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Volume 22, Issue 9
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Principal's Note
Dear Lincoln Families:
The Book Fair is well under way. The library has been turned into a Halloween-themed book store. It has been great to see it full of Lions browsing the selections and discussing books with their friends. I hear students talking about their favorite books during recess as they make their way to the library. 
Thank you to Robin Edmondson and Fiona Birchall for all of the research and coordination necessary to switch our book vendor from Scholastic to Books, Inc. The selection of books this year is incredible. Thank you also to all of the parent volunteers who come every day to help out. Please remember that tomorrow is the final day of the Book Fair.

Lincoln's annual Halloween celebration is Friday, Oct 30, beginning at 8:45 a.m. Students should wear their costumes to school and bring clothes to change into after the parade. Please send your student to school with a bag to put their costume in after they have changed. Students should line up on their fire drill lines when the bell rings. They will go to their classrooms to drop off their bags before coming out to the blacktop to assemble for the parade.

If you are planning on joining us for the parade, please meet on the playground. Once students have gone into their classrooms to prepare for the parade, I will ask all parents to stand on the fire drill lines that students have just vacated. This will leave space for teachers to walk their students out to the blacktop. Once all classes are seated, I will invite you to stand around the outside of the circle so you can take pictures of your students as they march. Please do NOT go into the circle. Do NOT stand on the Big Toy. Do NOT climb to the 5th grade landing. But DO have fun!!!

Our very first Family Arts Night is next Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the MPR. Our first evening of Theater Arts is focused on our K-2 students and their parents. The second evening is Thursday, Nov. 12, from 6:30-8 p.m. in the MPR, and will be focused on grades 3-5 students and their parents. We will be joined by arts educator Michelle Holdt, who has been supporting our district teachers in their arts integration efforts. I look forward to seeing those of you who have registered.

Our 3rd-5th grade students were lucky enough to have the opportunity to hear world-class distance swimmer, Diana Nyad, speak about her swim from Cuba to Florida. Her feat would have been impressive enough on its own, but is made more impressive because she finally completed this goal on her 5th attempt at the age of 64. Her talk focused on the perseverance and ability to learn from past mistakes that made her final attempt successful. This theme fits so well with what we are working on this year at Lincoln. Thanks to Linda Stoick who was able to leverage a friendship with Ms. Nyad into an assembly at Lincoln!! It was an inspiring day for all who attended.

I have been seeing some amazing math lessons as I visit classrooms. In kindergarten, students were using manipulatives to learn one-to-one correspondence. In 1st grade, students were learning place value using base ten blocks. In 2nd grade, students were learning a variety of strategies for addition. In one classroom, students were learning how to use the "Friendly Number" strategy. In another, 2nd graders were creating video where they demonstrated the "Draw a Picture" strategy. In 3rd grade, our students were learning how to use arrays to do multiplication. In 4th grade, students were learning the distributive property of multiplication. In 5th grade, students were learning how the area model, learned in a prior grade, is linked to the standard algorithm for multiplication.  

The biggest differences I see from last year's instruction are in our students' confidence in their ability to learn the new strategies and in their use of the appropriate academic vocabulary. It is so exciting to hear our students explain their thinking using the correct vocabulary. We have all come a long way in a single year. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our teachers and their encouragement of the same qualities in our students.

My name is Lori Guidi and I have been a teacher for 25 years, beginning in Lake Tahoe. After moving to the Bay Area 15 years ago, I found a home at Franklin Elementary School, teaching fourth and fifth grades. 
I finished my administrative credential and used it to help implement RTI at Franklin last year. I was offered the exciting opportunity to come work with the amazing Lincoln staff under Ms. Magda's inspiring leadership. I jumped at the chance and have been thrilled by the warm welcome from the Lincoln community!

Book Fair
Tomorrow is the last day of book fair. We hope you enjoyed having access to our very own bookstore for the week. Thanks to all our volunteers who set up, tended the store, and are packing it all up tomorrow

We also want to express our gratitude to Robin Edmundson and Fiona Birchall, who chaired the fair once again! Along with their team of volunteers, they transformed our library into a spooky store. And thanks to all of you, loyal customers, for supporting literacy and Lincoln. 
We also want to recognize Tatia Kusumoto for lending her talents to sew the new library bookshelf "curtains." These provided the backdrop for the book fair and years of future events in the library.
Halloween Parade
We're looking forward to seeing our costumed kids at the Halloween parade tomorrow. As Ms. Magda mentioned, please make room for the kids to enter the blacktop and get situated before crowding around. Each class will strut their stuff so you can get a good look at all the costumes. We are excited to welcome back the Burlingame High School band as our musical accompanists -- many of whom are Lincoln alumni!
Pizza Night
The first Monday of every month from 5-7pm is Lincoln night at Village Host Pizza. Treat yourself to a night out of the kitchen on Monday, Nov. 2, and mingle with other Lincoln families. A percentage of pizza proceeds come back to the school. Contact our Pizza Night chairs, Angie Turri and Sharon Reichow at  with any questions.

We hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween! Remember to change your clocks this weekend and enjoy your extra hour of sleep. 


Melinda & Isabelle

Friday is the last day of the Book Fair. We'll be closing after morning recess, 
so if you haven't seen the Books Inc. selection, you should stop by. The quality of the books this year has been fantastic!  

There are still quite a few books that teachers would love added to their classroom libraries. You'll find them in labeled bins by the front door of the library. With all the new and exciting books from Books Inc., our teachers have found some wonderful potential additions to their classrooms.  

A portion of the purchases goes to buying more books for our classrooms and library. Stop by after the Halloween parade! 
A big THANK YOU to Marco and Gemma Rice for their donation of two 
magazine subscriptions -- Sports Illustrated KIDS and Discovery Girls -- to the Lincoln library.

Lincoln students can't wait to read the first issues! The library accepts donations of subscriptions or books all year long. 

Mention Lincoln Elementary when checking out, and a portion of your purchase goes to our school! 

The 2015-2016 BCE Annual Campaign continues to build momentum! Thank you to those who have already pledged or donated. Pledging now what you intend to donate helps administrators efficiently plan for the following year. Every single donation makes an impact! If you haven't already, please pledge or donate at 

Every school site has a BCE site director. Site directors are here to help you understand how the BCE grant works. This week, we introduce Marni Fligel, the site director for Franklin:

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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.
SEDAC Lecture Series: Dyslexia
Debra Ashburn, BSD school psychologist, will discuss the latest research, information and interventions with regard to dyslexia. BSD's Director of Student Services, Heather Logan, will answer questions about how the school district addresses the needs of students with dyslexia.

Date and Time: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 4-5:30pm
Location: McCarthy Center for Children and Families (1764 Marco Polo Way, Burlingame). 

All parents welcome to attend. Free childcare provided by BSD staff. Direct any questions to

Experience Throwback Thursday Movie Series! On Thursday, November 19th at dusk, the Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department will be showing Elf at Bayside Field!

This event is brought to you in partnership with our Platinum Sponsor Gold Medal Martial Arts. The Parks & Recreation Department will be showing movies on our 30-foot inflatable screen. If you are looking for a good date night or an evening out with friends, the Throwback Thursdays series is your chance to have a fun night out in Burlingame, enjoying some classic movies. Families are welcome, but please keep in mind Elf is rated PG. Snacks and drinks (including wine and beer) will be available for purchase. For more information contact the Burlingame Recreation Department at (650) 558-7308.

(Nov. 19)

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 
(Final shows)


BYBA Spring Registration 
(Last day Nov. 18)



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