Principal’s Message for January 2017
The staff and I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! The New Year is often a time for reflection. I know how thankful I am that we have a school community that strongly supports education and children’s learning and safety.
Goal Setting is a very important and purposeful activity that we want all children to do. We want the children to learn that once you create a goal, there are specific things that they can do to achieve the goal. Effort and a great attitude help children reach their goals.
Here are some simple things you can do at home to help with the development of this skill:
1. Talk to your children about the goals they have for themselves. Talk about what they need to do in order to meet their goals. (Example – if your child wants to be a better writer, what do they need to do in their writing to make it better? It could be adding more specific details, using the 5 senses in their writing, or rereading their work more carefully for spelling and punctuation errors.)
2. Share with your child the goals that you have or had. Talk with them about how you met your goal and how that made you feel. Children usually look to their families as positive role models, so discussing your goals will help them with their goals.
3. Talking to your child about visualization helps with goal setting. Asking your children to picture themselves achieving the goal and taking the necessary steps to meet the goal is an effective strategy.
4. Distinguishing between a long-term goal and short-term goals. A common goal for a 2nd or 3rd grader is to learn ALL of their multiplication facts (long-term goal). A more reasonable short-term goal could be that the student will learn all of their 4 times tables by February. Breaking up long-term goals into smaller, doable chunks helps with children feeling that they have accomplished something in a short period of time.
5. Celebrating each success as the children meet short-term goals builds confidence and internal motivation in children. Seeing a child proud of himself/herself is what it is all about.
Another good goal is to attend school every day and to be on time. The children need to be in school by 8:50 am. When children are absent too often or are late to school, they are missing valuable instruction and many are not making the progress that other children are making. Another important reminder is that when your children are absent from school, a written note from you is needed to excuse the absence. The note can be sent in to your child’s teacher. Thank you.
After School Clubs & Activities
New clubs are being offered in January for children in grades K-5. Children can sign up for multiple clubs. A Homework Club, Karate Club, and Crazy 8’s Math Club will be offered. Other clubs that started prior to winter vacation will continue (MAD SCIENCE, LEGO, and FLOOR HOCKEY). The last class for Floor Hockey is this Thursday, January 5. ENJOY!!!!
Amazing Grace Food Pantry & Boy Scout Collections
I am happy to announce that we collected over 300 packages of hot cocoa prior to vacation. In addition, we collected dozens of toys and books for families and warm winter clothing. Your generosity is helping to feed and support families in our community – thank you so much for your thoughtfulness! Our community is truly giving and loving! Jim Gaudreau email@example.com
Important Upcoming Dates
Tuesday, January 3 Students return Winter Reading Challenge
can be brought in on 1/4
Wednesday, January 4 Karate Club Starts after school
Thursday, January 5 Last Day for the Floor Hockey Club
Monday, January 9 Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm for all students
Wednesday, January 11 PTA Meeting at 6:30 pm
School Governance Meeting at 5:15 pm
Thursday, January 12 FREE EVENT FOR ALL FAMILIES
FIT FEST in the NEW YEAR for our bodies and minds
5:30 – 6:30 pm at Lawrence School Family activities in gym,library
Thank you to PE Teacher Mrs. Terribile on planning this fun day
Monday, January 16 No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Wednesday, January 18 5th Grade Families: Information Night at Keigwin Middle School for all families – learn more about our middle school
Math Websites for Children
Below is a listing of many interactive on-line opportunities that your child can do at home in order to practice a variety of math skills. We hope that these will assist you in supporting your child’s mathematical progress throughout elementary school and beyond.
- 1. http://illuminations.nctm.org
- 2. http://funbrain.com
- 3. http://starfall.com
- 4. http://arcademics.com
- 5. http://mathfactscafe.com
- 6. http://primarygames.com
- 7. http://coolmathgames.com
- 8. http://IXL.com
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!
Statement of Non-Discrimination
The Middletown Board of Education is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, civil union, military or veteran status, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity or expression*, sexual orientation, or past or present physical or mental disability in any of its education programs, activities, or employment policies. All educational programs and offerings, including vocational education and extracurricular activities, subscribe to this policy. Marco Gaylord, Director of District Operations, has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the district non-discrimination policies and may be reached at 311 Hunting Hill Avenue, Middletown, CT 06457; phone (860) 638-1485.