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Feb
16

LHS WeeklyBuzz 02/16/2018

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WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK!

Throughout the week, different grade levels celebrated and learned about Chinese New Year!
PRESIDENTS' DAY WEEKEND
Presidents' Day Weekend Holiday 
Friday, February 16 - Monday, February 19 
(School office closed, No EDP, No School)
KINDER VILLAGE OPEN HOUSE
We encourage you to invite people in your personal network and communities to this event. It is a great way for parents who have children ready for Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten to get a chance to experience the stellar program we have here at Laurel Hall!
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Laurel Hall Families:

In the wake of the latest school tragedy, I went home not only to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the love of my family, but sadly to have yet another very real, and very difficult conversation with my kids. With this increased senseless violence, it seems to be more and more difficult to know how to talk to our kids. Fortunately, yesterday afternoon, I found an article while searching the internet that reminded me of the basics we adults must keep in mind in order to maintain that critical dialogue.

The article, entitled -  How to Help Your Kids Feel Safe When Their World Feels Out of Control by Nicole Spector, begins with the most simplistic, yet important component of having the ability to effectively comfort our kids – we must first take care of ourselves and “quell our own anxieties before diving into the issue at hand.”

The next salient points in the article are as follows:

Let our kids take the lead. According to clinical psychologist, Dr. Allison Agliata, “It is often best to let your child take the lead in asking questions about difficult situations so that you only share what you feel is necessary to satisfy their inquiries. Otherwise, as parents, we tend to either share too little and leave them wondering, or we over-explain and freak them out.”

Set a time to talk daily or weekly with our kids with no screens (electronics) whether it is “at dinner time, bedtime, or during a walk to school.” Kids simply need consistent opportunities to talk to parents about a myriad of things. As educators, we are taught to always live in their world. Understanding the world from their point of view gives us the perspective and the opportunity for the “ah ha” moments to unfold.

We also must help kids de-stress with breath-work and gratitude; encourage kids to feel their feelings; and assure them, while not making promises that can’t be kept.

By far, the best takeaway for me came at the close of the article - “perhaps the most important thing you can do in all of this, is what you’re already doing: loving your kids and putting care and time into how you address these frightful facts of life.”

To be a parent is to be a child’s primary educator. The job is not always easy, especially in these confusing times. But, the benefits we reap are priceless, and the lessons they learn are the ones which will set the proper course.

Regards,
Jay Guidetti

Click here to view the full article.
 
JAMBA JUICE
KICKBALL TOURNAMENT 
FEBRUARY CHAPEL OFFERING
February Chapel Offering is going to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles for their innovative work with Congential Heart Defects (CHD). February is CHD awareness month and a number of Laurel Hall families have been affected by CHDs. In fact, 1 out of every 110 babies are born with a heart defect and over 50% of those children will need at least one invasive surgery to correct it.
2018 SPRING GALA
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Cocktails and bidding starts at 6:00pm
Dinner begins at 7:00pm

CLICK IMAGE FOR TICKETS
WE STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS!
Make sure to volunteer on Track It Forward.

 
GUYS AND DOLLS 
Laurel Hall Middle School Musical Guys and Dolls March 15-17!
Tickets available 2/26/18
JOG-A-THON
The Jog-a-Thon has been changed to Thursday, March 8. The reason for the change is that the PTO has decided to go with a company that puts on school events like the Jog-a-Thon and assists the school with their fund-raising efforts. The company did not have availability on our original date of Thursday, February 15. Part of the company’s service includes student kick-off rallies. The schedule for these rallies will be:
 
Jog-a-Thon kick-off rallies on Feb. 22nd in Parish Hall

Rally 1: 8:30 – 9:00 (Middle School)
Rally 2: 9:10 – 9:40 (Elementary)
 

 
SUMMER CAMP 2018
Get ready for Laurel Hall Summer Adventures Camp 2018!!
This year camp sessions will be held
June 11, 2018 - August 10, 2018!
Registration will start soon!

 
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SAVE THE DATE

Presidents' Day Weekend Holiday  - Friday, February 16 - Monday, February 19 
(School office closed, No EDP, No School)
General PTO Meeting - Wednesday, February 28, 8:00am
Jog-a-thon - Thursday, March 8
Kickball Tournament - Sunday, March 11th
Guys and Dolls  - March 15 - 17
2018 Spring Gala - Saturday, April 14

FEBRUARY SCRIPTURE 
And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? -- Micah 6:8

You are invited to join Pastor Marty at the parent prayer group every
Tuesday at 8:00 a.m.
Weekly Sunday worship – Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.
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