November 24 News and Notes

This week: Apple Pie Making (Monday), Noon Dismissal (Wednesday), No School (Thursday-Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: “What Makes You Say That?”


Last week’s Japanese Food Fair presented a dizzying array of Japanese treats! We are sincerely grateful to Kimie Hoshino and Keiko Maeda who pulled off this event as well as the many volunteers who worked so hard to share Japanese cuisine with our lucky students, parents and staff. We would also like to thank the many local businesses without whose support the event would not have been possible:  Beautiful Cut Hair Salon, Cambridge Auto Center, Costco (Everett), Defi, Ebisuya Japanese Market, Hair Stylist Kayoko, Izakaya Ittoku, Japonaise Bakery, OSAKA, Pikaichi, Reliable Market, Sakanaya, Sapporo Ramen, Shaws (Allston), Takusan Sushi and Wegmans (Chestnut Hill). Please thank them in your business.

In addition to providing a delicious taste of Japan, the Japanese Food Fair raised over $5,000 for the PTO. “Arigato!”

Thank you also to Bettina Neuefeind who was our guest at last week’s PTO Meeting. If you missed her interesting presentation the work of the town Wellness Committee, in particular student stress and improving the quality and nutrition of foods at school, her handouts will be up on the website soon.


December 3rd is an early release day, and The PTO is sponsoring an after-school movie in the auditorium from 12:40 – 2:20 p.m. The movie title and registration link with instructions will be sent out in a separate e-mail shortly. We will use the same online process as last year for registering children. You will need to register each child that would like to attend in advance. The suggested donation price for the movie is $6 per child. So that we can keep track of kids and keep them safe, children who are not registered in advance will not be admitted. Registration deadline is Monday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. If you are not able to access a computer, please contact Makeeba McCreary, (617) 293-4024 or by email.

The Enrichment and Challenge Support Program (ECS) promotes critical and creative thinking skills for all students in K-8 system-wide, and supports classroom teachers in providing challenging curriculum and extension opportunities for students who show a capacity for high levels of academic, intellectual, and creative achievement. More information is available here, and you can learn more at the ECS Informational Meeting on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 8:15 a.m. in the library. Meet our ECS Resource teacher Leslie Fagen and the Program Head, Mies Boet. You may also contact Lawrence’s two parent representatives on the ECS Parent Advisory Committee, Ivey Bueno Linn and Sharon Grimberg.

As classes are in full swing and we head into the winter, help us celebrate our wonderful teachers and staff at The Lawrence School. They work so hard for our children, and the Staff Appreciation Luncheon celebrates their efforts and their commitment to our families. The mercury is dropping — please help us provide a lunch full of yummy comfort foods to warm the soul and heart. Sign up to contribute your favorite cozy winter foods. The luncheon will be on Friday, December 5th. Please drop off your donations in the staff lunchroom on the second floor any time before 10:30 a.m. Any contribution is welcome – a hearty main course, a delicious winter side or a favorite dessert. Please contact Emily Tevald or Kathryn Brown with questions.

Coffee Cans needed!  Later this school year, 5th Grade students will build their own pin-hole cameras. As part of the Optics and Light unit, each student will assemble their own working camera and then use it to photograph the school landscape and take portraits of each other. We need approximately 85 ILLY brand 8.8-oz. metal cans. If you are an ILLY coffee drinker, please enjoy it then bring the empty can to the collection box, located on the 2nd floor, under the table outside the Art Room. Thanks in advance from the fifth grade teachers: Shannon Egna (5E), Katherine Nguyen (5N), Rhodinne Wang (5RW) and Jonathan Weinberger (5W)


The School Committee will be holding office hours this Tuesday, November 25 from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. in Room 111, 1st Floor, Town Hall. This is an open discussion with the Brookline School Committee and the public, with topics to be determined by the participants.

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