All-School Calendar
  • February 2018
    • TueFeb27 US Parent Coffee 8:15 AMLyman
  • March 2018
    • ThuMar01 Coffee with Klotz for Accepted Families Pre-Primary and Primary 8:30 AM to 9:30 AMLyman
    • ThuMar01 US Musical: "The Drowsy Chaperone" 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel

Laurel's Headmistress, Ann V. Klotz, had the opportunity to sit down with Sue Reid from Currents magazine in January to share the story of how she came to Laurel and her vision for the school and its students. "At Laurel, Ms. Klotz, the School's 10th head of school, is her 'authentic self,' she described, and proudly commits to cultivating leadership in women on a daily basis." The story goes on to highlight Ann's time spent as a student at the all-girls Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA and then onto Yale University and later, New York University. She also highlights her early career in different positions at Chapin School, an all-girls independent day school in Manhattan, where she worked as an English teacher, head of the drama department and director of guidance. It was there that her now late mentor Mildred Berendsen urged her to consider working as a head of school. It was that guidance that ultimately led her to Laurel.

"Her charge at the time of hire, she explained, was to get an academic vision for the school's Butler Campus as well as increase Laurel's attention to social and emotional development of girls in addition to academics. To that end, Ms. Klotz worked to found Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, which now serves as a national model."

The article goes on to highlight Ann's passion for theater, her love for teaching and her typical day. Under Ann's leadership, "Laurel is a place where girls practice developing confidence, their voice, smarts, respect and empathy and understand how to value multiple points of view."

Click here to read the full article.

The Cleveland Jewish News recently spoke to Daniel McGee, Director of Technology and Library Services at Laurel School, to discuss how technology is evolving and being used in the classroom. As the world becomes more digital-oriented, schools are finding ways to integrate technology into the classroom and Laurel is no exception. Daniel is quoted in the article saying "because technology is ever-changing, education is developing along with it. Tech is changing the world and that is something we have to be on top of here to serve our students,” he said. “Technology is embedded in the classroom and the students need the skills to function in a world that we can’t even imagine yet. We don’t know what life will be like. These are foundational skills that will help them be creative and communicate with whoever they encounter.”

Though some people view technology as an “extra” in the classroom, Daniel commented that it’s an old-school view of learning. “Kids don’t see it as something extra or separate, their lives are full of tech and bringing it into the classroom ties it to real life,” he said. “It’s impacting in ways you wouldn’t see. It’s everywhere. For example, we have a few programs where first graders do blogging that develops their writing skills, but also puts their words to a larger audience. They’re learning to share with the world in a safe way.”

Click here to read the full article.

Laurel School, as part of a national initiative by Fair Trade Campaigns to engage K – 12 students in issues of global poverty, is proud to announce its official designation as a Fair Trade School. Fair Trade is an economic system that ensures consumers the products they buy were grown, harvested, crafted and traded in ways that improve lives and protect the environment. Fair Trade Campaigns officially recognizes schools in the U.S. committed to educating students about the issues of Fair Trade and sourcing Fair Trade products like coffee, tea and bananas in the cafeteria, offices and at events.

Started by Margaret O’Neill '19, Laurel Fair Trade hopes to educate the Laurel Community about the various social injustices many under-developed countries face on a daily basis. Helping to learn and support Fair Trade will shine a light on the need for a safer, more just work environment leading to a more sustainable way of life. We hope to use funds that we earn towards investing in organizations and or individuals who aspire to better themselves and the world.

Laurel is the 31st Fair Trade School in the U.S., and the 7th in the state of Ohio to earn this designation.

Cleveland.com highlighted the recent work of more than 100 Laurel students and community members who participated in the school's 8th Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. In all, volunteers made 16 tie blankets and more than 145 toiletry-stuffed socks, which will be donated to the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless. In addition, volunteers assembled Hope Tote Bags for The City Mission. Click here to view the story.

Thanks to all who came out for this important day of service.

Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz was recently published in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) blog where she highlights 14 of her top interview etiquette tips. She starts the blog by stating that "January is the time when I, head of Laurel School (OH), feel like Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and transitions. With one face, I focus intently on the remaining six months of the current school year. With the other, my thoughts turn to the complex jigsaw that is staffing." As the school year marches on Ann and her team "Calculate enrollment and next year’s number of sections. We think about who might be ready for a change, and what new staff and faculty we might have the opportunity to bring into our school. Hiring is an exhilarating and exhausting undertaking."

Her interview etiquette tips range from the seemingly simple task of ensuring you submit a resume and cover letter without errors to arriving to an interview early because "If you’re not five minutes early, you’re late." Among other tips, Ann also highlights how being curious and asking lots of questions can set you apart.

