Principal Update for the week of November 21, 2016

November 20,  2016

Dear Lincoln Eliot Families,

Last week was a very sad week for the Lincoln Eliot community.  Parents, teachers and staff all worked hard by keeping school routines in place.  If you or your child need further support, please contact your child’s teacher, the social worker, school psychologist or me.

Remember that students are dismissed at 12:00 on Wednesday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving recess.  I wish you a restful break.

Fall Festival

The date of the fall festival has changed to Tuesday, November 22.  Each performance will be about 30 minutes long and take place in the gym.   Parents and younger siblings are welcome to attend.

8:45– grades K,1,2

9:30– grades 3,4,5

Principal Update for the week of Nov. 14, 2016

November 13,  2016

Dear Lincoln Eliot Families,

Thank you students and families for sharing the school with the many voters that came to Lincoln Eliot on Election Day.    The PTO raised $1,400 from the Bake Sale.  Thank you to the many volunteers who baked and worked the table that day.  Fifth grade parents sold out of pizza!

Morning Meetings this week

We have planned a coffee for METCO families on Thursday morning and a coffee for families of English learners on Friday morning.    I had a  principal/parent coffee last Monday.  Several parents had questions about the 2016 PARCC test and the Spring 2017 MCAS 2.0 assessment for students in grades 3-5.  

Creative Arts and Sciences

All students will enjoy The Dragon King performed by the Tanglewood Marionettes on Tuesday, November 15. ¬†The PTO sponsors this show as well as many other educational programs that support the Newton Public School curriculum. ¬†4th graders had a hands on rocks and minerals workshop last week and 5th graders will participate in the “World of Owls” next week. Third graders enjoyed an outdoor presentation on trees and bugs and¬†bubbles are in store for the younger learners. ¬†The Creative Arts and Sciences committee are planning on sponsoring three educational programs for each grade level this year.¬†

Understanding Our Differences

The Understanding Our Differences Program has finished up the Fall Units for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades.  Thanks to all of the teachers and staff at Lincoln Eliot who make the Unit presentations possible and accessible for their classes.  Special thanks go out to the parent volunteers:  Rebecca Schmidt, Maryam Farshi, and Linelma Zacarias.  Without their assistance it would not be possible to run the program.  Presentations will resume in the Spring, and will need additional volunteers.  This is Cathleen Morrison’s last year as coordinator so the PTO will be looking for another volunteer as well for this position.  Thank you Cathleen!

Newton Community Education

Lego Robotics, Chess and Actors Studio are being offered at Lincoln Eliot this winter.  Registration opens on November 16th.  Scholarship applications are available through our school social worker.  Please email Ms. Stephanie Baumann at


This year, Watertown Savings Bank has set aside $75,000 to distribute to

non-profits through the Customer Choice Awards.  The program provides customers with the opportunity to influence how the bank distributes funds in the community.  Last year, our community turned out the vote, and Lincoln-Eliot was  awarded $2,000!  If you have any type of account with Watertown Savings Bank, you can cast a vote! Every customer may vote once. Deadline to vote is December 31, 2016!!  Go to Customer Choice to vote online, or visit a branch to cast your ballot!

Upcoming dates:

11/15                  Tanglewood Marionettes

11/16                  Picture Retake

11/17                  METCO Family Coffee   8:35-9:35

11/18                  ELL Parent Coffee 8:35-9:35

11/23                  Thanksgiving Music Performance School  Рtime TBD

11/23                  Dismissal at 12:00

11/24 and 25     Thanksgiving Break

Principal Update for the week of October 31, 2016

October  30,  2016

Dear Lincoln Eliot Families,

I hope you stayed dry this weekend.  Read on to read a  Halloween Dance thank you message from the PTO, Garden Clean Up, Election Day and Principal Coffee

Thank You From the PTO

Thank you for helping to make this year’s Halloween Dance such an enormous success! ¬†A big debt of gratitude is owed to Siobhan Wheeler and Andrea Hemment, who co-chaired this event. ¬†They worked tirelessly and organized an amazing dance! ¬†Special thanks are also owed to the faculty and staff of L-E, and in particular, our principal, Jody Klein, our administrative assistant, Jena Rossi, our wonderful custodian, Geary Chalmus and all of the faculty that participated in the Teacher Treat Raffle. ¬†Last, but not least, a huge thank you to the parents and guardians who volunteered their time to staff the dance, as well as donate baked goods. ¬†As Siobhan says, the success of this dance proves once again that “Lincoln-Eliot families are the best!”

Lincoln Eliot Garden

On Saturday, the garden volunteers had a successful work party preparing the beds for winter. Six adults and two children dug up old plants, started a new batch of compost, spread seasoned compost, drained the irrigation system, put away hoses, and planted a cover crop of winter rye.  Many hands made light work as they were finished in an hour.  Thank you!

Election Day

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.  All voters will enter through the Jackson Road entrance and will only be allowed in the gym.    I encourage you to walk your child to school that day as there will be many additional people trying to park around the school.  There will be two police officers on hand to help.   The PTO is looking for volunteers to bake and work the bake sale table.

