February 9 News and Notes

This week: School Council Meeting, Ms. Hollander Bake Sale (Tuesday), Math Meeting, Gr 4-8 Strings Concert (Wednesday), Lawrence Logo Wear Sale (Wednesday-Friday), Gr 5-8 Band Concert (Thursday), LSA Spring Registration deadline (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Lawrence Teachers Recognized.


The 8th grade is currently finishing a service-learning project that involves researching a civil rights issue of importance to them and taking action. Several eighth graders chose fundraising, and will be holding a bake sale tomorrow (Tuesday) in the lobby after school. Some of the organizations they are raising money for include the Malala Fund, UNICEF, the Trevor Project and the National Organization on Disability. We hope to see you there!

Please join the Lawrence Math Resource Center on Wednesday for “Standards of Mathematical Practice: How They Apply to School and Home”, a presentation for parents 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! When? Wednesday, 8:00am to 9:00 a.m. in the library.

If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at the new Lawrence Logo clothing, we will be selling items in the lobby after school this Wednesday through Friday. Items include: 2015 Lawrence T-shirts in white and charcoal gray for $15, hooded sweatshirts in charcoal gray for $35, plaid flannel pajama bottoms for $30 and Lawrence Loyalty sports necklaces for $10. The design on this year’s T’s and sweats was created by Lawrence 8th grader Wesley Delvar. Cash and checks accepted.


Thanks so much to Florrie Ives, Tina Manuel and Maureen Fallon for once again planning and organizing a fabulous Family Fun Night. Thank you to parent volunteers Nicola Thompson, Kelly Pesanelli, Vivien Hoey, Sydney Fuller-Jones and many others who made the night a success. In addition, a huge shout out to all of the middle school volunteers, without whom we could not have run the event.

Thank you to Maritza Velez and all of the families who participated in the International Expo and shared their cultures and enthusiasm with us. Finally, thank you very much to vendors Rich Schenkel (Cains Chicken) and Rogelio and Priscilla Rodas (T. Anthonys) who donated the delicious chicken and pizza, and to the many donors who contributed raffle prizes.

If you enjoyed Family Fun Night this year, please consider taking on a leadership role in the event next year! After many years, our Family Fun Night leadership team is moving on and the event will not happen unless replacements step up.  Please think about it as you enjoy the snow! For more information please contact Florrie, Tina or Maureen over the next couple of months.

Thanks to everyone who helped fold origami cranes last week. These little symbols of peace will travel to Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima with 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Gannon, during her Sending Educators To Japan trip June 26 – July 5. Go to the SET-J webpage to learn more this annual Lawrence tradition.


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, now is a great time to broach a conversation about healthy relationships with your adolescent. Television, movies, the news, your child’s social life – all offer opportunities to initiate conversations about healthy, respectful relationships, and B-PEN can help. Check out the site’s “Healthy Relationships” page for a wealth of facts, tips and communication strategies to help you get the ball rolling.

The Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) offers Enhancing Executive Functioning Skills, a three-part series for parents & guardians.  Dr Erik Von Hahn will lead the workshops, centering on executive skill issues for students at school and home. Dr. Von Hahn is a Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician at Tufts University Floating Hospital and Consultant to the Brookline School Department. All workshops take place at Town Hall from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. on these dates:

  • Grade School Parents/Guardians of (K – 5) students – this Wednesday, February 11
  • Parents/Guardians of Middle School students – Wednesday, March 25
  • Parents/Guardians of High School students – Wednesday, April 15

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


Please join us at our next PTO Meeting on Tuesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m. in the library. Our special guests from B-Pen will present Navigating the Middle School Years and Beyond: The Impact of Social Media, Shifting Friendships, and Stress. How do we balance our desire to raise resilient, healthy and independent children with the instinct to protect them? B-PEN Family Resource Advocate Hope Schroy, LICSW, will talk about adolescent development and lead us in discussions around a variety of middle school issues, from setting limits and managing the impact of social media to self-esteem and stress.


Brookline’s K-8 Science Fair is scheduled for March 14 at Devotion. K-8 students throughout Brookline are encouraged to attend.  A video about the program may be seen here. Register by February 28th — forms are online. Note that you do not need to know the name of your project to register. The theme this year is Science of the Seas, and the Science Expo, for students to enjoy while their projects are judged, will showcase a touch tank from the New England Aquarium.

The Brookline Education Foundation’s third annual Adult Trivia Bee takes place Friday, March 27th, 6:30 pm at the Heath School.  The Bee is BEF’s only major fundraiser for the year and they would love to have all schools represented at this spirited event. For more information, contact BEF’s Communication Chair Emily Dolbear.

Brookline’s Pan Asian Lunar New Year celebration will be held Saturday, February 28th, from 12:30-3:00 p.m. at the high school.  Light refreshments and free to all! Celebrate – Chinese New Year (新年), Korean Seollal (설날), and Vietnamese Tết Enjoy.  Lion dancing, Asian food, music, crafts, games, performances (Classical Indian singing, Chinese yo-yo, , and more including table games for children and adults.  Register online here. Contact Chi Chi Wu or Chris Chanyasulkit for more information.

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