October 21 News and Notes

This week:  Math League (Monday), School Council Meeting (Tuesday), Food Day Festival (Thursday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Got Grit?.

Math League is a math club for students in grades 5 and 6.  In a team atmosphere, students engage in solving mathematical problems during sessions after school and many choose to compete in the three town-wide Math League Meets. Have fun, work on interesting challenges, represent Lawrence! Practices are Mondays and Wednesday in room 317, from 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. The first meeting is today, Monday — but students may join any time in the next two weeks. For more information please contact Math League coaches Mrs. Smid or Ms. McGraw.

The Food Day Festival is Thursday from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Big Gym. Celebrate national Food Day and food culture that is healthy, affordable and sustainable! The theme this year is Savory, and you are encouraged to submit any savory dish you love that includes vegetables. Students will taste and vote for the winners. Recipe Contest prizes include three weeks of fresh vegetables delivered to your door by Farmers to You, and a subscription to ChopChop kids’ cooking magazine. The Green Team will also raffle off a ChopChop cookbook to anyone who donates a reusable water bottle — you can place new or like-new reusable bottles in the marked bin in the school lobby, or bring them to the Festival. Come take a bottle if you need one! Finally, it’s not too late to participate as a volunteer: please sign up here. More information from Bettina Neuefeind (by email, or 650-714-5196).

Many thanks to those who participated in this year’s Halloween Costume Swap last week! Quite a few students transformed into little witches, fairies and superheroes right before our eyes! We will continue to collect costumes and accessories in the bin in the lobby through the first week in November for use in next year’s swap. If you like, you can sign the clipboard when you donate a costume to be eligible for a free costume next year! The Green Team thanks you for your help in reducing, reusing and recycling Halloween costumes. Questions? Contact Susan Helms Daley.


Parents and children (grades 4 and up) are invited to see the Race To Reels film Far From Home, Wednesday 23 October in the MLK room at Brookline High School. The 2006 production by Rachel Tsutsumi spotlights Kandice, an insightful, precocious African-American teenager participating in METCO in Weston. With more than fifty years separating Kandice’s story from the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, this compelling film illustrates the ways in which a truly desegregated education system remains an unrealized goal in the US. Free pizza and discussion afterward. For more information please contact Suzie Talukdar, Director of METCO in Brookline.

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