Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Candy Drive for the Homeless

Halloween Candy Drive for the Homeless

The kids at Lafayette are a very generous bunch and that spirit really comes out at holiday time.  No, I'm not talking about those winter holidays, at Lafayette Halloween is time to think about generosity and compassion.  Sure we dress up as scary monsters, or favorite storybook or movie characters, but Halloween at Lafayette is about helping others.  

Our very own Kenny family - Guy, Maya, and Amalia - have been collecting Halloween costumes to share with homeless children.  What a creative and fun way to make a child in crisis happy!  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Why College Awareness in Elementary School?

You might be wondering why your child has been coming home talking about "The Path to College" this week when it seems so very far away. For many of them, it is far away. We calculated that Pre-K students will start college in the year 2028 and complete a four-year degree in the year 2032--wow!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Building Resiliency In Children

Greetings Parents, Families and Staff.  The seasons are changing and so are your children.  This is a perfect time to read the tips below on how to increase resiliency in your children.  It will help them learn skills needed to deal effectively with everyday stress and frustration.  Enjoy!  Harriet Lurensky Kuhn, M.A., M.Ed., NCSP-Lafayette Psychologist


Building Resiliency: Helping Children Learn to Weather Tough Times

Adversity is a natural part of life. At some point, we all face difficulties, such as family problems, serious illness, a personal crisis, or a painful loss. Being resilient is important to dealing with adversities like these. While most parents hope that their children never face extreme adversity, successfully facing tough situations can actually foster growth and give children the skills to be more resilient in the future.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lafayette's Peace of Mind Program Featured in Documentary about Mindfulness

On Wednesday, October 8, three filmmakers spent the day at Lafayette interviewing students and staff and filming Peace Classes for a documentary about mindfulness.   They were so impressed with our Peace of Mind program and they were really impressed with our students.  The kids did a beautiful job of demonstrating how we practice mindfulness in Peace class (even with cameras rolling and microphones hanging over their heads) and they were able to articulate how they practice mindfulness outside of Peace Class. They talked about using mindfulness to help them deal with anger at siblings, with the stress of test-taking, to help them focus while playing sports, to be better friends, and to be kinder to themselves and others.  The filmmakers couldn't get enough of our amazing students here at Lafayette.  Click on this link to find out more about this upcoming documentary and stay posted for more information about when it will be finished.

- Linda Ryden