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The Lincoln School PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is dedicated to supporting Lincoln teachers and students, and to building a community enlivened by love of learning, enriched by a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, and guided by common trust.

Lincoln Lines June 26, 2013 Vol. 6 No. 37

Lincoln Lines: A Weekly Publication of the Lincoln School PTO
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Vol. 6 No. 37
http://www.lincolnschoolpto.org/sites/www.lincolnschoolpto.org/files/Lincoln_Lines_Vol_6_37.pdf

CALENDAR

6/26, Wed 11:20 am, Gr. 6–7 Recital

6/27, Thurs, Field Day

6/27, Thurs 12:00 pm, Noon Dismissal

6/28, Fri 12:00 pm, Noon Dismissal – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

 

PRINCIPAL’S CORNER

Dear Lincoln Families,

We have come to the close of the 2012–13 school year. I am writing to thank you for the partnership. Many research studies have shown that students are more successful when the adults at home and at school work together. We appreciate the time you spend talking with your child about school and the importance of learning, we appreciate all that you do to prepare your child for school each day, and we appreciate your participation in school events.

A couple of reminders:

  • Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28 are the last days of the 2012–13 school year. These days are both half days; dismissal will be at noon.
  • Thursday, June 27 is Field Day. Each class will participate in an hour of special games and activities. Please have your child dressed to participate.
  • The first day of school next year is Monday, September 9, 2013.
  • As in past years, we will have an Open House on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 8–9 am. This is a time for you to bring your child to meet their teachers, look explore the new classroom, see old friends and make new ones. You are all welcome to participate!
  • Please note that there will be a change to our daily schedule next year. On Monday through Thursday school will run 8:00 am–2:30 pm. On Fridays, school will run 8:00 am–1:40 pm. This reallocation of time will allow faculty members to meet collaboratively.
  • Class placement letters for the 2013–14 school year will be sent out at the beginning of July.

Gretchen Thompson and Ginger Melton have been co-presidents of our PTO this year. Jean Cooney has continued as our PTO treasurer. They have done a great job making sure that the events and initiatives this year have run smoothly. We appreciate their superhuman efforts.

Thank you again for making this a great year at Lincoln School. Have a safe and enjoyable summer! We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Kristen Herbert
Principal

 

NEW BROOKLINE SCHOOL: JOIN THE DISCUSSION, CONTRIBUTE TO THE SOLUTION

Keep up with public discussion of Brookline’s plans for creating a new school at: www.facebook.com/groups/BrooklineNewSchool

See what is happening with B-SPACE (Brookline School Population and Capacity Exploration) at the Town B-SPACE page: https://www.brooklinema.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1503&Itemid=1742

 

LSAC PARENT REPRESENTATIVES

Thank you to all who voted in the LSAC parent representative election. Hiroko Aspi and Maureen Coffey will represent Lincoln parents on the Lincoln School Advisory Council for the 2013–14 and 2014–15 school years. We appreciate their stepping up to serve.

 

PICNIC THANK YOU

Thank you to AnnMarie Caracansi and everyone who helped out with our picnic last week! It was great to see so many people come out to enjoy this end-of-the-year get-together.

 

GOODBYE FOR RETIRING TEACHER PAM REDLENER TODAY

Dear Lincoln Families,

After 17 years at Lincoln and 27 years teaching in Brookline I just want to let you know that at the end of this school year I will be following in the tradition of other retiring Lincoln School teachers—I will be changing jobs. Starting over the summer I will be caring for my two new grandchildren who were born in March to my two daughters. I know the job of caring for them and watching them grow will be a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed. It will also give me a chance to continue teaching but much younger students!

Thank you for the amazing opportunity to work with your children. I will miss you all. Please come to the Lincoln School Library on Wednesday June 26th at 2:30 pm to say “good-bye.” I hope you will be able to stop in even for a minute.

Best Wishes, Pam Redlener

 

FAREWELL FROM LINCOLN PRE-K

The Lincoln Pre-Kindergarten classroom is being moved to Temple Emeth in South Brookline. As a BEEP teacher, I have been fortunate to have called Lincoln School my home for the past sixteen years. It is very difficult for me to think about leaving a community I adore and value. I thank you for your kindness, ongoing support, and wonderful memories. I will always treasure my time teaching at Lincoln School.

Michelle Greeley

 

CREATIVE MINDS NEEDED FOR THE PTO

Lincoln parents, our sincere thanks to everyone for helping make our 2012–2013 Lincoln school year so great and our Lincoln Community so wonderful!

We are beginning to plan for the next school year and have some important PTO roles we need to fill. Please let us know if you're interested, want more information, or know someone who might be a good fit:

  • PTO website creative content designer: We're hoping to do a full redesign this summer . . . What should our new website have? What should it look like?
  • PTO website technical designer: Bring your programming skills
  • Arts Committee: Use your creativity to bring in performing artists and enhance visual arts programming for various grade levels
  • Understanding Disabilities Program: Collaborate with the Brookline liaison and Lincoln teachers and work with kids
  • Lincoln After School Activities Program: What fun ideas do you have? This position is primarily from your home and has a stipend
  • Early Release Days Program: What fun ideas do you have? This position is primarily from your home and has a stipend
  • Grant Writer: Bring your writing skills, work primarily from your home, and we'll focus first on updating classroom technology

Knowing that most Lincoln parents have full-time jobs, we're counting on 2–3 people to volunteer for each role. Bring a friend, or meet a new friend! We'll work closely with you and help ramp you up.

So, fire up your creative ideas and come deepen your friendships within the Lincoln Community! We look forward to working together on these important programs!

Ginger, Gretchen, Linda and the PTO Team

 

PUMPKINFEST 2013 GETTING CLOSER TO GOAL!

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to lead an activity for the upcoming Pumpkinfest. We are in need of just a few more volunteers! Please email lincolnpumpkinfest@gmail.com to sign up.

Leads needed for:

Adult Volunteer Registration (1 or 2)

Photo Booth (2)

Publicity / Advertising - Internal (1 or 2)

Snack Shack (2)

 

Co-leads needed for:

Costume Shop

Dunk Tank

Outdoor Performances

School Store

Shaved Ice

Thank YOU from your Pumpkinfest Co-Chairs,
Tatiana Beckwith, Lu Huebner and Reo Watanabe

 

AUCTION DONORS & PUMPKINFEST SPONSORS WANTED

Did you know that the Pumpkinfest / Silent Auction held in the fall is the biggest fundraiser for the Lincoln School and raises over half of the PTO budget? While it may seem far away as we are all thinking of summer and vacations, we need to begin our planning now.

You can help! We are seeking businesses and individuals to donate items for our Silent Auction. Auction items can include everything from the use of a vacation home or timeshare, gift certificates to restaurants, home parties, theatre or sporting event tickets, bed and breakfast getaways, to free golf lessons or products.

We are also seeking Sponsors for Pumpkinfest who will receive promotional opportunities for in-kind contributions and cash donations.

