Principal’s Corner: ADL Letter, LLC Parent Meeting and HOM

Dear Lawrence Families,

Important Dates:

May 16 – 8:00AM – Parent Informational Meeting on the Lesley Literacy Collaborative – Library
May 22 – Anti-Defamation League 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 –http://www.gbpflag.org/). at the Heath School, 6:30pm-8:00pm and open to all families.

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

Lesley Literacy Collaborative (LLC) – Parent Meeting – May 16 – Library
Please plan to attend a presentation on the Lesley Literacy Collaborative being implemented at Lawrence. Lawrence has been working with the LLC over the past several years in grades 3-5. K-2 beginning in the fall with professional development around implementing the reading and writing instructional practices through working with the Lesley Literacy Collaborative. The LLC is researched based and is being implemented in Brookline and many other school districts across the country.

The Habit of Mind for this week is:

RESPONDING WITH WONDERMENT AND AWE

What is it? – Being curious about the world. Finding beauty and joy in our lives and in learning.

Sounds like – “I wonder what makes a rainbow…” The geometric shapes in this are intriguing….” “The simplicity of this….. is amazing”

Looks like – Observing the beauty of the world around us. Finding joy in learning new and difficult things. Accepting challenge because of what could be learned.
Feels like – The world around me is a joy to be discovered. Learning is fun and enjoyable. Being curious makes be happy and feel connected and alive.

Some people think of learning as hard work and they try to remove themselves from demanding situations. We want students that are curious, to commune with the world around them, to reflect on a changing cloud formation, to feel charmed by the opening of a bud, to enjoy the beauty and grace of the little (and big) things in our lives. We want them to feel compelled, enthusiastic, and passionate about learning, inquiring, and mastering.

“The most beautiful experience in the world is the experience of the mysterious.” Albert Einstein

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

Warren Blair,
warren_blair@psbma.org

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