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    We Are:

    • a learning community where all members embrace a growth mindset to be the best they can be!
    • a community of 712 students, kindergarten through 8th grade
    • A dynamic staff of over 110
    • Multicultural and multilingual
    • A community developing a Makerspace for students and staff
    • A hub for  after school programs, LEDP and LSA

    A community of teachers, parents/caregivers and students who are working to be our best selves. Come join us!

     

Principal's Corner

  • Summer Break

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 6/29/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Dear Lawrence Families,

    Have a healthy and joyful summer break.  May your days be filled with love, laughter and learning!  

    Summer

    The message below is from Interim Superintendent, Ben Lummis, sent to all families and staff on June 26, 2020.

    Dear PSB Families and Staff,

    Yesterday, Governor Baker’s office and the Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley released the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE) Initial Fall School Reopening Guidelines for all school districts in Massachusetts. I applaud the level of thought and care that went into the development of this guidance, and share its goal of the safe return of as many students as possible to in-person school settings in order to best meet students’ academic, social, and emotional needs.

    As I let the school community know earlier this week, our planning teams will be reviewing this guidance in the coming weeks to understand how it impacts the PSB planning that is already underway. I also want to acknowledge that these initial guidelines do not address every topic and that additional guidance will be shared with us throughout the summer.

    Based on this guidance, Brookline and all other Massachusetts school districts will develop three separate plans - one for return to full in-person instruction with safety requirements, one for full remote learning, and one for hybrid learning that combines in-person and remote learning. Based upon the current medical situation, the expectation today is that students will return to full in-person instruction in September with significant safety requirements in place; however, that is subject to change based upon how the medical situation develops. Here are some key components of DESE’s guidance:

    • Current medical research supports a safe in-person return to school - with preventive measures in place - as infection and transmission rates are lower for children than adults
    • Preventive measures include masks/face coverings, physical distancing, handwashing, and cleaning frequently touched surfaces
    • Masks/face coverings will be required for all students in Grade 2 and above and for all adults; they are recommended for students in Grade 1 and below
    • Based upon current medical research, and in conjunction with other preventive measures, DESE has established a minimum physical distance of three feet for safe social distancing

    There are likely to be more questions than answers at this time. Incoming Interim Superintendent Jim Marini and his team will continue to communicate with families and staff in the coming weeks and months. I also encourage you to read the full  Initial Fall School Reopening Guidelines  from DESE.

    Sincerely,

    Ben Lummis
    Interim Superintendent

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  • Important Virtual Gatherings

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 6/9/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Hello Lawrence Families,

    As we enter the last weeks of school, please note the following events happening for incoming kindergarten families and students, incoming grade 6 families and students and grade 8 graduation.

    Incoming K Families and Students:  Thursday, June 11 at 4pm.  Invitation link sent to families.

    All School Community Meeting:  Saturday, June 17th at 7pm. For more details, please the event page at http://lawrenceschoolbrookline.org/virtual-community-meeting-2020/ "

    Incoming Grade 6 Families and Students:  Tuesday, June 16 at 4pm.   Invitation link sent to families.

    Grade 8 Graduation: 

    Graduation

    -Video presention on Wednesday, June 17th at 7pm.  Invitation link to be sent to families soon.

    -School Pictures and Gift Presentation:  Thursday, June 18th.  Times shared with families.

     

     

     

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  • Virtual Community Meeting-June 13th-7PM

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 5/26/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Hello Lawrence Families,

    I have teamed up with some parents and am excited to share the message and opportunity below!  I would like to thank parents, Jin Suk, Vanessa Trien and Harold Price for spearheading the idea and making it a reality.  I also want to thank our own Jon Weinberger, for keeping the tradition alive after Mr. Rogers retired.  It is now going virtual!

    Monica

     
    "Ago! Ame! We’ll be keeping the Lawrence tradition of Community Meeting alive by "live streaming" a Virtual Community Meeting on June 13, 7 pm, featuring a Lawrence student and teacher talent show! Some of you may have dreamed of sharing your talents at a community meeting, such as playing your violin, piano or other instrument, or perhaps dancing, singing or telling jokes. Well, this is your chance! You are invited to video record yourself (or a group) at home on your phone and submit your act to the talent show. The event is open to all grades, K thru 8 and the deadline for submissions is June 8th. So get thinking and recording! Your friends and teachers would really love to see what you’re up to, we promise! 

