Lincoln Lines May 27th, 2019 No. 34

Lincoln Lines May 27th, 2019 No. 34

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear families,

I hope you all had the chance to enjoy the gorgeous weather this long weekend.

Staffing Updates

While we work to finish out the 2018-19 school year, I have been working with staff at Lincoln to fill vacancies for next year. Below is information about hires that have been made and finalized to date.


Barbara Donnelly will retire at the end of this school year from her position on the kindergarten team. Filling this vacancy next year is Carolyn Lei. Ms. Lei graduated from Barnard College and began her career in education through Teach for America as a Kindergarten teacher at the ReNEW Cultural Arts Academy in New Orleans. Following that she moved to Massachusetts and was a 1st grade teacher at KIPP Academy in Lynn. Most recently, Ms. Lei was a kindergarten and 1st grade intern with the Somerville Public Schools while completing her Master’s Degree at Lesley University. Through multiple interviews and a demonstration lesson in KB, Ms. Lei impressed us with her warmth, her commitment to educational equity, and her desire to be a part of a collaborative team. We are very excited that Ms. Lei will be joining us. Thank you to the other members of our kindergarten team, Andrea Beaser and Maggie Canniff, K-3 Guidance Counselor Barbara Geller, and Occupational Therapist MaryAnn Biele who served on the interview committee.

Educational Team Facilitator

MaryKay Deiss will retire at the end of this school year. Ms. Deiss was a long-time special educator at Lincoln, but most recently has worked as our Educational Team Facilitator (ETF). in this role, she was responsible for chairing team meetings to determine eligibility for and the provision of services for students with disabilities.

This position will be filled next year by Kathryn Gallahue. Ms. Gallahue has worked in the Brookline Public Schools since 2012. She first worked as a Learning Center teacher at Pierce School, working with students in grades 4-8. In 2017, she was hired to serve as the ETF at the Lower Devotion School when that school was K-4. Most recently, Ms. Gallahue has been the ETF split between the Runkle School and the Coolidge Corner School. In interviews and in speaking with references, Ms. Gallahue distinguished herself for her technical understanding of the position balanced with an ability to build relationships with families and educators in service of supporting students. We are thrilled to have Ms. Gallahue joining our staff. Thank you to 6-8 Learning Center Teacher Lisa Ziegler, 4-5 Learning Center Teacher Irene Reznikov, Adaptive PE Teacher Caryn Glazer, 1st Grade Teacher Courtney O’Leary, and Co-director of Special Education Emily Frank, for their participation on the interview committee for this position.

Little Mermaid Tickets On Sale

In just a few short weeks the middle school students will be performing the 2019 Lincoln School Musical: Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. Performances are Wednesday June 5th, Thursday June 6th, Friday June 7th, and Saturday June 8th. All performances are at 7pm in the Lincoln Theater.

Tickets are on sale now! They are $10 each and seating is assigned. Tickets can be purchased online at or in person on Tuesday’s or Thursday’s outside of the Library. If you are buying tickets in person, you can purchase tickets with cash or checks made out to Lincoln School. For directions on how to purchase tickets on click here:

Limited tickets may be available at the door; however in the past few years tickets have sold out before the day of the performance. Be sure to get your tickets early!! The cast can’t wait to tell this story to you and we hope to see you at the show.

*NOTE: This show will feature the use of flashing lights and strobe effects. If you have any questions about tickets or the show, please email Mr. Weatherwax at

Eighth Graders Collecting for Brookline Food Pantry
Please see the letter below from our 8th graders.

Dear Lincoln Community,

The Lincoln Class of 2019 are collecting needed items for the Brookline Food Pantry this Spring. We will bring the items to the Food Pantry and help stock shelves on June 14th as part of our Day of Service.

When we brought the Lincoln School donations to the Food Pantry in February we learned that the people who visit the Food Pantry are food insecure. This means they do not have reliable access to regular meals. 30% of the people who go to the Brookline Food Pantry are elderly and 50% are single parents. Over 600 children in Brookline rely on the Food Pantry for their meals.

We also learned that the Brookline Food Pantry requires more than just food, they need toiletries as well! Local families need our help! Please consider donating to support other families that are in need in your community. Every donation helps! You can help by contributing toiletries, personal hygiene items, canned goods or make a donation. The Lincoln 8th Grade wants to help the Brookline Food Pantry by gathering enough donations to help support local Brookline families. You can help the Brookline Food Pantry keep up with the demand!

