November 25 News and Notes

This week: Apple Pie Making (Monday), Early Release (Wednesday).

This week’s Vice-Principal’s Corner: The Farm School.

Help make Apple Pies today after school! Ms. Alper would be most grateful for the help of parents and students to help make pies after school today from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Proceeds from the sale of these pies are used to buy holiday gifts for kids in the Steps to Success program. Remaining funds go to the 8th grade class gift account, which is used by the graduating class to buy something the whole school can enjoy.

Last week’s Japanese Food Fair presented a dizzying array of Japanese treats! We are sincerely grateful to Mihoko Kuwabara and Kay Kobayashi who planned and orchestrated this event; Misao Nakazaki, Hiroko Yabusaki, and Ju-Ping Lien who contacted vendors and the many volunteers who worked so hard to prepare and share Japanese cuisine with all of us. We would also like to thank the many local businesses without whose support the event would not have been possible: Buk Kyung II, Cafe Sushi), Costco (Everett), Defi, Ebi Sushi, Ebisuya Japanese Market, Hair Stylist Kayoko, Japonaise Bakery, Les Restaurant, Osaka, Pikaichi, Reliable Market, Sakanaya Fish Market, Sapporo Ramen, Shaws (Allston), and Takusan Sushi. Please thank them with your business.

In addition to providing a delicious taste of Japan, the Japanese Food Fair raised close to $3,400 for the PTO. Arigato!

Thanks also to the Brookline Booksmith for hosting another enjoyable Holiday Shopping Day on November 20. In addition to browsing, Lawrence families enjoyed free wrapping by our 8th grade volunteers, yummy cookies and Dr. Seuss stories read by cast members from the upcoming Grade 6-8 play, Seussical. Thanks to all who helped make the day happen!


December 4th is the next early release day, and The PTO is sponsoring an after-school movie in the auditorium from 12:30 – 2:20 p.m. The film is Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, rated PG. Inspired by the beloved children’s book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain. If your child would like to attend, please use the new, online registration process:

  • Go here and sign up for a new account.
  • Register each child that will be attending the Early Release Movie (note that you may register all siblings before payment on the final page).
  • Make a donation (suggested amount: $6 per child).

The deadline for registration is Monday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. If you are not able to access a computer, please contact Makeeba McCreary, (617) 293 4024 or by email.

The LEDP community is gearing up for their annual Holiday Wrap-A-Thon. On Saturday December 7th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., come shop at Henry Bear’s Park and have your gifts wrapped while you wait. Henry Bear’s Park is located at 19 Harvard Street in Brookline Village. Donations ranging from $2-$4 are welcome, but not required. All proceeds will go to the LEDP scholarship program. Whether you come to shop or just want to stop in for a quick hello, we would love to see you. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer your wrapping skills, please contact Peter Villa, LEDP Chair or Mary Gardiner, LEDP Director.

The Lawrence PTO Play is a long-running tradition. Every year parents and teachers put on an original musical play for the community. As ever, we are looking for help. We can always use parents who can act and sing. We also need help with props, sets, and costumes. And this year we have an especially urgent need for an assistant director. The play rehearsal period starts the beginning of January with performances in mid-March. If you are interested or if you have any questions, please contact Dennis Doughty. Thanks!

Finally, with the holidays upon us, if you’re shopping for a gift and can’t find it in town, don’t forget that the PTO has a shopping link to Amazon and they’ll send us four percent of every purchase.

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