Alumnae Calendar

  • November 2018
    • WedNov07 Alumnae/Senior Class Dinner 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
  • December 2018
    • FriDec21 Class Song Contest (Formal Uniform) 1:00 PM to 2:15 PMLyman: Tippit Gymnasium

Congratulations to these seven members of Laurel's class of 2019 who have received Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise, based on their Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test scores. More than 1.6 million juniors took the PSAT in 2017. Catherine Amaddio, Grace Cousens, Ria Desai, Meredith Hilkert, Cameron Kaye, Simran Surtani, and Daania Tahir all scored in the top 50,000 of those participants.

Early childhood education is just as rewarding for educators as it is for students. This was the theme in a recent Cleveland Jewish News article that featured interview excerpts from Laurel Prekindergarten teacher Kathryn Marshall. In the story Kathryn states that, "Children keep me in the moment and help me rediscover the joy of being in the moment. I get to have the same awe with children right there with them." She goes on to explain that she is "Always trying to find new, innovative ways to teach children. The sense of joy and wonder of living in the moment also translates into my life." Click here to read the full story, including the sage advice Kathryn would give her younger self.
Jami Morris '21, who competed in the Drive, Chip & Putt National Finals in Augusta earlier this year, recently conducted a Q&A with Cleveland Magazine where she talked golf, fashion, the perfect miniature golf hole design and her hobbies off the golf course. Her story was featured in the magazine's Private School Special Section. When asked what her favorite golf attire is she replied "I have these crazy bright pink shorts. If I had 20 pairs, I would wear them every day. They brighten my game and encourage me to be the best golfer I can be." She also touched on equality in her interview, stating that "Women should be able to play with the men, on the same courses and with the same yardages. That would be a big step up for women's golf, and we will rise to the challenge." 

Click here to read her full interview.  

Jackson to work together with Ann V. Klotz and Board members to maintain the Laurel School Mission

SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH – (August 22, 2018) Laurel School is pleased to announce Lynnette Jackson ’93 as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. Jackson, a Relationship Manager and Vice President at Key Private Bank, has been on the Board since 2012, most recently serving as Vice Chair. Prior to joining the Board of Trustees, Jackson held the role of Laurel Alumnae Board President from 2009-2012.

“It is both an honor and a privilege to serve in this role as Board Chair,” said Lynnette Jackson. “It is an opportunity to give back to my alma mater who, through academic rigor, enriching experiences and leadership opportunities, has inspired me and my family to dream, dare and do. As Laurel embarks on its 125th Birthday, the work of this Board will certainly shape the next 25-50 years of the school.”

In her Relationship Manager role at Key Private Bank, Jackson delivers integrated strategies and forward-thinking, objective advice to her clients. These skills will continue to serve her well in her new role as Board Chair where Jackson will work closely with Laurel Headmistress Ann V. Klotz and other Board members to continue to set and maintain a vision and strategy for the school. Together, they will ensure sound financial management, appropriate stewardship of resources, and accountability towards goals.

“I am so pleased to be working hand-in-hand with Lynnette and the entire Board of Trustees to continue living Laurel’s mission and building on our long-term vision,” said Ann V. Klotz, Laurel Headmistress. “The Board has been instrumental in the development of our Strategic Roadmap and it is an exciting time for us as we embark on our next goal. I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”

Other updates to the Board include Kristine Swails Bryan ’80, who has been named Vice Chair. Bryan is an Equity Research Consultant with Private Harbour Investment Management, LLC, and has been a member of the Board since 2015, most recently serving as Chair of the Investment Committee. Megan Lum Mehalko ’83, Chaundra King Monday ’95, and Suzanne Schulze Taylor ’81, have all been newly elected to the Board with three-year terms commencing June 2018.


Founded in 1896, Laurel School is a nationally recognized school for girls in Kindergarten through Grade 12, with a coeducational Pre-Primary School. Its mission is “to inspire each girl to fulfill her promise and to better the world.”




Laurel's After School Coordinator, Tina Ohmart, was recently included in a Cleveland Jewish News article highlighting the importance of after-school programming and its benefits to kids. In the story she states that, "We have students who stay after school for supervised play and they hang out with their friends and develop emotional and social skills. And then there are structured activities where students can learn something specific as well. But across the board, there are social-emotional skills that can be learned. Everything else is a plus.”

