News and Notes

Highlights: Superintendent Visit, Family Fun Night, Volunteer Opportunities, Used Book Fair, Literacy SpecialistsThank You, Around Town

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

Family Fun Night 2017 is just around the corner. Please join us at the school on Friday, February 3 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. for food, games, dancing, crafts, face painting, raffle, and more! Back by popular demand, we will have a professional DJ spinning popular tunes in the big gym, along with carnival games and a brand new bottle flipping contest! Also new this year: A hands-on Brazilian drum circle by InHome James, and Brookline Arts Center staff leading special craft activities. We need many helpers to keep the evening running smoothly. Volunteers will paint faces, sell tickets, run carnival games, and more. If you and/or your 6th, 7th or 8th grader can help, please sign up for a shift at or contact Vanessa Trien at for more info. If you can’t attend the event but would like to help in a different way, please consider putting together a themed gift basket for the raffle to benefit the PTO! If interested, please contact Vanessa to discuss.

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

Join the Literacy Specialists on Tuesday, January 24th from 8:00-9:00 in the library for a presentation on Literacy at Lawrence.  We will review the basics of our literacy program and update the community on new curriculum and staff changes.  After our presentation, we will have four stations for parents to explore which foster the home-school literacy connection: literacy games, independent reading, oral language and writing, and ways to talk about books with your child.

THANK YOU to Marcia Ramos Sosa and the Lawrence Latino Cultural Group for planning this spring’s International Night!

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


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.

Looking to connect with other Lawrence families at the Boston or Washington, DC, marches? E-mail

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

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…

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.)

The Brookline Commission for Women will be holding its 8th Annual Children’s Clothing Drive at the Brookline Public Safety Headquarters, 350 Washington Street, Brookline, on Friday, February 10th from 8am-6pm & Saturday, February 11th from 8am-11am.

We will accept clean, wearable clothing and shoes for children ages newborn to teens.  Clothing that’s washed and ready to wear which will be much appreciated. We’re also collecting financial donations, nonperishable food donations, toiletries, and diapers for the Brookline Food Pantry.   Help local Brookline families clothe young children, as well as Cradles to Crayons and Vincent Newborn Necessities.

We are also looking for help in sorting and delivering items, please us know if you are interested in helping!

Questions or volunteer? Please event coordinator and BCW co-chair, Casey Hatchett at

Parent-To-Parent Diversity Tip Sheet
MLK Day often sparks conversation about the incredibly diverse world in which we live. In Brookline, it can be especially tricky to parent adolescents amidst our community’s remarkable diversity of race, cultural background, religion, the gender spectrum, and more. In response to parent questions and concerns, B-PEN helped facilitate parent/community connections that resulted in an excellent parent-created TIP SHEET ON DIVERSITY & CULTURAL COMPETENCY. Much food for thought…

Winter Is An Ideal Time To Open The Lines of Communication
With the flurry of holiday activity only a faint memory, the cold and darkness of winter can start to make parents feel a little isolated, especially when it comes to some of our children’s developmental concerns. What better time to reach out to other parents, forming new connections and strengthening old ones? Consider starting a Parent Network, which can give you the opportunity to socialize with parents of your children’s classmates and talk about what’s really going on in the lives of your school’s adolescents. It can be as simple as inviting a few friends over for coffee and casual conversation or as structured as an open grade-level parent meeting with an expert speaker on a specific parenting concern. B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network) can help with Parent Network resources at, and Brookline’s Family Resource Advocate Hope Schroy can help facilitate the first meeting to help you get things rolling —

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