Lincoln Lines June 18th, 2018 No. 38


Lincoln Lines June 18th, 2018 No. 38

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well and that all the dad’s had a Happy Father’s Day.

Last Tuesday morning, we held an event to dedicate a new tree in our front walkway. The tree was planted to honor Lincoln student Jeremy Cohen, who passed away four years ago when he was in the fourth grade. On Tuesday, our 7th and 8th graders gathered in the theater to hear remembrances from classmates and Jeremy’s teachers, and moving remarks from Jeremy’s parents. At the conclusion of the program, we filed by the tree and left behind rocks students had painted in honor of Jeremy. It was a wonderful remembrance of Jeremy, and I was so proud of our students, staff, and the families who planned and participated in it. If you’d like to see it, the tree is located just to the left of main entrance.

Lincoln Staff Member Recognized as SEPAC Hero

I want to recognize Lincoln Speech and Language Pathologist Audra Francisco. Audra was recently named a Brookline SEPAC Hero for her dedication to our students. Congratulations to Audra.

Graduation Thursday

We will hold our 2018 graduation Thursday at 5 p.m in the theater.

Opportunity to Participate in Equity and Inclusion Committee at Lincoln

Next year, we will launch a committee of teachers, parents, and school leaders to discuss Lincoln’s vision of Equity and Inclusion and build on the work done to date in these arena by Lincoln staff and families. The work of this committee will be under the umbrella of town-wide efforts being undertaken at each school in the coming year including town-wide parent committee to address issues of Equity and Inclusion in the Public Schools of Brookline.

My goal is to identify a group of parents and staff members to participate in this committee by the end of this school year so that we can hit the ground running in September. This committee will work in three areas: student-to-student interactions; school/teacher-to-student interactions; and school/teacher-to-family interactions. This committee will be tasked with generating ideas for and executing actions in these areas. I expect that this committee would meet at least monthly and that meetings will likely be during the school day.

To learn more about the district’s work in this arena, I encourage you to attend the next town-wide meeting on Monday, June 18, from 6-8 p.m. in room 103 at Town Hall with Superintendent Bott.

If you are interested in participating in the Lincoln-based committee beginning as soon as this summer, please complete this application by Wednesday, June 20.

I hope everyone enjoys our last full week.


Lincoln School & PTO News

2018 Pumpkinfest planning is underway!

Interested in the inner workings of Lincoln’s biggest fundraiser? The 2018 Pumpkinfest Committee is looking for fresh ideas and energy. Join our fun and dynamic group to make 2018 Pumpkinfest the best Pumpkinfest ever!

Our specific needs include graphic design and external fundraising (third party sponsorship & donations).

Looking to get involved in a more general way? That’s great! Join the Pumpkinfest Committee to exchange ideas and help with all the behind-the-scenes planning that goes into creating the magic of this Lincoln tradition.

Contact the Pumpkinfest Committee by email at or reach out in person to Sarah Johnson Weingart, Sara Scott or Chantal Boxer.

Note from the Librarian

There are many children’s books written about the importance of thank you’s. I could write my own book this year as there are so many people that I need to thank! I have been away this year to help my family and I am looking forward to returning in September. Thank you to Mr. Denitzio for all of his support and help and to all the Lincoln office staff who saved the day on many occasions. I also appreciate the flexibility of the teachers. I also want to recognize all the parents who counted Boxtops. (keep them coming!), ran the Bookfair, conducted the Readathon…..and everything else. Most of all thank you as usual to the library volunteers who continued to shelve books and maintain the library. A special thank you to Yoshie Hoshi who has led the group of library volunteers for many years. Her daughter Yuki is graduating so she will be departing as well. I have counted on her quiet grace and superb organization and I will miss her personally and professionally. And special thanks to Emily May and Margaret French who were the library subs. Emily discovered that she would like to become a librarian and she will make a great one! Margaret had planned on becoming a librarian in a public library but thanks to her experience with the Lincoln community she is going to get certification to become a school librarian. We were so lucky to have them this year and I wish them the best. They will be missed.

