Principal’s Corner: Book Fair/Literacy Meeting/HOM

Dear Lawrence Families,

Important Dates:
May 8-12 – Google Survey window to vote on School Council Members – Please see the PTO website for more information and please vote!
May 16 – 8:00AM – Parent Informational Meeting on the Lesley Literacy Collaborative – Library
May 22 – 24 – Lawrence Book Fair!

Thanks to PTO for Teacher Appreciation Lunch
A BIG thanks to our PTO, as always, and to all of the parents for the fantastic and delicious staff lunch.

BEF Caverly Award Winner from Lawrence – Dominique Ferdinand!
Each year the Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) recognizes one high school and one K-8 teacher for exemplary performance with a minimum of 15 years service in Brookline. This year our very own Kindergarten teacher, Dominique Ferdinand was selected as the K-8 winner. Congratulations to Dominique for this well deserved award! We hope that you will be able to join us for Celebrating Teachers on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 3:30pm at the Newbury College Student Center, 129 Fisher Avenue in Brookline for this wonderful event.

Book Fair is Coming! Lobby and Library Hallway
May 22 – Classroom visits during the school day and opening to families after school.
May 23 – 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM $1.00 for Paperbacks!
May 24 – 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM $2.00 for Hardcovers!
Please support this great PTO Fundraiser while encouraging our students to read, read and read!
Great books for all ages! Required Summer Reading Books available. Brookline Booksmith here!
We need some help May 17-19 for setup from 6:00-9:00 PM and then the dates of the fair. Please volunteer to help by emailing Karen Stern at

Students in Building After School
Students should not be in the school after hours unless they are here for an adult supervised activity or with a parent. Students will be asked to leave. If they return unsupervised this can be considered trespassing. Please let your students know they must not be in the building after school for their own safety even for water breaks.

Tree Kindness
We have had several neighbors alert us to students climbing, hanging and swinging on the trees and even breaking the branches. Thank you for being considerate of our trees and please use the playground equipment for climbing. It is much safer for our students and better for our trees..

Lesley Literacy Collaborative (LLC) – Parent Meeting – May 16 – Library
Please plan to attend a presentation on the Lesley Literacy Collaborative being implemented at Lawrence. Lawrence has been working with the LLC over the past several years in grades 3-5. K-2 beginning in the fall with professional development around implementing the reading and writing instructional practices through working with the Lesley Literacy Collaborative. The LLC is researched based and is being implemented in Brookline and many other school districts across the country.

Habits of Mind (HOM)


What is it? – Looking for creative ways to solve problems or finding alternative possibilities. Being creative.

Sounds like – “I wonder what would happen if…” Let’s try this a different way.” Let’s look at this from a new angle”

Looks like – Trying several alternatives, analyzing differences for the most precise one.

Feels like – Not being happy with the first possible solution. Striving for the new and different. Enjoying new ways to solve problems. Being creative

All human beings have the capacity to generate novel, clever, or ingenious products, solutions, and techniques –if that capacity is developed. Creative human beings try to conceive problem solutions differently, examining alternative possibilities from many angles. They tend to project themselves into different roles using analogies, starting with a vision and working backward and imagining they are the object being considered. Creative people take risks and frequently push the boundaries of their perceived limits. They are intrinsically rather than extrinsically motivated, working on the task for the aesthetic challenge rather that the material rewards.
Creative people are open to criticism. They hold up their products for others to judge and they seek feedback in an ever-increasing effort to refine their technique. They are uneasy with the status quo. They constantly strive for greater fluency, elaboration, novelty, parsimony, simplicity, craftsmanship, perfection, beauty, harmony, and balance.
Some students tend to believe that they are not and cannot be creative. We need to help them find out how and when they are creative and help support and nurture their individual creativity.

“The future is not some place we are going to but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.” John Schaar, Political Scientist

Information on Habits of Mind are taken from the book Habits of Mind by Costa and Kallick.

Sincerely, Warren Blair

“Never drink anything while hanging upside down.” Misty, age 12

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