November 4 News and Notes

This week: Principal’s Forum (Thursday), Epic Brass Chamber Music at Lawrence (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Updated Parent Conference Reports (Gr. 1-5).

On Friday morning, November 8th, the sounds of locally-based brass quintet Epic Brass will waft through the halls of Lawrence! Known for a personable and often humorous approach to performance, the quintet seeks to instill a love of music while demonstrating that a chamber music ensemble, much likes a sports team, requires cooperation and teamwork. Performances will be at 10:00 a.m. (Grades 6-8) and 11:00 a.m. (Grades 3-5). As always, parents are welcome. Thanks to the PTO for sponsoring this program.

Please help us make Candy Leis for sale at the Japanese Food Fair. Come join the production team this Friday, November 8, in the cafeteria from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. We also need the parents to help make food, set up, sell food and clean up at the fair itself on November 22, after school in the Big Gym. If you can help, please contact Mihoko Kuwabara or Kay Kobayashi, or sign up online.

Please click here for the online Lawrence Directory, to double-check that we have your contact information accurately listed.


Registration for Winter Session LSA Classes begins this week. From sewing to woodworking the fencing, various sports, pursuits and other activities are available after school. Forms received by Wednesday November 13 are entered into the lottery for high-demand classes. The course catalog may be downloaded here. More information from Joanne Liautaud.

The Holiday Fair at Brookline Booksmith is Wednesday, November 20 (which is also an early release day!). The in-store fair is a great chance to get a head start on your holiday shopping, have it wrapped, enjoy browsing and story hour from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. and enjoy holiday treats. All day long, 10 percent of sales to Lawrence families will be donated to the PTO. Contact our organizer Pamela Iguchi to help out on the day of the event.

The annual PTO Phonation will take place Monday, December 9. Each year PTO spends over $100 per student and this year we will provide more than $80,000 to directly support teachers, classrooms and students. Watch your inbox and mail box for more information and please give as generously as you can.


Brookline High School’s production of The Winter’s Tale takes the stage this week. Shakespeare’s play is moved to Boston and North Carolina and is a tale full of wonder: ruined relationships lead to reconciliation and rebirth, a sheep-shearing feast celebrates a young couple’s love and there is even an “exit pursued by a bear!” November 6 at 3:30 p.m. and November 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $5 for students and $10 for adults, but 8th graders get in free! Appropriate for 7th graders or older.

B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network) and the Brookline Police/PSB Health Education AWARE program invite grade parents in Brookline to an evening with Patricia Snell, a Norfolk County Advocates internet safety, cyberbullying and bullying consultant. Snell has trained parents, staff and students in over 250 Massachusetts public schools, and her presentation offers parents practical advice and information on the current pre-teen/teen social media landscape. Her presentation is Thursday November 14 at the Driscoll School, and will be followed by a Q&A with a panel from Public Schools of Brookline guidance, the AWARE program, and BHS Peer Leadership. To learn more and register for this town-wide presentation here.

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