Lincoln Lines October 8th, 2018 No. 5


Lincoln Lines October 8th, 2018 No. 5

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well and that you’ve enjoyed the three-day weekend.

Car-Free School Day this Wednesday

This Wednesday, Oct. 10 is Brookline’s annual “Car-Free School Day.” Celebrate by walking, biking, skateboarding or taking public transportation to school. More information can be found here

Middle School Term 1 Progress Reports

First term progress reports for students in grades 6-8 publish in the parent portal on Aspen on Thursday. If you have questions about accessing the Parent Portal, please e-mail

Evening Math Event 10/25

This year, our math specialists, Hilory Paster and Malia Scott will hold a series of parent-focussed math seminars. I’m excited to share that the first of these will be on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room 103. The topic for this event will be “Understanding our Base 10 Number System.”

Opportunity to Provide Input on Discipline Policy

An updated Discipline Policy is currently before the School Committee’s Policy Subcommittee for review. As part of that process, the district is seeking parent/community input on the policy. More information about how to view the draft policy and provide feedback can be found here

Sharing Resources

Below are links to two articles from our K-8 Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator Geoff Tegnell. He shared them with 6-8 Social Studies teachers across the district as supports for classroom conversations about the Judiciary Committee hearings back on Sept. 28. I wanted to share these with all families who might be looking for resources for conversations at home.

Have a great week


Lincoln School & PTO News


We are just two weeks away from Lincoln’s biggest community event of the year! Thank you to all who have made donations to help make Pumpkinfest a wonderful fun filled day!

Wheel of Fortune
We have received 12 Wheel of Fortune Baskets, but are still in need of approximately 98 more to keep this favorite event running all day! For basket ideas check out the Pumpkinfest Facebook page or email Sarah Johnson Weingart at

Help make our raffle even bigger than last year!
Do you have any of the following to donate to our raffle and help us raise money for Lincoln?
Tickets — Red Soxs, Celtics, Revolution, Patriots, Bruins, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Theater or other fun local event?
Vacation Home — ski house or summer cottage that could be used for a night away?
Products or Gift Certificates — do you work for a company who could donate a gift card or product basket?
Service — are you a masseuse, interior designer or Knitter who could donate your time and expertise?
Contact Chantal Boxer at with questions or ideas.

NEW:  PUMPKINFEST T-SHIRTS are in and will be on sale Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before and after school for $10!

Attention Families!

Looking for people to host parties or gatherings that members of the Lincoln community can sign up for during Pumpkinfest. Past examples include: a poker night, a holiday cocktail party, a girls night (with henna tattoos and fortune telling), a Cinco De Mayo Mexican dinner party, a “Basement Party” with games and dancing, a fitness class taught by a Lincoln Parent…Any and all ideas welcome. These are great ways to get together with other parents of kids at Lincoln School and have fun! Whether you have a special talent you can put to use such as cooking Indian food? Teaching yoga? Talking on a subject you know (we have had dinners with TedX speakers and a cocktail party featuring a talk on Brookline history for example) or just want to throw a fun party, this is a great way to do so and raise money for Lincoln. Contact Olivia Reyelt (parent grade 7), or Jessica Shattuck (parent grade 1) with ideas or to just brainstorm.

Librarian’s Note

Greetings Lincoln Families!
I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weekend. It has been a busy month in the library as classes have begun the process of weekly visits which include a mini-lesson and book check out. Kindergarten and first grade classes are selecting picture books and learning about informational books. Intermediate grades are selecting “just right” books to support their growth as narrative readers and choosing additional books of personal interest. Some classes are involved in the Global Read Aloud Project and I have done collaboration with teachers in preparation of this amazing marathon of reading. Families are welcome to check out additional books and please stop in if you would like some book suggestions. Reluctant readers are my speciality!

There are an amazing number of exciting book events in our community. Jason Reynolds, an extraordinary author for middle grade students and above is going to be at the Brookline Booksmith on Thursday, October 25. Sign up here:
And don’t forget about the Boston Book Festival next weekend! It gets better every year and I am already overwhelmed by all the choices. Kate DiCamillo, is doing a presentation. I am a big fan of the Science Comics series and there is workshop with the author/illustrators. And the amazing picture book author/illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger is going to be a guest as well.
Check out the options here:

I wanted to let you know about the Winnie the Pooh Exhibit at the MFA. Come check out a Winnie the Pooh collection to share with your family.

