Principal’s Corner

Dear Lawrence Families,

Math League!
Congratulations to our students that participated in Math League! Students in grades 4-6 have been attending Math League practices since November. They work on a variety of interesting math challenges. 5th and 6th graders participate in 3 meets throughout the season.

Meet 2 was on February 15. 19 students from 5th and 6th grade completed. They won a trophy for team problem-solving, and came in 3rd place overall.

Parking and Pick up and Drop off reminders!

Live Parking is “Live”! – Thank you for not leaving your vehicle in the Live parking area and for pulling up when space allows.

Bus Zone – Thank you for not parking in the bus zone! This allows our students to be picked up byt the sidewalk and increases their safety.

Newell St. – Please do not use Newell St for parking or pick up and drop off. Thank you also for being considerate of our neighbors by not using their driveways or corners of the streets for pick up and drop off.

Habits of Mind (HOM)

I encourage you to use the Habits of Mind as a topic of discussion with your family. Please share how you developed this HOM over the years and help explain the importance of the HOM and how you use it in your life. The use of stories is a powerful way to support all learning.

The Habit of Mind for this edition is:

STRIVING FOR ACCURACY

What is it? – Working toward perfection, elegance, craftsmanship

Sounds like – “Making a list, checking it twice”, “Did I check my work?”, “Is this my best effort?”

Looks like – taking aim, double checking, using all your resources

Feels like – I’m proud of my finished product

People who value accuracy, precision, and craftsmanship take time to check their products. They review the criteria they are to use to confirm that their finished product matches the criteria exactly. They continue to perfect their craft by working to attain the highest possible standards. They are learning to bring a laser like focus of energies to accomplish a task.
These people take pride in their work, and they desire accuracy as they check over their work. Mario Cuomo, a great speechwriter and politician, once said that his speeches were never done; it was only a deadline that made him stop working on them. In every endeavor from athletics, art, science, medicine, music, engineering, etc. striving for accuracy is valued and admired.
Some students turn in sloppy, incomplete, or uncorrected work. They are more anxious to get rid of the assignment than to check it over for accuracy and precision. They are willing to settle for minimum effort rather than invest their maximum. Helping students strive for accuracy at home, in extra-curricular activities and at school can help increase their chances for excellence in learning and in their own life successes.

“Measure twice, cut once” anonymous

“A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.” Confucius

February 28-March 17 – Parent Survey – We encourage all parents to complete this survey!

March 6-10 – Lawrence Food Drive for Syria, please see the PTO website for more information

March 7 – 8:05 – School Council, Library

March 8 – 6:30 PM – 6-8 Grade Musical

March 9 – 6:30 PM – 6-8 Grade Musical

Sincerely, Warren Blair
warren_blair@psbma.org

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