News and Notes

Reminders: Tuesday, November 15 is Early Dismissal for Grades K-6 at 12:40pm.
Apple Pie Making is this Friday. Make sure to have your orders in by Wednesday. Return forms to the box in the office.

Is your child an advanced Spanish speaker?  
The LLCG has proposed that Lawrence School students receive differentiated Spanish through extensions in each classroom.
We would love to hear your comments and opinions on this topic.  Please join the LLCG and Mr. Blair at our next meeting: Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30pm in room 208.
Details about the proposal can be found on our website.

SET-J (Sending Educators To Japan) Program
Our Literacy specialist, Ms. Terry Jewell, visited Japan for 10 days during the summer and she will share her experiences this Friday, November 18 at 8:20am at Community Meeting in the Big Gym. All parents are welcome!  Please join us and learn about another culture! If you won’t be able to come, please visit her beautiful blog at

2016-17 SET-J grant recipient is our kindergarten teacher, Ms. Jessica Gordon. Jessica will visit Japan next June (2017).
The SET-J program, which is funded by the PTO, has been sending Lawrence teachers to Japan since 2002. Click here to learn more about SET-J.

THANK YOU to Kay Kobayashi for providing Japanese translations for the PTO Phonathon, and the kindergarten families for their great participation in the fundraising! Do you know someone who deserves a thank-you? E-mail


Public Schools of Brookline (PSB) Kindergarten Registration Family Information Sessions
Designed for families who will have children registering for kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year. This is an opportunity to learn about the kindergarten registration process:  timeline, forms, questions. Please feel free to attend the information session most convenient for you:
Tuesday, November 15, 11:​00​am to 12:00pm at the Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington Street in the Hunneman Hall (2nd floor).
Thursday, November 17, 6:30pm-7:30pm at Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street in the School Committee Room (5th floor).
For more information, please contact the PSB Office of Student Affairs at or 617-264-6492.

Climate Change Discussion
The election will be over and we can all now pay attention to things more local. Come and find out about the Methane gas leaks near your schools and your homes. As a community lets do what we can to fix the second leakiest town in our commonwealth . Join the discussion with  Mothers Out Front and others concerned with our childrens future!
​Thursday, November 17th​, Brookline Village, KooKoo Cafe. 8am-9:30am. ​

Artbarn Community Theater Presents: MY SON PINOCCHIO
The classic tale of an aging toymaker and his beloved wooden puppet is given a new life and a fresh look, retelling the story from Gepetto’s perspective. Join the Blue Fairies, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Gepetto journeys beyond the toyshop to discover the true meaning of family.
Saturday, November 19 @ 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM   and Sunday, November 20 @ 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM at The Maliotis Cultural Center, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. For more info, visit our website at, or email us at

Winter Wonderland 2016: offered by Brookline SmartVacations. From December 27-30, choose up to 4 days of fun with arts and crafts, gym time, computer skills, and theater games. Daylong activities for students ages 5-12. Also, Archery (Dec. 27-29) for ages 10-13! Visit

The Brookline Parent Education Network, in conjunction with Wayside Youth and Family Support Networks, is hosting a Mental Health First Aid Training to teach how to follow an action plan to help a young person that may be experiencing a mental health issue or substance abuse problem.  The training will take place at the Brookline Public Health Department on December 5 and 7.  For more information or to register for the training, please visit:

Parent Tips for Following up with Kids about Marijuana Legalization
On November 8, Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana for those 21 and older, making this is an important time to engage in meaningful conversations with adolescents about marijuana use, with the most important message being a simple one – Marijuana can have damaging effects on the developing teen brain. B-PEN continues to offers links to pertinent articles on its Facebook page to help keep parents informed, and a primer is available at –  What Parents Need to Know about Legalized Marijuana.

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