August 1, 2018
Dear Lakewood Elementary School
Parents and Guardians:
We are gearing up for the
2018-2019 school year! I am hoping you are still enjoying all of the fun things
that come with summer break! I also want
to extend a special welcome to the parents of our kindergarten children and
parents of students new to Lakewood Elementary School (LES) as we are looking
forward to another wonderful school year! The first day of school this year is Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
The purpose of this letter and
its attachments is to provide communication about this upcoming academic school
year so you may begin the year with the information you need. This letter also includes an announcement of
our Open House and a summary of who is new at LES, along with the following
attachments: bus transportation schedules, a school calendar, a school supply
list, cafeteria information, Annual
Notice for Directory Information and Student Privacy, PTA news, and a few other
important pieces of information.
A Warm Welcome to New Staff
Due to the decrease in our student enrollment we have lost a
couple of staff members and a classroom in both Grade 3 and Grade 4. Also, there have been a few minor changes to
our staff this year because of retirements and school transfers. Please welcome all of our new
folks! First, join me in welcoming our new assistant principal, Ms. Anne
Taylor, who began July 1. She is replacing Ms. Nora Jones who is enjoying
retirement in her other adopted “home” of Zambia. Ms. Taylor
has worked in MCPS for 22 years as a classroom teacher, staff development
teacher, academy coordinator, and grade-level administrator. She also has
served as a coordinator in the Department of Student Services and was a
supervisor in the Office of Curriculum and Instructional Programs. She is
married with two children and lives in Olney. Her husband, Barry, is an
ESOL teacher at Roscoe Nix ES. Her daughter, Katherine, is a Grade 8
student at Eastern MS. Her son, Patrick, is a Grade 10 student at
Montgomery Blair HS. Mrs. Taylor is excited to join our Lakewood
community and looks forward to supporting students, families, and classroom teachers.
Other changes include: Mrs. Kristen
Llanes has left LES to teach Grade 3 at Burtonsville ES, which is much closer
to her home. Mrs. Adria Johnson has moved from Grade 3 to Grade 4. Mrs. Lyn Mullinax has moved from Grade 4 to
Grade 5 to replace Ms. Hannah Achilles, who will be teaching Grade 3 at
Barnsley ES. Mrs. Beth Bell has taken on
a new position also at Barnsley ES and we welcome Mrs. Courtney Walder who will
fill our Reading Initiative position. Finally,
I would like to introduce Ms. Allison Morgan, new school psychologist, who has
been assigned to LES this year.
believe that our new staff members have a
genuine commitment to high standards for equity and excellence for all students
and are excited to be joining the Lakewood team and working closely with
all of the staff here. When you see any of our new folks, please join me in
welcoming them into our family!
regular school hours are 9:00 a.m.
to 3:25 p.m. Students may
arrive between 8:40 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Adult supervision provided by Lakewood staff will not begin until
8:40 a.m. Please do not send or drop off your child to school earlier
than 8:40 a.m.
will need to be unpacked and ready to start school by 9:00 a.m. Students who arrive after 9:00 a.m.
will be considered tardy and will need to be signed in by a parent or
guardian in the main office. On-time
arrival means smooth opening routines and maximizes instructional
students should report directly to the hallways outside of their
classrooms. Bus patrols will escort
Kindergarten students to their classrooms.
During the first week of school, teachers will greet their students
by holding signs designating their name and the grade they teach.
- Parents, please make every attempt to not rush
through our parking lot in the morning to get your child here on time. We
want to avoid any near misses of staff or parents getting side-swiped by a
car moving away too fast.
- ALL students and parents should be entering
school through the front, main doors, rain or shine—the side doors are
locked daily. Thank you for your cooperation in this effort.
- Finally, if you need to pick up your child prior
to the normal dismissal time, it is preferable that you do so prior to 3:00 p.m. Please come
to the main office to sign out your student.
Please mark your calendars for
our annual Open House from 1-3 p.m.
on Thursday, August 30, 2018. Students and parents can take this
opportunity to find their classroom assignments, meet their teachers, and tour
the building. Please understand that
this is not a time for teacher
conferences; it is simply a time to reduce anxiety by giving students the
opportunity to visit their new teacher and classroom so they will know who to
look for and where to go the first day of school. During the Open House, our PTA invites you to
join the PTA and to sign up for the volunteer program, Giant Bonus Bucks, etc.
and any other activities planned for this school year.
