September 22 News and Notes

This week: Gr 3-5 Open House and Green Team Meeting (Tuesday), No School – Rosh Hashanah (Thursday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: MCAS Results.


The Gr. 4-8 Homework Center begins today (Monday). A team of Lawrence teachers and paraprofessionals staff the Homework Center and assist students with assignments as needed. 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, in Room 316 (Ms. Avakian’s classroom).  Students can drop in any of the 3 days. It is free of charge. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Vice Principal Laura Horst.

Please join the Green Team for a kickoff meeting–open to all–to contribute ideas and plan activities for the year on Tuesday, September 23 at 1:00 p.m. Please check the lobby easel for the meeting location TBD. This parent group raises green awareness and understanding of environmental issues to promote the adoption of responsible practices within the Lawrence community. Please contact Kathleen Scanlon if you want more information or if you want to become involved but can’t make the meeting.

Grade 3-5 Open House takes place Tuesday evening and, as with the Open Houses last week, is an opportunity to meet teachers and hear what’s planned for the school year. Child care will be provided: $5 per child ($10 family maximum), no children under 3.

  • 6:00-6:25 Meet the specialists
  • 6:15-7:15 Classrooms (Presentations begin at 6:25)

Our first PTO Meeting will be held next Tuesday, September 30, at 8 a.m. in the library. Principal Rick Rogers will speak about the upcoming school year. PTO meetings, both “special topic meetings” and business/ board meetings, are a great way to stay informed, meet other parents and share ideas and opinions.

The Grade 6-8 Play will be The Wizard of Oz, and it kicks off this week!  An orientation meeting will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, immediately after school in the auditorium, to present information and audition sign-ups.  Auditions will be September 30, with callbacks the following day as necessary, and rehearsals begin October 2 from 2:30-4:30.  Parent volunteers are also welcome, to help with costumes, sets and other aspects of the production.  Please contact director Kathryn McNamara with any questions.

The Lawrence Library depends on volunteers! Many parents have taken on new responsibilities as the school year begins, but any amount of time you might be able to provide — shelving, sorting books, and other tasks — would be much appreciated. Kathy Moriarty, the Lawrence librarian, would like to put together a tentative schedule in the next week or two. Please contact Kathy by email, or stop by the library. And please check the Library Blog for book suggestions, news about library activities, links to reading-related resources and other topics. Kathy will post updates twice a month.

Every May the PTO runs a three-day Used Book Fair. It’s not only a great fundraiser, but helps share books that would otherwise sit collecting dust. And they’re cheap! We collect books all year, and the “book fair wagon” will be in the school lobby beginning this week. Please drop off used books any time (in bags or boxes). Titles for all ages, from board books to racy bestsellers, are welcome.

Check out the PTO’s Community Bulletin Board — a great way to spread the word about local programs, classes and services of interest to school-age kids and their parents. See what’s up here. The Bulletin Board is always available through the PTO website or a link in every weekly update (below). To post to the Lawrence Community Bulletin Board, please email us. Please, no goods for sale, and no services that aren’t primarily intended for school-age children or their parents. All posts are subject to approval.


As each new school year gets underway, kids have the opportunity to reinvent themselves. They are a year older than last September and facing new classes, new classmates, new teachers, maybe a new look, a new attitude. All these changes represent a fresh beginning and a new developmental milestone, but with these changes come new expectations and challenges — for you and your kids. B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network) can help with useful advice for parents on how to navigate these challenges. Check out the wealth of information on B-PEN’s new Transitions page, including setting appropriate limits and parent-to-parent tips.

On September 15, Whole Foods Market in Brookline donated 5% of its pretax sales for the entire day to the Brookline Education Foundation. The final number is in: the donation will total $2,630. Thank you, Whole Foods Market and local shoppers!

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