Lincoln Lines November 13th, 2016 No. 12


Lincoln Lines November 13th, 2016 No. 12

Lincoln Happenings!

Tuesday, November 15th – Early Dismissal K-6 12:40
Wednesday, November 23rd – Early Dismissal K-8 at Noon
Thursday, November 24th – No School
Friday, November 15th – No School
Wednesday, November 30th – Early Dismissal K-8 12:40pm

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope you all had an enjoyable three-day weekend. I want to use my message this week to share an overview of the work done by our staff on Tuesday for our professional development day entitled, “Interrupting the Cycle of Racism: What Can I Do?”

Our day began with all Public Schools of Brookline staff gathered at Brookline High School for a keynote address by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, former president of Spelman College. In her remarks, Dr. Tatum outlined the cycle of racism, highlighting the ways in which this cycle plays out in the lives of students inside and outside of the classrooms. She presented pathways for educators to break this cycle by affirming identity and asking “who is not included.”

We remained at the high school for small-group sessions facilitated by Brookline staff. These sessions were an opportunity to process and reflect on Dr. Tatum’s remarks. Following these sessions, staff returned to their schools for lunch and school-based work.

At Lincoln, we began with a brief whole group check-in, followed by small-group sessions for the bulk of the afternoon. The cycle of racism described by Dr. Tatum took generations to build and calcify. The goal on Tuesday was to begin the conversation of how to break it, and lay out a path for continuing dialogue.

Small groups were created that mixed staff together across roles, content areas, and grade levels. All groups had the same task: to discuss how they saw the cycle of racism playing out at Lincoln, and generate questions and preliminary next steps for breaking the cycle at Lincoln. The notes from that work will serve as a guide for where this conversation goes next.

After a long and contentious presidential election, it was fitting that we all came together on Election Day to discuss how to be more inclusive in our practice. I look forward to continuing to update you on this important work at both the district level and at Lincoln.

A reminder that this Tuesday is the first release day for conferences. Our students in grades K-6 will be dismissed at 12:40. Seventh and eighth grade students will remain in class until dismissal at 2:30.


Lincoln School & PTO News

Lincoln FUNdraisers!

There are many FUNdraiser events still open. Check out the descriptions below. Interested? Just email Wendy Ames or Holly Reil to sign up.

Thank you!
Calling all runners! Join fellow Lincoln parents for a fall run on the trails and paths through Olmsted Park and around Jamaica Pond. Runners of all experience levels are welcome! We’ll plan to run between 3 and 6 miles and will split into a couple of groups to accommodate all paces and distances. Afterward, stick around to refuel at Aaron and Sarah Price’s house with bagels, muffins, coffee in the good company of other runners and Lincoln parents.

Saturday, November 19th @ 8:30am
$20 per person
Hosted by: Aaron & Sarah Price

Come join the best backyard tailgate party in Brookline! Cheer on the Patriots as they take on the 49ers November 20th. Enjoy craft beers, a huge spread of tailgate style food, and great company while watching the Pats on multiple screens!

Sunday, November 20th @ 4pm
40 spots @ $40 per person
Hosted by: Matt Cooney, Andrew Ames, John Magee

Join journalists/personalities Alex Speier and/or Rob Bradford for an informal baseball discussion over bagels and coffee at the Brookline Teen Center.

Rob has covered the Red Sox for over 20 years and authored two Red Sox themed books, Chasing Steinbrenner and Deep Drive. He regularly appears on WEEI discussing all things Red Sox. Alex Speier brought his unique baseball analysis from WEEI to the Boston Globe last year. A Harvard grad, he brings a uniquely analytical approach to dissecting the Red Sox and baseball. They’ll take questions and share stories about their lives covering the local nine.

Sunday, December 4 @ 2:30-3:30pm
50 spots @ $20 per adult, $10 per child
Hosted by: Paul & Saskia Epstein

Cannot make it to Washington, DC for the official Inaugural Ball? Come celebrate with us instead! Please join other Lincoln School parents to celebrate the start of the new Presidency and end of the brutal campaign we witnessed this year. Enjoy drinks and nibbles while mingling with new and old friends. (Political conversation optional.)

