Newsletter November 2019
Greetings From the Principal
Thank you for taking the time to read our Quarterly Community Newsletter. This is a great way to stay updated on Lawrence news items over the course of the year.
The first quarter of the ‘19-’20 school year has been a good one. The elements of our school motto: Pride, Respect, Responsibility & Compassion, are alive and well in our corridors and classrooms.
One of the many school strengths is our Advisory Program. I recently showcased this program at a School Committee meeting with two staff members and six student helpers. I like to think of Advisories as a homeroom with a heart. In addition to the Pledge of Allegiance and attendance, the students have extra time with their Advisory teacher to build a positive connection with their peers and an adult that does not have grading or disciplinary responsibilities. Community spirit building activities and monthly themes are introduced with these small groups of students. Through observations of these groups, it’s clear to see that they each are taking on unique personalities, but all are providing a great way for students and staff to start their day. I encourage you to ask your child about their Advisory friends and some of the activities they are doing, or concepts they are learning about and discussing on a daily basis.
Parent and community communication is an area where we continually try to improve as a school. I encourage all parents/guardians reading this to make sure that their contact information in PowerSchool is up to date. When we make ConnectEd calls, we always send an email, which we understand is a preferred way to receive our weekly communications. If you have not been receiving these, there likely is a problem with how your address is keyed into PowerSchool, or perhaps we don’t have it. Please call the school to verify if you think we may have missed you. Please keep in touch and help us keep you posted about the great things that your kids are doing here at Lawrence. Thank you for reading!
Tom Bushy, Principal
A Message from Assistant Principal Vieira,
Greetings! As you may know, a significant portion of my job is dedicated to dealing with student discipline issues. Though I’m happy to report that overall students have been well behaved so far this year, I am realistic about the fact that this is a tricky age and peer to peer issues will come up as the school year rolls along. We continue to use a common language of behavior expectations of our PAWS-itive behavior model. You can find the behavior models and discipline codes in the student handbook. The resources have been useful when addressing behaviors and identifying appropriate consequences.
Many of the peer issues we deal withinvolve inappropriate communications on cell phones and social media. We realize that the devices and platforms the students use are a part of today’s society and encourage appropriate use of these, but there are steps that we can take to make sure our kids are safe and not participating in or being exposed to bullying or harassment. Please talk to your children about social media’s pros and cons and encourage them to report when they see something inappropriate. SmartSocial.com is a great website resource for parents/guardians. A recent post highlighted “20 Easy Tips for Using Social Media Responsibly” and one tip in particular can be something to start sharing with your student and that is the phrase “THINK before you post” T- is it truthful?, H- does it help?, I - does it inspire?, N - is it nice or necessary?, K- is it kind?
Mr. Bushy and I have visited every classroom in school to talk about behavior concerns in a proactive way. Our goal is to pre-address issues in an effort to support students and staff. We will continue with these visits over the course of the school year so please ask your child about the quarterly visit and the items that we discussed.
Rebecca Vieira, Assistant Principal