April 27 News and Notes

This week:  LSA classes begin (Monday), School Council meeting, K-6 Early Release and Art Show (Tuesday),  Principal’s Forum and Gr. 3-5 Play(Thursday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Lawrence School Needs YOU! Also, Staffing Changes for Next Year.


The fourth annual Make Art at Lawrence K-8 Art Show is Tuesday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The evening will feature over six hundred K-through-8 masterpieces. A few volunteers are needed to help the day of the show. Please sign up here or contact VAC member Linda Louie.  Check out the PTO volunteer table in the lobby on Tuesday evening also, for ways you can get involved this spring and next year.

Also this week on Thursday, the Grade 3-to-5 “Drama in the Afternoon” team will perform their musical: Pirates! 2: The Hidden Treasure! Performances at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the Lawrence auditorium. Come support these actors, who have been working hard on their lines and songs since January to be ready for these performances.

On Thursday morning join Principal Rick Rogers for the monthly Principal’s Forum held at 8:00 a.m. in the library. Mr. Rogers will give parents an update on next year’s budget and staffing changes followed by an open question and answer period.


Thank you to Lawrence parent and musician Lucia Lin for hosting the Celtic fiddle performance by Frame for students in grades 2-5 on April 13 and to Performing Arts Committee head Lisa Viola for organizing this enrichment event.

Thank you to Makeeba McCreary for organizing the after-school movie, Rio, before break and to the volunteer parents and middle schoolers who helped keep track of all the kids who enjoyed the movie.

Thank you also to School Committee member Rebecca Stone and parent representatives of “Yes for Brookline” who spoke to us about the upcoming Override at the PTO Meeting on April 14. For more information on the May 5 vote, especially how the outcome will affect Lawrence school, see the Principal’s Corner from April 13: School Budgets.


Please come and enjoy our annual Japanese Fun Fair on Thursday, May 7, right after school in the big gym! Students, teachers and families are all welcome. Special activities include origami, kirigami, calligraphy, tea ceremony, and Japanese hair bands. Beautiful hand-made crafts, Japanese goods and rice balls will also be available for purchase. Most items are $1-3, and all proceeds support the PTO.

Admission to the Fair is free, but all purchases require tickets (1 ticket/$1; 11 tickets/$10). In an effort to avoid long lines at the entrance, we will be selling advance tickets in the lobby next week, as well as at the Fair.

Volunteers are still needed to help sell tickets on the day of the Fair, May 7. Please sign up here or contact Ikuyo Aihara or Kay Kobayashi if you can help.


The Brookline Education Foundation sponsors the presentation: “Who Owns the Learning? Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age” Tuesday April 28 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Pierce auditorium. Alan November will explore how schools can use current technology to establish safe and creative digital learning environments that support high levels of student learning and prepare students for success in college, career, and life. Alan is an international leader in education technology who began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at a reform school for boys. Today he is recognized as one of the nation’s most influential thinkers and thrives on challenging educators’ thoughts about what is possible in teaching and learning.

This Wednesday, April 29, the League of Women Voters hosts a Candidates Forum at Town Hall from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Come hear what the candidates on the May 5 ballot have to say regarding the override, debt exclusion and other town issues. The event 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.

Steps to Success — a program supporting students from low income families in the Brookline Public Schools — is hosting its annual fundraising event Step Up for Our Stars this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. With the help of Steps supporters, this event is a success year after year, raising funds crucial to academic, college and outreach programs. Join us for a night of inspirational student testimonials, raffle and silent auction prizes, and delicious refreshments in the amazing Clay Center Observatory on the Dexter Southfield School campus in Chestnut Hill! Advanced tickets for $100 are available online or at the door for $125. More information here or call 617-713-5154.

The School Committee meets this Thursday April 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. A docket for the meeting may be found on the PSB website.

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month. On Saturday, May 2, MIT Professor Emma Jinhua Teng will discuss her book “Eurasian: Mixed Identities in the United States, China, and Hong Kong, 1842-1943.” The Eurasian Teng compares Chinese-Western mixed-race families in the United States, China, and Hong Kong, and examines ideas that shaped Eurasian identities and claims by Eurasian individuals concerning their own identities. The book also discusses how changes in interracial ideology have allowed the descendants of some of these families to reclaim their dual heritage with pride. Co-sponsored by the Brookline Dept. of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations, the Brookline Asian American Family Network, the Chinese Historical Society of New England, and the Charles River Neighborhood Foundation. This free event is Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 2:30-4:00 p.m. at the Brookline Main Library. Contact CHSNE for more information.

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