Lincoln Lines February 13th, 2017 No. 24

Lincoln Lines February 13th, 2017 No. 24

Lincoln Happenings!

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 hope you all stayed safe and warm during the bonus long weekend Mother Nature brought us. It’s hard to believe that we’re just one week away from February break; the weeks since the winter break have flown by. Nonetheless, we’ve got a busy four days ahead before the break.

Even with the recent snow, we remain committed to getting students outdoor play opportunities for recess. Please be sure to label hats, gloves/mittens, coats and scarves so that when they are misplaced we can get them back to their owner — and keep them out of the lost and found. As a rule of thumb, as long as it is over 20 degrees, we will have outdoor recess. When the temperature is flirting right around the 20 degree mark, we will use any wind/overcast conditions to make the call as to whether recess will be outside or indoors. Our goal will be to keep recess outdoors as much as possible throughout the winter, so please be sure that students have appropriate attire for the weather.

High School Transition Info
Last Friday’s snow day forced the cancellation of the elective presentation for 8th graders at BHS. The makeup date for this event is Friday, March 3.

Curriculum Night Part Two: Lab and Studio Night for Career and Technology Education, Performing Arts and Visual Arts is February 15 at 5:30 in the BHS auditorium. Parents and students visit the Career/Technology Education and Performing and Visual Arts classrooms to see the working studios before choosing elective classes for ninth grade. The evening is designed to give eighth graders the chance to see BHS students in action, view the excellent facilities, and meet some teachers.

The Lincoln School Advisory Council meets this Thursday at 3:30 in the main office.

In the district this week, the regular meeting of the 9th School Building Committee will take place Tuesday morning from 8-10 a.m. in room 103 at Town Hall.

I also want to say thank you to Elias Audy, owner of Audy Mobile on Rt. 9 who provided Lincoln with a grant through Exxon Mobil’s Educational Alliance program. This grant will go to support student programming at Lincoln.

Have a great week and a restful February vacation.


Lincoln School & PTO News

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


Community Announcements


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.

School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, February 16, 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.

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 Classifieds

Seeking house keeping help

Neighbor of the Lincoln school (<1 mile) needs part-time house keeping help (2-4 h/day, 3 days a week). Interested persons please contact 617-669-4465.

Lincoln School Family Seeking Apt for 5 Months

Lincoln School family seeking apartment for family of 5, from April 1st to Aug 31st.
Please contact Suby England at

BE THE PARENT YOU WANT TO BE! March training in the Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving parenting approach.

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? Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach 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, screen time, sibling relationships – and more serious challenges. CPS helps parents to:

  • Foster positive relationships with their child
  • Reduce their child’s challenging behavior
  • Solve problems collaboratively and proactively
  • Build their child’s skills in self-regulation, communication and problem-solving

For more information and to register for the upcoming March CPS training in Brookline, please visit:

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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