Lincoln Lines November 12th, 2018 No. 10


Lincoln Lines November 12th, 2018 No. 10

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well and that you enjoyed the four-day weekend. We’ve got two short but busy weeks ahead before our Thanksgiving break.

As you know, there was no school on Monday in observance of Veterans Day. School was closed on Friday for a professional development day for staff and I wanted to share an outline of the work we engaged in at Lincoln.

This is the third year in a row in which the district has held an all-day, all-staff professional development day focussed on equity in our district. In the previous two years, all staff gathered together at Brookline High School for all or some portion of the day. This year was different in that staff stayed at their respective schools. At Lincoln, we’ve had an eye on our gaps in both achievement and opportunity for a number of years. This has led us to look at student data, to think critically about teaching and scheduling practices, and also included the whole staff reading the text, “Teaching with Poverty in Mind.” Work in this area has included discussions of the student experience and our own hypotheses about their experience, but hasn’t included first-hand information from students. In planning for this year’s Professional Development day, the next logical step in our work seemed to be to hear from students.

The first part of our day on Friday, was an hour-long panel discussion with five current eighth graders who are Peer Leaders in the Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference Program. The students answered both prepared questions and questions submitted from the audience that sought their views on how they experience attending a school as diverse as Lincoln, and how our staff can better support them. They did an amazing job and provided us with a great deal to think about going forward.

Following the panel discussion, staff debriefed in pre-assigned groups by participating in Restorative Justice Circles. This was both an opportunity to introduce more staff to Circle practice and a great vehicle for processing the powerful thoughts shared by students in the morning session.

The final block of the day had staff working in grade-level teams to think through the practical applications of the thoughts and ideas shared by students in the morning.

One thing we always seem to be short on in schools is time. It was good on Friday to have the time to listen to student voices and then be able to meaningfully process what we heard.

Conference Release Days Begin Next Week

This week begins the fall conference season. On Thursday Nov. 15, students in K-6 will be released at 12:40. Seventh and eighth graders finish their day at the usual 2:30 release time.

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.

Middle School Report Cards Publish Thursday

On Thursday, report cards for students in grades 6-8 will publish in the parent portal on Aspen. If you need help accessing the parent portal, information can be found here or by e-mailing

Friday Coffee Hour on MCAS

This Friday, I’ll be holding a morning coffee and conversation about Lincoln’s 2018 MCAS results. This will be held in the library and begin just after 8 a.m.

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

This Friday: Principal Denitzio Discusses MCAS Results

Join Principal Denitzio in the library this Friday, November 16 at 8am to hear about Lincoln’s performance on the MCAS. Coffee and refreshments will be provided by the PTO.

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

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:


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.


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

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

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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