Totally Tuesday Newsletter

Hello Lawrence community, 
 
Well, here we are and Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away! We hope everyone enjoys a restful and tasty Thanksgiving break. Indulge in those homemade apple pies courtesy of Kirsten Alper and her team of expert helpers!! Or relish in the knowledge that you donated one to the Brookline Food Pantry (insert good vibes here). And if you’re able to get together with family and/or friends have fun, be safe, and don’t forget to preemptively loosen that belt buckle for that extra helping of pumpkin pie! Happy Thanksgiving everyone…

While we have you, see below for important info & have a wonderful, safe & happy Thanksgiving everyone!   

Do you have one free hour a week?  We are looking for some parent volunteers to help with lunch & recess at school.  Lawrence needs you! See below for more information.
 
Winter Clothing Drive for Cradles to Crayons happening in December! Start weeding out those gently used clothes that don’t fit your kids any more…  We will be collecting clothes and shoes for kids in need.  If you’d like to buy NEW items for kids like winter coats and donate them- we will collect those too!  See below for dates and times for drop off @ Lawrence AND how to volunteer to help… 
 
Do you have concerns about the way your kids get to school?  Are they crossing an intersection where traffic moves too quickly?  Have you noticed a crosswalk where cars park too close- so it obstructs your view?  Or maybe you’ve noticed a crosswalk that’s faded and could be repainted for better visibility.  The Lawrence School Green Team wants your feedback. Please take a minute or two and fill out our VERY brief survey Many thanks for helping to improve our community!!  More information below.  

The PTO Annual Appeal is happening now! The PTO’s Lawrence Legacy Fund, financed by annual financial contributions from Lawrence families, supports classroom supplies, student enrichment, new technology, and educator training not covered by the school’s operating budget. In a year light on fundraising events, the Fund needs your help now more than ever! Please click here to donate today. It’s quick, easy, 100% tax-deductible, and benefits every Lawrence student, in every learning model. 
Be well everyone. 
Important Dates
Holidays- No School 
Wednesday, November 25th:  School closes at noon for Thanksgiving Break 
Thursday, November 26th:  No School- Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 
Friday, November 27th:  No school for Thanksgiving Break
Fall Early Release Days for Parent/Teacher Conferences Thursday, December 3rd: Grades K-8 dismissed early at 12:40pmTuesday, December 8th: Grades K-8 dismissed early at 12:40pm
In Case You Missed the Recent PTO/Principal Forums… 
Thank you to all who joined one of our PTO/Principal’s forums over the past week or so.  We look forward to seeing you at the next round in January, which will be held on a weekday morning so that we rotate the scheduling so more parents and caregivers may attend.  In case you missed the updates, please see these slides.  
Big, Massive, Apple Pie-Sized Thank Yous & Beyond… 
Did someone say Happy Thanksgiving?!!  Well, while we’re on the topic of Thanks-Giving… we have some Thanks to Give!  As always, Kirsten Alper leads the charge with the apple pie making at Lawrence last week… she deserves a big round of apple-ause (haha!- get it?!!) for all the hard work that goes into that event!  A big heartfelt thank you also to her trusty side-kick this year: Ange Stone!  And of course a GIANT Thank You to the following families who cheffed it up that day:  Loughnane, Ono, Ishigaki, Carson, Varasteh, Bueno, Sawada, Leung, and Fehrenbach!  Wow.  What a turnout!  And we know many more folks wanted to help, but couldn’t because of social distancing guidelines, but thank you for wanting to lend a hand!  Also, we can’t forget about the amazing helpers in Kindergarten & 1st Grade @ Lawrence… they counted and washed all the apples.  We couldn’t have done it without you all! 
 
