March 17 News and Notes

This week: MCAS Testing (Monday – Friday), Lawrence Reads Preregistration Due (Wednesday) .

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Lawrence Reads.


The PTO Play was once again a huge success!  Thanks so much to director and co-writer Dennis Doughty, producer Kelly Hardebeck, the fabulous cast and band, and the behind the scenes support team including the production crew, the stage crew, the kids on lights and sound, costume makers, and the designers of the playbill and posters.  A more creative and talented bunch there never was!

For those who saw the play and now have the drama bug, please consider participating next year. Many of this year’s talented bunch are parents whose kids are moving up to the high school. In order for this 20-plus year Lawrence tradition to continue we’ll need a new Director (or two!), many more actors and actresses and always more support help.

What’s the single quickest, easiest, most effective thing you can do to combat climate change and decrease your carbon footprint? Make the switch to green electricity—no solar panels required! But how? Green Team member Susan Helms Daley will be hosting a house party on Wednesday, March 19, 7:30–8:30 p.m. at 17 Chatham Circle (near Kent St.) featuring a brief presentation by Mass Energy, a local green energy supplier dedicated to providing more affordable green energy solutions and creating a resilient green energy supply infrastructure right here in New England. Come hear how with the click of a mouse you can use your existing electric bill to help preserve your children’s future (and get a tax rebate!). To RSVP, please contact Susan Helms or Gina Marie Hahn.

Superintendent Bill Lupini and Deputy Superintendent Peter Rowe will be hosting a series of open forums to discuss the FY15 School Budget. All are welcome to attend:

  • Thursday, March 20 – 8:15 a.m. at the Devotion School Auditorium
  • Wednesday, March 26 – 8:15 a.m. at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Room 103.


Are you looking to become more involved in your children’s education? The Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) provides our public schools, teachers and administrators with the tools needed to promote our children’s success through grants that support valuable curriculum enrichment projects and professional development opportunities. The BEF is seeking board members for the September 2014 term, particularly those individuals who may have some finance, social media or fundraising experience. If you are interested or want to learn more about this opportunity, please contact BEF’s Executive Director Kathleen Sheehy or your Lawrence Board Members: Ilene Bunis, Grady Clouse, and Shibani Sain Rao. And buy a BEF Raffle Ticket! Check out the incredible items being raffled  here, including a single treasure trove of gift cards from dozens of local businesses and retailers, valued at more than $1,000. To find out more, contact any of the board members listed above, or call the BEF office at 617-232-3846.


Lawrence Reads, a school-wide event for grades K-8,takes place this Thursday from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Everyone at a particular grade level reads the same book and comes together for an evening of discussion at Lawrence. Share your love of books with your children and other Lawrence families and leave with insight into what your child is thinking about books.

Parents and students must preregister to participate, and the deadline for registration has been extended to this Wednesday, March 19. Extra forms are located in the front office or click here to download a copy. Return forms to your child’s classroom teacher.

Pizza will be sold in the lobby from 6:00 – 6:25. (Please bring your own bottle for water.) All participants will gather together in the auditorium at 6:30 for the official kickoff, then break into small grade level groups, throughout the school, where Lawrence staff members will facilitate discussions about the chosen book. If you have questions please contact the Literacy Specialists at 617-879-4336 or in room 218: Jill Demsey, Terry Jewell, Dianne Muendel, or Pam Tully.

Clean out your closets for Cradles to Crayons. Lawrence is once again participating in a town-wide clothing drive on behalf of C2C. Start sorting now: the big purple collection bin will be in our lobby from Monday, March 31 until Wednesday, April 9. Please help us give back and make a difference to families in need! Questions? Contact BHS parent and C2C volunteer Roseanne Urbano.


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