Lincoln Lines November 25th, 2018 No. 12


Lincoln Lines November 25th, 2018 No. 12

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving break. I was traveling for most of the break but it was wonderful to have the opportunity to pause for a bit and spend time with family.

First, thank you to everyone who made donations of goods or their time in support of Nu Day Syria. Our sixth graders spent time on Wednesday before the break sorting and boxing up donations, which will be shipped this week.

Early Release Dates

A reminder that there will be 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.

Update on Building Projects

There are a number of meetings in the next two weeks related to both the Baldwin School and the Driscoll School building projects. Dates and information about the meetings can be found at this link.

Restorative Practice Community Information Session on Dec. 4

The district has scheduled community information sessions that will be co-facilitated by staff from the Suffolk University Center for Restorative Justice. These sessions are open to all district staff, families, students, and the public so that many stakeholders have a chance to learn about restorative justice. A session is being held at each school, and the Lincoln session is scheduled for Dec. 4 from 6-7:30 p.m. in our library.

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


Lincoln School & PTO News


Hayward Photography will be back on Friday, November 30th for those of you who would like to get your current pictures redone OR if your child was absent from school on the day pictures were taken.

** If your child is getting a retake, Please be sure to send their current picture package you received to school with your child on November 30th, but please keep the full class photo**

If you are interested in having any pictures redone please be sure to contact Julie Lacy at

Thank You !!!

Brookline Thrives – New Reusable Bags

Starting Friday, November 30, Brookline Thrives will distribute using reusable black drawstring backpacks. These bags will be much easier for students and adults to carry home than the paper bags. Please remember to return bags to school by Thursday morning each week. There will be a black Brookline Thrives bin labeled for bag return.

Brookline Thrives is growing and needs your help

Do you have experience in grant writing? Are you interested in helping bring Brookline Thrives to other schools? Do you have a special skill that may help the program? We want to hear from you! We need to grow our team of volunteers to expand the program to other Brookline schools. Email

Of course, we still need help packing bags on Thursday evenings. To volunteer, please use SignUp Genius:

Community Announcements

11.27.18 Select Board/School Com. Joint Public Hearings on December 13, 2018 Special Town Meeting Articles

The Select Board and School Committee will be holding joint public hearings on Special Town Meeting Articles on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 8:30 PM in the Select Board Hearing Room, 6th Floor, Town Hall.

The agenda is as follows:
Joint Public Hearings and Possible Votes on the following Warrant Articles for the December 13, 2018 Special Town Meeting.
Article 2 Driscoll School Schematic Design (Select Board)
Article 3 Schematic Design Release Baldwin School (Select Board)
Article 4 Oak Street Acquisition (Select Board)

11/29 School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.

The agenda can be found at this link.

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:

“Words Matter” – Community art making event/exhibit to benefit Tree of Life

This year as part of Brookline First Light on November 29th AWA will be offering “Words Matter” – a community art event in response to the tragedy at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Join us to make luminaries with messages of peace and hope in this challenging time.

Hours 6-8. Free for all ages. Eleven jars will be for sale on November 29th to support The Tree of Life synagogue. Donations of jars & lights welcome

We’ll also be exhibiting and running this same open art event on the evening of December 6th at Post-Cubicle Gallery in Kenmore Square.

To donate and for more info email
AWA, 45 Harvard Street, Brookline Village

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.

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

12/10 Parent Event – Teaching Our Children to be Good Digital Citizens: Working Together To Prevent Cyberbullying and Sexting

The district will be hosting a presentation on “Teaching Our Children to be Good Digital Citizens: Working Together To Prevent Cyberbullying and Sexting” on Monday, December 10th from 6-8pm in the BHS Auditorium. Parents and guardians of PreK-12th grade students are welcome to join.

Figuring out how to thoughtfully and safely live with digital technology is a challenge for many families today. This presentation and discussion, led by Dr. Elizabeth Englander, will cover the myths that might be draining parenting confidence and help families discover concrete, useful strategies that will help guide their children as they learn to use the internet and social media in a respectful and healthy way.

Sponsored by the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, this is a no-cost event open to all parents, guardians, and staff of the Public Schools of Brookline. No registration is required. If you have any questions, please caontact Dr. Maria Letasz (, Director of Guidance and Clinical Services.

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

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

K.I.D.S Camp Fair 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019 12-2:00pm at the Coolidge Corner School Gym

Steps to Success is hosting our annual event for the Brookline Community: Kids Involved During Summer (K.I.D.S.) Camp Fair, where we showcase the best camps in New England and celebrate the upcoming summer! You will have the chance to sign up and register for summer camps before space runs out. We have camps offering everything from arts and academics to sports, technology, and so much more! There will also be free food and activities involved, so come join the fun!



Community Classifieds

Looking for a responsible 8th grader (or a teacher’s assistant) to walk (or drive) our Kindergartner to the Lin Learning Center every day after school. The Lin Learning Center is located across from the Brookline Town Hall, near the Pierce School. This job could also be split between two 8th graders. Pay is $75/week. Please contact Bruce @ or Cathy @

ELA, Writing, Social Studies, History, Executive Function Tutor, 5th Grade Through College Level – A former Runkle Middle School teacher is available for tutoring in the Lincoln School neighborhood for a wide range of students, from 5th grade through college level. For anyone looking for a tutor well-versed in the Brookline Public School curriculum, or who simply needs a knowledgeable tutor to help with English Language Arts, grammar, spelling, writing, reading, executive function, Social Studies, History, and related subjects, please contact Fredrick Lown at 617-947-2080.

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 .

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 .

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:

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

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