Lincoln Lines February 25th, 2017 No. 23

Lincoln Lines February 25th, 2017 No. 23

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope you had an enjoyable and restful February break. We’re looking forward to welcoming students back tomorrow.

A reminder that this Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening Dr. Carlos Hoyt will present the results of the survey created last spring about Race, Equity, and Inclusion at Lincoln. 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.

PFLAG Family Forum on March 13
We are hosting a presentation by Greater Boston PFLAG on March 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lincoln library. The event is open to all families and the goal is for us to come together as a community to unpack terminology, discuss the spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities, and discuss how our Lincoln community can work together to be even more open and affirming. I hope you’ll join us in this dialogue to ensure that Lincoln is a welcoming and safe school for all.

BHS Expansion Public Hearing
The Select Board and School Committee will hold a Public Hearing on the current design and preliminary costs of the BHS Expansion and Renovation Project on Monday, February 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Select Board Hearing Room on the 6th floor of Town Hall. After an update on the design and preliminary cost estimates, community members are invited to provide input on the project.

High School Transition Event Wednesday Evening
Wednesday evening is an event for 8th graders and their families in the Brookline High School auditorium. The event, entitled Life at BHS runs from 7 to 9 p.m.

PSB Hosting Event on Dyslexia at Lincoln Tuesday Evening
On February 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the Public Schools of Brookline is hosting a presentation and discussion about dyslexia in children. Dr. Nadine Gaab, a researcher in the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital, will speak about the reading brain, early screening for dyslexia, and how students respond to remediation. Dr. Gaab’s research focuses on auditory and language processing in the human brain and its application on the development of language and literacy skills.

Tutoring Opportunity
We are proud to announce a partnership with Brookline High School that matches math tutors with current Lincoln Middle School Students. This program is offered to ALL students in grades 6-8 and is completely FREE of charge. Whether your child wants help with homework, a review of skills, math/logic games, or extra math challenge, this program this program offers them a chance to work on math with a current BHS student in a mentor capacity. All tutors must apply for the job and are approved by a BHS committee and by Lincoln Faculty Advisor and math teacher Adam Weatherwax.

How it works:
1) Fill out the form at
2) Wait to be contacted by your child’s individually matched tutor
3) Arrange tutoring time/location with tutor

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Adam Weatherwax:

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

8th Grade Yearbook – WE NEED YOUR PICTURES!

In order for our 8th graders to have yearbooks this year we will need your help!

We need one baby picture per student and any candid photos you have from their time at Lincoln School grades K-8 (i.e., field trips, sporting events, school events, etc.)

Please e-mail pictures to or send in hard copies to Ms. Zobel with your student’s name written on the back (they will be returned to you).

Please try and have all photos e-mailed or turned in by Friday, March 9th in order for us to make this yearbook a success. Thank you!

Thank you! Closing of Lincoln PTO’s Annual Appeal

Our Annual Appeal is coming to an end on this coming Friday, March 2. Thank you so much for your generosity and support. The Appeal has generated over $21,000 and that is 75% of our goal. Your donations have been funding many great things at Lincoln!

Community Announcements

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:

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

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.


The Underground Railroad, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winning novel by Colson Whitehead, is this year’s Brookline Reads selection. Whitehead will be at the Brookline High School auditorium, 115 Greenough Street, to discuss his book at 7 PM on April 25. Other Brookline Reads programs include a screening of the uplifting documentary Our Mockingbird, introduced by filmmaker Sandra Jaffe, at 7 PM on April 4 at Hunneman Hall in the Brookline Village Library and a walking tour of Underground Railroad sites on April 7 (rain date April 8) led by Suzette Abbott of Hidden Brookline, starting at 2 PM at Town Hall. At 7 PM on April 12 in Hunneman Hall, Judge Nancy Gertner will moderate a conversation on the economic realities of racism. She will be joined by experts in the fields of law, economics, and journalism. Brookline Reads is sponsored by the Trustees of the Brookline Library. All events are free and open to the public.

Rap 101 @ Brookline Teen Center

Rap 101 is an introductory workshop series at the Brookline Teen Center where aspiring em cee’s will learn what it takes to write, record, and perform an original song. Through immersive writing exercises and exposure to music fundamentals lead by experienced BTC music staff, students will collaborate on their songs with teen musicians who will provide original hip hop production. Open to 7th and 8th graders, Rap 101 runs on Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00, from March 21st to May 16th, with a final performance on Monday, May 21st. For more information click here or email Wes at

Brookline SmartSummers Theater Arts Program

Be a summer star! Join the Brookline SmartSummers Theater Arts Program at the Lincoln School in Brookline, Summer 2018! Half day introductory program for young children, ages 5-7 is available through our Theater Arts Jr Program. Older children, ages 7-13, can join us for a full day of theater and work on an original musical production. All students take developmentally appropriate classes in acting, music, dance, and art. Time for snack, lunch, and indoor/outdoor free time is also provided. Our Theater Arts Program sessions culminate in an original musical production. For more information, visit us on Facebook at Brookline SmartSummers Theater Arts Program or on twitter at or and
Email with any questions. You can register by calling Brookline Adult & Community Education at 617-730-2700 or at We are excited to offer your child a fun, educational experience in the arts and hope to see you soon!!
Join us for 1-6 weeks, starting July 9!!

Community Classifieds

Do you ever feel frustrated with your child/teenager? Find yourself shouting and imposing consequences in reaction to challenging behavior? Imagine having a simple framework that guides you in every parenting challenge and brings out the best in both you and your child. The Collaborative Problem Solving approach helps parents relate better to their kids, reduce challenging behavior, and build their kids’ skills in self-regulation, flexibility and problem-solving. Morning and evening workshops in Brookline start March 27. For more information and to register, see Private individual/couples coaching also available.

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