Principal’s Newsletter for June
Wow, this has been a very quick school year! I cannot remember ever getting out this early before! It has been wonderful to watch all of the children make such positive growth throughout the school year. The strong sense of community truly makes Lawrence School a special place for children, families, and teachers, and I have greatly enjoyed my first year as your principal. Thank you for welcoming me and for supporting all of us as we work our hardest to help every child reach his/her potential. I look forward to many more amazing years as your principal!
FIFTH GRADE GRADUATION: Our talented fifth graders will be graduating on Wednesday, June 8. To celebrate their hard work, we will hold a promotion assembly at 10:00 am on June 8. The graduation will be followed by a cake reception organized by parent volunteers! Please join us in celebrating our fifth graders! We will miss you and wish you the best in middle school.
YEARBOOKS ARE STILL ON SALE: If you would like to purchase a yearbook, there are still some on sale. You can purchase the beautiful yearbook online.
Here is the link: https://fms.fluidmedia.com/v3/communities/2422/commons#bookstore
The online cost is $28.00 which includes shipping direct to your home.
I want to give a huge thank you to Parent Amy Strickland for organizing the yearbook this year. Running the yearbook is a huge task, and the quality of what Amy put together is amazing!!!!! I also want to thank many of you who took pictures at different events and trips throughout the year.
Teacher Assignments for the 2016-2017 school year will be mailed home to all families the week of August 22, 2016. All families will have an opportunity to meet their children’s teachers on the evening of August 31, 2016, for our Open House. Kindergarten: 3:30-4:30 pm Grades 1-5: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Fifth Grade Picnic was a huge success! The children had a very fun time in the bounce house, playing volleyball and other games, eating delicious food, and enjoying fun activities and each other’s company. Students greatly appreciated the free beach balls where they could have their friends write messages on the balls as a keepsake. The entire event was very well-organized and planned, and would not have been possible without the support and contributions from many families. Please join me in thanking Parents Lora Congelosi, Rita Pollak, David Cormier, Jim Carlson, Patricia Curtiss, Jill Koski, and Jessica Delgado-Lopez. The children will always remember this special day. J
Please join me in thanking PARTY TIME INFLATABLES for the amazing bounce house!
Their efforts and professionalism were very much appreciated! You can contact them at
OUR TALENT SHOW was a huge success! It always amazes me to see how many children can get up on stage and sing, dance, or perform in front of a large audience. We are all so proud of the children! The Talent Show would not be possible without the help from some very dedicated volunteers, teachers, and parents. Please join me in thanking Mary Monarca, Mrs. Scala, Mrs. Kraft, Parent Franca Biales, and our hard-working custodial staff. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!!!!!!
SUMMER CALENDAR OF EVENTS AT LAWRENCE – 2016
School may be over on June 8, but fun and learning will not stop this summer at Lawrence School. Several parents and teachers have helped me to coordinate some fun and educational events for you and your children throughout the summer. ALL OF THE EVENTS ARE FREE!!!!!
To encourage reading all summer long, we will have free books for children at all events. If your child wants to swap books, please bring them to the events so that other children can benefit from your books. We always accept donations of books, so if you have any extra books, please bring them to the school during any of the events below.
Please try to attend at least one of the events. If your child attends an event, your child will be able to add a special cute creature to their lanyard. Your child can select a toy to add to their lanyard each time they come to one of the events below.
Thursday, July 21: Lawrence School Campfire & Music: 6:00 pm FREE EVENT
While and after listening to some wonderful music, we will roast marshmallows by the campfire. Creative activities will be planned. FREE BOOKS will be available for all children who attend. FREE for families!
Wednesday, July 27: Book Mobile & Popsicles: 2:15-2:45 p.m.
Mr. Gaudreau will be driving the Book Mobile and will make a stop at Lawrence!
FREE BOOKS for all students. Come and have popsicles and say hi! FREE for families!
Thursday, August 18: OLYMPICS at Lawrence 6:30 – 8:00 pm FREE EVENT!
Work with your family and friends to complete some fun physical games and activities!
Let’s get some exercise together and have fun doing it!
FREE BOOKS will be available for all children who attend.
Wednesday, August 31: OPEN HOUSE FOR ALL FAMILIES!
3:30 – 4:30 pm – kindergarten OPEN HOUSE for families
4:00 – 5:00 pm – General Open House for all Families to visit classrooms and meet the teachers
The Book Mobile is Back!!! GET FREE BOOKS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
Throughout the summer, children can receive free books from the book mobile. The book mobile will visit The Highlands and the Ball Field at 5:15 pm on the following dates:
June 15 June 29 July 13 July 27 (Mr. Gaudreau is driving the book mobile)
SUMMER READING LOGS: Please keep track of all of the books that you read over the summer. You can list the titles on the summer reading logs you were given at school (or even on a piece of paper). All children who complete a log will be invited to participate in a special activity in September – I am going to keep this a surprise. J
Have a great summer!
Jim Gaudreau, 860-632-2158
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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