To help you can donate items listed below.
Bring these items to the labeled boxes around the school or send them with your child:

Personal Care:

  • Lip balm
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Sunscreen
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Feminine hygiene products


  • Canned fruit
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned Beans & Stews
  • Soups
  • Oatmeal/Hot cereals
  • Coffee
  • Tea


Lincoln School & PTO News

2019 LINCOLN MUSICAL: Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

Little Mermaid Ticket Sales Update:  Get your tickets before the show is all sold out! As of Saturday there are less than 50 tickets remaining to Wed, Fri, and Saturday shows. Plenty of availability for Thursday. Tickets can be purchased in the lobby at dismissal or on

Help us save the planet

We are asking parents and families to help us out with our Girl Scout Bronze Award project. We are trying to reduce the amount of plastic used in the school. How can you help? Pack reusable utensils for your kids lunch! If you don’t have a set at home search online for “lunch utensil set” – we found lots of different options!

** If you are in need of a free donated set, we will have a table to give them out at the Wednesday during 4/5 lunch period (while supplies last)

We are hoping to make this world a better place one step at a time. Thank you! Ruby and Fumi

Notes from the Library

Lincoln School read 51, 626 MINUTES! Thank you to all our Lincoln School readers and families who participated in our annual Readathon during “No Screen” Week. Our winning homerooms are: KD, 1M, 2K, 3G, 4G, 5C, 6-1 and 7-2. We were especially pleased with all of our middle school students who participated this year. Winning homerooms have earned a pizza lunch and fun in the Library. Individual participants will receive their prizes soon.

Thank you everyone and keep on reading. Special thanks to our organizers Sarah Johnson Weingart and Kate Moschandreas. And thank you to all of our teachers who helped children log reading minutes.

Mrs. Abner
School Librarian

The Lincoln Book Fair is coming June 4-7

The Book Fair returns to Lincoln on June 4! Hundreds of titles for all readers from pre-school through adult will be available with a portion of proceeds benefitting Lincoln PTO. The Book Fair runs before and after school Tuesday through Thursday and before school Friday morning, with extended evening hours on Wednesday June 5 from 6-8 PM to coincide with the Middle School Spring Musical.

Volunteers are needed to make the Book Fair successful. Please consider signing up for one or more time slots at

Even if you can’t volunteer, we hope you’ll stop by to peruse the selection and pick up a new book or two (or ten) while supporting Lincoln PTO.


Return Brookline Thrives Bags

Please remind your students to return the black drawstring bags to school every week. Bags should be put in the Brookline Thrives Bag Return bins. Returning bags helps us save money!

Community Announcements

5/29 School Committee Meeting (Wednesday)

The School Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.

The agenda can be found at this link.

LGBTQ Pride Crosswalk

Join the Town of Brookline in celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month on Sunday June 2, 2019 from 12-3pm!

We are inviting the community to help us paint a Pride Crosswalk outside Town Hall on Washington Street at Thayer Street to demonstrate our community’s commitment to supporting equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community. There will be music, light refreshments, and a free raffle! We invite all to stop by and participate!

If you have any questions, please contact Caitlin Starr, CDE at or 617-730-2345

The Village Fair

Sunday 6/9 12-4pm @ Harvard St., Brookline Village
Join us for the fourth annual Village Fair, a street celebration of everything — and everyone — that is wonderful about our community. There’ll be live music, dancing, balloons, face-painting, a clown, games, art, vendors and community organizations, crafts, wellness demonstrations, food, a one-mile road race, and much much more. For questions, email Ben Kelley ( and don’t forget to like us on Facebook (!

Run or volunteer in the Viking Village Miler – Race to Benefit Brookline Extended Day

Viking Sports will be hosting the Viking Sports Village Miler as part of the Brookline Village Fair  ( on Sunday, June 9th. The Viking Sports Village Miler is a 1-mile race planned collaboratively by the Brookline Extended Day Advisory Council, the Town of Brookline, and Viking Sports.

Proceeds from the race will be donated to support after school programming for low-income and at-risk elementary school children in Brookline. Last year we had great turnout with around 250 Participants (adults, kids, strollers, grandparents), and we hope to have an even greater numbers this year! If the hyperlinks above do not work, here are the links to the race & the village fair:


Pride Parade in Brookline

Runkle School’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is hosting a 3rd Annual Kids’ Pride Parade!

Monday June 10th at 5pm. Starting at Runkel School (50 Druce Street) and walk to Coolidge Corner. Students in grade 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. All are welcome. Happy Pride!

Brookline Porchfest 2019!

Brookline’s fourth annual Porchfest will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm with a rain date of Saturday, June 15, 2019.

New this year, the family-friendly Porchfest kicks off with a community gathering including music and food, on the lawn of The Public Library of Brookline – Brookline Village (361 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445) from 12:00-1:00pm. The kick-off celebration is a great way to begin a day filled with music and friendship.

