Lincoln Lines April 9th, 2017 No. 31

Lincoln Lines April 9th, 2017 No. 31

Lincoln Happenings!

Tuesday, April 11 – Early Release K-6 @ 12:40
Friday, April 14 – No School, Good Friday
Saturday, April 15 – Lincoln Day at Fenway
April 17 – April 21 – No School, April Break
Tuesday, April 25, 7pm – Brookline Talks, ‘Understanding Unconscious Bias’ @ Baker
Wednesday, April 26 – Early Release K-6 @ 12:40
Wednesday, April 26, 6:30pm – Lincoln Community Conversation (rescheduled)
Friday, April 28, 8am – PTO Open Board Meeting @ BMS

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this e-mail finds you well and that you had the chance to enjoy some of the beautiful weather this weekend. After all the rain during the week, it was great to see the other side of spring for a bit.

We had a successful administration of the Reading MCAS in grades 3-5 last week. Students worked incredibly hard and computer-based testing went smoothly. MCAS testing resumes the week of April 24. Students in grades 6 through 8 will take the Reading MCAS on Tuesday, April 25 and Thursday, April 27.

Early Release Day on Tuesday

A reminder that this Tuesday is an early release day for students in grades K-6. Students in those grades will dismiss at 12:40; sixth and seventh grade students will remain until our usual dismissal time of 2:30. Homework centers will not be open that day. We have early release for students in K-6 after break on Wednesday, April 25 and Tuesday, May 2.

Term 3 Closes Friday

A reminder that for students in grades 6-8, 3rd term closes this Friday. Report cards will be posted on-line on May 2. These dates were revised due to multiple snow days this winter.

Spring Concert Dates

Our musicians are looking forward to their spring performances. Here are the dates of our upcoming concerts. Kindergarten and 1st grade on Tuesday, May 9 8:15-9 a.m.; Grades 2 and 3 Friday, May 5, 8:15 to 9 a.m.; Fourth grade concert, April 28 at 8 a.m.; 5th and middle school chorus, Monday May 8 8:15-9 a.m. All concerts will take place in the Lincoln School Auditorium.

Day of Silence Planned for Thursday

On Thursday, middle school students will have the opportunity to observe a Day of Silence to bring awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. The day is linked to the national day of silence which this year falls during our April break and is observed by thousands of middle schools, high schools, and colleges nationwide. Students opting to participate in the Day of Silence will wear a pin and carry a note with them during the day on Thursday. Prior to the end of the school day, participating students will gather to “break the silence” and reflect on the experience of the day. More information can be found at or by speaking with myself, Leah McGowan, or Sarah Rund, staff facilitators of Lincoln’s Gender/Sexuality Alliance.

Grade 8 Graduation Date Set

It now seems safe to say that Snow Days will no extend our school year any further and we were able to set a firm date for 8th grade graduation. Lincoln will hold its graduation at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20. More information about graduation will follow after our April break.

Have a great week and a restful break.


Lincoln School & PTO News

Brookline Talks: Building Stronger School Communities by Understanding Unconscious Bias

Dr. Stacy Blake-Beard will discuss “Building Stronger School Communities by Understanding Unconscious Bias,” on Tuesday April 25, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Baker School Auditorium. Dr. Blake-Beard, author, scholar, and expert in diversity and mentoring, will discuss unconscious bias — what it is, how it can harm our relationships, and how understanding our biases can lead to more meaningful connections. Dr. Blake-Beard will share strategies to help us build more inclusive school communities and enrich all our families’ lives.

Sponsored by Brookline Talks and the Lincoln School PTO!

2nd Annual Lincoln School Read-A-Thon

Our 2017 Lincoln School Read-A-Thon is coming May 1-7! This year’s event will run the first week of May in conjunction with Screen Free Week and National Children’s Book Week. Please watch your students backpack this week for a letter with details and important dates. Last year our children were able to read over 28,000 minutes and raise over $8000 for their school! We are so excited to see what they can achieve this year! Email Kate Moschandreas at or Sarah Johnson-Weingart at with any questions.

