News and Notes

Family Fun Night has been rescheduled to Friday, March 4, 2016.  If there is any change in your volunteer status on the new date, please contact the event coordinators Vanessa Trien at or Alison Kulkarni at  See you in March!

SET-J (Sending Educators To Japan) program
Thank you to all of the Lawrence students, staffs and teachers who made the origami cranes, we have already collected over 1000 origami cranes even before the deadline!  We especially appreciate the 2nd graders who eagerly folded cranes during the Social studies, Japan unit class.
We will combine 1000 origami cranes and create “senbazuru”. Ms. Terry Jewell, the Literacy Specialist for Grades 3-5, will bring the “senbazuru” to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and present it as a prayer for peace. We are planning to display the “senbazuru” in the library, please come by and take a look!
The “Sending Educators To Japan” program, which is funded by the PTO, has been sending Lawrence teachers to Japan since 2002. Click here ( to learn more about SET-J.
If you have any questions, please contact

Black History Month
All Lawrence School students are invited to write a piece or create a collage relating to Black History.
For Hispanic History Month the LLCG (Lawrence Latino Cultural Group) put together a simple collage that included some of the Latino student’s personal experiences.  Please encourage your child to get involved. This project is very simple and can be worked on at home and handed into Ms. Magno (the art teacher) or to the front office.

For more ideas or instructions on making collages visit the LLCG website:; or the facebook page for pictures:
Click here to read our meeting notes.

Lost and Found! Check out this week’s Lost and Found items at Lawrence.


Join us for The Breakfast (Book) Club, a new event at Lawrence School on Friday, May 13th. The event, which will be held from 8:00-9:00 am in the library, offers parents and teachers a chance to come together and talk about raising children in today’s world and to enjoy a breakfast catered by the PTO.

Questions? Stop by the literacy room, 214, call us at 617-879-4333, or email Dianne Muendel: here for more information.

BOOK FAIR MAY 24 – 26:  The Lawrence Used Book Fair is quickly approaching.  All proceeds will benefit our school.  So, it is time to clean out your closets/basements/homes and donate all your books to the Lawrence School!!  We are officially collecting books from now until May and need LOTS to have a fantastic book fair.  Please put all books on the book cart in the front lobby of the school.  If you have questions and/or would like to help out with the book fair, please contact Karen Stern at or Dana Greene at


School Food & Nutrition Policy Community Forums Feb.  9
Are you aware that the school wellness policy for the Brookline Schools is being updated? Are you interested in shaping the food culture in the Brookline schools? Parents, students, and faculty and staff are invited to:

  • Learn the results of the 2015 Brookline schools food and nutrition environment survey
  • Contribute to the vision of a healthful school culture including school meals, foods throughout school, and food literacy

Community meetings will focus on the nutrition and food culture portion of the wellness policy.
Please join members of the Brookline Schools Wellness Committee and participate in this important discussion!
February 9, 2016 8:30 am – 10:00 am Brookline High School MLK Room 115 Greenough St.

February Vacation: Look for enriching classes and programs for children at Brookline SmartPrograms, hosted by Brookline Adult & Community Education. Classes range in topic and length and meet evenings, weekends, and during vacations. Classes are open to everyone.

Fundraiser for Brookline Community Foundation BHS Scholarship Initiative
You are invited to a panel conversation with prominent Brookline parents/entrepreneurs at the launch event of: “Education is Your Business: Giving the gift of opportunity to BHS Students who ordinarily would not be able to afford college or training school”
Hear how love of education played an integral role in fulfilling the passions of local panelists: Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe “Innovation Economy” writer; Eran Egozy, Co-Founder and ETO of Harmonix Music Systems (Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Dance Central); Hilary Marino, Founder of H.C.B.; John Hodgman, Former President and CEO of MA Technology Development Corporation; and Colette Phillips, President and CEO of Colette Phillips Communications, Inc.
Enjoy light refreshments and cash bar. Proceeds will be donated by the Brookline Chamber of Commerce to the Brookline Community Foundation Scholarship Fund for Brookline High School. Thursday, February 11th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
The Vine Ripe Grill at Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course
1281 West Roxbury Parkway, Chestnut Hill
$20 Chamber Members / $30 Non-members

