News and Notes

This week: George’s Island Trip (Thursday), Open House (K-2) (Thursday), LSA Registration Deadline (Friday)

Open House Dates
As a reminder, Open House will be starting this week for Grades K-2. Child care will be provided; no children under 3; Cost is $5 per child ($10 family maximum); Two adults and a team of middle school-age babysitters provide supervision. Please use this service only if you need it. We offer this to help parents who have difficulty arranging child care.

  • Grades K-2 Thursday, September 15 6:00pm.
  • Grades 3-5 Wednesday, September 21 6:00pm.
  • Grades 6-8 Tuesday, September 20 6:15pm.

PTO Meeting will be held Tuesday September 27th at 8:00am in the library.
Please join Principal Warren Blair and Vice Principal Laura Horst.

Lawrence Special Activities (LSA) is back with some fantastic after-school enrichment classes!  Visit the LSA website at to see the course offerings for the fall session which begins onSeptember 26.
The deadline for registration is Friday, September 16 at 6pm. Enrollment is on a first-come-first-served basis, but we do have waitlists for popular classes.
Please note: We no longer distribute paper catalogs to students. A complete list of courses and the schedule will be posted on the LSA bulletin board in the front lobby. If you are unable to access a computer to register online, please as soon as possible.

Volunteers needed for Picture Day on Wednesday, October 5 – Help escort students to and from photography sessions, and distribute photos when they arrive. For more information, contact the PTO at

Summer Math work and Summer Reading
Did your children do math and/or reading over the summer?  Could you see their brains growing?
Summer Math work and Summer Reading lists are both due on Friday, September 23rd.
Please remind your children to give them to their classroom teachers to be recognized for their wonderful effort.

If you have questions please see your math specialist or the librarian.

Welcome back, our Literacy specialist, Ms. Terry Jewell!
Our SET-J (Sending Educators To Japan) program grant recipient, Ms. Jewel came back safely from a 10-day trip to Japan this summer! We believe she had great experiences in Japan and she will share her experiences with us. Please take a look her wonderful blog. (

Also, congratulations to our kindergarten teacher, Ms. Jessica Gordon! Jessica will visit Japan next June (2017). The Sending Educators To Japan program, which is funded by the PTO, has been sending Lawrence teachers to Japan since 2002. Participants are able to observe the Japanese educational system in various settings and experience Japanese culture firsthand. Upon returning, they share their experiences and discoveries with the Lawrence community, giving us a glimpse into another society as well. Click here to learn more about SET-J.

A Call for the Arts!
LLCGPlease help the LLCG create collages for Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th to October 15th.

Collages will be posted September 2016.
For more information, please visit us on Facebook or email or

The Lawrence School PTO is on Facebook! Like our page at to connect with other parents and get regular updates on school events.


Now is your chance to honor a teacher!
The Brookline Education Foundation has kicked off its 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

Sean Roberts Challenger Baseball League
Baseball Fun for children with a wide range of abilities.  The Sean Roberts Baseball Challenger League based in Brookline welcomes children with disabilities ages 7 and up.  Children with intellectual, physical, emotional and behavioral challenges can all enjoy being part of a team in this relaxed, supportive environment.
Click here to download the League Flyer.
For more information regarding Player Registration, Becoming a Volunteer or General Information please contact:
Melissa – and look for updates at

Do You — or Someone You Know — Want to Run the 2017 Boston Marathon?
The Brookline Education Foundation is seeking runners for the 2017 Boston Marathon.  Receive amazing training and camaraderie from Team Brookline and support excellence in the Public Schools of Brookline at the same time!  Contact Team Brookline at for more information today.  The deadline for applications isSeptember 30, 2016.

BE THE PARENT YOU WANT TO BE! Training in Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving parenting approach.
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, sibling relationships – 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 evening or daytime CPS training in Brookline, please

MEDIAGIRLS, an eight-week program for 6th and 7th grade girls, will run at the Brookline Teen Center on Tuesday afternoons from 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm starting September 27th. Participants learn to challenge pop-culture messages aimed at girls; engage in thoughtful discussions about current media trends, make new friends in Brookline, and write inspiring content for girls on the MEDIAGIRLS blog and social media. Space is limited to 12, and only a few spots are open. Limited scholarships available. Visit to learn more and register.

Tales from the Classroom: Personal Essays Read by the 2016 Margaret Metzger Fellows, Brookline Education Foundation
Friday, September 30, 6-8 PM, Lincoln School Theater, 19 Kennard Road, Brookline

This is a very special evening.  All are welcome!  Light refreshments will be followed by ten-minute readings by:  Jen Breen Rose-Wood, BHS, English, Malcolm Cawthorne, BHS, Social Studies, Teresa Gallo-Toth, Runkle Librarian, Marie Leman, Lawrence, 3rd grade, Greg Porter, Lawrence, Social Studies, Jan Preheim, Lincoln, 5th grade.

Asian American Commission’s 5th Annual Young Leaders Symposium
Students and young professionals are invited to the Asian American Commission’s 5th Annual Young Leaders Symposium, co-sponsored with the Brookline Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on Saturday, October 15th, from 11-2:30pm at the Brookline Main Library (Hunneman Hall).
Click here to view the Flyer

Brookline SEPAC Monthly Meeting with Student Services Administration/
Welcome to New Deputy Superintendent, Sam Zimmerman
Thursday, September 29, 2016
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Town Hall, School Committee Room, 5th floor
333 Washington Street, Brookline

Brookline High School SEPAC Meeting
Come meet Wendy Ryder, Special Education Director BHS and Darby Neff-Verre, Guidance Dept. Chair.
Parents with BHS students on IEPs and 504s will have a chance to ask questions and talk about the upcoming year.
Monday, September 26, 2016
MLK Room, main floor
7:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.

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