May 25 News and Notes

May 25, 2015

This week:  No School (Monday), Portfolio Share and Alastair Moock concert (Friday), Fun Run (Sunday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: is on vacation.


Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Alastair Moock is coming to Lawrence with a performance called Music and Social Change on Friday. This program showcases the impact music has had on American history and makes connections to our world today. Alastair will perform for grades 6-8 in the auditorium at 9:45 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact Lisa Viola.

The 4th annual Lawrence School Fun Run is next 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 ( if you registered before May 22), 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. Please contact Keith Carson if you’d like to help that day.

Yearbooks for the 2014/ 2015 school year are now in production. Please place your online order here before the deadline of June 7, 11pm.  Two different versions will be available:

  • for $18, the K-7 Yearbook: 56 color pages including K-8 class photos and collages, or
  • for $27, the Graduates Edition: includes the K-7 class photos plus an expanded 8th grade section.

Yearbooks will be available mid-June. Late orders cannot be accepted due to production costs and schedule.  Please contact Nagmeh Ansari with any questions.


Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped out with the Used Book Fair last week. Thanks especially to those who helped with the hard labor of set up, take down and unloading the green wagon all spring throughout the year long. Thank you also to everyone who donated or purchased any of the nearly 4,000 books that found new homes last week. Just over $2,400 was raised for the PTO.

Leftover books went to great causes: Lawrence teachers for their classrooms, rolling libraries and classrooms for the poor in India, and a library for low-income preschool children here in Brookline.


The Spring Picnic is Thursday, June 12 at 6:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed to plan and run the picnic including set up, clean up, selling pizza, helping with the cake walk, and other activities. Please contact organizer Jennifer Mahoney if you can help, or sign up online later this week.

Before the picnic, at 5:00 in the library, we’ll say goodbye to our beloved third grade teacher Alicia Hsu, who is retiring from Lawrence School. Please join us in saying thanks and goodbye at her retirement party.

A memory book is being created for Ms. Hsu so that we can share our appreciation for the energy, dedication and commitment she has brought to our children. We would love for as many current and former 3H families as possible to make a page for the book. Pages can be made by children, parents or both.  Please take a sheet of paper from the envelope in the front office, labeled “Scrapbook Paper”. You are welcome to write directly on the paper, to paste something onto the paper, to contribute notes, memories, photographs, pictures…

Feel free to be as creative – or as simple – as you like. Return completed pages to the office by Friday, June 5th.

Please contact Charu Sharma with questions or Florrie Ives if you would like to help plan Ms. Hsu’ s party.


You and your family are invited to visit with author-illustrator Eric Velasquez on Wednesday, May 27th in the Pierce School cafeteria from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Eric Velasquez has illustrated hundreds of books for children and young adults and also is an award-winning author. The event, hosted by the Brookline Education Foundation’s Todd Saker Fund, is free of charge and open to the public.

The Brookline Recreation Department and the Brookline Public Library are hosting Tee Off at the Library for families, teens and adults on Saturday, June 20 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy 18 holes of mini-golf as they weave in and out of books and reading areas. In addition to the golf there will be food, drinks, face painting (for kids and families), henna tattoos (for teens), and a chance to snap photos and capture the day’s events. Ticket and schedule information:

  • Families (up to four people, ages 5 and up): $10, noon – 2:30 pm.
  • Teens (ages 12 to 18): $5, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Adults: Tickets $5 online until June 18 or $10 at door.

To buy tickets and register for your tee time in advance (recommended due to the events’ popularity), please go to the library’s website.

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