Lincoln Lines September 10th, 2018 No. 1


Lincoln Lines September 10th, 2018 No. 1

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well, and that the start of this school year has gone well for your student and for your family. Despite the heat on Thursday, it was a fantastic start to the year. A highlight of that first day was bringing our entire school community together on our field. This is not something we’ve done in my time at Lincoln, and was a great opportunity for us to be together as a school community and to introduce students to some of the new members of our staff. It was also a chance to share with students what I shared with staff and families in my opening message this year, that it’s how good you’re going to be that matters. Our plan is to hold other community meetings and events once each month throughout the year.

Speaking of community building, there are two great community events scheduled for this week, both on Thursday.

New Family Breakfast — Thursday Morning

This Thursday morning is a breakfast for our new families hosted by our PTO’s welcome committee. In addition to our new kindergarten families, we have had a number of new families enrolling throughout the upper grades. If you know a new family who isn’t yet receiving Lincoln Lines, please remind them about the breakfast Thursday morning at 8 a.m. in the library.

Back to School Picnic — Thursday Afternoon

The fall Back to Schoo l Picnic is this Thursday at 5 p.m. As of this writing, the weather should cooperate, but the rain date is the following evening.

Open House Dates/Times

Dates of fall Open House events are below. All are scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Specific details will be communicated by teachers at each grade-level.

Sept. 20: Grade 3 Open House

Sept. 21: Grade 5 Open House

Sept. 27: Grade 4 Open House

Oct. 3: Grade 1 Open House

Oct. 4: Grade 2 Open House

Update on Parking Plan and Impact on Morning Drop-off

I mentioned in my opening letter last week that over the summer the Transportation Board approved a new parking plan for Lincoln. For years, staff have had to crowd onto Hedge Road and double-park in our rear lot. This was frustrating to our Hedge Road neighbors and made it challenging for staff to leave school quickly when they were double-parked into their spots. The new plan alleviates these issues by allowing us a set number of spaces on surrounding side streets. What this means is that every space in our front circle, rear circle, and back parking lot is assigned for a Lincoln staff member. Please keep this in mind during morning drop-off in particular, when staff are arriving. If you must park for drop-off or for a morning event, please park on a nearby side street where two-hour parking is available.

Have a great week


Lincoln School & PTO News

Back to School Picnic!

Back to School picnic is Thursday! Join the school community for a fun evening meeting new friends, and re-connecting with old ones!

We do need some volunteers to make this event a success.   To volunteer, please click here.

Library News

Dear Lincoln Families,
Welcome back to Lincoln! We hope you had a wonderful summer.

We are collecting photos of families reading from around the world. Please send us a picture from your summer vacation. Please label it with your name and place.

Thank you,

Deb Abner, School Librarian and Andrea O’Donnell, Reading Specialist

Sign up for the Lincoln PTO Family Directory

The Lincoln PTO manages a family directory for the purpose of facilitating communication between families and from the PTO. The directory is also used for sending Lincoln Lines, the PTO’s weekly email newsletter, and by some class parents for classroom communication.

If your family has previously been in our directory you should have received an email inviting you to confirm your directory information for the new year.  If you are new to Lincoln, or if you haven’t received a re-confirmation email, signing up is simple!

  1. Visit 
  2. Enter the school invite code:  19kennard
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions

If you have further questions about the directory, visit or send an email to

Community Announcements

9.13.18 School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, September 13, 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.

What School Could Be: A Conversation About the Intersection of Education and Innovation

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Brookline High School Auditorium
Tickets: FREE! Register HERE

Please join us as we kick off our 20th anniversary year for a FREE author talk with Ted Dintersmith and WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti, followed by a reception.

What School Could Be by innovation expert and author Ted Dintersmith is an inspiring account of teachers in ordinary circumstances doing extraordinary things, showing what leads to powerful learning in classrooms, and how to empower teachers to make it happen.

Moderated by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti, this thought-provoking evening is FREE and open to the public. Registration recommended.

Reception to follow where the public is invited to meet faculty, student, and parent representatives from the BHS Innovation Fund to learn more about its twenty-year history with the Public Schools of Brookline.

Get complete event details here.

