All-School Calendar
  • October 2017
    • MonOct23 MS Swimming Begins
    • MonOct23 MS Swimming Parent Meeting 6:30 PMLower University School
    • TueOct24 LSPA Picture Retake Day Lyman: Multipurpose Room
    • TueOct24 Grades 3 & 4 Theatre Workshop 5:30 PM

Laurel's varsity golf team recently closed out an incredible season! After placing second in the Northeast Sectional Golf Tournament the team qualified to compete in States, which took place October 13 and 14 at Ohio State University's Scarlet and Gray Golf Course in Columbus. 

The team, coached by Upper School Spanish Teacher and Director of Service Learning Marti Hardy, went on to break their District record of 352 strokes when on day one of States the team shot a 339. The final result was a fourth place finish. Jami Morris '21 was honored as Second Team All Ohio, Taylor Thierry '21, shot a hole-on-one on the Par 3 17th hole, Grace Durdle '19 and Haley Thierry '21 both had their personal best scores and we watched Sophia Levinson '18 play her last hole as a Laurel Senior. Congratulations to the golf team on a fantastic season! 


The Cleveland Jewish News recently spoke with Laurel's Associate Head of School, Kathryn Purcell, to discuss the benefits of a private high school. At Laurel, there is a number of benefits. I think the environment allows the girls to be serious students, to be themselves and to connect with one another in a way that doesn’t add any social pressures or any expectations in how they are supposed to behave." She goes on to state that Laurel is "a smaller environment, and with that, we’re able to grow relationships with each girl so she knows (the school) has her back. In general, at private schools, teachers are of high caliber and they are incredibly dedicated to their students. It’s a community-driven experience." Kathryn also highlights in the piece that Laurel is seeing more students take an active role in the decision process. "They know if they want an academically rigorous environment." Click here to read the full story.

 

In her latest New York Times column, Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, tackles adolescent curiosity and how they will satisfy it online. She states that, "Young people have always been curious about sex, and when our teenagers have questions, the internet is usually their first stop, for worse and for better. Adolescents can and do find highly explicit sexual material online, and an emerging body of research tells a worrisome story about the place of pornography in young people's lives." Dr. Damour goes on to state that "teenagers also turn to the internet for information about relationships and sexual health."

In this digital age there is no shortage of topics to tackle with adolescents - from dating violence to how all consuming relationships can become with a smartphone in hand. The column hones in on how parents can address these topics by talking with teenagers about pornography and by directing them to dependable online information. Lisa provides several useful resources for parents and their teens, and offers a variety of approaches to take when broaching the topic. Click here to read the column in its entirety.

Hope Murphy, Director of Studies for K-8 at Laurel, recently spoke with Cleveland Magazine for an article on the "four C's", critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity, and how each of these play a vital role in Laurel's curriculum and how students learn from a young age.

The story highlights how, using an interdisciplinary approach, Laurel School encourages the Four C’s by taking one theme and extending it across subjects. Hope is quoted saying "As early as age 5, students recognize the power of their own voice and of adults and older students to listen to them. They learn the importance of bigger questions and the broader community." In the article, she goes on to talk about how social emotional development is a key focus for early learners. Kindergarten teacher Nicole Franks and First Grade teacher Laura Marabito are also quoted in the story, highlighting examples of how the four C's play out in the classroom.

"Kindergartners at the Shaker Heights girls’ school learn about animals in the rainforest and think critically about the question: “How does where the animals live affect how they live?”  

They research the subject in a science lab and then go on a field trip to visit animals at the RainForest at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. In class, kindergartners use their artistic skills to build a habitat that represents the rainforest environment.  

“Both the art teacher and the science teacher help draw out the girls’ understanding of an animal they have researched,” says Laurel kindergarten teacher Nicole Franks. “They supplement what students are learning in their homeroom about regions of the world through reading literature or nonfiction about the region in language arts and social studies."

Click here to read the full article.

 

 

Missy Rose, Director of College Guidance at Laurel, was recently included in a Cleveland Jewish News story focused on the various benefits of taking a gap semester or year prior to college. In the article Missy is quoted saying, "While academically, (the student) may be ready for college but socially, they might not be ready. Another reason can be that they feel burned out from working hard in high school and they just can’t imagine getting back into that with only a two-month break. They might want to use their brain in a different way." Missy also notes in the piece that these options are an ideal way to further personal development. Click here for the full story.
Congratulations to our ninth grade golfer who won the Regional Drive, Chip and Putt competition (Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Delaware) at Muirfield Golf Club on Saturday, September 16. She will go to the Master's Tournament in Augusta, Georgia in April to play in the National Tournament. She plays number one for Laurel’s varsity golf team and has led our team to the lowest 9 hole, 18 hole and tournament scores in the history of golf at Laurel School. 

