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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.

Ann V. Klotz was recently quoted in Crain's Cleveland Business regarding the Mastery Transcript Consortium, a group that wants to rebuild how high schools record their students abilities and achievements and, in turn, upend how colleges and universities evaluate their applicants. Laurel School is a member of the consortium and Ms. Klotz is quoted saying, "It's been a long time coming in this country for significant education reform. We want to be on the ground floor with something that has the potential to make real lasting change for our kids." The article states that "How this transcript of the future might look is still in the works, but the idea is to develop one that signifies the complete "mastery" of a specific skill. Rather than be organized around a specific academic department, the mastery transcript model is organized around performance areas — like leadership, communication, ethical decision-making, etc. The performance areas and credit standards would be tailored to the individual crediting school, but the idea is to create a consistent format across schools." Read the full story here.
Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, authored two pieces featured in the New York Times this month. The first, titled "Asking Girls and Boys, What Would Wonder Woman Do?" highlights the importance of "making Wonder-Woman a full-family experience." In her column Lisa states that the film "can open conversations with our children about how they might use their own influence. Would our daughters and sons stand passively by if they saw someone being bullied? Or would they use their own power to stick up for those who have less of it?" Her second column, titled "No, Your Teen Doesn't Hate You. It's Just Summer," explains how teens need to have alone time. She states that "Teenagers are charged with the impossible project of becoming independent while still sleeping under our roofs. To accomplish this paradoxical task, they distance themselves psychologically in order to prepare to part physically." Her column goes on to state that complaining isn't unusual, teens generally do hear their parents despite eye rolls, and the quirks don't generally last.

The Top Workplaces 2017 was recently issued by the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Laurel was included among the top 50 companies (150-499 employees) on the list! In addition, Ann V. Klotz was included in a story that accompanied the list, which offered advice on leadership versus "just being bossy." Ann is quoted saying, "Not everybody needs to be a stand-on-the-table leader who gives orders and makes a lot of noise. What I try to do is set an example that everybody needs to really choose their abilities, and not be afraid of or apologize for the abilities that don't come naturally. We put a lot of pressure on kids to do everything well, to check all the boxes, when they can excel in different ways." She goes on to say that "Leadership isn't always about being the boss; leadership is about shining the light on other people." Click here to read the full story.

Laurel Seventh Graders took a field trip back to the year 600 A.D. when they spent their last two weeks of the school year on a simulated archeological dig that took place at the Butler Campus. It was there that the students made discoveries about the Whittlesey  tribe -- Paleo Indians who lived along the Cuyahoga River from 600-1000 A.D. Reporter Lynn Ischay with the Plain Dealer paid a visit to the site to learn more about The Dig and what they were uncovering. Her resulting story, "Laurel School Students Dig Archeology" featured an album of photos that helped show readers how impactful outdoor learning can be for students. 

Carrie Ruhrkraut, Grade Seven team leader and Middle School math teacher was included in the story stating, "This is the culmination of their Humanities program. We debated the use of Native Americans as mascots, from their perspective as seventh graders. After they unearth this Whittlesy site, we'll talk about whether or not their perspectives have changed." The reporter commented that "While on the site, the girls were in constant motion, kneeling on the wet sand, carefully scraping or brushing layer after layer, in search of clues to the Whittlesy lifestyle. They worked with their partners, screening bucketsful of sand, then running to help another student plot the location of her find on the 2x2 grid." Click here for the full story.


When the Chagrin Valley Times visited LaureLive on June 11 reporter Ryan Dentscheff noted that "unlike many multi-day music festivals across the county, a noticeable portion of the guests were children." When he sat down with Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz to discuss the two-day festival and Laurel's involvement in the event, Ms. Klotz stated that "We did not want to be Bonnaroo. We wanted to be something that you could bring your primary school aged children to. That was important to us and important too that there be things for little kids to do because it's a drag if you come to something and there's nothing for your children." Ann also commented on the variety of the vendors at the event, all of which are local. "I believe that each of us in this region of the country needs to invest in Cleveland and in Northeast Ohio, and this is part of our making a contribution -- bringing great music, a cool event that we don't have anything quite like it and showcasing our incredible campus." Click here to read the full article. The Cleveland Jewish News also paid a visit to the festival and spoke with Rachael Grossman '17 who worked closely with Elevation Group, who partnered with Laurel to produce the event. The story titled "Student Help with Production of LaureLive 2017" can be found online.

