Monday Update

Hello Lawrence Community,

We hope everyone had a nice weekend. We are officially in December- how did that happen? 
THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make the Japanese Fair such a fun and successful event last week! The Japanese Fair presented a dizzying array of Japanese treats! We are sincerely grateful to Kay Kobayashi, Chigusa Aoki, Mayuko Shimozawa and Miwa Dejima who pulled off this event as well as the many volunteers who worked so hard to share Japanese cuisine and crafts with our lucky students, parents and staff. See below in the Volunteer section for our business sponsors and raffle winners. Thanks again to everyone who helped to make the Japanese Fair such a hit!
We also would like to remind you that there is an Early Release Day on Thursday, December 6th @ 12:40PM. Be sure to register your child for the Early Release Movie Day (Paddington 2) if you'd like them to stay for it. The deadline to register for the movie day is Tuesday, December 4th. Pick up will be at 2:30PM from the Auditorium. And a BIG SHOUT OUT to Makeeba McCreary and Adrienne Fricke, because without these two amazing volunteers our early release movie days would not even exist. Thank you for all the time and energy you both have put into making these days a success. 
Have you ever wanted to make your own Gingerbread House? Well, it's your lucky day this Friday, December 7th @ 1:40PM in the Cafeteria. Come and join us to make the gingerbread house of your dreams! A $5 donation will supply you with the bricks (graham crackers), mortar (frosting) & piles of decorative embellishments! Pay at the door. Sponsored and supervised by the Lawrence Class of 2019. Students in all grades are welcome, but students in grades K-2 must be accompanied by a parent. Candy will be for construction, not consumption. 
Last, but definitely not least, here's something great to be a part of… the First Grade is hosting a Food Drive to provide healthy school snacks and meal prep items to the Joseph Lee School in Dorcester. The Lee School is in need of non-perishable items to share with their families over the winter break. Anyone is welcome to contribute and can drop their donation in the collection boxes outside of any first grade classroom through Friday, December 14th. We thank you for your generosity! Please contact Bridget Muelbert ( for more information.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR 7TH & 8TH GRADE BASKETBALL: Monday, December 3rd. If students/families are interested, please refer to the two attached documents and see important dates below:

  • Registration deadline is December 3, 2018.
  • Physicals are due by December 3, 2018 and must be valid through the entire sport season (March 6).
  • Payment deadline is January 2,  2019.

We are continuing to offer the convenience of online registration for our sports programs through partner company, FamilyID ( Please see the attachments for additional details.



EARLY MORNING SPORTS IS RETURNING TO LAWRENCE (FOR GRADES 3-8): Wednesday mornings from 7-7:50AM for Grades 6-8 only. Friday mornings from 7-7:50AM for Grades 3-5 only. The arrival time is 7:00-7:10AM at the front door. Mr. Woodarek or Ms. U will open the door and we will wait in the lobby until 7:10AM, then we will proceed to the big gym. If a student shows up after 7:10AM they will not be allowed to join, they will need to wait outside until 7:30AM and then be directed to the cafeteria. Accommodations will be made for students who take bus transportation. Early morning sports is a free activity, sponsored by the PTO and monitored by the Wellness Department Staff. There is no registration process and students may participate when they want. Early morning sports is a school sponsored activity and all school rules apply. If you have any questions please email

SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING: Tuesday, December 4th @ 8AM in the Library.

DICE MEETING: Wednesday, December 5th, 7-8PM in the Library. 

K-8 EARLY RELEASE: Thursday, December 6th @ 12:40PM. 

EARLY RELEASE MOVIE DAY: Thursday, Dec. 6th, right after school. Pick up at 2:30PM outside the Auditorium upstairs. The cost to watch the movie is $8… or $10 for a late registration. Please contact your child's guidance counselor if you would like to receive scholarship assistance to attend movie days. As a heads up, you will need to register for the movie through MySchoolAnywhere, so if you haven't activated your account… now is the time! Click HERE to order movie tickets for your child. For more information click HERE. Please pick up your child  promptly at 2:30PM from the 2nd floor Auditorium. Volunteers will be on hand to sign out your child. 


COFFEE WITH LAWRENCE SUPPORT STAFF- LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS: Friday, December 7th in the LEDP Room, #19 (8-8:45AM). Come and learn about the day in the life of a Guidance Counselor. Hosted by Chloe Wheaton (K-2 Guidance Counselor), Stephanie Connors (3-5 Guidance Counselor), Shaina Martinez (6-8 Guidance Counselor) & Angela Lo (K-8 Psychologist).


