News and Notes

This week:  PTO Meeting (Wednesday), Gr. 6-8 2nd Qtr. Report Cards (Friday), 6th Grade Portfolio Share (Friday)

The PTO Meeting will be held this week on Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 pm in the Lawrence library. It will include discussion of thePrincipal Search Parent Focus Groups . The purpose of this focus group is to get input from community members on the type of person and leader our community wants as the next principal. Please try to attend.  Your voice is welcome and valued.

Family Fun Night is just two weeks away on Friday, February 5 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Join the Lawrence community for food, games, crafts, and lots of fun! There are still many volunteer slots available to choose from. Please signup online at If you have any questions or suggestions please contact the coordinators Vanessa Trien at or Alison Kulkarni  See you there soon!

Crane Makers Needed:SET-J (Sending Educators To Japan) program
We need your help making 1000 origami cranes for SET-J!
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.
This year, Ms. Terry Jewell (Literacy Specialist for Grades 3-5) is going to Japan in June.
Please help her bring 1000 origami cranes ,”Senbazuru” to present to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
Senbazuru” means 1000 origami cranes, so we need to make 1000 cranes using origami (Color paper size 6×6 inch. Please don’t use the black color paper).
It’s a great chance to learn to make paper cranes with your kids!
Any amount is appreciated, please bring your origami cranes in the box at ELL on the 2nd floor by Feb. 22nd.
If you don’t have any origami, you can pick it up at ELL and make it at home.
How to make origami cranes, please visit:
We’d really appreciate it if you could join this project with us!
If you have any questions, please

Black History Month
All Lawrence School students are invited to write a piece or create a collage relating to Black History.
For Hispanic History Month the LLCG (Lawrence Latino Cultural Group) put together a simple collage that included some of the Latino student’s personal experiences.  Please encourage your child to get involved. This project is very simple and can be worked on at home and handed into Ms. Magno (the art teacher) or to the front office.

For more ideas or instructions on making collages visit the LLCG website:; or the facebook page for pictures:
Click here to read our meeting notes.


BOOK FAIR MAY 24 – 26:  The Lawrence Used Book Fair is quickly approaching.  All proceeds will benefit our school.  So, it is time to clean out your closets/basements/homes and donate all your books to the Lawrence School!!  We are officially collecting books from now until May and need LOTS to have a fantastic book fair.  Please put all books on the book cart in the front lobby of the school.  If you have questions and/or would like to help out with the book fair, please contact Karen Stern at or Dana Greene

Lawrence School is looking to hire a Musical Director to work with our 6th-8th graders. The position includes a stipend and rehearsals are typically held for 2 hours after school twice a week for about 2 months. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please contact Vice Principal, Laura Horst at: for additional information.


Student MBTA passes to increase.  Over the next few weeks, the MBTA will be holding public meetings to present two options for increasing fares as of July 1, 2016.

They are looking for feedback before the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board votes on fares in March. They also invite you to attend a public meeting (complete public meeting schedule) to participate in a discussion of the MBTA Fare Proposal

All the info on the proposal, public meetings, and how to comment can be found here:
The most convenient and relevant meeting is February 2, 5-7 pm, at the state transportation building near the Boylston T station.

Brookline’s Pan Asian Lunar New Year Celebration to be held on Saturday, February 6th from 1-3pm, at the Brookline High School. Free & Open to All; Light Refreshments. For more information contactChi Chi Wu or Chris ChanyasulkitRSVP here.

Artbarn Community Theater Presents: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
When: Saturday, February 6 @ 7:00 PM and Sunday, February 7 @ 3:00 PM
Where: The Maliotis Cultural Center, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door.
For more info, visit our website at, or email us

Fundraiser for Brookline Community Foundation BHS Scholarship Initiative
You are invited to a panel conversation with prominent Brookline parents/entrepreneurs at the launch event of: “Education is Your Business: Giving the gift of opportunity to BHS Students who ordinarily would not be able to afford college or training school”
Hear how love of education played an integral role in fulfilling the passions of local panelists: Scott Kirsner, Boston Globe “Innovation Economy” writer; Eran Egozy, Co-Founder and ETO of Harmonix Music Systems (Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Dance Central); Hilary Marino, Founder of H.C.B.; John Hodgman, Former President and CEO of MA Technology Development Corporation; and Colette Phillips, President and CEO of Colette Phillips Communications, Inc.
Enjoy light refreshments and cash bar. Proceeds will be donated by the Brookline Chamber of Commerce to the Brookline Community Foundation Scholarship Fund for Brookline High School. Thursday, February 11th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
The Vine Ripe Grill at Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course
1281 West Roxbury Parkway, Chestnut Hill
$20 Chamber Members / $30 Non-members

Brookline Music School presents CrosswindsFolk-Inspired Music from Four Continents with faculty members Anthea Kechley (flute) and Gregory Tolwinski (piano/harpsichord), joined by guests Catherine Weinfield-Zell (oboe), and Michael Weinfield-Zell (percussion), presenting eclectic selections by Bartok, Piazzolla, Takemitsu, and Volans. All ages are welcome, the concert is free, and followed by a Meet the Artist Reception.
Sunday, February 28, 2016, 3:00pm, Bakalar Recital Hall, Brookline Music School. 25 Kennard Road, Brookline, MA 02445

Devotion Science Fair 2016 Calling all scientists!  The Devotion Science Fair and Science Expo will be on Saturday March 12th, 2016at the Devotion School.  The Science Fair is a fun and exciting day full of amazing student science projects and an Expo with great hands on activities, demonstrations, and interactive games.  We invite all kids to explore an idea, question, or experiment YOU are EXCITED about!  There will be lots more information coming soon (mid-January) about what a science fair project is, how to think up and test you idea, and how to present your results.

This event is open to all students throughout Brookline, grades K-8.  The registration website will open soon.  You’ll be getting more info in January.  GO SCIENCE!

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