Lincoln Elementary School 
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Volume 22, Issue 34
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
5/20: Early Dismissal-
All Grades Out at 1:30pm 
5/25: School Site Council Meeting, Library, 3:15-4:30pm
5/27: Teacher Work Day, No School
5/30: Memorial Day,
No School
6/2: Retirement Reception for Ms. Magda, 5:30-6:30pm, Dandylion Garden

6/2: Open House, 6:30-7:30pm
6/3: Field Day, All Grades Out at 1:30pm
Yard/Lunchroom Duty
Week of 5/23: 
Carney / Menzies

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Dear Lincoln Families,
Wednesday night was a wonderful celebration of music. Our 4th & 5th grade band was wonderful. Mr. Simon certainly put them through their paces as they played the many songs he arranged himself. What accomplished musicians! Our choir was so entertaining as they sang movie and show tunes taught to them by Mrs. Prater. They have all learned so many valuable lessons about music and performance. Lincoln's Spring Concert is such a wonderful harbinger of summer each year. 

Although the professional performance of our students seems effortless, it would not happen without the hard work of many adults. Thank you to our music teachers, Mr. Simon and Mrs. Prater. Thank you to our wonderful accompanist, Yongyu Gao. A special thank you to our special musical guests, Mr. Doy Prater, Ms. Patty Rossi, Ms. Kirsten Hall, and Ms. Franziska Kionke. Thank you to our magical witches as well!! Every year Lincoln's own Judy Vina and Leslie Tong make magic, transforming the BIS Auditorium into a performance space. Thank you to Kiana and June Hee for this year's program. It looked like Broadway had come to Burlingame. Finally, thank you to BCE. Your generous support of BCE allows them to support music in all Burlingame schools. 

We have a few dates for you to remember. Friday, May 20, is an early dismissal day. Students will be dismissed at 1:30pm. Also, Friday, May 27, is a Teacher Work Day, so there is no school either that day or Monday, May 30, Memorial Day. Please check the Lincoln calendar as well as the marquee in front of the school for important dates. 

Our students have been eating lunch outside at our new picnic tables and it has been going swimmingly well. They love eating outside and have mostly left the area clean when they are done. Even though it has been going well, we still need parent volunteers between now and the end of the year. Please join us on the playground from 11:50am-12:50pm or at the picnic tables from 12:10pm-1:10pm on any school day. Your support is greatly appreciated. 

CAASPP testing is ongoing. Things have been going really well except for a few minor technology glitches. The Tech Department has been speedy in their response to our calls for help. Our students are taking it seriously and seem fully engaged. It is a long test though, so teachers are being sure to give them movement breaks. Testing is rarely fun but they are enjoying it more now that they are taking these assessments on the computer.


We need 40 enthusiastic parents (or grandparents, aunts, uncles, high school siblings) to supervise events for this year's Field Day, on Friday, June 3. The time frame is 10am to noon. 
Email Patty Rossi as soon as possible at if you are able to join the fun or would like more information! 

Bravo for another wonderful night of music brought to us by our 4th and 5th grade performers! They had our toes tapping to many a familiar tune last night. Special thanks to Mrs. Prater and Mr. Simon for getting the best out of our musicians. The BIS auditorium looked lovely thanks to the efforts led by our super music parents Judy Vina and Leslie Tong.

Have you ordered your 2015/16 yearbook yet? Last day to do so is tomorrow! No joke, if you don't order by the deadline, there won't be extras available. Please visit the online store or submit your order in the office. No need to order for your 5th grader - they will each receive one complimentary book.

Remember it's early dismissal at 1:30pm tomorrow! Enjoy the weekend.
Melinda & Isabelle 

Lincoln yearbooks are available by advance sale only and the final day to place your order is Friday, May 20. 
Each 5th grader will receive one complimentary yearbook as a gift from the PTA. Students in K-4 can purchase a yearbook for $15 each. 
Order online or drop off the order form and payment in the school office. Please make checks payable to "Lincoln PTA." Orders are due by May 20. Yearbooks will be distributed the last week of school. 
Contact Jean Gordon at with questions.
Summer is approaching and all children deserve the chance to participate in fun and enriching experiences during their time off from school. Friday, May 20, is the last day for collecting summer camp items to support LifeMove's Summer Adventure Camps for homeless children. 

