News and Notes

Highlights: PTO Play, Cradles to Crayon, Lawrence Latino Cultural Group, Lawrence School Performing Arts CouncilLSA Winter Session, Thank You, Around Town

PTO Play Read-through
If you would like to be in this year’s PTO play (parents and teachers), please join us in the auditorium on December 20 at 7pm.  We will read through the play and discuss rehearsal schedules and other logistics.  If you cannot come that night and want to participate, you need to let Nancy Gerber ( know.  Casting will result from the read-through, so if you don’t show up and don’t let her know, you won’t have a spoken part.  Please make every attempt to come.  For those interested in a behind-the-scenes role (costumes, props, sets, lighting/sound, make-up, etc) or for those musicians who want to be in the band, you are welcome to attend the read-through but don’t need to.  Instead, just let Nancy know of your interest.

Cradles to Crayon
Have your children outgrown their winter clothes and/or snow boots? Bring them to school December 20-22 and drop them in the big blue Cradles to Crayons bin in the lobby. They need new and gently-used clothing for 0-12 year olds. Families in need thank you & so does the Green Team. Questions- contact Nicola Thompson @  Click here to View the Flyer.

Lawrence Latino Cultural Group
January 10th @ 5:30pm -6:30pm in room 208.
Mr. Blair will give an update regarding  differentiation and improvements in the Spanish Curriculum.
January 19th @ 6pm-8pm in the cafeteria.
Please come to this important meeting to discuss ways you and your children can be involved in international night.

Lawrence School Performing Arts Council welcomes ARABIQA featuring Karim Nagi in a celebration of Arabic culture through music and dance on Monday, December 19 for grades K-1 at 9am and grades 2-3 at 10:15am in the auditorium. Parents are welcome to attend. Please contact Lisa Viola ( for more information.

LSA Winter Session Registration has begun!
Registration for classes will run until January 2nd, but don’t delay – enrollment is on a first come, first served basis! Winter session classes will begin the 3rd week of January, and run for 10 weeks. See the LSA website for complete schedule.

Last week’s JAPANESE FAIR presented a dizzying array of Japanese treats! We are sincerely grateful to Kazuko Miyamoto and Kay Koabayshi who pulled off this event as well as the many volunteers who worked so hard to share Japanese cuisine and crafts with our lucky students, parents and staff. We would also like to thank the many local businesses without whose support the event would not have been possible:  Able Real Estate (,
Beautiful Cut Hair Salon (,
Cambridge Auto Center (,
Ebisuya Japanese Market (,
Ganko Ittetsu Ramen (,
Hair Stylist Kayoko (,
Izakaya Ittoku (,
Japanese Hair Salon Defi (,
Japonaise Bakery (,
Kikuko Hirayama, DMD & Associates (
Mikasa Global Realty (
Pikaichi (,
Sakanaya (,
Sapporo Ramen (,
Shaws (Allston) (,
Shiki (
The Sweet Kitchen (,
Wegmans (Chestnut Hill) (,
Yoko Design Kitchen (,
Yuko Family Medicine (

Please thank them in your business!

Congratulations to everyone who won our raffle! Here is the list of winners:
1st Prize (Japanese Restaurant Shiki $30 gift card & Happi*) : Haruto Arai (7-2)
2nd Prize (Japanese Snack Set $10 value & Happi*) : Kenneth Tsay (4C), Liam Christ (2SC), Yukako Miyamoto (5N)
3rd Prize (Japanese Chocolate Box $6 value) : Toshihito Ohguchi (4W), Soe Kozono (2R), Pietro Mola (1N)

*A happi coat is a traditional Japanese piece of clothing, often worn during festivals.

If you are the winner, please contact Kay Kobayashi (

In addition to providing a delicious taste of Japan, the Japanese Fair raised almost $6,000 for the PTO! “Arigato!”
Do you know someone who deserves a thank-you? E-mail

The Brookline Arts Center is having its annual Snowflake Festival on Saturday, January 7 from 1:00-3:30pm. Have some hot chocolate, participate in free art activities and learn about the BAC’s winter offerings. Winter classes for all ages start in January in an array of mediums including pottery, drawing, painting, mixed media and more! See all winter class offerings here.

KIDS Fair 2017
Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 12:00-2:00pm, Tappan Street Gym at Brookline High School, 66 Tappan Street, Brookline.
Summer is just around the corner – stop at the KIDS Fair to learn all about great summer camps from across New England.
Games, fun, music – its a great event!  It’s never too early to register for summer camp!
For more information click:

The 2017 Brookline Asian American Essay Contest is beginning!
The Brookline Asian American Family Network and the Brookline Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Relations Office are seeking submissions for the 2017 Asian American & Essay Contest on “What does it mean to be an Asian American in Brookline?” The contest is open to high school students living in Brookline or attending Brookline High School.  Essay submissions are due on January 17, 2017. Three prizes will be given to winning entries.  See for complete contest rules and information.
View the flyer for more details.

Gifts That Keep Giving
With the holidays upon us, it’s easy as parents to get lured into the trap of trying to fulfill our adolescent’s every holiday wish. But consider that the most meaningful and lasting gifts we can give our children this – and every — season are not the kind we can wrap into fancy packages. B-PEN suggests that you consider these Gifts That Keep Giving, which cost little but can linger long after the holiday season…Click here to Read more.

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