Lincoln Lines March 11th, 2017 No. 25

Lincoln Lines March 11th, 2017 No. 25

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

Even though it was an hour shorter, I hope you had a great weekend. I have my fingers crossed that we’ll be in school all five days this week, but the forecast isn’t looking promising.

March 14 Student Walkout
This Wednesday at 10 a.m. is the planned student walkout. I have truly appreciated the dialogue about this event among students, staff, and families since we returned from February break.

As I said in my earlier message, it is a student’s right to participate in this walkout. While the law prohibits school staff from encouraging or discouraging student participation in this action, it is our duty to educate students about this right and the responsibilities that go with it. We also have a responsibility to ensure that students are safe while exercising that right, and that they are respectful of their peers who choose not to participate. It is important that we have a culture where no one feels pressured by their peers or adults to conform to views that are not their own.

Students participating in the walkout will be encouraged to gather in a designated spot on our campus. We’ve selected a highly visible space that allows for appropriate supervision while also mitigating interference for students in our lower elementary grades who are less likely to participate in the walkout.

I’ve received questions regarding students leaving campus to join protests at Town Hall or at Brookline High School. The Superintendent’s message stated the Public Schools of Brookline will be unable to supervise any students who may leave their school’s campus. For that reason, I want to reiterate the policy stated in our handbook: if a student is leaving campus, it must be with the permission of a parent/guardian and they must be picked up by an adult.

If you have questions or concerns between now and Wednesday morning, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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.

Family Survey Reminder
This year’s PSB Family Feedback Survey launched on February 27 and will close on March 16 which is only a week away. To complete the survey, please look for an email from Panorama Education which contains your unique link to the survey. All parents/guardians should have received an email with a link to their survey on February 27th from Panorama Education and a reminder email on March 6th.These surveys are a great way for families to provide valuable and helpful feedback about the climate, culture, and leadership at your school and around the district. We encourage all families to participate. Last year 26% of families responded. This year we are hoping we can get 30% or more of our families to complete the survey. Please help us reach our goal.

If you have not received an email from Panorama Education about the survey, please send an email to

Athletics at BHS event Monday Night
The final transition event for students heading to Brookline High School next fall is tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. in the Brookline High School Auditorium. This event will focus on the athletics program at BHS and is for students and their families.

Middle School Progress Reports
Term 3 progress reports for students in grades 6-8 will publish in the parent portal Tuesday. For information on how to access the parent portal, visit here.


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:

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!

Community Announcements

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:

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

Chocolate Seder & Open House

Everyone says chocolate is a religious experience…we take it literally! Come after school on Tuesday March 27 to the Ansin Religious School @ Ohabei Shalom’s Chocolate Seder & Open House, and find out why the Ansin Religious School’s skilled educators and innovative programming make it the most fun Jewish afterschool program in town. Anchored on the values of relationship, community and Jewish tradition, ARS instills in each student a commitment to friendship and learning and a lifelong love of Judaism. Join us on March 27 from 3:30 to 5:45 for a delicious take on the traditional Passover Seder and some facetime with Amy Deutsch, ARS Director. Come when you can, leave when you need to. Enjoy a taste of ARS! (Temple Ohabei Shalom is located at 1187 Beacon Street. Email Amy at if you have any questions.)


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.

Climate Action Brookline sponsors Climate Week 2018 with Brookline Public Health

Save the dates for Climate Week 2018 and join others for the 8th annual event that brings Brookline together to learn, take action, and make a difference for the future of our community, The theme of this year’s program is “Truth and Consequences.” As the earth warms and we experience floods, droughts, heat waves, fires, fierce storms, and sea level rise it is urgent to know the truth about our changing climate while we still have the ability to influence the consequences. With little leadership nationally, local action has and must continue to be a foundation of change, innovation, resilience, and mitigation.

3rd Annual Brookline Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge

Saturday, April 7, 11 am – 1:30 pm, Pierce School Cafeteria, FREE

Budding (k-12) artists, performers and scientists are invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Brookline Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge! Encourage your youth to participate in this unique environmental science fair that celebrates nature inspired innovation, art and science! New ideas, concepts, theories, poems, plays, dance or art designs are requested – just be super creative, have lots of fun and think BIG!

Categories: Biomimicry, Water (propose a solution addressing water quality, conservation/drought, pollution, wastewater or water bottles) and Art (eco-art display, eco-poetry, eco-themed dance or play (5 minutes))!

Limited Space, register quickly.

For details:

Reception for rising 9th grade parents

Moving up to BHS next year? Please join the Rising 9th/10th Grade Parents Wine & Cheese Reception. Get to know other rising 9th/10th grade parents. Meet current BHS faculty, Headmaster Anthony Meyer and learn about exciting new programs that are coming to BHS thanks to the BHS Innovation Fund. Tuesday, April 10, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at The Vine Ripe Grill/Putterham Golf Course. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Adults only. Free. Register now.

Registration Link

 BYSO Audition Registration is now open to the public!

Auditions will take place from May 4-13.  We look forward to seeing you then!

· All returning BYSO members must audition every season. Audition time slots are given on a first-come, first serve basis.

· Candidates audition into BYSO – not a specific ensemble. Selected candidates will be placed in an appropriate orchestra based on level. For an idea of what we are looking for in terms of placement, please refer to the Audition Standards page on our website.

For more information and to register, visit

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month! As a way to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month the Brookline Main Library will be hosting an Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations exhibit of residents’ meaningful items to help raise awareness and highlight the Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage beginning on May 1, 2018. The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations is seeking any individual or family that is willing to lend an item that is meaningful to your heritage to be displayed through the month of May, in either the Brookline Main Library exhibit or in Town Hall. We ask to be allowed to hold on to your item from early April until the end of June; to allow us enough time to install the exhibit and take it down and return to you. If you would be interested in lending an item to our Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage exhibit, please contact Caitlin Haynes at or at 617-730-2345 for more information.

Community Classifieds

Looking for apartment rental in the Lincoln school zone.  I’m a parent of a fourth and seventh grader and we are looking for a 2-3 BR apt in the neighborhood, starting anytime between now and July 1. Please reach me at or 510-541-1852 with any leads.

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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