Lincoln Lines March 18th, 2017 No. 26

Lincoln Lines March 18th, 2017 No. 26

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear Families,

It seems impossible to believe that spring will begin this week, given the weather we’ve had since my last message. I’m hoping the weather catches up with the calendar this week.

The snow days last week meant that students were not in school for the planned walkout on Wednesday, March 14. Nonetheless, I know that Lincoln students participated in activities that day to lend their voices to protests that went on across the country. In the run up to the 14th, a group of 8th graders shared with me a document via Google Drive that they created to plan for the walkout. I read through it and was impressed by their thoughtful approach, and the respectful dialogue. Even though weather cancelled the walkout, I’m confident that this was a valuable learning experience for students, and I am appreciative of the dialogue it spurred in our community.

The snowstorm last week also cancelled our planned PFLAG Family Forum originally planned for March 13.  I am working with folks there to get a new date that I hope to be able to share with you this week.

Early Release Days
As we look towards April, it will mean the start of early release days for conferences and also the beginning of MCAS testing. I’ve previously shared our MCAS dates, but want to remind everyone of the early release days. Students in the designated grades will dismiss at 12:40 on these days.

Wednesday, April 4: K-8
Tuesday, April 10: K-6
Wednesday, April 25: K-6
Tuesday, May 1: K-6

Have a great week.

Lincoln School & PTO News

Come to the Sock Hop!

This Friday, March 23rd, the super fun Sock Hop is back. Come and join all of your Lincoln friends for a night of fun, games, dancing, and pizza! It is a fun night for all ages so join us! 6-8 pm in the Lincoln School Cafeteria. Suggested donation $5 per child, $20 per family. Pizza and snacks available for sale.

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!

Volunteers Needed on Science Night!

In order for Science Night to be successful we need your help. Please donate 30 minutes (or more) of your time to volunteer at this incredible school event. We need helpers for set up, pizza sales, etc. If you cannot help the night of the event, please consider donating needed supplies before the event.

Click the link below to sign up:

Maker Space at Lincoln

A Maker Space at Lincoln could soon be a possibility. There is a small committee working with the district and staff to develop a plan for a Maker Space at Lincoln. They are looking for a Lincoln parent to join the committee. If you have worked in Maker Spaces or helped develop them, please email your interest to Mies Boet at

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

3/22 School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, March 22, 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.

Rotary Club of Brookline Annual Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, 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

Join TEDxBeaconStreet for a special screening of UNREST

Join us on Tuesday, March 27th for a special preview of the Sundance award-winning, Oscar shortlisted documentary from Jen Brea. Unrest follows Jen’s journey from student to patient to advocate, fighting a disease that doctors refused to believe was real.

After the film, Jen and her husband and costar Omar Wasow will be available for questions from our audience!    Registration is FREE!  REGISTER HERE

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM ET
The Lincoln School, 19 Kennard Road, Brookline, MA  02445
Watch Jen’s talk from the 2016 TED Summit

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.)

Village Fair Road Mile: Race Organizers Wanted

The Village Fair Road mile is entering its 3rd year as part of the Village Fair, an annual street fair on Harvard Street in Brookline Village, taking place on Sunday June 10th. The fair organizers are looking for assistance in organizing the Road Mile—a one mile run raising money for charity. The race organizers will work with the timing company to secure registrations, with the town on logistical aspects, will coordinate sponsors and volunteers, and will help promote the event.

If you are interested please contact Ben Kelley:

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.

Mothers Out Front

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.

Climate Action Brookline sponsors Climate Week 2018 with Brookline Public Health

Saturday, April 7th through Saturday, April 14th.  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

Sign up now for CRWA’s Annual Charles River Cleanup!

Let’s volunteer for Earth Day! Please join Lincoln families for the Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup on Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Jamaica Pond. This event brings together over 3,000 volunteers each year to pick up litter, remove invasive species and assist with park maintenance. Let’s give back to our community while enjoying the beauty and wildlife of our environment with Lincoln friends. All ages are welcome! Please register: here. For more information: You can also email jessica Mols or with any questions.

Opera Camp: How to Create an Opera

July 30 – August 3, 2018 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

VOICES Boston and Boston Lyric Opera are offering Opera Camp to singers entering 3rd-6th grade in the 2018-2019 school year.

Learn the process of creating an opera and try each step along the way! In the spirit of Boston Lyric Opera’s commitment to new works and BLO Education’s use of the Music! Words! Opera! curriculum, we want to hear youth voices. Through this hands-on opera day camp, facilitated and coached by experienced educators, youth will create an original opera “pitch” to present to BLO staff, including a sample of original music, story, libretto, staging and design concepts. Join us as we cultivate the next generation of opera!

Cost: $600 per student. $100 deposit to register
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2018
Register by following this link:

For more information, contact Kalee at

Brookline Arts Center’s SPRING CLASSES enrolling now!

The BAC has a full schedule of exciting classes this spring! Parent-child classes for ages 4 and under are a wonderful way to engage your child in the arts with classes such as Art with Music and Movement and Sensory Play. Students ages 5-7 can explore the world in the safety of the classroom in classes like Art and Culture and Adventures in Clay, while students ages 8-12 learn focused techniques in classes such as Draw Like A Pro and Mixed Media Illustration.

To view all spring classes and register online, visit


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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