April 28 News and Notes

This week: K-6 Early Dismissal (Tuesday), Grade 3-5 Play(Thursday), Japanese Fun Fair (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Update on Classroom Space.


Today is the last day to order Lawrence logo T’s, sweats and other 2014 Lawrence logo gear. Order here until 11:00 p.m. tonight.

Please join the Grade 3-5 after-school drama team for their performance of Aesop’s Adventures this Thursday 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 this performance, and it’s sure to be entertaining!

Students, teachers and families are all welcome to our annual Japanese Fun Fair this Friday, immediately after school in the big gym. Special activities include origami, calligraphy, tea ceremony, hair salon and kendama (a Japanese traditional toy). Beautiful hand-made crafts, Japanese goods and rice balls will also be available for purchase. It’s a great place to shop for a Mother’s Day gift!

Admission to the Fair is free, but all purchases require tickets ($1=1 ticket; $10=11 tickets). Most items are 1-3 dollars, and all proceeds support the Lawrence PTO. In an effort to avoid long lines at the entrance, we will be selling tickets in the lobby before and after school this Thursday, as well as at the Fair on Friday. Please remind your children that there will be two separate entrances: one for K-4 and another for grades 5-8.

It will be crowded, so kids should leave backpacks in their cubbies/lockers. LEDP K-1 students will be brought to the fair by LEDP staff, LEDP kids in grades 2-6 will go to the Fair on their own, then report back to LEDP. Students who ride the school bus will be dismissed a few minutes early so they have time to enjoy the Fair.

If you can help with the Fair, or have any questions, please contact Ikuyo Aihara, Hiroko Yabusaki or Kay Kobayashi.  See you there!

The PTO needs you 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, which will be formally voted upon at our June PTO Meeting, we also have two spots on the Student Council. Interested candidates should submit brief statements of interest and experience to Mr. Rogers by this Friday, May 2. For more information on PTO opportunities, please contact Pamela Iguchi or Florrie Ives.

This is the final week to bring in your used (but still good) sports equipment. Brookline High School senior and Lawrence alumni, Mia Svirsky, will be collecting gently used sports equipment through this Friday. All items will be donated to after-school programs for low income families. Please clean out your garages and closets for a good cause! Contact Mia with any questions.


Meet Lawrence’s new Vice Principal Laura Horst Wednesday, May 21 at 8:00 am in the Principal’s Forum.  Laura is looking forward to meeting parents and answering questions. Stop by and say hello!

The Used Book Fair arrives soon. Set-up is Monday, May 19, and sale days are Tuesday, May 20 through Friday, May 23. We still need books: drop off bagged or boxed books in the green wagon in the lobby any time. To volunteer with the sale, please sign up online. Questions? Contact Pamela Iguchi.

Brookline High School’s 3rd annual Cherry Blossom Festival “Sakura Matsuri takes place May 10th from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the BHS quad. Contact BHS Japanese language teacher Rachel Eio for more information.


VOICES Boston (formerly PALS Children’s Chorus) presents The Luminous Moon, an award-winning children’s opera based on Marco Pontini’s La Luna Ritrovata. Rooted in an ancient fairy tale, it is the story of where the moon comes from, why it inspires passion, and why we must learn to share what belongs to all of us. Adapted into English from the original Italian, the themes, music, choreography and lively humor will appeal to children and adults alike. Ellsworth Theater, 400 Heath St, Chestnut Hill on May 3 and May 10 at 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Adults $15 ($20 at the door); children & seniors $5 ($10 at the door). Read more and buy tickets here.

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage month at a workshop on the Smithsonian’s project “A Day in the life of Asian Pacific America.” Learn how you can participate in this project by documenting your day in pictures or video and submitting to the Smithsonian. 6:30 p.m.Thursday, May 8 at  Brookline Interactive Group (BIG), 46 Tappan Street, Brookline. Register here or call 617-338-4339. Free, and pizza will be served! Hosted by the Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN) and the Brookline Health Department. More information here.

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