Lincoln Lines January 21st, 2017 No. 19

Lincoln Lines January 21st, 2017 No. 19

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear Families,

I hope that this message finds you well. I want to start my message with a congratulations to Mr. Carter and his students for their concert performances these last two weeks. These concerts are always great events and it is such a joy to see students have the opportunity to perform for families and staff.

This Tuesday night, Jan. 23, there is a community wide listening session related to the 9th School. There was a large turnout at the Lincoln-based listening session on Friday Jan. 12. If you were unable to attend the Lincoln session or are looking for updates now that additional listening sessions have been completed, this event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Pierce School Auditorium. All 9th school information can be found here.

An update for middle school families, that grades for term two close this Friday, Jan. 26. Report cards will publish on the parent portal on February 6. Progress reports for students in grades 1-5 published on the parent portal last Tuesday. If you need support in accessing the parent portal, information about the Parent Portal can be found here. If you have questions about how to access the Parent Portal, please e-mail

MCAS Dates

We have set our dates for MCAS testing this year and those dates are shared below. We may
amend this schedule in the event of additional snow days.


Grade 3: April 3 and 5
Grades 4 and 5: April 11 and 12
Grades 6-8: April 24 and 26


Grades 3-5: May 9 and 10
Grades 6-8 May 15 and 16


Grades 5 and 8: May 22 and 23


Lincoln School & PTO News

Winter Clothing Collection

Please consider donating your family’s unneeded winter gear to help children in the lower grades who need extra gear for recess.  Snowpants, coats, gloves/mittens, hats, and boots would be greatly appreciated!  Boots are especially needed.

All gear should be clean and in good condition, and should be sized for children in grades K to 5.  Bring your gear to the donation box in the main lobby by Friday, February 2nd.

Thank you!

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

Licensing Review Committee and Planning Board

The Town of Brookline’s Licensing Review Committee and Planning Board will hold a joint Public Hearing on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. in the Select Board’s Hearing Room, Sixth Floor, Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, to take public comment on draft marijuana-related General and Zoning By-Law measures for consideration by the May 2018 Annual Town Meeting. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

Copies of the draft By-laws have been posted and made available on the Town Website at

MEDIAGIRLS Presents “Fathering In the Screen Age” Panel

Half of all teens admit they’re addicted to their technology devices, and depression among teen girls is on the rise. Dads and male guardians play an enormous role in the well-being of their girls, and we are hosting a “Fathering in the Screen Age” panel to provide concrete strategies to keep dads and daughters close. The panel, presented by Showcase SuperLux in Chestnut Hill, MA, is on Sunday, January 28, 4:00 to 6:00 pm, and includes local celebs with tween or teen daughters: Phil Lipof, local NBC Emmy-winning anchor; Setti Warren, former two-time Mayor of Newton and gubernatorial candidate; Ramiro Torres, morning personality on radio HOT 96.9; Jon Badalament, Head of Programming for The Fatherhood Project; and Matt Cooney; Executive Director of The Brookline Teen Center. MEDIAGIRLS Executive Director Michelle Cove will moderate. Learn more and buy tix at

Beyond MCAS: Excellence and Equity in the Brookline Schools

Tuesday January 30th, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St., at Dean Road, Brookline

Keynote speakers Jeanette Deutermann, mom and founder of Opt-Out Long Island and Ricardo Rosa, professor of education at UMass, along with Brookline educators, will discuss MCAS testing, addressing questions such as: What is MCAS? Is it required? How has the MCAS changed public education in Brookline? What are the facts about MCAS and equity? Does my child really need to practice taking standardized tests? Does the MCAS enrich or impoverish our children’s experience in the schools?
Childcare is available. Light refreshments at 6:30. For more information or to RSVP, visit
Presented by the Brookline Parents Organization, Citizens for Public Schools, and the BEU.

Lunar New Year 2018

Please join us for Brookline’s Pan Asian Lunar New Year Celebration to be held on Saturday, February 3rd from 1-3pm, at the Brookline High School. Details & how to RSVP about this free event can be found below.

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, 1-3pm, Brookline High School, MLK Room & Atrium, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline, MA

Free & Open to All; Light Refreshments

Celebrate – Chinese New Year (新年)/Korean Seollal (설날)/ Vietnamese Tết; Enjoy – Lion Dancing, Asian food, Music, Crafts, Games, Performances (Chinese Yoyo, Genki Spark Taiko Drumming and more!); Games – Interactive table games for children and adults

For More Information & to RSVP –  – contact for more information.

