Lincoln Lines March 5th, 2017 No. 26

Lincoln Lines March 5th, 2017 No. 26

Lincoln Happenings!

Tuesday, March 7th – Brookline Talks @ Driscoll, 7pm
Friday, March 10th – Open Board Meeting, 8am, Lincoln cafeteria
Saturday, March 11 – Lincoln Trivia Night, 6:30pm
Tuesday, March 28 – Lincoln Community Conversation, 8am, cafeteria
Friday, March 31 – Lincoln Science Night

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I’m opening my weekly message to you with an important safety reminder about the need for all students to be cautious when someone they don’t know approaches them.

Last week, I learned that a Lincoln graduate now attending Brookline High School and another young man started an informal program at Clark Park with the purpose of providing mentorship and helping to prepare middle schoolers for high school.

The Lincoln boys who participated shared their names and phone numbers with the group’s leader who used them to contact the students about the meetings. No families were notified and no permission was sought. This group was not a part of the Public Schools, the Recreation Department, or the Brookline Teen Center.

As soon as Vice Principal Gunther and I found out about this activity we reached out to Brookline High School and Brookline Police to help us find out more information. At this point, neither the school nor Brookline Police believe that anything unsafe took place. However, I wanted to inform you of this incident because it is an important reminder that students should always be cautious if a stranger approaches them. Please remind your child how to interact safely with strangers and that they should always let you or another adult know when someone they don’t know approaches them for any reason.

I also want to highlight a new and exciting community service project, Backpacks for Ghana, that is beginning at Lincoln School. Lincoln has developed a relationship with Beacon Springs Christian School in Accra, Ghana, which opened its doors in March 2016. The Lincoln community is working to collect school supplies to help this school thrive. Items being sought for donation are listed below, and will be collected from March 13-March 31. Additionally, we are organizing a Change for Ghana drive in which we are encouraging students to bring in coins to make a donation which will be used to purchase E-readers and create scholarships funds to help families of Beacon Springs afford tuition and other school fees. The coin drive will run from March 13-March 17. We at Lincoln are determined to spread kindness and caring into our school community, into our community at large, and into our world. Our hope is to raise global awareness while helping a school in need in a country far from us. Ramona Wuabu, Martha Gammie or Lauren Trimble can be contacted if you have questions about this project.

We are in need of the following items:
● E-Readers
● Backpacks (for elementary students – K-6)
● Crayons, Colored pencils, Markers
● Glue/Glue Sticks
● Scissors (for elementary students)
● #2 Pencils, Pens, Large Erasers, and Highlighters
● Folders
● Spiral Notebooks
● Composition Notebooks
● Package of Loose-Leaf Notebook Paper
● Rulers
● Index Cards
● Calculators (for elementary school students)
● Picture books, story books, decodable books
● Teacher supplies (Staplers, staples, Scotch tape, Envelopes, White-out, pens, sticky
notes, chalk etc)

Last week, I sent a letter via Blackboard Connect about the 2017 MCAS at Lincoln. For your reference, the administration dates of the test are below.

Reading Math
Grades 3-5 April 3, 4 and 6 May 10 and 11
Grades 6-8 April 25 and 27 May 16 and 17

Students and grades 5 and 8 will take the Science and Technology test on May 23 and 24

Have a great week


Lincoln School & PTO News

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.

Lincoln Trivia Night

Trivia Night is Back!  Saturday March 11th Lincoln parents, friends, and staff are invited to the Annual Trivia Party. This fun-filled, adults-only event features trivia for everyone! Test your knowledge of: arts, food, geography, history, movies, music, politics, pop-culture, science, sports, TV, and more! All while supporting Lincoln school! Year after year one of our greatest FUNdraisers!  Cash bar. Prizes. Teamwork. Fun!  8 people per table. $25/person, $200/table.
Get together a team of grade-level parents, neighbors, friends, or sign up as an individual. Individuals will be grouped into teams of 8.

Sign up sheets located in the Lincoln office and on the PTO Board, or sign up online at:

Comments on Brookline’s “Bullying Prevention Policy and our Policy Against Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Retaliation”

As part of it’s regular review of school policy, the Brookline School Committee is revising two of the district’s most important policies – our Bullying Prevention Policy and our Policy Against Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Retaliation. The School Committee members need your helping in crafting these polices. They are hoping to get a wide range of input from parents and guardians as they finalize these policies over the next two weeks. If you are interested in commenting on either one of these proposed policies, you can read them here ( and email School Committee Member Lisa Jackson with questions, comments, and input at Please comment by March 15th.

Community Announcements

Community Open House on the 9th School – March 6

Please come to the Community Open House on the 9th Elementary School Building Project on Monday March 6 at the Heath School. You can view and give your input on the preliminary Building Designs, share your ideas for the school with the Building Committee members who are directing the project, and get a complete update on the process and timeline

This meeting will use an Open House format that allows community members to ask questions and have in-depth conversations with members of the Building Committee, Town and School staff, elected officials, and the architects who are working on the 9th elementary school. The Open House will take place in the Heath School cafeteria from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information please go to the 9th School website at

Climate Coffee

Come join us for Coffee to discuss what is going on locally regarding Climate Change. Join Brookline Mothers Out Front in these complicated times to protect our children’s future.
Tuesday March 7th, KooKoo Cafe, Station street Brookline Village, 8-9:30am.

