News and Notes

Petition Letter to School Committee – DEADLINE MONDAY, MARCH 28
A letter addressed to the Brookline School Committee has been drafted by concerned Lawrence parents, and we hope you will add your signatures. The letter expresses parents’ appreciation for Lawrence teachers and urges the rapid resolution of negotiations with the Brookline Educators’ Union.
Please read and sign the letter now at

The fourth annual Make Art at Lawrence K-8 Art Show is Wednesday, April 6 from 5pm – 7pm. The evening will feature over six hundred K-through-8 masterpieces. We invite all families to come view the works and to participate in the Art scavenger hunt. Ms. Magno and the Visual Arts Council team are hard at work preparing for the show! Volunteers are needed on the day of the show. Please sign up here or contact VAC member Linda Louie at

The Green Team is thrilled to spread the word about Brookline Climate Week, Monday March 28 thru Sunday, April 3. Films, speakers, walks, bike tours and kids activities will highlight ways Brookline residents can engage in climate change prevention. You especially won’t want to miss the styrofoam drop-off and used sports gear drop-off/trade-in, April 2 from 10-2 outside Town Hall. Check out this link to learn more:

Sarah WardBrookline Talks Presents Sarah Ward on Tuesday, March 29th 7:00pm-8:30pm at the Heath School Auditorium.
Executive 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 to

The Public Schools of Brookline Interim Superintendent Joe Connelly will host a series of open forums to discuss the FY17 SCHOOL BUDGET. All are welcome to attend. Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.  and Wednesday, April 6 – 8:30 a.m.
Both sessions will be held in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor of the Town Hall, 333 Washington Street

Join the Lawrence Latino Cultural Group for Salsa Night @ The Havana Club, Cambridge this Saturday, 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 website
or email us at

Lost and Found
Check out this week’s photo of the lost and found section by the Small Gym near the cafeteria.



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: Click 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 at


Brookline’s 6th Annual Climate Week 2016, Monday, March 28 – Sunday April 3
This year’s Climate Week offers a purposeful weeklong series of events with a goal to inform and foster the will to act on climate change. The week is packed with opportunities for making real change through personal, local, state and national action. All events are free and open to the public and embrace timely opportunities for Brookline and beyond. It takes the efforts of many to sustain the climate movement and ultimately prevail.  Decisions are now being made that will impact us for years to come.  Events especially for kids and families include the 3R Depot: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle And More and  the Youth Climate Adaptation Science Fair set for Saturday, April 2.
Details and full schedule:  #BrooklineClimateWeek

Town-Wide Scavenger Hunt:  The Nose Knows -Methane Gas Leaks Under Your Feet
Mothers Out Front Brookline presents a scavenger hunt in which participants search for utility flags throughout town marking many of the 350+ methane gas leaks.  Bright yellow flags are marked with an image of a nose and text “Methane Gas Leak Nearby”. Details at Or visit our table during Climate Week’s 3R Depot on Saturday, April 2nd at Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, 10am-2pm.

Lin Learning Center is having an Open House, this evening, Monday, March 28th 5:30 to 7:30. They are open for Fall enrollment of 2016 for Kindergarten to 5th grade. This will give you an opportunity to come and meet teachers, learn about activities and the curriculum as to what they do at the center and ask former parents and students of their experience. Pizza and light refreshments will be served.  For more information visit them online at

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 to CrystalJohnsonISES@gmail.comBrookline 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,
Click here to download a description and schedule of all the events and locations.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – April 3rd
Registration is now open for Brookline’s second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Men and boys of all ages are encouraged to don a pair of our signature red high heels and walk 1 mile with us to show their commitment to end gender-based violence. This high energy and family-friendly event will also raise funds for the Jennifer A. Lynch Committee Against Domestic Violence, which provides education and programming for prevention. Register online at, and join us at the starting line on Sunday, April 3rd at 1 pm at the Garden of Remembrance at 11 Pierce Street. High heels will be provided!

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.

Photo and Movie Making classes for 11-15 year olds:  Big Picture Art House is once again running a 3 day April vacation photography class, “Ethnic Enclaves of Boston” April 19-21. Students are provided with professional DSLR cameras and receive one on one attention from teacher/owner and 20 year veteran photographer (also a Pierce School alum), Jennifer Connelly.  Class meets and ends close to Brookline in Jamaica Plain right off the Jway.  Big Picture runs a full schedule of summer classes as well, with spaces still left in our August 8th Movie Making workshop.  Contact info: 781-696-1138, to get information or go on the emailing list.  Visit us at or see us on facebook at bigpicturearthouse.

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

Job Opening at Brookline Community Foundation
The BCF is looking for a Development and Communications Manager to join it’s seven person staff. This is a full-time position that comes with the opportunity to work with a well-recognized Executive Director at an organization that makes Brookline a better place to live.!job-listings/asovy

Brookline Arts Center’s Spring Classes Enrolling Now!
The BAC is offering some exciting classes this Spring! Some classes include Great StARTs for ages 2-3, Art and Culture for ages 5-7, Comics and Graphic Novels for ages 8-12, Introduction to Physical Computing in Art for ages 10-14, Portfolio Development for 15-17 and Pottery and Wheelthrowing for adults.

To register and view more classes, visit

Applications for the 3rd annual Brookline Warriors Summer Basketball Clinic are now being accepted. The Clinic will run June 27-30 (Monday-Thursday) from 9:00-3:00 in Schluntz Gymnasium at the high school. Boys ages 8-14 are eligible. Brookline HS head coach Luke Day is the Clinic director, and the staff includes BHS JV coach Dave Ford and Freshman coach Darren Martinez. The Brookline Warriors Summer Basketball Clinic is committed to delivering high quality instruction on individual and team basketball skills. Campers will not only improve on a day-to-day basis, but will take away from the camp specific knowledge about how they can keep improving. We are just as importantly committed to every camper having fun and developing a lifelong passion for the game of basketball. Go to to find out more information and download an application. Any questions can directed to Coach Luke Day at

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