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Lawrence Family Development
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"strengthening families
building community"

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June 15 to July 17 

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24-25 School Year Calendar Released

When is Christmas break??

24-25 Supply List

 Please see the list of supplies by grade. 

Updated on 6/12/2024

The Lower School Just Got Cooler

LFDCS has taken the first steps to beautify its campus by planting 12 trees at the lower school on West St. In a joint effort between Groundwork Lawrence and the LFDCS STEM Department, phase one of three is completed. The goal behind planting trees around campus is to: 

- Attract birds

- Provide shade to reduce temperatures

Trees go a long way in creating a stable ecosystem by providing shelter for animals and retaining storm water. 

Keep an eye on our campus throughout the summer for more trees and amenities all going towards making LFDCS a more beautiful place to learn and grow.

Many thanks to our STEM Coordinator, George Masterson, and Groundwork Lawrence for their efforts!

LFDCS Recognized as one of top five schools for Composting and Recycling Program

LFDCS has been recognized by the City of Lawrence and Mass Department of Environmental Protection for our Environmental Action efforts with our Composting & Recycling Programs! This could not be accomplished without support from everyone.

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) recognized students from 63 schools across Massachusetts with Green Team Awards for outstanding environmental stewardship and educational activities. One school won the grand prize, and four schools were recognized for going "above and beyond" with their efforts to promote sustainability and responsible leadership in their community. See awesome messages below:

"Congratulations!!!! The Lawrence Recycling Department is proud of the Lawrence Family Development Charter School for launching a very successful program to reduce the solid waste in their cafeterias. We were able to assist in the process of implementing this program, and we are proud to see the amazing results and getting recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDep).

With strong support from leadership on campus, LFDCS started a source separation program in their cafeterias that diverted 14 tons of food from the waste stream. Their Green Team students participated in regular lunchroom weigh days and have been dedicated in minimizing food waste and increasing recycling at school, home and in their community."

We are so happy and proud of our results! Congratulations to our school community!!!!!!!


Mr Santana’s Egg Drop 2024

During their last week of science, the graduating 8th grade class took on the timeless challenge of fragile egg verses the relentless force of gravity! In Mr. Santana's Egg Drop Challenge 2024, the students had one class period to design, and one class period to build a design model that could withstand the plunge of over 20-feet! Here are some of the student projects, their egg designs, and the results!

"The students learned about important physics concepts such as forces, air resistance (drag), impact, and momentum."

The students learned about important physics concepts such as forces, air resistance (drag), impact, and momentum. They also learned engineering concepts through building thoughtful designs that included padding, parachutes or propellers, and other cool scientific ideas! They also got to work in teams and work on their collaboration skills. Most of our teams survived the fateful fall from the STEM center roof, with just a few teams cracking under the pressure. Overall, it was a blast both for the students and for the teacher. It's safe to say the Class of 2024 will definitely remember the excitement of Mr. Santana's Egg Drop 2024!

SY'2024-2025 LFDCS Scholarship Renewal Applications Now Available

Attention all alumni who receive LFDCS Scholarships! 

SY'2024-2025 LFDCS Scholarship Renewal Applications are now available and due to the Opening Doors department no later than June 1, 2024 in order to renew scholarships for next school year. Please click here to pay the processing fee.

If you have any questions, please contact:

MCAS - a burden or investment?

MCAS graduation requirement is not punitive, it's a lifeline for highest-need students. 

Public Media Release

Lawrence Family Development Charter School Offers another Year of Meals at No Cost for Students

Lawrence Family Development Charter School will be participating in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. As part of this program, all LFDCS schools will offer healthy meals every school day. The Massachusetts legislature has provided funding to make meals available at no cost to all students during school year 2023-2024, regardless of household income. However, families should still complete a Meal Benefit Application as this provides data for key funding for academic resources and may also connect families to additional benefits. This data will also support the additional funds provided by the Commonwealth for this pilot. Household size and income criteria are used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits if the household does not receive assistance or the children are not in the other categories mentioned above. Children can get free or reduced-price meals if the household's gross income falls at or below the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guideline chart.


