Monday Update, March 4


Monday Update
March 4th, 2019

Hello Lawrence Community,

SNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW DAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!! Enjoy it everyone… be safe, bundle up and have fun out there recreating the snowball scene from Elf. If you haven’t seen it, get yourself to a Blockbuster STAT.  

We hope everyone enjoyed the snow this weekend too… See below for what’s happening this week at Lawrence and be sure to check out what’s happening in the Upcoming & Ongoing Section, because there are a bunch of great talks coming up in March, such as Raising Children in a Cross-Cultural Environment, Video Gaming Addiction & Waking Up White.

And if you have any spare time to give, please take a peek at the Volunteer Section… there is always something going on. 

Have a great week, everyone! And thanks for all you do.


SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING: Tuesday, March 5th @ 8AM in the Lawrence Library. All are welcome to attend!

WINTER WARMER- COFFEE AND STEAM: Wednesday March 6th, 8:00-9:00 in the Makerspace at Lawrence. You are invited to learn about the Lawrence School Makerspace. Come enjoy some coffee, participate in a creative and collaborative design activity, and see the future potential for all students. Sponsored by the Enrichment & Challenge Support (ECS) department, supporting all students through innovation. For more information check out or contact Leslie Fagen:


MATH GAME AFTERNOON WITH ANU ADVANI (K-MATH SPECIALIST @ LAWRENCE): March 9th @ 3pm at the Coolidge Corner Library for kids aged 3 years and up and their families.



LOOKING FOR OTHER EVENTS IN THE SCHOOL YEAR?: Click here to see the entire calendar



USED BOOK FAIR: While sorting books for the used book fair we found a personal item that belongs to Melinda Ann Hunt. If anyone knows her or knows how to get this item back to her please reach out to Christina Grady at or 617.775.2855.

Thank you for all the used book fair donations. We are still accepting books of all kinds, including early readers to adults, cookbooks to travel books, etc. Books can be dropped off on the green cart in the lobby and our wonderful volunteers will take it from there! 

ONLINE AUCTION: Our online auction will go live this month. More details coming soon! There is still time to make a donation so please be in touch with Christina Grady at or 617.775.2855 if you have something to donate. Thank you to those members of our community that have already made generous donations. Here is a sneak peek of some items that will be available from current Lawrence parents and hopefully encourage other members of our community to donate something from their respective wheelhouse. 

*Tennis lesson at Lawrence courts* with Marton Balla from The Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center;

*Family photo session* with Heather Maloney of Heather Maloney Photography;

LAWRENCE ART SHOW: The art department is looking for a few volunteers to help label and mount art work for the upcoming Lawrence Art Show. Looking for help Mondays outside the art room between 1:30-3:00p (times flexible) beginning Monday, 1/28/2019 through 4/1/2019. Contact: Shelly Magno.

FAMILY FUN AT INTERNATIONAL NIGHT IS LOOKING FOR PERFORMANCE IDEAS & VOLUNTEERS: This year Family Fun Night and International Night are combined into Family Fun at International Night on April 26th! This means twice the work, but also, twice the fun! Marcia Ramos Sosa is heading this event and is seeking cultural entertainment and activities, large and small. Some examples include displaying/playing musical instruments from different countries, Chinese Yo Yo, La Loteria (a Mexican bingo game), Folk Dance performance, mask-making such as the Puerto Rican Vejigante mask. If you can perform something like this or know of someone who can, please contact Marcia as soon as possible at marciaramossosa@gmail.comor

MAKERSPACE NEEDS SUPPLIES: Leslie Fagen, a Lawrence teacher, would love any empty paper towel and toilet papers tubes that you can spare. Please drop them off in the Makerspace box in the lobby. 

CAN YOU GIVE 1 HOUR TO BROOKLINE THRIVES? Brookline Thrives is a weekend food program for PSB students and is seeking adult volunteers to help at Lincoln School on Fridays from 7:15-8:15am, 11:30am-12:30pm, and 1:30-2:30pm. To volunteer or get more information, please contact Kim Kushner, email or check out 

MYSCHOOLANYWHERE APP FOR YOUR PHONE: You can download the MySchoolAnyWhere app for your phone and click Signups to volunteer- Click here to install the App. 


