Lincoln Lines January 22nd, 2017 No. 21

Lincoln Lines January 22nd, 2017 No. 21

Lincoln Happenings!

Thursday, January 26th – 4th Grade Field Trip to Peabody Museum
Friday, January 27th (new date) – Movie Night: Finding Dori, 6:30pm, Theater
Sunday, January 29th – Middle School Parent Social, Teen Center, 6pm-8pm
Friday, February 3rd – Lincoln Spirit Day, Wear your school colors!
Friday, February 3rd – First Friday Coffee, “Rethinking Kids”, 8am, Cafeteria

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well.

I want to use my message this week to let you know about a number of events going on this week at Lincoln and in Brookline Schools.

Tomorrow at 8:15 a.m. in the auditorium is our chorus concert for our 5th grade Chorus and the Middle School Chorus.

This Thursday, our grade 5 band and Middle School Band will hold their winter concert performance in the Lincoln Auditorium at 7 p.m. Lincoln strings students in grades 4-8 will also perform that evening at 7 p.m. at Runkle School.

Hard as it is to believe, this Friday is the close of term too for our middle school students. Report cards will publish to the parent portal on Tuesday, February 7.

Last week, Progress Reports for grades 1-5 posted to the parent portal on Aspen. You can access the parent portal at . If you’re having any difficulty accessing the portal, send an e-mail to d

This Friday night is a movie night fundraiser for the 8th grade trip; “Finding Dori” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Building Committee for the 9th School at Baldwin meets Tuesday morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in room 103 at Town Hall.

On Tuesday evening at Pierce School, the Greater Boston Parents, Families and Friends of LGBT People (PFLAG) will hold a forum from 6:30 – 8:30pm in the Pierce School auditorium to discuss LGBT issues that middle school students face, what a GSA is and why it is important to have in a middle school setting.

Have a great week!


Lincoln School & PTO News

Notes from the Library

There has been a lot of reporting about “fake news” recently. It is important to teach Lincoln students how to read carefully and understand news sources. Many teachers focus on non-fiction reading strategies and the author’s purpose. Teaching students how to use the internet effectively is also an important skill and guiding students to develop critical reading skills. Lincoln School has many wonderful information sources on our website and these sources are all excellent sources for factual information that is written by authorities in the respective fields. You can help! Instead of googling, please use the PSBMA site. ( The password is “psbma”. We have excellent resources for all grades. Please stop in if you would like some guidance.

Deb Abner School Librarian
Annmarie Mazzocchi, Technology Specialist


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 (



Middle School Parent Social

Please join us for a Middle School Parent Social on Sunday, January 29th from 6:00-8:00pm at the Brookline Teen Center! This will be an opportunity for parents to meet each other and socialize, while enjoying a light dinner, drinks, and fun games and activities. Tickets: $25 in advance ($30 at the door); proceeds from the event will benefit the 8th grade trip.

To purchase tickets in advance online:

  • please go to and enter your login and password (this is the same website that we use for cafeteria accounts)
  • at the top of the screen, please select “School Store” and then “Featured Items” from the drop down menu
  • scroll down the page and select “Lincoln School – Middle School Parents Night Tickets”

Please contact Kerry Brown ( or Georgia Smith ( with any questions.

Boston Red Sox – Lincoln Night at Fenway Park

Join your classmates, teachers, family, and friends for a night of fun at Fenway Park!

Saturday, April 15th, 7:10pm – Rays v.s. Red Sox

Discounted Bleacher Ticket Price:  $30

Order forms will be going home with your children this week.  The deadline for ordering tickets is Februrary 17th.


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.


Eighth Grade Transition Events

Eighth grade families should be aware of several upcoming events supporting families through the transition to High School.

February 7th – Curriculum Night, Part One
February 15th – Curriculum Night, Part Two
March 1st – Life at Brookline High School
March 14th – Introduction to Athletics

Full details are found in the Headmaster’s letter:  BHS – Transition Events Letter


PTO Board Meeting

There will be a PTO Board Meeting this Friday, January 27th from 8am-9am in the Brookline Music School recital hall, 1st floor. Email for questions.



Community Announcements

Biking Brookline

Please help support traffic calming measures and the safety of people who bicycle in Brookline!

If you bike, believe that Brookline transportation planning should take bikes, as well as cars, into account, or recognize that bike lanes are important traffic calming and pedestrian safety measures, please show up and speak out at Monday’s important Transportation Board meeting.

When and Where

Monday, January 23, at 7 PM
Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, Brookline MA, Room 103.

