Lawrence Brook Weekly Update

Learn about the exciting news and events happening at LB!

January 23, 2023

Dear Lawrence Brook Parents and Guardians,


The PTA One School, One Book Family Night is this Friday! We hope your family has enjoyed the book so far. The Family Night will include many fun activities for students to enjoy--we can't wait to celebrate our whole-school reading of Lola Levine Is Not Mean! For easy access to the LB One School, One Book website, please visit https://www.ebnet.org/lawrencebrook or click the button below.


We have so many fun and exciting events to look forward to. Please read the updates and reminders below and have a wonderful week!


Sincerely,

Elizabeth Dunn

Lawrence Brook 2023 One School One Book Website

Click here to access the reading schedule, optional at-home activities, and the teacher read alouds of each chapter.

📅 Upcoming Events

  • 1/24/2023: Lawrence Brook Winter Chorus Concert - 7:00 PM
  • 1/27/2023: One School One Book Family Night
  • 1/30/2023: End of Marking Period 2
  • 1/30 - 2/3/2023: The Great Kindness Challenge
  • 2/2/2023: LB Allies & Student Council Snack Bag Project
  • 2/7/2023: Report Cards Issued via the Genesis Parent Portal
  • 2/14/2023: Valentine's Class Parties: Please note, students should not exchange food or candy with their Valentine's Cards.
  • 2/20/2023: School Closed, President's Day (If schools are closed for any reason prior to Jan.31 and both emergency days have been exhausted then this day will be a school day.)
  • 2/24/2023: Parade of Nations (in school) and PTA International Night (evening)


Lawrence Brook Elementary School Monthly Event Calendar

East Brunswick Public Schools One-Page Calendar

Student Council & LB Allies Request Donations for a Special Project

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The Great Kindness Challenge Preview

On January 30, Lawrence Brook will join schools from all over the world for the 2023 Great Kindness Challenge (GKC). Students will participate in activities that will emphasize ways we can all choose to be kind each and every day. As a part of the GKC, students will be invited to participate in Spirit Days. The Great Kindness Challenge is a powerful and positive bullying prevention initiative that will lead to more kindness, unity, and respect at school and beyond.


This is a perfect follow up to our One School, One Book selection which explored themes of friendship and conflict resolution. During their classroom meetings, students will learn strategies to be kind to themselves, their families, classmates, and community.

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➕ ➖✖️ ➗ enVision Math Information

Dear Parents and Guardians,


Please visit the enVision Math tile on the district website to watch the Parent Night presentation and for more information about the math program in East Brunswick Public Schools.


Sincerely,


The Department of Academics
East Brunswick Public Schools

🥪 A Message from the Child Nutrition Department

This is a reminder that breakfast is offered each morning at every school throughout the district. Please click here to view each school’s breakfast menu.


Please remember that students that qualify for free or reduced-price meals can receive breakfast and lunch at no charge.


Families may apply for free and reduced-price meals at any time during the school year. The application may be found in your child’s Parent Access account under the “Forms” tab. Please click here to enter Parent Access.


Please contact us at childnutrition@ebnet.org with any questions.

📲 School Attendance Reminders

School Hours

As a reminder, school begins at 9:05 AM. Students may enter the building starting at 8:55 AM.


Notifying the Office of Absences and Changes in Dismissal

Please remember to notify the Main Office as soon as possible to report absences or changes in dismissal for your child.


In the Main Office, the wonderful Mrs. LaPenta keeps track of this important information. She can be reached at 732.613.6871 OR dana.lapenta@ebnet.org.


To leave a message on the Attendance Line, call 732.613.6870, Option 1.

Free Academic Support through the Public Library

Did you know the East Brunswick Public Library offers you a variety of academic support programs free with your library card? Visit https://ilove.ebpl.org/kids to access Lumos Learning (Math and English activities), Tutor.com (live tutoring support) and much more.

Cold Weather Reminder

Students benefit from spending time outdoors being active! As long as the conditions on the playground are safe and the wind-chill temperature is above freezing, we will have outdoor recess. Please send students to school with the appropriate outerwear so they can enjoy their time outside. Also, don't forget to label your child's belongings in case they are misplaced.

LBS PTA NEWS AND EVENTS

PTA Events, Committees, and Fundraisers

Winter Concert Flower Sale

The PTA will be selling carnations prior to Tuesday evening's concert performance. Volunteers will be onsite accepting CASH OR CHECK ONLY. Each carnation bundle is $5. Thank you for supporting the LBS PTA!


