Lincoln Lines November 18th, 2018 No. 11


Lincoln Lines November 18th, 2018 No. 11

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope you had a great weekend. We have a short week this week with the Thanksgiving break just three school days away. We’ll have full days on Monday and Tuesday, and then all students will dismiss at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 21. No lunches will be served that day.

When we return from the break, our early release dates for conferences will continue with an early release for all students K-8 at 12:40 on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Other early release dates are below.

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.

Cold Weather Recess Guidance

In previous years, this is a message I send out in December or even January, but the cold weather and the snow snuck up on us this year. Below is guidance about outdoor recess as we enter the winter months.

Believing in the importance of opportunities to play every day, we will continue to have recess throughout the winter. Please be sure to label hats, gloves/mittens, coats and scarves so that when they are misplaced we can get them back to their owner — and keep them out of the lost and found. As a rule of thumb, as long as it is over 20 degrees, we will have outdoor recess. When the temperature is flirting right around the 20 degree mark, we will use any wind/overcast conditions to make the call as to whether recess will be outside or indoors. Our goal will be to keep recess outdoors as much as possible throughout the winter.

Forum on Preventing Cyberbullying and Sexting

On Monday, Dec. 10 from 6-8 p.m. in the Brookline High School Auditorium, Dr. Elizabeth Englander will give a presentation entitled: Teaching Our Children to be Good Digital Citizens: Working Together to Prevent Cyberbullying and Sexting. This event is for parents/guardians of children grades pre-K through 12. This event is free for parents, guardians, and staff of the Public Schools of Brookline. No registration is required. If you have questions about this event, please contact Maria Letasz, director of Guidance and Clinical Services at

Last Call for NuDay Syria Drive

Tuesday of this week will be the last day to bring in donations for the NuDay Syria Drive. Students and staff will be boxing up materials and getting them ready to ship on Wednesday.

More information about the drive is below.

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).

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving and a restful long weekend.


Lincoln School & PTO News


Brookline Thrives – No Bags Over Thanksgiving

Brookline Thrives will not distribute bags over the Thanksgiving break (Nov. 21-25). Bag pickup will resume on Friday, Nov. 30. If your family would benefit from additional food options over the Thanksgiving break, please use the Brookline Food Pantry. Check the website for locations and hours ( 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


Sunday, Nov. 25th, 2pm, Paramount Center

METCO has teamed up with ArtsEmerson to invite all partner districts and Boston families to special performances about race and culture. In WET: A DACAmented Journey, Alex Alpharaoh risks his own freedom to share the true story of what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except one: on paper. As part of the METCO community, all Brookline families can get tickets for just $10 (regularly $60), which include an exclusive post-show reception with the playwright/performer himself! Cash bar and Latin appetizers and music. Tickets are limited. Get yours here!

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:

Literacy Fundraiser at RAFT Dance

Calling all parents of 7th and 8th grade students! At the upcoming RAFT dance on November 30th, the Brookline Literacy Partnership will be selling glow-up bracelets and accessories to help support our literacy programs at the Mather School in Dorchester and the High Street Veterans housing complex in Brookline. We hope you send a few extra dollars to contribute to nurturing reading and education in Brookline and the surrounding area!
You can find more information about the club or donate at


The Public Library of Brookline is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Coolidge Corner Library following a six-month renovation project. On Sunday, December 2 from 3–5 PM, the Coolidge Corner Library, at 31 Pleasant Street, will hold a grand re-opening celebration, complete with a ribbon cutting and refreshments. The celebration is free and open to the public. The Library will open for regular service beginning Monday, December 3.

Brookline Tutor Mentor Program

The Brookline Tutor Mentor Program (BTMP) is offering tutoring and mentoring resources for students from 5th-8th grade! Sessions run by high school students and are held every Sunday from 1-3pm at the Brookline Teen Center beginning shortly after Thanksgiving. The BTMP is looking for any middle schooler who is in need of tutoring in specific areas or classes. If students are struggling with homework, tests, or projects at school, this program will be the perfect opportunity to create better habits and improve their academic strength.

Contact Information: If you have any questions about the BTMP please contact Ariana Soto or Anjoli Mathew at

Art with Amy – Brookline half days

Brookline half days start tomorrow November 15th! We have some spaces open in most of our workshops.

