Lincoln Lines October 29th, 2017 No. 8

Lincoln Lines October 29th, 2017 No. 8

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well. I want to share again my message from earlier this week regarding Halloween on Tuesday and also include information about candy in the days following Halloween.

With Halloween less than a week away, I want to send a few reminders about Halloween. As we have in previous years, only grades K-3 will participate in anything costume related. Your student’s teacher will communicate specific plans around costumes this week if they haven’t done so already. Students in grades 4-8 will not have the opportunity to wear costumes/masks/etc. to school on Tuesday.

In light of Halloween, this is a good time for me to share with everyone a few critically important food safety reminders. Many students in our school have severe food allergies. These are not limited to nut allergies, but with the high nut content of many Halloween treats, we need to be especially mindful of this in the coming week. Please keep all candy at home on Tuesday, saving it for Trick-or-Treating. Thank you in advance for ensuring we have a candy-free Tuesday.

It’s hard to believe that November begins this week, and so too does a busy time of year both in and out of school. Below are some important dates that I want to remind everyone of now as we’re making plans in this busy month.

On Thursday, November 9, Term 1 closes for our middle school students. Report cards will be published to the family portal on Tuesday, November 21.

A reminder that on Friday, November 10, there is no school for students. All staff will participate in a district-wide professional development day.

The following week begins our fall season of early release days for conferences. Homework Centers are closed and other after school activities will not take place on any early release date.

Grades K-6 will be released at 12:40 on Tuesday, November 14.

Grades K-8 will be released at 12:40 on Wednesday, November 29.

Grades K-8 will be released at 12:40 on Tuesday, December 5.

Grades K-12 will be released at 12:40 on Wednesday, December 13.

Have a great week.

Have a great week


Lincoln School & PTO News

THANK YOU  Lincoln School!

The 2017 Pumpkinfest Committee would like to thank everyone in our community for a wonderful event.  The weather surely helped, but this event takes an incredible amount of volunteers to be a success.  Thank you to all those who came and volunteered, and to all who came to participate.  Together we achieved an amazing community event!

Please take a moment to complete this very short survey, which will help build an even better Pumpkinfest 2018!

Activity Leads Survey

Brookline Public School Superintendent’s October Meeting with PTOs and School Council Co-Chairs

The following subjects were discussed and please follow the links for more information:
    1. Superintendent Andrew Bott shared his goals for 2017/18
    2. BHS’s Head of of Athletic Department presented the latest update on Cypress Field renovation project, playing field options of natural grass vs. synthetic turf with organic refill, and the latter option’s ability to meet the ever-expanding BHS population and Athletic program. For more information please visit this link (pages 19 to 28).
    3. Superintendent and School Committee presented the 9th Elementary School Project update on the Town’s evaluation of both Baldwin site and the 7.2 acres parcel owned by Pine Manor College. For more information and the dates of the upcoming public meetings, visit this link.

Community Announcements

TEDxYOUTH@BEACONSTREET – Saturday, at Lincoln School

Saturday, November 4th from 8am-3:30pm
Lincoln School, 19 Kennard Road

This weekend, for the sixth year, Lincoln School turns into a high-tech, civic hub called TEDxBeaconStreet. This free event centers around a dozens of talks from leaders, innovators, storytellers, and visionaries sharing powerful insights on a range of topics.

Saturday morning is TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet: an interactive, family-friendly conference with talks from teen activists, young artists, student survivors, and wise advisors, including former Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis. Mingle with inspiring visitors from around the world and visit interactive high-tech demos.

Come on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday for more talks on education, health, technology, business, and more. Travel with speakers to the campus protests of the 60s, the depths of a water hole in the Mayan jungle, a telepathic future of neuroscience, and the lab where the wooly mammoth is returning to life. Discover new solutions to climate change, opioid addiction, urban planning, prosthetic limbs, sexual assault prevention, and living a happy, successful life. All free!

Please go to the TEDxBeaconStreet registration page for more information and to get your tickets.

FREE registration now open.

Whatever Happened to Recess?

Join parents, educators and other members of our community for Peter Gray’s presentation, “Play Deficit Disorder: A National Crisis and How to Solve it Locally,” to be followed by a panel discussion about how best to balance play and learning in the school day.

Wednesday, November 1st, 6–8 p.m.
Hunneman Hall, Brookline Library, Main Branch
Light supper at 6 p.m., program at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Peter Gray teaches at Boston College and is the author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.

You can RSVP here.

