Lincoln Lines November 27th, 2016 No. 14


Lincoln Lines November 27th, 2016 No. 14

Lincoln Happenings!

Wednesday, November 30th – K-8 Early Dismissal 12:40pm
Friday, December 2nd – Lincoln Spirit Day!  Wear your school colors!
Tuesday, December 6th – K-8 Early Dismissal 12:40pm
Friday, December 9th – First (second) Friday Coffee with Superintendent Bott
Wednesday, December 14th – K-8 Early Dismissal 12:40pm
Friday, December 16th – Lincoln Movie Night – Secret Life of Pets – 6:30pm-8:30pm

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,
I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving break. This stretch between now and our winter break is a busy one at Lincoln and I’m sure it is outside of school as well.

This week, Tuesday is picture makeup/retake day. If you’re getting your picture retake, please e-mail Julie Lacy at

On Wednesday, all students in grades K-8 will be released at 12:40 on Wed. Nov. 30 for conferences.

Looking ahead, we have early release days for all students again on Tues. Dec. 6 and Wed. Dec. 14. A reminder

that Homework Center will not be open on early dismissal days.

I look forward to welcoming our students back tomorrow. Have a great week.


Lincoln School & PTO News

First Friday Coffee

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 schedules this FFC will be held on the second Friday of the month, 12/9.

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:

Brookline Talks, at Lincoln

Brookline Talks is a lecture series about raising resilient, courageous and independent children. Sponsored by K-8 school PTOs, BEF, Brookline Mental Health.  The next lecture will be held at Lincoln School.

Dr. Anne Fishel – Acclaimed Psychologist, Harvard Medical School Professor, Author
Family Dinners: How Mealtime Can Make Your Kids Happier, Calmer and More Connected to You
Mon, December 12, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Lincoln School Auditorium

Sports, activities, long hours, and commutes–with so much to do, dinner has been bumped to the back burner.

But research shows that family dinners offer more than just nutrition. Studies have tied shared meals to increased resiliency and self-esteem in children, higher academic achievement, a healthier relationship to food, and even reduced risk of substance abuse and eating disorders.

In this talk, Dr, Anne Fishel will make a passionate and informed plea to put mealtime back at the center of family life and supplies compelling evidence and realistic tips for getting even the busiest of families back to the table.

Reserve your free tickets at EventBrite:

Lincoln Movie Night: The Secret Life of Pets

Friday, December 16th from 6:30-8:30pm
Proceeds raised support the 8th grade trip. Feel free to drop of off school-age children or stay and watch the movie together! Tickets are $10 and include movie ticket, popcorn, and water. Pizza to be sold separately starting at 6:30pm. 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.


Community Announcements

Brookline High School Career Connections

Sara Reese and Brittany Stevens, the BHS career counselor and business teacher, respectively, want to share information about the re-birth of a College and Career Center at BHS and to ask for your help on the career side. They have been working hard with Darby Neff-Verre, the guidance coordinator, and many others to advance this important project for our students.

As they work to build the new College and Career Center at BHS, they are looking for parents and community members to support career exploration programs. With BHS Career Connections, they hope to leverage the talent and skills of our community members to build meaningful connections between the learning already happening at BHS and the real work going on outside of our schools.

Goals of BHS Career Connections:

  • Build stronger connections between parents and teachers at BHS
  • Provide students with exposure to careers across a variety of disciplines
  • Connect BHS curriculum, projects, and learning experiences to experts in the field
  • Create opportunities for BHS students to develop a true understanding of career paths through networking with professionals

Please consider taking a moment to complete the brief survey attached below. They’d also love your help in spreading the survey around to as many Brookline parents and community members as possible.


A Brookline Booksmith Event with the BEF

Come hear Brookline teachers read from their personal essays and reflect on the craft of teaching. What Have I Learned? Eighteen Teachers Reflect on Teaching and the Wisdom They’ve Gained Along the Way (A Brookline Education Foundation Book)

Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Thursday Dec. 8th, 7:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.

Essays by: Mary Burchenal, Ricardo Calleja, Marilyn Chetwynd, Ellen Contreras, Deborah D’Amico, Eleanor Demont, Abby Erdmann, Cathy Fischer-Mueller, Ellen Goldberg, Pat Herrington, Alicia Hsu, Stephanie McAllister Poon, Margaret Metzger, Amy Neale, James V. Parziale, Barbara Scotto, Jay Sugarman, and Suzanne Zobel.

Also on Thursday, December 8, Paris Creperie, across Harvard St. from the Booksmith, will be donating a portion of the day’s sales to support the BEF. Please support this locally-owned business knowing that you are also supporting Brookline teachers.

Museum Pass Program

The Brookline Library Foundation supports the library’s Museum Pass program, which offers Brookline residents discounted museum entry. Traditionally, these passes have only been available to pick up at the Brookline Village location. As of January 1, 2017, the Brookline Library Foundation will fund some additional passes to be picked up at the library’s Coolidge Corner and Putterham locations: Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, and Zoo New England. In addition, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum’s pick-up location will be moved to Putterham. The Museum Pass program is generously funded by the Brookline Library Foundation, made up entirely of Brookline residents and volunteers.

Reserve museum passes at

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

Follow-up on Walnut/Kennard Intersection

Last week’s Lincoln Lines had an announcement about the Brookline Transportation Board’s meeting regarding the Walnut/Kennard intersection.  To follow up, at last week’s Transportation Board meeting the board voted unanimously to modify the Kennard/Walnut traffic signal to a regular light. They also voted for no-right-on-red in all directions, and to prohibit parking on Kennard within 40 feet of the intersection in order to improve sight lines and reduce rush-hour congestion.

The board said they were interested in further community feedback. They’d like to hear if this signal modification makes the intersection safer, or if it causes other problems, or if further measures are needed. Feedback can be sent to the Transportation Administrator (


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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