- FriOct13 Bring your Friend to School Day (K-Grade 7)* 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
- SunOct15 All-School Open House* 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMLyman and Butler
- SatOct28 ISEE Testing for Prospective Students
- ThuNov02 Grade 5 Preview for Grade 4 Parents (Current Laurel Families) 7:00 PM to 8:30 PMLyman
Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, recently co-authored a piece in the New York Times - Well - Health guide titled "How to Be a Modern Parent."
The piece states that “Modern parents have the entire internet at their disposal and don’t follow any single authority. It’s hard to know whom or what to trust. Here, we’ll talk about how to help your child grow up to be a person you really like without losing yourself in the process.” The article touches on many different aspects of parenting starting with how to promote good sleeping habits from the start to fighting food battles with toddlers. The piece go on to touch on a variety of social issues such as bullying, gender and academic pressure and provides guidance and as to how to handle sometimes difficult parenting challenges.
Cleveland.com recently highlighted the news from Laurel School announcing a $10,000 grant awarded by the Veale Foundation, a forum, of which Laurel has been a member for five years, that instills an entrepreneurial mindset in high school students through experiential learning.
The money will be used to fund Laurel's entrepreneurship activities and programs throughout this school year. Those include the school's Capstone Experience, which cultivates purpose, relationships and leadership, and its Veale Venture Challenge which, through a series of steps, aims to help students start a business while they are still in school.
To read more click here.
Laurel School graduates Nora O'Malley '05 and Phoebe Connell '04 were recently featured on Cleveland.com and in The Plain Dealer where they discuss their newly launched Aida snack line. When the snacks they made for their groundbreaking East Village wine-tap bar, Lois, turned into an object of desire among other food pros in the neighborhood, the two decided to move the snacks "from their cheese boards to online sales, the shelves at Eataly, Manhattan's fine foods court, and now to Cleveland at The Grocery, a little Ohio City spot specializing in local food. Along the way, The New York Times gave them a nod in print, calling their snacks addictive."
"It became a cult thing," Nora recalls in the story. "They'd say things like, 'I'll trade you some of my house-smoked salt for some of your currant crisps."
The article also discusses where the concept for these snacks came from. Phoebe states that "the sourdough cracker recipe is a direct steal from the bread made regularly by her father, Tim Connell, still a history instructor at Laurel. While she once was embarrassed to show up at school with homemade bread, she now 'misses it incredibly'. The crackers, 'a riff on that bread', have their own cheese-like flavor from a five-day fermentation."
Read the full story and more about their success here.
LookUp Summer was offered as two separate one-week sessions this summer for 30 rising high school juniors and seniors in each session. Students came from all parts of Cuyahoga County and represented public, private and parochial schools. As part of the week students explored Cleveland’s arts, economy, varying neighborhoods, and developed their own vision for future impact. Along the way, they met with some of the city’s top leaders including Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson; Federal US Marshal Pete Elliott; and representatives of a variety of community development organizations.
We are proud of Alyssa for her commitment to becoming a leader within our community!
Leslie Segal, Director of the Middle School at Laurel, was recently featured in the Cleveland Jewish News discussing school uniforms and how they affect the learning environment. Ms. Segal is quoted in the piece stating, "The crux of it is that (uniforms) take the focus off of what the (students) look like. There is such a focus on what we should look like and what we are wearing. It allows us as a community to focus on what we deem more important for the students and as people.”
She goes on to say that "uniforms help students focus in the classroom and allow them to not worry about what to wear. The uniforms at Laurel, help instill the school’s values onto the students as well and curbs competition between students."
Leslie also highlight's Laurel's Center for Research on Girls (LCRG) and how its research states that girls should get nine hours of sleep. "Uniforms help shorten the morning process, allowing them to sleep more."
The full article, titled "Dress Codes Create Sense of Belonging, Promote Focused Learning" can be found here.
Currents Magazine recently highlighted the various traditions upheld by area private schools. Two of Laurel School's beloved traditions were included in the article titled "Area Schools Use Time-Honored Traditions to Inspire Students, Create Unity in Community." Excerpts from the article follow.
"At Laurel School, a great tradition called the Gerbera Daisy ceremony is one of several that take place throughout the year. This involves seniors giving a daisy to a kindergartener in August, welcoming them to the Laurel community. In May, the kindergartners then give one to the seniors as a symbol of their leaving Laurel."
"Another tradition at Laurel involves the Junior Ring Chapel, where juniors receive their Laurel rings and then have classmates and teachers turn them as many times as their class year."
