Lincoln Lines October 30th, 2016 No. 10


Lincoln Lines October 30th, 2016 No. 10

Lincoln Happenings!

Friday, November 4th – First Friday Coffee, Meet the Specialists
Friday, November 4th – Lincoln Spirit Day, wear your school colors!
Tuesday, November 8th – No School, Professional Development Day
Friday, November 11th – No School, Veterans Day
Tuesday, November 15th – Early Dismissal K-6 12:40

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear Families-

I hope you all had a great weekend. With Halloween tomorrow, I want to begin by republishing a portion of the message I sent via Blackboard connect last week about costumes and food.

As we have in previous years, only grades K-3 will participate in anything costume related. Your student’s teacher will communicate specific plans around costumes this week if they haven’t done so already.

Students in grades 4-8 will not have the opportunity to wear costumes/masks/etc. to school on Monday.

In light of Halloween, this is a good time for me to share with everyone a few critically important food safety reminders.

Many students in our school have severe food allergies. These are not limited to nut allergies, but with the high nut content of many Halloween treats, we need to be especially mindful of this in the coming week. Please keep all candy at home on Monday, saving it for Trick-or-Treating. Thank you in advance for ensuring we have a candy-free Monday.

Safety Drills Planned for Friday
This Friday we have two important safety drills scheduled. Brookline Police will be working with us on Friday to hold a containment drill followed by an evacuation drill. The containment drill, formerly called a “lockdown” drill, will begin at approximately 9 a.m. on Friday. This drill will be started with an announcement made over the PA system. During the drill, staff are asked to lock their doors, close their shades, and have students sit in a safe location in the classroom. The police will then follow their procedures and go from room to room to clear the school. This drill will be previewed with all students prior to Friday morning, and will be discussed in a developmentally appropriate way. In grades K, 1 and 2, students will be told that we practice this in the event than an animal gets into the building. Starting in 3rd grade, we will discuss with students the fact that this is a drill we practice in the event that someone who should not be in the school gets into the building. The older students are, the more specific and detailed the conversations will be. This means that 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students will be told we practice this, for example, if a stranger gets into the school and does not check into the office first; that the containment is so that we can keep everyone safe while we identify and get that person signed in. Middle school students will engage in more detailed and specific conversations around the need to practice containment drills. For specifics on how your child’s teacher will speak with the class, please contact your child’s teacher directly. In the middle school, our history teachers — Mrs. Gammie, Ms. Joyce, Mr. Stein and Mr. Petry — will preview this drill for all students grades 6-8. Any questions you have about this drill, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Resource Fair for Families of English Language Learners
Brookline’s ELL Program will hold its inaugural Community Resource Fair on Monday, November 7, 2016 in the Pierce School auditorium. The Fair will run from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and is free for all ELL families in the district.

9th School Information
I’ve had a handful of conversations this week about the recent selection of a site for Brookline’s 9th elementary school. For folks with questions, a wealth of information about the site selection and next phases in the process can be found at

Everyone have a great week!


Lincoln School & PTO News

First Friday Coffee – Friday, November 4th, 8am

Join us this month to meet the specialists – Art, Music, Physical Education and more.

November’s First Friday Coffee will be held in our regular location, the Lincoln Cafeteria.

First Friday Coffee poll

We’ve gotten some response to our poll, but are always open to further feedback. Help us get your thoughts on topics you would like to learn more about at future First Friday Coffees by filling out this quick poll.

Teachers’ Testimonials

Must read! Click this link to read all the exciting feedback given by teachers on how they were able to take teaching to a whole new level, simply with the materials they were able to acquire with your donations to the PTO.

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!

Ready, Set, Bake to Support the 8th grade trip!