She also highlights how after-school programming can be a great avenue for personal growth. Click here to read the full story.

According to the Cleveland Jewish News, "Advancements in technology have made their way into the classroom and influence the way students learn."

Daniel McGee, Laurel's director of technology and library services, was recently interviewed for a piece focused on technology in the classroom and how its use affects how students learn. In the story Daniel agreed that technology’s influence is largely for the better. "Technology is kind of boundless, it has no boundaries, so it can be used for any discipline. It allows you to do something transformative and it allows you to find ways to express yourself in unique ways that you wouldn’t be able to do without using those tools."

Daniel also touched on Laurel's one-to-one laptop program where a laptop is provided to each student and the use of G Suite so students and teachers can utilize Google apps, such as Docs, Sheets and Classroom to engage with the learning material. 3D printers are also incorporated into the curriculum at Laurel.

Click here to read the full story.

Laurel's Capstone Experience was recently featured in Currents Magazine. Capstone, a three-and-a-half-year program that promotes research, mentorship, peer collaboration and relationships, internships, leadership and peer travel, had 86 Upper School students participate during the 2017/2018 school year. What makes the Capstone Experience unique is its focus on students' drive and interest in participating in something extracurricular versus their transcripts. If accepted, girls participate in group projects and collaborative seminars through the end of Grade Ten and then go on to choose an area of inquiry that falls under one of four lenses: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Studies, or STEAM. 

The Currents piece highlights Morgan Goldstein '18 who, as part of her Capstone Experience, authored a cookbook where adolescents are the intended audience. Morgan worked closely with her project mentor Steve Trattner, who has worked with many notable chefs on their own cookbooks, to make her dream become a reality. The article highlights another former Capstone student, Maddy Massey '18, who chose the STEAM lens for her research and comprised a seven-song album. To achieve this, Maddy worked with her mentor, local singer/songwriter Jennifer Chittester, who played at LaureLive in 2016. 

Trey Wilson, Laurel's Director of Strategic Partnerships, was interviewed for this story. Click here to read the full piece.

In her latest New York Times Well Adolescence column, Dr. Lisa Damour, Executive Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, focuses on consent and what it truly means to want to engage in a sexual behavior. In her column, Lisa states that, "So long as discussions of consent crowd out discussions of basic interpersonal sensitivity, we should not be surprised by reports of young men who (more often than the other way around) badger young women for sexual favors. It may be legal to wear someone down, but doing so is not the basis for healthy relationships between any two people, be they of the opposite or same sex."

"And so long as we normalize mere consent as an acceptable standard for sexual engagement, it will remain commonplace for young women (and sometimes, young men) to harbor feelings of confusion and regret after participating in sexual activity for which they technically gave consent, but only when pressured."

She goes on to highlight that, "Sexual encounters ought to be pleasurable, mutual endeavors. They should advance as partners earnestly and happily agree, not because one party merely grants permission to the other. Too often, our advice to young people trains their attention on consent, the lowest possible bar for lawful sexual activity. We routinely spell out precisely what does, and doesn’t, constitute acquiescence but say little or nothing about tuning in to one’s partner’s desires. To put a very fine point on it, we essentially communicate, 'When it comes to your sex life, don’t assault or rape anyone.'"

Dr. Tori Cordiano, a clinical psychologist and Research Director for Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, served as the expert in a recent Your Teen Magazine Q&A about how parents can communicate with their teen about dating and issues that can arise.

In the piece Dr. Cordiano states that, "Though it can be tough to think about teenage relationships, dating during adolescence serves as good practice for future relationships and allows teens to consider what qualities matter to them in a relationship. One key to navigating this issue is frequent, open-ended conversations with your daughter or son. If your teenager is like most, he will balk at the idea of discussing his dating life with you, but don’t let that stop you from jumping on the chance to discuss the topic with him when you can. And expect to have numerous conversations—your son may be more open to talking about it if he knows it will be brief and low-key and that he doesn’t have to settle in for a lecture."

Click here to read the full piece.

