First Grade Parent
When (my child) started school on December 6th, we were apprehensive about how she would transition, and then thrilled at the change we saw in her within just the first week. There were times she was uncomfortable with the work challenging her, compared to where she had been bored to actual tears in her previous school; times when she felt on top of the world as a new student; and times when she felt sad about the friends she had left at her other school. However, and as we had hoped, she has blossomed at Laurel Hill. She’s confident and willing to speak her mind, willing to stand up for what is right, and knows that her opinions and her questions are not only welcome- but they are also encouraged. She enjoys and is proud of her schoolwork, has taken ownership of her homework, and has even said on a recent Friday, “I wish I could go to school tomorrow. I like the weekend, but I really like school.” When asked what in particular she likes about school, her answer was heartwarming: “Just being at school in general.” That statement is the polar opposite of where we were in November, and to say that it was pleasing to hear is a vast understatement (Mom cried).
Not to be ignored are the administration and staff for their conscientious and careful approach to Covid precautions. Seeing the side-by-side examples of LHS communications vs. that of our home district in this arena has reinforced how right we were to make this switch.
Ms. W has challenged, welcomed, and loved our girl. Mrs. O delights (my child) with her humanity and care. STEM and art and music have rekindled her love for learning, being outside so often has invigorated her, and free play finds her engaging with friends or taking time to herself if that’s what she wants that day. She once more seeks and finds magic in the mundane, she respects her own needs, and she delights in learning; it brings tears to our eyes to reflect upon the changes we’ve witnessed. Our girl is thriving in your care, and we are more appreciative to all of you than we can possibly express. Truly – thank you for loving her, for loving what you do, and for inspiring the love of learning in this community. We are so very grateful.
(My child) a Kindergarten student in Ms. D’s class has this to say: Thank you so much for helping me learn. As a parent of a student at The Laurel Hill School, I am always so glad to be able to tell another parent about my great experiences there. From my very first experience with a toddler class teacher during an open house in 2018, through (my child’s) years in preschool and Pre-K, I have been so impressed with The Laurel Hill School and all that she has been able to learn as well as how the information has been taught. I hope that you all continue to keep up the GREAT work. I also would like Mr. Stark to continue The Laurel Hill School through at least a Master’s program if that were possible. I just love The Laurel Hill School!!!Thank you also so very much for all you do!
We are so appreciative of Ms. B and her dedication to teaching kindergarten. She goes above and beyond each and every day. Her room is camp themed, welcoming and cozy. She is a strong communicator. She ensures the children are learning to the best of their abilities. We are very happy (our child) had Ms. B this year! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
First Grade Parent
Dear Ms. W., We sincerely want to thank you for your dedication and care of each student in your classroom. You are a fantastic teacher and we are so lucky to have you as (our child’s) 1st grade teacher. You motivate the kids while teaching them the importance of focus, patience and hard work. Thank you for being such a wonderful teacher and support to us.
Second Grade Parent
(My child) has been blessed to have you both as teachers this year. In Second Grade he has made a lot of improvements. We love your no nonsense but extremely nurturing nature. It’s just what he needed! He especially has learned more self-discipline, and has become an independent worker at home, no doubt to the skills you are teaching in your classroom. He comes home with interesting facts, stories, and a ton of curiosity about things he has learned in class. He has gained a lot of confidence and enjoyed second grade thanks to the both of you. We are so grateful for the work, dedication, and love you pour onto him and all the other children. Thank you for everything.
Second Grade Parent
We are so thankful every day for all the teachers at Laurel Hill! The positive impact that you have had on our son in the past two years is just astounding. He is growing by leaps and bounds because of your dedication. We would especially like to thank Mrs. B. You are incredible.Thank you.
Second Grade Parent
(Our child) has thoroughly enjoyed all his specials. They are essential to a well rounded education and we appreciate everything all of you have done for him. He has grown so much and learned so much. Ms. N, we enjoy every piece of Artwork that comes home and how he explains the technique, the artist’s influence, and his overall perspective. Senora ,he is constantly using Spanish around the home,telling us what things mean or expressing his feelings in Spanish and then translating it for us. (Stem Teacher), he loves to learn how things work, takes things apart and wants to create new things all the time and is proud of what he creates in your classroom.To the (Phys. Ed. teachers) he has improved his motor skills from Gym and participates in Soccer outside of school where he is a good sport and tries his best even when his team is struggling . Mrs. D, he loves doing anything and everything on Computers and wants to know more every day. It’s hard to keep up! (Music teacher), he is constantly singing and dancing at home, loves to learn more notes on his recorder and practice to earn his Karate belts. But more than all this we appreciate how much love you have all poured on him. Thank you !
Third Grade Parent
It has been a tremendous relief with every passing month to observe (my child’s’) progress academically and socially. Ms. B experience, devotion, care, commitment, and empathy for parents, not to mention all the wizardry of her classroom, have enabled (my child) the best possible opportunity to flourish and excel in 3rd grade. Thank you!