To read all her interview etiquette tips click here.

Laurel swimmers continue on their winning streak this season after winning (125-50) the West Geauga Dual Meet on January 4. Laurel won 10 of 11 swimming events and went 1-2-3 in the 200 free as Rose Pophal '19, Rylee Betchkal '18 and Kali McLin '21 swept top spots. Laurel also went 1-2-3 in the 100 breast, with Bella Barragate '21, Rylee B. and Elizabeth Thompson '20 taking top honors. Laurel relays went 1-2 in all three relay events.

This stellar performance was followed by the Perry Invitational on January 21 where Laurel swimmers placed second out of 10 teams and won a total of five events. Morgan Miklus ‘19 was a double event winner in the 100 free and 100 back. Bella B. won the 100 breast and was runner-up in the 200 IM. Katherine Hagen ‘18 won the 200 free and earned third in the 500 free. Rose P. came in third in 200 free. Linzy Malcolm ‘20 earned third in 50 free. Our relay events also dominated when the 200 free relay of Morgan M., Bella B., Katherine H. and Linzy M. won in a speedy 1:47:75 and the 200 medley relay of Morgan M., Kali M., Bella B., and Linzy M. earned runner-up status in a very fast 1:55.93, the fastest time ever by Laurel swimmers in non-tech suits. In all Laurel swimmers had 11 best times and dropped a total of 17 seconds.

Congratulations to all the girls on these achievements!

Classic in the Country (CitC), one of the nation's most highly acclaimed girls basketball showcases, took place over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend January 13-15 and this year the Laurel Gators were invited to participate. Despite prepping for a January 13 game against Kenston, coach Tim McMahon received a last minute invitation to play in CitC when another team backed out. Despite the change in plans and a hasty bus ride to Berlin ahead of expected bad weather, the Gators dominated! Going into CitC the Gators were feeling strong with an 11-0 record and were slated to play Youngstown Ursuline. OhioSportsTicket.com covered the game and reported  that "The Gators came in and put a hurt on Ursuline, grinding out an impressive 55-36 win that was led by freshmen twins Haley and Taylor Thierry and sophomore Giuliana Marinozzi. The Gators played extremely well."

Coach McMahon was quoted in the story saying, "It was everything we could have hoped for. It’s hard to appreciate the scale of this event until you actually get here. Our girls were a little unsure with the change of plans and the bus ride and with that weather coming in, but then we walked in, and there are all of these fans and the music, and they take care of you so unbelievably well. I just want our kids and our coaching staff to soak this experience in as much as possible. I am so thrilled that we had this opportunity to experience this.”

Click here to read the full story. 


 

The Cleveland Institute of Art recently announced the 2017 winners of its Scholastic Art & Writing Competition and 24 Laurel students received accolades. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Open to students in Grades 7-12, applicants can submit in 29 different categories of art and writing.

In 2017, students submitted more than 330,000 works of art and writing. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Students receiving Gold Keys, Silver Keys, Honorable Mentions, or American Visions & Voices Nominations are celebrated within their communities through local exhibitions and ceremonies.

The Chagrin-Solon Sun, Sun Press, and Sun Messenger all highlighted local winners in their coverage. Congratulations to the following Laurel students who won.  

ART AWARDS

Gold Keys:

  • Celeste Bohan '19, Photography
  • Madison Cope '18, Photography
  • Zoe Halpern '18, Mixed Media
  • Caroline Megerian '18, Photography
  • Tristan Whitt '19, Jewelry

Silver Keys:

  • Caroline Abbey '19, Photography
  • Celeste Bohan '19, Photography
  • Zoe Halpern '18, Drawing & Illustration
  • Audrey King '18, Photography
  • Bridget Napoli '18, Digital Art
  • Elizabeth Rivera '21, Ceramics & Glass 
  • Henley Schulz '18, Photography

Honorable Mentions:

  • Julia Bowman '21, Jewelry
  • Lily Chapman '19, Jewelry
  • Madison Cope '18, Photography
  • Phoebe Hatch '19, Photography
  • Abigail Knetig '20, Mixed Media
  • Dahlia Kost '19, Mixed Media
  • Melanie Nance '19, Sculpture
  • Caroline Vlastaris '18, Jewelry

WRITING AWARDS

Gold Keys:

  • Emi Cummings ’20, two Gold Keys for Poetry & Personal Essay/Memoir
  • Nadia Ibrahim ’21, Short Story
  • Janaan Qutubuddin ’20, Poetry
  • Dannia Tahir ’19, Personal Essay/Memoir

