Lincoln Lines November 12th, 2017 No. 10

Lincoln Lines November 12th, 2017 No. 10

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

hope this message finds you well and that you enjoyed the three-day weekend. As you know, schools were closed for students on Friday so that all Public Schools of Brookline staff could participate in a day of professional development at Brookline High School. The day included powerful student performances and two keynotes. In the morning, we heard from Jamie Almanzan from The Equity Collaborative. Jamie’s message was entitled, “Using Listening to Interrupt Implicit Bias.” A key theme of his was the idea that well meaning and well-intentioned people can nonetheless create systems that produce inequitable outcomes. Repairing these systems takes deliberate interruption, time, and practice.

After small-group sessions and lunch, staff gathered again for remarks from Prof. Phil Lee, entitled “A Critical Race Theory Analysis of Educational Inequality in America.” Dr. Lee led us through a history of case law and the way in which those decisions perpetuate inequitable outcomes in education.

It was a thought-provoking day that I’m hopeful will have an impact on the work of the district and our school.

Volunteers needed for Understanding our Differences and Similarities Program

For many years, fourth graders at Lincoln have participated in this powerful disability awareness program that provides a safe environment and accurate information about the spectrum of differences and similarities. Fourth grade parents help to run the activities with small groups of students, and we are still in need of volunteers for this Thursday’s session on Blindness and Low Vision. If you are interested in volunteering, please follow this link:

If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Weseman at

Anti-Defamation League World of Difference Program Launch

Last month, you learned in a letter from Supt. Bott about the Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference Peer Training program. This program launched at Brookline High School during the 2016-17 school year. The ADL describes the program as follows:

The World of Difference Peer Training Program prepares young people to use the positive power of peer influence to motivate other students to reflect upon stereotypes and assumptions and take action against prejudice and bigotry in their schools and communities. Young people learn how to assume leadership roles in efforts to create respectful and inclusive schools and communities. Peer trainers learn how to effectively respond when they hear racial slurs, name-calling, and put downs in hallways, lunchrooms and classrooms of their schools, and develop the skills to lead interactive discussions and workshops for their peers and younger students.

This year, the program is expanding into Brookline’s elementary schools and I am thrilled that Lincoln is one of four K-8’s, along with Heath, Pierce, and Lawrence, that will train 7th and 8th grade students to serve as peer leaders this year. Our staff facilitator is 5th grade teacher Corey Clifford. Last week, Mr. Clifford presented on the program to 7th and 8th grade students during their social studies classes. During that presentation he also shared the application. We are currently accepting applications, and will continue to do so through Nov. 22. If you have any questions about this program, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Reminder: K-6 Early Release on Tuesday

A reminder that this Tuesday is an early release day for students in grades K-6. Students will be dismissed at 12:40. Homework Centers will be closed that day.

Have a great week.


Lincoln School & PTO News

We need your support!

Do you know that with your generous donations to the PTO last year, the PTO was able to provide for lots of enrichment programs across K-8, such as Raz-Kids, Learning A-Z, BrainPop, Morphology workbook, Poetry journals, Math Station/Differentiation support, the 8th grade’s trip, etc.?

As the new school year begins we will need your generous support once again. No donation is too small, and there are so many easy ways to donate, for example:

  • Press the “Donate” button on the right of this homepage to donate via PayPal or with credit cards
  • Send us donations with the white envelopes that have gone home with your kids

And don’t forget… your work place may double your donations by matching!


Notes from the Lincoln Office

Picking Up Children – Please call the office (617-879- 4600) 5 minutes before pick-up arrival so
that we can have your child ready for you. Your child must be signed out of school from the

Dropping off items – i.e. forgotten homework, lunches, musical instruments – please bring these
items to the office. We will see that they get delivered to the classroom.

Parking – The front circle and the back parking lot are reserved for staff parking only. You may
not park in the Handicapped Area without a Handicap Sticker.

Lost and FoundPLEASE LABEL your children’s clothing and lunchboxes, our lost and found
collection grows dramatically with the start of the cold weather.. We will be donating all
unclaimed items to charity on November 22,2017.

Absences/Tardy – Please call the office if your child is going to be absent or tardy.


Community Announcements

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.

Brookline Winter Farmers’ Market

Opening day is Sunday, November 19th!
11am – 3pm @ The Coolidge Corner Arcade (318 Harvard Street)

Eat fresh and local 4 seasons a year! The Brookline Winter Farmers’ Market offers local produce, meat, and goods from hard workers and farmers across New England. We offer a wide array of products such as: vegetables from Silverbrook Farm, farm raised meat from Stillman’s, baked goods, cupcakes, knife sharpening, fresh pasta, local honey, and much more! Visit for more information. See you on Sundays!

“An Evening with Stephen Kinzer”

What do Jimmy Kimmel and Mark Twain have in common? In addition to being very funny men, both challenged a leading politician on some of the most pressing issues of their day. In his new book, The True Flag, award-winning foreign correspondent Stephen Kinzer reveals how Mark Twain tried to thwart Theodore Roosevelt’s push for the American invasion of Cuba and the Philippines-and how the Spanish-American war became the first chapter in our long, complicated history of international intervention. In his upcoming talk at the Brookline Public Library, Kinzer will take us back to Twain’s and Roosevelt’s time to show us how the power of the press and “fake news” shaped our past as it does the present. Please come to Hunneman Hall at the Library, 361 Washington Street, on Monday Dec. 4 at 7 PM for “An Evening with Stephen Kinzer.” Our community bookstore, Brookline Booksmith, will be on hand to sell books. The event, sponsored by the Trustees of the Brookline Library, is free and open to the public.

Brookline Teen Center – Tutor Mentor Program

The Brookline Tutor Mentor Program matches Brookline High School students with Brookline Middle School Students (6th. 7th & 8th) to provide free weekly tutoring/mentoring. To learn more about the program and/or sign up, please visit

Overnight Camp Open House

I am hosting an open house for my beloved summer overnight camp, The North Country Camps, on Saturday, December 9th at 3 pm.  I spent my childhood summers there, and now my children do too.  If you have a child who loves the woods and is interested in outdoor activities like hiking, climbing, canoeing, kayaking and exploring, come learn more about this special camp, located in the Northern Adirondacks of upstate New York.  Email me if interested: If you can’t make it, but still want to learn more, you can also email the directors: Kate Green or Doug Furman

Basketball Players – reminder to sign up for the Girls & Boys Recreational leagues!

Basketball season is right around the corner! There is still time to sign up your child(ren) for one of the great hoop programs offered by the Brookline Recreation Department: the Joel Noe Recreation league is for Boy & Girls grades 3rd through 8th , the new Rec Plus program, and the Kindergarten – 2nd grade clinics at the Soule Center.

Your children will learn the basics in a non-competitive, fun league. No tryouts are required.

Visit the Brookline Rec website to register:

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:


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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