November 18 News and Notes

This week: Brookline Booksmith Holiday Fair (Wednesday), Japanese Food Fair (Friday).

This week’s Vice-Principal’s Corner: Positive Communication.


Please join us for the PTO Meeting Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the library. In addition to our regular news and budget update, we are pleased to have Dawn Carney, the K-8 World Languages Coordinator for Brookline who will update us on the progress of the World Languages Program, answer questions and get parent feedback on their children’s experience in the program. As usual for our evening PTO meetings, free babysitting will be available for children age 3 and up.

The Holiday Fair at Brookline Booksmith is this Wednesday! 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. Gift wrapping volunteered by Lawrence 8th graders from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. 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.

On Thursday morning Superintendent Bill Lupini visits Lawrence to give parents a district-wide update, followed by an open question-and-answer session. In the library at 8:00 a.m.

The Japanese Food Fair happens Friday, after school in the Big Gym! Japanese parents have been hard at work preparing for this wonderful event, where students can purchase a variety of delicious homemade and donated foods: rice balls, sushi rolls, fried chicken and noodles, as well as sweet treats and drinks. Most items cost $1-$2. Please bring small bills. You can enjoy the Japanese Food Trivia too!

All Lawrence students, parents and staff are welcome. To improve access for younger students, grades K-4 and grades 5-8 will enter through different doors, and until 2:30 each group will purchase treats at separate tables. It will be crowded, so we ask that students please leave backpacks in their cubbies or lockers. LEDP students in grades K-3 will be able to buy food in the LEDP room, and students who take the bus to school will be dismissed 5 minutes early, so that they can enjoy the fair before they leave.

All proceeds from the Japanese Food Fair go to the PTO. Be sure to check out the floor plan and menu in advance, on posters throughout the school this week. If you can volunteer to help direct traffic, or have a question, please contact Mihoko Kuwabara or Kay Kobayashi.


Apple Pie Order Forms have been distributed. Buy a delicious student-made pie for your own Thanksgiving dinner, or donate one to the Brookline Food Pantry. Forms and payment are due by Wednesday, November 20, to the box in the front office. Ms. Alper would be most grateful for a few parents to help supervise the student bakers on Friday, November 22, between 1:40-3:40 and Monday, November 25, between 2:30 and 4:30 pm in the cafeteria. (If you can come early and/or stay late, that would be even better!) Please contact Ms. Alper or stop by room 125 if you can help. Proceeds from the sale of these pies are used to buy holiday gifts for kids in the Steps to Success program. Remaining funds, if any, go to the 8th grade class gift account, which is used by the graduating class to buy something the whole school can enjoy.

The Lawrence School’s 45th annual Cranberry Estimating Contest is running now! Students and staff estimate how many cranberries are in the jar on display in the library. You have until Friday November 22 to enter, with winners announced on Monday November 25. Separate winners in each category: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and staff. Thanks to the generosity of The Children’s Bookshop and Brookline Booksmith, the prize in each category is a bookstore gift certificate! For many years these local stores have generously donated the prizes for our contest, and we thank them for supporting this longstanding Lawrence tradition.

Share your country’s culture with the Lawrence Community! Sign up to sponsor a table at Family Fun Night’s new International Expo: an exciting place where FFN and International Night meet! We are seeking representatives from any country to host table exhibits that teach us about your culture (language, geography, history, famous people, clothing, traditions — the sky’s the limit). We hope to have exhibits from many countries and cultures, and need you to make it happen. If you are interested in participating, please follow this link and complete the short survey (just five questions) so that we can reach out to you as we get closer to Family Fun Night, scheduled for February 7th.

The PTO’s annual phonathon fundraising campaign begins this week. You’ll soon receive a letter in the mail detailing the many ways in which your contributions make a difference for Lawrence students and staff every day. We plan to raise over $80,000 to fund vital programming this year, so please participate and give as generously as you can! Phonathon calls will be made on Monday, December 9 by a jolly team of volunteers who’ll be fed unlimited quantities of pad thai. If you’d like to be one of those invaluable helpers, please contact Katherine Ingraham.

Much of the money raised by the PTO goes directly to teachers. The PTO has just wrapped up the Fall 2013 grant cycle, funding the following teacher-initiated projects:

  • $390 for Mr. Keser & Ms. Hunter (Middle School Science team) for 7th grade projection microscope;
  • $250 to Ms. Avakian & Ms. Closter for Gr. 6-7 ELA classroom books;
  • $50 to Ms. Kiernan (3rd grade) for a subscription to an online spelling tool;
  • $500 to Vikki Lariccia for books to support grades 6-8 special education literacy; and
  • $380 to the 1st grade teaching team for math game supplies.

All teachers are encouraged to apply for PTO grants. A second grant cycle will be held in early spring 2014.

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