RAISING CHILDREN IN A CROSS CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT: Monday, March 4th (7-8:30PM) in the Multi-purpose Room at Runkle School (50 Druce Street). See the attachment below for more information. 

Raising Children In A Cross Cultural Environment

VIDEO GAMING ADDICTION- UNDERSTANDING THE WARNING SIGNS AND TREATING THE PROBLEM: Wednesday, March 6th (7-8:30PM) @ the Coolidge Corner School. In collaboration with BPEN, the Coolidge Corner School is hosting Dr. Alok Konojia, Psychiatrist at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, who will be addressing parents on the important topic of video gaming addiction. Attached, please find a flyer for the event which links to an Eventbrite registration form. The event is free of charge and open to all Brookline parents. For more information on the speaker, please click HERE. For more information on the topic, please click HERE

Vdeo Game Addiction Flyer

BROOKLINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION’S 22ND ANNUAL CHILDREN’S SPELLING BEE: The 5th Grade Bee will be held on Sunday, March 10th at Brookline High School Auditorium from 1pm to 3pm. Spellers are asked to arrive at 12:30pm. If your child likes to spell, please encourage him/her to participate! Participation is free. The deadline for registration is THIS Wednesday, February 13th. See the attached flyer for more information. 

BEF 5th grade Spelling Bee

NEXT DICE MEETING: Weds, March 13th, 7:30-8:30 AM (note: AM!) in the LEDP Rm. 

BROOKLINE TALKS PRESENTS- DEBBY IRVING, “WAKING UP WHITE”: Mon, March 18, 2019 (7:00 PM – 8:30 PM) @ Runkle School, Multi Purpose Room. I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough?
Using historical and media images, Debby examines how she used her white-skewed belief system to interpret the world around her. Socialized on a narrow worldview, Debby explores how she spent decades silently reaffirming harmful, archaic racial patterns instead of questioning the socialization that promoted racial disparities and tensions she could see and feel. Click HERE to register- it’s FREE!

ANNUAL BEF TRIVIA BEE: Friday, March 29th from about 6-9 at the Coolidge Corner School. All money benefits Brookline schools. Dinner & drinks are served and it’s super fun. Lawrence hasn’t won this in a quite a while, so let’s take home the trophy this year! (Full disclosure, there is no trophy…) Please save the date and come and join us. Contact Karen Stern for more information:

4TH ANNUAL BROOKLINE YOUTH CLIMATE ADAPTION CHALLENGE: Saturday, April 6 (11AM-2PM) in the Pierce School Cafeteria. Participate in this unique environmental art & science fair that celebrates Mother Nature inspired innovation! Hosted by the Pierce PTO. See below for more information!

Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge

8TH GRADE PARENTS- LEARN ABOUT EXCITING BHS OFFERINGS: Do you want to learn more about the exciting course and program offerings awaiting your student at BHS? Sign up for emails from the BHS Innovation Fund (, and Save the Date for our Reception for Rising Ninth Grade Parents: April 9, 2019 at the Vine Ripe Grill.

FAMILY FUN AT INTERNATIONAL NIGHT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH: We have combined Family Fun Night with International Night and made one wild and crazy combo evening of fun and festive activities. Stay tuned… more information to come. 

LAWRENCE READS: May 14  2019, 5:30-7 pm. Lawrence Reads 2019, a book club for parents, caregivers, and students in grades 3-5, returns this spring with How Tia Lola Came To Stay by Julia Alvarez. Set in Vermont, New York, and the Dominican Republic, this beautiful story shows how families thrive even through the toughest times. Pick up your copy at the Brookline, Boston, or Lawrence School libraries, or from your local bookstore! Questions? E-mail or

LAWRENCE SCHOOL BAND CONCERT: Wednesday, May 29th @ 7pm in the auditorium at the Lawrence School. Students are asked to report no later the 6:45pm in concert dress (dark on bottom, white/light on top). Contact if you have questions. 

