News and Notes

PTO Meeting: Tuesday, October 27, 7-8 pm, Library.
Come discuss upcoming events and opportunities at Lawrence, including the December Phonathon and this year’s Nomination Committee for new board members. Also, vote in our new VP of Technology! All school parents are PTO members and everyone is welcome!

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 (

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 Sarah Zimman for the PTO bulletin board’s great new look!

FOOD DAY A GREAT SUCCESS! Many thanks to Adrienne Fricke and her team, 8th graders, cafeteria staff and many more volunteers. Jin Suk and Chris Deister for the design and printing of the posters.

Thank you to the businesses that donated items for the food festival: al FreshCo, Boston Organics, Brookline Grown, Chop Chop, Clear Flour Bread, Cutty’s, Farmers To-You, Fire Opal, The Fireplace, Olive Connection, Powisset Farm & Trustees of Reservations, Rifrullo Cafe, Trader Joe’s, Vanguarden Farms, and Whole Foods.

The following Recipe Content Winners received gifts donated by Cutty’s, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s:
1st Place: Shun Tarui  “Addictive cucumbers”
2nd Place: Yurika Tarui “Teriyaki potatoes”
3rd Place: Jessica Dubin “Beet and Blueberry Bread”

Thanks also to the folks providing the interactive Apple Cider making.
Click here to see Photos at the Food Day Festival, including the Apple Cider making.

If you have any other photos you would like to share, please E-mail

Do you know someone who deserves a thank-you? E-mail


Ghoolidge Corner Pumpkin Festival  @ Brookline Grown 14 Pleasant St, Brookline. Friday October 28, 2pm – 6pm, Saturday & Sunday 10/39 & 30, /> Bring your own Pumpkin or get one here for carving and painting without the mess. We’ll also have apple cider and donuts, music, games, and fun!

The Brookline Arts Center is hosting a Halloween-inspired Open House on Sunday, October 30 from 1:00-4:00pm. Join us for an afternoon filled with tricks and treats, artwork, activities and fun for all ages! BAC open houses provide the community with the opportunity to watch demonstrations, participate in free art activities, tour the BAC, learn about programs and meet our board members, staff and talented faculty. Wear your costume and stop by for a day full of creative fun!

AN IEP for My Child” Workshop: Tuesday, November 1, 7 to 8:30 pm, Pierce Elementary School.
Hosted by SEPAC and the Federation for Children with Special Needs. “An IEP for My Child” explains the Individual Education Program (IEP) document, its development, how to articulate a vision, write measurable annual goals, monitor a child’ progress and understand how the document will support a student. No fee or RSVP required.

“Dancing with the Brookline Stars” to support the Brookline Education Foundation. Saturday, November 5, 4 to 10 pm, Our Lady of the Annunciation, 7 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury. Prominent Brookline “celebrities” have volunteered their time to learn a choreographed dance routine with a professional dancer and dance coaches. This fun evening is the largest annual fundraising event for Brookline Rotary along with partner organizations. To purchase tickets or to support the BEF, please go to and click on “Chuck Silverston — Brookline Education Foundation.”

Corner Co-op Nursery School is celebrating our 45th year with an Open House on Saturday, November 5th, 10 am – 12 noon.
Meet staff and parents. Slideshow and discussion. 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline. For more information call 617-738-4631 or visit online:

ELL Community Resource Fair
Monday, November 7, 2016 from 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm in the Pierce School Auditorium.
Learn about cultural, religious, social, and other resources for ELL families in and around Brookline!
Representatives from various agencies, organizations, and businesses will be available to provide you with important information and answer your questions.​
For more information visit, email: or call: 617-264-6404 or 617-264-6412.

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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