How many children are at Laurel School? At each grade level?
As of August 2016, the following shows the approximate numbers of students enrolled in each grade at Laurel School:
K = 121 students in 4 English Only classes and 2 Spanish Immersion classes
1st = 134 students in 4 English Only classes and 2 Spanish Immersion classes
2nd = 113 students in 4 English Only classes and 1 Spanish Immersion class
3rd = 122 students in 5 English Only classes and 1 Spanish Immersion class
4th = 120 students in 4 English Only classes and 1 Spanish Immersion class
5th = 71 students in 3 English Only classes
Total = 681 students
Is there after-school care available?
YES! There is paid onsite after-school care provided by the Newton Center. Some independent providers, unaffiliated with Laurel, offer after-school care at their sites as well.
Will I meet with my child's teacher during the year?
Yes. Check with your child's teacher for his or her specific parent/teacher meeting schedule. Additional meetings can be arranged with your child's teacher if you have issues that cannot wait for the next scheduled conference.
Does my child need to bring a lunch to school? Is milk served to the students?
All Laurel students should bring a snack and lunch every day.
Hot lunch purchased from the third party vendor, The Lunch Master is also an option. Click here for more information. All students must still bring a snack each day.
The District provides a daily lunch service for students of all grades if a family qualifies for and wishes to participate in the reduced or free lunch program. Candidates must fill out a form (available in the Laurel office) to determine if they qualify for this financial assistance.
Milk is available through the District to all students on a daily basis for a nominal cost through The Lunch Master.
Are there opportunities for parent participation in the classroom?
Our PTO provides plenty of opportunities for volunteer involvement in many capacities which will be made known to you at Back-to-School Coffee, Back-to-School Night, and on the PTO Volunteer Opportunities page. Most teachers also encourage participation in the classrooms as well. Your HRP can give you further direction. General PTO meetings are held twice during the year – in the Fall and Spring. To volunteer for a PTO program or event, start by contacting the PTO President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I stay informed of school events, deadlines, schedule changes, etc?
The Laurel PTO Newsletter is our main source of communication. If you haven't already, please sign up to receive it here. The newsletter is sent out every Sunday morning. You may occasionally receive mid-week updates or letters from the principal and/or PTO President.If you have submitted an email address to the District, you will receive the district newsletter, distributed on Fridays during the school year. This is the best way to learn about district-wide news.
Additionally, watch your child's backpack for the Laurel "blue folder", which includes notices from your child's teacher about what is going on at the classroom level.
Will my child take any field trips?
Field trips are done on a class-by-class basis at the discretion of the teacher. Check with your child's teacher to find out about specific field trips that are planned for the school year.
What should I do if my child is having a difficult time at school?
If you have specific issues or questions, please feel free to contact your child's teacher first, and if the issue is not resolved, then contact Laurel's Principal for assistance. If special needs are identified, special supports are available.