Lawrence School

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Who We Are


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    We Are:

    • a community of 710 students, kindergarten through 8th grade
    • A dynamic staff of 108
    • Multicultural and multilingual
    • A community developing a Makerspace for students and staff
    • A hub for  after school programs, LEDP and LSA

    A community of teachers, parents/caregivers and students who are working to be our best selves. Come join us!

     

Principal's Corner

  • February 5, 2018

    The week of February 12th is Random Acts of Kindness Week (RAK).  The week is celebrated by individuals, schools, and communities nationwide to encourage acts of kindness.  At Lawrence, we will be celebrating by creating a permanent large scale kindness tree mural in the cafeteria that showcases kind acts that students and staff observe.  We have a Kindness Catcher set up in the main office for staff and students alike to submit moments in which folks have gotten caught being kind.  We are also leading whole class lessons on kindness, highlighting books that focus on acts of kindness, starting each morning with quotes about kindness and empathy, and much more!  During this week, and beyond, we invite you to continue having conversations at home about kindness.  

     

    Here are some prompts that may be helpful:

    • What does kindness mean to you?

    • What does kindness look like?

    • What does kindness feel like?

    • What is one kind act that you witnessed today?

    • What is one kind thing that you did for someone else today?

    • What is one kind thing that you did for yourself today?

     

    Here is a list of some of our favorite random acts of kindness:

    • Donate your talents

    • Send paper thank you notes

    • Be empathic - really try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes

    • Donate old clothes, toys, to others

    • Hold the door open for someone

    • Let someone else have your seat on the crowded bus, T, etc.

    • Be encouraging

    • Make a family member breakfast in bed

    • Do a 5K for a good cause

    • Smile at others

    • Be patient

    • Recycle things that you see in the road

    • Listen

    • Let someone go in front of you in line

    • Shovel a neighbor’s driveway when it snows

    • Try to find goodness in others even when that is hard

    • Volunteer as a family

    • Water a neighbor’s flowers

    • Be kind to yourself

    • Share - even if you don’t want to

    • Be happy for others

    • Help someone carry something

    • Spread the goodness - let others know that you are on a mission to spread kindness and it may inspire them to do the same

     

    Home/School Connection:

    Send your Guidance team an email letting us know how you celebrated RAK and how your express kindness in your family throughout the year.  We’re hoping to share some ideas back with the community so please let us know in your email if you’d like us to share your idea with the Lawrence community.  

    Chloe Wheaton K-3 Guidance - Chloe_wheaton@psbma.org

    Alissa Ovadia - 4 & 5 Guidance - Alissa_ovadia@psbma.org

     

    Here are some book suggestions, many of which we have in our Lawrence Library:

    • Have You Filled A Bucket Today, A Guide to Daily Kindness for Kids by Carol McCloud
    • Listening With My Heart: A Story of Kindness and Self compassion by Gabi Garcia
    • A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love by Michelle Edwards
    • If you Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
    • Zen Socks by Jon J. Muth
    • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
    • The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts
    • One Green Apple by Eve Bunting
    • Lend a Hand: Poems About Giving by John Frank
    • The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
    • Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness by Donna Janell Bowman,
    • Fly Free by Roseanne Thong
    • Maddi’s Fridge by Lois Brandt
    • Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyer
    • Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
    • The Three Questions by Jon J. Murth

     

    We hope that with this positive momentum we can create a ripple effect of kindness and empathy toward those within our school community and beyond.

     

    Let’s Spread Kindness,  

    Lawrence School Guidance Department

     

     

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