Lincoln Elementary School 
Lincoln Links 
Volume 22, Issue 16
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Yard/Lunchroom Duty
Week of 1/4 
Glover & Fernekes
Quick Links
Principal's Note

Dear Lincoln Families:

This is the final Links before the Winter Break. I know we are all looking forward to a few weeks of family, friends, and fun. It is hard to believe but we are on the cusp of a new year as 2016 approaches. This is the perfect time to pause and think about where we are and what is ahead. This has been a wonderful start to the school year thanks to the generous support of our entire Lincoln community.

I am so proud of our academic program at Lincoln and the dedicated teachers and support staff who are both the backbone and the heart of Lincoln. Every day I see our students engaged in activities that require them to think critically, collaborate, and communicate clearly.

I am also proud that Lincoln focuses on developing our students' creativity as well. Our students have an amazingly rich arts program with both choral and instrumental music under the guidance of our amazing music teachers. Our talented and inventive classroom teachers provide visual and theater arts experiences as well.

I have to admit, though, that I am most proud of our focus on the wellness and health of the whole child. Our mission is not just to send our students into the world with academic skills and knowledge. We are educating citizens as well. As we can see every day, our world is in dire need of empathetic, caring, self-aware citizens who see their duty extend beyond self to others and the world. The Lincoln team takes this responsibility seriously and strives every day to both teach and model these qualities.

As the new year arrives, I am so grateful for the full Lincoln community -  students, families, teachers, and staff. Lincoln welcomes everyone with open arms and hearts, no matter how they may be different from us. As our world grows ever smaller, we all, but especially our students, will need to learn to judge people by the "content of their character." The Lincoln community models that for our students every day.

I hope the New Year is filled with the wonder, caring, and contentment that comes from reaching outside of ourselves to touch the lives of others.

The primary focus of the Lincoln PTA is to build and support the Lincoln community for the benefit of all students. If you are interested in becoming part of the Executive PTA board, or if you are one of those parent's who knows EVERYONE and wants to help recruit fabulous people to join the board, please contact Michele Tatos at

We can't do it without great people like you.

Hello Lincoln Families!
It's hard to believe the holiday break is here. We hope you have a wonderful vacation. Enjoy the added time with your family and friends and appreciate this festive time with your children. We hope you begin the New Year refreshed and energized.
We are grateful for all the parents who make Lincoln a safe and fun place for our children to learn. Thank you to all our volunteers that helped throughout the fall. To all of you who spend countless hours working the yard and lunch room, copying papers, driving on field trips, tending the garden, checking out books, working the book fair, coordinating pizza nights, collecting for food drives, being a room parent, participating in the Giving Tree, staff gifts, winter concert, Walk-a-Thon, class parties, and the list goes on ... THANK YOU!
Thank you, as well, to the teachers, staff and Ms. Magda for all you do every day of the year to educate and support our kids.

We look forward to seeing you in 2016!
Melinda & Isabelle 

Congratulations to our latest Box Tops winners!
Camille Grant (Room 18, Ms. Hall) and Samantha Lin (Room 12, Ms. Menzies) were selected at random to receive a gift certificate to Books Inc.
With all the shopping and cooking going on this time of year, make sure to look for Box Tops on your products. Each is worth 10 cents and start to add up quick. Drop them off in the school office after writing your child's name and room number on the back. Maybe you'll be the next lucky winner!
Thanks to all who gave so generously to this year's 
Giving Tree and Toy Drive.
Your support of our community through the Giving Tree helps ensure that all our families enjoy a special holiday season.
In the toy drive, the Lincoln community collected over 250 toys, books and stuffed animals to donate to CALL Primrose, which reports they have over 300 children signed up for holiday gifts this season. Each will get a toy, book or stuffed animal of their choice thanks to contributions like yours.
Thanks as well to the fall Student Council, who helped load up the toys for delivery. 
January will feature a coat drive, so start cleaning out those closets!
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/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 e-mail from that school.) 

Thank you for your participation in helping us improve our Safe Routes to School program.

BCE's A Totally Awesome Prom Night, 2016 Dinner Dance and Auction on April 16, 2016 will be here before you know it, and we need your help to make our silent and live auctions a huge success! If you or someone you know has access to totally rad auction items, we would love to hear from you! Items such as autographed sports memorabilia, hosting a themed party or vacation home getaways are always very popular! All proceeds from the auctions help the Burlingame School District sustain and enhance exceptional public education for all Burlingame TK-8 students. For more details and auction item donation forms, please visit the BCE website here

Nothing is more local or powerful than a philanthropic gift that supports excellent public education in Burlingame for every child, including your own. Please donate or pledge-now-pay-later to BCE's Annual Campaign by December 31st. Your donation will be eligible for a 2015 tax deduction. In addition, many employers will match BCE donations made by their employees. Many employers who will match your generous BCE donations 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. Plus, 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.

BCE's Board Treasurer, Linda Shaffer, explains the significance of corporate matching and how to go about it here. 
Roosevelt will be saying farewell to Kristen Schwager and getting a new BCE site director. Please get to know Katie Ward here!

We are BCE. Together we build better Burlingame Schools.  
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Winter Reading Program for all ages at Burlingame Public Library

Keep reading over your winter break and enter raffles for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Prizes include gift cards to Peet's Coffee, Books, Inc., and Five Little Monkeys, Visa gift cards and movie passes.    
Pick up a Winter Reading log today and finish 15 days of reading by January 10. Mark a snowflake for each day you read and you get a raffle ticket for each five days of reading. The program is open to all ages - children, teens, and adults! One log per reader.  

(Jan-March 2016)

(Winter Break)


Elves Workshop - Parents Night Out 
(Dec. 21)






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