October 14 News and Notes

This week: PTO Meeting (Tuesday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: A Safe, Just and Caring Community.

Tuesday’s PTO Meeting (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.

The town-wide Cross-Country Meet is Thursday at Larz Anderson. More information from Ms. U, Carlyn Uyenoyama.

Bakers Needed! Looking for a fun and easy community service project you can do from your own home? Sign up to bake and deliver cookies for the families staying at Ronald McDonald House while their children receive medical treatment in the area. Pick a time that’s convenient for you and your family, or get together with another family and have fun baking and hanging out together! Sign up at the PTO volunteer page. More information from K.C. Turnbull.

School Photo Day came and went successfully. If you have any questions about your order, please contact the photographer, Hayward Photography, directly. The name of our representative there is Tricia Keating and you can reach her at 617-698-1840, or by email.


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).

By the way, Stone Soup is collaborating with the Green Team to make the Festival’s environmental impact as small as possible. For example, we are giving a raffle ticket to anyone who brings their own water bottle; creating a ‘Need a Bottle, Take a Bottle’ bin where you can donate a new or like-new reusable bottle you don’t need, and take one if you want one; featuring primarily vegetarian dishes to minimize the environmental costs; and carefully evaluating how to minimize waste. Come see it in action!


Celebrate fall—and support Brookline’s Lincoln School PTO—at the Pumpkinfest Festival on Sunday, October 20, 12:00 – 4:00 pm. Treat your children to a carnival ride, or give yourself to a scare in the Spooky Space. Hedge your bets with the Wheel of Fortune. Test your strength in tug of war. Scoop up a gently used Halloween costume. Gobble up hot dogs, cotton candy, and baked goods. Or try authentic Japanese and Korean fare.  There are also games, pumpkins and books for sale, face painting, a homemade cakewalk, balloon blast, glitter spa, photo booth, and much, much more. More information here.

“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 Brookline Library puts on other events throughout the year. Two more are coming soon. The Fall Festival takes place on the side lawn of the Main Library Thursday, October 17, 3:00 – 5:00 pm and includes mini-pumpkin painting, spooky candy tree making, professional face painting, hot cider & muffins, and literary pumpkin judging. At Putterham Library on Saturday, October 26, 10:30 a.m. the Creature Teachers introduce a variety of live animals to the audience. Information on all library events here.

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