Maximum Household Income Eligible for Free Meals

Maximum Household Income Eligible for Reduced Price Meals

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Community Eligibility Provision

Lawrence Family Development Charter School will be participating in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. As part of this program, LFDCS schools will offer healthy meals every school day at NO COST to the students due to the implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision for school year 2023-2024. Students will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a household application.

Non-Discrimination Statement:

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant's name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

Chromebook Agreement

Please fill out the Chromebook Agreement, sign it and return it to your child's school with the appropriate fee.

Complete el Acuerdo de Chromebook, fírmelo y devuélvalo a la escuela de su hijo/a con la tarifa correspondiente.

Stanford University Study Finds Charter Schools Top Traditional Public Schools

A new national study from Stanford University of nearly 2 million charter public school students affirms charter students outperform peers at traditional public schools (TPS). Click on the Superintendent's "Memo" under my picture to download the entire document.

Un nuevo estudio nacional de la Universidad de Stanford de casi 2 millones de estudiantes de escuelas públicas charter afirma que los estudiantes charter superan a sus pares en las escuelas públicas tradicionales (TPS). Haga clic en el "Memo" del Superintendente debajo de mi imagen para descargar el documento completo.

Sickness Protocol / Protocolo De Enfermedad

Keeping our little ones healthy and happy is our top priority! To ensure your children's well-being, let's work together to promote good hygiene habits. Please read our sickness protocol in English.

¡Mantener a nuestros pequeños sanos y felices es nuestra principal prioridad! Para garantizar el bienestar de tus hijos, trabajemos juntos para promover buenos hábitos de higiene. Por favor lea nuestro protocolo de enfermedad en español.

LFDCS alumni in the news!

UNH Tech Camp. 

Baseball camp / campamento de béisbol

Dear parents of LFDCS,

I hope you are having a great summer. I am attaching a flyer with information about a baseball camp available to your children. If you have any questions feel free to contact Luis Vargas at 978-919-0066 or at

Thank you

Estimados padres de LFDCS,

Espero que estés teniendo un gran verano. Adjunto encuentraras información sobre un campamento de béisbol disponible para sus hijos. Si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en comunicarse con Luis Vargas al 978-919-0066 o al


Student Council donates proceeds to scholarship fund

SY'2023-2024 School Supply List

Teacher Appreciation Week / Semana de Agradecimiento a los Maestros

During the week of May 1-5, LFDCS celebrated "Teacher Appreciation Week." These are messages written by students for their teachers. These messages were posted in the halls of the school so all the teachers can read how much their students appreciate them.

Durante la semana del 1 al 5 de mayo, LFDCS celebró la "Semana de agradecimiento a los maestros". Estos son mensajes escritos por estudiantes para sus maestros. Estos mensajes fueron colocados en los pasillos de la escuela para que todos los maestros puedan leer cuánto los aprecian sus alumnos.

We Love Our Teachers / 
Amamos a Nuestros Maestros

Student messages for teachers during the teacher appreciation week May 1-5. Mensajes de estudiantes para maestros durante la semana de agradecimiento a los maestros del 1 al 5 de mayo.

LFDCS Employee Appreciation Day

On April 14, LFDCS celebrated Employee Appreciation Day with a half day of professional development followed by a luncheon and presentation of certificates, pins and gift cards for employees who had completed 5, 10, 15 and 20 years of service.

Congratulations to Rosanna Mejia, Janetsy Rodriguez, RN, Colleen Saia, Priya Shrivastava, Erika Witham and Anna Yuen for 5 years of service; Alyssa Duffy, Sandra Gonzalez and Julian Paulino for 10 years of service; Superintendent Ralph Carrero for 15 years of service and Trevia Tate for 20 years of service. Trevia was also presented a placque for her 20 years of service by Superintendent Carrero.