August 1st, 2016 (PDF with pictures)

Dear Laurel Tree Community,

Suddenly, it’s August! I’m having a wonderful summer and I hope you are too. In addition to beach time, family time, Crab’s baseball, farmer’s markets, and just the joy of a lazy summer day, the thing I love most about summer is the planning. I love to plan. I love to plot with the rest of the staff and think about what marvelous things we can do next at Laurel Tree. Here’s some of what we’ve been up to this summer:

Edible Schoolyard – Sam and Amber went to Berkeley for four days of training, and they have new garden gear, a new garden site (away from the freeway noise), and fabulous new curriculum from the Edible Schoolyard Project. All primary students and middle school students will be using this curriculum to bring Social Studies, Science, Math and English lessons to the garden and the kitchen, four days a week. This is in addition to their regular classes. So we’re adding a class that teaches content through a different lens! Check out the website: http://edibleschoolyard.org/ 

Robotics and Design Class – Colby and Becca are offering two exciting electives for high school this year. Colby has ordered robotics kits, and Becca has ordered a 3-D printer and laser cutter for the design course.
  
Mindfulness and Restorative Practices – Becca and I are taking a class on Mindfulness this summer. Several other staff members went to a training on this last year. The whole staff is going to a two day training on Restorative Practices. Both of these things are part of our on-going commitment to help kids learn to manage conflicts effectively, communicate with others, and be aware of (and responsible for) their own emotions and actions. 

We’re camping the first week of school (5th-12th) and we’re close enough that the primary students can come join us on Thursday. We have tickets to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in October, and several back-packing trips scheduled throughout the year. 

Friday classes for Primary students are still being finalized, but I’m hearing about swimming, dance, soccer, cooking, Scrap Humboldt, and geocaching. It’s shaping up to be an exciting year.  

We’re mailing back-to-school packets and letters next Monday. They will include updated handbooks, calendars, camping and Ashland information, as well as all the information you need to be ready for school. So, enjoy this last month of summer and we’ll see you soon.

Brenda

6/13/16 Monday Note (PDF with pictures)

Dear Laurel Tree Community, 

We had a lovely senior graduation on Sunday!   I’m so proud of these young men and women.  

It is that time of year.  Look under beds and in closets for the school books that have taken up residence there.  Also make sure all the jackets and lunchboxes are brought home from school.   

This week we have regular classes on Monday and Tuesday mornings and Tribal Olympics in the afternoon.  On Wednesday the whole school going to Indian Beach in Trinidad (below the lighthouse) for beach day.  We need a bunch of parent drivers!  Please let Maren or Gwen know if you can drive.   Thursday is the last day of school.  We’ll be at Redwood Park from 10-1 for a picnic, and then end our school year with the eighth grade graduation at Moonstone Beach.  Have a wonderful summer!  

Calendar 
June 13th - School Board Meeting- Budget and LCAP Hearing 

June 15th – Beach Day at Indian Beach  WE NEED PARENT DRIVERS 

JUNE 16th – Last day of school!  Redwood Park BBQ from 10-2, Graduation at Merryman’s Beach House at 7:00 pm 

June 27th – School Board Meeting – Approval of Budget and LCAP 


6/6/16 Monday Note

Dear Laurel Tree Community,

This week I just have a list of events for you!  We’re down to the final nine days of school.  Kids are finishing up final essays, book reports, and missing assignments.  We’re traveling all over the place, approving the LCAP and budget for next year (public hearing on the 13th), and gathering to celebrate our students’ accomplishments in graduation ceremonies.  Here we go!


The Primary classes will participate in the annual Ocean Day on June 8th.  Permission slips have gone out.  Caroline has extras in the office. 



This is travel week for 5th-12th graders.  All students are either backpacking, on a road trip along the Oregon Coast, or taking local day trip adventures that leave from the school in the morning and return each afternoon.  The cost for the week of day trips is $30.00.  We are traveling by bus to all our trips. Here are the options students are choosing from:


Monday – Catch up on final work at school or an adventure at the Arcata Marsh.

Tuesday - Trip to Trinidad Beach or to the Arcata Sports Fields for a day of games and fun activities. If your child is going on the Tuesday Beach Trip, we are catching the RTS bus across from the school at 8:20.  Be at the bus stop no later than 8:15!    