And don’t forget to check out the amazing Fog XFLO Installation by Japanese artist Fugiko Nakaya. Many of you have seen the components at Leverett Pond and Jamaica Pond but don’t miss the piece at Franklin Park. It closes October 31.

Community Announcements

PSB Community Input on Revised Discipline Policy

Recently, a letter (copied below) went out to all parents/guardians asking for community input on the revised draft PSB Discipline/Code of Conduct Policy. The letter includes links to the revised draft and a survey.

Here is a link to the letter that went out.

Participate in Car-Free School Day

On Wednesday, October 10th, join the Lincoln School’s effort to reduce carbon emissions, engage students in healthy habits and promote a walkable community by having your student “walk, bike, or roll” to school! According to the Center for Disease Control, childhood obesity rates in the country have tripled in the last three decades. Biking or walking as a form of physical activity can help slow this trend and prevent chronic conditions, such as diabetes. Additionally, when families decide to use modes of transportation other than driving a car, they help reduce the amount of air pollutants emitted by automobiles and promote a tighter-knit, more people-centric community. 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!

Mothers Out Front: Community Coffee, Wednesday, October 10, 8-10am.

Do you worry about climate change? Find hope through action with us at a community coffee. Stop by anytime between 8 and 10 a.m. to learn more about Mothers Out Front and how to get involved. Athan’s Bakery, 1621 Beacon St., Brookline.

Office of Diversity, Inclusion, & Community Relations POP UP TOWN HALL


Learn more about select Town Departments, upcoming
events and ways to get involved in the community.
contact Caitlin Haynes for more information

Reasonable accommodations available upon request

Pack 6 Brookline Meeting Thursday Oct. 11 6PM

Cub Scout Pack 6 invites families of scout-age kids (K-5) interested in Scouting to our meeting on Thursday October 11 at 6PM. We are meeting at the United Parish of Brookline, 210 Harvard St. in Room 209 (

We will be devoting a portion of this meeting to assisting families with the registration process. If you have begun the registration process and have any questions, please bring any paperwork to the meeting and we will work together to complete it.

In addition to introductions by our Pack leaders and an overview of our upcoming events, there will be games and activities for the scouts and potential new scouts. This is your opportunity to meet the pack and learn all about Scouting.

Please access room 209 by entering United Parish on Marion St. Proceed the second floor and the meeting room should be the first on the right.

For more information and to submit a Scout Interest Form please visit:


There’s a whole lot of vaping going on among Brookline youth, increasing nicotine consumption and providing new ways to smoke marijuana. The recent presentation “The Truth About Vaping” offered parents information and strategies regarding this troubling epidemic. A printable version of The Bottom Line takeaway summarizes key points and recommended resources.

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.

Brookline Music School Event Announcement: “Parents’ Guide to Practicing” on October 25

The Brookline Music School Speaker Series will present Parents’ Guide to Practicing: Tips & Tricks for Making the Most of Private Music Instruction. The event will take place on October 25, 2018 at 7:00pm at Brookline Music School (25 Kennard Road, Brookline).

Join BMS faculty members Julianne Johnston, Jussi Reijonen, Cynthia Sanger, and BMS parent and Board Member, Andrea Oft, for Parents’ Guide to Practicing, a discussion of tips & tricks for helping your child make the most out of private lesson instruction. The conversation, moderated by BMS Director of Education, Gregory Tolwinski, will focus on at-home lesson preparation and practicing for weekly lessons. The event will take place at Brookline Music School (25 Kennard Road, Brookline, MA). Seating is limited, and prior registration is strongly suggested. Please visit to reserve your seats.

Old Burying Ground Treasure Hunt

Please join ghosts, witches and goblins for the annual All Hallows’ Eve Treasure Hunt at the Old Burying Ground at the corner of Walnut and Chestnut Streets, Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. At Brookline’s oldest cemetery, you’ll find many past prominent citizens, Revolutionary and Civil War veterans, and a memorial honoring the men, women, and children who were once enslaved and are also buried here. The stories of their lives are woven into Brookline’s storied history. This FREE family event is presented by the Friends of the Old Burying Ground. Costumes are welcome!

Community Classifieds

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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