All-School Calendar
  • April 2018
    • TueApr24 Senior Parent Breakfast 8:00 AM
    • ThuApr26 MS Homework-Free Weekend
    • ThuApr26 US Spring Concert 7:00 PMLyman

The News-Herald recently highlighted Jami Morris '21 and her impressive third place finish at this year's Drive, Chip & Putt (DCP) National Finals, which took place on April 1 at the Augusta National Golf Club. Jami competed in the girls 14-15 age division and finished with the best drive of the group, which earned her ten points. She scored an eight in the chip competition and a four in putting. Jami made it through three stages of qualifying to get to Nationals and won her division at the regional at Jack Nicklaus' Muirfield Vollage Golf Club in Dublin, OH. See additional coverage highlighting Jami in Northeast Ohio Golf Online and Cleveland.com.  

 

In March Morgan Goldstein '18 authored a piece in Crain's Cleveland Business where she highlighted how planning, passion and dedication are critical for anyone looking to start a business. Morgan has been a chef for years and started on a professional path from a young age, appearing on the Food Network's "Chopped" in both 2015 and 2016. She is now the chef and founder of MHG Catering and is currently writing and publishing her own cookbook. Morgan is also a member of the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum. You can read the full story in Crain's here.

Laurel's Director of College Guidance Missy Rose was recently featured in a Cleveland Magazine story titled, "How to Find the Right College for Your High Schooler." In the piece Missy highlights the financial aspect of selecting a college, stating "Don't wait until your child is accepted to her dream college and it's April of her senior year and you say, 'We can't afford this.' The earlier families talk money, the better." She goes on to suggest parents "Have the conversation with your child upfront. There needs to be schools on the list that are highly likely for affordability — and that can be overlooked.” 

In the piece, Missy also discusses how your children are watching. Laurel's Center for Research on Girls conducted a study that showed when parents’ expectations are significantly higher than girls’ expectations for themselves, "self-esteem plummets," she points out. "They are watching for signs of approval or disapproval, and that could mean a raised eyebrow, crossed arms, a tone of voice," she is quoted saying. "Most kids want to please their parents, and if they get a sense that certain schools are not OK, it’s tough for them to deal with."

Missy also discusses the importance of stopping at ten applications. "It’s a lot of work to apply to colleges. It takes a lot of time. They need to balance the application process with their courses, their extracurricular activities and for some families, the cost."

Congratulations to the Grade Five, Six and Seven girls who competed in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCCTM) math competition at John Carroll University and at Hawken School this year. The tournament recognizes interest and perseverance in math outside the classroom, encouraging students to challenge their problem-solving skills in a competitive team format.

Of the three trophies available Laurel teams took all three! Congratulations to all the girls for their hard work and positive outcomes.  

5th Grade: (Trophy)
  • Clare H.
  • Sydney M.
  • Jazmin R.
  • Ella W.
5th Grade: (Trophy)
  • Gianna M.
  • Katie I.
  • Eve B.
  • Kelly K.
6th Grade: (Trophy)
  • Kaitlin E.
  • Amelia G.
  • Lexi C.
  • Karma A. 
6th Grade: (Blue Ribbon)
  • Riley O.
  • Grace G.
  • Kate T.
  • Shaliz B.
Grade Seven: (Red Ribbon)
  • Krista C.
  • Veda P.
  • Maria P.

Congratulations to Celeste Bohan '19, Emi Cummings '20, Janaan Qutubuddin '20, and Daania Tahir '19, whose award-winning art and writing won accolades in this year's regional Scholastic Art & Writing Competition, and went on to receive Silver Medals in the National Competition. This year, students submitted more than 330,000 works of visual art and writing to the Scholastic Awards; more than 90,000 works were recognized at the regional level and celebrated in local exhibitions and ceremonies. The top art and writing at the regional level were moved onto the national stage, where more than 2,700 works earned National Medals. Congratulations to our students on their amazing achievements. The girls will be celebrated at the National Ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The names of the winning art and writing follow below.

  • Celeste Bohan "Reflections" photo
  • Emi Cummings "Growing up with Purseblog" personal essay/memoir
  • Janaan Qutubuddin "My Missing" poetry
  • Daania Tahir "Letter to America" personal essay/memoir

In her latest New York Times Well Adolescence columnLisa Damour, Ph.D., Executive Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, hones in on why demonstrating is good for kids. A new research report published in January in the journal Child Development, found that late adolescents and young adults who voted, volunteered or engaged in activism ultimately went further in school and had higher incomes than those who did not mobilize for political or social change. The study found that civic activity linked to better academic and financial outcomes regardless of early school performance and parental education levels, two factors that usually drive later success. In the article Lisa states that "The research is especially timely as American students consider whether to participate in the National School Walkout planned for Wednesday, March 14."