Sponsored by the Brookline Asian American Family Network, the Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations, the Brookline High School Asian Pacific American Club, Chobee Hoy Associates Real Estate, the Brookline Community Foundation, & the Brookline Health Department.

Winter Festival

Vanessa Trien at Clinton Path Preschool Winter Festival (all ages welcome) ~ Saturday, Feb. 3, 3-5 pm @ Latvian Lutheran Church, 58 Irving Street, Brookline: Come to a PJ Dance party with Vanessa Trien & the Jumping Monkeys! Experience “The Great Hugini” Magic Show as well as treats, art activities, and a silent auction. Go to for ticket info. Go to to shop our silent auction, everyone!

Free Screening of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

The film Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age followed by a BHS Student Peer Leaders Forum will show on Wed. Feb. 7, 2018 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lawrence School auditorium. For more information and to R.S.V.P. please go here. Sponsored by Brookline Talks and the Lawrence PTO.

The film probes into the vulnerable corners of family life to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through poignant and unexpectedly funny stories along with insights from psychologists, brain scientists, and other experts, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to strategically navigate the digital world.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Student Peer Leaders from Brookline High School about their own families strategies for addressing screen time, including setting limits on parents‘ smart phones.


​Angry, frustrated about the constant climate change denial and backpedaling form the current federal administration? There is hope: we are a group of mothers working for climate action in Brookline and beyond. Join us for an open discussion about our work and what we can accomplish in our homes, our town and our state: Brookline Mothers Out Front, Wednesday, February 7 at Starbucks (in Putterham Circle, near Baker School), 183 Grove Street, South Brookline, 8am-9am,

Brookline Talks – Save the Date

​Save the date: The Secret Life of Teens: A Talk with Jon Mattleman on Wed. April 4 from 7 to 8:30 at Pierce School. For more information, please go here. Sponsored by Brookline Talks and Brookline Parent Education Network. ​

Brookline Music School: Vocal Discovery for Grades 3-5

Vocal Discovery, a 15- week group voice class for 3rd-5th grade students, still has openings for the spring term beginning on January 31st! The weekly class emphasizes building healthy posture, technique, and breath support through the exploration of a wide range of musical styles. Students sing both as a group and solo, learn rounds and simple harmonies, and even add instruments and movement to songs! Each term, students work toward a final performance for families. To register, please call Brookline Music School at 617-277-4593.

Class Information:  Wednesdays from 6:00-6:50pm

Location: Brookline Music School (25 Kennard Road, Brookline)

Class Start Date: Wednesday, January 31st (15 weeks)

Tuition: $370

February Vacation Children’s Program

SmartVacations February 2018: offered by Brookline SmartVacations for students ages 5-12. From February 20-23, choose a vacation filled with classes in arts and crafts, gym time, computer skills, theater games, and more. Visit:

Brookline Arts Center’s WINTER CLASSES enrolling now!

The BAC has a full schedule of exciting art classes this winter! Parent-child classes for ages 4 and under are a wonderful way to introduce art to your child, with classes such as Sensory Play and Family Art Stations. Students ages 5-7 activate their imaginations in classes like Art in Motion and Adventures in Clay, while students ages 8-12 learn focused techniques in classes such as Form & Sculpture and Paint Like a Pro. Exciting classes for teens include Jewelry & Metals and Oil Painting.

To view all winter classes and register online, visit

Community Classifieds

Babysitting: Hi, I am a student at Brookline High School, 17 years old, and an experienced babysitter. I went to the Lincoln School, and live about a five minute walk from the Lincoln. I am happy to come meet you and your children. I’m also bilingual in French (for anyone looking for that). I’m available both during the week, and on the weekends.  You may reach me at Thank you, Ariane

Big Picture Art House youth photo and movie making classes has a full schedule for 2018 classes for youth ages 11-15. Class runs over February & April Breaks, all summer starting June 25th, and has an overnight photo retreat for girls in Galilee, RI. Digital SLR cameras are provided by the program, one-on-one attention is given to the small class of 7 by 20-year veteran professional photographer, Jennifer Connelly. Class meets and end in JP. Contact Jennifer Connelly 781-696-1138,, for information.

The Village Dance Studio – REGISTRATION is Open
The Village Dance Studio, located at 62 Harvard Street in Brookline, is now open for registration for classes and full day vacation programs beginning on January 15, 2018. The studio offers a variety of classes for both kids and adults as well as full day vacation programs, birthday parties and more.To register visit or e-mail us at


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