Lincoln Lines March 31st, 2019 No. 27

Lincoln Lines March 31st, 2019 No. 27

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

It felt like spring had truly arrived this weekend. I hope you were able to get outside and enjoy it.

Note from the Main Office

This Tuesday, Ms. Jennings will have knee surgery that will have her absent from Lincoln for at least the next four weeks. There will be a substitute assigned, and I will share that contact information. In the meantime, I hope you’ll join me in wishing Ms. Jennings a smooth procedure and recovery.

Conference Release Days Start this Week

The first release day of the spring conference season is this Wednesday, April 3. All students, K-8 will release at 12:40. The rest of the spring release day schedule is below. Note that all future dates are only for grades K-6.

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

Drive for Cradles to Crayons Continues through Friday

In last week’s message, I shared that Lincoln 8th grader Azavia Barsky-Elnour is one of Brookline’s representatives in Project 351. As part of that position, Azavia organized a drive in support of Cradles to Crayons, which began last week and runs through this Friday, April 5. Drop-off sites are outside the main office and next to the elevator on the first floor. Information about what can be donated can be found on flyers posted on our entrances.

Class Placement for 2019-20 School Year

On Friday I shared information about Class Placement for 2019-20 via a message on Blackboard Connect. That message included the optional family input form. If you are submitting the form, it must be received by Friday, April 12.

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

SCIENCE NIGHT – This Friday, April 5, 6:30-8:30pm!

Please join us this Friday for the Lincoln School’s annual Science Night! This is a fun, free event open to the entire Lincoln School community. Pizza will be available to purchase.


Only 5 days to go and we still need volunteers. Use this link to find a volunteer slot that works for you:

If you’d like to facilitate a hands-on activity, sign up here:

Wednesday, April 3rd – 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!

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


In celebration of World Autism Awareness & Acceptance Day, the Brookline SEPAC presents an evening with Susan Senator. Susan is an author, blogger, journalist, and activist who lives in Brookline. She has published op-ed pieces, commentaries, articles, and essays since 1997 on parenting and autism. She is a former member of the Brookline School Committee and chair of the Brookline SEPAC. She is the author of three books and a novel, all drawn from her personal experiences as a mom with a child of autism. Her experiences have run the gamut — an entire spectrum’s worth of changes in viewpoint.

Location: Coolidge Corner Library Meeting Room Day: April 2nd Time: 7pm-9pm

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

4/4 School Committee Meeting (includes public hearing on Town Meeting Articles)

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.

The agenda can be found at this link.

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:


April 7th: 11am – 2pm at the Studio of Engaging Math

Come and learn more about our programs. Play games, do STEM activities, solve puzzles, and win prizes!

This event is open to kids (ages 4 – 12) and their parents!

Studio of Engaging Math is a pre-K-8 after-school math program. Our mission is to cultivate students’ appreciation of mathematics by fostering intellectual curiosity, critical and logical thinking,spatial reasoning and problem-solving skills to build student confidence and self-esteem. We put emphasis on creativity, original thinking and reasoning over memorization. Small group setting with curriculum that is tailored for students of various levels creates positive attitude about math and redefines math learning experience.

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

Brookline Center – Hand in Hand 2019

Join The Brookline Center for Hand in Hand 2019! Enjoy a night of service with a social twist to brighten days and make hard times easier for women in need. Hand in Hand attendees will assemble care packages that are delivered by Brookline Center clinicians to clients the week before Mother’s Day. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will also be served before care package assembly begins.

Hand in Hand will take place April 25 from 7-9 PM at the Brookline Teen Center. Visit to learn more and register.

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.

Asian Pacific Heritage Exhibit

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month! As a way to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month the Brookline Main Library will be hosting an Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations exhibit of residents’ meaningful items to help raise awareness and highlight the Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage beginning on May 6, 2019. The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations is seeking any individual or family that is willing to lend an item that is meaningful to your heritage to be displayed through the month of May, in either the Brookline Main Library exhibit or in Town Hall. We ask to be allowed to hold on to your item from early April until the end of June; to allow us enough time to install the exhibit and take it down and return to you. If you would be interested in lending an item to our Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage exhibit, please contact Lauren Delp at or Caitlin Starr in the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations at or at 617-730-2345.

Save the Date for the PSB Maker Day

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 11, 12-4pm at the Coolidge Corner School for an afternoon to celebrate innovation and creativity. Bring your imagination to this fun, family event and discover what is possible at our district makerspaces.

  • Experiment with hands-on activities
  • Explore an exciting showcase of student work across grades K-8
  • Learn about the development of PSB makerspaces

We hope to see you there!

Made possible by the Enrichment and Challenge Support program (ECS), in collaboration with the Parent Advisory Committee for Innovation (iPAC) and the PSB K-8 PTOs


Video and online gaming has become such a norm for many adolescents that it can sometimes get out of hand before we know it, with kids staying up into the wee hours and losing sleep. General health and schoolwork can suffer in the process. Nearly 200 parents signed up for B-PEN’s parent presentation by expert Dr. Alok Kanojia, who offered information on the allure of games, how gaming can disrupt mental health and social development, and what parents can do to set – and maintain – appropriate limits. Key takeaways can be found in the new tip sheet – PARENT UPDATE: TIPS ON BUILDING HEALTHY VIDEO GAMING HABITS

Art With Amy – Summer is around the corner!

AWA studio ( Art with Amy) summer program is back with our classic mixed media, painting, drawing and building classes as well as Saori weaving, bookbinding, lots of fiber arts, Cities and Maps class. dollhouse/miniature week and lots more. Offering 8:30-2 and 2-6 options. In the heart of Brookline Village. Feel free to email for more information.

Art with Amy is located at 45 Harvard Street in Brookline Village
Check out our classes and workshops at

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 –

Community Classifieds

Looking for a place for my parents to stay from May 30th to June 10th – Parents are coming
from Germany to see their Lincoln-alumni grandsons graduate from BHS. Looking for a
room or apartment for them to stay in. Phone: 617-879-3275, email:

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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