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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 June 2018 School Newsletter

Another wonderful school year is wrapping up, and I am so incredibly proud of our students for their positive academic and social growth throughout the school year. A strong sense of community truly makes Lawrence School a special place for children, families, and teachers. I know I can speak for all of the teachers in thanking the Lawrence families for supporting all of us as we work our hardest to help every child reach his/her potential. The last day of school is Wednesday, June 20.


FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS & FAMILIES: The last two weeks of school are very special for our fifth graders and their families. From visiting the Bronx Zoo to the Picnic on June 15, this is an exciting time. Our promotion will be on Wednesday, June 20, starting at 10:00 am in our library. The ceremony usually lasts between 30-45 minutes and all of your family is invited. We are going to miss our 5th graders tremendously, as they truly epitomize PAWS and being strong role models for younger children. I am proud of the academic progress they have made this year, but I am even more proud of their character and the truly compassionate, caring, and helpful students that they are.


A huge thank you to the families who helped in planning, organizing, fund-raising, and volunteering for the great 5th grade events. This was truly a collaborative effort involving dozens of committed families working together. You are very special families and will be greatly missed! 


Teacher Assignments for the 2018-2019 school year will be mailed home to all families the week of August 20, 2018. All families will have an opportunity to meet their children’s teachers on the evening of August 29, 2018, for our Open House.                   

                                                 Kindergarten: 3:30 – 4:30 pm

                                            Grades 1-5: 4:00 – 5:00 pm                  

                                  First Day of School: Thursday, August 30, 2018


Summer Kindergarten Registration:

For those families who have not yet registered for kindergarten, there will be 2 opportunities to do so in August. These opportunities are available to all incoming kindergartners in the district of Middletown.  

August 8 at Wesley Elementary School                          860-344-0381

August 15 at MacDonough Elementary School          860-347-8553


To register, simply call the number listed above and make an appointment with the secretary. You will need to bring your child with you to the appointment. You can get a jump start on the registration process by visiting our website (www.middletownschools.org) and completing the online registration information. This will save you some time if you can complete this ahead of time.


SUMMER READING LOGS: Please keep track of all of the books that you read over the summer. You can list the titles on the summer reading logs you were given at school (or even on a piece of paper). All children who complete a log will be invited to participate in a special activity in September – we are going to keep this a surprise. J


News from the Lawrence School

Library Media Center


Summer vacation is almost here! I am excited for vacation because now I will have even more time to read! This is a perfect time for you to catch up on your favorite books, too. Please visit the Russell Library or another public library many times this summer. Ask the librarians to help you find books, magazines, graphic novels, audiobooks, and ebooks that you love. Don’t forget to check out the summer reading program- Reading Rocks! At the library, you can also get passes for free or reduced admission to area attractions like the Basketball Hall of Fame, KidCity, Mystic Aquarium, and more. You can still use Pebble Go and Pebble Go Next over the summer. The login is lawrenceelem and the password is read.

The Wesleyan Book Store is another great place to visit. They will host multiple events for children and adults all summer. On Wednesday, June 6, author Rosemary Wells will lead a discussion for educators and families about the importance of reading. Have a wonderful summer!


Math Summer Practice:

Below is a listing of fun, interactive on-line opportunities that your child can do at home in order to practice a variety of math skills.  We hope that these will assist you in supporting your child’s mathematical progress throughout the summer.

http://illuminations.nctm.org                                     http://funbrain.com

http://starfall.com                                                           http://arcademics.com

http://primarygames.com                                           http://coolmathgames.com


Two of our favorites that many teachers use are www.khanacademy.org and https://xtramath.org. Many of our students may already have accounts, so enjoy!!!!


Summer Lawrence School Office Hours:

Our school secretary is on vacation for most of July, so the best way to communicate with the school is through e-mail. You can email me (Principal Jim Gaudreau) at gaudreauj@mpsct.org and I will respond to your email as soon as possible. I will be on vacation for a couple of weeks, so I will respond promptly when I return.



OUR TALENT SHOW was a huge success! It always amazes me to see how many children can get up on stage and sing, dance, or perform in front of a large audience. We are all so proud of the children! The Talent Show would not be possible without the help from some very dedicated volunteers, teachers, and parents. Please join me in thanking Mrs. Monarca, Mrs. Kraft, Mrs. Scala, Mrs. Biales, Mrs. Tuttle, Mrs. Johnson, and our hard-working custodial staff. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!!!!!!!



  Important Upcoming Dates


6/13       Grade 1 gets a special visit from the Hungerford Center           “in-school field trip”


6/14       Volunteer Breakfast & Celebration to recognize our amazing families and their volunteerism    8:30 am – 9:00 am  
Thank you for all you do!


6/14       New Kindergarten Families are invited to join us at 6:00 pm in the library

Hands on Activities and a Bag of Resources will be given to all families – FREE

                                We will interact with all of the resources - ENJOY


6/15       5th Grade Picnic        12:00 – 2:30 pm


6/18       Russell Library visits to share ideas for summer reading and activities


6/19       ELL Families Celebrate the year together    6 pm at Lawrence School


                Tuesday folder comes home with important activities for summer and end of year announcements



6/20       5th Grade Promotion starts at 10:00 am in the library


                Last Day of School  - students dismissed at 1:15 pm     


                Report Cards will be sent home


ENJOY THE SUMMER!                                                                                                             




  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-a-School
Board of Ed. member is:
Edward Ford, Jr.

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