Principal’s Corner for November 2015
November is my favorite month of the year! It is a time to think about all of the people and things that we are thankful for in our lives. I know that I am thankful to be able to work in a school with such a loving community, dedicated staff, and wonderful children. Showing our appreciation to others is a positive theme that will be reinforced throughout many of the activities here at school.
Our school community has been consistently showing how giving we are by participating in a variety of recent activities:
- Creating Care Packages for Currently Deployed Servicemen and Servicewomen (our collection ends on Nov. 4: you still have time to donate books, magazines, snacks, breakfast bars, gum, candy, coffee, or water drink mixes). Children can make cards as well.
- School-wide canned food drive, when we collected over 300 cans of food for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry
- Recent PTA fund-raisers were very successful and will help with the purchase of supplies and the organization of school events and assemblies for all children
- Collect boxes or bags of stuffing mix for the upcoming holidays. This will be our November collection, so any donations will be appreciated.
Thank you to all of our families and teachers who participated in these activities! These are all wonderful ideas and do make a difference in families’ lives.
Giving Thanks – FREE Family Potluck Dinner at LAWRENCE
Friday, November 20, starting at 6:30 p.m. Let’s celebrate our wonderful community by having dinner together and engaging in some creative, fun family activities. Please see the flyer in the Tuesday folder.
Parent Conferences are fast approaching! That means that children will be receiving their first report cards soon! On Wednesday, December 2, Thursday, December 3, and Friday, December 4, parent conferences will be held for kindergarten and grades 1- 5 so families can see how much progress their children have been making. We will have early dismissal each of those days; children will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m.
I want to strongly encourage every Lawrence School family to attend the parent conferences. This is the perfect opportunity to talk to the teachers about your concerns, questions, or your goals for your children. The teachers have a lot of experience and ideas to share. The teachers can share tips on how to help your children at home with homework, reading, and math. It is also important for your children to share their goals with you. We recommend children attend part of the conference so that they can share their progress with you.
Annual Book Fair will be held from November 30 – December 4. The Book Fair will be open during most parent conferences, so you can drop by to shop before or after your child’s conference. We will continue with our traditional GRAND LUNCH on Tuesday, December 1, from 11:35 – 1:45 pm. Families can visit Lawrence and have lunch with their children or grandchildren. Then, they can visit the book fair together. This is a wonderful event to enjoy together!
Lunch Times for Children
Grade 1 11:35 – 12:00
Grade 2 12:00 – 12:25
Grade 4 12:25 – 12:50
Kindergarten & Grade 5 12:55 – 1:20
Grade 3 1:20 – 1:45
Please read the flyer in the Tuesday Folder for more information on the Book Fair!
DO YOU LOVE SCIENCE?
Wesleyan University's observatory hosts free public astronomy programs every week! Our two main programs are:
Space Nights - Every Wednesday at 8pm, aimed at high school level and above but open to everyone. Half-hour space presentation by a member of the astronomy department, followed by observing through telescopes if it's clear!
Kids' Nights - First and third Friday of each month at 8pm, aimed at elementary school ages but open to everyone. Kid-friendly space-themed activities led by Wesleyan astronomy students, including observing with our telescopes if it's clear!
For more information, or to sign up for the email list, visit our web page: http://www.wesleyan.edu/astro/events/
Are you interested in being a paraprofessional?
We are looking to hire a new paraprofessional who would work six hours daily with children at Lawrence School. If you are interested, please contact me at 860-632-2158 or email@example.com.
Jim Gaudreau, Principal
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.