the number of students leaving and entering the school over the summer months
and the excessive cost of postage, we will not
be sending class lists home. All 2018-2019 classroom
assignments will be posted on our school website prior to Open House on Thursday, August 30, 2018, no later than
They also will be posted in the window in the front of the school
at 12:50 p.m., in time for open house. Please do not call the school for
these assignments as they will not be completed or available prior to this
time. As a friendly reminder, a Connect-Ed message
will be sent to all registered families once classroom lists are posted on the
As always, our priorities for
grouping students include the student’s academic level along with the gender,
racial and ethnic balance of the class. Staff
members at the school put considerable effort into balancing our classes and it
is extremely difficult to change student placements without affecting dozens of
Back to School Night
We have made a slight change to our annual Back to
School Night (BTSN). This year, we have scheduled only one evening, but two sessions so parents with more than
one child can visit in one evening or visit a specialist during one of the
sessions. This year BTSN is scheduled for Thursday September 13th, 7–8:30 p.m. This is an opportunity for you to meet your
child’s teacher, visit your child’s classroom, and learn about our PTA. This event is strongly recommended for
parents only. Hope to see you all!
Schedule for BTSN
7:00 – 7:35 p.m. Report
to first session/Homeroom
7:35 – 7:50 p.m.
7:50 – 7:55 p.m. Transition
to second session
7:55 – 8:30 p.m.
Session two/Homeroom or Specialist Visit
The PTA will be set up in our main hallway starting at
6:45 p.m. to meet/greet new parents and to encourage membership and share
information regarding the many fun, exciting events they are sponsoring for the
new school year.
staff will also be available to speak to parents interested in their
Before/After School Care Program. Mrs.
Jessica FitzGerald is our Lakewood Bar-T site director. Bar-T also offers Kindergarten Enrichment
(program for 4 year-olds) and Kiddie Club (program for 3 year-olds). To enroll your child in any of Bar-T’s programs,
please call (301) 948-3172.
School Improvement Planning Process (BGSIP)
development of the School Improvement Plan (SIP) is part of the continuous
improvement process that we use to ensure that all students are achieving at
high levels. This year-long cyclical process involves multiple stakeholders
developing and implementing a well-designed plan to achieve school goals and
targets. The process begins with the essential action of identifying students
with the greatest needs using multiple sources of data and then developing and
implementing professional learning plans to support the attainment of our
school improvement goals. We will be drafting our SIP over the summer and would
like to collect your feedback and ideas. The draft SIP will be available at BTSN
and we will be requesting feedback at that time. Updates will be provided
throughout the school year. Please note: parent and student voice in this
process is very important to us!
I want to thank outgoing PTA
president Mrs. Lianne Brinch and her board for their hard work this past year
and give a hearty welcome to Mrs. Jennifer Eisenfeld as the incoming PTA
president. The board and I, along with Ms. Taylor, met this summer and have
planned some really great events for this next school year. The draft budget
was also updated and will be shared and voted on at the September 13th
BTSN, which is also the initial PTA meeting.
school supply lists and other information related to MCPS policy on elementary school
fees and supplies can be found at the LES website, www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/lakewoodes/, click on HOME.
Bus Route information
Information concerning the bus
runs for the school year is attached.
Although our routes are similar to last year, we still ask you to review
this information to confirm your bus stop and arrival/departure times before
the first day of school. Each bus will
have route numbers displayed in their side window. The transportation office would like students
to become familiar with their route number so that there is less confusion when
substitute or replacement buses are used.
If you are a new parent to LES, it would be very helpful for you to
check with your neighbors about bus stops and arrival times in your
neighborhood. During the first week of school, the buses will not always run
exactly to this schedule. Please have your children out at least 10 minutes
early and have them wait at least 10 minutes past the scheduled time until the
buses have settled into their routines. We
are asking that students who are bus riders ride their buses on the first day
Easy Access to LES Home Page
Montgomery County Public Schools Web site:
Click ES Schools, find Lakewood ES and click on link or type: https://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/lakewoodes/ Add to your favorites!
and information from the Principal’s office as well as other school, PTA and
school system events will be posted throughout the year on our website. Our website will be maintained in a timely
manner so that our Lakewood families and friends may stay current on important
information and updates. Please be sure to give us feedback as to upgrades or
revisions you might suggest for our website. Thank you!
Lakewood’s main office will have hard copies of this
August mailer available for families who wish to pick one up and do not have
access to the web. Please feel free to stop by and grab a copy!
I look forward to another
productive school year with your help! Thank you for your continued support—feel
free to contact me at the school if you have any specific questions or concerns.
Debra A. Berner
“Education is the most powerful
weapon you can use to change the world…” Nelson
Annual Notice for Directory Information and Student Privacy
Bus Arrival Schedules
Bus Departure Schedules
Cafeteria News and Elementary Schools Meals Information
Lakewood School Supply List
Transportation Annual Letter