Singers K-8th grade invited to join VOICES Boston!

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-up or just learn more about the program, visit or contact:

Kalee Burrows, Program Manager

Puppet Lab After-School at Puppet Showplace: Now Enrolling for the 2018-2019 School Year!

Do you love making things the world has never seen? Discovering the hidden qualities of materials? Taking things apart to see how they work? Then we want YOU for Puppet Lab!

Puppet Lab is an after school program for kids age 9-13 with a focus on the materials, engineering, and design side of puppetry arts. Each week we’ll tackle creative challenges in a fun, hands-on, and supportive environment that encourages experimentation. We’ll bravely go beyond simple craft projects to learn advanced tools, techniques, and topics in 3D design. Kids will learn by doing, gain confidence in their abilities, and discover new strategies for solving interdisciplinary problems.

CLASS SIZE:  Puppet Lab classes will be limited to 10 participants

AGE:  Puppet Lab is designed for students in fourth through 8th grades (ages 9-13).

LOCATION:  Puppet Showplace Theater, 32 Station Street, Brookline


Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra in Boston Symphony Hall on October 13, 1 PM

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra will perform a unique concert in the Boston Symphony Hall on October 13 by blending the spirit of Chinese music with the power of a Western orchestra. All-original compositions draw upon five millennia of culture and legends. Western strings, percussion, woodwinds, and brass accentuate the sound of ancient Chinese instruments—like the two-stringed erhu and the plucked pipa. Never before have the exquisite beauty of Chinese melodies and the grandeur of a Western symphony been so seamlessly combined.

Time: October 13, Saturday, 1 PM
Venue: Boston Symphony Hall

Brookline Teen Center

The Brookline Teen Center is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on Mondays from 2:30-7:00 PM. Middle schoolers can play basketball, work on homework, grab a snack in our cafe, participate in pop up activities organized by our youth leaders, check out our music studio, or just hang out with friends. In addition, there is a wide range of programming available for students to sign up for on Mondays and other days of the week. Students must be a member of the BTC in order to attend. Visit our website for more information or to register your child.


MEDIAGIRLS ( is bringing back their eight-week program for 6th – 8th grade girls to the Brookline Teen Center on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 pm to 5 pm starting October 10th. Participants learn to challenge pop-culture messages aimed at girls; talk candidly about the ups and downs of Instagram, Snapchat and other apps, make new friends in Brookline, and create and post inspiring content for girls on our social media. Space is limited to 12, so sign up quickly. Learn more and register at .

Brookline Medical Reserve Corps and Community Emergency Response Team Recruitment Night!

Join staff from the Brookline Public Health Department and Police Department to learn about volunteering with the MRC or CERT. These groups are trained to assist the community in the event of an emergency. They also participate in annual community events like flu vaccine clinics, marathon Monday and other emergency preparedness activities. Learn more about how to make a hands-on difference in your community in an emergency at this information session Thur., Sept 13th from 6-7:30pm at the Department of Public Health. For more information visit or contact us at 617-730-2656 or

Japanese Math Academy Now Enrolling Grade 1, 2, 3 and selected 4

Japanese Math Academy is a new after school math enrichment program for grades 1 through 6. The JMA program is founded on high quality content and proven techniques in teaching problem solving based on “wa-san” or Japanese math developed in the 1400s. Without calculators and algebra, the students tackled problems by visualizing relationships of changing values and applied the technique to solve different problems of increasing difficulty. By the end of the year, your children will learn to solve seemingly difficult mathematical concepts with ease. The program is currently offered to grades 1 through 4. Spaces are limited. Visit us at For more information, contact, call or text 617.396.0991.


The etiquette classes for grades 2-12 cover topics such as improving social and communication skills, projecting confidence, combating shyness, strengthening self-esteem and leadership skills, navigating friendships, resolving conflict, understanding social cues, basic manners, table manners, and much more!

Now enrolling for 5-week and 1-day programs in Boston, Brookline, Newton & More! Classes start 9/29! For more information and to enroll visit!

Community Classifieds

Stuck at home with a sleeping baby or toddler at pickup time? Need someone to walk home your kindergarten or first grader? Super responsible middle school student Kaya is available to help out! Email her at


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