May 11 News and Notes

This week:  Math MCAS Gr 4 & 7 (Monday and Tuesday), Science MCAS Gr 5 & 8 (Wednesday and Thursday), PTO Board Meeting (Thursday), IPRs (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: School Survey Results.


The Used Book Fair begins one week from tomorrow! Set-up is Monday, May 18 and sale days are Tuesday through Friday, May 19 – 22. Prices are very low: all paperbacks and baby board books are 50 cents and all hardcover books are just one dollar — so plan to stock up for summer. There is a great selection thanks to everyone who has donated books so far. We are still accepting donations of bagged or boxed books dropped off in the green wagon through next Monday, May 18. To volunteer with the sale, please sign up sign up online here. Questions? Contact Pamela Iguchi.

Last week’s Japanese Fun Fair was a huge success and lots of fun as always! We are so grateful to organizers Ikuyo Aihara and Kay Kobayashi and the many volunteers who worked hard to manage all the Japanese activities, produce a beautiful array of hand-made crafts and share many Japanese goods. Thanks also to everyone who visited the fair, which raised just over $2,500 for the PTO!

Lawrence parents Kathryn Brown and Emily Tevald put on a fabulous Mexican Fiesta-themed Staff and Faculty Appreciation Lunch last week. Reports are the food was muy delicioso! Thank you to everyone who provided dishes for the luncheon or helped Kathryn and Emily with set-up or clean up. The staff at Lawrence deserve to be treated and enjoyed it very much.

Speaking of honoring teachers:  The Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) hosts its annual Celebrating Teachers event on Tuesday, May 12 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at the Newbury College Student Center (129 Fisher Ave).  Celebrating Teachers is a special opportunity for the BEF and supporters of the Public Schools of Brookline to voice our gratitude for the enthusiasm, dedication, and professionalism of all Brookline educators. Come hear announcements of the BEF’s 2015-16 grants as well as the presentation of the Ernest R. Caverly Awards for Excellence in Teaching to Alyssa Rubenstein Schneider (Runkle School) and Stephanie McAllister (Brookline High School).  Reception follows program.  Free to all.  Learn more about the BEF at their website.


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.

Join the 4th annual Lawrence School Fun Run Sunday, May 31!  All are welcome for the one-mile fun-run/walk which starts at 9:00 a.m. at Lawrence Park.  At 9:30, the 5K fun-run/walk begins (parental supervision required if child is below 4th grade).  Registration is $20 per person for either race. Fee includes a 4th annual Lawrence School Fun Run T-Shirt, entry into a raffle with chances to win a variety of prizes from local retailers, music and entertainment, and healthy snacks.

Registrations will be accepted between 8:15 – 9:00 a.m. on race day, but t-shirts are not guaranteed for any registration received after Friday, May 22nd.  Volunteers are needed, especially to guide runners and walkers during the 5K. Please contact Keith Carson.


You can still register 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 tomorrow, May 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Curtis Hall, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain.  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.

The Brookline Bikes Beacon Bicycle Parade is Sunday, May 17.  Meet at Amory Park for this annual community event. Choose from two routes: either the five-mile Beacon Street Loop for ages 8 and up who have reliable bikes and the ability and energy to tackle the long hill through Coolidge Corner at a steady pace; or the Cottage Farm Loop for younger cyclists, accompanied by an adult, and novices (1.5 – 3 miles; no training wheels, please).

The Party in the Park starts at 11:30 a.m. with bike shop safety checks, bike-safety giveaways, DJ music, food to buy, community displays, Hubway membership raffle, and a bicycle raffle.  The Parade begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. More information and registration here.

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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