Lincoln Lines April 29nd, 2018 No. 31

Lincoln Lines April 29nd, 2018 No. 31

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope you and your student got back into your routine after returning from break. Below are a
lot of dates for events this spring. Have a great week.

Early Dismissal Tuesday
Students in K-6 will dismiss at 12:40 on Tuesday, May 1. This is the last conference dismissal of
this year. Our next early release day is not until the last day of school on June 26.

Read-a-thon This Week
In support of Screen Free Week, we are holding our third annual Read-a-thon. Please contact,
Sarah Johnson-Weingart at or Kate Mochandreas at with any questions.

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

Morning Math Event for Families
Join Math Specialists Malia Scott and Hilory Paster for a peek into today’s K-5 elementary math
class on Friday, May 18 from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Lincoln School Library.

The agenda will include:
Explore today’s math class: Why does it look, feel, and sound different? Learn how we build
confident, numerate mathematicians. Develop strategies to support shifts in mindsets and
mathematical learning at home.

Math Curriculum Review Focus Groups
The district is holding focus groups as part of Math Curriculum Program review . Information
about the sessions and program review can be found here.

Art Show Launches Friday
Our art show will open this Friday, May 4. Be sure to make time to see student work on display
throughout the first floor.

Spring Concert Dates
I’m thrilled to announce the concert dates for our spring music/chorus performances, all of which
will take place in our auditorium and begin at 8:15.
Grades 5 and 6-8, Thursday, June 7
Grades K and 1, Wednesday, June 13
Grades 2 and 3, Thursday, June 14,


Lincoln School & PTO News

The Lincoln Read-A-Thon starts this week!!

In support of 2018 Screen-Free Week, the Lincoln PTO is holding its third annual Read-A-Thon! Kids, ask your friends and family for pledges, grab a book, and start tracking how many minutes you read this week! There are great prizes for those who read a lot:

  • The middle school class with the highest rate of participation (must be at least 70%) will celebrate with a special breakfast party.
  • The K-5 class with the highest rate of participation (must be at least 70%) will celebrate with a lunch pizza part.
  • The student in each grade with the most minutes of reading will receive a Lincoln School Spirit T-shirt.
  • The student in each grade with the highest pledges will receive a Lincoln School Spirit T-shirt.

Have fun, learn, enjoy, and raise money for your school. Reading = Hope x Change!

The all school Lincoln Art Show Opening is this Friday, May 4th.

I am looking for volunteers to help set-up the art show on Thursday, May 3rd at either 8:00 a.m. or 2:15 p.m. Even of you only have 15 minutes after drop off or before pick up that is a help. No artistic talent required!

Please help celebrate and support the amazing work that Basha Goldstein-Weiss (Ms. GW) and Amelia Bellve do each day with our children. Please email me (Olivia Reyelt, if you think you have any amount of time you can volunteer.  Thank you.

Wednesday, May 2nd – 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!

Celebrate 40 Years of Lincoln Extended Day

Join Lincoln Extended Day, Friday May 18th, 7:30-10:30, to celebrate 40 year’s of Barbara Popken’s leadership and 40+ years of the program!
Event details: First Parish Church, Walnut St, 18 and older.

Community Announcements


Brookline’s town election on May 8th gives voters the opportunity to vote on two important ballot measures: Question 1 to raise funds to address the 40% increase in townwide elementary school enrollment, and Question 2 to fund a renovation and expansion of Brookline High School. Both measures would directly affect Lincoln School students, including money to handle crowding within Lincoln classrooms and space for our kids in the high school once they graduate from Lincoln. Please vote, and please encourage your friends and neighbors to vote. Every vote counts!

· You can vote early. Any registered voter who may be outside Brookline on election day can vote by filling out and submitting an early/absentee ballot at the Clerk’s Office in Brookline Town Hall anytime between now and election day during their office hours: Mon-Wed 8-5, Thurs 8-8, Fri 8-12:30, and Sat 9-1.

· On election day, Tuesday, May 8th, vote at your local precinct polling place (get location information here. The polling place for Precinct 5 (High Street Hill and Greater Point neighborhoods) is Lincoln School.

