Lincoln Lines February 3rd, 2019 No. 20

Lincoln Lines February 3rd, 2019 No. 20

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

This past week saw us pass the halfway point for this school year. It’s hard to believe how quickly this year has gone by.

Student Council Update

Back in November, we launched a middle school student council at Lincoln and I wanted to give you an update on some of the work these students have been doing. These meetings — every other Thursday during middle school lunch — have been a great opportunity for students across grades who don’t normally interact to get to know each other. For me, it’s been a chance to learn more about the student experience at Lincoln and hear their thoughts on how to make it even better. We began by meeting in Restorative Circle to get to know each other, to build norms, and to generate a list of ideas for what student council should do.

Students then broke the list into categories to help develop committees. This past Thursday, students broke into committees and began to rank the priority items for their committee to tackle in the short and long term. Our four standing committees are: Middle School Issues; Whole School Issues; School Activities and Events; School Environment and Beautification. I look forward to working with these committees and sharing with you here the work done by our student council.

We Want Your Input – Please complete our Family Feedback Survey

Earlier this week you should have received an email from Panorama Education with link to our annual Family Feedback Survey. These anonymous surveys are a great opportunity for you to let us know what is working and what can be improved at Lincoln.

Last year we had 20.1 percent of our families respond. As of lst we have only had 12.6 percent of parents/guardians complete the survey. This year our goal is to have all families respond. We want every family’s voice to be heard. Our teachers and leaders need to hear what you think the school is doing well and also what we can improve.

If you did not receive an email with a link to the survey, please email Panorama Education at and request a survey.

Collection for Brookline Food Pantry — Final Push

During the month of January and beginning of February, Lincoln 8th grade students are collecting canned goods and other items for the Brookline Food Pantry.

A list of items they are collecting are included below. Please bring these items to the labeled boxes around the school or send them with your child:

Personal Care: Lip balm; Shampoo; Lotion; Sunscreen; Conditioner
Food: Soup; Oatmeal; Hot cereal; Coffee; Tea; Canned Foods (Beans & Stews)

Matriculation Events for Class of 2023

Below are dates for events for current 8th graders and their families about the transition to Brookline High School. All events will take place at Brookline High School.

2/11 Mon. 7pm BHS Curriculum Night for parents
2/27 Wed. 6pm BHS Electives Night for students & parents
3/5 Tues. 7pm Life @ BHS Night
3/11 Mon. 7pm Athletics at Brookline High School Night

Graduation Date

I’ve recently had a few inquiries about the graduation date for our 8th grade class. We have not set our graduation date yet. This date is set in concert with the Superintendent’s Office and is not done until after we are through the snowy season. You’ll recall that last year we had snow days in mid-March. Historically, we set and share our graduation date just before the April school vacation week.

Middle School Report Cards Publish This Week

Report cards for students in grades 6-8 publish in the Parent Portal on Aspen on Thursday. Information about the Parent Portal can be found here.


Lincoln School & PTO News

Dear Lincoln School,

Did you know that 1 in 8 children in Massachusetts struggle with hunger?
Did you know you can help?
During the month of January and beginning of February, Lincoln 8th grade students are collecting canned goods and other items for the Brookline Food Pantry.

Local families need our help! Please consider donating to support other families that are in need in your community.  Every donation helps! You can help by making a donation or sending canned goods with your child. The Lincoln 8th Grade has made it our mission to help the Brookline Food Pantry gather enough donations to help support local Brookline families. You can help the Food Pantry keep up with the demand.

To help these families you can donate items listed below.
Bring these items to the labeled boxes around the school or send them with your child:

Personal Care:  Lip balm, Shampoo, Lotion, Sunscreen, Conditioner
Food: Soup, Oatmeal, Hot cereal, Coffee, Tea, Canned Foods (Beans & Stews)

Will you be Brookline Thrives’ valentine?

Show your love for Brookline Thrives by helping to pack bags on Thursday, Feb. 14, 7-8:30pm. Use the SignUpGenius to sign up. Thanks!

Community Announcements

Brookline Safe Routes – Winter Walk, Bike, & Roll Info

The Brookline Safe Routes To Schools (SRTS) Task Force invites you to participate in the Winter Walk & Roll to School Day. If you usually bring your child(ren) to school by car, please consider walking or ‘rolling’ with us on Wednesday, February 6th.

BMS Speaker Series, in partnership with Brookline Teen Center, presents Eran Egozy
Guitar Hero and Rock Band Video Game Developer, MIT Professor, & Professional Musician

Thursday, February 7, 2019 | 7:00pm
Brookline Teen Center
40 Aspinwall Ave, Brookline MA 02446

Join Eran Egozy for an engaging and interactive discussion about the intersection of music, technology, and entrepreneurship. Co-founder of Harmonix Music Systems, which developed the popular video games Guitar Hero & Rock Band, professional musician, and professor at MIT, Eran will share his story and his insights on the evolving world of music and technology.

Admission: Free, but registration required.
More information:

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:

New England Camp Fair – February 10th

The New England Camp Fair will hold its 4th annual event on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Underwood School from 11:30am – 2:30pm. The Camp Fair is FREE and open to the public, and brings together camps serving kids ages 5-14.

Bring your camper(s) and engage with staff from 20+ premier day and sleepaway camps from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut. Participating camps run the gamut, including traditional day and overnight camps, sports camps, theater camps, computer camps, fencing camps, arts camps, as well as many other themed camps.