Also, thanks to the amazing Bridget Muelbert for assembling all the Teacher & Staff Appreciation gifts that are being given out this week (see below for a photo!).  And you know who else has been spotted helping out around Lawrence?  Well, Grace Fehrenbach is WHO!  She has been busy coordinating volunteers for lunch and recess at school- thanks Grace for all your help there!   
 Fall Staff & Teacher Appreciation
As the season of giving thanks is officially upon us, there is no group that gives more of themselves than our very own Lawrence staff.  On behalf of our students and all parents/caregivers, the PTO board organized a small gesture of appreciation for Lawrence staff.  Each staff member was gifted paperwhite bulbs and a bookmark.  While there are usually a handful of opportunities throughout the year to shower our teachers with gourmet luncheons, we’ve been unable to do so this year because of all the COVID restrictions so we hope this small token of our appreciation was one way to let our staff know how grateful we are for all that they do on behalf of our community!  
Thank you Lawrence Staff! 
Winter Clothing Drive for Cradles to Crayons!
We will be collecting gently used winter clothing & shoes in December to donate to Cradles to Crayons NEW items will be accepted as well if you’re feeling the urge to give big!   
Hear what Cradles to Crayons has to say: For families in need, a Massachusetts winter can be debilitating.  Our Gear Up for Winter program supplies warm winter gear to children whose families struggle just to stay warm.  By providing items like coats, hats, gloves, and warm clothing, we can help prepare children for the winter before it becomes an emergency. 
We will have tables set up OUTSIDE of Lawrence the following days/times: Saturday & Sunday, December 5th & 6th- from about 9AM-2PM (exact location TBD- weather dependent).  
Here’s What Cradles to Crayons Needs…
Due to Covid-19 related challenges, we are currently only collecting: 
  • Clothing (gently used & new, size newborn to adult medium, all seasons) 
  • Winter Outerwear (gently used & new, size newborn to adult medium) 
  • Footwear (gently used & new, up to size 11, everyday shoes & winter boots) 
  • New Face Masks (reusable only) 
Do you take socks & underwear? Yes, but NEW ONLY.  
What if the shirt has a stain on it? Please do not donate stained or ripped clothing. 

Would you like to help us sort clothes (or drive them to Cradles to Crayons) on either Saturday or Sunday, 12/5 or 12/6?  From 1-2PM we could use a few volunteers.  Sign up HERE if you’re interested!
Helpful Tip Re: Lunch Orders for At-Home Days
Most families have figured out how to order for their in person lunch days.  Ordering for at home days is a tiny bit more complex.  It all boils down to this: Families need to place one order for in person days and a separate order for at home days.
 To order for in person days, families need to log in and select “order meals”. They then select the meals for their in person days.  (They can order day to day, week to week, or for the whole month.)  Each order gets added to the students “cart” in the upper right corner.  Once families have selected all their desired in person meals, they need to click “check out” and pick your homeroom for delivery. 
To order for pick up for remote days, families then need to go back to the main page and select “order meals” again.  They then select the meals for their remote days, which are added to the cart.   When they are done, they click “Check out” and select their Cohort (A or B) “Take Home”.  (Cohort A students pick up meals after school on Tuesday in the amphitheatre.  Cohort B students pick up meals after school on Friday in the amphitheatre.)   These orders must be completed separately.   Sometimes LINQ gets whacky and your room is not available.  If that happens, it’s best if families order day by day until it’s resolved, otherwise the whole month we have labels with incorrect pickup information.  
In-school Lunch & Recess Monitors Needed
Are you available to help during the school day?  Even just one day a week?  Well, Lawrence parent and caregiver volunteers can serve as Lunch and Recess Monitors during in-person hybrid days.  Volunteers will be trained on procedures and safety, must complete a CORI check and will be helping meet a current need at our school. It is a weekly commitment.  
This is a new way that parents/caregivers can volunteer at Lawrence during the pandemic, even as many of our traditional ways of volunteering are on hold.  Just use this Lawrence Volunteers link to share your interest and availability.  The Lawrence admin team will reach out once they can match specific class/grade needs with your availability.  Looking for more details about this opportunity? Wondering what times are most needed?  Check the form first!  Still have questions, email PTO Board Member Grace at fehrenbach@gmail.com.  Thank you for considering. Lawrence Loyalty!
Updated Brookline Information
The Town’s New COVID Testing Site Is OPEN! Read the full letter from 11/4/20 here.  
PCR swab tests will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Appointments can be made by booking online ​here​. Walk-ins are also available.  The testing program will run from Nov. 2 until Dec. 31.  

This year, First Light is at your Fingertips! 
For a week, starting on December 3rd, you can use the special Brookline Chamber of Commerce First Light website, to navigate an interactive map, to “visit” businesses. Join more than 25 other local businesses for exciting, behind-the-scenes offerings. From discounts, tutorials, diy-crafts, to performances, there’s something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. 
Have fun at home and support your local businesses at this socially distant week of programming.  Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1Cr1GOP3q Visit the website: firstlight.brooklinechamber.com/ 

Expert Advisory Panel 4: Public Health, Safety and Logistics
The School Committee created four advisory panels to engage with the community, educators, and administrators around plans for the 2020-2021 school year.  The volunteer community members (most of them PSB parents) on the panels concern themselves with hybrid, remote and in-person learning options and issues for the school year.  The meetings of the Expert Advisory Panels are open to the public.  
Expert Advisory Panel 4 meets on Friday afternoons from 3:00-4:30/5:00PM.  Parents and educators are welcome to attend; using the chat function you can pose your school safety-related questions and have them answered directly in real time.  
Here is a Zoom link to the Panel 4 Weekly Meetings.  
Panel meetings and agendas are posted on the town’s website.  
Materials from past advisory panel meetings are posted on the school district website.  

