News and Notes

Highlights: School Council Meeting, Volunteer Opportunities, Used Book Fair, Superintendent Visit , Thank You, Around Town

School Council Meeting
January 10th @ 8:00am – 9:00am in the Library.

Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have a link to local business? An eye for the arts? Flexible time commitments and after-work opportunities available. Sign up to help plan the annual auction, Family Fun Night, or International Night! For more information, e-mail the PTO at

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

SAVE THE DATE: Superintendent Andrew Bott will visit Lawrence School during the Principal’s Forum on Friday, January 20, from 8-9 am in the Library.

THANK YOU to everyone who made an origami crane for the Brookline Peace Cranes project – Lawrence School made 458 paper cranes in two days. Thank you to Kay Kobayashi for organizing this effort.
Do you know someone who deserves a thank-you? E-mail


Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm, Town Hall, Room 103
The Town’s Economic Development Advisory Board and Housing Advisory Board will co-host a meeting where presentations will be given on two separate redevelopment proposals in Coolidge Corner. When built, large-scale developments such as these are likely to have significant impact on enrollment numbers at Devotion and Lawrence Schools, so reactions and input from the parents at these schools are very important.
The presentations include:
1)  a mixed-use proposal for 1200 Beacon Street (Holiday Inn) by the Fallon Company
2)  a mixed-use proposal by Chestnut Hill Realty as an alternative to the Chapter 40B residential development they are currently proposing for the site of the Waldo and Durgin garages (8-10 Waldo Street, 10-18 Pleasant Street and 16 John Street.).  A link to their 40B proposal is below. feel free to contact Andy Martineau, Economic Development and Long Term Planner (617-730-2050), Precinct 8 Town Meeting Member (and Devotion parent) Lauren Bernard (, or Selectmen Neil Wishinsky ( with any questions.

Brookline SEPAC Presents: Transition Planning from School to Adult Life – Using Your Child’s IEP to Create Success
The workshop will address the transition planning and services required for youth with disabilities ages 14-22. The training will focus on both the transition special education services which prepare youth for employment, independent living and further education. The guest speaker, Johanne Pino @ Mass Advocates for Children will discuss mechanisms to plan for services students may require when they exit special education as well as transition to the adult human service system.  The presentation is intended for parents that have children with disabilities and professionals working with students. There will be a question and answer period.
Tuesday, January 10 at 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m. at Driscoll Elementary School.
The Amy Neale Library, Main Entrance, 64 Westbourne Terrace, Brookline 02446
No reservations required. Light refreshments served.

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:

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.

A documentary film entitled Soul Witness, The Brookline Holocaust Witness Project, will be screened on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 pm at the Coolidge Corner Theater, one day before International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The film features a collection of interviews of local Holocaust survivors conducted in the early 1990s.   The evening will include a video tribute to Regina Barshak and Leon Satenstein who were Brookline residents (they have since passed away). Barshak, who was a witness to the Holocaust, and Satenstein, who saw the liberation of the concentration camps during World War II, founded the original interview project in the late 1980s.  Following the film, Adam Strom of Facing History and Ourselves will moderate a question and answer period with writer, director and producer R. Harvey Bravman and Professor of English Emeritus at Simmons College Lawrence Langer on the making of the film and conducting the original interviews.  Tickets to the special screening are available on the Coolidge Corner Theatre website:
The documentary is intended for a general audience with an advisory for children under 13.

The Brookline Literacy Partnership is hosting a book drive at Brookline High School, in the atrium, until the end of January! Bring in gently-used K-5 books to donate to schools who don’t have adequate resources! The Brookline Literacy Partnership is a student-run social justice organization at Brookline High School that works to make literacy more accessible to schools who need it. Learn more about us and donate at

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:

Northeast Indoor Classic
Track and Field for Ages 5-14, February 12, at Reggie Lewis Center, Boston.
To register online, click here.  For more information click here.
Coaches & Parents — help spread the word.  If you’re on Facebook go to this page and share with your friends…

Community Climate Coffee. 
​Join the discussion regarding climate change and our Brookline community. Learn about Community Choice Aggregation. Get involved, or just catch up!  Join with  Mothers Out Front and others concerned with our childrens future.
Friday January 13th​, Brookline Village, KooKoo Cafe. 8am-9:30am.

Corner Co-op Nursery School – Celebrating our 45th year!
A unique opportunity to participate in your child’s formative years and create
an extended family with others.
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, January 28th 10 am to 12 noon, and Thursday, February 16th,  7 pm to 9 pm.
Meet staff and parents. Slideshow and discussion.
1773 Beacon Street, Brookline (Corner of Beacon and Dean Rd, entrance
on Dean Rd.)

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