September 30 News and Notes

This week: LSA Classes Begin (Monday), School Council (Tuesday), Principal’s Forum (Thursday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Literacy.

Check out the PTO’s Community Bulletin Board — a great way to spread the word about local programs, classes and services of interest to school-age kids and their parents. See what’s up here. The Bulletin Board is always available through the PTO website or a link in every weekly update (below). To post to the Lawrence Community Bulletin Board, please email us. Please, no goods for sale, and no services that aren’t primarily intended for school-age children or their parents. All posts are subject to approval.

LSA Classes begin this week – starting today! For any questions, please contact Joanne Liautaud, LSA Program Coordinator.

The School Council is a group of teachers, staff and parent representatives, assisting the principal in identifying educational goals for Lawrence and formulating the School Improvement Plan. The first meeting is this Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. in the library. School Council meetings are open to all, with a brief public comment period typically at the beginning of the meeting.

The first Principal’s Forum takes place Thursday, 8:00 a.m., also in the library. Parents of students in Grades K-5 are particularly encouraged to attend: our math specialists will present Understanding the Transition to the Updated MA Standards in K-5.

Auditions for the Grade 6-8 Play, “Seussical” will be held Tuesday after school. Interested students should sign up for a time slot on the sheet posted outside the auditorium, then prepare one minute of a song and 8-10 lines from any Dr. Seuss book. You may pick up an audition packet in Room 305 if you don’t yet have one. Questions? Please check with the director, Kathryn McNamara.

Cross Country training continues this week, Monday through Thursday. As practice times are subject to change, participants should check the whiteboard outside the PE office for the latest schedule and notices.


The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is an all-volunteer organization of parents/guardians of children with disabilities, from preschool through 12th grade, who meet to learn more about special education in Brookline. Activities include workshops, informational meetings, discussion groups, legislative lobbying efforts and a variety efforts to improve our children’s education. More information may be found at SEPAC’s website, and a Welcome Meeting will be held Tuesday 8 Oct, 8:00 a.m. in the library.

The Enrichment and Challenge Support Program (ECS) promotes critical and creative thinking skills for all students in K-8 system-wide, and supports classroom teachers in providing challenging curriculum and extension opportunities for students who show a capacity for high levels of academic, intellectual, and creative achievement. More information is available here, and you can learn more at a Parent Coffee, Thursday 10 Oct, 8:15 a.m. in the library. Meet our ECS Resource teacher Leslie Fagen and the Program Head, Mies Boet. You may also contact Lawrence’s two parent representatives on the ECS Parent Advisory Committee, Ivey Bueno Linn and Sharon Grimberg.

School Photo Day is also coming up on October 10. Weather permitting, photos will be taken outside in front of our circle garden. Please encourage your child to neaten up, wear a favorite outfit, etc. Solid colors work best with the busy background.

Interim Progress Reports come out Friday, October 11. IPRs are periodic evaluations provided between grade cards, to keep parents in the loop and to highlight any potential concerns early. If you are interested, you can follow class assignments and your child’s work through the class wiki — check with the teacher if you would like more details. (The Open House materials packet also contained information about wiki use. Copies are available at the front office.)


Now that numerous athletic seasons have begun, it’s worth considering sports injuries and their prevention. A national expert on the issue, Dr. William Meehan, will be speaking at the Newton JCC this Sunday 6 October at 9:00 a.m.  Dr. Meehan runs the Sports Concussion Clinic at Children’s Hospital, advises sports teams and participants, and has published Kids, Sports and Concussions: A Guide for Coaches and Parents. The JCC is located at 333 Nahanton Street in Newton Center.  For more information, contact 617-558-6459

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