Last Week of School

Posted by Monica Crowley on 6/17/2019 7:00:00 AM

Last Day of School for all is on Friday, June 21st.  Dismissal for all is at noon!

 

Dear Lawrence Families,

Welcome to the last full week of school.  I am posting (below) the "Family Communication, End of Year" letter I shared with all of you via email last week.

Important Dates:

Spring Picnic will be today on Monday, June 17th.

Grade 8 Graduation is on Thursday, June 20th at 4pm.

Last Day of School for all is on Friday, June 21st.  Dismissal for all is at noon!

 

Dear Lawrence Families,                                                                                                          June, 2019

I am always surprised at how quickly the school year goes by. However, this year has felt incredibly fast. I started as an interim, and am now the permanent principal. I have thoroughly enjoyed rejoining the Lawrence School community and look forward to next year with some great work underway and areas identified that we can grow in the years ahead. Please continue to read about exciting updates and plans for next year.

Staffing: 

Vice Principals

Laura Horst will be returning next year as vice principal at Lawrence.  Laura and I have met and will continue to do so in the coming months to plan for her transition back to Lawrence. Laura is excited to return, and Peter and I look forward to working with her next year and beyond.

Peter Cipparone will also be back next year as vice principal, and he is looking forward to returning especially now that he knows the students, families, staff and the building!

Finally, Maisha Rounds will be leaving our learning community to move into a principal position in Boston. She has learned a great deal while at Lawrence, and we have learned so much from her as well.  Please join me in wishing her well and welcoming our new VP team!

 

“Hello Lawrence Families,

This year has been full of excitement, learning, and new opportunities for our students... and for me. One new opportunity was offered to me a short time ago, and I recently accepted a principal position of the Michael J. Perkins School in South Boston, which will begin in the fall of 2019. While I am excited for this new opportunity, it is bittersweet because I will have to say goodbye to you and your sweet children. This year, your kids have taught me so much, and I appreciate you welcoming me into the Lawrence community with open arms. Words cannot express the depth of my gratitude to those who shared positive words of encouragement along the way. I will forever cherish those moments.

I am excited for Lawrence as it moves into a new chapter next year and wish you well as I, too, embark on a new journey. Thank you all for everything!

Sincerely,

Maisha Rounds, Vice Principal”

Classroom Teachers

Keryn Gannon Steckloff (2GS) will be taking a year leave of absence and Lily Chase Lubitz (2CL) will take her position during the 2019-2020 school year.

Marie Leman (3L) is retiring and Deb Azarzar (3A) will be returning to grade three.

Molly Centore will be a permanent grade four educator in 4MC.

Adreina Luckett (Grade 7 math/science) will be pursuing other opportunities. We have Christine Moodie who is thrilled to join our learning community.

Ryan Keser (Grade 7/8 science) will be taking a year leave of absence. We are in the process of filling this position.

Susan Gardner (6-8 Special Education) will be pursuing other opportunities. We have hired Evelyn Mulcahey who has a strong special education and math background.

Ben Giso (Middle Scholl Spanish) will be teaching in a new district. We are in the process of filling this position.

 

School Council

I want to thank Chris Deister, Florrie Ives, Carolyn Mansfield and Nira Pollack for serving on this year’s school council. Along with staff members Sharon Kiernan, Laura Koplow, Rhodinne Wang we were able to draft three important goals for the School Improvement Plan, start our review of the Student Handbook, create a survey to ask families about arrival and dismissal procedures and facilitate a robust inclusion of the DICE (Diversity, Inclusion, Community and Equity) committee.

I want to thank Nira Pollack for her membership the last two years, and welcome parent, Ken Yamada, to school council for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Placement

As I described to you in March, a great deal of care and thought goes into creating classes.  Support staff and I met with the teams of sending teachers and developed these classes together.  Special education staff and other student service providers (Literacy, Math, ELL, ECS) all contributed and reviewed draft lists. We also considered any written parental input we received. We work to create balanced and equitable classes that provide the optimal learning environment for both the individual child and the group of children as a whole.  

We tweaked the process this year by solely focusing on students during the first round. It was wonderful to have so many staff share with me after the first round how rich and robust their conversations were about the students.

We strive to create groupings that will enable classroom teachers to more effectively address the strengths and needs of all students. Please remember it is not possible to honor requests for specific teachers. We hope that you will help your child understand if she, he or they did not get a particular teacher.   All of our teachers will welcome your children and work to provide an engaging learning environment. Placement lists will be mailed to families during the first week of July.

 

All Staff Professional Development for the 2019-202 School Year.

Our amazing PTO will support this learning on our behalf!

I am excited to share that I have secured approximately 9 hours of professional development for all staff over the next two years, so Lawrence can become a Trauma Sensitive School.  After meeting individually with over 75 staff last spring, summer and fall, many shared the need for training to learn how to better support students who have experienced trauma or present similarly. Additionally, now being here almost 10 full months, I also believe that all of us can grow our ability to support students with this training.

I have been working with experts at Riverside Community to identify goals and outcomes for the training.  I learned about Riverside Community from Dr. Sevelius, the principal at Heath who has been partnering with them on a smaller scale. 

My hope is to start with an all staff presentation/overview on one of the first two days of school, so paraprofessionals can attend as well. Coming together as a whole staff and sharing a common experience can be a powerful and empowering experience to sharpen our focus to support every student at the start of school, during the year and beyond.

More to follow...

Last Day of School: Friday, June 21 at 12:00pm. Lunch is not served on the last day.

First Day of School for grades 1-9 for the 2019-2020 School Year:

Thursday, September 5th.

Kindergarten has a phased-in-start to the 2019-202 school year:

Thursday, September 5th-First Day for Last Name-A-L

Friday, September 6th- First Day for Last Name-M-Z

School Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-2:30pm

Fridays: 8:00am-1:40pm

 

I wish every student and family a most relaxing, fun and joyful summer break!

 

Most sincerely,

Monica