News and Notes

This week: PTO Meeting (Tuesday)  Gr. K-12 Early Dismissal (Tuesday), ECS Meeting (Friday)

This week’s Principal’s Corner: PTO Support


Interim Superintendent Joe Connelly will attend this week’s PTO Meeting, Tuesday, December 1st 8:00 am in the library.  Dr. Connelly will explain the principal search process and answer questions. You will also have the opportunity to share your thoughts about priorities to consider in hiring a new principal for Lawrence. Everyone is welcome to come!

After School Movie Day is this Tuesday, December 1st 12:40 pm. Pickup is at 2:20 pm. There is still time to volunteer. Click here  or contact Makeeba McCreary for sign up information.

Are you thankful for Lawrence School? You’ll have a chance to express that appreciation one week from tonight, when PTO Phonathon callers reach out to all Lawrence families to ask for a donation to the PTO. (Note that if you send in a donation before December 7, you will not be called.) Click here to see how your tax-deductible contributions directly affect your child’s experience at Lawrence. We really cannot do it without you, so please send your contribution by check ordonate now through PayPal. Thank you!

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 for the role description or contact Nagmeh Ansari : for more information.

Do you like fashion or enjoy sewing?  The PTO play is looking for a costumes coordinator.  Rehearsals start in January, but we’d love to chat with you now to get you up-to-date on the show.  If you’re interested, please let Nancy Gerber ( know.  We aren’t looking for anything elaborate, just someone looking to have some fun with fabric.

Online Registration for the LSA Winter Session is almost ready. We will have a special announcement for this when we are ready to start accepting you submissions.  If you have any questions, please contact Zoë Kovel.

Lost and Found! With winter clothes new again in our children’s wardrobe, they are often the first and most frequently discarded at school and the playground. Fortunately, we have you’re back. Well your kids backs at least. Check out this week’s photo of the Lost and Found area at Lawrence school. Can you spot anything that belongs to your child?

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


As classes are in full swing and we head into the winter, help us celebrate our wonderful teachers and staff at The Lawrence School. They work so hard for our children, and the staff appreciation lunch celebrates their efforts and their commitment to our families.  The mercury is dropping, so help us provide a lunch full of yummy comfort foods to warm the heart and soul.  Please sign up to contribute your favorite cozy winter foods.  The luncheon will be Friday, December 11.  Please drop off your donations in the staff lunchroom on the second floor any time before 10:30am on that Friday.  Any contribution is welcome – a hearty main course, a delicious winter side or a favorite dessert.  Use the signup genius link here (  to specify what delicious dish you are contributing.  Please contact Emily Tevald ( or Kathryn Brown ( with any questions.  Thank you SO much for your support in making this a special meal for our fabulous teachers and staff!

Come build the (Gingerbread) House Of Your Dreams Friday, December 11th, after school in the cafeteria! A $5 donation will get you bricks (graham crackers), mortar (frosting) and piles and piles of delicious and decorative embellishments. Sponsored and supervised by Lawrence’s class of 2016, proceeds will provide scholarships for the annual 8th grade New York City trip. All students are welcome but students in K-2 need to come with a parent or guardian. Parent volunteers are also needed to help supervise builders – if interested, please contact 8th grade parent Owen Edwards.

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.


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

Wilbur the pig is scared of the end of the season, because he knows he may end up on the dinner table. He and his new spider friend hatch a plan.  Runkle 8th grade players present: Charlotte’s Web, based on the classic tale by E.B.White. Performance dates: Thursday, December 10 and Saturday, December 12 at 7 pm. Sunday December 13, at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $5 for students & $8 for adults at the door. Runkle School, 50 Druce Street.

Winter Wonderland 2015: offered by Brookline SmartVacations. From December 28-31, choose up to 4 days of fun with arts and crafts, gym time, computer skills, and theater games. Daylong activities for students ages 5-12. Also, Archery for ages 10-13! Visit

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