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Expanding Our "Circle of Concern" to Build Empathy

By Laurie Wolke

At Laurence, we celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week with special activities designed to help students focus on the many ways to be kind.

This past fall, Harvard Professor and psychologist Richard Weissbourd, co-director of the Making Caring Common Project, spoke to our parents about raising kind and caring children. One key take-away that has been particularly inspiring to me is the concept of expanding our students' (and our own) "Circle of Concern."

By Laurie Wolke

At Laurence, we celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Week with special activities designed to help students focus on the many ways to be kind. While we put additional emphasis on kindness this week as part of this national movement, we celebrate and promote kindness every day through our Character Education Program. Just ask our students about how they "Keep Kind in Mind!"

This past fall, Harvard Professor and psychologist Richard Weissbourd, co-director of the Making Caring Common Project, spoke to our parents about raising kind and caring children. One key take-away that has been particularly inspiring to me is the concept of expanding our students' (and our own) "Circle of Concern." He explained that children tend to be naturally empathetic toward their own friends and parents, but they need to learn how to develop empathy for people outside their "circle" – empathy for a waiter, their school bus driver, and people of different backgrounds.

We do a lot here at Laurence to help kids develop this type of empathy through our Global Education Program, service learning activities, and daily classroom discussions. I came across an article on the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation's blog that I thought was especially helpful in giving you, our parents, some concrete ideas for what you can do at home to expand your chrildren's "Circle of Concern." The article also points to great resources from our all-things-media-partner, Common Sense Media.

Click here to read "5 Ways to Help Children Care More."

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Spotlight on 3rd Grade Science

In Science, our 3rd Graders have been learning about the human body. They were fortunate enough to be visited by Dr. Abdulian, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and dad to Alexia and Alene, who are in Kindergarten and 3rd Grade. During his visit, the students created their own model skeletons using popsicle sticks, cardboard, paper, paperclips, and tape. Thank you to Dr. Abdulian for spending time with our 3rd Grade class. Click here to see photos from this fun science project.

In Science, our 3rd Graders have been learning about the human body. They were fortunate enough to be visited by Dr. Abdulian, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and dad to Alexia and Alene, who are in Kindergarten and 3rd Grade. During his visit, the students created their own model skeletons using popsicle sticks, cardboard, paper, paperclips, and tape. Thank you to Dr. Abdulian for spending time with our 3rd Grade class. Click here to see photos from this fun science project.

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Fifth Grade Field Trip to Reagan Library

This week, our 5th Graders went on a field trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, located in Simi Valley. Click on "Read More" for a fantastic summary of the field trip written by student Davis M., and click here for pictures from this exciting day.

This week, our 5th Graders went on a field trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, located in Simi Valley. Check out this fantastic summary of the field trip written by Davis M.:

I'm Davis M., your Press Bureau Chief, and I have breaking news! The 5th Graders just went on a field trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. When we got there, we were divided into three groups: The Oval Office, The Command Center, and The Press Room. We were also assigned roles - for instance, Sam P. was President Reagan! In our separate rooms, each group simulated the Grenada Crisis, also known as "Operation Urgent Fury."

While the President and his Cabinet determined the plan to safely rescue the student hostages, the Command Center worked on how to execute the plan, and the Press Room reported on it. It was really fun! We then got to tour the Reagan Library. We learned about Ronald Reagan's childhood, career, adult life, political career, and way more! We got to play interactive games, and we learned so much. One of my favorite parts was getting to crawl in a tunnel under a replica of the Berlin Wall. Did you know that The Reagan Library is home to a 6,000 pound piece of the Berlin Wall? It was an amazing field trip!

For pictures from this exciting day, click here.


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Annual Spring Event & Auction - Got Connections?

On April 22nd, at this year's spring event, the Laurence Soiree on the Sand, our community will gather at the beach for an incredible evening. As always, the online and live auctions are an important part of the event. The Auction Committee is hard at work gathering items for both auctions, but they need your help and your FABULOUS CONNECTIONS! Click on "Read More" to learn how you can support the auction.

On April 22nd, at this year's spring event, the Laurence Soiree on the Sand, our community will gather at the beach for an incredible evening to share laughs, dine, dance, and help raise important funds to support our financial aid, academic, technology, and enrichment programs. Once again, the online and live auctions will be an important part of this event.

The Auction Committee is hard at work gathering items for both auctions, but they need your help - and your FABULOUS CONNECTIONS! Items that do exceptionally well include: hotel/vacation packages and vacation homes; tickets to concerts, movie premieres, and TV show tapings; unique and exciting experiences for kids and families; designer bags and jewelry; wining and dining activities; and tickets to sports events. The Auction Chairs would be happy to help you brainstorm any ideas.

Donations can be dropped off in the front office, where you can also pick up donation forms and solicitation letters. Please remember to take some forms with you when you are out and about, and ask your favorite places to support our school by donating an item or activity!

Thank you! - Your Auction & Event Committee


Auction Donation Letter & Forms:

Auction Information

Auction Solicitation Letter

Auction Donation Form

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Thank You for Supporting the Laurence Fund

We are incredibly grateful for the support and generosity that our parent body has already shown for this year's Laurence Fund campaign. You all hold such a special place in our hearts – especially as we "Keep Kind in Mind" during this very sweet week. Join the campaign today!

We are so incredibly grateful for the support and generosity that our parent body has already shown for this year's Laurence Fund campaign. You all hold such a special place in our hearts – especially as we "Keep Kind in Mind" during this very sweet week.


If you would like to contribute, please click here to make your Laurence Fund pledge or gift today. As always, we strive for 100% participation and look to each and every family to support this incredibly important campaign. Every gift counts!

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