Lincoln Lines March 10th, 2019 No. 24

Lincoln Lines March 10th, 2019 No. 24

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I want to share with you work our staff has undertaken in the last month around our core values of Curiosity, Compassion and Creativity.

Three years ago, the PTO led work with our school community to create a new logo and identify core values for Lincoln. In addition to generating a new lion logo, the core values of curiosity, creativity and compassion were identified. This work concluded in the spring of 2016 when Lincoln was also in the middle of a search for a new principal after Mr. Bott was hired as Superintendent. Given that timing, comprehensive work to breathe life into these values didn’t happen.

I’ve taken time this year to reflect on that fact and also on the work we do with students. We work not only to teach them content, but also to be members of a community. These core values of curiosity, compassion, and creativity are a guidepost in achieving both goals. When integrated well, they provide a context and relevance for content. Throughout my time at Lincoln, when I visit classrooms, I’ve seen these values present in so much of what we do. We’re now working to make these implicit values explicit for students.

To that end, at staff meetings since the start of the new year, teachers have worked on building our own coherence around what the values mean and also sharing ways to teach them in developmentally appropriate ways. Our next step is developing ways for students to regularly demonstrate the values and how to celebrate them.

In the last two weeks, there have been conversations about the core values at every grade level. Ms. Abner featured books on compassion last week in all of her library classes. If you stop by the office, you’ll see a bulletin board of student work from art class on the core values. These are just a few examples. I’m excited by the creative ways our staff is bringing these values to life with students.

There’s also important work with these values for the adults in our community. I heard a quote recently from author Brené Brown that said, “We cannot give our children that which we don’t have.” We are mindful that we need to cultivate and model these values ourselves. One way we’ve worked on this was completing a “values affirmation” writing at a recent staff meeting. Later that week, our sixth graders did the same activity. You can find information about values affirmation and the positive impact it can have here.

This is work that is never done, so I welcome your feedback and your ideas, and I encourage you to talk with your student about the values and the work they’ve done in their classrooms.

Lincoln Student Finishes 2nd in BEF Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Lincoln 5th grader Lara Grossman, who finished 2nd in the BEF’s 22nd 5th grade Spelling Bee today at Brookline High School.

Parents as Partners Math Seminar, March 21 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Lincoln Math Speciaists Hilory Paster and Malia Scott will host the third session of the four-part seminar series Parents as Partners Count Me In. Parents have commented that these sessions are full of engaging mathematics, informational dialogue and adult collaborative problem-solving. If you have not had the opportunity to attend, come and connect with your inner Mathematician. This work is supported by our PTO and a grant from the Brookline Education. Refreshments and babysitting will be available.

Information Sessions on 9th Grade Transition Next Week

Staff from Brookline High School are holding three informational sessions in March for families of current 7th and 8th graders about the 9th grade transition and the role of Old Lincoln School in the high school renovation project. The dates and times are below. You should feel free to attend whichever event works best with your schedule.

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.


Lincoln School & PTO News

Lincoln Landscape meeting Tuesday, March 26th from 6:30-8:00pm.

Help us dream of Spring! Come learn about Lincoln’s school garden program, get updates on school composting and share your ideas for improving Lincoln’s outdoor learning spaces. All are welcome…no gardening experience needed. Babysitting will be provided. Email if you have any questions.

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

METCO Advocacy Day — Tuesday, March 19th, Massachusetts State House, 9am

Get ready for METCO Advocacy Day — a fun, inspiring, and essential half-day event for the whole METCO community! METCO relies on the Massachusetts legislature to allocate funding for everything we do — from getting students to school to supporting them throughout their education. So every year, we mobilize to show our representatives how important METCO is to us all. Mark your calendar, request a meeting with your town representative, and bring a crowd. Let’s show Massachusetts that #METCOworks!

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.

Brookline Education Foundation’s sixth annual Adult Trivia Bee

Tickets on sale now for the BEF’s 6th Annual Trivia Bee: Friday night, March 29 at Coolidge Corner School. Details here: Don’t miss this fun community event!

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:

MCAS Buster Class Starts 3/18

MCAS Buster is a 6 week MCAS math preparatory program for the students in grades 3 to 6. Is this your children’s first MCAS? Or did your children find Next Generation MCAS hard? Has your child not master multiplication yet? No problem. Is your child having trouble with fractions? We can help! Japanese Math Academy will help your students stay confident before and after MCAS. The classes start in the week of March 18th. Limited to 5 students per class. Contact
Grade 5 Monday 5:30pm-6:30pm
Grade 4 Tuesday 3pm-4pm
Grade 3 Thursday 3pm-4pm
Grade 6 Friday 4:45pm-5:45pm
6 weeks/$300 (no class during April vacation week)

Kicks and Tricks Summer Soccer Clinic

My name is Sophie Abou-Rizk and I am a recent graduate of Newton North High School who played soccer there for all four years. Every summer, three of my varsity teammates and I run and coach a girls soccer clinic: Kicks and Tricks. The past years have been incredible; we’ve met amazing girls, who are motivated and interested in working hard and developing their technical and tactical soccer skills. Kicks and Tricks runs from June 24-28, and July 29-August 2 from 9am to 12pm on the Newton North High School fields and the cost for each week is $180. Email with any questions or to register!

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

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