School Council Parent Representatives Needed

REMINDERS

1. Early Dismissal Days – 12:40 Dismissal

  • Tuesday, April 12 (K-12)
  • Wednesday, April 27 (K-6 only)
  • Tuesday, May 3 (K-6 only)

2. Parent Placement Forms Due Wednesday, April 13

The form is available under “Quick Links” on the Lawrence website. Or you may just send an email directly to Rick Rogers.

3. Please Complete Your Parent Survey by April 27

Each parent/guardian for whom we have an email address should have received an email on Monday, April 4 with a link to the survey.

School Council Parent Representatives Needed

There will be two open seats for two-year terms as School Council parent representative next year.   Nomination statements are due by Friday, May 7 and will be published in the PTO Monday Update. All candidates will have an opportunity to speak at the May 17 PTO meeting if they choose to do so.  Elections (if necessary) will take place during the week of May 16.  School Council meets once a month on Tuesday mornings from 8:00-9:00 a.m. with some subcommittee work in between.

School Councils were established in all Massachusetts schools as part of the 1993 Education Reform Act.  They must include an equal number of parents and educators. Parent representatives are elected by the parents.  At Lawrence, one of the five parent representatives is always a PTO Co-President. According to law, the school council acts in an advisory capacity to the principal on matters related to school improvement and helps to identify school goals and develop the annual school improvement plan.

I have valued the school council, as a place where parents and teachers can talk together about educational matters.  I believe that school council should focus on the “big picture” of the school community: What kind of school do we want this school to be and how do we get there?  This year, we worked on developing a technology vision statement, as well as engaged in discussion about how to provide an appropriate level of challenge for all students (based on feedback from last year’s parent survey).

If you are considering running for parent representative, but have additional questions, please feel free to contact one of our current parent representatives (Keith Carson, Grace Fehrenbach, Florrie Ives, Charu Puri-Sharma), Vice Principal Laura Horst or me for more information.

Breakfast Book Club – May 13

Friday, May 13 – 8:00-9:00 am

This new event offers parents and teachers a chance to come together and talk about raising children in today’s world and to enjoy a breakfast catered by the PTO.  Guests will have the opportunity to discuss one of two books, Raising Cain by Michael Thompson or Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons.  Both authors are scheduled to speak as part of the Brookline PTO Speaker Series in the spring.  Michael Thompson will be speaking on April 12th  at Lawrence and Rachel Simmons will be speaking on May 11th at Pierce.   Information on the speaker series can found at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/brookline-talks-2015-2016-parent-lecture-series-tickets-22124770785.

You can choose to read one of the books and/or attend one of the speaker sessions.  To register for the Breakfast Book Club, go to: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1u27hJOAB35veYF9VXUu6umP9MRQzr4gyjcUFjPZBudA/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

Rick Rogers
rick_rogers@brookline.k12.ma.us

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