In May a reporter from Quartz at Work, a global business news organization owned by The Atlanticvisited Laurel's Butler Campus to observe students in Grades Three through Seven who are part of the school's Adventure Girls program as they participated in their long awaited overnight, representing the culmination of a year of adventures together. The article states that "While this may sound like a run-of-the-mill after-school program or summer camp, there’s an element that sets it apart: Adventure Girls is borne out of research on how girls can build resilience. The program aims to create stress-inducing situations and equip young girls with the tools to get through them. Girls get started young so that they’ll be prepared to handle the pressures of high school, college, and life beyond."

Adventure Girl leaders Shannon Lukz and Chuck Allen are both highlighted in the story, as is Dr. Lisa Damour, Executive Director of Laurel's Center for Research on Girls, who highlights the research initiative Laurel has embarked on in the last eight years to examine the relationship girls have with stress and how to build resilience—the ability to adapt well to adversity. 

The article states that "The research findings that Damour uncovered have been crucial for the framework that underpins Adventure Girls and the broader culture at Laurel School. This framework outlines five elements of resilience: creativity, purpose, growth-mindset, relationships, and self-care. Adventure Girls learn these tools in a variety of ways, often through more subtle cues, including the way the adults structure activities and discussions before and after."

The Adventure Girls program is year-round, and meets 12 times each semester. Girls take two to three field trips that involve adventurous activities like kayaking, climbing, or snowshoeing. The program works hard to get parents and teachers on the same page to work toward the same goal—fostering language and behaviors that teach these girls how to handle adversity.

Click here to read the full story.

  • October 2018
    • WedOct17 Grade 4 Power and Purpose Butler
    • ThuOct18 Grade 4 Power and Purpose Butler
    • ThuOct18 Grades 10 and 11 Class Trips
    • FriOct19 Grade 4 Power and Purpose Butler
    • FriOct19 Grades 10 and 11 Class Trips
    • SatOct20 Fall Festival 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMButler
    • MonOct22 Grade 4 Power and Purpose Butler
    • MonOct22 Middle School Swimming Begins
    • MonOct22 Middle School Swimming Parent Meeting 6:30 PMLower University School
    • TueOct23 Grade 4 Power and Purpose Butler
    • TueOct23 Grades 7 and 8 Advisory Parent Breakfast 8:00 AM to 8:30 AMLyman
    • TueOct23 Grades 7 and 8 Parent Coffee 8:30 AM to 9:15 AMLyman
    • WedOct24 Grade 4 Power and Purpose Butler
    • WedOct24 Upper School Basketball and Swimming Parent Meeting 6:00 PM to 7:30 PMLyman

Sarah Lyman Day of Community Service

Give back to your community while reconnecting with Laurel alumnae of all ages!

The annual Sarah Lyman Day of Community Service is a multi-city service event at which Laurel alumnae convene for a one-day project held each fall. For our eighth Sarah Lyman Day, we will collaborate with nonprofit organizations in Boca Raton, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Durham, New York City, Portland (Maine), SeattleTwin Cities, and Washington, D.C.

All projects require registration.

Click on any city in the below table to reveal specific project details and a registration link.

BOCA RATON | Miracle League | September 29, 2018 | 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Miracle League Delray Beach

Join us for Opening Day of the fall ball season with the Miracle League of Delray Beach! The mission of the Miracle League of Delray Beach/Palm Beach is to provide opportunities for all children to play baseball regardless of their ability. The field has a cushioned synthetic turf to help prevent injuries, wheelchair accessible dugouts, and a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to the wheelchair-bound or visually impaired players.

You do not need to have any knowledge of baseball, just a desire to make a difference and put a smile on a child’s face! As it is Opening Day, many volunteers are needed so bring friends and family for a fun afternoon. Volunteers can be a buddy to a young player, hand out uniforms, cheer for the kids or bring baked goods and work in the concession stand.

Miracle League Delray Beach/Palm Beach County
Robert P. Miller Park
Miracle League Field #6
1905 SW 4th Avenue Delray Beach, FL 33444

Chair: Trudi Gronbach Stevens ’55 or 561-362-8363


Register for SLD Boca

BOSTON | Community Servings | September 29, 2018 | 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Community Servings

Community Servings is a food and nutrition non-profit that provides services to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. Annually, it provides 560,000 made from scratch and medically tailored meals for 1,850 individuals suffering from illnesses and their families.

Volunteers work alongside kitchen staff chopping, peeling and processing produce, sealing meals, labeling diets, portioning out soups, salads and snacks, packing bags and assembling meals.

