January 19 News and Notes

January 19, 2015

This week: Principal’s Forum (Thursday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Teaching About Conflict and Understanding.


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!

The Board of Selectmen has scheduled several meetings on the recommendations of the Override Study Committee to seek a Proposition 2 ½ Tax Override and Debt Exclusion referendum for Fiscal Year 2016.

  • January 20: Public Hearing 9:00 A.M. Selectmen’s Hearing Room.
  • January 22: Public Hearing 7:30 P.M. Selectmen’s Hearing Room.
  • January 27: Final Review of Issues and Possible Vote on Specific Override/Debt Exclusion Question(s)

The School Committee meets this Thursday, January 22, at 5:00 p.m. in Town Hall (5th Floor). A docket for the meeting can be found on the BPS/School Committee/Meetings website and includes a presentation by Elementary World Language Program coordinator Dawn Carney, an update on the draft FY2016 Capital Improvements Program by Deputy Superintendent for Administration and Finance Peter Rowe, and an update on current budget issues by Superintendent Bill Lupini.


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.

The Brookline Public Schools seeks participants for a formal review of the Understanding Our Differences (4th grade) program. In addition to two co-chairs, (Special Education Director and UOD Coordinator), a UOD liaison from each of the eight elementary schools and three 4th-grade teachers, the committee hopes to include eight parents.  No prior UOD experience is required. Committee members are required to review information between meetings, to maintain confidentiality, to be full of questions not answers, to honor group process and value collaboration, and should be available on the following Fridays: January 30, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 1 and June TBD for meetings from 8:15-10:00 a.m. at Town Hall. Interested parents please email UOD Coordinator Elizabeth Myska no later than Tuesday, January 27. Please provide your name and contact information, elementary school your child(ren) attend, grades of your children and whether you’ve had any experience with UOD either as a parent volunteer, liaison or guest speaker.


Since 2007, The Public Schools of Brookline’s Wellness Committee has been committed to examining and supporting a variety of programs addressing student health. The committee, including Lawrence parent Bettina Neuefeind, meets four times a year and is composed of school, community, and health representatives as well as students and parents. Members are all invested in addressing a range of youth-serving initiatives in areas of nutrition, fitness/recreation, mental health, chemical health, teen dating violence, and climate change awareness. Check out the committee’s newly launched website for a wealth of information.

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.


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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