All-School Calendar
  • April 2017
    • MonApr24 Dare Week
    • TueApr25 Senior Parent Breakfast 8:00 AM
    • TueApr25 Grades 5-7 Parent-Student Conferences 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz, a graduate of Yale, was recently interviewed by her friend and former classmate Ellen Gibson McGinnis for a Q&A in the March issue of YaleWomenIn the piece she talks about the role Yale played in her career (and how she first aspired to be an actress), the profound influence her early years of teaching in the housing project had on her, and her passion for educating girls, including teaching beyond academics and Laurel's Center for Research on Girls. When asked what her next challenge is, Ms. Klotz replied that she "wants to work on how best to teach our girls empathy. It gets back to diversity, and having a mix of voices in the room or 'at the table.' And it is so important for our society now." Click here to read the full interview.  

Outdoor Pre-Primary Teacher and Outdoor Education Specialist Audrey Elszasz and Abbie Bole, who teaches Kindergarten through Grade 4 science, are both included in a Cleveland Magazine article titled "The Benefits of Nature-based Learning", which looks at area early-childhood programs that use nature to help teach. Ms. Bole was quoted in the piece stating "The best way for children to learn is when they can see it, touch it, taste it, hear it, smell it. That's what makes an impression on their young minds." In the piece Mrs. Elszasz states, "We're answering questions with questions: 'What do you think?' Children interact with each other as they try to figure out the answers on their own." 

In addition to this feature story, Kathryn Marshall, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at Laurel, is featured as the expert in this month's "Ask the Experts" section, which also focuses on how students benefit from receiving an outdoor education. Click here for the story.

In a March Motherwell Magazine piece Lisa Damour, Ph.D., Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, participated in a Q&A on the topic of dress codes and girls, and the complexities of the cultural reaction to what girls wear. In the article Dr. Damour touches on the supposed benefits of a dress code versus the potential damage it might do to a girl's sense of control. She is quoted saying, "Many of the girls at Laurel School, where I work, use the word "love" to describe their attitude toward the school uniform. That said, many of the girls at Laurel had a hand in the choice to attend Laurel, so they knew what they were signing up for when they came. For students at schools that they did not choose, or schools that have no uniform but enforce a dress code, the situation is likely different, especially if the dress code is enforced in a mean-spirited way. But I would not assume that girls who follow a dress code necessarily feel that they are not in control of their bodies."

Click here to read the full interview. 

On the heels of their Scholastic Art Awards received earlier this year, Caroline Kahn '17 and Katie Dinner '17 each won the Herbert Ascherman Award for Photography, a regional award that is presented to two students each year. Caroline Kahn also received a Gold Key award for her photography and Katie Dinner received both a Silver Key and an honorable mention for her photography.

The Scholastic Arts & Writing Competition is an annual competition open to local students in Grades 7-12. The panel of judges is comprised of professional artists, art educators, writing and writing educators. More than 3,000 entries for both art and writing were submitted this year.

Congratulations to these students for this amazing honor.

On March 7, 2017 six Laurel students in Grades 9, 10 and 11 participated in the Northeastern Ohio Science & Engineering Fair (NEOSEF). Maryum Ali '18, Linnea Tyler '19, Katie Chen '20, and Katelyn Shakir '20 all earned 2nd place at the fair. Olivia Wenzel '20 received 3rd place. 

Grade 10 student Priya Khadilkhar earned an impressive 1st place in the regular judging and also walked away with four special awards: American Statistical Association, American Psychological Association, Cleveland Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and Cleveland State University Department of Psychology.

Many of the students are in Laurel's STEM Research class and while there was no specific topic focus at the event, each of the students chose their own category and had about two months to put their presentations together. Congratulations to all the girls on these incredible achievements!

  

 

Crain's Cleveland Business publisher and editor Elizabeth McIntyre recently attended a panel discussion hosted by Laurel's Entrepreneurship Capstone Students on the documentary film, "Dream, Girl" - a celebration of female entrepreneurs. She highlights that "the young women at Laurel know the power of female leadership because it's front and center in the school's mission to inspire girls to fulfill their promise and better the world. To be living, breathing 'Fearless Girls.'" She goes on to state that Laurel's mission is "what prompted the school to launch its Capstone Experience program last year, which gives students the chance to explore real-world issues while further developing their leadership skills in one of four areas: civic engagement, entrepreneurship, global studies and STEAM (a twist on STEM, "science, technology, engineering and mathematics", that adds "arts" to the mix.)"

Panelists at the event included Heather Ettinger '79, managing partner at Fairport Asset Management; Stephanie Silverman, publisher and owner of Your Teen Media; Nichelle McCall '01, CEO of Bold Startups; and Laura Bennett, COO and co-founder of Embrace Pet Insurance, each of whom shared their experiences in creating and running their own businesses. 

The editor goes on to highlight many of the inspiring messages shared during the panel discussion. "Persistence is one of the most valuable things," and "shatter stereotypes whenever you can," were just a few.

Click here to read the full story in Crain's Cleveland Business

Kathryn Purcell, Associate Head of School and Director of Enrollment Management at Laurel was recently featured in a Cleveland Jewish News story highlighting the importance of school culture and how it plays a crucial role in school selection.

Many factors can determine which school a child attends. Class size, programs, location and extracurricular activities can impact a parent's willingness to send a child to a particular school. But, parents should also consider a more abstract notion that exists within a school. School culture focuses on how staff members interact and uphold a shared set of values and beliefs and the school’s effect on students – like teaching practices, diversity and relationships within the school. When it comes to school choice, local educators say school culture should impact their choices as well. 

