Principal’s Newsletter for February 2016
Parent Conferences are right around the corner on Wednesday, March 9, Thursday, March 10, and Friday, March 11. I want to strongly encourage all families to either attend the parent conferences or conduct a phone conference with your child’s teacher. This is a great opportunity to hear how your child is doing and to work with the teacher on how to help your child improve. There will be early dismissal at 1:15 p.m. on those days and lunch will be served.
We are encouraging all children to attend the conferences with their families. Your child can describe his/her goals and can show you the progress they have made in their actual work. The teachers work very hard at challenging children and differentiating their instruction so children who need extra help receive it in school. If you have any questions or concerns, communicating with the teacher is the best way to address any issues.
When you come for the conferences, there will be lap tops set up in the main hallway so that you can complete a parent survey for us. We are kindly asking all families take a few minutes to complete the online surveys. We want to hear your feedback and opinions and want to know what you like about Lawrence School and what can be improved. We create school goals based on the results, so please help us by giving your feedback.
Technology and Safety Enhancements
Based on feedback from parents and teachers in last year’s school survey, Lawrence School has focused a lot on technology and safety improvements. Working closely with the PTA, School Governance Council, and Lawrence teachers and administrators, the following improvements have been put in place:
- All K-5 classrooms have projectors and Mimio or Smart Boards to enhance lessons
- A new television was installed in the computer lab so that teachers can project images onto the screen and lead lessons with the new monitor
- Head sets for all children were purchased
- 30 Chrome Books were purchased so children can have more access to technology
- Additional walkie talkies and megaphones were purchased for staff
- Dozens of external and internal cameras were installed for us to better monitor
- Our loudspeaker system has been updated so that all areas of the school can hear announcements
- Sidewalks and handicap accessible walkways that were in disrepair were fixed
This is a great start! These improvements would not be possible if not for the teamwork and collaboration among families, teachers, district-wide technology specialists, PTA, and the School Governance Council. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR SUPPORT!!!!!
LAWRENCE SCHOOL BOOK SWAP
Would you like some new books to read over the upcoming long weekend in February?
Please bring in any books that you would like to exchange. The books you give us should be in fairly good condition so that another student would want to read your books. For each book you bring in from home, you will get to pick out another book to bring home.
Children can bring in books on Thursday, February 11, and Friday, February 12. The Book Swap will take place after morning announcements. We will gladly accept any book donations from families.
Spring Book Fair
Our Spring Scholastic book fair is fast approaching. It is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits. The funds we raise through Scholastic are used to enhance the literary selections in both your child's classrooms, as well as the library.
The Book Fair will run from Monday, March 7 - Friday, March 11 (same week as parent-teacher conferences). Over the next few weeks, you will be receiving more information about the events/activities that we are planning. Also, please consider volunteering your time during the Book Fair - it is a week long event that requires a lot of help from our families. A volunteer form will be sent home in a future Tuesday folder.
Important Upcoming Dates
February 2, 2016 100th Day of School Thank you to everyone who contributed to our 100th Day of School Canned Food Drive to support the Amazing Grace Food Pantry
February 5, 2016 Peaceful School Bus activity 8:50 – 9:30 am
February 9, 2016 Board of Education Meeting starting at 6:30 pm at Town Hall
February 10, 2016 Karate Showcase 4:00pm in library for children in after school program
February 11 & 12, 2016 BOOK SWAP
February 11, 2016 MAD SCIENCE after school club starts for K-2 students (see registration)
February 15 & 16, 2016 NO SCHOOL
February 17, 2016 Last Day to return Box Tops
February 22, 2016 Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm for K-5 students
February 24, 2016 New Session of Karate After School Starts please sign up to join, K-5
Jim Gaudreau, Principal
Lawrence School students and staff offer a heartfelt thank you to the members of the Middletown Council of Veterans who donated brand new United States and Connecticut State flags to the school.
Making S’Mores with the Principal - Wednesday, August 19 Lawrence School playground
FRIENDSHIP BENCH CEREMONY
BIKE/WALK TO SCHOOL DAY PHOTOS
Thanks to everyone for making this food drive a huge suucess! With this 100days/100cans challenge we were able to donate over 700 lbs. of food to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry!
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