August 9, 2023
Dear Lake Arbor Parents/Guardians,
Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! As the summer begins to wind down, we are actively planning and preparing for another fantastic instructional year. Please join me in welcoming the new Superintendent, Millard House II. We look forward to him “Leading Change” for our school district. Prince George’s County Public School System will continue to focus on Mathematics, Social & Emotional Learning (SEL), & Equity. We are excited that Lake Arbor Elementary was acknowledged as a 4-Star school by the Maryland State Department of Education. Thus, the hard work of our staff, students, parents/ guardians, and community is paying off, resulting in student progress and achievement in a quality school environment. With your continued support and involvement, we will continue on this road to success. We know we can always count on your help with our annual fundraisers, where the proceeds benefit our students, including Scholastic Book Fair, Spirit Wear, Classic Photography, Yearbooks, Mid-Atlantic Read-a-Thon, and Planet Aid Clothes & Shoes. Through our united efforts between home and school, we will see the most outstanding academic, social & emotional growth and progress in your child/children this school year.
To help you successfully prepare for the 2023-2024 school year, please read carefully through the information below and access the Lake Arbor ES website (https://www.pgcps.org/schools/lake-arbor-elementary) for school information and updates. All families, newly registered & returning, will receive school communications and updates through the School Messenger system. If you are a returning family, you will also continue to receive school and teacher information and updates through our school’s primary electronic communication system, Class Dojo. Please ensure that all of your data in SchoolMAX has current names, numbers, addresses, etc., and remains up-to-date throughout the school year to ensure we can contact you under all circumstances. New families will gain access to Class Dojo through their child’s teacher(s) during the first week of school.
First Day & First Two Weeks of School
Students' first day of school is Monday, August 28, 2023. Arrival begins at 7:30 a.m. Children should not arrive prior to that time to ensure proper supervision and student safety. All students receive complimentary breakfast, served directly in the classrooms beginning at 7:30 a.m. The instructional day begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 1:55 p.m. Grades 1 – 5 students will enter the building through the front doors. Several staff members will be available to support your child in getting to class. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will meet their teachers on the school’s basketball court blacktop (left side of Lake Arbor when you are facing the school building) to ensure that parents have an opportunity to greet teachers as the students are dropped off briefly. You must print and complete the Lake Arbor Student Emergency Information Form (click link- Student Emergency Form 2023-24) for your child to bring on the first day of school. School visits/classroom observations may begin after October 2nd by appointment only. This will allow students to adjust to their new classroom environment and enable teachers to establish relationships and routines.
SchoolMAX Family Portal: Teacher Assignments/Schedules
SchoolMAX Family Portal: Teacher Assignments/Schedules SchoolMAX Student Information System is used to manage and access student data, including grades, attendance, and schedules. New parents should register for SchoolMAX Family Portal online at https://family.sis.pgcps.org/schoolmax/family.jsp. Returning parents' usernames and passwords are the same as the year before. Teacher assignments will be listed in SchoolMAX by Monday, August 21st. You may obtain your child's homeroom teacher and room number by logging into SchoolMAX and looking at the Social Skills subject area.
Breakfasts and Lunches
Our school participates in the Maryland Meals For Achievement (MMFA) Classroom Breakfast Program. Therefore, all students receive FREE breakfast daily. All students are expected to eat lunch every day. This school year, PGCPS is returning to students paying for lunches. All parents/guardians must complete a Meal Benefits Application to determine if their child/children qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. You may access the application online at https://www.myschoolapps.com/(attached are the Application Instructions). Online applications are processed within 24-48 hours. If you are unable to complete an online application, please contact the
school for a paper application. Meal prices for this school year are Breakfast – FREE and Lunch $2.75. Children may bring lunch and purchase a beverage (milk/juice). Additional snacks can also be purchased daily by students. If you choose, you may have the snack option blocked by notifying the school cafeteria manager. Students may apply money to their meal account daily, weekly, or monthly with cash, certified checks, or money orders at the cafeteria register. Parents are strongly encouraged to pre-pay and maintain money in their child/children's accounts to ensure that funds are always
available. Online payments can be made at https://www.myschoolbucks.com/. Breakfast and Lunch menus are available at the PGCPS Food and Nutrition web page at https://www.pgcps.org/offices/food-and-nutrition on a monthly basis.
