News and Notes

Reminder: Noon Dismissal (Wednesday), No School (Thursday and Friday)

Lawrence Library Donations: You can securely and easily donate to the Lawrence School library through this website:

Junior Library Guild will process your donation and will inform our school librarian of your generous contribution. Ms. Moriarty can then select books from JLG’s large inventory of well-reviewed, excellent books for children of all ages.

If you wish, she will create a bookplate for your book donation(s) in the name of a teacher that you’d like to honor. Please see Ms. Moriarty if you have additional questions about donating to our library. We deeply appreciate your support!

THANK YOU to Phonathon volunteers Susan Dubin, Nicola Thompson, Kimberly Clouse, Grady Clouse, Katherine Ingraham, Harold Price, Patrick McAllister, Maritza Velez, Charlotte Rice, Sharon Grinberg, Kay Kobayashi, and Mike Mosbrooker! Do you know someone who deserves a thank-you? E-mail


Paper Cranes to Washington
People from all over town are joining together to fold origami peace cranes to give us and our children a way to voice a positive message of peace.
Several businesses will be folding paper cranes on Brookline’s First Light festival, Thursday December 1st, and others will do the same on other days. Stay tuned for more information.
We hope that other communities will join us, that this message will begin here in Brookline and Boston, take wing and spread around the world.
Please feel free to contact us: or Click here to read the flyer

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

Brookline Asian American Family Network is hosting a talk “Promoting the Success and Well-Being of Asian & Asian-American Students” on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 6:30-8:30 PM.
Empower your children with strategies to overcome challenges in school, gain insight into their socio-emotional development, & hear perspectives from Brookline students on their definition of success.  This event is free! RSVP at

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.

Make art this December!
The Brookline Arts Center is offering a two week “mini-session” from December 5-12, 2016. This is the perfect opportunity to try out a class or create unique gifts before the holidays. Learn to draw and paint like a pro, discover holidays around the world, create clay gifts, make artisan cards and more!To register and view all classes, visit

Learn to Play with Brookline Youth Hockey!
Sign up now for BYH’s Learn to Play Ice Hockey program: Ice Mice.  Ages 4-8 years old, Nov 26th to March 5th, Sat 9:15am and Sun 5:15pm. Cost $325.  Our #1 goal is for players to have FUN playing ice hockey.
More info online at or contact Richie Sheridan (IM/Instructional Coordinator) or Doug Janowski (BYH Co-Pres).
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