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LET’S DO IT Investigating the roots of Lincoln-Eliot at the Jackson Homestead

ADVISORY COLUMN Dear 5th graders

EXCLUSIVE MS. PENZCAR On teaching, funny moments, and how LincolnEliot changed her as person

Creative Writing Artist Spotlight Good Jokes vs Bad Jokes

Lincoln-Eliot Magazine BEST Initiative Art by Grade 3

Gabriel Gonzalez

February 2012 Issue #1

Table of Contents The History of Lincoln-Eliot By Jesus Rodriguez, Tammy Yang , Ms. McLoughlin, and Ms. Fugazzotto

Meet Ms. Penczar Up Close

By Arrianna Proia, Emma McLean, and Ms. Mok

Humor and Stuff

By Victor DoValle, Jonathan Iacuzzi, and Mr. Hurray

Ask a 5th Grader

By Jarianna Pereyra, Jacob Moustafa and Ms. Baumann

Creative Writing

By Angie Bellevue, Shaniay Chatelain, Tatiana Salazar, Eleasah Whittaker, and Ms. Lew


Artist Spotlight By Edward Aybar, Maria Cunha, and Ms. Sutherland

Artists of the Month Look at these photos and find out how creative L-E students are

Students Pick Toys, Music, Books, and More‌ Design and Layout Ms. Mok

THE HISTORY OF THE LINCOLN-ELIOT SCHOOL BY JESUS RODRIGUES AND TAMMY YANG My name is Tammy and my friend Jesus and I decided to investigate the roots of the Lincoln-Eliot School. The Lincoln-Eliot School is on the corner of Pearl Street and Jackson Road in Newton, Massachusetts. The address is 191 Pearl Street. We began our investigation by visiting the Historic Newton at the

Jackson Homestead Museum. At the museum we met Ms. Sarah Goldberg, one of the historians. Ms. Goldberg showed us old pictures of the Lincoln School and the Eliot School. Just as we suspected, the Lincoln School was named after Abraham Lincoln, and the Eliot School was named after John Eliot. He was an early colonist who befriended the Algonquin Indians along the Charles River and converted them to Christianity.

Below you will find two pictures, one of the Lincoln School and one of the Eliot School. Both schools were made of wood. The new LincolnEliot School was built in 1939, combining the two schools. It was built of brick.

The new school was built in a Georgian style, with a slate roof

and a large bay window that is now in Mrs. Bradley’s Kindergarten room. When they combined the schools, the Lincoln School was 85 years old and the Eliot School was 55 years old. Our present school is 73 years old.

The Lincoln School

The Eliot School

The Lincoln-Eliot School as it stands now has two additions; one was built in 1966 and one was built in 1976. When the 1966 addition was built, the president of the PTO was Mrs. Hole’s mom, Mrs. Madeline Lewandowski. She helped get the construction off the ground. The 1976 addition included a gym. Before the addition, the gym was in what is now the cafeteria. The first principal of the Lincoln-Eliot School was Ms. Annie Pottle. During our research we discovered that the principal of the Lincoln-Eliot School was paid $2,603.11 per year. Many very

important people attended the Lincoln-Eliot School, such as Mrs. Sharon Fugazzotto and her mother Mrs. Devine, along with Mrs. Hole. Here we are at the Homestead.

Notice the historian is wearing gloves to protect the pictures because they are very old. We used a magnifying glass to look at a group of students standing outside the school.

We also looked at old maps of the area around the LincolnEliot School.


We interviewed one of the kindest teachers at Lincoln-Eliot, Ms. Penczar. We had a chance to know what life is like as a fifth grade teacher. Ms. Penczar is an amazing and passionate teacher. We learned all about her teaching career. You may already know her as a teacher, but now, you get to know her as a friend.

By Arrianna Proia and Emma McLean

Exclusive Interview- Ms. Penczar

Question: Why did you want to be a teacher? Answer: It’s very interesting. Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a teacher. I don’t really know why. I always liked teaching my stuffed animals and working with young children. There are other things I wanted to be too, like a veterinarian. But in the end, I realized I really like being with people, especially younger people. When I got into college, I had a chance to teach one day a week at a school. And I knew I made a right decision. It was fabulous. I liked school and I wanted other people to like school, too. Question: When did you start teaching? Answer: I started teaching in 1990. That’s 22 years ago. Isn’t that amazing? I can’t believe that. Every year when a new year goes on and I say, “Oh, my God. I have been teaching X amount of years!” I have always been completely shocked that it has been that long. Question: Did you start at Lincoln-Eliot or somewhere else? Answer: I did. I started teaching at Lincoln-Eliot in 1990. I was hired because there were two first grades that were really big and they needed to make a third first class. So I was hired to teach first grade and I was thrilled. I originally really wanted to teach first grade, or maybe second grade or maybe third grade. It never really entered my mind to teach fifth grade at first. So I started here in first grade and I taught first grade for about 6 years before I switched to 5th grade. You know what is very neat? For a few years, I had some kids that I taught in first grade, I also got to teach in 5th grade. That is very neat especially when you first teach someone, they are 6 and you see them again when they are 10 or 11.

“Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a teacher. I always liked teaching my stuffed animals and working with young children.”

Question: Which grade was your favorite teaching? Answer: It’s hard to say because I really like both of those grades for very different reasons. I like first grade because kids are still really new to the school and they are really excited about coming to school. There is a lot of energy about being new in school. It’s really neat to see them learn things for the first time. But in fifth grade, I was surprised how much I love it. We can carry on great conversations. Kids know what kind of things they might be interested in and they ask questions about those things. We can go a little bit deeper into some topics and I like that. I also really like that there is so much I learned about teaching in first grade that is useful in fifth grade. You are still teaching kids to read but in a totally different way. Question: What part of teaching do you like most? Answer: Well, I like interacting with the kids. But I really like when there is a part of something that somebody doesn’t understand and I have to figure out how to help them understand that and come up with a list of different things to try. I like to do that not just with math and reading but with friendships, too. For example, try to figure out when kids aren’t connecting with each other. If you find the right things, it will definitely work out at the end. There is always a puzzle-what is going to work for certain kids? I really like that part of teaching.

Question: Do you enjoy teaching? Answer: I love it. I absolutely love it. I love it. I love the kids. I also really love the people that I work with here at Lincoln-Eliot. That has been very special, as you can imagine, since this is my 22nd year. I’ve known a lot of people here for a long time. It is like having another family here. I love working with my colleagues. And I like that every day is different. Every day we are either learning something new or a kid asks something I never thought of or brings up an idea that I had never thought about, or maybe we have a new problem that we have to solve in the classroom or at Lincoln-Eliot. Every day, there is something different. That’s why I love it, I love it.

“I love it. I absolutely love it. I love it.”

Question: What subject do you enjoy the most? Why? Answer: That’s a tough one. I love social studies. I like to read a lot about history. I love that subject personally. I like to read about it and I like to teach kids about it. But here’s my second answer. Even in social studies, it feels like it is teaching reading because we do a lot of non-fiction reading. Therefore reading is my favorite subject to teach and social studies is my own personal favorite subject.

“It has been a very special place to learn about culture and race and other religions. So I feel lucky.”

Question: How has Lincoln-Eliot changed you, not only as a teacher but as a person? Answer: Well, you grow up as a kid but you also kind of grow up as an adult, too. When I finished college, this was my very first job. I knew about teaching from college but I had never really done it myself. And I came here with lots of great ideas and felt really excited. I had a lot of people here who were experienced teachers who helped me learn and grow to be a better teacher. I learned so much about how to be a teacher. All along the way, even now, I have always liked sharing ideas with other teachers, so my teaching can change every year, sometimes every day, certainly every week. It is always changing because of communicating with other teachers. That’s a very special part of LincolnEliot. But as a person, hmm…..Lincoln-Eliot is a very

special community. There are kids from all around the world. There are all kinds of kids with all kinds of interests, with all kinds of beliefs, races, religions, and different cultural backgrounds. I really feel like I have a view of the world right here in this neighborhood, especially over 20 years. It has been a very special place to learn about culture and race and other religions. So I feel lucky.

Created by Jonathan Iacuzzi and Victor DoValle

What do humans eat? Food! What doesn’t have legs but still runs? A car! What is the best way to talk to a hot dog? Be frank! How do you know if an elephant is under your bed? If you can touch the ceiling! If a railroad is 40 years old, and the train is 30 years old, how old is the engineer? 37! How do I know? He told me!

Why did the reindeer cross the road? He was strapped to a chicken!

Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

What has a bed but never sleeps? A river!

Once I heard a mother utter, ”Daughter, go and shut the shutter.” ”Shutters shut,” the daughter uttered, “for I can’t shut it any shutter.”

What did the cowboy say when he wanted to get the sheep’s attention? Hey, ewe! (you) What do you get if a bunch of thieves dive into a swimming pool? A crime wave!

Danny dreamed of a dandy dragon dungeon.

If a doctor doctors another doctor, does the doctor that doctors the other doctor, doctor the way a doctor doctors a doctor? Or does the doctor doctor the doctor the way a doctor can’t doctor a doctor?

