December 15 News and Notes

This week: Hip-Hop Performance (Wednesday), School Committee (Thursday), Gr 6-8 IPRs (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: A Growing Middle School.

NEWS AND NOTES

The PTO is profoundly grateful to Katherine Ingraham and her merry band of callers, who pulled off a successful phonathon last week. In case you still need to send in your pledge, missed the call or have had a change of heart and would like to contribute, you can drop off checks (made out to Lawrence PTO) in the front office, mail them to the PTO at 27 Francis Street, Brookline 02446, or donate now through PayPal. Thank you again!

Students in grades 1-8 will be dazzled by the physical moves of hip hop dance troupe Illstyle & Peace Productions on Wednesday, December 17. This award-winning Philadelphia-based group will perform a program called Become Your Dreams: The History of Hip Hop Dance, in the auditorium at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend. For more information please contact Lisa Viola.

Congratulations to the cast, crew and directors — Katie McNamara and True Burley — of the Gr 6-8 Drama production of The Wizard of Oz. The play was highly entertaining. Great job!

Thank you to all of the 8th graders and parent volunteers who helped with the Gingerbread House Making on Friday. It was yummy fun that raised funds for a good cause: scholarship funds for the 8th grade NYC trip in June.

Families who are looking for books as holiday gifts can find some suggestions in the “best of 2014” lists that now appear everywhere! Ms. Moriarty’s library blog contains some links to those lists with more to come as the year winds down. The Caldecott and Newbery awards won’t be announced until January, but just in time for holiday gift-giving, School Library Journal and The New York Times have each released their “best” lists. Stop by the library to see the books in person!

LOOKING AHEAD

Dramatic opportunities for students and parents continue to abound at Lawrence.

First up is the famous PTO Play. Every year parents and teachers put on an original musical for the benefit of the school community. The rehearsal period begins in January, with peformances scheduled for mid-March. As always, we are looking for help, including parents who can act and/or sing as well as help “behind the scenes” with props, sets, and costumes. This longstanding Lawrence school tradition is a fun and rewarding way to get involved in the school and launch your new career! If you’re interested in being a part of this year’s Play, please join us on Monday, January 5 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium for a read through of the script.  Questions? Email Kelly Hardebeck.

Second, Drama in the Afternoon for students in Grades 3-5 returns with Pirates! 2: The Hidden Treasure, directed by Beth Bankler and Leslie Prizer.

Arrrgh! Our favorite rascally pirates are back, seeking adventure and treasure on the high seas. But a mighty storm rolls in and the pirates find themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island, or is it? Will the King of the High “C’s” have a plan to save the day? No special talents required — just enthusiasm! The fun begins on Tuesday, January 20, with rehearsals held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4:15pm (times will be adjusted for early release days). The anticipated date for performances is Thursday, April 30.  The cost for the program is $215. Registration forms and further information will be sent home following winter break. We are looking forward to another exciting event!

AROUND TOWN

The School Committee meets on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6:00 PM in the James F. Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall. The docket includes Superintendent’s Presentation and Proposed Vote on the proposed Short-term Space Plan, a Presentation and Discussion of the No-Override Scenario, public comment and more. For details please go to the PSB website/ School Committee/ Meetings and also see the “Superintendent’s News” page.

Brookline Smart Vacations is pleased to present a winter wonderland of activities during the December holiday break! Students aged 5-12 can take part in fun arts & crafts projects, cooking and baking experiments, computer and theater games. We’ll also enjoy indoor and outdoor play (weather permitting), lunch (not provided), reading time and movies on the big screen. Students may choose 1, 2, 3, or all 4 days!

For each day Friday, Dec 26, Monday, Dec 29, Tuesday Dec 30 and Wednesday, Dec 31 the cost is $72 daily; 3-days: $202; or 4-days: $230, with early and late options available.

Join Steps to Success at our annual Kids Involved During Summer (K.I.D.S.) Fair and find the perfect summer camp for your child! Sunday January 11, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This year’s camps provide fun and enriching experiences for a variety of interests, including Academics, Arts, Computers and Technology, Outdoor Activities, Sports …and more!
Additional detail online, or email the K.I.D.S. Fair Coordinator Samantha Kurtz-Seif.

This will be our last Weekly Update until after break. Enjoy the holidays and we’ll see you in January!

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