Sign Up Genius for Election Day Bake Sale

Principal Coffee

I would like to invite you to a principal coffee on Monday, November 7 after drop off from 8:35-9:35.  This is an opportunity to meet and get school questions answered and/or share what is on your mind.

Upcoming dates:


10/31  K students celebrate fall and wear pajamas

11/1  PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

11/3  Early Release

11/7  Principal Coffee at 8:35

11/8 Election Day Рplease walk to school.  It is going to be very very busy.  Donate baked goods for the PTO Bake Sale

11/18  ELL Program Coffee

Principal Update for the week of October 16, 2016

October 16, 2016

Dear Lincoln Eliot Families,

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful fall weekend.  We are all looking forward to a full week of school!    Some brief updates on safety drills and Halloween costumes.

You should be extremely proud of the way Lincoln Eliot students handled the evacuation drill.  350 students and 60 or so adults evacuated the school and walked to Our Lady’s church in 16 minutes.  Bravo to the Lincoln Eliot staff and students!

We’ve held a fire drill, evacuation drill and in two weeks we will conduct a lockdown drill.  It is important to practice these procedures on an annual basis so we are prepared in the event of an emergency.  

On to Halloween!  I am looking forward to the Halloween Dance on October 28th.  Parent volunteers are busy getting organized for this community celebration.  Please help your child choose/create an appropriate costume.  Given the buzz in the news on clowns, it is probably not an appropriate costume choice.   Play weapons should be left at home along with scary masks.  


Jody Klein, Interim Principal


Upcoming dates:

10/17  Dr. Fleishman visits classrooms at Lincoln Eliot

10/19 Third Grade visits Arnold Arboretum

10/25 Flu Shots

10/25 and 11/1 Parent Conferences

10/28  Halloween Dance

11/1  PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

11/3  Early Release

Principal Update for the week of October 3, 2016

Dear Lincoln Eliot Families,

I hope you had a restful weekend.  It’s hard to believe that we have been back to school for a month.  I’ve been watching the sunflowers in the back garden unfold.  They make a beautiful frame to the Lincoln Eliot Grows sign.   Read on to learn about PARCC results, groundwater, high school start time and upcoming dates.  Please go to the Community News link at the end of the updates.

PARCC results for current Lincoln Eliot 4th and 5th graders will be mailed home some time in the next week.  Teachers will be analyzing results at the October staff meeting.

Groundwater Contamination: As many of you know, the state is conducting an ongoing investigation into groundwater contamination in the Nonantum area. An update on the investigation, in which the state identified a potential liable party, appeared recently in the Newton Tab.

The state has provided information to the district demonstrating that the Lincoln-Eliot school is outside of the area found to have contaminated groundwater. Without contaminated groundwater, there is no vapor intrusion into the school.

The health and safety of our students and teachers is paramount and we will continue to monitor the state investigation as it progresses. Should you have any questions, please contact the City of Newton Department of Health and Human Services at 617-796-1420.

High School Start Time: Recently, you received an email from the superintendent detailing Newton’s work on high school start times. This fall, the district is asking for your thoughts on the benefits and costs of moving the high school start time later, as well as feedback on several potential scenarios. Some scenarios change only the high school hours, while others impact our school and others in the district.

Research, reports, and scenarios can be found on the district website: I encourage you to attend the community forum at Angier on October 19th at 7:00 p.m. You can also provide feedback via

Upcoming dates:

10/4  at 8:30 in the morning PTO meeting.  The PTO will assess attendance and may choose to make all meetings in the evening

10/10  No school

10/11  Kindergarten classes are going apple picking

10/12  No school

10/14 Evacuation Drill – more information to follow

10/25 Flu Shots

10/25 and 11/1 Conferences

10/28  Halloween Dance

11/1  PTO Meeting at 6:30 PM

Communications Oct 1.docx

NewtonPac for Special Education Open Board Meeting

The NewtonPac for Special Education has organized an Open Board Meeting with Dr. Karen Shmukler, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services.

When: Wednesday,  September 28, 2016 at 7:30pm
Where:  Room 210, at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street
This meeting is a great resource for parents with kids on IEP’s as well as the general public.
The Newton Parent Advisory Council for Special Education (NewtonPAC) is an all-volunteer organization of parents of children with disabilities in the preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, and in private schools who meet to learn more about special education programs, issues, policies, regulations, and resources.

Principal Update for the week of September 26, 2016

Hello Lincoln Eliot Community.

I hope you enjoyed the weekend.  I was camping with 27 boy scouts in Brewster.  Lots of fun!

Back to School Night
is Thursday, September 29th from 6-7:15.  It is also a 12:30 release date.  All students are dismissed at 12:30.

Students are invited to join parents at Back to School Night.  Please Please Please try to walk to school because as you know, parking is tricky.  If you do need to drive then try parking away from the school on Jackson Road.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Remember that back to school night is a time to meet your child’s teacher/s and learn about grade-level curriculum and expectations.  It is not a time for individual conferences.  Please be sure to check in with special subject and program teachers. This flyer will go home in folders.

