March 3 News and Notes

This week:  School Council Meeting 8am Tuesday, PTO Meeting 7pm Tuesday, METCO-hosted Staff Appreciation breakfast Thursday.

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Staff Changes 2014-15


Last Chance! The 2014 Lawrence PTO Auction has been opened to the public.  Check it out here to see what’s left and feel free to share the link with everyone you know!  Every dollar raised supports the teachers, students and families of Lawrence School.

Lawrence Family Skate Night was great fun!  Thanks go to Mike Mosbrooker for organizing the event.

The topic for this Tuesday night’s  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.

Registration for Spring Session LSA Classes begins this week. Choices include calligraphy, cartooning, math games, sewing, tennis, volleyball and many more pursuits and activities available after school. Forms received by Wednesday March 5 are entered into the lottery for high-demand classes. The course catalog, sent home last week, may also be downloaded here. More information from Maureen Fallon

The Staff Appreciation Breakfast, hosted by METCO, is this 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.

Also Thursday, join our friends at Driscoll School from 6:30-8PM in their school library for an evening with Brookline parent and professor at Boston College, Maxim D. Shrayer, author of Leaving Russia: A Jewish Story (2013). “The book … explains why Jews felt forced to leave a country they loved, when it grew clear that country would never, could never, love them in return.” — Wyatt Andrews, CBS News Correspondent. Sponsored by the Driscoll PTO, this event is free and open to the public. Students are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be offered.


The PTO Play is coming soon– Wednesday, Thursday and Friday March 12, 13 and 14 at 7pm each night!  Stay tuned for more details…

Green, Clean, and Fabulous to Know
What’s the single quickest, easiest, most effective thing you can do to combat climate change and decrease your carbon footprint? Make the switch to green electricity—no solar panels required!  But how?
Green Team member Susan Helms Daley will be hosting a house party on Wednesday, March 19, 7:30–8:30 p.m. at 17 Chatham Circle (near Kent St.) featuring a brief 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 with the click of a mouse you can use your existing electric bill to help preserve your children’s future (and get a tax rebate!).
To RSVP, please contact: Susan or Gina Hahn.


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.

The School Committee’s Capital Subcommittee will hold a Public Hearing on the Old Lincoln School (OLS) Transition Plan this Thursday, March 6 at 6pm in the School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall. The Brookline community will have the opportunity to comment on the short-term elementary space recommendations that were proposed by Superintendent Lupini on Thursday, January 28th and modified on February 4th.  (See the District Announcements on the PSB website for details:

Steps to Success (STS) is a comprehensive achievement program for low-income students and their families, most living in Brookline’s public housing. On Wednesday, March 26th, 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!

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