Laurel Springs School Update

September 15, 2023

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Dear Laurel Springs School Families,

As we finish our first full week of the 2023-24 school year, I can't help but feel thankful for the time we have spent back at school. Our students and staff have filled our halls with positivity and excitement. It is overwhelmingly refreshing and reassuring to witness firsthand the relationships that are being built, the fun that occurs at recess, and the learning that is happening in classrooms. During the first week, our teachers have established clear classroom expectations that aim to set our students up for success this year. Extreme gratitude goes out to our entire faculty and staff for an effective start to the year.

Thank you to all who attended our Back to School Night last night. It was great to see faces from past years and also to meet some of our new families. We had a great turnout! The magnitude of your involvement in the school life of your child is hard to overstate. I appreciate you taking the time.

Thanks for a great first week! I hope you have a wonderful weekend,

Mr. Ryan Mahlman


This update will provide you with information on:

1. Calendar Update

2. Arrival Time (Reminder)

3. Room Parents

4. HSC Update (See the Interest FInder)

5. The Original Banana Co. Fundraiser

6. BrightArrow Communication

7. Testing Update

8. Fall Picture Day- Dress to impress!

Important Links

1. Calendar Update

Every Friday is Blue Dragon Spirit Shirt Day!

September 15 - HSC Pretzel Sale on the Blacktop (3:00pm)

September 21 - HSC General Meeting in APR(All Purpose Room) (6:30-7:30pm)

September 27 - BOE Meeting 7pm

September 28 - The Original Banana Co. Fundraiser

October 2 - FIre Safety Trailer (K-3)

October 3 - LSFD Fire Safety Program

October 9 - School Closed- Columbus Day

October 10-11 - HSC Clothing Drive

October 11 - HSC Wendy's Spirit Night at Voorhees Location (5:00-8:00pm)

October 12 - Fall Picture Day- Dress to impress!

October 19 - HSC General Meeting in APR(All Purpose Room) (6:30-7:30pm)

Week of October 23- Red Ribbon Week

2. Arrival Time (Reminder)

Arrival Time

Students should arrive at school between 8:20-8:30am. No one will be permitted in the building or on school grounds before this time regardless of weather. Contractual obligations require this time table. School officially begins at 8:30.

3. Room Parents

Each class will be assigned a team of room parents. Two parents from each team will be selected to be in-person room parents for each of our 3 holiday events. Our classroom events consist of Halloween, Winter, and Spring Celebrations.

Signing up does not guarantee that you will be selected for the in-person role, however, you will at least be offered a role as an at home team member. At home team members will still help coordinate and communicate celebration plans.

The two room parents who come in for each celebration will lead the class in a craft, a book, a trivia type game, etc. There will not be food consumed at class celebrations.

To be an in-person room parent or part of a stay at home room parent team, you must be a member of our HSC. It's never too late to join! You will be notified if you are selected to be a room parent for this school year and communication with your classroom teacher will begin.

Thank you for your support!

Room Parent sign ups will close on September 26th at 4pm.

Sign up to be a Room Parent HERE

4. HSC Update (See the Interest FInder)

The HSC is looking for volunteers to help with the many tasks throughout the year. If you would like to get involved, check out the interest finder linked below. We greatly appreciate any help!

HSC General Meeting- September 21st in APR(All Purpose Room) (6:30-7:30pm)

The Original Banana Company Fundraiser- Thursday, September 28th 3:00-7:00pm

Please consider joining us! Keep in mind that in order to apply for Room Parent or attend the yearly HSC Tea, you need to be an HSC Member. Please use the HSC Interest Finder linked below to sign up to help at events!

HSC Interest Finder

5. The Original Banana Company Fundraiser

The Original Banana Company has agreed to host a fundraiser for our school/HSC! They are willing to give 10% of all sales that occur on September 28th from 3-7pm back to our school. This is a great opportunity to support our local business owners and our HSC at the same time. Be sure to stop in after school to see who the staff guest banana dipper is!

6. Bright Arrow Communication

Please ensure you are receiving messages from our school. We currently use BrightArrow to communicate with our families. This might come in the form of a text, an email, or a recorded phone call message. This system works in conjunction with PowerSchool. If you are not receiving messages, please give us a call to ensure all of your information is correct and we will get you set up to receive further communication. We will typically send out a couple of messages per week with updates and reminders. This is also how we will communicate school closings due to weather.

7. Testing Update

ACCESS for English Language Learners

February 13

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

April 15

NJ-SLA - Grades 3-6

3rd - 6th ELA & math - Week of April 29, 2024

ELA/Math MAKE UP - Week of May 6, 2024

5th grade Science – May 7 & 8

Science MAKE UP - Week of May 13, 2024

NWEA MAP - Grades K-6

September 11, 2023

January 3, 2024

May 13, 2024

8. Fall Picture Day

Our Fall Picture Day is on Thursday, October 12th. More information will follow.