Principal’s Newsletter for April 2016
Lawrence School continues to show its support for numerous charities, community organizations, and our own families and school. One of the best words to describe our school community is GIVING. I want to thank you for consistently supporting our school’s recent efforts.
American Heart Association: we collected $2,100 through Jump Rope for Heart Thank you to PE Teacher Erin Pitruzzello for organizing this collection
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. Our school library received $1,000 in new books and each classroom teacher received $250 in new books. Thank you to Parent Kelly Wesisenberg for leading the fair.
5th Grade Pizza Dinner and Raffle: we raised over $1,600 for the 5th grade field trip to the Bronx Zoo. Our fifth graders were wonderful hosts, and the collection of baked goods and raffle prizes was truly amazing! A huge thank you to Parents Lora Congelosi, Patricia Carlson, Rita Pollak, David Cormier, Patricia Curtiss, Ruth Reed, Vidya Seshadri, & Carmen Lombardo and Teachers Delores Ford and Nancy Santostefano for a fun and well-attended event!
Penny Wars & Piggy Banks: we collected $775 from all of the coins in our piggy banks. This money will be used by the PTA to support future student activities.
Thank you to Parents Tarah Jarda and Jean Newman for organizing this fun activity.
Our GIVING also extends to local community needs, as we are collecting non-perishable food and canned goods for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry. Our next collection will be on Wednesday, March 30. To help students remember our collection, we will be celebrating WACKY WEDNESDAY on March 30, where students can dress backwards, wear clothes inside out, or simply be wacky!
We really appreciate how you extend a helping hand to those in our community who are in need.
Before and After School Activities: in the Tuesday folder are flyers regarding many fun opportunities for your children. Please sign up for any of the clubs that sound fun to you. Scholarships are available for any families; please contact me at email@example.com or (860) 632-2158.
Outdoor Science Explorations (gr. 2-4)
Mad Science (gr. 3-5)
LEGO Pre-Engineering, Yoga, Karate (K-5)
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.
Yearbook Cover Contest: we are looking for any final student submissions for a possible yearbook cover. Out theme is SHOWING OUR PAWS. We have many creative artists at Lawrence School, so please think of designing a creative cover. Designs can be submitted until Friday, April 1.
Dr. Seuss Night was a huge success! We had over 245 adults and children attend. Thank you to Parent Jean Newman for all of her delicious cupcakes, and to the PTA for funding our amazing face-painter and clown, Valentine. Also, please join in thanking Parent Christel Hoydic and macaronikid.com for donating supplies and materials. Please join in thanking our teachers for their support: Mrs. Mullen, Mrs. Darby, Mrs. Ford, Mrs. Scala, Mrs. Pratt
Looking for Preschoolers 3-5 Years Old
A Family & Consumer Science class is being offered to high school students with a child care concentration. The students will be given the opportunity to work with 10 preschool aged children to teach them in a nursery school program.
PRESCHOOLERS HAVE TO:
BE RESIDENTS OF THE COMMUNITY BE AT LEAST 3-5 YEARS OF AGE
BE POTTY TRAINED
HAVE TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM MIDDLETOWN HIGH SCHOOL
THE PRESCHOOL IS FREE!
IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED OR KNOWS ANYONE WHO IS INTERESTED
OR CALL 860-704-4500 EXT. 4022
THE PRESCHOOL WILL RUN FROM the End of October-June 2016-2017 School Year
It is offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am-10:15am.
It is located at Middletown High School (200 LaRosa Lane).
Smarter Balanced State Testing
Our students in grades 3-5 continue to work hard on 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.
Testing Dates Reminders:
Grade 5 Language Arts: March 28 and 29
Grade 5 Math: April 5 and 6
Grade 4 Language Arts: March 29 and 30
Grade 4 Math: April 7 and 8
Grade 3 Language Arts: March 31 and April 1
Grade 3 Math: April 12 and 13
Makeup Tests are given prior to April vacation and students can use more time as needed.
Important Upcoming Dates
3/30 Wacky Wednesday children can dress wacky collecting canned food for Amazing Grace
4/1 Next rehearsal for All-City Music Concert at the Wesleyan Hockey Arena 6-8 P.M.
4/2 All-City Concert at the Wesleyan Hockey Arena 6:00 P.M. All students report at 5:30 P.M.
4/2 Minds in Motion at Middletown High School 12:00 – 4:00 pm
4/4 Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm for all students
4/4 Lunch with the Principal for all PAWS winners
4/5 Spring Picture Day - order forms were sent out in Tuesday folders If you need a new form, the office can send one home to you
4/5 New Kindergarten Orientation 5:30 pm at Lawrence
4/6 Last Day for Session 2 of the Karate Club Show will start at 3:45 pm
4/11 Field Trip to the Ivoryton Playhouse for grades 3-5 9:00 – 12:00 Permission Forms will be upcoming
4/12 Board of Education Meeting at Town Hall
4/13 PTA meeting at Lawrence with free babysitting. 6:30 pm in the Media Center. Guest speaker will be Dr. Patricia Charles, the Superintendent of Schools. She will be talking about the budget and will be here to answer any questions.
4/16 – 4/24 School Vacation
4/25-4/29 Screen Free Week. Special event at Lawrence on Thursday, 4/28. 6:30 – 7:30 pm Family Fitness Night and Game Night
4/26 Field Trip for Grade 3 - Wadsworth Mansion - rain date is 4/27
4/30 Saturday 1-4pm at Lawrence. Families with Green Thumb. More information to come.
5/2/16- 5/6/16- Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. More information to come. We will need many volunteers to make this successful and fun. Email for more information at email@example.com.
5/4/16- LA BOCA Fundraiser. Let's celebrate Cinco De Mayo together! $10 "All You Can Eat" buffet from 5-8pm. Tickets will be sold soon. $1 kid drinks. Proceeds will help pay for Field Day Activities.
5/13/16 Spring Concerts for all students 10:00 am and 2:00 pm shows
5/19/16 Young Author's Night and the Science Fair
5:30 - 6:30 pm
Science Fair Packet
Science Fair Suggested Topics
5/26/16 Field Day - We will be needing volunteers
5/27/16 Lawrence Talent Show more details will be coming
5/31/16- Last PTA meeting of the school year. Elections for the 2016-2017 PTA Executive Board will be held.
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