September 9 News and Notes

Welcome to the 2013-14 School Year!

The PTO officers and board extend a warm welcome to all new and returning Lawrence families.  As a reminder, school hours are now 8am to 2:30pm (Monday-Thursday) and 8am to 1:40pm (Friday only).


This week’s Principal’s Corner: Welcome Back!


New Family Welcome on Tuesday at 8am in the library. Learn about the school, hear from the principal, PTO officers and other key figures, meet other parents.

Our annual Fall Picnic on Thursday, in Lawrence Field. The fun starts at 5:30 pm! Pizza will be available for purchase. Help us keep the picnic green by bringing your own water bottle for free water fill-ups! Donations of baked goods for the bake sale greatly appreciated: just drop them off at the Bake Sale table when you arrive.  Finally, don’t forget to visit the SET-J table for delicious rice balls, sorbet and a Japanese fishing yo-yo game ($1 each), as well as information about Ms. Muendel’s forthcoming trip to Japan (see below).

All proceeds from pizza, the Bake Sale and the Set-J table benefit the PTO.

Volunteers are needed to help the picnic run smoothly.  If you can take a half hour shift (or longer) please sign up using our iVolunteer page or contact Lisa Lisi or Pamela Iguchi.  Finally, the rain date is Monday, September 16.


Our first PTO Meeting will be held next Tuesday, September 17, at 7pm in the library. Principal Rick Rogers will speak about the upcoming school year. As with all future evening PTO meetings (we alternate evening meetings with morning meetings to accommodate different schedules), babysitting is provided for older children. Monthly PTO meetings are a great way to stay informed, meet other parents and share your ideas and opinions.  Please check the website for a complete schedule.

Open Houses are an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, learn about the classroom and curriculum, and also to meet the parents of your child’s classmates. Open Houses are scheduled by grade:

Grades 6-8, Thursday, September 19, 6:15 – 8 pm.
Grades K-2, Wednesday, September 25,  6:15 – 7:15 pm.
Grades 3-5, Thursday, September 26, 6:15pm – 7:15 pm.

Lawrence Special Activities (LSA) is a parent-run program offering after-school enrichment classes for Lawrence students. The LSA Fall Catalog will be distributed to students by Friday, September 13 and is also available on our website. Registration deadline for fall classes is Wednesday, September 18. Please return forms to school office by 2:30 pm that day in order to be included in the lottery for class spots – after that point, open registration will be available only as space allows.  Fall classes begin the week of September 30 and run for 7 or 8 weeks.  Please check the catalog for details.


Ms. Magno, the Lawrence art teacher, is always looking for materials. Please consider donating objects or pictures to the Art Room this year. Requested items below make great subjects for observational drawing and painting. Thank you!

  • Toys (plastic action figures, cars, trucks, etc)
  • Sea shells, feathers, rocks,  or other objects from nature
  • Plastic food
  • Containers (interesting mugs, bowls, tea pots)
  • Kitchen utensils or interesting tools
  • Old calendars or picture books

Literacy specialist and former 7/8 English teacher Dianne Muendel will visit Japan for 10 days next June (2014) as part of the SET-J program. The “Sending Educators To Japan” program, which is funded by the PTO, has been sending Lawrence teachers to Japan since 2002. Participants are able to observe the Japanese educational system in various settings and experience Japanese culture firsthand. Upon returning, they share their experiences and discoveries with the Lawrence community, giving us a glimpse into another society as well. Click here to learn more about SET-J.

If you would like to help at the Fall Picnic’s SET-J table specifically, please sign up on online here.

Finally, for families new to Lawrence from Japan, we have a monthly Japanese Newsletter. The next issue will be distributed early in October. If you would like to see last year’s newsletter, please click here. If you need the password for the page, please contact Akiko Kawai.

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