November 17 News and Notes

This week: PTO Meeting, K-8 Early Dismissal (Tuesday), Japanese Food Fair (Thursday), Apple Pie Making (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Family Literacy Month.


Please join us at Tuesday’s PTO Meeting, 8:00 a.m. in the library. Lawrence parent Bettina Neuefeind will host an informal question-and-answer session about her involvement on the town Wellness Committee, specifically focusing on student stress and anxiety and helping students make healthier food choices by improving the quality and nutrition of foods at school. Hope to see you there!

The Japanese Food Fair is this Thursday after school in the Big Gym! Japanese parents have been hard at work preparing for this wonderful event, where students can purchase a variety of delicious home-made and donated foods: rice balls, sushi, fried chicken and noodles, as well as sweet treats and drinks. Most items cost $1-2 (please bring small bills). You can play Japanese Food Trivia, too! All Lawrence students, parents and staff are welcome. To improve access for younger students, grades K-4 and grades 5-8 will enter through different doors, and until 3:00 p.m. each group will have separate tables from which to purchase their treats. It will be crowded, so we ask that students please leave backpacks in their cubbies, lockers or the hallway. LEDP students in grades K-3 will be able to buy food in the LEDP room, and students who take the bus to school will be dismissed 5 minutes early, so that they can enjoy the fair before they leave.

Click to see the floor plan and menu. If you can volunteer to help direct traffic, or have a question, contact Kimie Hoshino, Keiko Maeda or sign up online.  Proceeds from the Japanese Food Fair support PTO programs.

Thanksgiving is near and that means it’s Apple Pie Time!Lawrence has a special tradition of making apple pies for the Brookline Food Pantry and for families as a fundraiser. Order forms were sent out last week to all classes. This year we have a smaller number of pies available for purchasing. We are hoping to get 50 orders to be donated to the Brookline Food Pantry. And for families interested in buying a pie for themselves, we only have 100 available orders. To assure you get a pie, please get your order in soon!

We are looking for volunteers to help make the pies on Friday November 21 (1:30-3:30) and Monday November 24 (2:00-4:30). No experience needed, all tools provided and it’s a lot of fun! Please contact Kirsten Alper if you would like to help or have any questions.

It’s Cranberry Counting time again! For the 46th year, Lawrence Library is hosting the Cranberry Counting Contest, which opened last week and continues through Friday. Students and staff are challenged to estimate how many cranberries are in the jar on display in the library. Winners will be announced next Monday, one in each of the following categories: Gr K-2; Gr 3-5; Gr 6-8; and staff. Winners will receive a bookstore gift certificate, generously donated each year by our local independent booksellers, The Children’s Bookshop and Brookline Booksmith!

For more library news, check out Ms. Moriarty’s ongoing library blog.


The PTO’s annual Phonathon fundraising campaign begins this week. You’ll soon receive a letter in the mail detailing the many ways in which your contributions make a difference for Lawrence students and staff every day. We plan to raise over $77,000 to fund vital programming this year, so please participate and give as generously as you can! Phonathon calls will be made on Monday, December 8 by a jolly team of volunteers who’ll be fed unlimited quantities of pad thai. If you’d like to be one of those invaluable helpers, please contact Katherine Ingraham.


What is the override? Should I be worried about overcrowding at schools? What’s the short-term space plan and what about long term: is the high school crowded? What’s the plan for improving technology in the schools: what, when, where and how much? Stay informed by reading those e-mailed messages from Superintendent Lupini and checking out the Public Schools of Brookline website (go to Central Administration and then “Superintendent’s News” for the latest).

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