News and Notes

PTO Meeting will be held this Tuesday September 27th at 8:00am in the library.
Please join Principal Warren Blair and Vice Principal Laura Horst.

Volunteers needed for Picture Day on Wednesday, October 5 – Help escort students to and from photography sessions. Coordinators receive a complimentary photo package!  Sign up at

Fifth Annual Lawrence Food Day Festival, Thursday,October 20 between 5-6:30pm in the Big Gym! Participate as an individual, class, or team in the Vegetable Based Recipe Contest! See guidelines and entry form.  Please click here to sign up to volunteer in ways big or small, or email

Halloween Costume Swap
Does last year’s little mermaid want to be a ninja turtle this year? You’re in luck. This year’s Halloween Costume Swap, sponsored by the Green Team, will be held outside the front door after school on Thursday October 6 and Friday October 7, earlier than usual. Please drop off your gently used costumes in the lobby between now and then and in exchange, you can pick up a different costume during the swap. Even if you don’t have an old one to share, please stop by. Most costumes are just $1. Happy Halloween! For more info or to join the Green Team, please contact

Interested in finding out more about the Lawrence Green Team?  Please join us for this year’s first meeting in the Lawrence library on Friday, September 30th after drop-off.

Thank you to some of this week’s new volunteers:Sabrina Abron-Choumert, Christina Grady, Rachel Sater (Picture Day), and Yufeng Zhao (PTO data entry)! Did we miss you? E-mail and let us know.


Brookline High School SEPAC Meeting Tonight
Come meet Wendy Ryder, Special Education Director BHS and Darby Neff-Verre, Guidance Dept. Chair.
Parents with BHS students on IEPs and 504s will have a chance to ask questions and talk about the upcoming year.
Monday, September 26, 2016
MLK Room, main floor
7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.

MEDIAGIRLS, an eight-week program for 6th and 7thgrade girls, will run at the Brookline Teen Center on Tuesday afternoons from 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm startingSeptember 27th. Participants learn to challenge pop-culture messages aimed at girls; engage in thoughtful discussions about current media trends, make new friends in Brookline, and write inspiring content for girls on the MEDIAGIRLS blog and social media. Space is limited to 12, and only a few spots are open. Limited scholarships available. Visit to learn more and register. Facebook:

Brookline SEPAC Monthly Meeting with Student Services Administration/
Welcome to New Deputy Superintendent, Sam Zimmerman
Thursday, September 29, 2016
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Town Hall, School Committee Room, 5th floor
333 Washington Street, Brookline

Tales from the Classroom: Personal Essays Read by the 2016 Margaret Metzger Fellows, Brookline Education Foundation
Friday, September 30, 6-8 PM, Lincoln School Theater, 19 Kennard Road, Brookline

This is a very special evening.  All are welcome!  Light refreshments will be followed by ten-minute readings by:  Jen Breen Rose-Wood, BHS, English, Malcolm Cawthorne, BHS, Social Studies, Teresa Gallo-Toth, Runkle Librarian, Marie Leman, Lawrence, 3rd grade, Greg Porter, Lawrence, Social Studies, Jan Preheim, Lincoln, 5th grade.

Do You — or Someone You Know — Want to Run the 2017 Boston Marathon?
The Brookline Education Foundation is seeking runners for the 2017 Boston Marathon.  Receive amazing training and camaraderie from Team Brookline and support excellence in the Public Schools of Brookline at the same time!  Contact Team Brookline at for more information today.  The deadline for applications is September 30, 2016.

Child Care Forum
The Brookline Commission for Women is hosting a Childcare Forum on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 6pm-7:30pm in the Denny Room of the Brookline Health Department Building, 11 Pierce Street. Panelists will speak on the benefits and challenges of various types of daycare options that are available for families with children in the newborn to 5 year age range. Representatives from BEEP, Brookline Health Department, the Brookline Police Department, and others will discuss safety, proper licensing and background checks. There will be a question and answer period following the panel discussion. Questions? Please email and RSVP at  This event is free and open to the public.

Free Showing of “SCREENAGERS” is sold out!
On Oct. 5, B-PEN (with funding from Brookline Community Foundation and Coolidge Corner Theatre) presents a free community showing at the Coolidge of “Screenagers,” an award-winning documentary on the impact of technology, screens, and social media on the lives of adolescents. This free showing “sold-out” very quickly, which is a testament to the importance of the subject matter, so B-PEN has been exploring options for another showing down the line. If you would like be notified when more information is available, please email
Brookline Talks Speaker Dr. Donna Pincus.  Monday, Nov. 7, 7pm. Upper Devotion Auditorium, 194 Boylston St. Creator of the Child Anxiety Network, author of Growing Up Brave and a specialist in child anxiety and its related disorders, Dr. Pincus will talk about child anxiety and give strategies to help children and families cope with stress.

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