Lincoln Lines October 21st, 2018 No. 7


Lincoln Lines October 21st, 2018 No. 7

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I want to start with a big thank you and congratulations to everyone who played a part in pulling off an enormously fun and successful Pumpkinfest on Sunday. The day itself is a big enough undertaking, but there’s a ton of thought, energy, and planning that go on for months before Pumpkinfest. Today’s fantastic community event was the culmination of that work. When I woke up this morning, the weather didn’t look promising, but it was fitting that the sun came out in time for Pumpkinfest and shined all afternoon. I hope all who attended had a great time.

Restorative Practices

You read last week in a letter from Superintendent Bott about the Public Schools of Brookline embarking on a multi-year plan to implement Restorative Practices in our schools. I wanted to update you on this work at Lincoln. I participated in the tier-one training this past July with a group of administrators from across the district. This was a powerful experience that deepened connections among participants and also has had an impact on how I plan professional learning at Lincoln. Ms. Gunther participated in the training in August, and six additional Lincoln staff are participating in the training going on this month, with others hoping to join future trainings. I am encouraged by the district moving in this direction and the level of interest among our staff.

You also saw in the Superintendent’s message that each school will be hosting a community meeting on Restorative Practice. This event at LIncoln will occur on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Lincoln School library. The Superintendent’s full letter including the dates of the community meetings at other schools can be found here.

Evening Math Event 10/25

This year, our math specialists, Hilory Paster and Malia Scott will hold a series of parent-focussed math seminars. The seminars grew out of a Brookline Education Foundation grant funding an intensive training at Stanford University on how to lead mindset and mathematics change. 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.”

Provide Input on Math Curriculum Review

The Public Schools of Brookline is conducting a preK-8 math program review and has contracted with the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) to support the first phase of the review. For Phase I, CCE is collecting a variety of data and feedback from several groups, including school and district administrators, teachers, parents and students. More information and a link to the survey can be found here.

Food Services Survey

The district is seeking input on food services through an on-line survey that can be found here.

Donation Drive to Benefit NuDay Syria

This year, Lincoln’s Middle School students will be reading “Refugee,” by Alan Gratz, as part of the Global Read Aloud: One Book To Connect The World Collaboration. This collaboration is important in showing students that they are part of something bigger than themselves; that we need to care for all people. In light of this initiative, schools around the world chose one book for middle schoolers to read over a 6 week period in order that we see and try to understand the plight of others and think of ways that we can help.

With that said, In addition to classroom learning, we are doing a community service project for NuDay Syria and assisting a local family and we need your help in providing donations to help refugees in Syria as well as those that are here in our community of Brookline. These donations will be shipped to Syria, which will provide relief to thousands of those that have been displaced due to the ongoing crisis. Details about the NuDay Syria donation drive are below. We would kindly ask that you provide donations by November 16, 2018, so that our students will have time to sort and pack the items before Thanksgiving break.

Thank you in advance for your generosity. Should you have any questions, please reach out to Martha Gammie, Ben Stein, or Kathy Conti.

What to Donate

• Gently used winter clothing and boots.
• Used/new stuffed animals.
• Soccer balls.
• Used/new toys (non-battery operated), puzzles, and board games.
• Rice.
• Infant milk formula.
• Women’s hygiene products.
• Diapers.
• Scotch brand heavy duty packing tape.
• Small and medium Home Depot boxes.
• Force Flexx Gladd Trash bags (white).

Notes from the Office

Picking Up Early – Please call the office (617-879- 4600) 5 minutes before pick-up arrival so that we can have your child ready for you. Your child must be signed out of school from the office.

Dropping Off Items – i.e. forgotten homework, lunches, musical instruments – please bring these items to the office. We will see that they get delivered to the classroom.

Parking – The front circle and the back parking lot are reserved for staff parking only from 7 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. You may not park in the Handicapped Area without a Handicap Sticker. Please do not double park and leave your car in the front circle. Staff need to leave for meetings, etc. Also, please be mindful of our neighbor’s driveways.

Lost and Found – Please label your children’s clothing and lunchboxes.

Absences/Tardy – Please call the office if your child is going to be absent or tardy. School begins at 8 a.m. Students arriving after 8 a.m., must sign-in at the late desk.


