June 9 News and Notes

This week:  Gr 2 Concert (Wednesday), Spring Picnic (Thursday), Field Day (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Here.


On Thursday, join us for one final community gathering before the end of the school year: the Spring Picnic!

  • We’ll gather in the library at 5:00 p.m. to say goodbye to retiring staff members Amy Nevis, Special Education Team Leader and Pam Charpentier, Grade 6/7 Social Studies teacher. The picnic will start at 6:00 p.m.
  • Bring your dinner or purchase pizza or rice balls (or both).
  • Don’t forget your reusable water bottle! We’ll have big water jugs near the pizza table so you can fill up.
  • Please bring a cake for the Cake Walk or something for the Bake Sale!
  • Visit the SET-J table for delicious rice balls, sorbet, and a Japanese fishing yo-yo game and information about Ms. Muendel’s trip to Japan this summer.
  • And lots more!

We need your help.  Please take a shift selling pizza or help with set up/clean up, or at the SET-J table. Contact organizer Jennifer Mahoney, or sign up online.

Field Day 2014 is this Friday (rain date: Monday, June 16).
Parent volunteers are needed to help run events (we’ll provide directions & supplies), and to staff the water/break area.  Schedule:

  • 8:30-10:00 Grades K-3 ( Parent helpers arrive at 8:15)
  • 10:30-12:15 Grades 4-7 (Parent helpers arrive at 10:15)

We also need several “Supplies Helpers” to help get lots of water balloons ready on Wednesday, June 11 2:30-3:30 p.m.  Please check in at the front office if you can help or email Maria Kalaitzidis.

The Fun Run lived up to its name and more! Big thanks to Keith Carson and Maureen Fallon for organizing the event this year and to all of the runners and volunteers who helped make it a great day. Thanks also to Finagle a Bagel for the delicious bagels and to the many other local businesses who donated items for the event. Shop Local to thank them!

Did you notice our lovely flock of one thousand paper cranes (folded at Family Fun Night in February) last week hanging in the lobby? These symbolic Japanese birds will be delivered by our literacy specialist, Ms. Dianne Muendel, to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park when she visits Japan on the annual SET-J trip from June 20-29. Together the cranes are big and heavy, so they have been shipped to Japan already by Yamato Transport USA Boston Branch. Yamato company generously donated the entire shipping fee. Domo arigato gozaimasu (big thanks to them!)

The “Sending Educators To Japan” program, which is funded by the PTO, has been sending Lawrence teachers to Japan since 2002. Click here to learn more about SET-J. And don’t forget to visit the SET-J table at the Spring Picnic.

Listen for students in grades K-5 to be communicating in song after Opera to Go visits Lawrence this Thursday. The troupe will perform a participatory program introducing students to the elements of opera, demonstrating how opera tells stories and expresses powerful emotions. The program encourages students to create and perform musical stories using their imaginations and listening skills.) Performances will be at 8:30 a.m. (Grades K-2) and 9:30 a.m. (Grades 3-5) in the auditorium, and parents are welcome to attend. Thanks to the PTO for sponsoring this program.

Reminder: Library books are due!  In addition, volunteer help is needed to complete the inventory. If you have an hour or so available on June 16, 17 or 18 to help scan books, please email Kathy Moriarty with your availability: Any time you can give would be most helpful!


The BHS Athletics Open House will take place on Wednesday June 11, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., in the high school’s Schluntz Gymnasium. This is a follow up to the BHS Athletics overview presented in March. The event will be a drop-in format, and is a great opportunity for elementary students (especially incoming 9th graders) and families to meet coaches and current student-athletes, and to receive important sport-specific information including but not limited to:

  • BHS Sport offerings by season.
  • Tryout and practice time frames, venues and other information.
  • Team member expectations, level(s) of necessary commitment.
  • Summer and off-season skill development and/or conditioning opportunities.

Contact Pete Rittenburg, BHS Director of Athletics, for more information: either online or at 617-713-5288.

Honor a Teacher.  Chances are that an outstanding teacher has inspired your child—maybe even your whole family—in some way this year. As the school year comes to a close, consider saying “thank you” by donating to the Brookline Education Foundation in honor of that special someone. It makes a great class gift too!

Your donation directly supports professional development projects for all Brookline educators, enabling them to grow in their profession and bring new experiences back into their classrooms to enrich your child’s learning. So, let that special teacher, administrator, or coach know how important s/he is to you and your child! You may donate online here.

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