MAKE YOUR OWN GINGERBREAD HOUSE: Join us this Friday, 12/7 at 1:40PM in the Cafeteria to build the gingerbread house of your dreams! A $5 donation will supply you with the bricks (graham crackers), mortar (frosting) & piles of decorative embellishments! Pay at the door. Sponsored and supervised by the Lawrence Class of 2019. Students in all grades are welcome, but students in grades K-2 must be accompanied by a parent. Candy will be for construction, not consumption. 

WINTER 2019 SEASON OF LAWRENCE SPECIAL ACTIVITIES (LSA) SNEAK PEEK: Saturday, December 8th. The catalog of classes will be posted for a week-long ’sneak peek’, before registration actually opens. This is so you can browse the listings, consult with your child and co-ordinate with their friends, before registration begins. The LSA website is: Registration for classes will begin Saturday, December 15 at 8 AM and will end on January 6 at 6PM. Registration is on a first-come first-served basis. Classes will begin the second week in January and run for 9 weeks. Please note: Parents of Kindergarteners who are not in LEDP MUST make their own arrangements to get their children to and from their LSA classes. Kindergarten teachers cannot release them without an escort, and LSA does not have staff to help with this. Questions or comments? Send them to

INTERESTED IN BEING PART OF THE PRINCIPAL INTERVIEW COMMITTEE? The full Interview Committee will review resumes, select candidates to interview and conduct the first round of interviews. Please refer to the Superintendent's letter for detailed information. 

The time commitment for serving on the Interview Committee:

  • Organizational meeting of the Interview Committee will be held on Tuesday, December 18 from 2:30-4:00 pm at the Lawrence School. At this meeting we will select the dates and times for interviews, based on the availability of those on the committee.
  • Interview process – At least 12 hours, divided into four 3-hour blocks for the first round

This committee includes five Lawrence parents/caregivers, four selected by the PTO. If you have a child enrolled at Lawrence, you are qualified to apply. Please submit a statement of interest on why you would like to represent our community as a member of the Interview Committee. The statement should be 1-2 paragraphs in length and include your contact information and the grade level(s) of your child(ren). Submit to president@ by Friday, December 7, 2018.

The parent members of the PTO Board and School Council will review the submitted statements and assemble the cohort of four parent representatives by December 12, 2018. SEPAC will select the fifth parent.

Note: If a board or council member chooses to submit a statement of interest, they will not review statements or participate in the selection meeting.

LOOKING FOR OTHER EVENTS IN THE SCHOOL YEAR?: Click here to see the entire calendar 


MOVIE DAYS: DICE is running the Early Release Movie Day fundraiser for the PTO this year, and we need volunteers to chaperone the two remaining movies (check-in, movie time & check-out). If you support the DICE mission but haven’t been able to contribute any time yet, this is a great opportunity to help out. We need you. Please sign up through MSA (link below) or contact Adrienne Fricke ( for a shift and help us make this a success. Adrienne is working in conjunction with Makeeba McCreary who has faithfully run Movie Day for many years. Movie days are as follows (for each, shifts are 12-1, 2-3): Thursday, Dec 6th & Wednesday, Dec 12th. 


THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED WITH THE JAPANESE FAIR LAST FRIDAY! We would also like to thank the many businesses without whose support the event would not have been possible: 

Able Real Estate (
Beautiful Cut Hair Salon (
Boston International Travel (
Brookhouse Dental
Ebisuya Japanese Market (
Ganko Ittetsu Ramen (
Izakaya Ittoku (
Japonaise Bakery (
Kikuko Hirayama, DMD & Associates (
KOKO Bakery (
Maruichi (
Mikasa Global Realty (
Patte de Chat Concierge (
Pikaichi (
Sapporo Ramen (
Shiki (
The Sweet Kitchen (
Yoko Design Kitchen (
Yuko Family Medicine (

Please thank them if you stop by!

Congratulations to everyone who won our raffle! Here is the list of winners:

1st Prize (Ganko Ittetsu Ramen $30 Gift Card & Happi* $50 Value) :

  • Tomoki Nishikubo (2CL)

2nd Prize (Japanese Restaurant Shiki $25 Gift Card& Happi* $50 Value) :

  • Max Chechelnitsky (4B)
  • Karis Desai (1N)  

3rd Prize (Japanese Snack Set $15 Value) :

  • Max Goldman (3K)
  • Tomoki Ebisu/Ao Tanaka/Koki Shimozawa (6)

*A happi coat is a traditional Japanese cloth, often worn at festivals.

If you are the winner, please contact Kay Kobayashi ( In addition to providing a delicious taste of Japan, the Japanese Fair raised over $6,200 for the PTO! "Arigato!"

FIRST GRADE IS HOSTING A FOOD DRIVE: to provide healthy school snacks and meal prep items to the Joseph Lee School in Dorcester. The Lee School is in need of non-perishable items to share with their families over the winter break. Anyone is welcome to contribute and can drop their donation in the collection boxes outside of any first grade classroom through Friday, December 14th. We thank you for your generosity! Please contact Bridget Muelbert ( for more information.