     

    For more details, please visit our event page at http://lawrenceschoolbrookline.org/virtual-community-meeting-2020/ "

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  • Spirit Week-May 11th/Questions to Answer with School Closed Through June 23, 2020

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 4/27/2020 7:00:00 AM

    All school buildings are closed for the remainder of the school year due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak per order of Governor Baker.  Please check the Public Schools of Brookline website for information if needed.

     
    Spirit Week-Week of May 11, 2020 online!  
     
    Monday-Pajama Day!
    Tuesday-Hat Day
    Wednesday-Favorite Stuffed Animal Day-Yup-All grades!
    Thursday-Wear Lawrence Clothing and/or Lawrence Colors (maroon and white) and/or Favorite Color Day!
    Friday-Pajama Day!

     

    Dear Families,

    With the news that school buildings will be closed the rest of this school year comes many questions. We are currently working behind the scenes so that we can find ways, practical and celebratory, to get true closure on the school year, like:

     

    1. Getting into the building- to get stuff in lockers, musical instruments, student projects, winter boots and coats, and more. When it is safe, the district will establish protocols for retrieving such items.  We’ll have to continue to be patient on this front.

     

    1. 8th Grade graduation- while this milestone event won’t happen in the same way it always has, we fully intend to mark the auspicious occasion. Details to follow.

     

    1. Yearbook-Parents are still working hard on trying to identify ways to create the all school yearbook. Ms. Alper is also working on ways to hopefully publish the 8th grade specific yearbook.

     

    1. 5th to 6th grade transition- the transition from elementary to middle school is an important time at Lawrence School. We’ll reach out with details on how we hope to smooth this transition for incoming grade 6 students, so that come the fall they can feel safe and prepared to enter middle school.

     

    It is so important that in each classroom we find ways to celebrate the end of the year while helping our students look forward to what is to come.  The launch of the new school year will offer many, many new challenges, but for now we’ll focus on what is immediately ahead.

    Monica

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  • April Vacation Canceled-Remote Learning in Session

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 4/14/2020 7:00:00 AM

    All school buildings are closed for the remainder of the school year due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak per order of Governor Baker.  Please check the Public Schools of Brookline website for information if needed.

     

    The School Committee voted on April 6, 2020 to cancel April vacation.  Remote school will be in session on April 21, 22, 23 and 24.  Monday, Patriot's Day, will still be an observed holiday with no remote learning expectations. 

     

    The last day of remote learning school will now be Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

      

    Dear Families,

    We hope all of you are well and finding opportunities to find joy with your family during this challenging time.  We have redesigned the column to the right with a new heading, "School Closure Resources."

    As you can see the first link is named "Lawrence Teachers Online." This link will lead students and families quickly to their homeroom teacher or middle school content sections.  In addition to the Lawrence teacher site, we have included important other district links that have been shared since schools were closed (in one place.)

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  • Remote Learning Resources/Principal's Challenge

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 4/8/2020 7:00:00 AM

    All schools are closed until May 4, 2020 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak per order of Governor Baker.  Please check the Public Schools of Brookline website for information if needed.

     

    The School Committee voted on April 6, 2020 to cancel April vacation.  Remote school will be in session on April 21, 22, 23 and 24.  Monday, Patriot's Day, will still be an observed holiday with no remote learning expectations. 

     

    The last day of school will now be June 23, 2020.

     

    Good Friday, April 10, 2020. Teachers will not assign anything to be due on that day or on Monday April 13 in accordance with our Category 1 holiday policy.

     

    Passover, Evening of April 8-Evening of April 16, 2020.

    April 8:  Category 2 Holiday-Homework free weekend

    April 9-16:  Category 3 Holiday:  Adjustments made by request by parent or student

     

    Dear Families,

    We hope all of you are well and finding opportunities to find joy with your family during this challenging time.  We have redesigned the column to the right with a new heading, "School Closure Resources."

