Principal’s Message for September 2016
I hope that everyone had an enjoyable summer and is ready to be back at school. For our new families to Lawrence School, I think you will quickly see what a wonderful community we are here at Lawrence. Families and the community are supportive of one another and work well with the teachers and me to create outstanding educational experiences for all children. I am looking forward to a great school year!
Strong and frequent communication between the school and home is essential. There are many ways of getting reports on how your child is performing or on finding out what the PTA and staff are planning for children. Here are a few ideas:
- Attending Parent Conferences in December and March
- Contacting the classroom teachers through e-mail with any questions. All e-mail accounts use the teacher’s last name and first initial. Ex: Jim Gaudreau is firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Visit the Middletown Public Schools webpage for detailed descriptions of the curriculum
- Read all communication between the teacher and home
- Tuesday folders: children in kindergarten – grade 5 receive folders every week. Inside are important notices from the school about upcoming events, the PTA, and family fun activities. If you have an important message to give to the school, you can put the note/message in the Tuesday folder. Folders are returned to school on Wednesdays.
- Volunteering in your child’s class or attending PTA events – be visible at school
- Participating in Home Visiting
- Attending PTA Meetings, School Data, Climate or Safety Meetings
- Some teachers use technology to communicate, like Class Dojo
The best way to create a positive school experience is for all families and teachers to work together. Our staff wants to support your children’s progress by working with you to help them be successful!
Arrival Times & Dropping off Children in the Morning
Important reminder: children in K-5 can be dropped off starting at 8:45 a.m. Teachers begin their bus duty at 8:45 a.m. and unload buses at the same time. The official start of school is 8:50 a.m. Children are considered tardy if they are not in their classrooms by 9:00 am.
CALLING IN ABSENCES AND TARDIES
Please do not forget to call the school when you are keeping your child home or you know your child will be late to school for an appointment. The best number to call is 860-632-2158.
In addition to calling your child absent, a written note from the parent to excuse the absence is also required. The note can be given to your child to bring to school when he/she returns and can be given to the classroom teacher. Thank you for your support in writing these absence notes.
ATTENDANCE is very important to us. Please read the BOE attendance policy and the attendance notices that were sent home on September 6. Our goal is ON TIME, EVERY DAY, ALL DAY!
SEPTEMBER PTA MEETING
Our first PTA meeting will be Wednesday, September 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the library. All families are welcome to attend, as we have free baby-sitting and light snacks. We love to hear new ideas and truly value your feedback, so please come by!
Electronic Messaging and Updating Contact Information
As one of our school’s goals for this school year, we are going to try and cut down on paper that is sent home in the Tuesday folder. By collaborating with the PTA and School Governance Council last year, we polled our families and created some strategies for lessening the amount of paper used. More messages will be sent electronically, including future school newsletters, the Lawrence School handbook, and other important notices. We will still need to send some things home in the folders, but our goal is to cut our paper use by 50%. I am happy to report that in our first two Tuesday folders, we are significantly cutting back what we sent home compared to last year (even though it may seem like a lot still). J
In order to guarantee that you are receiving our messages electronically, please update your contact information (especially phone and email). If you go to our website, click on the link to Online Returning Student Enrollment 2016-2017 (upper right hand corner). If you would prefer hard copies of all notices, please let the office know. Thank you.
Voluntary Student Accident Insurance
If you are interested in student accident insurance, the district does provide information and resources for you. You can go to our website and go under Departments, then click Human Resources. Next, go to Insurance and Benefits. I hope this is helpful.
Peaceful School Bus Grant
Lawrence School will continue its grant program from last year to support the Peaceful School Bus, encouraging children to be on their best behavior on the bus. Here are some of the expectations:
- Stay seated on the bus at all times
- Do not switch seats
- Keep our hands and feet to ourselves
- Use inside talking voices so the children can hear directions from the bus driver
Elementary School Handbook
I am pleased to notify you that the Lawrence School and District Elementary Parent and Student Handbook 2016-17 is available on the Middletown Public Schools website, www.middletownschools.org. Please locate Lawrence School by going to “Our Schools” and you will find the link. Described in the handbook are district policies regarding discipline (suspensions and expulsions), dress codes, attendance, and bullying. Please take some time to review this document with your child.
If you are unable to access this handbook online, please contact our school office. If you would like to request a paper copy of the handbook, please call Mrs. Mosca, the school secretary, at 860-632-2158.
PTA Reminders & Calendar
Monday, September 12: Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm Teacher Professional Development Day
Monday, September 12: Green Street Activities start after school Buses bring students to Green St.
Wednesday, September 14: 1st PTA meeting!!! Meeting is held in the Media Center. Babysitting is provided. Don't forget your PTA Membership applications.
Friday, September 16: Welcome Back to School Breakfast volunteer to bring in something for teachers
A Note from Recess
We are looking for families to donate recess equipment so that children can play with more of a variety of equipment. If you have any extra equipment that you are willing to donate to the school, we would greatly appreciate your generosity. Items that children love to play with include …
- Balls (basketballs, kickballs, footballs, soccer balls)
- Jump Ropes
- Hula Hoops
Thank you for your support! Donations can be dropped off in the office.
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.