May 5 News and Notes

This week:  Gr 3-5 Math MCAS (Monday & Tuesday), K-6 Early Release (Wednesday), Gr 6-8 Math MCAS (Thursday & Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Celebrating Our Community.


Congratulations to the Grade 3-5 Drama in the Afternoon Team on a fabulously entertaining performance of Aesop’s Adventure last week. Thanks to all the student actors and crew, and especially to the Directors Beth Bankler and Katie McNamara, Producer Leslie Prizer and Musical Director True Burley who worked so hard on the production.

Friday’s Japanese Fun Fair was also a huge success and lots of fun as usual! We are so grateful to organizer Kay Kobayashi and the many volunteers who worked hard to manage all the Japanese activities, produce a beautiful array of hand-made crafts and share many Japanese goods. Thanks also to everyone who visited the fair, which raised over $2,000 for the PTO!

This Wednesday the 8th graders will see actor Steve Kidd of the Gamm Theater in Pawtucket Rhode Island perform his Sigh/Omelas. The original and powerful one-act, one-actor play is based on Ursula Le Guin’s the story “The Ones Who Walked Away.” The play, part of the PTO Performing Arts Program, will be performed for the eighth grade from 8-9:30 in the auditorium. We welcome any parents and community members to attend.

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

Because we had two candidates for two open slots on the School Council, we will not need to hold an election next week. We are pleased to introduce our incoming School Council parent representatives.

From Keith Carson:

Hello. My name is Keith Carson and I am interested in participating in the Lawrence School Council. I have three children at Lawrence (1L, Nicholas, 1C, Matthew and 3W, Lancia), and have been very pleased with the teachers and the overall educational experience thus far. I have been a room parent for each of their classes because I like to stay involved, and as a stay-home father, I feel a responsibility to participate and volunteer my time where I can. I also coach the 1st grade soccer team which has provided additional opportunity to get to know many of the Lawrence parents. My hopes for being on the Lawrence School Council is to be involved in the positive direction the Lawrence School is already headed, and to be an ear to the Lawrence Community to provide insightful feedback to the Lawrence School decision-makers.

From Grace Fehrenbach:

I would like to serve as a School Council parent representative and pitch in with the wonderful work at Lawrence School. Community and education at Lawrence are dear to my heart as I have begun to get to know our families, teachers and administrators. As I engage in the work on the Enrichment and Challenge Support (ECS) review committee, I’ve learned that I enjoy the process of collaborating with others for important and rewarding endeavors. As a job, I help support initiatives for medical education at Harvard Medical School. Our two children attend Lawrence. I’d be happy to serve!


This year’s Track Meets are scheduled as follows:

  • Grades 5/6, Monday May 19th (Rain date 5/20)
  • Grades 7/8, Wednesday May 21st (Rain date 5/22)

Track and Field is open to all 5th-8th graders as an intramural sport. A team will be chosen to compete in the two meets. In order to be eligible for the team you must attend a minimum of two practices. Attending two practices does not guarantee a spot on the team, as all events have entry limits. Athletes should attend as many practices as possible in order to prepare for the competition. This week’s practice schedule:

  • Monday, May 5th 2:40-3:40, All Grades
  • Wednesday, May 7th 2:40-3:40, All Grades — Relays, Hurdles and Field only (no high jump)
  • Thursday, May 8th 7:00-7:50am, All Grades — High Jump

Complete practice schedule is available on the PE bulletin board in the basement across from the Big Gym. The team will be announced the week of May 16th. Any questions, please contact Jon Mastroianni.

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.

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!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week — why not let your favorite teachers know how much they mean to you? The PTO’s Staff Appreciation Lunch is coming on Friday, May 30. Please click here to see how you can help make this a truly special event for our very deserving teachers and staff! For questions please contact organizers Emily Tevald or Kathryn Brown.


This Thursday, 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.

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.

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