Lincoln Lines October 28th, 2018 No. 8


Lincoln Lines October 28th, 2018 No. 8

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well. I want to share again my message from earlier this week regarding Halloween on Wednesday and also include information about candy in the days following Halloween.

With Halloween only a few days away, I want to send a few reminders about Halloween. As we have in previous years, only grades K-3 will participate in anything costume related. Your student’s teacher will communicate specific plans around costumes this week if they haven’t done so already. Students in grades 4-8 will not have the opportunity to wear costumes/masks/etc. to school on Wednesday.

In light of Halloween, this is a good time for me to share with everyone a few critically important food safety reminders. Many students in our school have severe food allergies. These are not limited to nut allergies, but with the high nut content of many Halloween treats, we need to be especially mindful of this in the coming week. Please keep all candy at home on Wednesday, saving it for Trick-or-Treating. Thank you in advance for ensuring we have a candy-free Wednesday.

Looking Ahead

The following week on Friday, Nov. 9 schools are closed for students as staff have an all-day professional development. Schools are closed for students and staff on Monday, Nov. 12 in observance of Veteran’s Day.

The week following that begins our fall season of early release days for conferences.

Grades K-6 will be released at 12:40 on Thursday, November 15.
Grades K-8 will be released at 12:40 on Wednesday, November 28.
Grades K-8 will be released at 12:40 on Thursday, December 6.
Grades K-12 will be released at 12:40 on Wednesday, December 12.

Math Night a Success

Our evening math seminar for families on Thursday night was a great success. There will be more sessions throughout the year, so be on the lookout for future dates. Thank you to our math specialists Malia Scott and Hilory Paster for their work. Special thanks also to the BEF and the PTO for their support in helping to make the night a success.

Family Survey on K-8 Math Program Closes Monday

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.

They are inviting all parents with children enrolled in grades preK-8 to complete a survey on teaching and learning in math, curriculum, home/school communication, and parent overall satisfaction with the preK-8 math program. The survey focuses on last school year, 2017-18, so if you had a student in Grade 8 last year you are welcome to participate as well. A link to the survey 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).


Lincoln School & PTO News

Pumpkinfest and Time with Teachers Raffles

Please check the Pumpkinfest Board for this year’s winners! Raffle prizes may be picked up before school In the main lobby Tuesday-Friday morning. Time with Teachers will be scheduled by Teachers.
Thank you to all who participated, and CONGRATULATIONS to the lucky winners!

Parent/Guardian Maker Workshop & Coffee, sponsored by the Enrichment & Challenge Support (ECS) Department

You’re invited to the ECS Maker Workshop to enjoy some coffee and pastries on Wednesday, November 7th, from 8:00 – 8:45 am in the cafeteria. Our goal is to bring innovation to all students through work focusing in on 21st Century learning skills – creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. We will spend our time together by participating in an engaging and hands-on maker activity that will highlight the engineering design process, as well as give you an understanding of how we collaborate with teachers to bring these real-life problem-solving skills into each child’s classroom.

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

Intelligent Lives: Presented by Award-Winning Filmmaker Dan Habib

Monday, 10/29/18 at 7pm at Natick High School (15 West Street, Natick)

Join the filmmaker, Dan Habib, for this FREE screening of his most recent documentary which challenges our notions of what it means to be intelligent. This film challenges perceptions of intelligence and points to a future in which people of all abilities can achieve their full potential in their education, work, and social lives. Dan Habib will introduce the film and lead a Q & A following the screening. This event is FREE, but please register at Over 250 people have registered – We hope you can join us!

If you would like a sneak peak, here is a link to the film’s trailer
HERE is a link to the facebook event that you are welcome to share
Lead Sponsors: Natick Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) ( ), Natick Public Schools, Natick is UNITED, and SPARK Kindness ( )

Office of English Learner Education Community Resource Fair

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Coolidge Corner School, 345 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02445
Learn about cultural, religious, social, and other resources for families in and around Brookline!

Representatives from various agencies, organizations, and businesses will be available to provide you with important information and answer your questions. Families may stop by the Fair any time between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm.

For More Information:

Call: 617-264-6413 or 617-264-6412

This free event is sponsored by Brookline’s Office of English Learner Education

Korean Cultural Festival Boston 2018- On Sat. Nov. 3rd

We would like to extend a special invitation for you and your family to the Korean Church of Boston’s (KCB) Korean Cultural Festival Boston 2018. This event will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, at 5:30 p.m. (Korean Food Tasting Event) and at 7 p.m. (Concert).

Korean Cultural Festival has been held annually since 2002 in order to express our thanks and friendship to the Brookline community. They have featured an enactment of a Korean traditional wedding, Korean cuisine and performances that celebrate Korea’s rich history and culture. Each year approximately 400 members of the Brookline community have joined us for an evening of entertainment and friendship.

This year, recognizing that cultural diversity is a key feature of the Brookline community, Korean Cultural Festival Boston 2018 will feature various Korean cultural performances and food. We hope this can serve to foster cross-cultural exchange and friendship.

Please join us for a very special night of cultural enrichment and be part of the festivities. Admission is Free. Reservations are encouraged, but not required and may be made at

You may use Brookline Town Hall underground parking lot between 3pm and 11pm on the day of the event.

For more information, please visit our website:

Pack 6 Fall Campout

This weekend Brookline Cub Scout Pack 6 will be camping overnight at Camp Sayre in Milton. Sayre is the New England Base Camp that features hiking trails, ropes courses, archery, axe throwing as well as indoor swimming. Scouts will learn to how to set up campsites, conduct safe campfires, and cook in the outdoors ( see: ).

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. To find out more about this and other events, submit a Scout Interest Form at:

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:

Mothers Out Front: Community Coffee, Wednesday, November 14, 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. GenSouEn Tea House, 299 Harvard St., Brookline.

First Light – Holiday Celebration, Thursday, November 29, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

The Brookline Chamber of Commerce invites you to jump start the Holidays! Enjoy free family-friendly performances, refreshments, and giveaways hosted by local businesses. Go to to get a list of participating businesses. To learn more about the Brookline Chamber of Commerce visit:

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.

Connecting with the BHS Career Exploration and Immersion Program

The College and Career Center at Brookline High School is seeking community support for our Career Exploration and Immersion Program (CEIP). The goal of the CEIP is to build intentional connections between the professional expertise in our community and the students, teachers, and programs who seek understanding of and experience with the current professional landscape.

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.

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

Community Classifieds

Searching for babysitter to drive 5th grader from Lincoln area to Allston 2-3 times per week around 5:30pm. If anyone has an older child in high school or any leads on this, I’d love it. Amy Barsky, 510-541-1852 or .

Apartment Available – 35 Milton Road, Second floor apartment in Brookline, Owner occupied. I block from Lincoln School, Close to D Riverside Line. On #60 bus route, Five rooms, 2 1/2 bedroom, fireplace, attic and garage use, Fenced yard. Parking included, Children and Pets welcome, Gas heat/hot water, energy efficient boiler two years old, you pay utilities, Asking $2200, negotiable, 617-734-2262

DRUM LESSONS:  Ever wanted to play drums? Now is your chance! I am an experienced teacher/performer looking to add students to my private studio in JP. I teach drumset, mallets, timpani and hand percussion from ages 8-adult. If interested, send me an email: Check out my website:

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

Lincoln School PTO Emails and Social Media:

Lincoln Lines email address:
PTO email address:
Twitter: @whlincolnPTO /
Instagram: @whlincolnPTO /
Lincoln PTO Website:
Lincoln School Website:

Sign up for the new Directory to get Lincoln Lines:, invite code 19kennard