June 2 News and Notes

This week:  Orchestra Concert (Monday), Final PTO Meeting and Band Concert (Tuesday), Kindergarten Introduction (Wednesday), Gr 8 NYC Trip (Thursday-Friday) .

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Welcome Incoming Kindergarten Students and Families.


Please join us to say farewell and thanks to Monica Crowley this Tuesday 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 in her new role as Principal at the Old Lincoln School.

Due to a few technical glitches, the deadline to order your Lawrence Yearbook has been extended to 11:00 p.m. this Tuesday, June 3. Place your order online or e-mail Nagmeh Anari Varasteh if you have problems. The K-7 book is $16 and the expanded “Graduates Edition” is $26. Prices for individual orders past Tuesday will be significantly increased.

Our final PTO Meeting, Tuesday at 8:30 a.m., we will review and vote on next year’s budget and on the PTO board. Please join us to share your thoughts about the past year and ideas for next year.

8th grade parents are invited to a final adult gathering before graduation Thursday 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.

Are you ready? The 3rd Annual Lawrence Fun Run And 5K Walk/Run is this coming Sunday, June 8th!

  • 9:00 am 1 mile Run/Walk around the Lawrence Track
  • 9:30 am 5K Run/Walk around the Muddy River
  • Bouncy House and Bouncy Obstacle Course
  • Bagels, courtesy of our friends at Finagle a Bagel
  • Entry into a raffle for a variety of prizes
  • Music
  • Proceeds to help support the Lawrence School PTO

Registration forms are in the School Office.  Don’t want to run? Volunteers are needed to help with registration and to guide runners on the 5K course.  Please contact Keith Carson or Maureen Fallon if you have questions for would like to help run the Run!

Thank you so much to Emily Tevald and Kathryn Brown who organized and hosted a lovely luncheon for Lawrence teachers and staff on Friday. Also thanks to all of you who contributed dishes to share. Rumor has it that there was a delicious spread, beautifully presented!


Did you notice our lovely flock of one thousand paper cranes (folded at Family Fun Night in February) last week hanging in the lobby? These symbolic Japanese birds will be delivered by our literacy specialist, Ms. Dianne Muendel, to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park when she visits Japan on the annual SET-J trip from June 20-29. Together the cranes are big and heavy, so they have been shipped to Japan already by Yamato Transport USA Boston Branch. Yamato company generously donated the entire shipping fee. Domo arigato gozaimasu (big thanks to them!)

The “Sending Educators To Japan” program, which is funded by the PTO, has been sending Lawrence teachers to Japan since 2002. Click here to learn more about SET-J. And don’t forget to visit the SET-J table at the Spring Picnic.

Get ready for the Spring Picnic! We hope you’ll join us Thursday, June 12, for one final community gathering before the end of the school year.

  • We’ll gather in the library at 5:00 p.m. to say goodbye to retiring staff members Amy Nevis, Special Education Team Leader and Pam Charpentier, Grade 6/7 Social Studies teacher. The picnic will start at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bring your dinner or purchase pizza or rice balls (or both).
  • Don’t forget your reusable water bottle! We’ll have big water jugs near the pizza table so you can fill up.
  • Please bring a cake for the Cake Walk or something for the Bake Sale!
  • Visit the SET-J table for delicious rice balls, sorbet, and a Japanese fishing yo-yo game and information about Ms. Muendel’s trip to Japan this summer.

If you can take a shift selling pizza or help with set up/clean up, or at the SET-J table please contact organizer Jennifer Mahoney, or sign up online.

Every other year the school library undergoes a complete inventory and this is one of those years! As a result, all students’ books are due by Friday, June 6th. Email reminders will go out to families and your help in rounding those books up (from under the bed, the back of the closet, your car, etc.) is much appreciated!

In addition, volunteer help is needed to complete the inventory. If you have an hour or so available on June 16, 17 or 18 to help scan books, please email Kathy Moriarty with your availability: Any time you can give would be most helpful!


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.

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