June 15 News and Notes

This week:  Challenge Focus Groups (Tuesday & Wednesday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: A Gift from Ms. Hsu.


Thank you! to all of the volunteers who helped at the Spring Picnic and to those brought cakes and baked goodies last week. It was a beautiful, warm night — perfect for getting everyone in the mood for summer.

All students’ library books were due back to Lawrence School library last week. If your child has any outstanding materials, you will receive an e-mail notice. Please help your child to locate and return these library book(s). If you need to know a title or see the cover of a book to help locate it, let the librarian, Ms. Moriarty, know and she’ll send you the information you need. Any lost materials should be paid for before the last week of school (June 22- 26). Please contact Kathy Moriarty with any questions you may have.

If you missed the Lawrence Latino Cultural Group at the picnic, you may learn more about them at their website.

LLCG is working with Art teacher Shelly Magno and Spanish teacher Zoe Kern to put together a student-made collage for Hispanic Heritage Month in September. All students are invited to make a collages related to anything Hispanic: food, music, artists, countries, etc. We are also encouraging our students of Hispanic descent to make a collage about themselves and their background.  The deadline to submit the collage is the last day of school. Please visit the LLCG website for more information.

If you didn’t have quite enough fun at our picnic last week then check out Devo’s Spring Carnivale and Hoopla:  today, Monday, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. It’s a different kind of event, with 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, another Cake Walk, a “Transformation Station” where your child can get a colorful hairdo and — new this year — the Hoopla Basketball throw competition.


On Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. in the library, Rick Rogers and Laura Horst will hold parent focus groups on the subject of how to challenge students.

From last week’s Principal’s Corner: “What does it mean for your child to be appropriately challenged in school? A few weeks ago, I reported on school survey results and pointed out that an area that emerged from the survey as needing a deeper look was academic challenge. 75% of families agreed their child is being challenged to high expectation – a lower level of satisfaction than we saw in other areas. Academic challenge was also the most often cited area mentioned among the open-response comments by parents (34 comments).

We’d like to learn more about what parents mean by being ‘challenged to meet high expectations.’ We’d like to hear about times you feel your child has been appropriately challenged – in and out of school. What level of challenge do you want for your child? Is challenge further developing an area of strength or being challenged across disciplines? Do you see challenge as student-driven, independent work or teacher-driven?”

Please come and share your thoughts!


Many parents have stepped forward to help out next year — thank you! Here’s an update on positions filled and those still open:


  • Newsletter – Harold Price
  • Directory – Robin Le Winter
  • Family Fun Night – Vanessa Trien
  • Room Parent Coordinator – Maureen Fallon  (Room Parents for each class will be selected in early September)
  • New Families Welcome Committee – Charu Puri-Sharma, Susan Gray, Laura O’Brien
  • Lawrence Logo Coordinators – Maggie Sawada and Alice Tseng
  • Book Fair(s) – Dana Greene and Karen Stern

Still Open/ Needed:

  • PTO Co-President (Need a Gr 1-4 parent to help Nagmeh and Florrie as lead Co-Presidents)
  • Assistant Treasurer – in discussions
  • Secretary – in discussions, but this could be a role shared by two
  • Auction Coordinators (2)
  • Yearbook Coordinators (2)

More information is available here.


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 Teacher program, 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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