PTO Monday Update

Hello Lawrence Community,

We hope you all had a great long weekend! Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day to everyone- well, everyone who is still awake, that is…

One DATE CHANGE we wanted you to be aware of… Picture Day will need to be rescheduled. Stay tuned and we will let you know when the date is finalized. 

One date we ARE sure of… is The Lawrence Food Fest (formerly the Food Day Festival) which is coming up on October 18th (5-7PM). Do you have a savory recipe you and your kids love? Well, dust off your aprons and get it ready for the Food Fest Student Recipe Contest! Help your child(ren) compete for great prizes, sharing their favorite savory, vegetable-based dishes. The festival crowd will vote to determine the winners. In keeping with the Better Together theme, please feel free to share dishes that touch on togetherness or show off a cultural, ethnic, local or regional identity you admire or identify with, if you are so inspired. Here is the link to all things Food Fest related:

As the weather starts to get colder, here’s a friendly reminder from the Green Team to those of you who might drive to pick up your children after school… Please consider turning off your car as you wait for your kids. “Contrary to popular belief, restarting your car does not burn more fuel than leaving it idling. In fact, idling for just 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting the engine” (Environmental Defense Fund). Click here: for more information. Every little bit helps these days. Thank you!

And while the environment is on your mind… how about check out this super handy information written by Daria Mark (a Brookline Mom), of Mothers Out Front, about how we can reduce our daily footprint with the choices we make. It’s called the Guide to Living Small:


DICE (DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, COMMUNITY & EQUITY) DIALOGUE: Wednesday, Oct. 10th from 6:30-8:00PM in the Lawrence Library. Come to engage in a community dialogue and help us brainstorm. We’d love to see you there!

CAR FREE SCHOOL DAY: Walk, Bike, or Roll to school this Wednesday, October 10th. Leave your car at home for the day to build a healthier community. Any questions? Contact Lynne Karsten Director of Community Health:; (617) 730-2336.

HALLOWEEN COSTUME SWAP: The Green Team will have a Costume Swap on Thursday & Friday, Oct 11 & 12 outside after school during which you can buy costumes for only $1! If you donate a costume you can pick another one out for free. After Halloween we will also collect any unwanted costumes in the lobby on Nov 1 & 2. Reduce, reuse & recycle with us!

MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY HELP: Is available for parents & caregivers on Thursday, Oct. 11th. Kirsten Alper, Lawrence’s very own technology educator, is offering a Crash Course in Canvas and Google Docs. A morning and afternoon session are available of the same hour-long course, one from 8-9 am and one from 2:45-3:45 pm. Both sessions will take place in the library book room.  

FALLCOMING AT THE COOLIDGE CORNER SCHOOL: Saturday, October 13th (10am – 2pm). The brand new Coolidge Corner School will be open to the public next Saturday! Come and tour the innovative learning spaces and beautiful grounds, see performances and demonstrations, bounce with Busy Bee Jumpers on the new turf field, and enjoy food trucks parked on Stedman Street (Roxy’s, Bon Me, North East of the Border, and Frozen Hoagies). Local Businesses will also have booths in the turnaround off of Harvard Street. There is no charge for this fun-filled event, just a suggested donation of $10-$20 per family, for those who are able to give. Funds collected will go toward purchasing supplies for our new community garden (which is open to the public on afternoons and weekends), getting our composting program up and running, and other investments that will benefit the whole the town. We hope to see many of you there!

LOOKING FOR OTHER EVENTS IN THE SCHOOL YEAR?:Click here to see the entire calendar


LAWRENCE FOOD FEST: Thursday, Oct. 18th (5-7PM). See below for a description of the event. The organizers are in need of a bunch of volunteers! There is volunteer list at MySchoolAnywhere (MSA), where you can see the signup needs. Just log into your MSA account, and click at the top of the page where it says “SignUp” (there’s a check mark next to it). Click on Lawrence Food Fest, and sign up for a slot. We’d love to have you join us! Parents of middle schoolers – can you also encourage your kids to help for the volunteer hours?  Did we mention that we’ll have the bike again this year? 😉 Please email the organizers at if you have any questions or would like to volunteer.

