Principal’s Corner

Dear Lawrence Families,

Important Dates:

May 22 – Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Assembly for 6-8 graders
May 22 – 24 – Lawrence Book Fair!
June 1 – Principal’s Forum – School Committee Chair Susan Wolf Ditkoff to hear from parents.
June 4 – Lawrence Fun Run – 8:30-10:30 – You gotta do this! Fun for ALL, walk, run, music, etc.
June 13 -Heath School will host a LGBTQ+ Parent Forum (led by Greater Boston PFLAG – at the Heath School, 6:30pm-8:00pm and open to all families.

Fun Run – June 4!
Please sign up online on the PTO Website News and Notes Section for the Lawrence Fun Run on June 4! You can walk, run, gallop, skip, hop and visit the bouncy houses, dance and have a great time! The Fun Run could use some more volunteers to help with registration and as course markers. Please email Keith Carson at to help!

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Assembly for 6-8 graders May 22
Over the last few weeks we have seen an increase in instances our students and primarily in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades of students saying unkind, hurtful and often untrue or misunderstood comments to other students and, at times, to staff. In keeping with our safe, just and caring philosophy we are having the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) hold an assembly/program for our 6th, 7th and 8th grade students on May 22, 2017. Please see the attached letter and thank you for talking with your child(ren) about your expectations for their interactions

The Habit of Mind for this edition is:


What is it? – Working cooperatively and collaboratively. Working effectively in teams.

Sounds like – “What’s you idea?” “How can we solve this problem together?” “By working together we can create a better solution.”

Looks like – Group work, team work. Effectively working together, listening and responding.

Feels like – A sense of accomplishment with others. Success. Trusting others to help.

Humans are social beings. We congregate in groups, find it therapeutic to be listened to, draw energy from one another, and seek reciprocity. In groups we contribute our time and energy to tasks that we would quickly tire of when working alone. Cooperative humans realize that all of us together are more powerful, intellectually or physically, than any one individual. Problem solving has become so complex that no one person can go it alone. No one person can consider as many alternatives as several people. Working interdependently has become critical in today’s world.
Some students may not have learned to work in groups; they have underdeveloped social skills. They feel isolated, and they prefer solitude. Some students seem unable to contribute to group work and are job hogs; conversely, other students let all the others in the group do the work.
Working in groups requires the ability to justify ideas and to test the feasibility of solution strategies on others. Through this interaction the group and the individual continue to grow. Listening, consensus seeking, giving up an idea to work with someone else’s, empathy, compassion, group leadership, knowing how to support group efforts, altruism – all are behaviors of cooperative human beings.

“Take care of each other, Share your energies with the group. No one must feel alone, cut off, for that is when you don’t make it.” Willie Unsoeld, Renowned Mountain Climber

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

Warren L. Blair

“Don’t make the mistake of opening an umbrella in the car.” Ryan, age 7

Comments are closed.