Frequently Asked Questions

Advertising

How do I advertise on the Lawrence website?

We are currently evaluating some enhanced methods for supporters of the PTO to advertise on our school website and in our school directory app. More information to come.

If you wish to submit a item for our community bulletin board, please click here to submit your request. https://tinyurl.com/lawrencepto

Your post to the Community Bulletin Board will remain on the website indefinitely for no fee.

 

 

Community Funding

If I have an idea for a project or experience that would enhance the learning community experience at Lawrence, how can I get PTO support/funding?

Your PTO may be able to consider a new proposal for a special project you would like to carry out to enhance the learning community experience at Lawrence. All proposals, regardless of whether there is a funding request, follow the same process outlined the proposal form. If this project is being spearheaded by faculty or staff, the proposal should be submitted as a teacher grant.

Directory

How do I get to the Lawrence Community Directory?

Amos A Lawrence PTO has setup a community website using the tool MySchoolAnywhere.

Go to the following link:
https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/login.a5w

Click the link “Forgot your Password ?” and Enter the email you had used in Lawrence’s former directory AtoZConnect.com. If you get the message “The email you entered does not have an account in our system.” keep trying other emails.

If you have not registered for the school directory, join now by clicking on the link below and someone in the PTO will approve your family for the directory.

https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/new-family.a5w?fam=AmosLawrence146268

 

 

 

How do I setup a classroom event?
  1. Login to MySchoolAnywhere.com
  2. Click Your Account and Email Class.
  3. Compose your message with the event information and Signup link.
  4. Send the email to your class.

Please contact events@lawrenceschoolbrookline.org to setup an signup event in myschoolanywhere for you.

Links to signup can be added to the emails.
Emails can be sent to specific user groups as including people who have signed up, or people who have not signed up yet.

Contact directory@lawrenceschoolbrookline.org if you have any questions.

How do new families join the School Directory and Mailing List?

Below is the link for new families to enter their information into the Amos A Lawrence PTO Community Website account. Click here for details on using this link.

If you have any questions about this link, please reply to this email for assistance from our support team.

https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/new-family.a5w?fam=AmosLawrence146268

Donations

How do I advertise on the Lawrence website?

We are currently evaluating some enhanced methods for supporters of the PTO to advertise on our school website and in our school directory app. More information to come.

If you wish to submit a item for our community bulletin board, please click here to submit your request. https://tinyurl.com/lawrencepto

Your post to the Community Bulletin Board will remain on the website indefinitely for no fee.

 

 

What is the Lawrence School PTO Tax ID?

Please email treasurer@lawrenceschoolbrookline.org for more information.

Events

How do I setup a classroom event?
  1. Login to MySchoolAnywhere.com
  2. Click Your Account and Email Class.
  3. Compose your message with the event information and Signup link.
  4. Send the email to your class.

Please contact events@lawrenceschoolbrookline.org to setup an signup event in myschoolanywhere for you.

Links to signup can be added to the emails.
Emails can be sent to specific user groups as including people who have signed up, or people who have not signed up yet.

Contact directory@lawrenceschoolbrookline.org if you have any questions.

Funding for Teachers and Staff

How do I get additional funding?

If you have a special project that you would like to carry out to enhance the educational experience at Lawrence, you may apply for a grant.

Please review the info and application here.

How do I get reimbursed?

For all reimbursements (for already-approved grants, classroom allocations, event expenses), please submit your request using the online PTO reimbursement form.  

We advise submitting reimbursement requests as early in the school year as possible. All reimbursement requests for the current school year must be submitted by mid-May; the exact date will be communicated after April break. 

Please note that any lost checks will result in a $30 deduction from the reimbursement amount to cover the stop payment fees with the bank.

How long does it take to get reimbursed?

Reimbursements are processed on a rolling basis and should be received within 2-4 weeks. Reimbursement via PayPal is the quickest option.

How much classroom allocation funding do I get every year?

If you’re a teacher or staff, you may use your classroom allocation budget for supplies and equipment that benefit your students.  All educators are eligible for the classroom allocations. Paraprofessionals, conservatory staff, cafeteria and custodial staff do not currently receive allocations but may be supported through other avenues with faculty support.

Funding for teachers and staff are allocated based on FTE amount; for the 20/21 school year the PTO is increasing classroom funding due to the extraordinary circumstances and increased needs for teaching in multiple modes:

  • $400 for 0.8 to 1.0 (normally $300)
  • $200 for 0.4 to 0.7 (normally $150)
  • $100 for <0.4 (normally $75)
  • New-to-Lawrence teachers (incl specialists transitioning to classroom roles) receive double the allocation in their first year, plus the incremental amount. Ex. a new 1.0 FTE receives 2 x $300 + $100 = $700 total for the 20/21 school year.
  • ETF, nurses, the METCO liaison and Steps to Success program manager receive allocations based on their FTE amount as well.
  • The principal receives $1,000 and vice principals each receive $500.
  • Lawrence teachers who shifted to RLA are still eligible for this funding.

