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Volume 22, Issue 12
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Principal's Note
Dear Lincoln Families,
What an incredible month November has been for the arts at Lincoln!! Under the expert direction of Arts Integration Specialist Michelle Holdt, almost 100 Lincoln families participated in an evening of theater arts activities. It was wonderful to see parents and students doing a variety of fun theater warm-ups and collaborating on how to create a tableau to depict a fairy tale. Some of these same activities have been experienced by students in the classroom as teachers have had professional development on how to use them to support instruction.

Before last night's PTA meeting, our students' creativity was on display in the library. Over 70 Lincoln artists submitted art in a variety of genres for the PTA Art Reflections competition. While students chosen to represent Lincoln at the county competition will be announced at Friday's assembly, last night and today are a celebration of the hard work of all students who submitted art. Thank you to Dr. MacIsaac and Mr. Hills for attending our "gallery" opening last night. Thank you also to Kyong Yi and Kristin Bergman for all of their hard work in making this event a reality.

Last, but not least, I know you have seen the amazing art being done in every classroom at Lincoln. As I visit classrooms I can't help but marvel at the inventive and inspiring art being done by our students as part of their weekly instruction. Thanks to the creative collaboration of our teachers, the arts are a key part of Lincoln's curriculum. Seeing this work hanging in classroom "galleries" I can truly say that our teachers and students "let their imagination fly" every day at Lincoln.

In addition to the arts, developing our students' citizenship skills has been another focus at Lincoln this year. If you have had the opportunity to attend our last few Friday Lincoln pride assemblies, you will remember my speaking with our students about Lincoln as a town with classrooms as neighborhoods, Student council as city council, a town newspaper, the ROAR, and each of us as citizens. The Lincoln team, through Responsive Classroom and Second Step, has worked hard this year to provide our students with support to develop the social-emotional competencies they need to become independent and productive members of society.

Additionally this year, the Lincoln team has decided to work with students to identify the behaviors that support Lincoln's Five Pillars of Good Citizenship. These pillars are be respectful of self and others; be respectful of personal property and school property; follow school rules even when no one is watching; display good character (responsibility, honesty, empathy, kindness); give back to the school community.

Teachers will engage students in discussion around these pillars and we will be recognizing behaviors that support them. Using these pillars as a guide, we have revised our Lincoln Handbook and it will be coming home for you to review with your student after the Thanksgiving break. Please engage your student in a discussion of the Lincoln rules and what it means to be a good citizen of the Lincoln community.

Now that the holiday season is upon us, I want to remind families of the importance of attendance. Every day our teachers are providing direct instruction of concepts and skills necessary for student success. If your student is absent for an extended period, he or she misses this important instruction. If you know that your student will be missing 5 or more days, please speak with Mrs. Pape and your teacher to set up an independent study to be completed during that time. This not only helps your student keep up with missed work, but also helps Lincoln as we can only recoup money from the state lost when a student is absent if an independent study has been completed.



Lincoln recently hosted the second evening of Integrated Arts Family Night, led by Michelle Holdt, Director of Arts Ed Matters. The event demonstrated to parents and students some of the techniques that Lincoln teachers are employing to integrate art into everyday lessons -- a key goal of the district's Visual and Performing Arts initiative. 
Michelle led 50 participants in theater techniques that can help strengthen understanding of concepts and incorporate physicality and action into the classroom. These initial drama exercises explored different methods of storytelling and encouraged participants to express themselves through non-verbal means. The activities focused on storytelling with our bodies, using movement to answer the question "what are you doing?" Additional exercises focused on storytelling with words, with the instructor acting as a conductor controlling the tone and tempo.

The activities built up to the "tableau," a theater technique that can help students demonstrate their learning, learn teamwork, and creatively express their ideas. Tableau doesn't require costumes, a script, or a complicated set, yet still gives students the sense of performing. In this activity, group participants create a still picture with their bodies to capture and communicate the meaning of a concept, quickly establishing a scene that involves a large number of characters. For example, one group of 10 created an image that showed chaos in the classroom on the day of a substitute teacher, while the remaining participants shared their observations of the scene and guessed what it represented.
Tableau will be used by Lincoln faculty to inject dramatic arts into the curriculum and strengthen learning. Students must truly understand the meaning of a concept or idea in order to communicate it using physical poses, gestures, and facial expressions rather than words. It can be used to explore a particular moment in history or a scientific concept, or to replicate a photograph or artwork for deeper analysis. It is just one example of the techniques Lincoln teachers are using to integrate art into the classroom. 