The money raised is critical and funds academic enrichment programs, homework centers, field trips, extra math and reading support, and grants for teachers.

Your help is requested to make this year a huge success as it is truly a team effort and we count on the support of our Lincoln community.

Please let us know if you have items to donate to the Auction or know of businesses that may want to donate or be a Sponsor Pumpkinfest. You can email us at silentauction@lincolnschoolpto.org.

If you would also like to volunteer to help with the Silent Auction, please let us know.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Andrea Parzen and M’Lissa Brennan
Co-Leaders Pumpkinfest Silent Auction

 

THANKS TO UNDERSTANDING DISABILITIES VOLUNTEERS

Thanks to all the volunteers who led activities for the Understanding Disabilities Program (UDP) this year! We could not have run the program without Hiroko Aspi, Lisa Bariss, Liz Forti, Jocelyn Glatzer, Diana Healy, Rebecca Heyl, Chris Kallaher, Claire Kaplan, Stephen Kent, Emily Mann, Kathryn McHugh, Amara Obiora, Mike Parzen, Carol Parzen, and Julia Zhogina.

The UDP program is a unique and creative disability awareness program for elementary school children. Taught by parent volunteers, the program promotes inclusion, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities and individual differences at our schools and in our community. We are looking for volunteers to chair the UDP program next year. If you have any questions about what responsibilities are involved, please feel free to contact Andrea Parzen at maparzen@gmail.com.

 

SUMMERTIME SAFETY FOR KIDS

When it comes to kids and risky behavior, summer can be the most challenging time of the year, often triggered by boredom from too much unstructured free time. Kids can feel a little at loose ends without the structure of the school day, and research shows that young people with unsupervised hours are three times more likely to engage in risky behavior, like experimentation with tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, sexual activity, etc. While kids do need a break from the everyday pressures they face during the school year, structure and continuity are still important over the summer months. Continue to set reasonable limits. Be especially mindful of rising freshman, who may think their transition to high school comes with unlimited freedoms and an expectation to know how to “party.” Talk to your kids about their plans and the pitfalls of peer pressure. Have them check in with you several times during the day to keep track of their whereabouts and activities. And help facilitate a different kind of routine that incorporates some fun and exciting alternatives.

Brookline High School Peer Educators and B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network) have put together a list of suggestions for keeping teens safe during the summer, ranging from job/volunteer ideas for older kids to lists of healthy activities. To read or print out these suggestions, visit www.B-PEN.org for our Summertime Tips sheet or click on this link: http://www.b-pen.org/uploads/2/9/2/9/2929884/summertime_tips.doc

 

BROOKLINE WARRIORS MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Brookline High School is seeking 6th, 7th and 8th graders (must attend a Brookline school or reside in town) who want to play Middle school football. Potential candidates do not need to have previous experience. The focus will be on player development while being competitive. The Brookline Middle School Program candidates must pick up registration forms at the Brookline High School Athletic office or online, and must have a recent physical evaluation. The middle school teams we will face include Westwood, Sharon, Wellesley, Dover etc.

If your child has any interest in tackle football, please come out and give it a try and support the towns effort to build a vibrant Brookline High School Football program.

The cost is $125 (cost waiver is available for those who qualify). http://www.brooklinewarriors.net/. Summer practice will start some time in August and the location will be Kraft/Downes field. All interested candidates should contact Head Coach Derron Golden, 617-953-3370 or derron.golden@gmail.

 

FROM AND FOR THE COMMUNITY

Want to have fun with a few friends and practice in a band this summer? Shane Liss-Riordan (pianist and rising 7th grader) is looking for a guitar player, drummer, and bassist to form a band. Practices will be informal and at his house and could lead to some gigs by the end of the summer! Pop or jazz. Please email shanelissriordan1@yahoo.com if interested.

 

Looking for a talented jazz and pop pianist to perform at your summer party? Shane Liss-Riordan (rising 7th grader) is available for all types of events (dinner or cocktail parties, birthday parties, anniversary parties)! He can also work with younger children on their piano this summer, or spend time playing sports with them. If interested, please email Shannon Liss-Riordan, at lissriordan@yahoo.com.

 

Tonight! Eighteenth Annual Public Health Policy Forum on Implementing Health Care Reform: Challenges and Opportunities, moderated by former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, Wednesday, June 26, 6–7 pm light refreshments, 7–9 pm panel discussion, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Brookline. Presented by the Friends of Brookline Public Health and Brookline Adult & Community Education. This forum is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Please call the Brookline Department of Public Health at 617-730-2300 or visit www.brooklineadulted.org if you have any questions.

 

Spend the summer with Ms. Gregoire! Offering traditional tutoring as well as enrichment experiences in your home. Customize the topic and duration. Please see her website, MsGregoire.com, for full details. Tanya Gregoire, Enrichment and Challenge Support at Heath and Lincoln schools

Art with Amy: A fun creative program for all who love to paint, draw and build. Email for details and to sign on for the summer program: solomonamy@yahoo.com; see also www.artwithamy.com

 

Call Y3K Tutor in your home today, when schoolwork goes the wrong way! Our many years of experience in teaching and educational consulting has developed the right way to motivate, the right way to teach, be understood, and be remembered. We tutor special ed. such as ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, Emotional / Behavioral, and gifted. We also tutor regular ed. and test preparation. All subjects and ages are taught. Parents can now receive 25% off the first lesson. 781-492-8700 or www.Y3KTutorInYourHome.com

 

Summer Writing & Math Tutoring: Next Level Up in-home tutoring is offering valuable summer math and writing tutoring sessions. All parents, students, and teachers are aware of the academic drop off that happens over the summer months. Provide your student with a head start on next school year. Whether you would like to see your student's fundamentals established or you would like see him pushed ahead in math or writing before the start of the new academic year, we can help. Our highly qualified, dedicated and compassionate tutors work on providing positive study habits, solid organization and time management skills, and a clear perspective on what it takes to survive, thrive, and succeed in school. Please call or email us for a quick reply. info@nextleveluptutoring.com or 781-540-1123. Please provide your phone number. www.nextleveluptutoring.com

 

Tutoring in Reading (all levels), Writing, Vocab, and Math through Pre-Algebra. Margaret Kelner, EdM, Harvard Grad Sch of Ed, 2001, Reading and Elem certif., offers tutoring in your home or nearby location. I have extensive experience with children of all ages as well as adults and ESL students; about half of my students are non-native English learners. Please contact me at margaretkelner@gmail.com or 617-921-0539.

