Notes from Dee
August 30, 2019

Dear Laurel Families,

We hope you enjoyed a warm and relaxing Labor Day weekend, the last part of summer. Hopefully, you have had a wonderful rest these past weeks and are excited to begin another enriching year, during which students will grow academically, socially, and emotionally. We have new and innovative programs to share and will continue to provide extraordinary instruction for our students in academics, the arts, and other areas this year. 

There are some newly designed classes that will add to our already incredible schedule. Specific classes for our 4/5th graders through high school students have been added that will help your children build Executive Function Skills. These important skills will enable our students to organize their time, materials and help them develop independence in learning.

Also, this is the first year of our Laurel High School. Our Upper School students will have a block schedule and their academic subjects including Humanities, Physics and Algebra, will be taught in ways that have been carefully researched and planned over the past year by our faculty along with experts in the field. We are thrilled to add instructional methods to our already excellent program that will incorporate competency based learning and many new opportunities for our older students to excel and prepare for the future.

Our staff is eager to greet your children on Wednesday, September 4, for the first full day at Laurel School. Our teachers will be eagerly awaiting their arrival between 8:05 and 8:20 in front of Building 1. We will begin our Morning Meeting promptly at 8:30 in our Laurel Cafe in the lower level of Building 1. 

Please be sure to take another look at the updated campus map to remind you about our new drop off and pick up location. Everyone will drop off and pick up students at Building 1, on the left side of the building at the walkway. There are now three different independent schools on our campus and our traffic patterns have been staggered to allow for safe arrival and departure of students. If you would like to walk your child into school, you will need to park behind the gym or behind Building 4 in our new parking lot. Please be sure to drive slowly, no more than 5 miles per hour, when on our campus for the safety of our children. Follow traffic patterns that allow for Laurel parents to enter on Mapleton Road. Stay right as you enter the campus and be sure to leave space at the intersections as you drive in to drop off your children. Please exit the campus at Seminary Drive or continue around the entire campus to exit at Mapleton Road. If you drive past other parents from other schools, please stay as left as possible to drive around their queues. 

We have listed student homeroom sections and homeroom teachers below. Schedules will be distributed in your child’s homeroom. 

You have all received an Evite to join an Opening Day Parent Welcome at 1:45pm in the Laurel Cafe in Building 1. You will have an opportunity to hear about our new programs, learn about areas of focus and expectations for the upcoming year. Also, you will have time to meet our faculty members, other families, and new students at an Opening Day Ice-Cream Social. Your children and their teachers will join us at 2:15, and we will dismiss from Building 1 at 3:00. If you cannot make it to this celebration, we have scheduled a time on Thursday, September 5, at 6:00pm for you to hear about all of the important information we presented on Opening Day. Please RSVP if you haven’t already.

Back to School Night is scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, from 6:30-8:00 pm. On that evening, you will have an opportunity to meet all of your child’s teachers and learn about their programs and expectations. We hope to see you there. 

Please check to ensure that all critical documents that are due to school have been completed and uploaded to TADS. You can find the required health forms and the Handbook Acknowledgement Form on your TADS account or on the website under For Current Families

Have a great Labor Day weekend and we will see you next Wednesday! 

Laurel School Homeroom Assignments

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