Head of School Blog


Head of School Laurie Wolke
Laurie Wolke, Head of School
I spend a lot of time traveling the country to visit other schools and talking to educational experts, psychologists, entrepreneurs and thought leaders to bring back big and new ideas to Laurence, our faculty and our families.


Celebrating World Kindness Day

Today is World Kindness Day - a day celebrated all around the world to inspire people to focus on how they can be kind to others, themselves, and the planet. This is a made-for-Laurence holiday, if there ever was one! In today's world, we believe that it is incredibly important to raise kind kids - children who want to help make the world a better place and "proactively spread kindness," as one of our teachers recently phrased it. 

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Cyber Safety & Responsibility

At Laurence, we care about our students' safety, their emotional and physical well-being, as well as their reputations. We believe that elementary school-age children are not developmentally ready to participate in social networks unsupervised, nor do they need devices with texting, email, or Internet capabilities. In order to support our community in making informed choices about technology use at home, we recently invited cybersecurity expert Lori Getz to speak at Laurence. Here are a few key takeaways from her recent talks.

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Finding Time for Daily PDF
In our fast-paced world, we are always forward thinking, focusing on innovation and what's next. While that is true at Laurence, we also value the benefits of tradition and going back to the basics. At last month's Back to School Night, I spoke about a recent article I read titled, "Three Things Overscheduled Kids Need More of in Their Lives," which cited research from Dr. Denise Pope of the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Dr. Pope's research emphasizes the importance of playtime, downtime and family time (or "PDF"). This concept and the research behind it is exceptionally important for our children, so I wanted to share more about PDF with you in my blog. 
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Laurie Wolke with students
 
 
Hello! I'm Laurie Wolke and thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you'll enjoy the ideas, articles, and thoughts I have to share about educating children and raising them to be kind, confident, and life-long learners. 
 
Warmly,
Laurie Wolke
Head of School