News and Notes

This week: School Council (Monday), Gr. 8 Graduation(Wednesday)

A great time was had by all at the Spring Picnic last week. Thank you to all the helpers selling pizza and logo wear, the Lawrence Green Team, the Lawrence Latino Cultural Group, and SET-J. Thank you also to all the people who brought in a cake for the highly anticipated and successful Cake Walk. The Spring Picnic really shows how great it is to be part of the Lawrence Community!


Upcoming Community Meetings about the 9th Elementary School and BHS Renovation and Expansion
9th Elementary School: Updates on the 9th school are scheduled for June 14 in the School Committee Room on the 5th floor of Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend for a presentation on the current timeline for site selection and construction and a review of the three sites being studied this spring and summer.
Jonathan Levi Architects (JLA), the architectural firm doing the 9th school Site Selection Study will update the public on the work they will be doing and will gather community input on the three sites being studied this spring/summer.
Brookline High School Expansion and Renovation: The BHS Expansion Working Group will hold a public meeting to update and inform the community about the anticipated BHS expansion and renovation as PSB prepares for the rapid increase in high school enrollment in the coming years. The Working Group will share the current timeline and process, and community members will have a chance to provide input on potential options. The meeting will be at Brookline High School on June 13th at 7:00 p.m.

Library Book Reminder
We hope you have enjoyed the books borrowed from the Lawrence Library this year– we have circulated around 30,000 books to students and teachers! Sadly, now it’s time to return library books for the summer.
All Lawrence School library books were due back by June 3. Please help your child(ren) to return their books so that our inventory will be able to proceed on time.
Please contact the librarian with any questions you may have:

From SET-J (Sending Educators To Japan)
Thanks to everyone who stopped at the SET-J table at Spring picnic! Our Literacy Specialist, Ms. Terry Jewell, is off to Japan on June 24th, where she will spend time in Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo for 10 days. Ms. Jewell will visit two schools attended by former Lawrence students, spend a night with a former Lawrence family, and reunite with many Lawrence friends. You can follow Ms. Jewell’s adventures on her blog ( Ms. Jewell will give a presentation about her SET-J travel experience in 2016-2017 school year. We would like to thank IACE Travel Boston and Yamato USA Boston Branch, who help make this annual trip possible by donating a part of cost generously to the SET-J program.

Also, please congratulate Ms. Jessica Gordon (Kndergarten teacher), the recipient for 2016-2017 SET-J grant! The SET-J committee announced the 2017 SET-J grant to the teachers in April, and all interested candidates were asked to submit two essays “Why you would like to visit Japan?” and “How do you expect to return your experience and learnings to the Lawrence community?”  Applications were reviewed by the SET-J committee, Mr. Rogers and the PTO presidents and a decision was made in May. 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

Lost and Found
Please come by the Lost and Found section near the small gym to claim any missing items. Time is running out and items may get donated at the end of the school year.


A Call for the Arts!
LLCGPlease help the LLCG create collages for Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th to October 15th.

Collages will be posted September 2016. Please hand in your collage to Miss Magno this year, or next year no later than September 9, 2016.
For more information, please visit us on facebook or email or


Now is your chance to honor a teacher!
The Brookline Education Foundation has kicked off its end-of-the-year Honor a Teacher campaign. Please consider making a donation of any size on behalf of a special teacher, specialist, administrator, librarian, nurse, or coach. They will receive notification from the BEF of your gift.  Our teachers greatly appreciate the recognition and your support of grants in our schools, preK-12th grade. Let those special teachers know how important they are! Go

This year’s Tee Off @ the Library is Saturday June 18thand brings mini-golf back  to the stacks of the Main Library. The theme is Indiana Jones, and we’ll have adventure, activities, treasure hunting, and more! 12noon-4:30pm for all ages, and adults 21+ join us 6-9pm.

Get your tickets today:

Brookline Public Library’s Summer Reading Program
Our summer reading program, “On Your Mark, Get Set…READ!”, begins on June 20th this year. Special visitors will be putting on magic shows, teaching kids to make homemade instruments, explaining the wonders of what goes on inside a beehive, and more. Children may sign up online through, or at their favorite Brookline library.

Summer reading participants who’ve read four books by the end of summer can bring their reading logs to the Coolidge Corner Branch on August 17th, or the Putterham Branch on August 18th, to claim their prize and make an ice cream sundae!

Brookline Friends of Public Health
The 20th Annual Public Health Policy Forum will be held at on Wednesday evening, June 22, 2016 6:00pm at Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. No registration is required.
Click here to read the Press Release.

Have something to Share?
The PTO encourages you to contribute to the newsletter and to the online community bulletin board. Please send your requests to by Thursday evening to be included in the next week’s newsletter.

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