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Volume 22, Issue 22
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Upcoming Events
2/15-19: Presidents' Week, No school
2/24: BIS Tour, 8:45am

2/24: Site Council Meeting, 3:15-4:30pm, Library 

2/24: Outdoor Ed Meeting for 5th Grade Parents, 6:30pm, Room 21

3/3: PTA Meeting, 7pm, Library

3/7: Lincoln Night, 5pm, Village Host Pizza 
Yard/Lunchroom Duty
Week of 2/15:

Week of 2/22: 
Menzies / Carney
Quick Links
Principal's Note

Dear Lincoln Families:
A huge shout out to the Dads Club for another amazing Lobsterfest. Saturday was a feast in more ways than one. It was especially heartwarming to watch our families and teachers visiting before and after dinner. All of our parents are so kind and thoughtful. Our teachers could definitely feel the love. Please know that we return that love. The vibrancy and camaraderie of our community is a daily feast.

Of course, you can't beat a lobster dinner. It was great fun watching families and teachers up to their elbows in cracked lobster shells. Growing up on the East Coast made me the resident lobster cracking expert at my table. Thank you to Sue & Marc Worrell for being our lobster connection even though they have left us for BIS. Thank you to all of the parents who make this special event possible each year. Many of you toil behind the scenes. Thank you for your unheralded contributions to what was a wonderful evening.

Our Rainy Day Monitors for the first half of the year got a real workout. We had many rainy days, necessitating them missing their own recess to monitor the primary classrooms. They did an incredible job. As I visited classrooms on rainy days, I saw all of our students engaged in playing games, reading, and doing art. All rooms were relatively quiet. Our monitors kept a watchful eye on every student. To thank them for a huge job well done, I am hosting a pizza party for them this Friday. If your student was a Rainy Day Monitor, no need to send a lunch.

We have had many students either being pulled out of school early or missing class entirely for family trips on Fridays and before holidays. Please remember that every day your student is absent they are missing critical instruction. While teachers do try to catch students up, this is no substitute for full instruction by the teacher and engagement with classmates in discussion and projects. Additionally, we lose money from the state every time a student is out for an unexcused absence. Please make every effort to get your student to school on time every day in order to minimize disruption and maximize learning.

Please remember that there is no school next week. Enjoy the week off with your students. 


Hello Lincoln Families!

It was wonderful seeing many Lincoln parents and staff at Lobsterfest last Saturday night. We hope you enjoyed yourselves!  

Thanks to the countless volunteers that helped make the night phenomenal. Everyone doing a small part made the evening a huge success. We are so grateful to all of you.
We hope you have a restful week off next week. Keep in mind after the break there is a BIS tour on the morning of February 24. March will arrive soon after: we have a PTA meeting, conferences, and International Night! Time to start thinking of the delicious foods you want to make to display your wonderful heritage and culture. Ole!

Thanks and take care!
Melinda & Isabelle 

Thank You to ALL our Lobsterfest Volunteers!!
Lobsterfest 2016 rocked Burlingame Saturday night! Thank you to all the volunteers who made the evening a huge success. There are several key folks we'd like to give a special shout out to acknowledge their large time commitment to making the evening happen:
  • Lincoln Dads Club's fearless leaders Ken Way, John McDonald, Denis Nepveu, Todd Enersen, and their army of over 35 volunteers who served, poured and entertained us into the night.
  • Fabulous Food & Drink Donations: Sue and Marc Worrall and the New England Lobster Company, Cameron Hughes Wine, and Acme Bread
  • DJ Dads: John Raffery, Ryan Knisley, Steve Roberts, and B Street Music for donating the DJ equipment
  • Art Auction Chairs: Jill Fair and Leslie Tong
  • Teacher Auction Chair: Jean Gordon
  • Decorations Team: Angie Turri, Carolyn Quilici, Isabelle Spano, Sharon Reichow, Cindy Arcenal, Sandra Maher, Samantha Burri, Mechele Sheehan, Kylisa Howard, Allyson Trevor, Daniella Kriner, and Essence Printing
  • Clearing Room Team: Erica Carmel, Jean Gordon, Beth Smith, Jill Fair, Karen Hirschmann, and Eugene Podkaminer
  • Parent Art Leads/Room Parents: Kylissa Howard, Ingrid Gauthier, Celeste Lomardi, Felynn Haberecht, Kelly Mulready, Kelly Chow, Eva Zei, Maureen Murphy, Allyson Trevor, Paula Irwin, Katyana Cook, Evelyn Falasco, Daniella Kriner, Coco Jones, Sharon Reichow, Fiona Birchall, Isabelle Spano, Tatia Kusumoto, Cathy Guglielmi, and Brian Bounds for creating the most beautiful artwork.  
  • Pay-to-play Party Hosts: Rebecca Galler (Lemon Drops), Linda Stoick (Bunco), and Rob Wehmeyer (Flag Football)
  • PTA Fundraising: Kendra Wehmeyer and Heather Roberts
  • PTA President and Vice President: Melinda Saunders and Isabelle Spano, who helped with every single aspect of this event!
  • Lincoln Elementary teachers and staff for donating their time to offer such memorable teacher experiences for our kids!
Lobsterfest Auction Parties -  Still Available to Register!
Email Heather Roberts to register: 
Flip Flops and Lemon Drops - Moms' Night Out
Forget your stilettos, come casual wearing flip flops and sip Lemon Drop martinis! While listening to great music, you will nibble on tasty appetizers and treats. Come enjoy an evening of fun!  
  • Date: Saturday, June 4, at 7pm.          
  • Generously hosted by Rebecca Galler
  • Pay-to-play: $60 per person
Father/Son Flag Football
Come out for an afternoon of father/son team play. There will be real competition ­and prizes for the winning team members. Cap off the afternoon with pizza and drinks. Available to all current Lincoln boys in grades K through 5.   
  • Date: Sunday, May 8, from 12-2pm
  • Generously donated by Rob Wehmeyer
  • Pay-to-play:  $30 for one son/father team 

