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Community - ​DUE TO WEATHER THIS MEETING IS CANCELLED.
Posted on 10/31/2019
​DUE TO WEATHER THIS MEETING IS CANCELLED. Please Join the Conversation with Dr. Michael Conner on December 2, 2019 -- Get involved to help our child...
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AASA Podcast May 20, 2019
Posted on 06/18/2019
Dr. Conner and Dr. McNulty AASA Podcast sharing the vision on Unlocking the Potential in ALL students....
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Middletown 2021: Keys to Innovation and Equity Strategic Operating Plan
Posted on 06/13/2019
Dr. Conner shares the Monitoring of MPS Strategic Operating Plan for the updated period through June, 2019...
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State of Education in Middletown
Posted on 06/09/2019
Event took place on Thursday, May 23, 2019 - State of Education in Middletown; Schools of the Future....
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All City Music Festival 2019
Posted on 04/15/2019
All City Music Festival Slide show created by Perceptions Photography...
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CIRMA Excellence in Risk Management Award 2019
Posted on 03/11/2019
CIRMA honors the Middletown Public Schools with its Excellence in Risk Management Award, including a $2,500 Excellence in Risk Management Grant, for ...
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Macdonough School works with Manes in Motion
Posted on 02/26/2019
Equine Program to Promote Academic Engagement...
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Posted on 02/03/2019
Come view our Students' Art Work at the Zilkha Gallery!...
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Innovation and Transformation Leadership
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AASA Innovation and Transformational Leadership Network
Posted on 01/14/2019
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Middletown Performing Arts Happy 2019!
Posted on 01/01/2019
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Macdonough Principal Celebrates Students
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Macdonough Principal Celebrates Students
Posted on 12/20/2018
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Fine Arts
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MPS Fine Arts 2017-2018 Year in Review
Posted on 07/30/2018
View this wonderful slideshow displaying many special fine arts and music moments with our Middletown Students and Staff!...
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Bielefield School Students - Library Skills
Posted on 06/19/2018
“Mrs. Ballachino’s fifth grade students at Bielefield School design and create games for classmates centered around library skills” ...
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Middletown DECA Students
Posted on 05/09/2018
During the 3rd week of April, 2018, 27 Middletown DECA students attended and 24 competed at the annual DECA International Career Development Conferen...
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Explore Middletown Final Report
Posted on 04/11/2018
Dr. Michael T. Conner, Superintendent, delivered his EXPLORE MIDDLETOWN FINAL REPORT to the Board of Education and Community Members on April 10, 20...
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View our talented students' concert!
Posted on 03/22/2018
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School Safety and Security
Posted on 02/26/2018
This is a reminder that our priority will always remain the safety and security of all individuals in Middletown Public Schools. ...
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Dr. Michael T. Conner
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Community Letter and Entry Plan from Dr. Michael T. Conner
Posted on 02/23/2018
Community Letter and Entry Plan from Dr. Michael T. Conner ...
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Happy Black History Month
Posted on 02/06/2018
See all the events in February!...
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MHS Community Letter
Posted on 01/12/2018
Letter from Dr. Conner regarding incident on January 12, 2018...
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MPS Performing Arts September, 2017-December, 2017
Posted on 12/03/2017
Enjoy this wonderful slideshow featuring our many talented students....
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Information from the School Nurse
Posted on 07/01/2017
Please read these updates from the school nurse. Make sure your child's physicals examinations and immunizations are up-to-date for school entry....
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Memorial for Jim Bransfield
Memorial - Staff, students and community gathered on Sunday to celebrate the life of Jim Bransfield, MHS teacher, para, advisor, and the voice of M...
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Your Voice Matters! Join the Conversation!
Community Conversations with Middletown's Superintendent Dr. Michael Conner to learn about his plan: EXPLORE MIDDLETOWN...
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The Lawrence Elementary School

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Principal's Corner

Principal’s Newsletter December 2019      

   ”It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.”    Ionesco

The word for the month of December is INQUIRERS. Inquiry is a very important aspect of an IB education, as students wonder, create questions, and develop hypotheses on a number of topics. Explicitly teaching students to pose questions to themselves as they read, answer math word problems, and engage in science and social studies tasks are prioritized. We want our students to QUESTION everything and have CURIOSITY about the world around them.

Our fifth graders have shown to be quite the inquirers recently, as they used our MakerSpace materials to construct their own functional push/pull toys. Students worked collaboratively to design their vehicles. As a culminating activity, our kindergartners were able to play with the creative toys, showing that the fifth graders’ efforts brought joy and fun to others in our school. Sparking students’ creativity is definitely one of the goals for Mrs. Darby, our school media specialist, who acts as a facilitator as students explore the MakerSpace. I am proud of our fifth graders for their hard work.



Music Notes

Don’t forget the winter concert is right around the corner! The date is TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, and the snow date is Tuesday, December 17th. At the 9:30 am show, all students in grades K-2 will be performing. At the 11:00 am show, all students in grades 3-5 and band will be performing. Please send your child to school in a dressy outfit. If you have any questions, you can contact Mrs. Scala by email: scalaf@mpsct.org

                                                                         

 Movie Night and the Holiday Shop

The Holiday Shop will be open at Lawrence on Friday, December 13. Your child’s teacher will have a designated shopping time for children to shop. The PTA is providing $1 for each child, and you can send additional money if you’d like them to purchase gifts for others. A flyer and special envelope was sent home in the Tuesday folder earlier this week.

