Principal’s Newsletter for May 2017
I love to start newsletters with good news! Two of our talented students, 4th grader Raima Maitra and 3rd grader Yuvan Sampath, are winners of the 2017 CHET Dream Big! Competition. Raima wrote an essay and Yuvan created a drawing telling what they would do or how they will change the world after college. They are 2 of 48 winners from across the state out of more than 2,800 students who entered the competition. WE ARE ALL VERY PROUD OF THEM FOR THEIR HARD WORK!
Speaking of hard work and effort, our students in grades 3-5 take their state tests starting this month. The Smarter Balanced Test in Language Arts and Math is given annually to students and emphasizes the growth children make from one year to another. We encourage all children to try their best, persevere, and take their time, as these tests are untimed. Below is the initial schedule for testing, but students who need more time do receive it:
Grade 5 Language Arts: May 4
Grade 5 Math: May 11 and 16
Grade 4 Language Arts: May 3
Grade 4 Math: May 9 and 10
Grade 3 Language Arts: May 2
Grade 3 Math: May 5 and May 9
Makeup Tests are given around these dates, and students can use more time as needed.
A reminder that our spring concert is approaching and the format of the shows has changed. Our shows will be as follows:
*Friday, May 12 at 9:30am all students in grades K-3 perform
*Friday, May 12 at 11:00am all students in grades 4-5 & band
Please send your student(s) to school in neat, clean, and dressy clothes. If you would like for them to have something more comfortable to wear, please send in a change of clothing. We cannot wait for you to hear our songs from around the world! Please feel free to contact me with any questions: email@example.com.
The Benefit Bowl at Middletown High School
The Benefit Bowl will be held on May 4, 2017, from 2:30 pm - 7:00 pm in the Middletown High School Cafeteria.
This year is a “sweet” event. Ice cream will be scooped into handmade ceramic bowls made and decorated by staff, artists, and students. There will be a choice of toppings and condiments for all taste buds. The bowl is yours to keep as a reminder of how one daily bowl feeds many of the world’s poor.
The Benefit Bowl Social is an extension of an international movement to end hunger called Empty Bowls emptybowls.net Tickets: Adults $10.00 and Children (10 and under) $5.00.
The monies raised will be given to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown.
Celebrate National School Nurse’s Day
National School Nurse’s Day is Wednesday, May 10. Please join in celebrating our amazing Nurse Kathy, who gives so much love and support to the children at Lawrence School.
When I think of Nurse Kathy, I think of two words: altruistic and active. Kathy is incredibly giving, as she consistently organizes food drives to support the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Kathy thinks of others, which led to a great idea! In Kathy’s honor, we will have a food drive from May 8-12 to collect tuna fish, a staple in constant need at Amazing Grace. Let’s try and collect 300 cans of tuna for families in need.
Bring in your tuna fish the week of May 8-12!
Nurse Kathy is also incredibly active, as she regularly rides her bike or walks to school every day (and it is quite a long journey J). What a coincidence then that National Walk to School Day is also the same day as National School Nurse’s Day. Let’s try and stay active by walking or bicycling to school on May 10!
Walk or Bicycle to School on May 10
We will unload buses and parent pick up at the start of the circle on May 10 to give our bus students and parent drop off students a little more exercise than normal. Please support this great day!
News from the Lawrence School Library
Overdue book notices will be sent home in the Tuesday folder. Please help your child look for any overdue books and return them ASAP. If the book is lost, please send payment in by Thursday, May 18th (cash only, please). Questions? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at school, and I will be happy to help you.
Yay, it’s May, which means that kindergarteners through third graders are joining other students throughout Connecticut in reading the Charter Oak Children’s Book Award nominees. As an added twist, fifth graders are creating book trailers to introduce the books to the younger students.
Fourth graders are almost finished with Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. They will soon see if they can use their knowledge of books and the library to escape from the Lawrence School Library using a Breakout EDU box. They are very excited!
News from Physical Education
The Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser was a huge success. Lawrence School students and families raised over $1,500 for the American Heart Association. All of the immediate prizes were handed out and now I am waiting on the prizes for students that raised $15 dollars or more, which typically take 4-6 weeks to come in. I will get them out to students as soon as I get them. Thank you to all that participated.
