Lincoln Lines October 23th, 2016 No. 9


Lincoln Lines October 23th, 2016 No. 9

Lincoln Happenings!

Friday, November 4th – First Friday Coffee, and Lincoln Spirit Day
Tuesday, November 8th – No School, Professional Development Day
Friday, November 11th – No School, Veterans Day

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear Families-

I want to express an enormous congratulations and thank you to all of the folks in the Lincoln community who made Pumpkinfest a huge success. Today was the culmination of months of work, and the result was a wonderful community event. This was my third Pumpkinfest, and each year I’m amazed by the transformation of our building and campus for this event.

I also want to highlight some examples of our buddy classroom initiative at work during this past week. Our 7th graders traveled together with 4th graders to the Olmstead Park and worked cooperatively to identify plants. Another example was 3H visiting 6W to play human bingo. These are just two examples of the connections being built across the grades this year.

Have a great week


Lincoln School & PTO News

Pumpkinfest Giant Pumpkin

The Giant Pumpkin this year weighed 73 pounds, 3 ounces. The winner of the guess the weight contest was Gus O’Donnell, with a guess of 75 pounds, 5 ounces. The lowest guess was 22 pounds; the highest guess was 351 pounds. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Get Well Soon

Mr. Kennedy, the smiling crossing guard on Cypress and Walnut, has recently had knee-surgery and will be recovering for the next couple of weeks. We’d love to send him a pile of get-well cards and pictures from the children and community he has served so well. If you want to help, please give the cards/pictures to Ms. Jennings in the office. Thank you!

Parking Reminders

Parking in the front circle and the Hedge Road Parking lot are reserved for staff only.

Please do not let your car idle while you go into school to pick up your children.

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!

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

Halloween Treasure Hunt

Friends of the Old Burying Ground is holding a Halloween Treasure Hunt, Sunday, Oct 30, 3 – 4:30 pm
At the Old Burying Ground, corner of Walnut and Chestnut Streets

Halloween Open House at BAC

The Brookline Arts Center is hosting a Halloween-inspired Open House on Sunday, October 30 from 1:00-4:00pm. Join us for an afternoon filled with tricks and treats, artwork, activities and fun for all ages! BAC open houses provide the community with the opportunity to watch demonstrations, participate in free art activities, tour the BAC, learn about programs and meet our board members, staff and talented faculty. Wear your costume and stop by for a day full of creative fun!

Halloween at Puppet Showplace

October 31 (Monday) | 4:30-6:30pm

Trick-or-treaters of all ages are invited to drop by Puppet Showplace on Halloween night for free activities and prizes! Make your own Halloween-themed shadow puppet to take home, meet Dr. Doohickey and explore his monster laboratory and more! This is a FREE community event. Reservations are not required but strongly encouraged.

The Midnight Zoo

September 30 – October 30 (Thursday – Sunday) | 6pm to 10pm

Discover a secret corner of Franklin Park Zoo that is home to a mysterious, mystical world. Join Lord Midnight’s Guardians on a quest to save the world’s last remaining mythical creatures from extinction. Your training in monster care begins nightly at sundown. But beware! You never know what hungry creatures prowl in the dark.

Bring the family for a night of spooky fun and experience puppetry like never before! Recommended for ages 6+.

NuDay Syria

Several Lincoln families are participating in a project that supports efforts to get needed goods to Syrian families through a group called NuDay Syria (see We are trying to collect as many of the items below to fill a shipping container that will go directly to Syria in November. If you have any of the following that you would like to donate or if you have any questions about the project, please contact Belize Hamilton ( or Sandra Wesemann ( before November 3. Thank you!

Items needed:
* Rice, beans, powdered and liquid infant and regular milk, tuna, protein bars, flour, sugar, cooking oil
* New to like-new clothes, bedding, shoes
* Soccer balls, stuffed animals, colors, non-battery operated toys
* Diapers, female pads, soap bars, powdered detergent, toothbrushes, pain killers, vitamins
* Hospital equipment, walkers, wheelchairs, medical supplies


SEPAC Hosts: AN IEP for My Child Workshop
with the Federation for Children with Special Needs
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30p.m.
Location: Pierce Elementary School
50 School St
Brookline, MA 02445
Trainer, Gayle Dublin An IEP for My Child: Explains the Individual Education Program (IEP) document, its development, how to articulate a vision, write measurable annual goals, monitor a child’ progress and understand how the document will support a student.
No fee, no RSVP, parking lot and street parking

SEPAC hosts: ADHD and Anxiety: Shining a Light on the Confusion
Presenter: Kira Armstrong, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Thursday, November 3, 2016
7:00p.m. – 8:30pm
Driscoll Elementary, Library, Main floor
64 Westbourne Terrace
No RSVP, no fee, street parking available
Both Anxiety and ADHD can lead to variable behaviors that can be difficult for parents to understand and manage. When children have both ADHD and Anxiety symptoms it becomes even more difficult to recognize the source of their behaviors let alone figure out what to do about them. In fact, many children who have both are not diagnosed with either because their behaviors can vary so much based on their environment (for example school vs. home) and demands. This talk will help to “shine a light” on the confusion and give parents a better understanding of how anxiety and attention difficulties can present on a day-to-day basis so they can better understand their children.


Dancing with the Brookline Stars

Prominent Brookline “celebrities” have volunteered their time to learn a choreographed dance routine with a professional dancer and dance coaches. This fun evening is the largest annual fundraising event for Brookline Rotary along with partner organizations. Come for an evening of unforgettable entertainment with delicious food and drink — all to benefit the Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) and other local nonprofits.

More information:

To purchase tickets or to support the BEF, please go to:

When: Saturday, November 5 from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Our Lady of the Annunciation, 7 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132


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 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!

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 Boylston 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

ELL Community Resource Fair

Monday, November 7, 2016 Pierce School Auditorium
50 School Street Brookline, MA 02445
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Interpreters will be available in many languages!  This free event is sponsored by Brookline’s English Language Learners’ Program.Learn about cultural, religious, social, and other resources for ELL families in and around Brookline!

Representatives from various agencies, organizations, and businesses will be available to provide you with important information and answer your questions.

Families may stop by the Fair any time between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

For More Information, visit:
Call: 617-264-6404 or 617-264-6412

TEDxBeacon Street Registration now open

YEAR FIVE: TEDxBeaconStreet 2016 Conference, November 19th & 20th

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:

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


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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