"There are glamorous aspects to putting on a music festival—like booking bands—and some less-than-glamorous aspects—like determining how many Porta Pottys you’ll need," reported Andrew Cass of The News-Herald, who visited with a few Laurel students and staff on day two of this year's LaureLive. The story highlight's the partnership Laurel established with The Elevation Group, whose owners taught a semester-long elective where students took away lessons that go far beyond music. Antonina (Nina) Schubert '17 states in the piece that she has "Always had a passion for music. Seeing how something like this is put together is really cool. It’s a behind-the-scenes look.” Doing her Senior Project with The Elevation Group, she was able get an even closer look at the process, working side by side with the owners. Olivia Savona '19 shadowed the stage manager during the festival. That job gave her a better appreciation for what goes into a concert. She had the opportunity to speak to someone working the lights, getting an inside look at what they do. “It’s a lot more than just music. There are bits and pieces that can interest anyone," she was quoted saying.

The Plain Dealer also paid a visit to the festival. Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz is quoted in the piece stating, "Music with a Mission ties into Laurel's mission to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world. I love what LaureLive offers our girls, who are given the opportunity to learn about and participate in the process from start to finish and take that experience with them once they leave the walls of Laurel."


WOIO paid a visit to LaureLive on Saturday, June 10 and saw firsthand how Laurel students played a role in the production of the two-day music festival taking place at Laurel's Butler Campus. Danielle Vinokur '17 was interviewed about her experience and was featured saying, "We saw press releases being written, we went to interviews with radio stations, so it was really cool seeing everything going on." Rising Junior Brynn Pierce '19 was also interviewed about what she has learned. "I've learned everything, from how much it costs to put on something like this to all the little details we have to pay attention to, to make everyone happy at our concert. It's awesome. I think that this is a good way to see whether or not you might like the music industry."

Trey Wilson, Laurel's Director of Strategic Partnerships, and Headmistress Ann V. Klotz were also on camera for the story. Ms. Klotz stated, "I am so excited that this festival gives the opportunity to put real-life learning into action for our girls. For them to be both entrepreneurial and think about their creative side is a pretty amazing opportunity at Laurel." View the full story online here.

The buzz around the second LaureLive, taking place June 10-11, 2017, started early this year when the Chagrin Valley Times wrote a story titled, "Laurel Students Behind Scenes of Music Fest." The article highlights the elective roughly 25 students chose to take that kicked off in January where they met each week with the owners of Elevation Group, the production company Laurel partnered with to put on LaureLive. The class focused on all aspects of producing an event of this magnitude--from securing and working with talent to merchandising, insurance and permitting. The class looked at all aspects of production and LaureLive weekend is the culmination of those efforts, where the students all will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on way. The article quotes Trey Wilson, Laurel's Director of Strategic Partnerships, who states that "This isn't happening in a vacuum. They're not just jumping in and doing one weekend without thinking of the preparation that went into it. They get a broad overview from people that have genuine expertise and during the weekend, they will have a way to engage in the event itself. From where I sit, that's a really effective model." Molly Easly '17 and Rachael Grossman '18, both of whom have been working closely with Elevation Group outside of the class, are also featured in the article talking about their role in the event and their take on the overall experience. 

Additional media highlights of Laurel students and their participation in LaureLive appeared in Cleveland.com, where Peighton Taylor '18 was interviewed and the Cleveland Jewish News.

Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz sat down with Micki Byrnes, President and General Manager of WKYC Channel 3 - Cleveland, for a “Square Talk” segment that aired on May 14. Ms. Klotz addressed the topics of girls and math, women and STEM careers, and the growing strength of all-girls’ schools throughout the country. View the full interview here.

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.


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]

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 216-455-0142 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. 

 

All-School Open House

Sunday, October 15, 2017
1:00-3:00 p.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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