September 16 News and Notes

This week: FALL PICNIC (Monday), Gr. 6-8 Open House (Thursday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Sights and Sounds from the Opening Week of School.

The Fall Picnic is tonight, Monday, 5:30 at Lawrence Field. We still need volunteers to help sell pizza, help at the SET-J table and sell baked goods. Contact Pamela or Lisa if you are interested. Also, we need yummy baked goods! Please drop them off at the Bake Sale table tonight. All proceeds from this evening benefit your PTO.

Class Open Houses are opportunities to meet teachers and hear what’s planned for the school year.  They take place this week and next. Child care will be provided on September 25 & 26 only: $5 per child ($10 family maximum), no children under 3.

Grades 6-8
Thursday, September 19, 6:15-8:00 pm
6:15-7:30  Follow Child’s Academic Schedule
7:35-8:00  General Meeting

Grades K-2
Wednesday, September 25, 6:00-7:15 pm
6:00-6:25 Meet the specialists (Tables on First Floor)
6:15-7:15 Classrooms (Presentations begin at 6:25)

Grades 3-5
Thursday, September 26, 6:00-7:15 pm
6:00-6:25 Meeting the specialists (Tables on Floor)
6:15-7:15 Classrooms (Presentations begin at 6:25)

The year’s first PTO Meeting has been rescheduled from tomorrow to next Tuesday morning at 8:00 am in the library. Principal Rick Rogers will speak about the upcoming school year.

Students in grades 5-8 are invited to join the Lawrence Cross-Country Team. Practices are held after school several times every week, continuing from this Monday. The townwide cross-country meet is October 17, and any runner who has attended at least two practices will be considered for the team. More information from Carlyn Uyenoyama, head coach. Practice schedules are posted on the whiteboard outside the PE office downstairs, or on the bulletin board opposite the big gym.

Please return the Back-to-School Paperwork & Handbook Notification Sign-Off.  Forms were sent home last week and must be filled out for each child. The Lawrence School Handbook is available for download, or you may pick up a printed copy in the office. Please review it with your child, especially the Student Behavior Guidelines (pp. 9-16).

As a reminder, the deadline for the Lawrence Special Activities lottery is Wednesday, September 18. (After that, remaining spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.) Classes ranging from tennis to chess to woodworking — and much more! — are available after school in three sessions through the year. Take a look at the catalog here.

Please join the Green Team for a kickoff meeting to contribute ideas and plan activities for the year on Wednesday, September 25 at 8:10 am (location to be announced). This parent group raises green awareness and understanding of environmental issues to promote the adoption of responsible practices within the Lawrence community. Contact Kathleen Scanlon if you’d like to volunteer with the Green Team.

We have begun compiling and updating the Lawrence School Directory. This is a huge project, and we could use your help! Adding new families, removing families that have moved on, and double-checking all the data are simple but necessary tasks, and can be done on your schedule, at your convenience, in the smallest blocks of time that you prefer. Please contact Kathy Prelack if you can volunteer. Every bit helps!

Where Does The Money Go?  And Where Does It Come From?

Every year the Lawrence PTO spends approximately $70,000. More than half of that goes into the classroom, for supplies, grants, field trip transportation and other teacher support. Another third provides enrichment, including sports, drama, and performing arts. The last tenth goes for community events (such as the picnic tonight) and scholarships for school and PTO activities. More information is presented here, and a detailed budget report is available at every PTO meeting.

The PTO budget is supported by various fundraising efforts. Two of these are arrangements with retailers, who donate back a portion of all money spent by Lawrence families. The first is the Stop & Shop A+ Rewards Program. If you have a Stop & Shop loyalty card, you can register it to Lawrence; thereafter, every purchase sends a few dollars our way. Last year we received more than $400 via the program. To sign up, click here to register your card. (Note that the A+ Rewards are above and beyond other points programs, so you still earn your points for gas and other rewards.) If you participated last year, please sign up again — registration must be renewed annually.

We have a similar arrangement with Amazon. Many of us try to shop locally as much as possible, to support Brookline merchants — many of whom are our neighbors, friends and fellow Lawrence parents. Still, almost everyone shops online as well, at least occasionally. And if you buy at Amazon, they’ll send us four percent of every purchase. That can really add up, and all you have to do is click your purchase through a specific program link. No extra cost to you, just extra funds for the PTO. All the details are here.


As you know Brookline is working to accommodate a burgeoning student population. This will likely involve expanding capacity at several schools, including Lawrence. The town’s B-SPACE committee (Brookline Space and Capacity Exploration) has issued its final report, which you can read here. It’s worth paying attention, and perhaps becoming involved; the issues affect us all.

The Brookline Education Foundation honors Vicki C. Milstein, Principal of the Brookline Early Education Programs, with its 2013 Sperber Award for Administrative Leadership on Saturday, September 28, at 5:00 pm at the high school. Details and RSVP here.

The second annual Brookline Day Festival takes place Sunday, September 22 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at Larz Anderson Park. The event celebrates Brookline’s residents and all the great things that the town has to offer.  Activities for all will include food trucks, local bands, a pie-eating contest, trivia and games.  For more information, click here.

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