News and Notes

Highlights: Lawrence Latino Cultural Group, LSA Winter Session, Used Book FairThank You, Around Town

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.

LSA Winter Session Registration has begun!

Registration for classes runs until the end of today – 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.

Used Book Fair needs your help!  Time to clean out your homes/shelves/basements and donate all of your used books to the Lawrence School.  Book collections will begin in January and go until May.  Please put all books on the book cart in the front lobby.  The Lawrence Used Book Fair will take place on May 22- May 24 and all proceeds will go to the PTO.  If you have questions and/or would like to help with the fair, please contact Karen Stern at and Dana Greene at


The Green Team would like to congratulate Kayla Nicholson for winning the recycling raffle!!


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


Brookline Peace Cranes Project

Brookline is folding paper cranes! To give us and our children a way to voice a positive message of peace, people from all over town are joining together to fold origami peace cranes. The paper crane has a powerful association with peace, the welfare of our children, and the dangers of war. We will bring these cranes to Washington DC for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on January 16th, as a statement of peace and tolerance, and as a wish for all the world to focus itself on the most important things. We encourage everyone to join us, whether in school or at home.

What you can do to participate:

At Lawrence school: We will have an origami cranes table at the front lobby after school from 2:30pm-3pm on Jan. 5th (Thu) and 1:40pm-2:10pm on Jan. 6th (Fri). Fold origami cranes together or drop off your home-made origami cranes in the box at the front lobby by Jan. 6th (Fri) 2:30pm. For a question at Lawrence, please contact Kay Kobayashi

At home: You could fold origami cranes with any 6 inches (15 cm) origami papers ( ). Drop them off at the bins at the Brookline Arts Center (86 Monmouth Street), Chobee Hoy Real Estate (18 Harvard Street), or Fire Opal (320 Harvard Street) by Jan. 7th (Sat).

Come to a folding event:

January 4th (Wed) 3pm-6 pm at the Puppet Showplace Theater (32 Station Street)

January 7th (Sat) 9:30am-7pm at Henry Bear’s Park (19 Harvard Street)

January 7th (Sat) 1pm-3:30pm at the Brookline Arts Center (86 Monmouth Street)

If you want more details, please contact Ben Kelley or see the facebook (

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:

BHS Expansion Project Continues with Community Meeting on January 12th

Brookline High School will host a Community Meeting to update the public about the Brookline High School Expansion Project on January 12th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.This meeting will summarize work to date on the BHS expansion vision and educational planning. BHS and School Department Administrators and HMFH Architects will provide an update on the process to date, and the overview, timeline and objectives for the Feasibility Phase that began in December 2016. Community members will have a chance to ask questions and share their ideas on the project. Future meetings in February and March will focus on issues being addressed by the newly launched BHS Building Committee, such as land use, building use, traffic, parking, uilding Committee for BHS Expansion Project through the Town’s Notify Me system at:

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.Join together with Brookline residents: Head to DC or Stand in Solidarity in Boston with the Women’s March on Washington!

On January 21, hundreds of thousands of women (and their allies!) will unite in Washington to stand together in solidarity for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families. Help us to make sure the new Congress and Administration hear our voices! Sign up to volunteer, get connected to a bus, or simply get updates and join other Brookline participants by contacting or filling out this form here.

BE THE PARENT YOU WANT TO BE! Training in the Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving parenting approach.

Do you ever feel frustrated with your child? Find yourself shouting often and imposing punishments or rewards in reaction to challenging behavior? Do you wish you had a more effective parenting approach that also helps to build a better relationship between you and your child? Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) approach provides parents with concrete tools to better understand and parent their kids (ages 3-18) in the face of day-to-day challenges – e.g., getting to school, homework, screen time, sibling relationships – and more serious challenges. CPS helps parents to:

  • Foster positive relationships with their child
  • Reduce their child’s challenging behavior
  • Solve problems collaboratively and proactively
  • Build their child’s skills in self-regulation, communication and problem-solving.

For more information and to register for the upcoming evening or daytime CPS training in Brookline, please visit:

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