Lawrence Labrador Lowdown

September 22, 2023

Leading Labradors

In an effort to recognize students for demonstrating PBIS and Leader in Me principles, staff members have the opportunity to share out examples from their class. For additional details click on this link to view our PBIS matrix. Click Here to learn more about this week's Leading Labs.

Transitional Kindergarten

  • Grace L.
  • James S.
  • Keito S.


  • Kohen B.
  • Aarya C.
  • Amaya L.
  • Mudgha M.
  • Lyla S.

First Grade

  • Liam A.
  • Logan C.
  • Wesley C.

Second Grade

  • Eliana C.
  • Viraj J.
  • Evelyn P.
  • Filipa Z.

Third Grade

  • Elena C.
  • Owen H.
  • Tricia K.
  • Daniella M.

Fourth Grade

  • Zoe B.

  • Austin C.

  • Reagan C.

  • Sophia C.

  • Charlee S.

  • Niko V.

Fifth Grade

  • Mackenzie C.
  • Sufi H.
  • Liyla K.
  • Kylie P.
  • Addie S.
  • Patrick S.
  • Meylina W.

Words Matter

Our staff has prioritized a refocused and districtwide commitment to addressing profanity and hate speech on our campuses. We have an expectation of respect, civility, and safety at our schools, and the use of profanity and hate speech diminishes the positive culture we want for our students and staff.

As parents and guardians, we ask for your partnership in this refocus by reminding your students that profanity and hate speech, even if intended to be said in jest, does not represent what we value and is not acceptable at school and at school functions. Our hope is that this unified commitment will result in the change we desire, and that proactive reminders and warnings to students will be all that are needed if inappropriate language is heard. However, repeated and egregious language violations will have disciplinary consequences.

If you or your child have concerns about language on your campus, we encourage you to bring them to the attention of your child’s teacher or school administrators. Most issues can be addressed and resolved by those you interact most closely with on a regular basis.

We appreciate your support!

Fun Run

We’ve nearly hit an astonishing $50,000! We are currently sitting at $48,912 – we are so close to earning that super secret fun prize that not only gives our students a super fun activity but also provides all our teachers with an extra prep period! It’s not too late to add to the total and help our labradors. Please check in with your friends and fam to be sure they’ve turned in all their pledges or let them know it’s not too late – every dollar counts toward our goal! We can keep Pledgestar open for earning prizes until noon Sunday 9/24. We will announce all the super cool fun prize dates next week! Thank you so much for your amazing contributions and hard work, Labrador Families. You all are the BEST!
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International Walk and Roll to School Day, Wednesday, October 4th

Lawrence Elementary is once again excited to celebrate and host International Walk and Roll to School Day on Wednesday, October 4th! We will celebrate our school spirit, our health, and the environment with the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools program. With your family and friends, you can participate by walking, riding a bike, or riding a scooter to school. Or you can take the bus with your child and walk from there, or even park in the surrounding neighborhoods and walk with a group of friends to make a walking school bus! Once you enter campus, come on by the "Walk and Roll" table set up by the Science Lab for your Labrador to indicate with a sticker how they got to school that morning. If you'd like to help volunteer at the table that morning, please sign up here!

Will you walk with your neighbors? Will you park off of Royal Rd. and Briarwood Dr. to cross Portola and say "Good Morning" to Phyllis, our awesome crossing guard? Make a plan ahead with your friends and family and have fun walking and rolling!

Post an action shot on social media to celebrate the day and tag #WalkandRoll23 and #IWR2SD if you'd like!

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Running Club Starts 9/29

On your mark, get set, and GO! Running Club is almost here! Please sign your child(ren) up at the link below prior to the next Running Club Friday. We are also looking for parent volunteers and 4th/5th grade Student Leader volunteers. We look forward to seeing all our labradors each Friday!

This is the sign up url:

The parent volunteer url:

4/5th grade volunteer url:

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Update: After School Classes

Our new LES Afterschool classes are a smashing success. Our Chess and Tennis Classes are now full. There are a few spots left for basketball and 10 spots left for soccer.

We have worked with the district to be able to offer Science Beginnings on Mondays!

In order to sign up for science class, you will need to download this registration form and email it to Miss Vidya (Science Teacher) at to secure your spot!


