News and Notes

Fifth Annual Lawrence Food Day Festival, Thursday, October 20 between 5-6:30pm in the Big Gym! Participate as an individual, class, or team in the Vegetable Based Recipe Contest! See guidelines and entry form.  Please click here to sign up to volunteer in ways big or small, or email

Author Visit: Katerina Goldsaito, author of “The Sound of Silence” will visit the Lawrence first graders, Tuesday, October 18. Together they will have an interactive reading as they explore the sounds around them, find their favorite sound, and try to find silence in their surroundings.
You can buy your own copy of The Sound of Silence at the Brookline Booksmith. Mention “bookclub” at the register for an 8% discount.  Have your child bring their book during Katrina’s visit on Oct. 18, and Katrina will sign it for them.  Please email for any questions.

Cradles to Crayons
Winter is right around the corner and Cradles to Crayons is anticipating 40,000 requests for services this season. The majority of those requests will include an ask for a coat. You can help local children living in low income and homeless situations by dropping off donations of new and gently-used coats (sizes 0-18/20) in the Lawrence School lobby October 17-21. Thank you for your generosity!

ECS Coffee Break 
Enrichment and Challenge at Lawrence. Wednesday, October 26, 8-9am, Lawrence Library.
Come for a cup of coffee and learn more about this great program from Brookline’s ECS coordinator and Lawrence’s ECS teacher. Find out how your child receives Enrichment and Challenge Support in the classroom.  Or reach out to parent reps Grace Fehrenbach ( and Ivey Bueno (

Interview With The Man Behind The Lawrence Garden: Mr. Jonathan Norwood. By Adrienne Fricke
Read all about the garden, how students learn science through seeds and soil, and what inspires Mr. Norwood in this exclusive interview!

Parent Questionnaire
The Enrichment & Challenge Support Program seeks community input to help enhance our students’ educational experience, and use our parents’ wealth of experience! If you are interested in becoming a part of our volunteer database, and using your skills in the classroom, please start with the questionnaire:

THANK YOU to new room parents Erica Key, Desiree Prevoo, and Silvia Titan! Do you know someone who deserves a thank-you? E-mail


Community Climate Coffee
​Come and get educated about Community Choice Aggregation. The Town of Brookline is scheduled to roll out the program this January! You can easily choose to opt for 100% wind powered electricity. Join the discussion with Mothers Out Front and others concerned with our childrens future!
​Tuesday October 18th​, Brookline Village, KooKoo Cafe. 8am-9:30am.

Brookline Celebrates Second “Real” Food Drive
Buy extra fruits and veggies to donate to the Brookline Food Pantries at Brookline Housing Authority, Egmont St., and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
When: Thursday, October 20 1:30 PM – Dusk
Where: Brookline Farmers’ Market
Centre Street, West Parking Lot
For more information, please contact: Lynne Karsten at (617)-730-2336;, visit and the Brookline Food Pantry website at

Lincoln School Pumpkinfest
Pumpkinfest 2016 is October 23, 12-4pm. This annual festival is all about family fun! There will be plenty of rides, games, and activities for all to enjoy. Experience a Japanese Tea Ceremony or sample some international fare. There is something for everyone at the Lincoln School Pumpkinfest!!

​Community Climate Presentation and Discussion- METHANE
Leaking from underground pipes (some of which are over 100 years old), Methane is everywhere. Over 300 leaks in Brookline alone. An invisible gas, it is killing our shade trees, damaging our health and contributing to climate change. Methane is 85 times more potent ​a green-house gas than carbon dioxide! This community meeting will feature Ania Camarga, a long time gas-leaks activist and leader in Mothers Out Front. We will discuss current state-wide and town/city based efforts and progress to combat this serious problem.
Tuesday November 1st, 7pm at Brookline Main Library, Hunneman Hall. 361 Washington St. Brookline. ​

Brookline Talks Speaker Dr. Donna Pincus. Monday, November 7, 7pm. Upper Devotion Auditorium, 194 Boylston St. Creator of the Child Anxiety Network, author of Growing Up Brave and a specialist in child anxiety and its related disorders, Dr. Pincus will talk about child anxiety and give strategies to help children and families cope with stress.

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