Wednesday Weekly – 12/9/20

Hello Lawrence community, 
 
We hope you are all doing well and staying warm.  Happy Hanukkah tomorrow to those of you who celebrate!  
Here’s what’s coming up this week… 
 
There is a Food Drive for the Brookline Food Pantry throughout the month of December… brought to you by our fabulous 3rd grade classes but all grades are welcome to contribute!  The demand for food and meals has increased dramatically in Brookline and Lawrence School has a long history of donating to the BFP.  See below for more info.  Do you have one free hour a week?  We are still looking for some parent volunteers to help with lunch & recess at school.  Lawrence needs you! See below for more information. 
Um, did someone say Logowear?!!  Yes, it’s true… it’s time to get your hot little hands on some new Lawrence gear.  Support your school and keep your loved ones cozy, hydrated or update their magnet collection for the holidays.  Act fast… one week only!  And yes, more info is below.    Have you been able to do the Lawrence Green Team Survey yet about how your kids get to school?  We could use your feedback!  If you can, please take 2 minutes to complete it & help make our neighborhoods safer.  Here is the VERY brief survey.  Many thanks for helping to improve our community!!
 
Keep reading below for the following: A Metco Celebration, a Lawrence Green Team local business spot-light, an opportunity to be a Library Trustee at the Brookline Public Library (12/10 deadline) & a free virtual seminar by Boston Children’s Hospital on Winter Wellness: Answers for Families.  Phew- that was a mouthful- and don’t forget to check out the list of resources @ the bottom of the email for updated info… 
AmazonSmile– have you linked the Lawrence School PTO to your account yet?  Part of your purchases can go to the Lawrence School PTO if you choose us as your charity of choice!  Search for “Lawrence School Parent Teacher Organization” and you’ll be good to go! 
Have you donated to the Lawrence Legacy Fund yet? Remember: You can pledge now and pay later, or even break your gift into installments and pay when it’s convenient for you. (Just click the star link below, then select your level, click “Add to Cart and Check Out,” then select “Pay Later.”) You can drop off a check or cash to the Lawrence front office, or drop a check in the mail (scroll down for the address). You can spread the word on Facebook and ask aunts, uncles, grandparents, and college boyfriends to give too. But no matter how you choose to give, please do contribute—every donation makes a difference! Donate here.
Be well everyone. 
Food Drive for the Brookline Food Pantry – Going on Now @ Lawrence!
For the month of December, Lawrence will be collecting food for the Brookline Food Pantry.  This month’s collection is led by the 3rd grade, but all students are welcome to donate a can or two (or three!) – there will be a collection bin in the main lobby.  Items in demand include, but are not limited to: canned tuna, canned chicken, rice, cereal, lentils, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, canned vegetables, diced tomatoes, and shelf stable milk or juice, mayonnaise, jelly or jam, tea, instant or roasted coffee, diapers and wipes, toothpaste, body or hand lotions, toilet paper, and paper towels.  Please check the expiration dates before you donate – and thank you in advance!
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.  
In case you missed it, Laura Horst, one of our Vice Principals, just sent an email noting that they still are in need of 4-10 volunteers.  She says, please email me directly at laura_horst@psbma.org if you would like to sign up for a slot(s) and if you have any questions about this volunteer opportunity.  Please note: volunteers cannot work with the grade level of their child/children.  Thank you for your support and partnership; this really makes the Lawrence community special. 
OPEN SLOTS BY DAY:MONDAY2nd grade lunch: 11:40-12:10 5th grade recess: 1:10-1:40 
TUESDAY8th grade recess and lunch: 10:50-11:356th grade lunch: 11:40-12:102nd grade lunch: 11:40-12:10 3rd grade recess: 11:50-12:20 
THURSDAY4th grade recess: 11:05-11:35  
FRIDAY4th grade recess: 11:05-11:353rd grade recess: 11:55-12:255th grade recess: 1:10-1:40Lawrence Loyalty!
The Lawrence Logowear Holiday Sale Is Here!  Order Now.
The Logowear Holiday Sale is here!  The time has come for holiday cheer with gear to wear, use and give with pride.  Yes, indeed, fresh gift ideas are available to order for ONE WEEK ONLY. 

