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Volume 22, Issue 14
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Upcoming Events
Yard/Lunchroom Duty
Week of 12/7
Carney & Menzies
Quick Links
Principal's Note
Dear Lincoln Families:

It was wonderful to share another Lincoln tradition with our 4th & 5th grade families and our teachers. Last night's Winter Concert was a delightful evening of music and song. Our students are such talented musicians and performers. Their enthusiasm for music is contagious and definitely put me in the holiday spirit. Every year, I am amazed by the hard work of our students in preparation for this concert and the dedication and passion of our music teachers. The love of music that our students demonstrate and the lessons learned by them about the benefit of perseverance and hard work in achieving their goals will enrich their lives forever.

Thank you to our amazing music teachers, Mrs. Prater and Mr. Simon. Their love of both music and students is evident in all they do. Thank you to our wonderful accompanist, Yongyu Gao, for giving of her time and energy. Thank you to our musically talented teachers, Kirsten Hall, Franziska Kionke, and Patty Rossi, for accompanying our students. Thank you to our 4th & 5th grade teachers for always supporting our music program. Thank you to our Music Coordinators, Judy Vina and Leslie Tong. They do all of the behind the scenes work that makes the concert look so professional. Thank you to the Alice Liechti Foundation. Their continued support of the music program in Burlingame is very important to its continued success. Finally, thank you to BCE who, in partnership with the District, makes this robust music program possible at Lincoln.

As the hectic holiday season approaches, it is a good to take a moment to stop and reflect on all we have to be grateful for. We are all so lucky to be part of this amazing Lincoln community. I see amazing acts of generosity and kindness every day. This quote from Tom Stoppard epitomizes the spirit of Lincoln, "Obviously, you would give your life for your children, or give them the last biscuit on the plate. But to me, the trick in life is to take that sense of generosity between kin, make it apply to the extended family and to your neighbour, your village and beyond." A great way to show how much we care for each other is to participate in the Giving Tree which is now up in the main office.

Our amazing 3rd graders and kindergartners have inspired all of us through their example by actually putting the spirit of this quote into action with their support of Ronald McDonald House and local homeless shelters. Without prompting from adults, these generous and kind-hearted students have identified a need and rushed to fill it. Please let our students' example inspire you to participate by sharing your good fortune with others.

The Lincoln team and I are putting the finishing touches on the Lincoln Handbook. We will be starting a new tradition at Lincoln by sending a hard copy of the Handbook home with each student and requesting that parents take a moment to review the school rules and procedures with students. By doing this, we can ensure that all students and families are advised of our Lincoln rules so we can show students, through direct conversation and our modeling, the importance of following community rules and procedures. There will be a signature page for you and your student to sign and return to your teacher.

Please remember that Friday, December 4th, is a minimum day. Students will be dismissed at 1:30pm.



Donations needed next week! 

Thank you to all of you who were able to give during our November food drive.  Call Primrose was ecstatic to have so much support at such a busy time!
Next week, Burlingame Public Schools will be collecting unwrapped toys and gifts for children ages 12 & under. Toys will be distributed to clients of Call Primrose and families within our community. Please give if you can and bring your unwrapped toys to the marked bins at school.  

Please drop your unwrapped toy donation in the school office Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 11.

Thank you for your continued support in showing our children the importance of giving.  
Happy Holidays!
If you, or someone you know is need of grocery assistance, contact Call Primrose at 650-342-CALL or


Hello Lincoln Families!
Thank you to all the parents that attended the winter concert last night. Our 4th and 5th grade musicians and singers performed beautifully, well done! 

