Dear Lawrence School Families,
I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer. June 8th seems like so long ago, and Lawrence School is very quiet without the children. I am excited about the upcoming school year and all of the fun activities and experiences we will all enjoy together this year.
Building positive relationships with families, children, and the community is important, so I want to invite you to come to Lawrence School for our OPEN HOUSE to meet your new teacher.
Wednesday, August 31: OPEN HOUSE FOR ALL FAMILIES
3:30 pm Kindergarten families meet in the cafeteria and then visit classes
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Open House for Children in Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: I want to remind everyone that the first day of school is Thursday, September 1, starting at 8:50 a.m. Parent drop off starts at 8:45 a.m. Teachers and support staff will help children find their classrooms, and kindergarten students will be walked to their classrooms. Lunch will be served on the first day and school will be dismissed at 3:25 p.m. Teachers will help children onto their proper buses at the end of the day. It is very important that children know how they will be going home from school.
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. If you do not receive bus information by Monday, August 29, please call 860-638-1418.
Volunteering at School
I want to strongly encourage all families to become actively involved in the school. We definitely need your support and involvement if we hope to offer children a variety of fun and educational experiences. 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.
Included in this letter is a note from the PTA about ways that you can volunteer. In addition to those activities, you may be interested in volunteering on school committees.
Climate & Attendance Committee (look at data related to behavior, attendance, family engagement)
School Safety & Facility Committee (reflect on fire drill and lockdown practices, review facility needs)
School Data Team (examine academic data to note trends, identify strategies, create school improvement plans, how data is tied to school climate, plan professional development)
School Governance Council (elected community members and parents looking at global initiatives inmorder to impact the school improvement plan and student achievement)
Cultural Team (help bring multicultural experiences to school, building relationships with families)
Future mailings will detail the dates and times for meetings, but I always welcome ideas and input. My belief is that everyone has something to share and offer, and one can learn from everyone you meet.
To get ready for the start of the school year, here is a list of recommended supplies your children will need for their specific grades. We try our best to provide most of the supplies the children will need at school, but we recommend that all children in all grades have a set of pencils, crayons, colored pencils, scissors, and glue at home to help with homework and projects.
Kindergarten – backpack, lunch box (if needed), labeled bag with extra set of clothes (optional)
Grade 1 – backpack, lunch box (if needed), folders with two pockets, pencils
Grade 2 – backpack, pencils, folders with two pockets
Grade 3 – backpack, pencils, folders with two pockets
Grade 4 – backpack, pencils, folders with two pockets
Grade 5 – backpack, pencils, folders with two pockets
All children will be assigned a locker, so the backpacks will need to be small enough to fit into the locker. Backpacks with wheels are not recommended.
Here at Lawrence and in all schools in Middletown, we emphasize the importance of school attendance. Being at school ON TIME EVERY DAY is our goal.
We greatly appreciate if doctor’s appointments can be scheduled outside of the school day. If your child is ill and needs to be out of school, it is important that the school receives a hand-written note from you as the parent to excuse your child’s absence. Please help us to reach our goals of having children in school and learning.
TUESDAY FOLDERS: In an effort to make sure that all families receive every flyer and notice from school, Lawrence School uses TUESDAY FOLDERS. Families should expect these red folders to come home every Tuesday. All messages from the PTA, community organizations, and the school will be coming home on Tuesdays. It is important that families ask their children for the folders on Tuesdays. The folders should be returned to school the next day so that the teachers can hold on to the folders until the next Tuesday. The TUESDAY FOLDER will go home on the first day of school with important messages from school!
SUMMER READING: We are asking all students to return the summer reading logs distributed in June or create their own summer reading logs. The logs should be handed into your new teacher to show how much reading you have done. Developing reading as an enjoyable habit is a great goal for many, so hopefully all of our students have found some entertaining books to read over the summer.
I want to thank all of the families who have attended one or more of our summer reading events. Your enthusiasm and strong support for all of our events shows me what a wonderful community we have here at Lawrence. Thank you for supporting our reading initiatives.
I am looking forward to a great year. My door is always open if you ever have any questions or concerns.
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.