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Who We Are

  • Attendance Line: (617) 879-4343

    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

  • Welcome Back

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 2/22/2021 7:00:00 AM


    Hello Lawrence Families,

    I hope everyone had a joyful and restful break.  The snow was in abundance and I have heard great stories from students who had so much fun playing outside, snowshoeing for the first time, building snow people, drinking lots of hot cocoa, cuddling up to read with family members and more.  What could be better?


    Now that we are back, we have a great stretch to continue our robust teaching and learning both in the building and in Hybrid Learning.  We heard from Interim Superintendent Marini at the February 18th school committee meeting that we are still confirmed for all first grade students to return five days a week on Monday, March 1st.  He also shared the proposed plan to have all students in grades 2-5 return on March 29th, five days a week is under review.  More to follow from Dr. Marini about that plan.

    Upcoming Dates:

    Tuesday, March 2nd, New Dates for Lawrence Reads:  6:30pm

    Friday, March 12th-K-8 Early Release Day:  12:30pm Dismissal

    (International/Family Fun Night!)

    Tuesday, March 16th-Cohort B comes to the building and cohort A learns at home.

    Monday, March 29th-K-8 Early Release Day:  12:30 Dismissal

    (Possible start date for grades 2-5 to return five days a week.)

    Friday, April 2nd-No School due to Good Friday

    Tuesday, April 6th-K-12 Early Release Day:  12:40pm Dismissal

    Monday, April 12th-K-8 Early Release Day:   12:30 Dismissal

    Monday April 19th-Friday, April 23rd-April Break-NO School


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  • February Break

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 2/11/2021 7:00:00 AM

    Hello Lawrence families,

    Happy New Year

    Happy Chinese New Year!  No School on Friday, February 12, 2021

    February Break:  Starts on February 12th and we return on Monday, February 22nd.  

    Monday, Feb. 22, is an early release day with a 12:30 dismissal. 

    Take care,


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  • PTO/Principal Forums

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 1/22/2021 1:00:00 PM

    Dear Lawrence Families,


    Thank you to the many parents/caregivers who participated in the PTO/Principal Forums these past two weeks.  We completed the third round of forums, one for grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.  We will hold two more rounds in March and May.  Dates and links will be shared with families, as we get closer to the dates as we have done since September.


    March 10 (Wednesday)-K-2:  4-5pm

    March 11-(Thursday)-3-5:  4-5pm

    March 16-(Tuesday)-6-8:  4:15-5:15pm

    May 11 (Tuesday)-K-2:  7-8pm

    May 12 (Wednesday)-3-5:  7-8pm

    May 13 (Thursday)-6-8:  7-8pm


     PTO Events

    These forums are important and useful as they provide us with the opportunities to come together, and hear from staff and the PTO as to how we are working together at home and in school to meet the needs of all students.  There were many staff who shared updates as to the teaching and learning-taking place in school during the Hybrid Learning Model.  We also learned about the traditional events that the PTO plans to continue, albeit virtually.



    I am excited that we will continue these wonderful Lawrence community-building events.  Thank you PTO!

    Take care,


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  • PTO/Principal Forums-Round 3!

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 1/15/2021 7:00:00 AM

    Hello Lawrence Families,

    Monday, January 18, 2021 is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  We do not have school on this federal holiday.  I hope we are all able to take time every day and especially on Monday to think about the legacy and accomplishments of Dr. King, and how we, too, can serve our communities to support social and racial justice.


    PTO/Principal Forums:  Round 3!


    We held the K-2 forum this past Wednesday.  Parents shared that they really enjoyed and learned from the staff presentations about literacy, library and math supports for our students in kindergarten, first grade and second grade.


    The grades 3-5 Forum will be on Tuesday, January 19th


    The grades 6-8 Forum will be on Thursday, January 21st.


    Take care and stay healthy!


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  • Update on Asymptomatic Testing for School Staff

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 1/6/2021 7:00:00 AM

    From Interim Superintendet Marini:

    I am very pleased to announce that the Town of Brookline approved our request for emergency funds to support COVID-19 testing in 2021.

    I want you to know how grateful we are for your continued dedication and commitment to your students in these uncertain times.  Your health and safety is a priority.  While all of the details are still being worked out, and more details can be found below, here is what I can tell you about the new program at this point:

    • In January, the PSB will begin offering a new weekly asymptomatic testing program.
    • The program is expected to be 8-10 weeks long.
    • We are offering this program at no cost to all PSB staff who regularly interact with students, full time and part time.
    • This program is completely voluntary. If you must pause your participation or join after the opening date, that can be arranged with advance notice, although consistent participation is best and important for monitoring health in our buildings. 
    • The test is a self-administered nasal swab that will then be collected at your PSB building. Complete and specific instructions will be sent in January.  There are many different approaches to swabbing and collection that our peer districts are using. So for the first few weeks we will all need to be flexible and experiment with different processes to determine what works best for us in Brookline.
    • You will typically receive your results within 24 hours to an email address you provide.
    • If you develop COVID symptoms or are identified as a close contact, please do what you do now (seek immediate guidance from your healthcare provider, and as needed, get yourself tested and/or quarantine). This new program does not replace our current procedure for individuals with symptoms or who have been identified as close contacts.

