September 29 News and Notes

This week: LSA Classes Begin (Monday), PTO Meeting (Tuesday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Habits of Mind.


LSA Classes begin this week – starting today!  For any questions, please contact Joanne Liautaud, LSA Program Coordinator.

Our first PTO Meeting is Tuesday, September 30, at 8 a.m. in the library. Please join Principal Rick Rogers and Vice Principal Laura Horst as they present a report on the opening of school and a brief overview of our school’s priorities for continuous improvement in the coming year.

Auditions for this year’s 6th-8th grade musical, The Wizard of Oz, will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium. If your child is interested in participating but missed last week’s informational meeting and the important handouts, please contact our director, Katie McNamara.

Students may sign up for a 10 minute audition slot on the sign-up sheet outside the auditorium. Each student will be asked to sing If I Only Had a Brain (boys) or Somewhere Over the Rainbow (girls). If needed, callbacks are scheduled for Wednesday, October 1 after school. The production schedule, including eighteen rehearsals on Tuesdays and Thursdays, runs from October 2 to the performances on December 10-11.  Parents­:  if you are interested in helping out with costumes/set/props or anything else, please contact Katie.

Is finding the right costume harder than finding a superhero without a cape? Are old costumes crowding your closets like cobwebs? This year, reduce, reuse and recycle at the Halloween Costume Swap! We are happy to accept your used costumes either as donations or in exchange for a new one! (Well, new to you anyway.) Or if you don’t have one to exchange, you can purchase one for just a dollar or two.  The swap is open two days this year: Wednesday and Thursday, October 15-16 from 2:30-3:30 outside the school entrance.

We will be collecting gently used costumes in a bin in the lobby from now until the swap occurs. Donors will be able to choose a costume for free at the swap. For further information or questions, please contact Susan Daley.

Before School Sports are under way, students in grades 3-8 are welcome to join Ms. Ellis in the big gym from 7:00 – 7:50 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays to be active!  Fridays from 7:00-7:50 are reserved for 7th and 8th graders to enjoy team games such as handball, Ultimate Frisbee and Capture the Chicken.  Any questions, please contact Judith Ellis, the Lawrence Sports Coordinator.


The School Council is a group of teachers, staff and parent representatives, who assist the principal in identifying educational goals for Lawrence and formulating the School Improvement Plan. The first meeting is next Tuesday, Oct 7, 8:00 a.m. in the library. School Council meetings are open to all, with a brief public comment period typically at the beginning of the meeting.

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is an all-volunteer organization of parents/guardians of children with disabilities, from preschool through 12th grade, who meet to learn more about special education in Brookline. Activities include workshops, informational meetings, discussion groups, legislative lobbying efforts and a variety efforts to improve our children’s education. More information may be found at SEPAC’s website, and a Welcome Meeting will be held Wednesday Oct 8, 8:00 a.m. in the library. Questions? Contact Lawrence’s SEPAC liaison Makeeba McCreary.

School Photo Day is Thursday, October 9. Weather permitting, photos will be taken outside in front of our circle garden. Please encourage your child to neaten up, wear a favorite outfit, etc. Solid colors work best with the busy background.

Interim Progress Reports for Gr. 6-8 come out Friday, October 10. IPRs are periodic evaluations provided between grade cards, to keep parents in the loop and to highlight any potential concerns early. If you are interested, you can follow class assignments and your child’s work through the class wiki — check with the teacher if you would like more details. (The Open House materials packet also contained information about wiki use. Copies are available at the front office.)


Here is another way to reduce, reuse and recycle: the local organization Birthday Wishes, which provides birthday parties for homeless children.

Most of us have probably found ourselves with extra goodie bags after hosting a child’s birthday party, or with a stockpile of leftover trinkets from other events. Maybe you have a gift to give which turns out to be unnecessary, or for the wrong age group, and it is gathering dust in the toy closet. There is a never-ending, year-round need for such items. At any time if you would like to donate new, but unwanted, gift items, please email Zoe Kovel, or find her after school (usually in the 2nd grade hallway – outside 2N).

Back to School Nights, PTO meetings, sports team start-ups – as you get to know other parents, this is an excellent time to consider starting a Parent Network,and B-PEN can help. Parent Networks can be as simple as a few friends meeting casually for coffee in someone’s kitchen or as structured as an open grade-level parent meeting with an expert speaker – or anything in between. These informal gatherings are ways to share information and help establish community standards regarding common adolescent concerns. Check out B-PEN’s Parent Networks page for tips, meeting guidelines, icebreaker topics and discussion guides.

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