News and Notes

This week’s Principal’s Corner: Lawrence School & Japan: Learning From Each Other
This week: Food Day Festival (Thursday)

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) will hold a workshop tomorrow, Tuesday,October 20, 2015 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m. in the main floor Library at Devotion Elementary School at 345 Harvard Street. Presenter: Elizabeth Bostic of Federation for Children with Special Needs. NO RESERVATIONS OR FEE.
SEPAC is an organization of parents/guardians of children with disabilities, from preschool through 12th grade, who meet to learn more about special education in Brookline. More information may be found at SEPAC’s website or

Food Day Festival THIS THURSDAY seeks student chefs and tasters!  The fourth annual Lawrence Food Day Festival is this Thursday, October 22nd, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. in the Big Gym. This fun, free event for the whole family provides a gym full of samples of fresh, delicious and nutritious foods from local merchants and enterprising parents, engaging learning opportunities, Lawrence luminaries and plenty of visitors from the greater Boston food community. This year will again feature a visit from the Fresh Truck, so plan to buy some produce from this mobile market on your way home, and to let Mr. Norwood give you a guided tour of the Lawrence school garden!

All are welcome to submit favorite savory vegetable dishes to the student recipe contest, which festival goers sample and vote on.  Winners take home great food prizes from Farmers to You, Boston Organics, Cutty’s and more!

This year’s national Food Day theme, “Toward a Greener Diet,” highlights the importance of enjoying more plant-based foods to promote individual and environmental health. If you are interested in contributing to this theme, please let me know!

Please remember to bring your own water bottles.

For more information, please contact Bettina Neuefeind at or 650-714-5196.
Lawrence School Directory is available online to all families. Please contact Robin LeWinter, to be added or removed from the database.

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.
The next PTO meeting will be October 27 7:00pm.


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


A “Real Food” kids scavenger hunt to benefit the Brookline Food Pantry, Thursday, October 22, 2015, Brookline Farmers’ Market, open 1:30 pm till dusk.

Take your kids shopping at the Brookline Farmers’ Market after school on Thursday, October 22. Help them participate in a “real food” scavenger hunt, where they can identify fruits and vegetables which you can donate to the Brookline Food Pantry site. Buy fruits and vegetables for your family and purchase extra for Brookline Food Pantry clients. Drop your donations in the bins by the Big Green Tent; we’ll deliver them for you. This activity is a great learning experience. Kids will learn more about healthy food options and also hear about the 2015 national Food Day campaign for food justice, access, and equality. Let’s replace the canned goods at food pantries with healthy options.
Lynne Karsten, Division of Community Health, Brookline Department

The Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN) is holding an Open House on October 24th, 3-4:30 PM at the Coolidge Corner Library.  BAAFN was formed to support the needs of Asian/Asian American students and their families in the Brookline school system.  For information or to RSVP,  Check out BAAFN   Download event brochure.
Bountiful Brookline’s National Food Day. On Sunday October 25th from 2-5 p.m Bountiful Brookline will hold a screening of the Food Waste Film “Just Eat It” with a panel discussion to follow. Location: Lincoln Elementary School, 25 Kennard Road, Brookline. For more information email Tickets are available through
Join us for our 4th Annual Fall Fest! Come to the Main Library on Thursday, October 29th for lots of fall-themed fun, including face painting, pumpkin painting, and gourd bowling! We’ll be outside on the School St. side lawn UNLESS it rains, in which case the fun will move inside to Hunneman Hall. Families with children of all ages are welcome to attend from 3:00 to 5:00pm.

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!VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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


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