October 13 News and Notes

This week: No School (Monday), SEPAC Mtg (Tuesday), Car Free Day (Wednesday), Principal’s Forum (Thursday), Halloween Costume Swap (Wed-Th).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: A Safe, Just and Caring Community.

NEWS AND NOTES

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will hold its fall Welcome Meeting on Tuesday, October 14 at 8:00 a.m. in the library. 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.  Questions? Contact Lawrence’s SEPAC liaison Makeeba McCreary.

The Halloween Costume Swap happens this week! We will continue collecting gently used costumes in the lobby until the swap begins, just outside the school’s front entrance on Wednesday and Thursday from 2:30-3:30. Donors will be able to choose a costume for free — everyone else can purchase one for just a dollar or two. Questions, contact Green Team member, Susan Daley.

Join us as we improve the health of our children and the health of our planet.  Car Free Day has been rescheduled to this Wednesday, October 15 after last week’s stormy weather. All 6,000 students in Brookline’s eight K-8 schools are encouraged to walk or bike to school on this morning! More information may be found at Climate Action Brookline and International Walk to School, or you may contact Green Team member Kathleen Scanlon.

School Photo Day went off without a hitch this past Thursday thanks to Jan Nagler and her band of volunteer helpers. We can’t wait to see all the photos — thanks Jan!

COMING UP

Get your kitchens fired up for the third annual Food Day Festival Recipe Contest! Prepare your favorite savory dish from scratch and compete to win food deliveries from Farmers to You and Boston Organics, a food basket from Trader Joe’s and an annual subscription to ChopChop cooking magazine for kids. We are also still looking for volunteers to help with the festival — preparations, set up, staffing a table or breaking down after. The Festival is on Thursday, October 23 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Big Gym at Lawrence. Contact Bettina Neuefeind with questions or if you’d like to help.

AROUND TOWN

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.

Celebrate fall—and support Brookline’s Lincoln School PTO—when you take the family to the 2014 Pumpkinfest Festival on Sunday, October 19 from 12:00-4:00 p.m.  Carnival rides, a silent auction, live music.  Lincoln teachers in a dunk tank!  Games, food, a cakewalk, bake sale and much, much more!  For more information, please email.

Don’t miss TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet which kicks off Saturday, November 15 and continues all day Sunday, November 16 at the Lincoln school. Kids (4th grade and older) and their families can 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. Sunday’s event will also be 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.

Finally, the 2014/15 School Directory is in the works!  Directory emails went out to most families last week; if you didn’t see it, check your spam filters for an email from Lawrence Directory (lawrenceschool@schooldirectoryupdate.com). Please log in and confirm or edit your listing as soon as you receive the email containing your username and password. This process should only take 5 minutes. Verified users will be able to start using the online directory by this Friday, October 27 if not sooner. Email the directory team with any questions.

Please remember that the School Directory and any other source of information coming from the school such as Classroom Contact Lists are not to be used for commercial purposes.

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