These camps exist only on the support of private donations from the community. Items such as swimsuits (boys & girls, grades K-8), beach towels, flip-flops and water bottles are needed. New and gently used items accepted. Water bottles must be new only.

Donations can be sent to school with your children. 

Thank you for helping our students understand the importance of giving!
Each year the Lincoln PTA honors outstanding contributions made by our school community to the students of Lincoln Elementary School. 
Please take a moment to reflect on who has helped make Lincoln a better place for your child. Your nominee can be a teacher, staff member or parent whose continuous commitment has made a significant impact at Lincoln. Nominations are due by Friday, May 20.

A committee will review the nominations and select this year's PTA Honorary Service Award recipients. To nominate someone, please fill out this form and return it to the school office, or email it to Daniella Kriner at
Please come to our last ELAC (English Language Advisory Committee) meeting of the year. The meeting is for the parents of children who speak another language.
At the meeting you will learn about the different languages spoken at Lincoln School, free websites that will help improve your child's reading ability and summer opportunities for your child.
The meeting will be on May 23 at 8:45am in the teacher's lounge. I hope you can make it!

Mrs. Jaffe and Mrs. Troccoe
Por favor venga a nuestra última reunion de  ELAC (Comite Asesor del Idioma Inglés) del año. La reunion es para que los padres del los niños que hablan otro idioma.

En la reunion que usted aprenderá acerca de las diferentes lenguas que se hablan en la escuela Lincoln, programas libre de la computadora pueden ayudar su nino/a con lectura y oportunidades de verano para su hijo.
La reunion será por el 23 de mayo, a las 8:45 a.m. en la sala de los maestros. ¡Esperamos que usted puede hacerlo!
La señora Jaffe y  senora Troccoe 
As the school year ends, let's give our staff -- including Gail, our librarian, our custodian, and all those who work behind the scenes to make Lincoln great -- a little something to help them kick off summer.

Please put your donations in the "Support Staff Gifts" envelope in the office. If writing a check, make it out to Kellie Kemp to be converted to gift cards. Send questions to

Thanks and have a great last month of school! 
Don't miss this Mom's night out!
Come have some fun with the girls and end the year in style! June 4 is the annual Flip Flops and Lemon Drops Party. If you signed up for this awesome event, just log onto Evite and RSVP "YES."

If you missed out on signing up, no worries, the invitation is still open! Just email Kendra Wehmeyer at and bring a check written to Lincoln PTA to the party.

When: Saturday, June 4. Party starts at 7pm 
Where: The wonderful home of Rebecca Galler at 126 Newton Drive in Burlingame. 
What: We'll provide lemon drop martinis, great savory and sweet nibbles, and a DJ extraordinaire. 
Who: YOU and all your Lincoln friends. Come with your flips flops on, a bottle of wine in hand and ready for a night of fun! 
It's gonna be great, so come join us!
The Lion Dance is coming Friday, June 10! 
BBQ starts at 5pm. $5 gets you a burger, chips and drink. Dancing starts at 6pm on the blacktop. 
We need volunteers to help with crowd control and clean up. If you can help out, please sign up here or email Evelyn Falasco at
Seeking current Lincoln families to be a support and liaison for incoming kindergarten and transfer families.

As a Buddy family, you will reach out to the new Lincoln family over the summer and help with the transition in August. You need not be here for the whole summer to participate in the program.
Last year, most communications were done via email and some families also arranged informal get-togethers or park play dates prior to the start of school. We have lots of new families coming to Lincoln and having someone reach out to them and serve as a resource to answer any questions and provide information about Lincoln can be a big help. This is also a fun opportunity if you have a kinder sibling joining in the fall and want to meet other incoming kinders. If you are interested, please contact Melissa McGuire and Alison Pariani at

Every Donation Counts
Thank you, BCE donors, for your generosity this year! We are grateful for the value you place in strong public schools and making the investment in your child's education for the coming year a priority.  

