Principal’s Newsletter for April 2017
Lawrence School has been a very busy place in the last two months. There have been so many wonderful events and activities that have been planned by parents and teachers to benefit children. Please join me in celebrating all of our volunteers and participants.
Scholastic Book Fair: Lawrence families continue to support the purchase of books and the enjoyment of reading. Scholastic gives Lawrence School a percentage of all money spent and the profits are then used by the classroom teachers and librarians to purchase new books. Thank you to Parent Kelly Weisenberg for leading the fair and to our wonderful volunteers: Tracey Asmus, Beth Juliano, Neeta Mehrotra, Kate Bysiewicz, Amy Strickland, Nithya Parama, David Ribnicky, John Devany, Helen Rogalsky, Kelly Tuttle, Prami Mutalik, Maggie Pratt, Shannon Johnson, Kerry Darby, and Mary Monarca, who decorated our library with a fantastic camping scene. Her creativity and efforts are greatly appreciated.
5th Grade Dinner, Magic Show, Basketball Challenge, and Raffle: wow, what a great night this was! I am sure I speak for many as I express how proud I am of all of our 5th graders for helping to decorate, serve food, and clean up in the cafeteria. They took their responsibilities seriously and had fun doing it! We raised a lot of money for the 5th grade field trip to the Bronx Zoo. The donated raffle prizes were truly amazing, as local businesses and families contributed many nice gifts and baskets! A huge thank you to the 5th Grade Families and other parents who organized and helped plan the events. Please join me in recognizing The Hunter Family, The Weisenberg Family, The Tuttle Family, The Barnes Family, The Biales Family, The Emanuel Family, The Latimer Family, The Newman Family, The Devany Family, The Steiner Family, The Graham Family, The Quinn Family, The Asmus and Lombardi Family, The Landry and Stabach Family, The Shea Family, and The Strickland Family. I also want to thank teachers Delores Ford and Nancy Santostefano for their support for our fun and well-attended event!
Dr. Seuss Night was another huge success! Celebrating reading and having fun as a school community are great goals for this event. Thank you to all of the families who attended. Thank you to Parent Jean Newman for all of her delicious cupcakes. Thank you to our amazing face-painter and clown, Valentine, and to my friend Aimee Blair of Party Face!, a creative and talented face painter. Both show great rapport with children and families, so please show your support of them. Also, please join in thanking our teachers for their support: Ms. Mullen, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Darby, Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Tuttle, Mrs. Johnson, and Mrs. Pratt. ALL OF THESE GREAT EVENTS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT, HARD WORK, AND FLEXIBILITY OF OUR CUSTODIAN STAFF. Thank you to Mr. Mike, Mr. Chip, and Mr. Greg!
Penny Wars: This fun activity and PTA fund-raiser starts on April 17 and ends April 28. The pigs are decorated and the students are showing their enthusiasm for trying to collect pennies in their piggy banks (pennies add value) while putting silver coins in other class’s banks (silver coins lessen the value in the banks). We collected $775 from all of the piggy banks last year, so hopefully we will be successful again. This money will be used by the PTA to support future student activities. Thank you to Parents Tarah Jarda and Erin Langford for organizing this fun activity.
Musical Talents on Display: Lawrence School is very proud of Ili Aissa, Gioia Biales, Sydney Hunter, and Gabrielle Phillips. The girls participated in the CMEA (Connecticut Music Educator's Association) Elementary Honors Choir. It was comprised of 200 students in grade 4-6 from districts around the state. The girls spent many hours practicing with Mrs. Scala in preparation for the event. Their enthusiasm and hard work truly paid off! They sang beautifully and made our school proud! Congratulations, girls!
Planning for a New Middle School
The Woodrow Wilson Middle School Building Committee is seeking public input.
The public is invited to attend any one of the three upcoming forums:
April 19, 2017 Wed @ 7PM - Woodrow Wilson Middle School's Cafeteria (following the 6:00 WWMS Open House for incoming 7th graders).
April 20, 2017 Thurs @ 6PM - Snow Elementary School Auditorium
April 24, 2017 Mon @ 6PM - Lawrence Elementary School
Come to provide your thoughts on what you would like to see in a new middle school. These forums are early in our process.
Grants Awarded to Lawrence School Tied to Science
We have been fortunate with our grant writing to be have been awarded grant money to fund hands-on science activities for many grades. The activities are made possible through the Community Foundation of Middlesex County grant and the Target grant.
Community Foundation of Middlesex County is supporting students in grades 3, 2, and kindergarten as they explore their natural environments and learn about plants, animals, and living things all around the school. In addition, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County is supporting the Connecticut Science Center’s Outreach Program that is running multiple hands-on lessons for students in grades 5, 4, and 2. The topics related to seeds, magnetism, the water cycle, and vibrations. Children get to explore all of these topics with staff from the CT Science Center. All of these topics are tied to the science curriculum for each of those grades.
Please support the Community Foundation of Middlesex County and its good works.
Yearbook Pictures Needed! If you have taken any recent pictures at any of our school events and think they may be perfect for our school yearbook, please contact or send the pictures to Parent Coordinator Amy Strickland. Amy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smarter Balanced State Testing
Our students in grades 3-5 continue to work hard in preparation for their state tests in math and language arts. The most important element is that students try their very best and take their time. The tests are untimed, so taking your time and reading all of the questions carefully is important. Showing perseverance and a positive attitude always helps when faced with difficult tasks.
Testing Dates Reminders:
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.
Talent Show Update
Mary Monarca, who has been running the talent show for many years, will be unable to run it this year. She is looking forward to coming back next year.
