Dear Lawrence School Families:
Welcome and welcome back to the Lawrence School! For those who are new to the Lawrence community, we extend a warm welcome. In the words of our school vision statement, we strive to be “a safe, just and caring learning community of students, staff and families. We are a vibrant learning community with high expectations for academic excellence.” We invite you to join us in bringing this vision to life.
- Grades 1-8 Begins Thursday, September 1, 2016 (before Labor Day)
- Full Day of School
Kindergarten Phased-in Start:
- Thursday, September 1: First Day for Last Name A-J
- (12:40 Early Dismissal for K only)
- Friday, September 2: First Day for Last Name K-Z
- (12:40 Early Dismissal for K only)
- Tuesday, September 6: All Kindergarten Students – Full Day
- Monday-Thursday 8:00-2:30
- Fridays 8:00-1:40
Other Early Dismissal Days: Be sure to take note of other Early Dismissal Days for parent conferences in November/December and April/May. These are on the official school calendar that can be found on the home page of Public Schools of Brookline website (http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/).
OPEN HOUSE DATES
Open House provides an opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher and get an overview of the school year.
- Thursday, September 15, 6:00-7:15 pm — Grades K-2
- Thursday, September 20, 6:15-8:00 pm — Grades 6-8
- Wednesday, September 21, 6:00-7:15 pm — Grades 3-5
Student Drop-Off and Parking Reminder: Please take note of the enclosed “Driving and Student Drop-Off” flyer for information on where to park or drop-off.
- Please do NOT park in on-street spaces designated for Lawrence staff.
- Drop-off behind the school or on Newell Road is PROHIBITED.
During School, Please Sign In: Doors are programmed to be unlocked 7:50-8:10 a.m. After 8:10, you must use the front door. Lawrence prides itself on its open feeling. During the school day, however, we ask that parents and visitors sign in at the office. Please help us keep the school safe and reduce interruptions to learning.
Build Good Habits – Please Be on Time: School begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students will be marked tardy if they arrive after 8:00. Hallways open at 7:50 a.m. Students arriving between 7:30-7:50 should report to the cafeteria. Older students are permitted to remain in the lobby until 7:50.
7/8 Fall Trips (Permissions slips and additional details will be sent home in the fall.)
- Grade 8 Fall Trip To George’s Island – Thursday, September 17: This is an extended day trip including a ferry ride to the island in Boston Harbor that is planned and led by school staff.
- Grade 7 Overnight Trip to the Farm School, Athol, MA – November 9/10 or 12/13. Half the grade will attend at a time. One group will leave early Monday morning, stay overnight and return on Tuesday afternoon. The second group will leave early Thursday morning, stay overnight and return home on Friday afternoon.
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN
A culture of continuous improvement is one hallmark of an effective school. Our School Council and faculty update the goals in our school improvement plan annually. The latest plan is posted on the Lawrence School website. Go to http://lawrenceschoolbrookline.org/ and click on “School Improvement Plan” under “Quick Links.” Laura Horst and I will provide an overview of our school goals at the opening PTO meeting on September 29, 2015 at 8:00 am.
HOW TO STAY INFORMED AND BE INVOLVED
- Check the School Website: Be sure to check our school website regularly as it serves as a primary source of school information. Bookmark www.lawrenceschoolbrookline.org.
- Receive weekly email PTO updates: Weekly email updates will be sent out to all parents who subscribe. If you are new to the school or were not receiving weekly updates from the PTO last year, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to add your name to the list. Please note that while the school has your email address, you must sign up with the PTO to receive PTO emails.
- Attend PTO Meetings held 8 times a year on Tuesdays – alternating between morning and evening. These meetings feature a focus topic of interest to parents.
- Attend Principal’s Forums scheduled 6 Thursdays during the year at 8:00 a.m. Forums may begin with a focus topic, but always include time for informal Q&A.
- Volunteer: Refer to the Parent Volunteer Opportunities on the school website to sign-up.
- Support the PTO: The PTO enhances our school by providing resources, programs, and other opportunities for students, staff and parents that would not otherwise exist. I urge you to support and participate in the PTO this year.
I hope you were able to enjoy time to relax and be with family this summer. Do not hesitate to contact me for any questions or concerns. I am looking forward to seeing you on September 1!
Warren L. Blair