May 8th is next Tuesday, and the Yes for Brookline campaign is looking for volunteers to help reach out to neighbors and get the vote out. If you are able to help or just have questions, you can find more information on the Yes for Brookline website  and Facebook page  and/or by contacting Bill Reyelt ( / 617.699.7872).

BEF – Celebrating Teachers

Since 1984, the Brookline Education Foundation has presented the Ernest R. Caverly Award annually to two Brookline educators — one high school and one elementary — in recognition of professional achievements and contributions to the Public Schools of Brookline. The BEF is pleased to announce that the 2018 Caverly Award winners are third-grade teacher Beth Greenwood, of Lincoln School, and Spanish/Yoga/Rock Climbing-teacher, Liz Gorman, of BHS.

Beth Greenwood is not only a third grade teacher, she also is the co-director of the middle school plays at Lincoln, as well as a valued member of the school’s Child Study Team. A number of her colleagues and students mentioned that they often ask themselves, “What would Ms. Greenwood do?” in any number of situations. Her passion for books, her love of learning, and her ability to make every child feel heard and special made her stand out to the Caverly Committee. The foundation is thrilled to present Ms. Greenwood with this honor.

Liz Gorman is an extraordinary Spanish teacher who helped to rewrite the Spanish curriculum, and also created the rock-climbing program, the yoga program, and the mindfulness program at Brookline High School. In addition to leading her own classes, she was the first chaperone to China with students in the China Exchange program, learning a surprising amount of Chinese for the trip, and setting the standard for BHS international trips. Ms. Gorman is a mentor and a leader for many teachers and students at the school, and it was the sense of calm that she exudes, combined with her passion and caring, that stood out to the committee. We are delighted to give Ms. Gorman this award.

Ms. Gorman and Ms. Greenwood will be honored at the BEF’s annual Celebrating Teachers event on May 15 at Newbury College. All are welcome.

Join Brookline Cub Scout Pack 6 Sunday May 6 for a hike!

Brookline Cub Scout Pack 6 invites you to bring your scout-age kid (7-10) to The Hammond Pond Reservation in Chestnut Hill on Sunday May 6 at 3PM. You will have an opportunity meet our leaders and learn about our various activities while we explore the reservation for about 1 hour. Pack 6 runs regular meetings and activities throughout the school year. Scouts learn about first aid, safety, nutrition, nature, science and history while camping, hiking, and conducting community service. We aim to keep the scouts physically and mentally active as they learn to work together and support their fellow scouts. Please refer to the Pack 6 website for more information:

Sunday May 6 we will meet at the trail entrance for the Hammond Pond Reservation for a pack hike at 3pm. The Hammond Pond Reservation is located in Chestnut Hill Newton at the end of “The Street” shopping center along Route 9 West just off of Hammond Pond Parkway. There is a large parking area with a trail-head bulletin board by the edge of the pond. The reservation includes a number of interesting features we will explore including dramatic rock formations, a peat bog, and a dam. You can review a reservation map here:

At the end of the hike we will have a snack and discuss how to join Pack 6 as well as talk about future activities.

If you have any questions contact Garth Bruen, 617-947-3805

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.


Brookline Parent Education Network is part of a coalition of wellness initiatives promoting youth wellbeing. The coalition is seeking input to create effective messaging for parents and adults that interact with youth to encourage continued conversations about alcohol use. Please take this short — less than five minutes — survey that will help us help our kids!

Boston Post Adoption Resources

This summer Boston Post Adoption Resources is happy to host two unique summer workshop programs for children who have been adopted: “Creating Roots” and “My Story My Way.” Potential participants with a strong interest in visual arts and narrative story telling are strongly encouraged to enroll. More information about these programs can be found on this link:

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

Thursday afternoon childcare needed.  Seeking engaging, reliable and active young adult to care for two boys (ages 4 and 7) on Thursday afternoons from 2:30-7. Generous pay. Car preferred but not required. Must enjoy being outdoors, dramatic play and creative building with Legos, Magnatiles, etc. Location is in Brookline near Jamaica Pond and home has dog and cat. If interested contact Emily at

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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