Principal’s October 2016 Newsletter
It has been a wonderful first month of school. One of the highlights for me has been Career Day. I think it is very important for children to think about long and short-term goals. Having an opportunity to excite children about possible professions and to learn about them has been rewarding. The children posed many great questions to our presenters and showed active interest in learning about careers.
I want to give the BIGGEST THANK YOU to all of our volunteers who made Career Day special!
Dr. John Conroy : Orthodontist
Cynthia Covert: Accountant
Tarah Lord: Registered Nurse
Al Santostefano: Fire Marshal
David Ribnicky: Firefighter
Brian Nelson: Limousine Driver and Owner
Morgan Terribile: Physical Education Teacher
Donna Bowden: Education Coordinator, Ivoryton Playhouse
Rose Scata: Seamstress
Laura Scata: Massage Therapist
Rehena Ruffino: Hair Stylist
Alisha Williams: Workforce Development, American Job Center
Sewell Minto: First Aid and Safety from Cintas
Damian Dontfraid: Technology Specialist for Board of Education
Kori Termine: Deputy General Counsel
Eamonn Wisneski: Attorney, Insurance Company
Sara Ribnicky: Attorney
Lawrence School is a very loving, giving community. For our recent Wacky Wednesday, we collected over 250 canned and boxed goods that we donated to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. The food collected weighed 168 pounds. This is an exceptional donation that will help families in need. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Walk-a-Thon on October 1. We raised about $1,100, and 100% of that money will go to the PTA to support events and activities for the students at Lawrence. Congratulations to our top two fundraisers: Matthew D (5th grade), who won the grand prize of the Fitbit Flex by raising $205, and Cameron L (5th grade), who came in second with $175 in donations and won the Get Healthy prize pack. As a result of their hard work, Mrs. Santostefano's class won the Smoothie party. We had many students who raised from $5 to over $200, and their commitment to this event was remarkable. Lawrence also had a decent showing for the Fun Run. We had about 15% student participation on a cold, rainy day, which was second among all schools in Middletown. Congratulations!
The annual Book Fair is approaching quickly and we are starting to plan events and activities. Our two week long book fair events (fall and spring) are always highly anticipated by the students, but they cannot be done without the help of many. We are looking for a few additional volunteers to help with the work that needs to be done in order to have a great book fair. If you are interested in helping, please contact Kelly Weisenberg at email@example.com.
Safety Drills: Every year our school practices safety procedures and protocols in case of emergencies. We have already practiced our fire drill procedures throughout September and we practiced our lockdown procedures. The children are told that these are practice to lessen any possible anxiety. The police and fire departments work collaboratively with Lawrence School to provide meaningful feedback and monitoring of the drills.
Wesleyan University offers an Individual Tutoring Program for interested families. They provide free one-on-one tutoring for students of ALL ages in ALL subject areas! Tutees are individually matched with tutors and will both coordinate a meeting time and place based on mutual availability. Tutors will reach out to families once the matching process has concluded. Typically, tutoring sessions take place on the Wesleyan campus and last for one hour. Families may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Center for Community Partnerships office at 860-685-2851.
In addition, there are tutoring opportunities available from two certified teachers.
Sue Bates (860) 632-2158
Melissa DiPietro (203) 710-8184
Student Drop Off in AM: This is a friendly reminder that if families wish to walk their children to the cafeteria door, please park your car in the parking lot so that the drop off line does not get congested with traffic. Thank you.
Breakfast Menu Changes: As a heads up for families who want their children to order breakfast, the October breakfast menu was incorrect. Mondays are still muffins for breakfast, Tuesdays are the cereal bar, Wednesdays are the Frudel, Thursdays are the Scooby Doo crackers, and Fridays are the mini cinnamon rolls. Sorry for any confusion.
News from the Lawrence School
Library Media Center
Big news! R. J. Julia, an independent bookstore in Madison, is hosting several authors who are popular with our students.
Oct. 7- Stuart Gibbs, author of the Spy School series
Oct. 17- Nick Bruel, author of the Bad Kitty series
Oct. 17- Raina Telgemeier, author of popular graphic novels like Sisters, Smile, and Drama.
Visit R. J. Julia’s website at http://www.rjjulia.com/event?month=2016-10 to learn more about these great events.
This month in the library, kindergarten students will read fiction and non-fiction books about community helpers. First graders are listening to Ivy + Bean and planning a celebration for International Ivy and Bean Day in late October. Second through fifth graders are learning about being good digital citizens through the Digital Passport and Common Sense Media activities at https://www.commonsensemedia.org . Check out this great resource, which has tons of information for parents!
Calendar of Events
October 11: PICTURE DAY FLYERS sent home in Tuesday folder; 4th & 5th grade state scores sent home
October 18: PICTURE DAY – all students will be photographed for yearbook (order forms brought in)
October 19: Kindergarten & 4th Grade Field Trip to Indian Hill Grade 4 has lunch on field trip
October 19: National Unity Day Wear ORANGE to support ending BULLYING
October 19: School Governance Council, 5:15 – 6:15 pm
October 19: PTA Meeting @ 6:30 pm free baby-sitting and light snacks
All families are welcome to attend We will discuss upcoming school improvement plan & vision
October 21: COSTUME BINGO BOO BASH 6:30 pm Food for Purchase 7:00 – 8:00 pm BINGO
Volunteers needed. Please email Dan Graham at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
October 24: EARLY DISMISSAL at 1:15 pm
October 26: Wacky Wednesday Wear a fun hat - no costumes or masks, please. Canned Food Drive to support Amazing Grace Food Pantry - looking for beans
October 27: Field Trip for Grade 5 to Sturbridge Village
October 27: Grade 4 Nature Explorations at Lawrence Mrs. Negrelli’s class: 1 pm Ms. Harlow: 2 pm
October 28: School Data Team Meeting (9:15 – 12:15) & Climate & Attendance Committee (1:45 – 3:15)
Any interested families are welcome to participate on these committees Please contact Jim at email@example.com
Jim Gaudreau, Principal
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.