January 27 News and Notes

This week: Gr. 6-8 Portfolio Share (Friday).

This week’s Vice-Principal’s Corner: The Art of Reflection.


Next week are the winter Lawrence Concerts!

  • Monday February 3 , 7pm in auditorium – Gr. 4-8 Strings Concert
  • Thursday February 6, 7pm in auditorium – Gr. 5-8 Band Concert

Family Fun Night is now only 11 days away! Come join the fun next Friday, February 7 from 6:00 – 8:15 p.m. Lots of volunteer opportunities still available — check them out and sign up here.

This year’s 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.

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.

Brookline’s Pan-Asian Lunar New Year Celebration is on Saturday, February 8 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm in the MLK Room and Atrium of the high school. Free & open to all. Light refreshments; music, crafts, games and performances. RSVP here; for information, contact Chris Chanyasulkit by email. Sponsored by the Brookline Health Department, the Brookline High School Asian Pacific American Club, the Brookline Asian American Family Network and the Brookline Community Foundation.

Kindergarten registration for Brookline children entering kindergarten in September of 2014 will begin in February at each elementary school. Starting January 27, registration forms will be available in the elementary school offices and on the Public Schools of Brookline website. Registration here at Lawrence School will be held on both Tuesday, February 4 and Wednesday February 5 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. each day. Please do not bring your child to school on those days. Children will visit the school on another date later this spring.

In addition to the registration form, parents will be asked to provide the following documents:

  • Original birth certificate
  • Passport, if the child was not born in the United States
  • Immunization record
  • Proof of Brookline residency – deed or lease for the property where you are residing in Brookline, along with a utility bill.

Children must be five years of age on or before August 31, 2014 to be eligible for kindergarten. School assignment is based on your home address. Some street addresses may fall within a buffer zone. School assignments for families residing within a buffer zone are made by the Superintendent, based on enrollments. Families may state a preference for one of the schools in their buffer zone. The Superintendent will do all he can to honor these requests. During this registration period, you may visit either school in your buffer zone to drop off registration forms.

The Brookline Commission for Women is hosting a Childcare Forum on Wednesday, February 5 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Brookline Main Library. Panelists will speak on the benefits and challenges of various types of daycare options that are available for families with children in the birth-to-5 age range. Representatives from BEEP, the Brookline Health Department and the Brookline Police Department will discuss safety, proper licensing and background checks. There will be a question and answer period following the panel discussion. Questions? Please email or call 617-730-2734. This event is free and open to the public.

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