Annual appeal – update

Since the launch of our annual PTO Annual Appeal, to date we have received total donations of $24,543 and that is 81.81% of our goal! Every dollar of your generosity makes an impact on your child’s learning.  Please help us close out the year at 100%.  Thank you!

Calling Your Science Night Photos!

Send us your Science Night photos to! You can use either Google Photos/Docs or Dropbox to share them with us. If it’s easier, you can also post them on the Lincoln PTO Facebook page ( The Facebook page is W H Lincoln PTO Group (it’s a closed group). Note that the collected photos will be streamed at school only and not be shared online.

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

Sarah Ezzat Mardini, a Syrian refugee, speaking at Upper Devo on April 11 at 7 pm (date changed!)

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 11 at 7pm.

Get to know our School Committee’s candidates, SEPAC members Q&A – open to ALL

Thursday, April 13, 2017 8:30a.m. – 9:30a.m. in the School Committee Room, 5th floor, Town Hall. SEPAC members Q&A opportunity with School Committee Candidates Daniel Debowy, Suzanne Federspiel, Michael Glover, Paul Harris and Julie Schreiner-Oldham. Town Election will be held on May 2.

Social Justice 101 – A Workshop

Join Project BTC for an educational workshop on racial, gender, and economic justice! Students will learn about how our identities and communities are affected by power structures. Open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Thursday 4/27/17 and 5/25/17 4:15-5:45 in the Brookline Teen Center conference room. Choose the date that works for you. Email to reserve your spot.


The Brookline Police Department Patrol Division is offering an opportunity to all 5th graders in the Town of Brookline to become the police chief for a day.

Submit an essay no more than 500 words in response to the question, “If you were police chief for a day, how would you make Brookline a safer place?” Essays must be received by APRIL 28, 2017.

Must be in the 5th grade and attend a school in Brookline (public or private).

The winner of the essay contest will be selected by the Chief for a Day Committee to participate in an educational and fun-filled day of police activities on WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017, including:
· Being issued a uniform
· Ceremonial swearing in as Police Chief
· Participating in scenarios/activities specific to each of our 4 police divisions
· Attending a luncheon as the guest of honor with Brookline Police Chief Daniel O’ Leary, the Chief for a Day Committee, and your family and guests

Submit your essay to: OR Chief for a Day Committee, Brookline Police Department, 350 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445 *The winner will be announced & notified on May 3rd.

Please include your name, your school name and teacher’s name, and your parents name(s) and contact information (email). Any questions can be directed to Officer Dana Inchierca at the above email. Thank you and good luck!


Thank you to everyone who has already applied online! We are excited to have you for Brookline Porchfest 2017!

We need your help spreading the word to others. If you have friends, colleagues and/or mailing lists that are in interested in participating in Brookline Porchfest 2017, direct them to our website: and/or show them our cool new promotional video.

We need bands, porches and volunteers. The more the merrier!

Application Deadline: April 26th


We need your help! If you, or someone you know is interested in volunteering for Brookline Porchfest, we have the following openings:
Street Team (Flyer Distribution)
We have flyers and we need them out in the world! If you have an interest in distributing flyers, contact us for more information. Timeframe: NOW
Stuffers (Info Package Prep)
We distribute an info packet that’s made up programs and notices for neighbors that we hand out to porch hosts. We can use help stuffing envelopes. Timeframe MID MAY
Cluster Managers (Ambassadors of Porchfest)
This position is for people who like people and want to be of service. We need help managing and surveying Brookline Porchfest as it’s happening. If something needs attention, Cluster Managers are there! Bike volunteers are recommended as Cluster Managers travel from porch to porch. Contact us for more information. Timeframe: DAY OF EVENT

Contact Brendan Burns at

As always, thank you for being a part of Brookline Porchfest.

Brookline Porchfest is proudly brought to you by Arts Brookline & Brookline Music School.


