November 11 News and Notes

This week: K-6 Early Release (Tuesday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Don’t forget the upcoming early release days (which are scheduled to allow time for parent-teacher conferences):

  • Tuesday, November 12 (K-6 only)
  • Wednesday, November 20 (K-8)
  • Wednesday, December 4 (K-12)
  • Tuesday, December 10 (K-8)

Parent-teacher conferences will be held during November and December. This year, Brookline’s Office of Teaching and Learning is providing a Conference Forms Overview for parent/guardians of students in grades 1-5. This Overview provides basic information about the conference forms and describes changes to the form for 2013-2014. A PDF of the overview is posted on the PSB website. You will find it on the main page, as the first item under District Announcements.

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.

Celebrities hold great powers of persuasion. When they support a product, that product suddenly becomes more popular — for better or for worse! This Wednesday, November 13, we will have giant-sized letters available for students to sign to Tom Brady and Jennifer Aniston, who both endorse SmartWater. We are asking them to consider ending their endorsements because of the many environmental problems associated with bottled water. If your kids are interested in this issue, please have them add their names to the letters, after school in the lobby. If you have any questions or want to see the content of the letter ahead of time, please contact Susan Helms Daley.

Coats for Kids Coats Drive. In conjunction with local Anton’s Cleaners, LEDP is collecting gently used winter coats for kids now through January 14. Please bring your gently used, good quality warm winter coats to the Drop Box outside of the LEDP room in the basement. Especially needed are XL and pre-K sizes. Not accepted are spring coats, vests and sweatshirts. Thanks for helping to keep a child warm this winter!

Thanks again to everyone who volunteered and participated in this year’s Food Day Festival! Both the food and the company were memorable: Jim Solomon’s cheesy polenta with roasted vegetables, Clover’s paw paw tasting table and soda, and the amazing Recipe Contest – we had so many entries they hardly fit on one table! The winners of this year’s Recipe Contest were:

1st: Maria Perez Losada’s Vegetarian Spanish Omelette
2nd: Nik Gross’s Solyanka Russian soup
3rd: Teo Neuefeind Lessig’s Steamed Potatoes with Lemon & Chives

The recipes will be posted on PTO website shortly- look for them under “Stone Soup”. Winners, please pick up a jump rope from the box in the school lobby this week as a thank you for participating in the Recipe Contest or volunteering at the Festival.


The Holiday Fair at Brookline Booksmith is Wednesday, November 20. 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 Japanese Food Fair is Friday, November 22, after school in the Big Gym. Japanese parents are hard at work preparing for this wonderful event, where students can purchase a variety of delicious home-made and donated foods. The menu will include popular items such as rice balls, sushi rolls, fried chicken and noodles and much more. Most items cost a dollar or two. Volunteers are still needed to help make food, set up, sell food and clean up at the fair itself. If you can help, please contact Mihoko Kuwabara or Kay Kobayashi, or sign up online. All Lawrence students, parents and staff are welcome and proceeds go to the PTO.

The annual PTO Phonation, our biggest fundraiser of the year, will take place Monday, December 9. The Phonathon team could use a few more callers on their big night. In addition to our eternal thanks, there’s a pad thai dinner in it for you! Contact Katherine Ingraham.

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