Lawrence Labrador Lowdown

August 27, 2021

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What is The Leader in Me?

As mentioned last week, Lawrence Elementary is proud to be recognized as a Leader in Me school.


Please take a moment to watch this 5 minute video to learn more about The Leader in Me.

Why Leader in Me Works

Therapy Dog at Lawrence

In past years, we had the opportunity to have Alliance of Therapy Dogs visit our campus. The cleared volunteer handlers visited our campus periodically to provide therapeutic contact. The visits included reading time and group activity. Due to health restrictions, volunteers are limited on campus this year. The good news is, Ms. Starkovich's dog Lola, is Therapy Dog certified through Alliance of Therapy Dogs. She will be available to comfort students while on campus.


Per the UC Davis, Student and Health Counseling Services site:

https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/blog/general-shcs-info/therapy-animals

“There are many benefits of having a pet that have been proven through research. The American Heart Association has found that people who own pets, especially dogs, have a lowered risk of heart disease. Other studies show that pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression and have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those who don’t own pets. However, you don’t necessarily have to own a pet to enjoy the benefits of spending time with animals. People who spend time petting or playing with a dog show elevated levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are neurotransmitters that contribute to relaxation and calmness. Therapy dogs are often brought to sites such as nursing homes or hospitals, where their visits can calm patients, relieve pain, and bring comfort and joy.”


As stated in the LVJUSD Board Policy, BP 6163.2, written notification must be provided to all parents/guardians of students when an animal is brought to school. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide notification of a health condition that may be aggravated by the animals’ presence. If you would like your child to “opt out” of interaction with the therapy dogs, please notify:


kstarkovich@lvjusd.org


Notification needs to be received by September 3.


We are very excited to offer this experience to our students and look forward to the many benefits that a therapy dog will bring to our campus.

2021-2022 Virtual Back to School Night

All LVJUSD Elementary Schools will be holding a Virtual Back to School Night on Thursday, September 2. You will receive a special newsletter on September 2 at 5:20p.m. The document will contain links to participate in Back to School Night. Some of the links will direct you to a pre-recorded presentation and others will be to join a live meeting.

Civicore Volunteer Application

At this time, we are strictly limiting the number of volunteers allowed on campus, but you are free to start the approval process through Civicore. This is a proactive way to be ready for when volunteering is allowed more widely. Use this link to complete the application process.

Mark Your Calendars Now

October 4 through October 15- ALL students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. The two weeks will be designated to Parent Teacher Conferences and Staff Professional Development.

Free Hot Lunch Everyday

Our Child Nutrition Department is excited to share that all students, regardless of family income, can receive a daily school lunch free of charge for all instructional days in the 2021-22 school year! Teachers will be taking lunch count the day before to guide our campus catering with the number of food items to prep each day. If a child decides they would like lunch the day of, food will most definitely be provided. Use this link to view the August/September Lunch Menu.

Interested In Helping Out Your Lawrence PTO?

If you'd like to find out more about your Lawrence PTO and you're interested in helping out, we'd love to hear from you! Whether you have time and/or talent to contribute towards the livelihood of our community, please snap this QR code or fill out this form.
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Ways to Stay Connected

Join the Lawrence Elementary School Community closed Facebook Group to keep in touch with upcoming events and daily happenings.


Visit the Lawrence Elementary School website


Follow LVJUSD on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram


Attend PTO, School Site Council, and Coffee with the Principal Meetings.


Every Friday at 4:00 p.m., you will receive the Lawrence Labrador Lowdown via email. It is also located on the school website. The Lowdown contains updates and important information related to our school and District. Please take a moment each week to read the Lowd

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Upcoming Dates

September 2- Virtual Back to School Night (5:30-6:30)

September 4- Fri-Yay Spirit Day- Wear Lawrence gear or Blue and Silver

September 7- No School Labor Day

September 10- Special Spirit Day (Wear Red, White, and Blue to honor Patriot Day on Saturday)

September 15- PTO Meeting at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

September 17- Fri-Yay Spirit Day- Wear Lawrence gear or Blue and Silver

September 30- Picture Day

October 1- No School for Students (Professional Development Day)