Lincoln Lines May 7th, 2017 No. 34

Lincoln Lines May 7th, 2017 No. 34

Lincoln Happenings!

Monday, May 8 – Grade 5 & 6-8 Chorus Concerts, 8:15am
Tuesday, May 9 – Grade K & 1 Concert, 8:15am
Friday, May 12th – Open Board Meeting
Saturday, May 13th – Lincoln Blooms Gardening Day (Rain Date 5/20)
Wednesday, May 17th – Lincoln Community Conversation
Wednesday, May 24th – Diversity and Inclusion Kick-Off Meetings (8am & 6:30pm)

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

If you didn’t have the opportunity to visit our Art Show opening on Friday, I do hope you’ll be able to stop by this week and see the amazing art work our students have done. I also want to thank all of our parent volunteers who pitched in to get our art work hung for presentation. It’s your involvement that makes an art show such a wonderful community event.

Friday was a busy day in the arts at Lincoln as our 2nd and 3rd graders performed their spring concert. Concerts continue tomorrow morning with our 5th grader and middle school chorus taking the stage in the auditorium beginning at 8:15.

MCAS testing resumes this week for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. They’ll be taking the math test on Wednesday and Thursday.

Understanding Our Differences and Similarities

We’ve added some volunteers, but we still need more to help with this powerful program for fourth graders this spring. Please check out this link to find more info and sign up.

School Council

The Lincoln School Council meets Thursday at 3:30 in Mr. Denitzio’s office.

Diversity and Inclusion

I also want to highlight an important event coming later this month. Back in January, there was a Community Conversation on how Lincoln could better promote diversity and inclusion. There was a strong turnout at that meeting, following which, I participated in conversations with a group of interested parents, and we determined that the next step in this work was to engage with an outside facilitator, Dr. Carlos Hoyt, to lead a community kick-off to this work on May 24. To accommodate more schedules, Dr. Hoyt will lead two kick-offs, one at 8 a.m. in the library and the second that evening at a time and location to be determined. A key first step in his work will be the introduction of a family survey to help determine the appropriate next steps in our work as a community. I hope you’ll join us for one of the kick-off meetings.

If you’re interested, Dr. Hoyt’s bio can be found here. He is a Professor of Social Work at Wheelock College and has significant experience in the area of diversity and community engagement.


Lincoln School & PTO News

Providence Bruins Community Event 5/14/17

PTO Sponsored Lincoln Community Event:

$10 Discounted Tickets to the Providence Bruins Playoff Hockey game against the Hershey Bears.

3:05 pm Game at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence on next Sunday, May 14th.

Children will receive a P-Bruins baseball hat, popcorn and drink.

If interested, please complete the linked flyer (order form) and place flyer, along with a check made out to Lincoln School PTO, in the basket in the office by 9:00 am on Tuesday , May 9th.

Freelance Players presents Buzz On at Lincoln School Theater

Friday, May 12th at 4 pm
Come see 4th graders Ruthie Sandler, Laurel Zahka, Mimi Aspi and Alina Samarasan play bees and humans who are at war. The play is about a timely topic of a conflict resulted from differences in opinions and teaches that the resolution can be achieved without violent means. Do you think bees and humans can coexist?

“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.

Rain Date one week later, on Saturday, May 20th.

Lincoln’s “Diversity and Inclusion” kick-off discussion on 5/24 – we need you!

Dr. Carlos Hoyt will facilitate our first Diversity and Inclusion kick-off meeting on 5/24 at 8am at the library and another session in the evening (place TBD). He will lead the discussions to help us be open to share our visions and introduce a family survey that will be launched. The results of all such will help shape what participations are needed by the school and parents to effectively make Lincoln a safe place for our children. We look forward to seeing 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.  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

National Letter Carriers Association STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The 25th anniversary of the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive will take place on Saturday, May 13 when Brookline letter carriers will be collecting nonperishable food and toiletries along their routes for delivery to the Brookline Food Pantry.  Just leave items out for your mail carrier to pick up – it’s that simple!


• 13% of Brookline residents – approximately 7,500 people –live in poverty.
• The Brookline Food Pantry impacted the lives of 622 children, 393 seniors and 846 adults in 2016.
• The Brookline Food Pantry serves over 900 households.
• The Brookline Food Pantry spent over $185,000 in 2016 on food.


Your monetary contribution is always welcome and greatly appreciated! Donations can be made on the Brookline Food Pantry website: or by check made payable to “Brookline Food Pantry” and mailed to Brookline Food Pantry, 15 St. Paul Street, Brookline MA 02446.

If you can give one or several hours on Saturday, May 13 between 2:00 and 7:00, email or call (617)800-5339.

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

Lincoln Rolls! Brookline Bikes Beacon Bicycle Parade is Sunday, May 21, 2017!

Meet at Amory Park for this 10 th annual community event. Choose from two routes:  Beacon Street Loop for ages 8 – 88+ who have reliable bikes and the ability and energy to tackle the long hill through Coolidge Corner at a steady pace. 5 miles.  Cottage Farm Loop for younger cyclists (accompanied by an adult) and novices.  NO TRAINING WHEELS, please. 1.5 – 3 miles.

Community Gathering in the Park starts at 11:30 am with bike shop safety checks, bike-safety giveaways, DJ music, food to buy, community displays, a “Copenhagen Wheel” tryout opportunity, and a Hubway membership raffle!

Parade starts promptly at 1:00 pm. Followed by a popsicle party!

Google “Brookline Bike Parade” for more information and to register.

Got a bike? Ride it! Got a Lincoln shirt? Wear it! Got Lincoln pride? Show it!

It’s fun! It’s free! It’s family-friendly! It’s five miles! It’s five hundred bikes!

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.

 May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

What:  Join us as we honor and award the Brookline High School Student Essay Winners for their essays on “What does it mean to be Asian American in Brookline?”  We will also see an excerpt of the acclaimed new PBS documentary, “The Chinese Exclusion Act,” with a discussion from Andrew Leong, Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department, and Asian American and Latino Studies at UMass Boston.

When:  Wednesday, May 24th at 6pm

Where:  Brookline School Committee Room, Town Hall, 5th Floor, 333 Washington Street, Brookline

Refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsored by the Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN), Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations, the Jennifer A. Lynch Committee Against Domestic Violence, & the Chinese Historical Society of New England.

For more information:

​C​ontact Chris Chanyasulkit at

Puppet Showplace Theater Gala

Puppet Showplace Theater’s annual Gala “An Evening of Enchantment” is coming up Wednesday June 7, 6-9pm. This is a family-friendly event – children under the age of 12 attend for free – and in addition to being a fundraiser is also a truly fun event for all ages, with innovative performances, food and drink, a fabulous setting, and a silent auction that includes items sure to entice you. This year we are especially honoring our long-time Artist in Residence Brad Shur, and our Gala emcee is award-winning Boston playright Melinda Lopez. More information and ticket purchases at

Community Classifieds

Seeking an apartment

A family from Lincoln school is searching for an apartment to rent/ sublet between August – December 2017. Dates and price are flexible. Your help is much appreciated! Please contact Thank you!

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 is offering a Debate Camp for kids age 10-15. Your child will develop valuable public speaking, critical thinking, and leadership skills. This program is a good fit for students that want to try debate for the first time but also children who are nervous about speaking in front of others. Your child will work on speaking confidence​, argument construction, persuasive writing, research skills, and impromptu speaking. To get more info, call 617-901-4564 or go to


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