Wednesday Weekly, Dec. 2

Hello Lawrence community, 
 
Well, welcome back everyone!  We hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving break.  We’re sure it was a little different than usual this year, but we hope it was still a good and tasty time. 

There are a few things going on this week to be aware of… check it all out below.  Thursday, December 3rd: K-8 Early Dismissal @ 12:40PM for Parent-Teacher Conferences. 
  
Winter Clothing Drive for Cradles to Crayons is happening this weekend (December 5th & 6th)! Start weeding out those gently used clothes that don’t fit your kids any more…  We will be collecting clothes and shoes (all seasons) 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!  More info below on times & how to volunteer if you’d like… 
 
Due to the great turnout in November, the PTO and DICE (Diversity, Inclusion, Community, and Equity) are hosting another virtual movement and movie break on Tuesday, December 8th.  Get started with a 30-minute yoga session (at 2 PM), followed by a livestream of a PTO Play at 2:30 PM.  Again, we are happy to make this early release activity FREE as a thank you during this season of giving and gratitude!  So join fellow Lawrence friends and get ready to sing along!  If you’re interested in participating- sign up HERE!
 
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.  
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. 
Be well everyone. 
 The Lawrence Legacy Fund Annual Appeal is going on now! The Lawrence Legacy Fund finances PTO support of supplies, enrichment, technology, and training that isn’t covered by the school’s operating budget. In a year light on fundraising events, the Fund needs the support of every Lawrence family! Please make your annual donation at lawrenceschoolbrookline.org/donate.
Important Dates
  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
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 the front of Lawrence the following days/times:Saturday & Sunday, December 5th & 6th- from about 9AM-2PM. Bins will be set up outside of the front doors of school from 9AM-1PM (feel free to drop off donations at your convenience). From 1-2PM there will be volunteers @ school collecting & sorting donations. Look for us to the RIGHT of the front of the building (as you face the building from Francis Street) in the small courtyard with benches.  If the weather doesn’t cooperate look for us under the tents on the tennis courts. If you’d like to help us collect & sort donations on Saturday OR Sunday (12/5 or 12/6) please click HERE to volunteer.  And thanks in advance! 
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 clothing has a stain on it? Please do not donate stained or ripped clothing. 
 
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
School Committee Meeting (Remote): December 3rd 
The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:00 PM (remote).  (If Town Meeting meets the evening of December 3, the School Committee meeting date will be changed to Monday, December 7.) This will be a remote meeting. Brookline Interactive Group (BIG) will broadcast live out to the cable channels and online via live stream at www.brooklineinteractive.org/live
BIG’s cable channels will replay the meeting and post the meeting recording at http://www.brooklineinteractive.org for viewing after the meeting.   The agenda can be found at this link:https://www.brooklinema.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_12032020-8773 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/ 
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 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.  
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!B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network)BPS Updated School Year Calendar 2020-21 (updated 11/1/20)Food Service Updated InformationLibrarian’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 RemindersResources for 2020-20201The 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 orderYearbook Photo Submissions Throughout the Year
Parting Quote
 
 
I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.
 
Angela Davis

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