Lincoln Lines December 16th, 2018 No. 15


Lincoln Lines December 16th, 2018 No. 15

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well. It’s hard to believe that we’re one week from our Winter Break; the first portion of this year has gone by in a flash.

This past Friday, we held a successful Evacuation Drill to our alternate site–First Parish in Brookline. Thank you to students, staff, and Brookline Police for ensuring a smooth drill.

Progress Reports Publish Friday

Grades close for Term 2 Mid-term progress reports in middle school closed on Thursday, Dec. 13. Term 2 progress reports will publish in the Parent Portal on Friday, Dec. 21. Information about the Parent Portal and how to access Progress Reports and Report Cards can be found here.

Brookline Thrives Listening Session Monday Morning

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 the event on Monday, Dec. 17 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Lincoln School Library.

I hope everyone enjoys a well-deserved break next week, and returns rested and ready to go when school reopens on Wednesday, January 2.


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.

Middle school gifts

Dear Middle School Parents:

Because there are no room parents for the middle school, we’re collecting money for holiday gift cards for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teachers (the money we receive will be evenly divided among the teachers).

There are a few different ways to donate if you are interested in contributing:

–By Venmo to @Katharine-Bacon-1 (please note that it’s Katharine, so it doesn’t go to the wrong person)
–By PayPal to
–In person by cash or check. We will be at Lincoln this Friday morning (12/14), or next Wednesday (12/19) at dismissal. You can look for a table next to the library.
–Emailing one of us to come up with another plan ( ;
We will be giving the teachers their gift cards in holiday cards on Thursday, 12/20, so please make all donations by Wednesday evening, 12/19.
Whatever you are able to contribute will be very much appreciated!

Thank you,
Katie Bacon (mom of Bisi Pener, grade 7) and Olivia Reyelt (mom of Grace Reyelt, grade 7)

NuDay Syria – Thank You

Dear Lincoln Middle School Parents,

The middle school students have finished reading Refugee, by Alan Gratz. It was a powerful book that opened our eyes to the trials and tribulations of refugees in our world of yesterday and today. We talked about what it must be like to leave the country you love due to war and persecution. We were able to look inward at ourselves and our families and ask questions about what circumstances brought us to the United States. We explored the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Particularly 1-9. We talked about what our obligation is to refugees and current migrants to the United States.
Because this was a Global Read Aloud, we received and enjoyed reading many postcards from students around this country as well as from France and New Zealand. Students returned the favor either by handwriting postcards or creating digital postcards with their thoughts about each of the main characters. The most amazing outcome of our study of this book was the awareness and caring it raised in our students. There were many students who wanted to do something to help Syrian refugees. We were very fortunate in finding an organization, NuDay Syria, that was looking for donations to send over to the refugee camps that housed Syrians who had fled from the war. We began to collect items from the first of November through November 21, the day before our Thanksgiving break.
We had much to be thankful for; you sent in donation after donation of clothing, women’s products, items for babies and food. It went above and beyond our expectations! on Wednesday, November 21, the 6th grade students packed up the 100 boxes, which did not include the nearly 50 bags filled with said items!
These donations will be shipped to Syria, which will provide relief to thousands of those that have been displaced due to the ongoing crisis. The middle school team cannot thank you enough for your enormous generosity. We are truly grateful to you.
Thank you again for your generosity,

The Middle School Staff.

Winter Warmer – Coffee and STEAM

Tuesday January 15th, 8:00-9:00 in the cafeteria

You are invited to learn about Lincoln’s new Mobile Makerspace Resources. Come enjoy some coffee, participate in a creative and collaborative design activity, and see the potential for all students. Sponsored by the Enrichment & Challenge Support (ECS) department, supporting all students through innovation.

You’re Invited to a Brookline Thrives Family Listening Session

On 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. 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

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.

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/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

Japanese Math Academy now enrolling grades 1-6. Now available – class for grades 5 and 6 in Japanese language

Are your students experiencing mid-year boredom or struggle in math at school? JMA can help them develop lifelong habits of critical thinking, measure up on a global scale and prepare for their future pursuit. The next session starts in the week of 1/21/19. Visit us at for more info.

Mothers Out Front: Energy & Money-Saving Solutions Talk

Monday, January 14, 2019, 7-8:30 pm. Come learn about simple solutions to stop wasting money on utility bills and to continue making our homes greener and more sustainable. Energy efficiency is a bridge to a fossil fuel-free future. Join us in protecting our climate for our children, grandchildren, and future generations. United Parish Church, 210 Harvard St., Brookline. 66 bus or C Line, Coolidge Corner.

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!



Lunar New Year 2019

Please join us for Brookline’s Pan Asian Lunar New Year Celebration to be held on Saturday, February 9th from 1-3pm, at the Brookline High School. Details & how to RSVP about this free event can be found below.

Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, 1-3pm
Brookline High School, MLK Room & Atrium
115 Greenough Street, Brookline, MA
Free & Open to All; Light Refreshments

Celebrate – Chinese New Year (新年)/Korean Seollal/ Vietnamese Tết
Enjoy – Lion Dancing, Asian food, Music, Crafts, Games, Performances (Chinese Yoyo, Genki Spark Taiko Drumming and more!)
Games – Interactive table games for children and adults

For More Information & to RSVP, please go to:

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.

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

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