May 4 News and Notes

This week:  Math MCAS Gr 3 & 5 (Monday and Tuesday), K-6 Early Release (Wednesday), Math MCAS Gr 6 & 8 (Thursday and Friday), Japanese Fun Fair (Thursday), Staff Appreciation Luncheon (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Teacher Appreciation Week & BEF Grants.


Kudos to the Lawrence Art Department and the Visual Arts Council who under the leadership of Shelly Magno put on the fabulous K-to – Art Show last week after months of preparation. Thanks also to all of the parents who helped make sure the event ran smoothly and especially congratulations to all of our student artists whose work was so inspirational.  If you enjoyed the show and would like to get involved next year on this or several other visual arts projects, please contact VAC member Linda Louie or Shelly Magno directly.

Great job also to all of the actors and behind the scenes team of last week’s “Drama in the Afternoon” musical production of Pirates! 2: The Hidden Treasure! Under the guidance of longtime directors Beth Bankler and Leslie Prizer as well as assistant director Katie McNamara and musical director True Burley, the kids put on a great show!

Please come and enjoy our annual Japanese Fun Fair this Thursday 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. It’s a great place to shop for a Mother’s Day gift!  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 before and after school on Wednesday, as well as at the Fair on Thursday.  Please remind your children that there will be two separate entrances: one for K-4 and another for grades 5-8 and because it will be crowded, kids should leave backpacks in their cubbies or lockers. LEDP K-1 students will be brought to the fair by LEDP staff. LEDP kids in grades 2-6 will go to the Fair on their own, and then report back to LEDP. Students who ride the school bus will be dismissed a few minutes early so they have time to enjoy to the Fair.

Click here for more information. If you can help, or have a question, please contact Ikuyo Aihara or Kay Kobayashi.

This Friday is our semi-annual Staff/Faculty Appreciation Lunch for the wonderful and dedicated teachers and staff of Lawrence. Given that Cinco de Mayo is on Tuesday, we will be having a fabulous Mexican celebration! However, donations of any kind of food are welcome – and needed. Please bring entrees, salads, side dishes or a dessert. The teachers and staff love their special luncheon and it is such a nice and easy way to show our appreciation for all they do for our children. Please drop off food donations in the second floor staff lunchroom no later than 10:30 a.m. on Friday. Thank you so much for helping us make this a special day for the teachers and staff at Lawrence! Questions? Contact organizers Kathryn Brown or Emily Tevald.


The Used Book Fair arrives soon. Set-up is Monday, May 18, and sale days are Tuesday, May 19 through Friday, May 22. We’ll collect books right up to the sale so if you have great, gently used books to donate please drop them off any time — bagged or boxed — in the green wagon in the lobby. Thanks so much to everyone who has donated books already. To volunteer with the sale, please sign up online here. Questions? Contact Pamela Iguchi.

There’s a new group at Lawrence… the Lawrence Latino Cultural Group! LLCG was formed to create awareness around our Hispanic/ Latino Culture. The first meeting, an informal discussion of goals and plans, is Thursday May 21 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. All Lawrence parents and children are welcome. (A movie will be shown to entertain the youngsters.) Pizza will be available for $2 a slice; please bring your own water bottle and make use of the new water dispensers at school.  Look for more information about LLCG at the PTO’s website or contact Laura Bravo or Marcia Ramos Sosa by email.


Register now to become a Brookline/Jamaica Plain Patriot football player or cheerleader. No experience necessary! Any child between the ages of 5 and 15 is welcome to join the fun.  Register in person:

  • May 2, 10:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m., Curtis Hall, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain;
  • May 7, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Brookline Police Station; or
  • May 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Curtis Hall.

For more information or to download registration forms check online.  For questions regarding registration, contact Thomasina at 215-421-5772 or Ellie at 617-835-0030.  Space is limited and registration is first-come-first-served.

Applications for the 2nd annual Brookline Warriors Summer Basketball Clinic are now being accepted. The Clinic will run June 29-July 2 (Monday-Thursday) from 9:00-3:00 in Schluntz Gymnasium at the high school. Boys ages 8-14 are eligible. Brookline HS head coach Luke Day is the Clinic director, and the staff includes BHS JV coach Dave Ford and Freshman coach Darren Martinez. Participants will not only improve on a day-to-day basis, but will take away from the camp specific knowledge about how they can keep improving. We are just as importantly committed to every camper having fun and developing a lifelong passion for the game of basketball. For more information and to download an application look here, or email Coach Luke Day, BHS Head Boys Basketball Coach.

Throughout the month of May, search for a golden reward while you exercise during the Find The Golden Shoes event. 100 Golden Shoes will be hidden in the neighborhoods surrounding Brookline’s Pierce K-8 School. Everyone is eligible to find a Golden Shoe and be rewarded for being active. Each shoe will be specially marked with a certificate, including instructions on how to enter the grand prize drawing for a $1,000 Walking/Shopping Spree.

This new walking campaign is led by PierceWalks — a community partnership of Pierce families, the Pierce PTO, Brookline Public Health Department, and the Brookline business community. PierceWalks’ mission is to make it fun for children to be physically active to the best of their ability. You can learn more about the Golden Shoes event and its generous sponsors here.

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