Volunteers Needed for the Holiday Shop: if you are available to help during the day (between 9:30 and 3:00), please email 
PTALawrenceschool@gmail.com with times you can help. Thank you!

Join us for Movie Night on Friday, December 13, at 6:30 pm as we will gather together as a school in our library to watch Polar Express. This is a free event for families. Students are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring pillows and blankets as we enjoy some light snacks and a great movie.

The Holiday Shop will be open during the showing of Polar Express for families who want to find small gifts for friends and family members.

 

 
Generosity at Lawrence School
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 WOW- Your thoughtful donation of over 400 boxes of stuffing certainly made Thanksgiving a much happier day for hundreds of families. The stuffing was given to the Amazing Grace Food Pantry, and they were very appreciative.

I am especially thankful that our school supports families in our community.

Thank you to everyone who donated for caring and making a positive difference in the lives of local families.

 

ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCES UPDATES

This is a friendly reminder about the importance of hand-writing an absence note for your children if they miss school for any reason. In order for the absence to be excused or verified, the office needs a written note within 10 days of the student’s absence. Thank you for your help with this. Our goal is for students to be on time and at school every day!

 

Book Fair Thanks You! Thank you to everyone who supported the book fair in November. Our sales far exceeded our expectations! Due to your generosity, our school earned profits that will be used to purchase Scholastic books, Scholastic News magazines, and other educational materials to aid the educational goals at Lawrence for all students.  There were so many families who contributed through volunteering their time to plan, set-up, work, and pack up the fair.  Thank you to all of our volunteers! This is such a big event, and it could not have been successful without all of you.  Thanks also to the Lawrence families, including all who attended the GRAND LUNCH, who supported the fair through their purchases, as well as their donations to All for Books (which we used to purchase new books for several Lawrence students).  Special thanks to Mary Monarca-Webb who was responsible for the creative vision and execution of the Winter Wonderland theme and decorations.  Special thanks to Parent Kelly Weisenberg for coordinating the Book Fair. And lastly, we are so appreciative of the support by all the Lawrence staff, especially Mrs. Darby, who happily gives up her library for over a week to allow us to take over!  THANK YOU!!!!!

 

                        Important Dates and Events: December

 

Tues., Dec. 10:             WINTER CHORAL AND BAND CONCERTS

                        9:30 am: K-2 concert                            11:00 am: Grades 3-5 concert

 

Fri., Dec. 13:      HOLIDAY SHOP open during the school day and during Movie Night

 

Fri., Dec. 13:                FREE MOVIE NIGHT at 6:30 pm in our library

       We will watch The Polar Express; come in your PJ’s and bring pillows/blankets

       We will have snacks for families to enjoy.

 

Tues., Dec. 17:              DINING FOR A CAUSE             Mondo’s Pizza on Main Street, Middletown     From 5-9 pm - Lawrence School earns 10% of all sales, including take-out

 

Wed., Dec. 18:              Strings Concert at Middletown High School at 6:30 pm  

 

Fri., Dec. 20:                 Early Dismissal at 1:25 pm     

School Vacation from Dec. 21 – Jan. 1, 2020.


Social-Emotional Strategies:

A focus at Lawrence School is in helping students to be able to recognize their feelings and to help them learn strategies to self-regulate and respond appropriately to triggers. Communicating their feelings in a constructive way is emphasized, and the Meta-Moment is shared with students.

We discuss that all of us – every student in the school, every teacher, every parent – we all have triggers, something that may get us angry or upset. Learning to recognize our triggers and the triggers of others helps us with our emotional responses. Taking the time to stop and think about the best way to respond to a peer or adult when one is triggered is emphasized.

Sample Strategies:     Take 3 deep breaths, Get a drink of water, Count to 10, Go to the Calming Corner [take a break], Draw, Write, Read a Book, Think of a Place/Person/Pet that makes you happy, Talk to someone you trust, Squeeze or hold a comfort object, Positive self-talk

                                          

VISION:

The Lawrence School is an inclusive community that supports and values the academic, social, physical, and emotional development of every student through an engaging and relevant transdisciplinary curriculum that fosters students as collaborators, communicators, thinkers, and global citizens.

MISSION STATEMENTS:

  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, risk-taking, goal setting, and reflection.

     

  3. We foster a safe and welcoming environment that promotes a mutually-supportive school community of empathetic and collaborative individuals who are globally responsible, curious, and action-oriented.

     

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

     

  5. We value a balanced and comprehensive arts and physical education program that enhances the core curriculum and allows students to explore, experience, and appreciate world cultures and language experiences 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.




             

      

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

  Social and Emotional Learning Opportunities

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We emphasize the importance of students being able to recognize their emotions and to learn strategies on how best to regulate their emotions. The staff has been trained in the RULER, a strategy from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence (ei.yale.edu).

                R      Recognizing                  Identifying emotions in ourselves and others

                U     Understanding             Knowing the causes of emotions (why do we feel the way we do)

                L      Labeling                           Knowing feeling words to help us communicate feelings accurately

                E      Expressing                     Learning how to display our feelings and act in the school setting

                R      Regulating                     Developing strategies to manage our feelings

Your children will be coming home and will most likely be using some of the vocabulary and strategies we teach at school. You may hear about the META-MOMENT or TRIGGERS or your children may talk about breathing techniques and strategies. We will send home for you copies of the strategies and vocabulary we use so that you can also reinforce this at home if you so choose. Thank you.  

                                                 

 

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

Principal:
James Gaudreau
gaudreauj@mpsct.org

Our Adopt-a-School
Board of Ed. member is:
Christopher Sugar
sugarc@mpsct.org

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