Parent Network Group for parents of teens with social/emotional issues.
On February 23, 7-8:30 p.m. at Winthrop House (Baldwin School Building, 490 Heath Street) B-PEN and Family Advocate Hope Schroy are initiating a Parent Network for parents whose 6th-12th grade students are having social/emotional issues. This initial meeting is just to give parents an opportunity to connect with one another, learn about available resources, and discuss what might be helpful going forward, such as additional services, speakers, advocacy, etc. What do you need, and how can we help? Join us for this confidential, non-judgmental Parent Network gathering. For more information, contact Hope Schroy (

Parent Network for Brookline’s LGBTQ Students (March 1, 7-8:30 p.m at Brookline Public Health Department’s Denny Room)
B-PEN hosts its second Parent Network meeting for parents whose students identify as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning). This second meeting will feature guest speaker Dr. Greg Fenton, a Brookline parent of two who specializes in primary care for adolescents, LGBT Health, and HIV/AIDS Care at Fenway Health. If you are unable to attend and would like to be part of the network, contact Hope Schroy (617-713-5155, If your child would like to speak to someone, they or you can contact Jorge Membreño in Room 149 (617-713-5149,

Corner Co-Op Nursery School Open House
The Corner Co-op, 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline, is having an  Open House Tuesday, Feb. 23 & Thursday, March 31, both from  7 – 9 pm. We offer a unique opportunity to participate in your child’s formative years and create an extended family with others. We nurture children’s natural need to learn and grow through a dialogue-centered process and regard play as an essential medium of learning.  Meet staff and parents.  Slideshow & discussion (7:30 – 8 pm) Contact us for more information at 617-738-4631, visit us online or check us out on Facebook.

Brookline Music School presents CrosswindsFolk-Inspired Music from Four Continents with faculty members Anthea Kechley (flute) and Gregory Tolwinski (piano/harpsichord), joined by guests Catherine Weinfield-Zell (oboe), and Michael Weinfield-Zell (percussion), presenting eclectic selections by Bartok, Piazzolla, Takemitsu, and Volans. All ages are welcome, the concert is free, and followed by a Meet the Artist Reception.
Sunday, February 28, 2016, 3:00pm, Bakalar Recital Hall, Brookline Music School. 25 Kennard Road, Brookline, MA 02445

Introducing Innovation At Brookline High School
Parents are invited to join BHS  teacher Sam Dickerman at the VineRipe Grill the evening of Monday, February 29th.  Sam will talk about his special projects as the 21st Century Fund’s first ever Innovation Fellow, and then he will lead a workshop on how parents can use technology tools like Naviance and Canvas to help interface with the high school.  Visit for more information, or contact Stacey Zelbow (

Devotion Science Fair 2016 Calling all scientists!  The Devotion Science Fair and Science Expo will be on Saturday March 12th, 2016 at the Devotion School.  The Science Fair is a fun and exciting day full of amazing student science projects and an Expo with great hands on activities, demonstrations, and interactive games.  We invite all kids to explore an idea, question, or experiment YOU are EXCITED about!  There will be lots more information coming soon (mid-January) about what a science fair project is, how to think up and test you idea, and how to present your results.

This event is open to all students throughout Brookline, grades K-8.  The registration website will open soon.  You’ll be getting more info in January.  GO SCIENCE!

The Brookline Tutor Mentor Program (BTMP) connects Brookline High School students to middle school students for tutoring and mentorship. They are funded by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation and operate with the generosity and support of the Brookline Teen Center.
The program is completely free and they welcome students of all socioeconomic backgrounds and is open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.
The program runs on Sundays at the Brookline Teen Center from 12:30-2:00pm, but some pairs choose to organize alternative times to tutor. Join now.
You can learn more at

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