    As you can see the first link is named "Lawrence Teachers Online." This link will lead students and families quickly to their homeroom teacher or middle school content sections.  In addition to the Lawrence teacher site, we have included important other district links that have been shared since schools were closed (in one place.)

     

    Principal’s Challenge

    Once all your schoolwork is complete, take some time to use your imagination and build a home fort!

    Remember to ask your parent/s/caregiver/s permission first -:)

    What kind of fort can you build in your house or in your yard?  How creative can you be? How can you use information learned in school about structures and engineering to help with your design?

    I shared four videos via email to help you get started.  The first video in particular simply explains the science involved in building a solid fort, so check in out first. (Please refer to the email I sent on 4/7/20)

    Once you build your fort, take a picture or short video and upload it to the Lawrence Fort Album. (Please refer to the email I sent on 4/7/20 after 5pm)  Families and staff have already uploaded already pictures, and they are so fun.  Thanks!

    ENJOY and stay healthy,

    Mrs. Crowley

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Placement Process

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 3/16/2020 7:00:00 AM

    All schools are closed until May 4, 2020 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak per order of Governor Baker.  Please check the Public Schools of Brookline website for information if needed.

     

    A message from TOWN OF BROOKLINE

    In order to address the many questions and concerns that exist in the community, the Town of Brookline would like to share the following information. For general COVID-19 questions, please call the State 2-1-1 line.   For Brookline specific medical or public health inquiries, please contact the Department of Brookline Public Health at 617-730-2300.  For non-medical questions specific to Brookline, please call the Brookline COVID Information Call Center at 617-879-5636.  These call centers, for the time being, will be operational Monday through Friday from 8am – 5pm, these hours will be adjusted as needed.  Messages can be left after hours and will be returned the next day.  You can also email your non-medical inquiries to: COVID19Info@brooklinema.gov.   Remember, In the case of emergencies, please call 9-1-1 or 617-730-2222.  Please remember the importance of social distancing to reduce the impact of COVID-19, and please stay home as much as possible. Thank you. 

     

    Placement Letter

    Dear Lawrence Families,

    Each year, beginning in April, the Lawrence staff devotes a great deal of time, care and thought to creating the following year’s classes. This letter describes our class placement process. The goal of the placement process is to create balanced and equitable classes that provide the optimal learning environment for both the individual child and the group of children as a whole. We strive to create groupings that provide academic peers for each student, are workable for teachers and make it possible to provide the most effective student services. As we balance classes, we create clusters as follow: 

    • Each class will have students who can lift each other, have common interests or will work well together.
    • Each class will have students with varied learning strengths, and students with special needs will be clustered to facilitate service delivery.
    • Given sufficient numbers, students will not be isolated in terms of gender, racial or ethnic groupings.

    Friendships are considered, but our primary focus is to provide appropriate learning peers for each student, understanding that each year brings new opportunities for friendships. The Brookline School Committee’s “Student Grouping, Inclusion and Placement Practices” policy states: 

    “When determining class placement of students at any grade level in elementary school and in the creation of middle school class lists, consideration shall be given to various student learning needs. In order to create effective learning environments and maintain valued diversity within each classroom, efforts will be made to place students with some peers who share similar profiles so that teachers can more effectively address the strengths and needs of all students.”

    Class building is a team effort to which we devote a great deal of time and thought. Grade-level teachers, literacy and math specialists, special education teachers and related service providers, EL teachers, guidance counselors, Ms. Horst, Mr. Cipparone and I all work together on behalf of all students.

    Our placement process includes an opportunity for families to provide information or share unusual circumstances that you feel are important, or which you believe we may not know. We respect your right to advocate for your child and understand that you know your child best over time. If you feel that you have additional information that the placement team is not aware of, you are invited to write a letter sharing that information to be considered in the process.

    All information must be submitted in writing or via e-mail to (monica_crowley@psbma.org) no later than Friday, April 3, 2020. Communication after this date cannot be considered.

    Submitting a letter is optional. The same care and consideration will be given to every child during the placement process whether a parent/guardian submits input.

