March 9 News and Notes

This week: PTO Online Auction Begins (Monday), Gr 1-5 Math Meeting and Gr 1 Concert (Wednesday), Gr 6-8 IPRs (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: What Superintendent Lupini Thinks About the School Budget.


The Lawrence PTO Auction is now open for online bidding. We’ve got summer camp sessions, family outings, music lessons, health, wellness items, and much 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. The auction is open to Lawrence families and extended families only. Feel free to share the auction link with grandparents! Check out the PTO Bulletin board in the lobby for brochures from our donors and for more information contact Nagmeh Ansari Varasteh.

Please join the Lawrence Math Resource Center team on Wednesday for the long awaited (and twice rescheduled due to snow!) “Standards of Mathematical Practice: How They Apply to School and Home”, a presentation for parents (especially of students in grades 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!  Wednesday, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. in the library.

Thanks so much to Sydney Fuller Jones for organizing the Staff Appreciation Breakfast last week. Thanks also to all of the METCO families who contributed delicious foods and helped host a most appreciative and deserving Lawrence school staff!

Art lovers needed! The fourth annual Make Art at Lawrence K-8 Art Show is April 9. It’s a big deal (featuring over 600 K-through-8 masterpieces) and Ms. Magno and the Visual Arts Council team need help preparing for it. Tasks will include labeling artwork, mounting art, prepping boards etc. Please come and join us on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:15 – 9:45 a.m. and 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the second-floor art room. There will be a sign up sheet outside the art room with these and additional times.  Contact Linda Louie with any questions.

Coffee Cans! This spring, 5th Grade students will build their own pin-hole cameras. As part of the Optics and Light unit, each student will assemble their own working camera and then use it to photograph the school landscape and take portraits of each other. If you are an ILLY coffee drinker, please enjoy it then bring the empty 8.8-oz metal can to the collection box, located on the 2nd floor, under the table outside the Art Room. Thanks in advance from the fifth grade teachers: Shannon Egna (5E), Katherine Nguyen (5N), Rhodinne Wang (5RW) and Jonathan Weinberger (5W).


Tired of winter? Take a cruise on the Nautical Sea Queen!
See this year’s PTO Play The Pendant of Penzance and sail away for a voyage into the unknown. The play features a cast of interesting characters, a priceless jeweled pendant and a lively game of shuffleboard. The play runs March 18-20 in the Lawrence auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.

Superintendent Bill Lupini will hold an open forum with Lawrence parents on Monday, March 16th at 8:00 a.m. in the library. Please see this week’s Principal’s Corner for more information.

All are welcome at the PTO Board Meeting on Thursday, March 19, 8:00 a.m. in the library. With several of the PTO officers and major event coordinators moving on, the focus of this meeting will be recruiting new PTO leaders to fill key positions for next year. Because many of us have children in the middle school, we are hoping to recruit K-3 parents. As with very board meeting, we’ll also review the budget and finances, which are closely tied to our volunteer needs.

If you missed the Lawrence Logo clothing sale last week and are interested in purchasing an item, please email the PTO to set up a time to see the goods. We will also be selling gear in the lobby before the final PTO play performance on Friday, March 20 and on April 15 before and after the Early Release Movie.

Japan in June: 2014.  Come hear Lawrence Literacy specialist Ms. Muendel discuss her SET-J experience last year on Wednesday, March 18 at 8:00 a.m. in the library.


The School Committee meets this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall. A docket for the meeting may be found on the PSB website.

METCO holds its annual March for Equity (Lobby Day) on Thursday, March 19. METCO representatives will lobby for increased funding for the METCO program in the 2016 state budget, and remind policymakers of the importance of the program in the Commonwealth and its critical role in closing the achievement gap for Massachusetts’ students. While the deadline to sign up for a legislative visit has passed, for more information, please contact Lori Day.

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.

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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