November 10 News and Notes

This week: Jack Gantos Author Visit (Monday), Veteran’s Day – No School (Tuesday), K-6 Early Dismissal (Wednesday), Gr 7 Farm School (Wed-Th), LSA Registration Deadline (Friday).

This week’s Vice-Principal’s Corner: IPRs and Report Cards.


Thanks to PTO funding, author Jack Gantos will be visiting our school today. He has published more than 40 books for children of all ages including the Rotten Ralphpicture books, novels about Joey Pigza, and Dead End in Norvelt, which won the Newbery Award in 2012. Mr. Gantos will meet with students in grades 3 – 8 to discuss his books, his writing process, and to answer questions that students may have for him. We look forward to his visit!

Also today, Monday morning from 8:0-9:30 a.m., please join us in making candy leis for sale at the Japanese Food Fair – which is coming up soon on November 20th. The production team will meet in the cafeteria. We also need parents to help make food, set up, sell food and clean up at the fair itself, held after school in the Big Gym on the Thursday the 20th. If you can help, please contact Kimie HoshinoKeiko Maeda or sign up online.

The registration deadline for the LSA Winter Session is this Friday, November 14. Catalogs went home last week in backpacks but you can also view the catalog on our website. Classes include everything from Indoor Soccer en Espanol (Gr K-2 and 2-5) to Glass Beading (Gr K-5) to Digital Photography and Photoshop (Gr 3-8) to the Science of Sound (Gr 5-8) and lots more! Please return forms to the school office by 2:40 pm on Friday to be included in the Lottery – there will open registration as space is available after this date.  For more information contact Joanne Liautaud.

Math League has begun!  Students (grades 4, 5 and 6) are welcome to join throughout the month of November. Anyone can join if they like math and are willing to work hard. In a team atmosphere, students engage in solving mathematical problems during practices after school.  Many students compete in the three town-wide Math League Meets. The practices are held on Mondays and Wednesdays after school, from 2:30-3:15, in Mrs. Smid’s room, Room 317. Students are encouraged to attend practice at least once per week.  For more information – especially about the math meets – or for any questions, please contact the math coaches Ms. Smid or Katy McGraw.


Our next PTO Meeting is Tuesday, November 18 at 8:00 a.m. in the library. Lawrence parent Bettina Neuefeind will host an informal question-and-answer session about her involvement on the town Wellness Committee, specifically focusing on student stress and anxiety and helping students make healthier food choices by improving the quality and nutrition of foods at school. Hope to see you there.

The annual PTO Phonation, our biggest fundraiser of the year, will take place Monday, December 8. Each year PTO spends over $100 per student and this year we will provide more than $75,000 to directly support teachers, classrooms and students. Watch your inbox and mail box over the next few weeks for more information and please give as generously as you can. The Phonathon team could use a few more callers on their big night. In addition to our eternal thanks, there’s a pad thai dinner in it for you! Contact Katherine Ingraham if you’d like to help out.

February may seem far away, but planning has already begun for this year’s Family Fun Night and International Expo on Friday, February 6. This is the final year for the current team of volunteers, led by Tina Manuel, to put on the popular school event: they will be “retiring” after five years at the helm. That means it is a wonderful time for you to get involved and see how it all comes together, so that the fun can continue! If you are interested in helping out or learning more, please contact Florrie Ives or Tina Manuel.

Wow: the book wagon overfloweth! Thanks so much to everyone who has donated books for our big Used Book Fair held in May. Keep ‘em comin’ all year. If you would like to help unload the wagon weekly and sort a few books, please contact Pamela Iguchi to schedule a convenient time.

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