 

Piano instruction: Flexible summer scheduling makes now an ideal time to try piano lessons. Berklee & New England Conservatory graduate with 30+ years teaching experience. Beginners welcome. Build a high-quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring teacher. Gloria Jasinski, 617-566-9704 or piano566@comcast.net

 

The Sunday School for Jewish Studies is now accepting registrations for grades K–7 for the 2013–14 school year. The Sunday School is an independent school offering a once-a-week program for children in the greater Boston area for over 40 years. Located at the Oak Hill Middle School in Newton, our school is committed to providing a Jewish education that fosters a strong sense of Jewish identity for children and families with diverse traditions of Jewish observance. Bar/Bat Mitzvah preparation is available but not required, and students may enter in any grade. Interfaith and nontraditional families are welcome. For additional information, please visit our website at www.SundaySchoolForJewishStudies.org or call 617-264-8855.

 

Are you looking for Jewish learning for your child? Kesher Newton is an after-school program that offers a hands on and in-depth approach to Jewish learning for students in K-11. We are now enrolling for Sept. 2013 in a new, exciting space on Hammond Pond Parkway in Chestnut Hill. Entering our 11th year, Kesher Newton is a nationally-recognized alternative to traditional Hebrew school, where children learn Jewish culture and Hebrew language in a spirited, camp-like environment. For more information, email pam@keshernewton.org or visit www.keshernewton.org


Boston Suzuki Flute Institute August 4-8, 2013 at Brookline Music School: The Boston Suzuki Flute Institute is a great program for students and teachers studying Suzuki flute Books 3 and 4. The Boston Suzuki Flute Institute was formerly known as Suzuki in the Berkshires Flute Institute and spends a fourth year in its new location at Brookline Music School. For more information about this event contact director Amy Poliakoff, amyflute@comcast.net, visit www.bmsmusic.org or call BMS at 617-277-4593.

 

Citizen Schools Appeal—donate by June 30: Every student should have the opportunity to uncover and achieve their dreams and unfortunately, too many students don’t receive this opportunity. Citizen Schools is dedicated to addressing this problem by partnering with struggling middle schools by adding several hours to the learning day. We fill this additional time with direct academic support as well as hands-on learning opportunities called Apprenticeships which are taught by professionals like engineers, scientists and artist—and they inspire students to believe in what they can accomplish and give them the tools and experiences necessary to achieve their goals. We can make a difference in the lives of middle school children across the nation. You can support this work by making a tax-deductible donation. Your gift of any amount, will have an impact. Sincerely, John Werner, Chief Mobilizing Officer, Citizen Schools
https://citizenschools.secure.force.com/pmtx/cmpgn__Donations?id=70140000000V74m
See my passion in action: http://blip.tv/thebif/bif-7-john-werner-5822026 or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxtTthKYEDM

 

Calling all Mo Willems fans! Mo Willems will have an exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. The exhibit will be open until February 23, 2014. There is a special events with Mo Willems on July 13. Reservations: 413-658-1126. Call early!

 

TEDxBeaconStreet Working Group Meeting Wednesday June 26, 7–9:30 pm, Brookline Access TV, 3rd floor, 46 Tappan St. Please join us for sessions about Views, Communications, Adventures, Website and Partnerships, or come if you are new to TEDxBeaconStreet and want to learn how you can get involved!

 

Two new Artbarn Troupes! The Bunnies Traveling Players for 1st–4th grade actors, rehearses Thursdays, 3:30–6:00 pm at our Temple Sinai location; and The Rabbits Traveling Players for 3rd–6th grade actors, rehearses Mondays, 3:00–6:00 pm at our Temple Sinai location. For more details about each troupe’s rehearsal and performance schedule and to register go to http://www.artbarn.org/programs/rabbits.html. And as always feel free to contact us by email at info@artbarn.org or by phone at 617.975.0050 with any questions. Hope to see you 'round The Barn!

 

For rent: Sunny de-leaded 2nd floor corner unit, all updated 4BR, 1bath. EIK, hardwood floors and high ceilings throughout, premium DirecTV and wireless internet free, H/HW & 1 parking space included in rent, laundry in basement. Pet friendly. $3400. Email or call 617-818-7400 for showing. Mia Adamidis

 

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Lincoln Lines June 19, 2013 Vol. 6 No. 36

Lincoln Lines: A Weekly Publication of the Lincoln School PTO
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Vol. 6 No. 36
http://www.lincolnschoolpto.org/sites/www.lincolnschoolpto.org/files/Lincoln_Lines_Vol_6_36.pdf

 

CALENDAR

6/19, Wed 12:40 pm, 5-6 transition day

6/19, Wed 5–7 pm, End-of-Year School Picnic Rain Date!

6/20, Thurs 5:00 pm, Grade 8 graduation

6/24, Mon 6:30–7:30 pm, Middle School transition parent session

6/25, Tues 8:15 am, Gr. K–2 Recital

6/26, Wed 11:20 am, Gr. 6–7 Recital

6/27, Thurs 12:00 pm, Noon Dismissal

6/28, Fri 12:00 pm, Noon Dismissal – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

 

VOTE FOR LSAC PARENT REPRESENTATIVES UNTIL JUNE 23

Vote for parent LSAC (Lincoln School Advisory Council) representatives until Sunday, June 23, 2013. Results reported next week. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K9TYD26

 

INTRODUCTION TO LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL JUNE 24

All Lincoln School Fourth and Fifth Grade Parents are cordially invited to a presentation on the middle school on Monday, June 24, 6:30–7:30 pm, Lincoln School Library (parents only; child care on premises available). Learn about core classes, see a typical schedule, hear about our school trips, and understand our advisory program. There will be an opportunity to meet some of the sixth grade teachers, and time for questions. We would love to see you!

 

GOODBYE FOR RETIRING TEACH PAM REDLENER JUNE 26

Dear Lincoln Families,

After 17 years at Lincoln and 27 years teaching in Brookline I just want to let you know that at the end of this school year I will be following in the tradition of other retiring Lincoln School teachers—I will be changing jobs. Starting over the summer I will be caring for my two new grandchildren who were born in March to my two daughters. I know the job of caring for them and watching them grow will be a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed. It will also give me a chance to continue teaching but much younger students!

Thank you for the amazing opportunity to work with your children. I will miss you all. Please come to the Lincoln School Library on Wednesday June 26th at 2:30 pm to say “good-bye.” I hope you will be able to stop in even for a minute.

Best Wishes, Pam Redlener

 

FAREWELL FROM LINCOLN PRE-K

The Lincoln Pre-Kindergarten classroom is being moved to Temple Emeth in South Brookline. As a BEEP teacher, I have been fortunate to have called Lincoln School my home for the past sixteen years. It is very difficult for me to think about leaving a community I adore and value. I thank you for your kindness, ongoing support, and wonderful memories. I will always treasure my time teaching at Lincoln School.

