January 26 News and Notes

This week: Math Curriculum Meeting (Wednesday), Report Cards & Gr 6-8 Portfolio Share and Skate Night (Friday).

This week’s Vice-Principal’s Corner: Progress in Grades 6-8.


Please join us for Standards of Mathematical Practice: How They Apply to School and Home, a parent presentation about shifting to the new math standards in Massachusetts. Come learn about how you can use daily activities to guide your child to become a strong problem solver! Wednesday, January 28, 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the library.

Lawrence Family Skate Night is this Friday night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Skating Rink in Larz Anderson Park.  Admission is free, thanks to your support of the PTO. Skate rentals will be available and the concessions open, selling pizza, hot dogs, hot chocolate and snacks.

Come together with friends, family and classmates on Friday night, February 6, for a longstanding Lawrence tradition: Family Fun Night. From 6:00-8:30 p.m. enjoy food, games, crafts, and lots of fun! Volunteers still needed for a variety of fun activities. If you can help, please sign up to take a shift or contact Florrie Ives.

At Family Fun Night, don’t miss the International Expo. At the Expo, expanded to the small gym this year, groups of families sponsor tables to share foods, crafts, music and other features of their culture. If you would like to share your family’s culture and sponsor a table, individually or with a group, please contact Florrie Ives or Maritza Velez. Thank you!

Registration for Brookline children entering kindergarten this September will begin during February in each elementary school.  Registration forms are available in the elementary school offices and on the Public Schools of Brookline website beginning today.  In addition to the registration form, parents will need to provide the following documents: original birth certificate and immunization records (translated and notarized if other than English), and proof of Brookline residency.  Please see specific requirements and more information on the BPS [www.brookline.k12.ma.us]website.

Families residing in a buffer zone may state a school preference at the time of registration and may drop off registration forms at any of the schools in that buffer zone. Registration dates for Lawrence School are Wednesday, February 4, 7:30–9:00 a.m. and Thursday, February 5, 2015 7:30–9:00 a.m. Please do not bring children to registration.  If you cannot attend one of these sessions, please make an appointment with the Office of Students, [www.brookline.k12.ma.us]here.


Brookline High School presents their 2015 musical Hairspray February 4-7 (3:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday). Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, $10 adults, and free for Brookline elementary school students.  “Hairspray” is not just a great musical but also a smart commentary on social injustices of America in the 1960s. The songs include ’60s-style dance music and Motown rhythm and blues. Set in 1962 Baltimore, “Hairspray” is the story of teen Tracy Turnblad, who, though considered too “plump,” dreams of dancing on The Corny Collins Show, a TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, despite the objections of the director, she becomes an overnight celebrity and meets a diverse array of characters who change her world and challenge the people around her.  You may read director Christien Polos’s reflections about “Hairspray” here.


The Board of Selectmen holds a public meeting this Tuesday for “Final Review of Issues and Possible Vote on Specific Override/Debt Exclusion Question(s).”  Note that given the current weather forecast — heavy snow from Monday night through Tuesday — you might wish to double-check before heading over.

Climate Action Brookline and community partners are pleased to present the 5th annual Brookline Climate Week. Distinctive and timely events leading to climate action run Monday, February 2 through Tuesday, February 10. The website has offerings including Putting Money Where Our Future Is: Divestment and Investment Strategies; On the Move: Innovative Ideas in Transportation; Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change; and Green Up Your House with the Click of a Mouse, the  launch of a local, non-profit clean electricity campaign to enroll 1,000 households and businesses. Special events for families include the 3R Depot with a Sports Gear Exchange, Food Court, Tiny Sol solar run house and more. Details, a full description of events and a schedule for all ages are here. Printed brochures are available at Town Hall, Brookline Booksmith, libraries and more.

Give Kids A Smile Day is an annual, national event created to provide free dental care to children and increase awareness of the barriers some families face in accessing dental care. At the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, students and faculty provide free dental exams, teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment and oral health education for children. Additionally, mouthguards can be made for children 10 years old and older on the day of the event. Orthodontic screenings will also be available. Children from age 1 to 17 are welcome on Saturday, February 7, 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, 188 Longwood Avenue.  Call 617-432-1434 to make an appointment (select option  #1). Patient appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kids can also learn what being a dentist is all about! Hands-on activities and career information and guidance will be available for teens interested in medicine/dentistry.


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