Wednesday – Kayaking with Humboldt Aquatics or Adventure in the Arcata Forest.

Thursday – Old Town Adventure

Friday Morning – Exploring Potawot.


This year we have two different graduation ceremonies.  The seniors are rafting down the Smith River, stopping at Stout Grove in Crescent City for a graduation ceremony in the redwoods, and then hopping back in to finish their float.  Join us a 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 12th for that ceremony, followed by a picnic.  The eighth graders have rented Merriman’s Beach House on Moonstone Beach for an evening ceremony on Thursday, June 16th at 7:00 pm.  That ceremony will be followed with cake, a lovely sunset, and a dance party until 10. 


We’ll wrap up the year with our annual Whole School Beach Day on Wednesday, June 15th, and the Redwood Park BBQ on Thursday, June 16th.   And then comes summer!


Brenda


Calendar

June 3-10th Backpacking Trip

June 6th-10 Travel Week.  Adventure day trips from the school

June 8th – Ocean Day for Primary  8-3

June 12th – Senior Graduation at Stout Grove in Crescent City 1 pm

June 13th - School Board Meeting- Budget and LCAP Hearing

June 15th – Beach Day at Indian Beach

JUNE 16th – Last day of school!  Redwood Park BBQ from 10-2, Graduation at Merryman’s Beach House at 7:00 pm

June 27th – School Board Meeting – Approval of Budget and LCAP

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5/31/16 Monday Note  PDF

Dear Laurel Tree Community,

I hope everyone had a great three-day weekend.  Thank you all for the lovely Teacher Appreciation Lunch on Friday.   It was amazing. Your dishes can be picked up from the kitchen this week.  

Tuesday is the last day of school lunch.   No school lunches in June.  We shut the kitchen down for a deep clean in June. Then, we all have to remember to bring lunches and we really appreciate how much Nancy does for us the rest of the year.   Bring home lunches starting on Wednesday!

We’re in the final stretch of school.  Now is the time to get any missing work caught up and turned in.   Travel is coming up and we want everyone to be able to go.  However, if you have to choose between passing a class and going on your trip – you’ll be choosing staying home and get the work done.   Put in some time in homework club and study hall this week if you are behind. 

This Thursday, June 2nd is our high school art class sketch trip to the zoo.  We leave at 12:15 and return at 3:30.  We need parent drivers for this.  Permission slips have gone out.  Extras are with Caroline.

The Primary classes will participate in the annual Ocean Day on June 8th.  

Travel week is coming up June 6-10.  All 5th-12th graders will either be backpacking, on a road trip along the Oregon Coast, or taking local day trip adventures that leave from the school in the morning and return each afternoon.  The cost for the week of day trips is $30.00.  Information and permission slips are in your parent cubbies.  Flyers are attached:

  • Day Trip Flyers (Old Town, Potawot Gardens, Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka Library Scavenger Hunt, Arcata Marsh, Arcata Community Center & Sports Field)
Forms for Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center (kayaking and paddleboarding):


This year we have two different graduation ceremonies.  The seniors are rafting down the Smith River, stopping at Stout Grove in Crescent City for a graduation ceremony in the redwoods, and then hopping back in to finish their float.  Join us a 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 12th for that ceremony, followed by a picnic.  The eighth graders have rented Merriman’s Beach House on Moonstone Beach for an evening ceremony on Thursday, June 16th at 7:00 pm.  That ceremony will be followed with cake, a lovely sunset, and a dance party until 10. 

We’ll wrap up the year with our annual Whole School Beach Day on Wednesday, June 15th, and the Redwood Park BBQ on Thursday, June 16th.   And then comes summer!

Brenda

Calendar

June 2nd – HS Art Class Sketch Trip to the zoo

June 3-10th Backpacking Trip

June 6th-10 Travel Week.  Adventure day trips from the school

June 6th - School Board Meeting- Budget and LCAP Hearing

June 8th – Ocean Day for Primary  8-3

June 12th – Senior Graduation at Stout Grove in Crescent City 1 pm

June 15th – Beach Day at Indian Beach

JUNE 16th – Last day of school!  Redwood Park BBQ from 10-2, Graduation at Merryman’s Beach House at 7:00 pm

June 27th – School Board Meeting – Approval of Budget and LCAP
Monday Note