Michelle Greeley

 

ANNUAL LINCOLN PTO ARTS COMMITTEE MUSIC RECITALS

There are two shows left for the annual PTO Arts Committee spring music recitals, both in the Lincoln theater:

June 25 for grades K-2 at 8:00–9:00 am

June 26 for grades 6 and 7 at 11:20–12:10

 

PTO SPRING APPEAL

Thank you to all who have contributed to the PTO Spring Appeal! So far 15% of Lincoln families have responded. Please help us raise this number in this final stretch. If you haven’t yet had a chance, you can get a new form on the PTO bulletin board in the lobby or donate through Paypal at the PTO website: http://www.lincolnschoolpto.org

Gretchen Thompson and Ginger Melton
PTO Co-Chairs

 

CREATIVE MINDS NEEDED FOR THE PTO

Lincoln parents, our sincere thanks to everyone for helping make our 2012–2013 Lincoln school year so great and our Lincoln Community so wonderful!

We are beginning to plan for the next school year and have some important PTO roles we need to fill. Please let us know if you're interested, want more information, or know someone who might be a good fit:

·PTO website creative content designer: We're hoping to do a full redesign this summer . . . What should our new website have? What should it look like?

·PTO website technical designer: Bring your programming skills

·Arts Committee: Use your creativity to bring in performing artists and enhance visual arts programming for various grade levels

·Understanding Disabilities Program: Collaborate with the Brookline liaison and Lincoln teachers and work with kids

·Lincoln After School Activities Program: What fun ideas do you have? This position is primarily from your home and has a stipend

·Early Release Days Program: What fun ideas do you have? This position is primarily from your home and has a stipend

·Grant Writer: Bring your writing skills, work primarily from your home, and we'll focus first on updating classroom technology

Knowing that most Lincoln parents have full-time jobs, we're counting on 2–3 people to volunteer for each role. Bring a friend, or meet a new friend! We'll work closely with you and help ramp you up.

So, fire up your creative ideas and come deepen your friendships within the Lincoln Community! We look forward to working together on these important programs!

Ginger, Gretchen, Linda and the PTO Team

 

PUMPKINFEST 2013 STILL SEEKING LEADS AND CO-LEADS

Thanks to those of you who volunteered after our recent appeal for folks to lead and co-lead activities for Pumpkinfest. We are still seeking the following positions listed below. Email lincolnpumpkinfest@gmail.com to volunteer. Thanks!

Need leads:

·       Adult Volunteer Registration (1 or 2)

·       Balloon Blast (1 or 2)

·       Costume Shop (2)

·       Face Paint (2)

·       Korean Food (2)

·       Photo Booth (2)

·       Publicity / Advertising - Internal (1 or 2)

·       Snack Shack (2)

Need co-leads:

·       Dunk Tank

·       Harvest Table

·       Outdoor Performances

·       Publicity / Advertising - External

·       Pumpkin Patch

·       School Store

·       Shaved Ice

Lu Huebner, Reo Watanabe, and Tatiana Beckwith
Your Pumpkinfest Co-Chairs

 

SUMMER READING BOOKLISTS

Brookline Summer Reading Booklists will be sent home this week and next week. In the meantime, here is the link: http://brooklinesummerreading.weebly.com. Required reading for incoming students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 will be included. Students moving up to 9th grade at BHS have a list of suggested books and they will receive information on how to obtain the full list.

Research has shown that it is important to read every day to maintain comprehension and reading skill. Reading daily prevents what is known as "summer slide" and this daily practice will make the adjustment in September easier. The Brookline Summer Reading lists are suggested books and there are many other good sources for book ideas. The Brookline Public Library has a great collection of books and the librarians are happy to assist you with book selection. And you may know that they have many exciting events happening as well.

In the meantime, feel free to email me over the summer if you need reading suggestions for your children.

I look forward to seeing all of you in September. Thank you for a wonderful year.

Deb Abner, School Librarian
Deborah_Abner@brookline.k12.ma.us

 

SUMMERTIME SAFETY FOR KIDS

When it comes to kids and risky behavior, summer can be the most challenging time of the year, often triggered by boredom from too much unstructured free time. Kids can feel a little at loose ends without the structure of the school day, and research shows that young people with unsupervised hours are three times more likely to engage in risky behavior, like experimentation with tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, sexual activity, etc. While kids do need a break from the everyday pressures they face during the school year, structure and continuity are still important over the summer months. Continue to set reasonable limits. Be especially mindful of rising freshman, who may think their transition to high school comes with unlimited freedoms and an expectation to know how to “party.” Talk to your kids about their plans and the pitfalls of peer pressure. Have them check in with you several times during the day to keep track of their whereabouts and activities. And help facilitate a different kind of routine that incorporates some fun and exciting alternatives.

Brookline High School Peer Educators and B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network) have put together a list of suggestions for keeping teens safe during the summer, ranging from job/volunteer ideas for older kids to lists of healthy activities. To read or print out these suggestions, visit www.B-PEN.org for our Summertime Tips sheet or click on this link: http://www.b-pen.org/uploads/2/9/2/9/2929884/summertime_tips.doc

 

EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM COORDINATOR NEEDED

Do your children enjoy the Early Release Programs? Coordinator needed! This stipend-ed position entails: Scheduling the show, collecting forms & payment to sign students up, managing the event. Contact Barbara Popken from Extended Day if interested: 617-879-4621 or barbara_popken@brookline.k12.ma.us

 

FROM AND FOR THE COMMUNITY

Eighteenth Annual Public Health Policy Forum on Implementing Health Care Reform: Challenges and Opportunities, moderated by former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, Wednesday, June 26, 6–7 pm light refreshments, 7–9 pm panel discussion, Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Brookline. Presented by the Friends of Brookline Public Health and Brookline Adult & Community Education. This forum is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Please call the Brookline Department of Public Health at 617-730-2300 or visit www.brooklineadulted.org if you have any questions.

 

Art with Amy: A fun creative program for all who love to paint, draw and build. Email for details and to sign on for the summer program: solomonamy@yahoo.com; see also www.artwithamy.com

 

Spend the summer with Ms. Gregoire! Offering traditional tutoring as well as enrichment experiences in your home. Customize the topic and duration. Please see her website, MsGregoire.com, for full details. Tanya Gregoire, Enrichment and Challenge Support at Heath and Lincoln schools

 

Citizen Schools Appeal—donate by June 30: Every student should have the opportunity to uncover and achieve their dreams and unfortunately, too many students don’t receive this opportunity. Citizen Schools is dedicated to addressing this problem by partnering with struggling middle schools by adding several hours to the learning day. We fill this additional time with direct academic support as well as hands-on learning opportunities called Apprenticeships which are taught by professionals like engineers, scientists and artist—and they inspire students to believe in what they can accomplish and give them the tools and experiences necessary to achieve their goals. We can make a difference in the lives of middle school children across the nation. You can support this work by making a tax-deductible donation. Your gift of any amount, will have an impact. Sincerely, John Werner, Chief Mobilizing Officer, Citizen Schools

https://citizenschools.secure.force.com/pmtx/cmpgn__Donations?id=70140000000V74m

See my passion in action: http://blip.tv/thebif/bif-7-john-werner-5822026 or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxtTthKYEDM

 

Want to have fun with a few friends and practice in a band this summer? Shane Liss-Riordan (pianist) is looking for a guitar player, drummer, and bassist to form a band. Practices will be informal and at his house and could lead to some gigs by the end of the summer! Pop or jazz. If interested, please email: shanelissriordan1@yahoo.com.

