All is Merry and Bright

December 6, 2018

Well, Cardinals, we are already into December!

This time of the year has a way of reminding us of the importance of doing for others. So while you are enjoying the sights and sounds of December, embrace the true spirit of the season as well...lend a hand or two, spread some cheer, be a light for others, and spend the chilly winter months warming the hearts of others. You just may find it warms you too!

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Do we have your current contact info?

As a reminder, please make sure that your contact information is updated/current in Genesis in order to ensure we can reach you should we have any early dismissals, delays, school closings, or other important information to convey.

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Polish Night

Join us in celebrating 100 years of Polish independence! Tomorrow night (December 7th), we welcome guests to experience Polish culture, traditions, and customs. Admission is free, but food will be available for purchase. See flyer for more information.

Door Decor

Let the door decorating begin! During the week of December 10th, you can start decorating your door. This year’s Red and White theme is Heroes (Red Team) vs. Villains (White Team). Try to incorporate your team into your theme! All doors will be judged after 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20th.

Winter Concerts

The LHS Music Department is proud to present two Winter Concerts for 2018. On Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 p.m., the LHS Guitar Ensemble, Concert Choir, Ensemble and Madrigals will perform a festive and diverse repertoire of music for your listening pleasure. On Wednesday, December 19th at 7:00 p.m., the LHS Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, String Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will present their program to further get you in the holiday spirit. Both concerts are free and donations are welcomed!

Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy breakfast with the holly jolly man himself on Saturday, December 15th from 9:00-11:30 a.m.! Adults are $5, children are $3, and guests who bring a $10 gift or toy eat for free! See flyer for more details.

Gaudy Sweater Day

Gaudy Holiday Sweater Day is coming on Wednesday, December 19th! Wear your gaudy holiday sweater and the "worst" (or should we say best?) one will win a gift card! Start your search now, or get our your hot glue gun and start creating! Remember, when it comes to Gaudy Sweater Day, there is no such thing as too much sparkle!

Winter Break

Friday, December 21st is an early dismissal day, and schools will be closed from Monday, December 24th though Tuesday, January 1st.

Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd.

Sophomore Career Day

On Thursday, January 10th, all LHS 10th graders will attend "Career Day" at Mercer County Community College. Students will attend their pre-selected sessions with local professionals representing different career paths. The day is an excellent opportunity for our sophomores and enables them to explore various career opportunities! Permission forms were distributed this week and are due back on Wednesday, December 12th.

If you have any questions, please contact Doreen Welsh ( or Stefanie Tziarri (

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Garden Furniture Needed

The Green Action Team at LHS is seeking donations of used garden furniture for the Botanical Garden. If you are willing and able to donate, please contact Ms. Gwenn Andahazy at

Our growing, happy little garden thanks you!

That's a Wrap!

The PTO is looking for volunteers to wrap gifts for a holiday fundraiser at Barnes & Noble on Saturday, December 15th and Sunday, December 16th. Gift wrapping will be done for donations. In addition, the PTO will be getting a portion of the sales from customers who use the vouchers (available at the store on that day). Students can also sign up (as long as there is an adult singed up in the same slot). You can also help by ordering books on line using the codes below:

  • LHS Book fair code: 12401642 - 12/15 until midnight on 12/20
  • LMS Book fair code: 12401634 - 12/16 until midnight on 12/21

Sign up for a 2-hour slot: Saturday, December 15th OR Sunday, December 16th
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LHS Named to Honor Roll

Lawrence High School has been named to the College Board’s 9th Annual AP® District Honor Roll! The Honor Roll recognizes 373 school districts in the U.S. and Canada that have increased access to AP coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Hats off to our students...and all those who played a part in helping them earn this honor!

They're Going to Disney World!

The varsity cheerleaders recently earned 2nd place in the Game Day Coed Division at UCA Northeast Championships in Toms River. By doing so they also secured a bid to UCA Nationals in Disney World in February!

In addition, our varsity team earned 2nd place in both Game Day and Traditional Cheer Divisions at the CVC Competition at West-Windsor North High School, while the JV squad earned 4th place in the JV Cheer Division!

Congratulations, cheerleaders!

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Senior Jacoby Sherard is one of 62 football players from the state of New Jersey that has been named a 2018 Mini Max High School Award winner. Players were nominated by their coaches throughout the 2018 season and were evaluated based on a criteria that includes; football performance, academics, and community service.

The Mini Max Award recipients will be honored at a dinner on Sunday January 20, 2019. Way to go, Jacoby!

...and now some more "brag," staff edition:

Ladies and Gents, Start Your Engines

Did you know our district media techncian, Tom Ervin, is more than meets the eye? From 1989 through 2016 he drove the Ewing-based K&K Industries #99 Modified Microstock to 30 Championships. In 2017 he parted ways with the K&K Race Team to drive for the Wayne, NJ-based A. Puntasecca Contractors Race Team. This season he drove the Puntasecca #91 to 9 feature event wins and the 2018 Wall Stadium Speedway Modified Microstock Championship. (That’s Mr. Ervin's Championship #31 in Modified Microstocks.) His wife Robin and he purchased the #99 from K&K Industries and provided motors that he built, and their driver Mike Fox, Jr. of Hamilton drove the car to 2nd in points for the 2018 season with a feature win. Attached is a photo of Fox in the #99 and Mr. Ervin in the #91 on track at Wall Stadium Speedway. Bonus: Ervin's wife also drives a car for A. Puntasecca Contractors, Inc. (#31) and took 5th for the season.

Thanks for sharing your amazing accomplishments with us!

If you know of a student, teacher, or staff member that deserves a little extra recognition for doing something amazing, please send your submission to We're looking for unique achievements, exciting news, talent highlights, even random acts of kindness! If possible, please include a picture relevant to your submission.
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The Lawrencian team has put together the year's first issue of our school newspaper. Our students did a truly amazing job addressing "hot topics" such as using school laptops or the results of a recent survey about substance use.

Please check it out HERE and congratulate our writers, artists and editors on a job well done!

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Check out the December breakfast and lunch menus HERE.

Menus are now hosted by Nutrislice.

You can download their app for more convenient access, view menus for any LTPS school, and more!

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Friday, December 7th

  • International Alliance Presents Polish Night (6:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 11th

  • Winter Choral Concert (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 15th

  • Breakfast with Santa (9:00 a.m.)

Wednesday, December 19th

  • Winter Instrumental Concert (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, December 21st

  • Early Dismissal

Monday, December 24th through Tuesday, January 1st

  • Winter Break

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Boost Your Word Bank

hygge [HUE-guh]


Hygge is a Danish concept that roughly describes that warm and fuzzy feeling of a deep sense of place and well-being; a feeling of friendship, warmth, coziness of the soul; contentment and peace with your immediate surroundings; enjoyment of the simplest pleasures. It is an atmosphere and an experience. It is not about things. To quote the great philosopher, Winnie the Pooh, “You don’t spell it, you feel it.”

Words to Live By:

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Good Humor

Q: Why is it so hard to buy gifts for a psychic?

A: Because they don't like the present.

Submitted by Mrs. Martillotti

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