Lincoln Elementary School 
Lincoln Links 
Volume 22, Issue 7
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Yard/Lunchroom Duty
Week of 10/19
Kionke & Galant
Quick Links
Principal's Note
Dear Lincoln Families:
Lincoln teachers had a great day of learning on Monday. While your students were at home with you, our teachers were at a District sponsored professional development session for SWUN Math. They were sharing strategies and learning more about the new SWUN Discovery Lessons and Mental Math tasks.
In addition to the district professional development, Lincoln teachers met as grade-level teams to plan out the first trimester of their math instruction. They created pacing guides to ensure they instructed the necessary concepts. They also identified supplemental materials to support all of our students in mastering these concepts. As you can see, math continues to be a focus at Lincoln and in the district. Our state scores for last year demonstrate that we are on the right path.
Thank you to our parent volunteers. It was great to have their support and guidance on Wednesday as they reminded parents of our pick-up procedures. We are working hard at Lincoln to ensure the safety of all of our students and also to create a scholarly culture. Our teachers work so hard every day to both model and teach the skills and habits of mind our students will need for success and happiness. Our goal is to create a culture of mutual respect and caring and to instill the requisites for good citizenship. All of our families are important partners with us in that endeavor and I can't thank you all enough.
We also have fun each day. Our first full school event is one such occasion. The Lincoln Walk-a-Thon, The Greatest Stroll on Earth, is tomorrow afternoon. All of Lincoln is abuzz with excitement. Today is the final day to turn in your envelopes. Please remember that the goal of 92% is for participation and any amount counts. I know our students, and maybe some of you, are looking forward to seeing me dress up as a clown for a day if we meet this goal.
Lincoln students and staff will be "strolling" Ray Park starting at 2:00 on Friday. Please remember to send your student to school with a hat and sunscreen if appropriate. A bottle of water is a great idea in this heat as well. We hope you will join us "under the big top" for the circus that is WAT.
PTA Art Reflections submission day is next Wednesday, October 21st. We already have a few wonderful submissions from our students. Please encourage your student to get creative and submit art in one of the categories. Look for a reminder of those categories as well as this year's theme in this LINKS.


Jubilee Menzies joins our third grade team this year as a sixth-year teacher. She previously taught in San Jose Unified School District and holds a B.A. in Intercultural Child Development and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. When she is not teaching, Ms. Menzies enjoys doing outdoor activities like bike riding, hiking, and running.


We hope to see you all walking with your children & Linc the Lion at the 11th annual Walk-A-Thon! WAT is a great fall event that gets our community moving while raising funds to support our school.  If it's your first or your last, we hope you come enjoy the festive hour on the field.   
Parent Cooperation
Yesterday, we had our first of two parent awareness days about after school traffic and pickup procedures.  Thank you for your cooperation in keeping the school environment safe and distraction free for our students. For the full lowdown on the dos and don'ts, you can visit the Lincoln website
PTA Art Reflections
The Art Reflections program is now celebrated at all 5 elementary schools in the district!  Let's keep it going strong here at Lincoln. Encourage your student to submit their work to the 3rd annual Lincoln Art Reflections competition by 10/21. This year's theme is "Let Your Imagination Fly." Last year we had submissions in all the categories from visual arts to literature.  See the announcement below for full details and the submission form.   It is a proud moment for the kids to see their work displayed in the art show.  This year's show is 11/18 at 6 pm & 11/19 at 8 am in the Library.

Author's Visit
Did your 3rd, 4th or 5th grader come home talking about Alcatraz after school yesterday? Our students were treated to a visit from Newberry Honor Author Gennifer Choldenko (most famously known for "Al Capone Does My Shirts" among other titles).  Thank you to Robin Edmondson & Fiona Birchall for organizing this wonderful assembly in conjunction with Books Inc. See below for details on the Lincoln Book Fair starting 10/26 and how you can get involved!
Have a great weekend!
Melinda & Isabelle

Walk-a-Thon is tomorrow, 2-3 pm!!
Kinder parents, don't forget to turn in the permission slip to your child's teacher. 
Please be sure to send your child with sunscreen, hat and water bottle.

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.
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 at school until Friday, October 16. Thank you for showing our students the importance of helping others!
When:  Tuesday, 10/20 (please note date change) at 8:30 pm
Where:  Behan's, 1327 Broadway
Topic:   Movie Night preparations (for Friday, 11/13)

Students interested in participating in the 2015-2016 PTA Reflections competition still have time to create an original piece of work inspired by this year's "Let Your Imagination Fly ..." theme.

