February 2 News and Notes

This week: Gr 4-8 Strings Concert (Monday), School Council Meeting, Gr 5-8 Band Concert (Tuesday), Principal’s Forum (Thursday), Family Fun Night (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: MCAS Testing This Year.


Family Fun Night has arrived! Come join friends, family and classmates this Friday evening from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. to enjoy food, games, crafts, and lots of fun! Admission is $5 per person with a $20 max per family. Food and refreshments available for purchase. Raffle tickets for gift baskets and special event tickets will be sold at school this week from Wednesday through Friday, as well as Friday evening: $1 for the gift basket raffle and $5 (or 5 for $20) for sports and special event ticket raffles. If you’d like to help, please check out what’s need and sign up to take a shift or contact organizer Florrie Ives.

Be sure to check out the International Expo at Family Fun Night. Expanded to the small gym this year, the Expo features Lawrence families from all over the world sharing their culture through food tastings, crafts, music and more. If you would like to share your family’s culture and sponsor a table, individually or with a group, please contact Florrie Ives or Maritza Velez.

Lawrence 2015 Logo Clothing will be unveiled this week. See it first at Family Fun Night on Friday: new 2015 Lawrence T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, pajama bottoms and Lawrence Loyalty sports necklaces. The design on this year’s T’s and sweats was created by talented 8th grader Wesley Delvar. Thank you Wesley! Prices range from $10 for the sports necklaces to $35 for hooded sweatshirts. Cash and checks accepted.

All students and parents are welcome to help create 1,000 origami cranes this Thursday from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the lobby. No experience required to help in this annual Lawrence school tradition: origami experts will be on hand. Even making one or two cranes is helpful. The 1,000 origami cranes is a symbol of the wish for world peace and will be taken to Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima by Ms. Gannon (2nd grade teacher) during her Sending Educators To Japan trip June 26 – July 5. SET-J, funded by the PTO, began in 2002 to help teachers at Lawrence school to better understand Japanese education and culture.

Teachers who have participated in this program share their experiences and discoveries with the Lawrence community when they return. To learn more about SET-J, please visit to the Japanese table at the International Expo at FFN this Friday, or visit the SET-J webpage.

Registration for Brookline children entering kindergarten this September will begin during February. Registration dates for Lawrence School are this Wednesday, February 4, 7:30–9:00 a.m. and Thursday, February 5, 2015 7:30–9:00 a.m. Please do not bring children to registration.

Registration forms are available in the elementary school offices and on the Public Schools of Brookline website. In addition to the registration form, parents will need to provide the following documents: original birth certificate and immunization records (translated and notarized if other than English), and proof of Brookline residency. Families residing in a buffer zone may state a school preference at the time of registration and may drop off registration forms at any of the schools in that buffer zone.

Please see specific requirements and more information on the BPS website.

A big thank you to Mike Mosbrooker for organizing Lawrence Skate Night again this year. It was super fun and great exercise!

Curious about the building addition and new classrooms? Check out periodic photo and video updates on our school website under “Quick Links.”


Brookline High School presents their 2015 musical Hairspray February 4-7 (3:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday). Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 adults, and free for Brookline elementary school students. “Hairspray” is not just a great musical but also a smart commentary on social injustices of America in the 1960s. The songs include ’60s-style dance music and Motown rhythm and blues. Set in 1962 Baltimore, “Hairspray” is the story of teen Tracy Turnblad, who, though considered too “plump,” dreams of dancing on The Corny Collins Show, a TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, despite the objections of the director, she becomes an overnight celebrity and meets a diverse array of characters who change her world and challenge the people around her. You may read director Christien Polos’s reflections about “Hairspray” here.

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! Rescheduled to Wednesday, February 11, 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the library.


Climate Action Brookline and community partners are pleased to present the 5th annual Brookline Climate Week. Distinctive and timely events leading to climate action run Monday, February 2 through Tuesday, February 10. Check out the website for all the details.

As part of Climate Week, Mothers Out Front is launching a town-wide campaign to switch 1,000 households to green electricity. Come learn how to feel good about your electricity at a party on February 8th, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Brookline Teen Center.  Music and refreshments! For more info, email Kathleen Scanlon.

In addition, the Brookline Commission for Women will be holding its 6th Annual Children’s Clothing Drive at the Brookline Police Station at 350 Washington Street, this Friday from 8am – 7pm and Saturday, February 7th from 8am – 11am. Collected clothing will go to help local families in need, as well as Cradles to Crayons and Vincent Newborn Necessities.

Clean, wearable clothing and shoes for children ages 0 to 5, newborn clothing especially. Clothing that is washed and ready to wear much appreciated! The drive also collects financial donations, nonperishable food donations, toiletries, and diapers for the Brookline Food Pantry.  Volunteers needed for sorting and delivering items.  If you have questions for to volunteer, contact BCW Co-Chair Casey Hatchett or event coordinator Cheryl Snyder.

Give Kids A Smile Day is an annual, national event created to provide free dental care to children and increase awareness of the barriers some families face in accessing dental care. At the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, students and faculty provide free dental exams, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment and oral health education for children. Additionally, mouthguards can be made for children 10 years old and older on the day of the event. Orthodontic screenings will also be available. Children from age 1 to 17 are welcome on Saturday, February 7, 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, 188 Longwood Avenue. Call 617-432-1434 to make an appointment (select option #1). Patient appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kids can also learn what being a dentist is all about! Hands-on activities and career information and guidance will be available for teens interested in medicine/dentistry.

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