Notes from Dee
January 31, 2020
Hi Laurel Families!

I hope you are all staying healthy this week. Our neighbors at the Wilberforce School were closed on Tuesday because so many children and staff had colds and flu. They took the opportunity to close school and sanitize. So far, we are generally feeling well here, with just one or two absent per day, our typical absentee list. We encourage students to get enough sleep at night, eat well and wash their hands frequently to keep their germs “personal.”  

Tea with Dee was well attended this week, and we had a wonderful discussion about Jessica Lahey’s book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed Click here for a selection from the book that we discussed. Even if you did not attend, I hope you take an opportunity to read the selection I sent about executive functioning. It may give you some helpful tips!

Dr. McKay’s Physics class has been studying the physics of roller coaster design, and the physiology of roller coaster riders exposed to various g-forces. This high-interest topic was the source of a lot of questions as the students calculated centripetal acceleration, mechanical energy, potential energy, and kinetic energy. They prepared to design their own roller coaster and create a scale model marble run to demonstrate their planned “thrill features.” They will conclude the unit by writing a “press release” about their coasters, using descriptive language to build excitement in potential riders.

We are so pleased that Matthew Lehman, from Rumson, New Jersey joined Mr. Piccolo’s class this week. Please join us in welcoming Matthew and his parents, Michael and Meridith to the Laurel family!

We are once again “Linking Laurel to the World” this year as we begin our a Global and Local Library Project! The kickoff for this school service project was held at Thursday Morning Meeting. Our book drive will be run by Ms. Nancy’s Executive Function Class students, with the help of Mrs. Frankel. Please help your child scour the house for new and gently used books to donate to this cause. Keep an eye out for the flyer coming home in backpacks or click here for all the specifics of the type of books we need to reach our 1000 book goal.

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the Superbowl, if you are a football fan! 

Please donate your gently used books by February 28. Click below for more info. Thank you!