April 13 News and Notes

This week: Barbara O’Connor’s Author Visit (Monday), Kindergarten Concert (Wednesday), Gr 6-8 Report Cards (Thursday), No School (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Habits for Life: Being on Time.


The crafting time for the Japanese Fun Fair is today, Monday, from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. in the cafeteria. If you have time and would like to learn how to make origami boxes, please stop by! A few volunteers are still needed to help sell tickets on the day of the Fair, May 2. Please sign up here or contact Ikuyo AiharaHiroko Yabusaki or Kay Kobayashi if you can help. if you can help. More on SET-J below.

The order deadline for 2014 Lawrence-branded gear has been extended through Sunday April 27. If you missed last week’s display of samples at school and would like to see a sample this week, please email the PTO. Styles include short and long-sleeved unisex T’s, women’s fitted short and long-sleeve T’s, hoodies and sweatpants — all with a new Lawrence Logo designed by 8th grader Tiara Ranson. Plus, new this year, is a simple bracelet with Lawrence “L” charm. Place your order here.

Spring Cleaning? Starting today, Monday through May 2, Brookline High School senior and Lawrence alumni Mia Svirsky will be collecting gently used sports equipment. Acceptable items include: sports balls (tennis, soccer, baseball, softball, etc.), cleats and shoes, clean socks and shin guards, baseball hats, tire and ball pumps, tennis (and other) rackets, hockey and lacrosse sticks, helmets and frisbees. 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.

And don’t forget to gather those gently used books for our Used Book Sale coming up in mid-May! Drop off bagged or boxed books in the green wagon in the lobby any time.

The PTO needs you for next year! Openings include Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Please consider getting involved: the PTO is only as good as you make it. In addition to the above opportunities, will be formally voted upon at our next PTO Meeting on May 6, we also have two spots on the Student Council. Interested candidates should submit brief statements of interest and experience to Mr. Rogers by Friday, May 2. To discuss PTO opportunities, please contact Pamela Iguchi or Florrie Ives.

SET-J News. Thanks to everyone who folded one thousand cranes for the SET-J (Sending Educators To Japan) program at Family Fun Night in February! We are exhibiting them in the school library, behind Ms. Moriarty’s counter through the end of May. SET-J is funded by the PTO and has been sending Lawrence teachers to Japan since 2002. This year, our literacy specialist, Ms. Dianne Muendel will take a thousand cranes to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park when she visits Japan from June 20th-29th. If you have a question that you want Ms. Muendel to find out during the trip, you can leave the message in the box near the thousand cranes. Click here to learn more about SET-J.

Coming up after April break: Aesop’s Adventures! Please join the Grade 3-to-5 after-school drama team for their performance of Aesop’s Adventures on Thursday, May 1 at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the Lawrence auditorium. The actors have been working hard on their lines and songs since February to be ready for these performances.

Congratulations and thanks to all who helped make the third annual Make Art At Lawrence K-8 Art Show a huge success! Kudos especially to those who volunteered this winter to prep the art pieces and backdrops, to all those who brought refreshments, to event coordinator Linda Louie and especially to art teacher, Shelly Magno and her team for having the vision to make this happen every year.

Thanks also to Makeeba McCreery and parent volunteers who helped make our second after-school movie Frozen a fun and safe experience for all on Wednesday of last week.

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).

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