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Welcome to PK4A with Ms. Laurel

I am embarking on my 5th school year here at SSHS and could not be happier!  I am from Annapolis, MD, where I attended Catholic School from kindergarten through twelfth grade.  After high school I moved to beautiful Charleston, SC and received my Early Childhood Education degree at The College of Charleston.  I later received my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction through Concordia University.
Moving to New York was a huge step - and one that I didn't think we keep me here so long ;).  In 2007 I began teaching UPK at a Head Start / Early Childhood School in Bed-Stuy, BK, and continued to learn and grow there for eight school-years.  Moving to St. Stephen School has brought so much joy and love to my life - I feel so blessed to be embedded in such an amazing and welcoming community of children, teachers, and parents.  I live a few blocks from school and feel very lucky to work and live here.  
My philosophy has always been rooted in strong social-emotional development and support.  I believe you must feel safe, loved, and happy in school in order to communicate with peers, feel motivated, and achieve academic support so I foster this from day one.  
PLEASE CHECK OUT THE LOWDOWN FROM MS. LAUREL for weekly / biweekly classroom news, themes, and updates :) 

Recent Posts


Good Afternoon PK4A.  We had a FABULOUS trip to the Robot Foundry today - pictures coming soon.  
Reminder that tomorrow is SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY and children may wear their red or white school t-shirts we sent home a few weeks ago with pants/skirt of their choosing :).  
Happy Almost Friday!


Dear All,
 We have JUST confirmed a walking trip for next TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 to La Mia Pizza on 1st Ave.  It is literally less than a block from school and makes an excellent first trip for us as we don't have to go far :).  We will be sending home permission slips today with further detail - PLEASE check your child's folder and sign and return the forms by Friday, October 25 if at all possible.  We will be selecting 5 chaperones - there is a space to check the form if you would like to volunteer to be selected (at random).  

Field Day Shirts

Field Day T-Shirts went home in backpacks today.  If your child was absent, we have their shirt and will send home when they return.  Please check backpacks tonight and keep your shirt somewhere safe - we will wear them multiple times this year!

Field Trip Information

Heads Up:
We will have two walking trips this fall and another walking trip as well as a bus trip to Queens County Farm in the spring.  
We are still ironing out the details for our one of our fall trips - stay tuned for more information!
PK4A is heading to The Robot Foundry on 2nd Avenue on Thursday, November 4 from 10:00 - 11:30 am.  We will send home permission slips in the next week and select chaperones once numbers are finalized.  Please know that we rotate chaperones and if you are picked for this trip you may not be picked later on depending on how many volunteers we get :).  

Friday FunDAy 10/4/19

Hi PK4A Families - a few reminders for tomorrow:
- Show and Tell Letter Aa
- 1/2 Day - 11:15 am Dismissal
- We started making applesauce today that will simmer in the crockpot overnight for us to enjoy tomorrow - more photos to come!
- Please only send rest time lovies that will fit in backpacks - safer for steps!

Autumn Leaves

Hi PK4A Families!  We are studying fall and all the seasonal changes we can observe using our Five Senses.  If you are out and about the next few weeks and notice any interesting leaves, please feel free to send them in.  We are looking forward to the color change and want to do a Leaf Investigation in our classroom.