Lincoln Lines April 2nd, 2017 No. 30
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
Principal Denitzio’s Message
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, email@example.com
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”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 WHLsciencenight@gmail.com 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.
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
BROOKLINE SEPAC HOSTS: GET TO KNOW YOUR SCHOOL COMMITTEE CANDIDATES
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: http://www.ticketstage.
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 www.voicesboston.org or contact:
Sarah Ezzat Mardini, a Syrian refugee, speaking at Upper Devo on April 10 at 7pm
Board Game and Book Drive at BHS
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
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 http://ow.ly/d25C309W3b6
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: email@example.com
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!
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 Brooklinerec.com 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 www.brooklinecenter.org/womensevents or contact Maggie Ginn at (617) 277-8107 / firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsored by Women at the Center, a program of the Brookline Center for Community Mental Health.
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 InHomeCookingFun@gmail.com 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: BuchbinderWriting.com or call (617) 735-7277
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