 

Calling all Mo Willems fans! Mo Willems will have an exhibit at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA. The exhibit will open on June 22 and close on Feb. 23, 2014. There are two special events with Mo Willems on June 23 and July 13. Reservations: 413-658-1126. Call early!

 

TEDxBeaconStreet seeks Communications Leader/Chair of Working Group: If you have writing and design skills and a sense of what would be great content and would like to be on the ground floor of producing an award-winning digital publication, please let us know. We will also have a Working Group meeting, Wednesday June 26, 7–9:30 pm, Brookline Access TV, 3rd floor, 46 Tappan St. Please join us for sessions about Views, Communications, Adventures, Website and Partnerships, or come if you are new to TEDxBeaconStreet and want to learn how you can get involved!

 

Two new Artbarn Troupes! The Bunnies Traveling Players for 1st–4th grade actors, rehearses Thursdays, 3:30–6:00 pm at our Temple Sinai location; and The Rabbits Traveling Players for 3rd–6th grade actors, rehearses Mondays, 3:00–6:00 pm at our Temple Sinai location. For more details about each troupe’s rehearsal and performance schedule and to register go to http://www.artbarn.org/programs/rabbits.html. And as always feel free to contact us by email at info@artbarn.org or by phone at 617.975.0050 with any questions. Hope to see you 'round The Barn!

 

For rent: Sunny de-leaded 2nd floor corner unit, all updated 4BR, 1bath. EIK, hardwood floors and high ceilings throughout, premium DirecTV and wireless internet free, H/HW & 1 parking space included in rent, laundry in basement. Pet friendly. $3400. Email or call 617-818-7400 for showing. Mia Adamidis

 

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Lincoln Lines is a weekly newsletter by and for the Lincoln School Community. Local announcements welcome, space permitting. No fee, but donations accepted at lincolnschoolpto.org. Brevity and plain-text format appreciated. Monday 6 pm deadline. Send postings to: lincolnlines@lincolnschoolpto.org

Lincoln Lines June 12, 2013 Vol. 6 No. 35

Lincoln Lines: A Weekly Publication of the Lincoln School PTO
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 Vol. 6 No. 35
http://www.lincolnschoolpto.org/sites/www.lincolnschoolpto.org/files/Lincoln_Lines_Vol_6_35.pdf

CALENDAR

6/12–14, Wed–Fri 7 pm, Honk! Jr. Middle School Musical

6/13, Thurs 7:35 am, Music in the Morning – Gr. 6–8 band

6/13, Thurs 8:15 am, Gr. 4–5 band concert

6/13, Thurs, Last day for Lincoln Homework Centers

6/14, Fri 8–9:00 am, Friday Coffee – Vision Statement

6/14, Fri 8:00 am Gr. 3–5, Community Meeting - Recital

6/14, Fri 11:00 am, Gr. 8 Casa Romero trip

6/17, Mon 8:00 am, Haiti Walk (rain date 6/21)

6/18, Tues 9:40 am, Awards assembly

6/18, Tues 1:00 pm, Thayler auction

6/18, Tues 5:00 pm, School picnic (rain date 6/19)

6/19, Wed 12:40 pm, 5-6 transition day

6/20, Thurs 5:00 pm, Grade 8 graduation

6/24, Mon 6:30–7:30 pm, Middle School transition parent session

6/25, Tues 8:15 am, Gr. K–2 Recital

6/26, Wed 11:20 am, Gr. 6–7 Recital

6/27, Thurs 12:00 pm, Noon Dismissal

6/28, Fri 12:00 pm, Noon Dismissal – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICAL HONK! JR. JUNE 12–14

Lincoln Middle School presents the 2013 Musical, HONK! Jr., Wed. June 12, Thurs. June 13, and Fri. June 14. All performances 7 pm. Honk tells the story of the Ugly Duckling who loses his family and meets some crazy characters along the way! Tickets are $10 and can be purchased a week before the show or at the door on the nights of the show. Scholarship tickets are available. Please contact Mr. Weatherwax with any questions.

 

LAST DAY FOR HOMEWORK CENTERS THIS WEEK JUNE 13

The last day for Homework Centers is Thursday, June 13th.

 

EIGHTH GRADE 50/50 RAFFLE DRAWING JUNE 14

Raffle to support the 8th Grade Trip to Washington D.C. and the 8th Grade Class Gift. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased before or after school in the lobby. Winner takes home half of the money! Drawing will take place on Friday June 14th. See an 8th Grader or Mr. Weatherwax for more details.

 

END OF YEAR SCHOOL PICNIC JUNE 18

Just around the corner (really!)…End of the Year School Picnic! Tuesday, June 18th. Rain date Wednesday the 19th 5:00–7:00 pm. Please contact AnneMarie Caracansi to help with a 30-minute shift: set up, grilling, serving, clean up. caracansi@yahoo.com

 

INTRODUCTION TO LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL JUNE 24

All Lincoln School Fourth and Fifth Grade Parents are cordially invited to a presentation on the middle school on Monday, June 24, 6:30–7:30 pm, Lincoln School Library (parents only; child care on premises available). Learn about core classes, see a typical schedule, hear about our school trips, and understand our advisory program. There will be an opportunity to meet some of the sixth grade teachers, and time for questions. We would love to see you!

 

PRINCIPAL’S CORNER

Dear Lincoln Families,

Happy June! It is hard to believe that we have only thirteen more days of school. Some updates:

·The spring fundraising appeal from our Lincoln School PTO is currently running. As you know, the students’ education here is enriched by the materials and experiences that the PTO funds provide. We have some auspicious goals for next year, particularly around technology. Please participate in the fundraiser at whatever level is comfortable to you.

·There will be a “First Friday Coffee” this Friday, June 14, 8–9 am. In the first half of the meeting, we will unveil and discuss our new Vision Statement for Lincoln School. In the second half of the meeting, we will answer any questions you may have pertaining to Lincoln School moving forward.

·Our annual Haiti Walk is Monday, June 17 with a rain date of Friday, June 21. We so appreciate the support you’ve given us through the years.

·The last day of school for the 2012–2013 school year will be Friday, June 28. School will be dismissed at noon on both Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28. Lunch will not be served on either day.

·       Please note that I am working at Lincoln for most of the summer. I welcome individual meetings with you to work through an issue or just to get to know each other better. Please don’t hesitate to contact me to set up a summer meeting.

·School will officially begin next year on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 8 am. We will have an open house on Wednesday, September 7, 8– 9 am. This event is for students and their parents to come in, check out the classrooms, and meet the faculty.

