News and Notes

Highlights: Lawrence LogoMore Cranes for SET-J, Math PresentationUsed Book Fair, Volunteer OpportunitiesThank You,  Around Town

Lawrence Logo 

Did you miss us at Family Fun Night?! NEW 2016-17 Lawrence Logo merchandise for sale AFTER school on Friday, February 17th.  Make sure you get your gear to show off during February Break!  Cash, checks and credit cards accepted!  Find us in the lobby!

SET-J (Sending Educators To Japan) program

Last week to bring any additional origami cranes to ELL (on the 2nd floor) by Friday, February 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

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

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

Thank you to the Visual Arts Committee: Vanessa Trien, Lisa Viola and Mary Gaughan for organizing and inviting the Hip-hop dance Group on Wednesday for grades 2-8.


The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall. The docket for the meeting can be found at this link.

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.  To learn more about the Brookline Commission for Women, please visit:

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 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…

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.​​

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.

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!

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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