Deck out your favorite Lawrence fans with gifts they can use in the season and beyond. Beanies, Nalgene water bottles, boat totes, hoodies, magnets, T-shirts and more. Items range in price from $1 to $35.  Supplies are limited, so order soon.
Order form link. Order Now!
Sale runs from December 7th to 14th. Contactless porch/lobby drop-off will run from December 12th to 17th.  For more information about safety and logistics, use the order link above to access the form with full details.
Happy shopping!  Being a Lawrence fan is just great.  School resilience in a pandemic is something to celebrate.
PSB Virtual Information Sessions for Prospective Kindergarten Parents
I am writing to let you know that our office will be hosting two virtual informational sessions for prospective 2021-2022 kindergarten parents on Tuesday, December 15 at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m. These events are open to the public and are a wonderful opportunity for families living in Brookline to learn more about the registration process, school options, and connect with other families.

Click HERE for a flyer with details on how to RSVP – please feel free to share as you see fit. Folks may also visit www.brookline.k12.ma.us/kindergarten for more information on the overall process. Please let me know if you have any questions and I am happy to support families and their transition next year!
A Big Thank You!
 A big humongous THANK YOU to everyone who helped with the Cradles to Crayonsclothing drive last weekend.  Wow!  We sure got confirmation that people have been cleaning out their closets while they’ve been cooped up at home… haha!  What a pile of donations we received!  Thank you everyone!!  In the end we were able to deliver approximately 4 car loads full of donations of winter coats, clothes for all seasons, shoes, hats, and gloves for girls and boys of all ages.   
Thank you especially to our sorting and delivering helpers:  Rebecca Hermos, Rachel & Milo Sater, Adrienne Fricke, Sarah & Abigail Zimman, and Maggie Sawada.  We definitely couldn’t have done it without your help!! 
 
  
 
Warm fuzzies all around.  Thanks everyone!  
Updated Brookline Information
Upcoming Flu Clinic December, 10th, 2020
 
2020 Brookline Flu Clinic – Appointment Only Open to Public Schools of Brookline students, families, au pairs/nannies, school teachers, staff and administrators, and their families.Thursday, December 10th2:45 pm – 4:45 pmQuestions: vaccine@brooklinema.gov or (617) 879-4604 
Sponsored by Brookline Department of Public HealthCo-sponsors: Public Schools of Brookline; Office of Emergency Management 
 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/ 

Library Trustees Needed
Love the Library? Want to make a difference in your community?  Apply to be a Library Trustee by December 10th!  Learn more at https://brklib.com/trustees or reach out to chris4tmm@gmail.com for more information.  

Brookline Porchfest 2021
For more information on what Brookline Porchfest will look like in 2021, click HERE.  

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
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 

Winter Wellness: Answers for FamiliesFree Webinar from Boston Children’s Hospital
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at 12:00 p.m.  
You’ll learn: 
What you can do right now to shore up your child’s wellness; How to stay vigilant about safety during the holiday season; Fun alternatives to in-person gatherings; How to help beat the winter blues; Simple ways kids can stay active this winter; And much more!With special guests:
Erica Lee, PhD, Boston Children’s Department of Psychiatry »
Kristin Moffitt, MDBoston Children’s Division of Infectious Diseases »
Jesse Lock, MD, Lexington Pediatrics »
If you’d like to submit questions in advance, please email answers@childrens.harvard.edu
We hope to see you there!

Register now! »
 
Feeling Thankful? Want to Give Back this Holiday Season?
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.  

Lawrence Green Team Local Business Spotlight:
Have you heard of Boston Building Resources?  Well, they reuse valuable building materials (like windows, rugs, lighting fixtures, cabinets, etc.) so that they can help all their neighbors with affordable home renovation solutions.  They are the place to go on a tight budget and doing some projects yourself.  They also take all sorts of donations too- so if you’re renovating your place, don’t throw the old stuff away.  Check with Boston Building Resources first & save your stuff from going in a landfill.   

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 Parent Teacher Organization” & earn $ for the PTO!

B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network)

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 2020-20201

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… 

Technology 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
 
You are never too small to make a difference.-Greta Thunberg

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