Lincoln Lines October 11th, 2016 No. 7


Lincoln Lines October 11th, 2016 No. 7

Lincoln Happenings!

Wednesday, October 19 – Enrichment and Challenge Support Coffee, 8am
Sunday, October 23 – Pumpkinfest!

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear Families-

I hope everyone has enjoyed the extra long weekend. I want to thank all who attended the First Friday Coffee last week. It was a great turnout and I appreciated the thoughtful questions and dialogue. For folks who were unable to attend or stay for the whole conversation, I want to summarize some of what was discussed.

First was a brief update about Lincoln’s performance on the 2016 MCAS. Based on strong growth, we are meeting the goals the state has set for schools to close achievement gaps. As a result, we moved up one level in the state’s accountability rankings and are now at Level 1, the highest level.

Next was a highlighting of two themes for our work this year: community and differentiation. A lot of great work is underway relating to both ideas. For example, we’ve launched a classroom buddy program, and are providing time during our Faculty Meetings for teachers to meet and plan activities for their buddy classes. And next week, fourth graders and seventh graders are traveling together on a trip to identify trees at the Olmstead Historical site. We continue to focus on differentiating–ensuring that we are providing the appropriate mix of challenge and support for every one of our students. One powerful example of our work in this arena is our ongoing commitment to math stations as an instructional strategy.

Finally, I shared some of the ongoing work and recent changes we’ve made to our middle school experience. To help in our work building community, there is a weekly “middle school meeting” time. Every Wednesday morning, students are able to engage and work together in creative and team building activities. This year, we also have changed our plans for L-block, our three times per week elective block. Last year, students selected new L-block courses at the mid-year point. This year, they’ll select new classes each quarter. The goal is to broaden the experience students have over the course of the year.


Lincoln School & PTO News

Lincoln Annual Appeal

Thank you very much for your generosity! We are so excited to report that to date, the PTO has received donations of over $12,000, but it is only 40% of our goal.

No donation is too small. There are so many ways to donate. Simply press any of these links:

  • PayPal
  • Credit cards – it’s ok if you don’t have a PayPal account
  • Mail your check to Lincoln PTO – Treasurer, 19 Kennard Road, Brookline, MA 02445

And don’t forget… your work place may double your donations by matching!



Pumpkinfest Update

Pumpkinfest is only two weeks away and needs everyones participation in this amazing festival for our children and community! Donations are needed for Wheel of Fortune, Costume Shop, Glitter Spa, Puppet Showplace, Books Sale and of course, Cake Walk and Harvest Table! Boxes are outside Main Office for donations. Volunteer opportunities are still available. Not sure how best to participate? Email to find out how you can help in our schools biggest event!



Middle School Student Pumpkinfest Sign-ups

Please encourage your middle schooler to sign up for a 1-hour shift at Pumpkinfest.  Signup sheets are at Lincoln school on the wall at the top of the main stairs.  Thanks!

Enrichment and Challenge Support (ECS) Parent Coffee

Wednesday, October 19, 8:05 a.m. to 9:00 am in the Lincoln school Cafeteria

What is ECS ? How can it benefit your child ? How can parents engage ?

Come and learn about the answers to these questions and more at the parent coffee hosted by Matthew Rosenthal, town-wide ECS program coordinator, and Mies Boet, Lincoln’s ECS teacher.

Questions? Please contact Lincoln’s ECS Parent Representative Xiaofang Li at

or reach Lincoln’s ECS teacher Mies Boet at

Follow ECS at Web:

Enrichment and Challenge Support – Survey

One of the goals outlined in the Enrichment & Challenge Support (ECS) Program Review was making curriculum content more authentic by enhancing the learning beyond the classroom. In helping students answer “why they are learning what they are learning” our goal is to take greater advantage of the wealth of experience in our community. This questionnaire will help us develop a database of Brookline parents/guardians whose expertise we could utilize to enhance our students’ educational experience. We are writing to see if you are willing to help support these efforts.

Information from this survey will be kept by the Enrichment & Challenge Support (ECS) department. Please do not be disappointed if you are not contacted,
as we may not find a match. Also, if you do volunteer, we will need to complete a CORI check as part of our district protocol (similar to anyone who chaperones a field trip, for example).
Please click on this link to begin the questionnaire.


Community Announcements

School Committee Meeting – 9th School Vote

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the Brookline High School Auditorium.

Note: The Docket includes an 8:00 PM Joint Meeting with the Board of Selectmen (Discussion and Proposed Vote to Select a 9th Elementary Site).

A detailed docket is available at:

Community Climate Coffee

Come and get educated about Community Choice Aggregation. The Town of Brookline is scheduled to roll out the program this January! You can easily choose to opt for 100% wind powered electricity.
Join the discussion with Mothers Out Front and others concerned with our childrens future!
Tuesday October 18th
, Brookline Village, KooKoo Cafe. 8am-9:30am.

Community Climate Presentation and Discussion – METHANE

Leaking from underground pipes (some of which are over 100 years old), Methane is everywhere. Over 300 leaks in Brookline alone. An invisible gas, it is killing our shade trees, damaging our health and contributing to climate change. Methane is 85 times more potent a green-house gas than carbon dioxide!
This Community meeting will feature Ania Camarga, a long time gas-leaks activist and leader in Mothers Out Front. We will discuss current state-wide and town/city based efforts and progress to combat this serious problem.
Tuesday November 1st, 7pm at Brookline Main Library, Hunneman Hall. 361 Washington St. Brookline.