Hello Lincoln families,

We hope you enjoyed Movie Night last Friday night! A special thanks to the Dads Club for hosting our fun-filled community event.

The Art Reflections student art show takes place this morning. If you have a moment today, please stop by the library to check out our students' beautiful artwork. A special thanks to Kyong Yi and Kristen Bergman for all their effort this year. They willingly met with judges to review the art and put together a great show.

Tomorrow is the last day of the November food drive. If you haven't already, please consider sending a canned or dry food item to school with your child. Every bit counts. Thank you to Ginger Roehrig, our Community Outreach Chair, for coordinating the food drive each month.

It's hard to believe next week is Thanksgiving and December is just around the corner. Please check out the PTA calendar. We have the Winter Concert on December 2 and early dismissal on December 4.

Melinda & Isabelle

Please join the Room 10 third graders and support their effort to raise money for our local Ronald McDonald House in Palo Alto. They have chosen this charity because of its outstanding mission: 

The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford creates a home away from home and supportive community for families of children with life-threatening illnesses receiving specialized treatment at local hospitals.

A donation box will be in the school office through November 20. All money raised will be personally delivered by the students on Friday afternoon, November 20. Thanks for helping others during this holiday season!
Lincoln families ROCK! In 5 months, we've collected 5,157 bread tags -- that's over 4.5 pounds -- for a Burlingame High School fundraiser. 

Bread tags are brought to South Africa every summer through the One Dollar for Life service trip. The BHS students hand over the tags to the South African organization "Breadtags for Wheelchairs", which sells them to a recycler. The money is then used to purchase wheelchairs. 440 pounds, or about 50,000 bread tags, are enough for one wheelchair. Lincoln has helped BHS reach this goal for the the past two years.

Helping out is super easy. Just save your bread tags and drop them off into the jar in the Lincoln office. The tags aren't just found on bread, but also on bags of carrots and potatoes. In addition to providing a wheelchair to someone in need, you'll also be reducing our landfill. 
Please come to our first ELAC (English Language Advisory Committee) meeting of the year.  The meeting is for parents who have children who speak another language.  At the meeting you will learn about our ELD (English Language Development) program, CELDT (California English Language Development Test) and programs and activities at Lincoln School.
The meeting will be Friday, November 20, at 8:45 am in the library conference room.
We hope you can make it!
Mrs. Jaffe and Mrs. Troccoe
Por favor venga a nuestra primera reunión de ELAC (Comité Asesor de Inglés) del año.  La reunión es para los padres que tienen niños que hablan otro idioma.  En la reunion usted aprenderá acerca de nuestro programa, ELD (Desarrollo del Idioma Inglés), CELDT (Examen de Desarrollo del Idioma Inglés) y las programas y activdades de la escuela Lincoln. La reunión será el 20 de noviembre,viernes , a las 8:45 a.m. en la sala de conferencia.
Espero que puedan venir!
La Senora Jaffe y la Sra Troccoe

Happy Thanksgiving (a little early) from everyone at BCE. We are thankful to have a community so committed to providing the best educational experience for our children. We hope everyone has a restful, relaxing holiday. 
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One more day to give! This week, Burlingame public schools are collecting non-perishable food items for CALL Primrose, our local Burlingame grocery assistance organization.  

Please give what you can by sending donations of canned or dry food items with your children to school by Friday, and help make the upcoming holidays a bit brighter for those in need. Thank you for showing our children the importance of helping others!

For more information, see the flyer. Visit to learn about more ways you can help. 
The Burlingame School District receives funding for its Safe Routes to School program to help create safer walking and biking to school opportunities. For us to shape our program around our school community's needs, we need your input on how your child gets to and from school and what barriers or concerns you have. 

Please take just a few moments to complete this very short, anonymous parent transportation survey for each child enrolled in the district. (This survey link is specific to Lincoln, so if you have children in other BSD schools, please look for that school's specific link in a separate communication from that school.) 

The survey closes December 31. Thank you for your participation in helping us improve our Safe Routes to School program.

Experience Throwback Thursday Movie Series! 

On Thursday, November 19, 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.
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.

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