Lincoln Lines March 26th, 2017 No. 29

Lincoln Lines March 26th, 2017 No. 29

Lincoln Happenings!

Tuesday, March 28 – Lincoln Community Conversation, 8am, cafeteria
Friday, March 31 – Lincoln Science Night 2017, 6pm-8pm
Wednesday, April 5th – K-8 Early Dismissal 12:40pm
Friday, April 7th, morning:  First Friday Coffee, 8am
Friday, April 7th, all day:  Lincoln Spirit Day!
Friday, April 7th, evening:  Lincoln Sock Hop

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this note finds you well. We are less than a week away from our 3rd Annual Science Night. This fantastic event has continued to grow and in addition to representatives from local universities, this year’s installment will also include a look at the great work being done in the Sciences at Brookline High School. I look forward to seeing everyone Friday night at 6 p.m.

As you know from earlier messages, there are changes to this year’s MCAS exam, including a shift to computer-based testing.for students in grades 4 and 8. Schools across the district will hold a practice session this week to familiarize students with the computer-based assessment and to test our technology infrastructure. At Lincoln, fourth graders will do their computer-based practice on Tuesday and eighth graders will do their practice on Wednesday. If you have any questions about the practice test or this year’s MCAS please feel free to contact myself or Ms. Gunther.

Our full MCAS schedule is included here:

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

9th Elementary School and BHS Expansion Updates

The Building Committee for the 9th School will meet on March 28 from 8-10 a.m. at Town Hall. The Building Committee for the Brookline High School Expansion will meet on March 29 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Both building projects will be discussed at Thursday’s school committee meeting, the committee will discuss the preferred building designs for both the 9th school and the expansion of BHS. That meeting is at 6 p.m. in the School Committee room at Town Hall.

Have a great week.


Lincoln School & PTO News

2017 Lincoln Science Night, March 31st 6pm-8pm

Here’s the 2017 Lincoln Science Night program. All sorts of fun and educational activities are planned for kids and adults of all ages. If you havent already, check out this cool video, too.
This event is sponsored by the Lincoln School PTO and is made possible by generous support from Boston Univ, Northeastern Univ, MIT, Biogen, Russian School of Math, Sylvan Learning, Brookline High School, Clay Observatory, BioChron and amazing Lincoln parents. 
Also, we still need volunteers for set up help. Sign up here:
Any questions? Email

Annual Appeal – update

With your generosity the PTO has raised $22,543 so far, which is 75% of our target! Our goal, however, is to reach 100% and we will need your help to get there. No donation is too small, and there are so many easy ways to donate. Simply press the “Donate” button on the right of the PTO homepage to donate via PayPal or with credit cards.

And don’t forget… your work place may double your donations by matching!

Announcement for 8th Grade Families: 8th Grade Yearbook Meeting on March 30, 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 Thursday, March 30 at 8:00am in the Lincoln cafeteria. We hope to see you then! – Jenny Azzara & Lisa Mitchell

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. 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.


Support all Brookline Schools and Teachers – Raffle tickets on sale (amazing deals)!

The Brookline Education Foundation (“BEF”) is hosting a Trivia Bee on March 31 and the ever-popular Trivia Bee Raffle tickets are on sale!

You don’t need to come to the trivia to win any of the 6 amazing prize packages. Packages include gift cards that will last you a year of date nights at many acclaimed Boston and Brookline restaurants, a treasure trove of store gift cards that are worth more than $1,000, a full weekend feast for 6 at your own home all prepared and cooked by a professional chef… and more!

Raffle tickets are on sale for $25 each or 5 for $100. All raffle tickets sales proceeds will go to the BEF to support its mission and grant programs.

Since 1981, The BEF has raised donations of more than $4 million to support innovative and new approaches to professional development and system wide improvements for all Brookline public schools.

