Lincoln Lines April 2nd, 2017 No. 30

Lincoln Lines April 2nd, 2017 No. 30

Lincoln Happenings!

Wednesday, April 5th – Car-Free / Walk-Bike to School Day
Wednesday, April 5th – K-8 Early Dismissal 12:40pm
Wednesday, April 5th, 7pm – Landscape Committee meeting
Thursday, April 6th, 7pm @ Runkle – Brookline Talks
Friday, April 7th, 8am, First Friday Coffee, ‘Zones of Regulation’
Friday, April 7th, all day:  Lincoln Spirit Day!
Friday, April 7th, 6pm-8pm,  Lincoln Sock Hop

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well. I want to start with a huge congratulations and thank you to the Hiroko Aspi and all the volunteers who helped Lincoln Science Night such an astounding success. This past Friday evening was the third installment of this wonderful night and every year has been better than the last. It was once again so amazing to see our students and families learning, playing, and inquiring together. Again, thank you to all who worked so hard and gave freely of their time to make this event possible.

Spring conference season gets underway this week and that means the start of Early Release days. The first release day is this Wednesday. All students, K-8, will dismiss at 12:40 on Wednesday. Homework Centers will not be opened on Wednesday or other release days. Next Tuesday will be an early release for students in K-6.

This week is also the start of MCAS testing at Lincoln. Last week, we held a successful infrastructure test for our students in grades 4 and 8 who will be taking the test on the computer. Students got the opportunity to practice taking the test in a new format and we were able to shore up our process for administering a computer-based test. A reminder that students in grades three, four, and five will take the Reading MCAS on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday this week.

Adjusted Report Card/Progress Report Schedule
Because of snow days, the district adjusted the Term 3 and Term 4 Report Card and Progress Report Schedule. Grades for Term 3 now close on April 13 and report cards will be published on May 2. Grades for Term 4 Progress Reports will close on May 19 and reports will publish on May 30. Grades for Term 4 will still close on the last day of school, and report cards will publish June 26.

Change for Ghana Update

Thank you to everyone who donated change to our Change for Ghana Fundraiser earlier this month. Your contributions raised $547.19.

Advisory Committee Meeting on School Department Budget.

This Tuesday evening from 7-10 p.m. the Advisory Committee will review the school department’s Capital Improvement Plan budget. This meeting will be held in room 103 at Town Hall.

Have a great week.


Lincoln School & PTO News

The Lincoln School Dance Party, aka The Sock Hop, is THIS Friday April 7th from 6-8 pm!

Get on your dancing shoes and bring the whole family out to enjoy this beloved Lincoln School event! Great music! Cool moves! Games and prizes!

This a free event for Lincoln Families but there is a suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 per family.

Volunteers are needed for short shifts. You can click the following link to sign up to help.

Also, we are going to have a bake sale during the dance to raise money for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition in memory of Vivian Perez’s daughter Analisa who passed away in December. Please consider donating something (and buying something!) as a part of a community effort to show our support for Vivian who has done so much for the children and families of Lincoln School at this difficult time.

Sign up below to bring baked goods.

Any other questions? Contact Jen Shea,

We look forward to seeing you at the dance!

First Friday Coffee – Zones of Regulation at School and at Home

Friday, 8am, Lincoln Cafeteria

Learn about the Zones of Regulation framework being used in some Lincoln classrooms to give students concrete tools to manage their emotions, and hear about ways you can use it at home too.

Brookline Talks, “Nurturing Sexually Healthy Children & Teens”

Brookline talks presents Nurturing Sexually Healthy Children & Teens in Today’s World with Deborah Roffman on Thurs April 6th at 7 pm in the Runkle School Multi-Purpose Room. Deborah Roffman – a master teacher, author and consultant to schools, parents & children – will discuss five universal needs of children and teens as they grow toward sexual maturity, and the five corresponding roles for adults. For free registration, go to

Wednesday, April. 5th – Car-Free / Walk-Bike to School Day

A reminder that this Wednesday (the first of the month) is Lincoln’s monthly Car-Free / Walk-Bike to School Day where students, teachers, administrators and other members of the school community, who are able, are urged leave the car behind and walk, bike, scoot, etc. to and from school. For those who need to use a car, carpooling is encouraged!

Lincoln Landscape Committee

Join us for the next Landscape Committee meeting this Wednesday, April 5th from 7-8 at Lincoln school.  We’ll take a quick “tour” of the school yard/gardens and then start planning Lincoln Blooms planting day that will be held on May 13th (date change).  Come help us dream of Spring…no previous gardening experience needed!  Email with questions.  Thanks!

Lincoln Science Night 2017 Was A Huge Success!!

