Lincoln Lines April 23rd, 2017 No. 32

Lincoln Lines April 23rd, 2017 No. 32

Lincoln Happenings!

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
Friday, April 28, 8am – 4th Grade Choral Concert
Tuesday, May 2nd – Early Release K-6 @ 12:40

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope you all had a wonderful April break and are excited to return tomorrow. This is the start of a busy time of year, full of field trips, concerts, and work shares. The bulk of this week’s message is information about important dates and events coming up in the next month.

Early Release Day Reminder

There’s an early release day for conferences this Wednesday, April 26. Students in grades K-6 will be released at 12:40 while students in grades 7 and 8 remain until 2:30. Our final conference release day of this school year is next Tuesday, May 2. Again, this early release day is only for students in grades K-6. Homework centers will not be opened on these release days.

MCAS Schedule

MCAS testing resumes this week for students in grades 6, 7, and 8.




6, 7, 8


4/25 and 4/27

3, 4, 5


5/10 and 5/11

6, 7, 8


5/16 and 5/17

Students in grades 5 and 8 will take the Science/Technology Test on May 23 and 24.

Spring Concert Dates Reminder

These dates were published in my last message before break, but I wanted to republish them here as I know that calendars can fill up this time of year. I also want to highlight that our fourth graders will be performing this Friday at 8 a.m.

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.

9th School and BHS Expansion Meetings

There are two meetings in the coming week about the Brookline High School Expansion Project. The Building Committee will hold a public hearing on April 26 at 7 p.m. in the School Committee Room at Town Hall. The School Committee will meet on the same topic the following evening, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the same location. Each Public Hearing will have a presentation from the architects on the design options and costs, and then, an opportunity for individuals to make a 3 minute statement.

There are also multiple meetings regarding the 9th Elementary School Project. Information about those meetings can be found here (

Have a great week


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!

Lincoln Community Conversation

Join us for the next PTO Community Conversation on Wednesday April 26th (new date) from 6:30-7:30 in the library.  Pizza will be served at 6:15 in the cafeteria and babysitting will be provided.

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.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Starting Monday May 1st is Teacher Appreciation week!!

It is a tradition for the Lincoln School families to provide breakfast for teachers and administrators during this week.  For more information please go to the Sign Up Genius link here.

4th Grade Parents Your Help is Needed! 
Lincoln’s 4th grade is participating in the Brookline School’s Understanding Disabilities next month.  To help offload the amount of time parents need to volunteer, 7th Graders are going to help out and teach some of the workshops.  Even with their tremendous help, we still need adults to help run the overall program, teach some of the classes and supervise the 7th grade student teachers.
For each workshop date, the times would roughly be 8 – 11a.m (if you need to leave earlier that could be worked out). Training to teach/supervise workshops and 7th graders would be from 8:00 – 9am on each workshop day.  Here are the dates:
  • Overall Introduction Monday, May 15th 9:35-10:05 in the theatre
  • Workshop: Blindness/Spectrum of Sight , Tuesday, May 16th
  • Workshop: Deafness/Spectrum of Hearing, Friday, May 26th
  • Workshop: Physical disAbilities, Wednesday, May 31st
  • Workshop: Intellectual Challenges, Wednesday, June 7th
Let us know of your interest and availability by emailing as soon as possible.  

Attention 8th grade parents

Are you and your adolescent wondering about next year’s transition to BHS? What is freshman year really like?  How do you find your way around the building? Does everyone go to parties on the weekend? BHS Crash Course: The Unofficial Guide to Brookline High can help. On April 27, BHS Peer Leaders and their advisors will host all 8th grade students in the Brookline High School cafeteria to address important facets of the high school experience and offer strategies on how to make healthy decisions. For more information, check out the parent letter as well as the Crash Course flyer.

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!

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

CANDIDATES FORUM – Selectmen, School Committee and Library Trustee

April 26, 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Brookline Neighborhood Association
Town Meeting Members Association
League of Women Voters of Brookline

Selectmen’s Hearing Room
Town Hall – 6th floor
333 Washington St., Brookline

Televised Live by the Brookline Interactive Group Channel 3 (Comcast or RCN) or by computer at
Video of event available afterward through BIG website.


