Weekly Update

Hello Lawrence Community!Holy smokes, where did that burst of summer come from, huh?! Well, we hope you enjoyed it while it lasted. You never know when some tiny white flakes might start falling from the sky… 
Coming up TOMORROW is the Grades K-5 Open House from 6-7:15PM. Be sure to stop by to hear from your child’s teacher and see the classroom up close. Lawrence specialists will also be available during the Open House. Please note that there is NO babysitting during this event so please plan ahead. Here’s a schedule of the evening:
6-6:35pm3-5 families visit classroomsK-2 families visit specialists in large gym6:40-7:15pm3-5 families visit specialists in large gymK-2 families visit classrooms

If you have a student in Middle School, see below about Salva Dut coming to Lawrence this Sunday to thank the students for raising money for Water for South SudanAnd just as we’re getting in the swing of school- here comes our first long weekend! Don’t be that person who shows up to school with kids on Monday because the doors will be l-o-c-k-e-d. There is NO SCHOOL on Monday for the Rosh Hashanah holiday. Enjoy the holiday for all who celebrate!

On Wednesday, October 2nd, leave your car at home when you drop off the kids at school… if you can. It’s Car Free Day! Look for people stamping hands outside of school to recognize those who walked, biked, rolled or took a bus to school! The Green Team will also be collecting those hard-to-recycle items (toothpaste tubes, applesauce pouches, corks, styrofoam, etc.)… so bring them in from home and drop them with us outside the front doors at 8AM! Do you ever wonder what you should do with the size 2 butterfly costume that your 6th grader has loooong outgrown? Well, the Green Team has a solution for you! Drop them off in our Gently Used Halloween Collectionbins that will be in the lobby 10/2-10/4. Your inner minimalist thanks you. And psst- mark your calendars for 10/10 and 10/11- the Halloween Costume Swap/Sale will be those days right after school outside the front entrance to the school. 
The fabulous and free Lawrence Food Fest is coming up on Thursday, October 17th, from 5-7 p.m. – taste savory samples, ride the cider cycle, and try the new food truck! Don’t forget to get your favorite vegetable-based recipe ready for the Recipe Contest! This year’s theme is Toward a Plan[e]t Based Diet – eating sustainably – so veggies are the stars of the show and it will be a Zero-Waste event. We hope to see everyone there – bring the whole family! K-1 parents and caregivers, mark your calendars: this event’s the one for you to volunteer at.If you missed the letter from Ben Lummis, Interim Superintendent, about school department offices that have moved to new locations, please see the attached letter for more information.  

Do you want to volunteer in the classroom or on a field trip this year? Remember to fill out the necessary CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) form in the front office. It’s good for 3 years. Make sure yours is up to date! Have you signed up with Membership Toolkit yet? No?!! What are you waiting for? Don’t procrastinate any longer… register today! It gives you access to all things Lawrence-related like PTO emails, being able to contact a parent you met in your child’s class, signing up to volunteer for a wicked awesome event. Sign up so you don’t miss important news about what’s happening at Lawrence! More detailed information is available HERE. Any questions can be directed to technology@lawrenceschoolbrookline.org OR president@lawrenceschoolbrookline.orgUntil next time, have a great rest of your week and thanks for all you do!


K-5 OPEN HOUSE: Thursday, 9/26, 6-7:15PM. Stop by to see what goes on in your child’s classroom and meet the specialists.

ATTENTION MIDDLE SCHOOLERS- WATER FOR SOUTH SUDAN: As a thank you to the Middle Schoolers for your efforts raising money for Water for South Sudan, Salva Dut will be at Lawrence School between 10:30AM and 12:00PM on Sunday, September 29th.  There will be a receiving line-like set up where he will greet students, sign their copy of A Long Walk to Water, and perhaps take a selfie. At 11:30 he will speak to the gathering of Lawrence and other students. The event is WEATHER PERMITTING!  Check this LINK on Sunday morning by 8:00 am if the gathering needs to be canceled.

FAMILIES OF 5TH-8TH GRADERS: Coach Uyenowama and Coach Mahesh want to share the cross-country schedule for fall, 2019.  Participating in cross-country is great fun and great exercise.  Please think about joining if you have not done so already. NO SCHOOL MONDAY, SEPT. 30TH: Happy Rosh Hashanah to all who celebrate. CAR FREE DAY: Wednesday, 10/2. If you don’t live too far away, try to walk, roll or scoot your way to school! Taking a bus counts too! Be sure to look for people stamping hands as you walk into school that morning. It’s good for your body and the planet! 