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 March 9 (rescheduled from 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.

Purim Carnival

Cotton candy, carnival games, prizes, an indoor bounce house, and more at Temple Ohabei Shalom’s annual Purim Carnival, Sunday March 12 from 3pm-5pm.  Admission is FREE and open to the community.  Enter our raffle to win prizes like Celtics tickets, gift cards to restaurants like Mamaleh’s, Beehive, The Fireplace…  Feel free to bring a box of cereal or a can of tuna to be donated to Jewish Family Table.  Costumes are encouraged! We look forward to seeing you there!  Questions? Email Fallon Rubin at

SPEAKING FOR THE TREES. (rescheduled from February 9th)

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 current and future effects of rising temperatures on forests in New England. Mr. Oladapo-Johnson will describe the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s efforts to reduce damage to trees caused by methane leaks. March 14th, 7 pm. Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant Street, Brookline. Refreshments will be served.
This talk is presented by Brookline Mothers Out Front.


DISCUSSION: EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR will include Brookline Recreation afternoon options and early childhood
Thursday, March 16, 2017
School Committee Room, Town Hall, 5th floor

League of Women Voters of Brookline presentation

“Closed or Open Doors?  The Problem of Transparency and Accountability in Politics”

a talk by James D’Angelo, a Researcher at the Kennedy School Harvard University
Wednesday, March 22 Brookline Town Hall 333 Washington Street Room 103
6:30 p.m. refreshments
7:00 p.m. talk followed by questions
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Brookline

Corner Co-op Nursery School Spring Fun Fair – Saturday, March 25th

10am – 2pm, Corner Co-op Nursery School, 1773 Beacon St., Brookline.

Enjoy kids’ games/activities, face painting, silent auction, raffle, delicious food and a live puppet show by CactusHead Puppets. Ages 2-7+. $10 per child or $25 per family of three children
or more 617-738-4631   Check us out on Facebook

BIG Offers Early Release Day Workshops

This spring, Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) is offering media arts workshops on Early Release days that give kids the chance to explore video making, graphic arts, animation, and more! These workshops run from 1:00-3:30 on April 5th, April 11th, April 26th, and May 2nd and are held at BIG which is located at 46 Tappan St, a short walk from Lincoln. To learn more, visit BIG’s website.

 What to do when school gets out?

17th Annual Brookline Warriors Baseball Camp
For boys and girls ages 6 – 15.
June 22 -23 and June 26 – June 30 at Warren Field near Heath School
Contact Joe Campagna for more information –617-293-5621

Visit us online at Click on Warriors Camp in the left column

Apply for Brookline Porchfest 2017!

We are so pleased to announce that applications are officially open for Brookline Porchfest 2017. You may sign up to play music, offer a porch and/or volunteer. Applications will be open until April 26.

The official Brookline Porchfest Schedule will be announced on May 13th and the festival will be held on Saturday, June 10th (with a raindate the following Saturday, June 17th).

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Brendan Burns at

Apply Now!

Community Classifieds

Lin Learning Center Open Houses

Lin Learning Center is open for 2017 to 2018 school year enrollment starting March 1st. Lin Learning Center provides afterschool STEM education for K to 6th grades. Through our hands on project based learning activities, your child will learn to ask question, gather information, evaluate evidence, think critically, problem solve and acquire math and science literacy.
Lin Learning Center will be opening the center for people to visit on March 14th and 16th, 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Visit the center as it is and learn more about us.
For more information, visit our website or contact Kay Lin at 617-383-9848 or


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:


Art with Amy April and Summer Art

April vacation!    April 17th-21st
Join us for a week of painting, drawing and building!
Canvas paint, create a diorama, clay projects and more!

Summer studio 2017!
July 10-14th, July 17th-21st- Saori Weaving week, July 24th-28th, August 7th-11th, August 14th- 18th, August 21st-25th
Days often include: tie dye, canvas painting, building of all sorts, paper making, sun prints, sewing, sketchbooking and lots more.  This year we are excited to offer a full week of Saori weaving with Mihoko from Saori Worcester.  Summer days are for school age children grades 1-8. We mix ages and it’s always truly beautiful!

Details for Saori Weaving
This program is for children of all ages to explore their creativity through fiber art such as spinning, felting, knitting, weaving and sewing. In this one week camp children will learn the whole process of making yarn to creating finished products. SAORI weaving is the core activity, however each day children will be introduced to a basic technique of spinning, felting and knitting wool. They will learn spinning with a drop spindle and try a spinning wheel. They will learn wet felting and needle felting. Depending on each participant’s interest and progression they will be able to make finished products like wall hangings, bags, hats, or wearable items

Classes are limited to 8 children. Summer spots do fill quickly. As always feel free to email with any questions and to sign on.

Cheers,  Amy



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