MYSCHOOLANYWHERE APP FOR YOUR PHONE: You can download the MySchoolAnyWhere app for your phone and click Signups to volunteer- Click here to install the App. 


PRESENTATION ON HOW TO PREVENT CYBERBULLYING AND SEXTING: Monday, 12/10 from 6-8PM in the BHS Auditorium. The district will be hosting a presentation on "Teaching Our Children to be Good Digital Citizens: Working Together To Prevent Cyberbullying and Sexting". Parents and guardians of PreK-12th grade students are welcome to join. Figuring out how to thoughtfully and safely live with digital technology is a challenge for many families today. This presentation and discussion, led by Dr. Elizabeth Englander, will cover the myths that might be draining parenting confidence and help families discover concrete, useful strategies that will help guide their children as they learn to use the internet and social media in a respectful and healthy way. Sponsored by the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, this is a no-cost event open to all parents, guardians, and staff of the Public Schools of Brookline. No registration is required. If you have any questions, please caontact Dr. Maria Letasz (, Director of Guidance and Clinical Services. More information can be found on the district website here. 


PTO MTG: Please join us on Tuesday, December 11 at 7pm for our next PTO meeting. School Committee members will speak with our community and there will also be a discussion about proposed changes to the PTO bylaws.  Hope to see you there!

K-12 EARLY DISMISSAL: Wednesday, December 12th @ 12:40PM. 

EARLY RELEASE MOVIE DAY: Wednesday, December 12th (right after school). Pick up is at 2:30PM in the Auditorium. 

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: You most likely received the email from our Superintendent, Andrew Bott, but in case you missed it there are lots of opportunities coming up to learn more about restorative justice and how it is being implemented at our schools. In very basic terms, it is the practice of allowing people who have done harm to reflect on their actions, understand their impact on others and then create a space where they can repair relationships. Here is an abbreviated list of meetings (all start @ 6PM):

Wednesday, 12/12/18          Lawrence School

Below is Superintendent Andrew Bott's letter with more information about restorative justice, the success they've found with it to date and a complete list of meetings. 

Superintendent Bott's Oct 19th Letter


WINTER BREAK (NO SCHOOL): December 24th, 2018 – January 1st, 2019. 

FIRST DAY BACK AT SCHOOL: Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019.

2019 LAWRENCE SCHOOL PTO PLAY AUDITIONS: Thursday, January 3 from 7:00 -9:00 PM in the auditorium. Come to the Lawrence auditorium be a part of our longstanding Lawrence School tradition of parents and teachers coming together to write, act and produce an original piece. For more information contact Lisa Shay at

LAWRENCE SKATE NIGHT: Friday, 1/25 (6-7:45 pm) @ Larz Anderson Skating Rink, rental and concessions will be open.

LAWRENCE SCHOOL CHORUS CONCERT: January 24, 2019 @ 7PM in the Lawrence School Auditorium. I am excited to invite you to our first concert of the season! Students should wear black dress pants or skirt and a clean, pressed white shirt or blouse and black shoes. Students will also need to wear this outfit for the in-school concert on the 24th. If your student does not own such an outfit please just dress them as close to this color scheme as possible. Looking ahead, there will also be a performance at the high school on February 6 at 7:00 PM as part of our All-Town Choral Festival. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you all at our Winter concert! -Holly Ahern.

LAWRENCE SCHOOL BAND CONCERTS: Wednesday January 30th@7pm and Wednesday May 29th@7pm. Both performances will take place in the auditorium at Lincoln School.  Students are asked to report no later the 6:45pm in concert dress (dark on bottom, white/light on top). Contact if you have questions. 

MYSCHOOLANYWHERE: Please email if you have any questions. Ready to sign up? Click on the link below for the instructions. Thank you!

MySchoolAnywhere Sign-Up Instructions


COOLIDGE CORNER LIBRARY The Public Library of Brookline is pleased to announce the re-opening of the Coolidge Corner Library following a six-month renovation project. On Sunday, December 2 from 3–5 PM, the Coolidge Corner Library, at 31 Pleasant Street, will hold a grand re-opening celebration, complete with a ribbon cutting and refreshments. The celebration is free and open to the public. The Library will open for regular service beginning Monday, December 3.

FAMILY INFORMATION SESSION ABOUT KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION: Dec. 5th @ 8:30AM, Town Hall, Room 111 and Dec. 6th @ 5:30PM, Town Hall, Room 111. Please click HERE for more information. These sessions are open to the general public – no RSVP required! For any questions, please email or contact the Office of Student Affairs at (617)-264-6492. Stop by to learn more about PSB, the registration process, school options, application deadlines, and connect with other families!

