February 10 News and Notes

This week: School Council Meeting (Tuesday), Townwide Band Concert (Tuesday), Kindergarten Registration (Thursday).

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Teachers in Training.

NEWS AND NOTES

Thanks so much to Florrie Ives, Tina Manuel, Maureen Fallon and Amy Jones for organizing a fabulous Family Fun Night and to Kay Park and all the Korean families who helped transform the small gym into a little Korea. Special thanks also to Chiara la Plume and Daniela Ramirez for spearheading the International Expo portion of FFN, which by all accounts was a big success. If you loved International Expo, but missed International Night . . . sign up to volunteer next year! Send us an email and we’ll keep you on a list of potential volunteers. If we get a “critical mass” for next year, International Night will be back.

A big Thank You to all our FFN volunteers! Thank you also to the following donors who contributed to our FFN raffle prizes:

  • The Wheelock Family Theater,
  • The McMahon Family,
  • The Martel Family,
  • The Rock Family, and
  • The Fagnan/Fallon Family.

The Lawrence PTO Auction is now open for online bidding. We’ve got summer camp sessions, family outings, music lessons, health, wellness items, and much more! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, each dollar you spend will support teachers and classrooms, fund enrichment programs, and enhance the Lawrence experience for all members of our community. The auction is open to Lawrence families and extended families only. Feel free to share the auction link with grandparents! You’ll find it here.

Wednesday will see the second session (of four) concerning Executive Function, sponsored by SEPAC. This free presentation by Erik Von Hahn will focus on Executive Skills Applied to Homework and Learning for Middle/High School Students; in particular, how parents may provide instruction and corrective feedback to their children while preserving the parent-child relationship. Wednesday, February 12, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. at Town Hall, Room 103. Additional information here.

COMING UP

Brookline Adult & Community Education offers programs for children during February break. In SmartVacations, students can choose from an array of activities from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. during the vacation week. They also offer an early morning drop-off and late afternoon pick-up, plus a lunchtime opportunity to swim (ages 7 and older) or to watch a movie on the big screen. Program meets Tuesday – Friday, February 18-21 at Brookline High School. The Brookline Basketball Skills Clinic allows students in 6th through 8th grade to work on their ball-handling, passing, shooting, defense, and more! Tuesday – Friday, February 18-21 at the Devotion School. For more information about these programs, please visit BACE’s website or call 617-730-2700.

On Monday morning, February 24, the small gym at Lawrence will resemble the Western Plains of the 1800s. Two tipis erected there will become classrooms for Lawrence fourth graders to learn more about Native American culture and early American history. Educators from Native American Perspectives will present a program aimed at promoting an understanding of America’s natural environment, native wildlife and historic past. Thanks for your ongoing support of the PTO which funds this program.

Lawrence Family Skate Night at Larz Andersen Ice Rink is scheduled for Friday, February 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Admission is free to Lawrence families. Skate rentals are available for $6, and the rink’s concession stand will be open for pizza and snacks.

AROUND TOWN

Grit – The Secret Ingredient to Success. Science suggests that giving trophies to every kid does not inspire long-term success. But what does? A panel of experts will discuss the latest research on what drives achievement at a discussion series event on Thursday, February 27. The event takes place at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center (333 Nahanton Street) in Newton at 7:30pm. The conversation will focus on ‘grit’- the kind of resilience that drives achievement at school, at sports and at work. Cost is $18, students and seniors $15. Tickets and more information at 617-965-5226, by email or at the website.

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