December 2 News and Notes

This week: Early Release & After-School Movie (Wednesday), Principal’s Forum (Thursday), Staff Appreciation Lunch (Friday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Support the PTO in Supporting Lawrence.

Are you thankful for Lawrence School? You’ll have a chance to express that appreciation one week from tonight, when PTO Phonathon callers reach out to all Lawrence families to ask for a donation to the PTO. (Note that if you send in a donation before December 9, you will not be called.) Click here to see how your tax-deductible contributions directly affect your child’s experience at Lawrence. We really cannot do it without you, so please send your contribution by check or donate now through PayPal. Thank you!


Wednesday is an early release day, and the PTO is sponsoring an after-school movie in the auditorium from 12:30 – 2:20 p.m. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is 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. (If the link does not work, please cut and paste this URL: )
  • 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 today (Monday) at 6:00 p.m. So that wecan keep track of kids and keep them safe, children who are not registered in advance will not be admitted. If you are not able to access a computer, please contact Makeeba McCreary, (617) 293 4024 or by email.

The Staff Appreciation Luncheon is this Friday. Please help our parent organizers show the entire Lawrence school staff how much we appreciate them by preparing a dessert. Treats from holiday fruit salad to cookies, cake, pie or more can be dropped off in the teacher’s lounge on the second floor in the morning. To sign up online, please click here. Contact Kathryn Brown if you have any questions.

For parents of children in grades 5 to 8, The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General Hospital invites you to a presentation entitled “The Relaxation Response for Caregivers of Adolescents” to be held at the Pierce School this Thursday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. The presentation is focused on helping parents and educators support healthy adolescent development within academic and out-of-school settings. Specifically, come learn about “Stress Awareness”, how chronic stress affects middle schoolers health and happiness and about relaxation techniques that can help reduce the negative impact of stress and build resilience. This event, co-sponsored by our fellow PTO at Pierce School, is free of charge and open to all members of the Brookline community. Please RSVP here.

Last week Kirsten Alper and her team of hardworking pastry chefs in grades 5-8 cranked out over 175 delicious and beautiful apple pies, more than half of which were sent to the Brookline Food Pantry. Thanks to everyone who bought a pie for their family or for the food pantry, to the many students and parents who helped make the pies, and to the indefatigable Ms. Alper, who acquires, hauls and preps everything needed to keep this great Lawrence tradition alive. Proceeds benefit Steps to Success as well as Lawrence School.

This was the 45th year of the Cranberry Counting Contest! Kathleen Moriarty, the Lawrence Librarian, reports that there were 915 cranberries in the jar. Prizes for grades K-2 and 3-5 are gift certificates for The Children’s Bookshop; prizes for Grades 6-8 and Staff are gift certificates for Brookline Booksmith. Winners were those who guessed closest to 915 without going over 915:

  • In grades K-2: Sammy Gall (KF) with a guess of 900.
  • In grades 3-5: Talia Der Sarkissian (4B) with a guess of 870.
  • In grades 6-8: Ina Bando (7-2) with a guess of 887.
  • Staff: Jessica Gordon with a guess of 767.

Thanks again to our local bookstores, Brookline Booksmith and the Children’s Book Shop for donating the prizes every year for this Lawrence tradition!

If you missed the PTO Meeting on November 19, PTO Meeting notes are available online and a link to Dawn Carney’s presentation on the World Language Program is here.


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.

Oh, The Thinks You Can Think, a Seussical musical performed by the Grade 6-8 Drama Team, is coming up soon. Led by Katie McNamara, performances are scheduled for Wednesday, December 11 at 9:00 a.m. and Thursday, December 12 at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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