Despite the last storm of the season and the strong competition in a RAFT dance, we had a huge turnout at 3rd annual Lincoln Science Night on Friday. All of the amazing demonstrations and hands-on activities wouldn’t have been possible without the support from generous volunteers. The biggest thank-yous go to Hiroko Aspi for leading this event and planning committee members Wendy Friedman and Sandra Wesemann for their dedication for STEAM education. We’d also like to express our deepest gratitude to parent presenters, Margaret DeBruin, Jeff and Neal Grossman, Omar Mabrouk, Stuart Marquis, Udayan Das, Ricardo Pinto and Olivia Reyelt for offering inspiration and a super cool learning opportunity, and the Lincoln Extended Day staff for all their cooperation and assistance. Last but not least, a special thanks goes to Mimi Aspi, Noel Aspi, Pilar Botana, Eileen Bruen, Sachi Chiba, Dan Dehner, Julie Di Bernardo, Nathan Freitas, Thomas Gallegos, Perry Grossman, Brian Grossman, Benny Hansel, David Hansel, Matt Hyatt, Jodi Hecht, Jamie Hintz, Tim Hintz, Belinda Hsu, Xiafang Li, Mridul Mehta, Omar Mabrouk, Stuart Marquis, Kathryn McHugh, Robin Metrano, Michelle McNiece, Elizabeth Mindreau, Marina Ostankovitch, Ajita Pandey, Javier Amador Pena, Celeste Peterson, Ricardo Pinto, Jason Rayles, Ruthie Sandler, Sara Scott, Shalaine Shortall, Sam Silberman, Bhagat Singh, Melissa Thompson, Lisa Watanabe, Laurel Zahka and many others who stepped in to help clean up.

Now that the 2017 event is behind us, we are recruiting a team of dedicated parents to run the Science Night 2018. You don’t have to be a scientist or a mathematician to be on the planning committee. The major part of this undertaking is connecting with university based outreach programs and recruiting parent volunteers. Contact for more information.

School visit by illustrator Bryan Collier

On Tuesday, March 28 Lincoln students in grades 1-5 were treated to presentations by noted illustrator Bryan Collier. He has been awarded multiple awards including the Coretta Scott King Award and the Caldecott Award. He talked about the influence of his grandmother’s quiltmaking on his collage work. Bryan also talked about the extensive research process he does for his books which includes reading, interviews and visits. He urged students to slow down and observe details carefully. His cover art often conveys the theme of the book. The students were so engaged and asked insightful questions. Please take some time to look at the art and writing collaboration on the library windows. 1C and 5C used the book “Uptown” to create collages about Lincoln School. Thank you to the Lincoln School PTO for sponsoring Bryan’s visit.

Community Conversation

Thank you everyone who joined us for last month’s Lincoln Community Conversation on March 28th.  The handout that was distributed at that event is available here (PDF).


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


SEPAC members Q&A opportunity with School Committee Candidates Daniel Debowy, Suzanne Federspiel, Michael Glover, Paul Harris and Julie Schreiner-Oldham
Thursday, April 13, 2017
8:30a.m. – 9:30a.m.
Town Hall, 333 Washington Street
School Committee Room, 5th floor

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

Sarah Ezzat Mardini, a Syrian refugee, speaking at Upper Devo on April 10 at 7pm

Come hear the courageous story of Sarah Ezzat Mardini, who along with her sister, trod in water for more than 3 hours to save their fellow refugee travelers when their boat failed while crossing into Greece in 2015. Her sister Yusra later on joined the Refugee Olympic Team and swam at the Rio Olympic game in 2016. Sarah will be speaking in person at Upper Devotion School’s Auditorium (194 Boylston St.) on April 10 at 7pm.

Board Game and Book Drive at BHS

BHS’s Brookline Literacy Partnership works to increase literacy rates in the Greater Boston Area through fundraising and tutoring schools who do not have adequate resources.

They are currently hosting a board game and book drive at Brookline High School, where you can bring your gently-used books and games to a box in the Atrium. All of the donations will go to the Mather School in Dorchester to benefit the students. This will go from now until the end of May.

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

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

Join Hands for Moms on April 27!

All of us experience times in our lives when we could use some extra support. On Thursday evening, April 27, join hands with women across the community for a night of volunteering fun at Hand in Hand 2017. Together we’ll make beautiful and useful “Hand in Hand” baskets for women coping with mental health challenges or family hardship. One basket has the ability to provide a moment of joy, decrease feelings of isolation, and remind a woman she is not alone. Learn more and register at or contact Maggie Ginn at (617) 277-8107 /   Sponsored by Women at the Center, a program of the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health.


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


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