Lincoln Lines March 3rd, 2019 No. 23

Lincoln Lines March 3rd, 2019 No. 23

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I’d thought that making it through February without a snow day meant we were in the clear, but I was wrong. I hope you all stay safe and enjoy the snow day Monday.

I hope you’ll take the time to read the message from our 7th graders regarding the composting project they launched at Lincoln this school year. They worked so incredibly hard in organizing and launching the project, and then set about educating the broader school community about their work and sought funds to expand it.

3rd Term Midterm Grades Close Wednesday

Grades close for 3rd quarter progress reports for middle school students on Wednesday. Progress Reports will publish in the parent portal on March 14.

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

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 21 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.

3/5 Tues. 7pm Life @ BHS Night
3/11 Mon. 7pm Athletics at Brookline High School Night


Lincoln School & PTO News

Special Message from our 7th graders regarding their Compost Project

Have you ever thought about what’s causing global warming? We have and we are trying to help stop it! The 7th grade students from William H. Lincoln School, started a composting project this year to help our environment and achieve a better future for all of us! Food waste sent to landfills creates methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas which contributes to global warming which can bleach coral reefs, melt ice caps, and contribute to many more negative environmental issues. Food waste in landfills can also mix with groundwater and create a dangerous toxin called leachate which contaminates our already limited water sources. Composting our food waste will save space in landfills and reduce all of these problems which are affecting ourselves and ecosystems around the world. Composting turns our waste into something useful, fertilizer, which can be used in our school garden.

Our composting project was inspired by the successful Brookline High School and Cambridge schools composting systems. In the beginning of the year, Tom Seager, representing the Brookline Department of Public Works, came to our school to provide us with more information about where our trash goes and why we really need to compost our food waste. We decided to focus on just the middle school lunch so we could develop a successful system. We collected data for two weeks to find out how much food waste our lunch produced. In that time, the middle school produces 190.5 lbs of food waste and 83.9 lbs of trash.

After we had all of the information we needed, we applied for a grant from the Lincoln School PTO to fund our middle school lunch composting pilot so we could test out the system we created. (Thank you to the PTO for their support!) We have four bins in our cafeteria: a food waste bin, solid waste, liquids, and recycling. To make sure we correctly sort our waste, middle school students volunteer every lunch period to monitor and help make sure our waste is sorted properly. (See links below for “How To” educational videos created by Middle School students!)

We presented our pilot program and data to the School Committee asking for funding to expand our composting pilot so we could determine how much it would cost for the entire school to compost food waste. Unfortunately, they are unable to provide us with the necessary funding at this time. (Click here to view our School Committee meeting presentation. Start at 5:30:

To achieve our goal to run a pilot program for the entire school, we applied for a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation*. Thanks to their support, we will be composting all the food waste from the K-8 lunches and breakfast program starting this March until the end of the year.

We would like to spread awareness about composting throughout all of Brookline and hopefully get other schools to start composting as well. In doing this, we can save lots of space in landfills and can change the world so that we have a better future. We need you to help us compost and make even the smallest differences count toward our planet. Many people all across Massachusetts are independently making the choice to compost. To find a better alternative for your food waste, and to start composting, we suggest that you visit We are using Black Earth to pick up our compost and they have options for residential pickup. Anyone who signs up for Black Earth Composting and references Lincoln School will help us reduce our composting cost. We need help to keep our composting project going beyond this year! “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.” – The Lorax.

Thank you for your support,

Lincoln School Middle School Students

*The Brookline Community Foundation (BCF) shines a spotlight on community needs, inspires philanthropy and awards strategic grants to build a more vibrant, engaged and equitable Brookline. To support this mission, each year BCF makes grants that address needs and opportunities in the community, encourage collaborations and partnerships to better serve the town and our residents, and strengthen local non-­‐profits.

“How To” videos created by 7th graders:

Composting School Lunch:

Composting Lunch Brought from home:



Monday March 4 is the last day to get your Red Sox ticket forms in, if you want to attend the April 28 game. Game starts at 105p and children will be able to run the bases after the game. Hope to see you all there!

