Lincoln Lines January 28th, 2017 No. 20

Lincoln Lines January 28th, 2017 No. 20

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear Families,

I hope this message finds you well. As I mentioned in last week’s message, Friday marked the end of term two for our middle school students. As we officially enter the second half of the year, there are two updates related to the transition to middle school and the transition to high school that I want to highlight here.

Later this week, families of fifth graders will receive a message from me about the process for selecting a language for next year. Students at Lincoln have the option of studying either French or Spanish in the middle school. The letter will spell out the selection process. If you have questions about the process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Ms. Gunther.

Next Monday, Feb. 5, is Curriculum Night 8th grade families. This event is for parents/guardians only, and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. in the BHS Auditorium. This is the first of multiple events in the coming months related to the transition to Brookline High. All dates were sent in a message from Headmaster Anthony Meyer earlier this month.

Have a great week


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!


Calling all Box Tops! Check your pantry and get out your scissors – Lincoln PTO is collecting Box Tops for our library! Drop off any in a plastic baggie or envelope in the front office. We will be collecting them through Friday February 16.

Community Announcements

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.

School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, February 1, 2018 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.

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,

Cambridge Science Festival – Curiosity Challenge

Enter the 2018 Curiosity Challenge!   Entries are due by Friday, February 9, 2018

Calling all 5-14 year olds! Write an essay or poem, draw or take a picture about your curiosity and tell us how it prompted you to explore your world.   What was before the big bang? How are we able to “see” things in our head? Scientists are driven by curiosity, and we want to know what YOU are curious about!

Enter your essay or artwork by Friday, February 9, 2018. Submit it at any Cambridge Public School, Cambridge Public Library branch, or by mail. Make sure to include a Curiosity Label on the back!

The Curiosity Challenge
c/o MIT Museum
265 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Winners will be honored at a Cambridge Science Festival celebration on Sunday, April 22, 2018, and winning entries are compiled in a keepsake book. Check out the 2017 winners!  View the Curiosity Labels and the 2018 Guidelines.

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


April 8, 12-3pm “Green” House Fest – Solar panels, electric cars, heat pumps, insulation, induction stoves – we’re doing a tour of energy efficient and renewable features of homes in Brookline. If your home has any such features, please email Deane Coady at <> or sign up to host at

Announcing Team Brookline Runners Supporting the Brookline Education Foundation

75 days left until our dedicated group crosses the Boston Marathon start in Hopkinton and makes their way toward the finish line on Boylston St, raising money for the BEF with every mile they run. We are so grateful for their commitment to our organization. Please join us in supporting them here ( and come out and cheer for Team Brookline on April 16!

Community Classifieds

Looking for dog sitter during February break – Thinking about getting a dog? Want to borrow ours 2/17-24? Lucy is a sweet, old and very mellow labrador mix, requires only three short walks/day, and is gentle with children and other dogs. Willing to pay, fee negotiable. Contact Emily at

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.


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