News and Notes

This week:  School Council (Tuesday), Gr. K-12 Early Dismissal (Tuesday), After School Movie (Tuesday), PTO Meeting and Speaker (Tuesday), Gr. K Concert (Wednesday)

The K-8 Art Show was a great last week. We are so impressed with all the hard work and creativity of the Lawrence Students that produced a plethora of art this year. We are also very grateful to the extraordinary organizers of the event Shelly Magno and Linda Louie along with the Visual Arts Council team for putting the show together! Special thanks goes out to Dominique Ferdinand, Greg Porter, Hana (7th grader), Jamie Louie, Alicia Mitchell and all the other volunteers who helped out with setup and cleanup.  Thanks so much!

Don’t forget, students will be Released Early on Tuesday, April 12th at 12:40pm.  After School Movie will be held until 2:20pm in the Lawrence Auditorium.

Brookline Talks Presents Michael G. Thompson this Tuesday, April 12th 7:0-8:30pm in the Lawrence School Auditorium.
To reserve your FREE tickets, please go to
Brookline Talks is sponsored by all nine Brookline PTOs, Brookline Education Foundation, Brookline Community Mental Health Center, and the Public Library of Brookline.

Brookline Teacher School Contract Updates
  • The Brookline School Committee has written a response to the Letter that was sent to by Lawrence Parents.  Click here to read the response and theoriginal letter.
  • A Brookline Tab op-ed article was written by the chair and vice-chair of the Brookline School Committee. Click here to read the article.
  • Come join Lawrence educators and parents for a shared discussion of public education in Brookline: Wednesday, April 13th, 7-8 pm in the Lawrence School Auditorium.
    All are welcome!  Please attend and spread the word!  Click here for more information.
  • Lawrence Teacher, Mr. Norwood has submitted an op-ed article to the Brookline Tab for Publishing.Click here to read this article.
Upcoming author visits for grades K – 5
Thanks to funding from the PTO, students in grades K – 2 will meet with author-illustrator Brian Lies on Friday April 15!  Watch for a flier to go home soon with more details and a list of his books.  For questions on the events please contact our Librarian, Ms. Moriarty

On Tuesday April 26th from 7-8:30, the Brookline Parent Education Network (B-PEN) will present the results of the most recent Student Health Survey at Upper Devotion School as they relate to middle-school. The evening will include statistics from the survey, implications for school-based practice and support and resources for parents. All Brookline parents of middle school students and staff are welcome.
Click here for more details on the event. For more information regarding complete results of the survey click here:  Executive Summary (PDF)

Lost and Found: Click on the photo to find something of yours that might be missing…


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

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.

Come find out what Brookline middle schoolers are really up to these days and why parental involvement is so important!
What the New Student Health Survey Tells Us and Where We Should Go From Here
April 26, 7-8:30 p.m, Upper Devotion @ Old Lincoln School, 194 Boylston St.
Did you know that 79% of Brookline 7th-8th graders report overwhelming stress and anxiety? That a third of 7th-8th graders use technology for recreational purposes more than three hours a  day? These are just some of the findings of Brookline’s latest Student Health Survey, which reveals  behavior and attitudes on issues ranging from substance use to relationships and sexual activity to mental health. This B-PEN event highlights some of the survey’s key findings, current initiatives to address issues, and includes a Q&A with AWARE and Prevention/Intervention representatives, B-PEN’s Family Resource Advocate, and Brookline High School Peer Leaders. Free, but please RSVP at

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.

Run A Mile Together With Us!
The Village Fair Road Mile is a one-mile race planned collaboratively by theBrookline Extended Day Advisory Council and the Town of Brookline. The race will take place in the afternoon on June 12th, 2016 as part of The Village Fair, a large street festival in Brookline Village. Proceeds will be donated to support after school programming for low-income and at-risk elementary school children in Brookline.  For more information go to Click here to download the flyer.

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

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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