Lincoln Lines December 4th, 2016 No. 15


Lincoln Lines December 4th, 2016 No. 15

Lincoln Happenings!

Tuesday, December 6th – K-8 Early Dismissal 12:40pm
Friday, December 9th – First Friday Coffee with Superintendent Bott, 8am, Cafeteria
Wednesday, December 14th – K-8 Early Dismissal 12:40pm
Friday, December 16th – Lincoln Movie Night – Secret Life of Pets – 6:30pm-8:30pm
Monday, December 26th – Winter Break begins

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I want to begin by following up on my letter to the community regarding the discovery of a symbol of hate in a middle school classroom at Lincoln. On Thursday afternoon, I addressed all middle school students to emphasize to them the gravity of what had occurred and discuss our next steps.

The following morning during middle school advisory, students participated in an exercise to reclaim the middle school space by working together to create posters with messages of peace, inclusion, and tolerance. I was so impressed by the thoughtfulness and positive energy students brought to this work. Those posters will be hung in the middle school space early this week.

Many families have contacted me to share that this unfortunate event had spurred conversations with their students. Others have shared their thoughts and suggestions about other steps we can take as a K-8 community. Though the discovery of a symbol of hate in one of our classrooms was troubling, I am heartened by the response from our students, staff, and families. I appreciate all feedback and will continue to work with our entire community as we weigh additional steps.


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We have a K-8 early release day this Tuesday, Dec. 6. All students will be dismissed at 12:40. Homework centers will not be open.

I also want to share this important update about the next phase in the 9th Elementary School Project.

9th Elementary School Project enters the Next Phase. Public Kickoff Meeting on December 12th

As you may know, on October 13th , the Board of Selectmen and School Committee selected the site of the Baldwin School to be the location for the 9th Elementary School. This exciting development means that Brookline will be building and opening its first new elementary school in more than 60 years. The project now moves into the Feasibility Study phase that will go until April 2017. During this stage, the architects work with the Building Committee to consider design options and selected a preferred design. Community members are invited to the Public Kickoff of the Feasibility Study phase that will take place in South Brookline on December 12th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The 9th School Building Committee, the School Department, and Jonathan Levi Architects will provide a complete update on the timeline, process, and objectives of the Feasibility Study phase. The meeting will include public comment and community members are invited to ask questions and share their ideas on the project. The location is still being determined and will be posted on the Town and School Department websites as soon as
possible. For more information and complete updates on the 9th Elementary School project, you can go to

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.

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:

Middle School Family Engagement Committee

Thursday, December 15 at 7:00pm at Lincoln School (room TBD).

All middle school parents/guardians are welcome! Teachers Ben Stein and Adam Weatherwax will join this month to discuss two topics: school/home communication and ways to improve middle school transitions (5th to 6th grade, 8th to 9th grade). Please contact Jenny Azzara ( with questions.

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 (

Lincoln Food Drive Supporting Brookline Food Pantry

You might not know it, but there are people in Brookline with not enough food to eat. The Lincoln Middle School has made it our mission to help the Brookline Food Pantry gather enough donations to help support local Brookline families.

Your donations are especially necessary because the poverty rate in Brookline increased from 9.3% in 2009 to 13.1% in 2013. In 2015, visits to the food pantry totaled 7,750 up from 2,650 in 2009. With such a high growth rate it’s hard for the Food Pantry to keep up with the demand.

Starting in December, Lincoln middle school students will be collecting canned goods and other items listed below for the food pantry. Please make donations as you enter the school or send the following goods along with your child.

Thank you for your support!

Personal Care:

  • Lip balm

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • Lotion


  • Instant Coffees and Teas

  • Cooking Supplies (sugar, oil, flour, spices)

  • Pasta and Tomato Products

  • Canned Soups and Beans

  • Canned Vegetable and Fruit (low sodium and no sugar added products)

  • Dry Beans (all varieties)

  • Healthy Snacks for Kids (granola bars, seaweed packages, fruit cups)

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

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.

Freelance Players

“Sparks, bright coals, flames” fly as the Freelance Players present Lord Scarecrow, an original musical based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “Feathertop.” A magical scarecrow is brought to life by a bewitching blacksmith and her devilish assistant in colonial New England.  The captivating musical unfolds to reveal intrigue, humor, and an unexpected twist that will entertain audiences of all ages. Lord Scarecrow features 19 young actors, ages 12 to 16 from 10 Boston area communities.

Founded in 1973, the Freelance Players, Inc. produces original musicals performed by young people for audiences of all ages.  Hundreds of children from greater Boston participate in six acting companies, various classes, and Urban Improv, an interactive youth development program.

Lord Scarecrow performances will be on Friday Dec. 9 and Sat. Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m.and Sunday Dec. 11, at 2:00 p.m.  at the Park School, 171 Goddard Ave., Brookline, MA.  Tickets (only) at the door are $10. For further information, call 617-524-7045 or visit

Mothers Out Front KooKoo Coffee

Come join our growing discussion regarding Climate Change and how we can act locally and statewide by joining together to effect real change. We are interested in your contributions to the discussion. December 13th 8-9:30Am. KooKoo Cafe, Station Street, Brookline Village

Upcoming VOICES Concert

You are invited to join VOICES Boston, Brookline’s premier children’s chorus, for our annual Sounds of the Season concert on Saturday, Dec. 17th at 3:00pm at First Parish in Brookline! The program will feature Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” and many other holiday favorites! Featuring all five of our ensembles of ages 5-14, pianists Anat Hochberg and Katie Barr, harpist Franziska Huhn, and conductors Dan Ryan and Steven Lipsitt, this concert will be a true musical celebration.

You can purchase your tickets by following this link:

With singing at its core and training in dance and drama, VOICES Boston changes the lives of its children, building confidence, discipline, leadership and a love of music that will last a lifetime. VOICES Boston choristers perform a wide range of repertoire, from classical to world music, gospel to new music and present an opera every year.

For more information about performances or auditions, visit

Tween Author Fest at the Public Library

Saturday, December 17th, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Public Library of Brookline, Brookline Village, Hunneman Hall

Book Signings, Crafts, Snacks, and More!

Just in time for the holidays! Meet local middle grade authors: Erin Dionne, Lee Gjersten Malone, Ammi-Joan Paquette, Luke Reynolds and Anna Staniszewski. Join us for book signings, crafts, snacks and an author Q&A panel at 3:00pm.

Early Dismissal Movies at the Public Library

We will be holding two more early dismissal movies.
Free for the afternoon with nothing to do?  Come to the library and watch a movie on the big screen in Hunneman Hall!  All ages welcome.
Dec. 6, 2016 @ 1:30 

Big Hero 6 in Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Village (361 Washington St) Branch

Dec. 14. 2016 @ 1:30
Finding Nemo in Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Village (361 Washington St) Branch

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.

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

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

Community Classifieds

Do you ever feel frustrated with your child? Find yourself shouting often and imposing punishments or rewards in reaction to challenging behavior? Do you wish you had a more effective parenting approach that also helps to build a better relationship between you and your child? The Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach, based in MGH’s Department of Psychiatry, provides parents with concrete tools to better understand and parent their kids (ages 3-18) in the face of day-to-day challenges – e.g., getting to school, homework, bedtime, screen time – and more serious challenges. CPS helps parents to:

– Foster positive relationships with their child
– Reduce their child’s challenging behavior
– Build their child’s self-regulation, communication and problem-solving skills
– Solve problems collaboratively and proactively

To register for an upcoming CPS workshop in Brookline (evening or morning) or a nearby community, please visit:

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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