HALLOWEEN COSTUME COLLECTION: 10/2-10/4 in the Lobby (look for a plastic bin). The Green Team is collecting any gently-used Halloween costumes that your little ones might have grown out of. Drop them off and we will help them find a new home at the Halloween Costume Swap/Sale on 10/10-11. GRADE 6-8 OPEN HOUSE: 10/3 from 6-8PM. Come to meet your child’s teacher, if you haven’t already and get a sense of what the year has in store! 

LOOKING FOR OTHER EVENTS IN THE SCHOOL YEAR?:Click here to see the entire calendar


ROOM PARENTS STILL NEEDED! 4B, 5E, 5N and 5W (and some 3rd grade classrooms)- Need Room Parents! Click HERE to sign up directly in Membership Toolkit. Being a Room Parent is a wonderful way to get to know your student’s teacher and to be a liaison between the teacher and other parents. Room parents also keep their classroom informed of upcoming important events and dates and help build and grow their classroom communities. It’s definitely a great intro to being a part of the school community. Please reach out to the Room Parent co-coordinators Bridget Muelbert (bmuelbert@gmail.com) and/or Jen Tulipani (jennytulipani@yahoo.com) to sign up, get more information, or if you have any questions regarding the role! 

HELP RE-SHELVING BOOKS IN THE LIBRARY: The literacy team is looking for a regular volunteer who can come for one hour weekly starting in October to check in and re-shelve Bookroom books. This work will only take about an hour of your time, but it’s incredibly valuable to the teachers! It saves them time and helps to keep the sets of books for book groups organized. Please contact literacy specialist Maggie Russell (maggie_russell@psbma.org) if you’re interested in helping. 

SPREAD THE LOVE OF VOLUNTEERING: As we mentioned above, in an effort to build community and avoid volunteer fatigue, we propose that each grade be responsible for a particular event at Lawrence. See below for the activities & then don’t delay….but sign up now to help out. Also if you don’t have a second grader but love sorting books for the book fair, please plan to help with that important event, the following is merely a suggested guideline to help streamline our volunteer process. 

Food Day Festival (10/17) – K/Grade 1 Book Fair (5/18-20) – Grade 2 Family Fun at International Night (3/20) – Grade 3/Grade 4 Spring Picnic (6/4) – Grade 5 Fall Picnic (9/19) – Grade 6 Apple Pie (11/22) – Grade 7/Grade 8 Gingerbread House (12/13) – Grade 7/Grade 8Graduation (June date, TBD) – Grade 6/Grade 7/Grade 8

CALLING ALL 8TH GRADE PARENTS/VOLUNTEERS: If you are interested in helping with the eighth grade graduation, experiences, and fundraisers, please reach out to PTO Co Presidents, Heather Hoganson and Christina Grady at president@lawrenceschoolbrookline.org.

LOGOWEAR: We are looking for someone to help sell the Lawrence logowear. We have sweatshirts, hats and water bottles galore! If you’re interested, please contact Heather Hoganson or Christina Grady (PTO Co-Presidents) @ president@lawrenceschoolbrookline.org

GREEN TEAM: Interested in getting involved at Lawrence in an environmental way? Join the Green Team! Contact Nicola Thompson for more information @ nicolasthompson3@yahoo.com

MEMBERSHIPTOOLKIT APP FOR YOUR PHONE: You can download the MTK app for your phone and click Signups to volunteer- Click here to learn more about the App.


GIVE A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO…A heartfelt thank you to Lawrence parents, Amy Derris and Marianna Drootin, for making this year’s fall picnic possible for our community. We are grateful to Amy and Marianna for spearheading this special event. It was wonderful to see so many members of our community gather together on such a beautiful night to kick off the 2019/20 school year.We are so pleased that our 2019/20 volunteer plan is off to such a strong start. Without much notice, the sixth grade parents and caregivers rallied together and had a strong showing of volunteers at the fall picnic. Thank you! Here is a message from our fearless organizers, Marianna and Amy: On behalf of the Lawrence community, we would like thank everyone who helped out with the Fall Picnic last week. It was a great time and a wonderful way to welcome the new school year.  Thank you to those who brought baked goods, T-Anthony’s for the generous discount on pizza, Zack’s Ice Cream Truck and Del’s Lemonade for donating proceeds, those who set up and hosted tables, and all of the volunteers who spent their time helping make the picnic such a success (apologies if we inadvertently left anyone off this list):

