Lincoln Lines April 30th, 2017 No. 33

Lincoln Lines April 30th, 2017 No. 33

Lincoln Happenings!

Tuesday, May 2nd – Early Release K-6 @ 12:40
Wednesday, May 3rd – Car-Free / Walk-Bike to School Day
Friday, May 5th – First Friday Coffee, 8am, Lincoln Cafeteria
Friday, May 5th – Spirit Day!  Wear your school colors.
Friday, May 12th – Open Board Meeting
Saturday, May 13th – Lincoln Blooms Gardening Day

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

It was great to see so many of you filling the auditorium on Friday to watch our fourth graders do an amazing job kicking off our Spring Concert Season on Friday morning. This Friday, our second and third graders will perform at 8:15 in the theater. This Friday morning at 7:30 is also the opening of the Lincoln Art Show. Student work will be displayed throughout the first floor hallways.

The dates of our other spring concerts are: Kindergarten and 1st grade on Tuesday, May 9 8:15-9 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.

Tomorrow kicks off our Lincoln Read-A-Thon. This is our second year of this incredibly successful event. Tuesday morning we’ll begin the day with an all school read.

Our last Early Release Day of this conference season is this Tuesday. Once again, students in grades K-6 will be dismissed at 12:40. Homework centers will not be open on Tuesday. Students in grades 7 and 8 will dismiss at 2:30.

On Wednesday morning, the owner of the Beacon Springs School in Ghana will be at Lincoln to greet students and say thank you for the successful Backpacks for Ghana fundraiser.


Our students in grades 6, 7, and 8 worked incredibly hard on the Reading MCAS last week. Just like their peers in 4th grade, our 8th grade students did a fantastic job taking the test on-line. We now turn our attention to the math test, the dates of which are below. These are unchanged from previous publications and are here only as a reminder.




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.

Understanding Our Differences and Similarities

We’re still seeking volunteers to help with this powerful program for fourth graders this spring. Please check out this link to find more info and sign up.

BHS Expansion Project

There are two meeting this week related to the BHS expansion project. On Monday, the transportation board will meet at 7:30 p.m. on the fifth floor of Town Hall. Their focus will be on the feasibility study and issues related to employee parking and transportation.

On Wednesday morning is the regular BHS Expansion Building Committee from 8 to 10 in room 103 at Town Hall.

Have a great week


Lincoln School & PTO News

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.

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.

Read-a-Thon Message from the Lincoln Librarian

This week is our 2nd Read-a-thon celebration which is conveniently scheduled during “No Screen Week.”  We would love to recognize all the reading that happens at home, school and in between so count up your minutes.  Last year Lincoln students read a total of over 20,000 minutes and this year we are hoping to top 30,000 minutes.  We are also inviting you to participate in the Reading Without Challenge promoted by National Young People’s Ambassador Gene Luen Yang.
See this website for more details:
Please read a book about someone who doesn’t look or live like the reader, read a book about an unfamiliar topic or in an unfamiliar format.  Snap a picture of your student with their book or a family read aloud and share pictures with me so that I can display on the screen in the Lobby. (yes, an exception to the “no screen” week!).
Please pick up a parent guide in the library or come in to pick out some great books.
Email pictures to me at:
Happy Reading!
Deb Abner
William H. Lincoln School Librarian

Wednesday, May. 3rd – 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!

First Friday Coffee on May 5 – come meet Susan Wolf Ditkoff, the Chairman of School Committee

Susan Ditkoff will be speaking at our First Friday Coffee on May 5. If you have questions about the progress of the 9th elementary school, high school expansion plan, how spending on schools will be affected due to the contract negotiation, are families engaged enough when School Committee is updating/revising District-wide school policies, you should come for a direct discussion.  8am, Lincoln Cafeteria.


Calling all crafters, seamstresses, painters, artists, carpenters and/or those that aspire to be…
We have several tasks that we need help with to complete the sets and props for this year’s production of Singing In The Rain. Some tasks require developed skills, some don’t and some we can easily teach you. Some of the work will require help at Lincoln as we construct the set, but there are also several tasks that can be taken home to be completed.
If you are interested in helping please stop by the Theatre anytime between 3:30 and 8pm this coming Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (May 1st, 2nd and 3rd) to see what we are doing and get onto the schedule to help. Feel free to email if you have questions: Thank you!

In order for our 8th graders to have yearbooks this year we will need your help !

We need one baby picture per student and any candid photos you have from their time at Lincoln School grades K-8 (i.e., field trips, sporting events, school events, etc.)
Please e-mail pictures to or send hard copies with students name written on the back (they will be returned to you).
Please have your student give them to Ms. Zobel, their 8th grade Science teacher, she will be collecting all photos.
Please try and have all photos e-mailed or turned in by Friday, May 5th in order for us to make this yearbook a success.
Thank you in advance for your help with this.
Jenny Azzara, Julie Lacy and Lisa Mitchell

“Lincoln Blooms” Gardening Day

Calling all gardeners or future gardeners, young and old to help Lincoln school “Bloom” on Saturday May 13th from 2-4pm! We’ll be planting and gardening all around our school yard, including planting flowers, herbs and a snacking garden. We’ll also be painting rocks to decorate the butterfly garden. Everyone is welcome 🙂

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.  There are several openings for next year’s PTO leadership team (see below).   Officers in the PTO need to be available for board meetings (about 2 each month) and be willing to help organize Lincoln parents in supporting school and community initiatives.
Positions open for 2017-18 school year:
* 2 Co-Presidents — to oversee communications and community-building
* Clerk — to take and post minutes
* at least 2 “at-large” board member positions to help with planning various event and initiatives
* co-treasurer–to assist our treasurer, Kathryn McHugh
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.
Please let Sandra Wesemann or Belinda Hsu know by May 10 if you are interested in any of these positions (, or if you have questions/need more detailed description about any of these positions. Next year’s officers will be voted in at the PTO’s morning Community Conversation on May 17th. Thanks!