Come see two great BHS shows:

Shakespeare’s “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”
Wednesday, Nov. 1, 3:30 pm
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 2-4, 7:30 pm
Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium
TICKETS available at
Brookline 7th & 8th graders are FREE
This Shakespearean comedy, staged in 1960’s Italy, explores what happens when two best friends fall in love with the same women — Can they still be “gentlemen”?

Camerata & Orchestra Concert
Thursday, Nov. 9, 7:30 pm
Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium
TICKETS available at
Brookline K through 8 graders are FREE
Our first musical performance of the year features the BHS string orchestra, advanced orchestra ensemble, and Camerata, our auditioned choir. Michael Driscoll and Jorge Soto direct.

Use Less Energy: Protect our children’s future from climate change

Learn form other Brookline families who dramatically dropped their use of fossil fuels at home, with Daria Mark, Renewables and Energy Efficiency Task Force, Mothers Out Front in Massachusetts, November 7, 6:30pm Welcome, 7:00pm Talk, Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant St., Brookline,

A Vision for Brookline’s Commercial Areas

Come and share your thoughts on the future of Brookline’s commercial villages!

Please save the date for our Open House on Wednesday, November 8th from 7pm-9pm at Brookline Town Hall (333 Washington Street) in the 1st floor meetings rooms.

Link to RSVP:

Veteran’s Day Classes at Brookline Arts Center

Brookline Arts Center is offering several full-day art classes on Veteran’s Day (Observed Friday, November 10)! Students ages 5-7 can join ArtVentures: Build It to take on the role of artist-engineer as we envision and design sculptural, architectural artworks. For students ages 8-12 we are offering a Mixed Media Illustration Intensive where they will taking collage to a whole new level using experimental techniques such as transfers, textured mediums, stencils and more. We also have our popular Jewelry and Metals Intensive for ages 12-17.

For more information and to register, visit

EVENING Executive Function Skills Seminar

Monday, Nov. 13, 6:30-8:30pm, Lincoln School, Brookline. Is your child forgetful? Impulsive? Disorganized? Easily distracted? Discover innovative, practical strategies to better understand and build your child’s executive function skills, including the role and order of working memory; situation awareness/intelligence; and improving cognitive flexibility and time management. For more information and to register: Capacity limited to 14 people.


​Community Climate Coffee is a chance for mothers who are worried about climate change and what the changes we already see will mean for our children’s future to meet other mothers who are just as worried. Even while we watch devastating weather events rip apart communities, there is hope: we will discuss our work in Brookline and at the state level and present opportunities for you to do something big or small. Come and join the discussion with Brookline Mothers Out Front, Tuesday, November 14 in Washington Square, Cafe Fixe, 8am-9am,

Brookline Talks

Our first Brookline Talks speaker of the year is going to be Michelle Cove, Executive Director of MEDIAGIRLS. She will speak at Upper Devotion, 194 Boylston Street on Wednesday, November 15 @ 7-8:30pm, about how parents can empower girls to use social media in positive ways.

Massachusetts General Hospital Research Study


We are conducting a research study at Massachusetts General Hospital to investigate eating patterns in children, teens, and young adults with picky or restrictive eating habits and those who are healthy.  As part of this study, we are using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to investigate the relationship between hormones, brain activity, and food choices.

The study includes:

 Measurement of hormones and safety labs
 Physical and psychological assessments
 Neuroimaging MRI scans
 Sensory tasks
 1 brief screening visit and main study visit

Up to $100 stipend, Contact Reitumetse Pulumo at, or at 617-643-2609.

Community Classifieds

Babysitting: Former Lincoln student Soeren, now 10th grader in BHS, will be happy to provide babysitting services to Lincoln parents during the holiday season.  He is very good with younger kids ( he has a younger brother Nielsen). He can cook, play,  teach woodwork, oil paintings, Spanish and French if kids prefer.  Soeren’s contact info; text 650-307-0160 ( mom’s) and  email:


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, November 4th 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.

Executive Function Skills Seminar, Friday, Oct. 27, 10am-12pm, Brookline Teen Center. Is your child forgetful? Impulsive? Disorganized? Easily distracted? Discover innovative, practical strategies to better understand and build your child’s executive function skills, including the role and order of working memory; situation awareness/intelligence; and improving cognitive flexibility and time management. For more information and to register:

PIANO LESSONS: Gloria Jasinski

Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music, Master of Music in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory. 30+ years teaching experience. Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sightreading. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners especially welcome. Have a positive and successful learning experience. Phone: 617.566.9704, email:

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