Grace Fehrenbach
Dawn Galolo
Rachel Goldman
Amanda Gordon
Christina Grady
Christinia Greep 
Heather Hoganson
Jie Hu 
Katherine Ingraham   
Thomas Kee
Lillian Lagos
Theresa Lagos
Britta Lassmann
Angela Lee
Beth Lovell
Cristina Moreira 
Bob Neer
Fergus O’DonoghueJennifer O’Neil
Alexandre Pereira
Maixuan Phan 
Nira Pollock
Nora Sanders 
Cathleen Schoen
Rebecca Selbak
Tam Sitkoff
Tajbanu Thobani-Lakhani
Nicola Thompson  
Silvia Titan
Jessica Ullian
Jing Wang 
Mendie Welu
Jacob Willig-Onwuachi
Yanyi Yao
Yu Zeng
Qian Zhou

We know there are other parents and caregivers that jumped in to help at the last minute so they might not be listed here, but you know who you are and we are grateful for your willingness to help.We also wanted to share that we raised approximately $1200 at the fall picnic! Woohoo! All of that goes to the PTO which puts it right back into the school towards programming, activities and supplies for all students. 


METCO MEET AND GREET WITH MONICA CROWLEY: Tuesday, Oct. 8th @ 8AM in the Library. Stop by and meet Ms. Crowley, our Principal, if you haven’t already, and hear more about what’s going on at Lawrence!

NO SCHOOL ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH: What?!! Again? Yep. It’s Yom Kippur! Happy celebrating to all who celebrate…

HALLOWEEN COSTUME SWAP/SALE: 10/10-10/11 (directly after school out front). Stop by to see what spooky delights might fit your child! Costumes are only $1. Reduce, reuse, recycle! Brought to you by the Green Team.

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 14TH: Another long weekend to enjoy with family and friends to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day. 

DICE’S ‘QUILT & CONVERSATION’ FOR K-2 FAMILIES: October 15th from 6-7PM. Staff welcome! Stay tuned for more information. 

DICE MEETING: October 16th from 7:30-8:30AM in the LEDP Room. Come and hear what the Diversity, Inclusion, Community & Equity group is working on!

LAWRENCE FOOD FEST: Thursday, October 17th from 5-7PM. Come and enjoy another fun community-wide event at school. We are celebrating healthy eating and a healthy planet! Grades K-1 are the assigned volunteers for this event. 

PICTURE DAY: Tuesday, October 22nd. Get the hair gel ready and coach your little one to say “Velveeta!” for the camera. Or maybe the goal is just for them to locate their hairbrush before then… 

DICE COMMUNITY DIALOGUE: November 19 at 7 pm, Auditorium. “How to talk with your kids about racism” facilitated by the Anti-Defamation League. 


OUR VERY OWN ANU ADVANI @ THE BROOKLINE FARMER’S MARKET: Thursday, Sept. 26th from 1-6PM. She will be selling candles for donations to Logan’s Ride. It’s a fund inspired by Logan and will provide funds to patients to travel to Boston hospitals. 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING: The School Committee will be meeting on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 6:00 PM in the Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.  The agenda is HERE

RACECAR CRASH COURSE BY MIT BEAVER WORKS SUMMER INSTITUTE (MIDDLE SCHOOL ROBOTICS FOR GIRLS): Beaver Works will be running a Racecar Crash Course on Saturday’s starting 9/28 11AM-2PM for 8 weeks here on MIT campus and we are looking for students. Students must live local and be able to attend all sessions.  We are sharing far and wide as you may have a friend, relative or know a teacher in the area that will have students that are interested in the program. We are looking for girls in grades 6-8 who are interested in learning about robotics and programming.  The program is completely free! No prior experience is necessary and we will provide lunch. See attached flyer or click HERE. The link to sign up for the program is HERE. We will also run one in the spring that will be open to both males and females.

