Principal's Corner

Laurel Harvest Party Staff and Volunteers
Principal: Nadira Rizkallah

November 2018
Thank you so much for continuously supporting our students, families and staff member. This month Laurel students raised close to $950 through the Turkey Drive we had for the month of November. Because of our community’s generous contributions, we were able to extend the gift of giving and share 30 Thanksgiving meals with Laurel families. What a great way to teach our students about giving, compassion and gratitude, skills we focus on and teach to our students through the Laurel Vision. This event along with the recent cookie dough fundraiser that brought close to $11,000 in proceeds are great examples of the wonderful community we work in. To celebrate this success, we had so much fun during our silly string assembly where students who sold 10+ tubs of cookie dough got to silly string the Principal! All of this fun and support would not have been possible without the tireless work of our Parent Group who has shown unwavering commitment to our students and our school. To all those parents who give limitlessly to our school, THANK YOU!

At Laurel, we make a concerted effort to keep the Laurel vision alive and lived to the fullest extent. November/December focus of our vision has been on “each student is actively engaged.” We teach students that each of them is very important, and every student deserves an equitable learning opportunity. It is especially important to our staff to see each student achieving to his/her full potential, no matter who they are or where they come from.
On December 3rd, Laurel teachers are going to spend the day working on record keeping. Teachers use student progress, standard-based report cards, and proficiency scores to report to families on the progress of their children. This is one way we keep the home-to-school connections and continue to strengthen our partnership with all of you to produce better student outcomes.

We keep getting more excited for the changes that are happening in our nature center. We have so many community partners, staff members, and parents donating labor and materials to do the long needed and important work in the nature center. It is so amazing to see our larger community being so giving and generous to our school. I am sure this effort will add to the awesome potential this space has to offer. A huge shout out to two of our teachers, Melissa Tofell and Britni Cacan who partnered with our loyal volunteers Susan and Mark Inman to see this project through. Please join me in thanking them for this wonderful effort.
Finally, I want to wish all of you a very restful, peaceful Holiday Season. With the Winter Break around the corner, I am hoping you find plenty of time to enjoy your kids and loved ones. Please find time to play, laugh and relax. Have a great Winter Break!

Warmest Regards,

Nadira Rizkallah, Principal