June 1 News and Notes

This week:  School Council Meeting (Tuesday), K-3 Voci Angelica Trio Concert (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Honoring Alicia Hsu and Welcoming Our Incoming Kindergarten.


Congratulations to all of the runners and walkers who participated in Sunday’s Lawrence Fun Run. Thank you very much to Keith Carson and all of the parent volunteers who helped make this day happen.

The Spring Picnic is coming up next Thursday. Immediately before the picnic, at 5:00 in the library, we’ll say goodbye to third grade teacher Alicia Hsu, who is retiring from Lawrence School after many years. Please join us  at her retirement party.

A memory book is being created for Ms. Hsu so that we can share with her our appreciation for all she has done for our children. We invite as many current and former 3H families as possible to make a page for the book. Pages can be made by children, parents or both. Families are welcome to write or paste something directly on the paper, to contribute notes, memories, photographs, pictures:  be as creative — or as simple — as you like. Please take a sheet of paper from the envelope in the front office (labeled “Scrapbook Paper”) have fun making your page, and return it to the office by Friday, June 5th. Contact Charu Sharma with questions.

Also this Friday, grades K-3 will be treated to an interactive performance by the Voci Angelica Trio. This musical group showcases world folk music from six continents, teaching about geography and diverse cultures. Grades K-1 are at 9:00 a.m. and grades 2-3 at 10:00 a.m. in the auditorium. Parents are welcome to attend.

For more information about the concert or if you are interested in being part of the Performing Arts Council next year, please contact Lisa Viola. The PAC, funded by the PTO, schedules performances for all grades – all year long!

Yearbooks for the 2014/ 2015 school year are now in production. Please place your online order here before the deadline of June 7, 11pm.  Two different versions will be available:

  • for $18, the K-7 Yearbook: 56 color pages including K-8 class photos and collages, or
  • for $27, the Graduates Edition: includes the K-7 class photos plus an expanded 8th grade section.

Yearbooks will be available mid-June. Late orders cannot be accepted due to production costs and schedule.  Please contact Nagmeh Ansari with any questions.


As mentioned above, the Spring Picnic is Thursday, June 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Many volunteers are needed to run the picnic. If you can help sell pizza, run the cake walk, help at the SET-J table, sell Lawrence T’s or water bottles, bake (or buy!) and donate a cake or cookies, or help with set up or clean up, please sign up for a shift online.  Contact Jennifer Mahoney or the PTO with questions.


Please join Coach Keith Lezama and the BHS staff, current players, alumni, college coaches, and players for Brookline’s first annual Basketball Nights: ten free sessions of basketball skills and drills every Monday and Wednesday (for girls) and Tuesday and Thursday (for boys) starting July 6.  Participants will have an opportunity to hone their skills, have fun, and compete. For more information, please contact Coach Keith Lezama.

When: July 6th – August 5th
Grades 3-7, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Grades 8-12, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Brookline High School, Schluntz Gym

The Brookline Recreation Department and the Brookline Public Library are hosting Tee Off at the Library for families, teens and adults on Saturday, June 20 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy 18 holes of mini-golf as they weave in and out of books and reading areas. In addition to the golf there will be food, drinks, face painting (for kids and families), henna tattoos (for teens), and a chance to snap photos and capture the day’s events. Ticket and schedule information:

  • Families (up to four people, ages 5 and up): $10, noon – 2:30 pm.
  • Teens (ages 12 to 18): $5, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Adults: Tickets $5 online until June 18 or $10 at door.

To buy tickets and register for your tee time in advance (recommended due to the events’ popularity), please go to the library’s website.


We need new blood in the PTO!

Next year, as this year, we will have many opportunities for parents to volunteer on a one-time basis at events such as the Fall Food Festival, the Phonathon, the Japanese Food Fair, the Book Fair and more. The best way to find out how and when to help is through this newsletter, PTO e-mail reminders or through your classroom room parent communications.

More importantly, however, we now need parents who can serve as PTO officers, leaders and coordinators of events and activities next year. The openings include:

  • PTO Co-President, Assistant Treasurer and Secretary
  • Family Fun Night (three coordinators)
  • Used and/or New Book Fair (two)
  • Online Auction (two)
  • Yearbook (one or two)
  • Lawrence Logo T’s and sweatshirts (two)

We have detailed information and past history on how to do these jobs, online here. Change and new ideas are welcome! These positions, and all volunteering within the school, require time and energy but are hugely rewarding. Your efforts benefit not just your child but all of the other children, parents and staff at Lawrence.

Finally, PTO funding is tied to the efforts of all of our volunteers. Fewer volunteers = less money raised.  Of necessity we have already cut $4,500 from next year’s budget because of the uncertainty of key events and volunteers to lead them. We will have to cut an addition $5,000 by the start of next school year if positions are not filled. These cuts mean equivalent cuts in Performing and Visual Arts, Classroom Enrichment, field trips and other areas that currently benefit our children so much.

Please consider taking a role next year!

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