News and Notes

This week: Book Fair (Monday-Friday),  Gr. 5-8 Track Meet (Monday),  Gr. 7-8 Track Meet (Wednesday),  Gr. 5-8 Chorus (Thursday)

Book Fair This Week!
Books will be sold before school, during the day and after school until 6pm.  ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE LAWRENCE SCHOOL!

We are still in need of volunteers to help 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

Order your year book now!
The 2015-16 Year books are now in production!
Please place your online order before the deadline of June 5, 11pm, using Family ID:
Two different yearbooks will be available:

  • for $18: the “All School Yearbook” – 56 color pages including K-8 class photos and collages
  • for $27: the “Graduates Edition” – includes the K-7 class photos plus an expanded 8th grade section

Please contact Nagmeh Ansari for any questions or inquiries :

Farewell to Mr. Rogers
Please join us on Thursday, June 9 at 5:00 pm for a reception to celebrate Mr. Rogers and his eight years as principal of Lawrence School.  We will gather in the large gym, rain or shine, before the Spring Picnic.

As a part of our celebration, we plan to present Mr. Rogers with a scrapbook, created in his honor by Lawrence families near and far.  Your family is invited to contribute to the scrapbook by decorating a page.  Feel free to use photos, drawings, words, or any combination of the three, to share with Mr. Rogers your memories and your well wishes for his retirement.

A sheet of 12×12 scrapbook paper can be picked up in the main office and must be completed and returned to the office by Wednesday, June 1.
If you or your child would like to share a brief story or memory at the reception, please let us know!

Contact Florrie Ives at or Nagmeh Ansari at

The GENKI SPARK Performance Monday, May 23.
Get ready for some exhilarating fun! The PTO and Performing Arts Council are pleased to present the all women’s Japanese taiko drumming group, THE GENKI SPARK featuring Lawrence School graduates! Performance will be at 9:30am (grades 1-3) on Monday, May 23 in the auditorium. Parents are welcome to attend. For more information please contact, Lisa Viola (

Now is your Chance to Honor a Teacher!
The Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) has kicked off its end-of-the-year Honor a Teacher campaign. Please consider making a donation of any size on behalf of a special teacher, specialist, administrator, librarian, nurse, or coach. They will receive notification from the BEF of your gift.  Our teachers greatly appreciate the recognition and your support of grants in our schools, preK-12th grade. Let those special teachers know how important they are! Go to:

Lost and Found: Checkout this photo of the lost and found if your child have anything missing!



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:

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.

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

Upcoming Meetings of Public Schools of Brookline

  • 9th Elementary School 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.
  • Brookline High School Expansion and Renovation will be held at BHS on June 13th 7:00 p.m.
  • Devotion School Renovation will be held at Devotion School Auditorium on June 8th 7:00 p.m.

Click here to read the announcement letter from Dr. Joseph Connelly.


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,

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 (, 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 Click here to download the flyer.

This year’s Tee Off @ the Library is Saturday June 18th and brings mini-golf back  to the stacks of the Main Library. The theme is Indiana Jones, and we’ll have adventure, activities, treasure hunting, and more! 12noon-4:30pm for all ages, and adults 21+ join us 6-9pm.
Get your tickets today:

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.!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

ASA Hoops is hosting it’s 19th consecutive summer camp series in Newton, June 27th – August 19th.  Our camps are for boys and girls ages 7-17 and operate Monday – Friday.  Camps are certified by the Newton Board of Health and are held to the highest of standards.  All camps can be found at:

Brookline SmartSummers: Brookline SmartSummers 2016 is a summer enrichment program for children ages 5 through 13. Open to Brookline residents and non-residents, we offer a wide variety of educational programs that meet from one to eight weeks. In addition to having lots of fun, children will enjoy indoor and outdoor activities and learn new skills. Programs include: science, computers, arts, puppetry, theater, and more. 

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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