To learn more about BEF or if you are interested in buying the raffle tickets (even just one), please contact Belinda Hsu at

Open Leadership Positions Available in PTO

The PTO leadership at Lincoln consists of several co-presidents, a treasurer, a clerk, at least 5 “at-large” board members and 3 teacher representatives.  With schedule changes and terms ending there are 3 openings now, as well as openings for next year’s PTO leadership team.  Officers in the PTO need to be available for board meetings (currently on Thursday or Friday mornings 8-9, a couple of times a month).     Please see below for a list of openings:
Positions available now:
* 1 Co-President to serve with Sandra Wesemann and Belinda Hsu, the other co-presidents until the end of the school year.
* 2 “at-large” board member positions to help with different initiatives at Lincoln and continue into next year.
* Assistant treasurer
Positions open for 2017-18 school year:
* 2 Co-Presidents — to oversee communications and community-building
* Clerk — to take and post minutes, help with
We are also seeking a directory coordinator who wouldn’t necessarily need to attend meetings but help with setting up a new school directory and could do work from home.
If you have questions or would like a more detailed description about any of these positions, please contact Sandra or Belinda at  Next year’s officers will be voted in at the PTO’s morning Community Conversation on May 17th. Thanks!

Community Announcements

Brookline Mothers Out Front – Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday March 29, 7-9pm Activism in Massachusetts Cities and Towns- Methane Gas LEAKS Dr. Nathan Phillips, Professor, Earth and Environment, Boston University; Audrey Shulman, Founder of HEET. With 300 unprepared Methane leaks, Brookline is the second leakiest town in the Commonwealth. Gas pipeline leaks are mobilizing active citizens at the town level across the Commonwealth. Hear about what is being done to identify and mitigate the worst gas leaks.All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St., Brookline
Saturday April 1 2:30-4:40 Youth in Action- Advocating For Their Future Young people have been advocating for climate change action and getting standing ovations all over the country! A short video of work from many corners of the United States will be followed by a lively discussion with a panel of local youth activists who describe their path to activism and current work. The discussion will include Audience participation and will end with concrete suggestions for taking action today! Suggested audience ages: 8-25 and UP! Pierce School Auditorium

3/30 School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, March 30, 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.

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.

Brookline Music School Faculty Artist Showcase Concert

Brookline Music School faculty members Stephanie Fong (violin and viola), and Leah Kosch (piano), with guests Jenny Ahn (violin), Loewi Lin (cello), Lilit Muradyan (viola), and Yhasmin Valenzuela (clarinet), perform a potpourri of repertoire by classical and romantic composers.

Hosted at the Coolidge Corner Meeting Room (31 Pleasant Street), on Sunday, April 2nd from 3pm – 4:30pm, this concert concludes Brookline Music School’s Faculty Artist Series for the 2016-2017 Season.

Key Information

  • Title: BMS Faculty Artist Showcase Concert (featuring Stephanie Fong & Leah Kosch)
  • Date: Sunday, April 2nd 2017
  • Time3pm
  • Location: Coolidge Corner Meeting Room – 31 Pleasant Street, Brookline MA 02446
  • Cost: Free
  • Facebook Event Link

Brookline Teen Center Middle School Mondays

Has your middle school student been to the Brookline Teen Center for Middle School Mondays?  We’ve got a bunch of new programming coming up this spring, including yoga, parkour, aerial silks, cookie making, and gardening.  Check out our middle school programming page for a complete list.

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.

SmartVacations April 2017

Offered by Brookline SmartVacations for students ages 5-12. From April 18-21, choose a vacation filled with arts and crafts, gym time, computer skills, and theater games. Visit

VOICES Boston’s annual concert on April 8

We invite you to join VOICES Boston, Brookline’s premier children’s chorus, for our annual Sounds of Spring concert on Saturday, April 8th at 3:00pm at First Parish in Brookline! This eclectic concert will feature works from around the world! Featuring all five of our ensembles of ages 5-14, pianists Anat Hochberg and Katie Barr, and conductors Dan Ryan and Steven Lipsitt, this concert will be a true musical celebration.

You can purchase your tickets by following this link:

With singing at its core and training in dance and drama, VOICES Boston changes the lives of its children, building confidence, discipline, leadership and a love of music that will last a lifetime. VOICES Boston choristers perform a wide range of repertoire, from classical to world music, gospel to new music and present an opera every year.

