Lincoln Lines February 24th, 2019 No. 22

Lincoln Lines February 24th, 2019 No. 22

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope that you all had a great February vacation. Because of the week off, I didn’t get to share this sooner, but I wanted to highlight a great event that took place on Thursday Feb. 14.

That afternoon, our school community gathered in the gym for an assembly organized by our Young Scholars program to celebrate Black History Month and Martin Luther King, Jr. The event featured spoken-word pieces by our Young Scholars, and musical performances by our K-3 students and the fifth grade and middle school choruses. I want to recognize the work done by our music teacher, Tom Malone, and by the advisor to our Young Scholars program, Natalie Allen, in organizing this event. It was inspiring to be together as a school community, and to hear our student voices call on us all to work towards realizing Dr. King’s vision.

MCAS Dates

As we head towards spring, this is the time of year when students in grades 3-8 take the MCAS. I’m sharing the dates for our testing below. You’ll note that students in grades 3-8 will take the test in both Reading and Math. Our fifth and eighth grade students will also take the Science and Technology test.

  • 3rd Reading Monday, April 8 and Tuesday April 9
  • 4-5 Reading: Tuesday 4/23 and Thursday 4/25
  • 6-8 Reading: Monday 4/29 and Tuesday 4/30
  • 3-5 Math: Monday 5/6 and Tuesday 5/7
  • 6-8 Math: Monday 5/13 and Tuesday 5/14
  • 5 and 8 Science/Technology: Monday 5/20 and Tuesday 5/21

LSAC Meeting Tuesday

The Lincoln School Advisory Council will meet this Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Mr. Denitzio’s office.

High School Renovation Website Launched

Earlier this month district launched a website with information on the Brookline High School renovation project. The site contains a wealth of information about the project and what it will look like once completed.

For our current 7th and 8th graders, the site has detailed information about the 9th grade transition and how Old Lincoln School will factor into the experience for these two classes. The site will be updated regularly with new information and answers to frequently asked questions. The site can be found here.

In addition to the site, staff from BHS are holding three informational sessions in March for families of current 7th and 8th graders about the 9th grade transition.

March 19 at Pierce School at 6 p.m.
March 20 at Coolidge Corner School at 6:30 pm.
March 211 at Baker School at 7 p.m.

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. This week’s event is for both students and their families.

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


Community Announcements

2/28 School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.

The agenda can be found at this link.

Mothers Out Front: Community Coffee, Wednesday, February 27, 8:30-10am

Do you worry about climate change? Find hope through action with us at a community coffee. Stop by anytime between 8:30 and 10 a.m. to learn more about Mothers Out Front and how to get involved. Rifrullo, 147 Cypress St., Brookline.


It’s hard to think green in February. But what better time than a cold winter day to dig up your Eversource account number and switch to 100% green electricity? It’s quick, easy, and affordable. For about $10/month you can keep 6,000+ lbs of CO2 out of the atmosphere each year. Visit today! Questions? Contact your local Mothers Out Front mom: for Lincoln: Deane Coady at

2019 Teen Adoptee Group at BPAR

A monthly group for teen adoptees age 12-14
This short-term, multiple session group will offer a safe space for teens to meet other
teens who are adopted and share their stories and experiences through writing,

discussion and activities. Snacks included!
Dates:  3/6, 4/3, 5/1, 7-8 pm, $25 per child

Meetings held at Boston Post Adoption Resources
235 Cypress Street, Ste. 310, Brookline, MA 02445
To sign up, visit or call 617-778-6213

Led by Erin Weaver, Clinical Intern

Win two free Red Sox tickets from Brookline Youth Baseball (BYB)

Registration for BYB’s Spring Baseball Program for 6 to 16 year olds is now open, and as a special incentive to sign up now, here’s a chance to win two free Red Sox tickets for joining 600 other families for an exciting and fun season of baseball from our T-Ball for younger players to our Senior League for the most advanced.

It is easy and simple…Just register for BYB’s Spring Baseball Season at:

The seats: Really good view. See all the action.  First base side, RF Box 97, ~20 rows back from field

The game: Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Sunday, April 27 at 1:05PM

Register today to be included in the BYB Red Sox ticket Raffle !! Two box seats … and…
a chance to see your World Series Champs!!    Winning name to be drawn on March 21 !!!

Brookline Commission for Women Essay Contest

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, the Brookline Commission for Women (BCW) is currently sponsoring the 27th Annual “A Woman Who Inspires Me” essay contest.

All 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who live in Brookline or attend a public or private school in Brookline are eligible to submit an essay that honors a woman who inspires them.

The essay contest is an important part of chronicling the history of women in Brookline and encourages students to reflect on those who make an impact on their lives. Essay contest winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on Thursday, March 21st at 6:30pm in Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Commission’s naming of the 2019 Brookline Woman of the Year.

Student essays can be submitted online at:

Essays must be received no later than February 28. Winning essays will be announced on the BCW website and winners will be notified through email on/around March 6.

Please contact BCW Co-Chair, Casey Hatchett, at with any questions.

Learn to Fiddle! Workshop: Sunday, March 10, 2019

Join Tahlia Cott, BMS faculty member & fiddler, and learn your first fiddle tune while exploring basic fiddle technique & style from such music traditions as bluegrass, old time, & Cajun. Open to students of all ages with 1+ years of lesson on violin, viola, cello, or bass.
Sunday, March 10, 2019 from 4:00-5:30pm at Brookline Music School (25 Kennard Road, Brookline).

More information at:

Free Underwater Ocean VR Lab Experience at the 4th Annual Brookline Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge

Saturday, April 6th 11:00am – 2:00pm,  Pierce School Cafeteria

A free VR Lab will be set up at the 4th Annual Brookline Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge for students and adults. Challenge participants are prioritized in the line. Here are the descriptions of the amazing VR experiences being offered by BIG VR Lab:

Ocean Rift – Ocean Rift is the world’s first VR aquatic safari park. Explore a vivid underwater world full of life including dolphins, sharks, turtles, orcas, sea snakes, rays, whales, manatees, sea lions and even dinosaurs! Ocean Rift is divided into 12 unique habitats ranging from coral reefs, ship wrecks and lagoons, to the arctic, the deep and prehistoric seas. Amazing Experience for All Ages!

Virtual Virtual Reality – Virtual Virtual Reality is a narrative-driven comedy-adventure game about VR and AI. In a future where AI has transformed society, can humans still find purpose? Find out with Activitude, a service that lets humans aid AI clients in increasingly curious ways. Use virtual VR headsets to explore over 50 unique virtual virtual realities, going deeper into the inner workings of Activitude as the story unfolds.

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