News and Notes

This week: No School – Memorial Day (Monday), Kindergarten Peak and Practice, Kindergarten Early Dismissal (Wednesday), Gr. 8 NYC Trip (Thursday), Family Fun Run (Sunday)

Lawrence Used Book Fair!
5 months of collecting books – 15 hours of sorting books – Thousands of books  – 40 hours of selling books – 50volunteers  – Over $4,000 raised for our Lawrence School.

Congratulations and thanks to Karen Stern and Dana Greene for leading us to a successful Book Fair! Thanks also to Pamela for her guidance and sharing her Book fair experience. Many, many thank yous to you as this money would not have been raised for our school without you.
A tremendous job, well done!

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 :

Fundraiser for Japan Earthquake and Ecuador Earthquake on June 3
The Lawrence Community would like to show support for the many people affected by the earthquakes that struck Japan and Ecuador. We will have a rice-balls and other baked goods for sale on Friday, June 3, after school at the front lobby.
Please drop off your food donation (nut free please, and include your ingredients) at the office (before 1:20pm) or front lobby (after 1:20pm). Any financial donation would also be appreciated!
Proceeds from the fundraiser will be sent to theConsulate General of Japan in Boston and theEmbassy of Ecuador.
If you have questions, please contact Keiko Nagano at, Kay Kobayashi at or Akiko Marbet-Kawai at    More info

Lawrence School PTO 1 Mile and 5K Family Fun Run
Family Fun Run is next Sunday, June 5th at 9:00 am at the Lawrence School.  Register online or at the event on Sunday. Fee of $20 includes thisamazing T-shirt, designed by Lawrence parent Jin Suk, and an entry into a raffle.  All proceeds go to help support programs funded by the Lawrence School PTO.
For questions or want to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Fun Run Coordinator, Keith Carsonat

Lawrence Parent-Teacher Conversation
For those of you who were unable to attend the discussion on Wednesday, May 17, click here to read a summary, comments and letter prepared by Lawrence parents and teachers. Please feel free to ask questions about this document by emailing the parent group via, or to reach out to your teachers to talk about their experiences. Special thanks to Chris, Grady, Jenny, Charlotte, Danna, and Nira and to all the teachers who shared.

Lost and Found: Checkout last week’s photo of the lost and found!


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. Deadline has been extended until Friday, June 3.

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

Next and Final PTO Meeting June 7
All are welcome to attend Lawrence PTO meeting featuring Anu Advani (math specialist) who will speak about her trip to India.  Tuesday, June 7 at 8:00 am in the school library.

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.


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 theTown 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.

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 6:00pmat 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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