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Lawrence School
Kaplan Drive
Middletown,CT 06457
Phone: 860-632-2158
Fax:  860-632-0738

James Gaudreau

Our Adopt-aSchool
Board of Ed. member is:

Franca Biales


The Lawrence Elementary School 




Dear Lawrence School Families,

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summers so far. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Jim Gaudreau and I am very excited about being your new principal. I have been a principal in Middletown for the past 10 years at Snow Elementary School. I am looking forward to meeting all of you in August and to see many of my former preschool students who attended Snow School!


Making S’Mores with the Principal -  Wednesday, August 19  Lawrence School playground 



There will be another opportunity to visit Lawrence School and meet your children’s teachers and me at our OPEN HOUSE!



3:30 pm - new kindergarten families

4:00 PM - grades 1,2,3,4,5


SCHOOL GOVERNANCE COUNCIL ELECTIONS: At our Open House on August 26, there will be a table set up for families to cast their votes for the school governance council. This is an important vote as parents, teachers, and community members are running to serve on this committee that helps guide and support the direction of the school. Please take a moment to cast your ballot. Thank you.



FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: I want to remind everyone that the first day of school is Thursday, August 27, starting at 8:50 a.m. Parent drop off starts at 8:40 a.m. Teachers and support staff will help children find their classrooms, and kindergarten students will be walked to their classrooms. Lunch will be served on the first day and school will be dismissed at 3:25 p.m. Teachers will help children onto their proper buses at the end of the day.


Class Assignments: You will receive another letter from me in mid-August (around the 18th) to let you know who your child’s teacher will be.


Kindergarten Students: all families who have a kindergartener joining Lawrence School this fall should receive in the mail several important notices specific to kindergarten from our three kindergarten teachers. Please call the office if you do not receive this mailing by August 21. In the mailings, the teachers have described in more detail the specific procedures and activities your children will participate in every day.


BUS ROUTES: The bus company (DATTCO) should be sending all families a card with your child’s bus number, bus stop, and the times your child will be dropped off and picked up at the bus stop. You can choose to have your child take the bus or you can opt to drop him/her off at school and pick your child up at the end of the day. If you do not receive information in the mail prior to Open House, there will be schedules posted at school. For questions about busing, you can call DATTCO at 860-635-8234 or call the Middletown BOE Transportation Department at 860-638-1418. If you do not receive bus information by Monday, August 24, please call us at Lawrence School at 860-632-2158.


Volunteering and Parent Engagement

I want to strongly encourage all families to become actively involved in the school and to support our PTA. We definitely need your support and involvement if we hope to offer children a variety of fun and educational experiences. I met with the PTA earlier this week, and I am very impressed with their enthusiasm and commitment to supporting Lawrence’s students. Please look for ways that you can make a positive impact at Lawrence School. A school is a reflection of the community it serves, and your positive, active involvement helps to make our school a special place for children.


SCHOOL SUPPLIES:                               

At Lawrence School, we try to provide almost all of the school supplies that children will need for school. We do recommend having some extra supplies available of certain items as children often run through them quickly. We do recommend that all children in all grades have a set of pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, and glue at home.


Kindergarten: backpack without wheels that is big enough to hold a large library book, lunch box (if needed), and an extra set of clothes. Labeling these items with your child’s name will be helpful.


Grades 1 – 5: – backpack, lunch box (if needed), pencils (often misplaced J), a set or pair of dry erase markers are recommended (children use these a lot), facial tissues (optional)

Glue sticks may need to be replenished later in the school year.  


TUESDAY FOLDERS: In an effort to make sure that all families receive every flyer and notice from school and the PTA, Lawrence School will begin using TUESDAY FOLDERS. Families should expect these red folders to come home every Tuesday. All messages from the PTA, community organizations, and the school office will be coming home on Tuesdays. Please join me in thanking the PTA for purchasing these red, durable folders.


It is important that families ask their children for the folders on Tuesdays. The folders may be used by teachers on other days of the week, but every TUESDAY is when important notices come home from the PTA and the school office. The TUESDAY FOLDER will go home on the first day of school with important messages from school!


I am looking forward to being your principal and meeting you. My door is always open if you ever have any questions or concerns.


                                                                                  Jim Gaudreau, principal     







The Great Kindness Challenge
Our students contributed 141 Handprints to help break the
Guiness World Record for the "Most Kind-Hearted Handprints".

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!






 The Lawrence School


Every day matters! Click link to view letter from Dr Charles.
Click on the above link to be directed to the bus route site.
Click link to learn more about the Summer Reading Program and Middletown Public School's Bookmobile Schedule from June 24th through August 12th!
Click link for more information.
  • September 7, 2015
    September 14, 2015
    • Professional Development Elementary & Secondary (PDES)

      Early Release for Elementary Students Grade K-5   -   1:15 p.m.
      Late Arrival for Middle School Students Grades 6-8 - 10:30 a.m.
      Late Arrival for High School Students Grades 9-12  - 10:00 a.m.

    September 28, 2015
    • Professional Development Elementary (PDE)

      Early Release for Elementary Students Only Grade K-5  1:15 p.m.

    September 30, 2015
    • Interim Reports Distributed (Gr. 7-12)
  • October 1, 2015

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