Lincoln School & PTO News

Pumpkin Weight

The winner of the guess the weight of the giant pumpkin contest is Eli Traub, with a guess of 83 pounds. The highest guess was 481 pounds and 2 ounces; the lowest was 23 pounds.

Brookline Thrives Volunteer Opportunities

Brookline Thrives is looking for adult volunteers to help pack bags on Thursday evenings, 7-8:30pm in the Lincoln Multi-Purpose Room. Use the following SignUp Genius link for more information and to sign up.

Community Announcements

10/18 School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, October 18, 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.

Banishing Burnout and Creating Resilience

For Parents and Kids, a Talk with Bette Freedson
Thursday, October 25th, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Coolidge Corner School Library, 345 Harvard Street, Brookline

This talk is sponsored by the Coolidge Corner School PTO and is open to all Brookline parents.

Bette Freedson is a clinical social worker, certified group psychotherapist, and the author of “Soul Mothers’ Wisdom: Seven Insights for the Single Mother”.

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.

Transportation YOU Summit

Saturday, October 27, 9:00am – 2:00pm, 10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor, Boston, Free!

Featuring hands-on workshops to introduce participants to a wide variety of transportation careers, Q&A student panel, and mini-activity tables. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by the Boston Chapter of Advancing Women in Transportation and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

Registration is limited to the first 100 applicants. Sign up at this link:

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!

Pack 6 Cub Scout Meeting Sunday October 28

Brookline Cub Scout Pack 6 is holding a meeting for our Bear and Webelos (3rd & 4th Grades) scouts on Sunday October 28 at 3PM to go over knife and sharp tool safety. To find out more about this meeting and other events, submit a Scout Interest Form please visit:

Puppet Lab After-School At Puppet Showplace: Now Enrolling for November!

We are now enrolling for SESSION 2 of our Puppet Lab After-School program for the 2018-2019 school year! The session starts November 7.

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.

More info:

AWA! Brookline school half day workshops!

Brookline school half days are coming and we have some fun workshops planned!

Thursday, Nov. 15 – Learn the art of wet felting flowers
Wednesday, Nov. 28th – paper basket weaving
Thursday, Dec. 6th – hand sewing felt dolls/animals
Wednesday, December 12th – toothpaste batik, a fun take on the ancient craft of batik

All workshops run 1:00-2:30. Pick up available at Pierce. Cost: $45 including pizza.
These workshops will be taught by local artist Talia Lefton.
Please feel free to email ( )with any questions and let me know if you’d sign on!

Cheers,  Amy

Brookline Arts Center’s NOVEMBER VACATION DAY PROGRAMS enrolling now!

The BAC has a full schedule of exciting art classes planned for November 9 and November 12 for students ages 5-17. From ArtVentures: Far Out Fiction and Art of the Ancient World to intensives in Art and Activism, Faces and Figures and Jewelry and Metals, we have something for everyone! Learn more and sign up today for November 9 and November 12 on our website.

The Brookline Chamber’s Holiday Prep Pop-Up IS BACK by Popular Demand!

Mark Your Calendar:  Thursday, November 8th, 5:00-8:30pm
Vacant Pier One Space, 1351 Beacon Street, Brookline

The Brookline Chamber is cooking up a Holiday Prep Pop-Up where you can check off all items on your Holiday Prep Shopping: gifts, food, decorations, and travel plans.
Visit the cash bar and enjoy free samples from local food establishments.

No registration needed, this event is free and open to the public. Pop-In to our Pop-Up!

More info:

Brookline Music School’s Adult Instrument Petting Zoo

Come find your musical instrument match at Brookline Music School’s Adult Instrument Petting Zoo on November 9, 2018 at 7:30pm. Adults ages 21 and up are invited to enjoy light refreshments and try out musical instruments, including guitar, piano, violin, flute, drums, and more, in a casual environment with the guidance of BMS faculty members. The evening will also include time for questions and answers about how to incorporate music lessons in to your busy schedule. The event will take place at Brookline Music School (25 Kennard Road, Brookline, MA).

There is a suggested donation is $20 and advanced registration required by November 2, 2018. Visit for more information and to register.