She goes on to say that "Taking part in a single event may not, by itself, alter the trajectory of an adolescent's development. But the study's authors suggest that positive, lasting outcomes may result if organized civic engagement helps young people galvanize their belief in their personal efficacy, connect to empowering social networks or cultivate professional skills."

Lisa also appeared on CBS Morning News to discuss the same topic. Click here to view her interview.

Laurel Primary science teacher Abbie Bole and her science class was recently featured on Channel 5 for their STEAM work through an innovative program called Level Up Village. The program allows Laurel students to work with student partners in another country to together, design a solution to a global problem. This year Laurel girls are working with partners in Zimbabwe to develop a light box using Tinkercad software and a 3D printer that can provide electricity to those without access. Channel 5 saw the students in action recording videos to communicate with their partners and using tinkering software to design their light boxes. The class also practiced printing their designs on two 3D printers. Click here to watch the full story.
In her February New York Times Well Adolescence columnLisa Damour, Ph.D., Executive Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, addresses how to approach the topic of vaping with teenagers. In her column, Lisa suggests “Instead of leading with facts, consider starting with genuine curiosity. Setting judgement to the side, ask, ‘What’s your take on e-cigarettes?’ or ‘Do you know kids who are vaping?’ or something along those lines.” Lisa states that “asking teenagers what they know about any topic increases the odds that they’ll want to hear what we now about that topic, too.” Lisa goes on to suggest that when talking to teens about vaping, you ask why before suggesting why not. Share your concerns and finally, concede the limits of your power. “Articulate high expectations in one breath and acknowledge the limits of power in the next.”

Lisa was also recently featured on CBS News to discuss the perceived link between gun violence and mental illness.

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.

  • April 2018
    • TueApr24 Senior Parent Breakfast 8:00 AM
    • ThuApr26 MS Homework-Free Weekend
    • ThuApr26 US Spring Concert 7:00 PMLyman
    • FriApr27 Speech and Debate Year-End Celebration 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    • SatApr28 ISEE Testing for Prospective Students
  • May 2018
    • WedMay02 MS Parents "Looking Ahead" 6:30 PM
    • ThuMay03 Capstone Year-End Banquet 6:30 PMLyman
    • FriMay04 All-School Assembly (Formal Uniform) Lyman: Tippit Gymnasium
    • SatMay05 LSPA Used School and PE Uniform Sale 8:00 AM to 11:00 AMLyman: Alumnae Room
    • MonMay07 AP Exams
    • MonMay07 Fifth Grade Green Gator City Butler
    • TueMay08 AP Exams
    • TueMay08 Fifth Grade Green Gator City Butler
    • WedMay09 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.

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: Junior Adventure Girls [Girls, Grades 1-2]

Day: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Dates: 3 sessions, May 8, 15 & 22
Cost: $85

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

Junior Adventure Girls will be a modified version of Adventure Girls, continuing the tradition of challenging young girls to be strong independent thinkers and good friends. Most of all, we will have an amazing amount of fun and laugh a lot! We are offering trial sessions of Junior AG on May 8th, 15th and 22nd with the expectation of starting a full semester of Jr. AG in the Fall 2018. The trial session will cost $85 per participant and includes instruction, snack, and one special walking field trip! We will meet in Mrs. Lukz’ room at 3:30pm with pick up being at the pre-primary entrance at 5pm.

If needed, girls may go to After School after Jr. AG. (A small drop-in fee will apply. Please note that After School at Laurel closes at 6:00 pm. To reach the After School Hotline, please call 216-455-0153.)

Register for Junior Adventure Girls

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: Running Club [ Girls, Grades 4-6]

Day: Wednesdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Dates: 5 sessions, April 11 - May 9
Cost:
 FREE!

Questions? Please contact Olivia Cora for more information at oCora@laurelschool.org.

Register for Running Club

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

Day: Thursdays, 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Dates: 6 sessions, April 12 - May 17
Cost:
$100

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.

Classes in May will be held on the outdoor tennis court at Lyman Circle. Please dress for the weather and bring a water bottle!

Register for Little Racquets

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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