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Parents and/or guardians of Lawrence students, please complete the Lawrence Family-School Relationship Survey by clicking here, or clicking the above image. 

The Lawrence Elementary School


The Lawrence School is an inclusive community that supports and values the academic, social, physical, and emotional development of every student. We create a safe environment and foster mutually-supportive relationships among all stakeholders so that all children can maximize their potential in order to succeed as global citizens. 

                 Principal’s JANUARY Newsletter

The staff and I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! The New Year is often a time for reflection. I know how thankful I am that we have a school community that strongly supports education.  

Goal Setting is a very important and purposeful activity that we want all children to do. We want the children to learn that once you create a goal, there are specific things that they can do to achieve the goal. Effort and a great attitude help children reach their goals.

Here are some simple things you can do at home to help with the development of this skill:

  1. Talk to your children about the goals they have for themselves. Talk about what they need to do in order to meet their goals. (Example – if your child wants to be a better writer, what do they need to do in their writing to make it better? It could be adding more specific details, using the 5 senses in their writing, or rereading their work more carefully for spelling and punctuation errors.)
  2. Share with your child the goals that you have or had. Talk with them about how you met your goal and how that made you feel. Children usually look to their families as positive role models, so discussing your goals will help them with their goals.
  3. Talking to your child about visualization helps with goal setting. Asking your children to picture themselves achieving the goal and taking the necessary steps to meet the goal is an effective strategy. Here is a good question to ask: What will it look like if you have met your goal?  
  4. Distinguishing between a long-term goal and short-term goals. A common goal for a 2nd or 3rd grader is to learn ALL of their multiplication facts (long-term goal). A more reasonable short-term goal could be that the student will learn all of their 4 times tables by February. Breaking up long-term goals into smaller, doable chunks helps with children feeling that they have accomplished something in a short period of time.
  5. Celebrating each success as the children meet short-term goals builds confidence and internal motivation in children. Seeing a child proud of himself/herself is what it is all about.


Another good goal is to attend school every day and to be on time. The children need to be in school by 8:50 am. When children are absent too often or are late to school, they are missing valuable instruction and many are not making the progress that other children are making.

Another important reminder is that when your children are absent from school, a written note from you is needed to excuse the absence. The note can be sent in to your child’s teacher. Thank you.

                 Amazing Grace Food Pantry & Boy Scout Collections

I am happy to announce that we collected over 200 packages of hot cocoa prior to vacation. In addition, we collected dozens of toys and books for families. Your generosity is helping to feed and support families in our community – thank you so much for your thoughtfulness! Our community is truly giving and loving!                                                        Jim Gaudreau   gaudreauj@mpsct.org


Important Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, January 2                  Students return Winter Reading Challenge   can be handed in by 1/5/18

Thursday, January 4                FREE EVENT FOR FAMILIES      (cancelled; will be rescheduled)                GETTING FIT FOR THE NEW YEAR          our bodies and minds

6:00 – 7:00 pm at Lawrence School         Activities all around the school
 Interactive Hula Hoop Activities for Families by Judi Ann Jones 

Thank you to PE Teacher Mrs. Terribile on planning this fun day  

Monday, January 8                Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm for all students

                                                Students enrolled in Strings resume after school practices

Wednesday, January 11             PTA Meeting at 6:30 pm              free baby-sitting, all are welcome

Monday, January 15              No School        Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 16                School Governance Council                5:00 – 6:00 pm

Wednesday, January 24            5th Grade Families: Information Night at Keigwin Middle School          for all families – learn more about our middle school        6:30 – 7:30 pm

Monday, January 29              Early Dismissal at 1:15 pm for all students 



  1. We foster students’ emotional intelligence because we believe social-emotional learning is key to the development of the whole child.


  2. We cultivate a growth mindset among students, families, and staff because we believe in the value and importance of perseverance, varied learning dispositions, goal setting, and reflection.


  3. We foster a safe and welcoming environment that promotes a school community of supportive, empathetic, and cooperative individuals who are socially responsible.


  4. We engage learners by purposefully planning lessons that encourage inquiry and critical thinking, value student interest, and promote collaboration and discourse.


  5. We value a comprehensive arts and physical education program that enhances the core curriculum and allows students to explore, experience, and appreciate world cultures, while encouraging creativity, curiosity, and healthy movement.


  6. We provide rigorous challenges so students take ownership of  their learning as they use reasoning and thinking skills and academic risk-taking in order to develop creativity, perseverance, and  recognition of their role in the global environment.


Statement of Non-Discrimination

The Middletown Board of Education is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, marital status, civil union, military or veteran status, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or past or present physical or mental disability in any of its education programs, activities, or employment policies.  All educational programs and offerings, including vocational education and extracurricular activities, subscribe to this policy. Marco Gaylord, Director of District Operations, has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the district non-discrimination policies and may be reached at 311 Hunting Hill Avenue, Middletown, CT  06457; phone (860) 638-1485.


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

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