March 2 News and Notes

This week: School Council Meeting and Gr 5-8 Band Concert (Tuesday), Staff Appreciation Breakfast and Lawrence Reads Evening (Thursday), Gr 6-8 IPRs (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Building Unity in Community.


Lawrence Reads is Thursday from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Pizza will be available for purchase in lobby for twenty minutes beginning at 6:00. Please bring your own water bottle.  This year’s titles are all nonfiction:

  • Gr K-1: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
  • Gr 2-3: The Boy Who Invented TV: The Story of Philo Farnsworth by Kathleen Krull
  • Gr 4-5: My Life with Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall
  • Gr 6-8: The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

Students must have registered by last Friday to participate. Contact Literacy Specialist Jill Demsey with questions.

Lawrence Logo clothing is for sale in the lobby this week: Monday through Friday after school and Wednesday morning from 7:30 – 8:30am. 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. Cash and checks accepted. E-mail the PTO with questions.


The Staff Appreciation Breakfast, hosted by METCO, is Thursday March 5th at 7:30 a.m. Please help them show the Lawrence School staff how much you appreciate the work they do for our kids, by bringing in a delicious breakfast treat or helping to set up that morning. Contact Sydney Fuller Jones for more information.

The PTO Online Auction kicks off on March 8 and will continue through Sunday, March 22. The online auction includes summer camp sessions, family outings, music lessons, gift certificates to local restaurants and more! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, each dollar you spend will support teachers and classrooms, fund enrichment programs, and enhance the Lawrence experience for all members of our community. Contact Nagmeh Ansari Varasteh for more info.


Please join the Lawrence Math Resource Center on Wednesday, March 11th, for “Standards of Mathematical Practice: How They Apply to School and Home”, a presentation for parents (especially of students in Gr 1-5) 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! 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. March 11 in the library.


METCO will be holding its annual March for Equity on Thursday, March 19. Representatives will lobby for increased funding for the METCO program in the 2016 state budget and educating policymakers on the importance of the program in the Commonwealth and on its critical role in closing the achievement gap for Massachusetts’ students. For more information on how to participate please contact Lori Day as soon as possible and download the METCO March for Equity registration form.

Superintendent Bill Lupini will hold an open forum with Lawrence parents on Monday, March 16th at 8:00 a.m. in the library.

In addition, Superintendent Lupini and Deputy Superintendent Peter Rowe will hold two open forums specifically to present the FY16 budget options. The first, at 6:30 p.m. on March 17, will be held in the 3rd floor studio of the Brookline Interactive Group (BIG), 46 Tappan Street. Families may participate in this session in one of three ways: by attending the presentation at the studio, by calling into the studio during the show or by submitting questions in advance via email.  The second, on March 25, will be held at the Baker School beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend either of these information sessions.

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the BHS auditorium, Phil Poinelli and Alex Pitkin from SMMA architectural firm will present draft findings of the BHS Space & Building study. SMMA was contracted last spring to examine the existing educational program and building spaces; anticipated enrollment growth; the impact of the growth on existing buildings; and possible building solutions – both on the BHS campus or elsewhere in Brookline. Tonight draft findings will be shared with some time for Q&A. The final report will inform the school department and Board of Selectman in their upcoming decisions about the high school. More information about the plans may be found here.

The School Committee meets this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall. A docket for the meeting may be found on the PSB website.

B-PEN’s Adopted Parent Network & Family Resource Advocate Hope Schroy invite 7th-12th grade parents of adopted teens to join us for an evening with Debra Olshever, co-founder of Adoption Associates. Debra’s presentation/discussion on March 2 will offer information, guidance and insight for parents of adopted teens. For more information click here.

The BEF will hold its annual 5th Grade Spelling Bee at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in the Brookline High School Auditorium. Space is still available, so if your 5th grader likes to spell, please see here for details and a link to the registration form. This fun event is free and open to the public, and aspiring spellers and supporters of all ages are encouraged to attend!

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.

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