ZUMBA FOR CHARITY AT POWER ROWING BROOKLINE: Join Lawrence parent Dawn Ludwig this Saturday, September 28 at NOON for a fun charity Zumba class. Class will be held at Power Rowing – 62 Harvard st. (across from St. Mary’s church in Brookline Village) and profits will benefit Brookline Arts Center. Mark your calendars to come have fun and enjoy the music. Pay as you can – $20 donation suggested but all are welcome. Contact Dawn Ludwig for more information at 512-658-4975. Register HERE (and choose Zumba with Dawn on 9/28). 

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD! The Town of Brookline’s Planning and Community Development Office is seeking your input to understand the town’s housing and community development needs. Every five years, the town creates a Consolidated Plan to guide the use of CDBG grant funds. The deadline to complete the survey is 9/30; here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PLJZ5CH . For more information about the Consolidated Plan, please call 617-730-2130 or email ebates@brooklinema.gov

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CALLED BOYS FOR THE BETTER @ THE BROOKLINE TEEN CENTER: We’ll be running our 6-week after-school program for middle-school boys this fall on Wednesdays, from 3:30-5 pm starting on Oct. 2. Boys for the Better uses media education to help male-identifying students develop the social and emotional skills necessary to become their best and most authentic selves. Through hands-on activities, small-group media projects and whole-group discussions, students learn to identity and challenge media messages that reinforce a limited understanding of masculinity. Along the way, the boys will explore violence prevention, emotional development, relationship management, self-confidence, and educational excellence — all essential skills for today’s healthy teens. The cost is only $60 and you can register HERE. Boys for the Better also holds talks with parent groups and school/community groups about Understanding Today’s Networked Teens. The presentation runs for about one hour, followed by a Q&A opportunity for participants. Topics include the current social media landscape (it’s always changing), online bullying/prevention, issues and concerns about sexting (it often starts in middle school), helping your child manage his/her love for video games, and more. The talk is led by Dr. Jeff Lemberg, a longtime professor of media studies and civic engagement, and a local parent of two. You can call or email us for more information (617-775-8227; jefflemberg@gmail.com). 

OKTOBERFEST- PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: Thursday, October 3rd (5:30 – 7:30 PM)
@ Brookline Courtyard Marriot Garden; $20 Chamber Members, $30 Non-Members, $15 Young Professionals. You’re invited for an evening of outdoor fun and networking! Featuring yard games, raffle prizes, a photo booth, the Clark Page

Project Band, Samuel Adams beer, Boston City Winery wine,
When Pigs Fly Bavarian pretzels, Brookline Courtyard Marriott’s
Bratwurst Barbecue, and Wegmans sausage samples.
Take advantage of our Fall Membership Campaign. If you join the Chamber or refer a new member by October 1st, you will receive two complimentary tickets to Oktoberfest. Learn more HERE

TALES FROM THE CLASSROOM- TEACHERS’ ESSAYS: Friday, October 4th, 6-8pm Lincoln School Theater, 10 Kennard Road Please join the Brookline Education Foundation for its fifth “Tales from the Classroom” where Metzger Fellows will share short personal essays reflecting on their lives in the classroom. The readings will be introduced by Workshop coach and BHS English Department Chair, John Andrews. Refreshments and conversation to follow the program. All are welcome to attend. Brookline Education Foundation at 617.232.38465-

WEEK YOUTH ETIQUETTE PROGRAM STARTS 10/5: The 5-week youth etiquette program is specifically developed for each age group: Mind Your Manners (grades 2-4) and Adult 101: Beyond Peer Pressure, Social Media and Cell Phones (grades 5-8). The program covers topics such as improving social and communication skills, projecting confidence, combating shyness, strengthening self-esteem and leadership skills, navigating friendships, resolving conflict, understanding social cues, basic manners, table manners, and much more. The final class takes place at a local restaurant over a four-course meal where the students get to show off their newly perfected skills! The fee for the program ranges from $350 to $375. The program starts Saturday, Oct. 5th and ends Nov. 2nd. Classes take place at The Etiquette Academy of New England, 1309 Beacon Street, 3rd, Floor, Brookline. For more information and to enroll visit theetiquetteacademy.org.

