January 20 News and Notes

This week: MLK Day – No School (Monday), PTO Meeting (Tuesday), Gr. 5-8 Choral Concert

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Habits Of Green.


The PTO meeting this week includes an informative presentation on “Literacy Learning at Lawrence” given by our Literacy team, including Jill Demsey, Terry Jewell, Dianne Muendel and Pam Tully. Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. in the library.

The Override Study Committee holds a second public hearing this Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 p.m. at Town Hall. The OSC will discuss its recommendations, and the public is invited to comment. From Superintendent Lupini: “Throughout this process, the Committee has been examining costs and efficiencies within the town and school budgets. These have been serious conversations that have included discussion of such school programs as METCO, full day kindergarten, the Brookline High School tutorial (4+1) program, materials fee program and the Brookline Early Education Program. [This] meeting will offer the community an opportunity to hear the potential recommendations and to provide comment. I hope that each of you will consider attending.”

Start the New Year Green! What’s the single easiest, most effective thing you can do to fight climate change and decrease your carbon footprint? Switch to green energy. But how? Green Team member Susan Helms Daley will be hosting a house party on Wednesday, January 22, at 7:30 p.m. at 17 Chatham Circle (near Kent St.) featuring a presentation by Mass Energy, a local green energy supplier dedicated to providing more affordable green energy solutions and creating a resilient green energy supply infrastructure right here in New England. Come hear how you can use your electricity bill (and get a tax rebate!) to help fight climate disruption. For more info, please contact Susan Helms Daley or Gina Marie Hahn. More on the Lawrence Green Team is available at their website.

The Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) will hold its monthly meeting this Friday, January 24, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at Town Hall in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th floor.

Family Fun Night is just over 2 weeks away on Friday, February 7 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed for a plethora of fun activities. Check out all the opportunities here.

At Family Fun Night, the fun will include making origami valentine cranes and hearts. Come learn how with the help of the SET-J experts. In Japan, the making of 1000 origami cranes is symbolic of a wish for world peace. The “Sending Educators To Japan” program (SET-J) is funded by the PTO and has been sending Lawrence teachers to Japan since 2002. This year, literacy specialist, Ms. Dianne Muendel will visit Japan in June and, as is the SET-J tradition, she will deliver 1000 origami cranes to Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. Please join us at FFN and learn how to make origami cranes (and hearts!) for our own set of 1000 cranes. Click here to learn more about SET-J.

Lovers of Art, we need you! The third annual Make Art at Lawrence K-8 Art Show is April 10. It’s a big deal (featuring over 600 K-through-8 masterpieces) and Ms. Magno and the Visual Arts Council team need help preparing for it beginning in February. Tasks will include labeling artwork, mounting art, prepping boards etc. Please come and join us on Tuesdays from 10:00 – 11:10 a.m. in the second-floor art room. You can also sign up online here to help the day of the Art Show. Contact Linda Louie with any questions.


Brookline’s fourth annual Climate Week, 20 – 26 January, offers one-of-a-kind events and displays for kids, teens, and adults. Themes include: climate nights at the movies; art and outdoor adventures – choices and challenges ahead; art displays and installations; and more. All events are free and open to the public unless noted on the website. Details here.

Two events not to miss are the multi-day 3R DEPOT (Brookline’s hub for climate action) and Climate Night At The Movies. On Friday, January 24 Fern Gully and Addicted to Plastic, two engaging and informative movies with themes about climate change and the environment, will be shown free at the Brookline Access TV studio, 46 Tappan Street. The 3R Depot provides opportunities to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle:

  • Reduce: Learn about saving energy and money with easy home energy fixes, composting, bike sharing, car sharing and solar power, and more. Enjoy free giveaways and raffles to get you on your way!
  • Reuse – bring your extra art supplies, household paints, infant and toddler clothing, cell phones and chargers, eyeglasses, and designated building materials for reuse by others. Exchange youth sports gear you no longer need for items you want.
  • Recycle – bring your styrofoam and packing peanuts for recycling, papers for shredding and household food waste for composting. Win an Earth Machine composter!

Details and additional information on all these events here.

Brookline’s public libraries offer numerous events and activities throughout the year, including:

  • As part of the craft program, 6-8 year-olds are invited to make an accordion book at the Main Library Thursday, January 23rd at 3:00pm. No registration is required.
  • Ed “The Music Man” Morgan will be performing at the Coolidge Corner branch on Saturday, January 25th at 10:30 a.m. All ages, no registration required.
  • Bob Kroin will present “Wonders of the Night Sky” at the Main Library, Tuesday, January 28 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Kroin, a retired architect and amateur astronomer, will show exquisite photos and film clips from the Hubble and other large telescopes. This will be a non-technical introduction to planets, stars, nebulae and galaxies: how big they are, how far away from us, how and when they were born, how long they will live, how they will die, and the ingenious methods astronomers use to find these answers. Recommended for adults and students in grades 7-12, this talk is free and open to the public.

Finally, ASA Hoops (A Step Ahead, Inc.) is hosting its 14th annual February Vacation basketball clinic at the Brown Middle School in Newton. This clinic is open for boys & girls ages 7-15, and held from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. daily. For more information or to register contact Brendan Smith a.k.a. “Coach B” by email or visit the ASA website.

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