Principal’s Corner

Dear Lawrence Families,

Want to make a difference this Halloween? Lawrence is partnering with some local dentists to collect Halloween candy! These dentists then donate the candy to Operation Gratitude.The candy is then sent to our troops overseas with the help of the USO.

What? – Halloween Candy Collection for Operation Gratitude!

How? Bring in a clear quart size Ziploc type baggie with Halloween candy and drop it off in the marked boxes provided in the lobby or bring to the office! We will also accept new bags of candy.

When? Between October 31 and November 4.

The Halloween Parade for K-2 is at 2:00pm on the field weather permitting(inside if not). Traditionally 3rd-5th graders put costumes on after lunch. 6-8 graders have typically  not worn costumes but have sometimes worn an accessory. Please do not wear masks, scary or gory costumes so we do not score our younger students. All students attend the parade and families are welcome!

The Habit of Mind for this edition is:

MANAGING IMPULSIVITY

What is it? –  Thinking before acting

Sounds like – “Just a minute, let me think” “What will happen if I do this?” “What’s the right thing for me to do now?”

Looks like – Looking both ways before crossing the street. Examining directions before beginning a task. Pausing.

Feels like – Slow down. Take a deep breath. Count to ten. Pause to think. This person cares enough to really listen to me. Comforting, Trusting, Vulnerable

Effective problem solvers are deliberate. They think before they act. They plan, set goals, and develop strategies for success. Reflective individuals consider alternatives and consequences of several possible directions before they take action. Often students blurt out the first answer that comes to mind. Sometimes they start to work without fully understanding the directions or lack an organized plan or strategy for approaching a problem or make immediate value judgments about an idea (criticizing or praising it). Students need to consider their alternatives and plan accordingly.

“Goal directed, self-imposed delay of gratification is perhaps the essence of emotional self-regulation: the ability to deny impulse in the service of a goal, whether it be building a business, solving an algebraic equation , getting a college degree, or pursuing the Stanley Cup. “  Daniel Goleman

Information on Habits of Mind are taken from the book Habits of Mind by Costa and Kallick.

Monday, October 31 – K-2 Parade, 2:00pm, Field if nice weather, inside if it’s rainy​​

Tuesday, November 1 – School Council, 8:00-9:00am, Library

Thursday, November 3 – Principal’s Forum, 8:00-9:00, Library

Monday, November 7 – Thursday, November 10 – 7th Grade to Farm School

Tuesday, November 8 – No School, All PSB Staff Learning and conversations on Race.

Friday, November 11 – No School, Veterans Day

Sincerely,

Warren Blair
warren_blair@psbma.orgm
Laura Horst
laura_horst@psbma.org

“Always carve your initials in the peanut butter when you open a new jar!” Matt, age 10

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