News and Notes

Highlights: PTO Meeting, Early Dismissals, Volunteer for Movie Day, Phonathon, Green Team Recycling, PTO Play, Thank You, Around Town

PTO Meeting
Come attend a presentation from our Math Specialists at this month’s PTO meeting on Tuesday, November 29 at 8:00am in the school library.
Parents from all grades are welcome to attend!

Upcoming Early Dismissals
Wednesday, November 30 at 12:40pm for Grades K-8, Tuesday, December 6 at 12:40pm for Grades K-8, and Wednesday, December 14 at 12:40pm for Grades K-12.

FINDING DORY (Rated PG) will be the feature film for this year’s Movie Day on Tuesday December 6th, 2016.
The MOVIE will open at 12:40 and run for 1 hour 36 minutes. PICK UP IS AT 2:10pm in the 2nd Floor Auditorium
To Register:
Deadline to register is Friday, December 2nd @ 6pm. There will be NO LATE registration.
For more information or questions contact Makeeba McCreary

Movie Day Needs Volunteers! Help organize and supervise student volunteers for this fun early-dismissal day event! Shifts are noon to 1 pm, and 2-3 pm. Sign up at

Please support your school and PTO by making a contribution during this fundraising event.  If you give now, you will not receive a call during our Phonathon on December 5th.  Click here to donate.

Beauty and Oral Care Recycling – Dec 13, 14, 15
Calling all frayed toothbrushes, old face creams, empty floss containers, finished deodorant tubes, and used-up lipstick!
The Green Team will be collecting to recycle personal and oral care items in the lobby Tuesday, December 13 through Thursday December 15. We’ve signed up with Terracycle to participate in their mail-in recycling programs, sponsored by Garnier and Tom’s of Maine (but any brand item can be recycled). Items to bring include bottles, caps, tubes, jars, etc. for cosmetics and skin care products, toothbrushes, floss containers, toothpaste tubes and caps, and deodorant tubes and caps. Please empty each container, so that we are not increasing shipping weight with unused product.
For more information about accepted items, please click on Personal Care & Oral Care.
Questions? Email Tam at

The PTO Play is calling to you.  If you would like to be in this year’s PTO play (parents and teachers), please join us in the auditorium on December 20th at 7pm.  We will read through the play and discuss rehearsal schedules and other logistics.  If you cannot come that night and want to participate, you need to let Nancy Gerber ( know.  Casting will result from the read-through, so if you don’t show up and don’t let her know, you won’t have a spoken part.  Please make every attempt to come.  For those interested in a behind-the-scenes role (costumes, props, sets, lighting/sound, make-up, etc) or for those musicians who want to be in the band, you are welcome to attend the read-through but don’t need to.  Instead, just let Nancy know of your interest.

THANK YOU to KC, the first class to reach 100% participation in this year’s giving campaign! There’s still one week left to reach second place, and earn prizes! Do you know someone who deserves a thank-you? E-mail


Runkle 8th Grade Players presents… John Lennon and Me
Thursday December 1 @ 7 pm, Saturday, December 3 @ 7 pm, and
Sunday, December 4 @ 2 pm.
Tickets on sale before and after school the week of the play as well as at the door. $10 for Adults, $7 for students.
The uproarious award-winning play about life, death and boyfriends. Come meet ultimate Beatles fan and terminally ill teen Star who confronts fate with imagination. Since the play contains these mature themes, parent discretion is advised.

Paper Cranes to Washington
People from all over town are joining together to fold origami peace cranes to give us and our children a way to voice a positive message of peace. Several businesses will be folding paper cranes on Brookline’s First Light festival, Thursday December 1, and others will do the same on other days. Stay tuned for more information.
We hope that other communities will join us, that this message will begin here in Brookline and Boston, take wing and spread around the world.
Please feel free to contact us: or Click here to read the flyer
Background information:

A Brookline Booksmith Event with the BEF
Come hear Brookline teachers read from their personal essays and reflect on the craft of teaching.  What Have I Learned? Eighteen Teachers Reflect on Teaching and the Wisdom They’ve Gained Along the Way (A Brookline Education Foundation Book)

Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Thursday Dec. 8th, 7:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.
Essays by: Mary Burchenal, Ricardo Calleja, Marilyn Chetwynd, Ellen Contreras, Deborah D’Amico, Eleanor Demont, Abby Erdmann, Cathy Fischer-Mueller, Ellen Goldberg, Pat Herrington, Alicia Hsu, Stephanie McAllister Poon, Margaret Metzger, Amy Neale, James V. Parziale, Barbara Scotto, Jay Sugarman, and Suzanne Zobel.

Also on Thursday, December 8, Paris Creperie, across Harvard St. from the Booksmith, will be donating a portion of the day’s sales to support the BEF.  Please support this locally-owned business knowing that you are also supporting Brookline teachers.

Brookline Asian American Family Network is hosting a talk “Promoting the Success and Well-Being of Asian & Asian-American Students” on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 6:30-8:30 PM.
Empower your children with strategies to overcome challenges in school, gain insight into their socio-emotional development, & hear perspectives from Brookline students on their definition of success.  This event is free! RSVP at

The Brookline Parent Education Network, in conjunction with Wayside Youth and Family Support Networks, is hosting a Mental Health First Aid Training to teach how to follow an action plan to help a young person that may be experiencing a mental health issue or substance abuse problem.  The training will take place at the Brookline Public Health Department on December 5 and 7.  For more information or to register for the training, please visit:

Parent Tips for Following up with Kids about Marijuana Legalization
On November 8, Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana for those 21 and older, making this is an important time to engage in meaningful conversations with adolescents about marijuana use, with the most important message being a simple one – Marijuana can have damaging effects on the developing teen brain. B-PEN continues to offers links to pertinent articles on its Facebook page to help keep parents informed, and a primer is available at –  What Parents Need to Know about Legalized Marijuana.

Winter Wonderland 2016: offered by Brookline SmartVacations. From December 27-30, choose up to 4 days of fun with arts and crafts, gym time, computer skills, and theater games. Daylong activities for students ages 5-12. Also, Archery (Dec. 27-29) for ages 10-13!
Visit the Brookline SmartVacations web page.

Make art this December!
The Brookline Arts Center is offering a two week “mini-session” from December 5-12, 2016. This is the perfect opportunity to try out a class or create unique gifts before the holidays. Learn to draw and paint like a pro, discover holidays around the world, create clay gifts, make artisan cards and more!To register and view all classes, visit

Learn to Play with Brookline Youth Hockey!
Sign up now for BYH’s Learn to Play Ice Hockey program: Ice Mice.  Ages 4-8 years old, Nov 26th to March 5th, Sat 9:15am and Sun 5:15pm. Cost $325.  Our #1 goal is for players to have FUN playing ice hockey.
More info online at or contact Richie Sheridan (IM/Instructional Coordinator) or Doug Janowski (BYH Co-Pres).
The Brookline Library Foundation supports the library’s Museum Pass program, which offers Brookline residents discounted museum entry. Traditionally, these passes have only been available to pick up at the Brookline Village location. As of January 1, 2017, the Brookline Library Foundation will fund some additional passes to be picked up at the library’s Coolidge Corner and Putterham locations: Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, and Zoo New England. In addition, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum’s pick-up location will be moved to Putterham. The Museum Pass program is generously funded by the Brookline Library Foundation, made up entirely of Brookline residents and volunteers.

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