Our 1st trimester ends Friday, November 13th. Parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled for the week of November 16-20th. Please remind your students that we will have abbreviated days for the week of Nov. 16 - 20.
Happy Halloween Bay Laurel Families –
This is Principal Scifres with your weekend message. Got Candy? Please help show our appreciation to our troops by donating it to Bay Laurel's annual 50/50 candy split to benefit Operation Gratitude! Girl scout volunteers from Bay Laurel Troops 1266 and 6876 will be accepting donations of wrapped candy in morning car line on Monday, November 2nd. Last year, Bay Laurel families donated over 500 pounds of candy, which was then sent in care packages to our wonderful military troops overseas. Let's see if we can beat that this year! Operation Gratitude also appreciates donations of toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, sealed lip balm, and travel size mouthwash. Thank you for your support!
Parents, please remember that there is no parking at anytime in any of the assigned parking lot spots. Additionally, there is no parking in any of the faculty spaces until after 3:00. Your cooperation is appreciated in this matter.
Our 2nd annual Read-a-Thon begins Monday, November 2nd. The event will last two weeks, ending on November 15th. Please use this educationally focused event to discuss the importance of literacy with your child and encourage them to enjoy this chance to read some of their favorite books!
Don’t forget that this Tuesday, November 3rd is an important opportunity to vote on decisions that impact the community and our school. On the ballot are elections for city council members, board members for LVUSD, and critical measures that will shape the future of our community. It is suggested that families arrive early or carpool to school on Tuesday to avoid the potential increase in traffic volume.
We hope that all of our Dolphin students enjoy a fun, safe, happy Halloween!
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.