Porchfest Update

Have you applied to be part of Brookline Porchfest 2017?
Applications Due April 26th!
That’s right! Applications close next Wednesday, the 26th of April. Be sure to apply online before then:

Once applications have officially closed, the Brookline Porchfest Team will start putting the pieces of who’s playing what, where & when on June 10th. We may reach out to you if we have any questions. Otherwise, stayed tuned for the official schedule announcement on May 13th! That’s when you’ll know your time slot and location (if you’re not already playing on your own porch).

Thank you so much for being a part of the amazing community that is Brookline Porchfest. We are very excited to be celebrating our 2nd year of music, fun & community with you.

School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be honoring outgoing School Committee member Lisa Jackson on Thursday, April 27, 2017, 5:30 PM-6:00 PM, in the School Committee Room. All are welcome.

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall. The Docket includes Public Hearings on Brookline High School Expansion Design Alternatives and Town Meeting Warrant Articles 16 and 21. The Docket can be found at this link:

​Climate Change Coffee

Come chat about what’s happening in your community regarding Climate Change. What are your concerns? Join in in the work- there is plenty to do!
KooKoo Cafe Thursday April 27th​ 8-9am. Station Street Brookline. Sponsored by Brookline Mothers Out Front. ALL are welcome!

Town of Brookline Department of Public Works

New Curbside Collection Program to Recycle Clothing, Shoes and Small Appliances

The DPW, in conjunction with Simple Recycling, is pleased to offer residents a free and convenient option to recycle unwanted clothing, shoes, small kitchen appliances, and housewares.

Curbside collection will begin on 4/24/17. A list of the items that will be collected as part of this program is available at

​Residents will receive pink bags from DPW with the Simple Recycling logo. When a pink bag has been filled, the resident will place it beside their blue recycling bin on their regular collection day. Simple Recycling will collect the full bag, and leave an empty one in it’s place.

Questions about the program can be directed to

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!


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

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.

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

BE THE PARENT YOU WANT TO BE! An Introduction to the Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving Approach

Do you ever feel frustrated with your child? Find yourself shouting and imposing consequences in reaction to challenging behavior, but it rarely works and doesn’t make you feel very good? Do you wish you had a more effective parenting approach that also helps to build a better relationship between you and your child? The Collaborative Problem Solving parenting approach, based in MGH’s Think:Kids program, provides parents with concrete tools to better understand and parent their kids (ages 3-18) in the face of ordinary challenges – e.g., getting to school, homework, screen time, bedtime – and more serious challenges. CPS brings out the best in both parents and children by helping parents to:

  • Foster positive relationships with their child
  • Build their child’s skills in self-regulation, communication and problem-solving
  • Reduce their child’s challenging behavior
  • Solve problems collaboratively and proactively

For more information and to register for the last CPS workshops in Brookline before the summer, including a 1-day workshop on Saturday, June 3, please visit:

Debate and Public Speaking Summer Camp

This summer, Lumos Debate is offering 2 week day-camp for Brookline students grades 6-10. 4 2-week sessions will be held betweenJune 26 and August 18. Your child will practice critical thinking, argumentation, and public speaking in a fun and engaging learning environment. These are the skills that will get your kid noticed and catapult them into leadership positions in school and in their future careers! For more information, call 617-901-4564 or go to

Join the B”Line Fitness community!

We are adding B’Line Powermoms–stroller class starting next week. Join master trainer, Dara Kelly, once or twice a week starting April 26th, meet other local moms and connect up in a healthy way. For more information, visit

In addition, we have added power yoga, mens-only strength classes, arm balance/inversion workshops, runners strength classes, and relaxing flow to our schedule. Visit our website, and feel free to contact the owner, Rebecca Tolkoff, with any questions. We welcome you all our classes at the nearby teen center (Aspinwall and Harvard streets). Visit!

Corner Co-op Nursery School – Celebrating our 45th year!

A unique opportunity to participate in your child’s formative years and create an extended family with others.

OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, May 13th, 10:00 AM – Noon
Meet staff, children, and parents. 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline
(Corner of Beacon and Dean Rd, entrance on Dean Rd.)

We nurture children’s natural need to learn and grow through a dialogue-centered process. We regard play as an essential medium of learning. Ages 2 years 9 months to 6 years. Flexible schedule options. Devoted staff. Nut-free school. Contact us for more information at 617-738-4631 and visit us online: and check us out on Facebook.

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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