April 7 News and Notes

This week: PTO Meeting (Tuesday), Early Release & After-School Movie (Wednesday), Student Art Show (Thursday)

This week’s Vice-Principal’s Corner: Approaches to Testing.

NEWS AND NOTES

Tuesday’s PTO Meeting, at 8:00 a.m. in the library, features the Habits of Mind faculty study group. Such habits refer to the thinking skills, dispositions and character at the heart of life-long learning. Helping students develop these habits of mind is part of our school vision and is closely connected to preparing students for 21st-century learning.

Registration ends tonight — Monday, at 11:00 p.m. — for the Wednesday’s PTO-sponsored after-school movie, Frozen. Click here to register each child who will attend (note that you may register all siblings before payment on the final page). The cost is $6, a suggested donation to the PTO. Late registrations will not be accepted and children not registered will not be admitted to the movie. Volunteers are still needed in two shifts: 12:00-1:30 and 1:30-3:00 p.m. to help manage the movie event. Please contact Makeeba McCreary if you can help.

The 2014 Lawrence-branded gear is here! This year’s logo was designed by Lawrence 8th grader, Tiara Ranson. Come check out samples of all items in the lobby before and after school this week, Monday through Friday. T-shirts, hoodies and sweatpants, in both youth and adult sizes, plus — new this year — is a simple bracelet with Lawrence “L” charm. Place your order here.

There are still a couple of days left to clean out your closets! The Cradles to Crayons clothing drive ends this Wednesday. Thanks to everyone who has already brought in donations of gently worn clothing. Thanks also to BHS parent and C2C volunteer Roseanne Urbano for coordinating the drive and picking up all the clothes from the big purple bin.

A second spring cleaning opportunity: starting next Monday, April 14 through May 2, Brookline High School senior and Lawrence alumni Mia Svirsky will be collecting gently used sports equipment. All items will be donated to after school programs for low income-families in Brookline. Please start cleaning out your garages in addition to your closets! Contact Mia with any questions.

The third annual Make Art At Lawrence K-8 Art Show is this Thursday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The evening will feature over six hundred K-through-8 masterpieces. Refreshments will be generously provided by our kindergarten families. A few volunteers are needed to help the day of the show. Please sign up here or contact VAC member Linda Louie.

COMING UP

On Monday, April 14 the Lawrence library hosts author Barbara O’Connor, who will meet with grades 3 – 5. The library has a display of Ms. O’Connor’s books, listed below, and most are available in local libraries and bookstores. All are skillfully written and would make fun family read-alouds:

  • How to Steal a Dog
  • The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis (last year’s Lawrence Reads selection)
  • On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s
  • The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester
  • Me and Rupert Goody
  • Beethoven in Paradise
  • Greetings from Nowhere

For more information check out Ms. O’Connor’s website. We hope students will be inspired by our second author visit of the year! As always, to keep abreast of all things going on in the Lawrence library, check out Ms. Moriarty’s weekly blog.

The Japanese Fun Fair, a spring tradition at Lawrence, is coming on Friday, May 2.  If you would like to learn how to make origami and felt crafts to be sold at the Fair, please join us on Monday, April 14 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. in the cafeteria. We also need volunteers to help on the day of the Fair. Please sign up here or contact Ikuyo Aihara, Hiroko Yabusaki or Kay Kobayashi. if you can help.

SEPAC’s free series for parents & guardians, Enhancing Executive Skills at Home in Support of School Work, continues this week with Part 4. Wednesday, April 16 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at Town Hall in the School Committee Room (5th floor).

AROUND TOWN

April is Poetry Month. Come hear Brookline’s First Poet Laureate reflect on our lively poetry scene tonight from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Brookline High’s MLK Room ($6). Judith Steinbergh will consider the many ways to engage with poetry and poets in our town and beyond. She will discuss “Poetry Brookline” and the “Brookline Poetry Map,” projects that showcase residents’ poems, songs, and art about Brookline on the Poet Laureate website https://aded.brooklinema.gov/detail.php?id=544681and the town’s evolving electronic poetry map. Judith will also read a few of her own poems related to life in New England. Register at the Brookline Adult and Community Education Program or contact Judy by email.

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