Brookline Youth Wrestling Clinic – Boys & Girls Welcome – Grades 3-8

Date/Location: Sunday November 4, 2018 – 1PM-2:30PM – BHS Tappan Gym – 66 Tappan Street

Come join the Brookline High School Wrestling Team & Coaches for an introduction to the world’s oldest (and toughest) sport. The sport of wrestling will introduce your child to many important values that they will carry on throughout life. Listen to stories from prior athletes and parents of current wrestlers. Wrestling teaches children confidence, hard work, sacrifice, responsibility and accountability just to name a few. Team wrestlers and coaches will be conducting a FREE clinic and demonstration of this wonderful sport. The children will be put through a short warm-up and fun workout. Then your child will learn some basic wrestling rules and apply easy to learn techniques in a safe and fun environment. Please click on the link to Sign-Up for this event. Dress: T-Shirt, Shorts and wrestling shoes or sneakers. Free T-Shirt for the first 60 kids. Families welcome to watch this community event. For additional information, please contact:

Sign up link –

Brookline “Fall Brawl” Youth Wrestling Tournament – Grades 3-8

Date/Location: Sunday November 11, 2018 – 8:00AM to 4:00PM – BHS Tappan Gym – 66 Tappan Street.

Weigh-ins: 8:00AM to 9:30AM. Brackets will be determined by Madison Weight system. Wrestlers will be checked for skin conditions: Doctors note required if applicable

Registration fee & form: Online $20, On-Site $25 – registration form will be collected the day of the event

Registration: Online:

Did you know…?

November 1 is International Stress Awareness Day, a reminder to take stock of how your family is dealing with the challenges of everyday life. Teens can be especially vulnerable – the recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported that 76% of all Brookline 7th-8th graders felt overwhelming stress over the past 12 months. Check out B-PEN’s “Teens & Mental Health” page for helpful tips and information. And please “LIKE” us on facebook, where we regularly post up-to-date news of interest to parents.

Join a Jazz or Rock Ensemble this Fall!

What music inspires you? Whether it’s Miles Davis, Mick Jagger, or Modest Mouse…there’s a BMS Jazz or Rock ensemble for everyone!

Students in Jazz and Rock Ensembles meet weekly and learn their favorite tunes in a fun and engaging setting. Small ensembles of three to six musicians explore music ranging from jazz standards to classic and contemporary rock. Improvisation skills are emphasized in jazz ensembles, but no prior experience with improvisation is required to get started!

Jazz & Rock Ensembles are open to youth, teens, and adults with two or more years of private music instruction.

More information at

Inspo:Expo Brookline Action Fair

More than ever, actions count. Join the 2nd Annual Inspo:Expo Brookline Action Fair on Monday, January 21, 2019. Kehillath Israel (384 Harvard St.) is generously hosting the event from 12-3pm. “Inspo” means “something that serves as inspiration.” Brookline people are this very definition and are known for taking initiative. Ready to engage others in our community to make the world a little better? Have a project or an idea to share? Sign up for a $10 table to spread the word! Kids and teens with projects are welcomed to sign up for a table, too! Get inspired. Volunteer. Take a stand. For more information and to reserve a table, please email Hadassah Margolis, Founder, at

Community Classifieds

Experienced Brookline classroom teacher available for tutoring students in grades K-5 in the areas of reading, writing, and/or math. Certified as a classroom teacher, literacy specialist, and math specialist. For more information, contact Daniel at or 617-470-2731.

Experienced Math Tutor Required for my 3rd grader to come once a week ideally on a weekend. Must be experienced with the Brookline curriculum! Please contact Jackie 617-583-2540

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

Reading Enrichment / Intervention tutoring available for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 4 students.  I retired from a couple of years ago as a MA reading/literacy educator. I have over 35 years teaching experience (including direct service with students as a Reading Specialist, Reading Recovery Teacher and Literacy Coach for School Staff members).

My private reading tutoring service, “Reading is Amazing!” began in 2011.  I provide individualized reading and literacy lessons based on your child’s learning needs and interests. Written or oral feedback is shared with families after each lesson.  Please refer to my website: for more information about my experiences, expertise , and referrals.    Harriet Yoffee, Ed. M., 617-734-6715

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