Principal’s Newsletter for February 2017
Start with Hello Week is in full swing this week, February 6-10. We are learning different ways to say hello, as students are sharing their diverse languages with each other during the morning announcements. Each classroom is participating in activities to help the students learn more about each other and what is special about each child. I believe that every person has something SUPER SPECIAL about them, which is why we will be having Dress like a Super Hero Day on Thursday, Feb. 9 (if it snows, we can have the spirit day on Friday, Feb. 10). On Friday, Feb. 10, we will have MAKE A NEW FRIEND AT LUNCH DAY, where we encourage students to sit with a new friend. In this month of February, typically symbolized with hearts, these activities are wonderful ways to share our hearts with one another.
Lawrence School’s children, families, and teachers have a lot of heart! What makes me so proud of our community is how we support one another. In Our Amazing Grace Race, we have collected over 700 cans and boxes of non-perishable food for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. To celebrate the 100th day of school on February 7, this is a great day to celebrate all of our families and students for their support. THANK YOU!
MINDS IN MOTION SIGN UP YOUR CHILDREN
Minds in Motion is an afternoon of fun, fast-paced, hands-on workshops for students from kindergarten through grade six. MIM will be held at Middletown High School on Saturday, March 18, from 1-4 pm. The activities challenge students to think creatively and critically. Workshop size is generally limited to 14-18 students so that teachers can actively engage the students in exploring new skills and ideas. Workshops are focused on a variety of topics, including but not limited to science, math, art, music, drama, languages, physical activities, creativity, cooking, technology, writing, etc. Come have fun!
To register, please go to www.ctgifted.org to sign up. We also need volunteers to make this event successful. If interested, please contact me at email@example.com.
Black History Month Research and Writing Project
As a way to recognize the important accomplishments and inventions of famous black Americans, Lawrence School wants to encourage our students to research and learn about famous black Americans. For any child who wishes to participate, they will take notes and write about what they have learned. Then, the children will read their notes over the morning announcements with me. This is a wonderful way to learn about important contributions to our society and daily lives. Enjoy!
SPRING BOOK FAIR
The spring book fair is scheduled for March 13 - 17, 2017. We are in the beginning stages of planning and preparing for the events and activities and are looking for a few volunteers to help out. Specifically, we're looking for parents to help draft and collate flyers, decorate the teachers' wish list boxes, plan activities, and more. The time commitment can be as little as an hour or two, and there are things that can be done at home, as well as at the school.
If you are interested in helping to plan the book fair, please contact Kelly Weisenberg via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, if you are unable to help with the planning aspects, we will be needing help during the week of the book fair to set-up the media center, work the cash register, help visitors on the Grand Lunch day, and clean/pack-up at the end. So, keep an eye out for more information in early March.
LAWRENCE MARCH MAGIC EVENT
Save the date and mark your calendars: the Lawrence Class of 2017 is hosting the Lawrence March Magic Event on Friday, March 24, 2017. This Lawrence family evening will include a three course pizza dinner, raffle baskets, and the show, Every Day Magic with Nevin Sanchez, as well as other activities for the whole family. More information will follow, and tickets will go on sale in early March.
Please remember to write a hand-written note or complete the absence slip sent home with your child for every day that your child is absent. THANK YOU!
Important Upcoming Dates
February 7, 2017 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 8, 2017 KARATE SHOW at 4:00 pm in media center
February 9, 2017 Spirit Day: Dress like a Super Hero Day (snow date is Feb. 10)
February 10, 2017 MAKE A NEW FRIEND AT LUNCH DAY
February 10, 2017 Valentine’s Day Dance, grades 3-5 7:00 – 8:30 Please purchase your ticket by Thursday, Feb. 9 see Tuesday folder
February 14, 2017 Mad Science Assembly 10:00 am
February 16, 2017 5th Grade Parents meet to plan upcoming events 6:00 pm in library
February 20 & 21, 2017 NO SCHOOL
Math Homework – is your child struggling with math?
The recent changes to the math curriculum have increased the rigor and difficulty of the math that your children are learning. Some parents have expressed that they have trouble helping their children with the math homework. We put together a list of excellent websites that will help reinforce your children’s skills and give them practice playing math games. Individualized information for all K-5 parents on how parents can access the Envision website has also been sent home previously. Envision is the main resource the teachers use for their instruction, so you can visit the website to see specific examples and descriptions of math problems that your children are currently working on.
Below is a listing of many fun, 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.
We hope that you will find this information useful. Please let us know if we can assist you in helping your child succeed at home in any other way.
Click here to access student survey.
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.