Lincoln Lines February 4th, 2017 No. 21

Lincoln Lines February 4th, 2017 No. 21

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear Families,

I hope this message finds you well and you enjoyed the weekend.

100 Days 100 Cans Drive

This year Lincoln School is collecting canned goods for the Brookline Food Pantry. We are connecting this service project with the 100th day of school. Tuesday, February 13 is the 100th day. Our goal is for every grade to collect 100 cans of food. Our theme for this project is “Lincoln Can”! Please help us to reach this goal and send in canned goods by February 13. This service project is sponsored by the Lincoln Kindergarten classes.

6-8 Report Cards Publish Tuesday

Report cards for students in grades 6-8 will publish on Tuesday, Feb. 6 on 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

Curriculum Night at BHS on Monday

Tomorrow evening, 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. At 6 p.m. in BHS library, there will be a presentation on Special Education services and programs at Brooklin High. This separate and earlier portion of Curriculum Night is for parents and guardians to meet our special education leadership and available staff members. You will learn about the high schoolʹs robust continuum of special education programing.

9th School Alternate Site Study

On Thursday Feb. 8 there will be a joint meeting of the School Committee and the Select Board to hear a mid-point progress update from HMFH Architects on the work done to study existing school sites, including Lincoln, as part of the 9th school Alternate Site Study. This meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the Select Board Hearing Room on the 6th floor of Town Hall. After the presentation, the boards will have a preliminary discussion of which options require further evaluation.

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

Audra Francisco, one of Lincoln’s Speech and Language Pathologists is running the 2018
Boston Marathon and raising money for the cancer center at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.
Her fundraising page can be found here.


Lincoln School & PTO News

Wednesday, February 7th – Car-Free / Walk-Bike to School Day

A reminder that this Wednesday (the first school-day Wednesday of the month) is Lincoln’s monthly Car-Free / Walk-Bike to School Day where students, teachers, administrators and other members of the school community who are able, are urged to leave the car behind and walk, bike, scoot, etc. to and from school. For those who need to use a car, carpooling is encouraged!


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

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,

School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM in Town Hall. The meeting will include a Joint Meeting with the Select Board starting at 6:00 PM. The agenda can be found at this link:

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.

Brookline Public Library Author Visit

Hear creator Jarrett J. Krosoczka discuss the origins of his best-selling series Lunch Lady and lead a graphic novel workshop for fans. There will be books on sale from The Children’s Book Shop and he will be signing following the workshop.

Registration is required, with space limited to 75 participants for the workshop. (Chaperones may register separately.) Register here:

HeARTi Gras – Show Your Love for Brookline!

The Brookline Chamber of Commerce is hosting HeARTi Gras – a celebration of Brookline art and non-profit organizations with a Mardi Gras and Valentine twist, on Thursday, February 15th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm, at the Brookline Teen Center, 40 Aspinwall Ave.

Guests will be treated to fresh crepes, sushi, and other fine foods while learning about 21 local non-profit organizations.

Featuring Interactive Activities: The Brookline Music School will invite guests to play the drums. The Puppet Showplace Theater will lead a a mini training in multiple operator/team puppetry. The Brookline Arts Center will facilitate a collaborative “Why I Love Brookline” collage.

Cash bar.  50/50 Raffle – 50% of total win goes to the winner, 50% of total win goes to the Chamber to enable us to host this event at no entrance fee.   Admission: No Fee.  Registration Necessary:

February Vacation Basketball Clinic

ASA Hoops is hosting a clinic February Vacation for boys & girls ages 7-15 at the Brown Middle School in Newton. Clinic runs Monday – Friday 9:00AM – 1:00PM, all levels welcome. To register visit: – questions contact”

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

Brookline Education Foundation’s 21st Annual Children’s Spelling Bee

The Bee will be held on Sunday, March 11th at Brookline High School, from 1:00PM to 3:00PM. Spellers are asked to arrive at 12:30PM. Please note that this is the beginning of Daylight Savings Time – be sure to set your clocks accordingly. If your child likes to spell, please encourage him/her to participate! Participation is free.

Registration is first-come, first-served and spaces fill quickly! Register your child by calling our office at (617) 232-3846, or by completing the online form located at: To ensure fair representation, spaces are allotted based upon the number of 5th graders at each of Brookline’s schools. A waiting list will be established if more students sign up than the number of spaces allotted to their schools. We will let you know within two business days if your child’s registration is complete or if he/she has been placed on a waiting list. The deadline for registration is Monday, February 26th, after which, if spaces are available, participants will be accepted from the waiting list regardless of school affiliation.

“A Woman Who Inspires Me” Essay Contest

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, the Brookline Commission for Women (BCW) is currently running its 26th annual “A Woman Who Inspires Me” Essay Contest and accepting nominations for the 2018 Brookline Woman of the Year.

For the “A Woman Who Inspires Me” Essay Contest, all 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who live in Brookline or attend a public or private school in Brookline are eligible to submit an essay that honors a woman who inspires them.

The “Women Who Inspires Me” essay contest is an important part of chronicling the history of women in Brookline and encourages students to reflect on those who make an impact on their lives. Essay contest winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on Thursday, March 29th at 6:30pm in Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Commission’s naming of the 2018 Brookline Woman of the Year.

Student essays can be submitted online at or see attached entry form. To be eligible, essays must be received no later than February 26th. Winning essays will be announced on the BCW website and through email on/around March 6th. Please contact BCW Co-Chair, Casey Hatchett at 617-730-2734 or via email at with any questions.

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!

Etiquette Boot Camp For Youth

On Sunday, March 4th The Etiquette Academy of New England will offer an Etiquette Boot Camps for Kids & Teens.  The Boot Camps are designed for two separate age groups, 7 to 12 and 13 to 17. It will teach children how to start and maintain conversations with adults and peers, how to introduce themselves, the appropriate time to use a cell phone, and much more. This program is designed to help reinforce a child’s basic etiquette, conversation techniques, and table manners. For young adults they focus on interview etiquette and netiquette – email, cell phone and social media etiquette, while developing leadership skills and professional demeanor.

Etiquette Boot Camp for ages 7 to 12 will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Etiquette Boot Camp for ages 13 to 17 will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. The fee for the 4-hour program is $199.

The Etiquette Academy of New England is located at 1309 Beacon Street, 3rd Floor, Brookline. For more information visit or call 617-608-3920.
Madora Curtin
Marketing & Event Coordinator
The Etiquette Academy of New England
1309 Beacon St., Suite 300
Brookline, MA 02446
Tel. 617.608.3920; Fax: 617.608.3921

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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