    If you do submit a letter, your information will be shared with staff. Please remember that our primary objectives are to ensure that each student will be assigned to a class that s/he/they can learn and grow academically and socially, and to build classes that function as lively heterogeneous cohorts. Requests for specific teachers in writing or in person with any staff member will not be considered as part of this process. We take our responsibility seriously and, therefore, allocate ample time and care as we engage in reflection while looking forward to plan for next year’s classes.

    If you are planning on moving and/or sending your child(ren) to another school for the 2019-2020 school year, please click on the this online form to complete, which will help us gather information regarding next year’s students. You only need to fill out one form for all your children

    (If you need to copy and paste to access withdrawal form,URL is below:)

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd9mHIdwpOVE98EKSrHrNc6nqfVzBBTifRJY44EmpaODPwv6A/viewform (If you need to copy and paste to access form URL is below:)

     

    Sincerely,

    Monica 

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  • School Closed

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 3/13/2020 7:00:00 AM

    All schools will be closed starting March 13 and remain closed until Monday, March 30 due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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  • "Starbooks" Cafe with Kindergarteners!

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 3/2/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Kindergarten Literacy Experience as a result of PD, in class Coaching, and K-2 Staff Reflections about Literacy Professional Development.

    (Please read all the way down.)


    Impact on Kindergarten: Teachers have had the K-2 Literacy Coach working in their classrooms twice a week since September. Together, the coach and the team have been collaborating around writing.  Below is the culminating event that they planned which took place Wednesday, February 12, 2020.

    Kindergarten teachers, students and families celebrated writing this morning at the "Starbooks Cafe". The process that students went through to create poems, show & tell books and pattern books were on display for all to see.  Parents learned about how students generate ideas, draft, revise and publish as Kindergartners. The teachers had photocopied students' writing so that they were able to see the writing in various stages of the writing process.   They were also able to see the tools used by their students--felt-tip pens, fix it tape, and snap words(cards).  All of which supported their student's growth as a writer.  The best part of the event? The pride, excitement and joy that was palpable in the room. Congratulations to all of the Kindergarten students for their very first piece of work published here at Lawrence School!

    K-2 Literacy Coach-  Jill Demsey

    K-2 Literacy Professional Development with Literacy Coach Jill Demsey

    Classroom teachers, Special Educators, EL Teachers and Literacy Specialists have had the incredible opportunity to work together during professional development. Below is an excerpt from our coach summarizing staff feedback on the most recent professional development day.  The feedback also includes staff’s reflection about the impact of professional development on their teaching over the last two years in grades K-2.

    Here is what K-2 staff said about the most recent session: 

    • "Talking about reading helps students develop both academic and social skills"

    • "Guided reading planning becomes much easier once you identify and write down the goal for your group/student"

    • “Building comprehension skills is an ongoing process"

    • " Professional development shifted the way I think about guided, shared and interactive reading. So many skills and goals can be targeted through ALL 3!"

     

    Here is what staff said about the impact of professional development and about having time for professional development over the past two years in K-2" 

    • "These opportunities to come together and reflect on different aspects of literacy have lifted my teaching in countless ways."

     

    • "My teaching feels more direct, explicit and purposeful. I sit with my readers having so much more knowledge about their development and how to support them." 

     

    • "Reminder of high leverage teacher move and a reminder of the resources we have--Fountas and Pinnell, school library books, and the book room" 

    • "Professional development keeps me up-to-date with what is happening with the school literacy activities" 

    These are just a few examples from the K-2 grade band of how our coaches and teachers are continually engaging with one another to reflect on their practice and refine their expertise.  Topics for PD are designed around their interests of growth, student needs, supporting new curriculum, and supporting new staff.


    Happy Reading,
     
    Monica 
     
     
     
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  • Black History Month-Door Decorating Event

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 2/14/2020 7:00:00 AM

     

    This year, our school held a Black History Month Door Decorating Contest.

    Starting on January 27th and lasting through February 14th, classrooms participated by decorating their doors in a way that represents current or former figures in African American history or with African American heritage.

    The idea of this was to be as student-led as possible. We are thrilled to share the many creative doors and doorways that now fill our school with inspiring and educational depictions of African American history and the accomplishments of incredible people. Please enjoy the slide show here.

     

    Happy vacation,

     

    Monica

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