Lincoln Lines September 10th, 2017 No. 1

Lincoln Lines September 10th, 2017 No. 1

Lincoln Happenings!

Tuesday, September 12th – New Family Welcome Breakfast
Wednesday, September 13th – Car-Free / Walk-Bike to School Day
Friday, September 15th – Community Meeting, 8am, Cafeteria
Friday, September 15th – Family Picnic, 5:30pm

See the full calendar on the PTO website at

Principal Denitzio’s Message

Dear Families,

I hope you had a great weekend. It was so wonderful to have students back in the building last

week, and I’m looking forward to our first full week.

There are many great events planned for the week ahead, including the New Family Breakfast
on Tuesday morning in the library and our Community Picnic on Friday evening.

One-to-One Laptop Initiative in Grades 6-8
Last spring, our Technology Specialist Annmarie Mazzocchi and I worked with the district to
invest in the purchase of enough new Chromebooks that we would have a device for each of
our middle schoolers. In recent years, Chromebooks and the Google classroom platform have
been valuable tools used daily by our staff, but we’ve been limited at times because demand for
our existing devices was so high. Having purchased these new devices will also free up our
existing computers for use by grades K-5.

In the coming weeks, the middle school team will work collaboratively with Ms. Mazzocchi to
develop plans and a protocol for introducing devices to students, but I want to share with you a
few broad strokes. In short, these computers will be housed at Lincoln. Students will pick up
their device each morning, carry it with them for use in their classes, and return it to charging
cart at the end of the day. Our target date for rolling out the devices is Wednesday, Sept. 20.

I also want to share with you introductory information about some of the new names and faces
you might see at Lincoln this year. Some of these hires were announced last spring, but others
were finalized over the summer.

Alisha Barrett worked with us last year as a paraprofessional in our Adaptive Learning Center.
She returns this year in a part-time role, teaching one section of fourth grade Physical Education
and teaching all of our health classes in grades 7 and 8.

Jane Miller has been a paraprofessional at Lincoln for two years and this year steps into a new
role, filling the Learning Center teacher position vacated this summer by Erica Joyce.

We have two new teachers in our Adaptive Learning Center. Sarah Cellucci most recently
worked as a special education teacher with the Milton Public Schools, but has experience at the
Boston Higashi School and in the Everett Public Schools. Andy Mellen also joins the ALC team,
having worked most recently in the Newton Public Schools as an ABA therapist.

Ashley Roth joins us for the first part of the year while Ms. Kun is out on maternity leave. Ashely
recently earned her Master’s degree from Northeastern University and completed her student
teaching at the Bowen Elementary School in Newton.

Emily Morris is joining our second grade team, filling the role vacated by Amanda White this
spring. Emily comes to us most recently from the George F. Kelly Elementary School in Chelsea
where she taught 2nd grade in the bilingual enrichment program. Prior to that she taught at the
Arlington Elementary School in Lawrence.

Alejandra Munoz returns to Lincoln this year in a new role as our 6th and 7th grade science
teacher, filling the role previously filled by Sarah Rund. You’ll recall that Ms. Munoz worked last
year in our second grade while Ms. Gomes took a one-year leave.

Carolyn Ketterer joins Lincoln as our new Speech and Language Pathologist, filling the vacancy
left by Alexis Mitchell’s departure this summer. Carolyn comes to us from the Oliver Wendell
Holmes School in Boston.


Lincoln School & PTO News

Back to School Family Picnic

I hope you are looking forward to the Back to School Picnic on Friday, September 15, from 5:30-7pm.  Bring your own picnic or food available for purchase.

We could use some help serving pizza and cooking hot dogs! Please sign up at Let me know if you have any questions. Jamie Costello, or 617-943-3346

Community Meeting

Friday, September 15 from 8-9am – Cafeteria
Kick Off Community Meeting with Principal Brian Denitzio and Vice Principal Isabel Gunther
(brought to you by the PTO)

Save The Dates

Please save the dates for these upcoming PTO sponsored events.

9/12 New Family Welcome Breakfast
9/15 Back to School Family Picnic
10/5 Parent Mingle
10/22 Pumpkinfest
12/22 Family Skate
1/26 Sock Hop
3/17 Trivia Night
4/6 Science Night
4/30 Read-a-Thon Week begins
5/7 Teacher Appreciation Week begins
5/19 Lincoln Blooms
6/13 End of School Family Picnic


First Friday of Every Month

  • School Spirit Day (Wear school colors / gear)
  • Multicultural Music in the Mornings

(Dates subject to change.  Any updates will be announced in Lincoln Lines)

New Lincoln PTO Directory

Over the summer the Lincoln School PTO has moved to a new product for managing our online directory.

Families that were in our directory last year should have received an email asking them to confirm their family data, and another email with login information.  Please complete this process to keep our data up to date.

Families that are new to the Lincoln community can visit the MySchoolAnywhere ‘join’ page (, fill in our school invite code (19kennard), and enter their own information into the directory.