Please reach out if you have used your budget but still have classroom needs: president@lawrenceschoolbrookline.org.

How much field trip funding do I get every year?

$350 is allocated per classroom and may be used for things like bus expenses, admission fees and/or supplies that support the educational experience. (Note that Farm School has an additional separate budget.)

Contact the PTO Treasurer at treasurer@lawrenceschoolbrookline.org for your exact amount.

What can I get PTO funding for?

The PTO has established funds for field trips, enrichment activities and classroom supplies/equipment (a.k.a. classroom allocations) that will support students and the learning experience. There is also a grants fund for supporting special initiatives. Finally, there is a need-based assistance fund for students; please contact the guidance team for details.

What happens if I don’t use all my allocated funds?

Unused allocations are not rolled over to the following year.

Movie Day

How do I (organizer) setup a new Movie Day event?

The easiest way to setup a new Movie Day event is to copy an existing Movie Day Product.

  1. Login as an Admin to MySchoolAnywhere.com
  2. Click Manage Products
  3. Click Copy link on any recent Movie Day product.
  4. Click Update Link on the new product copied.
  5. Edit the Item Name, Price
  6. Edit the Item Code to something unique. Include the year, month, day of the event (ie. MOVIEDAY20200415)
  7. Change the Start Date and End Date.
    For the Late Registration product: Make the start date the last day of registration and make the End Date the same as the Event Date.
  8. Click on the Description  tab and change the description with the new information.
  9. Click Save button.

 

How do I (volunteer) check-in students to Movie Day?

The easiest way to setup a new Movie Day event is to copy an existing Movie Day Product.

  1. Login as an Admin to MySchoolAnywhere.com
  2. Click Review Sales
  3. Click “More Search Options
  4. Choose Movie Day from the Category filter list.
  5. Locate student in list. You can see them on the first screen, change the # of Records per page, or click the Next page button (not shown below).
  6. Check the box in the “Reconciled” column for the Student(s).
  7. Click Update Button.
    TIP: Click the Update Button frequently and before changing the page or # of records per page.

If you need to make any notes on a child, click the Pencil button to edit the sale. Add the note to the “Buyer Memo” text box.

How do I register my child for Movie Day?

To Purchase tickets, go to lawrenceschoolpto.membershiptoolkit.com or open the MembershipToolKit App.

  1. Click on the Store icon or menu item.
  2. Click on the Early Release Movie Day link
  3. Add one or all the movies to your cart
  4. Click Add to cart and Checkout. 
  5. Complete your purchase with secure payment through PayPal.

Good Luck and Thanks for supporting the PTO.

Room Parents

Instructions for Room Parents to create a class list and setup an email groups to stay in touch with their class.

How do I collect money from parents for a gift to the teacher?

One of the most successful gift giving tools for Room Parents to Teachers is HipChip.


Anyone can easily create an account.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to https://www.hipchip.com
  2. Login or Create an Account.
  3. Click button labeled “New Gift” on the left hand-side.
  4. Who is this gift for? Select “Teacher”.
  5. Choose Number of Teachers.
  6. Enter Teachers Name
  7. Choose up to five Gift types. Amazon Card seems to be popular.
  8. Enter the Gift Details, including Title, Deadline, Suggested donation amount.
  9. Copy & Paste your email list.
    • Click here for instruction on getting your email list
  10. Write your invitation Message
  11. Chip In yourself or ChipIn Later
  12. Send the Invitation
  13. At any time, you many choose to submit your order to purchase the gift cards.

How do I create a room parent email list?

Your parent email list is already made for you.   All you need to do is get all the parents to signup for a MySchoolAnywhere.com account if they haven’t already and assign their children to your class.

If a MySchoolAnywhere Admin account has been created for you as a room parent, you will have access to setup new families.

 

How do I get to the Lawrence Community Directory?

Amos A Lawrence PTO has setup a community website using the tool MySchoolAnywhere.

Go to the following link:
https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/login.a5w

Click the link “Forgot your Password ?” and Enter the email you had used in Lawrence’s former directory AtoZConnect.com. If you get the message “The email you entered does not have an account in our system.” keep trying other emails.

If you have not registered for the school directory, join now by clicking on the link below and someone in the PTO will approve your family for the directory.

https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/new-family.a5w?fam=AmosLawrence146268

 

 

 

How do I setup a classroom event?
  1. Login to MySchoolAnywhere.com
  2. Click Your Account and Email Class.
  3. Compose your message with the event information and Signup link.
  4. Send the email to your class.

Please contact events@lawrenceschoolbrookline.org to setup an signup event in myschoolanywhere for you.

Links to signup can be added to the emails.
Emails can be sent to specific user groups as including people who have signed up, or people who have not signed up yet.

Contact directory@lawrenceschoolbrookline.org if you have any questions.

Do you have another question? We can help! Contact the PTO at faq@lawrenceschoolbrookline.org