Happy Summer Lincoln Families! Don’t forget to settle in with a great book in any format.

Deb Abner
Lincoln School Librarian

Public Schools of Brookline – Withdrawing your Student

Parents/Guardians of all students withdrawing from the Public Schools of Brookline (PSB) must complete an online withdrawal form​ and report where the student will be next enrolled.
● The form is available at​.
● You must complete one form for each student.
● By completing and signing this form you acknowledge that your student
will be withdrawn from PSB.
● You must complete the withdrawal form in order for PSB to complete a
transcript request.

Your student’s temporary record, which is all material other than your official transcript, will be destroyed no later than five years after you withdraw from the school system.

If your student is withdrawing from PSB and plans to return:
● You will be required to complete the enrollment process upon the student’s return to Brookline and before they can attend classes.
● For more information regarding re-enrollment, please see:​.

Office of Student Affairs | (617)-264-6492 |

Public Schools of Brookline – Change of Address

Did you change your address in Brookline? If so, it will need to be updated with the Office of Student Affairs. If you did make a change in your Brookline address, please inform the Office of Student Affairs within five (5) days of occupancy in your new residence so that important information – such as your child’s school assignment, or any new information – can reach you. Please review our Residency FAQs and Current Families FAQs for additional information about Residency requirements.

To update your address, please complete the form below and submit the required documents to the Office of Student Affairs. You will be provided with a list of acceptable documents after you complete this form. The address will not be changed until the Office of Student Affairs receives documented evidence of your residency. Should you have questions about changing your address, or about completing the form below, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at: (617) 264-6492.

Community Announcements

School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 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, through its Subcommittee on Policy Review, regularly reviews and, when necessary, revises or creates written policies governing the Public Schools of Brookline (PSB). In an effort to improve public feedback on policy revisions, the proposed draft of any policy under review is posted on the Public Schools website when it is approved for a First Reading by the full School Committee.

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

1) Proposed Meal Charge Policy

2) Proposed PSB ​Home Instruction Policy

3) Proposed PSB Student Discipline Policy

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

Middle School Mondays

Rising 6th grade students are able to attend the Brookline Teen Center on Mondays beginning on July 9th. You can learn more about Middle School offerings at the Brookline Teen Center on our Middle School Mondays page:

From the Brookline Education Foundation

It’s time to Honor a Teacher! As the school year winds down, what better way to acknowledge your child’s teachers (or specialists, coaches, guidance counselors, or other adults in your child’s school life) than a much appreciated gift to the BEF in their honor? When you make your gift, simply designate the adult(s) you would like to honor, and we will notify them of your appreciation (but not the amount of your gift!). Your donation comes right back to your Brookline school in the form of teacher, collaborative, and systemwide grants that support teacher innovation and creativity. Thank you for your support of the BEF. Together we can help Brookline teachers be their best.

Japanese Math Academy Now Enrolling for Fall 2018

Open House Saturday, Sept 1 @5pm, Sunday, Sept 2 @5pm, Wednesday, Sept 5 @7pm

Get your children ready for the ever-increasing demands in today’s global economy! Japanese Math Academy is a new after school math enrichment program designed to prepare elementary and middle school students for the rigorous high school curriculum. JMA lays the foundation to support driven students to become tomorrow’s global leaders. The JMA program is founded on proven techniques in teaching problem solving based on Japan’s positive attitude towards mathematical thinking. A long-time Lincoln/BHS parent now brings it to Brookline! Your children will build confidence in math and will soon be happily chatting away about mathematical concepts that are beyond their grade levels. The program is currently offered for grades 1 to 6 and we are now enrolling for fall 2018. Spaces are limited. Visit us at For more information, email, call 857.352.3498 or text 617.784.0726.


Do you have a child that loves to sing? Join VOICES Boston children’s chorus for our 2018-2019 season! With singing at its core and training in dance and drama, VOICES Boston changes the lives of children, building confidence, discipline, leadership and a love of music that will last a lifetime.