Visit for a complete list of camps attending.

Parking and refreshments are also free!
If you have any questions, feel free contacting the Underwood PTO at

5th-Grade Spelling Bee

Calling all 5th Graders! It’s time to sign up for the BEF’s 22nd Annual 5th-Grade Spelling Bee, The Bee will be held on Sunday, March 10 at the BHS Auditorium from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Participation is free.

Registration is first-come, first-served, and spaces will fill quickly.

Register your child by calling the BEF office at (617) 232-3846, or by completing the online form here:

It’s Jump Up and Down Excitement with Structured Learning!

Brookline Little League Baseball registration is now open.

Register by January 31 and receive a generous $25 discount on hat is already Brookline’s best bargain for youth sports. Just click on this link. Registration is easy and simple at:.

For children Kindergarten through 3rd grade, Little League offers 3 different opportunities to learn the game based on your player’s age, each focusing on structured station-based learning and exciting games. Benefits include lot of fun, camaraderie, skill building, sportsmanship, fitness and teamwork, all learned with school-based friends. See this link for more details on our K-3 program:

Join 600+ other Brookline Little League families who are proud to say that our Little League team for 12 year olds won the Massachusetts state championship last year and our Brookline High School varsity team won its Carey division championship. It all starts in Little League’s K-3 program.

Spend School Vacation Week with BLO!

Join us at the Boston Public Library branches for an introduction to Rossini’s comedic opera The Barber of Seville! FREE and open to the public. Ideal for the next generation of opera lovers, ages 6-12. Check our calendar for one near you! Did you know? The same program is introduced in all of our Partner Schools this month in the form of Artist Classroom Visits so that we will reach about 2,000 youth! Follow us at #ArtsEdBLO.

Workshop: Serving on Groups

The town’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations is sponsoring a FREE 4-day workshop to increase participation in decision-making groups.

Civic engagement and public participation in Town decisions is important to an inclusive and sustainable community. It is important to provide meaningful and accessible opportunities to increase public participation within the Town.

The workshop, Serving on Groups, will provide a learning experience for participants to acquire additional skills and tools to be effective communicators as well as work to de-mystify the process of getting involved in decision making groups within Brookline. The workshop is open to anyone who in interested in serving on a decision making group, or just thinking about attending more meetings to get their voice heard.

The workshop will be held from 10AM to 2PM on 4 consecutive Thursdays (Feb 28, March 7, March 14, March 21) at the Trustman Apartments Community Room (341 St. Paul St. – rear).

To register for the workshop, or for more information, please contact Caitlin (Haynes) Starr at or at 617-730-2345. Accommodations are available upon request.

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 February Vacation Week, February 19-22, including our ever popular ArtVentures programs and intensives. Learn more and sign up today on our website.

From the Brookline Education Foundation

The Brookline Education Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Idealab grants. Sixteen grants were awarded across PSB, including to Town-wide Orchestra teachers Nina Bishop (Working toward Equity by funding private lessons for Orchestra students who otherwise lack access) and John Ferguson (commissioning a composition by a former PSB student for Town-wide Orchestra to play). The BEF can award these grants because of the generosity of our donors. Thank you for helping the BEF help teachers be their best.

Brookline Porchfest 2019 will be held on Saturday, June 8th.


March 1 – Applications Open*
April 26 – Applications Close
May 11 – Official Schedule Announcement
June 15 – Rain Date

*Online applications will be available at on March 1.

Stay tuned for updates & more information

Brookline Porchfest is brought to you by ArtsBrookline & Brookline Music School.

Brookline Music School Summer Programs 2019

Make music a part of your summer! BMS offers summer classes and programs for all ages, abilities, & interests. A full list of Brookline Music School’s programs, more information, and tuition rates can be found at

Community Classifieds

Rental condo on walnut st – 279 Walnut st. Available on 2/15/2019. It is a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath unit located on 3rd and 4th floor, deck, backyard, private parking. Rare opportunity. High quality.  Contact Aaron Adler, 617-839-8523

Weekly strength camp – Join other Lincoln parents for a weekly strength camp at First XV Performance or come work with us in semi-private. First XV Performance is a pocket-sized personal training company on Cypress Street, owned by Jarrod Dyke. Jarrod is the high school rugby team coach and has over 7 years experience as a personal trainer and strength coach. He focuses on helping people move better and be happier in their bodies. Stop by 250 Cypress Street to talk with Jarrod about your goals (Mon 6a-10a, Tue 6a-11a, Thus 8a-10:30a, Fri 6a-9a) or email him ( and mention Lincoln Lines for a free strength camp.

Massage in the Point – Lincoln parent, Ann Appavoo, is happy to offer therapeutic massage in our neighborhood! Ann has been practicing massage since 2000. She is licensed in Massachusetts and New York and is certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. She draws from a variety of styles including deep tissue, Swedish and energy work, to offer unique, intuitive sessions tailored to her clients’ needs. For more information and appointments, contact her at

The House of Colors is offering a NEW Art Class for Middle School Students,6th-8th grade : Laid Back Friday’s for Middle Schoolers: wind down the week making all kinds of art projects. Learn new techniques & hang out in our “Art Lounge”.  Starts Jan 25th but join anytime!  Now running a running a February vacation workshop!  Or call Michelle 617 365-5625

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