Prospective parents and students: Please join us for a Lincoln Elementary tour, hosted by our Parent Center, every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. For more information, please contact Tina Lui in our Parent Center at 510-874-3372.

Weekly Update- November 16, 2019

We return thanks to our mother, the earth, which sustains us. We return thanks to the rivers and streams, which supply us with water. We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases. We return thanks to the moon and stars, which have given to us their light when the sun was gone. We return thanks to the sun, that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye. Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit, in Whom is embodied all goodness,and Who directs all things for the good of Her children. – Iriquois Nation Thanksgiving

Greetings parents and guardians,
We are closing week 14 of the school year and moving toward Thanksgiving break filled with gratitude and appreciation for our amazing staff and parent volunteers who make Lincoln Elementary a safe, stimulating, nurturing and joyous learning environment for all our students.

This was an action packed week at Lincoln. We held a Middle School Information Night for 5th grade students and parents. With support from Golden Dragon Project, we held our CARE ticket store and a reclassification awards ceremony to honor students who have been reclassified by OUSD for being fluent in English in addition to being experts in their home language. Our student Nina Mendonca Ray won a trophy at a chess challenge organized by Lincoln Square Park for most strategic moves against a chess master. Great job Nina!

5th graders have brought home information about the OUSD options process on Monday, the 4th of November. The options window to enroll your 5th grader, in an OUSD Middle school opens on November 4, 2019 and closes on February 7, 2020. Here is a link to application: Parents and guardians interested in touring Edna Brewer Middle School, please email me for an introduction to Mr. Layne, Principal at Brewer.


-Please remember that we are a nut- free campus due to a large number of children having nut allergies.

-Please remember not to park in front of the school. The bus stop has been temporarily moved (until December) due to BRT project construction.

-Please remember, we are locking the front door from 10 am to 2 pm for safety.

Calendar review:


-Minimum day- TK-3 dismissal at 1:15, 4-5 dismissal at 1:20

-Parent Conferences begin after dismissal

-SSC meeting- Focus on English Language Learners 5:30 pm- Staff lounge


-Minimum day- TK-3 dismissal at 1:15, 4-5 dismissal at 1:20

-Parent Conferences begin after dismissal


-Walkthon awards ceremony 8:30- 9:15 am and results of door decoration contest announced 

-Thanksgiving recess begins after school 😊

Have a wonderful weekend and Go Dragons!

-Ms. Sambrani, Principal, Lincoln Elementary

Meet Lincoln’s new Principal

Mukta Sambrani is a lifelong learner, writer, and a committed educator. She has been a teacher and an administrator focused on rigor, excellence, and equity. She brings deep coaching experience focused on high quality instruction, equity and restorative justice. Ms. Sambrani believes in building strong relationships with teachers, staff, students, and families. 

Ms. Sambrani has served as assistant principal at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland Unified for six years. She holds a BA in English from Bombay University, an MA and M.Phil in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Ms. Sambrani also has an M. Ed. in Educational Leadership and an administrative credential from the Reach Institute for School Leadership. 

Ms. Sambrani has worked to support curriculum development and she has worked on reducing the number of student discipline incidents through restorative practices and by integrating Social Emotional Learning practices in classrooms. She works collaboratively with teachers and with teams on instruction and culture/climate. She works with families  to better understand their needs partnering with community organizations to bring in resources to support all students and families. 

Ms. Sambrani believes that education is the passport to the world. Her education took her on an international journey and has brought amazing opportunities to her. She hopes to create exciting opportunities for all learners. Educational excellence and opportunity to nurture cultural diversity attracted Mukta to Lincoln Elementary. She hopes to create a lasting legacy of educational excellence and sustained equity at Lincoln.

Ms. Sambrani’s welcome message

The time for the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves!  Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.  All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”                 – Unnamed Hopi elder

Greetings Lincoln Elementary families,

Welcome back! I am honored and humbled to step into the role of principal at Lincoln elementary.  I thank you all for this tremendous opportunity. 

My goals for the school  year are to-

  • Encourage consistently transparent communication all around
  • Support collaborative systems for planning and decision making 
  • Foster a culture of feedback and reflection 
  • Nurture an atmosphere of celebration and joy and
  •  Sustain a culture of harmoniousness

I seek partnership from all stakeholders-  teachers, staff, students, parents and community members in accomplishing these goals. As the Hopi elder has it, the time of the lone wolf is over. The only way forward is together, in collaboration and in solidarity. 

With gratitude and appreciation,

-Mukta Sambrani, Principal, Lincoln Elementary School

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