February 24 News and Notes

This week: PTO Auction (all week!), Lawrence Skate Night (Thursday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: March MCAS Testing.


Going, Going … Gone! The 2014 Lawrence PTO Auction continues for just one more week. Click here to check out all the great deals and new items added. Share the link with your family and extended family. There are still so many great choices: sports, arts and science camps; music, art and cooking lessons; yoga, Pilates, dance and fitness classes; piano and guitar lessons; tutoring, pampering, climbing, skiing, movies, good eatin’ and more! Every dollar raised supports the teachers, students and families of Lawrence School.

Lawrence Family Skate Night at Larz Anderson Ice Rink is this Friday from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Admission is free to Lawrence families. Skate rentals are available for $6, and the rink’s concession stand will be open for pizza and snacks.

Two parents are needed to serve on the Vice Principal Interview Committee, which will screen candidates and identify three finalists for the next round of the process. Finalists will visit the school and have a second in-depth interview with Rick Rogers. The final hiring decision will be made by the Superintendent based on a recommendation made by the principal. The time commitment is as follows:

  • Thu 6 Mar, 3:00-3:30 (Organizational Meeting)
  • Tue 11 Mar, 3:00-6:00
  • Wed 12 Mar, 3:00-6:00
  • Thu 13 Mar, 3:00-5:00

Please email Principal Rick Rogers by this Thursday, Feb 27, if you are interested in serving on this important committee.


The topic of our next PTO Meeting is Technology, Social Media & Cyber-Bullying. Please join us for an informative presentation and discussion for parents on students’ use of technology, social media and cyber-bullying. Speakers will include B-PEN Director June Harris, a Brookline Police Officer/AWARE teacher (either Katie McCabe or Prentice Pilot), BHS Peer Leaders and BHS social worker Hope Schroy. Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 p.m. in the library. Childcare will be provided for older children.

The Staff Appreciation Breakfast, hosted by METCO, is Thursday March 6th at 7:30 a.m. Please help them show the Lawrence School staff how much you appreciate the work they do for our kids, by bringing in a delicious breakfast treat or helping to set up that morning. Contact Sydney Fuller Jones for more information.

Box Tops for Lawrence Literacy and Math. Help the PTO earn easy dollars for our Literacy and Math Centers by cutting out those little pink box tops found on many grocery brands. Drop them off in the collection basket in the Lawrence Library. Many of you have already been doing this – thank you and please keep it up! If you’d like to help out with this easy collection program please email the PTO.


Grit – The Secret Ingredient to Success. Science suggests that giving trophies to every kid does not inspire long-term success. But what does? A panel of experts will discuss the latest research on what drives achievement at a discussion series event on Thursday, February 27. The event takes place at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton at 7:30pm. The conversation will focus on ‘grit’- the kind of resilience that drives achievement at school, at sports and at work. Cost is $18, students and seniors $15. Tickets and more information at 617-965-5226, by email or at the website.

The Jazz Band from McGill University, Busty and the Bass, will be playing a free concert at the Main Library at 3:00 p.m. this February 28 during their east coast tour. The band members are planning a ‘talk-back’ with the audience about what it’s like being in a band, what it’s like to perform, studying music at college, and to answer questions from other young musicians. This is an ideal opportunity for middle- and high-schoolers interested in a music career to get an inside scoop from their peers.

Boston Globe Subscribers: An Easy Way to Support the Brookline Education Foundation. Please look in the mail for a silver envelope with a voucher from the Boston Globe GRANT program. Enter the BEF’s full name — “Brookline Education Foundation, Inc., 40 Webster Place, Brookline Village 02447” — and return by March 1st. The BEF can then “redeem” vouchers for free space in the Globe to advertise our Honor A Teacher campaign and the rest of our programs! Many thanks.

All Brookline public school fifth grade students are invited to participate in the Brookline Education Foundation’s annual Children’s Spelling Bee on Sunday 9 March at Brookline High School, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. If your child likes to spell, please encourage him/her to register! There is no fee to participate. Registration is first-come, first-served and spaces do fill quickly. Preregister by calling (617) 232-3846.

Steps to Success (STS) is a comprehensive achievement program for low-income students and their families, most living in Brookline’s public housing. Each spring, Steps celebrates its students and their achievements with its fundraising event, “Step Up to the Plate,” held at Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill located next to historic Fenway Park. Please visit their website for ticket information. Thank you!

MASS Humanities is sponsoring Family Adventures in Reading this spring. Enjoy beautiful picture books and great stories with your family. Professional storyteller Andrea Lovett will lead families and children (age 6 and older) in discussions about children’s stories on topics such as fairness, courage, and dreams. Healthy snacks provided. This is a free program. Families who attend regularly will receive a canvas book bag and a free book. At the Brookline Main Library on Saturdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. beginning March 1, 8, 15, and 22; April 5 and 12th. Sign up for this six-week program today by contacing Natalie Layne at 617-730-2340 or by email.

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