PTO Monday Update

Hello Lawrence Community,

We hope everyone had a fun time at the fall picnic last week! Thanks to everyone who volunteered with set up and clean up, baking goods and/or staffing a table. We couldn’t have done it without you! And an especially BIG THANK YOU to Amy Derris and Marianna Drootin for organizing the whole picnic. Well done! 

We encourage everyone to support our community by shopping locally, but if you happen to need something from Amazon, remember to support the Lawrence School by signing up with Amazon Smile at A percentage of what you spend goes toward your favorite charitable organization. We hope you choose our school! It all goes to the PTO which provides funding for gardening supplies, grants for teachers, costs for field trips, events at school, among other things. Every penny helps. Thanks in advance!


SCHOOL IS CLOSED THIS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH FOR YOM KIPPUR: If you celebrate Yom Kippur, have a wonderful holiday! 

LSA REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL 9/23. Take a look for fun after-school classes. Any questions, please contact Zoe Kovel: lawrencespecialactivities@gmail.comClick here for the LSA Flyer

LOOKING FOR OTHER EVENTS IN THE SCHOOL YEAR?: Click here to see the entire calendar 


ROOM PARENTS: We are still in need of several people to volunteer to be Room Parents for this school year. It’s a great way to give back and a fantastic way to get to know your child’s teacher and the other parents in their class. Please contact Amanda Gordon at or Bridget Muelbert at

GREEN TEAM: The Green Team is looking for 2 new volunteer parents to help lead the team. Help us raise awareness about the environment among students through fun and engaging projects. Please contact Nicola Thompson at if you’re interested. 

The following groups ALL need volunteers. Please contact the PTO Presidents at for more information if you’re interested. 

PERFORMING ARTS COMMITTEE BOOK FAIR LAWRENCE LOGOWEAR CORI: If you hope to volunteer in the classroom or go on a field trip with your child, make sure your CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) is up to date in the front office. It’s good for 3 years once you file it. 


FIRST PTO MTG & PRINCIPALS’ COFFEE: Tuesday, Sept. 25th (8-9AM) in the Library.

MOTHER’S OUT FRONT COMMUNITY COFFEE: Do you worry about climate change? Find hope through action with us at a community coffee on Wednesday, September 26th. Stop by anytime between 8 and 10 a.m. to learn more about Mothers Out Front and how to get involved. Rifrullo Cafe, 147 Cypress St., Brookline.


MEDIAGIRLS RETURNS THIS FALL TO THE BROOKLINE TEEN CENTER: MEDIAGIRLS ( is bringing back their eight-week program for 6th-8th grade girls to the Brookline Teen Center on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 pm to 5 pm starting October 10th. Participants learn to challenge pop-culture messages aimed at girls; talk candidly about the ups and downs of Instagram, Snapchat and other apps, make new friends in Brookline, and create and post inspiring content for girls on our social media. Space is limited to 12, so sign up quickly. Learn more and register at

BROOKLINE FARMER’S MARKET: Every Thursday from 1:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Centre Street West Parking Lot in Coolidge Corner (behind CVS). Learn more about our wonderful vendors and products!

HOW TO BEAT THE “BACK-TO-SCHOOL TRANSITION BLUES” As families settle into the new routines of the academic year, it can be a tough transition for students of all ages — and their parents! B-PEN’s “Transitions” page offers a wide variety of tip sheets and resources to help families get off to a good start. Check it out!

AUTHOR TED DINTERSMITH SPEAKS AT BROOKLINE HIGH SCHOOL:  Innovation expert Ted Dintersmith and author of the new book, “What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America,” leads a conversation, moderated by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti, on how teachers can change the education system in creative, compelling and practical ways to positively impact students and better prepare them to succeed in the innovation economy. Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 7:00-9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30p.m.) Reception to follow. Free and open to the public. Registration is recommended at

7th ANNUAL BROOKLINE DAY: Celebrate all that Brookline has to offer on Sunday, September 23rd at Lars Anderson Park! Brookline Day 2018 is guaranteed to be a great day of family fun that everyone will enjoy. There will be fun and activities for people of all ages and interests including food, games, inflatables, trucks, face painters, and live music.

TALES FROM THE CLASSROOM: Personal Essays Read by the 2018 Margaret Metzger Fellows Friday, September 28, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., at the Lincoln School Theater, 19 Kennard Road. The 2018 BEF Margaret Metzger Fellows will read from their essays on the experience of teaching in the Public Schools of Brookline.

MIDDLE SCHOOLERS AT THE BROOKLINE TEEN CENTER: The Brookline Teen Center is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders on Mondays from 2:30-7:00 PM. Middle schoolers can play basketball, work on homework, grab a snack in our cafe, participate in pop up activities organized by our youth leaders, check out our music studio, or just hang out with friends. In addition, there is a wide range of programming available for students to sign up for on Mondays and other days of the week. Students must be a member of the BTC in order to attend. Visit our website for more information or to register your child.

VOICES BOSTON CHILDREN’S CHOIR:  Singers K-8th grade invited to join VOICES Boston! To sign-up or just learn more about the program, visit or contact: Kalee Burrows, Program Manager 617-735-0012

PUPPET LAB NOW ENROLLING:  Puppet Showplace now enrolling for 2018-2019 Puppet Lab after school sessions for kids age 9-13 with a focus on the materials, engineering, and design side of puppetry arts.

THE HOUSE OF COLOR ART SCHOOL: Has classes for Kids & Teens in the Studio Arts, Fiber Fun, and Fashion Design. Join any time Call Michelle with questions: 617 365-5625.

BLUE KANGAROO: Blue Kangaroo is a new early development program for babies/toddlers AND their caregivers – nothing like it in this area! Open everyday from 9:00-12:00 children play, learn, and socialize while adults connect and form friendships. Visit us at our Open House on Fr. Sept 14th 9:00-noon! Program starts on Sept 24. Learn more at and Flyer with additional information:

URBANITY DANCE: Still looking for an after school or weekend activity for your child(ren)? Consider Urbanity Dance! Urbanity Dance offers youth classes for infants through adults! Their teaching philosophy aims to teach to the whole dancer; develop emotional, social, and physical well being to become fully empowered individuals. Our faculty incorporate their diverse backgrounds to lead students in contemporary, hip hop, tap, ballet, acrobatics, and more. As a team, students actively explore creativity through dance while building strength, coordination, flexibility, and confidence. Click the following link to learn more and enroll in a class:

PART-TIME PROGRAM SITE COORDINATOR JOB LISTING: Boston Partners in Education is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  The Site Coordinator is responsible for coordinating Power Lunch at a school site, as well as helping with document collection. Each Site Coordinator acts as liaison between the school and the Partnerships staff, and facilitates the Power Lunch sessions at the school. This part-time position is seasonal, and typically runs from October to June. Please direct any questions to: Shara Guarnaccia, Senior Partnerships Manager (617) 451-6145

MRC & CERT RECRUITMENT NIGHT:  Join staff from the Brookline Public Health Department and Police Department to learn about volunteering with the MRC or CERT. These groups are trained to assist the community in the event of an emergency. They also participate in annual community events like flu vaccine clinics, marathon Monday and other emergency preparedness activities. Learn more about how to make a hands-on difference in your community in an emergency at this information session Thur., Sept 13th from 6-7:30pm at the Department of Public Health. For more information visit or contact us at 617-730-2656 or

PRIVATE LESSONS AND TUTORING:  Bruce Haiduk, a recent master’s degree graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, is offering private, in-home brass lessons, beginning piano lessons, and music theory tutoring. For more information, contact

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