    Even though our PSB in-school transmission numbers have not been a concern to date, we are introducing this program in January because COVID cases have risen to a level in Massachusetts that are concerning statewide. We wanted to provide this extra layer of protection for you as we all wait to hear about a timeline for a vaccine rollout for the public schools. This testing is one more part of many investments in health and safety that began in June and ramped up in August/September. Our staff colleagues and volunteers have worked very hard and have improved our ventilation and HVAC systems, provided personal protective equipment for our staff, increased disinfecting and cleaning of our buildings, created procedures for distancing and cohorts, provided an in-town testing option especially for symptomatic individuals and close contacts, and many other safety precautions.

    I wanted to get this information to you as we begin the winter recess, and I will provide more complete information in January. Some additional background information can also be found below.


    Additional details about the planned testing program:

    I would particularly like to thank those who worked so hard to make this happen for us. This effort has been spearheaded by Tricia Laham, Coordinator of School Health Services, and I am grateful to our entire nursing team who will help administer this program. I am also grateful to Dr. Swannie Jett, Commissioner of Public Health and his staff; Mel Kleckner, Town Administrator and Justin Casanova-Davis, Assistant Town Administrator; and our team of four parent volunteers: Grady Clouse, Dr. Nira Pollock, Dr. Jenny Tam, and School Committee member Susan Wolf Ditkoff. Without their tireless efforts over weeks, nights, and weekends, we would not be able to offer this program.

    On Thursday, December 17, the Brookline Advisory Committee approved $500,000 of emergency funds for COVID-19 testing in 2021. $300,000 of those funds are dedicated to a new weekly voluntary asymptomatic testing program for all of our student-facing Public Schools of Brookline educators and staff. Funds will also support some surveillance testing for middle and high school students in our hybrid learning program, grades 6-12. Student-facing staff were identified as the top priority for testing with older students as a secondary priority; it was not recommended that younger students be routinely tested. The other $200,000 is dedicated to continuing the Town testing site (currently run by mPathy, primarily for symptomatic and close contact cases). Any uninsured members of the Brookline community who have symptoms or are identified as close contacts will have their costs covered by the Town (this does not apply to people without symptoms). These funds are expected to last for the first 2-3 months of 2021.

    We hope that providing this voluntary testing program for student-facing staff will provide reassurance to our PSB staff and provide data that will allow PSB to confirm the effectiveness of our COVID-19 mitigation practices and evaluate any additional measures that may be needed. Real-time, system-wide information will also help provide specific action steps and peace of mind for our entire school community.

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  • Happy December Vacation!

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 12/23/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Happy December Vacation!

    Cohort A, see you in the building on Monday, January 4, 2021

    Cohort B, see you in the building on Thursday, January 7, 2021

    No school for students on Friday, January 8, 2020 as it is a staff professional development day.  

    December Break


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  • Cohort B in on Tuesday, December 22, 2020

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 12/18/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Hello Lawrence Families,

    I hope everyone had a productive remote snow day yesterday and a traditional fun, snow day today.  

    Please remember that we have school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.  Cohort B will go to school on Tuesday, December 22nd and cohort A will be remote at home.  Although it is Tuesday, we will follow a Thursday schedule district wide.  Wednesday will be a typical remote day for grades 1-8 and an in school day for Kindergarten students.

    The December break starts on Thursday, December 24th.  School will be closed for all students until Monday, January 4, 2020 when all kindergarten students and cohort A returns to the building.

    Until then,

    Have a great weekend,



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  • Library News!

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 12/10/2020 7:00:00 AM

    From the PSBMA Librarians!

    The PSBMA librarians invite families to participate in a district-wide Mock Caldecott activity, a picture book award program for students in grades K-5.

    What will we do?

    ● LEARN about the Caldecott Medal and the criteria the
    Caldecott Committee uses in judging.
    ● READ twelve possible winners of the 2021 Caldecott Medal.
    ● VOTE! In late January, students and families will vote (via a Google Form) for the one picture book they believe is most worthy of the Caldecott. The official Caldecott announcement will be made on
    January 27th. We will compare our selections with the committee’s choices!
    ● Supplement your reading: materials for this program will be posted on the Brookline K-8 Library Remote Learning website.

    Where can we find the books?

