April 6 News and Notes

This week: Room Parent Meeting (Monday), School Council and K-6 Early Dismissal (Tuesday), Kindergarten Concert (Wednesday), School Committee (Thursday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: School Budgets.


Registration for the PTO-sponsored after-school movie has begun and continues one more week. The movie is Rio, rated G, and the price per child is $6. Pickup after the movie is at 2:20 p.m. To register your child click here and sign up for a new account if you are new to the system. Register each child who will attend (note that you may register all siblings before payment on the final page). For safety reasons late registrations, after April 13 at 6:00 p.m., will not be accepted and children not registered will not be admitted to the movie. Volunteers are needed in two shifts to help manage the movie event: 12:00 – 1:30 and 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Please contact Makeeba McCreary if you can help.

Lawrence Logo items will be available for sale after the movie from 2:00 – 3:00. In addition, we will be selling Logo T’s and other gear this Tuesday after school from 12:30 – 1:30 (it’s a K-6 early release day) and again on Wednesday morning beginning at 7:45 a.m. Please email the PTO if we miss you and you’d like to make a purchase.

Lawrence spring intramurals are getting under way.

  • Starting this week is Afternoon Basketball, coached by Mr. Martinez & Mr. Page, grades 6-8, boys and girls: Fridays from 1:40 – 3:00 p.m. in the Big Gym.
  • Starting next week is Track and Field:practice times and days vary and will be posted shortly on the PE bulletin board.
  • Ongoing are Early Morning Sports:  grades 3-8, Tuesday and Thursday 7:00 – 7:50 a.m. in the Big Gym (when the weather gets nicer we may go outside to the tennis courts or field).

Questions? Contact Judith Ellis.

The Brookline Education Foundation brings the New England Aquarium to Lawrence this Wednesday! Each year, the BEF funds a visit from the aquarium’s Traveling Tide Pool Outreach Program to third grade classes at all Brookline elementary schools. During this week’s visit at Lawrence, students will handle, observe, and discuss the wide range of live animals from local waters in unique tabletop exhibits that recreate salt marsh, sandy beach, and rocky coast habitats. Find out more about BEF’s work in the Brookline schools [v]here.

The School Committee meets this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall. A docket for the meeting, which includes discussion of the FY2016 Budget and School Choice, may be found on the PSB website.

Be an informed voter! Join the PTO on Tuesday, April 14, to learn more about the override that will be on the ballot May 5th. Representatives from the “Yes for Brookline” campaign and current School Committee member Rebecca Stone will host an informational discussion about this important vote. We welcome all points of view regarding the vote and hope to see you at the meeting.

If you are not able to attend but would like to be informed about the override, debt exclusion and candidates on the ballot, the League of Women Voters in Brookline is also hosting several upcoming events:

  • April 8, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Operational Override and Debt Exclusion Forum, Town Hall.
  • April 22, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Information Session on the Operational Override and Debt Exclusion, Brookline Senior Center.
  • April 29, 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Candidates Forum, Town Hall.

April 8th and 29th events will be televised live by the Brookline Interactive Group Channel 3 (Comcast or RCN) or online here. Video of event available afterward through BIG’s website.  For more information, please contact the League by email.


The school-wide Art Show is coming up — but not just yet! It’s been postponed for just a few weeks. Stay tuned for a new date to be announced. Volunteers are still needed to help on the day of the show. Please sign up here or contact VAC member Linda Louie.


“Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Teen Sexuality… But Were Afraid to Ask” April 7 at 7 p.m., at the high school’s MLK Room. What do you get when you combine the hyper-sexuality of today’s culture and unrestricted media access with the impressionable, still-developing teen brain? Add in the unpredictability of raging teen hormones and you have a perfect storm for risky decisions. What do parents need to know? Planned Parenthood’s Amy Cody leads this B-PEN forum (for 8th grade and high school parents) in straight talk about current trends in adolescent sexuality and sexual behaviors, as well as tips for having ongoing conversations about making respectful, responsible choices. More information here.

Brookline celebrates National Public Health Week, April 6 – 14. In addition to the above B-Pen forum, highlights include:

  • Preserving Food Demonstration, Brookline Main Library, Wednesday, April 8, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. (more detail below).
  • Rabies Clinic at Brookline Town Hall Lobby, Saturday, April 11, 9:00 a.m. – noon. $10 for vaccination. All pets must be brought on a leash or in a cage by a person at least 14 years old.
  • Wellness in the Village at Brookline Town Hall, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Demos, talks, giveaways. Wellness Truck.
  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a one-mile walk by boys and men to support an end to gender-based violence. Sunday, April 12, Cypress Park, 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Register here.

Why are 80 pounds of vegetables and a “Kraut mob” coming to the Brookline Main Library? Curious how sauerkraut and jams are made? Want to learn which foods can be pickled? Come to the Preserving Food Workshop at Brookline Main Library, Wednesday, April 8, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. The event will feature demonstrations on fermenting, pickling, and jam-making. Some lucky attendees will even get to assist. Free and open to adults and kids over 8. Full calendar here. Further information from Lynne Karsten, 617-730-2336.

Come sing and dance with Vanessa Trien and Philip Alexander at the 8th Annual BEEP Family Concert! On Sunday, April 12, 10:30 a.m. at Temple Ohabei Shalom -1187 Beacon Street) Lawrence parent Vanessa Trien and Philip Alexander and the band will give us a shoe stomping, hand-clapping show that is sure to be a rollicking good time for everyone. Bring your family and your friends and join us for a morning of quality family fun!  Purchase tickets online or by cash or check at the show.

Empowering Girls to Stand up to Media: a talk for parents of teen and pre-teen girls by Michelle Cove, founder of Mediagirls.  Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. at Coolidge Corner Library. Take home specific strategies to help your girl feel more powerful! Please contact librarian Paula Sharaga at the Coolidge Corner branch 617-730-2380 if you have questions.

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