Lincoln Lines March 12th, 2017 No. 27

Lincoln Lines March 12th, 2017 No. 27

Lincoln Happenings!

Friday, March 24 – PTO Open Board Meeting, 8am, Brookline Music School
Tuesday, March 28 – Lincoln Community Conversation, 8am, cafeteria
Friday, March 31 – Lincoln Science Night 2017, 6pm-8pm

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well. To begin this week’s message I want to congratulate our middle school basketball team, which defeated the squad from Baker School last week to secure back-to-back townwide championships. Thank you to Coach Sherlock and Coach Roche and all the families and community members who came out to support the team this season.

As I mentioned in my message last week, Lincoln is launching a new community service project to help support the Beacon Springs Academy, a newly opened school in Ghana. Beginning tomorrow, you can donate school supplies in labeled boxes posted throughout the first floor. Donations of supplies can be made through the end of the month. Next week is also the start of our Change for Ghana coin drive. Money donated through this week-long fundraiser will go towards sending e-readers and establishing scholarships at Beacon Springs. If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact Lauren Trimble, Martha Gammie, or Ramona Wuabu.

8th Grade

Transition Monday March 13 at 7:00pm – Introduction to BHS Athletics – BHS Auditorium Students and parents are invited to attend our Introduction to Athletics event.

9th School Public Meetings

On Tuesday from 8-10 a.m. the regularly scheduled building committee meeting will be held in room 103 at Town Hall. Later that evening at 6 p.m., the Parks and Recreation Committee will review the three final design alternatives for the 9th school in room 111 at Town Hall. That same evening, the Preservation Commission will consider the Baldwin School demolition permit in the school committee room on the fifth floor at Town Hall.

BHS Expansion Public Meetings

The BHS Expansion building committee meets Monday at 7 p.m. at Brookline High School. On Tuesday at 6 p.m. in room 111 at Town Hall, the Parks and Recreation Commission will receive a project update. On Wednesday at 7 p.m. there will be a community update meeting in room 103 at Town Hall. This will include an update on the Feasibility Phase and a look at design alternatives.

Have a great week!


Lincoln School & PTO News

Lincoln Extended Day Fundraiser @ Otto’s Pizza at Coolidge Corner

Let’s celebrate the beginning of spring at Otto’s Pizza on March 20 (Mon) with the Lincoln Extended Day community! Or please just stop by to takeout or to buy gift cards for your loved one!

8% of all sales including dine-in, takeout and gift card sales from 5 pm to 9 pm on March 20 (Mon) at Otto’s Pizza at Coolidge Corner (289 Harvard St. Brookline MA 02446) will go towards tuition assistance for families at Lincoln Extended day.
Please also see FB page and share this event with your friends!
Also Please feel free to contact Lincoln Extended Day parent, Aki Ito ( for any questions!

Lincoln Landscape Committee

Come dream of Spring at the next Lincoln Landscape committee meeting, March 21st, 7-8pm in the library.   We’ll be planning our school’s garden programs as well as ways to help Lincoln bloom.  All are welcome…”green thumbs” not required!

Understanding Our Differences and Similarities

Seeking parent to be Lincoln Liaison for Brookline’s Understanding Our Differences and Similarities Program (UOD&S) put on for our 4th graders this Spring.  Each school year all 4th grade students participate in four separate workshops, which are taught by parent/guardian volunteers.  The topics include Spectrum of Sight, Deafness/Spectrum of Hearing, Physical Disabilities and Intellectual Differences.  Each workshop includes an introduction with slides, hands on activities/discussion and concludes with a talk with an amazing guest speaker!
The parent liaison would work with the town’s coordinator to help lead the four workshops (2 hours each) and train other parents to lead activities,  No previous experience required — all materials, lesson plans, training (plus a “personal assistant” town coordinator), are provided.  It’s a very rewarding way to be directly involved in your child’s classroom.  If you’re interested or have any questions please contact  Elizabeth Myska ( or Sandra Wesemann (  Thanks!

Lincoln Science Night

3rd Annual Science Night “STEAM Beyond Boundaries”

Friday, March 31st 6 pm – 8 pm @Lincoln School

Mark your calendars! Lincoln Science Night is an enrichment event to introduce students to various STEAM fields while trying hands-on activities. This year’s event boasts 23 activities: 10 in physical science, 3 in technology, 7 in engineering, 1 in art and 2 in math. Make your own robots, do a chemical experiment with wooden blocks and iPads, enter the engineering design challenge, meet rainforest animals and real size R2D2! This event is made possible by generous support from Boston Univ, Northeastern Univ, MIT, Biogen, Russian School of Math, Sylvan Learning, Brookline High School, Build It Yourself, Clay Observatory and amazing Lincoln parents. Planetarium tickets will be available online on March 27th. Pizza will be available for purchase.


Dear Families,
Children in grades K-2 have created a piece of artwork that will be sent to Square 1 Art (  Families in K-2 will have the opportunity to purchase a keepsake with their child’s artwork printed on it.  All children will receive their original artwork back as well as a sheet of free stickers of their artwork.  Keepsakes start at $4.00 and include mugs, cellphone covers, key chains, stationary and much more.  Please look for a flyer in your child’s backpack within the next week.  If you have an older child who might like to participate please email me directly at and I can provide the specifications for creating artwork.

