News and Notes

This week:  MCAS Gr. 3 & 5 Math Session 1 (Monday), MCAS Gr. 3 & 5 Math Session 2 (Tuesday), MCAS Gr. 6 & 8 Math Session 1 (Wednesday), MCAS Gr. 6 & 8 Math Session 2 (Thursday), Gr. 6-8 4th Qtr. IPR (Friday), Breakfast Book Club (Friday)

Rachel SimmonsBrookline Talks Presents Rachel Simmons is this week 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. Get your FREE tickets today at

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

Breakfast Book Club – Friday, May 13 – 8:00-9:00 am
This new event offers parents and teachers a chance to come together and talk about raising children in today ís world and to enjoy a breakfast catered by the PTO.  Guests will have the opportunity to discuss one of two books, Raising Cain by Michael Thompson or Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons.  Both authors are scheduled to speak as part of the Brookline PTO Speaker Series in the spring.  Michael Thompson spoke on April 12th  at Lawrence and Rachel Simmons will be speaking on May 11th at Pierce.   You can choose to read one of the books and/or attend one of the speaker sessions.  To register for the Breakfast Book Club, go to:
Questions? Stop by the literacy room, 214, call us at 617-879-4333, or email Dianne
Click here for more information.

Volunteers Needed for Lawrence Fun Run!
We need several adult volunteers to stand at key intersections along the race route as well as other opportunities. The race will be held on Sunday, June 5th at 9:00 am at the Lawrence School.   Please contact Fun Run Coordinator, Keith Carson at as soon as possible.

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 this week on May 10 and run until June 7.
Contact the Lawrence School UOD+S Coordinator, Denise Baumann at

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


Invitation to Celebrate Teachers
Please join us for Brookline Education Foundation’s “Celebrating Teachers” event, an annual opportunity to thank all Brookline educators for their enthusiasm, dedication and professionalism in the Public Schools of Brookline. Learn about the BEF grants awarded for the 2016-2017 school year and listen to amazing speeches by this year’s recipients of the Ernest R. Caverly Award for Excellence in Teaching, Janice Gaudette (Devotion K-2 Therapeutic Learning Center) and Jill Sifantus (BHS Biology).
Tuesday, May 17, 3:30 pm at the Newbury College Student Center (129 Fisher Avenue). Free and open to all!

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

Lawrence School PTO 1 Mile and 5K Family Fun Run
This 5th Annual event, scheduled for Sunday, June 5th at 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


The Lawrence School community celebrated Earth Day on Friday, April 29 with a flurry of fun activities. Green Team members Nicola Thompson and Tam Sitkoff announced a new marker recycling initiative with boxes decorated by Lawrence kindergarteners. All families are welcome to bring their dried out markers to school instead of putting them in the trash. In addition, many students signed gigantic letters to our representatives asking them to take action on the more than 20,000 gas leaks in our state, a huge source of greenhouse gases and tree death. Finally, other kids participated in a recycled materials craft, pencil holders made from used CDs and magazines. Thanks to the Lawrence community and to Rick Rogers for supporting these fun, environmentally friendly activities!

Did you know that President Obama proclaimed May 2016 as National Mental Health Awareness Month, pledging to support all who live with mental illness and substance use disorders, as well as their families? “Let us strive to ensure people living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, that hope exists, and that the possibility of healing and thriving is real.” Families with kids suffering from mental health concerns can access a lot of valuable information through B-PEN’s “Mental Health” page, which includes a new tab for resources on “Getting Help.”

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 at 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.

Brookline’s Asian American Pacific Islander Month Celebration
The Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations and the Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN) celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month (May) with an exhibit at the Brookline Main Library and in Town Hall. Also join us on Wednesday, May 18th in the Town Hall’s School Committee Room at 6:30pm to congratulate our 2016 Asian American student essay and video contest winners. Also featuring Baker School and Brookline High School alum Michael Tow and snippets of his award winning mockumentary, “East of Hollywood.” Free and open to the public, light refreshments. Contact Chris for more information or questions.

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 todownload 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

A Just-Released Book from the BEF
Read personal essays by teachers from the Brookline schools, collected in “What Have I Learned? Eighteen teachers reflect on teaching and the wisdom they’ve gained along the way,” published by the Brookline Education Foundation, and available at the Brookline Booksmith and online. For anyone who’s interested in teaching, education, and how children learn.

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