Lawrence Brook Weekly Update

Learn about the exciting news and events happening at LB!

January 9, 2023

Dear Lawrence Brook Parents and Guardians,

On Friday, we launched our One School, One Book Program with an assembly announcing this year’s selection--Lola Levine is Not Mean by Monica Brown. The Cafetorium was filled with cheers and applause during the assembly as students were introduced to key characters and themes in the text.

After the assembly, each student received a book as well as a copy of our reading schedule and a letter from me explaining the program--please review these materials so that you and your family are able to participate in this exciting program starting TODAY, Monday, January 9. Students also met with their buddy classes to create a special bookmark to use as they read.

The reading schedule and teacher videos can be accessed directly by following this link to our 2023 One School, One Book Website. Directions for accessing the site can also be found in the packet sent home with your child Friday. Please send photos of your family reading the book and/or completing the fun, optional activities to so that we can include them on LBTV!

Thank you to the Lawrence Brook Elementary School PTA for supporting our students by funding the One School, One Book program this year. We hope you will join us for our special PTA Family Night Celebration on Friday, January 27! Our next PTA meeting will be this evening at 7:00 PM. All are welcome to attend either in person in the Media Center or virtually using the link below.

Thank you also to the East Brunswick Education Association for funding a grant to send home a few special items to help with our at-home activities (we will be sending these home in your child's backpack today).

The staff and I cannot wait for all the fun and learning that comes along with this program. Working together, we are creating a strong culture of reading at Lawrence Brook School!


Elizabeth Dunn

***Please note that all copies of the book will be collected during the first week of February so that they can be enjoyed in future years***

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

  • 1/9/2023: PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM in the Media Center OR online.
  • 1/16/2023: School Closed, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 1/24/2023: Lawrence Brook Winter Concert - 7:00 PM
  • 1/27/2023: One School One Book Family Night
  • 1/30/2023: End of Marking Period 2
  • 2/7/2023: Report Cards Issued via the Genesis Parent Portal.

Lawrence Brook Elementary School Monthly Event Calendar

East Brunswick Public Schools One-Page Calendar

🥪 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 with any questions.

Student Council & LB Allies Request Donations for a Special Project

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Thank you to the LB 5th Grade Class of 2020 for gifting so many new titles to our Media Center!

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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.


The Department of Academics
East Brunswick Public Schools

📲 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

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 to access Lumos Learning (Math and English activities), (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.


PTA Events, Committees, and Fundraisers

Tonight's PTA Meetings - Monday, January 9th in the Media Center

Artist People Fundraiser

Adults Only! Come join the PTA to paint your own Paris Winter on Friday, January 20th from 7-9pm. You may bring your own snacks. $40 per person, space is limited. Password: LBSPTA

Family Fun Night - Friday, January 27, 2023

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.

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, Performance Example Video (and see our Facebook Page for more past year's 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 at Sign up here International Night Participation Form or print out the attached flyer.

Chairperson Needed

The PTA is looking for a chairperson to spearhead the following in-school events: APEX Program & Fun Run (April 11-21, 2023) and our annual Spring Plant Sale (May 10-12, 2023). If you are interested in chairing either of these events, please contact Kelly Reilly.

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. $69 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 $289!) and the entire $69 will go to the PTA!! Be on the lookout for flyers with additional information.

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 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

Next 4th Grade Committee Meeting - Mon., January 9th, 6pm, in-person in the Media Center IMPORTANT DISCUSSION REGARDING 4TH SOCIAL & 4TH GRADE BASKETBALL GAME!! WE NEED YOU!

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

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.

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.