November 3 News and Notes

This week: School Council Meeting (Tuesday), Principal’s Forum (Thursday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Parent Teacher Conferences.


This year’s Lawrence School Directory is available now to all families online using the username and password sent via e-mail in mid-October. The directory includes a listing of students and their families, as well as their contact information unless a family has chosen not to be included. It also has class rosters with teachers and room parents, a complete listing of Lawrence faculty, administration and support staff along with their school contact information and a listing of PTO Officers and volunteers for major events and programs.

For families who prefer, a printed copy of the Directory is available for $5.00. The deadline for ordering is this Friday, November 7th. Questions? Please email the Directory Team.

Thanks to PTO funding, author Jack Gantos will be visiting Lawrence School next Monday, November 10th. He has published more than 40 books for children of all ages including the Rotten Ralph picture books, novels about Joey Pigza, and Dead End in Norvelt, which won the Newbery Award in 2012. Mr. Gantos will meet with students in grades 3 – 8 to discuss his books, his writing process, and to answer questions that students may have for him. We look forward to his visit which promises to be entertaining and inspiring!

The Japanese Food Fair will be here before you know it! Please help us make candy leis for sale at the Fair: join the production team Monday, November 10th, in the cafeteria from 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. We also need parents to help make food, set up, sell food and clean up at the fair itself on November 20th, after school in the Big Gym. If you can help, please contact Kimie Hoshino, Keiko Maeda or sign up online.

Registration for the LSA Winter Session begins soon. Look for the catalog in your child’s backpack or on our website under PTO. More information next week or from Joanne Liautaud.

February may feel far off, but planning is already underway for this year’s Family Fun Night and International Expo on Friday, February 6. This is the final year for the current team of volunteers, led by Tina Manuel, to put on the popular school event: they will be “retiring” after five years at the helm. That means it is a wonderful time for you to get involved and see how it all comes together, so that the fun can continue! If you are interested in helping out or learning more, please contact Florrie Ives or Tina Manuel.


Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization that offers services to help disadvantaged women enter the workforce and stay employed.  The Brookline Commission for Women will be holding its 10th Annual Dress for Success Winter Coat & Clothing Drive on Friday, Nov 7th (8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.) and Saturday, Nov 8th (8:00-11:00 a.m.) at the Brookline Public Safety Headquarters, 350 Washington Street.  Please limit your donations to winter coats, business suits, blouses, and separates, as well as gloves, jewelry, scarves, shoes, handbags, and briefcases, etc. This is not a general clothing drive. All donations should be appropriate for the workplace and clean/ready to wear. Cash donations for the Dress for Success program will also be accepted. Questions? Please contact Casey Hatchett or event coordinator Cheryl Snyder.

Brookline High School presents Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s LostNovember 5, 3:30 p.m. and November 6, 7, 8, 7:30 p.m.  The production of this lively Shakespeare comedy is set in 1929 at the prestigious, all-male University of the Nine Worthies. Ferdinand, Prince of Navarre, and his friends swear resistance to women—but are challenged with the arrival of The Princess of France and her retinue. The wooing atmosphere is heightened by love requited—and not. No charge for elementary school students. Check out the BHS Friends of Performing Arts for more info.

Nadia Chamblain-Foster, Steps to Success Executive Director, is participating in the Brookline Rotary Club’s annual fundraising drive, Dancing with the Brookline Stars. Saturday, November 8, 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Annunciation Church (7 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury). Nadia is raising funds in order to enhance the educational outcomes of Brookline students from low income families. Visit Cypress Mobil on Saturday morning, fill up the gas tank and have the windshield squeegee’d by dancing Steps to Success volunteers. All donations support Nadia’s dancing efforts that evening.

Registration is still open for TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet. This free event 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. Register here.

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