Lincoln Lines April 1st, 2018 No. 28

Lincoln Lines April 1st, 2018 No. 28

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope you had an enjoyable three-day weekend.

Wear Blue on Monday for Autism Awareness
Embracing the Public Schools of Brookline‘s core value of Respect for Human Differences, our community celebrates diversity and a commitment to inclusion. It is in the spirit of inclusion that I share that April is World Autism Awareness month. As a sign of unity, support and understanding for people with autism, we invite all community members to wear blue on Monday, April 2.

MCAS Testing Begins This Week
Our third graders will take the Reading MCAS this week on Tuesday and Thursday. Students in grades 4 and 5 will take the test next week on April 11 and 12.

Early Dismissal Wednesday
All students in grades K-8 will be dismissed at 12:40 on Wednesday. This is the first early dismissal of the spring conference season. Students in K-6 will dismiss early on Tuesday, April 10.

Grades for Term 3 Close Next Friday
The third term for Middle School students closes next Friday, April 13. This is also the last day of school before the April vacation. Term four begins when we return from break on April 23.

PFLAG Event Rescheduled
Last month, our family forum hosted by Greater Boston PFLAG was cancelled due to snow. We’ve rescheduled the event for Monday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Lincoln School Library.

Planning Meeting for 8th Grade Trips
There will be a meeting Tuesday, April 10 at 8 a.m. in the cafeteria to continue planning for 8th
grade trips, specifically the Day of Service planned for June 14.


Lincoln School & PTO News

This Friday – SCIENCE NIGHT: A free event for the entire family

Join the Lincoln community on this Friday, April 6, 6-8:30, for a fun filled night of engaging STEM activities. This event is free and open to all ages. Pizza will be available for purchase.

Science Night can only happen with your help. If you have time to lend a hand before or during the event, click the link below and select a job. We still have lots of slots to fill!

Wednesday, April 4th – 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!

Lincoln Landscape Committee Meeting Monday April 9th, 7-8:15 pm.

Calling all Lincoln gardeners and future gardeners! We hope you can join us for a planning, brainstorming and dreaming-about-Spring meeting on Monday, April 9th from 7-8:15pm at Lincoln School. We will be sharing updates around our own Lincoln school garden and planning Lincoln Blooms day happening in 1 1/2 months. All are welcome, no gardening experience necessary, and babysitting provided. Hope to see you there!

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

School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 8:20 AM-8:30 AM in the 5th Floor Conference Room, Town Hall. The agenda is as follows:

Proposed School Committee Actions
1) Proposed Vote to Authorize the School Superintendent to Submit a Statement of Interest Form to the Massachusetts School Building Authority – Pierce School
2) Proposed Vote to Authorize the School Superintendent to Submit a Statement of Interest Form to the Massachusetts School Building Authority – Driscoll School

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.


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 High School auditorium, 115 Greenough Street, to discuss his book at 7PM 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.

Brookline High School Music Collective Presents Jazz and Rock Concerts

Thursday April 6th and Friday April 7th at 7:30 pm BHS Auditorium
Admission is free for K-8 students/$5 for all others
The Friday show features Bill Pierce, saxophonist and former faculty of Berklee School of Music and Lincoln alumni Max Grossman, Javi Limon and Noel Aspi.
It’s a great opportunity to check out various instrument options! Light refreshments will be served.

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:

The Brookline High School Innovation Fund WINE & CHEESE Reception with Headmaster Anthony Meyer and BHS Faculty for Rising 9th/10th Grade Parents

The BHS Innovation Fund cordially invites you to a casual evening to welcome you to the BHS community. We encourage parents of current freshman to come and share their experience at BHS so far with families who will be coming next year.
Throughout the evening you will have an opportunity to get to know other rising 9th/10th grade parents, meet current BHS faculty, and Headmaster Anthony Meyer.
We also hope to share with you a bit more about us and some 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 Course1281 W. Roxbury Pkwy, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
BHS Jazz Band, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

RSVP by Thursday, April 5.  Register Now

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.

Early Release Day Activities at BIG

Are you looking for activities for your kids on the upcoming Early Release days this spring? BIG is offering fun media workshops for kids ages 8 and up that include trailer making, 360 video activities, stop motion, and more! You can learn more and sign them up at 

Middle School Mondays

Is your middle schooler interested in dance, chess, science and engineering, bike repair, jazz, or Quiz Bowl? This spring, Brookline High students are running programming at the BTC for middle schoolers on all these topics. It’s a great chance for your middle schooler to build skills and make connections with BHS students doing cool stuff. To learn more visit our Middle School Mondays Programming Page or email George at

2018 Brookline Porchfest Saturday, June 9th –

Thank you to everyone who has already applied. We will be contacting all applicants by the end of April. Confirmation of locations and times will go out on May 12th.

Applications close in 4 weeks!  If you haven’t filled out a form, use the links below to apply as a performer and/or porch host for Brookline Porchfest 2018:

Band & Porch Application   /   Band Application   /    Porch Application

Applications close on April 26th. Tell your friends!
Volunteers  – 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
Thank You

Brookline Porchfest is brought to you by ArtsBrookline & Brookline Music School.
More info at

Community Classifieds

Henna by Esmé Distefano-Forti, Former Lincoln Student
Original Henna designs $5-20
Or Flat fee for parties.
Instagram: esme_henna

Personal Trainer – Want to look better and feel stronger without the cost of a gym membership? Call me! I am a Certified Personal Trainer, Motivator and Brookline mom that brings personalized workouts and equipment to your home. I actively coach many parents and friends in the Brookline community and welcome working with you. Check out my website at or give a call 617-335-0608. Let’s do this!

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.


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