Community Announcements

Annual Election – Town of Brookline on May 2

The annual Town-wide election will be held on May 2. In particular, 3 School Committee seats will be up for election and contended by 4 candidates. For further information, check out

The Children’s Center of Brookline community invites you to Springfest 2017!

FEATURING: Touch-a-Firetruck, music by Wayne Potash, balloons, face painting, games and more.

Sat, May 6, 2017, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, The Children’s Center, 69 Cypress St., Brookline!

All proceeds will benefit our non-profit school’s scholarship fund.

SPEAKING FOR THE TREES. ​(rescheduled)

Climate change​ and​ methane gas leaks from the natural gas distribution system represent an urgent threat to the trees of New England. Dr. ​Pam ​Templer​ ​ will present the results of her research​ at BU​ on the current and future effects of rising temperatures on forests in New England, and Mr. Oladapo-Johnson will describe the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s efforts to reduce damage ​to​ trees caused by methane leaks.​ Thursday, May 11, 7 pm​​. ​Brookline Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant St, Brookline​. refreshments will be served. ​This talk​ is sponsored ​by ​Brookline ​Mothers Out Front​.​

BEF Celebrating Teachers

Please join us for Celebrating Teachers is on May 16 at Newbury College at 3:30 p.m. Celebrating Teachers is a wonderful reception at which the BEF announces the year’s teacher, collaborative, and systemwide grant recipients. We will also honor the winners of this year’s Caverly Awards, for excellence in teaching: Dominique Ferdinand (Lawrence Kindergarten) and Betty Strong (BHS Math).

On behalf of the Margaret Metzger Fellowship Committee, we are very pleased to announce the 2017 Metzger Fellows: Liz Exton (Lawrence), Dominique Gonyer (BHS), Jenna Laib (Driscoll), Amy Morrissey (BHS), Jeremy Ward (Lawrence), and Lisa Ziegler-Chamblee (Baker).

Please watch for the kick-off of the BEF Honor-A-Teacher Campaign, a meaningful and much appreciated way to honor teachers at the end of the academic year while supporting the ongoing work of the BEF.

Temple Beth Zion’s Beit Rabban (Hebrew School for K-7) Open House: May 17, 4:15pm

Visit classes and see our renovated new space! For questions and to RSVP: Cantor Becky Khitrik, (Please RSVP by May 12 so we can plan accordingly, letting us know the names and grades of prospective students and if they will be joining.) For more information visit our website at

2017 Driscoll School Spring Fair

Fun for all ages! Come join us on May 24th from 4-8pm as the Driscoll School grounds are transformed into the beloved annual Spring Fair. Enjoy Amusement Rides, Petting Zoo, Touch a Truck, Face Painting, Henna, Food and MUCH more.

Parent Update on “Teens & Marijuana”

Marijuana, the most widely used illegal drug among today’s young people, is on the rise, fueled in part by an increasing teen misperception that marijuana is harmless. However, numerous studies show that today’s marijuana, which is twice as potent as it was decades ago, can negatively impact the teen brain at a crucial time in its development. Learn some of the goals and strategies that came out of the recent Brookline Wellness Summit in B-PEN’s new Parent Update on “Teens & Marijuana.”

Community Classifieds

Brookline SmartSummers (June 29 – August 25, 2017)

Brookline SmartSummers is a summer enrichment program for children ages 5 through 13. Open to Brookline residents and non-residents, we offer a wide variety of educational programs that meet from one and two weeks at a time. In addition to having lots of fun, children will learn new skills, make new friends, and spend time inside and outdoors. Programs include: science, computers, arts, puppetry, theater, and more.

SmartSummers website:


Brookline Music School is the perfect neighborhood destination for families looking for a fun-filled learning experience during the Summer school break. Choose from a diverse selection of arts activities including Full & Half-Day Programs (including Extended Day), programs geared for children Birth – 8, our Beatles Summer Project (8-Adult), Adult Chamber Groups & Private lessons. More info at

Boomwriter Summer Online Writing Camp

For students entering 5th and 6th grade,  Additional Weeks added!  Weeks of Aug 7-11, 14-18, 21-25, $149/Week
(Students can sign up for as many weeks as they would like, a different story start will be used each week)

Experience this unique summer writing camp opportunity, which can be accessed right from home where we will collaborate to write a short realistic fiction story that will then be published as a paperback book.

During each of the five daily camp sessions, your child will receive an online writing lesson before then engaging in BoomWriter’s collaborative story-writing process. In addition to overseeing the camp, I will be reviewing your child’s writing and providing personal feedback and revision suggestions. When the camp is finished, a published copy of the story containing the names of all camp participants will be sent directly to your home. So cool!

You will have designated time frames during the day to view lessons, write your pieces, receive revision suggestions and vote. Plus, you’ll get to design your own customizable avatar and earn points to trade in for cool virtual clothes and accessories! My goal is to help you benefit from our writing instruction, utilize tools to further develop and share the creative writer within you and enjoy the collaborative writing process!

For more information about me and camps being offered visit my camp page at

View this video to understand the Boomwriter process

Contact me, Kristen Haynes, if interested or for more information at

Summer Basketball Camps

ASA Hoops is hosting camps in Newton starting June 26th and running through the end of August. Camps are for boys / girls ages 7-16 and run daily from 9:00AM – 3:00PM. Limited amount of partial scholarships are still available for those in need. For more information contact: or to register visit:

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


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