Lincoln Lines November 20th, 2016 No. 13


Lincoln Lines November 20th, 2016 No. 13

Lincoln Happenings!

Wednesday, November 23rd – Early Dismissal K-8 at Noon
Thursday, November 24th – No School
Friday, November 25th – No School
Wednesday, November 30th – Early Dismissal K-8 12:40pm
Friday, December 2nd – Lincoln Spirit Day!  Wear your school colors!
Friday, December 9th – First (second) Friday Coffee with Superintendent Bott

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well, and you all enjoyed a great weekend.

I had the pleasure on Friday of joining our first and second graders for their Thanksgiving Feast. This was my third time participating in this wonderful tradition, and each year I’m amazed by the teamwork and community spirit that goes into cooking a feast for over 120 students.

After the feast, I had the chance to visit with 7th graders who were celebrating a publishing event. I’d visited these students a few times during their writing process, so it was wonderful to stop by to see the culmination of their work the pride they took in their published products.

We have a short week this week with the Thanksgiving break just three school days away. We’ll have full days on Monday and Tuesday, and then all students will dismiss at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 23. No lunches will be served that day and homework centers and other after school activities will not run, but Extended Day is open.

One reminder for the week after we return from break: Wednesday, Nov. 30 is a 12:40 dismissal for grades K-8 for teacher conferences.

I wish you all a restful Thanksgiving break.


Lincoln School & PTO News

First Friday Coffee poll

Hi Lincoln Families,

Our First Friday Coffees are opportunities for you, our community, to learn more about topics you’re interested in.  The PTO organizes presentations by Brookline School District administrators, and Lincoln principal, teachers, or specialists based on feedback from you.

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.  We’ve gotten a handful of responses so far, and would really love get more input as to what everyone wants to hear about.  Please take a quick moment to give us your thoughts:

For our next First Friday Coffee we’ll be having Superintendent Andrew Bott return to Lincoln to talk about the ninth school, the high school, and other topics, and answering your questions.  To accommodate his schedule this FFC will be held on the second Friday of the month, 12/9.


Dear Lincoln Community,

Check out the FALL 2016 SPIRIT GEAR order form including a few new items you haven’t seen before.

Get your cozy pj bottoms in time for winter and support the 8th grade trip with every purchase.

All orders are due next Wednesday 11/23 and shipment will arrive prior to holiday vacation.

Thank you for supporting our school with pride!

Spirit Committee

Thanks for the Feast!

Each fall, the first and second grades come together for the annual Feast. Students, teachers, and parents work together to prepare all of the food and decorations for the event. It is the highlight of the year for many first and second grade students! The cafeteria transforms into a banquet hall, with a full buffet of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, carrots, breads, cookies, rice balls, Jell-o, and worms and dirt.

Every year, the Feast wouldn’t be possible without the support of many parents and the PTO. Parent volunteers are crucial in donating ingredients and supplies. Additionally, the PTO funds lots of supplies for the event, from the plastic silverware for 150 students to four turkeys. (This year, Wegmans also generously donated a gift card to cover some of the cost of the turkeys.)

Thank you to everyone for making the Feast such a success!
The First and Second Grade Team

School Picture Retake Day – Tuesday, November 19, 2016

Hayward Photography will be back on Tuesday, November 29th for those of you who would like to get your current pictures redone OR if your child was absent from school on the day they were taken.
** If your child is getting a retake, Please be sure to send the current picture package you received to school with your child on November 29th, but please keep the full class photo**
If you are interested in having any pictures redone please be sure to contact Julie Lacy at

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.


Community Announcements

Transportation Board Meeting – Walnut/Kennard Intersection

Tomorrow, on Monday, November 21st, the Brookline Transportation Board will be discussing the traffic signal at the Walnut/Kennard intersection.  Public comments will be taken, so if you have thoughts you’d like to share with town government about pedestrian safety at this corner, come out and voice your opinions!

Monday, November 21, 2016 @ 7:00 PM Room 103
Brookline Town Hall
333 Washington Street

Agenda Item #7:
Approximate time: 7:30 PM
Discussion and action on request by staff to modify the traffic signal operation on Walnut Street at Kennard/Chestnut from pedestrian actuated to fully actuated.


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:

Tommorow – 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*


Learn to Play with Brookline Youth Hockey!

Sign up now for BYH’s Learn to Play Ice Hockey program: Ice Mice.
Ages 4-8 years old, Nov 26th to March 5th, Sat 915am and Sun 515pm. Cost $325.
Our #1 goal is for players to have FUN playing ice hockey.
More info online at
Questions, contact Richie Sheridan (IM/Instructional Coordinator) or Doug Janowski (BYH Co-Pres).

Make art this December!

The Brookline Arts Center is offering a two week “mini-session” from 12/5-12/16. This is the perfect opportunity to try out a class or create unique gifts before the holidays. Learn to draw and paint like a pro, discover holidays around the world, create clay gifts, make artisan cards and more!

To register and view all classes, visit

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

Parent Tips for Following Up with Kids about Marijuana Legalization

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:

Community Classifieds

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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