August 2018 Message
Dear Lakewood Falls Families,
Welcome Back, we missed you!!
On behalf of our entire staff, I would like to welcome our new kindergarten students as well as our returning first, second, third and fourth and fifth grade students! It is with great honor and much enthusiasm that I send you this welcome back letter only a few days before the start of the new school year. As you can likely imagine, much planning and hard work has gone into preparing for a successful school year.
Let me begin by introducing myself! My name is Scott Winters and I am thrilled to be your principal! I am excited to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year and I look forward to meeting all the new faces as well as hearing all about your summer adventures! For those of you who have not met me, I moved here from Arizona in early July after enjoying 18 years working in various educational roles out west. Most recently, I was a K-8 principal in Glendale, Az. Additionally, I have seven years of experience as a middle school principal. I am very excited to be at Lakewood Falls and I look forward to working together with all of you in order to make this a fabulous school year! I would also like to introduce to you our new Assistant Principal, Mrs. Kelly Lustrup. She comes to us with over 14 years of experience in the Plainfield school district. She is beyond excited to meet all of you and make this school year great!
All teachers return tomorrow, August 13th for three days of intensive training. However, many have been here throughout the summer. Our staff has spent hours preparing materials, creating child-centered classrooms, and reviewing data. The rooms are beginning to look amazing! Secretaries and office staff have registered new students, put together information packets to be sent home with all students, and organized new materials.
We are extremely excited about the many positive changes that are happening throughout our campus. First, we want to welcome all new and returning staff to our community. I may be a bit bias but I believe we have the best staff in the district. Secondly, we are excited to introduce some new changes, including the adoption of a school-wide social skills program called “Well-Managed Schools”. Additionally, we will be using ClassDojo school-wide in order to track student positive and negative behavior as well as to increase parent communication. Finally, we have revised our school-wide rules to include R.O.A.R. (Respect, Only make good choices, Accept and acknowledge others, and Responsibility).
Remember, the first day of school is Thursday, August 16th.
School Times: The school day begins at 8:55 AM and students should arrive on campus no earlier than 8:40 AM. Students will report directly to their classes on the first day. We will have staff available to direct all students. AM Kindergarten runs from 8:55am-11:45am. PM kindergarten runs from 12:45pm-3:30pm. All other students will be dismissed at 3:30pm.
AM Drop off: How to enter the parking lot at drop off
Pick Up: How to enter the parking lot at dismissal
Placard Rules: Beginning week 3, parents will be required to have an identification placard. K-2 students will have a Green placard. 3-5 students will have a yellow placard. If you have multiple children at our school, it will default to the color of the oldest child. These MUST be visible in your front window as you pull up. If you DO NOT have one in your window, you will need to park and come inside to pick up your children. This new procedure will help us to ensure the safety of all of our children and assure that they go home in the correct vehicle.
Meet the Teacher Day: Our time for you to meet our teachers and administration is scheduled for Wednesday, August 15th from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Come to meet teachers and see where your children will be learning throughout the 2018-2019 school year.
Mr. Winters, Principal