On April 30th, the Brookline-based nonprofit MEDIAGIRLS will be hosting a screening of EMBRACE, a poignant documentary that follows one woman’s experience of devoting her life to achieving the “ideal body type,” only to find that reaching this goal made her miserable. What she chose to do next led her to happiness, and sparked an international media frenzy. The screening will take place at the Showcase Superlux theater in Chestnut Hill, and be followed by conversation about boosting our body image and self-worth with MEDIAGIRLS founder and Executive Director Michelle Cove, and Pebbles, co-host of HOT 96.9 FM’s morning show “The Get Up Crew.” Buy tickets and learn more at All proceeds go towards bringing the MEDIAGIRLS after-school program to more girls at underserved schools in Boston.


Spend your summer singing, dancing, acting, and having fun! Students take classes in the visual and performing arts and work together to create an original musical production. This summer, our shows are based on outer space stories and will be OUT OF THIS WORLD! We have full day and part day programs available for ages 5-13 from July 10-August 17. Register for 1-6 weeks. For questions, contact



for more information or to register or call 617-730-2700

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

April Vacation Programs at the Brookline Arts Center!

Join the BAC for April Vacation fun! ArtVentures: Art of Mexico for ages 5-7 & 8-11 will explore the rich history and vibrancy of Mexican art. Projects include painting, sculpture, pattern design, fiber-weaving and more! We’re also offering great intensives for older students (ages 10-12 & 13-17) who would like to dive in to a specific medium. Students can learn to make their own mugs, bowls and more in our Pottery and Wheelthrowing Intensive, or learn techniques for creating realistic works of art in our Realist’s Studio Intensive. Our popular Jewelry and Metals Intensive for ages 12-17 is a great opportunity for students to learn unique skills while creating their own jewelry, keychain or pendant. Get creative this April – take an art class at the BAC!

To register and view all programs, visit

Women at the Center for Hand in Hand 2017

Don’t miss Brookline’s best ladies night out, (while caring for women in our community).

Thursday evening   I   April 27   I   7-9 PM

Join Women at the Center for Hand in Hand 2017! We’ll unwind, catch up with friends, and participate in a great project making “Hand in Hand” baskets for women in our community experiencing mental health issues, coping with economic hardship, or facing difficult life circumstances with too little support.  We would love for you to play a part in creating 200+ baskets to be delivered to women in need for Mother’s Day.

Baskets and decorations will be provided. Each participant is asked to bring a selection of (new) pampering products to fill one ore more basket. Have fun putting together a collection of items to brighten a woman’s day. Some suggestions: full size body lotion; hand/foot cream; nice liquid or bar soaps; essential oils; candles; teas; mint or hard candies; a gift card for a local store (CVS, Walgreen’s, Target, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s) or restaurant (Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Panera, Chipotle).

A short program and basket making will begin at 7:45pm.  Light refreshments will be served.

Register Today

Location: Brookline Teen Center, 40 Aspinwall Avenue, Brookline

Event Planning Committee: Alison Rosenthal and Rachel Sher, Co-Chairs; Danit Ben-Ari, Mady Donoff, Michele Fishel, Jacque Francona, Brenda Freishtat, Dana Lazowski, Betsy Lowe, and Carol Steinman

Can’t attend but still want to spread love and make a difference?  Honor a woman you love with a gift to the Brookline Center!  With a donation of $25, your loved one will receive a beautiful Mother’s Day e-card, letting her know a donation has been made in her honor.  With a donation of $100, a woman in need will receive a “Hand in Hand basket” in honor of your loved one. Your loved one will be sent a beautiful Mother’s Day e-card, letting her know a basket was given in her honor.

Make a gift now.

Community Classifieds

The Brookline Ballet School

Spring and Summer Programs and Classes are now open for registration! TBBS offerings include ‘Mommy & Me’ Movement Classes for children ages 2-3 together with a caregiver, Creative Dance Classes for children ages 3-4, Children’s Ballet Classes and Summertime Ballet Adventures for children ages 5-7, Young Dancer Ballet Classes for students ages 8-12, Junior Ballet Intensive for students ages 11-14, by audition and Pre-Professional August Intensive for students ages 13+, by audition. Drop-in ballet classes for adults will continue throughout the summer and we will also offer an Adult Summer Intensive in June. Please visit WWW.BROOKLINEBALLET.COM or call 617.879.9988 for more information and to register!

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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