News and Notes

This week: Homework club for Gr. 4-8 (Monday), PTO Meeting (Tuesday), Open House Gr. 3-5 (Wednesday), LSA Begins (Wednesday), School Picture Day (Thursday)

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Overview of the School Year

Homework club for Gr. 4-8 begins Monday 9/28 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 316.  A team of Lawrence teachers and paraprofessionals staff the Homework Center and assist students with assignments as needed. 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, in Room 316 (Ms. Avakian’s classroom).  Students can drop in any of the 3 days. It is free of charge. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contactVice Principal Laura Horst.

PTO Meeting is Tuesday September 29th,  at 8 am in the library. Please join Principal Rick Rogers and Vice Principal Laura Horst as they present a report on the opening of school and a brief overview of our school’s priorities for continuous improvement in the coming year.School Picture Day is Thursday October 1.  Weather permitting, photos will be taken outside. Please encourage your child to neaten up, wear a favorite outfit, etc. Solid colors work best with the busy background.We need volunteers to help with 2 hour shifts. Volunteers will:

  • Assist the photographers with forms.
  • Help organize students by classroom
  • Escort student to photographers

The Shifts are 8am -10am and 10am-12 noon. If you can help, please contact Pat Scanlon for more details.Open House Gr. 3-5 is on Wednesday 9/30.  Child care will be provided; no children under 3; Cost is $5 per child ($10 family maximum); Two adults and a team of middle school-age babysitters provide supervision. Please use this service only if you need it. We offer this to help parents who have difficulty arranging child care.

Morning Sports are under way, students in grades 3-8 are welcome to join Ms. Ellis in the big gym from 7:00 – 7:50 a.m. to be active!

  • Early Morning Sports Tuesdays and Thursdays (grades 3-8)​
  • Middle School Open Gym Friday (grades 6-8)

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Judy Ellis, our Building Sports Coordinator.

Lawrence School Directory is available online to all families. Please contact Robin LeWinter, to be added or removed from the database.

The Brookline Teen Center is open to 7th and 8th graders on Mondays from 2:30-5PM. Located at 40 Aspinwall Street in Brookline, the teen center features live music, pool, games, prizes, and basketball. Visit their website at: for additional information.

Brookline Basketball Travel will begin as originally planned on Monday September 28 for Boys Grade 4 and Girls Grade 5. Boys grades 4-8 and Girls grades 5-8 are invited to tryout throughout the week. Please visit for more information and up-to-date schedule for tryouts.

You CAN run the Boston Marathon! The Brookline Education Foundation is seeking runners for the 2016 Boston Marathon. Receive amazing training and camaraderie from Team Brookline, all while supporting excellence in our Brookline public schools. If you or someone you know is interested, contact Team Brookline ( today! Deadline for applications is September 30.

Something to share? If you have an item you’d like considered for inclusion in the Monday Update, please submit information to our PTO email.  The weekly deadline is Thursday at 12:00 noon, for the following week.


Cradles to Crayons Brookline Schools are collecting new hats and gloves for local children in need. Bring your donations of warm winter clothes to your school between October 5th -9th.

Car-Free Day!
Wednesday, October 7th will be this year’s town-wide Car-Free Day. Students and staff are all encouraged to arrive at school using non-gasoline-powered transportation. If that’s not doable, no worries. Everyone can get a hand stamp in celebration of the day. But if you can, your environment and your health will thank you! In addition, we will be working to post reminders not to leave cars idling. Did you know that for every 10 minutes of idling, one pound of carbon dioxide is released? Also, it turns out idling for just 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting the engine! For more info or to join the Green Team, please

Halloween Costume Swap
Does last year’s little mermaid want to be a ninja turtle this year? You’re in luck. This year’s Halloween Costume Swap, sponsored by the Green Team, will be held outside the front door after school on October 7 and 8, earlier than usual. Please drop off your gently used costumes in the lobby between now and then and in exchange, you can pick up a different costume during the swap. Even if you don’t have an old one to share, please stop by. Most costumes are just $1. Happy Halloween! For more info or to join the Green Team, please contact

Brookline Music School has organized a concert on Sunday, October 4, 3pm at Hunneman Hall, Brookline Public Library.

  • Faculty Artist Series: Violin & Piano Concert with Egle Jarkova and Pianist Rui Urayama
  • BMS Violin Faculty Member Egle Jarkova and Guest Pianist Rui Urayama will perform a colorful selection of duo repertoire by Mozart, Dvorak, Bloch, and Beethoven. A Meet the Artist Reception will follow the concert.

Being an active participant in the PTO is a great way to stay informed, meet other parents and share your ideas and opinions. Our first meeting will be September 29 at 8:00 am in the library. Please join us!


Please browse our Volunteer Opportunities list to see how to get involved this year!

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