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COUNTYWIDE SCHOOL CLOSURE MARCH 16 -27

 

In compliance to Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s “Local Emergency Order” for schools, Laurel Hill will be closing for 2 weeks March 16 – March 27, reopening Mar. 30th. As you are well aware, decision-making regarding schools is very fluid at this time. We will keep you informed of changes to the duration of closure. Our vacation calendar will also change to enable the return of class days to all our Laurel Hillers.

 

Please be certain that Laurel Hill’s decision to remain open or to close was conditioned by strict adherence to guidance from NYS Education Department, NYS Department of Health, Suffolk County Department of Health, and the CDC. We also had access to special county health advisement made available to the nonpublic schools. Our goal was to provide our children and families with uninterrupted schooling based on expert public health counsel, knowledge of our LHS school population, and the real hygienic readiness and maintenance conditions within our buildings and grounds.

 

Many school districts have often used the phrase “out of our overabundance of care for our children and staff” to explain their closure; and without doubt they care. But for us caring can never be “overabundant” – never too much. Providing as many school days as we can within the parameters of a healthful physical environment is the “abundance” LHS wished to sustain.

 

Our teachers have done a remarkable job creating full-day learning online. It begins Tuesday, March 17th. So check your teacher’s website for your child’s class schedule and further instructions.

 

Regards,

Robert & Helen Stark

Yosefa Klein-Karchmar

 

We invite you to learn about our unique programs for

Infants, Toddlers, Preschoolers, and Grades K-5

Please Register Below For The Virtual School Open House You Wish To Attend

GRADES K-1 →MAY 3rd, at 2PM
GRADES 2-5 →MAY 4th, at 2PM

PRESCHOOL (3-4yrs.)→MAY 5th, at 3PM

Toddlers (2yrs) and Infants→May 6th, at 3PM

Please note, if you wish to attend more than one session, you must register for each date to receive the  Zoom link.

 

 

 


 

 

Parent Bravos

Here is a small sample of some of the  beautiful comments from our Parents

From a 6th Grade Parent:

Dear Mr and Mrs Stark,
And all our wonderful LHS teachers! We want to support all parents in sending our deepest gratitude for giving our kids some sense of normalcy during these very challenging times.
It’s very important for us to know that while my husband, as many other ICU doctors and nurses, are fighting every day with this vicious disease, our children can still follow their routine, learn, and communicate with their teachers and friends. It helps us, parents, and it definitely helps kids to continue their growth as individuals.
I see excitement in (our daughter’s) eyes when she is getting ready for school in the morning, when she is running to the printer to get an assignment, or just talking to her friends during breaks.
Thank you so much to every single one of you!
 
 

From a 3YR Old Parent:

“We wanted to say thank you for accommodating the preschool families with the tuition suspension during this time.
We are also amazed (and truly grateful) that the zoom on- line learning format is continuing despite the circumstances.
I know this is not an easy time for businesses, organizations etc. If there is anything at all we can do to help the school during this time or once we return, please let us know. Maybe a fundraiser or maybe there is something we can do for our individual teachers. Just brainstorming…
Finally, some thoughts as we’ve entered week 3 of zoom/on-line learning. It’s been such a wonderful experience participating in our kids’ learning! Yes managing working from home and helping with homeschool can be exciting… but I’ve enjoyed seeing firsthand how dedicated our teachers are to not only teaching and providing additional resources to enhance learning, but also doing it with such great enthusiasm.
 There’s a great sense of community and collaboration between administration, teachers and parents, and it is evident that our main goal is how to make this experience the best it can possibly be.
How lucky are we to have such amazingly dedicated teachers in our kids’ lives! How blessed are we to be part of the
Laurel Hill family!
In the midst of chaos you have given us a sense of normalcy and we are genuinely appreciative of all your efforts.
 
 

 

 
 
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HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW….
THESE ARE EXTRAORDINARY TIMES
 HERE IS WHAT WE ARE SURE OF…
TOGETHER WE SHALL PERSEVERE
As Charles Dickens famously observed…
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . .
it was the season of darkness,
it was the spring of hope . . .
We at Laurel Hill live “the best of times” every day because we are blessed by the beauty, by the serene innocence, and by the precocity of our boys and girls.
We at Laurel Hill live “the best of times” every day for the blessing of totally dedicated teachers and support staff who clearly know why they selected to do what they do in career and in life and give, and give, and give tirelessly to fulfill their greatest ambitions for their children’s growth and well being.
We at Laurel Hill live “the best of times” because we are blessed to have families joined with us to support and to build – partners in turning great ideas into great accomplishments, partners ready to share their skills and to help in the work that needs to be done.
 
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
 
FROM A TEACHER….
Ms. Bond’s Zoom Classroom
Never in my teaching career would I have thought that I would need to teach elementary class via online classes. Yet, here we are in uncertain times, teaching in a media platform that is geared towards the children of this generation.
As apprehensive as I was before the first day of Zoom (I woke up a number of times during the night like it was my first day of school!), I now feel energized and excited about what we are able to do with the Zoom program. I’ve found that I’ve been able to keep most of my teaching the same as when it is a live class! In Reading, we’ve done an author study and vocabulary work in just three days! I am so proud of how much hard work my students continue to do while they are at home!
FROM A PARENT…..
I hope this email finds you well and safe. I have been thinking about you & Mr. Stark often and must first apologize for the time lapse in reaching out to express my deepest gratitude. I can’t believe that we have just completed 3 weeks of successful and engaging remote learning. Your steadfast leadership at the onset of this crisis was inspiring. As this crisis turned into a nationwide tragic pandemic, your engaging and detailed remote learning program did not waiver. In fact, it strengthened! Our children were the lucky ones to maintain a sense of normalcy with their routine schedule and engaging “live” classes with all of their treasured teachers and classmate friends.

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