March 24 News and Notes

This week: MCAS Testing (Monday – Tuesday), Lawrence Reads (Thursday) .

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Springtime Musings.


If you missed last Thursday’s presentation by Superintendent Bill Lupini and Deputy Superintendent Peter Rowe, they are hosting another open forum to discuss the FY15 School Budget this Wednesday, March 26, 8:15 a.m. at the Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, Room 103. All are welcome.

Lawrence Reads takes place this Thursday from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Registered participants will enjoy discussing the books they’ve read and sharing their love of books and reading. Pizza will be sold in the lobby from 6:00 – 6:25. (Please bring your own bottle for water.) All participants will gather together in the auditorium at 6:30 for the official kickoff, then break into small grade-level groups where Lawrence staff members will facilitate discussions about the chosen books. Please contact the Literacy Specialists Jill Demsey, Terry Jewell, Dianne Muendel, or Pam Tully if you have questions.


The Cradles to Crayons purple collection bin will be in our front lobby beginning next week through Wednesday, April 9. Why not spend part of this week cleaning out your closets? Your gently worn clothes (sizes newborn to adult large), shoes and boots (up to adult size 10) will be put to great use in our own community! Contact BHS parent and C2C volunteer Roseanne Urbano with questions.

The Japanese Fun Fair, Lawrence’s annual spring tradition, is coming up on May 2 and preparations have begun! Join the crafting crew on Monday, March 31 or April 14, from 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the cafeteria, to learn how to make origami boxes, origami beaded accessories, felt crafts and more. If you have a question, please contact Ikuyo Aihara, Hiroko Yabusaki or Kay Kobayashi.

The next PTO-sponsored after-school movie is scheduled for Wednesday, April 9 — an early release day. Registration will begin online next week and run through Monday, April 7. Look for the registration link, movie title and more details on next week’s newsletter. Volunteers are needed in two shifts: 12:00-1:30 and 1:30-3:00 p.m. to help manage the event. Please contact Makeeba McCreary if you can help.

The third annual Make Art At Lawrence K-8 Art Show is Thursday, April 10. The evening will feature over six hundred K-through-8 masterpieces. Ms. Magno and the Visual Arts Council team have been hard at work preparing for the show which is sure to be fabulous! Volunteers are needed to help the day of the show. Please sign up here or contact VAC member Linda Louie.


Steps to Success (STS) is a comprehensive achievement program for low-income students and their families. This Wednesday, March 26th, STS 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.

The Brookline Education Foundation is holding its second annual Adult Trivia Bee, hosted by Stump Trivia on April 4. Stump specializes in fun and diabolically serious trivia. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Brookline Public Schools through the BEF’s grant program. Tickets are $150 per person which includes trivia, great food, drinks, and a raffle with tantalizing prizes. Register now with your teammates (6-8 persons), or allow BEF to match you up. Call 617/232-3846 or email if you have questions.

The Brookline Arts Center inspires lifelong learning in creativity for children, teens, and adults. Class offerings include instruction in drawing, pottery & wheel throwing, printmaking, comics, jewelry & metal-smithing. Classes are small and welcoming, led by experienced faculty and working artists. Registration is now open online for the following terms:

  • Spring Session: April 7-June 16th
  • April Vacation: April 22-25th
  • Summer Session: June 23-August

For more April vacation and summer enrichment opportunities, please continue to check out our Community Bulletin Board.

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