News and Notes

This week:  MCAS Gr. 4 & 7 Math Session 1 (Monday), MCAS Gr. 4 & 7 Math Session 2 (Tuesday), PTO Meeting (Tuesday), MCAS Gr. 5 & 8 Science/Tech. Session 1 (Wednesday), MCAS Gr. 5 & 8 Science/Tech. Session 2 (Thursday), Gr. 2 Concert (Thursday), Gr. 6-8 Musical Cabaret (Thursday), Gr. 6-8 Musical Cabaret (Friday)

PTO Meeting – Tuesday, May 17
Please come for a discussion, hosted by a group of Lawrence parents and teachers, about the evolving landscape of teaching today.  6:30pm in the Library.

Volunteers Needed for Lawrence Fun Run!
We still need volunteers to sign up for Course Guides (stand at intersections to point runners in the right direction), help at the Registration table, and monitoring the Bouncy House. 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 klcarson8@comcast.net as soon as possible.

9th Elementary School

There will be two public meetings to update parents, guardians, and community members about the site selection and construction of a 9th elementary school. Please come and learn about the current timeline for site selection and construction and a review of the three sites being studied this spring and summer. These meetings continue our efforts to keep members of the public informed about the process for identifying a site for a 9th elementary school and the ongoing need to address enrollment growth in the public schools. There will be time for Q&A at the May 18th meeting.

The meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • May 18 at Pierce School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
  • June 7, Joint School Committee/Board of Selectmen meeting at Town Hall in the Selectman’s Hearing Room. The time will be announced closer to the meeting date.

BOOK FAIR MAY 23-26: Your help is needed!!
** We are still collecting books for the used book fair, so please bring in any books by next Friday, May 20th.  We appreciate all donations!
** Please consider volunteering to help us sort/organize books next Wed 5/18 or Thurs 5/19 @ 6-9pm or sell books during the day on Monday, May 23, Tuesday, May 24, Wednesday, May 25 or Thursday, May 26.  If you would like to volunteer, please email Karen Stern at kqstern@gmail.com.
** Books will be sold before school, during the day and after school until 6pm.  Please look for information (next week) regarding when your child’s class will attend the book fair.
** ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE LAWRENCE SCHOOL!

Earthquake Fundraiser
On April 14 and 16, the large earthquakes struck Kumamoto and Oita prefectures, southwest region of Japan. It was a magnitude 6.2 and 7.0 and a series of earthquakes still continues. The two earthquakes killed at least 49 people and injured about 3,000 people. Japan doesn’t recover from 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami (which killed around 16,000 people) yet, so these earthquakes shocked a lot of people in Japan.At the same time, the huge Ecuador earthquake occurred on April 16 with a magnitude 7.8. At least 660 people were killed and about 27,700 people injured. Also, because of rain, the towns have been damaged more.

The Lawrence Community, including many families from the both countries, hope all our friends and relatives in Japan and Ecuador are safe and healthy.
We would like to show our support for both countries in the fundraiser. We will have a rice-balls sale and a baked sale on Friday, June 3, after school at the front lobby. We will send the donation to the Consulate General of Japan in Boston (http://www.boston.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/consulatekumamotodonations.html)
and the Embassy of Ecuador (http://www.ecuador.org/nuevosite/index_e.php). Any financial donation would be appreciated! Please stop by the fundraiser and show your support! If you would like to help making food, please drop off your food donation (nut free please, and include your ingredients) at office (before 1:20pm) or front lobby (after 1:20pm).

If you have questions, please contact Keiko Nagano at keikonagano0325@gmail.com, Kay Kobayashi at ikei211@gmail.com or Akiko Marbet-Kawai at Akiko_Kawai@brookline.k12.ma.us.

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

LOOKING AHEAD

Public Schools of Brookline – Meeting
Click here to read the letter from Dr. Joseph Connelly.

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 kqstern@gmail.com or Dana Greene at greene_dana@hotmail.com.

