The new Lawrence “Spotlight on Learning “ board in the lobby features Project Based Learning questions to be researched in 5M!
The Lawrence PTO has funded the purchase of decodable books for grades K-3. Literacy coach, Jill Demsey, will support the acquisition and organizing of the books, and provide professional development for all K-3 staff on how to use the decodable books in April.
Lawrence K-5 staff continue the important climate and culture work using the book by Zaretta Hammond, Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain. We are currently focusing on how to strengthen our “Warm Demander” profiles.
Teachers in grades 6-8 continue fine-tuning the Grading for Equity structure.
Grade 8 was able to go on their annual community building skating trip to Larz Anderson after a two-year break due to the pandemic and they are going to Farm School during the week of March 20th!
Lawrence students are showing their activist spirit and caring for others by taking actions to support climate change, the people of Ukraine, and local students in need with bake sales and a toy drive.
The students are excited about reaching an exciting milestone, DAY 100. This year, the one hundredth day is also Valentine's Day, Monday, February 14, 2022!
We have a great full week of learning ahead of us and then we have February vacation, which is during the week of February 20th.
Upon our return, classes will be finishing their door decorations, which are beautifully created displays of their learning and understanding of black history, and to honor and celebrate Black History Month. A video of the door displays will be shared in early March.
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Dressing for Cold Temperatures
With colder temperatures, a reminder for students to dress in layers as the building is a bit colder than usual as we have windows open, particularly during unmasked snack/lunch times. With the continued Omicron surge, we are making sure that we continue to follow effective mitigation behaviors and strategies.
Lunar New Year
A reminder that all PSB schools will be closed on Tuesday, February 1 in observance of Lunar New Year! This holiday is traditionally celebrated by Asian cultures symbolizing the transition from winter, and typically involves families reuniting and gathering for a get-together meal.
PSB officially began honoring Lunar New Year last year, thanks to the efforts of then-BHS student Ashley Eng (Class of 2019). A change.org petition garnered over 750 supporters, culminating in the Brookline School Committee unanimously approving it as a school holiday in January 2020.
Please read the message below from Maria Letasz, Ed.D-Director of Guidance and Clinical Services.
Hello PSB Parents and Guardians,
The Public Schools of Brookline is offering a virtual event for parents and guardians of PreK-12 youth on Monday, February 7, 2022 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
SOCIAL MEDIA’S IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH: OPTIMIZING THE CONNECTION
Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook foster a culture of peer comparison and entice users to stay online longer than they intend, which can foster discouraging or negative feelings. Snapchat locations and Instagram stories cause FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), contributing to anxiety, depression, and loneliness. From this event parents/guardians and educators will learn individual and group strategies to optimize students' use of social media.
Speaker: Susan Reynolds, M.Ed. has over 20 years of experience in academic technology and digital wellbeing. In 2007 Susan founded ABC Legacy: Atoms to Bits Children's Legacy which generated the Look Up Foundation, committed to empowering teens and college students to join together to change their relationship to technology. As a teacher whose passion has always been to inspire her students to become change agents, she hopes to empower the next generation to find and implement these solutions.
The event is being brought to the PSB community through our membership to the Massachusetts Youth Partnership (MPY). The MPY membership has been generously sponsored this school year by the Brookline Education Foundation.
Maria Letasz, Ed.D.
Director of Guidance and Clinical Services, PreK-12
I hope you were able to find some time to find joy and love during the December break. The New Year has come in with a bang and we are all trying to be so careful as we navigate the increase of COVID infection rates all around us.
Please take care and monitor yourself and your children carefully. The staff and I have reviewed all the important mitigation behaviors, and have been sharing them again with students. I have copied the superintendent's message below for all to see.
Greetings PSB community,
I want to thank you again for your continued flexibility, support, and patience over the past few days. Unforeseen obstacles, crises, and challenges will always emerge in any school year, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated opportunities for the unexpected…and we are about to enter our snow season! Nevertheless, I want to reiterate PSB’s commitment to keeping schools open for in-person learning. We expect buildings to remain open and we will continue to facilitate an environment that allows all of us to consistently attend school in a safe and healthy manner.
As we have done since September, PSB will enforce and update mitigation strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within our community. Some of these changes you may have already experienced today during your return:
Wherever possible, large meetings with staff will be held virtually. This includes clubs, faculty meetings, professional development, and any other large group meetings currently scheduled for January in which staff would typically gather in person.
During lunches, students may only have their masks off only while actively eating. Staff will also enforce as much physical distancing between students as possible. Additionally, ventilation - either through the portable HVAC units in our buildings or through open windows - should be maintained at all times during large student gatherings. We also encourage students to eat outside whenever possible.
Only PSB employees, students, and visitors considered educationally essential (e.g. substitutes, volunteers during the school day, etc.) will be permitted in our school buildings.
Depending on the venue, athletic events and other performances will either have no spectators or be restricted to parents/guardians only. Athletic Directors, Performing Arts Staff, and School Leaders will communicate specific details regarding outside participation in the days leading up to each event or performance.
As we are in the holiday season, it is the perfect time to reflect a bit more deeply about the people we have in our lives. Here at the Lawrence School, the staff and I are thankful and grateful for the Lawrence PTO.
The Lawrence PTO is run by Lawrence parents/caregivers. They provide us with learning materials, classroom tools, and books for professional development. They organize inclusive events for all to enjoy that bring our learning community together to learn, laugh and have fun. Even during COVID we have enjoyed Coffee and Kleenex gatherings, new family welcome, a DICE gathering, the Japanese Fair, snack afternoon, apple pie making, and more.
Parents/caregivers volunteer as lunch and recess monitors, help organize picture day, provide opportunities for students to volunteer and raise money to support our school with any needs we have.
The Lawrence School is a great school because our PTO creates the conditions for students to go beyond learning and learn what it means to be a positive and productive member of our school community.