Lincoln Lines March 17th, 2019 No. 25

Lincoln Lines March 17th, 2019 No. 25

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well.

Last Wednesday was the launch of the whole school compost pilot. In just three days all grades at Lincoln School kept over 200 pounds of food waste out of the waste stream. Middle schoolers have been joining the lower grade lunches to help remind students and to monitor the process. Thank you to all the K-8 students and adults who are taking the time to stop, think, and put their waste into the proper bins. You are all helping to improve our environment.

If you would like to learn more about composting food waste at home, please check out our compost company, Black Earth: The more Brookline households signing up for curbside service, the lower the cost. This whole school effort has been made possible by funding from the Lincoln School P.T.O. and a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation. Thank yous go out to the entire Lincoln School Community. Keep Composting.

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

Lincoln Math Specialists 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 Foundation. Refreshments and babysitting will be available.

Information Sessions on 9th Grade Transition THIS Week

Staff from Brookline High School are holding three informational sessions 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.

3rd Term Progress Reports Published

Third term progress reports for students in grades 6-8 published in the Parent Portal in Aspen on Thursday. Information about how to access the Parent Portal can be found here.

MCAS Dates

Beginning in April, students in grades 3-8 will 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


Lincoln School & PTO News

Spring Sock Hop – Friday, March 22 from 6-8

The Spring Sock Hop is this Friday, March 22 from 6-8 for grades K-5
Come join in on a family fun night of dancing, games and pizza!
Pizza, drinks and snacks will be for sale in the cafeteria!
Suggested donation is $5 per child or $20 per family

We are looking for volunteers
Please click on link below

Parents as Partners Math Seminar, Thursday, 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 Foundation. Refreshments and babysitting will be available.

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.


Help make our annual Science Night a success once again. If you have time to lend a hand before or during the event, click the link below and select a job.

If you can’t help out, we hope you’ll still join us for the event on April 5, 6:30-8:30. This event is free and open to all ages. Pizza will be available for purchase.

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

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:

Chinese Recitation and Penmanship Contest
Saturday, April 13 at 2 PM at the Coolidge Corner Library

Join us for the Brookline Chinese School’s annual Chinese Recitation and Penmanship Contest! Students at the school will celebrate their learning through a demonstration of their Chinese reciting and handwriting skills. In addition to the contest and awards ceremony, this program will include traditional music, dance, martial arts, and more.

MEDIAGIRLS’ 2019 fundraiser – April 28th

Don’t miss MEDIAGIRLS’ 2019 fundraiser “Get Strong Inside and Out” on April 28th from 3-5pm at the Brookline Teen Center. Many are saying “strong” is the new “beautiful” and we agree. At this event, girls and women of any age will get to experience martial-arts infused yoga, meet young women using social media to spread positivity, and learn moves that convey confidence. Price: $50/person until 3/31 and after March 31st the price goes up to $60/person. Proceeds go towards bringing programming to more girls in under served communities in Boston. Tickets are limited so reserve now! For tickets and more event information please go to: For more information on MEDIAGIRLS go to

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)

The Makery – New spring after school and summer programming

The Makery in Coolidge Corner is offering after school and summer youth programming! Please visit our website to learn more about what we offer at our fully stocked makerspace right here in Brookline –

Art With Amy – Spring half day workshops / Summer is around the corner!

Spring half day workshops!

Wednesday April 3rd make mixed media paintings
Thursday April 11th create plaster sculptures
Wednesday April 24th sew your own stuffed animal
Thursday May 2nd tie dye a t-shirt- summer is coming!

All workshops meet 12:40-2:30, Cost: $40 including PIZZA, Pick up available at Pierce

Summer is almost here!

This year studio classes begin at 8:30am and our afternoon session runs until 6. Swimming options will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays. We have weaving weeks, Egyptian art explorations, painting, building, mixed media, a doll house week and lots more. Summer is a special time at the studio. As always we have a full mix of ages with a limited number of students each week. When space allows we have drop ins available. Hope you can join us!

Check out for full schedule. Please feel free to email with any questions!

Cheers, Amy
45 Harvard St
Brookline Village

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

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

Lincoln School PTO Emails and Social Media:

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