School Picnic
What a spectacular evening of happy children and families!  It was great to see so many families and teachers attend the picnic.  Unfortunately, one student broke his arm after falling off a piece of playground equipment.  He is in good shape and is sporting a colorful cast.  A huge shout out to the PTO volunteers for organizing and selling pizza and Spirit Wear. .  Thank you for all of the parents who donated baked goods.  The PTO is off to a rocking start to the year.  Check out the PTO website at for information about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

Newton Community Education
Robotics and Chess are full!  These two classes start on Monday and Wednesday this week.  Robotics will be help in room 208, Ms. McDonald’s room  starting tomorrow, Monday, September 26.  Chess begins on Wednesday.  If you are picking up your child then please wait at the Pearl Street entrance at 4:15.

Newton Community Education is offering a course for students in grades 1-3 called Clay Creatures.  It will begin on Wednesday, October 17th from 3:15-4:15 and will run for 10 weeks.  The cost is $255 and scholarships are available using this form. Scholarship Form.   My line this year is to encourage people to ask for what they need.  It may not always be possible to honor all requests but it is important to make it known.   Go to Newton Community Education for more information.

Understanding Our Differences
Understanding Our Differences is a non-profit organization working in partnership with the Newton Public Schools to provide a unique and creative disability awareness program for all elementary school children.  To learn more about the program and volunteer opportunities go to this letter.  Understanding Our Differences.

Understanding Our Difference Volunteer Video

Family Directory
Wednesday, September 28, is the last day to submit your paper student directory entry form.  Please return it via your child’s purple folder. You can also enter your information online at:

On line directory

L-E Weekly e-Bulletin for the week of Sept. 19, 2016

Dear Lincoln Eliot Families,

Thank you for being so welcoming! ¬†I’ve enjoyed getting to meet you and your children. ¬† Please introduce yourself if you see me. ¬†I hope to see you on Thursday.¬†


Back to School Picnic is this Thursday, September 22 from 5:30-7:00.  Please bring a picnic dinner for your family.  There will be pizza and drinks to purchase if you do not want to pack a dinner.  The PTO will be selling baked goods donated by parents.  If you are making something to sell then please bring it to the office in the morning or you can bring it to the picnic and drop it off at the PTO table. Picnic Information in Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese


Please pack a water bottle for your child.  We are down two fountains while repairs are being done.

Blue Zone

The blue zone is live parking only.  Parents and staff are reporting that cars are parked in the blue zone.  This makes it very difficult for busses and other families who are following the rules.  We need your cooperation for the safe drop off and pick up of our children.  Blue zone in Chinese,  Blue zone in Spanish, Blue Zone in Portuguese, Blue Zone in Russian


The PTO is putting together an online and paper directory.  You can submit your information by going to this link  Directory Sign Up     Participation in the Directory is purely voluntary.  Please contact Andrea Hemment with any questions you might have (   If you are interested in volunteering then please go to this volunteer sign up link to learn more about volunteer opportunities. Volunteer Information

Language Buddy

If you are bilingual then please consider helping a family understand more about school events in their first language.  Complete this very short survey if you are interested.  

Language Buddy

Picture Day is September 28

Curriculum Night is September 29.  It is also 12:30 release day.

Check out the PTO website for more events and dates

Have a great week!

PTO e-Bulletin for the week of September 11, 2016

September 11, 2016

Dear Lincoln Eliot Families,

We are four days into the new school year and students are doing a great job settling into school and classroom routines.  I am working hard to learn names of all of our Lincoln Eliot students.  I saw a few of them at the Newton North football game on Saturday.  My oldest is a senior and plays on the team.  Go Tigers!

School Nurse

Nurse Heather Engholm will be leaving Lincoln Eliot in order to pursue full time graduate studies.  Her last day will be Friday, September 16th. There will be a substitute nurse to cover the health office until a full-time nurse is hired.  Nurse Heather will make sure that the incoming nurse is aware of all of the healthcare needs of the Lincoln Eliot students.  We are grateful for Nurse Heather’s time at Lincoln Eliot and wish her well in her studies.

Blue Zone

We know parking is very challenging around the school but please do not park in the blue zone.  This area is for drop off only.  



The PTO is putting together an online and paper directory.  You can submit your information by going to this link  Directory Sign Up     Participation in the Directory is purely voluntary.  Please contact Andrea Hemment with any questions you might have (   If you are interested in volunteering then please go to this volunteer sign up link to learn more about volunteer opportunities. Volunteer Information

PTO Meeting

There will be a PTO meeting on Tuesday, September 13 in the cafeteria.  Pizza and water will be for sale from 6-6:30 and the meeting will run from 6:30-7:30.   Childcare for school-age children will be provided during the meeting.  If you have a child at Lincoln Eliot then you are a member of the PTO.  Please come and learn more about the PTO!

Language Buddies

We are looking for bilingual adults in the LE School Community who are willing to be a language buddy for a parent/s who are learning English.  This means you might be called on to review a school notice for another parent or respond to questions.  If you are interested please complete this very brief  Language Buddy Form

I hope to see you Tuesday evening at the PTO meeting.


Jody Klein


Upcoming Dates:

September 13  РPTO Meeting

September 22 – Back to School Picnic

September 29  Back to School Night