Lincoln Lines November 4th, 2018 No. 9


Lincoln Lines November, 2018 No. 9

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well and that you enjoyed the extra hour this weekend. Conversely, if you have younger children, I hope their sleep cycles get back on track soon.

Deadline Extended for Pre-K to 8 Math Survey

The district is seeking input from families and caregivers on their experience with the Pre-K to 8 math program in Brookline. More information and the survey itself can be found here. The survey is open through Nov. 12

Term 1 Grades Close for Middle School on Wednesday

This Wednesday, Nov. 7, is the end of term one for our students in grades 6-8. Report cards will be published via the Parent Portal on Thursday, Nov. 15

Election Day Tuesday–Voting in Multipurpose Room

This Tuesday, Nov. 6 is election day and the Lincoln multipurpose room is a polling location. Parking around the school will likely be affected.

Parent Portal Night Nov. 7

The PSB and Steps to Success are hosting an event this Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room at the HIgh St. Veterans Development at 226 High Street. This is both an opportunity to connect with other families and also get support in accessing the parent portal and other resources.

No School this Friday or next Monday

A reminder that there will be no school for students this Friday, Nov. 9 or the following Monday, Nov. 12. Friday is a full-day professional day for Public Schools of Brookline staff. On Monday, schools are closed in observance of Veterans Day.

Conference Release Days Begin Next Week

The week of November 12 is the beginning of the fall conference season and the related early release days. The schedule of those days is below.

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.

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).

Donations can be dropped off in the NuDay Syria donation box near the school entrance, or brought to Martha Gammie’s room (102).


Lincoln School & PTO News

Wednesday, November 7th – Car-Free / Walk-Bike to School Day

A reminder that this Wednesday (generally the first school-day Wednesday of the month) is Lincoln’s monthly Car-Free / Walk-Bike to School Day where students, teachers, administrators and other members of the school community, who are able, are urged leave the car behind and walk, bike, scoot, etc. to and from school. For those who need to use a car, carpooling is encouraged!

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 – Bag Pickup on Thursday, November 8

There is no school on Friday, November 9 and Monday, November 12. Bags can be picked up on Thursday, November 8 in the Main Lobby from 7:30-8:15 am and 2:15-3:00 pm or anytime during the school day in the Office. Bags will be heavier than normal and contents will be a little different to accommodate the long weekend. Questions? Email

Brookline Thrives – New Volunteer Dates Added!

Brookline Thrives has added more dates for volunteers to pack bags on Thursday evenings. Thank you to all who have already signed up! To volunteer, please use SignUp Genius:

Community Announcements

PSB Policy Under Review-Home Instruction

The Brookline School Committee is currently reviewing a revised draft of the PSB Home Instruction Policy and welcomes your feedback.  Additional information and a copy of the proposed policy can be found on the School Website.

11/8 School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, November 8, 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.

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.

TEDxYouth event at Lincoln School on November 9th and 10th

TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet is launching its 7th season RAISING youth voices, ACCELERATING youth driven change, SPARKING intergenerational imaginations.
You are invited to TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet events on Friday November 9th, 7-10:30pm at the Brookline Teen Center for the Kick-Off party and “High School 911” movie premier, director panel, youth activism workshop, and on Saturday November 10th, 10:30am-3:30pm for the Speaker Program at the Lincoln School in Brookline. Registration is FREE and space is limited! Register here. For questions, please contact


November 11th: 11am – 2pm at the Studio of Engaging Math

Come and learn more about our programs. Play games, do STEM activities, solve puzzles, and win prizes! Check out robotics, coding, and chess classes as well:

Studio of Engaging Math is a pre-K-8 after-school math program. Our mission is to cultivate students’ appreciation of mathematics by fostering intellectual curiosity, critical and logical thinking, spatial reasoning and problem-solving skills to build student confidence and self-esteem. We put emphasis on creativity, original thinking and reasoning over memorization. Small group setting with curriculum that is tailored for students of various levels creates positive attitude about math and redefines math learning experience.

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:


B-PEN is collaborating with youth organizations in Belmont, Waltham, and Watertown to reinforce the findings that kids who believe their parents disapprove of underage drinking are less likely to drinking. Parents do make a difference! B-PEN’s webpage on this initiative contains tips, facts, and links to helpful resources about teens and alcohol. (

Brookline’s Green Electricity

Brookline’s Green Electricity program provides residents and businesses access to clean, renewable energy sources, including wind and solar power, billed directly through your monthly Eversource bill. Through bulk purchasing, the Town program offers environmentally friendly 100% renewable electricity from local sources at cost-saving rates. When you OPT UP, something as ordinary as paying your electric bill can have an extraordinary impact on the environment. If you think you signed up for 100%, check that your bill reads .131xKWh. If the rate is any different than this, go to the website and re-register for BROOKLINE ALL GREEN.

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

Babysitting – Ms. Cordner, the Career Counselor at Brookline High School, has a long list of qualified high schools students interested in babysitting this year! Many have experience babysitting a range of ages, some even are able to drive to you! If you are in need of a babysitter please reach out to Ms. Cordner,, for more information.

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

PIANO LESSONS: Gloria Jasinski – Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music, Master of Music in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory. 30+ years teaching experience. Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sightreading. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners especially welcome. Have a positive and successful learning experience. Phone: 617.566.9704, email:

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

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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