October 20 News and Notes

This week: Deadline to Verify School Directory(Monday), Food Day Festival (Thursday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: A Culture of Inquiry, Innovation, and Continuous Improvement Using Data.


The 2014-15 School Directory is in the works! Directory emails went out to most families on October 10; if you didn’t see it, please check your spam filters for an email from Lawrence Directory (lawrenceschool @ schooldirectoryupdate.com). Today is the deadline for logging in with the username and password sent in the e-mail, then confirming or editing your listing or opting out altogether. All verified users will be able to start using the online directory by Friday, October 27. This year, print copies will be available for $5 each — details coming October 24.

Please email the directory team with any questions or difficulties. If you do not verify your information or contact us by the end of today’s deadline, your information will be printed as is, though you may still edit information online.

The third annual Food Day Festival is this Thursday from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in the Big Gym!  In addition to free samples and activities, you may enter the 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.  Or visit the Fresh Truck, a special school bus parked out front selling fresh fruits and vegetables.  Volunteers are needed to help with the festival — preparations, set up, staffing a table or breaking down after. Contact Bettina Neuefeind (or at 650-714-5196) with questions or if you’d like to help.

Thanks very much to the Green Team for organizing and running successful Car Free Days and the Halloween Costume Swap — they were busy last week! Less driving and more recycling – two great lessons for the planet and our kids.


The BHS boys and girls crew teams will be holding their annual Erg-A-Thon this Sunday, October 26 from 1:00 to 3:30 in front of the Devotion School, 345 Harvard Street. Athletes will be rowing 100,000 meters on ergs (rowing machines) on the front lawn to raise money to support the teams, some of BHS’ largest! Please stop by to cheer the kids on and make a donation to support the team.

Lunch & Learn at the Boston Children’s Museum this Wednesday 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Dr. Robert B. Brooks, a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School who has also served as the Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital, will speak about Raising Resilient Children and Adolescents. You may register here.

TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet kicks off Saturday, November 15 and continues all day Sunday, November 16 at the Lincoln school. There is still space left so register soon for this free event at the website.  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. Questions? Contact alumni parent Anne Turner by email.

Finally, the PTO Play is a unique Lawrence tradition where parents and teachers come together to stage an original, usually hilarious, musical every spring. The performances will be in mid-March and rehearsals are two nights a week starting in January. We need new talent! If you’re interested in joining the cast or crew and missed the info meeting on Oct 8, please contact producer and Lawrence 8th grade parent Kelly Hardebeck.

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