We are looking for a parent volunteer to help with organizing a Talent Show for our fifth graders to perform. We want our 5th graders to have one more opportunity to perform in front of their peers and families, as this is their last year at Lawrence. If you are interested in helping the principal with organizing a small talent show for our 5th grade, please contact Jim at email@example.com or 860-632-2158.
Important Upcoming Dates
4/17 Penny Wars Starts
Turn Off the TV/Screen Week kicks off this week
4/19 PTA Meeting at 6:30 pm - all are welcome to attend
Grade 1: Special Visit from Diana Sheard, “Valentine the Clown” at 10:45 am
4/20 Bright & Early Learning Center (Preschool) visits Lawrence to learn about Kindergarten
Last Day for Mad Science classes
4/21 Guest Author Teresa Pelham visits to share her life as a writer, reads a book K-5 at 10:30 am
Next rehearsal for All-City Music Concert at the Wesleyan Hockey Arena 6:00-8:00 pm
4/22 All-City Concert at the Wesleyan Hockey Arena 6:00 pm All students report at 5:30 pm
4/24 Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm for all students
Community Conversation with the Superintendent of Schools at Lawrence School at 6:00 pm
Focus will be on the new middle school building project; looking for parent & community input
4/26 Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day and our wonderful secretary, Mrs. Mosca
4/27 & 4/28 Kindergarten Registration for new families
4/28 Last Day for Penny Wars Thank you for your enthusiastic participation!
5/1 – 5/5 TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK - please see the flyer in the Tuesday folder on ways you can participate and volunteer
5/1 Grade 5 Field Trip to Middletown High School to see Salt Marsh Opera leave at 9:15 am
5/3 La Boca Night for Lawrence School come to La Boca on Main Street for dinner with your family. This is a PTA fund-raiser, as our school will raise money by ordering food. 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
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
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 Bike or Walk to School Day - celebrate getting exercise and being active
Last Day for Karate Club
5/12 Spring Concert 9:30 am: K-3 students 11:00 am: Band and grades 4-5 students
WHAT’S FOR LUNCH/BREAKFAST?
Let me start by introducing myself as your new Director of Food Service that provides meals for your children - Dave Mensher.
I can be reached at 860-704-4518 if you have any questions pertaining to our breakfast and lunch program. Please still reach out to your nurse for any dietary needs.
We want to give you all the information you and your child need to make their Lunch time / Breakfast experience as easy as possible!
Milk Only ………… $0.50
Lunch Meal price … $2.50 (Five different choice entrees. Hot lunch, Salad of the week, Daily Sandwich choice, Bagel & Yogurt Plate and our NEW SunButter & Jelly Sandwich. Our menus can be found on-line
Pre-Paid Meals ….All students will have a lunch account that money can be added to at anytime. Please make checks out to Middletown Public Schools and put your child’s ID # in the memo. On-Line Payment available. My Payments Plus. https://www2.mypaymentsplus.com/welcome
THERE HAS TO BE MONEY IN THE ACCOUNT TO MAKE PURCHASES. IT IS A DEBIT ACCOUNT, NOT A CHARGE ACCOUNT.
Dave Mensher Dir of Food Services
Notes from Music
Our next concert will be held on Friday, May 12th, 2017. All of our students have been working very hard learning songs from around the world to entertain you with, so we hope you enjoy our multicultural show. For this show, students will only be performing once so please come at your assigned time. This schedule is similar to the model used at all of the elementary schools in the district. Please be advised that we will no longer be sending home early dismissal information. Since the concerts are only in the morning, we want all children to stay in school after they perform. All students will still have more than a half day of school after the concert has concluded.
All students K-3 will be performing at 9:30 am
All students in grades 4 & 5 (including band) will be performing at 11 am
Update from the Art Room
Fifth grade students will design and draw a still life this month. Students will learn about value and practice creating values through a number of practice drawings and value scale exercises. Value will then be applied to the drawing in an effort to create the illusion of form.
Grade four students continue to paint and draw scenes from everyday life, inspired by William Johnson. Once the drawings and paintings are completed, students will learn about the artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, and create a related artwork.
Students in the third grade continue to be at different points in their art projects. Mrs. Middleton’s class has finished their masks. However, the other two classes have just started them this week. Following mask making, students will learn a watercolor technique about value to create a mixed media artwork.
Second graders are becoming familiar with the artist, Henri Rousseau. Inspired by a favorite subject of Rousseau’s, the jungle, students will be making their own jungle drawing. Students will focus on variety and overlap as they imagine a jungle landscape filled with animals.
In the first grade, students have just finished their Monet inspired paintings. We are continuing to experiment with watercolor techniques; resist, spray bottle and splattering, to make a rainy day mixed media artwork. Following this, students will begin a daffodil collage.
Kindergarten students will be finishing up their Lion and Lamb artwork as we enter the month of April. Students are using “found objects” to print the shape of a lamb’s body. Building on their paper techniques, used with the lion art, students will add faces, legs and grass to their print. Since we are a bit behind on my intended projects, I will incorporate lessons about the color green and the sky into our spring related artworks.
News from the Library Media Center
April 9-15 is National Library Week! This happens to coincide with our school vacation, which makes it a perfect time to visit the Russell Library. http://russelllibrary.org/index.html At the Russell Library, you can find books, magazines, graphic novels, DVDs, audiobooks, computers, games, and lots more! You can also use your library card to get a museum pass for free or discounted admission to local museums, parks, and science centers. These trips are a great way to spend a vacation day!
We hope that you will find this information useful. Please let us know if we can assist you in helping your child succeed at home in any other way.
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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.
Making S’Mores with the Principal - Wednesday, August 19 Lawrence School playground
FRIENDSHIP BENCH CEREMONY
BIKE/WALK TO SCHOOL DAY PHOTOS