Lincoln Lines April 22nd, 2018 No. 30

Lincoln Lines April 22nd, 2018 No. 30

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope you had a great April vacation. I’m excited to get back and see students tomorrow for the start of the fourth quarter.

When you’re back at school this week, I hope you’ll take time to view the “Humans of Lincoln” display on the bulletin board near the office and on the way out to the playground. Modeled on the website “Humans of New York,” the photos and short interviews with Lincoln students and staff were produced by middle school students in one of our winter L-block courses.

Lincoln Teacher Wins Caverly Award
Just prior to break, we learned some exciting news about one of our outstanding teachers, Beth Greenwood. During a surprise visit from the Superintendent and members of the Brookline Education Foundation, Ms. Greenwood learned that she was this year’s winner of the Ernest Caverly Award for Excellence in Teaching. She will be formally recognized at the BEF’s celebrating teachers event on Tuesday, May 15 at Newbury College.

Early Dismissal Wednesday
Students in K-6 will dismiss at 12:40 on Wednesday, April 23.

MCAS Continues This Week
Students in grades 6-8 will take the Reading MCAS on Tuesday and Thursday this week. Additionally, students in grades 3-5 who were absent for any sessions will take makeup tests.

Interim Deputy Superintendent of Student Services Search Process
Sam Zimmerman, who has served as the district’s Deputy Superintendent for Student Services since August 2016 announced earlier this month that he will be leaving his position on April 27. Superintendent Bott recommended to the School Committee last week that they consider naming Co-Director of Special Education Casey Ngo-Miller to be the Interim Deputy Superintendent of Student Services. There are opportunities this coming week for public interviews of Ms. Ngo-Miller that I wanted to be sure to highlight.

The School Committee and Brookline’s Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC), have set three public interview sessions for Ms. Ngo-Miller. Those who attend a public interview will be able to provide input to SEPAC and the School Committee. These meetings are scheduled as follows:
● Monday April 23 8:15 a.m – 8:45 a.m. Hosted by the School Committee; Town Hall, 5th
Floor, School Committee Room
● Monday April 23 9:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m. Hosted by SEPAC to seek input from the public;
Brookline High School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Room
● Tuesday April 24 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Hosted by SEPAC to seek input from the public;
Runkle School, Martin Sleeper Library
● Thursday, April 26 – School Committee Meeting. School Committee scheduled includes
a discussion and possible vote on Ms. Ngo-Miller’s appointment

More information about the search and the process can be found here

LSAC Meeting Tuesday
The Lincoln School Advisory Council will meet this Tuesday at 4 p.m. in my office.

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

8th Grade Graduation Date Set
Our graduation ceremony for 8th graders will take place on Thursday, June 21 at 5 p.m.  Information about graduation and tickets will be sent following the April vacation.


Lincoln School & PTO News

Congratulations to our Lincoln “Ernest R. Caverly Award” winners!

Since 1984, the Brookline Education Foundation each year presents the highly honored Ernest R. Caverly Awards to one elementary teacher and one high school teacher to recognize their professional achievements and dedication to education. This year, our 3rd grade teacher Ms. Beth Greenwood and Ms. Liz Gorman, who is a Lincoln parent and a BHS teacher, are both selected to be recipients of this Award. Congratulations from the entire Lincoln community and we are so proud of you!

The Lincoln School Read-A-Thon is coming!

In conjunction with National Screen Free week April 30 through May 6, Lincoln School is holding our 3rd Annual Read-A-Thon. This is a fun opportunity for our students to not only take a break from screens but to participate in raising funds to support their school! Please watch for your child’s packet to come home this week. Middle school families will receive packets via email. Please email questions to Sarah Johnson-Weingart at or Kate Mochandreas at

Community Announcements

School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, April 26, 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.

​The School Committee will be honoring outgoing School Committee members Ben Chang and Beth Jackson Stram on Thursday, April 26, 2018, 5:30 PM-6:00 PM, in the School Committee Room. All are welcome. ​

School Committee to Consider Appointing Interim Deputy Superintendent for Student Services

Next week the School Committee will be considering Superintendent Bott’s recommendation to name current Co-Director of Special Education Casey Ngo-Miller to be the Interim Deputy Superintendent of Student Services. The School Committee is working with Brookline’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council to publicly interview and get input on Ms. Ngo-Miller before they discuss and possibly vote on her appointment at their regularly scheduled School Committee meeting on Thursday, April 26.

Parents and guardians are invited to attend any of the four public meetings that have been scheduled. Those who attend a public interview will be able to provide input to the School Committee. These meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday April 23 8:15 a.m – 8:45 a.m. Hosted by the School Committee; Town Hall, 5th Floor, School Committee Room
  • Monday, April 23 9:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m. Hosted by SEPAC to seek input from the public; Brookline High School, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Room
  • Tuesday, April 24 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Hosted by SEPAC to seek input from the public; Runkle School, Martin Sleeper Library
  • Thursday, April 26 – School Committee Meeting. School Committee scheduled includes a discussion and possible vote on Ms. Ngo-Miller’s appointment

For more information about process to appoint an Interim Deputy Superintendent of Student Services please visit the school district’s website.

PSB Policy under Review:  Proposed Student Discipline Policy

The Brookline School Committee currently has ​one policy under review and welcomes your feedback:

1) Proposed PSB ​Student Discipline Policy

Additional information and​ a copy of the proposed policy can be found on the School Website.

