Lincoln Lines September 16th, 2018 No. 2


Lincoln Lines September 16th, 2018 No. 2

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well, and that you’re enjoying the beautiful weather this Sunday. It was great to see so many of you at the Back to School Picnic on Thursday evening.

First pick-up this Friday for Brookline Thrives

Lincoln School is excited to be a part of Brookline Thrives, a new weekend food program starting on Friday, September 21.You received a flier about Thrives in your packet of back to school paperwork, but for those unfamiliar, the program is FREE and available to all Lincoln School families who may benefit from additional food options for their children over the weekend. Brookline Thrives weekend packs contain single-serve, non-perishable foods for two breakfasts, two lunches, milk, snacks and fruit. Weekend packs can be picked up on Fridays before and after school in the main lobby. Look for the black bins with yellow lids with the Brookline Thrives logo. Families can choose to participate every week or just when needed. Registration is not required, but it is helpful to the program to know how many packs to have each week, plus families can advise of any food allergies. Registration forms are available in the Office. Questions? Want to help? Email

Lincoln Hosting Visiting Saudi Educators

This year the Public Schools of Brookline is hosting twenty four educators visiting from Saudi Arabia through a partnership with Boston University. The visiting teachers are immersed in our schools, in partnership with Brookline educators, to learn about our methods and processes. The Saudi educators will then turn their learning into a capstone project that includes a proposal for educational reform that will be presented to the Saudi Ministry of Education.

The visiting teachers have been in Boston since February where they spent the first half of their experience at BU taking intensive English classes through the Center for English Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP) and courses on pedagogy and philosophies of education at the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development. After their experience in our schools, the visiting educators will return to BU to finalize their capstone projects.

Lincoln is hosting three visiting educators. They are partnered with teachers in art, middle school math, and middle school science. While they will spend the bulk of their time observing in these classrooms, part of the immersion experience calls for them to visit and observe in other classrooms. This is a unique and powerful opportunity to participate in professional and cultural exchange for our host educators, our schools, and our students.

Select Board Seeks Community Members for Baldwin and Driscoll School Building Committees–Deadline Monday, Sept. 17

The Select Board invites community members to apply for positions on the building committees for the Baldwin School and Driscoll School projects. More information about participating in the committee and the application itself can be found here.

Playground Use After School

Our playground spaces can be busy after school, especially in the favorable weather we see in the opening days of school. We ask that all children playing on playground after school be accompanied by and supervised by an adult. Be mindful also of Lincoln Extended Day Programming which uses the field and playgrounds extensively.

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
Sept. 25: Grade 6-8 Open House (6 p.m. start)

School is Closed on Wednesday

A reminder that school is closed this Wednesday, Sept. 19 in observance of Yom Kippur.

Have a great week


Lincoln School & PTO News

Lincoln School Night at Otto Pizza! — MONDAY 9/17   5-9PM

Come enjoy delicious food and our Lincoln community!  Tomorrow evening from 5pm – 9pm.

A portion of all sales (dine-in, take out and gift cards) will go toward supporting our school.

Brookline Thrives: New weekend food program starts Friday, September 21!

New to Lincoln School, Brookline Thrives is a FREE weekend food program available to all Lincoln School families who may benefit from additional food options for their children during the weekends. Brookline Thrives offers weekend food packs containing two breakfast items, two lunch items, milk, snacks and fruit. Families may choose to participate every weekend or only when needed. Food packs can be picked up every Friday in the Main Lobby before and after school and after extended day. Look for the black bins with yellow lids. Registration is not required but is helpful to know how many weekly packs to provide, plus families can indicate food allergies. Forms are available in the Office. Questions or want to help? Email

Sign up for the Lincoln PTO Family Directory

If you’ve already done your annual directory confirmation, thank you!  If not, please do so.  Having accurate information in the directory helps keep you informed about what’s going on at Lincoln.

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

9/20 School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 4:00 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.

Cub Scout Pack 6 at Brookline Day

Brookline Cub Scouts will be holding its opening event for the scouting season during Brookline Day, Sunday September 23 at Larz Anderson Park! This free annual family event includes fun activities for kids, games, food and opportunities to meet with town organizations. Pack 6 will be running a demonstration booth at Brookline Day which will serve as a meeting point throughout the event (See:

The Pack 6 booth will be open from 11AM to 3PM. We will be running a demonstration of our annual model boat races. Adult leaders from Pack 6 will also be available at the booth to answer questions and assist new families in the registration process. We will also talk about the Pack schedule and details of upcoming events. Look for anyone wearing a blue Pack 6 t-shirt if you have any questions.

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:

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

Tales from the Classroom

Please join us for TALES FROM THE CLASSROOM: Personal Essays Read by the 2018 Margaret Metzger Fellows
Friday, September 28, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at the Lincoln School Theater, 19 Kennard Road

The 2018 BEF Margaret Metzger Fellows will read from their essays on the experience of teaching in the Public Schools of Brookline. This year’s fellows, under the direction of BHS English teacher John Andrews, include Chari Dalsheim (Heath), Isabella Delatorre (Coolidge Corner), Cathy Fischer-Mueller (Coolidge Corner), Sophie Gorlin (BHS and a former student of Margaret Metzger), Shelley Mains (BHS), and Melissa London (Pierce). Refreshments and conversation to follow the program. All are welcome. This special event is not to be missed!


As families settle into the new routines of the academic year, it can be a tough transition for students of all ages — and their parents! Kids are facing the challenges of different classes, unfamiliar teachers, maybe even new classmates and a new school. And while this developmental milestone can mark a fresh beginning for reinvention, it can be tricky for parents to navigate as they balance expectations and setting limits on scheduling, bedtime, homework management, etc. B-PEN’s “Transitions” page offers a wide variety of tip sheets and resources to help families get off to a good start. Check it out!

Team Brookline

Attention All Runners! Have you always wanted to run the Boston Marathon? The Brookline Education Foundation is looking for runners for our team.. 2019 could be the year you run this iconic race and support the BEF at the same time. The BEF funds opportunities for Brookline educators to pursue innovative projects, teaching, and professional development. Visit to apply. The application deadline is October 12.

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

Babysitter available weekdays and weekends — High school junior, responsible and loves children is available to pick up your child after school, walk them home and babysit. Does not have last period so can start work at 2pm. Also interested in weekend work. Email Mirabelle at or call her at 617-637-5352.

Afterschool Bus Chaperone or Driver Needed Urgently! Do you head north on Mondays and/or Thursdays after school? A 2nd grader and a 3rd grader need a way to get to their class at Kehillat Israel (across from Devotion School, north end Coolidge Corner) most Mondays and Thursdays during the school year. Hoping we can pay a mom, nanny, etc. to give them a ride there, or pay a middle schooler (or high schooler able to meet the kids by 2:40) to walk to them to the 66 bus and ride with them there (or take Uber in bad weather). Please share this with anyone you know who might be interested! Thanks,

Thursday afternoon childcare needed   Looking for engaging and responsible caregiver to bring our son (second grader) home from Lincoln and provide supervision until around 6pm. Open to hiring mature eighth grader. For more information contact Emily at

The House of Colors Art School offers classes in the Studio Arts, Fiber Fun, and Fashion Design.
Join any time.
Or call Michelle at 617 365-5625

Piano Lessons for Young Beginners   Hello Lincoln Community! I’m Liz, UC Berkeley B.A. in music and psychology, with 20 years of classical music training, including 12 years of orchestral/choral studies and 7 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!


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