Lincoln Lines December 11th, 2016 No. 16


Lincoln Lines December 11th, 2016 No. 16

Lincoln Happenings!

Monday, December 12th – Brookline Talks, “Home for Dinner”, 7pm, Auditorium
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,

Though the first official day of winter isn’t yet here, it It seems that the winter weather has arrived. Believing in the importance of opportunities to play every day, we will continue to have recess throughout the winter. Please be sure to label hats, gloves/mittens, coats and scarves so that when they are misplaced we can get them back to their owner — and keep them out of the lost and found. As a rule of thumb, as long as it is over 20 degrees, we will have outdoor recess. When the temperature is flirting right around the 20 degree mark, we will use any wind/overcast conditions to make the call as to whether recess will be outside or indoors. Our goal will be to keep recess outdoors as much as possible throughout the winter.

Early Release Day on Wednesday
Our final early release day of this season is this Wednesday. All students in grade K-8 will be dismissed at 12:40. Homework Center and after school activities will not operate.

Concert Dates
If you haven’t already, please mark these dates on your calendar for Lincoln’s Winter Concert Ceries.

K-1: TUES JAN 17, 8:15-9am in the Lincoln School Theatre.
2-3: WED JAN 18, 8:15-9am in the Lincoln School Theatre.
5th, and 6-8 choruses, THURS JAN 19, 8:15-9am in the Lincoln School Theatre.

Brookline Talks Event at Lincoln
Tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Brookline Talks is holding an event in the Lincoln School Auditorium. The event is titled: Family Dinners: How Mealtime Can Make Your Kids Happier, Calmer and More Connected to You with speaker Dr. Anne Fishel – Family Psychologist and author. To register, go to

Have a great week,


Lincoln School & PTO News

Brookline Talks, here 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
This Monday, 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, in the Library.

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 (

Holiday Open House (A Lincoln Fundraiser Party)

Spread some cheer with new and old friends while enjoying festive cocktails and nibbles.
Friday, December 16 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Hosted by: Rachel & Seth Kalvert; Katie Bacon & Mark Pener; Jessica Shattuck & Preble Jacques

*If you haven’t yet signed up yet, please email to RSVP and bring $35/person to school office

Lincoln Food Drive Supporting Brookline Food Pantry

Dear Lincoln Parents,

Thank you for the donations and support to the Food Pantry! The Brookline Community greatly appreciates your generosity.

Please continue sending the following goods along with your child to put in the bins as they enter the school:

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)

8th Grade Transition to Brookline High School

Interim Headmaster Anthony Meyer, Assistant Headmaster Hal Mason, and Head of Guidance Darby Neff-Verre compiled a handout including the many steps and events that make up the transition process to prepare 8th graders for a successful start at BHS.

See the “Articulation Timeline” here:

Reminder: Shopping on AmazonSmile can raise funds for Lincoln PTO

Lincoln PTO is participating as a charity on AmazonSmile.  The PTO will receive donations according to your purchases on so long as you have linked your Amazon account to Lincoln PTO.

To see how to do the linking, visit:

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


The Brookline School Committee is seeking applicants to temporarily fill the seat on the School Committee vacated by the resignation of Rebecca Stone. The interim appointment will begin in January, 2017 and will continue until the May, 2017 Town Election. Candidates must be registered Brookline voters.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a letter of interest and resume by 12:00 PM on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 to:
Robin Coyne, Executive Assistant
School Committee Office
Town Hall, 5th Floor
333 Washington Street
Brookline, MA 02445

Candidates will be interviewed by joint session of the School Committee and Board of Selectmen shortly thereafter.

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

As you may know, on October 13 the Board of Selectmen and School Committee selected the site of the Baldwin School as 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 which is expected to conclude in April 2017. During this stage, the Building Committee works with the architects to consider design options and select a preferred design. Community members are invited to the Public Kickoff of the Feasibility Study phase scheduled for Monday, December 12 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course, 1281 West Roxbury Parkway in Brookline. 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. For more information and complete updates on the 9th Elementary School project, please 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

Early Dismissal Movies at the Public Library

We will be holding one more early dismissal movie.
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. 14. 2016 @ 1:30
Finding Nemo in Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Village (361 Washington St) Branch

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.

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

The Brookline Ballet School presents The Nutcracker

The Brookline Ballet School’s performances of The Nutcracker feature TBBS students in all roles. The choreography is original work by Artistic Director Trinidad Vives and Parren Ballard, set to the original score of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Most students who attend The Brookline Ballet School and perform in our Nutcracker are Brookline locals. This year, of the 48 participating students, 21 attend various Brookline elementary schools and 12 upper level students attend Brookline High School.

Two family-friendly performances will be held on Saturday December 17 at 6pm and Sunday December 18 at 1pm at the Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College in Wellesley. Tickets are available for purchase at ($25 and $15 for children ages 12 & under).

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

Boston College Winter Soccer Clinic

For girls 6-14 years old
Monday, December 26 – Thursday, December 29
9-3 each day (with extended day option available)
held at the Boston College Chestnut Hill campus
click here for more details:

KIDS Fair 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017
Tappan Street Gym at Brookline High School
66 Tappan Street, Brokline

Summer is just around the corner – stop at the KIDS Fair to learn all about great summer camps from across New England.  Games, fun, music – its a great event! It’s never too early to register for summer camp!

For more information click:

Peace Cranes Project

Brookline is folding paper cranes! To give us and our children a way to voice a positive message of peace, people from all over town are joining together to fold origami peace cranes. The paper crane has a powerful association with peace, the welfare of our children, and the dangers of war. We believe that beyond whatever divisions exist, all politics must come from the foundational principles of peace, kindness, tolerance, and humanity.

What you can do to participate:

Fold Paper Cranes!
At home: We will have drop off bins at the Brookline Arts Center (86 Monmouth Street), Chobee Hoy Real Estate (18 Harvard Street), and Fire Opal (320 Harvard Street).
Come to a folding event:
Tuesday December 20th, 3-6 pm at the Puppet Showplace Theater
Wednesday January 4th, 3-6 pm at the Puppet Showplace Theater
Saturday January 7th, at Henry Bear’s Park
Saturday January 7th, at the Brookline Arts Center

We hope that other communities will join us, that this message will begin here in Brookline and Boston, take wing and spread around the world.

Please feel free to contact us: / /


Community Classifieds

Public Speaking Workshop. Lumos Debate is running a 2-day Debate Workshop during December and February vacation breaks. Your child will study public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership with world class instructors. The class will be held for students in Grades 6-9. Registration fee is $65. For more info call 617-901-4564. Register at:

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:

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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