Lincoln Lines January 16th, 2017 No. 20

Lincoln Lines January 16th, 2017 No. 20

Lincoln Happenings!

Tuesday, January 17th – Winter Concert K-1st, 8:15, Theater
Wednesday, January 18th – Winter Concert 2nd-3rd, 8:15, Theater
Thursday, January 19th – Winter Concert, 5th-8th, 8:15am, Theater
Friday, January 20th – Freelance Troupe performs “Monopoly”, 4pm, Theater
Thursday, January 26th – 4th Grade Field Trip to Peabody Museum
Friday, January 27th (new date) – Movie Night: Finding Dori, 6:30pm, Theater

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable three-day weekend.

I’ve had a number of thoughtful conversations in recent weeks with members of our community about beginning a “Diversity Committee” at Lincoln and I want to thank the folks who turned out for Friday morning’s community conversation in the library that centered on this important topic.

The challenge for any school is to work for each student at the same time it works for all students. We experience this challenge more acutely at a school as uniquely diverse as Lincoln. But if we can succeed in this endeavor, Lincoln will prepare our students to be citizens in a diverse world. I look forward to continued conversation and work in launching a Diversity Committee at Lincoln and will provide updates in this space and via Blackboard Connect about all steps.

Progress Reports for Grades 1-5

This Thursday, Progress Reports for students in grades 1-5 will post to the parent portal. You’ll receive an e-mail notifying that these reports are posted. If you have any difficulty accessing the parent portal, please e-mail:

Concerts this week

Our Winter Concert performances take place this week.

  • Kindergarten and First Grade: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 8:15am in the Lincoln School Theatre.
  • Second and Third Grade: Wednesday January 18, 2017 at 8:15am in the Lincoln School Theatre.
  • 5th Grade Chorus and 6-8 chorus: Thursday January 19, 2017 at 8:15am in the Lincoln School Theatre.

Fourth graders are preparing for a performance date this spring. Details will be sent as soon as they are finalized.

Have a great week!


Lincoln School & PTO News

Lincoln Community Conversation

We are grateful so many were able to join the PTO’s first “Community Conversation” this last Friday and for the thoughtful comments and ideas the group shared around building community. Thanks to Anna Housley Juster and Cecilia Casagrande for facilitating the discussion. If you weren’t able to make it, there will be more to come–at least one every month, alternating between evenings and mornings to try to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules and hopefully more dedicated entirely to the conversation we began on Friday. Stay tuned for announcements on those future meetings!

Here is a link to the “Lincoln Community Events” handout that was passed out last Friday that lists events currently scheduled through the rest of the year. Hard copies of the list are available on the PTO bulletin board in the lobby. Please contact PTO chairs, Sandra Wesemann or Belinda Hsu if you have any questions ( Thank you!


The Freelance Troupe Performs at Lincoln!

The Freelance Troupe will perform the original musical “Monopoly” on Friday January 20th at 4:00 pm in the Lincoln theater. Lincoln students Mimi Aspi, Ruthie Sandler and Alina Samarasan are in the cast of 30. The performance is free and all are welcomed when accompanied by an adult.

Spring enrollment is now open for both the Freelance Troupe (ages 8-12) and the Freelance Players (ages 12-16). Both programs rehearse at the Driscoll School. To learn more visit

Monopoly: The Parker Brothers, intoxicated with the economic success of their newest game, decide to hold a promotional stunt for all the world to see. They offer three young people from different backgrounds the opportunity to circle the Monopoly board and choose a property. Escorted by the Banker the young players meet many people, from the street-wise youths of Baltic Avenue to the socialites of Boardwalk. With a lighthearted spirit and a tuneful score, this play looks at some of the issues surrounding socio-economic difference and the decisions young people face in choosing their goals.


Lincoln Movie Night: Finding Dory

Friday, January 27th from 6:30-8:30pm (new date)
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 (

P.S., We need parent volunteers. The time commitment is 6:00-9:15pm. (The event time is 6:30-8:30pm.) Volunteers will work with 8th graders to sell tickets (price of ticket includes water and popcorn), pizza, and make popcorn!  Please email Kerry Brown ( to volunteer. (Please note that 8th grade volunteers will be coordinated separately.)

