Important Notices from Lawrence School – 3/17/17
Updated School Calendar:
With the recent snow days the last few weeks, the school calendar had to be revised. In the Tuesday folder today you will find a revised copy of the school calendar. As of today, our last day of school will be Friday, June 16. Please note the early dismissal days that are coming up.
Magic Show, Dinner, and Basketball Challenge:
On the back of this flyer is information on the upcoming Magic Show, Dinner, Basketball Challenge, and Raffle that will be held on Friday, March 24, at Lawrence School. These events have been organized by our 5th grade parents and students, but every family at Lawrence is invited to attend.
5:45 pm: Dinner is served in the cafeteria (salad, pizza, dessert)
6:45 pm: Magic Show starts
Basketball Challenge and Raffle Prizes will be ongoing; raffle winners announced after the magic show.
$5 per person.
Due to the snowstorm, all conferences originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, have been rescheduled to Wednesday, March 22. March 22 will now be an early dismissal day at 1:15 pm.
Spring Book Fair:
Due to the snowstorm, the Book Fair will be extended and will be open on Monday and Tuesday of next week. The Book Fair will be open during school hours, so your child can receive permission from their teachers to visit the Book Fair.
The Grand Lunch has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 21, from 11:30 am – 1:45 pm. All families are invited to have lunch with their children and then visit the Book Fair with them. Please JOIN US!
Grade 1: 11:35 – 12:00 Grades 2 & 5: 12:00 – 12:25
Grade 4: 12:25 – 12:50
K: 12:55 – 1:20 Grade 3: 1:20 – 1:45
Friday, March 17: Tuesday Folder comes home new school calendar, yummy fund-raiser, Magic Show
Mon., March 20: Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm Book Fair Open during school hours
Tues., March 21: Grand Lunch Last Day of Book air
Wed., March 22: Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm Parent Conferences
Fri., March 24: Magic Show, Dinner, Raffles,
Basketball Challenge 5:45 – 8:00 pm
Principal’s Newsletter for March 2017
Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party on March 2 was a huge success. We had over 200 children and families attend and participate in arts and crafts, reading, family games and an obstacle course, and of course face-painting. I want to thank our two amazing and creative face painters, Valentine the Clown and Aimee Blair from Party Face!, for making this a special night. I also want to thank Parent Jean Newman for baking 200 colorful cupcakes for us to enjoy – we all greatly appreciate your baking skills and time. A huge thank you deserves to go to Teachers Melissa Nelson, Amy Mullen, Kerry Darby, Kelly Tuttle, and Shannon Johnson for planning this event and organizing the materials with me. This now annual event is a great way to celebrate Read Across America Day.
Parent Conferences are right around the corner on Wednesday, March 15 (rescheduled to March 22), Thursday, March 16, and Friday, March 17. I want to strongly encourage all families to either attend the parent conferences or conduct a phone conference with your child’s teacher. This is a great opportunity to hear how your child is doing and to work with the teacher on how to help your child improve. There will be early dismissal at 1:15 p.m. on those days and lunch will be served. The night of March 15 (rescheduled to March 22) is available as well for families why may not be able to get out of work before 5:00. I hope to see you there!
School Surveys: When you come for the conferences, there will be lap tops set up in the main hallway so that you can complete a parent survey for us. We are kindly asking if all families can take a few minutes to complete the online surveys. We want to hear your feedback and opinions and want to know what you like about Lawrence School and what can be improved. We create school goals based on the results, so please help us by giving your feedback. For all families who complete a survey, your name will be entered into a raffle to win a Dunkin Donuts gift card. If you prefer to complete the survey at home, you can access the survey from our website. THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME ON THE SURVEY.
- The links to the Parent/Guardian English and Spanish surveys will be available on the Middletown Public Schools website.
Here is the link: http://www.middletownschools.org/page.cfm?p=9637
Spring Book Fair
Our Spring Scholastic book fair is here. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits. The funds we raise through Scholastic are used to enhance the literary selections in both your child's classrooms, as well as the library.
The Book Fair will run from Monday, March 13 - Friday, March 17 (same week as parent-teacher conferences) - extended to March 21). Please consider volunteering your time during the Book Fair; it is a week long event that requires a lot of help from our families. A huge thank you to Parent Kelly Weisenberg and Administrative Assistant Mary Monarca for organizing the event and beautifully decorating our library.