Saturday, January 21 @ 7:30pm
50 spots @ $35 per person
Hosted by: Rachel & Seth Kalvert; Katie Bacon & Mark Pener; Jessica Shattuck & Preble Jacques

Come enjoy drinks and dinner with several amazing TEDx Beacon Street speakers. Learn more about their talks, their passion, and what really goes into writing a great TED talk. Guests will also hear the short history of this annual event hosted at the Lincoln School.

Friday, February 10th @ 7pm
20 spots @ $25 per person
Hosted by: Erika & John Werner

Have you ever had authentic Danish fare? Come give it a try! Smorrebrod are delicious Danish sandwiches (served open face on rye bread), traditionally paired with Scandinavian schnapps or beer. Taste an array of them, prepared by Anne and Bo Chawes (here for the year from Denmark), with help from Katie Bacon, Mark Pener, Emily Mann and Ron Sandler.

Saturday, March 25 @ 7-9pm
40 spots @ $40 per person
Hosted by: Katie Bacon & Mark Pener, Emily Mann & Ron Sandler, Anne & Bo Chawes

2017 Silent Auction

As many in the community know, Pumpkinfest went through an organizational redesign early this year to be run by a large committee as opposed to a few people as in years past. This change and others reduced the stress and burden and increased the fun for everyone of running Pumpkinfest.

An additional redesign was that Silent Auction was separated from Pumpkinfest to decrease the overall burden on families at the beginning of the year. Silent Auction as a fundraiser helps to pay for many of the programs PTO supports at Lincoln so we hope to hold a silent auction in the spring. We are now looking for individuals who would like to part of the new Silent Auction committee and one individual to chair the committee. If you are interested in helping, or have any questions about the new Silent Auction committee, please reach out to Holly Reil (


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 $16,000, but it is just over 50% 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!

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.


PTO Directory

The PTO Directory definitely has its quirks but we are trying to work around them so that those in our community who want to have access to class lists and contact information can.   The good news is that we increased the number of newly registered families by 25%.  The not so great news is that most families have not yet assigned their child to thier classroom.  This is necessary for the directory to be useful to find others. 

So…there is a high liklihood that you haven’t assigned your child to thier classroom yet.  Please check to see if your child is assigned to their classroom by:

  • go to using the email address you just received this email with and your password.
  • Then go to your Profile
  • There will be drop down windows to assign a grade (Note if your child has graduated from Lincoln then you can put them as “alumni”)

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

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.

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:

MONDAY 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
Moderated by Emily Mann, Ph.D., Teaching Professor, Human Services Program.
*This event is free and open to the public*

Winter Wonderland 2016

Offered by Brookline SmartVacations. From December 27-30, choose up to 4 days of fun with arts and crafts, gym time, computer skills, and theater games. Daylong activities for students ages 5-12. Also, Archery (Dec. 27-29) for ages 10-13! Visit


On November 8, Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana for those 21 and older, making this is an important time to engage in meaningful conversations with adolescents about marijuana use, with the most important message being a simple one – Marijuana can have damaging effects on the developing teen brain. B-PEN continues to offers links to pertinent articles on its Facebook page to help keep parents informed, and a primer is available at www.B-PEN.orgWHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LEGALIZED MARIJUANA.

To refresh if needed:

New Girl Scouts Troop

Girl Scouts in Brookline is currently forming a 2nd grade troop and we have a few more spaces open!  If you are interested in joining Troop 62350, please go onto the Girl Scout website and register! The direct link is:  If you have any questions you can contact Angela Scott, Membership Recruitment Specialist, or 617-352-0158.

Community Classifieds

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

Reading Tutor
Experienced certified reading specialist with M.Ed. in Reading Education. Trained in Phono-Graphix, Lindamood, and O.G. I specialize in remediating students who read at or below a 2nd grade level, age 5 to 7. Free assessment. $40.00 per hour. Formerly employed by “The Learning Lab @ Lesley.” Creative, child-friendly, supportive. Please contact Christine Mandell at, 617-323-4709.

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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