March 31 News and Notes

This week: School Council Meeting (Tuesday), K-6 Early Dismissal (Tuesday) .

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Cultivating Habits of Mind at Lawrence.


Registration for the next PTO-sponsored after-school movie runs Tuesday, April 1 through Monday, April 7. The movie, Disney’s hugely popular Frozen, will be shown after school on Wednesday, April 9, an early release day. To register your child click here and sign up for a new account. Register each child who will attend (note that you may register all siblings before payment on the final page). Make a donation to the PTO (suggested amount: $6 per child). For safety reasons late registrations, after April 7, will not be accepted and children not registered will not be admitted to the movie. Volunteers are needed in two shifts: 12:00-1:30 and 1:30-3:00 p.m. to help manage the movie event. Please contact Makeeba McCreary if you can help.

The Cradles to Crayons clothing drive has begun! Please bring in gently worn clothes (sizes newborn to adult large), shoes and boots (up to adult size 10) and place them in the big purple collection bin located in the school lobby. The drive will continue through Wednesday, April 9. Contact BHS parent and C2C volunteer Roseanne Urbano with questions.


The third annual Make Art At Lawrence K-8 Art Showis coming up Thursday, April 10. The evening will feature over six hundred K-through-8 masterpieces. Ms. Magno and the Visual Arts Council team have been hard at work preparing for the show which is sure to be fabulous! Volunteers are still needed to help the day of the show. Please sign up here or contact VAC member Linda Louie.


Last week’s Lawrence Reads was proved to be an evening filled with great book discussions. if you missed the event, the chosen books would be great ones to read with your family:

  • Grades K – 1, That Book Woman by Heather Henson
  • Grades 2 -3, Hachiko Waits by Leslea Newman
  • Grades 4 – 5, Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff
  • Grades 6 – 8, Fire from the Rock by Sharon M. Draper

On Monday, April 14 we will host author Barbara O’Connor who will meet with grades 3 – 5. The library has a display of Ms. O’Connor’s books, listed below, and many students have already started reading them to prepare for her visit. All are skillfully written and would make fun family read-alouds

  • How to Steal a Dog
  • The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis (last year’s Lawrence Reads selection)
  • On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s
  • The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester
  • Me and Rupert Goody
  • Beethoven in Paradise
  • Greetings from Nowhere

Most of these titles are available at the Brookline Public Library, Boston Public Library and local bookstores. For more information check out Ms. O’Connor’s website or her blog. We hope students will be inspired by our second author visit of the year! (These visits, and many other activities, are funded by the PTO). To keep abreast of all things going on in the Lawrence library, check out Ms. Moriarty’s weekly blog.


The PTO Used Book Sale is coming up in mid-May. Now’s a great time to do some spring cleaning and bring in any gently used, much loved but kids-have-outgrown books to donate to the sale. Just drop boxed or bagged books into the green wagon located in the lobby. If you have a big bunch, we are happy to pick up books from your house. Contact Pamela Iguchi if you’d like to schedule a pick up. Thanks!

Call for Summer Gardening Volunteers

Do you enjoy gardening? Would you like to play a role in keeping our school grounds looking beautiful? We are seeking a new crop (!) of Lawrence parents to help the Friends of Lawrence Park with their ongoing work, as well as to help with our School Garden, which has been reborn under the leadership of 2nd grade teacher Jonathan Norwood. Volunteers (and a volunteer coordinator) are needed this summer to help with watering and weeding in the following areas:

  • School Garden – a small area of summer crops and butterfly garden
  • Plants along the border of the School Garden
  • Circle Garden
  • Peace Pole Garden on our Front Patio

Families will ideally sign up for one week at a time during the summer and receive a reminder e-mail from the volunteer coordinator who would keep track of the schedule.

The Friends of Lawrence Park has played an important role over the years in enhancing our school grounds. They are responsible for creating the beautiful Circle Garden between our west entrance and the playground. They have helped care for the flowers around the Peace Pole. In 2010, the Friends provided half of the funds necessary to create our school garden, with the rest of the cost covered by the Lawrence PTO. Each year, the Friends work with our students to plant annuals in the Circle Garden. And a dedicated crew of “Weekly Weeders” has provided water and weeding throughout the summer. Please consider helping! Contact us by email for more information.


Come hear a spectacular production of Antonio Vivaldi’sGloria performed by Brookline High School Camerata and Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Michael Driscoll. Vivaldi’s exuberant Gloria has enjoyed universal appeal since it was discovered in the 1920s amongst some of the composer’s lost manuscripts, nearly two centuries after his death. The performance features a student orchestra along with professional baroque trumpeter, Bruce Hall. Solos will be sung by members of the choir. Tickets are $5 (elementary students attend for free) and are available at the door. For more information, please email Mike Driscoll.

Also at the high school, The Changing Face of Marijuana – Revisiting the Conversation with Adolescents, featuring Dr. John Kelly of MGH and BHS Peer Leaders. This open public forum takes place on April 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Brookline High School’s Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium The changing landscape of marijuana has left many of us unclear on some of the issues. Adolescents, who are getting mixed messages, are especially prone to misperceptions that could lead to increased marijuana use and possible abuse disorders. The forum addresses student perceptions and current use, clarifies legal safeguards, and explores marijuana’s impact on the developing teen brain, with information on addiction and treatment. Register here.

Come sing and dance with Vanessa Trien and Philip Alexander at the 7th Annual BEEP Family Concert.Vanessa and Philip and the band will give us a shoe-stomping, hand-clapping show that is sure to be a rollicking good time for everyone. Bring your family and your friends and join us for a morning of quality family fun! Purchase tickets here, or by cash or check the day of the show. Sunday, April 6th, 10:30 a.m. at Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon Street. Tickets are $10 adult, $8 kids, babies 12 months and under free.

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