Lincoln Lines December 2nd, 2018 No. 13


Lincoln Lines December 2nd, 2018 No. 13

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well and that you had a great weekend.

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. The Lincoln session is this week on Tuesday, Dec. 4 from 6-7:30 in our library. A number of Lincoln staff have participated in the tier one Restorative Practice training. It’s been incorporated into both our staff professional development work and work with students in the middle school in particular. I hope you’ll consider attending either this session or one of the other sessions offered across the district. Dates for additional sessions can be found here.

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.

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

Reminder — Early Release Day on Thursday, Dec. 6

We’ve got two more early release dates for conferences. This week all students in grades K-8 will be dismissed at 12:40 on Thursday December 6. The final conference release date is next Wednesday, December 12. Again, all students will be dismissed at 12:40

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.


Lincoln School & PTO News

Lincoln Annual Appeal – we need you!

Do you know that each year, thousands of dollars that are spent on classroom supplies, Kleenex, desk wipes, hand sanitizers, recess equipment, technology used for learning, etc. in school are not funded by the District but by the donations made to the PTO? Please participate and donate to make it possible again this year! Your generosity goes a long way.

There are many ways to donate: (i) send a check addressed to “Lincoln PTO” at 19 Kennard Rd (ii) drop off your check at the school’s Office (iii) by credit card via and press “Donate” or (iv) via Venmo by searching @Lincolnpto or QR Code

Your donation is tax deductible. To multiply your impact your employer may match your donations! Please email for any question.

Spaces Left For Community FUNdraisers:

Hello Lincoln Community!
It is not too late to sign up for a Lincoln Community FUNdraiser. The following events still have room for guests:

Lincoln Parent Square Dance
Saturday, December 8 at 7:30
Come do-si-do with the Lincoln community. There will be a real square dance caller, drinks, and pigs in a blanket (Among other snacks). No partner required!
$30.00 per person
Hosted by Olivia Reyelt, Bill Reyelt, Preble Jaques, Jessica Shattuck, Jean Cooney, Erika Werner and John Werner (Grade 1, 4, and 7 parents)

Lincoln Community Book Talk:
Friday, March 15th @ 7:30
Pop-up book club: Join us for cocktails and conversations about Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson and the Fight for the Right to Vote, written by Lincoln School parent Tina Cassidy, to be published in March of 2019. A $40 ticket gets you a signed copy of the book (in advance of the event) as well as attendance for the event hosted at the author’s house. (Grade 4 parent)

K-2 Families Groundhog Day Drinks and Snacks:
Saturday, February 2nd 6-8pm
Kindergarten through second grade parent gathering. Come celebrate the imminent arrival of spring (or stave off the six-more-weeks-of-winter blues) and get to know fellow parents and caregivers.
$20.00 per person
Hosted by Jessica Shattuck, Preble Jaques, Claire Kaplan and Chris Kallaher (Grade 1 and 2 parents)

Knitting Party:
Sunday, January 13 7:30-9:30pm
Whether you’re an expert knitter or a true novice, come have a glass of wine or a cup of tea and knit with other members of the Lincoln community. Bring that knitting project that’s been gathering dust in your closet since you gave up on it or begin something new with materials available at the party!
$20 per person
Hosted by: Cecelia Casagrande (Grade 4 and Grade 7 Parent)
Please contact if you are interested in attending one of the available events.

Brookline Thrives All-School Survey

We want to know what you think. Please help Brookline Thrives improve the program by completing a very short survey. Even if your family does not participate in the program, please share your thoughts about it. Click here for the online survey or go to Thank you!

Brookline Thrives – Return Your Reusable Bags to School

Remember to return your black reusable bags to the Brookline Thrives Bag Return bin every week before Thursday. The bin is in the rear of the Main Lobby, across from Lost & Found.

Community Announcements

12/6 School Committee Meeting

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

The agenda can be found at this link.

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:

Lincoln School PTO Emails and Social Media:

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

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