Alumnae Calendar

Ria Desai '19 was recently featured as an unsung hero in the Chagrin Valley Times for her local volunteer work and bone density research, which she presented at a recent American College of Rheumatology conference. In the article Ria explains that when a serious car accident sidelined her tennis season, she "Started working more with an organization called The Up Side of Downs that offers Buddy Up Tennis clinics to children with Down Syndrome in Northeast Ohio. She also increased her hours volunteering with Inner City Tennis Clinics, a summer camp for Cleveland children that incorporates tennis, literacy, wellness, poetry and fitness." 
In addition, Ria launched a STEM-based research project utilizing her Dream. Dare. Do. (D3) period time that looked at the relationship between physical exertion and bone density in girls. She states that, "It came from my mom always telling me to drink milk because of bone issues and a lack of calcium. And then, though I wasn’t playing at the time, I was still an athlete, so I combined those two ideas and developed the project." Ria is now working on turning the project into a manuscript and hopes that it gets accepted into a journal and paper. She also hopes to expand the study to include more ages as well as boys. Click here to read the full story.
On October 10, several members of the Laurel community, including 12 alumnae, spent the afternoon with students in Grades K-8 leading activities focused on financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The goal was to empower and spark entrepreneurial spirit in the students. Activities were designed by VentureLab and incorporated using the girls' resourcefulness, problem-solving skills and curiosity. Many of the activities focused on idea generation, creating a business model, design thinking and pitching. The Sun Press and Sun Messenger included a recap of this fun and engaging afternoon on their front pages.
Primary School teachers Shannon Lukz and Emily Felderman were both featured, along with several Grade Four students, in a recent Girls in STEM segment that aired on WKYC Channel 3. Shannon and Emily have been instrumental in designing and leading a month-long immersion learning unit at Laurel's Butler Campus called "Power & Purpose," which focuses heavily on science, math and the many components of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) learning. Throughout the unit students surveyed the land and created topography maps, tested the water quality of Griswald Creek, and learned all about the mechanics of a bike, which they used as their main mode of transportation for the month. WKYC visited Butler on the final day of the unit to capture the work of the students, who designed and built the "Adventure Rivulet Bridge," which is now in use at Butler. Click here to watch the full story.

Maggie Hilkert '19 was featured in Currents Magazine highlighting her love for finance, which she discovered through her participation in Laurel's Capstone Experience. In her Sophomore year, Maggie traveled to San Francisco and after meeting a Laurel alumna who is a venture capitalist, stated that, "She had the coolest job I ever saw. I loved talking to her. I was fascinated with her job and that helped me narrow that aspect of my project." As Maggie progressed with her Capstone Experience, she "interviewed venture capitalists around the country, shadowed Cleveland-area business owners, interned at an equity research firm, and decided to start an Investment Committee at Laurel." The article goes on to say that, "Earlier this month, Maggie moderated a panel of women in finance as part of Laurel's Day of the Girl celebration which, this year, had a theme of financial literacy." 

Click here to read the full story.

The Cleveland Jewish News has named Jami Morris '21 as its Player of the Week. Jami earned the honors after finishing in a tie for first place at the Ohio High School Athletic Association Division II state girls golf tournament October 12-13 at The Ohio State University Golf Club’s Gray Course in Columbus. She shot a 73-74 for a total of 147, plus-7, tying for lowest score. In the article, Jami said she wasn’t surprised she performed so well in the tournament. "I think I worked extremely hard this past summer. I feel that all paid off and I hope to continue next year, and the year after, and hopefully in college. Except on the first day, I didn’t even think I was playing in the state tournament. Walking off the 18th green, I thought, 'I’m happy with how I played, I could have played better, but there’s always next year.'" 

Laurel golf coach Marti Hardy said she was impressed with Morris’s performance, but she wasn’t surprised. "I’ve watched her all along work hard to get where she has. I think the harder thing is, when you play at states, you’re not necessarily playing with the players that are scoring what you’ve been scoring the last day or so. It’s an unknown, they’re out there somewhere on the course playing. Maybe it’s a good thing that you don’t know, but I watched Jami just keep it all together really well and not doubt herself. I saw her hit two phenomenal shots that two golf pros who were near me said, 'she’s the real deal, she really knows how to play this game,' and it’s true."

Click here to read the full story.



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.

  • December 2018
    • ThuDec13 Middle School Music Celebration 7:00 PMLyman
    • SatDec15 ISEE Testing for Prospective Students
    • MonDec17 Grade 1 Resilience Week Butler
    • TueDec18 Grade 1 Resilience Week Butler
    • TueDec18 Upper School Exams and Rehearsals Lyman
    • WedDec19 Grade 1 Resilience Week Butler
    • WedDec19 Upper School Exams and Rehearsals Lyman
    • ThuDec20 All-School Snowflake Assembly (Formal Uniform) 9:00 AMLyman, Tippit Gymnasium
    • ThuDec20 Upper School Winter Concert (Formal Uniform - Upper School Students Required) 7:00 PMLyman: Tippit Gymnasium
    • FriDec21 First Day of Winter
    • FriDec21 NO CLASSES for Pre-Primary, Primary and Grades 5-7

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


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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


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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


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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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An All-Girls’ Independent College Preparatory School for Grades K-12 and Coed Pre-Primary
Lyman Campus Butler Campus

Laurel's Mission Statement:

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


Pre-Primary & Primary School
Open House

Saturday, January 12, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Lyman Campus

More information


"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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