Welcome back Bay Laurel Families! We hope to see you at our upcoming Back-to-School Nights, the week of August 22nd-26th.
Journeys Parents: August 22nd, 5:30-6:30
Grades 1-5 Parents: August 25th 5:45-6:55 (Grades 1-3), 6:20-7:30 (Grades 4-5)
That’s right parents, it’s the most wonderful time of the year as we’re about to welcome you back to school for the 2016-17 school year! I hope everyone had an amazing summer vacation and enjoyed the opportunity to relax, and spend time with family and friends.
As the school year approaches, please mark your calendars for all of our upcoming back-to-school festivities. For our Journeys and Kindergarten families, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday, August 21stth from 4:00-6:00 at Calabasas Hills Park. This is a great opportunity to connect with other incoming Journeys and Kindergarten students and parents. We look forward to welcoming all of you as the newest members of the Bay Laurel Dolphin family.
If you have not already done so, please re-register your child online by logging into your Aeries account. In addition to re-registering online, this year Bay Laurel will be hosting a registration day in the MPR on Tuesday, August 23rd from 3:00-6:00pm. Parents will be able to submit their emergency card information, Bay Laurel AFD form, and receive their classroom assignments for the upcoming school year.
Back to School Night for Journeys and Kindergarten students is on Monday night, August 22nd from 5:30-6:30. On August 25th, Back to School Night for grades one through three will be from 5:45-6:55 while Back to School Night for grades four through five will be from 6:20-6:55. Parents, please remember to make childcare arrangements as this event if solely for parents. More details will be provided in next week’s Weekend Message.
Lastly, and most importantly, the first day of school is Wednesday August 24th. Journeys and Kindergarten students will have an abbreviated bell schedule with a 9:00am start time and a 10:30 departure.Grades 1-5 will have our normal Wednesday schedule, 8:15-12:36.
We hope you all have a great weekend as we countdown the final days of summer!
It is the philosophy of the Bay Laurel staff and parents that children are unique in their needs, ability to learn, and the contributions they can make to the school and community. We are committed to providing each child with an educationally challenging experience that best promotes intellectual, social, and emotional development. We will empower each child to achieve academic excellence in an emotionally safe environment which attends to individual needs while also encouraging productive collaboration. In order for optimal learning and growth to occur, we will encourage students to assume greater responsibility for their learning and for themselves under the guidance of dedicated teachers and parents.
Greetings Bay Laurel community! I am thrilled to be serving as your principal for the 2015-16 school year. I've had the pleasure of being a part of the Las Virgenes School District since I was five years old as a student over at White Oak Elementary. It is a joy to serve you and LVUSD as we all continue to foster a districtwide commitment to universal student achievement.
Prior to coming to Bay Laurel, I spent time at both LVUSD high schools, Agoura and Calabasas. At Agoura I taught English for all grades and spent time coaching both the boys and girls Varsity Basketball teams. At Calabasas I worked as the Vice Principal and oversaw the performing arts, ASB student government, and led various other instructional and intervention leadership projects. In my free time, I try to spend all of it with my wife Mary and our two children Ava and Harper (pictured right). They are all very excited to be Dolphins next year!
This is truly an exciting time to begin my journey at Bay Laurel. As you know, our mission at Bay Laurel is to provide an educationally engaging experience that best promotes intellectual, social, and emotional development. We look forward to providing that experience by utilizing positive collaborative relationships, promoting self-esteem, and modeling life-long learning. In 2015-16, our efforts in fulfilling this mission will be assisted through LVUSD's Forward Learning, a program centered around personalizing learning in the classroom. Bay Laurel is excited to be at the forefront of a project incorporating academic skills that will allow our students to successfully navigate the 21st century world.
I speak for the entire staff when I say how excited we are to be working with our wonderful families. Our team is committed to promoting sustained success for all students and we look forward to working with you throughout the upcoming school year.