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From the Superintendent

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 “Strong families, working in partnership with the school as advocates for academic achievement, will create an environment where every child has the opportunity to acquire the foundation skills and habits of mind that foster life-long learning, citizenship participation, and personal fulfillment.”

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A Summer to Remember

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This year our students from the Summer Enrichment and ESL Program had a summer to remember!

Both programs provided students with the opportunity to learn about animals, communities and Science. The children were able to go on field trips to educational destinations such as Franklin Park Zoo, Smolak Farms, The Butterfly Place, The New England Aquarium and the Discovery Museum. They also enjoyed in-person field trips thanks to The Wingmasters Jim Parks, who brought four different kinds of birds to LFDCS that can be found in the City of Lawrence. The kids enjoyed learning facts about these lovely animals, and they also learned about helping animals in danger. “This is my dream come true,” as one of our upcoming second graders described the experience! The McAuliffe Discovery Center will also bring a fun educational experience by turning our students into scientists for a day by having them create and launch their own rocket ships.

Ninety-two students have enjoyed these field trips and many other planned activities and completed them in the building, thanks to their leaders! Leaders provided activities from different areas such as music, arts and crafts, cooking, STEM and sports. The children have been very busy learning all kinds of concepts and ideas while having fun with teachers and classmates. Making a healthy fruit pizza, creating yummy constellations using marshmallows and learning how to be a team player by playing capture the flag are examples of students' activities during our program. Other activities included the social-emotional element that schools are starting to plant in young minds across the country. Students take deep breaths and think of things they were grateful for during the past school year and in their personal lives. In addition, the kids learned how to work in groups and how to be kind to one another.

Twenty-four of our students who enrolled in our ESL program also had the opportunity to enjoy and learn many valuable lessons and create great memories with friends and teachers! The children followed a schedule that includes strengthening their vocabulary, practicing literary skills, such as reading and writing, and having conversations with teachers about different topics such as our community which enhanced their speaking skills. As a result, students built solid relationships and social skills. The ESL program provides them the tools they need to succeed in our school and grow as individuals.

Staff members from the LFDCS Summer Enrichment and the ESL program are pleased to have worked with these children who have a bright future ahead of them. We look forward to seeing them again this upcoming school year and hope they enjoyed part of their summer with us! 

Final Pooled Testing - June 4th PDF Print E-mail


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Dear LFDCS Families,

We have been doing the Covid-19 pooled testing for nine weeks. Our nurses, Heads of School and all other staff worked very hard to handle the many steps necessary to carry out the test every single week. Everyone’s dedication to our students’ safety was front and center. Now, as the school year comes closer to ending, our pooled testing program will also end. Friday, June 4, 2021, will be our final pooled test.

During our testing period from March 19th to May 28th, we administered 1,984 tests, with all tests coming out negative. In addition, 85% of our staff is now vaccinated. We strongly encourage you to get your children 12 and older also vaccinated. Rest assured that only pooled testing is over; we will continue to adhere to all other safety protocols and guidance from the state as well as local board of health.

Thank you so much for participating in this program. Together we are creating a safer school and a safer community.

Thank you,


Dr. Darshan Thakkar, Assistant Superintendent


DESE Update for Quarantine for Close Contacts PDF Print E-mail

The Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, issued the following guidance on April 26, 2021. This guidance updates the quarantine requirement for an individual who is identified as a close contact in a classroom or on a bus. The school will inform you if your child is determined to be a close contact.

If your child is determined to be a close contact:

  • in a classroom or on a bus
  • within three to six feet
  • for at least 15 minutes
  • of an individual who tested positive for Covid-19
  • and both were wearing masks in the classroom or on the bus

then your child does not have to quarantine. Your child can return to school as normal as long as they don’t have Covid-19 symptoms or test positive. This is why is it extremely important that your child wear a mask in the classroom and on the bus. Although in this case the close contact does not have to quarantine, you should get your child tested and monitor them for symptoms. As always, COVID-19 test results should be reported to the school nurse immediately.

Note, this guidance is applicable only if the exposure happens within three to six feet. If the exposure happens within less than three feet, then normal quarantine requirements apply.

Thank you.


Darshan Thakkar, JD, PhD., Assistant Superintendent

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Academic Program

Our program includes a dual-language model with students learning in both Spanish and English. The goal is to enable students to attain advanced levels of functional proficiency in two languages and to promote understanding of and appreciation for the cultures represented by the languages studied. The primary objective is to teach students language and literacy skills that will allow them to function effectively in both their personal and professional lives. We feel the development of literacy will foster a love of learning to read, and then the competency of reading to learn.


We believe there is a strong link between school success and effective and consistent leadership. As a result, our Board of Trustees, is composed of parents, alumni and community stakeholders who provide valuable oversight and focus on creating and upholding policies that support our students and their families. Our administrative structure consists of a Principal and three Heads of School who manage daily operations and discipline. Leadership from the ranks of the teaching staff is also highly evident, as teachers improve curriculum and serve as mentors to novice educators.

Community Partnerships

Our goal is to work with many individuals and organizations in order to provide the resources necessary to enhance and enrich the lives of our students, both during the day and in our extended day and extended year programs. The quality and breadth of our community partnership program is unique. We work with an extensive array of local private schools, parent and community volunteers and organizations providing on-site programs.

Parent Partners

We believe that when parents are actively involved in their children’s education, students have a better chance of succeeding academically. At LFDCS parents are required to be active participants in the education of their children. Parents serve on our Board of Trustees, participate in training programs designed to help them work with their children at home, volunteer in the classroom and on field trips and assist with fundraising initiatives. All parents sign a contract that places high expectations on their participation both at school and at home.


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(K-1, K2 & Grade 1)
  10 Railroad Street, Lawrence, MA 01841
  (P) 978 258-6210
LOWER SCHOOL (Grades 2-4)
  34 West Street, Lawrence MA 01841
  (P) 978 689-9863  (F) 978 689-8133
UPPER SCHOOL (Grades 5-8)
  400 Haverhill Street, Lawrence, MA 01841
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