News and Notes

Highlights: String Performance, Student CouncilVolunteer OpportunitiesMath PresentationUsed Book Fair, SET-J,  School Tours, Thank You,  Around Town 

Winter String Performance Lawrence and Pierce Grades 4-8
Come listen to Lawrence and Pierce students perform with their conservatory ensemble Monday (today) at 7:00pm in the Lawrence Auditorium. For more information, contact John Ferguson at

Lawrence School Performing Arts Council welcomes the hip hop group, Illstyle & Peace Productions, for three dance performances on Wednesday, February 8 for grades 2-3 at 9am, grades 6-8 at 10:00am and for grades 4-5 at 11:00am in the auditorium. Parents are welcome to attend. Please contact Lisa Viola ( for more information.

School Council Meeting will be held this Tuesday at 8:00am in the Library. 

Volunteer Opportunities
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.

The Visual Arts Committee is gearing up for the Art Show in April and needs volunteers to help with the prep work.  If you are interested, please contact Shelly Magno at

Do you have a link to a local business? An eye for the arts? Sign up to help plan the annual auction. Flexible time commitments and after-work opportunities available.  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 go to the PTO.  If you have questions and/or would like to help, please contact Karen Stern at and Dana Greene at


SET-J (Sending Educators To Japan) program
Many thanks to everyone who recently made origami cranes, and especially KG, 3L and all 2nd graders, who eagerly folded cranes in their classrooms. We now have over 1,000 origami cranes well before the deadline!  We will tie 1,000 origami cranes together to create a “Senbazuru" soon. Please bring any additional origami cranes to ELL (on the 2nd floor) by Feb 17.

We will display the Senbazuru in the library from April to May, and Kindergarten teacher Jessica Gordon will bring it to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum during in Japan in June, and will present it as a prayer for peace.  You can find updates on Jessica’s visit to Japan on her blog:

The "Sending Educators To Japan (SET-J)” program, which is funded by the PTO, has been sending Lawrence teachers to Japan since 2002. 
Click here to learn more about SET-J. 
If you have any questions, please contact

A Note of Thanks from Family Fun Night Coordinator, Vanessa Trien:
On behalf of the Family Fun Night Team, we would like to thank ALL the parents and 6th, 7th and 8th graders who volunteered their time and talents to make Lawrence's Family Fun Night a huge success!  The event really can not run without a volunteer team effort, so we are deeply grateful for everyone's contributions. While we can't include the entire list of volunteer names here, please know we are grateful to each and every one of you who pitched in to lend a hand!

Thank you to Florrie Ives for organizing all of the craft, face painting and crazy hair activities;  Maureen Fallon for putting together a fantastic big gym Carnival and for behind-the-scenes planning; Nagmeh Ansari for helping to promote, set up and run the eventMakeeba Mccreary and Alison Kulkarni for taking charge of the food court; Tina Manuel and all of the 8th grade parent bakers for organizing a great bake sale and coffeehouse to support the 8th grade class trip to New York; Harold Price for helping to promote the event; Jin Suk for designing the beautiful, new Family Fun Night banners and signs; Kay Kobayashi for running the popular origami station; Dominique Ferdinand and Susan Dubin for helping out from set up to clean up; Nicola Thompson for lots of behind-the-scenes help; the Lawrence Latino Cultural Group for hosting a super-fun "musical chairs en espanol;" the Brookline Arts Center (http://www.bac.comfor sending two wonderful teachers to lead great landscape collage;  to Darren Siman and InHome Jams ( for an exciting Brazilian drum play-along in the small gym; Eric Paul of Cohen Productions ( for creating a fabulous DJ dance party in the big gym; to all our local business raffle donors, including Henry Bear's Park, Warhammer, New England Comics, Brookline Booksmith, Children's Bookshop, Serenade Chocolatiers, businesses who contributed to class gift baskets and individual parents who donated sports tickets; Ms. Horst, Mr. Blair and the office, janitorial and kitchen staff for all their support; and JP Licks, Raising Cane's Chicken and T. Anthony's  for their food donations. 
And a new thank you category this year!  We tried out a new idea of asking room parents to reach out to classrooms to sponsor a class gift basket for the Family Fun Night raffle. This was an enormous success which helped the Lawrence PTO raise $930 from the raffle alone!  Thank you to the following classrooms and room parents for sponsoring beautiful, creatively-themed raffle gift baskets: KC, 1N, 1L, 1C, 2SC, 2G, 2GR, 3K, 4B, 5E, 5G, 6th grade families, and 7P!  I hope I didn't miss anyone but if I did, THANK YOU! The baskets were amazing!
If we have forgotten anybody on this list, please know how grateful we are for everyone's help!  THANK YOU! We hope everyone had fun meeting up with other Lawrence families and enjoying the school space in a different way.

On behalf of all the PTO, Thank you to Vanessa for organizing another great Family Fun Night!


How to Run for Public Office Event
How (and Why) to Run for Elective Office Workshop Wednesday, February 8, 2017 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Putterham Branch Library 959 W. Roxbury Parkway
Click here to download the PDF Flyer for more information,

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.
Please donate clean, wearable clothing and shoes for children ages newborn to teens, as well as money, nonperishable food, toiletries, and diapers.   Donations go to local Brookline families, Cradles to Crayons, Vincent Newborn Necessities and the Brookline Food Pantry.
We also need help in sorting and delivering items!  Questions or volunteer? Please event coordinator and BCW co-chair, Casey Hatchett at

Brookline talks presents Raising Caring Children and Responsible Citizens with Richard Weissbourd. Tuesday March 7th, 7 pm at Driscoll School Theater.  Dr. Weissbourd, a clinical psychologist, scholar, and policy expert on children and families, will discuss how to raise children who are caring, responsible to their community, and committed to justice. And why doing so is good not ​merely​ for our society, but for own kids.

2017 Brookline Woman of the Year nominations are now being accepted by the Brookline Commission for Women. Nominees must live or work in Brookline. The Woman of the Year will be honored on March 23rd at an awards ceremony in Hunneman Hall as part of the 25th Annual Women Who Inspire Us Essay Contest and Awards Ceremony.

Nominations can be emailed to or mailed to the Brookline Police Department, c/o Casey Hatchett, 350 Washington Street, Brookline, MA 02445 or by completing the online form at  Please be sure to include:  your name and contact information, name of the woman you are nominating and her contact information, a narrative about why she should be awarded this honor and two references for the nominee.  More information is available on the BCW website
This event is sponsored by the Brookline Commission for Women in celebration of Women's National History Month. Nominations will be accepted through February 24, 2017.  To learn more about the Brookline Commission for Women, please visit:

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​.

Climate Change Discussion
So "Climate Change" was deleted from the official White House website, but we can have an impact– now  more than ever you are needed!  As a community, lets talk about strategy and effectiveness. 
Join the discussion (join the movement) with  Mothers Out Front and others concerned with our childrens future!
Wednesday  February 15th, Brookline Village, KooKoo Cafe. 8am-9:30am.​​

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!

MEDIAGIRLS, an eight-week program for 6th and 7th grade girls, will run at the Brookline Teen Center on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30 pm to 5 pm starting March 1st. Participants learn to challenge pop-culture messages aimed at girls; engage in thoughtful discussions about current media trends, make new friends in Brookline, and write inspiring content for girls using social media. Space is limited to 12, so sign up quickly. Visit to learn more and register.

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