Principal’s May 2016 Newsletter
I want to thank all of the families and teachers who offered their support for Families with Green Thumbs on Sunday, April 30. Unfortunately, rain led to us cancelling the event, but several parents have generously donated flowers and their time to continue working on beautifying the front of our school. A special thank you to Parents Tracey Asmus and Laura Scata for taking the lead on the project. We were able to receive very generous donations from Bruce Hellyer at Lowes in Cromwell, who donated mulch and planting soil. We will not be rescheduling the event, but Tracey has offered to continue with most of the planting and has purchased several new planters for the front of our school. THANK YOU for your support.
Our Family Fun and Fitness Night was a huge success. Physical Education Teacher Erin Pitruzzello organized many fun activities in the gym, including badminton, rope climbing, scoop ball, the climbing wall, and other fun family games. We also had yoga, arts & crafts, building towers with unconventional materials, and card and board games. I had a particularly fun time learning some new dance moves, as Parent Raquel Gomez showed us how to salsa, cha cha, and swing dance. Raquel is an owner of the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Middletown, so we greatly appreciate her time in helping all of us stay fit. I also want to thank Parents Dan Graham and Amy Strickland and Teachers Karen Share and Sue Imai for helping to organize, set up, or clean up from the event. THANK YOU!
Our Jump Rope for Heart fund-raiser was a gigantic success this year! Our school raised $2,100 for the American Heart Association. Lawrence School is such a giving community, so thank you for your donations.
National Bike and Walk to School Day is Wednesday, May 4. We encourage children and families to walk or bicycle to school. Let’s get our hearts pumping!
We are looking for families to help to plan summer reading initiatives and fun family activities that will motivate children to read over the summer. Our school data shows that many children lose reading and math skills over the summer, so we want to discuss creative ways to encourage children to keep up their studies and skills over the summer. If you have any ideas, please contact your child’s teacher or me at email@example.com . I would like to discuss some of your creative ideas at the next climate committee meeting on May 24, 2016, from 1:15 – 3:15pm. If you cannot attend at that time, sharing your ideas and creativity would be greatly appreciated.
Here are some activities done in the past:
Book Swaps Campfires Summer Field Day Music Performances Story-tellers
Reading to Dogs Science Assemblies Animal Shows Clowns Olympics Challenge
Our school survey results are in and the school climate committee has just begun analyzing the results. If you would like to see a more in-depth analysis and would like to be part of the discussion as we create new school goals, please join us on May 24, 2016, from 1:15 – 3:15pm. Thank you.
Important Upcoming Dates
5/4 LA BOCA Fundraiser. Let's celebrate Cinco De Mayo together! $10 "All You Can Eat" buffet from 5-8pm. Tickets are on sale. $1 kid drinks. Proceeds will help pay for Field Day Activities. This is a great deal, so we hope to see you there.
5/4 National Walk or Bike to School Day We encourage families to walk or bike to school
5/4 Smoke Trailer Visits for grades 2 & 3 Learn about fire safety
5/6 Field Trip for Grade 5 to Wadsworth Atheneum, 9:00 – 12:30
5/9 Early Dismissal for K-5 students at 1:15 pm
5/11 National Nurse’s Day - Please join in celebrating Mrs. Ellis, our wonderful nurse!
5/13 Spring Concerts for all students - 10:00 am and 2:00 pm shows - The 4th and 5th grade band will play at the 10:00 am show
5/16 Grade 5 Field Trip to Middletown High School to see opera
5/17 Mobile Education Sky Dome visits Lawrence (K-5) - learn about stars, science
5/18 Grade 5 Visits Keigwin Elementary School from 9:30 – 10:30 am
5/18 Grade 3 goes on Nature Walk
5/18 All City Strings Festival - evening performance
5/19 Parent Volunteer Breakfast - we want to thank all of our amazing volunteers
5/19 Young Author’s Night and Science Fair 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Book Fair - Buy One, Get one FREE - great for summer reading
5/20 Keigwin Band Students play at Lawrence 1:30 pm
5/21 Unified Sports Day at Middletown High School
5/23 Early Dismissal for K-5 students at 1:15 pm
5/26 Field Day rain date is June 3 we will be needing volunteers
5/27 Lawrence Talent Show - starts at 6:30 pm
5/27 Grade 4 Field Trip to the New England Air Museum
6/8 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - Grade 5 Promotion at 10:00 am Dismissal at 1:45 pm
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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