March 10 News and Notes

This week:  PTO Play (Wednesday – Friday), Gr 1 Concert (Wednesday), Principal’s Forum (Thursday).

This week’s Vice-Principal’s Corner: Cyberworld From the Teen Perspective


Don’t miss this year’s PTO Play, It’s all Greek to Me! which features a talented cast of Lawrence parents and staff. The play is written and directed by the multi-talented Dennis Doughty, who has spearheaded this much-loved Lawrence tradition for many years. This is Dennis’s last year as a Lawrence parent and play director, and he is definitely going out on a high note! The play runs this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:00 p.m. each night. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults.

Last week’s PTO meeting featured a presentation entitled “Cyberworld from the Teen Perspective” and is recapped in Vice Principal Crowley’s essay. We are grateful to all of the presenters, including peer leaders and students from Brookline High School, BHS social worker Hope Schroy, June Harris from B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network) and Officers Katherine McCabe and Prentice Pilot who also facilitate the AWARE program. Meeting minutes will soon be up on our website. In the meantime, Common Sense Media is a great resource for parents. Common Sense Media and P-PEN are on Facebook and Twitter; links and more information at the B-PEN website.

Thank you to Sydney Fuller-Jones for organizing the annual METCO-hosted Staff Appreciation Breakfast last week and to all of the METCO families who helped provide a wonderful day-long breakfast for Lawrence teachers and staff.

Thanks also to everyone who participated in our PTO Auction, which closed Sunday and generated over $6,500 for children’s programming and teacher support at Lawrence. If you were a winning bidder and have not yet picked up your item, please contact Lisa Lisi, Pamela Iguchi or Florrie Ives to arrange a time this week to drop off your payment and pick up your item.

The PTO is also grateful to the more than 50 local business and individuals who donated items this year. Their names will be listed on the PTO bulletin board in the lobby this week. Please thank them for supporting our school as you frequent them this spring. Also, as always, if you can’t find what you need locally, and are planning to make a purchase at, please bookmark and use this Amazon Link. Purchases made through this link generate a commission for the PTO and every little bit helps!


During the second half of March, students in Grades 3-8 will participate in MCAS testing for English Language Arts (ELA). Students in these grades will have two sessions of testing on Reading Comprehension. In addition, students in Grades 4 and 7 will participate in a Long Composition test. (Testing in Mathematics and Science is scheduled for May.)  The MCAS ELA schedule is as follows:

  • Grades 3 & 5: March 17 & 19
  • Grades 4 & 7: March 18 (Long Composition) and March 24 & 25
  • Grades 6 & 8: March 20 & 21


Please join Voices Boston (formerly PALS Children’s Chorus) in a spirited celebration of classical and sacred music from many traditions at its Voices Concert this Saturday, March 15 at Church of our Saviour, 25 Monmouth Street. Adults $10; children & seniors $5. Tickets available at the door and online.

  • 2:00 p.m. All 185 children of Voices
  • 6:30 p.m. Bernstein & Copland Ensembles with the Choristers of St. Paul’s

Part three of a free, four-part workshop series, Enhancing Executive Skills at Home in Support of School Work, is sponsored by the Brookline Special Education Parent Action Network and Brookline’s Office of Student Services. This week’s topic is: Executive Skills As They Apply To Homework And Learning For Middle/High School Students. Wednesday, 8:15 – 10:00 a.m. in the School Committee Room 5th Floor, Brookline Town Hall. Questions? Contact SEPAC.

Steps to Success invites you to Step Up To The Plate – its lively annual fundraising event at Jerry Remy’s Bar and Grill, next to historic Fenway Park. Wednesday, March 26th, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Celebrate the achievements of Steps students, while enjoying a great selection of food and drink! Purchase tickets or donate online here.

Finally, don’t forget to check out the Community Bulletin Board for connections to April vacation and summer camps and activities, sports and fitness opportunities, art and music, babysitting and more. The CBB is updated every other week or more with new announcements.

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