The dress code is sneakers (no flats, sandals, or boat shoes), pants (no capris), and at least a t-shirt length sleeve.

Community Servings
18 Marbury Terrace
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Chair: Hannah Sobel ’06


Register for SLD Boston

CHICAGO | Cradles to Crayons | September 29, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless and low-income situations with clothing, books, school supplies and the essentials that help them thrive and feel safe, warm, ready to learn and valued.

Volunteer activities will include inspecting, sorting and packing toys, books, clothes and other essential items on the children’s wish lists. Please wear warm layers and closed-toed shoes. Alums who RSVP will be sent information about registering with Cradles to Crayons in advance of the day.

We plan to coordinate a lunch afterwards—details to follow for those who RSVP.

Cradles to Crayons
4141 West George Street
Chicago, IL 60641

Chair: Amy Goodman Weller ’78


Register for SLD Chicago

CLEVELAND | Shaker Lakes Nature Center | September 29, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Shaker Lakes Nature Center

Serving the community as a conserved green space, the Nature Center connects visitors with nature and inspires environmental stewardship in the thousands of adults and children served each year through unique and engaging programming and educational offerings. It has been designated as a National Environmental Education Landmark (U.S. Park Service), an Important Bird Area (Audubon Society), and an official Wildlife Habitat Site (National Wildlife Federation).

Join us in improving the habitat of the wildlife area of the Shaker Parklands on National Public Lands Day. Started in 1994 National Public Lands Day is the largest single-day effort to preserve and protect public lands. Tasks may include pulling invasive species and some trash clean up. Gloves, tools, trash bags, and safety vests will be provided.

There are spaces for 20 volunteers. Please wear closed-toed shoes and long pants.

Shaker Lakes Nature Center
2600 South Park Boulevard
Shaker Heights, OH 44120

Chair: Donna Jeffries Cook ’89


Register for SLD Cleveland 1

CLEVELAND YOUNG ALUMNAE | YWCA Norma Herr Women's Center | September 29, 2018 | 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Laurel School and The YWCA Norma Herr Women’s Center

Join us for a morning of self-care and caring for others! We’ll kick off the morning with a yoga session with certified instructor Eme Tesar ’13. The practice is designed for all experience levels---whether it’s your first time or you do lotus pose daily!

Then we will prepare care kits to donate to women at the YWCA of Greater Cleveland’s Norma Herr Women’s Center (NHWC). A list of the NHWC's most needed items for care kits is provided below. Item contributions brought to the event are appreciated but not required.

The YWCA aims to empower women in the NHWC to receive the institutional services to which they are entitled and which they often require in order to overcome their experiences of homelessness, trauma, physical abuse and substance abuse, and re-establish self-sufficiency and independence in our community. As advocates for women, YWCA of Greater Cleveland recognizes the unique and often unheard voice of women in shelters, along with the systemic barriers to equality and the need to remove these barriers to empower women.

If you would like to donate to the care kits, the NHWC’s top needs include:

  • Deodorant
  • Laundry detergent pods
  • Body wash
  • Bar soap
  • Adult depends
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Lysol disinfectant wipes

Laurel School
1 Lyman Circle
Shaker Heights, OH 44122

Co-Chair: Hanya Almudallal ‘06
Co-Chair: Addair Levine ‘13


RSVP for SLD Cleveland 2

COLUMBUS | Mid-Ohio Food Bank | September 29, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Mid-Ohio Food Bank

The Mid-Ohio Foodbank works to connect hungry neighbors with nutritious food, stabilizing families today while helping them access resources for tomorrow so they can thrive for a lifetime. Last year they distributed about 70 million pounds of food, half of which was fresh. They provide food for about 155,000 meals every day.

Volunteer jobs include sorting, inspecting and repacking food donations. You may be inspecting food items for damage, boxing frozen meats, bagging produce, assembling care packages, or any other of a number of important projects! Please register by September 15 so we can give the Food Bank an accurate count.

Please wear comfortable layers and closed-toed shoes. Be advised that there may be lifting involved (boxes weigh between 10 and 30 pounds).

