News and Notes

This week:  Spring LSA Starts (Monday), Gr. K-6 Early Dismissal (Wednesday), Superintendent’s Public Forum at Lawrence (Thursday)

Welcome back to school! We hope your spring vacation was exciting, restful and that all our children are happy to be back at school.

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)

Superintendent’s Forum with Interim Supt. Joe Connellyand Incoming Supt. Andrew Bott Thursday, April 28, 8:00 am Library.

Lost and Found: Checkout last week’s photo of our lost and found section near the Small Gym.


ALOHA!  Please help us celebrate our amazing teachers and staff at Lawrence with our Spring Appreciation Lunch!  The lunch will be a Hawaiian Luau theme, held on Friday, May 6th in the Staff Lounge.  Please use this link (LINK to Signup Genius) to sign up and bring a side dish, salad, entrée or dessert and help honor our teachers and staff.  Any and all contributions much appreciated (does not need to be Hawaiian cuisine)!  You can drop off donations of food in the Staff Lounge on the second floor on Friday, May 6th any time before10:30am.  If you have any questions, please contact Emily Tevald ( or Kathryn Brown (  Mahalo for your help in making this a special day for our teachers and staff!

Rachel SimmonsBrookline Talks Presents Rachel Simmons on Wednesday, May 11,7:00-8:30pm  at the Pierce School Auditorium.
Odd Girl Out: Coping with Best Friends, Worst Enemies and Everything In Between.

To reserve your FREE tickets, go to

Sponsored by all nine Brookline PTOs, Brookline Education Foundation, Brookline Community Mental Health Center, and the Public Library of Brookline.

The Lawrence School Understanding Our Differences and Similarities (UOD+S) program needs you! 
Are you looking for a meaningful way to help build and sustain a safe, just and caring community at the Lawrence School? Would you like to collaborate with a group of other Lawrence parents and community members, to promote the values of respect and inclusion for people of all abilities?
Please read this flyer describing the program and consider volunteering this spring, to help implement this important learning experience for our fourth grade students. Workshops are on Tuesdays starting on May 10 and run until June 7.
Contact the Lawrence School UOD+S Coordinator, Denise Baumann at

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 contactKaren Stern at or Dana Greene

Lawrence School PTO 1 Mile and 5K Family Fun Run
This 5th Annual event, scheduled for Sunday, June 5that 9:00 am at the Lawrence School, brings numerous families and children from the Lawrence School Community together to promote healthy exercise and nutrition. Registration fee of $20 includes a 5th Annual Lawrence School Fun Run T-shirt and an entry into a raffle.  All proceeds go to help support programs funded by the Lawrence School PTO.

Click on the link below to access our on-line registration page:

For questions or want to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Fun Run Coordinator, Keith Carsonat


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.

Come to a Magic Show and Help Raise Money for Boston Children’s Hospital 
Join Lawrence eighth grader–and magician–Josh Mandl for a family-friendly magic show to raise money for Boston Children’s Hospital. The show is Saturday, May 14, at  7:30 p.m. at the Puppet Showplace Theater in Brookline Village.
Josh and fellow members of the Society of Young Magicians will amaze you with some of Boston’s best magic. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for kids 10 and under.
Buy your tickets at Contact us with any questions!

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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