Notes From Dee – February 21st, 2020

Notes From Dee // February 21, 2020


Dear Laurel Families,

We hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather. We are so happy to see the sunshine this week after several weeks of gloomy rainy days. The students regularly have recess outdoors when weather permits, so please send them dressed appropriately. The fields are quite muddy, so we have encouraged the students to wipe their shoes before they enter classrooms, but muddy sneaker soles continue to be a regular occurrence in our classrooms, and may work their way to your homes. 

Ms. Nancy introduced us all to the koala we adopted this week, and the students are all voting on a name for it. The students have almost completed the “fleece blankets” we are sending to a local animal shelter and have pitched in during lunch to cut the blankets and some math classes volunteered to help measure the fabric. 

We all discussed the fact that we are a bit short of the number of books we pledged to collect for our library in Botswana and our local library. Chase, in Ms. Rebecca’s class did some quick  mental math and figured out that if we all brought in 3-4 books, the project would be complete. Perhaps you know someone who has a few gently used books they could donate to help us reach our goal. Please send them in as soon as possible so we can complete our project.

This Tuesday, October 25 at 8:30am we are hosting an Information Session for families who want to learn more about Laurel.  If you have a neighbor or friend who might be interested in hearing about our great school, please click here to learn more.  Our next Info Session is March 17.  Thanks for spreading the word!

Parent Conferences take place next week. Thanks to all of those who have signed up already.  If you haven’t, please click here. Let us know if you have any questions and we will be happy to help!  These are early dismissal days for students. If your child will be at school during conferences, please let us know, so we can arrange supervision.  

Spirit Week begins March 2-6. A flyer with details about each special day will be coming home soon.

Correction!!! Our field trip to the Edelman’s Fossil Park will take place on April 17, 2020. It is an all day trip. Please make every effort to have your child present for this as the park is not open to the public and this is a special opportunity!

Change in March Calendar: We have decided to eliminate our March 25 half-day for Professional Development and have a full day of classes, instead. Please mark your calendars.

I am not sure if you noticed, but this is a leap year! We will have an extra day added to the shortest month, February. Leap years have 366 days instead of the usual 365 days and occur almost every four years. I have included an old poem I learned when I was in elementary school, that helps me recall the number of days in the months and reminds us about the number of days in February during a leap year. According to leap year superstitions, such years are rarer than normal years, and they have become lucky omens. According to legend, the 29th of February is an especially important day. Anything started on this day is sure to be a success!

Thirty days hath September,

April, June and November;

All the rest have thirty-one,

Excepting February alone

Which hath but twenty-eight, in fine,

Till leap year gives it twenty-nine.


Have a great weekend!

Ms. Dee



Campus Safety: Please be sure to obey the speed limit and mind all traffic signs on our campus. We are most concerned about the safety of all of the children, faculty and visitors from all of our schools. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences: March 11 and 12 –Sign Up Here!

Hi Tops: March 10- Separate presentations and discussions on gender and diversity for Grades 8/9 and Grades 6/7. 

Mid March Break: March 13-Early Dismissal – Snack Sale! (No pizza),  March 16-School Closed

Calendar Change –  March 25 will be a FULL day of school for students. (No snack sale) 

Tea with Dee: April 2-What Does Assessment Tell Us About Student Progress?

SAVE THE DATE: April 17-All-School Field Trip to Edelman Fossil Park of Rowan University. 

$20 per child admission and bus to the fossil dig.  Bus leaves at 8:30am, returns to Laurel School by 3pm. This is a very special opportunity that is not open to the public.


Upcoming Early Dismissal Snack Sales to benefit our Animal Advocacy Club:

March 11, 12 – Early Dismissal – Teacher Conferences – Snack Sales!

March 13- Early Dismissal (March Break Weekend) – Snack Sale!