September 23 News and Notes

This week: Class Open Houses (Gr. K-2, Wednesday; Gr. 3-5, Thursday), Gr. 8 George’s Island trip (Thursday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: MCAS Results.


The Lawrence Library depends on volunteers! Many parents have taken on new responsibilities as the school year begins, but any amount of time you might be able to provide — shelving, sorting books, and other tasks — would be much appreciated. Kathy Moriarty, the Lawrence librarian, would like to put together a tentative schedule in the next week or two. Please contact Kathy by email, or stop by the library. And please check the Library Blog for book suggestions, news about library activities, links to reading-related resources and other topics. Kathy will post updates twice a month.

The year’s first PTO Meeting is tomorrow morning: Tuesday at 8:00 am in the library. Principal Rick Rogers will speak about the upcoming school year.

Class Open Houses are opportunities to meet teachers and hear what’s planned for the school year. Child care is available: $5 per child ($10 family maximum), no children under 3.

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)

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 in the library. 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.

The Grade 6-8 Play kicks off this week! An orientation meeting for all interested students will be right after school on Tuesday, September 24, in the auditorium. Auditions will be held a week later, on October 1. The director this year is Kathryn McNamara, and new addition to Lawrence’s 6-8 team. Kathryn has studied drama and worked as a drama teacher, in addition to her degrees in English and Theatrical Education.

B-PEN — the Brookline Parent Education Network — helps parents navigate the social, emotional and developmental challenges affecting today’s teens and pre-teens: common challenges that can lead to risky behavior. An outreach initiative that brings together Brookline school administrators and PTOs, B-PEN’s goals are to facilitate parent connections with other parents, with school and town resources, and with helpful information in all formats, on a wide variety of teen concerns. Their website is worth checking out; the current (and timely) feature is Back To School Is A Big Transition.

Every May the PTO runs a three-day Used Book Fair. It’s not only a great fundraiser, but helps share books that would otherwise sit collecting dust. And they’re cheap! We collect books all year, and the “book fair wagon” will be in the school lobby beginning this week. Please drop off used books any time. Titles for all ages, from board books to racy bestsellers, are welcome.

Finally, thanks to all those who showed up for our annual Fall Picnic last Monday — it was a fun night! Thanks especially to the many volunteers selling all those pizza slices, rice balls and cookies, and those who helped set up and clean up.

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