How to Enter:
  • Entrants must submit their artwork and student entry form (see below) to the office by Wednesday, October 21st.  Please attach entry form on back of artwork.
  • Each entry must contain a title and include an artist statement.  This artist statement communicates what inspired the work, how it relates to the theme, and the content of the work.  The statement may not exceed 100 words.
  • Entrants must follow requirements specific to each art category (see below). 
For questions, contact Kyong Yi at
Visual Arts 
To view last year's artwork, click here. To view an informational video, click here.  
BOOK FAIR - OCT. 26-30
The Book Fair is back, and this year we are mixing things up!  It's going to be Spooktacular!
Monday, Oct. 26 - Friday, Oct. 30.  Open 15 minutes before school begins until 30 minutes after it ends.
The Lincoln Library
To promote literacy and earn book credit for the Lincoln and classroom libraries  

This year we have decided to part with Scholastic Books and support a California-based and independently-owned company, Books Inc. We think we will have a larger selection of books and a better literary experience overall for teachers and students. Please come and check it out-there will be a lot of gift opportunities for the upcoming holidays!  

Book Fair Itinerary

Monday, October 26th

Donuts with Dad, 7:30-8:30 am -- dads, moms, grandparents, all are invited to join us for coffee and donuts before school on Monday. Plus, be the first to buy books at the Fair.
Wednesday, October 28th

Pajama Night, 6-7:30 pm -- Back by popular demand! Come join us for a fun-filled Book Fair Family Night.   Wear your pajamas, have a cup of cocoa, and listen to Ms. Magda read everyone a book (around 6:30). We hope you can join us!
Friday, October 30th

Last day of Book Fair
Volunteers Needed: 
We are in great need of volunteers! We really can't do the Book Fair without you. Room parents will be sending out a reminder, and we will have a sign up form on the library door; if you are interested in being a Book Fair volunteer, please contact Fiona Birchall at
Book Bucks
will be available again this year. Book Bucks allow you to set up a prepaid spending account for your child so that he or she doesn't have to carry money to school. Book Bucks forms will be available in the office this week or you can find a flyer at the bottom of the Links!  

We hope to see you at the Fair!
Your Book Fair Chairs, Fiona Birchall and Robin Edmondson

Reminder: All families new to the district and TK/Kindergarten families are welcomed to the New Family Event hosted by BCE Foundation. This event will be on Thursday, October 22, 7 pm, at Rue du The, 1223 Donnelly Avenue, Burlingame. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about BCE, Burlingame School District, as well as meet other new families. Adults only, please.

The 2015-2016 BCE Annual Campaign is on! Thank you to those of you have already pledged or donated. Pledging now what you intend to donate helps administrators efficiently plan for the following year. Every single donation is greatly appreciated and goes directly to programs that enhance our children's learning. Pledge or donate here.

Every school site has a BCE site director. Site Directors are here to help you understand how the BCE grant works. In the coming weeks, the BCE blog series will be profiling the school site directors. This week, we introduce Hildur Carlen, Site Director for McKinley.   
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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.
PTA General Meeting, Oct. 28 -- Topic: Explanation of Common Core Testing 
Please save the date for an Explanation of Common Core Testing. We know many of you have questions now that you have received your student's test scores back from your school district. Please join us for a presentation and Q&A on common core testing and results. This 17th District PTA General Meeting will be held from 7-8:30 pm on Wednesday, October 28, at the San Mateo County Office of Education, in the Corte Madera room. All PTA members in San Mateo County are encouraged to attend.

Help San Mateo County win a $500,000 Google Impact Challenge grant!
Superintendent Anne Campbell has asked for the PTA's help in getting the word out about "The Big Lift" and the possibility of winning a $500,000 grant from Google. The Big Lift has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the Google Impact Challenge and needs your vote to win. Please vote at for our inspiring Summers Program, so low income San Mateo County kids get what higher income families can provide: exposure to new ideas and experiences, with help on fundamentals like reading and math. We need 50,000 votes: please share this email with your family, friends and colleagues and post messages on Facebook and Twitter. No registration or personal information required to vote. It just takes a few seconds!
Vote before October 20th at

Family Science & Astronomy Festival + Makerspace, Oct. 17
You are invited to attend the Family Science & Astronomy Festival + Makerspace on Saturday, October 17, 2-11 pm at the College of San Mateo. This program is free and open to the public. Activities for everyone - kids to adults. Science demonstrations, Makerspace, planetarium shows, solar telescope viewing, 3D visualization of the universe, keynote presentation by NASA scientists on NASA's Pluto mission, Jazz Under the Stars Star Party with 2 live bands, and more! See attached program. 



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