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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.

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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.”

CONTACT:    

SARAH MILLER, PR MANAGER, 713.578.0281, sMiller@LaurelSchool.org

KATE FLOYD, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING, 216.455.0152, kFloyd@LaurelSchool.org

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

Nurse's Office

The primary health care of students is the responsibility of their parents and guardians. The School Nurse does not diagnose conditions or prescribe medical treatments.

The School Nurse is responsible for administering Laurel’s Health Services program, supporting students’ primary care, and providing expert care and comfort to students who become sick or injured during the school day.

 

Being healthy and having positive self-esteem are important factors in learning readiness. Students should be encouraged to take responsibility for their personal hygiene (body, hair and teeth) on a daily basis for good health and positive self-esteem. Additionally, It is critical that students are well-rested and nourished before coming to school each day.

Susan Kramer, RN, BSN
School Nurse
216-455-3060
sKramer@LaurelSchool.org 

Illness

  • If your child is not feeling well keep her/him home.
  • Sending a sick child to school only gets the other students sick.
  • If your child has had a fever over 99.9 they MUST stay home for 24 hours. They can return when they are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
  • If your child has vomited they MUST stay home for 24 hours. They can return when they are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
  • If your child has diarrhea they MUST stay home for 24 hours. They can return when they are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
  • For example if your child is vomiting at 9:00 PM, they are not to come to school the next day; they need to remain out for a full 24 hours.
  • If your child is being tested for strep throat they must remain out of school until the test results are confirmed from the physician’s office. (See handbook).
  • Please report any communicable disease (strep throat, pink eye, head lice, etc.) to the Nurse’s Office immediately so families can be notified. Do not return to school until treatment has occurred or there is documentation that the child is free of communicable disease.
  • The single most effective prevention against the spread of germs and disease is hand washing.

Health Screening (Vision and Hearing)

  • The state mandates vision and hearing screening for all Early Childhood, Kindergarten, First, Third, Fifth, Seventh (vision only), Ninth and Eleventh (hearing only) Graders and students new to the district. 
  • This screening takes place throughout the year. If any problems are identified, parents/guardians will be notified. 
  • Students should have their corrective lenses with them in school at all times.

Immunizations

  • All students in Ohio are required to have up-to-date immunizations documented and on file. Please use the Ohio Department of Health Immunization Report (see FinalForms-optional/situational forms) or a copy from your physician’s office. The Ohio Revised Code mandates that pupils (age/grade level appropriate) be protected against the following diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, meningitis, hepatitis B, varicella, and haemophilus influenzae Type B.
  • Updated immunization records are required (aside from initial entry to Laurel) for Kindergarten, Seventh and Twelfth Grades.
    • Kindergarten -- additional vaccines required are the DTaP, Polio and MMR
    • Entry to Seventh and Eighth -- a Tdap and a the first dose of Meningococcal
    • Entry to Twelfth – the second dose of Meningococcal
  • These immunizations can be obtained from your regular physician. The Shaker Heights Department of Health at 3400 Lee Road offers these immunizations for a fee. Please contact the health department at 216-491-1418 for information or to make an appointment.
  • The State of Ohio allows immunization exemptions. These exemptions include religious, good cause, and medical. A written statement is required for documentation. A physician must complete form for Medical Exemption.
  • Students will be excluded, but not excused, from school on the 15th day of school if State immunization mandates are not met.
  • During the course of an outbreak or confirmed case of any of the aforementioned diseases, persons who are exempt from or who refuse the vaccine will need to be excluded from school as directed by the Ohio Department of Health. Exclusion maybe as long as 21 days.

Physical Education Excuse

  • Middle School/Upper School requires a physician letter of diagnosis, physical limitations and duration of time excuse.
  • Primary School requires a parent note for class excuse unless it is a major injury.
  • A physician’s note to return to activities is required for any prolonged absence for all divisions ex: after a broken bone or severe sprain.

Special Health Needs (EpiPen, Inhaler, Diabetes, etc.)

If your child has specific health needs, please notify the School Nurse so that individual accommodations, care plans, emergency action plans, or programs can be arranged. Please complete any needed forms in FinalForms (under optional/situational forms).

Allergies requiring an EpiPen (Epinephrine auto injector)

Managing your child's allergies is taken very seriously.

  • A Prescription Medication Authorization Form (see FinalForms-optional/situational forms) is required. This is signed by the physician and the parent.
  • A Serious Allergy Care Plan Form (see FinalForms-optional/situational forms) is required. This is signed by the parent.
  • In Ohio a child is allowed to carry their own EpiPen with physician and parent written approval. Please complete the Prescription Medication Authorization Form (see FinalForms-optional/situational forms).
  • If your child will carry their own EpiPen it is also REQUIRED to have a second EpiPen in the Nurse’s Office.
  • If not carrying their own EpiPen, they are required to keep two EpiPens in the Nurse’s Office. This allows us to always have two EpiPens available for your child in case of an emergency.
  • If you child is carrying an EpiPen they will need to be responsible and take it to lunch, on field trips and to after-school activities.
  • The self-carry EpiPen needs to be in a convenient easy-to-find place for others if needed for an emergency. It should not be buried in the bottom of her book bag or locker.

Respiratory conditions requiring an inhaler

Managing asthma and respiratory conditions is also taken seriously.

  • A written physician prescription authorization is required to have a prescribed inhaler at school and during athletics.
  • In Ohio a child is allowed to carry their own inhaler with physician and parent written approval in the Prescription Authorization Form (see FinalForms-optional/situational forms).
  • If they will not carry it, an inhaler is required to be kept in the Nurse’s Office.
  • Should your child choose to carry their inhaler it needs to be in a convenient easy-to-find place for others, if needed, for an emergency. It should not be buried in the bottom of her book bag or locker.
  • Separate inhalers are needed for school use and athletic use. Inhalers will NOT be sent from the Nurse's Office to athletic events. The coach must have a separate inhaler.
  • Please complete the required Prescription Medication Authorization form and the Asthma Management Care Plan found in FinalForms (optional/situational forms).

Diabetes management

  • Please contact the School Nurse directly.

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Lyman Campus Butler Campus
216.464.1441


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

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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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