January 5 News and Notes

This week: School Council (Tuesday), PTO Board Meeting (Thursday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Building New Understandings.


All are welcome to join us for the PTO Board Meeting this Thursday, 8:00 a.m. in the library. At this working meeting, we’ll review the budget and finances (including Phonathon results and follow-up), plan for upcoming events and activities, and discuss volunteer needs.

Drama in the Afternoon for students in Grades 3-5 starts soon!  Pirates! 2: The Hidden Treasure, will be led by long-time Lawrence directors Beth Bankler and Leslie Prizer, with assistance from Katie McNamara and musical director True Burley. No special talents are required to join the cast — just enthusiasm! The fun begins on Tuesday, January 20, with rehearsals held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4:15 p.m. (times will be adjusted for early release days). The anticipated date for performances is Thursday, April 30. The cost for the program is $215. Keep an eye out for registration forms that will be sent home in backpacks shortly. We are looking forward to another exciting show!

Family Fun Night is just around the corner. Please join us at the school on Friday, February 6 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. 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. If you can help, please contact Florrie Ives or sign up online later this week. Hope to see you there!

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 are interested in sponsoring a table, individually or with a larger group, please contact Florrie Ives or Maritza Velez. Thank you!


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 5:30-7:30pm at the Skating Rink at 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.

The second grade will be working on a special mosaic project of edging stones to be placed in the school garden. For safety, we need to collect 40-44 metal bookends for this project. They will be used to maintain the stones’ upright position while they are being created. If you can help, please contact Art Teacher Shelly Magno by email.

If you need more space on your bookshelf after the holidays, the Used Book Collection is ongoing until our big sale in May. Drop your bagged or boxed-up books into the green wagon located in the lobby. Help is needed with weekly unloading the wagon, sorting and storing of books. Please email Pamela Iguchi if you can help through the winter.


The School Committee will be meeting this Thursday, January 8, at 6:00 p.m. in Town Hall (5th Floor). A docket for the meeting can be found on the BPS/School Committee/Meetings website. The School Committee will also be holding Office Hours just prior to their meeting, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., in the same room. This is an open discussion time with the Brookline School Committee and the public, with topics to be determined by the participants.

K.I.D.S. (Kids Involved During Summer) Camp Fair is this Sunday, January 11 from 11:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Brookline High School’s Tappan Street Gym. Sponsored by Steps to Success, the Fair has booths showcasing some of the best camps in the area including overnight, day, local and out-of-state camps, and covering topics such as technology, sports, academics, adventure, music, art and much more! For more information contact K.I.D.S. Fair Coordinator Samantha Kurtz-Seif.

Brookline Climate Week 2015 “Stand Up Now for Our Future” — runs February 2-10. This year’s Climate Week is packed with events and is a town-wide opportunity to meet up and stand up now for climate action. Save your stuff for the family-friendly 3R Depot (Saturday February 7, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Brookline Town Hall) to reduce, reuse and recycle for sustainable living. Mothers Out Front Brookline and Climate Action Brookline will host the Green Up Party (Sunday February 8, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Brookline Teen Center). Come learn how to Green Up Your House with the Click of a Mouse — an easy and effective renewable energy campaign with Boston-based Mass. Energy Consumer’s Alliance. Event details are online, via email, or you may contact Kathleen Scanlon.

Are you a proud Brookline gardener? During Climate Week, the Brookline Department of Public Health wants to celebrate with a photo exhibition of the summer and fall garden harvests in Brookline. Fresh vegetables and herbs grown in Brookline family gardens will be showcased to help inspire others in the community to reduce their carbon footprint by gardening. Gardening is not only fun, but can help lower the cost of healthy, organic vegetables and reduce the environmental impact of transporting food. Help us spread the word!Please contact Lynne Karsten, Director of Community Health, Brookline DPH at (617) 730-2336 or by email if you would like to share your photo(s).

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