Principal’s Corner

Dear Lawrence Families,

A BIG thank you for all of the Halloween candy we received for Operation Gratitude. We were able to donate over 150 lbs of candy for our soldiers serving overseas! !

I was going to write about, Breaking the Cycle of Racism, that all the Public Schools of Brookline staff attended on November 8. We had a fantastic day with lots of energy. However, I’m going to move that information to next week in order to discuss the election and the importance of having conversations with your children about the election.

No matter your political beliefs, many Americans have questions about the future that will only be answered in the days to come. Therefore I feel it is important to ask that we do our best to support our students in staying focused on their learning. We accomplish this when we treat all with respect, everyday.
We knew that the day after the election could be emotional for our students, families and staff. Therefore the day after the election, staff met before school to plan and prepare for conversations with students based on student needs..These conversations were age and grade appropriate and a safe forum for students to talk and share. Students were then guided back to learning activities and it was stated that their ongoing learning mattered most both now and in the future.

Teachers led these conversations in order to address the questions and concerns of our students. Teachers took the lead from what students needed. We focused on how Lawrence is a safe, just, and caring community and that our classrooms, school, and communities should be a place of respect and safety for all. We explained to our students that it was all right to have strong emotions and encouraged students to talk with their parents. These conversations went very well and students were indeed back to learning quickly. As people we are always trying to “make sense” of our lives and this is especially true for children. Thank you for listening to your child and in helping them make sense. We also appreciate your telling them that you want them to be respectful at school and to be respected. Please also feel free to contact the school for any additional support you feel your child may need. Our Guidance staff is available.

Noted here is a link that parents and teachers can use as they hold discussions with students. This is primarily for older students but also has great ideas that can be adapted for younger students.

http://www.tolerance.org/blog/day-after

Tuesday, November 15 – Conferences for K-6, Dismissal at 12:40. 7-8 Grade students attend 8:00-2:30
Wednesday, November 16 Lawrence Latino Cultural Group meeting, 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Lawrence, room 208
Friday, November 18 – Apple Pie Making, 1:30 -3:30pm and Pie Pickup, 3:00-5:00pm – We encourage students in grades 5-8 and their families to help make pies. Younger students are welcome if they are directly supervised by a student.
Wednesday, November 23 – noon Dismissal for Thanksgiving – All students
Thursday, November 24 and Friday November 25 – No School – Thanksgiving Break

Sincerely,

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

“There is a destiny that makes us brothers; none goes his own way alone: All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” Edwin Markham

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