News and Notes

This week: School Council Meeting (Tuesday), Principal’s Forum (Wednesday)

This week’s Vice-Principal’s Corner: Nurturing a Safe, Just and Caring Community

The School Council Meeting will be Tuesday, November 3 at 8:00am in the library with a Public Comment period from 7:50 to 7:55 a.m.  School Council is a group of teachers, staff and parents that advises the principal on identifying educational goals for the school and formulating the School Improvement Plan 2015-16.  For a list of council members and all meeting dates visit their web page at

Volunteers needed for the Japanese Food Fair! Please help us make popular candy leis for sale at the Fair: Join the production team Monday, November 9th from 8:00 am – 9:30 am in the cafeteria . We also need parents to help make food, set up, sell food and clean up at the fair itself on November 19th, after school in the Big Gym. If you can help, please sign up online ( or contact one of the organizers: Tomoko TaruiTomoko HatoMihoko KuwabaraKay Kobayashi

This year, the Lawrence Apple Pie Making tradition is taking place, one day only, on Friday November 20th from 1:40- 5:00pm. So don’t miss out the opportunity to be part of this fun and delicious activity.   Ms. Alper is calling for volunteers to help with preparing and making the pies and help with clean.  Please email Kirsten Alper if you wish to help.

After School Movie Day is coming up (December 1st 12:30pm-2:30pm) and we need a few volunteers for 1 hour shifts.
Click here or contact Makeeba McCreary  for sign up information.

Please remember the upcoming Early Dismissal days approaching due to conferences on Tuesday November 10 12:40pm for Grades K-6, Wednesday November 18 12:40pm, Wednesday November 25 12:00pm (noon).

Lawrence school PTO Annual Fundraising Online Auction needs volunteers. If you like to help your school and PTO from the convenient of your desk this is the volunteer role for you.  Please go to for the role description or contact Nagmeh Ansari : for more information.

The Food Day Festival 2015 was such as success last month thanks to the large number of volunteers and supporters. Since we were not able to include everyone in last week’s newsletter, we have posted the entire list on the Lawrence website. Please follow this link to see those extraordinary folk that we appreciate so much.

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


No School on Wednesday, November 11 for Veteran’s Day and Early Dismissal on Wednesday, November 18 at 12:40pm.

Registration for the LSA Winter Session begins soon. Look for the catalog in your child’s backpack or on our website under PTO. More information please contact Zoë Kovel.

Have you heard of the PTO play?  Ever come watch it and see how much fun everyone is having?  Would you like to be part of that excitement?  Teachers and parents join together to perform an original play written by Lawrence parents. You can act, sing, dance, or work behind the scenes.  We need costume designers and props coordinators.  We need a keyboard player.  Rehearsals start in early January (2 nights/week), and the performances are 3 consecutive nights in mid-March.  If you’re interested in learning more, please email Nancy Gerber at


Come see Brookline High School Drama Society‘s production of King Lear, written by William Shakespeare. The adaptation takes place in the modern fashion industry, dominated by power-hungry Lear (written as a female) and her three daughters. As soon as Lear retires, everything unravels and consequently results in a broad array of betrayal, insanity, and death. The show dates are Wednesday November 4th 3:30 PM, Thursday November 5th 7:30 PM, Friday November 6th 7:30 PM, and Saturday November 7th 7:30 PM. The cost is $5 for students, $10 for adults, 8th graders free.  Click here to go to their facebook page.

The Brookline Commission for Women will be holding the 11th Annual Dress for Success Winter Coat & Clothing Drive: Friday, November 6th & Saturday, November 7th at the Brookline Public Safety Headquarters, 350 Washington Street. Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization that offers services to help disadvantaged women enter the workforce and stay employed. Click here for more information.

Dancing with the Brookline Stars – 2015 is a FUNdraiser to benefit, the Dancer’s Charity of Choice, the Brookline Food Pantry and Coop, End Polio Now, and Brookline High School Scholarships. Hors d’oeuvres and desserts will be served by the 2013 Dancing with the Brookline Stars Winner, Lisa Wisel, from the Vine Ripe Grill.  Saturday, November 72015 6:30 – 10:30 PM at the Our Lady of Annunciation Church.

BHS 21st Century Fund Gala-Rama Saturday, November 14. Join us for Brookline High School’s biggest fund raising event of the year and the ONLY school wide party for parents.  Guests will be treated to an evening of fun that includes bowling and billiards, buffet dinner and open bar, plus a silent auction filled with fabulous one-of-a-kind items.  Casual attire.  All proceeds benefit BHS!  Click here to buy your ticket today!

TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet will once again be held at the Lincoln School, November 14th and 15th. This free event is for Kids (4th grade and older) and their families to hear fascinating speakers, watch amazing performances, discuss new innovations and perspectives, and learn, grow, and come away with exciting ways to put ideas in to action. Click here for more information and register now.

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