News and Notes

This week:  MCAS Grades 6 & 8 English Language Arts Session 2 (Monday), MCAS Grades 4 & 7 English Language Arts Session 1 (Tuesday), Gr. K-6 Early Dismissal (Wednesday), Art Show (Wednesday),  MCAS Grades 4 & 7 English Language Arts Session 2(Thursday), Gr. 6-8 3rd Qtr. Report Cards (Friday)

Auction Extended until April 7

The fourth annual Make Art at Lawrence K-8 Art Show is this 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

Lawrence Logowear Sale at the April 6 Art Show
To help celebrate the artistic talents of Lawrence School students, the 2015-16 Lawrence logowear featuring winning designs by 8th graders Clara Long and Lev Roland-Kalb will be for sale at the Art Show on April 6, from 5 to 7 PM. Come get your shirts and caps before they are all gone! T-shirt ($20), Long-sleeve thermal tee ($28), Hoodie sweatshirt ($40), Baseball cap ($20). Payment by cash or check; all proceeds go to the Lawrence PTO.

Brookline Talks Presents
Michael G. Thompson

Tuesday, April 12th, 2015
7:00–8:30 pm
Lawrence School AuditoriumTo reserve your FREE tickets, please go to brooklinetalks.eventbrite.comBrookline Talks is sponsored by all nine Brookline PTOs, Brookline Education Foundation, Brookline Community Mental Health Center, and the Public Library of Brookline.
Click here to download the PDF Flyer for the event.
Upcoming author visits for grades K – 5
Thanks to funding from the PTO, students in grades 3 – 5 will visit with author-illustrator Matt Tavares on Friday April 8! A flier went home with students listing the books he has written and illustrated. We look forward to him sharing his books and expertise with our students. OnFriday, April 15th, students in grades K – 2 will meet with author-illustrator Brian Lies. Watch for a flier to go home soon with more details and a list of his books.We so appreciate this opportunity for our students to connect in person with published authors and illustrators! In recent years students have been inspired to keep their own journals, write and illustrate their own books, and teachers have learned new strategies for teaching writing–all as a result of meeting the authors who have visited our school!
For questions on the events please contact our Librarian,  Ms. Moriarty at

Mahalaxmi Mumbai Public School Library
If you plant a seed, a tree grows. Thanks to the generous donation of 1000 books by the Lawrence School PTO, the Mahalaxmi Mumbai Public School has a library. The tiny room has 3 bright orange bookcases. 2 of them are filled with 600 books that have made it to India so far. I will be carrying 200 more books with me on April 6th. There are 300 fiction books and 300 non-fiction books. All the books are numbered and entered into an excel spreadsheet by number, title, author and category so teachers can search the collection from their computer. It is incredible to see how excited the teachers and students are to have the books! I have loads more photos.
For more information contact Anu Advani at or by phone 617-733-7167 (USA)  or 91 7506945702 (India).

The Public Schools of Brookline Interim Superintendent Joe Connelly will host the second in the series of open forums to discuss the FY17 SCHOOL BUDGET. 

All are welcome to attend. Wednesday, April 6 – 8:30 a.m.

Session will be held in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor of the Town Hall, 333 Washington Street.


Tide pool coming to Lawrence 3rd Grade
On April 14, the N.E. Aquarium tide pool is coming to Lawrence School. Thanks to the Brookline Education Foundation’s Early Education Opportunity Fund, 3rd grade classrooms will handle and observe a wide range of live animals from the local waters. This unique tabletop exhibit recreates salt marsh, sandy beach and rocky coast habitats. For more information about this and other BEFfunds and programs, please

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


Support our BEF-Team Brookline Runners
It’s almost time to cheer on our BEF-Team Brookline runners in the 2016 Boston Marathon. The following educators and parents are running in support of the Brookline Education Foundation. Devotion principal Jen Buller, Baker teacher Nicole Poutasse, Heath parent Amanda Walker, Lincoln parents Seth Kalvert and Ken Juster, and Pierce parent Chris Hope.
Wish them well! Consider making a donation to their run by visiting

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 Or visit our table during Climate Week’s 3R Depot on Saturday, April 2nd at Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, 10am-2pm.
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,
Click here to download a description and schedule of all the events and locations.

Under Construction: What Every Parent Must Know About Your Tween/Teen’s Brain Development
Thursday, April 7, 7:00-9:00pm in Lincoln School Auditorium, 19 Kennard Road
Nationally-recognized family physician and opioid specialistDr. Ruth Potee shares her expertise in adolescent brain development and its impact on teenage risk taking, including the abuse of alcohol and other substances. This Free National Health Week event is hosted by The Public Schools of Brookline, School Health Services.

Devotion 8th graders present Footloose on Saturday, April 9 at 7pm and Sunday, April 10 at 1pm at the Lower Devotion School Auditorium, 345 Harvard Street.
Tickets are $5.

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.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Tuesday, April 19 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at Main Library
From the company that brings you Shakespeare on the Common, join us for a live performance of scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream followed by a lively discussion of the play, the roles, and Shakespeare’s legacy after 400 years.

Brookline Rotary Club – Brookline Community Foundation Scholarship
Free Concert will be held in Honor of Bo Winiker at Brookline High School on May 15th at 3 P.M. to Announce the Scholarship.
For more Information Call Bo Winiker at 617.469.3437.
Click here to download the Letter regarding this scholarship.

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,

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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