    ● Thanks to the Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) we have purchased additional copies of the books in e-book format. They are available through
    your school library’s catalog.
    ● Many of our school libraries own print and e-book versions of the titles. Go to your school library’s catalog to see what’s available.
    ● The Brookline Public Library and Boston Public Library may also have copies.


    Happy Reading!


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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 11/20/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Dear Lawrence Families,

    Thank you to all the parents, caregivers and staff who particpated in our November PTO/Principal forums the last two weeks.  We were abe to review and discuss the successes of the hybrid learning model, and how students, staff and families have adjusted to the new routines and schedules.  Congratulations to all!

    Important Dates:

    1. Wednesday, November 25th:  School closes at noon for Thanksgiving Break
    2. Thursday, November 26th:  No School-Thanksgiving
    3. Friday, November 27th:  No school for Thanksgiving Break

    Early Release Days for Grades K-8:

    1.  Thursday, December 3-Grades K-8 dismissed early at 12:40pm

    2.  Tuesday, December 8-Grades K-8 dismissed early at 12:40pm

    Cranberry Contest!

    Annual Cranberry Counting: 

    Every year for the past 50+ years Lawrence teachers and students estimate how many cranberries are in a jar. This year we have a touchless way to see the jar, make your estimate, and enter to win a bookstore gift card if your estimate is the closest in your category. 

    Check out Ms. Moriarty's bog:

    Travel During the Thanksgiving Break  

    From Interim Superintendent Marini on November 17th:

    In these unprecedented times, I understand the desire to want to maintain the holiday traditions that anchor us to family and friends, but this year is different. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19 and that staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. In addition to the CDC guidance,  has issued travel regulations. Most notably, if you visit a high-risk state, you must fill out a travel form and either produce a negative COVID-19 test administered up to 72 hours prior to returning to Massachusetts or quarantine for 14 days. 

    Please take care,



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  • November Family Update

    Posted by Monica Crowley on 11/9/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Family Update-Friday, November 6, 2020

    Important Dates: 

    1. Wednesday, November 11th:  Veteran’s Day-No School for students and staff 
    2. Wednesday, November 25th:  School closes at noon for Thanksgiving Break
    3. Thursday, November 26th:  No School-Thanksgiving
    4. Friday, November 27th:  No school for Thanksgiving Break




    Fall Early Release Days for Conferences:  

    Lunch will not be eaten in school on early release days, as we want to maximize instructional time for students.  Students will still have a snack break and those who need to take a bagged lunch home; will be able to do so.   

    Thursday, November 12-Grades K-6 dismissed early at 12:40pm

    Tuesday, November 17-Grades K-8 dismissed early at 12:40pm

    Thursday, December 3-Grades K-8 dismissed early at 12:40pm

    Tuesday, December 8-Grades K-8 dismissed early at 12:40pm

    I realize that beginning of the year conferences may sound different this year and not include as deep of a data/assessment review that you are typically used to providing to parents/caregiver in past (non COVID) years.   We will follow the district calendar and reframe our conversations to match the late start, remote learning and only a few weeks of following the in person hybrid schedule.

    Principal/PTO Forums:

    The PTO Presidents and I will host the second round of grade level forums for parents and caregivers in grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.  These forums will be at 7pm as the first round of forums were held at 4pm.  The January/February forums will take place in the morning to meet the needs of varied work and life schedules.

    Lawrence K - 2 November PTO/Principal Forum

    Time: Nov 12, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


    Lawrence 3 - 5 November PTO/Principal Forum

    Time: Nov 17, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)



    Lawrence 6 - 8 November PTO/Principal Forum

    Time: Nov 19, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)



    Dressing for Colder Weather:

    Please send your children to school with layers and warm clothing.

    I suggest an extra sweatshirt and socks in case they get wet during recess. Also send them

    with hats, gloves and boots. We will go out in the snow and colder temperatures.

    Holiday Travel and Celebrations:

    As the holidays quickly approach and we each begin to plan for fall and winter celebrations, we understand that many festivities will look a bit different this year.  Since COVID-19 can easily spread from one person to another during traditional holiday activities, such as gathering for shared meals or rituals, we ask that our students and staff be extra cautious when making plans this season.  

    If you are planning to travel outside of Massachusetts please email both nurses and once you have your travel destination and dates, this is so we can help plan for your safe return to in person teaching as soon as possible.

    Please see the link below in regards to travel, testing, and/or quarantine requirements upon your return into the state.


    •   Follow Massachusetts travel orders requiring quarantine upon return from most locations. Per the travel order issued by Governor Baker on August 1, all families traveling from out-of-state and internationally must self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. More information can be found here.


    Please reach out with any questions and or concerns.

    Safe travels and Happy Holidays!

    Nurse Miller and Nurse Hillary

    Parent Volunteers to Help with Lunch and/or Recess:

    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 in grades that their children are not in.  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  Thank you for considering. 


    Lawrence Loyalty!



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