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.

 

Kana Cummings '18 has been named a Semifinalist in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. She is included in a pool of approximately 16,000 talented high school Seniors that will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be awarded in the spring. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share the goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists will be notified of this designation in February. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Congratulations to Kana on this wonderful achievement!

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



 

  • October 2017
    • MonOct23 MS Swimming Begins
    • MonOct23 MS Swimming Parent Meeting 6:30 PMLower University School
    • TueOct24 LSPA Picture Retake Day Lyman: Multipurpose Room
    • TueOct24 Grades 3 & 4 Theatre Workshop 5:30 PM
    • WedOct25 US Basketball Parent Meeting 6:00 PMLyman
    • FriOct27 NO CLASSES for Pre-Primary & Primary (Parent Conferences)
    • FriOct27 US Basketball Begins
    • SatOct28 ISEE Testing for Prospective Students
    • TueOct31 Halloween
    • TueOct31 Primary Halloween Parade 2:00 PM
  • November 2017
    • WedNov01 Alumnae/Senior Class Dinner 6:30 PM
    • ThuNov02 US Swimming Parent Meeting 6:00 PMLyman

After School and Music Academy

Laurel School happily offers enriched, supervised after school care and classes for children in Early Learners through Eighth Grade from dismissal until 6:00 p.m., on days when school is in session. In order to provide the appropriate setting for each student, the programs are offered by grade level.

NEW for 2017-2018 school year: Registrations for after school Supervised Play (early learners thru Grade 6) and Middle School Homework Room (Grades 5-8) are done directly through the parent portal.
Download the After School at Laurel flyer.


Supervised Play & Homework Room


Music Academy Registration

 

After School Registration

Explore our 2017-2018 after school options.

M-F: Supervised Play [Early Learners-Grade 4]

Dates: August 23, 2017 – May 31, 2018
Day: Monday-Friday, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Cost: Variable -- see registration link for details

Supervised Play meets in the Primary and Pre-Primary classrooms at Laurel which are conveniently located near our beautiful playgrounds and spacious Multipurpose Room. Classrooms are divided by grades to offer a quiet space for homework, a relaxing place to read a book, enjoy a snack or place to run and play. This option is open to students enrolled in Early Learners through Grade 4. Note: Supervised Play is only available on days when school is in session.

NEW for 2017-2018 school year: Registration for after school Supervised Play (early learners thru Grade 6) is done directly through the parent portal.


Register Today!

M-F: Middle School Homework Room [Grades 5-8]

Dates: August 23, 2017 – May 31, 2018
Day: Monday-Friday, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Cost: Variable -- see registration link for details

The Middle School Homework Room provides a supervised comfortable environment for students when they are not involved in an after-school activity to complete homework, enjoy a snack and a good book or play a relaxing game with a friend.This option is open to Laurel students enrolled in grades 5 through 8. Note: Middle School Homework Room is only available on days when school is in session.

NEW for 2017-2018 school year: Registration for Middle School Homework Room (Grades 5-8) is done directly through the parent portal.


Register Today!

M-F: Music Academy

The Music Academy is a year-long after-school program. Through the Music Academy, Laurel students and their siblings may sign up for traditional private music instruction, Suzuki violin instruction and Rock Band classes.  Each Music Academy program consists of thirty lessons, two of which will be recital preparation classes, and two recitals. All lessons take place at Laurel’s Lyman Campus between the hours of 3:30 and 6:00. After School at Laurel offers child care coverage at a discounted rate to Music Academy students on the days of their lessons.


Traditional Private Lessons
Laurel School Music Academy offers private instruction in the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, guitar, piano, voice and flute. Our faculty members are accomplished performers and teachers with advanced degrees from highly reputable universities and conservatories. Many of our teachers are also on faculty at institutions such as The Cleveland Institute of Music, The Music Settlement, and Cleveland State University.
Cost: $1040 for weekly thirty-minute lessons (longer lessons are pro-rated).

 

Suzuki Program
More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, and constant repetition are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.

Laurel School Music Academy is pleased to offer Suzuki violin instruction. This after school program consists of weekly private lessons as well as a weekly group class. Suzuki lessons are offered to students ages four and older. Private lessons will be scheduled based on the availability of the teacher, student and parent. Group classes will be held between 3:30 and 4:15 on Friday afternoons. 
Cost: $1340 for weekly thirty-minute private lessons as well as weekly group classes.

For additional information, please email Cara Tweed.