The Department of Transportation coordinates all bus transportation arrangements (bus numbers, stop locations, & pick-up/drop-off times) for all registered and returning students based on the address found for each student in SchoolMAX. Your child will have transportation services on the first day of school if your registration is complete and your address is SchoolMAX by Wednesday, August 9, 2023. The Stopfinder Bus App (available on Google Play and the Apple App Store) is an excellent option for
parents/guardians to view a student’s bus schedule. However, you must have an email address on file in SchoolMAX to be invited to access the information this way. Stopfinder invitations for the 2023-2024 school year will be sent weekly, beginning Monday, August 14, 2023. For more information, go to
https://www.pgcps.org/offices/transportation/stopfinder. Families may also use Infofinder to access bus stop information when they visit https://bit.ly/PGCPSinfoFinderi and enter their home addresses. You may also find additional information at https://www.pgcps.org/offices/transportation. NOTE: ALL pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students MUST wear a PGCPS vest throughout the entire school year once it has been given to him/her. Lake Arbor will provide this vest, and more information
regarding vests will be shared during orientation and the first week of school.
Before and After Care
There are a number of before and after care centers that serve our school community. The AlphaBEST Education Inc., Before and After Care Program is a program that is housed at Lake Arbor Elementary.
Information regarding their program and how to enroll can be found on the Lake Arbor school’s website. Although we do not give endorsements for any of the Before and After Care Programs that serve our community, here is a link with center information that you may research and determine if
they meet your childcare needs(Local Before & After Care Centers). Please communicate all absences and early dismissals with your child/children’s before and aftercare program throughout the school
There is a strict adherence to the uniform policy, which has been updated for this school year. Students must be in navy blue bottoms, a white shirt for Grades 3-5 students, and a burgundy shirt for Pre-K/K-2 students. Students may wear closed-toe shoes if they follow the dress code guidelines. Students may also wear Lake Arbor Spirit Wear on Fridays. The complete uniform policy (Lake Arbor Uniform Policy) & school supply lists (School Supply Lists 2023-2024) can be accessed by these links and on our school’s
website. Students are expected to bring their PGCPS-issued technology devices to school for instruction every day. Clear book bags are not required for Pre-K through 5th grade but may be used if families
Pre-K, K, & New Student Orientation/Back to School Night
There will be an in-person orientation for all pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and new students in Grades 1- 5 on Friday, August 25, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. This school year, we will allow families to attend Back-to-School Night virtually or in person. Please choose the option that works best for your family.
Our virtual Back-to-School Night will occur on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The teachers will give their Back-to-School Night presentations live, and you may speak and view the classroom(s) on your phone or computer. On the same night(9/6/23), we will have our in-person Back-to-School Night in the school building/classrooms from 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Whether you attend virtually or in person, the night will begin with a brief video presentation from the Lake Arbor Administration to welcome you and provide important school information for all families. More
Back-to-School Night information and virtual meeting links will be provided in the weeks to come.
I am excited to greet you and our Lake Arbor Lion Scholars in the upcoming weeks. I look forward to the many opportunities that await us as we work together to make the 2023-2024 school year an
extraordinary learning year for every student.
Tonya Y. Riggins
All students will eat breakfast and lunch free this year. Each student is assigned a PIN number. Breakfast and lunch menus will be available at the PGCPS Food and Nutrition web page, https://www.pgcps.org/offices/food-and-nutrition. Applications for the Free and Reduced Meal Program will also be available on the Food and Nutrition web page. Please be sure to complete this form this school year. Your information is confidential and with 100% completion by families, it will ensure that appropriate funding to support our students will be allocated to the school.