Lincoln Lines March 4th, 2017 No. 24

Lincoln Lines March 4th, 2017 No. 24

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope you and your student had a great first week back after the February break.

I want to start by thanking folks were coming out to the sessions last Tuesday and Wednesday with Dr. Hoyt where we shared results from the community survey implemented last spring. I appreciated in particular the discussion that followed both presentations. I look forward to continuing to engage in dialogues about how to ensure Lincoln is an inclusive and equitable place for all students and families.

In a separate message, I will share the slides from the presentation, but wanted to highlight here the three priorities for work in this area going forward.
1. Increasing engagement for less engaged families — and appreciating the diversity in what this means for a diversity of families.
2. Increasing students’ fund of knowledge and know-how regarding diversity.
3. Supporting teachers in providing and promoting students’ development in this area.

Midterm Reports Publish from Grades 6-8 on March 13
We reached the midterm point for term 3 this past Friday, March 2. Progress reports for students in grades 6-8 will publish in the Parent Portal on March 13.

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.

Next Monday evening, March 12, is the last scheduled transition event for 8th graders heading
to Brookline High School. This event, called “Athletics at Brookline High School Night, will take
place in the BHS auditorium from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Have a great week


Lincoln School & PTO News

Trivia Night is Back!

Saturday March 17th Lincoln parents, friends, and staff are invited to the Annual Trivia Party. This fun-filled, adults-only event features trivia for everyone! Test your knowledge of: arts, food, geography, history, movies, music, politics, pop-culture, science, sports, TV, and more! All while supporting Lincoln school! Year after year one of our greatest FUNdraisers! Cash bar. Prizes. Teamwork. Fun! 8 people per table. $25/person, $200/table.

Get together a team of grade-level parents, neighbors, friends, or sign up as an individual. Individuals will be grouped into teams of 8.

Sign up with the below link or use a paper signup sheet in the Lincoln Office & on PTO board in the lobby.

Science Night @ Lincoln!!

Mark your calendars!  This year’s science night will be Friday, April 6th, from 6:00-8:30pm. There will be engaging activities for kids of all ages, so please join us for this exciting Lincoln tradition!

We still need a few people to facilitate (or assist with) activities, as well as help with logistics. If you have a STEM-related activity you think would be fun, would be willing to run an activity that we assign to you, or can help with other planning activities (such as making and hanging flyers), please click the link below and let us know what you can do.

If you have any questions, send them to:

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!

Support Lincoln Parent Running the Boston Marathon

Tasha Feilke, mom to 2nd and 6th graders at Lincoln, is running for the charity group Team Brookline – and is specifically fundraising for the Brookline Teen Center. Please help her meet her fundraising goal with a donation , if you can, by going to the Crowdrise link HERE or to this link: Thanks so much!

Wednesday, 3/7 Car-Free Day

Wednesday, March 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!

Community Announcements

School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, March 8, 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.


Dancing, Music, Food, Games, Raffle Prizes and more!
Come join us on Friday, March 9th from 4:30-8:30 pm at the Teen Center to celebrate Boston Children’s Hospital in our community! There is free admission; raffle tickets will be sold at the event. If you are unable to come but would like to donate, please go to our online DonorDrive website:
If you have any questions you can email We hope to see you there!

Mothers Out Front

Community Climate Discussion, March 15, 8-9am. Join us for a discussion of energy efficiency, Brookline gas leaks, Brookline All Green electricity and other topics. Koo Koo Cafe, 7 Station St.,

Youth in Action, April 7, 1:45-3:15pm. Our high school students are making a positive difference in the fight for a livable climate. They will share their stories of lobbying, setting up composting systems and efforts to decrease plastic bottles. Ideal for middle school students and their families. Pierce School Auditorium, 50 School St.,

“Green” House Fest, April 8, 12-3pm. Tour of homes showing solar panels, heat pumps, electric cars with chargers, on-demand water heaters, rain water saving tanks, home energy monitors and more. Visit for locations and RSVP.