Family Fun Night - Friday, January 27th, 6:15pm-8:15pm

The One School, One Book Family Night is scheduled for the evening of Friday, January 27, 2023. We will have many exciting activities and stations for students and families to enjoy. We will need volunteers to help the night run smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here.


Nothing Bundt Cakes Fundraiser - Now through February 1st

Surprise your loved one with a sweet treat from Nothing Bundt Cakes on Valentine's Day. Orders will be accepted through February 1st. Order on MemberHub or see the flyer.


Family Movie Event - Coming Soon!

The PTA will soon be hosting a private, sensory-friendly movie screening at AMC Brunswick Square. This event is free to LB students. Check your child’s backpack this week for our official flyer and signup by February 1st!


International Night - Friday, February 24th, 7pm

The PTA is excited to say we have many families signed up to make food for this one-of-a-kind event. Deadlines to sign up have been extended to February 1st to provide a dish from your country and/or have your student do a performance. Please watch this quick video (and see our Facebook Page for more past years’ performances) to get an idea of what all the excitement is about! Reach out to us with any questions if you are not sure what to expect! Lynda Graham and Bridget Ahmed

Sign up here International Night Participation Form or print out the attached flyer.


Satori Academy of Martial Arts Program

It's a New Year with New Adventures! Are you looking for a new and exciting activity to introduce your child to? Satori Academy of Martial Arts is partnering with the PTA to offer a terrific opportunity. $59 will provide you with a 4-week course focusing on character development, child safety and basic self-defense (uniform is included for a value of $199!) and the entire $59 will go to the PTA!! See flyer.


PTA Board Officers, Standing Chair and Event Chair Positions Open for 2023-2024

Don't forget to submit your Letters of Intent! To run for a PTA Officer position, please email a letter of intent to LBSPTANominations@gmail.com. Anyone currently in these roles who wish to run again must also submit a letter of intent as per our by-laws. The deadline for letter submission is March 27th. Open Officer roles (two-year positions): President-Elect, VP Cultural Arts, and Recording Secretary.


Any parent interested in organizing an event or running for a Standing Chair position (part of the Executive Board) next year should contact Sarah Brandon-Grable. Board elections will take place in May, and all other chairpersons are appointed by the President. Open positions: Standing Chair Positions (Executive Board, one-year positions): Hospitality, Community Relations, Family Relations, 4th Grade Committee, Room Parent Coordinator, and Yearbook. Event Chair Positions: Ice Cream Social, Trunk or Treat, Tricky Tray, Picture Day, Scholastic Book Fair (2 events), Spirit Wear, Holiday Shop, Family Fun Night, International Night, Theater Week, Staff Appreciation Flower Sale, Plant Sale, APEX Program & Fun Run, Donuts for Dads, and Toolbox.


Attention Amazon Shoppers!

The PTA now has an account for the AmazonSmile Foundation to donate a percentage of your purchases back to the PTA! Go to https://smile.amazon.com and select Lawrence Brook School PTA 23914 as your charity of choice.


Giving Bean

Looking for locally-sourced coffee/tea? Head over to Giving Bean Lawrence Brook PTA. All items ship directly to you, and a portion of the proceeds will come back to the PTA.


4th Grade Families


4th Grade Yearbook

Do not forget to submit your child’s baby photo by February 1st. Email photos to submit+1402786@edophotos.com. Add your child’s first and last name to the subject line of your email. No pictures of pictures please.2


Yearbook Memories
The LBS Yearbook Committee is asking for your assistance in capturing our children’s memories for the 2022-23 school year. Photos can be submitted online or download the Entourage App and add photos directly from your phone! School Code: 60636. See Flyer.


4th Grade Committee Meeting - Monday, February 6th, 6:00pm in the Media Center

Parent Volunteers needed for 4th Grade Social and 4th Grade Student vs. Teacher Basketball Game.


Rock 'N' Air 4th Grade Fundraiser - Thursday, February 9th 4pm-8pm
Bring your family and friends! Wear your 4th Grade Shirts or LB Spirit Wear! See flyer.


Donate to the 4th Grade Moving Up Committee

Let’s make the last year at Lawrence Brook their best year yet! Double your donation by asking your company to match charitable donations. LBS PTA is a 501c3 organization (tax id: 22-3146372). Donations can be made through MemberHub. Any questions, contact Jennifer Megna or Brittany Barkow.