December 1 News and Notes

This week: School Council Meeting (Tuesday), Early Dismissal & After-School Movie (Wednesday), ECS Info Meeting, School Photo Re-Takes (Thursday), Staff Appreciation Lunch (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Our PTO Supports & Enriches Lawrence


Wednesday is an early release day, and the PTO is sponsoring an after-school movie in the auditorium from 12:40 – 2:30 p.m. Muppets: Most Wanted, rated PG, takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe’s most exciting destinations. Mayhem ensues and the Muppets find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper….

If your child would like to attend, click here to register by 6:00 p.m. today (Monday).$6 per child. Register each child that will be attending; you may register all siblings before payment on the final page. So that we can keep track of kids and keep them safe, children who are not registered in advance will not be admitted. If you are not able to access a computer, please contact Makeeba McCreary, (617) 293 4024 or by email.

The Enrichment and Challenge Support Program (ECS) promotes critical and creative thinking skills for all students in K-8 system-wide, and supports classroom teachers in providing challenging curriculum and extension opportunities for students who show a capacity for high levels of academic, intellectual, and creative achievement. Come learn more at the ECS Informational Meeting this Thursday, Dec. 4 at 8:00 a.m. in the library. Meet our ECS Resource teacher Leslie Fagen, District Program Head Mies Boet and Lawrence’s two parent representatives on the ECS Parent Advisory Committee, Ivey Bueno Linn and Sharon Grimberg.   The ECS program is under district-wide “program review” and is also under budget pressures — please attend if you are interested in ECS services at our school.

Picture Retake Day is Thursday at 9:00 a.m. If your child needs a school photo re-take, here are some reminders:  Weather permitting, photos will be taken outside. Solid color shirts work best with the pretty, but busy background. Encourage your child to neaten up, wear a favorite outfit, brush their pearly whites, relax and smile!

The Staff Appreciation Luncheon is this Friday. Please help our parent organizers show the entire Lawrence school staff how much we appreciate them by preparing and sharing your favorite winter comfort food. Dishes maybe dropped off in the staff lunchroom on the second floor any time before 10:30 a.m. Any contribution is welcome: a hearty main course, a delicious winter side or a favorite dessert. Please contact Emily Tevald or Kathryn Brown with questions.

Are you thankful for Lawrence School? You’ll have a chance to express that appreciation one week from tonight, when PTO Phonathon callers reach out to all Lawrence families to ask for a donation to the PTO. (Note that if you send in a donation before December 8, you will not be called.) Click here to see how your tax-deductible contributions directly affect your child’s experience at Lawrence. We really cannot do it without you, so please send your contribution by check or donate now through PayPal. Thank you!


Pierce School’s next principal’s forum features a speaker the Lawrence PTO tried (too late) to book: Catherine Steiner-Adair, speaking on children’s lives in the digital age.  Thursday December 4, 7:00 p.m. at Pierce Auditorium, and worth your time:

Ms. Steiner-Adair will discuss her latest book The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. Please see a brief review below, and plan to join us for what will no doubt be a lively evening with this dynamic author, researcher and professor.

“Technology is changing our world and the world of our children at a blistering pace. Every parent struggles with the benefits and limitations of a perpetually plugged in lifestyle. Something doesn’t feel quite right and Catherine Steiner-Adair with great wisdom, and compassion for our confusion, helps lead us out of this technological thicket. She is a worthy guide, not simply pointing out stumbling blocks, but helping us find our way around them. A mandatory read for our own sake as well as the sake of our children.” – Madeline Levine, Ph.D., author of Teach Your Children Well and The Price of Privilege.

The next School Committee Meeting is also Thursday, December 4, 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. at Town Hall (5th floor).  The agenda includes the Superintendent’s Report, Minority Student Achievement Network, FY2016 School Budget Guidelines, Short-term Space Plan (Bill Lupini) and public comment. Details at the BPS website. Questions? Please contact Robin E. Coyne.

Finally, with the holidays upon us, if you’re shopping for a gift and can’t find it in town, don’t forget that the PTO has a shopping link to Amazon and they’ll send us four percent of every purchase. If you use Amazon for non-local shopping, please bookmark, use and share that link.

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