January 12 News and Notes

This week: LSA Classes Begin (Monday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: January Updates.

NEWS AND NOTES

Family Fun Night is less than a month away on Friday, February 6 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Join your friends, family and classmates for food, games, crafts, and lots of fun! We need many helpers to keep the evening running smoothly. Volunteers will paint faces, sell tickets, run carnival games and more. Please sign up to take a shift or contact Florrie Ives.

The International Expo is quickly becoming a favorite part of Family Fun Night. At the Expo, groups of families sponsor tables to share foods, crafts, music and other features of their culture. This year the Expo will expand into the Small Gym. If you would like to sponsor a table, individually or with a larger group, please contact Florrie Ives or Maritza Velez. Thank you!

Congratulations to fifth graders Sabrina Bergin and Paige Kaufman who have been accepted into the All-State Treble Chorus. This is the second year that Sabrina and Paige will sing in the All-State Festival Chorus which is sponsored by the Music Educators of Massachusetts. The chorus is made up of students from across the entire state in grades four, five, and six. Judy Bowers, Professor of Choral Music Education at the Florida State University will be their conductor for the performance at the Seaport Hotel in Boston on Saturday, March 21.

Coffee Cans still needed! Later this school year, 5th Grade students will build pin-hole cameras. As part of the Optics and Light unit, each student will assemble their own working camera and then use it to photograph the school landscape and take portraits of each other. We need approximately 85 ILLY brand 8.8-oz. metal cans. If you are an ILLY coffee drinker, please enjoy it then bring the empty can to the collection box, located on the 2nd floor, under the table outside the Art Room. Thanks in advance from the fifth grade teachers: Shannon Egna (5E), Katherine Nguyen (5N), Rhodinne Wang (5RW) and Jonathan Weinberger (5W)

COMING UP

Please join us for Standards of Mathematical Practice: How They Apply to School and Home, a parent presentation about shifting to the new math standards in Massachusetts.  Come learn about how you can use daily activities to guide your child to become a strong problem solver! Wednesday, January 28, 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the library.

Mark your calendars for the annual Lawrence School Family Skate Night. A great time will be had by all (on and off the ice!) on Friday, January 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Skating Rink in Larz Anderson Park. Admission is free, thanks to your support of the PTO. Skate rentals will be available and the concessions open, selling pizza, hot dogs, hot chocolate and snacks.

AROUND TOWN

Do you ever feel frustrated with your child? Find yourself shouting often and imposing punishments or rewards in reaction to challenging behavior? Do you wish you had a more effective parenting approach that also helps to build a better relationship between you and your child? The Think: Kids Collaborative Problem Solving parenting model is a strength-based, neurologically-grounded approach created by MGH’s Department of Psychiatry that provides parents with concrete tools to better understand and help children (ages 3-18) with challenging behavior – from ordinary, day-to-day challenges like bedtime and homework, to more serious challenges. Brookline Adult & Community Education presents an introduction and overview of the Collaborative Problem Solving philosophy on January 29 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Brookline High School.To register, please email.

VOLUNTEER NEEDS

Ms. Moriarty could use some help in the library on Monday or Tuesday ( or both) — any amount of time would be appreciated! Please contact her if you are interested.

Also, help is needed with the following:

Used Book Wagon helpers – contact Pamela
Box Tops – contact Nagmeh.
Family Fun Night – contact Florrie.
Online Auction (in March) – contact Nagmeh.

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