UNDER THE BIG TOP AT BROOKLINE HIGH: The BHS Freshman Play, Under the Big Top, runs Dec. 5 & 8 at 3:30 PM, Dec 6-8 at 7:30 PM in the Black Box Theatre. Tickets $10 adults $5 for students free for 8th graders. Click or contact for more information. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING: Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall. The agenda can be found at this link:

BROOKLINE COMMISSION FOR WOMEN DRESS FOR SUCCESS: The Brookline Commission for Women will be holding its 14th Annual Dress for Success Boston Women’s Winter Coat Drive on Friday, Dec. 7th and Saturday, Dec. 8th. Dress for Success Boston is a not-for-profit organization that offers services to help disadvantaged women enter the workforce and stay employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and a week's worth of separates when she gets the job. Please limit your donations to winter coats and handbags. This is NOT a general clothing drive. All donations should be clean/ready to wear. As with all our events, the Brookline Commission for Women is happy to accept nonperishable food donations for the Brookline Food Pantry. Donation Times and Location: Friday, December 7th 8am – 6pm; Saturday, December 8th 8am – 11am (Brookline Public Safety Headquarters, Community Room). Please contact for more information. 

SURVEY ABOUT THE LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION: Is being conducted by a group of BHS students in conjunction with the Brookline Asian American Family Network. As you may know, Lunar New Year is one of the biggest celebrations for many Asian cultures. Therefore, there are often many preparations that families must participate in before and during the holiday. In fact, the Lunar New Year is actually 15 days long. The first day of the holiday is the most important because this day is used by families to meet up and participate in different rituals. However, because students do not have the first day off, many families do not get to spend this important day together or are only able to hold small scale celebrations. In many Asian cultures, school and cultural holidays are of equal or similar importance. Thus, families are often forced to make the decision of whether they should take their children out from school to celebrate but risk them falling behind or to let them go to school but have a minimized celebration. Many families end up choosing the second option. However, families should not have to make this decision. While we understand that this change will not be implemented for the next few years, we believe that it is important to raise this conversation for the future Brookline students. This year, we are collecting data from families with Asian/Asian American children. The link is: The survey will be closing on Friday, December 7th, 11:59:59 pm

SMARTVACATIONS IN WINTER WONDERLAND: Brookline Adult and Community Education is pleased to present a Winter Wonderland of activities during the winter break! Students in Wonderland Days will take part in fun arts and crafts projects, computer and theater games, and more. All activities will meet at Brookline High School. Registrations will be accepted through December 21st. Click HERE for a full list of course and click HERE to sign up on line. 



BROOKLINE ADULT EDUCATION- WINTER WONDERLAND 2018: Winter Wonderland 2018 is offered by Brookline SmartVacations. December 26, 27, and 28, choose up to 3 days of fun with arts and crafts, gym time, computer skills, Legos, eco-challenges, and theater games. Full and half-day activities for students ages 5-14. Also, Archery for ages 10-13! Visit: or click HERE for more information. 

2ND ANNUAL INSPO:EXPO ACTION FAIR: More than ever, actions count. Ready to engage others in our community to make the world a little better? Have a project or an idea to share? Join us at the 2nd Annual Inspo:Expo Brookline Action Fair on MLK Day (1.21.19) at Kehillath Israel on 384 Harvard St. “Inspo” means “something that serves as inspiration,” such as all the ways Brookline residents strive to make a difference. Sign up for a $10 table to spread the word about an issue that matters to you. Kids and teens with projects are welcomed to sign up for a table, too! For more information and to reserve a table, please email Hadassah Margolis, Founder (and Coolidge Corner School parent), at


STEPS TO SUCCESS: is hosting our annual event for the Brookline Community, called Kids Involved During Summer (K.I.D.S.) Camp Fair, where we showcase the best camps in New England and celebrate the upcoming summer! You will have the chance to sign up and register for summer camps before space runs out. We have camps offering everything from arts and academics to sports, technology, and so much more! There will also be free food and activities involved, so come join the fun! Sunday, January 27, 2019 12-2:00pm at the Coolidge Corner School Gym. If you need more information, please email:, or visit:

LISTEN * TALK * LISTEN: B-PEN is collaborating with youth organizations in Belmont, Waltham, and Watertown to reinforce the findings that kids who believe their parents disapprove of underage drinking are less likely to drinking. Parents do make a difference! B-PEN’s webpage on this initiative contains tips, facts, and links to helpful resources about teens and alcohol.

BROOKLINE TUTOR MENTOR PROGRAM IS BACK: The Brookline Tutor Mentor Program (BTMP) is offering tutoring and mentoring resources for students from 5th-8th grade! The BTMP is looking for any middle schooler who is in need of tutoring in specific areas or classes. Please contact Ariana Soto or Anjoli Mathew at for more information. 


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