The Latest from Brookline Recreation 
  
Community Happenings
Raise Your Voice For Racial Equity: METCO Celebrating the Legacy
 
Join the Board and leadership of METCO, Inc. for a celebration of the pride and resilience of the METCO community in 2020.  This school year brought change, loss, uncertainty, and protest. Through it all, METCO’s 3,150 children—and the adults who guide them—raised their voices to call for equity and justice. Look back at this extraordinary year, and preview the groundwork we are laying for a better future. Friday, December 11FREE | VIA ZOOM | 4-6PMRegister now at metcoinc.org/raiseyourvoice 

Feeling Thankful? Want to Give Back this Holiday Season? 
Giving Tuesday is just around the corner… on Tuesday, December 1st!  Get creative and start giving… below are just some suggestions of ways to spread the love in our community & beyond.  
How about donating some new clothes to kids in need through Cradles to Crayons‘ giving program called “Give Back With An Outfit Pack”.  Have your kids be part of the process and spread some love this holiday season!
 
OR- Donate a gift to a local child in need through Henry Bear’s Park.  These care packages for kids go directly into the hands of children who are most vulnerable during these difficult times.  Each package is personalized based on the child’s interests and contains fun activities, such as games, puzzles, building kits, and art supplies.   
Or help make a house a home for some of our community’s most vulnerable residents by purchasing some items on FOBH’s Housewarming Registry.  Check out Rosie’s PlaceHome For Little Wanderers, and Horizons for Homeless Children for other ways to give back…  
And there’s always our local & incredibly dedicated folks @ the Brookline Food Pantry.   
If you’d like to share a way your family gives back during the holiday season, please send it to newsletter@lawrenceschoolbrookline.org and we’d be happy to post it here.  

Can You Read 100 Books Before High School? 
Calling all middle school students! The Public Library of Brookline is excited to announce the launch of a brand new program: 100 Books Before High School (for grades 6-8). Read 100 books of your choice and enjoy fun perks, such as monthly raffles, a grand prize upon completion, expert book recommendations from our Tween Librarian, and major bragging rights! Find out more HERE.  

A Better Brookline
My name is Caroline Viola (I’m Mike and Lisa’s daughter at 79 Stearns Road). I recently have gotten involved in an organization called A Better Brookline. A Better Brookline is a community based, grassroots organization working towards pushing Brookline to be the best that it can be by advocating for a city government. We believe that a city government is more equitable, efficient, and effective. It also holds elected officials more accountable and has the potential to increase representation.We are currently collecting signatures for our petition to put a question on the May 2021 ballot of whether Brookline’s town government should be studied by a committee. This committee will have 18 months to write a write a charter, which may or may not be a city charter; however A Better Brookline will advocate for a city government. The proposed charter will go back on the ballot and voters will decide if it seems beneficial to Brookline. Signing the petition supports Brookline’s democracy because it provides voters with the opportunity to decide whether they want Brookline’s gov to be studied. If anyone is interested in signing our petition, please email me back with a time that works for you and where you would like to meet safely and distanced (a porch or Lawrence park works best).If you would like to learn more about A Better Brookline, you can check out our website abetterbrookline.org. If you have any other questions, email us at abetterbrookline@gmail.com or text/call my personal number at 617-710-2680.Find a signing location near you by clicking HERE
In Case You Missed It…
AmazonSmile– register the Lawrence School & earn $ for the PTO!
BPS Updated School Year Calendar 2020-21 (updated 11/1/20)
Food Service Updated Information
Librarian’s Blog (Ms. Moriarty)
MassSupport’s “Back To School” Webinar on YouTube
MassSupport’s “Suicide Prevention Town Hall on YouTube 
Notify Me- Sign Up for Town Meeting Reminders
Resources for 2020-2021
The School Council will be meeting @ 8AM on the following dates: January 5 (2021), March 2, and May 4.
Stop & Shop Rewards Program– Our school is Amos A. Lawrence; Our ID # 10588 See the Letter to Parents and the Visual Instructions on how to enroll and earn $ for the PTO! Thanks… T
echnology Help @ the Public Schools of Brookline Family Tech Support website or with Ms. Alper at Lawrence. 
Yearbook (from last year)- how to order
Yearbook Photo Submissions Throughout the Year
Parting Quote
 
Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.  
Eckhart Tolle  

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