March 16 News and Notes

This week: PTO Online Auction (continues all week), Superintendent Lupini’s Open Forum (Monday), Ms. Muendel’s Japan in June (Wednesday), PTO Play (Wed – Fri), Lawrence Logo sales (Th – Fri) .

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Lesson Study: From Japan to Lawrence.


A big Congratulations! to the 8th grade boys basketball team for winning the District Championship last Wednesday.  It was the first time in 15 years — way to go!

This week, the PTO Play: The Pendant of Penzance comes ashore in the Lawrence Auditorium for three nights only, Wednesday through Friday at 7:00 p.m. It’s ‘anchors awry’ aboard the Nautical Sea Queen with a colorful cast of characters, a priceless heirloom, and a lively game of shuffleboard. We’re all at sea in this year’s original musical production, entirely written, directed and performed by Lawrence parents and teachers. Come join us for a memorable voyage! Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults.

Superintendent Bill Lupini will hold an open forum with Lawrence parents Monday at 8:00 a.m. in the library. This year’s forum will provide an opportunity in a small setting to hear about next year’s school budget – with and without an override. While this year’s budget may be of particular interest, the forum is not limited to that. You are welcome to engage him in conversation on any topic related to teaching and learning in Brookline.

The FY16 Budget Message, along with more detail and a presentation video, are available on the school district website under Superintendent’s News.

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

All are welcome at the PTO Board Meeting on Thursday, 8:00 a.m. in the library. With several of the PTO officers and major event coordinators moving on next year, the focus of this meeting will be how to recruit new PTO leaders to fill key positions. We welcome all ideas and suggestion for ways to maintain and improve the PTO. 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 PTO play performances this Thursday and Friday and on April 15 before and after the Early Release Movie.

The Lawrence PTO Auction continues online through next Sunday. Included are summer camps, music lessons, kids and family activities, fitness items, and much more! Thanks to all our local donors and to all bidders; auction proceeds support students, classrooms and teachers at Lawrence. New items added, as well as the convenient PayPal payment option. Check it out by clicking on the auction link and feel free to share with extended family. For more information contact Nagmeh Ansari Varasteh.


The Japanese Fun Fair, Lawrence’s annual spring tradition, is coming up on May 7th and preparations have begun! Join the crafting crew this Friday, March 20th or Monday, April 13th, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the cafeteria, to learn how to make origami boxes, origami beaded accessories, felt crafts and more. If you have a question, please contact Ikuyo Aihara or Kay Kobayashi.

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 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.


If you miss today’s Open Forum at Lawrence, Superintendent Lupini and Deputy Superintendent Peter Rowe will hold two larger open forums specifically to present the FY16 budget options. The first, at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday, 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 Wednesday, 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 Literacy Partnership invites families to attend its annual musical fundraising event, the IntelliJam, on Sunday, March 29th at the Brookline Teen Center from 3:00-6:00 p.m. At this fun and friendly afternoon of literacy-themed music, food and activities there will be booths set up for children: from face painting to a reading corner, making bookmarks, and cookie decorating. There is a suggested donation for the entrance of $10 per family or $5 per person. Tickets can be ordered online and are available at the door of the event. The BLP is a student-led social justice club that supports literacy aid to under-served schools in the greater Boston area and currently supports the Mather School in Dorchester. Please email Marjie Rowe, BHS sophomore and the Assistant Director of the BLP, with any questions.

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