News and Notes

This week: Gr. K-8 Early Dismissal (Wednesday),  Japanese Food Fair (Thursday), Apple Pie Making (Friday)

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Learning and Growing as a School.

The Japanese Food Fair is this Thursday after school in the Big Gym! Japanese parents have been hard at work preparing for this wonderful event, where students can purchase a variety of delicious home-made and donated foods: rice balls, sushi, fried noodles and curry rice, as well as sweet treats and drinks. This year, we will have beautiful hand-made crafts corner and raffle corner where you can get Japanese restaurant gift card or Japanese items! Most items cost 1-3 tickets, and all proceeds support the PTO.

Admission to the Fair is free, but all purchases require tickets (1 ticket/$1.25; 18 tickets/$20). This ticket could use for food, craft and raffle. In an effort to avoid long lines at the entrance, we will be selling tickets in the lobby in advance in advance on Nov. 17,18 and 19, as well as at the Fair. Raffle winner will be announced at next Monday Update.

To improve access for younger students, grades K-4 and grades 5-8 will enter through different doors, and until 3:00 p.m. each group will have separate tables from which to purchase their treats. It will be crowded, so we ask that students please leave backpacks in their cubbies, lockers or the hallway. LEDP students in grades K-3 will be able to buy food in the LEDP room, and students who take the bus to school will be dismissed 5 minutes early, so that they can enjoy the fair before they leave.

Click to see the Floor Plan and Menu. If you can volunteer, or have a question, contact one of the organizers: Tomoko TaruiTomoko HatoMihoko KuwabaraKay Kobayashi or sign up online at

The PTO’s Annual Phonathon fundraising campaign begins this week. Letters will be sent home via your child’s folder or backpack detailing the many ways in which your contributions make a difference for Lawrence students and staff every day. We plan to raise over $73,000 to fund vital programming this year, so please participate and give as generously as you can! Phonathon calls will be made on Monday, December 7 by a jolly team of volunteers who’ll be fed unlimited quantities of Pad Thai. If you’d like to be one of those invaluable helpers, please contact Jennifer O’Neil.

Volunteers are needed for Apple Pie Making on Friday November 20th from 1:40- 5:00pm. Don’t miss out the opportunity to be part of this fun and delicious activity. Please email Kirsten Alper if you wish to help with preparing and making the pies and cleanup.

Volunteers are needed for After School Movie Day on December 1st 12:40pm-2:30pm. Click here or contact Makeeba McCreary for sign up information.

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.

Ms. Gannon and Ms. Russell would like to share with you their Photo Presentation about their SET-J trip to Japan earlier this year.  Click here to download the Power Point Presentation. If you are not able to view this presentation, please email Harold Price for more download options.

Kindergarten Registration. The Office of Student Affairs will be holding two information sessions for parents ~ one on November 18th and another on November 19th. Beginning on November 30th , families will be able to pre-register via Registration Gateway and sign-up for an appointment in January or February of 2016 to complete the registration process.
Click here to the information session flyer.

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


Lawrence School is looking to hire a Musical Director to work with our 6th-8th graders. The position includes a stipend and rehearsals are typically held for 2 hours after school twice a week for about 2 months. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please contact Vice Principal, Laura Horst at: for additional information.

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.


From Brookline Educators and Parents Run for the Brookline Education Foundation
We are thrilled to announce our BEF-Team Brookline runners of the 2016 Boston Marathon. Our very local runners are:  Devotion principal Jen Buller, Baker teacher Nicole Poutasse, Heath parent Amanda Walker, Lincoln parents Seth Kalvert and Ken Juster, and Pierce parent Chris Hope.

If you see them in or around, please be sure to wish them well and thank them for supporting the Brookline Education Foundation.

A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens and Tweens “Brookline Talks”. A new speaker series for Brookline parents presents Joani Geltman, Wednesday, November 18 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Driscoll School Theater, 64 Westbourne Terrace.
Sponsored by Brookline K-8 PTOs, the Brookline Education Foundation & the Brookline Community Mental Health Center.

Brookline’s Community Wide Holiday Party
Mark your calendar, book your sitter, and get ready to celebrate at Brookline’s Party of the Year!
When: Thursday, December 3rd, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Where: Brookline Teen Center, 40 Aspinwall Avenue, Brookline, MA
Featuring: Live band, food from notable Brookline restaurants (from shrimp to crepes), cash bar, silent auction (including just-in-time-for-the-holidays gifts too good to re-gift), and the most welcoming company this side of the Charles!
Ticket price: $40
Hosted by: The Brookline Chamber of Commerce
Questions: Elizabeth Schlosberg

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.

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