Brookline Talks

Growing Up Brave – Expert Strategies for Overcoming Fear, Stress, and Anxiety

Dr. Donna Pincus, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University, Director of the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University

Monday, November 7, 2016, 7 – 8:30 pm
Upper Devotion School Auditorium
194 Bolyston St.

Brookline Talks is a speaker series for parents.  Speakers share with parents.  Parents share with each other.  And all benefit our children. Brookline Talks is sponsored by Brookline K-8 PTOs, Brookline Education Foundation, and Brookline Community Mental Health Center

Brookline Rec Monster Bash

Gremlins and goblins and witches on brooms,
you are invited to party under the moon!
It’s the first annual Monster Bash that’ll be such a fright,
dancing, eating and music into the night!
You are in for a scare,
so dress up if you dare.

Continue the holiday fun with ghost walks, face painting, a photo booth and a balloon artist. Pre-registration is required. You’d be ghoulish to miss this party! Download Flyer.

Date: Saturday, October 22
Time: 5:00PM – 8:00PM
Location: Cypress Field
Cost: $3/$5 per child (resident/non-resident)
To register: call 617-730-2069, online, or pay at the door

Puppet Showplace comes alive this October!

For kids and families, our annual Fairy Tale Tea Party and a magical performance of “Puss in Boots” mark the end of the Fall Fairy Tale Festival. Then, get in on the action with participatory puppet shows in our new series, “Puppets Alive!”

For adults and teens, Paul Zaloom’s outrageous comedy “White Like Me: A Honky Dory Puppet Show” runs Oct 21 & 22. Zaloom has been hailed as “One of the most original and talented political satirists working in theater” by the New York Times.

Audiences of all ages will love “The Midnight Zoo,” our 360-degree immersive puppetry performance, happening all month long at the Franklin Park Zoo.

Learn more at

Brookline Music School: Family Concert

This Music Makes Me Feel Like… Dancing!

by All Ears

Sunday, November 6 at 10:30am

For ages 5-10 (younger/older siblings welcome)

$5/ticket Cash only/door

at Brookline Music School, Bakalar Recital Hall (25 Kennard Rd., Brookline)

In this new musical tale, All Ears — BMS faculty members Sasha Callahan, violin; Leo Eguchi, cello; and Stephanie Fong, violin, help their friend “CC” explore a whole range of emotions which music can stir… and at the same time, guide us on a tour of classical masterpieces for string trio!

Registration for Math Kangaroo 2017 is now open.

Does your Child Love Math? Sign up for Math Kangaroo on March 16th. It is an international competition in math. All students in Grades 1-12 can take part. Registration is open until December 15th.

It is a 75 minute test. All students will receive a small gift for participating, usually a t-shirt. Those that achieve top results will be invited to the awards ceremony to receive recognition and a prize. The local testing site for Brookline is the Russian School of Math at 1615 Beacon Street.

For more information and to register please visit


Community Classifieds

Kids In The Kitchen

Hello Everyone!

The kitchen can be a colorful place where food comes to life through sight, smell, touch, and of course taste. We invite young chefs (ages 4-9) to join in as we explore the many colors of seasonal cooking. We keep it simple, engaging and interactive. Kids will explore seasonal recipes that involve basic techniques appropriate to their developing skill level all while learning to develop a healthy relationship with food. We have just a couple more slots available! More information here (


ATTENTION TUTORING is a non pharmacological approach to help students with ADHD/ADD, attention and executive function difficulties, and attention difficulties and autism. Our in home tutoring program trains the brain through -1- computerized neurofeedback attention training, -2- executive function/organization skills training, and -3- relaxation breathing. Great for all ages, the program was developed by Dr. Naomi Steiner, who is a developmental behavioral pediatrician, clinician, researcher, and expert in ADHD and attention difficulties. Her research focuses on computer attention training, including neurofeedback. Lessons are delivered at home by Attention Tutoring certified tutors. For more information please email or visit


Corner Co-op Nursery School – Celebrating our 45th year! A unique
opportunity to participate in your child’s formative years and create
an extended family with others.

OPEN HOUSE: 7 – 9 PM, Tuesday, October 18th and 10 am to 12 noon,
Saturday, November 5th
Meet staff and parents. Slideshow and discussion.
1773 Beacon Street, Brookline (Corner of Beacon and Dean Rd, entrance
on Dean Rd.)

We nurture children’s natural need to learn and grow through a
dialogue-centered process. We regard play as an essential medium of
learning. Ages 2 years 9 months to 6 years. Flexible schedule options.
Devoted staff. Nut-free school. Contact us for more information at
617-738-4631 and visit us online: and check us out
on Facebook.

Helping Kids Communicate!
Speech-language services in your home – All year round
Meryl Heller Schram, MS, CCC-SLP, an experienced and respected pediatric speech-language pathologist, provides individual services for children with communication difficulties in the home setting. Services are available for toddlers through middle-schoolers with developmental speech-language disorders, language-learning disabilities, articulation/phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and childhood apraxia of speech. Treatment programs are tailored to each youngster’s needs and parent involvement is encouraged, resulting in steady and measurable progress. For more information or to make an appointment, contact:
Meryl Heller Schram, M.S., CCC-SLP; 617.733.1995;


PIANO LESSONS: Gloria Jasinski
Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music, Master of Music in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory. 30+ years teaching experience. Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sightreading. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners especially welcome. Have a positive and successful learning experience. Phone: 617.566.9704, email:


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