Fifth Grade African Assembly

Fifth Grade students at Laurence study Africa as part of our Global Garden Educational Program. One of the highlights of their curriculum was their incredible performance at a recent Red, White, Blue & Green assembly. The performance included African dancing, drumming, and poetry, and was the culmination of months of hard work and practice. It was truly breathtaking. In addition, students in all of the other grades had also learned a part of the traditional African dance that the 5th Graders performed, and during the assembly, they had the chance to join in on the fun and show off their moves! A big thank you to our incredible Performing Arts team for their creativity and guidance. Click here to see pictures from this amazing performance.

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Calling All Gardeners!

The Fifth Graders will be hosting their annual Farmers' Market at the upcoming Open House and are in need of produce from your garden! All donations are welcome, including but not limited to fruits, vegetables, herbs, cut-flowers, eggs, etc. Items can be dropped off on Friday, May 5th in the PAC, or brought directly to the Farmers' Market on Sunday, May 7th.

If you have any questions, please contact Aimee Ward, Tracy Garcia, or Angela Chan.

Thank you!

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Upcoming Author Visit -  Sarah Mlynowski

Sarah Mlynowski will visit 3rd - 6th Grade students on Friday, April 28th to talk about her best-selling books and the process of writing them. For more information about Ms. Mlynowski, her books, and how to purchase copies during her visit, please click on "Read More" below.

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Summer Tutoring Available at Laurence Summer Camp

Did you know that Laurence offers customized, individual private tutoring in math and language arts with its experienced faculty during the summertime? Students can participate in our Summer Learning Labs as part of Summer Camp or separately. Summer Learning Labs help students prevent the summer slide and prepare for the upcoming school year. Additionally, graduating 6th Graders can also sign up to get extra help with study and organizational skills that they will need for success in middle school.

For additional information about this fantastic program, click here


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Laurence Unveils 30 Published Poets

We are so excited to announce that 30 Laurence students have been featured in the Fall 2016 edition of "A Celebration of Poets," which is a national anthology of poetry written by children in kindergarten through 6th grade. Panels of educators viewed entries from thousands of students from across the country to select the top submissions for publication in this book. Please click "Read More" for a list of our amazing published poets!

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First Grade Goes to Underwood Family Farms

Last week, our 1st Grade classes packed up and took a bus ride to Underwood Family Farms as the culminating event for their "Farm-to-Table" unit of study. Upon arriving at the farm, students viewed a presentation about fruits and vegetables. Next, it was time for everyone's favorite part - harvesting! The students took a wagon ride into the fields where they learned the proper way to pick curly leaf lettuce, candy striped beets, cilantro, and strawberries. Finally, the students gathered for a picnic lunch and to greet the various farm animals who live at Underwood. It was an incredibly fun day in the sun, and the children experienced part of the journey that fruits and vegetables make to get from the farm to their tables. Please click here for some photos from their adventure.

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The City of Ember Design Thinking Project

One incredible aspect of the curriculum at Laurence involves "design thinking." This means that students are learning to define a problem through research and interview in order to generate a variety of possible solutions. Students then prototype and test their designs with a target audience. Design thinking also allows students to combine skills from across multiple disciplines, allowing them to become innovators, to use their imaginations, and to devise solution-based processes. Click on "Read More" for more details about this project, as well as a link to some photos.

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Leslie Kaplan Parent Ed Summary

Earlier this month, Dr. Leslie Kaplan and Registered Dietician Nicole Avila came to Laurence as part of our Parent Education Series to speak about nutrition and preventing eating disorders. If you were unable to attend the event and would like to watch the talk, you can view it on our website here. Please click "Read More" for a recap of the important points from the talk.

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First Graders Skype with an Incredible Adventurer and Learn More from Two Laurence Dads

First Graders had the unique experience of talking to the only blind person to climb Mount Everest about his accomplishments and how he confronted frustrations getting to the top. Following that talk, two Laurence dads - Elliot Karathanasis, a mountaineer, and Louis Posen, who is blind - visited 1st Grade students to talk about their respective experiences and challenges. Click "Read More" for additional details about these events.

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