Register for Music Academy

MONDAYS: Destination Imagination [Girls, Grades K-2]

Day: Mondays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Dates: 12 sessions, September 11 - December 4
Cost: $75

Please contact Karen Edwards for more information: kEdwards@LaurelSchool.org

MONDAYS: Martial Arts [Girls, Grades 3-6]

Day: Mondays, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Dates: 12 sessions, September 11 - December 4
Cost: $180

New for 2017-2018! 
PRO Martial Arts at Laurel School: At PRO Martial Arts of Lyndhurst, we understand that the experiences and values your child learns now will shape them for the rest of their lives. Our martial arts training not only teaches punching and kicking, it also emphasizes leadership skills, teamwork, respect, and focus. We offer families in South Euclid, Beachwood, and Lyndhurst martial arts classes to stay healthy, active, and alert while having a blast.

TUESDAYS: Acting/Drama Class [Girls, Grades K-2]

Day: Tuesdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Dates: 10 sessions, September 12 - November 21 (no class 10/31)
Cost: $150

NEW for 2017-2018!
K-2nd Grade After School Acting: This 10-session beginning acting class will introduce your child to the concepts that develop unique characters and stories. By exploring physical and emotional expression as well as vocal intonation, imaginative characters can be created. Parents will be invited to join us for a final "mini" performance!

Instructor Bio:
Jen Zidar earned her master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of New Orleans and a Shakespeare Certification from the British Academy associated with the Julliard School. Her work in New York City featured numerous live theater performances as well as hosting on ABC, TBS, and MTV. After five years of performing in Manhattan, Jen returned to her roots in the South to use her experiences to fulfill her dream of opening a children’s theatre company. Upon earning her North Carolina teaching license specializing in Theatre Arts K-12th grades, Hats Off Children’s Theatre in Chapel Hill, North Carolina was launched. For the next five years, Hats Off Theatre provided educational opportunities for children as well as was devoted to building community through theatre. With a baby on the way and her husband accepting a new job in Cleveland, Jen set out on an adventure to the “snowbelt.” She has enjoyed being a mom of two, the director of Onaway Little Theater, and a resident of Shaker Heights.

TUESDAYS: Adventure Girls [Girls, Grades 3-6]

Day: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Dates: 12 sessions, September 12 - December 5
Cost: $400

Instructors: Chuck Allen, Pre-Primary Physical Education & Experiential Learning / Shannon Lukz, Primary Faculty and Director of the NorthStar Collaborative

Experience the adventure that all of the girls are raving about! Students love their time in Adventure Girls as they cultivate their resilience through challenging games, indoor and outdoor activities, as well as adventure-packed field trips and an overnight camping trip at Butler Campus.

  • Minimum enrollment 8 students / Maximum enrollment 20 students
  • Meets Tuesday 3:30-5:00 pm. Pick up on Field Trip days 6:30 or 7:00 pm / no additional cost for field trips

Register for Adventure Girls

WEDNESDAYS: Little Geniuses Chess [Girls & Boys, Preschool-Pre-K; GIRLS Kindergarten]

Day: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Dates: 12 Sessions, September 13 - December 6 (no class 11/22)
Cost:
$300

NEW for 2017-2018!
Brought to you by The Knight School of Chess, Little Geniuses
is a chess-song singing, laughing, chess-tourney, dancing, chess clock-slapping, zany chess video, puppet show introduction to chess and being the smart kid in class.

Only for kids ages 3-5, Little Geniuses comes one day per week into your Early Learning Center and puts on a high-energy 45-minute chess practice in which kids play chess for bead necklaces, compete weekly for one of 20 brightly-colored silicone wristbands, and look forward each week to our 22 daily activities.

Kids report Little Geniuses to be the favorite part of their week because kids love our developmentally-targeted, infectiously-fun thinking activities and find them compelling, exhilarating, and extremely gratifying. The class has gone viral, exploding in its first year to 207 Little Geniuses in 24 locations, and kids were still enrolling during the final week of the year! Little Geniuses classes cap at 16 Geniuses, so sign up today. Your school is invited to affiliate with us as we--at this crucial and developmentally formative preschool stage--delightfully impart to every one of our Little Geniuses a self-identity as a very smart person! And the first two weeks are always free sample promo weeks, so there is absolutely no commitment required.

Register for Little Geniuses Chess

WEDNESDAYS: Martial Arts [Girls, Grades 3-6]

Day: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Dates: 12 sessions, September 13 - December 6 (no class 11/22)
Cost: $180

NEW for 2017-2018!
PRO Martial Arts at Laurel School: At PRO Martial Arts of Lyndhurst, we understand that the experiences and values your child learns now will shape them for the rest of their lives. Our martial arts training not only teaches punching and kicking, it also emphasizes leadership skills, teamwork, respect, and focus. We offer families in South Euclid, Beachwood, and Lyndhurst martial arts classes to stay healthy, active, and alert while having a blast.

