Dear Laurence Family,
One of my favorite days of the year will soon be upon us... the first day of school! The joy and excitement of that first day is something that I look forward to all summer long. You are all a part of my family, and it feels like one big reunion when everyone comes "home."
We will be kicking off the year with a continuation of our character education program, "Keep Kind in Mind." This school year we will focus on the "7 Kinds of Kindness," looking at ways to be Kind to Ourselves, Kind to Others, and Kind to the Earth, at developmentally-appropriate levels for each grade level. We will take a renewed look at sustainability and ways that we can preserve and protect our planet. We will also focus on the many strands of identity as defined by Teaching Tolerance. Through intentional conversations and exposure to literature and history, our students will be empowered and encouraged to see the world around them from multiple perspectives, to develop a strong sense of empathy and respect for differences, and to develop a greater understanding of who they are. We will continue to delve even deeper with personal presentation skills, focusing on both public speaking and listening skills.