BCE Read-a-thon
Our students read 917,079 minutes in just one week! That's a 25% increase over last year! Thank you to you and the 2,243 readers who participated in some incredible reading and for helping to raise funds in support of BCE! All contributions collected by BCE will benefit the educational experience of all TK-8 Burlingame School District students. Follow us on Facebook to be the first to know about BCE Read donation totals as they roll in. We will also be broadcasting results on our website.

HUGE thanks to our awesome BCE Read-a-thon volunteers with whom this event would not be possible!

Sherri Jarrett, Co-chair
Amanda Virani, Co-chair
Lincoln/ Read Rep: Rachel Goodrich; Volunteers: Daniella Kriner, Cathy Guglielmi, Allyson Trevor, Kendra Wehmeyer
Franklin/ Read Reps: Sherri Jarrett and Sara Fraser; Volunteers: Mike Jarrett, Jennifer Conway, Sonal Gopalia, Alix O'Brien, Irene Motoviloff, Jaehee Lee, Stephanie Thompson, Marni Fligel, Sade Carroll, Terese Piazza Fuss, Manisha Loonawat, John Healy, Mary Ann Waterman--School Admin
McKinley/ Read Rep: Karen Senffner; Volunteers: Hildur Carlen, Samia Shoman, Kathryn Der
Roosevelt/ Read Rep: Jennifer Vancini; Volunteers: Justin Angelos, Maria Yarmolinsky, Cam Daly, Madeleine Kruck, Kristin Dokoza, Jenny De Martini, Jason Edelman, Michelle McIIwain, Kristina Karandy-Welliver
BIS/ Read Reps: Sara Wong and Betsy Rosen; Volunteers: Manny Navarro, Melanie Coleman, Debbie Gianni, Julie Kraus
Washington/ Read Reps: Ruben and Michelle Hurin; Volunteers: Cami Erickson, Tina Chang, Erica Rishel
BCE Read-a-thon Team: Fabiola Price, Quynh Trinh, Wendy Mendoza-McArdle, Ann Townsager, Amanda Rogowski, Liane Louie-Badua, Abby Edling, Jennifer Colvin

Thank you to our sponsors: Leland Tea Co., Legarza Sports Camps, Books Inc., Mathnasium, Adventures in Writing, Burlingamer, United Health Credit Union, Broadway Tennis, Debbie Sharp, Aimee Klarich, The Sentence Center, SF Giants Camp, and Five Little Monkeys for their generous support of the 2016 BCE Read-a-thon.

Nominating Committee
The BCE nominating committee is tasked with seeking out the finest volunteer candidates to fill open board of director positions and key advisory board positions for the 2016-2017 year. Our community is filled with top-notch parent volunteer talent, and we hope you will consider joining either the BCE Board of Directors or the Advisory Board. Whether you work outside or inside the home, whether you are a mom or a dad, BCE provides opportunities to use your skills and talents to help fund an excellent education for all our children. Come be part of the excitement! 

To join our team, email Nominating Committee Chair Michele Harbin at or visit for more information or contact the following Nominating Committee members whose service we greatly appreciate!

BCE Nominating Committee Members 2016
Chair: Michele Harbin
Franklin: Marni Fligel
Hoover: Terese Piazza Fuss
Hoover/ Lincoln/BIS: Carolyn & Ken Way
Lincoln: Cristina Valadez
McKinley: Richard Moran
Roosevelt: Amanda Rogowski
Washington: Erica Rishel
BIS: Cathy Guglielmi
BCE President: Angela Dubovsky

Joint BCE/BSD Board Meeting
You are invited to attend the joint BCE/BSD Board Meeting on Tuesday, February 23, at 7pm in the Board Room at the Burlingame School District Office (1825 Trousdale, Burlingame).
We are BCE. Together we build better Burlingame Schools.  
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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 parent tours taking place:
5th Grade (and new) Parent Tours
February 24 and April 13 @ 8:45-10am
BIS Media Center
The mobile library will rotate among the five elementary schools throughout the school year. It contains books about ability differences, social skills, and more. 

It will be at Washington until Feb. 19. BSD staff, students, and parents are welcome to check out books. Contact your school's librarian or e-mail for more information.

Free Environmental Programs on Timely Topics Offered in Burlingame
The Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame (CEC) is inviting the public to seven events this year focused on current environmental issues, beginning on February 17 with a program about the enormous problem of food waste.
All programs are free and suitable for children of all ages. They will be held from 7-8:45 pm in the Lane Community Room in the Burlingame Public Library at 480 Primrose Road. Anyone who doesn't drive alone to these programs will be eligible for a free prize.
You can download a flyer with details of other CEC programs here: For more information about CEC, visit or email

(Jan-March 2016)





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