May 12 News and Notes

This week:  Gr 4 & 7 MCAS (Monday – Tuesday), Gr 5 & 8 MCAS (Wednesday – Thursday).

This week’s Vice-Principal’s Corner: We Are From Lawrence.


METCO needs your help!  Brookline Friends of METCO knows METCO has a big impact on families who live in Brookline. However, it is one of the programs being considered for elimination by the town Override Study Committee. We are looking for stories of how or why METCO makes a difference for you and your family: why it is important.  Please send your thoughts (from one sentence to two pages) as soon as possible to Rebecca Mautner by email. Questions? Email Rebecca or call her at 617-230-2166.


The Used Book Fair begins one week from tomorrow! Sale days are Tuesday, May 20 through Friday, May 23.  As usual, prices are very low:  all paperbacks and baby board books are 50 cents and all hardcover books are just one dollar — so plan to stock up for summer. We are still accepting donations of bagged or boxed books dropped off in the green wagon through next Monday, May 19, the Fair set-up day.  Volunteers still needed; please sign up  for a shift or two online. Questions? Contact Pamela Iguchi.

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. In order to be eligible for the team you must attend at least two practices. Check the PE bulletin board in the basement across from the Big Gym for this week’s practice schedule.  Any questions, please contact Jon Mastroianni.

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

Registration forms for the 3rd Annual Lawrence Fun Run And 5K Walk/Run were sent home last week and are available in the front office. This year’s run will be held Sunday, June 8 in the Lawrence School Yard. At 9:00 a.m. is a one-mile fun-run/walk (five laps around the Lawrence track) where all are welcome. At 9:30 a.m. is the 5K fun-run/walk (Lawrence track, Muddy River, back to track). Parental supervision is required for kids in grades three or below for the 5K. The registration fee is $20 for either race (make checks out to Lawrence PTO) and includes a Fun Run T-shirt, music and entry into a raffle of prizes from local retailers. Registrations will be accepted until 9am on race day, but t-shirts cannot be guaranteed for any registration received after Friday, May 23.  If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Keith Carson or Maureen Fallon.

On Friday, May 16 the world-traveling, Canadian a cappella group Cadence returns to Lawrence to perform two shows for grades 3-5 at 8:30 a.m. and grades 6-8 at 9:30 a.m. Parents are welcome. Known for their playfulness, complex harmonies and intricate arrangements, the group especially dazzles audiences with an uncanny ability to mimic the sound of musical instruments with their voices. For more information, or for a preview of the group, check out their website. Thanks to the PTO for sponsoring this event.

As part of the Summer Reading Program, students entering grades 2 and up are required to read a specific book title before they enter school in the fall. Teachers will discuss these books as part of the fall curriculum. The program also includes a recommended book for students entering first grade, but it is not a “required” book.

While it is not necessary to purchase these books, parents who wish to do so may pre-order them at school through a local book store, the Brookline Booksmith. Booksmith will donate a percentage of each pre-ordered book to the PTO to help support children’s programs here at Lawrence. Pre-order forms will be distributed  to each child through their classroom teacher and are due back to their teacher by Friday, May 23. Extra forms are available in the library.

Books will be delivered to children in their classrooms on or before Monday, June 16.
Required summer reading titles will also be available at local libraries for students who prefer to borrow rather than purchase them.

Please contact librarian, Kathy Moriarty with questions.

Orders are now being taken for Lawrence School’s second ever K-8 Yearbook. Two different versions will be available: the “All-School Yearbook”, with 52 color pages including all K-7 class photos as well as collages, priced at $16, and the “Graduates Edition,” which includes all of the K-7 book plus an expanded 8th grade section, priced at $26. Yearbook covers were designed by two talented 8th graders: Sophie Morganstern designed the K-7 cover and Elaine Chen designed the 8th grade cover. Order online before May 31. Late orders will not be accepted because of production costs and schedule.

If you have any great photos from field trips or school-wide events, please send them to Nagmeh Ansari for possible inclusion in the yearbook. You can also contact Nagmeh with any questions.

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.


Sing Out! Youth Music Festival at Brookline High School, Sunday May 18, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Using performing arts to raise awareness and funds for lung cancer, performers will honor the memory of former Brookline Superintendent of Schools James Walsh. Talented vocal and instrumental student musicians join in concert to benefit lung cancer awareness and research. Featured performers include: Northeastern University’s Unity Gospel Ensemble, Voices Boston (formerly known as PALS Children’s Chorus), New Best Western Band, and Brookline High School’s a capella groups, including Note-a-Fly, Testostertones and Perfect Pitch. Sponsored by the Brookline–based charity “Upstage Lung Cancer.” Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and can be purchased online or in person at the Brookline Teen Center or Brookline Booksmith.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. According to the most recent student health survey, nearly one in four Brookline teens reported being depressed (feeling sad and hopeless for more than 2 weeks), yet only a quarter of those get professional help, often because of the stigma still clouding issues of mental health. National Mental Health Awareness Month offers an excellent opportunity to learn more about how to promote resiliency in our children and recognize the difference between normal mood fluctuations and when a child might need help to cope. Check out B-PEN’s “Teens and Mental Health” for information, tips and valuable resources.

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