Silver Key:

  • Jane Jusko ’21, Short Story

Honorable Mention:

  • Margot Luria ’20, Flash Fiction
As a follow up to her Cleveland Magazine feature as one the magazine's most interesting people in 2015, Morgan Goldstein ’18 was highlighted in a “Where-Are-They-Now” story (hint: for much of the last two years she was interning and working as a prep cook at Jonathan Sawyer's restaurant Trentina)! Currently, Morgan is setting her sights on college where she hopes to major in food science. In the article she states that her dream job is to lead a recipe test kitchen. She says her "ultimate goal is to develop a crop that would help end world hunger,” she says. “Something along the lines of a sustainable food that would help developing countries." She also discusses her partnership with a local food writer to develop a cookbook of her own recipes. Click here for the full story.

The 2018 LaureLive lineup was announced in December and the Chagrin Valley Times took this opportunity to highlight how Laurel students will once again be working to help produce this year's event, which will take place June 9 and 10 at Laurel's Butler Campus. Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz was quoted in the story saying "The commitment our students have shown to making this annual festival a success has been contagious. Our students look forward to spending the next six months working with Elevation Group to help execute what we know will be another successful, family friendly event for our school and our community."

Trey Wilson, director of strategic partnerships at Laurel, was also included in the piece highlighting the opportunity as a great learning experience for the students. In addition to working and specific planning for the event, there is also a class where various professionals are brought in to engage with the students. In the past, for example, a lawyer visited with students to discuss the operations of contracts. The students also met with a local radio station and Skyped with a few bands performing at the festival. "The girls have been given different lenses to see what it's like to plan and be a part of a music event like this, and Elevation Group also regularly incorporates many of the girls' ideas and feedback," said Mr. Wilson. 

Click here to read the story in full. 

 

  • February 2018
    • TueFeb27 US Parent Coffee 8:15 AMLyman
  • March 2018
    • ThuMar01 Coffee with Klotz for Accepted Families Pre-Primary and Primary 8:30 AM to 9:30 AMLyman
    • ThuMar01 US Musical: "The Drowsy Chaperone" 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel
    • FriMar02 US Musical: "The Drowsy Chaperone" 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel
    • SatMar03 US Musical: "The Drowsy Chaperone" 7:00 PMLyman, Chapel
    • MonMar05 Grades 10 & 11 Class Trips
    • MonMar05 MS Spring Sports Begin
    • MonMar05 US Track Practice Begins
    • MonMar05 MS Spring Sports Parent Meeting 5:15 PMLyman
    • MonMar05 US Track Parent Meeting 6:00 PMLyman
    • TueMar06 Grades 10 & 11 Class Trips
    • FriMar09 No Classes for Pre-Primary & Primary (Parent Conferences)

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

TUESDAYS: Adventure Girls [Girls, Grades 3-7]

Day: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Dates: 12 sessions, January 23 - May 1 (end of year camp out Friday, May 4)
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.

Research shows many benefits to being exposed to “stress episodes” in building resilience. Adventure Girls not only fills that role but also provides many opportunities for providing humor, which has also been proven to “convey intelligence…and confidence”.

The leadership and adventure skills developed in primary and middle school can be applied in our multiage Adventure Girls setting. This is a great way for adventurous 6th and 7th graders to sharpen both adventure, survival and leadership skills. The books The Gutsy Girl by Caroline Paul and Strong is the New Pretty by Kate T. Parker are two of the resources used during this semester experience. If you like being strong, courageous, spirited and brave, this is the group for you!

  • Minimum enrollment 8 students / Maximum enrollment 40 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, January 17 - April 18 (no class 3/21 and 3/28)
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

THURSDAYS: Acting/Drama Class [Grades 3-5]

Day: Thursdays, 3:30-4:20 p.m.
Dates: 9 sessions, January 18 - March 15
Cost: $150

NEW for 2017-2018!
3rd-5th Grade After School Acting: Ever had a commercial jingle stuck in your head? Want to know why? Your child will be introduced to the framework of a commercial and the reasons she needs that product. The students will create imaginary products, develop pitches, and perform the ads. Basic acting techniques will be applied through this 9 week class.

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.

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

Day: Thursdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Dates: 8 sessions, January 18 - March 8
Cost:
$135

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: January 8 - March 15
Cost:
FREE

Please email Karen Edwards for more information

Register for Google Coding Club (Free)

Destination Imagination [Girls, Grades K-2]

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

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. 

 

Middle and Upper School
Open House

Saturday, April 21, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lyman Campus

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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