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

Nurse's Office

The primary health care of the student is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. The School Nurse is responsible for the overall administration of the school’s Health Services Program and to be a support system to this primary care. We are not here to diagnose conditions or prescribe medical treatments.

Being healthy and having positive self-esteem are two important factors in being able to learn. Please be sure your student is well rested and nourished before coming to school each day. Personal hygiene is essential for good health and self-esteem. Students need to be encouraged to be responsible to be clean: body, hair and teeth on a daily basis.

Susan Kramer, RN, BSN
School Nurse
216-455-3060
sKramer@LaurelSchool.org 

Illness

  • If your child is not feeling well keep them home.
  • Sending a sick child to school only gets the other students sick.
  • If your child has had a fever over 99.9 they MUST stay home for 24 hours. They can return when they are fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
  • If your child has vomited they MUST stay home for 24 hours.
  • If your child has diarrhea they MUST stay home for 24 hours.
  • For example if your child is vomiting at 9:00 PM, they are not to come to school the next day; they need to remain out for a full 24 hours.
  • If your child is being tested for strep throat they must remain out of school until the test results are confirmed from the physician’s office. (See handbook).
  • Please report any communicable disease (Strep throat, pink eye, head lice, etc.) to the Nurse’s Office immediately so families can be notified. Do not return to school until treatment has occurred or there is documentation that the child is free of communicable disease.
  • The single most effective prevention against the spread of germs and disease is hand washing.

Health Screening (Vision and Hearing)

  • The state mandates vision and hearing screening for all Early Childhood, Kindergarten, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th (vision only), 9th, and 11th (hearing only) graders and students new to the district. 
  • This screening takes place throughout the year. If any problems are identified, parents/guardians will be notified. 
  • Students should have their corrective lenses with them in school at all times.

Immunizations

  • All students in Ohio are required to have up-to-date immunizations documented and on file. Please use the Ohio Department of Health Immunization Report (see forms) or a copy from your physician’s office. The Ohio Revised Code mandates that pupils (age/grade level appropriate) be protected against the following diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, hepatitis B, varicella, and haemophilus influenzae Type B.
  • Updated immunization records are required (aside from initial entry to Laurel) for Kindergarten, 7th and 12th grade.
    • Kindergarten- additional vaccines required are the DTaP; Polio and MMR
    • Entry to 7th and 8th- a Tdap and a the first dose of Meningococcal
    • Entry to 12th – the second dose of Meningococcal
  • These immunizations can be obtained from your regular physician. The Shaker Heights Department of Health at 3400 Lee Road offers these immunizations for a fee. Please contact the health department at 216-491-1418 for information or to make an appointment.
  • The State of Oho allows immunization exemptions. These exemptions include Religious, Good Cause, and Medical. A written statement is required for documentation. A physician must complete form for Medical Exemption.
  • Students will be excluded, but not excused, from school on the 15th day of school if State immunization mandates are not met.
  • During the course of an outbreak/or confirmed case of any of the aforementioned vaccines persons who are exempt from or who refuse the said vaccine will need to be excluded from school as directed by the Ohio Department of health. Exclusion maybe as long as 21 days.

Physical Education Excuse

  • Middle School/Upper School requires a physician letter of diagnosis, physical limitations, and duration of time excuse.
  • Lower School requires a parent note for class excuse unless it is a major injury.
  • A physician’s note to return to activities is required for any prolonged absence for all divisions ex: after a broken bone or severe sprain.

Special Health Needs (EpiPen, Inhaler, Diabetes, etc.)

If your child has specific health needs, please notify the school nurse so that individual accommodations, care plans, emergency action plans, or programs can be arranged. Please complete any needed forms in FinalForms.

Allergies requiring an EpiPen

  • Managing your child allergies is taken very seriously.
  • A written physician prescription authorization is required to have a prescribed EpiPen at school.
  • In Ohio a child is allowed to carry their own EpiPen with physician and parent written approval.
  • If your child will carry their own EpiPen it is also REQUIRED to have a second EpiPen in the Nurse’s Office.
  • If not you are required to keep two EpiPens in the Nurse’s Office.
  • This allows us to always have two EpiPens available for your child in case of an emergency.
  • If they are carrying it they will need to be responsible and take it to lunch, on field trips and after school activities.
  • The EpiPen needs to be in a convenient place easy to find for others if needed for an emergency. It should not be buried in the bottom of her book bag or locker.
  • Please obtain the needed written physician’s authorization and complete Serious Allergy Care Plan found in FinalForms.

Respiratory conditions requiring an inhaler

  • Managing asthma and respiratory conditions is also taken seriously.
  • A written physician prescription authorization is required to have a prescribed inhaler at school.
  • In Ohio a child is allowed to carry their own inhaler with physician and parent written approval.
  • If they will not carry it, an inhaler is required to be kept in the Nurse’s Office.
  • Should your child choose to carry their inhaler it needs to be in a convenient place easy to find for others, if needed, for an emergency. It should not be buried in the bottom of her book bag or locker.
  • Separate inhalers are needed for school use and athletic use. Inhalers will NOT be sent from the nurse's office to athletic events. The coach must have a separate inhaler.
  • Please obtain the needed written physician’s authorization and complete Asthma Management Care Plan found in FInalForms.

Diabetes management

  • Please contact the school nurse directly

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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