Device-Free Time to Improve Your Children's Intellect (and Yours!)

By: Laurie Wolke

Like so many of you, I find it challenging to strike a balance between the attention commanded by my iPhone and my logical understanding that it is important to put it away. This powerful device allows me to work on the go, read the "newspaper" in between meetings, peruse the Instagram feeds of my friends and family to keep up with their daily lives, make a dinner reservation in under a minute, or look up a fact that is eluding me in seconds.

Yet the attention this miraculous device draws drains our brains and our children's brains.

At Back to School Night, I talked about studies showing the negative impacts on children's school performance, sleep, and social lives resulting from tech devices in their bedrooms. Even more concerning are the many recent studies indicating that mere proximity to our smartphones negatively impacts our intellect.

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Laurence Raised $14,000 for Dribble for the Cure

Last Sunday's Dribble for the Cure was a great experience and a huge success! Our Laurence team had 100 people signed up, which was the largest team in Dribble for the Cure history. We raised more than $14,000 and finished 4th as a fundraising team. To see photos and learn more about this event, click on "Read More" below.

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Birthday Ribbons

Get ready to celebrate birthdays at our RWB&G Assemblies this year! The following students will be receiving birthday ribbons at our assembly on Friday, October 20th:

Emmeline C.
Erik D.
Davis M.
Luca R.
Dashiell G.
Luca S.
Mila L.
Kate B.
Ava B.
James E.
Isabella B.

You can find the entire 2017-2018 birthday celebration schedule on the Parent Portal, under the School & Event Calendars section (click here for a direct link). If you have any questions or would like to change the date your child will receive his or her ribbon, please email Sarah Levine.

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SOCKtober Drive

Second Grade is making October, SOCKtober! Every night in the United States an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. Even a small act of kindness can go a long way. With cooler temperatures on the way, a new pair of socks could mean a lot to someone in need.

Every Friday during October, you can donate new socks to the Food Pantry. Second Grade will be collecting them at carpool along with food donations. They'll be right next to the 4th Graders who collect plastic bottles and aluminum cans to recycle every Friday!

Please help the 2nd Grade make SOCKtober a huge SOCK-cess!

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Free Logos at Lands' End

This week, until October 23rd, Lands' End will add the Laurence logo to any uniform items for free. To take advantage of this offer, use the promotion code LOGO, and the pin 5782 at checkout. Click here to shop now, or use Laurence's Preferred School Number (900024951) to shop any time.

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Laurence School Halloween Carnival

The annual Halloween Carnival is Friday, October 27th at 12:30 p.m. Our 6th Graders are excited for their haunted house, and we can't wait to see all of our students' fun, creative costumes! Please click on "Read More" for important information and reminders about the carnival.

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Holiday Boutique Sports Camp

Wondering what to do with your Laurence students while you're shopping at the boutique? Coachie is coming to the rescue!

Where: Laurence School

When: Nov 12th • 9am-2pm

What: Sports Camp (basketball, football, soccer, dodgeball, gaga, and more) Pizza lunch will be provided.

Cost: $100/child

Registration open now!

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Laurence Boutique Bake Sale

What could be better than shopping at wholesale prices, while raising money for the school?

Shopping at wholesale prices, raising money for the school, and eating yummy baked goods!

Please help make this year's Holiday Boutique Bake Sale a success by bringing your favorite baked goods - store bought or homemade - to the Holiday Boutique on Sunday, November 12th between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. Feel free to drop off your baked goods as early as you'd like - we will be there at 7 a.m.!! And if you would like to drop off the day before, please contact either Ghazaleh or Angelina.

Click read more for additional details and suggestions for what to bring.

All proceeds benefit the school to support enrichment and academic programs! Thank you for your support!

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Cyber Safety with Lori Getz

During last week's Parent Education Series talk with Lori Getz, Lori talked about how to help children safely engage online and how your family can manage technology. We also followed up by emailing you tools for supporting responsible digital citizenship at home. Please click on "Read More" below for links to a video of Lori's talk, as well as the family media agreement and digital citizenship plan we emailed.

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6th Grade WOLF Camp Overnight Trip

Last week, our 6th Grade class spent several days at WOLF Camp in Malibu. Students gained a lot of hands-on knowledge about living with nature, and enhanced their survival and leadership skills while sharing, caring, and being kind to one another. They participated in a number of team-building activities, including the blindfold string maze, the blind drum stalk, and various ropes course activities. To learn more about their trip and see the photos, click on "Read More" below.

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Bring Your Friends and Family to the Holiday Boutique

Our Annual Holiday Boutique is on Sunday, November 12th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. We will have great new and favorite vendors with fashion, accessories, home goods, and more. Items will be sold at WHOLESALE prices! Twenty percent of the proceeds from each item sold will be returned to Laurence to support our programs. So save the date and join us for a fun day of community and shopping! Click on "Read More" for additional details and to learn how you can help spread the word.

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Halloween Costume Drive

If you thought you saw a parade of lions, superheroes, and princesses at morning carpool recently, it was not a hallucination! Those adorable children were doing their share in spreading the Laurence philosophy of "Keeping Kind in Mind!" With the help and generosity of the entire Laurence family, the 3rd Grade collected costumes in abundance for our local Boys and Girls Club. How many, you might ask? Click on "Read More" to find out!

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Represent the "L"aps

Represent the "L"aps is open to all students, parents, faculty, and staff on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 AM (check the calendar for specific dates). Get your steps in, collect tokens for every mile completed, and have fun!

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Kidspace Children's Museum Pumpkin Festival

Looking for some Halloween fun? Kidspace is hosting its 23rd Annual Pumpkin Festival at Brookside Park (directly in front of the museum). Kids will giggle with delight at the petting zoo, pony rides, exciting bouncers, carnival games, and seasonal crafts. Partake in a costume parade, make your own take-home fall crafts, enjoy face painting, and select pumpkins from our pumpkin patch. The festival will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 14th and Sunday, October 15th. Click here for more information.

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Global Garden Family Presentations: Japan

Thank you to the Bronson family for a wonderful presentation on Japan last week! Our students enjoyed learning about the country and interesting cultural traditions. To learn about the presentation and see photos, click on "Read More."

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