News and Notes

Everyone is invited to attend the PTO Meeting on Tuesday 8:00am-9:00am in the Lawrence Library.  Topics of discussion will be Math in the Information Age and MCAS.

Family Fun Night is this Friday, March 4 from 6:00-8:30pm. Join the Lawrence community for food, games, crafts, and lots of fun! $5 per person, $20 per family.  We still have a few more opportunities to sign up for.  Please go online at
If you have any questions please contact the coordinators Vanessa Trien at or Alison Kulkarni at  See you there!

Superintendent Search Update
The Public Schools of Brookline have posted the interview videos of the three finalist on the Superintendent Search web page
To learn how community members can participate in reviewing the finalist candidates, please read the Finalist Review Process.
The members of the Finalist Review Committee are listed here.

Donate to the Lawrence School Library
Here’s a new easy way to donate to the Lawrence School Library:
If you would like to donate a book to the library in a teacher’s name or in honor of your child’s birthday, this is your opportunity! Just add a “message to the library” on the online form and Ms. Moriarty will purchase a book for that occasion and will create a bookplate with the name of the person you’d like to recognize.

Lost and Found! Check out this week’s lost and found items at Lawrence.



The Staff Appreciation Breakfast, hosted by METCO, is Friday March 11th at 7:30 a.m. Please help them show the Lawrence School staff how much you appreciate the work they do for our kids, by bringing in a delicious breakfast treat or helping to set up that morning. Contact Sydney Fuller Jones for more information.

The PTO play, The Mascot Awakens
Ready to watch your child’s teachers and fellow parents sing, dance, and put on a good show?  It’s time.  The PTO play, The Mascot Awakens, will be presented at Lawrence Auditorium on March 16th, 17th, and 18th(Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday).  Curtain rises at 7 pm; box office opens at 6:30 pm.  Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults.  Come find out about the Lawrence mascot.  Be ready to laugh and cheer.

If you want to be involved in this fun event, we need volunteers to help on the nights of the show with selling tickets, applying make-up to actors, and back-stage prompting. Let Nancy Gerber ( know if you’re interested in any of these activities.

Join us for The Breakfast (Book) Club, a new event at Lawrence School on Friday, May 13th. The event, which will be held from 8:00-9:00 am in the library, offers parents and teachers a chance to come together and talk about raising children in today’s world and to enjoy a breakfast catered by the PTO.

Questions? Stop by the literacy room, 214, call us at 617-879-4333, or email Dianne here for more information.

BOOK FAIR MAY 24 – 26:  The Lawrence Used Book Fair is quickly approaching!  All proceeds will benefit our school.  So, it is time to clean out your closets/basements/homes and donate all your books to the Lawrence School!!  We are officially collecting books from now until May and need LOTS to have a fantastic book fair.  Please put all books on the book cart in the front lobby of the school.  If you have questions and/or would like to help out with the book fair, please contact Karen Stern at or Dana Greene


Introducing Innovation At Brookline High School
Parents are invited to join BHS  teacher Sam Dickerman at the VineRipe Grill the evening of Monday, February 29th.  Sam will talk about his special projects as the 21st Century Fund’s first ever Innovation Fellow, and then he will lead a workshop on how parents can use technology tools like Naviance and Canvas to help interface with the high school.  Visit for more information, or contact Stacey Zelbow (

Brookline Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) invites you to join a presentation by prominent Special Education Attorney Daniel T.S. Heffernan of Kotin, Crabtree & Strong, LLP. Mr. Heffernan will be discussing special ed law and strategies for effectively resolving disputes with the district. Tuesday, March 1st, 6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m. in the Driscoll School Library, 64 Westbourne Terrace (main entrance). There will be time for general questions. Light refreshments will be served, No fee, all parents and guardians welcome.
Please visit for more information.