We have ensembles for singers grades K-8 and rehearse at the William H. Lincoln School in Brookline, MA. VOICES singers perform a wide range of repertoire, from classical to world music, gospel to new music and present an opera every year.

To sign or just learn more about the program, visit or contact:

Kalee Burrows, Program Manager

Summer Art Classes and Workshops

Art with Amy is offering art classes and workshops throughout the summer. 8:30-2 and 2-5 options. Weaving on floor looms class with Saori Worcester, art field trips and lots of great painting, drawing and building! Beginning June 27 and running through August. Sign ons by the week or day welcome! Located in heart of Brookline Village at 45 Harvard St.

The Brookline school year ends June 26th. We have a set of special art classes for June 27th, 28th and 29th. These days are all 9-2. This week of classes is being taught by Milo – so expect tons of art FUN! Mixed media, sculpey, collage and making zines are on the schedule.

For the full list of AWA Summer Fun (including weaving on real looms with Mihoko in July) check out

Community Classifieds

2006 Saturn VUE 4 For Sale
Sun roof, CD player, DVD player, power windows, passenger seat heater, nw wheels in July, 117K miles, $3K or B.O.    Contact Nazneen Cooper

Apartment to rent – Bright 3 bedroom apartment with garage space in Lincoln School district (close to Robinson Park) available starting August 1st. Please contact Julie for additional information (

Looking for parking spot in Lincoln school neighborhood!  If you have a parking spot available immediately or that will become available before August 2018 please email at

Piano Lessons for Kids

Hello Lincoln Community! I’m Liz, UC Berkeley B.A. in auditory sciences and music with 20 years of classical music training, 12 years of instrumental/vocal studies and performance in concert orchestras/bands, chamber ensembles, and choirs, and 6 years of music instruction experience.  I’m excited to work with more young pianists and help all students build lifelong music skills! My lessons are supportive and creative environments with focuses on piano technique, sight-reading, and music theory.

All of my lessons take place in your home – there’s no need to travel, I’ll come to you! Scheduling is flexible, and payment is per lesson.  I’ve also worked with several music classes throughout Brookline Public Schools, and am currently working with two families at the Lincoln School. I would be happy to provide references!

Please feel free to email me at or call me at (949) 502-1919 – thank you!

Can we help you with your kids this summer?

My name is Justin Grossman, and I’m a 15-year old BHS student, and I’d be happy to offer you some mid-day relief by taking care of your children. Ideally, I’m looking for a position 2-4 days a week, from roughly 11 am – 2 pm. I’d be happy to prepare your kids’ lunches, take them to the park, do crafts, and play sports. I love kids, am responsible, and happy to help with whatever would help you most. If you are interested please contact me at or (617) 306- 0877.

Hi, my name is Sophia Grossman. I’m a 13-year old Lincoln student. This summer I would love to provide some mid-day relief for you by taking care of your kids ideally from hours 11 – 2 am, preferably 2 – 4 days a week. I’d be happy to take your kids to the park, fix lunch, do arts and crafts or play sports. I absolutely love being around kids and would really enjoy taking care of yours! If you are interested contact me at or (617) 378-1672.

Certified Reading Specialist with M. Ed in Reading Education, 15+ years of experience, trained in Phono-Graphix, Lindamood, & O.G. I specialize in creatively remediating students who read at or below a 2nd grade level. Child-friendly lessons incorporate games, toys, and children’s own stories. Age 5 to 7 only. Excellent references. Free initial assessment. $40.00 per hour. Formerly employed by “The Learning Lab @ Lesley.” (617-323-4709)

CLINTON PATH PRESCHOOL SUMMER & FALL OPENINGS!  Looking for a nearby PRESCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAM for your 3-5 year olds? Flexible schedule! *INTIMATE, NURTURING, SAFE Summer Magic* happens here! SPECIAL NEWS: While usually fully enrolled off the waitlist, we have OPEN SPACES THIS FALL 2018! Go to – watch our video, learn more about our programs and apply to join us.


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