December 8 News and Notes

This week: PTO Phonathon (Monday), Early Dismissal (Tuesday), Gr 6-8 Play (Wed-Th), Principal’s Forum (Thursday), Gingerbread Houses (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Child Study Team.


The PTO Phonathon is tonight! Parent volunteers will call Lawrence families to ask for a contribution to the PTO. These donations are essential to the PTO’s ability to fund programs and services that benefit every child in our school. The funds enable us to underwrite creative teacher-initiated projects and support teacher needs, to provide valuable enrichment programs, and to strengthen and celebrate the Lawrence community. The Phonathon is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so please give as generously as you can. No amount is too small (or too large), as we strive for a goals of 100% family participation and $35,000. We’ve already collected almost one third of that total thanks to early donations. Join the early birds by sending your contribution by check (made out to the Lawrence PTO) or donate now through PayPal. Thanks!

The Wizard of Oz, a musical play based on the classic book by L. Frank Baum, will be performed this week by the Grade 6-8 Drama team. Come see all your favorite characters: Dorothy, Toto, Glinda the Good Witch, the Wicked Witch of the West, and of course the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion and the Wizard himself! Led by director Kathryn McNamara, performances are Wednesday, December 10 at 9:00 a.m. and Thursday, December 11 at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Come build the (Gingerbread) House Of Your Dreams this Friday after school in the cafeteria! A $5 donation will get you bricks (graham crackers), mortar (frosting) and piles and piles of delicious and decorative embellishments. Sponsored and supervised by Lawrence’s class of 2015, proceeds will provide scholarships for the annual 8th grade New York City trip. All students are welcome but students in K-2 need to come with a parent or guardian. Parent volunteers are also needed to help supervise builders – if interested, please contact 8th grade parent Tina Manuel.

Makeeba McCreary and her team of volunteers, including 8th grade chaperones, kept track of almost 200 young movie fans last Wednesday as they enjoyed the after-school movie, Muppets Most Wanted. Thanks Makeeba!

Kudos also to Kathryn Brown and Emily Tevald who organized last week’s Staff Appreciation Luncheon. More than 100 teachers and staff members were treated to a warm winter feast. Thank you Kathryn and Emily, and all those who provided yummy dishes, for showing our staff how much we appreciate them.


The Richi Foundation was established in 2013 by a Lawrence family whose son, Ricard “Richi” was diagnosed with cancer. One of the foundation’s primary goals is to raise money to create a place where kids with cancer and survivors of childhood cancer and their families can go for fun and support. This weekend, Sunday December 14, the Richi Foundation is hosting its first annual Winter Wonderland Family Festival at the Brookline Teen Center. This free event runs from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and will feature a magic show, gingerbread cookie decorating, holiday arts & crafts, letter writing and photo opportunity with Santa Claus, wall climbing, bowling, and sports activities.

For more information about the Richi Foundation, please visit their website.

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