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 at 12:40. Cost: $45 including pizza.

Email with questions and to join the fun :D.

Winter Wonderland 2018: offered by Brookline SmartVacations.

December 26, 27, and 28, choose up to 3 days of fun with arts and crafts, gym time, computer skills, Legos, eco-challenges, and theater games. Full and half-day activities for students ages 5-14. Also, Archery for ages 10-13! Visit:


More than ever, actions count. Ready to engage others in our community to make the world a little better? Have a project or an idea to share? Join us at the 2nd Annual Inspo:Expo Brookline Action Fair on MLK Day (1.21.19) at Kehillath Israel on 384 Harvard St.

“Inspo” means “something that serves as inspiration,” such as all the ways Brookline residents strive to make a difference. Sign up for a $10 table to spread the word about an issue that matters to you. Kids and teens with projects are welcomed to sign up for a table, too! For more information and to reserve a table, please email Hadassah Margolis, Founder (and Coolidge Corner School parent), at

Dress for Success – Women’s Winter Coat Drive

The Brookline Commission for Women will be holding its 14th Annual Dress for Success Boston Women’s Winter Coat Drive on Friday, Dec. 7th and Saturday, Dec. 8th. Dress for Success Boston is a not-for-profit organization that offers services to help disadvantaged women enter the workforce and stay employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and a week’s worth of separates when she gets the job.

Please limit your donations to winter coats and handbags. This is NOT a general clothing drive. All donations should be clean/ready to wear. Coats not accepted by the Dress for Success program will be donated to other local organizations servicing those in need.

As with all our events, the Brookline Commission for Women is happy to accept nonperishable food donations for the Brookline Food Pantry.

Donation Times and Location:
Friday, December 7th 8am – 6pm
Saturday, December 8th 8am – 11am
Brookline Public Safety Headquarters, Community Room
350 Washington Street, Brookline.

Questions? Please contact Jennifer Goldsmith at

Kindergarten Informational Sessions

The Public Schools of Brookline is hosting five informational sessions for parents and guardians looking to register their children for Kindergarten in 2019-2020. These sessions are open to the general public – no RSVP required! For any questions, please email or contact the Office of Student Affairs at (617)-264-6492. Stop by to learn more about PSB, the registration process, school options, application deadlines, and connect with other families!

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.

Community Classifieds

Open House at The Children’s Center of Brookline – “PLAY is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rodgers
THE CHILDREN’S CENTER OF BROOKLINE early education program is hosting an OPEN HOUSE for prospective families of children between the ages of 15months to 5years of age on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 9:30AM-11:30AM. We are located at 69 Cypress Street in Brookline. Come play!

Math Tutoring – Andrew Guttell, Newton Public Schools Math Coach and former Runkle Parent.  Does your child need extra support to meet grade level benchmarks? Is your child looking for challenge to extend their mathematical thinking further? I have 6 years of experience working with K-5 teachers to differentiate math instruction to meet the needs of all learners. Please contact me at .

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.

Inhome Jams – Fall is in full swing, and now is the time to sign up your child for a rock band or private lesson at InHome Jams in Newton! IHJ offers an array of cool music classes for grades K-8, including RockBand, Private Lessons and our award winning Kidzrock music class for kindergartners!

Here are a few of our most popular programs:

Kidzrock! (ages 4-7) is designed for the for the younger age group to experience the ultimate musical accomplishment within a few weeks; singing, playing, and performing in a rock band! Kids take turns playing drums, keyboards, and a custom 3-string guitar, performing songs with lyrics written by the kids themselves!

Jr. Rockerz (ages 7-9) is a rock ensemble program designed to make playing an instrument a fun and accessible experience. The curriculum allows children to learn how to play an instrument in a social and performance-based setting.

Lessonz (6+) is InHome Jam’s year-round private lesson program. Your child will be matched with an awesome instructor for weekly sessions in your home, at a time that works for you.

The LIVE PROGRAM (age 9+) is our flagship program for kids that are serious about rockin’ out! Your child will join a band of their peers, in preparing a set of music, that they will perform at the BandBash – an awesome band blowout, held at a popular music venue.

To enroll (or try a FREE class), visit: or call the office @ 857 234 1935

Check out our promo video !


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