The Cleveland Jewish News recently featured Sandrine Pal, Laurel French Teacher and World Languages Chair, in a story about how children often excel when studying a foreign language from a young age. Sandrine is quoted saying, “The No. 1 reason (that children learn a language better) is that children are developmentally primed to learn languages. Cognitively, when they are young, they are still learning their first language and their brain is very open to learning a second language."
Sandrine goes on to state in the article that "when teaching children language, especially those that are different from English fundamentally, like Chinese and Japanese, it’s better to start learning as early as possible, maybe even teaching both first and second language interchangeably. Along with language proficiency, exposure to the language early on also could open up children to different cultures."
To read the full article click here.
Adventure Music Life blog recently highlighted "Seven Reasons Why LaureLive 2017 was Amazing, Fun, and Inspiring." Blogger Nici Lucas commented that "LaureLive 2017 provided the fun, talent, and amenities necessary for a successful music festival, but the event also provided much more: positivity, inspiration, beauty, innovation, and girl power. If you missed the festival, then adding LaureLive 2018 to your calendar is a must. Check out the top seven reasons why."
The blog lists several reasons why LaureLive 2017 was a complete success and what it means to Northeast Ohio. Among the top reasons:
- LaureLive is the new Northeast Ohio annual music festival, further solidifying the city's significant impact to the rock world
- An array of talent from newer artists to bigger names
- Laurel students helped to produce the event
Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz was quoted in the piece stating that a platform was designed to, "give our girls a really exciting experience from the ground up. The students worked on everything from marketing and budgeting to interfacing with fabulous people like Michael Franti, and all the stuff in between that’s much less glamorous but has to get done.” Ann went on to say that festival-goers can expect the safest, “finest, family-friendly festival for music in Northeastern Ohio, and possibly the world.”
Though Julia Saltzman '17 graduated in early June, she still managed to wow speech and debate judges on behalf of Laurel in Birmingham, Alabama where, as one of 250 qualifiers, she competed at the National Tournament in late June. As a member of Laurel's Speech and Debate team for four years, Julia was a three-time State qualifier. She capped off her Speech and Debate career at Laurel with six rounds of speeches at the National Tournament. Her stellar performance propelled her into the quarter finals, making her one of the top 60 Extemporaneous speakers in the country. Cleveland.com recently highlighter her accolades in its Chagrin Falls Community Blog. You can read the update here.
- TueSep19 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
- TueSep19 Grades 5 & 6 Advisory Parent Breakfast 8:00 AMLyman
- TueSep19 Grades 5 & 6 Parent Coffee 8:30 AMLyman
- WedSep20 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
- WedSep20 Rosh Hashanah: Classes in Session
- ThuSep21 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
- ThuSep21 Rosh Hashanah: NO CLASSES - BUILDING CLOSED
- FriSep22 First Day of Autumn
- FriSep22 Grade 3 Shaker Immersion
- FriSep22 Professional Day: NO CLASSES
Bus Service Available to Laurel Students in Northeast Ohio
Laurel School & University School Expanded Bus Service
Laurel School and University School have joined forces to provide increased transportation options for their students throughout the metro Cleveland and Akron areas. Service options include one-way or round trips, as well as full-year or trimester options. Depending on the service option selected, pricing ranges from $300 to $3,900 per year.
Transportation service for the 2017-2018 school year is offered to Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade students from the following communities:
If your community is not included in this list, please contact Laurel’s Transportation Department. Whenever possible, we expand or modify bus service options to meet the needs of our families.
Laurel School & University School Shuttle Bus Service
Shuttle service is available between Laurel School’s Lyman Campus and either of University School campuses five days a week free of charge.
Public School District Bus Service
Eligible students may also choose to ride buses provided under the auspices of their local public school districts. Please contact your local Board of Education to learn more details and eligibility requirements. Current participating school districts include:
- Beachwood (Grades K-12)
- Chagrin Falls Exempted Village (Grades K-12)
- Mayfield City Schools (Grades K-12)
- Orange Schools (Grades K-12)
- Shaker Heights City Schools (Grades K-8)
- Solon (Grades K-12)
Lyman Campus to Butler Campus
Laurel provides daily shuttle service to students needing a ride to the Butler Campus after school. This bus departs the Lyman Campus at 3:30 pm and is free of charge to Laurel students.
For more information about specific routes, pick-up/drop-off times or pricing, please contact Sharon Keyes, Transportation Services Supervisor at 216-455-3047 or sKeyes@LaurelSchool.org.