June 8 News and Notes

June 8, 2015

This week:  Final PTO Meeting (Tuesday), Ms. Hsu’s Goodbye Party & Spring Picnic (Thursday), Field Day (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: What Does It Mean to Be Challenged?


On Thursday, join us for one final community gathering before school ends: the Spring Picnic!

  • We’ll gather in the library at 5:00 p.m. to say goodbye to retiring 3rd grade teacher Alicia Hsu. The picnic will start at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bring your dinner or purchase pizza or rice balls (or both).
  • Don’t forget your reusable water bottle! We’ll have big water jugs near the pizza table so you can fill up. If you need a new water bottle we will have brand new Lawrence Logo bottles for sale for $10 each.
  • Please bring a cake for the Cake Walk or something for the Bake Sale.
  • Visit the SET-J table for delicious rice balls, sorbet, and a Japanese fishing yo-yo game and information about Ms. Gannon’s trip to Japan this summer.
  • And lots more!

We need your help. If you’d like sell pizza, help run the cake walk, help at the SET-J table, sell Lawrence T’s or water bottles, bake (or buy!) and donate a cake or cookies, and/ or help with set up or clean up, please sign up for a shift online.  Contact Jennifer Mahoney or the PTO with questions.

All families are invited to our final PTO Meeting, Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. in the library. We will present next year’s budget and vote on the PTO officers and board. Mr. Rogers will provide an update on school happenings. Please join us to share your thoughts about the past year and ideas for next year.

Field Day 2014 is this Friday (rain date: Monday, June 15).  Parent volunteers are needed to help run events — we’ll provide directions & supplies — and to staff the water/break area. Schedule:

  • 8:30-10:00, Gr K-3 ( Parent helpers arrive at 8:15)
  • 10:30-12:15, Gr 4-7 (Parent helpers arrive at 10:15)

Please check in at the front office if you can help or email Maria Kalaitzidis.


The Devotion School invites all the Brookline Schools to come and wind down from the school year together at Devo’s Spring Carnivale & Hoopla, which will be held in Devotion’s back field Monday, June 15 from 3:00-8:00 p.m.

Carnivale activities will include a range of 30+ rides and games (freefall jump, swing ride, giant slide, obstacle courses, teacups, Aztec ride, helicopter ride, laser tag, mechanical bull, water slides, moon bounces), a DJ blasting your favorite tunes, a photo booth, Cake Walk, a “Transformation Station” where your child can get a colorful hairdo and — new this year — the Hoopla Basketball throw competition. For more information – especially if you’d like to participate in Hoopla, please contact the organizers.


Brookline residents can say Yes to Mass Energy-supplied local, renewable electricity. We can help keep fossil fuels in the ground. We can make a change. This is an important investment.

Mothers Out Front Brookline has launched a campaign with Climate Action Brookline: “Green Up Your House with the Click of a Mouse.”  You pay a couple cents extra per kilowatt hour that you use with Eversource (formerly NSTAR) to choose 100% renewable electricity. The additional green-power cost of your electricity will be automatically billed to your credit card every month by Mass Energy, calculated based on your usage. No hook ups required. Our campaign goal is to switch 1,000 home owners and renters to green electricity. It’s the fastest, easiest way to reduce your carbon footprint by one-fourth. More details here.

Honor a Teacher.  Every year at this time the Brookline Education Foundation offers families the chance to say ‘Thank You’ to Brookline’s wonderful educators. When you donate to the BEF through the Honor A Teacherprogram, you can name specific faculty to recognize. The BEF will notify those honorees and they are consistently thrilled to receive such meaningful recognition from the community. For details look for the BEF Honor A Teacher card in the mail or simply go online here.

Voices Boston (formerly PALS Children’s Chorus) is currently holding auditions for its 2015-2016 season.  We welcome students who love to sing and are entering grades K-12 to audition for the chorus, which offers vocal training and music literacy in a strong and caring community of peers and teachers. Our oldest students also receive training in dance, and have opportunities to participate in tours. Children will gain experience and confidence in this friendly, supportive group as they prepare for and perform multiple concerts a year. Every member of the chorus also performs in our annual opera production. For more information and to sign up for an audition, please visit the PALS website.

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