Newsletter February 2019
Greetings From The Principal
Dear Lawrence School Families,
Thank you for taking the time to read our quarterly newsletter! Communication with our families is an ongoing goal at the Lawrence School. We are always trying to improve how we keep you updated on how things are going at school and we are always interested in hearing your feedback on areas where we can improve. As of now, in addition to this quarterly newsletter, we make ConnectEd calls/emails when important announcements need to be put out. On Fridays we email an overview of the week ahead. Our school calendar is updated regularly. Of course, it’s also a good practice to get into a routine of checking your child’s PowerSchool information and if you have concerns, email or call the Team Leader. I encourage everyone to make sure they are taking advantage of these communication options and again, let me know if you have any suggestions. If you don’t know where to start, simply call the school and one of our friendly and helpful secretaries will be happy to get you connected.
I’d also like to highlight some of the methods we use daily to support the progress of your child while they are in our care. One of the most impactful aspects of our Innovation School structure is the schedule. Within this schedule, the departments meet every other day to work on key components of their particular subjects. Together, they review common assessments, make sure they are pacing appropriately and share best instructional practices, to name a few things. On the other days, the Teams convene. This group will focus on fostering a team culture that is the most conducive for all students to succeed. They may work to implement some strategies into their teaching that will support a student that is struggling academically or emotionally. Team meeting time is also a time to conference with a parent or guardian if a more in-depth conversation needs to occur. The Guidance Counselors and School Psychologist regularly attend these meetings to assist in this practice. These are just two of the many scenarios where our faculty communicates about student progress and reflects on how we can continually improve our work.
Thank you to the many parents/guardians and community members who have already made a connection with teachers, counselors or administrators here at Lawrence. Your partnership in support of the students is extremely valuable to us. Our students, at this critical age, face challenges everyday - socially, emotionally, academically. But when we work together, this great group of kids thrives! Thank you for reading.
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” - Coretta Scott King
Tom Bushy, Principal
A Message From The Assistant Principal
A Message from Assistant Principal Vieira,
During the week of January 28, the Lawrence School participated in the district and community-wide annual “No Guff” week. This week was an opportunity for our student body to participate in various themed activities to learn about proactive ways to handle conflicts and how to contribute to a positive school climate. We focused our daily activities around the school’s motto of Pride, Respect, Responsibility & Compassion. During Advisory and a variety of other conversations we have with kids, we have been talking about what it looks like to truly treat each other with kindness and to show gratitude to those around you. Unfortunately, we sometimes see the other side of this, but we believe that the more communications we have about appropriate and positive behavior, the better off we will be as a school community.
When you talk to your child at home, please ask them about a positive experience they had at school. A compliment they received from a classmate or a teacher. And if they don’t have anything to share, encourage them to brighten someone’s day with a kind gesture or compliment and perhaps the favor will be returned. The Lawrence School is a great place for our kids to learn and grow and their school experience can be even better if we help them along. Thanks for partnering with us to support your children through 7th and 8th grade!
Along the lines of sharing kindness and honoring positive experiences, we have been recognizing students each month who earn perfect attendance. Students are rewarded with a small token of appreciation and congratulated on their efforts. Our attendance rates have remained comparable to last year, but we are beginning to see an upward trend and we are hopeful our small act of kindness will inspire students to strive to be here everyday.
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” - Dalai Lama
Rebecca Vieira, Assistant Principal