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:
https://lawrenceschoolpto1mileand5kfamilyfunrun.racedirector.com/

For questions or want to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Fun Run Coordinator, Keith Carson at klcarson8@comcast.net

AROUND TOWN

Upcoming Author Visit
Come hear authors talk about their work at the Brookline Main Library!  Jeanne Birdsall will be discussing her Penderwicks series and Susan Hill Long will be discussing her new book,The Magic Mirror: Concerning a lonely princess, a foundling girl, a scheming king and a pickpocket squirrel.
Join us on Tuesday, May 17th 3:30pm.  This event is appropriate for ages 6 and up.

Invitation to Celebrate Teachers THIS WEEK
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!

BE THE PARENT YOU WANT TO BE! A New Way of Understanding and Parenting Kids
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 provides parents with concrete tools to better understand and parent their kids (ages 3-18) 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. CPS helps parents to:

  • Shift their thinking and approach to foster positive relationships with their child
  • Reduce their child’s challenging behavior
  • Solve problems collaboratively and proactively
  • Build their child’s skills in self-regulation, communication and problem-solving

For more information and to register for the upcoming CPS overview group in Brookline, please visit: http://www.betheparentyouwanttobe.weebly.com

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH – B-PEN OFFERS FAMILY RESOURCES
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.”

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 cchanyasulkit@brooklinema.gov for more information or questions.

Save The Date!! May 23 Network Group For Parents Of Teens Experiencing Social/Emotional Challenges
While summer’s down time can offer kids a much-needed break from the rigor of school, the change in routine and lack of structure likely creates additional concerns, especially for students struggling with social/emotional challenges. On May 23rd, 7-8:30 pm, at Brookline High School (MLK Room),
B-PEN and Family Resource Advocate Hope Schroy will host a Parent Network meeting for parents whose 6th-12th grade students are experiencing social and emotional challenges, and the evening’s focus will be STRATEGIES FOR SUMMER. We will talk about activities, coping mechanisms, resources, and where you can turn if your family needs help. Please join us for this confidential, non-judgmental Parent Network gathering, which provides an opportunity for parents to connect and share with one another, learn about available resources, and discuss topics for additional meetings. For more information, contact: Hope Schroy, hope_schroy@brookline.k12.ma.us

Brookline Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) Monthly Meeting
OPEN FORUM WITH SUPERINTENDENTS Interim, Dr. Connelly and Incoming, Andrew Bott
Come hear about future plans for Special Education. Q&A will be included.
Friday, May 20, 2016
8:30a.m.-9:30a.m.
Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, 5th floor Walsh School Committee room
No RSVP required.

Take Charge of Treatment for Your Child with Asperger’s (ASD) Create a personalized guide to success for home, school and the community.
Talk, slides, Q&A and book signing with authors, Cornelia Pelzer Elwood, Life Coach and ASD certification from Antioch U and Scott McLeod, PhD, Exec. Dir. MGH Aspire Program (www.massgeneral.org/children/Aspire, clinical instructor of psychology for Harvard Medical School.
The Take Charge Guide combines professional guidance, practical tools, strategies and personal examples to identify and help solve typical challenges that parents of children with ASD face. Using a digital component each user customizes the guide to your child’s unique profile.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Driscoll Elementary Library, Main Entrance, 64 Westbourne Terrace 6:30p.m. – 8:00p.m.
Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP or fee.

Run A Mile Together With Us!
The Village Fair Road Mile is a one-mile race planned collaboratively by the Brookline 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 www.brooklinemilerace.com Click here to download the flyer.

Brookline Friends of Public Health
The 20th Annual Public Health Policy Forum will be held at on Wednesday evening, June 22, 2016 6:00pm at Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street. No registration is required.
Click here to read the Press Release.

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.
http://www.annaaspharadvisors.com/#!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 www.brooklinehoops.net to find out more information and download an application. Any questions can directed to Coach Luke Day at jlday6@gmail.com.

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