Meep! I’m going to be president!

wee eee eee eee eee ee

OMG!!! Where did my back go?

I got your back!

Creative Writing The Creative Writing Group By Ms. Lew, Literacy Specialist Lincoln Eliot’s first Creative Writing Newsletter Group consists of four talented, amazing and hardworking writers from Ms. Penczar’s fifth grade class.

Angie Bellevue, who has the most poetic name in the world – Angelina Bellevue, makes us wince, as we read “Pain on My Head,” about the suffering she endures for the sake of beauty.

Shainay Chatelain won Ms. Penczar’s class “Scare-Off,” in October with her blood-curdling horror story, “The Clown Statue.” ***Warning – this story might not be suitable for younger readers! Her list-poem, “Purple,” takes readers on a journey through everything purple.

Tatiana Salazar writes another chilling tale, “The Grudge,” about a mysterious and menacing visitor. It leaves readers with many questions.

Eleasah Whittaker wrote her poems, “Walking,” and the mouth-watering, “The Café,” on our writer’s field trip. Your stomach will rumble as you read. Two other students, Liliana Vachon and Sam Maher, submitted poems for review. The group acted as an editorial board, reading and reviewing the poems, and making thoughtful suggestions for revision. Lili’s poem, “Moon Jellyfish,” evokes a tranquil, underwater mood. Everyone can relate to Sam’s untitled poem, bursting with the love and longing for his mother. Thanks for reading and enjoying these pieces. Feel free to send questions and comments to Ms. Lew.



by Angie

By Shainay

Ow, ow,

Purple cars purple box purple shoes

ripping through my hair

The color of your shirt

with a brush,

The pants that you wear

it feels like I’m getting trampled

The laces on your shoes

by a horse,


I smell shampoo,

The water with purple paint

really fresh like flowers

The ice cream that you eat

Ow, ow,

The cupcake in the fridge

almost done brushing my hair,

The straw that you drink from

but so far away.


Quickly done

The shoes that you always wear

but now I have to blow dry my hair

The button on your jacket

hot, hot, hot

The bracelet on your wrist

all over my head,

The sweater that you see in your mom’s closet

burning my hair, all the way down to my scalp, but now I need to find an elastic,

Purple Your favorite color pencil The folder in your bin

black and skinny,

The pen that you write with

for my hair to go

The backpack that you bring to school



up up now my head feels like it was… sucked up by a… VACUUM!

The book in your living room The chair that you sit on Last but not least The sun setting Purple

The Grudge

The Café

By Tatiana Salazar

By: Eleasah Whittaker

I live alone in a big house, I hear voices at night. Sometimes I see a little girl standing there with her red eyes. I really can’t tell she’s looking at me because her midnight black hair covers her face. Sometimes I hear her giggle. It sounds like this, “Hee hee hee.”

The smell of food, The taste of drinks, My wandering eyes look at… Hot chocolate, Boston Cream Pie, The delicious coffee and tea, The foods on the menu

One night, I felt a cold hand touch me. It was her. She said to me, “Hee hee, better watch out.”

make my mouth water The… Soda, Chocolate brownies,

A week later I woke up in the middle of the night. I looked up at my bureau and on the mirror it said, “I’m next to you.” When I turned to the side, she was right there.



I want to eat them all.

That was it.

Too bad

Donuts, Bagels,

my mom won’t let me have any.

Students’ Submissions

Moon Jellyfish By Lili Vachon

Moon Jellyfish, Clear and little. Slimy and squishy, in my hand.

By Sam Maher, Kindergarten

As little as a quarter. When in the water clear. I can hear the sound of the water. Swish swoosh. The bottom of the ocean has rocks. It feels rough on my feet.

Oh Mom, I missed you when I was reading I love you more than TEN DOZEN COOKIES So I wanted to give you this LOVE, Sam

More from our creative writing newsletter group The Clown Statue

by Shainay Chatelain

A few years ago, two parents, Angie and Joseph, went out for dinner, which they never have time for because they’re always taking care of the kids. An hour later, the babysitter called to ask if she could replace the clown statue in the kids’ room. “What clown statue?” Angie said.


