October 7 News and Notes

This week: SEPAC Welcome (Tuesday); Car-Free School Day (Wednesday); School Photo Day, ECS Meeting (Thursday); Gr. 6-8 IPRs (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: 21st Century Learning

NEWS & EVENTS
Whether you have a child with an IEP, a 504, have an evaluation approaching, or if you’re just curious, the Special Education Welcome Meeting is a great chance to chat with principal Rick Rogers, building team facilitator Amy Nevis, special education teachers, and other parents about services at Lawrence and the district as a whole. You will also meet the new Director of Special Education, Emily Frank. Tuesday 8:00 a.m. in the library. For more information go to SEPAC’s website, or contact Lawrence SEPAC liaisons Patrick Gabridge or Makeeba McCreary.

The Lawrence Green Team invites you to join 6,000 students in celebrating Brookline’s Car-Free School Day. Students and families are encouraged to walk, bike, or scooter their way to school on Wednesday morning, October 9, to get more Brookliners walking and reduce the use of cars. Everyone entering school that day will have their hand stamped to call attention to Car-Free School Day. Going car-free is good for our health and for the planet!

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 on Thursday, 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.

Thursday is School Photo Day. 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. Parent volunteers make the process much easier! If you are interested in a one or two-hour slot between 8:00 and 11:30 a.m., please sign up here.

COMING UP

Next week’s PTO meeting (Tuesday 15 October, 8:00 a.m., library) will feature Suzie Talukdar, Director of the METCO Program in Brookline. The Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO) is a voluntary integration program founded in 1966 which provides K-12 education for over 300 students from Boston. METCO students participate in all aspects of the academic and extracurricular life of the schools and are supported by the METCO Director and staff.

“Poetry Brookline,” a festival honoring the town’s special places, takes place October 15, 7:00 p.m. at  the Brookline Main Library. Hear poems and songs from students and adult writers. Explore parks, ponds, neighborhoods, gardens, libraries, bookstores, culinary delights, seasons, sports, and history. Brookline’s Poet Laureate, Judith Steinbergh, created “Poetry Brookline” and will host. More information here.

The townwide Cross-Country Meet is Thursday 17 October. More information from Ms. U, Carlyn Uyenoyama.

The second annual Lawrence Food Day Festival will be held on October 24 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.  This is a fun, free event for the whole family that provides samples of fresh, nutritious and delicious foods, lots of fun learning opportunities, and plenty of visitors from the greater Boston food community. We need you to help prepare and staff tables, to prepare and serve food, and to help publicize the event: please sign up for a volunteer slot. Most of all, we need your delicious vegetable dishes for this year’s recipe contest. Submit an old favorite or discover a delicious new savory vegetable dish to bring to this year’s recipe contest. Students can taste and vote for their favorites; winners will take home a food prize. More information from Bettina Neuefeind (by email, or 650-714-5196).

Thanks to all who have already placed donated books in our Used Book Donation wagon — please keep ’em coming! — and we’ll have a great Book Fair in May. Do place all books in bags or boxes before setting them in the wagon. This makes transporting them to our sorting and storage area much easier and faster! Help is needed all year long unloading the wagon and sorting books. This is best done in one or two hour, regular weekly shifts that suit your schedule. If interested please contact Pamela Iguchi.

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