Register for PRO Martial Arts

THURSDAYS: Little Racquets Tennis [Girls and Boys, Pre-K-Grade 3]

Day: Thursdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Dates: 12 sessions, September 14 - December 7 (no class 9/21 or 11/23)
Cost:
$180

This nationally-renowned program helps students progress through the beginning stages of tennis. Students are engaged in stimulating, playful activities that enhance their physical and emotional abilities.

A minimum of 8 registrants is needed to run program. Maximum enrollment is 16 students.

Register for Little Racquets

THURSDAYS: Google Coding Club [Girls, Grades 4–6]

Day: Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Lake Library
Dates: 10 sessions, September 14 - November 30 (no class 9/21 or 11/23)
Cost:
FREE

Please email Karen Edwards for more information or to sign-up for this free program.

THURSDAYS: Advanced Adventure Girls [Girls, Grades 7-9]

Dates: Advanced Adventure Girls will meet MOST third Thursdays of the month except Thursday, October 5 and Thursday December 14th. There will also be two Saturday meetings.
Day: Thursdays, 3:30-8:00 p.m. special dates
Cost: $400

NEW for 2017-2018!
Due to the popularity of Adventure Girls, we are now offering Advanced Adventure Girls (A2G)! A2G is for girls in 7th, 8th and 9th grades.

Every meeting is a field trip! We will leave Lyman Campus at 3:30 pm and return most days at about 8 pm. There will also be two Saturday meetings. One Saturday will be spent learning belay techniques and safety on the challenge course and the other will be a CPR / First Aid certification class.

Here's the schedule:

  • Thursday, September 28 - Kayaking
  • Friday, October 6 to Saturday, October 7: Camp-Out at Butler (Friday 3:30 pm to Saturday 9 am)
  • November 16 - Biking
  • December 14 - Indoor Rock Climbing

Register for Advanced Adventure Girls

FRIDAYS: ART Exploration! [Girls, Grades 3-6]

Day: Fridays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Dates: 10 sessions, September 15 - December 8 (no class 9/22, 10/27, 11/24)
Cost:
 $200

Instructor: Leigh Hillenbrand, B.F.A.

Get ready to use your imagination in a creative and fun way! Participants will experiment with a wide-range of art and craft techniques, creating everything from Popsicle stick sculptures and kinetic mobiles, origami art and jewelry!

Register for ART Exploration!

After School at Laurel Terms and Conditions

Days/Times: After School at Laurel follows the standard school calendar. When Laurel School is in session for only half a day or is not in session at all, After School does NOT meet. After School at Laurel does NOT meet on the last day of school.

Pick-Up: Pick-up from all Classes and Supervised Play is in Laurel’s Pre-Primary Circle. Please call 216-455-0153 to have your child escorted to the Pre-Primary door. Pick-up from Middle School Homework Room will be at the Laurel’s Middle School entrance. Please call 216-455-0153 to have your child dismissed from Middle School Homework Room. Late pick-up fees will be levied. Late pick-up = $25 in 15- minute increments past 6:00 p.m.
All payment is handled online.

Questions? Contact Karen Edwards at kEdwards@LaurelSchool.org.

Laurel School reserves the right to cancel any class due to insufficient enrollment, at which time refunds will be given. No refunds or adjustments will be made after classes begin. There are no adjustments, refunds or discounts for absences in Supervised Play, Middle School Homework Room or any classes.

An All-Girls’ Independent College Preparatory School for Grades K-12 and Coed Pre-Primary
Lyman Campus Butler Campus
216.464.1441


Laurel's Mission Statement:


To inspire each girl to
fulfill her promise and
to better the world. 

 

Pre-Primary and Primary
Open House

Saturday, January 6, 2018
9:00-11:00 a.m.
Lyman and Butler Campuses

More information and RSVP here

 


"Laurel transforms students into strong women through an exemplary education and an atmosphere built on growth." Caitlin Cronin '16


"During my time at Laurel, I developed the mental aspect of my tennis game -- staying focused and staying in every match. The support that I've gotten from my team and my coaches has really helped me to do that." Danielle Buchinsky '15


"Laurel encourages its girls to try things they think they can do, things they don't think they can do, and even things they never thought about doing." Jazlynn Baker '16


"Laurel is a place where almost every girl can find a home. The community here is extremely accepting and diverse, and every student has her own ideas and opinions that are valued by everyone."Rebecca Brichacek '16


"Confident, independent, open-minded, fearless. That's what comes to mind when I think of what Laurel has given to my daughters." Laurel Parent

 

“The greatest gift Laurel gave me was the gift of lifelong friendships with classmates, teachers and parents of classmates. We have a special bond based on our shared experiences.” 
Betsy Sweeney Backes ‘78

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