“Oh, the one in the kids’ room…”

My feet race down the sidewalk,

Angie and Joseph thought for a moment. “Wait, this isn’t right. I know we left the kids’ room empty,” they thought. And the dad said, “Get the kids out of the house! Call the police!” The babysitter got the kids out of the house and onto the lawn. Later on, the police came. “Where’s the clown statue?” “What clown statue?” Emily and Chris said. The officer said, “Another prank call… We’ll be going now.” Angie said, “Wait. Before you leave, check the kids’ room.” The police checked the kids’ room. “Nothing here. We’ll be leaving now.” Angie thought maybe the babysitter was lying. “No – it couldn’t be – but maybe—wait! What am I saying?” The kids went upstairs with the babysitter. Angie and Joseph went to their room downstairs. Before Angie said a word, Emily and Chris screamed. “What happened? I don’t know,” they said. They quickly went upstairs and looked in the kids’ room. The room was painted red. They saw the kids dead on the floor. They looked around there. They saw the clown statue. They shrieked with terror. “Get up and let’s run!” Joseph said. They ran outside into the woods. The clown statue followed them. One thing the parents didn’t know – the babysitter was the clown statue. But it was too late for them. ***********************

Tap, tap, tap I hear a car go by, Pat, pat, pat I can see… A car repair shop, A dress shop, BERTUCCIS too, The bare tree branches swaying in the wind. I can see squirrels climbing up the trees, While I walk. By: Eleasah W.

ASK A FIFTH GRADER By Jariana Pereyra and Jacob Moustafa

Dear 5th Graders, Dear 5th Graders, I play a lot of sports and have lots of after school activities. How can I fit studying into my busy schedule? Signed, Stressed Out

My friend thinks she’s being funny when she makes comments about how I look but it really makes me angry and embarrassed. How should I respond? Signed, Embarrassed Dear Embarrassed, I think I know how you feel. Tell her you don’t like what she’s saying and tell her she is hurting your feelings.

Dear Stressed Out, Do the important stuff first-homework! If you do it before sports or fun stuff, you won’t have to worry about it later! Don’t PROCRASTINATE. Do your work! *(Procrastinate: delay, put off)

Some tips to remember when you have this conversation: stay calm, think before you talk, and use a respectful tone of voice. Remember, positive communication in a friendship is valuable!

Dear 5th Graders,

Dear 5th Graders,

On the weekends my friend likes to play video games but I want to play outside. How do I disagree with her and still stay friends?

I keep getting picked on at school during recess. The other kid is getting physical, and people who give me advice tell me I should hit back. That doesn’t feel right to me. What should I do? Signed,

Signed, Conflicted

Confused Dear Conflicted, Dear Confused, Don’t FIGHT BACK! That is the wrong thing. First, you could get into trouble and second, the fight could get bigger. The best thing to do would be to talk to a teacher or your principal. Remember REPORTING IS NOT TATTLING. Adults are there to help you.

Dear 5th Graders,

The easiest way to tell her what you want to do without hurting her feelings is to be calm, polite and “assertive.” Be ready to compromise because real friends learn how to share the time they spend together. A good compromise would be to spend 30 minutes playing video games and then 30 minutes outside!

*(Assertive: expressing your thoughts in a clear, honest, strong, and respectful manner.)

My friend is giving me the cold shoulder. I’ve tried to talk to her but she keeps ignoring me. What are some tips to help make her talk to Dear Hurt, me? Sorry that this is happening to you. Signed, Try writing her a note saying that Hurt you noticed she has been giving you the cold shoulder. * (Giving Cold Shoulder: Ignoring someone)

Tell her that you value the friendship and want to work things out.

ARTISTS OF THE MONTH Grade 2 Dina Furman Rocketship Grade 1 Timothy Tsarinnik Robot Collograph Print

Grade 3 Zachary Sardi-Santos Suminigashi: Marbled paper

Grade 4 Michelle Lee Woven bag Kindergarten Brian Carter Pterodactyl: Eric Carle inspired Animal Collage


 Fifth Grader, Taya Frishman, talks to us about her puppet, “The Specter of Embarrassment”. This fifth grade unit was inspired by hand puppets, which were made by the artist Paul Klee in the 1920’s for his son, Felix.


Edward: What was this project about? Taya: Well, a specter is a ghost or a haunting thought in your head. So I thought, what’s more haunting than embarrassment? What I had to do was create the vision of embarrassment, so to do this, I looked on the internet and some pictures that showed up were of a guy with a bag over his head and another with a person going to school in his underwear, so I chose both of those. Edward: What inspired you to make the Specter of Embarrassment? Taya: I just wanted to do something funny that a lot of kids could connect to, maybe everybody in the fifth grade could connect to, so I decided on embarrassment.