LAWRENCE MARCH MAGIC EVENT
Save the date and mark your calendars: the Lawrence Class of 2017 is hosting the Lawrence March Magic Event on Friday, March 24, 2017. This Lawrence family evening will include a three course pizza dinner, raffle baskets, and the show, Every Day Magic with Nevin Sanchez, as well as a basketball challenge for the whole family. More information will follow, and tickets will go on sale in early March. We hope you can join us for this special night!
Upcoming Events and Important Dates
March 12 Daylight Saving Time Begins Clocks spring forward one hour J
March 13 – 17 SPRING BOOK FAIR come and support reading
March 13: Online Sales for Book Fair starts
March 14: GRAND LUNCH families can visit the book fair during
children’s recess times
March 15: Book Fair open from 10:30am – 7:30 pm. Shop at Night!
March 16, 17: Book Fair open until 4:30 pm
Please read the flyer in the Tuesday folder for more details
March 15–17 Parent Conferences Students are dismissed at 1:15 pm each day Report cards are distributed
March 20 Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm
Last Day to Complete Parent Survey
March 21 Last Day for Homework Club
March 22 New Session of Karate Club starts
Staff from the Science Center visit Grades 4 & 5 “Where Does Water Go?”
Rescheduled parent conference day!
March 23 Staff from the Science Center visit Grade 5 “Good Vibrations”
March 24 Magic Show and 3-course Dinner at Lawrence see details in Tues folder
March 28 SPRING PICTURES
March 30 Art-ventures in Rainforest Club starts for K-3
News from the Library Media Center
Kindergarteners will read this year’s Geisel Award winners. First graders are creating their own books in the style of Steve Jenkins. Huge thanks to Mrs. Kaye for helping students create their illustrations! Second graders will be introduced to different information sources. Third graders will start an inquiry unit using the story One Plastic Bag. Fourth graders are listening to Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. They will use clues from the story to escape from the Lawrence Library. Fifth graders are looking at songs from Hamilton: An American Musical as an introduction to the American Revolution.
The PTA will hold the Scholastic Book Fair in the library media center during the week of March 13. Stop in before or after your child’s conference and pick out some great books. THANK YOU to the PTA for all the work they do to support literacy in our school! Mrs. Darby
News from ART
Fifth grade students will complete their one point perspective drawings at the beginning of the month. Next, students will learn about value and apply this to a still life drawing.
Grade four students are continuing to create artwork inspired by William Johnson. Johnson’s subject matter, abstract figures, use of pattern and bold color are being incorporated into students’ drawings and paintings. Later this month, students will learn about Georgia O’Keeffe and create a related artwork.
Students in the third grade are at different points in their Ringgold inspired art. While one class is almost finished, another class is just beginning their stories and illustrations. Following the completion of the Ringgold inspired art, students will learn about Mardi Gras and create masks.
This month, second grade students have begun to learn about still life through the delicious looking art of Wayne Thiebaud. Desserts will be the subject of original drawings and paintings. Students will then create food sculptures using model magic.
First grade students will begin learning about Monet, an impressionist painter. Students will use watercolor and oil pastels to create their artwork. Later in the month students will make spring related artworks.
Kindergarten students will be creating artworks related to the arrival of spring. Students will understand why March is said to “come in like a lion and go out like a lamb.” We will also make artwork about the sky and clouds. The color green and St. Patrick’s Day will be tied to our art making as well.
Middletown Public Schools K-12 District Art Show
Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University
Opening Reception is March 18, from 5-7 pm
The show runs from March 18 - 25
Gallery Hours: Sat. and Sun. 1-4pm, Mon.-Fri. 12-7pm
We hope that all families can come and see the amazing art work that will be on display!
Minds in Motion March 18, 2017 1-4 pm
Minds in Motion is a fun state-wide event held annually in Middletown. This year the event will be held at our beautiful high school, and all Lawrence students are invited to attend. Children participate in creative, hands-on activities and critical thinking and problem-solving activities designed to challenge the mind. Parents get to participate in free workshops while the children are in classrooms from 1-4 pm, or parents can browse the amazing vendor stations with fantastic books and games to develop your children as creative thinkers and problem solvers. It is a fun day for all. Please consider attending.
Workshops fill quickly. Register now through March 10 at
Box Tops for Education: thank you for your support!
Thank you to everyone for submitting your Box Tops for education coupons. In total this year, we collected 3,443 coupons and will be getting a check for $344.30. This money will go toward the activities and events planned by the PTA for Lawrence students and their families. Your clipping is greatly helping all students and programming! THANK YOU!
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.
Click here to access student survey.
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