Lincoln Lines December 18th, 2016 No. 17


Lincoln Lines December 18th, 2016 No. 17

Lincoln Happenings!

Friday, December 23rd – 7:45-8:00am, Annual Holiday Sing-a-Long, in the Lobby
Monday, December 26th – Winter Break begins
Tuesday, January 3rd – Classes resume

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope that this message finds you well. It’s hard to believe that this is the last Lincoln Lines message of 2016. It seems as if it were just a few weeks ago that I was welcoming everyone back to Lincoln after the summer break. I’m so proud of all that our students and staff have accomplished together this fall both academically and in strengthening our community.

I hope everyone enjoys a well-deserved break next week, and returns rested and ready to go when school reopens after break on Tuesday, January 3.

Have a great week,


Lincoln School & PTO News

Holiday Sing-a-Long

Come one, come all to Lincoln’s 3rd annual Holiday Sing-along in the Foyer, Friday, December 23, from 7:45 to 8:00 a.m., led by Mr. Carter and sponsored by the Lincoln PTO. We’ll be singing winter holiday favorites, and will have lyric sheets available for those who are a little rusty. This is just for fun, so don’t be shy — the more, the merrier, and it’s a great way to start the last day of school before the break.

Message from the Librarian

It’s the end of 2016 and what a year it has been! Our library is a busy place and I love it when it is filled with students and families. I am able to do my job because of the unwavering support of our volunteers. These wonderful women shelve books, organize and catalog books and generally clear a path so that I can focus on putting books in the hands of students. I am grateful for their work every day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The political climate has been difficult and I will predict that there will be many books to come which try to make sense of it all. However there have been many wonderful books written this year and I have many favorites. Melissa Sweet has written a wonderful book about the writer E.B. which is an amazing nonfiction book with luscious illustrations. Grace Lin was short-listed for the National Book Award for her book “When the Sea Turned to Silver” and this would make a fantastic family read-aloud. For grades 5 and up I recommend “When Friendship Followed Me Home.” Stop by if you would like any suggestions and here is the School Library Journal list for your convenience:

I also wanted to remind you of online resources which might be useful to your family during the break.
If you go to our site and click on “Library” you will find information on how to access resources and ebooks/audiobooks. The password is “psbma.” Stop in for a quick demo. Please note that ebsco ebooks are not working but follett ebooks are. Username and password are the same which is “lincoln”. Students with google accounts use their google username for both. I also recommend Tumblebooks which you may access with your Brookline Public Library Card or “brooklinek12” which you can access through the PSBMA site.

Thank you families of Lincoln and I hope you have lots of time to relax with family and friends. I hope you all share some great books!

Deb Abner
School Librarian

Support Lincoln Extended Day Gift Wrapping Fundraiser at Henry Bear’s Park December 23, 2016 (3 PM-7:30 PM)

If you are looking to buy last minute gift items, please join Lincoln Extended Day Families
Friday December 23, 2016 from 3 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. at Henry Bear’s Park toy store in Brookline Village
where we will wrap your purchased gifts for a donation to our tuition assistance fund.

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


With the holidays upon us, it’s easy as parents to get lured into the trap of trying to fulfill our adolescent’s every holiday wish. But consider that the most meaningful and lasting gifts we can give our children this – and every — season are not the kind we can wrap into fancy packages.

B-PEN suggests that you consider these Gifts That Keep Giving, which cost little but can linger long after the holiday season…

Snowflake Festival @ BAC

The Brookline Arts Center is having its annual Snowflake Festival on Saturday, January 7 from 1:00-3:30pm. Have some hot chocolate, participate in free art activities and learn about the BAC’s winter offerings. Winter classes for all ages start in January in an array of mediums including pottery, drawing, painting, mixed media and more! See all winter class offerings here.


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.

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

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:

K.I.D.S. Camp Fair 2017

Mark your calendar!
On Sunday January 8th, Steps to Success will once again be holding its annual “Kids Involved During Summer” (K.I.D.S.) Camp Fair at the Brookline High School Tappan Street Gym from 12pm-2pm.
Every year, K.I.D.S. Camp Fair helps match Brookline and Boston families with dozens of the best Summer Camps in New England. The Fair also includes a host of kid-friendly activities such as face painting, games, food and much more. K.I.D.S Fair is free to all attending families.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at or visit our K.I.D.S. Camp Fair Website ( )

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: / /

Boys Dance Classes at Brookline Music School

MAKING DANCES FOR BOYS (6–8 years)     Wednesdays at 3:00pm (begins 2/1/17)

New dances will arise from combining the dance principles of shape, flow and composition as each student increases his unique movement vocabulary.

BOYS DANCE ENSEMBLE (9–12 years)     Wednesdays at 4:00pm (Term II begins 2/1/17)

Students are led into the world of choreography using music and movements contributed by the boys in class.

Call (617) 277-4593 to Register!

Classes are 15 weeks per term, 50 minutes long, and cost $365

Instructor: Tom Krusinski

For a complete list of all of our dance classes visit:

Community Classifieds

My name is Javier Amador-Pena and I live in Brookline and have been here for 10 years. I have a personal relationship with coffee farmers in Colombia, South America. I’m importing green beans directly from those farmers and roasting them in Hopedale, MA. I sell roasted coffee here in Brookline to a variety of clients. I’m interested in selling directly to Brookline residents who are interested in great coffee while supporting a good cause–this makes an excellent holiday gift idea. 5% of the profit goes directly to supporting the coffee growers whom I deal with. If this is something that interests you, feel free to check my website ( and/or contact me directly at

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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