Warmly, Kristen Herbert
Principal

 

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR UNDERSTANDING DISABILITIES PROGRAM (UDP) JUNE 20

We still need a few volunteers to lead hands-on activities. The class presentation will on June 20th between 9:15-11:15 am. There will be a brief training session on Monday, June 17th between 8:15-9:00 am in the cafeteria. If you cannot attend the training session, you can still volunteer since there are now online training videos.

The Understanding Disabilities Program is a unique and creative disability awareness program for elementary school children. Taught by parent volunteers, the program promotes inclusion, understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities and individual differences at our schools and in our community.

Thanks to all the volunteers who led activities for the Understanding Disabilities Program this year! We could not have run the program without the assistance of Hiroko Aspi, Lisa Bariss, Liz Forti, Jocelyn Glatzer, Diana Healy, Rebecca Heyl, Claire Kaplan, Stephen Kent, Emily Mann, Kathryn McHugh, Amara Obiora, Mike Parzen, Carol Parzen and Julia Zhogina.

Thank you to all the parents who have also volunteered for the Intellectual Disabilities unit that we are presenting next week to the 4th grade class. Please feel free to contact Andrea Parzen at maparzen@gmail.com or 404-441-3840 to volunteer or ask any questions.

 

TIME TO VOTE FOR LSAC PARENT REPRESENTATIVES

LSAC—Time to Vote! Please take a moment to vote for our parent representatives on the Lincoln School Advisory Council: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K9TYD26

 

EARLY RELEASE PROGRAM COORDINATOR NEEDED

Do your children enjoy the Early Release Programs? Coordinator needed! This stipend-ed position entails: Scheduling the show, collecting forms & payment to sign students up, managing the event. Contact Barbara Popken from Extended Day if interested: 617-879-4621 or barbara_popken@brookline.k12.ma.us

 

ANNUAL LINCOLN PTO ARTS COMMITTEE MUSIC RECITAL

The PTO Arts Committee is organizing their annual spring music recitals for those Lincoln students who are studying an instrument or voice and have a performance-ready piece to share with their peers. There will be three shows in the Lincoln theater:

June 14 for grades 3-5 at 8:30-9:30 am

June 25 for grades K-2 at 8:00-9:00 am

June 26 for grades 6 and 7 at 11:20-12:10

If your child or children have something that is ready to perform, we are asking you to encourage them to participate in the appropriate recital. You will find copies of the sign-up sheet for performers on the PTO board at the entrance of the school. Students should fill the form out and deposit it in the envelope labeled "completed recital forms" also located on the PTO board. These should be completed as soon as possible but no later than 4 days prior to the concert they will be participating in.

Please contact Liz Maheras or Kelly Hsu with any questions: lizmaheras@comcast.net or kellychsu@yahoo.com. There will be more information as we get closer to show time. Thanks for your help! Sincerely,

Liz Maheras and Kelly Hsu
Lincoln PTO Arts Co-chairs

 

LIBRARY BOOK FAIR THANK YOU

Our Book Fair was very successful! Thanks to all the families and community members who bought books and to all the volunteers for their help. Thank you Kathryn McHugh, Dhanesh Samarasan, Rachel Kalvert, Sophie Gordon, Paula Regojo, Marrissa Nucci, Ed Narenkivicius, Keiko Shimamine, Julie Kanegis, Karen Kraut, Alice Mark, Hiroe Shiron, Suby England, Shari Churwin, Jean Kim, Jamie Costello, Katie Bacon, Elizabeth Mindreau and Georgia Smith! I could not have done this fair without you. If someone lost a sum of money, please come to the library.

It is not too late to order books online at bookendswinchester.com. Click on the "Little Red Schoolhouse" icon. Books will be delivered to the Library and I will distribute them. Thanks,

Mrs. Abner, School Librarian

 

APPEAL FROM THE PTO CO-CHAIRS

Dear Lincoln Community,

Believe it or not, the 2012–2013 school year is quickly drawing to a close! We will soon look proudly back on all of our children’s accomplishments and growth this year.

Our children have enjoyed a wide variety of enriching activities and events this year. Thank you for all your support and participation!

We have two goals for our final fundraiser this school year: 1) to close the remaining budget gap, and 2) to ask for support in enhancing Lincoln’s classroom technology.

Please donate $30 per child today! And for families that can, please consider contributing an additional $100 for classroom technology enhancements.

While the bulk of our fundraising is done through Pumpkinfest in the fall, the Fall/Spring Appeals make up most of the remainder of the budget. To help fund all of these programs that are so important to Lincoln students, and to raise money for new laptop computers for classroom use across all grades, we need everyone who is able to make a tax-deductible donation to the Lincoln PTO today, either through PayPal on the PTO website http://www.lincolnschoolpto.org/ or through a check sent into school to classroom teachers or to the basket in the office. Please make checks payable to LINCOLN SCHOOL PTO.

Any size donation is sincerely appreciated and put to good use in our children’s school. Thank you for helping to make Lincoln School such an enriching place for our children to learn!

Gretchen Thompson and Ginger Melton
PTO Co-Chairs

 

PUMPKINFEST 2013 IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD LEADS!

Hello Lincoln Parents! We are excited to work with all of you to pull off Pumpkinfest, Lincoln’s fantastic and wildly successful event, next October. Did you know that Pumpkinfest is Lincoln School’s biggest fundraiser, providing the PTO with nearly 70 percent of its funding? It is! And we need your help!

While October 20 seems a long time away, we need to line up leads and co-leads NOW for the following activities:

·       Snack Shack: Help coordinate food

·       Adult Volunteer Recruiter / Registrar: Recruit and register volunteers on Pumpkinfest day

·       Costume Shop: Collect costumes and run the shop

·       Face Painting: Paint faces and direct this activity

·       Outdoor Performances: Solicit and coordinate various community-based groups to perform at the event

·       Photo Booth: Set up and run the booth

·       Publicity / Advertising—Internal (within Lincoln): Help us spread the word about the event and generate community excitement

·       School Store: Set up and run this store

·       Balloon Blast: Set up and run this popular event

·       Dunk Tank: Set up and dunk Lincoln’s finest

·       Pumpkin Patch: Coordinate pumpkin procurement, set up, sales

·       Thaylers: Coordinate our youngest volunteers

Please volunteer today! Email lincolnpumpkinfest@gmail.com.

In addition, we are looking for anyone who may have a connection to a copy place or print shop, especially one with capability for large-format and color printing. Please let us know!

Lu Huebner, Reo Watanabe, and Tatiana Beckwith
Your Pumpkinfest Co-Chairs

 

FROM AND FOR THE COMMUNITY

Autism Law Enforcement Coalition, Saturday, June 15, 10:00 am–12:00 pm, Brookline Fire Department, 962 Hammond Street. The Autism Law Enforcement Coalition will be hosting a community day for members of the Brookline Community diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders or related developmental disabilities and their friends, families, and caregivers. Emergency responders will be on hand to answer questions about how to prepare for emergencies. See equipment and vehicles that would be used in an emergency and take home information and supplies to help educate loved ones on what to do in a crisis. Preregistration is required. For more information contact Sgt. Jennifer Paster, Brookline Police Department at (617) 264-6437 or jpaster@brooklinema.gov

 

U.S. Amateur Golf Championship Raffle, coming soon to the Lincoln lobby: Raffle for U.S. Amateur Golf Championship basket of passes, gear, and more! Drawing at the School Picnic next week, Tuesday, June 18!


