Lincoln Lines April 7th, 2019 No. 28

Lincoln Lines April 7th, 2019 No. 28

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

Thank you to everyone who made Science Night a success, especially our parent volunteers who worked booths and helped fill the first floor with engaging, hands-on opportunities for students and families to enjoy together. It was a wonderful community event and highlighted our collective curiosity.

I also want to thank everyone for their support of our Cradles to Crayons Drive, which ended on Friday. The amount of clothing and games donated was really wonderful.

I won’t have a message for you this coming Sunday as we’ll be closed next week for the April vacation. I hope you all have a great break.

Office Update

I mentioned in my message last week that Ms. Jennings would be out for the next 4-6 weeks following knee surgery. I wanted to let you know first that her surgery went smoothly. I also wanted to share with you that Tracey Legendre will be filling in for Ms. Jennings during her absence. If you need to get in touch with her, you can reach her at

Lincoln Presenters at Brookline Youth Climate Action Challenge

I want to recognize Lincoln students: Gil Arkin, Emi Alvarez , Meagan Brennan, Ollie Caramello, Nathan Jones , Lily Johnson-Weingart , Kathy Torres-Perez, and Angela Zhou. These students presented on Saturday afternoon as representatives of our compost project. They were excellent representatives of the project and our school, and received a lot of positive feedback from judges, families and other students.

Compost Fundraiser

We are running a fundraiser to help support Composting and the School Garden by selling vouchers for Black Earth Compost (very rich soil amendment).

The vouchers are $10 (Lincoln School gets to keep $5), you take the voucher to Allendale Farm and pick up your compost. The bags are one cubic foot of rich locally sourced organic nutrients each!

You can see Sue Zobel directly to buy vouchers.  Cash or check only.

This will help complete the cycle of our food waste composting program! Our waste becomes good taste(ing food)

Town Considering 15 Names for Coolidge Corner School

The Coolidge Corner School is being renamed through a town-wide process. Students are helping to lead the process, and it’s time for community members to provide more input. Last year, Town Meeting voted to change the name of the Devotion School because it no longer found it acceptable to name a school after a man who held another person in slavery. This year, the schools are leading a process to identify the new name. Community members nominated 119 different names for the school. The Student Nominations Committee reviewed all nominations and, through a deliberative process, has narrowed them down to 15 semifinalists. Now they are looking for input and feedback on the 15 semifinalists. Come to the Naming Night on Thursday April 11 at the main branch of the Brookline Public Library. Or to read more about the nominees and provide input please electronically, please visit the Coolidge Corner Renaming website.

BHS Expansion Project Begins this Summer

This summer the BHS expansion project will get fully underway as it enters the construction phase. This exciting project will include a new building at the 111 Cypress Street site, a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) building to replace the building at the corner of Tappan and Greenough Streets, renovations to the 3rd floor of the main building and the Tappan gymnasium, as well as improvements to Cypress Field. Last week, the BHS Building Committee reviewed the latest versions of the site plans, phasing timelines, and site logistics. For a complete update on the project and to review last week’s presentation please visit the BHS Project Website.

Term 3 Grades Close Wednesday for Grades 6-8

Grades for our third term close this Wednesday, April 10. Report cards will publish on the parent portal on Aspen on April 25.

Last Day of School and Graduation Date Set

The last day of school is set for June 21, when students will dismiss at 12 p.m. The night before will be graduation for our 8th graders at 5 p.m. in the Lincoln School auditorium.

Conference Early Release K-6 on Thursday

Students in grades K-6 will dismiss at 12:40 on Thursday of this week for conferences. Other early release dates are below.

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

Class Placement for 2019-20 School Year

Last 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.

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 FREE, 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

Volunteers are also needed to help make the event run smoothly. Sign up to volunteer at:

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

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. Our third graders will take the Reading test this Monday and Tuesday.