EARLY MORNING SPORTS AT LAWRENCE (FOR GRADES 3-8): Wednesday mornings from 7-7:50AM for Grades 6-8 only. Friday mornings from 7-7:50AM for Grades 3-5 only. Accommodations will be made for students who take bus transportation. Early morning sports is a free activity, sponsored by the PTO and monitored by the Wellness Department Staff. There is no registration process and students may participate when they want. Early morning sports is a school sponsored activity and all school rules apply. If you have any questions please email

MYSCHOOLANYWHERE: Please email if you have any questions. Ready to sign up? Click on the link below for the instructions. Thank you!

MySchoolAnywhere Sign-Up Instructions


BROOKLINE ARTS CENTER’S SPRING CLASSES AND APRIL VACATION PROGRAMS ENROLLING NOW: The BAC has a full schedule of exciting art classes for kids planned for the spring session. Sign up for classes in drawing, painting, pottery and wheelthrowing, comic book art, and much more! We also have an incredible line up of programs for ages 5-17 for April Vacation Week, April 16-19, including our ever popular ArtVentures programs and intensives. Learn more and sign up today on our website. P.S.: Register early for our weekly Summer Programs while space is still available! For more information: & . 

THE TOWN’S OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS: is sponsoring a FREE 4-day workshop to increase participation in decision-making groups. Civic engagement and public participation in Town decisions is important to an inclusive and sustainable community. It is important to provide meaningful and accessible opportunities to increase public participation within the Town. The workshop, Serving on Groups, will provide a learning experience for participants to acquire additional skills and tools to be effective communicators as well as work to de-mystify the process of getting involved in decision making groups within Brookline. The workshop is open to anyone who in interested in serving on a decision making group, or just thinking about attending more meetings to get their voice heard. The workshop will be held from 10AM to 2PM on 4 consecutive Thursdays (Feb 28, March 7, March 14, March 21) at the Trustman Apartments Community Room (341 St. Paul St. – rear). To register for the workshop, or for more information, please contact Caitlin (Haynes) Starr at or at 617-730-2345. Accommodations are available upon request.

THINK GREEN- 100% GREEN ELECTRICITY! It’s hard to think green when it’s snowy outside. But what better time than a cold winter day to dig up your Eversource account number and switch to 100% green electricity? It’s quick, easy, and affordable. For about $10/month you can keep 6,000+ lbs of CO2 out of the atmosphere each year. Visit today! Questions? Contact your local Mothers Out Front mom, Kathleen Scanlon, at

HEARTI GRAS 2019- SHOW A LITTLE LOVE TO BROOKLINE NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS: Celebration of Brookline’s non-profit organizations, the arts, and Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday, March 5th, 5:30 – 8:00 PM @ AC Hotel by Marriott Boston Cleveland Circle (395 Chestnut Hill Ave, Boston, MA 02135). Complimentary Valet Parking. No registration/no fee required to attend. Sponsorships available for a limited time. For further information visit:

LEARN TO FIDDLE! Workshop at Brookline Music School: Join Tahlia Cott, BMS faculty member & fiddler, and learn your first fiddle tune while exploring basic fiddle technique & style from such music traditions as bluegrass, old time, & Cajun on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 4pm. Brookline Music School | | 617-277-4593

MOTHERS OUT FRONT COMMUNITY COFFEE: Wednesday, March 27, 8:30-10am. Do you worry about climate change? Find hope through action with us at a community coffee. Stop by anytime between 8:30 and 10 a.m. to learn more about Mothers Out Front and how to get involved. KooKoo Cafe, 7 Station Street, Brookline. For more information, please contact 

NATIONAL GATHERING OF MOTHERS OUT FRONT IN BOSTON: Mother’s Out Front (MOF) just announced that their first national meeting will be held in Boston this spring. Save the date: April 6 & 7. Click HERE for more information. MOF:

WHAT’S INNOVATION GOT TO DO WITH IT? Women’s Panel on Wednesday, April 10th, 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Showcase SuperLUX , 55 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill. Come Hear From Inspiring Women Innovators. Students: $15, Chamber Members: $30, General Public: $40. Early Registration Discount: $5 off all ticket fees if registered by March 1st. Registration required at

EXPERIENCED BABYSITTER/DRIVER AVAILABLE: Warm, mature woman available afternoons to babysit children, help with homework and drive them to activities. Excellent driving record. References available from Lawrence School parents. Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons immediately. Will care for children age 6 and over. Please contact Katherine Greenough at or 616-312-3994. Thank you.

