Principal’s Corner

Dear Lawrence Families,

Lawrence Food Drive for Syria
Thanks to everyone that donated and supported this food drive. The Lawrence community donated lots of food to support this relief organization!

Doors being held open
Please do not hold open doors for students or parents that are late to school or after school is dismissed. Students and parents entering the building after school starts or is dismissed should enter through the main entrance. This is critical as we secure the building and supports the safety of all of students and staff.

We have seen a large increase in the amount of students being late to school. Thank you planning to arrive between 7:50 and 7:55.

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:

Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations
What is it? – Using past experiences as a source of information and help.
Sounds like – “this reminds me of….This is just like the time when I…..?”
Looks like – Explaining what is happening based on previous experiences.
Feels like – I am able to move forward with……. because I know that last time….. (making connections)

Too often, students begin each new task as if it were being approached for the first time. Students that are good at applying past knowledge to new situations recall how they have solved a problem previously. These students make connections and understand the relationship between the previous problem and the new one. They are able to encapsulate their experience and apply it to new learning. They are able to draw forth from one event and apply it in another context. This habit builds confidence and allows students to understand new learning much faster than students that do not apply this habit as well.

“I’ve never made a mistake. I’ve only learned from experience.” Thomas A. Edison

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

March 27 – 8:15am – Principal Search Parent Meeting with Andrew Bott
March 29, 30 and 31 – The Famous Lawrence PTO Play!
March 31 – Jump Rope for Heart
April 5 – 12:40 pm – DIsmissal for K-12 conferences
April 5 – 12:40 pm – Movie Day – Sign up online using the PTO website!
April 5 – 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Lawrence K-8 Art Show

Sincerely, Warren Blair
warren_blair@psbma.org

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