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Principal's Message


Welcome back to another exciting new school year at Laurel Elementary School!  Everyone here at Laurel hopes that you are having a fun and restful summer vacation.  We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms and our hallways, filling the site with energy and enthusiasm for learning.  It is our mission to help every child feel welcomed, connected and part of our Laurel family. 


This year our school will be embracing the “GAME ON theme where we will be committed to putting forth our team effort in building our district-wide capacity for the 5 C’s (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Community, Creative Thinking) and preparing our 21st Century Learners for the future.  We are excited to see our students return with their lion pride and be motivated to embrace new challenges. Laurel is an awesome place to learn and grow when we are all part of the same team: students, staff and parents! 


The Laurel staff is committed to providing your children with exceptional instructional experiences. We will continue our commitment to work diligently to raise students’ academic achievement as we open the door to every child’s future.    

I am thrilled and excited to open up our school! So, let’s get our “GAME ON!”


New Staff Updates:

As you are all aware, each year brings about positive change.  This year some of those changes include a few additions to our Laurel Lion staff.  We are delighted to welcome Rebecca Schroeder, our new 2nd-grade teacher.  Rebecca brings with her a wonderful skill set for our students and we are excited she is joining our team.  We are also fortunate to welcome two new special education teachers: Jacqueline Hoffmann and Yadira Ortega.  Both special education teachers are excited and eager to support our Laurel students and families. 

Support staff for our students is also changing.  This year we are pleased to welcome Katherine-Thompson-Goode our new school site counselor.  Katherine comes to us with new strategies and experience in counseling students.  We are excited and we are pleased to have her join our team.  Lastly, Marian Reyna will be joining us as our new School Office Assistant.  We are thrilled to welcome Marian she comes to us with many years of experience and a strong commitment to EWSCD.  Again, please join me in welcoming all of our new Laurel staff members.

Facilities Updates:

As you step on the campus, you will see that there have been some positive changes.  Gallagher Occupation Therapy will now be located on Laurel Avenue where they will have their own entrance.  This movement will help alleviate some of the foot traffic in the front office.  We are excited about these changes and we look forward to continuing to make Laurel a safe and a great place for students to learn!


Important Updates:

The office will officially open Thursday, August 1st, and Ms. Gerri Pineda, School Office Coordinator will be available to answer your questions at that time.  Regular school hours are from 7:30-4:00pm.  The official First Day of School for students will be Tuesday, August 13, 2019, and it will be an early release day.  Students in 1st grade – 5th grade will be dismissed at 1:30pm and Kindergarten will be dismissed at 11:30am.  Classroom assignments will be posted on Aeries at 4:00pm on August 12th, 2019 (please note that changes cannot be made to any class placements until two weeks after school begins).  As for the reminder of the 2019-2020 year, our schedule will be as follows:


Kindergarten Schedule

1st-5th Schedule

Gates open at 7:50am

8:05am school begins

9:30am-10:10am- staggered recess

11:30am-12:10pm- Lunch

2:15pm Dismissal

*Tuesday Dismissal- 1:15pm

*First week of school 11:30am dismissal

Gates open at 7:50am

(gate open at 7:30am for those students eating breakfast)

8:05 school begins

9:45-10:45- staggered recesses

11:10-12:15- staggered lunches

2:30 Dismissal

*Tuesday dismissal 1:30 pm

*1:30 pm dismissal one Thursday a month


The office teeeeeee

We look forward to seeing all of our Laurel Lions embarking on a new and successful 2019-2020 school year.  Gear up, get ready…“GAME ON!”




Dr. Santa Acuña