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Volume 22, Issue 19
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Upcoming Events
1/23-29: BCE Read-a-thon

1/27: BIS Parent Orienation, 6:30-8 pm, BIS Auditorium

2/1: Kindergarten registration, MPR

2/1: Lincoln Pizza Night, Village Host, 5pm

2/2: Common Core Math Night, Library, 6:30pm

2/6: LobsterFest, 6pm, Rec Center

2/15-19: Presidents' Week, No school
Yard/Lunchroom Duty
Week of 1/25 
Happich / Griffin
Quick Links
Principal's Note

Dear Lincoln Families:
The BCE Read-a-Thon kicked off on Friday with an exciting visit by a number of Star Wars characters. Our students were so inspired to see Chewbacca and his friends logging in their reading minutes electronically. Chewie was the overwhelming favorite of our students and will be returning during the Read-a-Thon, January 23-29. I am always thrilled to see our students excited about reading.

The funds that BCE gifts to the district provide many important programs that enrich the educational experience for our students. This is all made possible by your participation in the BCE fundraisers. Every dollar counts. Please encourage your students to read and to chart their minutes online. I am looking forward to talking to our students about the books they are reading and to watching the minutes accumulate.

Math is in the air at Lincoln. Math Night was last evening. It was a great turnout. Students and their families got to do a variety of math activities at the many stations. I love that our parents offer great opportunities for our students to engage in fun activities using the academic skills they have learned in school. A big thank you to all of the parents who made last evening possible. Our students are richer for it.

On February 2, Lincoln will have a Common Core Math Night. This evening will give parents the opportunity to experience first hand the math lessons your students are receiving in their classrooms. Our wonderful 2nd grade teachers, Ms. Stair and Mrs. Fernekes, and 5th grade teachers, Mrs. Glover and Mr. Carney, will lead parents through a math lesson. You will also learn more about the state Common Core assessments, CAASPP. Finally, we will have a presentation from one of our parents, Kevin Dare, followed by a discussion about how you can help your students at home. I hope you will join us on the 2nd at 6:30 pm in the Lincoln library. 


Get Ready to Rocket into Reading with Star Wars ... the BCE Read-a-thon starts Saturday!
Encourage your student to read as much as possible each day of the Read-a-thon. Students should record their daily minutes online at
K-2 parents and new families, please join us for coffee this Friday at 8:30 a.m. in the teacher's lounge. We'd like to welcome you to the Lincoln community!
And don't forget to head to your grade's early morning read-in at the library from 8-8:30 am. (See schedule below.) Students will be able to return books and check out new ones to help keep their reading on a roll!
Read-a-thon Book Swap!
This year we're adding a book swap to the early morning read-ins. Here's how it works: When the 4th and 5th graders come for the read-in, have them bring a book to donate that they think a 3rd grader would enjoy. When the 3rd graders come in the next morning, they can choose a book that was donated (or read their own) and then leave a book that they think a 2nd grader would enjoy. Then the 2nd graders leave books for 1st graders, and the 1st graders leave books for the kindergarteners. 

There will be a parent supervising the read-ins every morning, plus Ms. Magda will pop in for a visit. We're hoping the book swap will be another fun way for the kids to discover a new, favorite book!
Questions? Please e-mail Daniella Kriner at

Read-in Schedule -- All Times from 8-8:30 am

Grades 4/5 - Monday, Jan. 25
Grade 3 - Tuesday, Jan. 26
Grade 2 - Wednesday, Jan. 27
Grade 1 - Thursday, Jan. 28
Kindergarten - Friday, Jan. 29

Hello Lincoln Families!