Ghana Backpack / Coin Drive

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)

Announcement for 8th Grade Families: 8th Grade Yearbook Meeting on March 15, 8:00am

Last year, Lincoln parent Lisa Mitchell and a small group of parents/guardians helped the 8th grade students to create a terrific yearbook. We would love for this year’s graduates to have the same opportunity to create a keepsake of their time at Lincoln. If you are interested in learning about this volunteer opportunity, please join Lisa and me on Wednesday, March 15 at 8:00am in the Lincoln cafeteria. We hope to see you then!


Community Announcements

New math homework help at the Main Library

Brookline Public Library and Russian School of Math Foundation present Math Homework Help

The RSM’s best and brightest will be stopping by every Friday afternoon from 3:00 – 4:00pm in the Children’s Room to provide free math homework help to those who need it.

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.

BHS Expansion – Come Hear the Latest News and Information

With BHS enrollment expected to increase by as many as 700 students in the upcoming years, the need for expansion provides an exciting opportunity to better serve the students of Brookline. All community members are invited to the second Community Update Meeting of the year on March 15, 2017. The meeting will take place at Town Hall in Room 103 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The project is currently in the Feasibility Phase, with the BHS Expansion Building Committee working with HMFH Architects, and school district and town staff to identify a preliminary design for the project. The Building Committee is considering the high school’s educational vision, the current and future use of the facilities and possible upgrades for Park and Recreation buildings and Cypress FieldPlease come to this Community Meeting for a full update on the project.

For those community members who cannot attend this meeting, it will be videotaped by the Brookline Interactive Group and will be available to view on the Public Schools of Brookline website.


Wednesday March 15th, 2017, 6:30 pm Music and light refreshments, 7:00 to 8:30 pm Forum
All Saints Church, 1773 Beacon Street at Dean Road 
A conversation about the current state of Brookline schools. 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.
Free event, but RSVP encouraged


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

3/16 School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, March 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.

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

PLAY IT FORWARD – Sports Gear Exchange

Gear Collection

Drop off your gently used sports gear March 7th-28th at:

Heath and Lawrence School Monday-Friday 7:30-8:00am & 2:30-3:00pm

Kirrane Aquatics Center M-F 12-8pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 11am-3pm

We are ONLY accepting: Basketballs & Soccer Balls, Cleats & Shinguards, Skis & Snowboards, Softball & Baseball Gloves, Lacrosse sticks, Hockey & Field Hockey Sticks, and Tennis Racquets

All donations are tax deductible. The seventh annual Climate Week 2017 is a collaborative production of Climate Action Brookline and community partners. For details and a complete Climate Action Week schedule visit

Gear Distribution

Take home the above used sports gear with an optional cash donation!

Saturday, April 1, 2017 10:00AM – 2:00PM Pierce School Cafeteria

Visit or call 617.730.2069 for more information.

Climate Week Brookline 2017: Building the Climate Movement

Mon. March 27-Sun. April 2

Climate Week 2017 offers forward thinking climate education for personal, community, state and national actions,. All events are free and open to all from Brookline and around the state.

Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2 events include Inclusive opportunities for youth and families.

Saturday Events: Green Routes Bike Tour; Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge, An Art and Science Fair, 3R Depot, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; Youth in Action: Advocating for their Future, where youth activists share their experiences.

Sunday Events: Two nature walks along the Muddy River and Hoar Sanctuary for details and events throughout the week. Climate Week is a production of Climate Action Brookline in collaboration with individual and community partners.


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.

Triveni School of Dance presents “Devi”

Fri., 4/7 8pm; Sat., 4/8 3pm @ BU Dance Theater, 915 Commonwealth Ave.
Neena Gulati and the Triveni Ensemble will present a spellbinding performance that showcases three Indian classical dance styles, set to both modern and traditional music. “Devi” fuses percussive footwork, sensual movement, and nuanced storytelling. All proceeds will go to Pratham, an organization committed to improving children’s education in India ( For tickets and more information, please visit or call 617-232-5485.


Community Classifieds

Home near Lincoln School?

Family moving from Austria into the area looking for housing to rent in the Lincoln School district, beginning in May/June  2 – 3 bedroom ideal.  Please contact if you know of any openings. We appreciate any help you can provide!

Calling all tiny chefs!

New Spring schedule for Kids in the Kitchen! The kitchen can be a colorful place where food comes to life through sight, smell, touch, and of course taste. We invite young chefs (ages 4-9) to join in as we explore the many colors of seasonal cooking. We keep it simple, engaging and interactive. Kids will explore seasonal recipes that involve basic techniques appropriate to their developing skill level all while learning to develop a healthy relationship with food. We have just a couple more slots available! More information here

Brookline Arts Center’s SPRING CLASSES enrolling now!

The BAC is offering some exciting classes this Spring! Some examples of classes include Creation Station for ages 3-4, Art and Culture for ages 5-7, and Mixed Media Illustration and Clayworks for ages 8-12. We also have great classes for teens and adults, including Expressive Photography and Jewelry & Metals for ages 13-17, and various 2D and 3D classes for adults.

To register and view all classes, visit WWW.BROOKLINEARTSCENTER.COM

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

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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