Middle School Parent Social

Middle school parents and guardians: Please save-the-date for a fun social event – light dinner, drinks and activities at the Brookline Teen Center! Information regarding online ticket sales coming soon… Proceeds benefit the eighth grade trip.
Sunday, January 29th
Brookline Teen Center, 40 Aspinwall Avenue
$25 in advance ($30 at the door)
Questions? Please contact Georgia Smith ( or Kerry Brown (


Brookline’s Pan Asian Lunar New Year Celebration

Please join us for Brookline’s Pan Asian Lunar New Year Celebration to be held on Saturday, February 4th from 1-3pm at the Brookline High School. There will be lion dancing, food, music, crafts, games, performances and more! To sign up please go to


3rd Annual Science Night will be back on Friday, March 31st. It’s a free event supported by generous volunteers. Help us make it happen!
Event Organizers: We’re looking for a group of volunteers to shadow the current organizer (retiring after this one), so Lincoln can continue this super cool school-wide event next year. You can sign up only for this year, of course! The main responsibility is recruiting activity leads (all by email) and other volunteers and setting up event day venues. It’s not as hard as it seems because we’ve built ongoing relationships with local outreach programs. Lincoln is very lucky to have in-house volunteer parents with all sorts of STEAM (science, engineering, art & math) backgrounds. Absolutely no STEAM background necessary!
Activity Leads: CALLING ALL STEAM ENTHUSIASTS! Can you host an activity in one STEAM area? We moved from science only to STEAM last year. We are particularly interested in cross-disciplinary activities. For instance, building a rollercoaster or a mini golf course involves geometry and physics. Architecture involves geometry and art. If you hosted an activity in the past, please come back! If you haven’t, join us! We’re hoping to offer 30 activities, of which 50% are new this year.
Here’s last year’s program for ideas. There are many youtube videos with experiments, games and tinkering. Science Olympiad site is also a good place to start. We’d like more activities for middle schoolers (especially engineering and computer science).
Videographer & Graphic Designer: Can you design this year’s program? Here’s last year’s awesome video.
Interested in joining the team or have questions? Contact


Lincoln Math League

There are openings available for Math League, a club coached by Mr. Fitzgerald for math lovers in the 5th and 6th grades.  Practices during lunch on Tuesdays, and after school Thursdays.  They will have 3 meets, Wednesday, January 18, Wednesday, February 15, and Wednesday, March 15. The meets are held at the Devotion School and we compete against the other Brookline middle schools.  If  your son or daughter wants to try it, he or she is welcome to come to a practice and then decide if it is for him or her. They don’t have to necessarily be great math students, just have a love of math and want to have some fun.



Community Announcements

Parent-to-Parent Diversity Tip Sheet

MLK Day often sparks conversation about the incredibly diverse world in which we live. In Brookline, it can be especially tricky to parent adolescents amidst our community’s remarkable diversity of race, cultural background, religion, the gender spectrum, and more.  In response to parent questions and concerns, B-PEN helped facilitate parent/community connections that resulted in an excellent parent-created TIP SHEET ON DIVERSITY & CULTURAL COMPETENCY. Much food for thought…


Winter is an Ideal Time to Open the Lines of Communication

With the flurry of holiday activity only a faint memory, the cold and darkness of winter can start to make parents feel a little isolated, especially when it comes to some of our children’s developmental concerns. What better time to reach out to other parents, forming new connections and strengthening old ones? Consider starting a Parent Network, which can give you the opportunity to socialize with parents of your children’s classmates and talk about what’s really going on in the lives of your school’s adolescents. It can be as simple as inviting a few friends over for coffee and casual conversation or as structured as an open grade-level parent meeting with an expert speaker on a specific parenting concern. B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network) can help with Parent Network resources at, and Brookline’s Family Resource Advocate Hope Schroy can help facilitate the first meeting to help you get things rolling —

Upcoming Building Committee Meetings

The 9th Elementary School project and the BHS Expansion are being led by separate Building Committees made up of elected officials, community members, parents, and town staff. Scheduled meetings are listed below. All meetings are open to the public.