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

Garden Committee Meeting – Monday

Interested in helping Lincoln get “greener”? Come to the next Landscape committee meeting to learn more about getting involved with Lincoln’s composting program, helping prepare for “Lincoln Blooms” gardening day and brainstorming next steps for outdoor classroom space. Monday, April 8th from 6:30-8:00pm at Lincoln school. All are welcome! Childcare available. Email if you have any questions.

8th Grade Yearbook Update

We are furiously working on putting together the 8th grade yearbook. We have asked students to fill out an application to work on the yearbook. The Yearbook Committee will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays in April and May (we are flexible if students just want to come once a week) from 1:40-2:30 pm and we will stay at the school until 3 pm on Tuesdays if others want to come after school.

We will be taking photos of each 8th grader this week. The schedule is:

April 9th 8-1 & 8-2 from 1:40-2:30
April 11th 8-3 from 1:40-2:30

What we need from you:

  • A baby photo of your 8th grader
  • Candid photos from Lincoln events over the years- field trips, plays, picnics, etc.

Please send photos and questions to

(Hard copy photos should be labeled and can be dropped off to Mrs. Zobel’s room. They will be scanned and returned.)

We will send periodic updates and requests for information.

Yearbook Advisors,

Betsy Lowe, Gretchen Coffey, Jamie Glanton Costello, Nancy Roe

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

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.


Applications for bands to perform, for people with porches to host, and for Porchfest lovers to volunteer for Brookline Porchfest 2019 are available online at Applications close on Friday, April 26. The official announcement of the Brookline Porchfest 2019 schedule will be made public on May 11, 2019.

About Brookline Porchfest  Brookline’s fourth annual Porchfest will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 12:00pm to 7pm with a rain date of Saturday, June 15. There will be a one hour kick-off event at the The Public Library of Brookline – Brookline Village (361 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445) from 12:00-1:00pm, and then music on porches town wide from 1:00-7:00pm

Over the past three years Brookline Porchfest has featured hundreds of local performers celebrating music and community on porches throughout the town. Music genres have included a barbershop quartet, an 8-piece klezmer band, blues bands, rock bands, jazz groups, Forró musicians, the Brookline Symphony Orchestra, singer/songwriters, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, a clarinet choir, heavy rock musicians, and a ukulele sing-a-long.

More information can be found at or


Brookline Porchfest is brought to you by Arts Brookline & Brookline Music School.

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.

Yes for Brookline announcement

Dear Lincoln School community,

As you may know, after a decade of effort, we have a town-wide solution to Brookline’s schools overcrowding problem. Plans are well underway for new and expanded schools at Driscoll and Baldwin with a Pierce renovation coming soon. This is exciting news!

You can learn more at

On May 7th Brookline voters have the opportunity to vote YES to fund the Driscoll and Baldwin school projects.

The top three things you can do today to say YES are:

1) Mark your calendar and make a plan to VOTE YES on Tuesday, MAY 7th between 7am and 8pm.

2) DONATE to the ‘YES’ campaign so we can buy lawn signs, postcards, and other voter education materials. Any amount — $40, $50, $100, or more — makes a difference.

3) VOLUNTEER to take a lawn sign, work the polls, or endorse the YES effort.

Please do your part today — and on MAY 7th — to bring these important and exciting school projects across the finish line.

Please join me in supporting the YES campaign.

Together we can make this happen!

Sarah Jay
Yes For Brookline liaison for Lincoln School / 617.448.3693

Bill Reyelt
Yes for Brookline Precinct 5 Captain / 617.699.7872

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

Brookline Soccer Club Tryouts

Tryouts for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Brookline Soccer Club season will be held (rain or shine) at Skyline Field (815 Newton Street) on the following dates:
Sunday, April 28 – Boys Tryouts
Sunday, May 5 – Girls Tryouts
These tryouts are open to all current second through seventh graders.
The Brookline Soccer Club teams are travel teams and represent Brookline in competition against other towns in the greater Boston area.
For more information, specific tryout times, and registration go to

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

Lincoln School PTO Emails and Social Media:

Lincoln Lines email address:
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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