Meeting Agenda

The sole agenda item is the redesign of Babcock Street, including options for bicycling accommodations.

Why is it Important that You Attend

  • Babcock Street is an important connector that people who bicycle use to travel between Commonwealth Avenue (and beyond) and Coolidge Corner.
  • Current conditions on Babcock Street make it unsafe for people who bicycle.
  • Many riders who frequent this route believe that protected bike lanes (which are one option being considered by the Board) provide the most appropriate level of safety.
  • Although we believe that traffic calming can offer a significant improvement in safety on Babcock Street, many of us have concerns that traffic calming as proposed by the Transportation Department would not provide an appropriate level of safety for people who bicycle.
  • There have already been a number of public meetings about Babcock Street in which the Brookline bicycling community has been underrepresented. Based on these past meeting, it is believed that there will be organized opposition to the BAC’s proposed enhancements, pressuring the committee to further water down the Transportation Department’s traffic calming option.
  • Regardless of how you feel about the specific alternatives being considered by the Board (available here), attending and speaking up at public meetings where bicycling infrastructure is being considered sends a clear message to the Transportation Board that the many adults and children who bicycle in Brookline are important members of the community whose safety needs to be addressed.

If you have any questions, email Biking Brookline at


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

Upcoming public meetings listed at:

Follow all 9th school news at


Brookline High School Fashion Design Club

Please come join us at the Opening Reception for the BHS Fashion Design Club’s first (monthly?) fashion display, featuring the work of some of Brookline High’s hottest fashion designers: Basya Klein (10), Ali Kushner (10), Summer Barnes (10), Jilian Kwitkiwsi (9), Sophia Stewart (9), and others.

Friday, January 27th
In front of the display cases near the MLK Room
Brookline High School

No runway this time around, but snacks, music, and an exclusive chance to preview the latest works before the exhibit is opened to the public.

Please join us to meet the designers, see their creations, and find out more about the Fashion Design club at BHS. Feel free to bring friends, family, and kids — especially kids.

Contact Elon Fischer (BHS Teacher) ( with any questions.


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!

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


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.


Brookline Winter Farmers’ Market

Every Sunday through April 30th
11am – 3pm @ The Coolidge Corner Arcade (318 Harvard Street)

Eat fresh and local 4 seasons a year! The Brookline Winter Farmers’ Market offers local produce, meat, and goods from hard workers and farmers across Massachusetts. There is a wide array of products such as: vegetables from Silverbrook Farm, farm raised meat from Stillman’s, fresh baked bread from Clear Flour Bread, knife sharpening, cold brew coffee, fresh pasta, local honey, and much more! Visit for more information. See you Sunday!

Celebrate Local Cuisine & Creativity at Art-i Gras at The Teen Center

The Brookline Chamber of Commerce is hosting “Art-i Gras” on Thursday evening, February 9th, at The Brookline Teen Center. We are shining a light on 3 local arts organizations: Brookline Music School, Brookline Arts Center, and The Puppet Showplace Theatre – with a Mardi Gras theme.

Guests will enjoy live jazz, puppet performers, interactive art, and fun for foodies. Local restaurants bringing their spin on New Orleans fare include: The Paris Creperie, Otto, Michael’s Deli, Rifrullo, Fugakyu, Brio, and The Vine Ripe Grill. Please note, this event is for grownups.

Thursday 2/9/17 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Brookline Teen Center, 40 Aspinwall Ave

Before 2/1 $15 Chamber Members/$20 General Public
After 2/1 $20 Chamber Members/$25 General Public
Ticket includes food and entertainment. Cash bar available. Event is 21+
Raffle Tickets: $10 each
Raffle Prize: Trip for 2 to New Orleans courtesy Jet Blue

Thank you Sponsors Capital One and Goddard House. Additional sponsorships available.
For more information contact Debbie Miller at

Syria Donations Drive

Several Lincoln families are participating in a project that supports efforts to get needed goods to Syrian families through a group called NuDay Syria (see We are trying to collect as many of the items below to fill a shipping container that will go directly to Syria in February. If you have any of the following that you would like to donate or if you have any questions about the project, please contact Belize Hamilton ( or Sandra Wesemann ( before February 10th. Thank you!
Items needed:
* Rice, beans, powdered and liquid infant and regular milk, tuna, protein bars, flour, sugar, cooking oil
* New to like-new clothes, bedding, shoes
* Soccer balls, stuffed animals, colors, non-battery operated toys
* Diapers, female pads, soap bars, powdered detergent, toothbrushes, pain killers, vitamins
* Hospital equipment, walkers, wheelchairs, medical supplies

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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