Lincoln Lines February 5th, 2017 No. 23

Lincoln Lines February 5th, 2017 No. 23

Lincoln Happenings!

Wednesday, February 8th – Lincoln Community Conversation, 6:30pm
Friday, February 17th – Family Skate, Larz Anderson Park
Monday, Februay 20th – Friday, February 24th – No School, February Break

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I want to begin with information about a policy change around food at breakfast shares.

As we have entered winter share season, I’ve engaged in conversations with a number of staff and families about these events, specifically around the place of food at these shares. I heard thoughtful and passionate arguments about how these events are a tradition that can foster community at Lincoln and also about the anxiety they provoke for families and for students with life-threatening food allergies. I have also consulted with the district’s coordinator of school health services, who is part of a team that has worked for more than a year on developing a new Wellness Policy that is set for review by the School Committee.

In light of these conversations, I’m writing now to provide clearer guidance around the place of food at breakfast shares. From this point, breakfast share events at Lincoln must be food free. I recognize that this is a change in long-standing practice, but it is a necessary change.

Eliminating food from breakfast shares ensures the safety and inclusion of all of our students. The primary goal of our breakfast share events is to open the doors to our classrooms and celebrate the hard work of our students. For students with life-threatening allergies, the presence of shared food at these events is a distraction that at best leads to feelings of exclusion and at worst has them fearful for their safety. We cannot celebrate student work and foster community when there are students who feel excluded and unsafe.

I recognize the lengths to which our staff and families go to ensure that students with life-threatening food allergies are safe and included. The intent of this policy change is not to in any way diminish the care, thought, and empathy that we show in our planning for breakfast shares. Rather, I want to provide peace of mind for students, staff, and families by seeking to limit the potential for serious harm and keep the focus of breakfast shares on the tremendous work done in our classrooms.



Middle School Report Cards Post Feb. 8

Middle school report cards will post to the portal on Wednesday, February 8. There will be an e-mail alerting you when they have been posted. If you have any difficulty accessing the Parent Portal, please e-mail

Middle School and High School Transition Updates

As I said in this space last Sunday, 5th grade students heard a presentation from the World Language department about making a World Language choice for middle school. This week, students in 5th grade will make their World Language choices. Parents will be able to verify student choices in Aspen beginning Monday, February 13.

Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 pm in the BHS Auditorium

Curriculum Night for English, Social Studies, Science, Math, World Language, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Career and Technology Education, and Health/Fitness. This evening is for parents. It is a chance to hear from the headmaster, the assistant headmaster, the guidance coordinator, and the curriculum coordinators. There will also be an overview of Special Education services and programs, that same evening at 6:00 pm in the Library. This separate and earlier portion of Curriculum Night is for parents and guardians to meet our special education administration and available staff members. You will learn about the high school’s robust continuum of special education programing.

This Friday, February 10, our 8th graders will travel to BHS for a presentation of Arts at BHS. Students will see a presentation of Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Career and Technical Education offerings at BHS.

Lincoln School & PTO News

Lincoln Community Conversation

Please join the next PTO Community Conversation on the evening of Wednesday, February 8th (*note the new date). It will be from 6:30-7:30pm in the library. Discuss and brainstorm fun events and gatherings that will unify and strengthen our school’s community this year and next. Share your ideas and thoughts as parents and caregivers at Lincoln. Hear updates from middle school engagement committee and updates to the school’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Pizza will be served at 6:15 in the cafeteria and childcare will be provided.

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.

Calling all 5th graders to join the annual Children’s Spelling Bee… Lincoln needs you!

We currently don’t have enough 5th graders for the Lincoln team at the Spelling Bee held by the Brookline Education Foundation, and here’s your chance to help Lincoln shine! The Bee will be held on Sunday, March 12th at Brookline High School, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Spellers are asked to arrive at 12:30 p.m. Register your child by calling our office at (617) 232-3846, or by completing the online form located at:

Deadline of registration is Monday Feb 27th.

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 went home with your children last week.  The deadline for ordering tickets is February 17th.

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

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 February 17, 2017.

Absences/Tardy – Please call the office if your child is going to be absent or tardy.


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

Syria Donations Drive – FINAL WEEK


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 9th. 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


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

Brookline School Committee

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall. The docket for the meeting can be found at this link.


So “Climate Change” was deleted from the official White House website, but we can have an impact– now more than ever you are needed! As a community, lets talk about strategy and effectiveness.

Join the discussion (join the movement) with Mothers Out Front and others concerned with our children’s future!
Wednesday February 15th, Brookline Village, KooKoo Cafe. 8am-9:30am.

It’s February! It’s cold! It’s Sad. LET’S DANCE

Saturday, February 25 – 8-11:30pm
First Parish Church – 382 Walnut St. Brookline
Suggested Donation: $20

Bring your friends – BYOB

In December we were inspired by an article in the NYTimes entitled “6 Ways to Give the Gift of Generosity to Children & Teenagers” (12/16/16). We thought: Why not couple our annual dance party with a teaching moment/movement involving the youth of our community? So, any monies collected beyond direct expenses (hall rental & band) will go to a charity or charities researched and selected by Donald Petry’s 8th grade class at Lincoln School. They are enthusiastic about the project and so are we. We hope to make this an annual dance/teach event!

We are: Aptekar, Buckner, Hamlins, Leaders, Maisel, McLean – mad dancers

February Vacation Programs at the Brookline Arts Center
February 21-24, 2017

Make art this February Vacation! Join ArtVentures: Polar Quest for ages 5-7 & 8-11 to learn and make art about the Vikings, Northern Lights, Norse mythology and more! For students who want to focus on a specific medium, we are offering a Cartooning and Comics Intensive for ages 10-12 and a Pottery and Wheelthrowing Intensive for ages 10-12. We also have two programs for older students: Jewelry and Metals Intensive for ages 12-17 and an Expressive Photography Intensive for ages 13-17. Space is limited.

Learn more and register at

Brookline Talks, “Raising Caring Children and Responsible Citizens”

Brookline talks presents Raising Caring Children and Responsible Citizens with Richard Weissbourd. Tues March 7th, 7 pm at Driscoll School Theater. Dr. Weissbourd, a clinical psychologist, scholar, and policy expert on children and families, will discuss how to raise children who are caring, responsible to their community, and committed to justice. And why doing so is good not merely for our society, but for own kids.


MEDIAGIRLS, an eight-week program for 6th and 7th grade girls, will run at the Brookline Teen Center on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 pm to 5 pm starting March 1st. Participants learn to challenge pop-culture messages aimed at girls; engage in thoughtful discussions about current media trends, make new friends in Brookline, and write inspiring content for girls using social media. Space is limited to 12, so sign up quickly. Visit to learn more and register.

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

Leadership Workshop

Lumos Debate is running a 2-day Debate Workshop during school vacation Feb 21-22 and Feb 23-24. The class will be held from 10am-2pm. Your child will get to practice public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership in a fun environment! Grades 6-9. The fee is just $65. Register at:

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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