Lincoln Lines December 10th, 2017 No. 14

Lincoln Lines December 10th, 2017 No. 14

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope you enjoyed the weekend and the first snowfall of the season.

There are a few updates as we head into the last two weeks before our Winter Break.

Our final Early Release Day of this conference season is Wednesday, Dec. 13. All students will be dismissed at 12:40. Homework centers will be closed that day.

Grades for term 2 progress reports in middle school closed on Friday, Dec. 8. Progress Reports will publish in the parent portal on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The Lincoln School Advisory Council will meet this Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. in my office.

We’re holding a morning and an evening information session on the transition from Lincoln to Brookline High for 8th grade families. The morning will be at 8 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 in the Lincoln School Library. The evening session will be Monday, Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the community room at the High St. Development located at 224 High St. Please attend whichever event works best with your schedule.

Finally, I wanted to again remind folks about our winter concerts. All concerts will be held in the Lincoln auditorium from 8:15-9 a.m. Our fifth grade chorus and our middle school chorus will kick-off our Winter Concert season on Thursday, Jan. 11 2018/ The following week, second and third graders will perform on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and Kindergarten and first grade students will perform on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

Have a great weeks


Lincoln School & PTO News

Every dollar counts!

Your participation is the only way that our kids will continue to receive many of the learning support and classroom materials they have been benefiting. Please give! No donation is too small. Press this link, or the “Donate” button on the right of our PTO website to donate via PayPal or with any major credit card.  And don’t forget… your work place may double your donations by matching!


Saying thanks to our teachers at this time of year
With the approaching holiday season, it’s a perfect time to show appreciation to Lincoln School teachers and staff. Showing gratitude is an important part of who we are. It strengthens our relationships and our connection to our community. Expressing appreciation makes us happier and more compassionate people.

What can you do? A couple of ideas
  • Contribute to middle school teachers no later than December 20th in one of two ways:
    1. Make a paypal contribution via paypal @ (Jamie Costello – 7th grade parent; OR
    2. Make a cash contribution 
      • Take an envelope (on table outside of office – starting Friday December 8) and write “Middle School” on it
      • Insert your contribution and seal envelope
      • Drop envelope in basket on Mrs. Jennings desk in the main office.
      • Like last year, there are no cards to sign, as all cards will be signed “From the Middle School”
  • Write a quick thank you note to your child’s teachers and specialists — these take just a few minutes to write, but teachers treasure thoughtful notes from parents and students. Pictures, artwork, homemade items drawn/made by children are also treasured, Note: be on the lookout for a card making station coming soon in the front hallway before school.
Teachers don’t have expectations around the holidays and they’re grateful for the opportunity to teach your child – gifts or not. Thanks for your participation!
Questions? Email
**please note that all gifts must abide by the guidelines published by the Brookline School District**
Thank you,
Middle School Engagement Committee

Brookline Literacy Partnership & Lincoln PTO Book Drive

Please help support the Brookline Literacy Partnership’s initiative to collect enough books to help set up a book room or library in a Boston Public School that is currently without one. There are book collection bins in the main hallway at Lincoln between the office and the cafeteria. Drop your gently used (or new) elementary level books in the box that is affiliated with your child’s grade. BLP will collect and count all of the books and will let us know which grade collected the most! NOTE: The books donated do note have to be affiliated with your child’s current grade. For example: 8th grade students can donate books they enjoyed reading in 1st and 2nd grade!

The Brookline Literacy Partnership (BLP) is a student led social justice organization at Brookline High School, and their mission is to help raise literacy rates in the Greater Boston area and connect the Brookline and Boston communities through reading, promoting literacy and tutoring. They are currently partnered with the Mather Elementary School in Dorchester where they run a weekly tutoring program fir their students. They also tutor students at our own Lincoln School.

BEF Idealab Grant

The BEF is excited to announce our 2017 Idealab Grants. The focus of this year’s call was project-based learning, and Lincoln’s Alejandra Munoz and Mies Boet were selected from a very strong field of applicants. Applicants participated in this quick-turnaround process that granted more than $14,000 to PSB educators for use this academic year. Congratulations to all grant recipients, and thank you to all our generous donors. The BEF could not continue to support Brookline teachers without you.

Community Announcements

School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.

The docket for the meeting can be found at this link.

SmartPrograms Winter Wonderland

Brookline SmartPrograms at BHS: Winter Wonderland, for ages 5-12, is around the corner. From Dec 26-29 we’ve planned days of arts and crafts projects, computer and theater games, and more. Students ages 10 and up can also register for Archery. In early December, be a Lego City Builder.

December Art Classes & Workshops at the BAC!

Try out a class at the BAC by registering for one of our December classes! These classes meet 2-3 times beginning the week of November 27. Two highlights are Adventures in Clay for ages 5-7 and Characters & Comics for ages 8-12. Parents aren’t left out though – we’ve got December adult classes as well! View all December Classes here:

Have fun in a one day workshop with a holiday theme! Travel the globe exploring holiday arts of other cultures in our Parent+Child Workshop: Holidays Around the World (Ages 4+) on Sunday, December 3 from 1:00-3:00pm. Kids will get crafty and try exciting new materials in Craft Gifts (ages 5-7) on Tuesday, December 12 from 3:30-5:30pm. Older students will make unique cards and ornaments while learning a few tricks of the crafting trade in Artisan Crafts (ages 8-12) on Sunday, December 10 from 12:30-2:30pm or on Tuesday, December 12 from 3:30-5:30pm. View all children’s workshops here:

NEW! Puppet Lab After School Program starts in January

Do you love making things the world has never seen? Discovering the hidden qualities of materials? Taking things apart to see how they work? Then we want YOU for Puppet Lab!

Puppet Lab is a new after school program for kids age 8-11 with a focus on the materials, engineering, and design side of puppetry arts. Each week we’ll tackle creative challenges in a fun, hands-on, and supportive environment that encourages experimentation. We’ll bravely go beyond simple craft projects to learn advanced tools, techniques, and topics in 3D design. Kids will learn by doing, gain confidence in their abilities, and discover new strategies for solving interdisciplinary problems.

Learn more and register at

Questions? Contact Artistic Director Roxie Myhrum at


Join Steps to Success in our annual Kids Involved During Summer (K.I.D.S.) Camp Fair where we showcase the best camps in New England and celebrate the upcoming summer! You will have the chance to sign up and register for summer camps before space runs out. We have camps offering everything from arts and academics to sports, technology, and so much more!
Summer is Just Around the Corner!
Free food and Activities!

Community Classifieds

Looking for the perfect holiday present for your loved ones or yourself? Get the perfect gift that’s good for all year long: freshly roasted Colombian coffee.
My name is Javier Amador-Pena, Brookline resident and Lincoln School parent, I bring single origin green beans from farmers in Colombia, South America and roast them in Hopedale, MA. I’m interested in selling directly to Brookline residents who are interested in great coffee while supporting a good cause–this makes an excellent holiday gift idea. 5% of the profit goes directly to supporting the coffee growers whom I deal with. If this is something that interests you, feel free to check my website ( and/or contact me directly at

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

Winter sublet (Dec. 12-Feb. 5): 2 bedroom apartment 1 bath, 1000 square feet, on Edwin Street, facing Clark playground. $600 a week (if less than 3 weeks). $1800 a month. All utilities included. Furnished with taste, eat-in kitchen, washer dryer on site. Parking included. Photos on request. Call 617 938 8190 or 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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