Lincoln Lines December 9th, 2018 No. 14


Lincoln Lines December 9th, 2018 No. 14

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope you had a great weekend.

This past Tuesday, Lincoln hosted a community information session about Restorative Justice that was co-facilitated by staff from the Suffolk University Center for Restorative Justice. This session was attended by families from Lincoln as well as other community members. It was an opportunity to hear about and experience Restorative Justice Circles, the roll-out of Restorative Justice training and practice in the district and at Lincoln specifically. We’re lucky at Lincoln to have a number of staff beyond our administration and guidance team participate in the training and begin integrating circle practice into work with students. For instance, I met this week with our middle school student council for the first time and introduced them to circle as the primary structure for our meetings.

There are a number of information sessions scheduled at schools across the district in the coming months and I would encourage you to visit one of these sessions at another school if you’re at all curious about Restorative Justice. The 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

Brookline Thrives Listening Sessions Scheduled

Please join us for our second “Family Listening Session” to learn more about Brookline Thrives and share your thoughts about the program. Drop in any time during either event. Light refreshments will be served. Children are welcome. There is an event on Wed., Dec. 12 in the Community Room at 226 High St. from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A second listening session will take place on Mon., Dec. 17 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Lincoln School Library.

Reminder–Early Release Day on Wednesday, Dec. 12

The final conference release date is this Wednesday, December 12. Again, all students will be dismissed at 12:40

Term 2 Mid-Term Grades Close this Week

Grades close for Term 2 Mid-term progress reports in middle school this Thursday, Dec. 13. Term 2 progress reports will publish in the Parent Portal on Friday, Dec. 21.

Effort in the MIddle School to Understand Time on Homework

During the two weeks prior to the winter break, the middle school team will be collecting information about how much time our students are spending on homework assignments. Our hope is to get information about how much time students are spending on homework in a given day and week, and also understand whether our expectations for how long an assignment will take match the reality for students.

We’ll collect this information through a Google form that students will quickly fill out in class. The form will ask students to record the start and end time for when they worked on each assignment. We’ll be sharing this plan with students and hope you’ll talk with them and remind them to keep track of the time they work on their homework.


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 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.

You’re Invited to a Brookline Thrives Family Listening Session

On Wednesday, Dec. 12 and Monday, Dec. 17, Brookline Thrives is hosting Family Listening Sessions. Whether or not your family participates in Brookline Thrives, this a great opportunity to learn more about the program and share your thoughts. All are welcome, including kids. Light refreshments will be served.
Dec. 12 from 7:00-8:30pm in the Community Room at 226 High St.
Dec. 17 from 7:30-8:30am in the Lincoln School Library

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. If you forget to return a bag, don’t worry! Still pick up a bag on Fridays for the weekend, and return both bags the next week.

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!

Community Announcements

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.

Artbarn Performance –  “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

Come support Lincoln School Fourth Graders Anderson Tsai and Abigail Tsai, as well as other Brookline Third and Fourth Graders as they perform “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with the Artbarn Community Theater Duck Soup Troupe. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, December 15th at 3pm / 7pm
Sunday, December 16th at 1pm / 4:30pm

Location: United Parish Brookline
210 Harvard Street (near Coolidge Corner, entrance on Marion Street)

For additional information on the Artbarn website:

Seeking participants for a study of employment and transition-age youth with disabilities

I’m Jennifer Bose, a parent in the Brookline Public School system and a researcher at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Below is information about a research study for the parents or guardians of youth ages 12 to 18 with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The study, called the Charting the Life Course Family Group, starts at the beginning of January of 2019 and lasts for six months.

Participants will receive Information and resources delivered on a monthly basis from Charting the LifeCourse: Daily Life and Employment to support the development of a vision for future employment; weekly outreach via a closed Facebook group including tools, resources, and video that go with aspects of the LifeCourse toolkit; opportunities to connect with other parents of youth/young adults with IDD via this private Facebook Group to share ideas and challenges; opportunities to build face-to-face relationships with each other and with a content expert through facilitated monthly virtual discussions or video chats; access to experts in employment and LifeCourse content.

Charting the LifeCourse Family Group participants will be expected to commit to receiving information over the course of 6 months; join the private Facebook group and participate in online discussions as you feel comfortable; join the monthly video chat; complete a 10-minute survey once at the beginning of the group and again at the end; perhaps be asked to participate in a pre-scheduled 30-minute phone call at the end of the project to share your experiences; have fun, build a positive vision for the future of your youth/young adult, and take steps to begin to implement actions to meet your goals! If you meet the three criteria above and you would like to participate, click on the link below to make sure you qualify. You will then be prompted to take a short survey and given instructions to join. We look forward to connecting with you!

Questions or need assistance? Contact Jennifer Bose at or (617) 287-4353.

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:

Brookline Arts Center’s WINTER CLASSES AND VACATION PROGRAMS enrolling now!

The BAC has a full schedule of exciting art classes for kids planned for the winter session. Sign up for classes in drawing, painting, pottery and wheelthrowing, comic book art, and much more!
We also have inspiring vacation day programs on January 21 for MLK Day and February Vacation Week, February 19-22, including our ever popular ArtVentures programs and intensives. Learn more and sign up today on our website.

Winter/Spring 2019 registration at The Village Dance Studio

The Village Dance Studio, located at 62 Harvard Street, right next to Pierce School, is now registering for its Winter/Spring 2019 semester. We offer dance (hip-hop, ballet, tumbling, musical theater, jazz, contemporary), acting and show choir classes as well as birthday parties, school pick ups and full day vacation programs. For more info, visit

Now Accepting Proposals for the 2019 Brookline Youth Fund

2019 Brookline Youth Fund Request for Proposals (RFP). The Brookline Youth Fund (BYF), the Brookline Community Foundation’s largest donor advised fund, was established in 1999 through the generosity of The Country Club (TCC). Grants are made to ensure equal access to opportunities for all youth in Brookline and to support and enhance the well being of youth and their families.

Please note that we are accepting proposals for the BYF through our online grants management system. Visit our Grants Page to learn more about how to use the online grants management system, including registering for the first time or accessing your existing account.
The submission deadline is Friday, January 18, 2019 and funding decisions will be made by late March.


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.

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:

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Instagram: @whlincolnPTO /
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