PTO Monday Update
Hello Lawrence Community,
We hope you all had a wonderful fall weekend.
Looking ahead to this week… the Lawrence Food Fest is coming up on Thursday, from 5-7PM! Enter the recipe contest with a savory winner, volunteer in some capacity, or just stop by for some healthy samples and give the cider bike a whirl! Also, be sure to bring your reusable water bottle to the Food Fest and be entered to win some fun raffle prizes, courtesy of the Green Team and local businesses who have kindly donated to the event.
Next week we kick off our annual appeal for The Lawrence Legacy Fund from Monday, October 22nd through Thursday, November 1st. The PTO annually raises roughly $90,000 which works out to about $125 per student. Roughly $30,000 has traditionally been raised through a phonathon, but this year we will be funding without phoning. We’re excited to inform you that we are getting an incredibly generous head start from a group of anonymous donors! Donations made between Monday, October 22 and Thursday, November 1 will be matched by $25 (matching gifts will not exceed $7,500). Click here http://lawrenceschoolbrookline.org/pto/donate/ to learn more about how PTO funding further enriches the educational experience for all students at Lawrence. There will also be a fundraising/budget Q&A for our community after drop off (8am) on Monday, October 22 at the Grady residence (71 Stearns Road). Come and enjoy coffee, bagels, and conversation about all the good work being done on behalf of our community.
WEEK AT LAWRENCE
METCO MEET & GREET WITH MS. CROWLEY: Tuesday, October 16th (8AM) in the Library.
FOOD FEST: Thursday, October 18th (5-7PM) in the Big Gym & outside by the Garden. Here is the flyer for more information: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nmtbI_b0h2LvfOYzrnLDRdqReTGAw5j-O24t7knohxU/edit?usp=sharing. Here’s the link to sign up for the recipe contest: https://goo.gl/forms/ZJcnFIqPXBkhPHxl2.
LOOKING FOR OTHER EVENTS IN THE SCHOOL YEAR?: Click here to see the entire calendar
THANK YOU! Amanda Gordon, Stephanie Mullins and Bridget Muelbert for organizing a delicious Room Parent Q&A Breakfast for the teachers last Friday. Also, thank you to the Green Team for organizing Car Free Day and the Halloween Swap last week. And thanks to all the families who participated by walking or scootering to school and those who donated or purchased gently used costumes.
LAWRENCE FOOD FEST: Thursday, Oct. 18th (5-7PM). Please sign up through MySchoolAnywhere.com to volunteer and email the organizers at email@example.com if you have any questions.
AUCTION: Get your bids ready! We are looking for help with this year’s auction. There are a handful of donors that support our auction with a donation every year and it would be great to have help following up on those donations. We also need help securing new auction donations. Please be in touch with Christina Grady at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can lend a hand with this important fundraiser for our community! Thanks for your consideration!
VP OF EVENTS: Be the support for volunteers coordinating the various fun PTO community events. Email email@example.com for more info.
The following groups ALL need volunteers. Please contact the PTO Presidents at President@lawrenceschoolbrookline.org for more information if you’re interested.
- GREEN TEAM
- PERFORMING ARTS COMMITTEE
- ROOM PARENTS
CORI: If you hope to volunteer in the classroom or go on a field trip with your child, make sure your CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) is up to date in the front office. It’s good for 3 years once you file it.
UP-COMING & ON-GOING
LAWRENCE LEGACY FUND, THE GIFT THAT LASTS A LIFETIME: Monday, October 22nd through Thursday, November 1st. The PTO annually raises roughly $90,000 which works out to about $125 per student. Roughly $30,000 has traditionally been raised through a phonathon, but this year we will be funding without phoning. Click here http://lawrenceschoolbrookline.org/pto/donate/ to learn more about how PTO funding further enriches the educational experience for all students at Lawrence.
LAWRENCE LEGACY FUND- FUNDRAISING/BUDGET Q&A: for our community after drop off (8am) on Monday, October 22 at the Grady residence (71 Stearns Road). Come and enjoy coffee, bagels, and conversation about all the good work being done on behalf of our community.
SEPAC- MEET THE SPECIALISTS: Monday, October 22 (8-8:30AM) in the Library. The Brookline Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) family representatives and the Lawrence School’s special education staff will talk about the work they do. Come for coffee and conversation. We hope you can join us! Please contact Danna Perry @ 917-647-2633 if you have questions. Click below for more information:
Additionally, notes from the September district-wide SEPAC meeting can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BYZRz7AGcIeHIgFfprWp7MhjFEBAwdKxLlkhnxP2hDU/view. The district-wide SEPAC page is also a great resource: https://brooklinesepac.org.
PTO MEETING/PRINCIPALS’ COFFEE: Tuesday, Oct. 30th, 8-9 am in the Library.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARADE: Is on Wednesday, October 31st. The students from kindergarten to 2nd grade will parade around the track while students from 3rd to 8th grade will be standing on the field cheering them on. The parade will take place outside around the track (not in the school) and will start promptly at If parents/caregivers plan to attend, please go to the field at We decided to assign spots on the field this year to allow a smoother transition and spread out the spectators throughout the field. If it rains, it will be on the first floor.
MYSCHOOLANYWHERE: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Ready to sign up? Click on the link below for the instructions. Thank you!
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS: On October 17th, the League of Women Voters of Brookline (LWVB) will hold its opening meeting with Dr. Mary K. Grant, President of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Entitled Civil Discourse: The Foundation of Civic Engagement, the presentation includes BHS students role playing a debate as senators from different parties with different points of views and interests, addressing a problem and finding a solution. Open to the public – 6th floor of Town Hall, Select Board hearing room. Refreshments at 6:30, program 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Live broadcast by Brookline Interactive Group on Channel 23 (Comcast) or 15 (RCN), as well as streamed live https://brooklineinteractive.org/live/
LINCOLN PUMPKINFEST 2018: We invite the Brookline community to join us at Lincoln Pumpkinfest on Sunday, October 21 from noon till 4PM at Lincoln School (19 Kennard Rd, Brookline). This annual fall festival features rides, live entertainment, Harvest Table, Carnival Snacks, Japanese Food and Culture, Glitter Spa, Book Sale, Costume Shop, and SO MANY GAMES! Enjoy an afternoon of food, fun, and friends while raising funds to support Lincoln students and teachers.
YOGA BENEFIT CLASS FOR AFRICA YOGA PROJECT: Wednesday October 24, 4pm @ Baptiste Power Yoga Boston (25 Harvard St., Brookline); https://www.bostonyoga.com. Come to a fun vinyasa yoga class to benefit Africa Yoga Project. Wednesday 4pm Baptiste Power Yoga Studio, 25 Harvard St Brookline. Free to register and donation of any amount. All levels welcome: https://ayoga.z2systems.com/toby. Contact Toby Kumin for more information: email@example.com.
TRANSPORTATION YOU SUMMIT: Saturday, October 27 (9:00am – 2:00pm), 10 Park Plaza- 2nd Floor, Boston (Free!). This is an exciting opportunity for girls aged 12-18 featuring hands-on workshops to introduce participants to a wide variety of transportation careers, Q&A student panel, and mini-activity tables. Lunch is provided. Sponsored by the Boston Chapter of Advancing Women in Transportation and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Registration is limited to the first 100 applicants. Sign up at this link: http://www.wtsinternational.org/boston/events/2018-transportation-you-boston-summit-/
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