May 27 News and Notes

This week:  Townwide Orchestra & Voices of Brookline Concert (Tuesday), Townwide Band & Jazz Concert (Wednesday), Gr 5-8 Chorus Concert (Thursday), Gr 6-8 Portfolio Share and Staff Appreciation Luncheon (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: here.


Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped sort books throughout the year and who encouraged Lawrence readers while fostering green ideals through the Used Book Fair. Thank you also to everyone who donated or purchased any of the nearly 4,000 books that found new homes last week. Just over $2,500 was raised for the PTO.

Leftover books went to great causes: teachers for their classrooms, teachers starting libraries in such faraway places as Thailand, Uganda and a low income housing complex here in Brookline.

The PTO’s Staff Appreciation Lunch is this Friday.  Please help us prepare a wonderful end-of-year lunch for our fabulous teachers and staff. Our kids have been given such amazing opportunities over the past year from all of the efforts of the over one hundred teachers and staff at Lawrence and now it’s our turn to let them know how much we appreciate their efforts. Help is needed with the food. Please see the recommendations below by grade for what is needed.

This list is just a suggestion by grade so we make sure we have enough of everything, and if you prefer to deviate from the suggestion, please feel free to do so. Items can be dropped off on Friday morning in the staff lunchroom on the second floor.

  • Gr K-1: Salads (green salad, Caesar salad, fruit salad, coleslaw, potato salad, etc.)
  • Gr 2-3: Main Dishes (lasagna, ham, fried chicken, finger sandwiches, yaki soba, sushi, etc.)
  • Gr 4-5: Desserts (cookies, brownies, cake/ cheesecake, pudding, cupcakes)
  • Gr 6-8: Side Dishes (rice, pasta, beans, garlic bread, rolls, etc.)

You can sign up online for what you would like to bring, or if easier for you, just email organizers Emily Tevald or Kathryn Brown and let them know. Thank you so much for your help in making this a special celebration for our amazing Lawrence faculty and staff!

The deadline to order your Lawrence Yearbook is May 31! Two different versions will be available: the “All-School Yearbook”, with 52 color pages including all K-7 class photos as well as collages, priced at $16, and the “Graduates Edition,” which includes all of the K-7 book plus an expanded 8th grade section, priced at $26. Yearbook covers were designed by two talented 8th graders: Sophie Morganstern designed the K-7 cover and Elaine Chen designed the 8th grade cover. Order online: don’t miss out on this great way to remember your years at Lawrence.


Monica Crowley will be leaving Lawrence School to be the new Principal for the transitional school at Old Lincoln School. Please join us as we say farewell on Tuesday, June 3 in the library, beginning at 7:45 a.m. until the PTO meeting begins at 8:30. Please drop in for coffee, a breakfast treat, and to wish Monica well.

8th grade parents are invited to a final adult gathering before graduation on June 5th at the Teen Center (40 Aspinwall Ave, next to Walgreens). Come to share memories, swap stories, and get prepared for the perils of … gasp … high school! Light dinner and drinks will be served. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a $10/person donation requested to help with the cost.  Please RSVP with your number of attendees to Leah Camhi or Amy Pitter, so that we can order the appropriate amount of food.

June 8 is the 3rd Annual Lawrence Fun Run And 5K Walk/Run! Registration is ongoing through race day with forms are available in the available in the front office (though the deadline for a guaranteed T-shirt has passed.) The run will be held in the Lawrence School Yard. At 9:00 a.m. is a one-mile fun-run/walk (five laps around the Lawrence track) where all are welcome. At 9:30 a.m. is the 5K fun-run/walk (Lawrence track, Muddy River, back to track). Parental supervision is required for kids in grades three or below for the 5K. The registration fee is $20. Contact Keith Carson or Maureen Fallon if you have questions for would like to help run the Run!

The Spring Picnic is Thursday, June 12. Just before the picnic we’ll say goodbye to retiring staff members, Amy Nevis, Special Education Team Leader and Pam Charpentier, Grade 6/7 Social Studies teacher. Both of these Lawrence veterans will be sorely missed. Please join us in saying thanks and goodbye at their retirement party and contact us by email if you would like to help plan the party or share any memories, mementos or photos on that day. Assistance is needed to plan and run the picnic. Please contact organizer Jennifer Mahoney if you can help, or sign up online.


With the legalization of marijuana in other states and here in Massachusetts, cannabis is very much a part of our culture, and there is a shifting spectrum of attitudes. A recent forum bringing together Brookline students, parents, and school/health administrators and staff explored misperceptions, misinformation, warning signs of abuse and ways to prevent the development of marijuana abuse disorders among our youth. Check out B-PEN”s new Parent Update on “The Changing Face of Marijuana: Revisiting the Conversation with Adolescents.”

Honor a Teacher.  Chances are that an outstanding teacher has inspired your child—maybe even your whole family—in some way this year. As the school year comes to a close, consider saying “thank you” by donating to the Brookline Education Foundation in honor of that special someone. It makes a great class gift too!

Your donation directly supports professional development projects for all Brookline educators, enabling them to grow in their profession and bring new experiences back into their classrooms to enrich your child’s learning. So, let that special teacher, administrator, or coach know how important s/he is to you and your child! You may donate online here.

Voices Boston (formerly PALS Children’s Chorus) is currently holding auditions for its 25th season! We welcome students who love to sing and are entering grades K-12 to audition for the chorus, which offers vocal training and music literacy in a strong and caring community of peers and teachers. Our oldest students also receive training in drama and dance, and have opportunities to participate in tours. Children will gain experience and confidence in this friendly, supportive group as they prepare for and perform multiple concerts a year. Every member of the chorus also performs in our annual opera production. For more information and to sign up for an audition, please visit our website.


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