It was such a joy to greet your children as they walked through the front doors and into the school on September 6th. As they marched bravely into a new school year, with new teachers, new peers, and new routines, our hearts went out to them for we too have experienced the same anticipation around starting the school year. We feel so grateful to be here at Lawrence, where staff and families have been so welcoming to the three of us.
It’s been a wonderful beginning to the school year. Over the course of the first couple of weeks, we’ve seen your students participate in creating their classroom communities. They’ve written their names and drawn self-portraits, created bar graphs of their birthdays, and developed systems for organizing their work in each subject. We have particularly enjoyed sitting in on opening and closing meetings, where students greet each other and review the days plans, then reflect on the day at the end. During an all-fourth-grade assembly, one student gave another a shout-out for “being kind to everyone.” Another mentioned that one of their peers accepted the rules for a game without complaining even a bit. These are just snippets of the type of community building that we’ve seen across the school.
At the same time, academic work is well underway. In science, we’ve seen students create to-scale models of the solar system and draw detailed scientific diagrams. A middle school French class filled in the words of a popular French song while elementary school students singing in Spanish can be heard throughout the school building. Students have reinvigorated their reading lives by choosing just right books and recommending books to their classmates. In math, we observed students sharing multiple strategies for finding the area of a parallelogram. Finally, classrooms discussed the news of the week, including the science and possible effects of Hurricane Florence. We can already see that students will be engaged in both academic learning and the wider world around them through their experiences at Lawrence this year.
Thank you again for your support at the beginning of this school year, and we look forward to sharing more happenings at our school as the year goes along.
Welcome and welcome back to the Lawrence School! For those of you new to the Lawrence community, I extend a special welcome. I am excited for the 2018-2019 school year and hope that you and your children are rested, recharged and ready to learn!
I rejoined the Lawrence community this past July after having been away for four years as principal of the Upper Coolidge Corner School. I return with fresh eyes and great energy, as well as a particular appreciation of the strength of the Lawrence community. This past June and over the summer, I held one-on-one conversations with nearly 70 staff members and met several families. Across the board, I was impressed by people’s commitment to support the needs of each child at the Lawrence School. I have learned that people are eager to strengthen relationships and recommit to the school’s vision. I really loved hearing this feedback and am including a few excerpts of the school’s vision below, which I believe represent the collective hopes of how we can move forward.
Amos A. Lawrence School is a safe, just and caring learning community of students, staff and families. We are a vibrant learning community with high expectations for academic excellence.
At Lawrence School, students learn to respect themselves and others and to value and honor the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, and learning differences
Lawrence School values and encourages families to be active, involved, and well-informed partners in the learning process.
Communication is key to maintaining a strong home/school partnership.
I truly believe that the Lawrence School community is eager to come together and support each other on behalf of all of our students. We have 180 opportunities (not just days) to make sure that every child is happy and engaged in learning. It is not an easy goal, but the Lawrence staff and community is up to the task. I believe we will come together and support each other on behalf of all our students, and I am excited to begin working with all of you. Here’s to a great school year!