News and Notes

Highlights: Family Fun Night, Accessing Grade Report,  Volunteer OpportunitiesMath PresentationUsed Book Fair, SET-J,  School Tours, Thank You,  Around Town

Family Fun Night is this Friday, February 3, 6:00-8:30 pm. Join the Lawrence community for a DJ dance party, musical chairs by the Latino Cultural Group, a hands-on Brazilian drumming circle, carnival games, food and JP Licks ice cream, crafts with Brookline Arts Center staff, origami, face painting and tattoos, crazy hair, Legos, a great raffle, bake sale and more!  There are still many volunteer slots available to choose from, so please come lend a hand and volunteer!  To sign up for a slot, please visit If you have any questions, please contact the coordinators Vanessa Trien at or Alison Kulkarni at See you there!

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!

Accessing Grade Report

The Brookline Public Schools has created new instructions for parents to walk them through accessing their child’s grade report in the portal. These instructions are the same for all grading reports- 1-5 Report Cards, 6-8 IPRs and Report Cards and EL Report cards. They also include instructions for accessing archived grade reports.

Click here to download the Instructions (PDF)

Volunteer Opportunities

The Visual Arts Committee is gearing up for the Art Show in April and would like to expand the pool of help for the prep work.  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Shelly Magno at

International Night is April 28th: Lawrence Parents, students & faculty are volunteering their food, customs, and time. Please visit their website for more information or sign up here if you would like to help: Become Involved.

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. For more information, e-mail the PTO at

How Children Learn Math: A Presentation for Pre-K – Grade 3 Parents

Friday, March 3rd at 8am in the Lawrence Library.

Dr. Ken Norwood (developmental pediatrician) and Mr. Jonathan Norwood (Lawrence first grade teacher) will present on the development of mathematical thinking in preschool and primary grade children, and practical applications thereof for parents.  Dr. Norwood is a developmental pediatrician, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Virginia, and the current Chairman of the Council on Children with Disabilities for the American Academy of Pediatrics.  He has 40 years of experience investigating the cognitive, social, and emotional development of children and is an expert in the field.

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 February 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.

THANK YOU to Mike Mosbrooker for organizing the well attended Family Skate night; to Maggie Sawada and Maureen Fallon for T-shirt sales; and Vanessa Trien, Maureen Fallon, Nancy Gerber and Mendie Welu for helping clean the PTO closet.

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



The Brookline Education Foundation is thrilled to announce the five PSB parents running in the 2017 Boston Marathon with Team Brookline to raise money for the BEF and the Public Schools of Brookline.

Our amazing 2017 runners are:  Shauna Betof (Devotion), Preble Jaques (Lincoln), Jon Karlen (Heath), Nicole Lipson (Driscoll), and Jeremy Morrison (Runkle).

With 96 days to go until race day, we want to start this team off with a bang! Please join us in supporting their efforts. Donate at

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

Unofficial Guide to Brookline High
Attention 8th grade parents – are you and your adolescent wondering about next year’s transition to BHS? What is freshman year really like?  How do you find your way around the building? Does everyone go to parties on the weekend? BHS Crash Course: The Unofficial Guide to Brookline High can help. Beginning with the first meeting Feb. 9, BHS Peer Leaders and their advisors will host four meetings (with pizza!) for all 8th grade students in the Brookline High School cafeteria to address important facets of the high school experience and offer strategies on how to make healthy decisions. For more information, check out the parent letter as well as the Crash Course flyer.

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

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…

2017 Devotion Science Fair
Saturday March 11, 2017, 8:30 AM- 12:30 PM  at Upper Devotion School Gym & Auditorium. 194 Boylston St., Brookline, MA 02445

What do you wonder about?  The weather?  Renewable energy?  The ocean?  Animals?  Your brain? Why plants need water to grow?

Wow, there are so many cool things to wonder about!  Please pick your favorite question and explore it in your science project.  At the science fair students can present their science projects to professional scientists and to the community. Its main purpose is to get you excited about science by doing it rather than simply learning about it. A scientist first asks a question about some aspect of the world and then tries to find its answer.  At the science fair, each student presents a project, both visually and orally, with the question and answer displayed in an interesting way. Students should be able to explain their projects and answer questions.

Want to know more about the Devotion Science Fair?  Please check out our new website:

Please sign up by February 24th.  If you have any questions email

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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