Building Committee for the 9th School at Baldwin
Meetings scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. All meetings held at Town Hall in Room 103.

  • January 24, 2017
  • February 14, 2017
  • February 28, 2017

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall. The docket for the meeting is attached, copied below, and can be found at this link.


Parenting in the Present

Overwhelmed with parenting? Need clarity on what’s really important? Join us at Temple Ohabei Shalom on Friday, January 27 to hear clinical social worker and local author, Carla Naumburg, speak about parenting in the present moment and how to use mindfulness for less tantrums and more peace in your family. Shabbat services begin at 6 pm, and Carla will speak at approximately 6:30. Stay afterward for savory snacks and a quick Q & A with Carla! Complimentary childcare is available with preregistration for children ages 6 and under. 1187 Beacon Street, Brookline MA 02446. Questions? Email Everyone is welcome!


Girl Scouts Winter Bash – Come have some frosty fun!

Sunday, January 29th, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Camp Cedar Hill, 265 Beaver Street, Waltham, MA
RSVP to Angela Scott at 617-352-0158 by January 23rd
Learn more about Girl Scouts at

A fun way to get outdoors with your family and keep those New Year’s intentions to get healthy and stay fit together, the Winter Bash Event features a winter hike through the camp property, warm hot cocoa, fun outdoor games, information about Girl Scouts, and even be entered to win a FREE week of camp for the summer! It’s not too late to get involved with Girl Scouts. We still have troops forming all year long and have some limited spaces in existing troops to join today!


Climate change and methane gas leaks from the natural gas distribution system represent an urgent threat to the trees of New England. Dr. Pam Templer will present the results of her research at BU on the current and future effects of rising temperatures on forests in New England, and Mr. Oladapo-Johnson will describe the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s efforts to reduce damage to trees caused by methane leaks. Thursday, February 9, 7 pm. Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library, 361 Washington Street, Brookline. refreshments will be served. This talk is sponsored by Brookline Mothers Out Front.

Book Drive by The Brookline Literacy Partnership

The Brookline Literacy Partnership is hosting a book drive at Brookline High School, in the atrium, until the end of January! Bring in gently-used K-5 books to donate to schools who don’t have adequate resources! The Brookline Literacy Partnership is a student-run social justice organization at Brookline High School that works to make literacy more accessible to schools who need it. Learn more about us and donate at

Brookline Rec 2017 Summer Camp Registration

Looking for a way to get your kids outdoors this summer? Check out our summer camp offerings! Brookline Recreation offers a wide variety of summer programs for children 5-17 years old. Summer camps provide kids with the opportunity to do something they love or try something new. You’re sure to find the perfect camp for your child with our camp guide. Register opens Wednesday, January 18th at 9:00AM.

Register online or call (617)730-2069


Challenger Baseball – Brookline

April 23 – June 11, Ages: 7 and Up
Sundays: 10:15am – 11:30am, Location: Eliot Field (Dates/Times subject to change)

Baseball Fun for children with a wide range of abilities. No experience necessary, no limitation too great. Children with intellectual, physical, emotional and behavioral challenges can all enjoy being part of a team in this relaxed, supportive environment.

Please register on the BYB Website –

For more information regarding Sponsorship, Donating, Player Registration, Becoming a Volunteer or General Information please contact:

Melissa –


Community Classifieds


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:


Corner Co-op Nursery School – Celebrating our 45th year! A unique
opportunity to participate in your child’s formative years and create
an extended family with others.

OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, January 28th 10 am to 12 noon, and Thursday,
February 16th, 7 pm to 9 pm
Meet staff and parents. Slideshow and discussion.
1773 Beacon Street, Brookline (Corner of Beacon and Dean Rd, entrance
on Dean Rd.)

We nurture children’s natural need to learn and grow through a
dialogue-centered process. We regard play as an essential medium of
learning. Ages 2 years 9 months to 6 years. Flexible schedule options.
Devoted staff. Nut-free school. Contact us for more information at
617-738-4631 and visit us online: and check us out
on Facebook.


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