Lincoln Lines May 6th, 2018 No. 32


Lincoln Lines May 6th, 2018 No. 32

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well.

If you didn’t have the opportunity to visit our Art Show opening on Friday, I do hope you’ll be able to stop by this week and see the amazing art work our students have done. I also want to thank all of our parent volunteers who pitched in to get our art work hung for presentation. It’s your involvement that makes an art show such a wonderful community event.

Below you’ll find ticket information for this year’s school musical, Shrek, Jr. For weeks after seeing “Singin’ in the Rain” last year, my sons were asking to hear “Moses Supposes” and I’m looking forward to bringing them to this year’s show. There’s been a years-long streak of sold out shows, so I’d encourage you to purchase tickets early.

MCAS in Grades 3-5 Wednesday and Thursday
MCAS resumes this week, with our 3rd through 5th graders taking the math MCAS on Wednesday and Thursday. Students in grades 6 to 8 will take the math test on May 15 and 16.

Voting on Tuesday in the Multi-purpose Room
Be advised that due to voting for the town election in the multi-purpose room on Tuesday, parking in the circle and along Kennard may be affected.

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

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.

Concert Dates
Last week, I shared spring concert dates for Mr. Carter’s music/chorus classes. Those are
copied below, and I’m adding dates for Ms. Murphy’s 4th and 5th grade students on June 15.

Spring Concerts
Thursday, June 7, 8:15 a.m.
Grade 5 Chorus Concert

Thursday, June 7, 9 a.m.
Grade 6-8 Chorus Concert

Wednesday, June 13, 8:15 a.m.
Grades K and 1 Concert

Thursday, June 14, 8:15 a.m.
Grades 2 and 3 Concert

Friday, June 15, 8:15 a.m.
Grade 4 and 5 Concert


Lincoln School & PTO News

2018 Musical: Shrek Jr!

William H. Lincoln School presents the 2018 Musical: Shrek Jr! Come see everyone’s favorite ogre Shrek and his wisecracking pal Donkey, as they rescue Princess Fiona and save the land from the evil Lord Farquaad! Join us for four nights of fun with all the fairy tale creatures including Pinocchio, Big Bad Wolf, Wicked Witch, Ugly Duckling, and the Three Pigs! (Shrek Jr. is based on the Dreamworks animated film with a PG rating.

The performance dates are:

Wednesday May 30th @ 7pm
Thursday May 31st @ 7pm
Friday June 1st @ 7pm
Saturday June 2nd @ 7pm

Tickets are $10 each and are available online at
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Click student activities, browse all items, and enter your information.
Tickets will be held at will call the night of the show.

A limited number of tickets will be sold in the school lobby the week before the show and at the door the night of the performances (subject to availability).

Questions? Email

See you at the show!

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.

LINCOLN BLOOMS Gardening day

Saturday May 19th , 2-4pm
Come help Lincoln Bloom!
We’ll be planting our school’s “snacking garden”, prepping the 3 Sister’s garden, making crafts to add color to our school garden and planting flowers all around the schoolyard!
All are welcome
No previous gardening experience needed!

Community Announcements

5/10 School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, May 10, 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.

PSB Policies Under Review

The Brookline School Committee currently has ​two policies under review and welcomes your feedback:

1) Proposed PSB ​Home Instruction Policy
2) Proposed PSB Student Discipline Policy

Additional information and​ copies of the proposed policies can be found on the School​ ​


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).

Gas Leaks and Ghost Tree Tagging Event

​Brookline has lost over $1 million worth of trees due to underground gas leaks. National Grid is responsible for the leaks, but has no mandate or incentive to fix them because it is permitted by law to charge consumers for the losses in its system. But you can help change the law in Massachusetts to require gas companies to pay for and fix these gas leaks by raising awareness and making a stink! Bring your kids and join Brookline Mothers Out Front to tag one of the 250 gas leaks around town and mark the sites of these “ghost” trees, Saturday, May 12, St. Marks Square, 100 Park St, Brookline, 9:30-11:30 am,

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.


invites you to attend Celebrating Teachers

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
3:30 – 5:00 PM
Newbury College Student Center
129 Fisher Avenue, Brookline

Please join us for the announcement of our 2017-18 grants and the presentation of the 2018 Ernest R. Caverly Awards for Excellence in Teaching to:

Beth Greenwood, Lincoln School, third grade teacher
Liz Gorman, Brookline High School, Spanish, Yoga and Rock Climbing Teacher

Celebrating Teachers is a special opportunity for the BEF and supporters of the Public Schools of Brookline to voice our gratitude for the enthusiasm, dedication, and professionalism of all Brookline educators.

Reception follows program

Middle school parents take note

Did You Know… that by 9th grade at BHS 43% of freshmen perceive little or no risk to marijuana use? By senior year, that’s up to 77%. So now is a great time to have the conversation about the risks of marijuana, which studies show can actually change the structure of the developing brain, impacting cognition, memory, and academic performance. Parents can make a big impact on their adolescent’s attitudes and behavior, so B-PEN ( urges parent to talk to their teens about facts, expectations, and consequences. For more information, check out this excellent NPR report —


Due to the exciting renovation project at the Coolidge Corner Library, The Public Library of Brookline is announcing a temporary new schedule, which will run from June 16 through the duration of the renovation. Both the Brookline Village and Putterham Libraries will have expanded hours while the Coolidge Corner Library is being renovated. Limited library services will also be available at the Sussman House at 50 Pleasant Street. The temporary schedule is as follows:

Brookline Village Library
Monday-Thursday 10 AM – 9 PM
Friday-Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday 1 – 5 PM

Putterham Library
Monday 10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday 10 AM – 9 PM
Wednesday 10 AM – 6 PM
Thursday 10 AM – 9 PM
Friday-Saturday 9:30 AM – 5 PM
Sunday 1 – 5 PM

Sussman House
Monday-Friday 9 AM – 4 PM

Brookline SmartSummers for Children 2018

Brookline SmartSummers (July 2 – August 24, 2018): Brookline SmartSummers is a summer enrichment program for children ages 5 through 13 at Lincoln and Brookline High School. Open to Brookline residents and non-residents, we offer a wide variety of educational programs that meet from one and two weeks at a time. In addition to having lots of fun, children will learn new skills, make new friends, and spend time inside and outdoors. Programs include: science, computers, arts, puppetry, theater, English, and more.

Epiic Solutions Summer Programs

Epiic Solutions: The coolest way for 7th-12th graders to explore entrepreneurship, innovation and design in Boston! 1-week thematic summer programs for teens to develop their own startup ideas and meet Boston’s most influential and creative business leaders. Great way to explore college and career pathways! All camps are hosted at the BUild Lab, Boston University’s new innovation center. Learn more about programs and scholarship opportunities (deadline extended to 5/18) at

Peter & the Wolf with the Boston Chamber Symphony

The Boston Chamber Symphony performs a theatrical, hour-long family concert on Sunday, May 13, featuring Prokofiev’s beloved Peter and the Wolf and two delightfully tuneful contemporary works, Faye Chiao and Anton Dudley’s Musicians of Bremen (world premiere), and Karen LeFrak’s Ivan’s Song.
Music director Avlana Eisenberg will conduct, and the performance will feature Daniel Berger-Jones as narrator and Jennifer Soloway as soprano soloist. Reception with performers and composers Chiao, Dudley, and LeFrak to follow.

Date: May 13, 2018 at 4PM
Location: Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon St., Brookline

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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!


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