Principal's Corner



From the Principal
Dear Lawrence Avenue Parents and Families,
Welcome to Lawrence Avenue Elementary School. You and your child are fortunate to be a part of an excellent school system. We have a very experienced teaching staff and high expectations for our students. As a result, our students consistently perform above the state average in all formally assessed academic areas. At Lawrence Avenue we have four Pre-Kindergarten classes, two in the morning, and two in the afternoon, for a total of about 72 students. The rest of our building spans Kindergarten through Grade 4. We have approximately 550 students, with four, five, or six teachers at each grade level. We also have BOCES classrooms that serve students with special needs and classrooms for students with autism. We believe that all students are capable of learning and being successful in school. We pride ourselves on our ability to reach all students, and we offer many forms of support for those students who struggle. This year we will continue to implement the NYS Common Core Learning Standards. Parents can find many Common Core Learning Standard resources on this link: http://www.engageny.org/parent-and-family-resources.  We also do our best to offer enrichment for those students who benefit from challenges beyond the regular curriculum. We sponsor Chorus, Yearbook Club, Lego Robotics, Junior First Lego League, Math Enrichment for grades Kindergarten-4, and Band and Orchestra for students in Grade 4. We also believe that teaching children to behave in a way that is safe, respectful, and responsible is critical. Our Student Code of Conduct is directly related to our school-wide "Bucketfilling" Character Education Program. We also believe that, in order for us to be successful, we need to work very closely with parents and families. We welcome parents in our building, whether as PTSA members, classroom volunteers, or just as visitors. We encourage parents to come and eat lunch with their children as well as to attend the many special concerts and events we offer. We want parents to feel as though they can always send an email, write a note, or pick up the phone, and they will get a prompt and courteous response from teachers, office staff, or the principal. We want to know what is on your mind and what we can do to make your child's experience at Lawrence Avenue better. Welcome to the new school year. We are looking forward to working with you and your children.

Sincerely,

Larry Jenne 
Principal
Lawrence Avenue Elementary