Wednesday, March 6th – Car-Free / Walk-Bike to School Day

A reminder that this Wednesday (generally the first school-day Wednesday of the month) is Lincoln’s monthly Car-Free / Walk-Bike to School Day where students, teachers, administrators and other members of the school community, who are able, are urged leave the car behind and walk, bike, roll, scoot, etc. to and from school. For those who need to use a car, carpooling is encouraged!

Brookline Thrives Bag Packing Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help pack weekend bags for Lincoln students. Bag packing occurs on Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30pm in the Community Room at 226 High St. (corner of High and Chestnut streets, follow purple Family Learning Center signs). Use the SignUpGenius to sign up:

Community Announcements

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 !!!

Mothers Out Front: Community Coffee, Wednesday, March 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. KooKoo Cafe, 7 Station Street, Brookline.

BHS PTO presents Joani Geltman: A SURVIVAL GUIDE TO PARENTING TEENS Talking to Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things that FREAK YOU OUT

April 3, 2019 7 pm, Brookline High School Auditorium

Joani Geltman, MSW, an expert in child development and parent-teen relationships, returns to Brookline Wednesday, April 3, 2019 for “A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens.” This acclaimed presentation is designed specifically to offer strategies and insight for parents of middle and high school students. Using humor and more than 30 years of experience, Geltman shares stories and advice that defuse some of the anxiety parents feel as their children move through tricky developmental milestones. Parents will learn about setting realistic expectations and appropriate limits, social media “do’s and don’t’s,” and how to identify and deal with teen experimentation with sex, vaping, marijuana, and alcohol. Parents will head home with a greater understanding of their teen’s behavior and needs, as well as very practical parenting tools they can begin to use immediately. Please register for this free event 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.

For more information:

Applications for Brookline Porchfest 2019 are open!

Applications are now open for Brookline Porchfest 2019. Apply online at
Brookline Porchfest 2019 will be held on Saturday, June 8th (Rain date June 15).
Applications close April 26

Would you like to help out Brookline Porchfest? We need some assistance in spreading the word around town. Do you like to flyer and/or distribute postcards? Fill out our Volunteer Application and we’ll be in touch. Thank you!

Please help us spread the joy of music in every corner of Brookline! Your sponsorship will ensure that we can continue offering this and other musical programming throughout the year.  We have sponsorship opportunities ranging from $100 to $5,000. This is a great way to reach not only the 1500 neighbors who participate in Porchfest but also many other Brookline residents who see our materials around town.  If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity, email us at! We will be in touch to determine the best option for you.

Support Brookline Porchfest with a donation (PayPal link).

SmartSummers 2019

With summer less than four months away, we are gearing up for our 30th SmartSummers program, an enrichment program offered by Brookline Adult & Community Education. Open to Brookline residents and non-residents alike, SmartSummers offers a wide variety of summer enrichment programs for children ages 5-14 in computers, arts and crafts, languages, outdoor adventures, theater, legos and minecraft, basketball, and more! This year’s SmartSummers program runs from July 1-August 23, 2019 and availability is already limited.

For more information or to register, please visit our web site.

Any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at:

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

The BAC has a full schedule of exciting art classes for kids planned for the spring session. Sign up for classes in drawing, painting, pottery and wheelthrowing, comic book art, and much more!
We also have an incredible line up of programs for ages 5-17 for April Vacation Week, April 16-19, including our ever popular ArtVentures programs and intensives. Learn more and sign up today on our website.

p.s. Register early for our weekly Summer Programs while space is still available!

Community Classifieds

Greetings, We are a current Lincoln Family looking to rent a single family home or an apartment for the upcoming school year. We are looking for 3 BR 1.5 Baths in the area around Lincoln up into So Bro.
If you have or know of anything available please contact me directly at JAO921@MSN.COM

Lincoln School PTO Emails and Social Media:

Lincoln Lines email address:
PTO email address:
Twitter: @whlincolnPTO /
Instagram: @whlincolnPTO /
Lincoln PTO Website:
Lincoln School Website: up for the PTO Family Directory to get Lincoln Lines:, invite code 19kennard