News and Notes

Highlights: Literacy Specialists, Family Skate NightFamily Fun Night, Key Board Player Needed, SET-JVolunteer Opportunities, Used Book Fair, School ToursInternational Night, Around Town

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.

Family Skate Night

The Lawrence School PTO invites you to the Lawrence Family  Ice-Skating Night!!

Friday January 26th from 5:00 to 7:30pm at the Jack Kirrane Ice Rink at Larz Anderson.

Admission: Free! Skate Rental: $6 Pizza and Drinks are for sale.

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.

NEW 2016-17 Lawrence Logo merchandise for sale at Family Fun Night! Cash, checks and credit cards accepted!  Find us in the lobby on your way in and throughout the night!

Piano/Keyboards player needed for PTO Play!

The PTO play band is still looking for a keyboard player!  Rehearsals are Sunday mornings 10am-1pm starting in early February, and the show goes on Wed-Friday March 29-31.

Sight-reading is not required and ideally someone would have had ensemble/improvising experience.  Anyone interested in learning more can contact Grady Clouse at

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

Crane Makers Needed:SET-J (Sending Educators To Japan) program

We need your help making 1000 origami cranes for SET-J! The “Sending Educators To Japan” program, which is funded by the PTO, has been sending Lawrence teachers to Japan since 2002.

Click here to learn more about SET-J.

This year, Jessica Gordon (Kindergarten teacher) is going to Japan in June.

Please help her bring 1000 origami cranes ,”Senbazuru” to present to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

“Senbazuru” means 1000 origami cranes, so we need to make 1000 cranes using origami (Color paper size 6×6 inch. Please don’t use the black color paper).

It’s a great chance to learn to make paper cranes with your kids!

Any amount is appreciated, please bring your origami cranes in the box at ELL on the 2nd floor by Feb. 17th.

If you don’t have any origami, you can pick it up at ELL and make it at home.

How to make origami cranes, please visit:

We’d really appreciate it if you could join this project with us! If you have any questions, please contact

School Tours

The Lawrence School wants all new students and families to be comfortable with their new surroundings.  To try and quell first day jitters, school tours are offered for newly enrolled families who will be entering Lawrence School during the year.

Group tours are offered twice in the Fall and twice in January. These tours are led by a group of parent volunteers.   To respect the learning environment of our students, the tours are of the layout of the school only. We cannot enter the classrooms while children are present.

We understand that having a child entering kindergarten is an exciting time, and for that reason, we offer two tours in January especially for incoming September 2017 kindergartners. There is also a separate welcome day for registered kindergarten students and parents/guardians in the spring.  At the spring visit, the kindergartners will visit the classrooms and meet the faculty.  You will be notified of the date of this visit  if your child has been registered at the school.

Registration is required for all tours.  Please contact the parent coordinators to inquire of dates for upcoming tours and to register.  All requests should come directly from families and not agencies.

Charu Puri-Sharma, Laura O’Brien

For questions regarding district placement and curriculum, please refer to the Public School of Brookline’s website, Office of Student Affairs.

International Night is April 28th

Lawrence Parents, students & faculty are volunteering their food, customs, and time.

Please visit our website for more information at

Sign up here if you would like to help: Become Involved.


Brookline Parents Organization (BPO)

Please join the BPO on Thursday, January 26th at 7:00pm in the Runkle School Cafeteria, 50 Druce Street, for its very first member meeting. Meet members of the BPO Board, listen to a brief summary of their thoughts on the current state and future of our children’s schools, and share your own ideas and questions.  This meeting is open not only to current BPO members, but also to anyone who is interested in learning more about the BPO.  Please invite any friends or neighbors who are past, present or future Brookline public school parents. Brookline teachers are also welcome!

A documentary film entitled Soul Witness, The Brookline Holocaust Witness Project, will be screened this 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…

Please come join us at the Opening Reception for the BHS Fashion Design Club’s first fashion display, featuring the work of some of Brookline High’s hottest fashion designers: Basya Klein (10), Ali Kushner (10), Summer Barnes (10), Jilian Kwitkiwsi (9), Sophia Stewart (9), and others.

Friday, January 27th at 2:45-3:45 in front of the display cases near the MLK Room, BHS.

No runway this time around, but snacks, music, and an exclusive chance to preview the latest works before the exhibit is opened to the public.

Please join us to meet the designers, see their creations, and find out more about the Fashion Design club at BHS.  Feel free to bring friends, family, and kids–especially kids.

Contact Elon Fischer (BHS Teacher) ( with any questions.

Click here for the BHS Fashion Club Display Invitation Flyer

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 —

Speaking For The Trees

Climate change​ and​ methane gas leaks from the natural gas distribution system represent an urgent threat to the trees of New England.  Dr. ​Pam ​Templer​ ​ will present the results of her research​ at BU​ on the current and future effects of rising temperatures on forests in New England, and Mr. Oladapo-Johnson will describe the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s efforts to reduce damage ​to​ trees caused by methane leaks.​ Thursday, February 9, 7 pm​​. ​Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library, 361 Washington Street, Brookline. Refreshments will be served. ​This talk​ is sponsored ​by ​Brookline ​Mothers Out Front​.​

Brookline Winter Farmers’ Market

Every Sunday through April 30th, 11am – 3pm @ The Coolidge Corner Arcade (318 Harvard Street)

Eat fresh and local 4 seasons a year! The Brookline Winter Farmers’ Market offers local produce, meat, and goods from hard workers and farmers across Massachusetts. There is a wide array of products such as: vegetables from Silverbrook Farm, farm raised meat from Stillman’s, fresh baked bread from Clear Flour Bread, knife sharpening, cold brew coffee, fresh pasta, local honey, and much more! Visit for more information. See you Sunday!

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