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A Navy Seal, a Firefighter, and a Community Activist walk into a school. This is no joke. This is part of the latest Project Based Learning unit, “Where Does Bravery Come From?,” for third grade students at Laurel School.

In keeping with Laurel School’s mission to be an “involved community,” the unit kicked off with a visit by heroic members of the local community: Navy Seal/FBI Agent Drew Patrick, Menlo Park Firefighter Giau Nguyen, and Community Activist Jen Wolosin of Parents for Safe Routes.

Next step: The students will tackle the guiding questions, “What is an act of courage, and how can we highlight courage in our community and beyond? Where does bravery come from?” After researching, reflecting, and finding their own answers to the questions, each student will present a brave person they look up to for the school’s Hero Museum showcase.

Parents will be invited to learn more about each hero from the students who have studied them. This unit is part of Laurel School’s commitment to Project Based Learning, a model that gives students voice and choice in learning about an overarching concept and presenting their learning to the community.

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Spotted: Friendship tree being planted at Laurel School Upper Campus

A drizzly Irish day was the perfect backdrop for a gathering of sister cities, friendship trees, and curious school children as a new tree was planted at the Laurel School Upper Campus earlier this month. Menlo Park Mayor Peter Ohtaki was joined by Galway Mayor Pearce Flannery, and hosted by Principal Linda Creighton and Assisstant […]

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Laurel School 5th graders explore issue of ocean pollution

Earlier this month, Laurel School’s fifth grade students engaged in a project-based learning (PBL) unit that integrated reading and writing with science and engineering, all around the issue of ocean pollution. They wrote advocacy letters and researched ocean plastics and the garbage gyres — a system of circulating ocean currents — and used design thinking […]

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Laurel School second graders learn about “Goods for Good” as part of project-based learning

Laurel School in the Menlo Park City School District utlilizes project-based learning (PBL) across all its grade levels and subject areas in order to provide more hands-on learning experiences for students. When children are highly engaged in planning and creating their own projects, their capacity for learning and retaining the core information increases exponentially. Every […]

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Beloved heritage oak tree falls at Laurel School

Laurel School principal Linda Creighton sent a message out today telling the Laurel community that a much-cherished heritage oak tree next to the main arbor at the Lower Campus fell last night. “This tree has always been a breathtaking icon of Laurel School,” she wrote in an email. “We are incredibly fortunate that it fell during the […]

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Beloved music teacher Mary Beckstrom retires from Laurel School

Twenty eight years ago, Menlo Park resident Mary Beckstrom took over as music enrichment teacher at Laurel School, thinking she’d do it for a few months. On Thursday afternoon, June 2, she bade the school — and its grateful students and parents — farewell at Laurel’s Spring Fling. Her kindergarten and first grade students performed the first four […]

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Spotted: Laurel School kids picking up bike bells after cycling to school

Laurel School held a bike to school day this morning, and those kids who participated were rewarded with bike bells when they got to the campus. The ride was a week in advance of the 22nd annual Bike to Work Day, which will take place on Thursday, May 12. You can pledge to participate online. […]

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Locals urged to be extra cautious on Laurel School’s “walk and wheel” day May 4

Laurel School is having a “Walk and Wheel to School Day” this coming Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Children who attend Laurel School will be participating in this event by walking and bicycling to school. The children will be traveling along Ringwood Avenue to Laurel School, and along Coleman Avenue to Laurel School. Please be advised […]

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Deany Brady pens second memoir, Higher than Yonder Mountain

To kids and parents at Laurel Elementary School where she volunteers, Deany Brady is Grandma Brady. When she stops in once a week at Whole Foods Market, where she worked for 20 years, that’s what her former colleagues call her as well. But on Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 pm, she’ll be called “author Brady” during an appearance at […]

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Students from Laurel School involved with Art in Action fundraiser

Cathy Tokic, the Laurel School Art in Action coordinator sent us a report about some second and third graders’ participation at the the organization’s annual fundraiser Object:Art. She writes: “At the Object:Art event entrance, the seven students engaged in a Jackson Pollock Art in Action lesson. They first looked at a Pollock masterpiece print, then discussed the concepts the […]

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Spotted: Goodies at Laurel’s Sweetheart Bake Sale

Laurel School held its annual Sweetheart Bake Sale today, a fundraiser for the school’s PTO. The kindergarten kids provided the entertainment with singing led by Mrs. Bergeron. Parent and InMenlo contributing photographer Laura Hamilton cast her lens at some of the goodies. Volunteers on hand to make things run smoothly include (left to right): Susan Butler, […]

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