Lincoln Lines December 17th, 2017 No. 15

Lincoln Lines December 17th, 2017 No. 15

Lincoln Happenings

  • Tuesday, 12/19, 7:35-7:55am – Music in the Morning: Holiday Jazz
  • Friday, 12/22, 7:35-7:55am – Music in the Morning: Sing-Along
  • Friday, 12/22, 5:00-6:15pm – Family Skate @ Jack Kirrane Rink

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope that this message finds you well. It’s hard to believe that this is the last Lincoln Lines of 2017. It seems as if it was just a few weeks ago that I was welcoming everyone back to Lincoln after the summer break.

Cold​ ​Weather​ ​Recess​ ​Guidance

Though the first official day of winter doesn’t arrive until later this week, colder temperatures are here to stay, it seems. Believing in the importance of opportunities to play every day, we will continue to have recess throughout the winter. Please be sure to label hats, gloves/mittens, coats and scarves so that when they are misplaced we can get them back to their owner — and keep them out of the lost and found. As a rule of thumb, as long as it is over 20 degrees, we will have outdoor recess. When the temperature is flirting right around the 20 degree mark, we will use any wind/overcast conditions to make the call as to whether recess will be outside or indoors. Our goal will be to keep recess outdoors as much as possible throughout the winter.

Grade​ ​6-8​ ​Progress​ ​Reports​ ​Publish​ ​Tuesday

Term two progress reports will post in the parent portal on Tuesday, Dec. 19. Information about how to access the parent portal can be here.

Grade​ ​8​ ​Parent​ ​Meeting

Thank you to all who were able to attend Friday morning’s session for 8th grade families about the transition to Brookline High School. We’ll hold the same session Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. in the community room at 224 High St.

I’m so proud of all that our students and staff have accomplished together this fall both
academically and in strengthening our community.

I hope everyone enjoys a well-deserved break next week, and returns rested and ready to go when school reopens on Tuesday, January 2.


Lincoln School & PTO News


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


Tuesday, December 19th – 7:35 – 7:55am

Holiday Jazz with Brookline High School Music Collective
Brookline High School Music Collective is an audition only elective class at BHS.
The band includes Lincoln alums Max Grossman, Javi Limon and Noel Aspi!
NOTE: 8th graders – you may want to check them out because the auditions take place in February.

Friday, December 22nd – 7:35 – 7:55
Holiday Sing-Along with Mr. Carter!

Come join fellow Lincoln students and families for a fun and festive holiday sing-along.

Everyone is invited and welcome to participate.

Lincoln Family Skate

Please join us for the 2nd Annual Lincoln Family Skate
Friday, December 22nd from 5-6:15pm
Jack Kirrane Rink at Larz Anderson Park

Enjoy skating, pizza and drinks! Skate rentals $6 per pair. Helmets encouraged!

Sponsored by the Lincoln PTO

A Message from the Librarian

Seasons Greetings Lincoln Families!
As you know I am on leave for the year taking care of my mom but you are in my thoughts. I do come in the building for quick visits and I am always so delighted to see familiar faces!

I have continued to do lots of reading and I have some suggestions. For early primary I recommend the picture book Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper and the masterful Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell. Drew Dayalt of The Day the Crayons Came Home book has done it again with the humorous The Legend of Rock, Paper and Scissors. One of my favorite summer reads was Weekend with Max and His Dad written by Linda Urban. This is a boy friendly book perfect for grades 3 and 4. There is an abundance of wonderful intermediate titles for grades 4 – 6.
Historical Fiction fans who enjoyed The War That Saved my Life will want to read The War I Finally Won. I also liked the challenging but timely book Refugee by Adam Gratz. Graphic novel fans will like the Science Cartoon series by Maris Wicks. Middle school students will enjoy Real Friends by Shannon Hale. Fantasy fans (5th grade and up) will breeze through Orphan Island by Lauren Snyder. Jason Reynolds is an amazing writer of realistic fiction books for kids in 4th grade and up as well as young adult titles. I would recommend anything by him. And Shel Silverstein has a new book of poetry and he is always a crowd favorite. I have also enjoyed the young adult novel Far From the Tree and The Hate that you Give.

Special thanks to Emily May who is doing an amazing job as librarian sub and I continue to appreciate the efforts of our library volunteers.

Happy Holidays and the Best of 2018!
Deb Abner

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!

Community Announcements


The holiday season is a period of connecting with family and friends, of rituals and religious occasions, celebrations and parties. It is also a season often associated with increased alcohol consumption during many of these festivities. And as pre-teens and teens on school vacation find themselves with time on their hands, it can become a season of alcohol and marijuana experimentation. Brookline students say that their number one source for obtaining alcohol is sneaking it from the liquor cabinet at home. And with the legalization of marijuana, adolescents also may be drawn to pot under the impression that it offers a safe way to get high. (Ask your kids what they know about vaping!)

As a community, there are a few basic steps we can all take to keep our children safe and substance free over the school vacation. Check out B-PEN’s “Safe Holiday Tip Sheet” at for ideas on how to talk to your kids about substances and set a good example on the home front.


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

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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