We would also like to recognize Ms. S for her extremely important contribution (my child’) needs throughout every day in class. Her kindness is exceptional and I appreciate all she has done for her this year.
Specialty Teachers: Thank you to all the amazing Specials teachers this year. You have contributed so much to the well-rounded education she has received in 3rd grade this year.
Fourth Grade Parent
We would like to express our appreciation for Ms. M. She has brought energy and enthusiasm to her classroom and she makes a safe space where each child feels loved and appreciated. Thank you for a wonderful year!
We are so grateful to the entire Laurel Hill staff for making us feel welcome and part of their community,especially after starting the school midway through the year. The moment we walked into the school for our first visit, Mrs. Stark guided us through the halls with transparency, ease and welcome. Her teachers set aside their planning time after hours for an impromptu, in-depth discussion of the life of a first grader, putting our minds at ease and planting seeds of excitement for all the possibilities awaiting our girl.
When (our child) first walked through the door for her assessment, she was greeted with respect, as an intelligent person and worthy of conversation, rather than a child- which immediately empowered her and gave her confidence to proceed.
Mr. Stark handled our daughter with equal respect and joy as he guided her through the assessment, leaving her feeling seen, excited, and confident in her own knowledge. When it was clear that LHS was the right choice for us, the office staff guided us through what seemed like hundreds of complicated steps for the transition, making them seem simple and clear despite us floundering with inexperience and the stress of diving in midstream. We are thankful for their knowledge and calm demeanor, which helped keep parental panic at bay.
Middle School Parent
It is great to acknowledge your hard work during appreciation week but please know that you are always appreciated! We know that there are many moving parts required to create the environment we are lucky to have at Laurel Hill. Thank you for your dedication and for providing all it takes to support the students.We would like to extend a special thanks to the Middle School teachers who have been working side by side with my son for 3 years and now with my daughter. You will always hold a special place in their heart.
Parent of a Graduating Student
We are so grateful for the wonderful environment that you created for our children with your dedication and commitment. Both of our children came through the Laurel Hill School for their elementary education, now our youngest is graduating this year. We always felt that Laurel Hill School was a big family. Even though the pandemic prevents us from coming to the school, the attachment has never been severed. Sadly, now is the time for us to say goodbye, but we will always have those warm memories of you and our children to cherish forever. We wish you all the best, and hope the Laurel Hill School will continue to thrive!
Ms. Piccoli, thank you for being such a great teacher! (My child) loves all the different activities you do, including teaching about animals, the colors, and how to spell (her) name. (She) also really enjoys the time spent outside in the playground. (She) really enjoys being in your class!
Toddler Parent (2 yr old)
We cannot begin to thank Mrs. T and Ms. A for teaching, guiding, providing structure and loving our daughter. We have witnessed our child make tremendous strides in her vocabulary, speech,behavior and social skills and we owe it all to these two heroes. Through very difficult times, they provide a consistently positive environment for learning and we are so lucky that they entered into our daughter’s life at such an important developmental stage.
As the delighted parents of (child’s name), I worry that, despite our best efforts, we will not manage to fully convey the depths of our appreciation of Ms. M and Mrs. G for all that they have been willing and able to do, every day, for the children in their Pre-K class.
From learning the letters of the alphabet, to learning to count to 100, to learning the days of the week and the months of the year, to learning to read, to learning to find the sums of various numbers, to learning to identify patterns, to learning about the world and its animal inhabitants and the ecosystems that they are a part of, to learning about the importance of being kind and careful custodians of our beautiful planet, to learning how to sing and dance in front of an adoring audience, these are but a fraction of the things for which we, as parents, feel tremendous gratitude and appreciation.
Mostly, we appreciate that Ms. M and Mrs. G are wise and kind enough to meet each student where he/she is and guide them toward an appreciation of the art of learning; to getting excited about the world around them; and to fostering each child’s sense of curiosity and excitement about the things they are experiencing. They are master teachers who have a wonderful way with their students and who find ways to make each student feel special every week. They consistently emphasize the importance of kindness, politeness, fairness / justice, and of being contributing members of their class and school communities. It has been a pleasure to observe (my child) develop and blossom before our eyes over the course of this school year. We are grateful for the wonderful care they have taken in guiding the development of their students.
With Profound Gratitude and Tremendous Appreciation
It’s hard to believe that our son is about to finish up his fourth school year at Laurel Hill. One of the most difficult things to do as parents is to leave your child in the hands of others but you make this daunting daily task effortless. When I stop to think about the community he is a part of, I am overwhelmed with love and appreciation. Laurel Hill is truly his home away from home and we consider you all a part of our village who has helped to raise him. For this, we are forever grateful.
Thank you for providing our son with love, patience, and guidance throughout his preschool year. The skills he has obtained through your teachings are remarkable. His eyes light up when he talks about his day at school and the experiences you have provided him. It has truly been an unforgettable year. We hope you all know how much you are respected, loved and appreciated. Thank you for all you do. We look forward to the end of the year festivities and another wonderful year in Pre-K!