Lincoln Lines January 29th, 2017 No. 22

Lincoln Lines January 29th, 2017 No. 22

Lincoln Happenings!

Friday, February 3rd – Lincoln Spirit Day, Wear your school colors!
Friday, February 3rd – First Friday Coffee, “Rethinking Kids”, 8am, Cafeteria
Wednesday, February 8th – Lincoln Community Conversation, 6:30pm

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this note finds you well. As I said in last week’s message, Friday marked the end of term two for our middle school students. As we officially enter the second half of the year, there are already a few upcoming events related to the transition to middle school and the transition to high school.

Tomorrow, 5th grade students will view a presentation from the World Language Department to aid them in selecting which language — French or Spanish — they wish to study in grades 6 through 8. Parents of 5th grade students will receive a letter from me via Blackboard Connect tomorrow. If you have any questions about this process please don’t hesitate to contact me or Ms. Gunther.

Looking ahead a week, on Tuesday, Feb. 7 is Curriculum Night for Grade 8 parents at Brookline High School. The program will be held at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. At 6 p.m., there will be an overview of Special Education Services and programs in the BHS Library. There will be other events, some during the school day for students, others in the evenings that I will publicize in this space and via Blackboard.

Have a great week,


Lincoln School & PTO News

Car-Free / Walk-Bike to School Day

Wednesday, Feb. 1st – Car-Free / Walk-Bike to School Day – A reminder that this Wednesday (the first of the month) is Lincoln’s monthly Car-Free / Walk-Bike to School Day where students, teachers, administrators and other members of the school community, who are able, are urged leave the car behind and walk, bike, scoot, etc. to and from school. For those who need to use a car, carpooling is encouraged!


All are welcome! Join us and share your ideas to make this year’s event another huge success.
Wednesday, Feb 1st 7:45am-8:15am guidance office on 2nd floor
Questions? Contact

First Friday Coffee

February’s First Friday Coffee will be this Friday, Februrary 3rd, at 8am in the Library.

Karen Kraut will be speaking on “Rethinking Kids: Parenting to Strengthen Relationships and Build Skills”


Lincoln Community Conversation

Our next Lincoln Community Conversation will be held the evening of Wednesday, February 8th, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Pizza and childcare will be provided. All are welcome.


PTO Board Meeting

There will be a PTO Board Meeting Friday, February 10th from 8am-9am in the Brookline Music School recital hall, 1st floor.  Open to all Lincoln families.  Email for 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 (the PTO is underwriting a portion of the ticket price)

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

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


Attention 8th grade parents…

Are you and your adolescent wondering about next year’s transition to BHS? What is freshman year really like?  How do you find your way around the building? Does everyone go to parties on the weekend? BHS Crash Course: The Unofficial Guide to Brookline High can help. Beginning with the first meeting Feb. 9, BHS Peer Leaders and their advisors will host four meetings (with pizza!) for all 8th grade students in the Brookline High School cafeteria to address important facets of the high school experience and offer strategies on how to make healthy decisions.

For more information, check out the parent letter as well as the Crash Course flyer.

Community Announcements

A conversation about the current state of Brookline schools and where we go from here

Join Brookline educators, parents, students and concerned citizens to review what’s happening right now in our schools and discuss how we can promote the progressive, democratic values essential to the educational excellence of our public schools.
• How do we make sure that the voices of parents, educators and students are at the center of educational programming and policy?
• Do standardized testing and a “data centric” mindset undermine the depth and quality of our children’s actual learning?
• Why aren’t Brookline classroom aides paid a livable wage? Why aren’t educator contracts settled?
• How do we promote racial equity and economic justice, which are essential to a progressive educational community?
• How do we ensure that our schools continue to engage, inspire and create generous, critical-thinking citizens of the world?

7 to 8:30 pm Thursday, February 9
All Saints Church | 1773 Beacon Street at Dean Road

Come early to enjoy music and light refreshments starting at 6:30 pm. Child care will be available.

Hear from Brookline educators, students and special guests New Bedford education justice activist and UMass Dartmouth professor Ricardo Rosa, Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni and Brookline Parents Organization Chair Adam Weiner.

Sponsored by the Brookline Educators Union, Brookline PAX, Brookline Parents Organization (BPO), Brookline for Racial Justice and Equity (BRJE) and Citizens for Public Schools
Be a part of this dynamic discussion. Admission is free. RSVP encouraged at

BEF Team Brookline

The Brookline Education Foundation is thrilled to announce the five PSB parents running in the 2017 Boston Marathon with Team Brookline to raise money for the BEF and the Public Schools of Brookline.

Our amazing 2017 runners are: Shauna Betof (Devotion), Preble Jaques (Lincoln), Jon Karlen (Heath), Nicole Lipson (Driscoll), and Jeremy Morrison (Runkle).

With 96 days to go until race day, we want to start this team off with a bang! Please join us in supporting their efforts. Donate at


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.


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


Community Fitness!

B’line Fitness is a community fitness studio run by and for Brookline parents. We are located in the Brookline Teen Center and offer women’s only strength/ HIIT class, co-ed strength / HIIT class, and heated vinyasa yoga. B’line Fitness is a judgement-free zone for all levels of experience. Our schedule is designed to fit parents’ morning routines with classes at 5:45 am and 8:30 am. All equipment is provided and parking is available. Classes are $15 each. We invite you to join our community! Schedule at



Community Classifieds

Looking for dog sitter during February break

Thinking about getting a dog?  Want to take care of ours 2/18-2/21?  Lucy is a sweet and low-key labrador mix, requires only three short walks/day, and is gentle with children and other dogs.  Willing to pay, fee negotiable. Contact Emily at

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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