Principal’s Corner for November 2016
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:
- Two School-wide canned food drives in September and October, when we collected over 500 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
- Fifth grade parent committees have been organizing concession stands at local games and helped organize the Fun Run at Middletown High School
- Families donated their time to helping on field trips for kindergarten and grades 4 & 5
- Families helping to organize our Bingo Boo Bash and participating in this fun event
Thank you to our families who participated in these activities! They make a difference in people’s lives.
For November, the folks at The Amazing Grace Food Pantry have asked us to collect stuffing to add to the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project dinner baskets. We have agreed to contribute 300 bags/boxes of stuffing. Collection boxes will be in the health office through November 18. Students may drop off their donations anytime between now and 11/18. On Wednesday 11/9 we will have a Silly Sock Day to help remind us to bring in our donations. In addition, Wednesday 11/9 will be dress down day for the staff who will be asked to pay for their dress down day with 2 (or more) packages of stuffing.
Thank you for helping to make this a successful Lawrence School community service project!
Giving Thanks – FREE Family Potluck Dinner at LAWRENCE
Friday, November 18, starting at 6:30 p.m. Let’s celebrate our wonderful community by having dinner together and learning about the many cultures that make up our school. If you and your family can come, please complete the invitation that is in Tuesday folders.
We are also looking for families who are willing to share their culture (music, dance, videos/pictures , dress, experiences, etc.). Please see the flyer in the Tuesday folder if you are willing to share.
Parent Conferences are fast approaching! That means that children will be receiving their first report cards soon! On Wednesday, November 30, Thursday, December 1, and Friday, December 2, 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.
A new element to the conference schedule is that teachers will be available from 5-8 pm on November 30, to support those families who need a conference later in the day. More information will be coming home in upcoming Tuesday folders.
Annual Book Fair will be held from November 28 – December 2. 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, November 29, 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
Grades 2 & 5 12:00 – 12:25
Grade 4 12:25 – 12:50
Kindergarten 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!
ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES UPDATES
This is a friendly reminder about the importance of hand-writing an absence note for your children if they miss school for any reason. In order for the absence to be excused or verified, the office needs a written note within 10 days of the student’s absence. Thank you for your help with this.
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.