March 23 News and Notes

This week: MCAS (Gr 3 & 5,  Monday-Tuesday; Gr 4 & 7, Wednesday-Thursday), PTO Online Auction (extended until March 29).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Visual Thinking Strategies.


We hope you all were able to see the PTO Play: The Pendant of Penzance last week.  It was funny, fun and fabulous! Thanks and congratulations to director and co-writer Dennis Whyte, producer Kelly Hardebeck, the Assistant Directors and writers Dennis Doughty, Mary Gaughn, Nancy Gerber, the superb cast and band, and the behind-the-scenes support team including the production crew, the stage crew, the kids on lights and sound, costume makers, and the designers of the playbill and posters. They all spent many hours over several months working hard to bring this production to life.  Thank you!

More Congratulations! to the 7th grade boys on our Lawrence basketball team for their recent District Championship win alongside their 8th grade teammates. Apologies for omitting a significant part of our Lawrence team last week. The District Championship win was the first in 15 years!

Going, Going … Gone! The Lawrence PTO Auction has been extended through next Sunday, March 29 and some prices have been reduced. Click the auction link to check out the great deals and new items added. Share the link with your family and extended family. There are still many great choices for kids and parents. Every dollar raised supports the teachers, students and families of Lawrence School.

Superintendent Bill Lupini and Deputy Superintendent Peter Rowe hold another open forum this Wednesday to present the FY16 budget options. The forum stars at 6:30 p.m. in the Baker School auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend. The FY16 Budget Message, along with more detail and a presentation video, are available on the school district website under Superintendent’s News.

The School Committee meets Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall. A docket for the meeting, which includes a Public Hearing on the FY 2016 Budget and School Choice, may be found on the PSB website.

Superintendent Lupini will also hold an Open Forum focused on SEPAC (the Brookline Special Education Parent Advisory Council) Tuesday evening, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at Town Hall.

This Wednesday morning from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at Town Hall Room 111, SEPAC presents Dr. Erik Von Hahn, who will lead an open discussion on Executive Functioning Skill Building.  The workshop will center on executive skill issues with middle school students.  Dr. Von Hahn is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician, is affiliated with Tufts University Floating Hospital and the Brookline School Department.


The Green Team is meeting at 8:15 a.m. on Monday, March 30 at Susan Helms Daley’s home (17 Chatham Circle) to plan Earth Day activities. This year’s theme: Insects in your neighborhood: Friends and Foes. We welcome all parents who are interested. The activities themselves will take place during recess on Friday, May 1st. Please contact Susan Helms Daley if you’d like to help out, either in planning or on the day of the event.

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 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 what is available. We will also be selling any remaining items on April 15 before and after the Early Release Movie.


The Brookline Education Foundation’s third annual Adult Trivia Bee takes place this 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.

Don’t miss the 21st Annual Pancake Breakfast at the high school on Saturday, March 28th from 8:00 a.m. – noon.  Tickets $7.00, children 5 and under free. Sponsored by the Brookline Rotary. Tickets available at the door or online.

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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