Maria: What was easy about this project? Taya: What was easy was putting my own twist on it. I really liked designing the underwear and making it sparkly and pink. Maria: What was the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to you? Taya: Well, I was really little and my family went on a cruise, I was in a program for kindergartner and we were in this concert and when I came on stage I just spun around randomly because I forgot everything I was working on. Maria: What advice do you have for other students if they are interested in making a puppet? Taya: Well, don’t come up with a too complex idea because it will make your range of creativity very narrow. Think of a basic idea, like embarrassment or happiness, so you can have a lot of things to represent it.

Students Pick Matilda is about a little girl discovering a power that she never had before, which gets her in some trouble with the headmistress at her new school and with her family at home. She is very smart; she can do long math and read big books and she is only 6! The cast of this movie is Mara Wilson as Matilda Wormwood, Rhea Perlman as Ms. Wormwood, Embeth Davidtz as Ms. Honey, also Danny DeVito as Mr. Wormwood and, last but not least, Pam Ferris as the mean, old Agatha Trunchboll. This movie came out on August 2, 1996 and there is a book about it you can check out in our library. I think your whole family will love the movie and the book. By: Kyla Barbosa

NICKI MINAJ is a person who’s a rapper and a singer. You might know her unique style. NICKI MINAJ is talking to some magazine artists, so she can be on the cover of VOGUE. NICKI MINAJ wears a lot of wigs that are creative, like cheetah print hair and rainbow hair. Also one of the wigs would be short and then the other half would be long. When NICKI MINAJ dresses, she wears some things that other people wouldn’t wear in public. She wears different dresses everyday, like outer space dresses and also wears black clothes. She has two albums out and people say her best album is PINK FRIDAY. I think some of the fifth graders would recommend listening to her music. BY SONU HART

The 3DS is a new DS that combines 3D technology and the modern DS into one. There are many differences in the old DS and the new DS; for one it has a special feature that lets you watch videos and read some comedy. They also upgraded how it looks. Before you had arrow keys and you had to press on them to move. Now though there is a joy stick that you can move with your fingers which makes you move on whatever you’re playing. There are also two screens now (800x240 resolution for the top screen and 320x 240 for the other). The price of the 3DS was originally $249.99 and now they changed the price to $169.99. The 3DS also has a new gyro sensor and motion sensor. They also created it to have a 3D camera lastly it has a 3D depth slider, which is a switch that switches the screen from 3D to off. And I think everyone would like it except the elderly.

By: Daphnee-Anne Grignon

What is Kinect for Xbox 360? It is a device that when you stand in front of it your body will be on screen even though you’re not in the screen. Sometimes something is too dangerous to do in real life but in a video game and using the Kinect for Xbox 360 you’re safe. You can play a game that keeps you moving until it’s done or you can play a sports game that also involves a lot of movement. The price is $149.99. The Xbox 360 Kinect makes you move a lot in the beginning, middle, or end of the game. A person should buy this if they like to move a lot. By Derek Chen




FROM THE LINCOLN-ELIOT MAGAZINE COMMITTEE I loved working with Victor and Jonathan the Humor Department. We shared a lot of laughs. However, I was very disappointed that they rejected some of my favorite jokes. Here’s one they didn’t like:What did the thief get for stealing the calendar? ….. 12 months Mr. Hurray, Principal I loved the opportunity to work closely with Derek, Sonu, Kyla, and Daphnee on the review section. I was impressed with their original ideas, research skills, and creativity throughout their pieces. I look forward to working with them again. Heather Smith Library Teacher The Roots of Lincoln-Eliot were so much fun to unearth. Jesus and Tammy were enthusiastic researchers who really enjoyed discovering the history of their school. We cannot wait for our next assignment! Ms. McLouglin, School Secretary Ms. Fugazzotto, Building Aide I enjoyed working with my art editors, Edward and Maria. They were eager to use their knowledge of the school's culture to make aesthetic decisions for the benefit of the school community. Ms. Sutherland, Art teacher

Dear Creative Writing Group, Our group had so many shining moments. I loved the way you thoughtfully decided to accept a poem, with friendly revision feedback. Together, you crafted a letter with positive comments, questions and suggestions, resulting in a revised and improved piece. The trip to Starbucks was a blast, and the fact that all of you worked on pieces at home, showed that you valued this experience. It was great, Ms. Lew, Literacy Specialist

It was very exciting for me to see how this magazine helped Arrianna and Emma to recognize that they are very capable, competent, and have a lot of potential! It was great! Ms Mok, School Psychologist Jariana & Jacob, I loved working with you on this project! You both showed such dedication and enthusiam throughout the whole process. Your article was extremely thoughtful and your answers were helpful and kind. I hope you are proud of yourselves; I know I am extremely proud of your hard work! Ms. Baumann, School Social Worker

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