GIRLS LACROSSE REGISTRATION IS OPEN: Something new, exciting, fast, and fabulous? Why not give lacrosse a shot? Learn the sport in a relaxed atmosphere with great coaches, and an even better group of girls. We aim to not only teach the sport, but create a sense of confidence, empowerment, bonding, and friendship as we work on improving skills, fitness, and more. Retired lax player-or just interested in becoming involved?  Come join our awesome team of coaches, administrators, and managers. No experience necessary. Trust me. Questions, comments, or concerns? Contact Dara Kelly, Co Director BYL Girls, at:

WIN TWO FREE RED SOX TICKETS FROM BROOKLINE YOUTH BASEBALL (BYB): Registration for BYB’s Spring Baseball Program for 6 to 16 year olds is now open, and as a special incentive to sign up now, here’s a chance to win two free Red Sox tickets for joining 600 other families  for an exciting and fun season of baseball from our T-Ball for younger players to our Senior League for the most advanced. It is easy and simple…Just register for BYB’s Spring Baseball Season at: The seats: Really good view. See all the action on the first base side, RF Box 97 (20 rows back from field). The game: Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Sunday, April 27 at 1:05PM. Register today to be included in the BYB Red Sox ticket Raffle !!  Two box seats … and… a chance to see your World Series Champs!Winning name to be drawn on March 21 !!! 

SELF DEFENSE FOR GIRLS, TEENS & WOMEN IN BROOKLINE: Introduction to Krav Maga classes are offered as well as one-time workshops on self-defense for girls (ages 8-12) and for teens and women @ Florian Martial Arts (map). Join instructor Jennifer Finkle for an invigorating workshop where you will learn how to fight back. Workshops on Sunday, April 7th. Click HERE for more information.

BROOKLINE RECREATION: Check out all the fun classes that are offered through Brookline Recreation HERE!

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GET $25/ GIVE $25! Empow Studios is offering $25 off their STEM Camps in Brookline by using coupon code LS25. For every registration, Empow will donate an additional $25 to our PTO! Learn more at…

Note: There is no cap on this promotion, but there is a limit on enrollment per camp session, so register now to ensure your spot, your discount, and the donation to our community! This special offer is available through June 1. 
MATHNASIUM: Mid-Winter Special For Lawrence School families only! Mention this announcement through Feb and we will waive our registration fee, a $75 value! Mathnasium of Brookline @ 1345 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446. (617) 906 8000. 

URBANITY DANCE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS: Urbanity Dance is now accepting registrations for summer youth programs at our South End studios! With programs for ages 2-18, ranging in styles from contemporary and ballet to hip hop and improvisation, Urbanity has programs for everyone. Click HERE for more information including early bird savings. 

Urbanity Dance Summer Camps

BROOKLINE MUSIC SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMS: Make music a part of your summer! Brookline Music School offers summer classes and programs for all ages, abilities, & interests. A full list of Brookline Music School’s programs, more information, and tuition rates can be found at

KICKS AND TRICKS: Sophie Abou-Rizk is a recent graduate of Newton North High School who played soccer there for all four years. Every summer, she and three of my varsity teammates run and coach a girls soccer clinic: Kicks and Tricks. The past years have been incredible; we’ve met amazing girls, who are motivated and interested in working hard and developing their technical and tactical soccer skills. Kicks and Tricks runs from June 24-28, and July 29-August 2 from 9am to 12pm on the Newton North High School fields and the cost for each week is $180. For more information contact


NEWTON AREA FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUE (NAFFL): A new youth sports league offered during the spring and fall seasons. After selling out all our roster spots for the fall season, our spring registration is currently underway and filling up quickly, so register today! The season begins on April 7 and ends on June 16 at the recently renovated Daly Field on Nonantum Road. Games take less than one hour and are held on Sundays between 12 and 3 pm. All games are coached, professionally refereed and scored. Registration guarantees each player 8 games, including playoffs. Divisions are available for kids ages 5 – 14. Also, as an organization, we are dedicated to giving back to the community, and so when players register with the coupon code SCHOOL, we will donate $10 to the school where players are enrolled, and they will receive $10 off their registration. More information can be found on our website and on the attached flyer


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