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Wine Country Nights

Join us for our annual adult-only fundraising event -- Wine Country Nights! This year's Wine Country Nights will be held on Friday, October 20th, 2023 at 3 Steve's Winery. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Have a drink at our no-host bar and make a lap around our silent auction items. Silent Auction bidding will again be online, so all LES friends and families can bid, from the party or from home! Be sure to bring your well-charged cell to keep up with your favorite items. Your delicious BBQ dinner is included, followed by our live auction just for attendees. We close the night with dessert, a small live auction, and an awesome band until 10:00 p.m. Individual tickets can be purchased for $50 each.

Back again for 2023-- Sponsor a Staff Member Tickets! Donate a ticket to help one of our amazing Lawrence staff members attend the event. While we cannot guarantee your donation will go to your preferred staff member, we will be sure to offer it to them first. All remaining donated tickets will be provided to staff wishing to attend.

Purchase Wine Country NightTickets Here:

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If anyone would like to make donations to our auction, we would be happy to accept them! If you have season tickets, timeshare weekends, gym vouchers, wine tastings or tours... we will take them! We will be happy to take any and all donations, large or small! Contact Amanda at for more info and to receive a donation receipt (we are an official non-profit! Cough cough, tax write-off!) Donations are needed by 10/6 in order to make it into the silent auction! Thank you for considering!
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Family Movie Night

Let’s A Go! Bring your chairs, blankets, and favorite movie snack for our first free family event of the year: Family Movie Night. Join us on Friday, September 29 at 6:30 pm as we watch The Super Mario Brothers Movie outside under the stars! PTO will provide popcorn, you provide your favorite school-appropriate drinks and treats! Please let us know if you will be attending by filling out our RSVP form by Monday 9/25:
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Lawrence Night with the San Jose Quakes on 10/21

Come support the San Jose Earthquakes in their last regular season home match. Quakes will be facing off against Austin FC on Oct 21st at 6pm. Use this link to purchase tickets to the match and sit with Lawrence Elementary students and families!

A portion of ticket proceeds will go back to Lawrence Elementary as a fundraiser for our fourth-grade field trip fund!

Did you know? That photo is of JT Marcinkowski, goalkeeper for the Quakes! He also happens to be the brother of our very own fourth-grade teacher, Miss Marcinkowski!

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How to Excuse Student Absences for 3 to 10 Days

Short Term Independent Study Contracts/Agreement can be found on our website, and are as follows:

A student may qualify for a Short-Term ISC if the following conditions are met:

  1. The Short-Term ISC can not occur during the first or last 10 days of instruction of the school year.

  2. The Short-Term ISC is for a time period no less than 3 days and no more than 10 days. Exceptions may be approved by the site administrator to extend to 14 days in total.

  3. The independent study agreement does not exceed 14 days of short-term independent study for the student for the current school year.

  4. The Short Term ISC is submitted to the school office at least 10 instructional days before the requested start date.

Prize Donations for the Treasure Box

Throughout the days and weeks, students will be recognized for positive behaviors. They will have many opportunities to exchange "PAW Awards" for a prize in the treasure box. All new and gently used items are accepted in the office. Thanks in advance for your help with making the prize box exciting for students!
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Every Friday is Labrador Spirit Day

Wear your Labrador Spirit Wear, or any blue or gray clothing, every Friday to show off your Leading Labrador spirit! Purchase Spirit Wear here!
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Upcoming Events

September 29- Family Outdoor Movie Night

October 2- School Site Council at 4:00 p.m.

October 4- Special Spirit Day- Crazy Sock Day

October 4- International Walk and Roll to School Day

October 6- No School

October 9-20- Early Release for Parent Conferences (1:10 TK/K and 1:30 Grades 1-5)

October 13 Fri-Yay Spirit Day- Wear Lawrence gear or Blue and Silver

October 20- Fri-Yay Spirit Day- Wear Lawrence gear or Blue and Silver

October 20- Wine Country Nights

October 21-San Jose Quakes Lawrence Community Night at 6:00 p.m.

October 27- Fri-Yay Spirit Day- Wear Lawrence gear or Blue and Silver

October 27- Trunk or Treat

November 1- No School for Students