If you haven't made your annual donation to BCE, please donate NOW. Dollars raised by the end of this school year directly impact your children for next school year. Invest in your child's education. Every dollar matters! Donate here.

Spots Still Available for Totally Awesome BCE Auction Parties!
Didn't get a chance to buy into a BCE Dinner Dance and Auction party? Now is your chance! There are three totally awesome parties that still have spots available:
  • Studio 54 Party - October 8, 7pm
  • MTV: Music Like You've Never Seen Before Party - October 15, 7pm
  • Cooking Party by CuisineStyle - January 2017, date/time to be announced soon
Click here to buy now!
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The Burlingame School District receives funding for its Safe Routes to School Program to help create safer walking and biking to school opportunities. 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 a few moments to complete the very short anonymous Spring 2016 parent transportation survey for each child enrolled in the Burlingame School 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.

Lincoln parent transportation survey link  
Would you like to have an exciting, fun-filled time at BIS?  We need your help! Please sign up to be an official or judge at the BIS Schoolympics.  The events will be held from June 7-15 and will run approximately 1:15-3 pm. The events in which we need parent assistance will take place on June 8-14.
If you are available to sign up for more than one day, AWESOME!  The more the merrier.  If you would like to sign-up at BIS in person, please deliver your information to Tatiana and Debbie at BIS, or you can give your information to your school site secretary.  They will be happy to add you to our list.  

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw that with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time-friction she knew all too well. 

In SCREENAGERS, Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids' development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Please join us for a showing of this powerful film. Parents are encouraged to attend with your students, 5th grade and up.

June 2 @ 6:30pm
BIS Media Center

Tickets: Adults $10, Students (5th Grade and up only please) - FREE
Click here to purchase tickets.

*** All proceeds from the movie will be used to enhance the BIS Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Come join the fun at the 13th annual Ryan Phua Memorial Kids' Ride, Sunday, June 26. 

Part of the 30th Annual Burlingame Criterium, the ride is the largest kids' bike ride in the U.S. Each year, close to 600 children 12 and under (including 250 four and under) pedal to the finish with thunderous applause. Feeling proud of their "win," each child happily receives a medal, popsicle and goody bag. 

Ryan's Ride is a labor of love to memorialize Ryan, who died to Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood in July 2003 at 2 years old. Ryan and his twin brother Matthew were born after their father battled and survived cancer.

While the event is free, child participants raise pledges for the Ryan Phua Memorial Fund, established through the LIVESTRONG Foundation to fund cancer-related programs in the Bay Area. Close to $700,000 has been raised so far. There will be free entertainment for the whole family after the ride. Top fundraisers receive gift certificates to a local toy store or a brand new bike. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to the Burlingame Community for Education (BCE) Foundation.

For more information: See the event flyer
The 2016 SamTrans Summer Youth Pass goes on sale May 21, 2016.  The pass costs only $40 and is good for unlimited travel for kids 18 years and younger from June 1 through August 31, a significant savings compared to purchasing a Monthly Youth Pass for each summer month.
The Summer Youth Pass allows kids and teens to be independent with safe and affordable transportation to fun summer destinations.  Details about this year's Summer Youth Pass program are online at  Also, for the first time, the pass will be sold online starting May 21.
If you have any questions, please call 650-508-6292 or e-mail . 
Fall After-School Enrichment Classes
Have questions about after-school offerings? Suggestions for classes your child would enjoy next year? The Burlingame Parks & Rec Dept. is planning the fall lineup and welcomes parent input. Contact Lincoln parent Alex Galanter at

And don't forget, registration for the spring session of after-school classes and
summer camps is open now! There are lots of great classes to choose from. 
Check out the flyer and register online 

Champions Summer 

Lion Dance (June 10)


Skyhawks Sports Summer Camp



 5K Color Run
(June 12)

EFBA French Classes

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