Kathryn is quoted saying, “(A school’s culture) allows a child to feel visible. You don’t want anyone to fall through the cracks,” Purcell said. “The sense of community kind of dictates how valuable a child feels at a school.”

She goes on to say that even though culture is an intangible factor when choosing a school, it’s just as crucial as anything else. A school’s culture encompasses not only the how the school feels, but also how it interacts with itself. These interactions should be a big part of deciding which school is the right fit.

Click here to read the full story.

Congratulations to the Laurel girls from Grades 5 and 6 who competed in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) math competition on February 18, 2017! Laurel sent three teams of four this year--two from Grade 5 and one from Grade 6--and all received Blue Champion ribbons. The competition included 18 Fifth Grade teams and seven Sixth Grade teams. Similarly, teams from Laurel's Seventh and Eighth Grades competed on March 5 where they received the Champion Award and Medal Award respectively. 

The competition was comprised of four events, each roughly 15 minutes in length. Teams were tasked with working together to problem solve and work through mental math, construction and mixed application problems. Laurel students have been preparing since December to compete and their performance did not disappoint! 

Congratulations to all of the girls on their hard earned achievements!

 

Laurel School's eleventh annual Gator Bash took place on Saturday, February 11 at the Hilton Cleveland Downtown. The theme of the evening was "For the Love of Laurel" and it was clear the more than 500 attendees hold the school close to their hearts. The evening raised a total of $215,000 with $107,000 of that raised during the Call to the Heart paddle raise to support Laurel's new Innovation Fund. This fund will align with the School's new five-year Strategic Roadmap and provide some of the necessary resources to fund innovative education happening throughout Laurel. Highlights from this spectacular evening were included in the Cleveland Jewish NewsCurrents MagazineCleveland Magazine and Cleveland.com

Featured in the photo above is Dan Angelino and Beth Embrescia, Chair of the Laurel Board of Trustees.

Summer at Laurel was recently highlighted in a roundup piece in Cleveland Magazine titled "Summer Camp Guide: Get Out and About." The story included feedback from Summer at Laurel Director Dr. Karen Edwards, who discusses a partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), which opens doors for students to explore drawing, painting, sculpting and printing. CMA and Summer at Laurel will also offer a printmaking camp, where students in Grades 8-12 spend a half-day working with teachers at the museum and the other half at Laurel's Lyman Campus. Dr. Edwards is quoted in the story saying, "The key is to find something that meets your child's interests or passions, and also challenges them."

Click here for the full story. 

  • April 2017
    • MonApr24 Dare Week
    • TueApr25 Senior Parent Breakfast 8:00 AM
    • TueApr25 Grades 5-7 Parent-Student Conferences 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM
    • ThuApr27 US Spring Concert 7:00 PMLyman
    • FriApr28 All-School Assembly (Formal Uniform) Lyman, Tippit Gymnasium
    • FriApr28 Speech and Debate Year-End Celebration 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • May 2017
    • MonMay01 AP Exams
    • MonMay01 Dream Week
    • MonMay01 Senior Exam Week
    • TueMay02 AP Exams
    • TueMay02 Senior Exam Week
    • TueMay02 Primary Parents "Looking Ahead" 6:30 PM
    • WedMay03 AP Exams

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.

 

After School Registration

 

Music Academy Registration

Explore our 2016-2017 after school options.

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

Day: Mondays

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

 

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

Dates: 12 sessions, January 17 – April 18, 2017

Day: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

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: CORE SPORTS - Speed, Agility and Quickness for Female Athletes [Girls, Grades 3-5]

Dates: 8 sessions, February 1 – April 5, 2017

Day: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m.

Cost: $185

Led by National Federation of State High School Association (NFHS) and Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) certified coaches, this training program enables young athletes to develop explosive power and increase vertical jump, strength, flexibility and overall speed, while decreasing the risk of injury. A combination of experienced instructors and cutting-edge training programs allows athletes to learn the fundamentals of balance, speed and agility training, improve their linear, lateral and multi-directional movements on the field or court, and improve their overall athletic ability.

Only 10 spots available!

Register for CORE Sports

THURSDAYS: Little Racquets Tennis [Girls, Grades K-3]

Dates: 10 sessions, January 5 – March 9, 2017

Day: Thursdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m.

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.

  • 10 sessions during winter/spring semester
  • Class begins on Thursday, January 5th & ends on Thursday, March 9th.
  • 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)

Dates: January 19 – Spring, 2017 (date TBD)

Day: Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Lake Library

Cost: FREE

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

FRIDAYS: ART Exploration! [Girls, Grades 1-4]

Dates: 12 sessions, January 20 – April 21, 2017

Day: Fridays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

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!

Engineering for Kids: Various Classes [PreK-Grade 5]

Please visit www.EngineeringForKids.com/Cleveland for more details and to register for the following winter/spring semester classes:

  • Girls and boys in Pre-K to Grade 2Junior Chemical Engineering or Civil Engineering on Wednesdays.
  • Girls in Grades 3 - 5Chemical Engineering or Electronic Video Game Design/Software Engineering on Mondays.

Engineering classes start the week of January 23, 2017.

Middle School Den [Grades 5-8]

Dates: August 24, 2016 – May 31, 2017

Day: Monday-Friday, 3:30-6:00 p.m.

Cost: Variable -- see registration link for details

The Middle School Den 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 Den is only available on days when school is in session.

Register for Middle School Den

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

Supervised Play [Early Learners-Grade 4]

Dates: August 24, 2016 – May 31, 2017

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.

Register for Supervised Play

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 Den will be at the Laurel’s Middle School entrance. Please call 216-455-0142 to have your child dismissed from Middle School Den. 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 Den 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

October 2017
exact date and time coming soon
Lyman Campus


"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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