We'd like to thank Leslie Tong, Judy Vina, and Christina Habelt for decorating the BIS Auditorium. They arranged the lights and decorations for all of the Burlingame schools to enjoy during the concert season at BIS. In addition, June Hee created the program for the event. June, your attention to detail is greatly appreciated!
The Lincoln Giving Tree is back! Thank you Rachel Goodrich for setting it up this year. Please stop by the office to check out which gift card you would like to purchase to help out a Lincoln family in need.  
We still need to have volunteers filling our Yard and Lunch Duty openings. Please be sure your classroom staffs these shifts. Even if it's not your classroom's turn, feel free to signup -- your help is needed!  
In addition to our wonderful teachers, Lincoln also has an incredible staff which supports our kids in teaching PE and music, helping with speech and reading, or even just offering a kind smile or needed bandaid. If you'd like to join others to show your appreciation to these hard working souls, please place any amount you feel appropriate in the envelope in the office marked "Staff Gifts."  
Don't forget this Friday is early dismissal day - all students are released at 1:30pm.   
We look forward to seeing you at Pizza Night next Monday, December 7 at Village Host Pizzeria.

Melinda & Isabelle

Help bring some holiday cheer to a family in need this holiday season.  
Lincoln's Giving Tree, located in the front of the office, has tree decorations with desired gifts cards that a family in the Lincoln community needs this holiday season. 
Please stop by to choose an ornament, purchase the gift card and return it to the school office. Any dollar amount is appreciated.
Please deliver all gift cards by Tuesday, December 15th.
Thank you so much for your participation in helping bring joy to our Lincoln community.  
Happy Holidays!
Questions? Contact Rachel Goodrich at 650-344-3067 or
Lincoln Spirit Wear has been distributed!  
Please review your order. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Isabelle at or Mechele at  
Thank you!

Do you know that corporate matching dollars accounted for $236,000, 13% of the most recent $1.795 million BCE grant?  These funds are a big deal, but we need your help!  Many employers will match BCE donations made by their employees, Employers who will match your generous BCE donations will likely have December 31st deadlines, so please act now and submit your matching paperwork to your employer today. Click here to see if you or your spouse's employer offers matching gifts. Corporate matching programs count all giving made from Jan-Dec 2015 so be sure to factor in the entire calendar year into your corporate matching request.

We give thanks to your BCE contribution as we kick off a month of student music concerts, and we wish our performers the best. Additionally, the BIS band has the honor of playing at the Burlingame Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at City Hall on Friday, December 4, 5 pm. Come down to enjoy the holiday cheer and support our homegrown Burlingame talent.

Scholars Circle represents donors who are philanthropically committed to supporting strong TK-8th grade public education in Burlingame. Our Scholars Circle lead donors give significantly to BCE so that they can make a larger impact on the Burlingame community.  Learn more about BCE Scholars Circle and the VP of Scholars Circle Lara McDonald on our blog:
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The BIS Bike Club would like your old bikes, working or not. Our bike club's Recycle Your Bike program has a mission to provide used bikes to families in need, while learning basic bike repair. 

It works by you donating your bikes (tax deductible donation), we put in the elbow-grease to fix them up, and then donate them to families that needs a bike. We will take anything you have; even unrepairable bikes are useful for their parts and recycle value. 
Donate your old bikes today by contacting Rusty Hopewell, Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Having trouble understanding Response To Intervention (RTI)? You're not the only one. Please join Heather Logan, BSD's Director of Special Education, and district RTI Specialists for a presentation and discussion of what these programs are and how students qualify for them. 
Wednesday, December 9
4-5:30 pm
McCarthy Center for Children and Families (1764 Marco Polo Way, Burlingame)
All parents are welcome to attend. Free childcare provided by BSD staff. Direct any questions to

Clear library fines while providing food to those in need!
From November 16 thru December 31, bring non-perishable food items into the Burlingame Public Library Main Branch or Easton Branch and fines/fee will be waived. All food collected will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
  • Food must be in store-sealed cans, boxes, or plastic containers within its expiration date. No glass containers, perishable food or opened containers.
  • Good for library fines only. (Not valid for lost or damaged items.)
Questions?  Call the Reference Desk at (650) 558-7400. ext. 2. 

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