Brookline Town Election Forum

Monday, April 23, 2018 – 6:00 pm refreshments, 6:30 pm presentations by candidates for the contested races of Select Board and School Committee, followed by Q&A. Introductions and presentations of candidates for town-wide non-contested races, the Library Board of Trustees, Housing Authority Board and Town Clerk. Free and open to the public: Select Board’s Hearing Room, 6th Floor, Brookline Town Hall,333 Washington St., Brookline, MA. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Brookline, the Brookline Neighborhood Alliance, the Town Meeting Members Association and the Brookline Council on Aging. The meeting will be recorded by Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) and made available on their website.

Hand in Hand Evening

Join The Brookline Center on April 25 from 7-9 p.m. for Hand in Hand 2018! Enjoy a night out to unwind, catch up with friends, and come together as a community to support women in need. Each year at Hand in Hand, volunteers make care packages to help brighten the days of women throughout Brookline experiencing mental health issues, coping with economic hardship, or facing difficult life circumstances with too little support. Learn more and register here:

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.

Womens Self-Defense/Safety Workshop

Sunday, April 29th 12;30-3:30pm
The InnerSpace
17 Station Street, Brookline Village

Pre-registration required with questions and registration to register

Public event about Teen nutrition

Is your teenager drinking too much soda?  A public discussion about teens and nutrition in Brookline and beyond.  Thursday, May 10, 7:00-8:30 pm, Black Box, Brookline High School

The Brookline High School Food Justice Committee will host Harvard nutritionist (and Brookline resident) Eric Rimm to address the current realities and risks of teenage nutrition. Do teens consume too much unhealthy food? What is considered unhealthy? How much of the nutritional choices are their own choices? Do our schools and community promote nutritional choices? Rimm’s talk will be preceded by a brief presentation that highlights key findings of a recent survey of Brookline High teen soda and purchased drink consumption. Dr. Rimm is a Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition and the Director of the Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and also a Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. His research includes effective interventions for schoolchildren, adults and the food insecure. He was awarded the 2012 American Society for Nutrition General Mills Institute of Health and Nutrition Innovation Award. The Brookline High School Food Justice Committee works to educate our community, support the Brookline Food Pantry, and grow food. We aim to build a Food and Sustainability Program at Brookline High School.


In July, sales of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts are set to begin. Presently, Brookline is approved for up to five dispensaries. While the law makes marijuana legally available only to adults 21 and older, it also will undoubtedly increase access to youth, who may perceive this legalization as a message that marijuana is no big deal. However, studies also show marijuana use can negatively impact the teen brain at a crucial time in its development, causing a range of social, learning, and mental health issues, impairing judgment, and leading to risky behavior (including driving while stoned). But parents can make a big impact on their adolescent’s attitudes and behavior, so open an ongoing conversation about facts, expectations, and consequences. Check out B-PEN’s “Marijuana” page and the new “Ten Talking Points for Discussing Marijuana with Our Kids.”


HomeBase is currently enrolling grades K-4 for the 2018-2019 school year! We will pick-up your kids at school! Transportation with Sheprd for students from Lincoln school.

Flexible schedule: Pick and choose the days and times which work for your family.  High quality staff who take a holistic approach to understanding your child.  Innovative enrichment activities.  Vacation Camp & Brookline Early Release Day Care available.

Summer Music Camp

Boston Music Institute is providing Summer Music Camp and Competition August 13-17 & 20-24 2018 , from 9 am to 3 pm at Boston University, College of Fine Arts.  This summer camp is for age 9 to 18 ,Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass and Advanced level of Oboe and Horn.  The competition is held on the first day of camp.
The winners of the competition perform at the Boston Symphony Hall with the BMI Summer Chamber Ensemble , under Mr. Steven Karidoyanes, conductor of Youth Symphony NEC.   All classes are instructed by New England Conservatory Prep School Faculty and Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra Faculty.  This amazing summer music camp will bring your child to the next step of their music career and will provide campers wonderful experience of a final concert at Boston Symphony Hall.

The deadline for registration is June 15th.   Sign up

If you have a further question, please contact us at ,

Ballet Summer Programs

THE BROOKLINE BALLET SCHOOL offers Summer Programs and Classes for all ages. Registration is now open for: ‘Mommy & Me’ Movement Classes for children ages 2-3 together with a caregiver, Creative Dance Classes for children ages 3-4, Children’s Ballet Classes and Summertime Ballet Adventures for children ages 5-7, Young Dancer Ballet Classes for students ages 8-11, Junior Ballet Intensive for students ages 11-13 (by audition) and Pre-Professional August Intensive for students ages 12+ (by audition). Drop-in ballet classes and beginner ballet sessions for adults will continue throughout the summer and we will also offer an Adult Summer Intensive in June.
Please visit or call 617.879.9988 for more information and to register!

From Conflict to Collaboration: A Parenting Framework That Brings Out The Best in You and Your Child

Do you ever feel frustrated with your child? 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 (CPS) approach gives parents concrete tools to relate better to their kids, reduce challenging behavior, and build their kids’ skills in self-regulation, communication and problem-solving.  See to register for an upcoming morning or evening CPS workshop in Brookline or Newton that starts in May.

Be Zen Through the Chaos: A CPS & Mindfulness Workshop

Do you get emotionally hijacked when your child is disrespectful or pushes your buttons? Do you find yourself too angry or upset to use your parenting skills? This workshop will give you an overview of the life-changing Collaborative Problem Solving parenting approach and specific mindfulness practices to enhance your self-regulation and coping skills in those frustrating moments, so that you can stay present with your own experience that arises in your body. Saturday, May 19, 9am-12pm in Brookline. Register at

Community Classifieds

Looking for a nearby PRESCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM for your 3-5 year olds? Flexible schedule! Check out CLINTON PATH PRESCHOOL – *INTIMATE, NURTURING, SAFE Summer Magic* happens here!

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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