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INspire, INvolve, INvest

The PTOs for Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview, along with the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation, are working together to make our schools the best they can be for all of our kids. When you support your PTO, you make possible curriculum enrichment, field trips, community building events, and well-supplied classrooms. When you support the MPAEF, you are putting more teachers in our schools – both in the classroom and in specialized areas such as art, music, drama, library and science. All of this makes a real difference in your child’s day and, ultimately, in their education.

MPAEF: DONATE NOW!                                              LAUREL PTO: DONATE NOW!
PTO donations are due by September 24. Donations, pledges and payments to the MPAEF are due by November 20.


 Back to School Checklist

Please use this checklist to complete everything you need to do before school starts, 
so you can enjoy the rest of your summer!!



Start:  All Grades @ 8:30am

Finish:   All Grades @ 3:05pm
                          Every Thursday @ 2:10pm
                          Minimum Days @ 11:45am


First Day of School... on Tuesday, August 25!

What should I do?
  • Sleep! Send well-rested kids to school! Start those bedtime routines a bit earlier in the weeks and days leading up to school. 
  • Laurel PTO and Teachers provide all students the necessary school supplies for their classroom needs.
  • Decide how your child will commute to school and practice the trip before school starts. Click here for info
  • Please label all items. Things can get lost or misplaced easily.
What should my child bring?
  • Must wear shoes with backs (no flip flops or slides) please.
  • large backpack. Big enough to fit an 8 1/2 x 11 folder along with his or her lunch, snack and jacket (ALL labeled clearly with your child’s name).
  • snack to eat at morning recess.
  • Lunch*—either sign up for hot lunch in advance or send along a lunchbox/brown bag labeled with your child’s name.
Where to go on the first day of school?
First, Second, Third, and Fourth Grade Students
  • Play at the Main Yard
  • Bell @ 8:28am: For First through Fourth graders.
  • Students are to"Freeze, hands on knees!"
  • Then the morning yard duty blows a whistle twice, and students go to their classrooms.
Parents are invited to the Volunteer Sign Up and Back to School Coffee Social in the main plaza area that goes from 8:30-10am.
Kindergarten Students
  • Assemble at the kindergarten playground
  • Bell @ 8:28am: For Kindergarteners.
  • Students are to"Freeze, hands on knees!"
  • Then the morning yard duty blows a whistle twice, and students go to their classroom lines.
Parents are invited to the Volunteer Sign Up and Back to School Coffee Social in the main plaza area that goes from 8:30-10am.

Commuting to Laurel 
NEW! Carpool/Car Line Pick-Number Placards

Parents arriving by car must display a Car Line placard to be permitted to pick up Laurel students after school.

  • Each Laurel family will be assigned a car line name
  • Your pickup name placard will be mailed to you prior to the first day of school
For help with planning your child's commute to Laurel and information on 
  • Yellow School Bus am & pm
  • Safe Bike and Walk Maps click here
  • Carpool 
  • ASIST Shuttle 
Please click here for our Transportation Overview page.  

And please remember... 
  • If you must drive, please drop off 10 minutes early (am).
  • Number placards are required for picking up students by car (pm).  

Sign up to receive the LAUREL SCHOOL news you need! 
Click here
for our Prinicipal's Message
Click here for our PTO President's Message

District Newsletter  
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Volunteers Needed

When you give the gift of your time to volunteer at Laurel everyone benefits. Your children will love to have you involved and Laurel will be an even better school because of your involvement!

There are many ways to volunteer at Laurel. Find out how to be involved in a way that works for you, click here.


Head Room Parents (HRP) Needed

Help your classroom teacher coordinate volunteers, party preparation, send classroom and PTO announcements via email. Interested? Email Stacy Goldman at

Hot Lunch
Choice Lunch provides nutritious and delicious lunch choices, Monday through Friday for all children who wish to enjoy a hot lunch.
 For more information visit our HOT LUNCH page (Click here)

Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed

Our Hot Lunch program is provided by Choice Lunch and begins the first day of school.
  • FOUR volunteers are needed daily to serve over 200 lunches every day.
  • Lunch service runs from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm.
  • Each volunteer receives a free lunch credit for his/her child(ren). The more you volunteer, the more free lunches you get!  




After School Programs
The After School Programs will be starting from TBD. To register and see the schedule and program, please click here.

Save the dates...

Laurel School Calender

Menlo Park District Calender

Other Information
Box Tops for Education
Start cutting and saving those BOX TOPS! Found on dozens of grocery and school supply items, these tiny "tops"  bring in big money to our Laurel PTO.  Stay tuned for the first collection date. 


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