December 16 News and Notes

This week: Winter Break begins Saturday.

This week’s Vice-Principal’s Corner: Anti-Bullying and the Olweus Program.


The PTO is profoundly grateful to Katherine Ingraham and her merry band of phonathon callers, who pulled off a successful phonathon last week. In case you still need to send in your pledge, missed the call or have had a change of heart and would like to contribute, you can drop off checks (made out to the Lawrence PTO) in the front office, mail them to the PTO at 27 Francis Street, Brookline 02446, or donate now through PayPal. Thank you again!

Congratulations to the cast, crew and directors (Katie McNamara and True Burley) of the Gr. 6-8 Drama production of Seussical. The play was highly entertaining. Great job!


Dramatic opportunities for students and parents abound at Lawrence. The major spring productions have begun to assemble:

First up is the town-famous PTO Play. Every year parents and teachers put on an original musical for the benefit of the school community. The rehearsal period begins in January, with peformances scheduled for mid-March. As always, we are looking for help. This year have an especially urgent need for an assistant director and as ever we need parents who can act and/or sing as well as help “behind the scenes” with props, sets, and costumes. This longstanding Lawrence school tradition is a fun and rewarding way to get involved in the school and launch your new career!
If you are interested in participating or if you have any questions, please contact Dennis Doughty. Thanks!

Second, Drama in the Afternoon returns again this year with a program for students in Grades 3-5. Students are invited to participate in a lively, humorous and suspenseful musical production called Jack (or Jackie) and the Beanstalk. (We haven’t yet decided whether it will be Jack or Jackie.) No special talents required! The fun begins on Tuesday, January 21. Directed by Beth Bankler and Leslie Prizer, rehearsals will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40- 4:15 (times will be adjusted for early release days and so forth). The anticipated date for the performances (morning and evening) is May 1. Come climb up the beanstalk for a musical adventure you’ll not soon forget!

Cost for the program is $200. Registration forms and further information will be sent home following winter break. We are looking forward to another exciting event!

Family Fun Night, including the new International Expo, is coming up Friday, February 7.

A Family Fun Night Limerick

Gift cards galore in your drawer?
De-clutter and re-gift them once more
We need them to raffle
And save you the hassle
Of having to go to the store!

Family Fun Night is looking for gift cards that can be used for the FFN raffle. If you find yourself with a gift card that you would like to donate, please put it in an envelope labeled FFN in the PTO mailbox located in the school office.

Share your country’s culture with the Lawrence Community! Sign up to sponsor a table at Family Fun Night’s new International Expo: an exciting place where FFN and International Night meet! We are seeking representatives from any country to host table exhibits that teach us about your culture (language, geography, history, famous people, clothing, traditions — the sky’s the limit). We hope to have exhibits from many countries and cultures, and need you to make it happen. If you are interested in participating, please follow this link and complete the short questionnaire (just five questions). Thanks!

Various Winter Break Activities are available for kids.

The first is Winter Wonderland 2013, a range of different activities presented by Brookline SmartVacations. Students ages 5-12 will enjoy arts and crafts projects, computer and gym games, and more. Programs meet each day at the high school from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with options for early morning drop-off (8:00-9:00 a.m.) and late afternoon pick-up (4:00-5:00 p.m.). You may choose 1, 2, 3 or all 4 of the program days: Monday 23 Dec, Thursday 26 Dec, Friday 27 Dec and Monday 30 Dec.

$70 for 1 day (9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
$140 for 2 days
$200 for 3 days
$260 for 4 days
$15 daily (8:00-9:00 a.m.)
$15 daily (4:00-5:00 p.m.)

For more information and registration forms, please click here, visit Brookline Adult & Community Education, located in BHS Room 100, or call 617-730-2700.

A Step Ahead Basketball is offering weekly skills classes Saturdays for boys and girls ages 7-14. In addition we are holding our 11th annual Holiday Hoops during December vacation. For more information contact Coach Brendan Smith by email or phone (617-909-5990), or visit the website.

Please consider supporting the Brookline Educational Foundation. The BEF supports innovation and excellence in all Brookline classrooms by raising funds that are critical to keeping our schools at the leading edge of public education. Your donation helps fund BEF grants that offer training for educators that enriches teaching practices, incorporate innovative technology into the curriculum and provide students with the 21st Century skills needed to succeed in our evolving complex society. Please check out the website for more information and to donate today.

This will be our last Weekly Update until after break. Enjoy the holidays and we’ll see you in January!

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