A Note From Mrs. Baudendistel

Dear Students, Parents, & Staff,

The start of a new school year is upon us once again! We have many exciting changes coming to Laurel Elementary School this year. We will be adding a number of educational opportunities for our Yellow Jackets. First of all, we welcome a full day Head Start Program to serve our children not eligible for other preschool services at Laurel. Our existing preschool program will also continue for children the year prior to kindergarten enrollment. We are thrilled to have Head Start with us at Laurel because this will provide preschool services to our children at a younger age.

Another addition to Laurel Elementary School is Wee Bees Day Care, a program that will serve children 12 months thru 5 years of age. This is important, not only to our school, but to our Laurel Community since we have no other day care options in our town. Parents will be impressed with our provision of the safe,  nurturing, and educational environment, we will provide infants, toddlers, and preschoolers while they must work outside the home. We will implement Creative Curriculum for all children attending Wee Bees. Laurel staff is delighted about our day care and can’t wait to open our school to our infants and toddlers.

We will also add Wildcat Watch Latchkey Program this school year. For a small fee of $5 per day, students may come before and after school for supervision, crafts, homework help, physical activities, and other learning opportunities. This is another option made available to assist our working parents. Only school-age children will attend our Wildcat Watch Latchkey Program.

Some other exciting additions to our Laurel School Community is the development of our S.T.E.M. laboratory. Students will have the chance to apply science, technology, math, and engineering concepts to use in this lab setting with hands-on learning. The lab will be made available during the school day. Laurel School will also continue and expand our robotics program started last year at Laurel School.

Laurel School will also expand club options this year including Art club, journalism, and intramural athletic options for our younger students. We will also focus on a Young Men of Purpose mentoring program that will provide support and guidance to our 5-6th grade boys. Staff at Laurel will initiate this program along with supporters throughout our community.

Most classrooms are relocated for the 2017-18 school year. 4th-6th grade students will be located in the hallway adjacent to the library and students will make use of locker bays. Students in grades 1-3 will be located in the hallway adjacent to the front office. Daycare, latchkey, and preschool, as well as, reading recovery, speech, and counseling services will be located in the hallway across from the cafeteria.

We invite everyone to come out to Laurel Elementary School open house on  August 8, 2017 from 5:30- 7:00 pm to learn more about the many exciting opportunities being offered at Laurel Elementary School this year.


Working Together For Our Students,

Lisa J. Baudendistel