Our next fundraising activity for the 8th grade trip is an Election Day Bake Sale at Lincoln School in Tuesday, November 8th from 7am-7pm. In order for our bake sale to be a success, we need you to bake (or buy!) items for us to sell – such as cookies, brownies, individual bags of popcorn, candy apples, sliced sweet breads, cupcakes, sliced coffee cake, etc. Please drop off items for the bake sale either on Monday, November 7th at the Main Office or on the morning of Tuesday, November 8th at the bake sale (outside the auditorium). Any questions, please contact Kerry Brown ( or Georgia Smith (

Notes from the Lincoln Office

Picking Up Children – Please call the office (617-879- 4600) 5 minutes before pick-up arrival so that we can have your child ready for you. Your child must be signed out of school from the office.

Dropping off items – i.e. forgotten homework, lunches, musical instruments – please bring these items to the office. We will see that they get delivered to the classroom.

Parking – The front circle and the back parking lot are reserved for staff parking only. You may not park in the Handicapped Area without a Handicap Sticker.

Lost and Found – PLEASE LABEL your children’s clothing and lunchboxes, our lost and found collection is growing dramatically with the start of the cold weather.. We will be donating all unclaimed items to charity on November 23, 2016.

Absences/Tardy – Please call the office if your child is going to be absent or tardy.


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!

Lincoln PTO 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 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.

Julius Caesar

All 8th grade Brookline students are invited to attend next week’s production of Julius Caesar at Brookline High School for free. Show times are:

Wednesday, November 2nd @ 3:30pm
Thursday, November 3rd @ 7:30pm
Friday, November 4th @ 7:30pm
Saturday, November 5th @ 8:30pm

Kindergarten Registration Family Information Sessions

Designed for families who will have children registering for kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year. This is an opportunity to learn about the Public Schools of Brookline kindergarten registration process: timeline, forms, questions. Please feel free to attend the information session most convenient for you:

Tuesday, November 15
11:00am to 12:00pm
Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington Street
Hunneman Hall (2nd floor)

Thursday, November 17
Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street
School Committee Room (5th floor)

For more information, please contact the PSB Office of Student Affairs at or 617-264-6492.

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

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

BAC Veteran’s Day programs

The Brookline Arts Center is excited to be offering two full-day children’s programs when Brookline schools are off on Veteran’s Day, November 11.

We are offering our popular ArtVentures program for ages 5-7, with the theme of “Moving Art.” Think in 3D as you make creatures and mobiles of your imagination come to life! While learning the basics of 2D and 3D techniques, children will explore moving parts and think about things that move.

We are also offering a Mixed Media Maps Intensive for ages 8-12. Over the course of a day, students will use transfers, painting, pen and ink, collage and fiber arts to make a “map” inspired by one of their favorite subjects or places. Students leave with a really cool art piece and an array of techniques under their belt.

Spend Veteran’s Day at the BAC for a creative day of fun! Register and learn more at our website:

Hogwarts at the Brookline Public Library

Join us at Hogwarts at the Library, our after hours event 6:00-9:00pm Sunday November 13th. We’re transforming our Brookline Village location in to Harry Potter’s Hogwarts. Pick up your wand, compete for house points, and much more. Open to all ages, registration free but required. Details at

Our library page listing is here:

THE LAND – Adventure Playground Documentary

Please join us for a film screening and panel discussion on THE LAND, an adventure play documentary.
At The Land, children climb trees, light fires and use hammers and nails in a play-space rooted in the belief that kids are empowered when they learn to manage risks on their own.

Watch the trailer:

NOVEMBER 21st, 2017 from 5:30-7pm
Northeastern University
20 West Village F
Campus Map: 40A Leon St., Building #23F (

Erin Davis, Filmmaker
Anna Housley Juster, Child Development and Play Consultant
Peter Gray, Research Professor, Department of Psychology at Boston College and author of “Free to Learn”
Marisa Luse, Campus Engagement Coordinator, Northeastern University
*This event is free and open to the public*

Community Classifieds


Parking space wanted in Lincoln neighborhood for minivan
Nancy 857-277-8697


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: 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.


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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