End of Year Thanks


Class assignments will be mailed out during the week of July 14.  Should you have questions or concerns, I am the primary contact during the summer.


Teacher Pam Charpentier recently spoke about parent involvement at the PTO celebration in honor of our retirees.  Citing research about the positive impact of parent involvement on student achievement, she said:  “It is immediately apparent to anyone who spends time in our building how much Lawrence parents embody this (finding).   Lawrence parents accompany their children to school, often carrying over-sized science projects or laden backpacks, sharing quick hugs and kisses, and last minute reminders about after school activities. Lawrence parents are active on the School Council, helping to shape and achieve our school improvement goals each years. Lawrence parents raise over $80,000 each year to fund programs ranging from arts and science enrichment to buses for field trips. Lawrence parents volunteer in the library, on school photo day, at the book fair, at field day – the list goes on and on. It is clear to me every day just how invested Lawrence parents are with their children’s education.

Pam’s remarks struck a chord with me. Each and every day, Lawrence School benefits from the the generous support and active involvement of our parents and families.  This starts with the strong message you convey to your children that school and learning are important by talking about school, helping with homework and supporting them to come to school each day ready to learn.  For many, it extends to volunteering or contributing in whatever way you are able. As the school year comes to a close, I would like to highlight a few individuals who played  a leadership role through their support and involvement.

I begin with the Lawrence PTO as a whole – the organization that sponsors the many family events that strengthen the sense of community in our school, provides financial and program support, and convenes meetings on topics of interest to parents.  In particular, I would like to thank PTO Co-Presidents Pamela Iguchi, Florrie Ives, and Lisa Lisi for their visible leadership and active support.   I have appreciated their presence, as well as their counsel on matters of concern for parents.

Thank you to the team who puts together the weekly Monday Update email and keeps our website current: Pam Iguchi, Chris Ternan & Mike Wiecek.  Thank you to the Performing Arts Council chairs K.C. Turnbull and Lisa Viola for their work to preview, schedule and coordinate a rich array of school assemblies and classroom-based programs.   A special thanks to K.C. Turnbull, who is moving on from Lawrence after 21 years – 19 of which she volunteered for performing arts.

Thank you to the many parents who coordinated an event and or a special activity.    These events have become much anticipated traditions in the life of the school and help build and strengthen a strong sense of community.   They include the Fall and Spring Picnics, the Japanese Fairs, Family Fun Night and the PTO Play.  For a complete list of  these coordinators, go to: http://lawrenceschoolbrookline.org/pto/volunteer/.

Thank you to the Lawrence Special Activities Board led by Joanne Liautaud.  LSA makes a valuable contribution to our school community by providing a wide variety of popular after school enrichment activities and making a significant financial contribution to the PTO each year.

Thank you to School Council parent members Florrie Ives (PTO), Steve King, Joanna Lieberman, Makeeba McCreary, and Charu Puri-Sharma, who have met monthly all year to offer advice and feedback on school improvement work.  Watch for information on our updated School Improvement Plan in September and a school self-assessment to be conducted next fall.

Thank you to our Brookline Education Foundation Board Members Ilene Bunis, Grady Clouse, and Shibani Sain Rao for their work on behalf of the BEF and its mission to support and promote professional learning for teachers.  Next year, we begin a school-wide focus on incorporating “habits of mind” in the classroom – following a two-year BEF-funded study group.

Thank You to Departing Lawrence Staff

In addition to the previously highlighted departure of Vice Principal Monica Crowley and  retirements of Gr. 6/7 Teacher Pam Charpentier and Special Education Team Facilitator Amy Nevis, I would like to acknowledge and thank the following staff members who are moving on from Lawrence School:

  • Dan Campbell – Special Education Paraprofessional (Gr. 4-5 CLC), who will teach third grade in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.
  • Beth Corrigan – KG Paraprofessional after 7 years of service at Lawrence
  • Irene Gonzalez –Spanish Long-term Substitute, who taught K-2 Spanish from March-June.
  • Andrew Lavin – Special Education Paraprofessional (Gr. 6-8 CLC)
  • Stephanie Plave – Northeastern Co-op for assisting in the office and providing watchful coverage in classrooms and at lunch.
  • Full Year Graduate Interns:  Kelly Farrell (1F) from Wheelock, Devan Lovegreen (Learning Center) from Lesley, Abigail Thompson (2L) from Simmons, and Josefine Erikkson & Dana Silverberg (Psychology) from Northeastern.

Staff Moving to a New Position

  • Maggie Baker (1C Long-term Substitute) will teach second grade next year.
  • Shannon Egna (Learning Center Paraprofessional) will teach fifth grade next year.
  • Laura Tabor (1L Paraprofessional) will teach first grade next year.

And Thank You…

Leading a K-8 school of 665 students takes a team.  I want to express my appreciation to the following staff members who play a key role in supporting our ever-growing school:

  • Secretary Vikki Castellano, whose organizational skills, prompt attention to detail, and ability to anticipate needs continue to keep our school running smoothly.
  • Office Aide Maria Kalaitzidis for assisting in the office and providing watchful coverage in classrooms and at lunch.
  • School Nurse Karen Miller, for supporting children every day, while attending to an endless stream of scrapes, injuries and illnesses – real and imagined.
  • Guidance Counselors Holly Zito and Shaina Martinez for their unflagging care and support to students, families and staff.

My very best wishes for summer.   May you and your family find your desired mix of adventure, rest, and relaxation.  I look forward to seeing you in September!

Rick Rogers

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