Come join the newly-formed Friends of Clark Park as we plan for the Grand Opening on June 15! (Rain date June 22), 1–3 pm. It will be a fun filled day with Face Painting, Benjamin the Clown (juggling & balloons on the lawn), Glitter Tattoos, Local Jazz Band and food & snacks from local businesses. *We are still looking for sponsors and local business food donations* We will also plan future events as well as help take care of our beautiful new park. Please contact Julie Lacy, JEA277@aol.com or Sandra Wesemann, sandra.wesemann@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

Lincoln family moving to Spain—we have a house full of furniture to sell! eva@casalimon.tv or 718-316-5931. Beds, sofas, tables, chairs, lamps, all bought between July and November 2012.

 

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Lincoln Lines is a weekly newsletter by and for the Lincoln School Community. Local announcements welcome, space permitting. No fee, but donations accepted at lincolnschoolpto.org. Brevity and plain-text format appreciated. Monday 6 pm deadline. Send postings to: lincolnlines@lincolnschoolpto.org

Lincoln Lines June 5, 2013 Vol. 6 No. 34

Lincoln Lines: A Weekly Publication of the Lincoln School PTO
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 Vol. 6 No. 34
http://www.lincolnschoolpto.org/sites/www.lincolnschoolpto.org/files/Lincoln_Lines_Vol_6_34.pdf

CALENDAR

6/5, Wed, Car Free Day

6/5–7, Grade 8 trip to Washington D.C.

6/5–6, Wed–Thurs, Book Fair before & after school

6/6, Thurs 6–7:30 pm, Book Fair Pajama Night

6/6, Thurs 7:35 am, Music in the Morning with Shane on piano

6/12–14, Wed–Fri 7 pm, Honk! Jr. Middle School Musical

6/13, Thurs 7:35 am, Music in the Morning – Gr. 6–8 band

6/13, Thurs 8:15 am, Gr. 4–5 band concert

6/13, Thurs, Last day for Lincoln Homework Centers

6/14, Fri 8–9:00 am, Friday Coffee – Vision Statement

6/14, Fri 8:00 am, Gr. 3–5 Community Meeting - Recital

6/14, Fri 11:00 am, Gr. 8 Casa Romero trip

6/17, Mon 8:00 am, Haiti Walk

6/18, Tues 9:40 am, Awards assembly

6/18, Tues 1:00 pm, Thayler auction

6/18, Tues 5:00 pm, School picnic

6/19, Wed 12:40 pm, 5-6 transition day

6/20, Thurs 5:00 pm, Grade 8 graduation

6/21, Fri, Haiti Walk Rain date

6/24, Mon 6:30–7:30 pm, Middle School transition parent session

6/25, Tues 8:15 am, Gr. K–2 Recital

6/26, Wed 11:20 am, Gr. 6–7 Recital

6/27, Thurs 12:00 pm, Noon Dismissal

6/28, Fri 12:00 pm, Noon Dismissal – LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

 

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

The last day of school for the 2012–2013 school year will be Friday, June 28. School will be dismissed at noon on both Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28. Lunch will not be served on either day.

 

LINCOLN BOOK FAIR JUNE 5–6

Come get your summer reading books at the Lincoln School Book Fair by Bookends of Winchester. Wed: 7:30–9:00 am and 2:20–4:00 pm; Thurs: 7:30–9:00 am, 2:20–4:00 pm, and Pajama Night 6–7:30 pm; Fri: 7:30–10:00 pm. We also encourage you to gift your favorite teacher or specialist with a book for their classroom. The Book Fair is also available on-line at bookendswinchester.com. Click on the Little Red Schoolhouse icon for all your shopping.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICAL HONK! JR. JUNE 12–14

Lincoln Middle School presents the 2013 Musical, HONK! Jr., Wed. June 12, Thurs. June 13, and Fri. June 14. All performances 7 pm. Honk tells the story of the Ugly Duckling who loses his family and meets some crazy characters along the way! Tickets are $10 and can be purchased a week before the show or at the door on the nights of the show. Scholarship tickets are available. Please contact Mr. Weatherwax with any questions.

 

EIGHTH GRADE 50/50 RAFFLE DRAWING JUNE 14

Raffle to support the 8th Grade Trip to Washington D.C. and the 8th Grade Class Gift. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased before or after school in the lobby. Winner takes home half of the money! Drawing will take place on Friday June 14th. See an 8th Grader or Mr. Weatherwax for more details.

 

END OF YEAR SCHOOL PICNIC

The end-of-year school picnic is just around the corner (really!) Tuesday, June 18th. Rain date Wednesday the 19th. 5:00–7:00 pm.

Please contact AnneMarie Caracansi to help with a 30-minute shift: set up, grilling, serving, clean up. caracansi@yahoo.com

 

INTRODUCTION TO LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL JUNE 24

All Lincoln School Fourth and Fifth Grade Parents are cordially invited to a presentation on the middle school on Monday, June 24, 6:30–7:30 pm, Lincoln School Library (parents only; child care on premises available). Learn about core classes, see a typical schedule, hear about our school trips, and understand our advisory program. There will be an opportunity to meet some of the sixth grade teachers, and time for questions. We would love to see you!

 

APPEAL FROM THE PTO CO-CHAIRS

Dear Lincoln Community,

Believe it or not, the 2012–2013 school year is quickly drawing to a close! We will soon look proudly back on all of our children’s accomplishments and growth this year.

Our children have enjoyed a wide variety of enriching activities and events this year. Thank you for all your support and participation!

We have two goals for our final fundraiser this school year: 1) to close the remaining budget gap, and 2) to ask for support in enhancing Lincoln’s classroom technology.

Please donate $30 per child today! And for families that can, please consider contributing an additional $100 for classroom technology enhancements.

Lincoln PTO and you do all this!

·  Classroom supplies

·  8th grade musical

·  Extended Day scholarships

·  Field trips

·  Field trip scholarships

·  General school supplies

·  Kindergarten musical play

·  Lincoln Reads

·  World Day event

·  Art room supplies

·  Summer journal parties

·  Book sale

·  MCAS breakfasts

·  Multicultural movies

·  Classroom projectors

·  RAZ Kids

·  Visiting authors

·  First Friday Coffee events

·  Classroom iPads

·  Oscar Night

·  Garden projects

·  Theater presentations

·  Walk for Haiti

·  Thayler auction

·  Teacher appreciation

·  Collaborative summer work

·  Pumpkinfest

·  Trivia Night

·  Classroom cameras

·  Fall and Spring picnics

·  8th grade graduation reception

 

 

While the bulk of our fundraising is done through Pumpkinfest in the fall, the Fall/Spring Appeals make up most of the remainder of the budget. To help fund all of these programs that are so important to Lincoln students, and to raise money for new laptop computers for classroom use across all grades, we need everyone who is able to make a tax-deductible donation to the Lincoln PTO today, either through PayPal on the PTO website http://www.lincolnschoolpto.org/ or through a check sent into school to classroom teachers or to the basket in the office. Please make checks payable to LINCOLN SCHOOL PTO.