Annual Town Election and Town Meeting

The Annual Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 8th, and for those interested in running for Town Meeting or other offices, the last day to submit nomination papers is Tuesday, March 20th.

The Lincoln School and much of the school community are located in Precinct 5, the boundaries of which can be found on this map: For additional Election Information got to:

Early Childhood Policy in Massachusetts:  The Road Ahead

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

The Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership at the Boston Foundation
75 Arlington Street, 3rd Floor, Boston

Please join us for a conversation with Massachusetts House of Representatives Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and Commissioner of Early Education and Care Thomas L. Weber on the role of public policy in promoting early education. Moderated by Marie St. Fleur, former President and CEO, Bessie Tartt Initiative for Children, this conversation is part of a series of of forums and convenings to highlight opportunities and challenges in the early childhood space that the Boston Foundation is committed to exploring and supporting for strategies that will improve young children’s readiness for success in school and life.

Register Now!   For additional information or to register by phone or email,

please contact Michelle Hinkle at 617-338-4268 or

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


MEDIAGIRLS, an eight-week program for 6th-8th grade girls, will run at the Brookline Teen Center on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 pm to 5 pm starting March March 21st. Participants learn to challenge pop-culture messages aimed at girls; engage in thoughtful discussions about current media trends, make new friends in Brookline, and write inspiring content for girls using social media. Space is limited to 12, so sign up quickly. Visit to learn more and register.

The Secret Lives of Teens and Tweens

Don’t miss “The Secret Lives of Teens and Tweens” talk by Jon Mattleman on Wed. April 4, 2018 in the Pierce School auditorium. To learn more and register, please go here. Mattleman gives a high-energy presentation focused on what teens are really thinking, what they fear, why they do not share more, and how adults can effectively support the teens and tweens in their lives. This presentation covers areas such as depression, suicide, ‘acting out’ behaviors, drug and alcohol use, and more. Participants will leave the workshop with: 1) Strategies they can implement immediately, 2) New ways of understanding and engaging tweens and teens, 3) Confidence, courage, and patience. Sponsored by Brookline Talks, Pierce PTO, Brookline Parent Education Network, National Public Health Week.

B-Pen – Brookline Student Health Survey

The executive summary of the latest Brookline Student Health Survey is now available. The data sheds light on student substance use, sexual practices, mental health concerns, dietary and exercise habits, and more. Check out the details of what Brookline 7-12th graders are doing:

2018 Brookline Porchfest

Applications are now open!

Use the links below to apply as a performer and/or porch host for Brookline Porchfest 2018:

Band Application  /  Porch Application  /  Band & Porch Application

Applications close on April 26th. Tell your friends!

We need volunteers for:

– Cluster and Porch Fun Managers for Brookline Porchfest on June 9th (June 16th Rain Date).
– Flyer, Postcard, Poster & Packet Distribution (Now until Memorial Day)
– Helping Us Find Sponsors
– Envelope Stuffing (Mid May)

If you have interest or questions about any of these exciting opportunities, please email
Brookline Porchfest is brought to you by ArtsBrookline & Brookline Music School.
More info at


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!!


JUNE 26 – JUNE 30: 9 AM – 3 PM EACH DAY


– Join head coach Chris Gbandi and his entire staff, along with current
Northeastern Men’s Soccer players for a week of fun and learning!
Players will be split into age groups and engage in exciting activities
to maximize both skill development and enjoyment!
Any and all boys and girls grades pre-k through 8 th are welcome to attend
Questions? Please contact Assistant Coach Cameron Omsberg on / (207) 861-2538
Link to Registration:
Link to full clinic details:

Classes for Kids at Brookline Adult & Community Education

Check out SmartPrograms at Brookline High School. We have added new classes for children ages 3-13 this spring. From Slime Time to Writing Wizards, we offer an array of classes. See more information here:


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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