For more information about performances or auditions, visit or contact:

Kathryn DiMaria, Executive Director

Nina Pelligra, Program Manager

Brookline Youth Wrestling Clinic – Boys & Girls Welcome – Grades 3-8. Saturday April 08, 2017 @10-11:30AM – BHS Shulntz Gym

Come join the Brookline High Wrestling Team & Coaches for an introduction to the world’s oldest (and toughest) sport. The sport of wrestling will introduce your child to many important values that they will carry on throughout life. Listen to stories from prior athletes and parents of current wrestlers. Wrestling teaches children confidence, hard work, sacrifice, responsibility and accountability just to name a few. Varsity wrestlers and coaches will be conducting a FREE clinic and demonstration of this wonderful sport. The children will be put through a short warm-up and fun workout. Then your child will learn some basic wrestling rules and apply easy to learn techniques in a safe and fun environment. Please click on the link to sign up for this event. Dress: T-Shirt, Shorts and wrestling shoes or sneakers. Free T-Shirt for the first 60 kids. Families welcome to watch this community event. For additional information, please contact:

Spring softball is back!

Safe and fun for all ages, softball is one of the fastest growing women’s sports in the country. Each team will have experienced and knowledgeable coaches guiding them as they learn the fundamentals skills of the game. Great for beginners as well as more advanced athletes!

Dates: 4/23-6/11
Times: Practices every Wednesday & games every Sunday
Rookie League: gr 1-4
Senior League: gr 5-8
Location: Larz Anderson Park
Cost: $75 ($100 after 4/1)

To register, go to or call us at 617-730-2069

Community Classifieds

In Home Cooking Fun

For those children who love to eat and make many different food, In Home Cooking Fun is a great class for this Summer for 4th to 8th grades.
In Home Cooking offers one week of cooking starting from June 26th through July 28th, creating and eating cuisines around the world
1. Daily snack, lunch, dessert making
2. Outdoor activities and games
3. Recipe challenge

For more information, please contact or 617-383-9848

Writing and Organizational Coach for grades 8-12

Having recently relocated to Brookline, I’m delighted to introduce my well-seasoned writing and organizational services to this community. I work one-on-one with students on essays, research writing, and creative writing. I also help those struggling with homework organization and task management.

I’m passionately devoted to a diverse range of students—some challenged by mild or moderate disabilities, others struggling with writing assignments and deadlines, and still others seeking additional stimulation and special writing projects. I collaborate with teachers, guidance counselors, and parents to foster a supportive community around each student.

Prior to our recent move to Brookline, I worked mainly in the Lexington area, serving students attending Lexington High School, BB&N, Belmont Hill School, Belmont High School, and Dana Hall School. My holistic approach has helped many students triumph over both difficult work and difficult feelings about the work.

A special note for 8th grade families:

Many middle school students struggle with the academic transition to high school. During this vulnerable time, I reinforce students’ self-esteem while improving their writing and organizational skills.

I’m available for both school year and summer sessions.

For more information, see my website: or call (617) 735-7277

Condo For Sale in Lincoln Neighborhood

Four bedroom condo for sale! Steps from Lincoln School, 4 bedroom / 2 full bath condo for sale. Includes updated kitchen, two private decks, w/d in unit, and one parking space. For more information contact Lauren Carroll

OPEN HOUSE: Studio of Engaging Math & STEAM summer program!

Sunday, March 26th, 11am to 2:00pm
320 Washington street, suite 301, Brighton MA 02135

Come learn about our math classes & STEAM summer program. Play games, solve puzzles, and win prizes!
Studio of Engaging Math is a K-8 after-school math program. Our small groups and expert teacher provide an ideal environment for developing critical thinking and advanced problem-solving skills. 
STEAM is a summer program in July and August for children ages 6 – 12. Broaden your child’s exposure to science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). The fun and intimate, hands-on activities of the classes strive to excite and inspire participants about STEAM, creating enthusiasm that will spill over to schoolwork and school choices in future years. Classes include introduction to programming, building and modeling, arts and crafts, logic puzzles and board games. 


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