October 6 News and Notes

This week: School Council (Tuesday), Car-Free School Day (Wednesday), School Photo Day (Thursday), Gr 6-8 IPRs (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: A Commitment To Literacy.

NEWS AND NOTES

The first School Council meeting is Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. in the library. This group of teachers, staff and parent representatives assists the principal in identifying educational goals for Lawrence and formulating the School Improvement Plan. School Council meetings are open to all, with a brief public comment period typically at the beginning of the meeting.  Please feel free to join us.

On Wednesday, Brookline’s eight K-8 schools celebrate Car Free Day.  All 6,000 students are encouraged to walk or bike to school this morning!  Improve the health of our children and the health of our planet.  Anyone arriving at school may have their hand stamped to call attention to Car-Free School Day, and to remind us about the community’s partner program, Climate Action Brookline (CAB), whose goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Brookline.

More information may be found at Climate Action Brookline and International Walk to School.  Please don’t forget to switch off your engine while not driving or during drop-off/ pick-up at Lawrence. It keeps the air cleaner for kids and adults, protects the environment, and saves natural resources & money.  Questions? Contact Green Team member Kathleen Scanlon.

School Photo Day is Thursday. 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.

Class 2N is building a project in science and we seeking an old, used French door, glass or Plexiglas storm door, or large window that someone might have and is looking to throw away or donate. It can be in really bad, unusable, shape, but our goal is to construct something entirely from salvaged materials. If you might have what 2N is looking for, please contact 2N parent Pat Scanlon.

COMING UP

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is an organization of parents/guardians of children with disabilities, from preschool through 12th grade, who meet to learn more about special education in Brookline. More information may be found at SEPAC’s website, and a Welcome Meeting will be held Tuesday October 14, 8:00 a.m. in the library (rescheduled from Oct 8). Questions? Contact Lawrence’s SEPAC liaison Makeeba McCreary.

The Halloween Costume Swap continues!  We will be collecting gently used costumes in a bin in the lobby from now until the swap occurs on Wednesday and Thursday, October 15-16 from 2:30-3:30 outside the school entrance.  Donors will be able to choose a costume for free at the swap. Everyone else can purchase costumes for just a dollar or two.  For further information or questions, please contact Susan Daley.

AROUND TOWN

Domestic violence is all over the news these days, with high profile cases like Ray Rice and Oscar Pistorius front and center. This creates an excellent opportunity for parents to talk with their children (of all ages) about healthy relationships. Visit B-PEN’s web page on “Healthy Relationships and Sexuality” for tips, information and resources.

Thursday, October 9 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., BIG (the Brookline Interactive Group, formerly BATV) presents a new “BIG Talks” at the 46 Tappan Street studios as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This evening of conversation focuses on recognizing and promoting healthy relationships, and features youth and adult panelists from Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc., Love Life Now, MEDIAGIRLS, Steps to Success, and others. More information here.

The Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN) is holding an Open House on October 19th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the home of Teresa Cheng and Ira Chan, 55 Welland Road (near Brookline High School). BAAFN was formed to support the needs of Asian/Asian American students and their families in the Brookline school system. For information or to RSVP please email. Check out BAAFN on Facebook and their website.

TED talks anyone?  Ideas in Action, a Brookline-based nonprofit, offers over fifty TED talks right here in town.

TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet kicks off Saturday morning November 15 at the Lincoln School, and TEDxBeaconStreet continues Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday, November 16. Don’t miss this exciting 2-day conference where kids (4th grade and older) with their families will hear fascinating speakers, watch amazing performances, discuss new innovations and perspectives, and learn, grow, and come away with exciting ways to put ideas in to action. You can also watch Sunday’s event simulcast at Google’s new facility in Cambridge. The event is free but space is limited so register soon at the website.  Questions? Contact Lawrence alumni parent Anne Turner by email or at 617-291-0837.

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