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Principal’s Message for January 2022

The staff and I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year in 2022! The New Year is often a time for reflection, so we selected REFLECTIVE as our IB Learner Profile Attribute for the month. When I reflect on being the principal of Lawrence School, I definitely appreciate the community of families and teachers that we have who are 100% committed to our children’s education. This is a stressful time in our world right now, so having a supportive community is critical. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!

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 actions and steps they can plan to help them 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. Ask them what they need to do in order to meet their goals and share strategies. (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.). Creating goals around work habits, behavior, and following daily routines are also effective at this age. 
  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. As a strategy from social-emotional learning, we ask students to picture how to be their best selves. There is a connection between these two strategies. Here is a good question to ask your child: 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 the best feeling.  

 

The School Governance Council is currently working on supporting families and staff. The SGC is comprised of parents, teachers, and community members who meet to support our school’s predominant needs. If you have any ideas/resources to share that can support the goal below, please contact me at gaudreauj@mpsct.org or 860-632-2158.                                                      

2021-2022 School Governance Council Draft Goal:In order to support the development of the whole child, the School Governance Council will advise and support school personnel and families by providing social emotional learning resources and opportunities at school and at home to build self-management and social skills for all members of the school community.

 

Keeping Safe and Healthy

 

Lawrence School staff continue to implement social distancing guidelines. Children continue to have their temperatures taken daily upon their arrival to school, and school staff monitor your children’s wellness throughout the day. We emphasize the importance of children keeping their masks on all day except when they are eating or are outside. Reminding children to wear their masks over their mouths AND nose is prioritized. Please help us by sending your child to school every day with a mask. Our goal is to keep your children safe. You will be contacted by the school nurse if your child is showing signs of being ill. 

 

You can help us keep other children and staff safe by promptly communicating to the school nurse regarding any positive COVID exposures or close contacts that your children may have experienced. If someone in your home has tested positive for COVID, that is important information to share with the nurse. If your child has been struggling with a fever, body aches or chills, that would be important to communicate to the nurse so that decisions regarding your child’s health, as well as that of others who come in contact with your child, can be prioritized. 

 

For many of us, this has been an emotional last two years. Even in recent months, the uptick of positive COVID cases and the anxiety around our own health and those we love have made things challenging. This is a stressful time. Acknowledging that, it is even more important that we all work collaboratively together to support our students’ health and wellness. Engaging in respectful and solution-based dialogue will best support all of us in our community. The priority is staying safe and healthy.  

 

 

January Food Drive: We will start our January collection of non-perishable food items this week and continue until January 28, 2022. Our food of the month is beans, but of course, all non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated. Thank You for being such a caring and giving community!  The Amazing Grace Food Pantry is incredibly appreciative of our donations.                                          

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Social-Emotional Strategies: A focus for us is to help students recognize their feelings and to help them learn strategies to self-regulate and respond appropriately to triggers. Learning to recognize our triggers and the triggers of others helps us with our emotional responses. We have recently focused on #4 See Your Best Self. When something occurs that may make us sad or angry, how can we respond while being our best selves. Children were asked to share examples of things that may make them or others upset, and then brainstormed how to best respond. Reinforcing these strategies at home can help your child learn to respond in a safe and responsible way. Examples of Discussion Starters:    

What would be the best way to react if …    *someone pushed you in line     *your math homework was very hard      *you lost a video game   *someone took your ball without permission        *you are told to clean your room         *your little sister was annoying you  




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.

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

The Lawrence Elementary School
Kaplan Drive
Middletown,CT 06457

Phone: 860-632-2158
Fax:  860-632-0738

Principal:
James Gaudreau
gaudreauj@mpsct.org

PTA Email:
PTALawrenceElementary@gmail.com

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

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