Important dates: June 2 is Field Day
Rain Date for Field Day: June 7
News from the ART ROOM
Save the date: The Board of Education Art Show
Reception will be held May 31
All students in grades 2-5 will be taking an exit exam based on vocabulary related to the artworks we’ve studied and created throughout the past year.
On May 3rd, fifth grade students will be visiting the Wadsworth Atheneum, in Hartford. We will utilize a class period to discuss and prepare for our trip. This month students will continue to develop their still life artwork. Students have chosen objects, created an interesting composition and will begin applying value to the observational drawing.
Grade four students will continue learning about Georgia O’Keeffe this month. Students have begun observational drawings of plants and flowers. Next, students will develop various compositions with a focus on emphasis through size. The final drawing will be completed with chalk pastel, demonstrating value and shading.
Third grade students in Mrs. Nelson’s and Mrs. Glaser’s class will be completing a mixed media artwork demonstrating watercolor technique and value.
Students in Mrs. Middleton’s class will learn about the Japanese holiday, Children’s Day. After reading the story, A Carp for Kimiko, students will create a carp kite in celebration of the holiday which falls on May 5th. We will discuss the term symmetry and use a rubbing technique to create symmetry on these soft sculptures.
This month, second grade students will learn about the artist, Mary Cassatt. Students will learn how to draw a face realistically. Students will then create a drawing of themselves (self-portrait) with a person (portrait) who is special to him/her. Seascapes will be introduced towards the end of the month.
First grade students are completing their daffodil collages. Next, we will create artwork around the theme of bugs and insects. Students will make clay ladybugs and create an imaginary “soft sculpture bug.”
Kindergarten students have begun to learn about Robins. We will draw Robins, sculpt clay nests and glaze the egg-filled nests. Students will also make artworks about Monarch butterflies and ladybugs this month.
Important Upcoming Dates
5/1 – 5/5 TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
Luncheon for teachers on Wednesday
Dessert Treats on Thursday donations are appreciated
5/3 La Boca Night for Lawrence School 5-8 pm
Come to La Boca on Main Street for dinner with your family. They have prepared a wonderful buffet for us, so please support this PTA fund-raiser. This was an excellent and well-attended event last year, so we hope to see you there.
5/3 Grade 5 Field Trip to Wadsworth Atheneum 9:15-12:30 explore amazing art
Grade 4: Connecticut Science Center visits to teach hands-on lessons on magnets
5/4 Grade 2: Connecticut Science Center visits to teach hands-on lessons on seeds
A huge thank you to the Community Foundation of Middlesex County for funding these programs.
5/5 Keigwin Band visits Lawrence School, grades 3-5 at 1:30 pm excite kids to play instruments
5/8 Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm for all students
5/10 National Walk to School Day
Encouraging families to walk or bicycle to school
Celebrate getting exercise and being active
Karate Club Show at 4:00 pm
5/10 National School Nurse’s Day please join in celebrating and thanking our amazing Nurse Kathy
She helps all of our students and gives so much love to them
To honor her, we would like to collect cans of tuna fish to help support the Amazing Grace Food Pantry
Our collection will start May 8 and end May 12
5/12 Spring Concert 9:30 am: K-3 students 11:00 am: Band and grades 4-5 students
5/16 Grade 2: FIELD TRIP to the Theatre at the University of Hartford 11:15 – 1:45 bring bag lunch
5/20 Unified Sport District-wide Event Middletown High School time to be announced Please show your support of our students
Middletown Kids Health and Safety Day 10:00–2:00 on Main Street features Bike Safety Rodeo
5/22 Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm for all students
5/24 YOUNG AUTHOR’S NIGHT, SCIENCE FAIR, BOOK FAIR, and PTA DINNER FOR FAMILIES 5:30 – 6:30 pm Come see your children’s work and projects
Book Fair: Get Ready for Summer Sale BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE
Thousands of great books to choose from
PTA FREE DINNER: all in attendance with receive a free hotdog, drink, and snack
PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT LAWRENCE SCHOOL!
5/25 Grade 3: FIELD TRIP to Wadsworth Mansion, Middletown explore nature and science
Students will need a bagged lunch 9:15–1:15
5/26 Grade 4: FIELD TRIP to Air Museum at Bradley International Airport need a bagged lunch 9:15-1:30ish
Kindergarten & Grade 2: science explorations around Lawrence School led by Everyone Outside staff
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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.
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