After the kick-off, spend the afternoon listening to music on porches town-wide. Over 120 bands will be performing between 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Official Map: LINK
Official Site:

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


The Public Library of Brookline is pleased to announce the eighth annual Tee Off at the Library—this year with a renaissance-faire theme! On Saturday, June 15, visit the Brookline Village Library for a day of mini-golf, refreshments, dragons, and quests. There will be two sessions of Tee Off at the Library: an all-ages event from noon-4 PM and an adult (21+) event from 6-9 PM. Tickets for Tee Off at the Library are available at

In addition to mini-golf, the all-ages session of Tee Off will feature face painting, archery (with suction-cup arrows), cosplayers and reenactors, crafts, a siege the castle smash wall, a green screen photo booth, and a Fire Swamp obstacle course. Admission for the all-ages afternoon event is $3 in advance, $5 at the door.

The adult (21+) session of Tee Off will include henna, archery (with suction-cup arrows), cosplayers and reenactors, a siege the castle smash wall, a green screen photo booth, and a raffle. Catered refreshments will be provided, and beverages from local purveyors will be available. Advance tickets for the evening event are $5, or $15 including drinks. Tickets at the door are $10, or $20 including drinks.

BEEP PTO annual spring picnic – Saturday, June 15

Please join us to CELEBRATE a great year and say farewell to Vicki Milstein!

SPRING PICNIC – Saturday, June 15th, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Coolidge Corner School Playground  (If it rains, we will move inside to the cafeteria.)

Bring the whole family for a great afternoon!
Don’t forget your water bottle or favorite refreshment.

Please honor Vicki by making a donation to the Lauren Dunne Astley Fund,
which enables low-income children to attend BEEP.

Follow the link & scroll down to select the Lauren Dunne Astley Fund.
Can you help out for an hour at the event? Contact:

Friends of Brookline High School Soccer – Annual 3v3 Soccer Tournament

The Annual 3v3 Soccer Tournament is a fundraising event at Skyline Park for the Brookline High School Soccer Program. Teams compete in small sided soccer games against their peers and grades 1-8 are coached by boys and girls varsity players. This year’s event is Saturday June 22nd (grades 1-8 teams) and Sunday June 23rd (adult and high school teams). Teams registered before June 1 will receive an event t-shirt! For more details and to register:

3v3 Youth Basketball Event

My name is Alex Kingsley with Viking Sports. We are a youth sports and recreation company headquartered in Brookline, MA. For the first time ever, we will be hosting a community based 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament for boys and girls in grades 5th-12th on Saturday, June 22, 2019.

The proceeds of this tournament will benefit Steps 2 Success and their wonderful efforts in continuing to improve youths’ lives and helping them prepare for the future. If you would like to learn more about their organization, please visit their website. (

Aside from the double-elimination style tournament, there will be a 3-point contest, skills competition, silent auction, concessions, a DJ and some great prizes and giveaways to top finishers. We are extremely excited to be hosting this event. You don’t want to miss out!

You can learn more or sign up at

Summer @ Japanese Math Academy for Grades 1-6

Ready for next year? Whether you are behind or want a head start, we have your back!
JMA will help you hone your current skills and transition to next grade. All class sizes are up to 5 students divided.
3 week programs
Session 1 Jun 24th – Just 12th
Session 2 July 15th – August 2nd
Middle School Boot Camp for rising 6th grade
Booster Pack Programs for rising grades 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
Grades 1 & 2: 60 minute classes/2 times per week
Grades 3 & 4: 90 minute classes/2 times per week
Grades 5 & 6: 90 minutes classes/3 times per week
Contact or 617.784.0726

Community Classifieds

Babysitting – I am a rising (female) sophomore at Brookline High School looking for a babysitting job starting after August 3rd. I have had prior babysitting experience, love spending time with kids, and am CPR certified. I do not own a car, but live next to the train station, making a majority of Brookline houses accessible. If interested, please email me at

Piano Lessons Available – Hi there! My name is Jeremy Silver and I am a local musician and piano teacher, born and raised in Concord, Massachusetts and a graduate of Tufts University. Currently I am working with Mr. Weatherwax and Ms. Greenwood here at Lincoln as the music director of The Little Mermaid Jr. It has been such a rewarding experience and a lot of fun getting to know the Brookline community better this year through the show. If you or your child is interested in piano lessons for this coming summer, I am looking to take on new students for the summer session (I am available in the Fall and onward as well, but right now am most focused in filling up summer slots). Please do not hesitate to send me an email or call my cell at 978-944-5310, I love speaking with people and answering any questions you may have, and look forward to hearing from you! You can also check out my website at

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

Mother’s Day Massage Special – Treat the moms in your life (or yourself!) to therapeutic massage. Purchase a single massage or a package by May 31st. and receive a 10% discount. Contact Ann Appavoo at and mention this post.

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