Parent Network for Brookline’s LGBTQ Students (March 1, 7-8:30 p.m at Brookline Public Health Department’s Denny Room)
B-PEN hosts its second Parent Network meeting for parents whose students identify as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning). This second meeting will feature guest speaker Dr. Greg Fenton, a Brookline parent of two who specializes in primary care for adolescents, LGBT Health, and HIV/AIDS Care at Fenway Health. If you are unable to attend and would like to be part of the network, contact Hope Schroy (617-713-5155, If your child would like to speak to someone, they or you can contact Jorge Membreño in Room 149 (617-713-5149,

Local author event
Local surgeon, and author, Dr. Oneeka Williams will be reading from her latest children’s book and answering questions at the Brookline Main Library on Saturday, March 5 at 3:30pm.  Ages 5 and up are welcome to attend.
Dr. Williams has written three picture books about Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo!  Her website is  Please call 617-730-2340 for more information.

Executive Function 101: Strategies and tools for teaching children how to develop independent executive function skills.  An evening with Sarah Ward, Co-Director at Cognitive Connections. Tuesday, March 29th  7:00-8:30 pm in the Heath School Auditorium. Third in a series from Brookline Talks, a new speaker series for parents. Sponsored by Brookline K-8 PTOs, the Brookline Education Foundation & the Brookline Community Mental Health Center.

Corner Co-Op Nursery School
Spring Fun Fair, March 19, 10am – 2pm, 1773 Beacon St., Brookline. Enjoy kids’ games/activities, face painting, silent auction, raffle, delicious food and a live puppet show by Cactus Head Puppets at 1:00. Ages 2-7+. $10/child or $25 for a family of 3 children or more.
The Corner Co-op is also having an Open House Thursday, March 31, both from  7 – 9 pm. We offer a unique opportunity to participate in your child’s formative years and create an extended family with others. We nurture children’s natural need to learn and grow through a dialogue-centered process and regard play as an essential medium of learning.  Meet staff and parents.  Slideshow & discussion (7:30 – 8 pm) Contact us for more information at 617-738-4631, visit us online or check us out on Facebook.

Devotion Science Fair 2016 Calling all scientists!  The Devotion Science Fair and Science Expo will be on Saturday March 12th, 2016 at the Devotion School.  The Science Fair is a fun and exciting day full of amazing student science projects and an Expo with great hands on activities, demonstrations, and interactive games.  We invite all kids to explore an idea, question, or experiment YOU are EXCITED about!  There will be lots more information coming soon (mid-January) about what a science fair project is, how to think up and test you idea, and how to present your results.

This event is open to all students throughout Brookline, grades K-8.  The registration website will open soon.  You’ll be getting more info in January.  GO SCIENCE!

It’s Spelling Bee Time!
Support your fellow 5th grade students as they spell their way victory at the annual 5th Grade Spelling Bee, hosted by the Brookline Education Foundation. This good old-fashioned spelling bee will be on Sunday, March 13 at 1:00pm in the BHS auditorium.

Brookline Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge – Science Fair
Participate In This Unique Environmental Science Fair on Saturday April 2, 11:00am-2:00pm at the Pierce Cafeteria.
Examine an Environmental Issue and Present YOUR Solution! Think BIG! Be Creative, Practical or Outrageous!
Register as an individual, group (with friends), class or school. Registration is free and open until March 1, 2016.
For more information on the event send an email

Do you ever feel frustrated with your child? Find yourself shouting often and imposing punishments or rewards in reaction to challenging behavior? Do you wish you had a more effective parenting approach that also helps to build a better relationship between you and your child? Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach, based in MGH’s Department of Psychiatry, provides parents with concrete tools to better understand and parent their kids in the face of day-to-day challenges – e.g., getting to school, homework, screen time, bedtime – and more serious challenges. It’s based on the understanding that many kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave well – specifically skills related to problem solving, flexibility and frustration tolerance. This CPS approach helps parents to: 1) Shift their thinking and approach to foster positive relationships with their child; 2) Reduce their child’s challenging behavior; 3) Build their child’s self-regulation, communication and problem-solving skills; and 4) Solve problems collaboratively and proactively. For more information and to register for the March or April/May workshop in Brookline, please visit:

The Brookline Tutor Mentor Program (BTMP)connects Brookline High School students to middle school students for tutoring and mentorship. They are funded by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation and operate with the generosity and support of the Brookline Teen Center.
The program is completely free and they welcome students of all socioeconomic backgrounds and is open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.
The program runs on Sundays at the Brookline Teen Center from 12:30-2:00pm, but some pairs choose to organize alternative times to tutor. Join now.
You can learn more at

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