AUCTION: Get your bids ready! We are looking for help with this year’s auction. There are a handful of donors that support our auction with a donation every year and it would be great to have help following up on those donations. We also need help securing new auction donations. Please be in touch with Christina Grady at if you can lend a hand with this important fundraiser for our community! Thanks for your consideration! 

LAWRENCE LOGOWEAR: Interested in helping make Lawrence swag available to our community? The Lawrence Logowear effort is looking for two volunteers to coordinate the selling of Lawrence Loyalty swag, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles and more! Email for more info.ROOM PARENTS: We still need Room Parents for the following classrooms/grades (needs are in parentheses) although any additional volunteer Room Parents in any classroom are welcome: 3L, Leman (1); 6th Grade (1-2); 7th Grade (2). If interested, please email Amanda Gordon,, or Bridget Muelbert, Also, please remember to sign up for your class contact list with your Room Parent! Thank you!

VP OF EVENTS: Be the support for volunteers coordinating the various fun PTO community events. Email for more info.

The following groups ALL need volunteers. Please contact the PTO Presidents at 
for more information if you’re interested. 

CORI: If you hope to volunteer in the classroom or go on a field trip with your child, make sure your CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) is up to date in the front office. It’s good for 3 years once you file it. 


METCO MEET & GREET: With Monica Crowley on October 16 @ 8AM in the Library. 

LAWRENCE FOOD FEST: Thursday, Oct. 18th (5-7PM) in the Big Gym & outside by the Lawrence School Garden. The 7th annual Lawrence Food Fest (or the event formerly known as Food Day Festival) promises to be another fun event with local Brookline foodie vendors, the cider bike, and (new this year) the Fresh Truck (getting your local veggies on wheels!). This year’s theme, “Better Together,” emphasizes the human dignity that unites our community, diversity and variety in preparing delicious and nutritious foods, as well as the many choices we can make to eat sustainably, collectively, and in supportof equitable food systems. Come join us for some healthy food & fun! 

SEPAC- MEET THE SPECIALISTS: Monday, October 22 (8-8:30AM) in the Library. The Brookline Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) family representatives and the Lawrence School’s special education staff will talk about the work they do. Come for coffee and conversation. We hope you can join us! Please contact Danna Perry @ 917-647-2633 if you have questions. Click below for more information:SEPAC FLYERAdditionally, notes from the September district-wide SEPAC meeting can be found here: The district-wide SEPAC page is also a great resource:

PTO MEETING/PRINCIPALS’ COFFEE: Tuesday, Oct. 30th, 8-9 am in the Library.

HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARADE: Is on Wednesday, October 31st.The students from kindergarten to 2nd grade will parade around the track while students from 3rd to 8th grade will be standing on the field cheering them on. The parade will take place outside around the track (not in the school) and will start promptly at 2:10 pm. If parents/caregivers plan to attend, please go to the field at 2:00 PM. We decided to assign spots on the field this year to allow a smoother transition and spread out the spectators throughout the field. If it rains, it will be on the first floor.

MYSCHOOLANYWHERE: Please email if you have any questions. Ready to sign up? Click on the link below for the instructions. Thank you!MySchoolAnywhere Sign-Up Instructions


MOTHERS OUT FRONT COMMUNITY COFFEE: Wednesday, October 10, 8-10am. Do you worry about climate change? Find hope through action with us at a community coffee. Stop by anytime between 8 and 10 a.m. to learn more about Mothers Out Front and how to get involved. Athan’s Bakery, 1621 Beacon St., Brookline.

POP UP TOWN HALL: Thursday, October 11, 4:30-6:30pm at Cypress Street Playground. Come by to learn more about select Town Departments, upcoming events, and ways to get involved in the community. Please contact Hannah Carroll at for more information. 

