Lincoln Lines February 11th, 2017 No. 22

Lincoln Lines February 11th, 2017 No. 22

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe that it’s very nearly February vacation. This stretch since the winter break has gone by in a flash.

Last spring, Lincoln hosted two well-attended sessions facilitated by Dr. Carlos Hoyt to launch a conversation about race and inclusion at Lincoln. Following those sessions, Dr. Hoyt published a survey to the Lincoln community. I’m excited to share that Dr. Hoyt will return later this month to present the survey results. There will again be morning and evening sessions, with the morning session held in the Lincoln School library at 8 a.m. on Feb. 27. The following evening, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Hoyt will present the same results in the community room at the High Street Development. Please join us for whichever event works best in your schedule.

We’ve got a busy final week before the February vacation…

This Monday, our 5th graders will make their World Language selection for middle school. Students will do this in school and will beginning Feb. 19, parents and guardians will be able to review these selections via the Parent Portal. If you have any questions about this process, please contact either myself or Ms. Gunther.

This Tuesday, the Lincoln School Advisory Council will meet at 4 p.m. in my office.

Tuesday is also the last day of our 100 Days 100 Cans Drive. As mentioned in last week’s Lincoln Lines, 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.

This Thursday our 8th graders will travel to Brookline High School for a presentation on electives offered at BHS. This is a part of the programming put together by BHS staff to support students and families in the high school transition. Students will depart shortly before 9 a.m. and should return to Lincoln by 11 a.m.

Around Brookline there are two important meetings this week about our schools, one regarding the 9th School Project and the other the FY 2019 School Budget. Details on both meetings are below.

9th School Meeting Monday Feb. 12
Last week the School Committee and the Select Board heard an update from HMFH Architects at the mid-point of the 9th School Alternate Site Study. This Monday evening, they are holding a public hearing to get feedback. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Brookline High School. The presentation itself can be viewed here.

FY 2019 Budget Meeting
The School Committee will hold a public hearing on the FY 2019 Budget this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the School Committee Room at Town Hall. Last week, Supt. Bott posted an updated on the budget on the Brookline Public Schools site. That information can be found here.

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

National Random Act of Kindness Week February 11-18, 2018

A kind word to someone feeling overwhelmed, a thank-you, or even something as simple as a high five or smile, let’s show just how kind Lincoln can be! Look for a R.A.K. suggestion on the Random Act of Kindness display in Lincoln’s front lobby, or show a kindness that comes from your heart!

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop


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.

Annual Appeal Update

To date, the appeal has generated over $21,000 in donations for our school! Thank you to all who have participated. The appeal will officially close on Friday March 2. If you have not yet gotten your donation in – don’t hesitate: we are hoping for school-wide participation!

Community Announcements

School Com./Select Board Public Hearing-9th School Alternative Site Study Mid-Point

The School Committee and Select Board will be holding a Public Hearing on Monday, February 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Brookline High School Auditorium.

The agenda for the public hearing can be found at this link.

School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.

Note: The Docket includes a Public Hearing on the FY 2019 Budget and School Choice.

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

Brookline High School Expansion and Renovation Upcoming Meetings

Monday, February 26 – Public Hearing on BHS Expansion and Renovation
The BHS Building Committee will hold a Public Hearing on the BHS Expansion Project on February 26. William Rawn Architects will present the latest designs and preliminary cost estimates. Community members will be able to provide public comment.
Time and location of this meeting are still to be determined.

Tuesday, February 27 – Joint Meeting of the School Committee, Select Board, and Building Commission
The three Boards will convene for a joint meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Select Board Hearing Room, 6th Floor, Town Hall. The agenda will include the following: 1) William Rawn Associates Architects Overview of the BHS Project; 2) Summary of Input from the February 26 Public Hearing; 3) Discussion and Possible Vote to Approve the Overall Scope of the BHS Project, including Budget (each Board will take a separate vote).
6:00 PM, Select Board Hearing Room, 6th Floor, Town Hall

For more details about the BHS Expansion Project, please go to:

Brookline Public Library Author Visit – Thursday, February 15, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

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 February Vacation classes!

The BAC has a full schedule of exciting art classes this February Vacation. The classes will meet Tuesday through Friday, February 20-23. In ArtVentures: Up, Up and Away for ages 5-11, students will explore sky and space travel through a variety of mediums and creative play. Students ages 10-12 may enjoy our Pottery & Wheelthrowing Intensive, where they will learn the fundamentals of wheelthrowing and handbuilding. Students ages 12-17 can take our Jewelry and Metals Intensive and gain hands on metalsmithing and jewelry making techniques from a professional artist.

Registration closes Friday, February 16, at 5:00pm. To view all February Vacation classes and register online, visit

Purim Carnival

Cotton candy, carnival games, prizes, an indoor bounce house, and more at Temple Ohabei Shalom’s annual Purim Carnival, Sunday March 4 from 3:45pm-5:30pm. (1187 Beacon Street at the corner of Kent Street.) Admission is FREE and open to the community. Enter our silent auction to win prizes like a vacation in the Berkshires or a ride to school in a police car; or buy one of our mystery gift card boxes! Special guest is local famous magician, Bonaparte. Feel free to bring a box of cereal or a can of tuna as a donation to a food pantry. Costumes encouraged! Details here, or email Fallon Rubin at

Rotary Club of Brookline Annual Pancake Breakfast

March 24, 2018, 8:00 am-12:00 noon, Brookline High School, $7 (children 5 and under free)

Tickets at the door or

Each spring, the Rotary Club of Brookline sponsors a family-friendly, all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. More than 10,000 flapjacks are served and over 500 families fill the cafeteria at Brookline High School. A popular community event with great “home town” activities, music, raffle, silent auction, and lively spirit, this is one of Rotary’s largest fundraisers, and proceeds from the breakfast go toward a number of town organizations.

Starbucks Coffee, Face Painting, Clowns, MatheMagic, Games & Puzzles sponsored by Eureka Puzzles, Winiker Jazz Trio, First Corp’s Cadet Armory Band

NEW! Puppet Lab After School Program: Enrolling for Spring 2018

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.

Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.
Open for drop off / pick up 3:00 – 3:30 and 5:30 – 6:00 pm.
Spring Session: March 28 – June 6 (no class April 18)
Cost: $400 / 10-week session ($375 Members)
*Need-based financial aid available

Learn more and register at

Questions? Contact Artistic Director Roxie Myhrum at


During early childhood, we often talk to our kids about that most basic tenet – “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” But in adolescence, that attitude often has shifted to something more like “Do to others before they do to you.” This leads to bullying, gossiping, labeling/name calling, exclusion, and sexual harassment/manipulation. What happened? And why? And what can we as parents do about it? How do we teach our adolescents about healthy relationships, from burgeoning sexual exploration to the basic dynamics of having and being a good friend? Check out B-PEN’s new Parent Update on “Healthy Adolescent Relationships” for insights and strategies.

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.


Community Classifieds

Computer Tech Volunteer Needed
The Family Learning Center at Brookline Housing is looking for a volunteer computer tech., on an as-needed basis. (This would not be more than 5 hours a month). Some of our current needs are: Assessment of current desktop computers- this includes both PC and Mac computers. Virus protection, maximization of technology, troubleshooting speed/connection issues. Routine computer maintenance to keep the computers running efficiently, fast and for a long time. If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact Lisa Brown 617-5157514 or

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


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