News and Notes

The PTO play, The Mascot Awaken 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 (antinancy@rcn.com) know if you’re interested in any of these activities.

Lawrence PTO Auction
The auction has began and will run for the next two weeks.  You won’t be disappointed with the wide selection of items generously donated by over 30 donors includings some excellent summer camp discounts.  Log in to the following website to create an account and start bidding!
Thanks for supporting the PTO.www.32auctions.com/lawrence_pto_auction

LSA
Lawrence Special Activities (LSA) registration has begun. Registration will run for 2 weeks and close on March 25 at the end of the day.
Please use the following link to sing up for these activities. http://lawrence.schooltwist.org

Please note: This session we will have a week-long ’sneak peek’ period, before registration actually opens. This is so you can browse the listings, consult with your child and co-ordinate with their friends, before registration begins.
Questions or comments? Send them tolawrencespecialactivities@gmail.com

New Principal Selected
The School principal selection committee has announced the hiring of Mr. Warren Blair as the new principal of Lawrence. Mr. Blair brings a strong educational leadership background to Lawrence. He has been both an elementary and 5-8 middle school principal in Jefferson County, CO for 18 years and in public education for 29 years.
Please join the committee in welcoming Mr. Blair onWednesday, March 23rd at 8:00a.m. in the library.

LOOKING AHEAD

Brookline Talks Presents Sarah Ward
 on Tuesday, March 29th 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Heath School Auditorium.
Sarah WardExecutive Function 101: Strategies and tools for teaching children how to develop independent executive function skills
Sarah Ward is an expert on the topic of executive functioning and frequently speaks to educators and parent organizations. She works directly with children in her private practice and has worked with over 350 schools globally on how to implement effective executive function strategies in the classroom and home. Her innovative and effective approaches have been featured on NPR, and she is the recipient of numerous awards including Mass General Hospital’s Clinical Excellence Award.
To reserve your FREE tickets, go tobrooklinetalks.eventbrite.com
Join the Lawrence Latino Cultural Group for Salsa Night @ The Havana Club, Cambridge on April 2, 2016
9-10pm Salsa Lessons (Beginner and Intermediate lessons) and 10-2am Salsa/Bachata Dance Party 21+. $12 (Admission includes lesson and party).
No partner required Beginners very welcome for more information visit us on facebook, our websitehttps://sites.google.com/site/lawrenceltinoculturalgoup
or email us at lawrencelatinocg@gmail.com

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 Muendel:dianne_muendel@brookline.k12.ma.usClick 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 kqstern@gmail.com or Dana Greene at greene_dana@hotmail.com.

AROUND TOWN

Courageous Conversations: Student Voices on Life at BHS. 
The BHS 21 Century Fund is proud to bring this series in collaboration with BHS PTO, Steps to Success, Brookline METCO Program, the Brookline Interactive Group and members of the BHS faculty.  During this kickoff event students share their stories in their parent-oriented take on the Day of Courage.
Please join them on Thursday, March 17 at 7:00pm at the BHS Auditorium in the first in a series of three event which will comprise this year’s What’s the Big Idea Forum.
RSVP to Stacey Zelbow at 617-713-5201 orStacey_Zelbow@brookline.k12.ma.us.

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.
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). 1773 Beacon St., Brookline. Contact us for more information at 617-738-4631, visit us online www.cornercoop.org or check us out on Facebook.

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 toCrystalJohnsonISES@gmail.com
Brookline celebrates National Public Health Week 2016 – Highlights
The Brookline Department of Public Health has an exciting series of events during National Public Health Week from April 2 to April 7.  Events will be held at various locations around town that you won’t want to miss.  All events are free and open to the public. For further information: 617-730-2336, Lkarsten@brooklinema.gov.
Click here to download a description and schedule of all the events and locations.
Free Family Event – Kids Build, sponsored by the Boston Society of Architects
Saturday April 9 & Sunday April 10 – Guided by professional architects, families will choose a construction site from a fictional city grid, design and build a building, and be awarded a certificate of occupancy from the city building inspectors. Geared for children age 5 -13, KidsBuild! lets children understand and formulate ideas about architecture and design as they build a city from the ground up.
http://www.architects.org/programs-and-events/kidsbuild-4
Workshop: BE THE PARENT YOU WANT TO BE!
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: http://betheparentyouwanttobe.weebly.com/

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 www.brooklinetm.tk.

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