FOOTBALL AND YOUR BRAIN- IS TACKLE FOOTBALL APPROPRIATE FOR KIDS: Friday, Oct. 12th (6-8PM) at Temple Ohabei Shalom (1187 Beacon St, Brookline). The Temple is hosting Dr. Robert Stern, PhD for their Shabbat service and talk. Dr. Stern is a Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine. He studies CTE and the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma in athletes. He will be discussing this topic and we would like to invite the families and parents of Brookline to join the conversation. This is one of the hottest topics being discussed in schools, on soccer fields, and in the NFL, don’t miss this important conversation. It is FREE and open to the public and there will be FREE childcare. Link to the official event:

CORNER CO-OP NURSERY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, October 13th, 10:00 AM – Noon (1773 Beacon Street, Brookline; Corner of Beacon and Dean Rd, entrance on Dean Rd.). Contact us for more information at 617-738-4631 and visit us online: and check us out on Facebook.

LINCOLN PUMPKINFEST 2018: We invite the Brookline community to join us at Lincoln Pumpkinfest on Sunday, October 21 from noon till 4PM at Lincoln School (19 Kennard Rd, Brookline). This annual fall festival features rides, live entertainment, Harvest Table, Carnival Snacks, Japanese Food and Culture, Glitter Spa, Book Sale, Costume Shop, and SO MANY GAMES! Enjoy an afternoon of food, fun, and friends while raising funds to support Lincoln students and teachers. 

PARENTS’ GUIDE TO PRACTICING: Tips & Tricks for Making the Most of Private Music Instruction. Brought to you by the Brookline Music School. The event will take place on October 25, 2018 at 7:00pm at Brookline Music School (25 Kennard Road, Brookline). Seating is limited, and prior registration is strongly suggested. Please visit to reserve your seats. For more information contact:

BROOKLINE PACK 6 WELCOMES NEW SCOUTS: Girls and Boys IN K-5th grade are invited to join our pack! Make cars, carve sticks, learn to survive in the wild, gain independence, boost confidence. Sign up online to receive more information: Please contact Nora Renthal at for more information. 

PARENTING SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN CAN BE CHALLENGING AND CONFUSING: As a clinical social worker and former elementary school teacher, I will help you understand and positively respond to your child’s social, emotional, and learning needs. My focus is to help you: • Develop effective communication strategies with your child • Identify and address issues that may be interfering with your child’s learning • Clarify and managing your own feelings in order to better support your child. My office is in Coolidge Corner and you can reach me at 617-529-2738. Marcy Bienen, M.Ed., LICSW. Please feel free to email me at if you have additional questions.

READING ENRICHMENT/INTERVENTION TUTORING: Retired MA Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach provides individualized reading tutoring for Pre-K through grade 4 in my Brookline Village home or yours or the library. My tutoring service, Reading is Amazing! was established in 2011. Over 35 years experience working with children and sharing my love of reading. Refer to website for references and more information. Please contact Harriet Yoffee at (617) 734-6718 or if you have any questions. 

ACTIVEMINDS TUTORING: We have provided effective, personalized, convenient tutoring services in the Greater Boston area for 12 years. Our offerings include all academic subjects and standardized test prep (ISEE, SSAT, SAT, ACT). Email or call us to learn more about our expert tutors. Reserve your tutor today! 617-227-2225 | |

PRIVATE SOCCER COACHING FROM PROFESSIONAL COACHES: New England Soccer School was created in January 2018 with a vision to facilitate individual player development. At NESS, we are not driven by competition but by a commitment to strengthen every player’s unique skill set. To this end, we offer customized training to players of all ages and competencies. We tailor our schedules, training regimens, and nutritional guidelines to complement every individual’s distinct capacity. Our innovative training sessions value peculiarities and enable players to develop a repertoire of soccer drills and tactics. We guarantee growth in the game and beyond. Contact for more information. 


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