 mile away from check-in. You may walk or drive to the start/finish area. Please give yourself at least 10 minutes to get to the start.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Sue Wieser at or 650-802-5381.
Residents of Burlingame, Hillsborough and Millbrae are invited to the Central County Fire Department's first Safety Fair on Saturday, October 10, from 10am-2pm adjacent to Burlingame High School and Carolan Ave.
The fair will include demonstrations by the Central County Fire Department (CCFD), the Burlingame Police Department, the Burlingame and Hillsborough Neighborhood Networks, volunteers with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, HAM radio operators, the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA and the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services (OES).
Admission is free. The Burlingame Lions Club will sell hamburgers, hot dogs and other food.
During the fair, there will be presentations on a variety of topics, including what to do immediately after an earthquake, how to reunite with your family and communicate with them during a disaster, how to protect your pets, what to include in a disaster kit and how to operate a HAM radio.



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