The Lawrence Elementary School
Dear Lawrence School Families,
I hope that everyone had an enjoyable summer and is ready to be back at school. For our new families to Lawrence School, I think you will quickly see what a wonderful community we are here at Lawrence. Families and the community are supportive of one another and work well with the teachers and me to create outstanding educational experiences for all children. I am looking forward to a great school year!
Making S’Mores with the Principal - Wednesday, August 19 Lawrence School playground
Strong and frequent communication between the school and home is essential. There are many ways of getting reports on how your child is performing or on finding out what the PTA and staff are planning for children. Here are a few ideas:
- Attending Parent Conferences in December and March
- Contacting the classroom teachers through e-mail with any questions. All e-mail accounts use the teacher’s last name and first initial. Ex: Jim Gaudreau is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit the Middletown Public Schools webpage for detailed descriptions of the curriculum
- Read all communication between the teacher and home
- Tuesday folders - children in kindergarten – grade 5 receive folders every week. Inside are important notices from the school about upcoming events, the PTA, and family fun activities. If you have an important message to give to the school, you can put the note/message in the Tuesday folder. Folders are returned to school on Wednesdays.
- Volunteering in your child’s class or attending PTA events – be visible at school
- Attending PTA Meetings, School Data, Climate or Safety Meetings
The best way to create a positive school experience is for all families and teachers to work together. Our staff wants to support your children’s progress by working with you to help them be successful!
Arrival Times & Dropping off Children in the Morning
Important reminder: children in K-5 can be dropped off starting at 8:45 a.m. Teachers begin their bus duty at 8:45 a.m. and unload buses at the same time. The official start of school is 8:50 a.m. Children are considered tardy if they are not in their classrooms by 9:00 am.
CALLING IN ABSENCES AND TARDIES
Please do not forget to call the school when you are keeping your child home or you know your child will be late to school for an appointment. You can leave a voicemail for the secretary at any time of day.
The best number to call is 860-632-2158.
In addition to calling your child absent, a written note from the parent to excuse the absence is also required. The note can be given to your child to bring to school when he/she returns and can be given to the classroom teacher. Thank you for your support in writing these absence notes.
BUS ROUTES: The bus company (DATTCO) should be sending all families a card with your child’s bus number, bus stop, and the times your child will be dropped off and picked up at the bus stop. You can choose to have your child take the bus or you can opt to drop him/her off at school and pick your child up at the end of the day. If you do not receive information in the mail prior to Open House, there will be schedules posted at school. For questions about busing, you can call DATTCO at 860-635-8234 or call the Middletown BOE Transportation Department at 860-638-1418.
Volunteering and Parent Engagement
I want to strongly encourage all families to become actively involved in the school and to support our PTA. We definitely need your support and involvement if we hope to offer children a variety of fun and educational experiences. I met with the PTA earlier this week, and I am very impressed with their enthusiasm and commitment to supporting Lawrence’s students. Please look for ways that you can make a positive impact at Lawrence School. A school is a reflection of the community it serves, and your positive, active involvement helps to make our school a special place for children.
I am looking forward to being your principal and meeting you. My door is always open if you ever have any questions or concerns.
Jim Gaudreau, principal
FRIENDSHIP BENCH CEREMONY
BIKE/WALK TO SCHOOL DAY PHOTOS
The Great Kindness Challenge
Our students contributed 141 Handprints to help break the
Guiness World Record for the "Most Kind-Hearted Handprints".
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!
The Lawrence School