June 16 News and Notes

This week:  Field Day (Monday),  Spring Picnic (Tuesday), Gr 8 Graduation (Thursday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Here.


Because of rain, both the Spring Picnic and Field Day were postponed to this week.

Field Day is today, Monday, and the schedule has been adjusted slightly:

  • 8:30-10:00, Gr. K-3 (same)
  • 11:00-12:45, Gr. 4-7 (30 minutes later)
  • 1:15-2:00, Gr. 8 (30 minutes later)
  • 2:10, School-wide popsicles

Please check in at the front office Monday morning to see if volunteers are still needed – or email Maria Kalaitzidis.

The Spring Picnic will be held Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Join us for one final community gathering before the end of the school year:

  • 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.
  • 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. Muendel’s trip to Japan this summer.
  • And lots more!

We need your help.  Please take a shift selling pizza or help with set up/clean up, or at the SET-J table. Contact organizer Jennifer Mahoney.

Itterasshai (Have a great trip!), Muendel-Sensei! Our Literacy Specialist, Ms. Dianne Muendel, is off to Japan this Friday, where she will spend time in Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo. June 20-29, Ms. Muendel will visit two schools and a college attended by former Lawrence students, spend a night with a former Lawrence family, and reunite with many Lawrence friends. Trip details will be updated in the lobby each day during her trip, and you can also follow Ms. Muendel’s adventures on her blog. Ms. Muendel will give a presentation about her SET-J travel experience in 2014-2015 school year. We would like to thank IACE Travel Boston and Yamato USA Boston Branch, who help make this annual trip possible by donating generously to the SET-J program.

Also, please congratulate Ms. Keryn Gannon (2G teacher), the recipient for 2014-2015 SET-J grant! The SET-J committee announced the 2015 SET-J grant to the teachers in April, and all interested candidates were asked to submit two essays “Why you would like to visit Japan?” and “How do you expect to return your experience and learnings to the Lawrence community?”  Applications were reviewed by the SET-J committee, Mr. Rogers and the PTO presidents and a decision was made at the end of May. The “Sending Educators To Japan” program, which is funded by the PTO, has been sending Lawrence teachers to Japan since 2002. Click here to learn more about SET-J. And don’t forget to visit the SET-J table at the Spring Picnic.

Library inventory begins today, June 16 through Wednesday, June 18. If you can help scan books, please email Kathy Moriarty with your availability. Any time you can give would be most helpful!

Check out the Summer Reading Lists for Lawrence School and Brookline Public Schools as a whole:

Curious about the amazing Pinhole Camera Photographs and Digital Self-Portraits hanging in the lobby? These incredible works are the result of curriculum-based enrichment projects in grades 5 and 8 that are funded annually by the PTO’s Visual Arts Council. They’re a great example of how your donations enhance learning at Lawrence! For more information or to get involved with the Visual Arts Council next year, contact Linda Louie.

Brookline Parent Education Network offers the Parents’ Survival Guide for Summer.  When it comes to kids and risky behavior, summer can be the most challenging time of the year, often triggered by boredom from too much unstructured free time. Kids can feel a little at loose ends without the structure of the school day, and research shows that young people with unsupervised hours are three times more likely to engage in risky behavior, like experimentation with tobacco, marijuana, alcohol, sexual activity, etc. Check out B-PEN’s new Parent Update, a special issue on “Safe Summer Fun,” which includes activity tips, parenting guidelines, and helpful local resources.

Congratulations to Nagmeh Ansari Varasteh! Nagmeh will be our new PTO Co-President for next year, joining current Co-Presidents Pamela Iguchi and Florrie Ives. Thank you to outgoing PTO President, Lisa Lisi, for all of her time and effort over the past two years.

The PTO still needs a treasurer for next year! If you enjoy tracking and handling money and would enjoy getting to know and helping “VIPs” at school (principals, teachers and others), please contact us.

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