FREE TUTORING @ TEEN CENTER- BROOKLINE TUTOR MENTOR PROGRAM: The Brookline Tutor Mentor Program is a program running out of the Brookline Teen Center that offers FREE tutoring for all middle schoolers in Brookline and beyond. We individually pair BHS tutors, with middle school students based on their academic need, interests, personality, etc. We try to not only provide tutors, but friends and role models. We welcome all types of students, but we aim to especially reach low-income families. We generally meet on Sundays from 2-4 pm at the Brookline Teen Center, though other meeting times/places can be arranged. For the first 45 minutes of tutoring, students have time to play and bond with tutors. For the next hour 75 minutes, students work on homework and other supplementary exercises to improve their grades.Our first meeting will be on October 27th for those who have applied by the 23rd. Students are welcome to apply throughout the course of the year as they so desire. If you would like, you can read more about us in the Brookline TAB HERE.  Students are welcome to apply here: bit.ly/BTMPstudent If you have any questions, please email us at btm@brooklineteencenter.org. Click HERE for a flyer.

STUDENT SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE (ITEMS STILL NEEDED): Help Brookline students get the remaining school supplies they need for a successful school year! The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health and The Brookline Housing Authority are partnering to support families in the community with supplies needed for the 2019-2020 school year. Check out our Amazon Wishlist to see what supplies are needed and to donate to the Drive! Lisa Brown, Brookline Housing Authority

VOLUNTEER WITH BROOKLINE THRIVES: Brookline Thrives is growing and needs your help. Brookline Thrives is a free weekend food program serving students and families in the Public Schools of Brookline.There are many volunteer opportunities, most needing only 1.5 hours or less of your time. Help is needed packing bags, delivering bags to schools and serving as a program liaison in schools. Learn more and sign up to help at www.brooklinefoodpantry.org/brookline-thrives.html. Kim Kushner, thrives@brooklinefoodpantry.org

OUR VERY OWN SHELLY MAGNO HAS STARTED A K-8 AFTER SCHOOL ART PROGRAM- ART RIGHT NOWBy now you may have heard that I’m taking a leave from Lawrence School to teach after-school art classes.  I’m very excited to share details about my new, K-8 after-school ART program starting this October!  Art Right Now, LLC is a unique art program that offers students varied and engaging art projects that build skills in creative expression, critical thinking, and personal development, all through the lens of Boston’s growing public art.  Each year, new murals and sculptures evolve in our city aiming to bridge cultures and connect communities.  Some are permanent installations but many are site-specific and temporary, which prevent them from becoming a formal part of the public school curriculum.  Students will learn the stories of both local as well as internationally-recognized artists while also enjoying their own meaningful art-making experiences.  The ongoing research that shapes this program will enable families to receive timely information about the development of public art as it continues to influence Boston’s visual identity.  Classes meet once-per-week for 10 weeks during fall, winter, and spring.  Sign up links and email contacts are enclosed below.  Click these links for the more info on the Schedule or Location of classes.  Thank you and have a great year! ~Shelly MagnoRegister:Registration FormLearn More:ArtRightNowBoston@gmail.com (attention Shelly Magno) or on Facebook: ArtRightNowBoston

VOICES BOSTON 2019-2020 SEASON: Do you have a child that loves to sing? Join VOICES Boston children’s chorus for our 2019-2020 season! With singing at its core and training in dance and drama, VOICES Boston changes the lives of children, building confidence, discipline, leadership and a love of music that will last a lifetime. We have ensembles for singers grades K-8 and rehearse at the William H. Lincoln School in Brookline, MA. VOICES singers perform a wide range of repertoire, from classical to world music, gospel to new music and present an opera every year. To sign-up or just learn more about the program, visit www.voicesboston.org or contact: programmanager@voicesboston.org

BROOKLINE ARTS CENTER’S FALL CLASSES AND VACATION PROGRAMS ENROLLING NOW: The BAC has a full schedule of exciting art classes for kids planned for the fall session. Sign up for classes in drawing, painting, pottery and wheelthrowing, comic book art, and much more! We also have an incredible line up of programs for ages 5-17 for October and November vacation days, including our ever popular ArtVentures programs and intensives. Learn more and sign up today on our website, www.brooklineartscenter.com. Email: office@brooklineartscenter.com

BROOKLINE TEEN CENTER: Did you know that the Brookline Teen Center is open to 6th graders on Mondays? Yep. It’s true! Click here to register your child as a member. Membership is based on a Pay What You Can model, so please consider a payment amount that makes sense for you. Your middle school student must be a member at the BTC to sign up for classes online. BTC has new and innovating programming being offered this year! Check out some of the cool programming and sign your child up while there are still spots left!! You can find more information on BTC memberships here. Contact msm@brooklineteencenter.org for more information