Any size donation is sincerely appreciated and put to good use in our children’s school. Thank you for helping to make Lincoln School such an enriching place for our children to learn!

Gretchen Thompson and Ginger Melton
PTO Co-Chairs

 

LIBRARY REMINDER

Calling all library books! Start checking the car, under the couch and bookshelves for Lincoln School library books. Next week is the last week for book selection. Brookline Summer Reading lists will be handed out in a few weeks.

 

LINCOLN SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL

Last week to put yourself in the running for the Lincoln School Advisory Council!

Have you been wanting to give back to your community? Do you have great ideas or professional expertise that could help improve Lincoln School?

The Lincoln School Advisory Council (LSAC) is a school council that brings together the expertise of staff, administration, parents, and other community members to evaluate data, including information available from MCAS reports and other sources. In collaboration with the principal, the council develops a plan to implement tools required to address identified needs and thereby to improve the performance of students in the school. Its duties in the past have included:

·Assisting the principal in the identification of educational goals for the Lincoln School consistent with the goals and standards, including the student performance standards, adopted by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and consistent with the educational policies established by the Town of Brookline

·Making recommendations to the principal for the development, implementation, and assessment of the curriculum accommodation plan required by state guidelines

·Assisting the principal in the review of the annual school budget and in the formulation of the annual school improvement plan (SIP) to advance identified educational goals, address identified needs, and improve student performance

Comprising four parent members, five school members, and the school principal, LSAC meets once a month on Tuesday afternoons from 3:45 to 4:45 pm (immediately following a faculty meeting).

Parent/Guardian Members—Each parent/guardian member is elected to a two-year term. Every year, seats are vacated and new members can be elected to two-year terms. Prior to the election, the Lincoln PTO will call for nominations from the parent/guardian body. The elections are run by the Lincoln School PTO. All parents/guardians of current Lincoln School students are eligible to vote. Elected members will serve all two years unless one or more of the following occur during the term 1) A member submits his/her written resignation; or 2) A member no longer meets the qualifications as a parent/guardian of a student currently enrolled in Lincoln School.

If a seat is vacated prior to the end of a term, an open election will be held within 30 days. The newly elected member will serve the remainder of the unexpired term. If the term is to expire within 90 days, the position will remain unfilled until the election for the new term.

School Members—School members serve two-year terms with no more than three consecutive terms. Each year, one or two seats are vacated on the Council. New members are nominated at a faculty meeting each year and the faculty has an opportunity to vote for the new school representatives at the following faculty meeting.

The principal and one parent serve as co-chairs of the council. The parent co-chair is elected at the first meeting of each school year.

If you have interest in serving on the LSAC, please contact our PTO representatives Gretchen Thompson and Ginger Melton (fngthompson@comcast.net, gingermelton5000@gmail.com) or me directly.

Thank you (in advance) for your interest.

Mrs. Kristen Herbert
Lincoln School Principal

 

THE NEW PUMPKINFEST TEAM NEEDS YOU!

October is still far away, but your new Pumpkinfest Team is ready for action. Will you join us to raise funds for our school at Lincoln’s biggest fundraiser? Will you volunteer again to lead an activity at the event? Perhaps you will join our ranks for the first time, leading a new activity or game? Maybe you want to volunteer to help in some other capacity or just help out during the event on Sunday, October 20? We are geared up to hear your ideas and suggestions before the end of the school year! It’s not too soon! Please email us at

lincolnpumpkinfest@gmail.com. Many, many thanks to the Pumpkinfest’s former leadership team, Brian Grossman, Marci Grossman, and Mike Short, who ran the event for two years! Sincerely,

Lu Huebner, Reo Watanabe, and Tatiana Beckwith

 

FROM AND FOR THE COMMUNITY

Autism Law Enforcement Coalition, Saturday, June 15, 10:00 am– 12:00 pm, Brookline Fire Department, 962 Hammond Street. The Autism Law Enforcement Coalition will be hosting a community day for members of the Brookline Community diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders or related developmental disabilities and their friends, families, and caregivers. Emergency responders will be on hand to answer questions about how to prepare for emergencies. See equipment and vehicles that would be used in an emergency and take home information and supplies to help educate loved ones on what to do in a crisis. Preregistration is required. For more information contact Sgt. Jennifer Paster, Brookline Police Department at (617) 264-6437 or jpaster@brooklinema.gov

 

Brookline Community Foundation announces its 2013 Fall Community Grants Request for Proposals. Applications are due on July 29, 2013 by 5:00 pm. Funding decisions will be made in late October and applicants will be notified of decisions no later than November 15, 2013. Complete directions and application materials are available online at: www.brooklinecommunity.org/grants.

 

Tobacco sales in Brookline restricted to 19 as of June 1: As of June 1, 2013, the sale of tobacco products in Brookline will be restricted to those 19 and older. The new law will affect the twenty‐eight tobacco retailers within the town and will make it harder for youths to gain access to tobacco products. Brookline joins a growing number of Massachusetts communities that have recently taken measures to increase the minimum legal sales age above the federally mandated age of eighteen. As this regulation was originally proposed by members of the Peer Leadership Group at Brookline High School, the ultimate goal is to reduce rates of teen smoking at the high school and to provide a consistent tobacco use policy for all high school seniors. Smoking-attributable illnesses cost Massachusetts $4.3 billion in health care each year, representing ten percent of all health care costs in the Commonwealth.

 

TEDxBeaconStreet is now a part of Boston.com Community Voices where we will be re-blogged and featured on Boston.com. We're thrilled to partner with Boston.com to drive views of our talks and spread the word on TEDxBeaconStreet Conferences and Adventures!

 

PALS Children’s Chorus is currently holding auditions for its 2013–14 season! We welcome students who love to sing and are entering grades K–8. The chorus offers vocal training and music literacy in a strong and caring community of peers and teachers. Our oldest students also receive training in drama and dance, and have opportunities to participate in tours. Children will gain experience and confidence in this friendly, supportive group as they prepare for and perform multiple concerts a year. Every member of the chorus also performs in our annual opera production. For more information and to sign up for an audition, please see palschildrenschorus.org.

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Lincoln Lines is a weekly newsletter by and for the Lincoln School Community. Local announcements welcome, space permitting. No fee, but donations accepted at lincolnschoolpto.org. Brevity and plain-text format appreciated. Monday 6 pm deadline. Send postings to: lincolnlines@lincolnschoolpto.org

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