(Jelly) Bean Counters
It was so much fun watching kids excitedly run from one math activity station to the next last night. Thanks to all our table helpers and Math Night chairpersons, Tina Dur and Kimarie Matthews, for keeping up this great Lincoln tradition.
Are your kids ready to rocket into reading? The Lincoln BCE site team along with helpers from a far away galaxy (if you don't get that, ask your child about last Friday's morning assembly!) have been hard at work on this exciting week of literacy. We look forward to your participation and support!
Poetry Month
January is poetry month at the Burlingame Library. The elementary school with the most poems submitted wins the poetry penguin. One look around the Lincoln library demonstrates the many years our students have earned the distinction of top participant. Our librarian, Mrs. Fleming, and our teachers have been encouraging our poets, but we can't get there without your help! Have your student turn in their original poem to the Burlingame Library by Jan. 31 to receive a free book of poetry and help us bring the penguin to Lincoln!   
Have a wonderful weekend!
Melinda & Isabelle 

Lincoln's annual LobsterFest may be sold out but there is still plenty of opportunity to help make the event awesome. 

Sign up to volunteer -- there's a role for everyone! 

LobsterFest, hosted by the Lincoln Dads Club, is Saturday, February 6, from 6-11:30 pm at the Burlingame Rec Center. Contact to be placed on the waitlist.

BCE Read-a-thon Packets Are in Backpacks Today!
Let's rocket into reading with the BCE Read-a-thon! Track all minutes online and return your student's envelope by Tuesday, February 2, to enter our 100% participation contest with top prizes like an iPad mini! The top reader in each elementary school class will receive a $5 gift certificate from Five Little Monkeys or Books, Inc.

Please note that minutes will be tracked only online this year.
Please go to Donations may still be made by check, payable to "BCE", or you may donate online by going to and clicking on the Read-a-thon link. 

Key Dates:
January 21 - Packets in your child's backpack today
January 23 - Read! Read! Read! Start tracking minutes online and collecting pledges
January 29 - Read-a-thon ends. Last chance to enter your minutes online for a chance to win an iPad mini!
February 2 - All envelopes must be turned in

BCE's A Totally Awesome Prom Night - Item donation details went home last week!
Last week, your child came home with details for donating auction items for the BCE Dinner Dance and Auction. We would love your help to make our silent and live auctions at this totally rad evening a huge success! All proceeds from the BCE Dinner Dance auctions help 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
 or see the fliers below.

We thank you for your generous support!

Please attend the public BCE board meeting tonight!
There will be a public BCE board meeting this evening, Thursday, January 21, from 7-8:30pm at the Peninsula Museum of Art, located at 1777 California Dr. Superintendent Dr. MacIsaac will moderate a panel of our district's specialists, including the district math coach, integrated technology specialist, visual and performing arts, and library services. This event is a great way to get more in-depth knowledge of all the resources available to our children.

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Come and get the information that you have been looking for to ready your 5th graders to become incoming 6th graders. There are two information sessions taking place:
5th Grade (and new) Parent Orientation
January 27 @ 6:30-8pm
BIS Auditorium
5th Grade (and new) Parent Tours
February 24 and April 13 @ 8:45-10am
BIS Media Center

Join us at the Burlingame Public Library for a special event for all ages -- Love Your Library -- on Friday, February 5, from 6-7:30 pm. 

This special event celebrates libraries and books and features a beautifully decorated library to match the festivities of the evening.  

The event will feature a jazz band with dancing, tasty treats, crafts, a Wheel of Fortune prize wheel, face painting, a photo booth, and more.  For more information, call the Children's Desk at (650) 558-7400, ext. 3. 
Is a 9+ magnitude earthquake possible on the San Andreas Fault? Could a tsunami strike the Golden Gate Bridge? 
On Saturday, Feb. 6, earthquake expert Tom Brocher will challenge you to figure out which catastrophes shown in the movie "San Andreas" could really happen in the Bay Area, and which are pure Hollywood. 
Brocher, a former Burlingame resident and current research geophysicist with the Earthquake Science Center at the U.S. Geological Survey, also will explain the latest advancements in earthquake early warning technology and will offer tips on surviving an earthquake. 

The "San Andreas: The Movie - Fact or Fiction?" program will take place from 9-10:30am in the Lane Room at the Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

This program is presented by the Burlingame Neighborhood Network, which encourages residents to work cooperatively in neighborhood teams to prepare for disasters. For more information, visit, email, or view the flier below.

(Jan-March 2016)





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