ART WITH AMY:Art with Amy has room on some days of our after school art classes with pick up available at Lawrence school on Mondays. Fridays we have a new comics and animation class starting up soon with a few spots open. Most available slots are for children in grades 4 and up. We are a true art studio right in the heart of Brookline Village where young artists see the power of experimentation and process. We do all sorts of creative art forms including painting, drawing and building as well as sewing and crafts. Children are always encouraged to follow projects they feel passionate about. Field trips to local galleries and museums are included each semester. We also enjoy Studio visits by local artists and much more :). We mix ages here so we’ve got first graders and 9th graders together and we love it! Amy Solomon artwithamystudio@gmail.com

BROOKLINE SCOUTING FOR GIRLS AND BOYS: Have you ever thought about Scouting as a wholesome and rewarding experience for your daughter or son in grades K-6? http://www.pack6brookline.org; Elijah Ercolino 857-225-7152

PIANO LESSONS BY GLORIA JASINSKI: Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music, Master of Music in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory. 30+ years teaching experience. Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sightreading. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners especially welcome. Have a positive and successful learning experience. email: piano566@comcast, phone: 617.566.9704; phone: 617.566.9704, email: piano566@comcast.net

ART CLASSES: The House of Colors offers Studio Art Classes and Fashion Design Classes. Fall classes are listed under our Kids/Teens tab. Join Any time. Michelle 617 365-5625.

JAPANESE MATH ACADEMY FALL REGISTRATION OPEN THROUGH OCT 11TH: Japanese Math Academy is an after-school math enrichment program for students from grades 1 to 8. Our unique method of visualizing concepts in effective progression is designed to help students of all types excel in high school and beyond. We offer standard and advanced classes from Monday through Friday and private classes on Sunday. Online registration is available at www.japanesemath.org. To find out more, please call or text at (617)784-0726 or send an email to info@japanesemath.org.

BROOKLINE YOUTH TUTORING AND ENRICHMENT: Have a child that needs tutoring? Brookline Youth Tutoring and Enrichment is a student-founded non-profit organization that aims to support kids grades 1-11 through tutoring and raising money for mental health research. We are a group of Brookline High School students taking all honors or AP classes passionate about helping our community in the best ways we can. brooklineyouthtutors@gmail.com OR 21vadhank@brooklinek12.org

ACTIVEMINDS TUTORING SERVICES: Maximize your child’s potential! Reserve a tutor now to start the year strong. • IN-HOME tutoring that is effective and personalized • Serving Brookline and surrounding towns for the past 13 years • Offering all academic subjects, study skills, and standardized test prep (SAT/ACT, ISEE, SSAT); http://www.activemindstutoring.com/testimonials.html; Deborah Brooks 617-227-2225 | info@activemindstutoring.com

KEVIN DRISCOLL AND THE DRISCOLL DRUMMING DUMMIES: As Boston’s ★★★★★ children’s entertainer and musical ventriloquist, my dummies and I specialize in educational and fun events for children. We typically bring our clown car full of drums and percussion instruments for the children to play WITH our ventriloquist dummies. Children are invited to play the Irish Bodhrán, Tahitian Toeré, Trinidadian mini-steel drum and many other percussion instruments also available for everyone. Click HERE for more information. 

CHILDREN’S LEARNING, LANGUAGE AND DEVELOPMENT STUDY OPPORTUNITY: The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children between the ages of 8 and 12 years to participate in research studies funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Health (NIH). Study 1. This is a longitudinal study that follows children over a period of 3 consecutive years. Our goal is to improve understanding of learning in children. The study consists of 1 in-person visit (about 2.5 hours) per year for 3 years (weekdays/weekends). During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. The day after the visit, kids complete a quick follow-up task from a home/library computer. More information can be found HERE.  Study 2. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the learning patterns of children with typical and atypical language development. The study will involve 2 visits to the lab at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. During this visit, children play several games on the computer and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visit includes safe and noninvasive EEG recording. A visit will last about 3 hours. A week after the second lab visit your child will be asked to complete follow up tasks on a home computer or a mobile device. We are looking for children who were late to develop language, and who still receive services for language or learning difficulties. More information can be found HERE. Payment is $60 for each in-person visit to the lab. We provide free all-day parking at the Navy Yard. Please email us at cnglead@mghihp.edu or call us at (617) 643-4821 if you are interested or if you have any questions.


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