Lincoln Lines October 16th, 2016 No. 8


Lincoln Lines October 16th, 2016 No. 8

Lincoln Happenings!

Wednesday, October 19 – Enrichment and Challenge Support Coffee, 8am
Sunday, October 23 – Pumpkinfest! Noon until 4pm, 3:45 parade

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear Families-

I hope you all had the chance to enjoy the wonderful autumn weather this weekend. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for more of the same for Pumpkinfest — one week from today!

I want to start my message this week with a few Pumpkinfest related items. First, the organizers are pleased to announce the return of the Costume parade at Pumpkinfest. This great event will take place at 3:45 on Pumpkinfest afternoon. Also, if you’re looking for ways to support Pumpkinfest as we enter the homestretch of preparations, consider making donations to the bins outside the main office or donating a cake for the Cakewalk.

Steps to Success Advisor Hired

As some of you know, Cathy Auguste, Lincoln’s Steps to Success advisor left her position in July for a position with Tenacity, a Boston-based non-profit. Cathy’s departure came at a time when Steps to Success, Inc. was undergoing a period of transition following the departure of its Executive Director last winter. Throughout the summer, the school department worked with Steps to revision the program advisor role. What emerged was a plan that expanded the number of advisors allowing Lincoln, Lawrence, Pierce, and Devotion to have their own Program Advisor. I’m thrilled to announce that Jason Murray has been hired to be Lincoln’s new Steps to Success Program Advisor, and began in this role on Oct. 13. Jason is a Lincoln graduate and has worked as a paraprofessional in our middle school for the last three years. He also has extensive experience with Steps’ after school programs.

Despite the break last week, students got right back into the routine on Thursday and Friday. I’m looking forward to a full week this week and then seeing everyone on Sunday at Pumpkinfest.

Have a great week


Lincoln School & PTO News


Pumpkinfest is rapidly approaching and we still have plenty of ways for everyone to participate! Donations for Wheel of Fortune, Costume Shop and Puppet Showplace are needed to ensure these student favorites are once again a huge success. If you are able to donate toward these activities, please place items in the boxes outside the Main Office. Looking for a quick and easy way to make a big impact at Pumpkinfest? Bring a cake for Cake Walk, or a treat for the Harvest Table with you on Sunday! Sign up sheets are located outside K-4 classroom and on the Pumpkinfest display board across from the Main Office. Email with any questions!

Thank you for helping to make Pumpkinfest a special day for our children and community


Only a few lovely days left to get your donation prizes into the Wheel of Fortune box at Lincoln. We’re desperately seeking any kind of prize that fits in a basket – games, art supplies, sports stuff, etc. Questions? Email!

PUMPKINFEST – Middle School Student 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!

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!

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.

Lincoln on Facebook

Lincoln PTO recently changed our Facebook presence from a Page to a Group. This means that it’s now much easier to post news and announcements of interest to the Lincoln community, and engage in online discussion.

Please join the new Lincoln PTO Facebook Group!


Community Announcements


SEPAC Co-Hosts with Deputy Superintendent, Sam Zimmerman: Office of Student Services Family Engagement Evening
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
7:00p.m.- 8:30p.m.
Town Hall, School Committee Room, 5th floor
333 Washington Street
Discussion for parents and guardians
Topics include: results of family survey lead topics included: community programs available for families and students, social and emotional supports, supporting students with Autism. Open comment and feedback included.
OSS will provide Light refreshments

Thursday, October 20, 2016
8:30a.m. – 9:30a.m.
Town Hall, School Committee Room, 5th floor
333 Washington Street, Brookline

TEDxBeacon Street Registration now open

YEAR FIVE: TEDxBeaconStreet 2016 Conference

We have GREAT Speakers to help celebrate our fifth successfull year. We’ll hear from a Congressman, professional teen skiers, Harvard and MIT researchers, a NASA engineer, a parks designer, social justice advocates, educators, and many more!

TEDxBeaconStreet is a unique community event featuring diverse, multi-generational thought leaders from all walks of life. We support contemporary themes and highly interactive learning to facilitate community discussions and envision the impact of emerging ideas. Apply now to attend our fifth annual event.

More information and registration:

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 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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