Lincoln Lines March 24th, 2019 No. 26

Lincoln Lines March 24th, 2019 No. 26

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope this message finds you well.

Lincoln Participant in Project 351 — Clothing Drive in Support of Cradles to Crayons

Lincoln 8th grader Azavia Barsky-Elnour is one of Brookline’s two representatives in Project 351. For those who don’t know Project 351 was “founded by Governor Deval Patrick in 2011 and now convened by Governor Charlie Baker. Project 351 fosters unity and strengthens the ethic of service through the engagement and enrichment of an 8th grade Ambassador from each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.”

For a year’s term, Project 351 invests in the Ambassadors’ capabilities and inspires their sense of possibility through customized service experiences, results-driven leadership training, and exposure to issues, role models, and opportunities that challenge and enrich. United, Ambassadors progress the values of social justice, drive transformative impact for a portfolio of nonprofit organizations, and commit to a lifetime of civic responsibility and service.”

More information about it can be found here.

As part of her participation in this program, Azavia has to organize a service project at her school. For her project, Azavia is planning a drive to support Cradles to Crayons. The drive will begin on Wednesday, March 27 and run until Friday, April 5.

Cradles to Crayons has strict criteria for what they will accept, which are captured below. Please note that even if an item does not meet their criteria, Cradles will redonate that item to an appropriate organization.

They seek clothing for ages 0-12, but will take “Adult Medium” sized clothing
Clothing cannot have references to parents on them, i.e. “Daddy’s All-Star”
Clothing cannot advertise a business or event
No sports logos unless a Massachusetts team
No stains, inscriptions or names on tags
Only brand new socks, pajamas or underwear will be accepted

Look for signs and bins for where to drop off donations this week.

Conference Early Release Dates

Next week is the start of the spring conference season and early release dates. On the first release day all students will be dismissed at 12:40. On the three subsequent dates, only students in grades K-6 will dismiss at 12:40.

Wednesday, April 3: K-8 dismiss at 12:40
Thursday, April 11 K-6 dismiss at 12:40
Wednesday, April 24: K-6 dismiss at 12:40
Thursday, May 2: K-6 dismiss at 12:40

MCAS Dates

Dates for MCAS testing at Lincoln 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

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.

SCIENCE NIGHT – Volunteers needed

Do you have a background in a STEM field? Or perhaps you’re just an enthusiast? Science Night still needs people to facilitate hands-on activities. If you have a fun activity, or are willing to come up with one, click the link below to sign up!

If running an activity isn’t your thing, there are still lots of ways to lend a hand. Sign up to help some other way using the link below.

Most importantly, please 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.

Walk to Raise Money for Brookline Thrives

Join Brookline Thrives for a family-fun 3-mile walk in Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger on Sunday, May 5. Brookline Thrives is part of the Brookline Food Pantry team. To walk or donate, go to Brookline Food Pantry Team page ( General donations to Project Bread will not raise funds for Brookline Thrives or the Food Pantry.

Join in the fun of packing Thrives bags!

Brookline Thrives needs help packing the weekend bags for students. It’s a great social opportunity while doing something good. Bag packing occurs every Wednesday evening from 7-8:30pm in the Community Room at 226 High St (corner of Cypress and Chestnut streets, follow the purple Family Learning Center signs). To sign up: Adults only, please.

Community Announcements

Patriots game? Getaways? Cocktail making? Wine all year??

. . . announcing this year’s Brookline Education Foundation Trivia Bee Raffle with 8 amazing packages: It’s easy to participate by contacting Lincoln’s BEF board members (Katie Bacon,; Belinda Hsu,; Marisa Nucci, or calling the BEF office at 617/232-3846 with a credit card ($25 each or 5 for $100). You don’t have to attend the event to win — and you can select the package you want to try for, though we have only until Wed., March 27!

Thank you for supporting education and Brookline in this way. This is the biggest BEF event of the year: the more we raise, the more teacher grants we are able to fund.

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.


Let’s Be Honest: Communication in Families that Keeps Kids Healthy

April 25, 2019 Pierce School Auditorium 7 pm to 8:30 pm

“Nearly 9 in 10 young people cite parents as the greatest influence on their decision making regarding relationships and sex. No matter how well the schools educate our kids, they still need to hear about values and sexuality from us.” Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts’ acclaimed “Let’s Be Honest” is an interactive presentation designed to help 8th grade parents and caregivers create an environment of trust and comfort in talking with children about relationships and sexuality. Positive communication helps establish values, enabling young people to make healthier, better-informed decisions related to sexuality. By providing parents with useful skills, information, and resources, this lively and refreshingly direct program can empower parents to feel competent and successful as their children’s primary sexuality educators. Please register for this free event at

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


Want to reduce your carbon emissions and protect the climate for your kids? Come to Green House Fest! On May 5th, between 1pm and 3pm, you can tour Brookline homes and talk with homeowners who use heat pumps for heating and cooling, induction stoves for cooking, electric cars, solar panels, urban food gardens, composting, and other features that remove oil and gas from daily use. Find the map at Sponsored by the Brookline chapter of Mothers Out Front.

Brookline Youth Lacrosse

Boys grade 1 and 2 Brookline Youth Lacrosse program is looking for a few more players to round out its roster this spring. Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in our country and those who love this game understand why. It is a fast paced and combines skill sets from soccer, hockey and basketball. We have two practices per week, one on TUES and one on THUR evenings 6PM-7:30PM. Our season starts next week, but it’s not too late to join. Games are played against other towns and take place on Sundays. Please register through Brookline Rec website.

Considering Hebrew School?

Temple Sinai, a progressive Reform congregation located in Coolidge Corner, offers a welcoming and joyful environment for families to explore Judaism together. Students of all ages are invited to reflect, learn, and make friends by participating in an inclusive community that values diversity, social justice, and lifelong learning. K – 2 children meet on Sunday mornings, while students in Grades 3 – 6 meet on Sunday mornings and Tuesday afternoons. We also offer a free monthly drop-in program for 3 and 4-year olds on Sunday mornings. To learn more, contact Heidi Smith Hyde, Director of Education, at or visit our website at

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

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

Neuropsychological Evaluations – I am a clinical neuropsychologist and have a practice in Brighton. I love evaluating kiddos and we see children for comprehensive neuropsychological and academic evaluations, focusing on developmental, educational and behavioral concerns such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, and Executive Function Disorders. I evaluate children who have medical conditions such as traumatic brain injuries, seizures, etc. We meet with parents, gather information from the teachers and of course evaluate the children. If there are parents who are interested, I am happy to answer questions that they may have. I can be contacted directly at 781 346 3000 or to learn more about the evaluation process.

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

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