News and Notes

This week:  No School (Monday), Winter LSA Starts (Tuesday), Principal Forum (Thursday)

Principal Search Parent Focus Groups will be held on Thursday, January 21 at 8:00 am and Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 pm (PTO Meeting). The purpose of these focus groups is to get input from community members on the type of person and leader our community wants as the next principal. Please try to attend one of theses sessions.  Your voice is welcome and valued.

Superintendent Search Survey 
Hello Parents and Guardians,
We are reaching out today to invite you to complete a short online survey about the search of Brookline’s next Superintendent of Schools. The public schools started a national search for our next Superintendent in early December and launched an online survey as one way to gather community input on the skills and experience we should look for in our next superintendent.

This short survey will allow you to share your views on the characteristics you consider important and wish to see in Brookline’s next Superintendent. The input gathered through the survey will help create a Leadership Profile that will be used for recruiting, reviewing, and selecting candidates.

Please take a few minutes now and take the survey by going to: http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/Page/1812. The survey will close on Friday, January 22nd.

If you are interested in learning more about the Superintendent Search Process, please go to www.brookline.k12.ma.us/supersearch 

Family Fun Night is just three weeks away on Friday, February 5 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. Join the Lawrence community for food, games, crafts, and lots of fun! There are still many volunteer slots available to choose from. Please signup online at http://lawrencepto.ivolunteer.com/ffn_2016. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact the coordinators Vanessa Trien at vanessatrien@gmail.com or Alison Kulkarni at alisonkulkarni@gmail.com.  See you there soon!

Lost and Found! Check out this week’s lost and found items at Lawrence.

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LOOKING AHEAD

BOOK FAIR MAY 24 – 26:  The Lawrence Used Book Fair is quickly approaching.  All proceeds will benefit our school.  So, it is time to clean out your closets/basements/homes and donate all your books to the Lawrence School!!  We are officially collecting books from now until May and need LOTS to have a fantastic book fair.  Please put all books on the book cart in the front lobby of the school.  If you have questions and/or would like to help out with the book fair, please contact Karen Stern at kqstern@gmail.com or Dana Greene at greene_dana@hotmail.com.

Lawrence School is looking to hire a Musical Director to work with our 6th-8th graders. The position includes a stipend and rehearsals are typically held for 2 hours after school twice a week for about 2 months. If you are interested or know of someone who might be, please contact Vice Principal, Laura Horst at: laura_horst@brookline.k12.ma.us for additional information.

AROUND TOWN

Student MBTA passes to increase.  Over the next few weeks, the MBTA will be holding public meetings to present two options for increasing fares as of July 1, 2016.

They are looking for feedback before the MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board votes on fares in March. They also invite you to attend a public meeting (complete public meeting schedule) to participate in a discussion of the MBTA Fare Proposal

All the info on the proposal, public meetings, and how to comment can be found here:
http://www.mbta.com/about_the_mbta/MBTABackOnTrack/?id=6442455611
The most convenient and relevant meeting is Feb 2, 5-7 pm, at the state transportation building near the Boylston T station.

Devotion Science Fair 2016 Calling all scientists!  The Devotion Science Fair and Science Expo will be on Saturday March 12th, 2016 at the Devotion School.  The Science Fair is a fun and exciting day full of amazing student science projects and an Expo with great hands on activities, demonstrations, and interactive games.  We invite all kids to explore an idea, question, or experiment YOU are EXCITED about!  There will be lots more information coming soon (mid-January) about what a science fair project is, how to think up and test you idea, and how to present your results.

This event is open to all students throughout Brookline, grades K-8.  The registration website will open soon.  You’ll be getting more info in January.  GO SCIENCE!

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