More details can be found at

Email with any question.

Car-Free / Walk-Bike to School Day

A reminder that this Wednesday, September 13th (the first of the 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, scoot, etc. to and from school. For those who need to use a car, carpooling is encouraged


Welcome back to school! This year we return to an old tradition with “Music in the Mornings” which will take place on the first Friday of each month for 20 minutes in the main stairwell area before the opening bell of school.

If you are interested in playing an instrument, singing (alone or as a group), or taking on a creative music experience (playing records etc)  for the students, parents and staff of Lincoln School please reach out so we can schedule you into a convenient time.

We are looking for a wide range of participants. Don’t be shy. Music is powerful and inspiring, please share your skills!

Contact: Jocelyn:

Community Announcements

9/14 School Committee Meeting

The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.

The docket for the meeting can be found at this link.

Brookline Department of Public Health – Pet Preparedness Day

Attention pet owners! The first Brookline Pet Preparedness Day will take place on Saturday, September 16th from 9 am to 11 am at Amory Park (45 Amory Street). Join in as we help pet owners be better prepared in the event of an emergency or disasters. Free dog and cat kits giveaways, limited supplies!


Do you have a child that loves to sing? Join VOICES Boston children’s chorus for our 2017-2018 season! With singing at its core and training in dance and drama, VOICES Boston changes the lives of children, building confidence, discipline, leadership and a love of music that will last a lifetime.

We have ensembles for singers grades K-8 and rehearse at the William H Lincoln School in Brookline, MA. VOICES singers perform a wide range of repertoire, from classical to world music, gospel to new music and present an opera every year.

Throughout its history, VOICES Boston has collaborated with internationally known ensembles including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston University Opera Institute, Boston Baroque, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and Boston Early Music Festival.

To sign up or just learn more about the program, visit or contact:

Kathryn DiMaria, Executive Director

Kalee Burrows, Program Manager


Calling all young thespians! Come join the fun! The Freelance Players is now enrolling for the fall session, which starts up this coming week. The Freelance Players Troupe produces an original musical each season, with full sets, costumes and a live pit band! Students acquire skills in acting, singing, and dance, working with our theater professionals. Freelance’s ensemble approach fosters trust, imagination and self-confidence in our young actors.

The Freelance Players Troupe is for older students, 7th grade and up and rehearses on Wednesdays, 4:00-6:30pm at the Driscoll School in Brookline. The Players mount large-scale musical productions, with shows at the Park School (Brookline) in December and April. Tuition for all Troupes $525. More information at

The Golden Chickpea After School Program

Are your families looking for high quality, reliable After School care in a safe and enriching environment?
The Golden Chickpea After School Program is now Open for enrollment.
G.C.A.P, provides pick-up from Lincoln daily outdoor recreation, art & crafts, games, and more!
Plus, special guest instructors in art, music, comic book making and foreign languages.
For Brookline K-5 students. Monday- Friday until 6:00pm.
Schedule a tour to Learn more.
(857) 210-9122  /

Brookline Arts Center’s FALL CLASSES enrolling now!

The BAC has a full schedule of exciting art classes this fall! Parent-child classes for ages 4 and under are a wonderful way to introduce art to your child, with classes such as Sensory Play and Family Art Stations. Students ages 5-7 activate their imaginations in classes like Art in Motion and Adventures in Clay, while students ages 8-12 learn focused techniques in classes such as Draw Like a Pro, Mixed Media Illustration and Form & Sculpture. Exciting classes for teens include Intro to Photography, Jewelry & Metals and Oil Painting.
Learn more about our classes at our Fall Open House on Saturday, September 16 from 1:00-3:00pm. Inspiration awaits!  To view all fall classes and register online, visit

Do You — or Someone You Know — Want to Run the 2018 Boston Marathon?

The Brookline Education Foundation is seeking runners for the 2018 Boston Marathon.  Receive amazing training and camaraderie from Team Brookline and support excellence in the Public Schools of Brookline at the same time!  Contact Team Brookline at for more information today.  The deadline for applications is September 30, 2017.


Parenting workshops and coaching in the Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving approach, which helps parents relate better to their kids, reduce challenging behavior, and build their kids’ skills in self-regulation, flexibility and communication. Morning and evening workshops in Brookline start the week of Sept. 25.
For more information and to register, see

Community Classifieds

The House of Colors is offering exciting classes for Kids & Teens in The Studio Arts, Fashion Design, and NEW Fiber Arts!
Check out our website,
Michelle 617 365-5625

PIANO LESSONS: Gloria Jasinski
Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music, Master of Music in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory. 30+ years teaching experience. Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sightreading. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners especially welcome. Have a positive and successful learning experience. Phone: 617.566.9704, email:

Lincoln School PTO Emails and Social Media:

Lincoln Lines email address:
PTO email address:
Twitter: @whlincolnpto /
Lincoln PTO Website:
Lincoln School Website: up for the new Directory to get Lincoln Lines:, invite code 19kennard