Mid-Ohio Food Bank
3960 Brookham Drive
Grove City, OH 43123

Chair: Rose Babington '04


Register for SLD Columbus


DURHAM | Funny Girl Farm | September 29, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Funny Girl Farm

Funny Girl Farm is a local farm that follows sustainable and organic practices to grow vegetables and produce eggs from hens on pasture. Sales from their farmstand and community supported agriculture (CSA) program--featuring vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, eggs, pasture-raised meat, and fruits--help the local economy, provide opportunities for beginning farmers and support mindful stewardship of the land. Funny girl farm also provides classes, camps, and field trips to give children hands-on learning about the natural world including concepts in science and agriculture.

Join us and get your hands dirty supporting this local farm! We plan to coordinate a lunch afterwards—details to follow for those who RSVP.

Funny Girl Farm
504 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27707

Chair: Jenna Bailey ‘12


 Register for SLD Durham

NEW YORK CITY | Part of the Solution (POTS) | September 29, 2018 | 12:00-4:00 p.m.

Part of the Solution (POTS)

Part of the Solution (POTS) aims to be a loving community in the Bronx that nourishes the basic needs and hungers of all who come to its door. It provides a mosaic of services in a “one-stop-shop” model to address the community’s diverse and complex needs. Its services include a food pantry, clothing room, shower facilities, legal clinic, case management, workforce development, and a family club.

There are spaces for 12 volunteers to provide lunch service in the community dining room. Please dress comfortably and wear closed-toed shoes.

Part of the Solution
2759 Webster Avenue
Bronx, NY 10458
(718) 220-4892

Co-Chair: Joan Colleran ’16
Co-Chair: Deirdre Corrigan ’03


Register for SLD New York City

SEATTLE | Food Lifeline | October 6, 2018 | 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Food Lifeline Hunger Solution Center

This event takes place on October 6, 2018

Food Lifeline has moved to the brand new Hunger Solution Center. Volunteers will help sort and repack bulk donations of food for the 275 member food banks, meal programs and shelters that serve 91,000 meals every day.

Please wear warm layers and closed-toed shoes.

We plan to coordinate a lunch after the volunteer shift—details to follow for those who RSVP. Alums who RSVP will be sent information about registering with Food Lifeline in advance of the day. Registrations with Food Lifeline are due by September 29. There are a few volunteer youth spots for children ages 6 and older if you are interested in bringing your daughter, son or grandchild with you.

Food Lifeline
815 S 96th Street
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 545-6600

Chair: Heather Cargile Lakefish ’91
Laurel Rep: Susan Walter Cargile '60


Register for SLD Seattle

TWIN CITIES | Cookie Cart | September 29, 2018 | 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Cookie Cart

Cookie Cart provides teens 15 to 18 years old with lasting and meaningful work, life and leadership skills through experience and training in an urban nonprofit bakery.

Volunteers will work side-by-side with youth employees to scoop fresh dough, hand decorate cookies and assemble bakery boxes. Assisting with cookie production provides the opportunity to help model professional behavior to youth employees while also helping them practice their interpersonal skills. It also creates a natural opportunity to talk with teens, hear about their experience at Cookie Cart and share your story on how you found your career path. Please be prepared to talk about your career path. Our teen staff love to hear about dreams, passions, barriers, successes and advice about life paths.

Dress comfortably and wear closed-toed shoes. Please refrain from wearing watches and rings (only engagement/wedding rings are allowed). Cookie Cart will provide aprons, hairnets and rubber gloves.

Cookie Cart
1119 W Broadway Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Chair: Anita Lee ‘88


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WASHINGTON, D.C. | Martha's Table | September 29, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Martha's Table

For over 35 years, Martha’s Table has worked to support stronger children, stronger families, and stronger communities by increasing access to quality education programs, healthy food and family supports. Martha’s Table focuses on four areas: Healthy Start, Healthy Eating, Healthy Connections, and Emergency Support Services. Volunteers will help with meal preparation for the nightly hot meals Martha’s Table distributes.

There are spaces for 15 volunteers. Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.

Using public transportation or carpooling is highly recommended as street parking can be challenging and/or expensive.

Martha’s Table
2114 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009

Chair: Nicole Brown ’04


 Register for SLD D.C.


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Laurel's Mission Statement:

To inspire each girl to
fulfill her promise and
to better the world. 


Open House

Saturday, October 27, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Lyman Campus

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"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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